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226  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: upgrade to SSD on: March 07, 2013, 03:41:07 AM
Yes - that's why I suggested using Windows 7 Recovery Image - it copies all the required partitions automatically.

And start by installing on a HDD (or a virtual machine image (on a HDD) - I prefer this approach myself, since I can keep using my physical machine while the VM guest reboots those countless times) with the partition size you expect using on the SSD - once you've got everything set up, defrag the filesystem, and clone it to the target SSD.

Don't you have problems with drivers - or do you use a bare metal restore tool?
227  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Yahoo email servers hacked on: March 07, 2013, 03:24:21 AM
BT (and by implication Yahoo) now apparently admit the problem if you speak to technical support.

Typically no public statement, warning or advice from Yahoo to legitimate users even though there is plenty of evidence for the problem!
228  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft and Windows 8 get two fingers from Stardock on: March 07, 2013, 03:19:15 AM
Reeeaaaallllyyyyyy....

one is F*** off
the other is up yours

Or V for Victory if you base your gestures on Winston Churchill - although I presume V for victory and the more usual meaning were pretty much the same where Hitler was concerned! I wonder if Churchill knew and meant that?
229  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft and Windows 8 get two fingers from Stardock on: March 06, 2013, 08:19:57 PM
Actually the UK uses both with subtly different meanings  embarassed
230  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Humble Bundle 5 with Android on: March 06, 2013, 07:06:18 PM
Beat me to it - worth it for Beat Hazzard Ultra, Night Sky and Solar 2 IMHO - I know others will prefer Dungeon Defenders!

I've seen Solar 2 on Steam and it has piqued my interest from time to time, but I could never really tell what it was about or how fun it would be from the video/screenshots. So last night I installed it on my Galaxy Nexus and intended to run it for just a minute or two to check it out real quick before going to bed. The next thing I knew, 45 minutes had passed by and I was still enthralled. It's a good game. Thmbsup

Yes it is really addictive!

The other game worth looking out for (I bought it on Steam and then again in a previous Humble Android Bundle) is Osmos. Gets hard quickly, but quite beautiful to watch!
231  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Building a Desktop on: March 06, 2013, 06:57:32 PM
I too would prefer gigabit ethernet to wifi -esp. for a desktop. If you are too far from the router or is too inconvenient you can get gigabit powerline networking now, but to be honest 200mbps or 500mps are more than enough for most purposes.
232  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet Explorer 10 arrives on Windows 7 on: March 06, 2013, 04:19:44 PM
Don't use IE much these days but I installed it and played for a while. Can't see anything I use broken. LastPass works fine.
233  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Building a Desktop on: March 06, 2013, 04:17:21 PM
It's a nice case (with teeth) and a pleasure to build with. Enjoy!

Treat yourself to as much memory as you can cram in! I think if you shop around you should be able to do better on price than the one you indicated.

What about http://www.amazon.com/Cor...3M4X1600C10/dp/B0068ZWZY0

a little saving and you know they are matched.
234  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Office 2013 Home/Business - non-transferable (1 PC p.person) - Caveat emptor. on: March 06, 2013, 04:11:35 PM
LOL - yippee

Actually I bet they haven't back tracked because of the public outcry - I bet it is because LibreOffice and Open Office have seen a surge and their sales are down.

Lots of stupid users out there but it doesn't take a genius to work out that expensive software that dies with your computer is a bad thing! and most people I have spoken to are horrified by the idea of an annual subscription (hell I still see a lot os Office 97, 2000 and XP out there, if you have had 15 years out of the price of your software why would you settle for an annual subscription?).
235  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft and Windows 8 get two fingers from Stardock on: March 06, 2013, 02:36:19 PM
Just downloaded it - the apps scale within their windows (retaining aspect ratio) and you can pin them to the taskbar (if you want to do such a thing).

An extra button is included just inside the app window (next to close) which toggles back full screen - and the button is present in the Metro interface on all apps.

Makes Windows 8 actually useful!
236  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Microsoft and Windows 8 get two fingers from Stardock on: March 06, 2013, 01:54:02 PM
Brilliant Stardock. First there was Start8 to bring back the start menu to Windows 8 and NOW

<trumpet fanfares loudly>

ModernMix ...

Briliiant name for a brilliant idea to get Windows 8 under complete control!!!

http://www.stardock.com/products/modernmix/

Run all the metro apps in windows on the desktop - and start them from the dekstop.

I love the idea of ModernMix - really it should be called RetroMix but an even better name could have been F**KMS

Next question: how long before MS either sues them or offers to buy them out?
237  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Building a Desktop on: March 06, 2013, 01:17:18 PM
Looks like a good collection.

Found the Wireless module a little alarming - how is a wireless n certified device going to deliver 1750Mbps or anything like it?

Even if it is capable of that (which I somewhat doubt) you are going to work hard to find a router that can support speeds like that!

Never used that PSU make before but for a similar price you could get a 750W Corsair PSU (see http://www.newegg.com/Pro...aspx?Item=N82E16817139040 ) and they are fantastic PSUs (but not modular).

How much memory do you plan to use? Chances are you will get better performance from matched pairs of memory sticks in the appropriate slots than one large stick. Make sure you buy a 'kit' or 'kits' to ensure they are matched pairs.

You need to check the maximum length of graphics card supported by the case and check the graphics card to make sure it fits. Try looking for reviews of the case - one of things usually picked up in reviews. This is the case I have and it has lots of space: http://www.newegg.com/Pro...aspx?Item=N82E16811119240 it also has 4 USB ports on the front (2 x USB 2 and 2 x USB 3) which is really handy. Looks fierce too as it has nice red LED fans - probably wouldn't need extra case fans. Having said that I bought a large CM fan to fit in the roof of the box with matching LEDs and it looks great and sucks air away from the CPU nicely. (One of these beasties: http://www.newegg.com/Pro...aspx?Item=N82E16835103072 )

Looks like a fun project - keep us posted (and some photos would be fun)
238  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Humble Bundle 5 with Android on: March 06, 2013, 09:34:10 AM
Beat me to it - worth it for Beat Hazzard Ultra, Night Sky and Solar 2 IMHO - I know others will prefer Dungeon Defenders!
239  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft may be after-taxed $1 Billion by Denmark on: March 06, 2013, 09:31:49 AM
To add to MS woes (or for everyone else a good laugh) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21684329
240  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: upgrade to SSD on: March 06, 2013, 09:29:43 AM
Use a Partition tool to downsize your C: drive so that combined with the support partitions it is smaller than the SSD. If you have data on another user partition copy it to drive C: then use Windows 7 Backup to make a system of Drive C: and the support partitions (not any extra user partitions) to an external drive or DVDs. If you haven't got a Windows 7 original DVD let Backup create a recovery CD.

Install the SSD and then boot from the recovery CD and restore the image to the SSD.

Voila you are done

PS: Probably best to do any cleanups and defrags before you make the backup - give a cleaner start on the SSD and means you don't have to copy as much rubbish.
241  Special User Sections / Adventures of Baby Cody / Re: Baby Cody is in Los Angeles on: March 06, 2013, 04:51:50 AM
I was only partly serious in my suggestion - if you do manage it and post a photo here we had better start a tip jar to cover Mouser's legal fees when he gets sued for trademark infringement!  Kiss
242  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Yahoo email servers hacked on: March 06, 2013, 04:24:41 AM
Most people that I deal with have not seen a way to setup Windows 8 without using an email address.

On at least one computer I set up I could see no way to avoid using an email address except refusing to connect to the internet when prompted - that way it let you set up a local account - up until then it was insistent that you use a live.com address.

I presume different manufacturers organise the setup process in different ways.

Whatever - the majority of non-techie end users just turn on and follow the instructions. When MS says enter your email address now they do it without questioning and end up with a live.com account whether they ever want to use it or not.

I haven't seen anyone (except me) using Office 2013 (and I am going to uninstall it and put 2010 on) and that defaults to SkyDrive for all saving and loading. Yes you can change it but I come across too many end users who have no idea how to save something other than by clicking Save - they don't even know where the files are stored.

This is a worrying development in all major OSes because they are ripe targets for hackers and over time the picking are going to make it more and more worth it. Unfortunately the one thing that seems to be clear is that the hackers keep showing they have the upper hand!!
243  Special User Sections / Adventures of Baby Cody / Re: Baby Cody is in Los Angeles on: March 05, 2013, 10:04:55 AM
We need a picture of him in one of the Os of the Hollywood sign!
244  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More speed/bandwidth from an 802.11n laptop<-->WiFi Router/Modem connection? on: March 05, 2013, 08:58:39 AM
that's quite obvious, isn't it? cheesy tbh, i was not looking to blame anyone, just sharing my experience.

Not to everyone  cheesy tellme ohmy huh embarassed
245  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Yahoo email servers hacked on: March 05, 2013, 02:44:07 AM
  I can't figure out why anyone would use a yahoo or hotmail account anyway, unless they just wanted a throw-away account for some reason.  I've never seen an ISP that didn't already give you anywhere from 5 to 15 email addresses with the internet service.  All you have to do is log on to your account and set up your email address(s).  Then you can use your own spam filters or anti-spam software.  I use MailWasher Pro to wash all the crap from my email account BEFORE I download my emails from my POP3 server.  But, that's just me....

Simple a number of ISPs farm out their email to Yahoo to deal with. BT (the largest telco in the UK) does this for domestic customers. The email address is name@btinternet.com or similar (there are variations on the domain) but at the end of the day it is a yahoo account.

Its exactly the same as organisations contracting their email to Google - a friend of mine has a school email address, she goes to the school website to login to webmail and although there is some customisation of the colour scheme and layout you can see instantly that it is a gmail account.

It's only going to get worse as consumers are pushed to cloud services - hell if you buy a Windows 8 machine most people seem to think that HAVE to sign up for a Windows Live (aka hotmail) account and have their machine permanently linked to Microsoft's servers.

What is really worrying with all these systems is the increase in successful hacking - I you use something like hotmail as your account for Windows 8 and end up syncing personal stuff to the cloud and hacking on that server won't just allow the spread of spam but also the theft of personal information. Savvy computer users can easily avoid this but the vast majority of people have absolutely no clue what is going on!
246  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Yahoo email servers hacked on: March 04, 2013, 02:28:48 PM
Had a deluge of calls from customers today panicking about spam sent from their email account to everyone in their address book.

The common factor was that the email service was provided by the UK telecom BT, which in turn uses Yahoo mail for its none business customers. All of them had their accounts accessed from Yahoo! Mobile in various parts of the world (S. Korea, Vietnam, Netherlands, El Salavdor and more) over the weekend so it looks like either Yahoo's account, email or mobile services have been compromised.

In their usual style BT are claiming it is customers not providing good passwords or leaving them lying around (though how someone in Korea could guess both an email address and the corresponding password in the UK beats me) and Yahoo are conspicuous by their silence on the subject.

Hunting round the internet I found this article:

http://resources.avg.com....ra-email-accounts-hacked/

seems it has now spread to other areas.

If you have a Yahoo email account (or a Yahoo powered account from a partner) check you login history via this link:

https://api.login.yahoo.com/login/history

using your normal email account details.

As a precaution you might want to change your password as a matter of urgency !!!

247  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More speed/bandwidth from an 802.11n laptop<-->WiFi Router/Modem connection? on: March 04, 2013, 09:47:47 AM
however internet downloads peak at 400K/s

That's your internet provider's fault
248  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why Russell Holly returned his Microsoft Surface Pro - A Cautionary Tale on: March 04, 2013, 08:36:46 AM
Is this accurate?
 (see attachment in previous post)

Actually you could add Apple and Google on the right too - all becoming the same these days.
249  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why Russell Holly returned his Microsoft Surface Pro - A Cautionary Tale on: March 04, 2013, 08:07:05 AM
LOL - not much new there then ... MS suck at all forms of sales and aftercare for hardware and software - always have, probably always will.
250  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More speed/bandwidth from an 802.11n laptop<-->WiFi Router/Modem connection? on: March 04, 2013, 03:28:52 AM
Strikes me that a full spec wireless n setup should be better than that. 802.11n should have a much larger range than g, and whilst n-light has a better range it is only single band and not going to be that much better than g.

A lot of manufacturers are going for n-lite these days - personally I think it is a bit of smoke and mirrors. Most people want n (if they even know what it is) and n-lite allows manufacturers to bamboozle people with 'n rated' products that are not full n spec. Presumably it is so that they can claim it is n and it costs them a lot less to produce.

If speed is important to you go for full spec 802.11n throughout. But as I suggested earlier try to buy everything from one manufacturer and if at all possible from the same product range within that catalogus. It is a bit more expensive than n-lite but you are getting at least double the speed and full range/penetration on the signal.

I used to use wireless throughout but now I prefer reliability to clutter free and I use a gigabit switch to connect fixed apparatus together at gigabit speeds, 802.11n lite (using a free router from my ISP - I have an old full rated 802.11n Netgeat router that went a bit flaky and I have to say it worked great while it wasn't flaky but I couldn't justify replacing it given that most of my setup is now wired) for tablets, printers and laptops and  mains plugs for hard to reach fixed stuff like TVs (which provide adequate transfer rates for TV streaming).

Combination seems to work well for me and file transfer between desktop computers is excellent.
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