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3976  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A Very Simple Ethical Principle for Search: Google Fails Miserably on: May 04, 2007, 07:43:05 PM
how about something like copernic. it returns a set of results by combining the results from several search engines.

I had Copernic a long time ago...and I loved it. I stopped using it about 5 years ago and I don't quite remember why. I think it was just easier to use Google.

I didn't even know they still had a web search product. I thought they switched over to desktop search and gave up trying to compete with Google.

Maybe it's time I give it another try.

And guess what? I get to upgrade to the most recent pro version for free! How cool is that?  Kiss

Of course I'll still be waiting for StumbleUpon to become a full fledged search engine and not just a social bookmarking site.  smiley
3977  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A Very Simple Ethical Principle for Search: Google Fails Miserably on: May 04, 2007, 04:43:14 PM
If you use Ad Muncher you never see any ads, on any site, with any browser.  cheesy

I had suggested Scroogle for the reason that not only does it give you ad free results, it makes a statement, too.

I am not entirely anti-ad. I am against how Google is using them in their results and what effects it has had on overall results, with them being filled with garbage pages that exist solely for the purpose of making money with adsense. The quality is going downhill.

It's really bad when someone can steal the content of someone else's site, post it as a blog post on hundreds of splogs with Google's help (blogger.com is owned by Google) and because it has adsense ads on the page and it's hosted by Google it gets a higher ranking in the results, than the original site. They are helping the splog owners steal visitors from quality sites and flood the search results...all in the name of making a buck.

And the creators of these splogs don't care about the content. They are not going to go back and edit it and fix it and keep it up to date and make it worthy of visiting...they just want you to come and click an ad and make them some money. And Google's adsense is the driving force behind this.

The problem is Adsense...it has to go before it destroys the web for everyone.
3978  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A Very Simple Ethical Principle for Search: Google Fails Miserably on: May 04, 2007, 02:16:59 PM
You could always use Scroogle and get the top 100 results without the garbage...and tracking.

Found on their donate page:
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Showing Google's results without their ads is another political statement. About 99 percent of Google's total revenue comes from ads, and these are ruining the web. Thousands of "Made for AdSense" domains are spewing garbage. Since these sites need content to trigger Google's ads, they steal it by scraping legitimate sites, or generate their own by purchasing junk from bulk writers. Meanwhile, click fraud is rampant. Zombie botnets are used to click on ads. If you cannot afford to buy a botnet from some shady character, then you can contract with someone in a country where labor is cheap. They will hire people to click on ads all day at below-minimum wage.

It's time to stop pretending that Google's revenue model is anything more than a temporary bubble, and it's time for Google to start developing more socially-responsible sources of income. Showing Google's results without the ads amounts to more public-interest advocacy. It says that the web spam situation is intolerable.
3979  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A Very Simple Ethical Principle for Search: Google Fails Miserably on: May 04, 2007, 12:59:15 PM
At one time it could have been possible.

In the beginning, when Google was a university project, there were no ads...but it wasn't making any money either.

Back in the days of dialup and ISP's like AOL not wanting to run their own inferior search engines, ones like Google could make their money by selling search services to ISP's. (and they did...and Google still does with AOL)

But as time went on and these dialup companies cut costs & services, or just disappeared, it became harder to sell search services.

I think the only way Google could be able to get away from shoving their ads down our throats is if they start charging us...making Google a subscription based search engine.

Are you willing to pay a monthly fee for using an ad free Google? I think most people wouldn't.

Way back before Google became as big and well known as they are today, companies like Copernic could sell a search application that would use various smaller sources to find what you were looking for...and it was quite good, considering what else was available at the time, so people gladly paid for it. But even Copernic knows that people don't want to pay for a search engine any more and have changed to desktop search, selling the licensing for their tools to companies like AOL.

To have what you want, ad free results, some government would have to step in and run a search engine supported by tax dollars. And I, for one, don't want the government involved in deciding what results I can and can't have (and making it super easy for them to track my online activities).

I'd rather have Google just the way it is now...ads, flaws & all...for free, than that.
3980  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software gone social? on: May 04, 2007, 11:19:46 AM
I like this...this is cool:

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What the DonationCoder team does.

BTW...if someone has tagged an application as malware, it will come up in your cloud as "get violated".  Grin

Do a search on au_.exe and click anybody listed as a user and you will see that in their cloud, linking to a malware list.

The less computer savvy can get some useful info about the things they run...especially when it comes to malware.

So this site can have multiple uses...good ones.
3981  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software gone social? on: May 04, 2007, 01:22:05 AM
I am curious...so I am in too.  cheesy
3982  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Nine tips for dealing with home office isolation on: May 04, 2007, 12:51:39 AM
Working from home is totally sweet, right? You can earn money without even changing out of your PJs, blast music as loud as you want and talk to your Star Wars toy collection in order to replicate actual human contact.

Okay well, maybe it's a little unhealthy to stay at home all the time. Check out this list of nine tips for dealing with home office isolation and put the Jar Jar Binks doll away, for crying out loud.



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3983  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Best Buy Geek Squad Confession (long and interesting) on: May 02, 2007, 09:47:54 PM
You mean to tell me this isn't the standard procedure everywhere?  tellme
3984  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do you use 7-Zip files? on: May 02, 2007, 05:07:51 AM
I use .zip when I am going to be distributing files to other people and I am unsure if they will have a copy of winrar.

The reason for this is that Windows ME, XP, and Vista can handle .zip files without having to go fetch a program to open it. (I don't know if 2k can)

I don't want people looking at a file and scratching their heads wondering what to do with it or making a face and deciding it's not worth it because they have to go hunt down yet another tool, just to open one of my files.

I am better off using .zip because it's familiar and people know what to do with it and usually already have what they need to open it.

Even people on other OS's generally have what they need to open .zip.



I would have voted for the color, but it was blue and reminded me too much of my bad Win98SE days. Why couldn't it have been purple?
3985  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Hackety Hack — the Coder's Starter Kit on: May 01, 2007, 05:03:16 AM
I couldn't help but smile.  cheesy

Where was something like this 3 years ago? (I could have used it)

This link is being bookmarked for passing along to the curious that drop into my chatroom.

Thanks!
3986  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Participate: Online survey of installed fonts on: April 30, 2007, 10:34:58 AM
1.) 221 of 5549 fonts.
2.) 243 fonts supported. 172 alphabetic. 62 new. 263 scanned.

This doesn't count the more than 12,000 I don't have installed.  cheesy


Warning to those with very old slow pc's: don't do this!

My P1 couldn't handle this. GDI & System resources quickly dropped to 0....and this is with trying the page after a fresh reboot.  ohmy
3987  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: BugMeNot on: April 30, 2007, 12:14:19 AM
What mouser needs to do is go to this page and get it all removed:

http://www.bugmenot.com/report.php
3988  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gender bender on: April 30, 2007, 12:06:50 AM
maybe like on some official forms ive seen lately male female unknown lol

[ ] Male
[ ] Female
[ ] Both
[ ] Neither
[ ] Not sure?

 Grin
3989  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Outsourcing web design on: April 29, 2007, 07:52:34 PM
A number of companies are now offering to take your site design as a flat file (psd, png, ai - they don't seem to fussed on the format), and return it to you as a working template. Not only that - it will also be xhtml and CSS compliant, cross browser compatible, and their turn around is, in some cases, less that 8 hours. AND it is 'dirt cheap'!


1. Why on earth would I code my own design if I can truly outsource it so cheaply?
2. How can an independent designer, like me, compete with a machine like this?
3. Is this the way the design industry is set to go, with designers who design, and coders who code?

The majority of people in this world have no artistic talent...and no design talent...and can't even make the psd, png, etc they would need to start with.

Not only that, but even with a template, many have no clue how to add their own content to it or maintain it....or even how to upload it.

That's what makes you valuable. Wink

If getting a template cheap & easy was going to put you out of business, it would have been done already. There are plenty of sites you can go to and get a free ready made template to use right now. But that hasn't put the web designer out of business. Ask yourself 'why?'.  cheesy
3990  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: If you dont see this....... on: April 29, 2007, 07:40:09 PM
It's pretty limited in the areas you can search...only 4 choices:
  • Politics: Drudge Report
  • Life Sciences: Med Line
  • Legal: US Supreme Court Decisions
  • Social Networking: My Space

Interesting idea, though.
3991  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ubuntu Linux vs. Windows Vista on: April 29, 2007, 07:21:14 PM
Just a reminder:

A human life's worth isn't based on the OS a person runs.

This whole Ubuntu vs Vista argument reminds me of many on the 9x vs XP issue and why someone would choose to run 9x.

The reasons for running any OS are personal. If you like it, run it. If your hardware can handle it, run it. If you can find the software to do what you want, use it. It doesn't really matter what someone else thinks about it.

Don't bash another person's personal choices or opinions just because they differ from yours. These choices are often based on feelings and not facts. When people feel the need to defend their feelings, they tend to get in trouble trying to back up their valid opinions with facts...and they shouldn't feel the need to do that. When they do, things often come out a mess and arguments erupt.

We don't need OS bigotry. There is enough other kinds of bigotry in this world already...we don't need more reasons for conflict.

All that being said, Ubuntu is available for free. There is no reason why you can't give it a try if you want to see for yourself and form your own opinions about the whole experience.

I would probably be more willing to try Ubuntu than Vista, based on this fact alone.
3992  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gender bender on: April 29, 2007, 07:36:05 AM
According to this page, the male to female ratio on this forum is 7.8:1 (stats from those that actually reported a gender for their profile)
3993  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Power Supply on my PC just exploded: i'll be mostly offline this week crying on: April 28, 2007, 05:24:18 AM
You should be able to boot from it - but I'd guess it depends on your BIOS settings (may be worth a look if it doesn't work immediately as there are settings to allow PCI cards to respond to the BIOS)

The Ultra 100 card has it's own BIOS. At a point late in the booting up process, the card will detect and list all devices attached to it. Until that happens, those devices don't really exist on your system.

If you wanted to boot from an optical drive that is hooked up to the card, and it's the only optical device on the system, setting in the system BIOS to boot from a 'non-existing' optical device may not work. And you don't have access to anything in the card's BIOS.

This is why I was unsure if it could be done. It may also depend on the card too. Maybe newer cards are better and will allow you to do more. Mine is kind of old. Of the 2 cards that my father and I have, my Ultra 133 card was the newer one...purchased in 2001...and I swapped that for his older Ultra 100 card.

The drivers for the Ultra 100 can be installed from within Windows.

The Ultra 133 card required you to have a floppy drive to install the drivers during first boot. I had a floppy drive on the pc it was originally purchased for, but I don't have a floppy drive on this pc. On the older pc I originally had it in, that card detected and listed the devices attached to it early in the boot process, right after the listing of the drives attached directly to your system. I think that card would have better luck with booting from a device attached to it than the Ultra 100 would.

Like I said...something to experiment with some day.
3994  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Power Supply on my PC just exploded: i'll be mostly offline this week crying on: April 28, 2007, 04:46:33 AM
Yep - thats the sort of thing I meant - but app103's PCI card is a good solution if you have a PCI slot - and probably cheaper if you want more than a couple of drives. I presume the PCI card will run normal ATAPI optical drives too.

Yes, they do...but I am not sure if you can boot from one that is hooked up to it...never tried that. I have never tried booting from any device hooked up to one. I guess that's something for me to experiment with at some point.
3995  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / How AMD plans to take over the market by adding DRM directly to CPU on: April 28, 2007, 03:49:06 AM
This is some pretty scary stuff when you really stop and think about it.


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The AMD rep spelled it out in words that would have been undiplomatic coming from me: He said that the new chips will “block unauthorized access to the frame buffer.” In short, that means an unauthorized party can’t save the contents of the display to a file on disk unless the content owner approves it.

There is a short list of parties who will be unauthorized to access your frame buffer: You. There is a long list of parties who are authorized to access your frame buffer, and that list includes Microsoft, Apple, AMD, Intel, ATI, NVidia, Sony Pictures, Paramount, HBO, CBS, Macrovision, and all other content owners and enablers that want your machine to themselves whenever you’re watching, listening to, reading, or shooting monsters with their products.




What scares me about this is how the big companies will embrace this kind of thinking.

I know what you are thinking...I won't use AMD...I'll use Intel. But there is a problem with that. If Intel doesn't follow and do the same they could stand to lose a lot of the market share.

There has already been a Windows version that will only run on AMD64 processors. How hard would it be for Microsoft to make it so their OS will only run on approved DRM enabled CPU's?

That would mean that if OEM's want to include Windows, they would have to include an AMD processor.

This means that Intel would either have to put the same kind of DRM crap in their CPU's or the only thing that will run on them will be *nix. I think we know what Intel would do in a situation like this.

The average consumer isn't tech savvy...they don't know the difference between AMD and Intel...DRM and a bottle of Coca Cola...but they do know they want Windows. The average consumer being oblivious to this, will buy whatever is on the shelf...as long as it has Windows.

The uneducated consumers outnumber the rest of us. They will spoil the computing world as we know it...for all of us. They will go right along with the AMD/DRM crap like sheep.

Then we approach the day, for example, where you can't do a proper software review because the software vendor hasn't authorized YOU to take a screenshot of HIS application and your CPU says you aren't allowed to do that.

It won't matter how much you paid for the software...you will only be able to use it in a manner approved by the vendor.

So you say...ok...I won't run Windows...I'll install Linux. This won't bypass CPU level DRM. Your hands will still be tied.
3996  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: More offensive — Resource bloat or Feature bloat? on: April 27, 2007, 06:18:03 PM
Back when I used to actually use Word, I also had a rather heavy antivirus that slowed EVERYTHING down (speaking of bloat...cough McAfee cough). It made even Word 97 take awhile to load. By the time I scrapped it in favor of AVG, I had lost the habit of using Word and was pretty much a plain text/notepad person.

And yeah...I was stuck on a pc just like your slow one. But I was running WinME, which is also kind of bloated and slower than it should be.

Did you know that when you close an application in WinME, it takes 3-5 mins for you to regain all your system resources back? This is an intended 'feature'...just in case you decide you didn't mean to close it and want to open it again, it will load faster the 2nd time.

Baaaaaaad idea! Whoever thought that one up should be forced to use my old pc for the rest of his/her life! thumb down

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I do agree that integrating a lot of functionality isn't always the best way to go... but some tools can also almost be too single-purpose-minded. Ah, achieving the golden balance...

The golden balance...to have the small tools for the small jobs...and the big ones for the big jobs...and the sense to use the right ones at the right time and not be tempted to squash an ant with a steamroller or scrub the kitchen floor with a toothbrush.
3997  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: More offensive — Resource bloat or Feature bloat? on: April 27, 2007, 05:45:02 PM
The resource bloat problem is why I fell in love with good simple single purpose tools.

Why the heck should I have wait forever for Word to load, just to sort a list in a simple .txt file alphabetically?

Or open an image in Photoshop or Paintshop Pro just to use the dropper tool to find out the RGB of some color in it?

Why does my good firewall need to have a crappy antivirus? Or my good antivirus have to have a crappy firewall?

The list goes on forever.

Yeah, ok, my taskbar looks bloated with shortcuts to all my tiny tools, but I can gladly live with that.  cheesy
3998  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ubuntu Linux vs. Windows Vista on: April 27, 2007, 04:44:48 PM
Most importantly though, having software handled by a package manager in that way also means that keeping your OS and 3rd party apps up to date is a breeze as both are handled by the same thing ensuring that you never have to hunt around various websites to get the latest versions (imagine Windows Update, only here it handles everything you've ever installed on your system).

Does anybody remember Big Fix back in the days when you could subscribe to the Tucows Fixlets?

I loved it!  Kiss

Kept it in your tray and it beeped whenever Tucows posted a newer version of anything you had installed...or MS released an update...or your antivirus dats were outdated...or you needed to defrag...or a bunch of other stuff.

I really miss the Tucows fixlets...was the main reason for installing Big Fix. When they got rid of that, they destroyed their program, in my opinion. And nothing has come along to take its place that is just as good or better, since.  Sad
3999  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's your pet's favorite toy? on: April 27, 2007, 02:35:42 PM
Jah made one that you can use your mouse with...but what if you are not around?

Your cat should still be allowed to have some fun, right?

Here is one that is automatic, and moves kind of unpredictably random in both speed and direction.

A screensaver.  smiley
4000  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Releases Paper on Disk Reliability on: April 27, 2007, 09:59:33 AM
Here is an article comparing the Google results to the recent Carnegie Mellon study:

http://www.pcworld.com/ar...31168-page,1/article.html
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