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3101  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Update disaster - recovery help, please! on: July 18, 2011, 03:39:38 PM
Usually if you just wait a few days or a week before installing new updates, the Interwebs will tell you if there are any major problems with it. Personally I think it's ok to wait a few days/week on updates, despite them fixing security vulnerabilities. And it can save you from trouble like this.

Generally speaking, yes, I do this also. Primarily as a safety measure for the managed client networks. As pushing a bad patch to hundreds of machines at multiple disparate locations is a level of sucks that I very much wish to avoid experiencing smiley.

Just don't lag more than a week, especially if the patch is critical or for a hot topic exploit. 3 days is a good safety buffer I think.
3102  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: anonplus: new, uncensored social network coming soon? on: July 18, 2011, 02:35:54 PM
Interesting idea. But the real censorship that's coming down the pike is of the "voluntary" and "cooperative" variety. And it will be the ISPs rather than the social networks that will be doing it after being "encouraged" to take on more "responsibility" by several governments.

There is no such thing as a pick-proof lock. The "system" can squeeze out much of the public, true. but there will always be exploitable back channels available to those willing to take the time to know. Wink

Many people assume there's nothing that can be done to effectively stop hackers. And while that may be semi-true with the Internet the way it's currently implemented, there's nothing to say this particular version of the Internet will be the one we all end up using ten years from now. Either way, it's a sure bet tomorrow's Internet will be nowhere near as open (by design and law) as our current one is.

Hacker is a way of looking at things, of perceiving "problems" or obstacles simply as a challenge (and not a barrier). It is not something that can be "fixed"...or stopped. The carrot of "stopping" evil people, dangled before the masses will be the platform used to push much of this (completely bogus IMO) legislation down the public's collective throat. But it will be to no avail.

The biggest danger users face on the internet today (wrt their computer's "health") is marketing companies, not hackers. So if "the grip" gets "tightened" it will simply be shoving there slimy (demographic pulse checking) fingers farther up the public collective ass of the consumer.
3103  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: anonplus: new, uncensored social network coming soon? on: July 18, 2011, 11:54:29 AM
4chan...ugh...see, that's the problem with anarchy.

Hay, (bright side to the unfiltered version) at least there is no need to wonder what they really meant.

If it was just a bit more articulate, it might catch on.
3104  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Want to see impressive numbers? on: July 18, 2011, 11:37:07 AM
That's enough to make you want to take up drinking.

Fortunately I already do...
3105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: anonplus: new, uncensored social network coming soon? on: July 18, 2011, 11:30:13 AM
So... 4chan is going mainstream? Or are they going for a middle ground of some kind?

*Shrug* I came from the buck-the-system generation, so I'm ok with it either way.

Should be fun to watch. Seeing them piss-off Orlando certainly has been.
3106  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Update disaster - recovery help, please! on: July 18, 2011, 11:14:56 AM
Set the updates to let me decide if/when to install updates. Then you can run the updates manually and select (or de-select) what you want installed.

Then install the new batch of updates one at a time, til you find the bad one. When you find the bad one, pull it back out, and select hide this update in the WU list settings.
3107  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone here using a standing desk? on: July 18, 2011, 06:56:21 AM
Hm... So if we put that with Phitsc's slide 3 (from above) that says chewing gum uses more energy than standing. We can conclude that it is safer to sit down, as long as you're chewing gum.

Or for an even tougher sell...How much energy does smoking require?
3108  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Am I alone in not using or wanting to use the "Cloud" ... on: July 17, 2011, 02:38:10 PM
I hate cloud computing, and every other vapid bit of sheeple herding marketing hype the corporate masters keep trying to enslave people with.

Cloud = "reoccurring revenue stream" ... Which is guaranteed buy the fear of lost data. The only guarantee you get however is completely vapor.
3109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: [HELP!!] Win XP reboots sometimes *after* startup [Any Ideas?] on: July 15, 2011, 04:01:10 PM
Electronics behave very strange when they do not get the juice they need, leading into all kinds of strange and unrelated errors.

We on same page.  Thmbsup
3110  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Will facebook ever be the same? on: July 15, 2011, 03:59:18 PM
What Zuckerberg did with his G+ account is interesting. The headline implies he *removed* his account, but no, in this context "closes" means he closed it to public access. He's opting for privacy, basically, which of course is also possible on FB. Not surprising really, but an interesting move given he's testing the service and has a potential opportunity to be a voice for FB on there.

Maybe he's testing for leaks... smiley
3111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: [HELP!!] Win XP reboots sometimes *after* startup [Any Ideas?] on: July 15, 2011, 11:59:42 AM
    Sorry guys, curiosity's got me...

There were two apps that gave info about my CPU. The second said I had a virus in memory I think. I was photographing everything and guess what, the SD card no longer works (two weeks old, what's going on here huh). [/li]
[/list]

So I tried a anti-virus boot disk from c't magazine here - it's ubuntu based. Downloads latest av info from 4 different AV's.
Tested the partition that kept getting checked on reboot - clean
Tested C: crashed twice

Can you try rerunning that with the drives disconnected and see what happens? Basically strip the mahine down to the bare essentials CPU, Mboard, Memory, power, and video. No modem, sound, or other cards, and no FDD/HDDs to draw power. Just to see if it'll make it far enough into the CPU test to (get a better error message, if any...and) hazzard a guess at a conclusion.
3112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: [HELP!!] Win XP reboots sometimes *after* startup [Any Ideas?] on: July 14, 2011, 06:17:08 PM
^ yeah, memtest did three full passes without errors...

Or just for fun disable all the onboard USB stuff and see what happens...it is the last thing it was loading before it go poof.

 cheesy
how do I  disable USB? Physically - unplug cables?

I was thinking more along the lines of a BIOS option to disable them, or at least cut them back to a lower speed and making sure nothing is plugged into them.

That or just try a different flavor of Linux, as some are touchier than others ... and Partition Magic is owned by Symantec these days...
3113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: [HELP!!] Win XP reboots sometimes *after* startup [Any Ideas?] on: July 14, 2011, 03:54:57 PM
Bank 5? With a 2GB memory kit (generally 2x1GB). I don't think the bank references are memory, on chip cache maybe... *Shrug* ...Not sure. But Memtest86+ already passed the memory.

Still could be the PSU; brownout on boot load spike.

Or just for fun disable all the onboard USB stuff and see what happens...it is the last thing it was loading before it go poof.
3114  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Matrix-style tech becoming a reality? on: July 14, 2011, 01:57:18 PM
Possible Product Name: Universal Plug-in Ultra ThinkZ.

or U-PUTZ for short...  cheesy
3115  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Matrix-style tech becoming a reality? on: July 14, 2011, 12:02:03 PM
Nope. I'll just be needing a chip for investment banking. That way I can make a retirement quickly, and then remove the horror and nonsense from my head.

Then I can focus on learning the things that I care about the old fashioned way ... so the process can be savored, and enjoyed. Wink
3116  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / NANY 2012 Release: Got Space? on: July 14, 2011, 11:55:12 AM
NANY 2012 Entry Information

Application Name Got Space?
Version 1.0.0.35
Short Description Utility to View Drive Space Available
Supported OSes Windows2000 - Windows7
Web Page Yer on it.
Download Link [attachurl=1]
System Requirements
  • A Computer
  • Windows2000 or Higher
  • A HDD or two
Version History
  • v1.0.0.0 - Runs without crashing anything.
  • v1.0.0.1 - Killed the SUBSTitute FAT Bugg.
  • v1.0.0.5 - Faster / Added Setable Settings.
  • v1.0.0.? - I forget...But it was important.
  • v1.0.0.8 - Add hotkeys for refresh & settings.
  • v1.0.0.10 - Added save size/location options.
  • v1.0.0.12 - Added last update timestamp.
  • v1.0.0.14 - Finished registry code.
  • v1.0.0.23 - Eject/remove Drives.
  • v1.0.0.24 - Dynamic Height Adjustment.
  • v1.0.0.25 - Hide Drives by Letter.
  • v1.0.0.26 - Drive Space Color Coding.
  • v1.0.0.35 - Final Release Build.
Source Code [attachurl=2]


Description
Got Space? is a small simple portable utility that will list the available drives and the space available on them. It's actually a clone of another program I've been using for years which has never been updated and lacks some of the features that I'll be adding to Got Space? Because I need them.

Features
Automatic Autoscaling between KB, MB, & GB - Because 0.2GB isn't really helpful if you need a place to stick a 235MB file quickly.
Quota Detection - Because when quotas are enabled you need to know how much space is available to you, not the system.
Auto Refresh (Optional/off by default) - Adjustable between 3 - 300 seconds
Detects SUBST command drives and displays them, but does not add them to the drive space totals.

Drive Types Displayed is user adjustable.
Drive Types Totaled is user adjustable.
User Configured Settings can be stored in one of 3 places:
      Memory - Allows you to test a configuration for the current session only.
      GotSpace.ini
      Registry  - Will override (but not overwrite) .ini settings.

Hotkeys available:
   F5 manual refresh
   F8 Show Settings dialog

Window size,position, and column widths can all be saved independently of each-other. So if you like a certain window size and column width layout, but don't want to commit to a specific window position (frequent portable app issue) ... Just deselect the options you don't want to save.

Added a StatusBar with a timestamp for the last time GotSpace? was updated. ...No, I can't seem to code anything without putting a god damn clock in it. *Sigh*

Program window can (/does by default) automatically resize itself to display all detected drives without scrolling.

Drives can now be independently hidden by drive letter(s).

Color coding - Drives with less that 10% free space turn red, & drives with 100% free space turn green.

High (green) and low (red) points are now adjustable.

Planned Features
Open for Suggestions.

Screenshots
Main Program Window:
[attachimg=3]

Settings Dialog:
[attachimg=4]

Extended Drive Info:
[attachimg=5]

About GotSpace:
[attachimg=6]

Usage
Installation
Unzip, run.

Using the Application
Initial startup is run it & read it. Use settings to show/hide drives by type, and add/remove drive types from the tracked drive space totals.

Uninstallation
Just delete it.

Known Issues
None.
3117  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: [HELP!!] Win XP reboots sometimes *after* startup [Any Ideas?] on: July 14, 2011, 11:43:29 AM
If memtest86+ got that far without the screen turning red...chances are the memory is fine.

Run this next: Samsung HDD Tool

If the manufacturer's diag give the drives a green light, it's probably the power supply.
3118  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Dumb backup method - lost several years of notes on: July 14, 2011, 07:03:46 AM
This massive error has only happened because the Surfalator database was on a RAID 0 drive, which died when the machine it was inside died.

Ouch! Been there, Dead board kills RAID 0 contents. It went poof in the middle of a defrag. Sorry to hear that man.

And I thought I had the database mirrored to another drive - so, yep, I thought I could format the drives in the RAID 0 setup, which I did. Now I've discovered there isn't any mirrored backup.

FWIW, data recovery from proprietary RAID arrays is iffy at best ... So the format wasn't really that damning. RunTime Software's GetDataBack has a RAID Reconstructor that does well to rebuild an image of the old array. But the end results weren't stellar as most of the data was unusable. I probably only recovered 60% after months of scouring the different alignment options. And still to this day (years later) have a folder of recovery fragments I dig through from time to time because I can't bring myself to just cut-my-losses and delete it.
3119  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Will facebook ever be the same? on: July 13, 2011, 10:22:43 PM
*Face Palm*

To clarify... I don't know the proper "circle etiquette" (having just got there), so I don't want to just start adding names I recognize blindly and end up looking like some weirdo stalker.

Remember, this really is my first venture into a "Social Network".
3120  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Will facebook ever be the same? on: July 13, 2011, 07:01:00 PM
There does seem to be a good degree of granularity as to what is (public/private/inner "circle") shown. There are multiple default circles, and a create your own option with optional exposure.

Might as well jump in ... I need at least one friend so I don't look totally pathetic.  cheesy
3121  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Will facebook ever be the same? on: July 13, 2011, 05:24:55 PM
Okay, I'm in:
https://plus.google.com/103121931736662107198

...Now what'd-I-do?
3122  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Will facebook ever be the same? on: July 13, 2011, 11:43:55 AM
I can't figure out how to get in. I'm assuming the G+ thing is different than the Google (public) profile thing, yes?
3123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win XP reboots sometimes *after* startup [Any Ideas?] on: July 13, 2011, 07:01:39 AM
WRT, the compressed air, (not trying to pick a fight SJ, just a different perspective smiley ), I still use a vacuum cleaner mainly because I prefer to pull dust away from pins rather than push dust toward them.  Side benefit: it's cheaper

A vacuum cleaner can be a viable option if you're really carefull, and don't use a brush attachment. All of our printer techs have/carry/use mini-vacs for printer service/cleaning (much electronics in them these days...). As you said it's cheaper, and you don't get toner blown all over the client's office (tends to make them cranky).

At home I use my air compressor quite frequently (cheaper...), but I know how to keep the pressure down to a safe level from years of being a mechanic.
3124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win XP reboots sometimes *after* startup [Any Ideas?] on: July 12, 2011, 05:40:37 PM
That said, I still feel uncomfortable about using compressed air.

Understood. I've heard some horror stories about it to, but they usually involve missing parts after someone used the (undried/cleaned) shop line pressure of 140psi. The air can's low pressure tiny plastic tube is substantially more "forgiving"... Wink

Years ago I worked soldering/stuffing board for a local manufacturer. It amazed me to no end that the completed boards were run through what amounted to a small car-wash. The liquid (mostly water) didn't hurt the board in the slightest. It's only an issue if the board is wet and energized at the same time (It's a potential problem...).

Years later I had to completely disassemble a server, and scrub it down with baking soda, water, and a tooth brush. to get the surprisingly corrosive insecticide out of it after the bug guy sprayed it to death.

Sun dried and reassembled it booted and ran just fine for another 3 years.
3125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win XP reboots sometimes *after* startup [Any Ideas?] on: July 12, 2011, 05:11:56 PM
Also, lock the blades of the fans somehow before blasting them, you don't want to rev them faster than they're designed to go.

While it is true that ballbearings can explode if they are overspeed with compressed air, fans aren't really that dangerous. You really stand a better chance of breaking it trying to hold it still, than if you just let it spin. Just use a bit of common sense when the speed hits a high whistle and back off ... It'll be fine.

You'd be better off using straws and soft-bristle, artist-style paint brushes.

Never use a brush with electronics. The bristles are static generators to the Nth power.
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