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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.14
Through the end of the year, there is no minimum for us to hit before they will pay us out... We haven't really done that well with the walmart.com promotion, but if you ever wanted to buy anything from them, this would be a great time to do it.



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Are you showing credit from my purchase the other night?



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Probably - we had one for $10 something. That's the only one we've gotten.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.29
I entered a search term and clicked "Find", only to get the following error...

"The connection was refused when attempting to contact click.linksynergy.com".



(edited by Mr Heel II on 8.12.04 1701)
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.81
Try it again - it worked just now. Perhaps you have an ad blocker stopping you from accessing linksynergy (our affiliate group)?



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Since: 25.4.03
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.55
So Guru, are you guys able to tell you order something and what?

I felt obliged to help the W, so I ordered Dodgeball and pre-ordered Anchorman. FYI, they are both at really good prices (and that's including the shipping).

(edited by Mayhem on 9.12.04 0744)




Uh ... Happy Yuletide or something ...
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.81
Thanks! Yes, we can see if orders have been made - if you do Amazon we can see what exactly was ordered, but walmart.com does not show us.

Really - these are good deals. I'm not trying to rip anyone off!



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.60
    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    Thanks! Yes, we can see if orders have been made - if you do Amazon we can see what exactly was ordered, but walmart.com does not show us.

    Really - these are good deals. I'm not trying to rip anyone off!


I may be a click or two away from bringing the amount bought total up, but first, and I realize that this probably should go in the tech folder, but since I'm looking to possibly buy it off the link I'll ask here:

In PC shopping, what are the differences/pros-cons about an Athlon versus a Celeron processor?



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Athlon = AMD. Celeron = Intel.

Intel has a few different processors right now - Pentium IV with HyperThreading, Pentium IV, Centrino (I think this is the mobile processor, not just the wireless deal) and Celeron.

AMD has the Opteron, Athlon64, AthlonXP, Sempron, and some mobile chip.

I'm overly simplifying things - Intel also has the Xeon processor line and Athlon has Geode - and there are other processors out there like the Transmeta Efficeon.

Which two products are you trying to choose between? I can probably better assist you in comparing them rather than trying to explain the whole sector in a post that wont bore you to tears

//edit: Also, if you can put down what your goals are with each (Photo processing, MP3 encoding, Games, etc) I can try to rate those areas based on what the specs are.

(edited by Guru Zim on 9.12.04 1103)


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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    Centrino (I think this is the mobile processor, not just the wireless deal)


One thing about Centrino is that the chips are rated at lower speeds (1.4 GHz), but they claim they run as fast as a chip double it's speed (2.8 GHz).




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    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    Athlon = AMD. Celeron = Intel.

    Intel has a few different processors right now - Pentium IV with HyperThreading, Pentium IV, Centrino (I think this is the mobile processor, not just the wireless deal) and Celeron.

    AMD has the Opteron, Athlon64, AthlonXP, Sempron, and some mobile chip.

    I'm overly simplifying things - Intel also has the Xeon processor line and Athlon has Geode - and there are other processors out there like the Transmeta Efficeon.

    Which two products are you trying to choose between? I can probably better assist you in comparing them rather than trying to explain the whole sector in a post that wont bore you to tears

    //edit: Also, if you can put down what your goals are with each (Photo processing, MP3 encoding, Games, etc) I can try to rate those areas based on what the specs are.

    (edited by Guru Zim on 9.12.04 1103)


Basically it was a couple of the HPs I saw advertised...keepng in mind that I will probably use the thing for far less capability needs than you (maybe the far extent of which is disc-burning) and that I'm not a PC gamer.

But I've kinda narrowed it to these two unless you have a better thought in the same range:

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=3340268&cat=164457&type=19&dept=3944&path=0%3A3944%3A3951%3A41937%3A125225%3A164457

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=3342237&cat=164457&type=19&dept=3944&path=0%3A3944%3A3951%3A41937%3A125225%3A164457

This just happens to be a thing that I'm not all that good at figuring out, and I'll admit it. Best I can figure so far is that I've been advised to stay far far away from the eMachines by a few people. Otherwise, I'm doing this similar to how I bought my car: ask questions of people who know more about cars/computers than I do.



(edited by Blanket Jackson on 9.12.04 1414)

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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.81
Here are a few links to go through. arstechnica.com does a series (God Box, Hot Rod, Budget Box) every few months to put a snapshot of what is the best value at the moment.

July Budget Box

September Budget Box

Looks like they are recommending the Athlon 2500+ as their processor of choice in each of these on the budget side. If you can tell what you are getting, the Barton core is better than the previous model, so I'd recommend that one.

Celerons are a good general purpose value, however - don't be swayed just by this. It really comes down to what you want to spend and what you want to do. The Athlon has better floating point operations than the Celeron - so on some distributed computing tasks it is much faster. Pentium IV chips with Hyperthreading are better on others. Within Folding@Home, it depends on the protein type (Gromacs vs Tinker), for example. It's hard to say which is better - I personally have been happy with the last two AMD based computers I've bought.

I think my next system will be an A64 3200+ if I don't give in and buy a super small Dell system. Right now, a quiet PC is my biggest concern - not really the power - so I'm willing to go with the PIV if I can get a really small system that is quiet (Dell SX270, for example).



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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.60
That helped quite a bit, actually.

Thanks Aaron.

(edited by Blanket Jackson on 9.12.04 1416)


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Between those two - if they were the only two choices - I'd go with the AMD system for $100 more for three reasons:

1) 80 GB HD instead of 40
2) 512 MB RAM instead of 256
3) DVD burner

You would be over $100 into the other machine if you wanted these other options at a later date.

The reason I would go with the bigger HD is because HP uses part of the drive as a system restore partition, if I remember correctly. I was looking at their Athlon64 line and the guy was telling me this. Basically, the plus side is that if you ever have to restore, the files are already there on a hidden partition so there shouldn't be a CD to lose.

The downside is that they will probably insist that you do this before getting any warranty repairs - so please make sure that you use that DVD burner to make backups.

I would be happier if it was a +/- RW for you so you would have the option, but HP is invested in the +RW style, so that's what they give out. DVD+RW is much better than DVD-RW, but DVD-R discs are generally cheaper than DVD+R. If you do get the system, I'd recommend spending the extra cash to buy the RW discs initially. I use a few to bring MP3 files from home to my laptop at work, and they work great.

You need the extra RAM because the system is using shared memory. With up to 64 megs out of 256, that doesn't leave a lot of room. Granted, EQ2 probably will not run on either of these systems without hardware upgrades - but it didn't sound like you wanted to do that anyway.

Finally, the 80 GB drive. You'll just be happier with this size, I think. You always need a bigger drive, some day. With the DVD burner, you will have a decent way to make backups from it as well (everyone puts off backing up their machine until it is too late).

If you have a few other machines you want to compare, post them up and I'll be glad to give you + / - on them from my perspective.



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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.45
I have a question on Target: To go to sportswear, it takes you away from Target to a Target Partner that is outside the Target Website. Now, if someone were to purchase by going from the W to Target to Target Partner, do you guys end up getting any money off of it?



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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00
Target is an interesting one. Target uses Amazon.com to have a larger appearance, so many of the target.com items are actually on amazon.com. I believe the Target marketplace is simply the amazon marketplace.

To answer your question... I think so. But if you shop through amazon.com they don't charge sales tax.

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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.29
    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    Probably - we had one for $10 something. That's the only one we've gotten.
Yep. Must be on our corporate server, because it works from home.

My bad.
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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.81
It looks like the Wal*Mart reporting runs a few days behind. We are now showing $44 in sales, for a small commission.

BTW - Lise wanted me to clarify an earlier statement:

While we can tell what was ordered sometimes, we never know who ordered it. If you'd like us to know, send me a PM to satisfy my curiousity. If you don't want us to know, you don't have to worry about it.



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Guru - got my copy of Carnivale in the mail yesterday. You must be rolling in the profit now! That was a $69.99 sale!




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:) Thanks. Rolling -- not so much. But every purchase helps.



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