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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Malware blocked at DC !?! on: Today at 05:53:48 PM
I did this by doing the following:


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I was looking for something like this.  Just pasting the image would be cool.  But this is close.  smiley
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: auto wifi on: Today at 10:16:00 AM
The job sounds suited for an auto form filler like LastPass.  On the other hand, if you're not connected to anything yet you may need a form filler that uses a local store. (I haven't used LastPass in awhile.  It may have that as an option.)

Here's Gizmo's list:
http://www.techsupportale...htm#Quick_Selection_Guide
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox windows and CPU slow-downs and restarts on: October 24, 2014, 05:37:07 AM
I'm running Cyberfox x64 on Windows 8.0 x64.  If I had a lot of email to handle it would be unusable.  As it is it's mostly receipts for purchases or notices from forums.  Even so it's click and wait to the max.  I've been using hotmail since before MS bought it.  So I don't think I'll abandon it.  Just for grins I'll have to try with Opera x64 andd see how it responds.
 

Edit:  Opera is snappy.  For some reason though every time I click a mail it shows the context menu, then opens it.  There's no lag though.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox windows and CPU slow-downs and restarts on: October 23, 2014, 01:30:36 PM
I thought it was just me.  smiley  Usually I have no more than 8 or 9 tabs running.  But I notice stuff like hotmail is glacial.  I click an entry in my inbox and twiddle my thumbs waiting for it to show as selected.  Scrolling is often weird too.  Herky jerky delays.

This is all with no animation or videos playing.  Not even audio.

Latest Cyberfox x64 but FF Portable does the same.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Chip Wars: AMD vs Intel .... GO! on: October 23, 2014, 09:26:24 AM
That thing surged so it sounded like a tropical storm was outside.

Seeing as you're in Florida, it probably was  tongue

Too often true.  Seems like every big breeze the cable went out for 2 weeks.  No internet, no TV. Usually we got power back in 2 to 4 days.

Ironically Katrina passed right through but it was only up to 80 MPH.  I didn't lose cable or power.  It picked up all the ferocity over the gulf.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 23, 2014, 09:21:05 AM

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I don't know if one can actually win a thread...but this is definitely a contender..

7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Chip Wars: AMD vs Intel .... GO! on: October 23, 2014, 05:35:24 AM
All the other listed CPUs were very noisy.

Do CPUs actually make noise? huh

Well, they can play Madonna.  smiley

It turns out on the Phenom it was actually the GPU fan kept kicking in.  That thing surged so it sounded like a tropical storm was outside.


8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 23, 2014, 05:28:11 AM
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Ford unveils a car seat which detects when a driver is having heart attack

No High Tech needed there.  The guy just got a look at his monthly car payment.  smiley
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Chip Wars: AMD vs Intel .... GO! on: October 22, 2014, 06:20:13 PM
I don't know but I seem to be 180 degrees out of phase.  I bought 2 HP desktops in succession with Intel Pentium 4 CPUs with hyper-threading when i should have purchased AMD 64 bit CPU based machines.  When I finally got a quad core it was a Phenom I when I should have purchased one of the Intel quads.

I think the only one I was really happy with was the AMD 5200+ Dual Core.  That machine ran smooth and quiet.  It performed fairly well considering it only had 2 GB ram.  But it had one of those crippled Intel on the motherboard video chips with only 8 MB ram on the chip.

All the other listed CPUs were very noisy.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 22, 2014, 05:21:11 PM
You'd be safer in the jungle with a Voodoo witch doctor.

For grins one time I searched the Nobel Prize awards for chemistry.  You may be surprised how many were just for synthesizing the medicine the rain forest witch doctor got from the wild.  I seem to remember it being at least 1/2 dozen.  The Sean Connery flick Medicine Man was a Hollywoodization, so to speak, of the process.

Edit: I made this search back during my "news junkie" period, early to mid 90s.  Since then with the concern over the rain forest being burned and cleared I would conjecture there's a concerted effort to get as many medicines as possible before they are lost forever.  The synthesized medicines may well be in the dozens by now.  I don't really know.  End Edit


I'm sure it was shown in the best possible light, but even so this documentary I saw had a section on the system in Taiwan.  Inserting a smart card may have flaws but it has to be better than me running around in one hospital trying to get them to fax my mother's medical records to another.  I don't know what people do who have nobody to run these errands for them.  It's pitiful.

11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 22, 2014, 04:30:42 PM
I'd just settle for an at-the-pump receipt now and then.

Heh.  We keep expecting exotic convenience through technology when in the US we can't even get them to put personal medical history on a Smart Card.  Just the fax mam.  Sad
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 22, 2014, 04:37:43 AM
For electric cars they can just Tesla Zap you.  smiley

There may be a long wait to "fully charged" though.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 21, 2014, 06:20:02 PM
Hmm, there's something to be said for the old manual way of doing things.  When I was in High School my father got this sudden urge to take a break from electronics and become a gas station dealer.

In the summer it was actually fun.  Especially wiping the wind screens of hot chicks in mini-skirts.  The customer just sat on his or her ass and rolled down the window to order fuel.  The attendant wiped the windshield and if requested, checked the oil and even the tire air pressure.  There was no slot to put quarters in for compressed air.  It was free and at sufficient pressure it didn't take 5  minutes to inflate one tire.

The full service gas station had its good points.  I probably never would have gotten into auto repair except from my father's station I learned tire change, balance and oil change etc..

Winter and heavy rain is another story best forgotten.  smiley  I remember the summers.  smiley
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Unlimited Energy Solution Found! on: October 21, 2014, 06:06:13 PM

If you hook a coke machine up to your power source is that cat-a-tonic?
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Unlimited Energy Solution Found! on: October 21, 2014, 06:05:22 PM
That cat looks pretty offended/scared/worried about Batman eating that pony.

I thought he was going to tell me "only you can prevent wild fires."  smiley
16  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Malwarebytes FREE and PRO/Premium - Mini-Review. on: October 21, 2014, 11:06:07 AM
The main flaw I find in MBAM now is if I right click a file or folder to scan it and get the Database is out of Date, it doesn't resume the job after I update.  Either that or I don't know how to get it to.  So I've taken to running it, click update if it needs it, close it, right click yadda yadda.  That kind of kills off the convenience factor.  smiley
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Unlimited Energy Solution Found! on: October 21, 2014, 10:59:40 AM
I just hope no one makes any s-cat-ological references. 

18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 21, 2014, 10:29:44 AM
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Why would petrol companies deny money from people with inferior or not specific dna?

The same reason Winston Smith could not get new razor blades.  The politics of shortage.  Winston was only a member of the Outer Party(tm.)

19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DRM in your coffee maker, to stop you from brewing unlicensed coffees on: October 21, 2014, 05:46:37 AM

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So, yeah, now I have a 1 cup coffee maker, without DRM, that cost me a whopping $0.33. And it brews loose tea, too. cheesy

App that's cheating.  Your coffee maker should have a slot to swipe your credit card.  smiley
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DRM in your coffee maker, to stop you from brewing unlicensed coffees on: October 21, 2014, 05:45:05 AM
I only drink 2, maybe 3 coffees in a day so I'll defer to those with experience.  Is it possible to get good Espresso results using ordinary drip methods?  I'm not sure if the cafe con leche places use an espresso machine for speed or if it's really necessary to get the quality.

Some customers get the coffee staight up.  But if you add a lot of milk I think it takes the concentrated coffee to stand up to it, if that makes any sense.

For a time I used Medaglia D'Oro canned espresso in a drip maker.  But I only used the regular amount of coffee.  I was going for the flavor of it rather than trying to make Espresso.

21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 21, 2014, 05:38:07 AM
but 1 out of 700 people have the same fingerprint!

maybe dna check on spit or skin would be more reliable

Ah we finally get to Gattaca where only the elite families, like Gore Vidal's, can gas up.  If your blood ain't blue you're walkin;.

22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 20, 2014, 04:35:17 PM
The spark advance may have quite a range of adjustment in the computer.  Even back when I was working in the field the advance was quite radical at times.  I'm not sure how far they can retard the timing but they may have compensated for the problem by now.

Afa the police vehicles I favor a bicycle and night stick combination.  All these automatic weapons and everything high powered makes me feel we are attracting applicants who want to "play guns" like when 8 years old.  Turn on the siren and jump the stop light mentality.

Most life threatening situations call for an ambulance or EMT response rather than an armed one.  One thing I will say about the Miami cops, I've never seen them strike anyone.  They may yell some unpleasant things at a person who is acting belligerent verbally.  But I've never seen any physical abuse.  The ones I've talked to even if they want to help they can't do much.  Miami doesn't have overnight one night shelters like some cold towns.  I heard they may be starting that up though.  More people come to town every day it seems.  Sad

But I digress.  smiley

23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The most stupid Windows error? on: October 20, 2014, 03:15:39 PM
If they keep skipping numbers we'll be back to Win95 in no time.  But it may be 128 bit.  smiley
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Unlimited Energy Solution Found! on: October 20, 2014, 03:13:16 PM
Spare parts are readily available.  Just consult the cat-a-log.
So, to get things going, just give your cat a list.
 


I just hope they don't start cat-er-waulling while I'm trying to get a cat nap.  smiley
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 20, 2014, 03:04:58 PM
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ok ok


Thanks for asking.  It felt good to vent(yet another gas tank pun.)  smiley
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