Best of Breed Reference Sites(226 posts)
The best place to buy computer and audio/video cables is http://www.monoprice.com where they make good quality cables that are very inexpensive.
This old thread still has some good data in it, but would be hard for new members to find. It would make a nice wiki page though....
Scott, that OP had a great idea. Perhaps interest waned as folks waited for the OP's other great suggestion that these links would be "reposted in reference format". Hence my suggestion of a wiki page. If no one else gets a round tuit before I do, I will take a stab at a wiki page and post my progress in the Wiki Discussion forum.
Best place to get codecs and DirectShow filters for Windows: http://www.free-codecs.com/
Since we are reactivating this page, let me add my favorite shopping site. This is not a single company, but a repository where a lot of reputable sellers post their current specials. So it changes all the time. I check it nearly daily. It is mostly hardware and gadgets, but there are also other sections, e.g. automotive, furniture, beauty supplies, etc.. At the bottom of the page you can select by product category or vendor.
Of all the financially related sites and blogs I read daily (dozens), one stands out. For anyone with even just a passing interest in markets, do yourself a favor and read this, The Big Picture
I don't know him and have never met him, just thoroughly enjoy his style, even if many of his recent posts/links are worst case scenario.
For a full and comprehensive list of Windows Vista Services running on your PC you can find what you need here:
Also an excellent guide to tweaking WIndows Vista and learning everything you need to know about Vista there is an extensive guide to be found here. It has great explanations and also links to software to perform anything you will need (most of which is free):
Thanks for that one Matt, I was able to confirm that for an old card, my nVidia 7900 is rated very high.
XP-Vista-7 looks beautiful although gaming is not my forte. It gives me the highest rating on my WEI score, see the 7 thread.