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76  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Are Recovery Disks Brand Specific? on: May 12, 2014, 09:29:45 AM
It depends. Quickest way to find out is to try. General rule of thumb: look at the disk directory. If it looks like a regular Windows CD, it will probably work. If you just see a few setup type executables plus long list of cryptically named files (like DM1134.MM or IMGSET.001...002...003 etc.) it probably won't work.

Older recovery disks from many vendors (like Dell) would usually work on any PC. That's because they were standard Windows disks tricked out with an installer shell and manufacturer specific driver sets, utility programs, and (later) crapware they were being paid to load on a fresh installation.

Newer disks, and most from Sony and HP, can be very brand (and in some cases model) specific. Not hard to do since a query to the BIOS will usually reveal make/model/ serial# info - all of which could be keyed to the supplied (or user created) recovery disk set.

The real tech hassle using another maker's recovery disks is that you'll need to obtain hardware drivers specific to your machine. A minor niggle. But one to be aware of.  And there's also a new issue that may become problematic down the road. HP has started a new policy of restricting free and open access to driver and BIOS updates for their servers. If you don't have a support subscription - no driver downloads for you! It will be interesting to see if other manufacturers follow suit - or if the practice spreads to desk and laptop models.

Note: the license for that OEM copy of Windows that ships with a PC is not transferable and is legally for use only on the machine it originally shipped with. That's why it cost much less than the full retail version Microsoft would be happy to sell you. Not to say an OEM licensed copy of Windows can't be physically installed and validated on another machine. But it is a EULA violation to do do.

Just sayin'  Wink

Thanks for the info 40hz.   smiley  You've answered my question and then some.  Just have to find somebody who needs or wants em.
Bought the Averatec in 2005 and they went out of business in 2011 so my chances of locating an interested Averatec user are pretty slim.   Grin
77  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Are Recovery Disks Brand Specific? on: May 12, 2014, 07:44:50 AM
My first computer was an Averatec laptop, running XP and came with 3 recovery disks.

Can I use these on a different brand machine?  Like Dell, Acer or whatever?   tellme
78  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Happy Mother's Day! on: May 12, 2014, 07:01:24 AM
You Know You're a Mom When ...

Your feet stick to the kitchen floor.....and you don't care.

You spend an entire week wearing sweats and yet...you still managed to gain 10 pounds.

Your favorite television show is a cartoon.

Peanut butter and jelly is eaten at least in one meal a day.

You're willing to kiss your child's boo-boo, regardless of where it is.

Your baby's pacifier falls on the floor and you give it back to her, after you suck the dirt off of it because you're too busy to wash it off.

Your kids make jokes about farting, burping, pooping, etc. and you think it's funny.

You automatically double-knot everything you tie.

Spit is your number one cleaning agent.

None of us would be here if it weren't for mothers.   smiley
79  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Will you miss newspapers when they're gone? on: May 06, 2014, 07:40:51 AM
I'm sure we'll soon see the day when books and music will have limits on them, such as, "You have 180 days to read this [e]book; after that, it is digitally erased from your collection via DRM."

And I swear I've seen some of the rumbling early attempts at that already, I just don't have references handy. One of you net researcher types can poke around if you want.



This looks like a 'How-To' on removing DRM protection so I guess time limits exist.

http://www.ebook-converte...ed-days-library-ebook.htm

Possibly this person could use a grammar eBook?  Grin  Or maybe English is not their first language?   huh
80  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 05, 2014, 08:55:34 AM
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81  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 05, 2014, 08:53:37 AM
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82  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 05, 2014, 08:51:31 AM
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83  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 05, 2014, 08:16:36 AM
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84  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 05, 2014, 08:14:55 AM
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85  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Will you miss newspapers when they're gone? on: May 05, 2014, 08:08:58 AM
No I won't miss em.   They won't be gone any time soon though.   undecided   The publishers make too much money selling advertising space.

Besides... newsprint, with veggie-based ink, cleans glass just as good as paper towels and it's a lot cheaper.   Grin
86  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 05, 2014, 07:14:04 AM
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87  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 05, 2014, 07:12:43 AM
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88  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 05, 2014, 07:10:17 AM
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89  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 05, 2014, 07:08:57 AM
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90  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Races To Fix Massive Internet Explorer Hack on: May 03, 2014, 01:24:00 PM
It's true that updating Flash requires applying one update for IE and a separate update for other browsers.  However, the update that I thought we were talking about was not Flash but an update for a problem that only affected Internet Explorer.  That's why many people were advising using a browser other than IE until the problem was fixed in IE.

That's correct.  We were/are talking about the IE update.  This Flash update is just a little off topic and I wasn't/aren't quite sure how you handle any updates.
91  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 03, 2014, 01:07:17 PM
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92  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 03, 2014, 01:05:22 PM
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93  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 03, 2014, 01:03:39 PM
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94  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: types of effects on: May 03, 2014, 11:06:17 AM
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95  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Races To Fix Massive Internet Explorer Hack on: May 03, 2014, 10:20:32 AM
@cyberdiva  This may be of interest.  http://krebsonsecurity.co...es-flash-player-zero-day/

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Windows users who browse the Web with anything other than Internet Explorer will need to apply this patch twice, once with IE and again using the alternative browser (Firefox, Opera, e.g.).

Being clueless (just kiddin 40) I don't know how trustworthy this is.
96  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Races To Fix Massive Internet Explorer Hack on: May 03, 2014, 08:57:33 AM
Quit clouding the issue with facts. We people of the internet do not take kindly to people who cloud.  Wink

Heh that's just *made* for the Simpson's Homer voice!
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97  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Races To Fix Massive Internet Explorer Hack on: May 03, 2014, 08:28:49 AM
However, KB 2964358 is rated as "important" rather than "critical," even though it would seem that the issue is more serious than "important" suggests.
Vista is my poison and the update was listed as 'important' as well.  Though I don't recall ever seeing one labled 'critical'.  Just Important and Recommended.
Had to reset my Update History so it only goes back to December 2013 and Installed Updates doesn't list Importance so I may have had a Critical.

Moreover, this update was offered to me but not checked, which usually is a sign I shouldn't be quick to install it.
Mine was also unchecked.

Needless to say, I haven't yet installed it.   huh 
Why would one chose to ignore a security update for anything installed?   huh
98  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: New App - Floating Ruler - Feedback? on: May 02, 2014, 06:09:25 AM
Some may like this as well.
Ruler works great but the protractor and screen-cap features are excellent... IMO.  cheesy

http://www.picpick.org/en/

Their site says the Freeware version may include third-party (sponsored) advertisements but as I recall if you choose Custom Install these can be avoided.
99  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Races To Fix Massive Internet Explorer Hack on: May 02, 2014, 03:49:23 AM
The patch appears to be out:

 - https://technet.microsoft...library/security/ms14-021

Also, MS *is* providing patches for IE 6, 7 and 8 on WinXP SP3.

Thanks for the link mwb1100.  According to this site, if you have auto-update set, the patch will be downloaded/installed like any other update.

I do have auto-update set but I manually *checked for updates* so I could get the required restart out of the way.  Grin
100  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Races To Fix Massive Internet Explorer Hack on: April 30, 2014, 07:31:26 AM
... Once again some breathless reporting directed at the clueless from people that should know enough to do a little more research and editing prior to rushing their article into print.

I suppose I am "clueless" but only when it pertains to computers or cell phones.

Monday evening, on CNN, was where I first heard about this.  Yesterday, Tuesday, I figured DC would have covered the topic.  Found zilch.  My web search brought up around 10 sites.  I picked Forbes.  I didn't want to spend an hour desiding which site to link.  Being "clueless" I wanted to bring the supposedly bad news to DCers ASAP.

CNN rarely runs a story about anything to do with computers much less a specific issue.
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