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Tresgatos  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 4380)
Wed, 26th Mar '08 9:42 AM


First I'll introduce myself a little. A friend invited me to join Sploofus, and honestly, I didn't expect to stay once I reached level 2 and he got his 10,000 points for referring me. I've never been much into trivia games, but I've been a major fan of word, logic, visual and other puzzles since I was a kid. Anyway, once I got to this site, I found I really enjoyed the word puzzles and word rounds. And then I began to take some of the trivia quizzes and discovered I enjoyed those as well. So, I quickly upgraded my membership to gold and decided to stick around. Then I began to read forum threads (and learned a lot!), and when I found out about Justin and all his incredible work, I decided to upgrade again to platinum as a show of support for the site. (Kudos also to the various editors!)

OK, now to my specific question. I'm curious about other people's PC setups. I've been playing WRs and WMs using my 4-year-old laptop, which has a Pentium M 2.0GHz Dothan CPU, 1GB RAM and a 7200RPM HD. I'm running WinXP Home, using a USB mouse and a wireless DSL connection. I'd much prefer having a wired connection, but the only one available at the moment is downstairs in my house, and I play upstairs where I can have peace and quiet, and therefore concentrate. Also, my laptop screen is only 15", optimal resolution is 1400 x 1050. I can fit a full WM on my screen, but I have to scroll when playing WRs, and that slows me down considerably.

So, would any of you like to share your PC, network, monitor specs? This might help me, as I'm in the market for a new desktop PC anyway.

-- Geri

Koota  (Level: 186.1 - Posts: 2114)
Wed, 26th Mar '08 9:46 PM

Hi Gerri,
I wish I could tell you the specs of my computer, but while I know how to operate it, I have no idea what's under the hood.

I can tell you that a small screen is a definite disadvantage. Try using the Page Down key to speed up your WordRound times. Use the Enter key instead of clicking with your mouse.

It'll take a few tries to get your method down, but you will shave off seconds really fast! Good luck! I'll be looking for you in WRs.


Tresgatos  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 4380)
Wed, 26th Mar '08 11:13 PM

Hi Katy,
Thanks for your reply! Yeah, fortunately, I always hit the ENTER key when submitting answers for any of the matches. Thanks for the tip about using the PAGE DOWN key for WRs, I'll give it a try. I have to admit I didn't even like WRs at first. It took me awhile to get used to them, but now I enjoy them.

BTW, I've tried WRs and WMs using three different browsers -- Firefox, Opera and IE. One thing I've noticed with Firefox that doesn't occur with either Opera or IE (at least for me) is that even when I know positively I've clicked on the correct e-bubble, it doesn't always stick, so to speak, and then I end up with only 90% correct or something like that. In contrast, with both Opera and IE, the pages for the matches actually look a little different. The e-bubbles appear almost 3-dimensional, and when I fill them in, they stay filled in. I know Sploofus has been built to work best with Firefox, but I find this difference interesting. Despite this occasional problem with the e-bubbles, I do find Firefox to be the best browser for Sploofus.

I do think that the main thing that would improve my speed (other than practice, of course ) would be a faster, wired broadband connection. The wireless lags and drops the connection intermittently. Well, I'm not sure I want to upgrade my network just for Sploofus, but it's tempting.

I'm a computer enthusiast, interested in both hardware and software, so I guess that's also why I'm interested in other Sploofuser's PC specs. (I didn't ask for Macintosh specs since I don't own a Mac, but I like all computers, even vintage ones.)

Anyway, if anyone has other thoughts, they'd be greatly appreciated.
-- Geri

Nelly  (Level: 178.0 - Posts: 1167)
Thu, 27th Mar '08 3:25 AM

Hi Geri
I'm using an HP Pavilion with Pentium (R) D CPU 2.80GHz, 1.00 GB RAM running XP Media. I use a Logitech cordless Laser mouse and a wireless DSL connection with a 22" HP WS monitor (upgraded from a 19" last year).

I've also used smaller screens and the larger one definitely helps with scrolling - with my current monitor I find you can usually get the WR in 2 full 'pages' i.e. I try to get the scroll speed right and scroll down a full page once. I've tried using the 'page down' and 'enter' keys but (unlike most people) I find it easier with scroll and submit.

I usually use IE to play and also have the 90% problem, when the click isn't fully accepted - infuriating isn't it?!


Sargon  (Level: 112.9 - Posts: 1256)
Thu, 27th Mar '08 5:41 AM

I recently puchased a new Dell desktop. Most of the hardware decisions were driven by my hobby of digital photography. The system has a large hard drive (320 GB) and extra memory 2 GB, Also got a built in memory card reader. I thought it would be neat to have a Bluetooth (wireless) keyboard and mouse but found that our microwave interfers with their use.

Dell sells a lot of wide screen monitors. I got a 19" wide because of the photo editing. Just like the other folks it takes two screens to do WR and one for WM. I'm not anywhere near the top ten in the standings so it really doesn't help my Sploofus scores.

The system runs Vista Pro which has a section of the screen called a sidebar. The sidebar displays gadgets that can be downloaded from the Internet. For example I always display a clock, the weather, and a gadget that monitors the computer. The wide screen allows me to display IE and not cover up the sidebar. It is also useful when working in Word to pull up help without covering up any of the document. Of all the things on the system I like the monitor the most.

Tresgatos  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 4380)
Thu, 27th Mar '08 4:57 PM

Hi Karen and Sargon,
Thanks for the replies! I like your user ID, Sargon.

Anyway, Karen, it's interesting that you're using wireless DSL like I am.

As to screen size, well, using this laptop with the 15" screen, I have to scroll twice. So, unlike with the WMs, I've never managed a WR better than about 31 seconds. I actually bought a nice HP 21" LCD monitor last year thinking I'd also soon be getting a new desktop, but alas, the money earmarked for it went elsewhere. The video card in my current desktop isn't powerful enough to run the HP monitor, otherwise I'd go ahead and hook it up.

Well, Karen and Sargon, thanks for sharing your system specs with me, as I find it very interesting. I also enjoy photography, Sargon, but I'm not very good at it. It's a lot of fun, though, and I agree with the quote in your profile. My mom has been in failing health the last several years, and that motivated me to start taking photos of almost anything -- things I wouldn't have thought to photograph years ago suddenly became meaningful.

Back to the WRs and WMs -- another thing I've noticed is that once I hit ENTER, it generally takes at least five seconds, sometimes more to process. Despite this, sometimes I manage good times on the WMs. So, this makes me think that as soon as I hit ENTER, Sploofus detects that, and I'm not penalized for the slow processing speed. Or, would my recorded time be even faster, if not for the processing delay?

Well, hopefully this year's tax refund can go toward a new desktop PC and maybe a wired DSL connection upstairs. Thanks again for the replies!
-- Geri

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Fri, 28th Mar '08 9:39 AM

No one has yet mentioned the scroll-wheel on the mouse. I got my best times on WR's using the scroll wheel. I would position the cursor over the first set of answers and then scroll each question up to my cursor with the wheel, that way I hardly had to move the mouse at all. I would have to move down for the last two or three questions which can't reach the top of my screen.

I hardly play anymore, and was never one of the fastest, but that's mostly because I like to read and understand, not skim and race.

Tresgatos  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 4380)
Sat, 29th Mar '08 10:23 AM

Hi Suzer,
Thanks for your reply! As for the scroll wheel on the mouse, thanks for the tip, but it's not something that would help me, as I don't like it. I'm really very keyboard-oriented, so I don't even particularly like mice.

Suzer22 wrote: "I hardly play anymore, and was never one of the fastest, but that's mostly because I like to read and understand, not skim and race."

Yeah, I know what you mean. I enjoy both. I play several rounds just for the sake of learning some new words, or in some cases, archaic definitions of words, and then I play other rounds for points, since I do have a competitive streak.

Karen, thanks again for the PAGE DOWN tip! That has helped me quite a bit with WRs. I have to page down twice with this small screen, but at least it's faster than scrolling.

-- Geri

Mitchy  (Level: 134.8 - Posts: 964)
Sat, 29th Mar '08 7:45 PM

Hi! Here is my set up!

The Base Processor is
Intel Pentium4 520 2.8 GHz
800 MHz Front side bus
Socket 775 (Grantsdale)
Intel 915G

Hard drive
7200 rpm
CD-ROM drive
48X maximum speed
Multi-media drive
8x DVD+RW/CD-RW Type

Eight channel audio configurable
Network (LAN)
Integrated 10/100Base-T
Realtek RTL8101L

And I do remember someone posting somewhere about.......
The >>>> Optical Scroll Mouse!
I have used several others...The (OSM) is what works best for me!

A 17-inch LCD; thin film transistor
Support of video modes up to 1024 x 768 at a 75 Hz refresh rate
It is so skinny, I call it my "Skeleton". hahhaha!


Ahhhhh! Is that it? I think so (i hope).......

Welcome & have a Sploofus day hon! Hope to hear from ya soon!

p.s. i have to rest my arm from all this typing..
Shhhhh! dont tell no one but, "IM GETTING OLD"

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Sat, 29th Mar '08 11:25 PM

Celeron Processor 420 (1.60GHz, 800 FSB)
1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz- 2DIMMs
Dell USB Keyboard and Dell Optical USB Mouse
20 inch SP2008WFP Wide Flat Panel with Webcam and Mic
Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3100
250GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache
16x DVD+/-RW Drive

Cable Internet

Tresgatos  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 4380)
Tue, 1st Apr '08 6:20 AM

Thanks Mitchy and Lodi for sharing your setups! Mitchy, I see you're a computer technician -- that's neat! Wow, a T1 DSL connection! That must be blazing fast! (I can't believe I just wrote four sentences in a row ending in exclamation marks!) Make that five.

Anyway, I appreciate all the feedback, as I think it'll help me as I get closer to making a buying decision for a new PC. I just have to keep my fingers crossed that I can use my tax refund on a PC rather than, say, on a new roof for my house!

Thanks again!
-- Geri

Achad  (Level: 210.5 - Posts: 661)
Tue, 1st Apr '08 8:14 AM

Ok! Here's my setup!
A big IBM box with a CD thingy with Windows XP
A big Hitachi thing like a TV
An HP printer (still can't find where the sauce comes out)
An AGFA scanner
A veho film scanner
An little external box that keeps loads of info in it
A cable modem
An ordinary clicky thing with a little rubber ball in it
A load of wires to connect to MP3/digital camera etc.
Another wire to link all these with another box with CD and DVD cup holders and Dell Screen thing where my Swedish troll plays Everquest II, Lord of the Rings and World of Warcraft

Oh, and another three monitors and four box things where Linux, Ubuntu and other things live!


Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Thu, 3rd Apr '08 11:28 AM


If you are keyboard-oriented, you might want to experiement with the tab key and the arrow buttons in WRs/WMs. Since you are Platinum, you can test different methods until you find one that seems to fit best and give you more speed.

Good luck!

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