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1976  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Welcome to Big Brother UK on: April 03, 2012, 12:49:50 AM

Regarding #6, while it's undoubtedly true that the UK has more CCTV per capita than any other country, the statistics they use, (from a survey in ~2005), to arrive at the quoted figures are open to scrutiny.

Another view of those figures: FactCheck: how many CCTV cameras?

And #19 is just plain bullsh!t.  She is not working in her garden, she is working on a public village flowerbed.  As such she is bound by the same OHS directives that council workers/tradespeople/etc are.
1977  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: restart router after few minutes of inactivity on: April 02, 2012, 10:44:48 PM
Task Schedule for Windows 7, (may have to tweak since I don't have a Pirelli), attached below.

You'll need wget.exe which is in the archive, I've put it in C:\ for this purpose but just move it wherever and change the Task accordingly.

1) Open the Task Scheduler and import the Reset Pirelli.xml file
2) Task is listed, double-click to edit

[attachthumb=2]

Change the parameters as you like.

A bit more info on what constitutes an Idle state wrt the Task Scheduler:
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Idle Conditions
You can set a condition that tells the task to run only if the computer is in an idle state for a specific amount of time when a trigger is activated. When you set this condition, you also set the amount of time to wait (after the task is triggered) for the computer to enter an idle state.

The Task Scheduler service will check if the computer is in an idle state every 15 minutes. A computer is considered to be in an idle state when a screen saver is running. If a screen saver is not running, then the computer is considered to be in an idle state if there is 0% CPU usage and 0% disk input or output for 90% of the past fifteen minutes and if there is no keyboard or mouse input during this period of time. Once the Task Scheduler service detects that the computer is in an idle state, the service only waits for user input to mark the end of the idle state.
1978  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NAS Recommendations? on: April 02, 2012, 07:41:21 PM
I didn't get the original deal from this site, but it does explain what happened: HP N40L ProLiant MicroServer for $112

Sold out within 41 minutes!  They must have forgotten to update the site for a day or two.

The $270 must be the one from Newegg, (at least there's free shipping), which is not that far from what I paid all up, (AU$242=~US$254).  We've currently got a small flood of these in Australia at the moment, (all $219 +/- $2), apparently as part of a large HP order a distributor had to take 1000 units at reduced price, (or something like that), so a few places are selling them, (even throwing in the HP DVD-RW for free).

They're still running £100 cashback on these in the UK until April 30th, making them £99-140, (AU$150-210).
1979  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NAS Recommendations? on: April 02, 2012, 07:01:52 AM
For anyone in the USA, (as I wish I was for this), you can get the HP ProLiant MicroServer N40L for $111.99, (+ shipping probably), from Insight.

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Now THAT is an absolute bargain, (unless shipping is a gold-plated ripoff).
1980  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'm Going to Build a PC. Suggestions? on: April 02, 2012, 05:15:53 AM
Yes, same case - Antec Three Hundred.
1981  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: restart router after few minutes of inactivity on: April 01, 2012, 08:27:16 PM
Isn't this likely more the domain of a modem rather than router?

Unfortunately, router is rather generically used for combined modem/router these days, as is modem when they mean the combined modem/router, (parents).  undecided
1982  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: restart router after few minutes of inactivity on: April 01, 2012, 07:29:49 PM
What's your router make/model ?

Do you have access to your routers configuration settings, (user/password) ?

This will be more easily accomplished by sending commands via telnet I would think but before that we can try turning some things off in the router, (like error logging).

Also, do you do a lot of BitTorrenting, (that can also screw up a router by having too many NAT sessions open - router dependant) ?
1983  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Portable Fix It Troubleshooters Suite from Microsoft on: April 01, 2012, 07:23:29 PM
I have it on a Flash drive but it still wanted to connect to the internet when I tried to fix a network problem on an XP computer and because it couldn't it didn't do anything.
1984  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I Need DC Input on: April 01, 2012, 05:56:32 AM
Now you can 'rest' until I need guidance for my Linux install!  cheesy

For the installation of Linux, I'd recommend you unplug the SATA drive with Win7 on it - that way there's no chance of partitioning the wrong drive or of LILO, GRUB or something being written to it and screwing up the Windows boot.  Afterwards you could add the Linux entry to the Windows boot menu using EasyBCD.

Or give Wubi a try, (which you can also add to the start menu, looking at EasyBCD).

But over to someone more knowledgeable than me for Linux.  cheesy
1985  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ... a Gateway cure ... on: April 01, 2012, 12:20:45 AM
- but when I added the 2nd box to the network, both [apparently] came down with the same condition.  No way that should happen.

Just to clarify, are you saying that:
a) the Intel Gateway was already doing it and then when you added the AMD Gateway to the network it started doing it, or
b) they were both running fine until they were both added to the network, or
c) the AMD Gateway started doing it when connected to the network and then the problem migrated to the Intel Gateway when it was connected.

Would it be a good idea to try them both when they aren't connected to any network, have them standalone and running a burn-in program, (eg. Super-Pi), for 12 hours or so.

That should isolate it to network related or not, then you can start by putting network settings back to basic levels, (eg. no Homegroup, etc.).

1986  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Best USB/Bootable recovery and "utility" tools on: March 31, 2012, 09:13:34 PM
I don't think the mod of Restore Registry Wizard just means changing paths unfortunately.

Maybe not but the biggest change seems to be in the folder names, RegResWiz looks specifically for folders in System Volume Information starting with _restore.

Under Win7 they don't, they are just identifiers within brackets, eg. {FD721EA1-0DC0-4191-85F7-4D474E00E2DB}.

Maybe making the program parse the filenames within the folders will make it a little more robust.
1987  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Best USB/Bootable recovery and "utility" tools on: March 31, 2012, 08:29:36 PM
Yes - it is under registry tools - called Restore Registry Wizard.

Found it, also found the source code in VB, (attached) - wonder if it's not too hard to update.  I would think it's only a discrepancy between the identifier on the files, (the bit between the {}), and the lookup he uses in the registry, (or wherever it hides).

Or maybe just a dirty port to AutoIt.

Hmmm found this:

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These instructions apply only to Windows 7

This allows you to restore a recent windows vista/7 registry backup manually (note this could be up to 10 days old).

It is very similar to the method I used in XP but doesn't give access to all the restore points but it might save the day. Apparently these backups are made automatically.

I believe that's the backup that's used if you choose Last Known Good Configuration from the F8 boot menu.
1988  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Best USB/Bootable recovery and "utility" tools on: March 31, 2012, 07:09:58 PM
In particular I miss the registry tool for manually applying System Restore points when System Restore fails.

Is this the same as doing this: Manually restore the system registry for Windows XP ?

I wouldn't think that procedure would be all that different under W7, guess I'll have a look.

Is it a particular program that does this on UBCD4Win, (couldn't see anything that mentioned System Restore in the Version History or Tool list) ?
1989  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: PC Time on: March 30, 2012, 06:52:29 PM
I use Windows XP. How can I list WakeUp events there?

I'll have to check further but the XP Pro machine I'm on atm doesn't appear to have any power events listed, which I find a little strange but maybe this is normal for XP.

There appears to be some ready made scripts over on the AutoIt forum so I'll see if I can adapt for your output requirements.

@4wd - thanks for putting that together!  Thmbsup

Thanks 40, I kind of like the Event Log in W7 - it and the Task Scheduler are so much better than previous versions.
1990  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: PC Time on: March 29, 2012, 04:05:55 PM
What OS are you running?

If it's Win7 then the attached Event Log filter will display WakeUp events, (which includes Sleep/WakeUp times), for the last 30 days.  Looking at the details for the events will also tell you whether the Hybernation file was written, (hyber.sys).

Open the Event Log and choose:
1) Import Custom View..., select the Sleep-WakeUp.xml file and hit OK to get back to Event Log.

You'll now have a Custom View called:
2) Sleep-WakeUp, you can select the events and save as a CSV for import into Excel, etc. for a bit of data massaging.  You just need the lines starting with Sleep Time and Wake Time, (the time is in UTC so you need to allow for timezone).

[attachthumb=1]

Event Source Kernel-Power with an Event ID of 42 will also tell you when the system is entering Sleep mode but doesn't provide much info on why.  I've only seen two reasons on my PC: Application API or System Idle.

There's also the free Event Log Explorer, (register for the free license), that'll work on WinNT and later.
1991  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'm Going to Build a PC. Suggestions? on: March 29, 2012, 05:15:12 AM
Personally I think the PSU/RAM bundle you mentioned is too cheap - you need a good quality PSU (poor/cheap PSU's are a major cause of intermittent headaches) and the best RAM you can find. Never had any problems with Corsair or Crucial memory.

Um, the PSU/RAM bundle he mentioned is Corsair.  It's the kind of deal you'd go for if you were building your generic business desktop.
1992  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'm Going to Build a PC. Suggestions? on: March 29, 2012, 02:37:11 AM
You could save some money by not investing in the Hyper 212+ from the start, as I said above, the stock Intel HSF is more than adequate for that CPU up to around 4.3GHz.  If further down the track you want to push the CPU a little more or just want something quieter, (you'll probably find that the GPU HSF will make more noise than the CPU HSF), then you could invest in the Noctua/CM/etc.

Unless you're a real audiophile, the onboard sound will be more than adequate.

Also, I don't think you can plug that CPU into that motherboard - the CPU is a LGA1155 and the motherboard is for LGA2011 i7, (just looked and you can't).

For the i5-2500K you need something like: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 - $224.96

So dropping the HSF and changing the motherboard will save you ~$100

If you then use:
Corsair 600W Builder Series™ CX600 - $49.99
and
2 x Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance 8GB - $99.98

You end up with 16GB of faster RAM, (PSU bundle only came with DDR3-1333), and you save $5.00 smiley
1993  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: JustCloud.com: It's All Lies on: March 28, 2012, 06:41:45 AM
...they just seemed to offer unlimited storage for free,

TBH, they don't say you get Free Unlimited Storage.  They say you get Free Storage and there's also Unlimited Storage, (for a price).

It's just the typical marketing doublespeak that's common these days.
1994  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 8 is just a Service/crapware pack for Windows 7 on: March 27, 2012, 07:36:37 PM
Actually, "New Math" does work, and does increase my computational time...

I think I'd prefer any "New Math" to reduce my computational time so I can get on and do other things.
1995  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'm Going to Build a PC. Suggestions? on: March 27, 2012, 06:54:11 PM
I'd spring the extra $35 and get the i5-2500K - these things are probably the best 'bang for buck' CPU around, you can go up to 4.3GHz by just changing the multiplier, all on the stock HSF.

You won't need the extra PCI USB card, that motherboard already has 10 x USB2, (4 on the back, 6 on headers), ports and 4 x USB3, (2 on the back, 2 on headers), ports - so all you need is the backplane brackets if you require the extra ports.

Here's a USB2 one:
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Regarding the case, (Ugh! - sorry smiley  I prefer understated ones these days), since it's for a gaming rig - will you be carrying it around to friends and LAN nights?

If you are, then I'd recommend the Cooler Master Storm Scout - a lot of space inside for your build, good cable management and carry handles.

If this is a stationary object that wont be going anywhere, then whatever floats your boat - although one that has front USB3 ports to take advantage of the headers on the motherboard would be good.
These days, I would not think of buying a case with less than either 3 USB ports, (2x USB2 + 1x USB3), or 4 USB2 ports available on the front.  As an example, the Fractal Design Arc Midi which also comes with fan controller.

EDIT: Carol snuck in ahead: +1 for Gigabyte, +1 for Noctua but if you can't afford the Noctua coolers, (in case you want something a bit better than stock), then the Cooler Master Hyper series are good, (eg. Hyper 212+).
1996  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 27, 2012, 03:50:10 AM
Smoking takes 10 years off your life, if I hadn't of smoked when I was 20 I'd be 60 by now.
1997  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Old Hard Drives on: March 26, 2012, 04:14:53 AM

So what is that? Some sort of gryoscope-like device? What's the point of it? I mean besides looking cool/fun?

Tesla Turbinew

It's a turbine, same kind of thing they hang off jet aircraft wings to make them fly, (different design obviously).

It's a bladeless, (normal turbines have blades), turbine engine with one moving part, the rotors.

Not only that but if you have it so the rotor shaft is driven, (instead of driving), then it becomes a pump that will handle gas or liquid.
1998  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'm Going to Build a PC. Suggestions? on: March 26, 2012, 03:45:36 AM
^ Good catch.

Swap the CPU for a i5-2500K, double the RAM (2x4GB), and use two HDDs and it should still be under $1000 and have a lot more grunt for pretty much anything.

You could probably squeeze a new Intel Z68 board in there also.
1999  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'm Going to Build a PC. Suggestions? on: March 26, 2012, 02:17:05 AM
One other thing I learned from my subscription to MaximumPC is that the AMD GPU's doesn't support PhysX that's included in cool games like Batman:  Arkham City.  So, I guess I'll go with nVidia.

An nVidia GPU isn't required for PhysX - it's only required if you want to offload some of work to the GPU rather than have the CPU do it.

With current model GPUs and CPUs I doubt whether you'd notice any appreciable difference.
2000  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Old Hard Drives on: March 26, 2012, 01:53:34 AM
Make a Tesla Turbine.
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