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2476  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Beware Domain Searching at Network Solutions! on: January 09, 2008, 03:55:30 PM
If you search for a domain at Network Solutions and don't register it immediately, Network Solutions reserves it and will sell it to you at their inflated price.  Just like we always thought....

PC Mag Security Watch Story

DomainState.com broke the story here.

Network Solution's first response - they're "protecting" you from other's grabbing the domain you might want!

Nice, huh?  Creeps.

Jim
2477  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: is someone stealing my bandwidth? on: January 09, 2008, 03:24:52 AM
Is it 802.11g or 802.11b?  Are you broadcasting your SSID?  If you use g but someone else is using b, everyone will have to suffer at b speeds.

Also try to change the channel of the broadcast.

Actually if anyone is stealing the bandwidth they won't see a noticeable difference in internet connection, except maybe for streaming video.  The speed increase (est at 5X) is for data transfer within the network.  Plus, G has a shorter range so at more than about 100 feet the signal degrades to about the same as B.

Jim
2478  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is Vista Creating Duplicate Files of Everything? on: January 09, 2008, 02:41:30 AM
Plus the fact that you can also delete any past images with the imaging programs. You cannot do that with System Restore without losing all.
2479  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is Vista Creating Duplicate Files of Everything? on: January 09, 2008, 02:40:37 AM
I'm thinking it is due to System Restore. I asked him to turn that off and see if it frees up the space. I will report back.
I don't know about Vista, but XP system restore is MS best invention (to compensate for buggy software). So many times, my system became corrupted in some ways, did a system restore to an earlier point, and everything was fixed, magically. My 4 year-old PC is still in it's original installation (no re-install), and it is solely due to system restore.

Yes, but you can do the same and more with a good imaging application, like Acronis or DriveImageXML.

For example, with System Restore you can't restore only certain settings or files.  Acronis TI 11 allows that.   smiley

Jim
2480  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone Else Have an Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Problem in the Winter? on: January 09, 2008, 12:26:42 AM
I wear only cotton clothing as with any synthetic clothing rubbing against another synthetic material it makes me into a "Electro-man"

Same here - 100% cotton.  Though that has always been because poly's were always so hot in the past.  nylon, polyester, etc. - anyone remember when those first came out?  Mostly for the "wrinkle-free" properties?  You'd sweat just looking at them!

Jim
2481  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone Else Have an Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Problem in the Winter? on: January 09, 2008, 12:24:41 AM
J-mac, were you ever struck by lightening anytime in your life? hanging out with you must be an electricfying experience tongue

No!   Grin  Though there have been harrowing times, no lightning.   Cool

Jim
2482  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Logitech's Setpoint on: January 08, 2008, 05:43:15 PM
I have SetPoint on my Vista machine with my Logitech G11 gaming keyboard and G7 wireless gaming mouse, and I have no issues. I use the options frequently to fine tune things and it goes off without a hitch. Thmbsup Not sure why you guys are seeing problems huh

After reading J-Mac's post, though, I will not be buying a $100 webcam from Logitech if it means it may screw over my $150 SoundBlaster card. ohmy

-Brandon

Mine are all on XP Pro - maybe the new drivers they had to develop for Vista work better.

You have never had any lags with your G7?  Their forum is overflowing with users who are seeing this.
2483  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Logitech's Setpoint on: January 08, 2008, 05:41:53 PM
Tranglos - After having no luck with the G5 and G7 mice - lags and delays - the MX Revolution totally rocks!  I'd say the best overall wireless mouse I have used.  I have WebSite Watcher watching the Amazon and Newegg pages for the MX Revolution so I can maybe buy one or two more if they go on a big enough sale.  This mouse works so well I just know Logitech will discontinue it!!

MX Revolution is indeed sweet. The only thing I don't like about it is that it runs no more than 3-4 days without charging - compared to months for mice with replaceable batteries, but those were too heavy for me. But MX Revolution looks like a damn spaceship sitting on my desk, all is forgiven! smiley



True, but if you have tried their other wireless mice, some only get 8 to 12 hours!  I have a G7 and three extra batteries to keep swapping them out!  So four days is a lifetime compared to that.  BTW, the G5 doesn't have any spare batteries available and they have a short charge life also.

Jim
2484  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is Vista Creating Duplicate Files of Everything? on: January 08, 2008, 05:38:44 PM
I'm thinking it is due to System Restore. I asked him to turn that off and see if it frees up the space. I will report back.

Oh, it definitely is - that is how Vista does its System Restore.  Like Carol recommended, using Acronis or DriveImageXML instead of SR can eliminate the shadow copies, but I think that only helps future ones.  I din't know of a way to delete those that are already created.

Jim
2485  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone Else Have an Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Problem in the Winter? on: January 08, 2008, 05:36:27 PM
I keep thinking that with technology exploding as it is, there will be something discovered to take care of this.  But it never seems to happen.   ohmy

Jim
2486  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone Else Have an Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Problem in the Winter? on: January 08, 2008, 05:35:10 PM
Ditto what app said. You should also look at what you wear on your feet while walking around the house. If you can wear something with pure rubber soles.

Rubber soles on carpet are deadly.  Lots of static generated with rubber soles.

As Carol recommended, I go barefoot inside sometimes, but it doesn't seem to help.  I have so many small to medium size ant-static pads in my house that it's kind of comical at times.

Jim
2487  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone Else Have an Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Problem in the Winter? on: January 08, 2008, 05:33:25 PM
I have lots of static problems with my car (and have with all the different cars I have owned in the past) - the discharge strips you can dangle off the car don't seem to do anything for me so I presume it is me discharging rather than the car!

I also wear a lot of outdoor sports type clothing and find I get zapped nightly as I get ready for bed ... (not in a pleasant way I might add  embarassed).

My cats also get shocks from me (which doesn't go down well but they forgive me pretty quickly for my quirky behaviour).

Don't know what the solution is - short of spending your life with bare feet on a floor that conducts to earth!

Sounds like you have a bit of this, Carol. Mine has always been extreme, though.  I can deal with it, but not the occasional frying of components!

Jim
2488  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone Else Have an Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Problem in the Winter? on: January 08, 2008, 05:31:51 PM
Sounds like you need a humidifier of some sort in your house. I prefer the evaporative type.

Outside of your house, there isn't that much you can do.

Got it via a central air conditioning unit that also controls humidity. Any more and we'll all be dripping!

Thanks.

Jim
2489  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Anyone Else Have an Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Problem in the Winter? on: January 08, 2008, 04:35:46 PM
As soon as winter arrives and the heat goes on, I turn into "Electro-man"!

My family avoids me like the plague.  I don't even have to touch anyone;  if I just get too close the blue sparks fly, loud snaps are heard, and people are screaming at me!  "Snnaapp!! Oowww!  Get away from me!"  I look like a complete nut (in reality I am nowhere near complete, but I am trying hard) when trying to put my key in the door lock.  I try to turn on a light switch and it takes me forever, because I am putting my finger close and then pulling it away, until finally I flip it and get a giant blue spark jump out and try to take my finger off.

I purchased a little device that can go on a keyring, but I just carry it around my little finger like a ring.  If I touch that to something first it gets the shock, though occasionally it jumps right out the back and gets me too.  I have a "wireless anti-shock wristband" that doesn't help at all.  In every room I have a small electrostatic release pad attached to a receptacle's ground plug, so I can touch that before anything else in the room.  Whenever I wash my hands I get a blue spark jump out of the water stream when I get close to it.  All that anyone in the house hears from me during the winter months is, "SNAP!!  OUCH, @%^$$!!@&^!*^@*!&@^*!!!!!!".  Over and over again.

But I can still be destructive.  So far this year, even with me taking great care, I ruined a relatively small floor fan, the kind that oscillates and has a small remote control?  It was locked in a stationary position and someone had apparently bumped it so it was facing the wrong way.  It has a cage coated with vinyl or something, so I did not expect what happened next.  I reached out to reposition the fan by turning it a little and as my fingers got to within about two or three inches and a blue flash jumped out and met my fingertips.  Yeeooww!  Except the fan immediately turned of and has not started again.  I have no doubt that it is fried and will never work again.  It is still much better than past years, though, when I have fried a digital cable box, a Panasonic AM/FM receiver, CD/DVD multiplayer -- actually part of my home theater set up -- and a 40 GB Seagate pocket drive.  Sometimes something that I thought I fried will work again after a day's rest, but too many are ruined for good.

Has anyone else ever had such a problem?  I actually mentioned this to my physician once and he simply laughed.  One of these days I will reach out and touch his nose - see if he laughs then!   Grin

It sounds funny, I know.  But it truly is maddening!

Thanks.

Jim
2490  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: is someone stealing my bandwidth? on: January 08, 2008, 04:14:14 PM
A quick note:  I have read of folks who had their router wide open and others "overused" the bandwidth, causing the actual ISP customer to cancel their accounts because they were over-limit in bandwidth.  Look at the DSLReports forum and you'll see users moaning about Comcast (my ISP) cancelling them without even a warning. Of course they were the over users in those cases.  But if a neighbor gets on your connection and starts downloading and uploading 24-7, even via torrents - your account is what will get canceled.  so make sure you are buttoned up!

Jim
2491  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is Vista Creating Duplicate Files of Everything? on: January 08, 2008, 04:06:58 PM
It must be possible to stop the VSC service and set it to disabled.

Turn off System Restore too and use an incremental backup solution if you want regular snapshots of your system.

I believe Carol is correct. The only way I can find to stop VSS is to shut off System Restore.  If you can't afford Acronis True Image to use in place of SR, then give DriveImageXML a try.  It's free and it has gotten good write ups.

Jim
2492  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Logitech's Setpoint on: January 08, 2008, 04:03:08 PM
No issues at all on WinXP SP2. The drivers that come on CD with the device are usually outdated though, and I've seen bugs in SetPoint 3.x. Nothing that affected system stability however, just UI annoyances, such as various settings not remembered across reboots. Upgrading to the latest 4.0.x release seems to fix them.

I've never used gamepads though, just mice - MX Revolution and a "wired" (what's the opposite of cordless?) laser mouse.


Tranglos - After having no luck with the G5 and G7 mice - lags and delays - the MX Revolution totally rocks!  I'd say the best overall wireless mouse I have used.  I have WebSite Watcher watching the Amazon and Newegg pages for the MX Revolution so I can maybe buy one or two more if they go on a big enough sale.  This mouse works so well I just know Logitech will discontinue it!!

Jim
2493  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Logitech's Setpoint on: January 08, 2008, 03:59:41 PM
Check the Logitech Forum and you'll see that you are not alone.  Several solutions are discussed there, but different ones seem to work for different users.

Personally, I have had much difficulty at times but the 4.x versions run OK for me now.  Also, make sure to give UberOptions a try.  UberOptions is an add-on that gives you a lot more options, more customization of the various buttons on different mice.  (meeces?)  E.g., on my MX Revolution wireless mouse you cannot use the middle button in Firefox to open a new tab. UberOptions adds that plus many other added features.  UberOptions is developed by Richard Lowens - rloens on the forum.  He's a user who is apparently a good coder also.

Setpoint used to automatically install the Logitech Desktop Manager (LDM) which you don't want.  Part of it is simply an installation of Backweb.  It is constantly running in the background and sends advertising pop-ups to your desktop.  (I think they were all Logitech ads, but I hate it just the same!)  It also pops up when a new version is available, but you can get that functionality with Secunia's free PSI program.  (Personal Software Inspector)  It places 78 separate entries in your Startup config!  It also talks to Logitech far too much for my liking.

Also, if you use a Logitech Web Cam, be very careful and read up as much as you can before installing the drivers for it.  Two separate webcam drivers turned out to be incompatible with Creative SoundBlaster sound cards and caused some sudden hard crashes - hard to recover from because as soon as you'd restart your PC it would crash again as the sound card drivers initialized.  I had to use system restore in safe mode.  After the first time this occurred on a pretty widespread basis Logitech discovered that it was their built-in sound drivers for the webcam's auto-record audio feature - Echo-something or other.  Then after getting that fixed they released another driver with the exact same conflict 8 months later!   ohmy

Jim
2494  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: roboform2go or sticky password? on: January 08, 2008, 03:30:37 AM
BTW, who here is experienced with Keepass?  I have been trying to set it up to see if I can use it, but I am having some difficulty with importing anything into it.

The only way it can do much with importing, it appears, is via plug-ins. And some of the plug-ins look like they were written in a way to confound users!  Others that look like they would be good are not available. (Downloads don't work or link to their downloads doesn't work). And if it can't import my existing passwords, then I don't need it at all.

Thanks!

Jim
2495  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: is someone stealing my bandwidth? on: January 08, 2008, 03:23:14 AM
I may be wrong but even if someone "borrows" your wireless Internet access your ISP gets the traffic???

Yes.  And I think that's what the OP is concerned about, among others.  If that person does something that your ISP forbids, guess who gets the boot?  Wink

Jim
2496  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: roboform2go or sticky password? on: January 08, 2008, 03:20:23 AM
Hmph! All the export feature does is export the url associated with the passcard  Angry. It doesn't do anything with your login information. This is probably a good thing, from a security perspective. <sigh> I guess my earlier thought, which is to use copy and past to save all the information manually, is the way forward. However, I'm not giving up yet - I'm going to do the unthinkable and consult the user's guide for more options (if any).

Preventing export that you want to do, and that's a good thing??  Personally, I prefer apps to leave that up to me.  If I am foolish enough to do a dumb thing with that file, it's my fault.

But I don't like it much when the developer decides to not grant me full access to "protect me from myself".   Cool

Jim
2497  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: is someone stealing my bandwidth? on: January 08, 2008, 02:39:22 AM
Quickest way IMO, assuming that this is your network and you therefore have access to the router software, is to go into the router settings when your connection is slow and take a look at the DHCP table. Or it might be called the routing table, depending on the brand of the router.  That will show you which computers are connected at that time - any that aren't yours, disconnect 'em!

Jim
2498  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is Vista Creating Duplicate Files of Everything? on: January 08, 2008, 02:34:25 AM
wreckedcarzz:

Unless Microsoft has changed this with an update, ALL versions have Shadow copies.  That's how Vista creates System Restore points.  However the "Previous Versions" feature - which allows you to access those backups is grayed out in Home Basics and Home Premium.  They re only accessible in Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate.  Here's a couple of links that state this:

http://www.pcpitstop.com/news/dave/2007-04.asp

And this is on the Vista WishList on Chris Quirk's Blog:

"3:  Hidden "previous versions" data

Some editions of Vista do not include the "Previous Versions" feature, and yet the underlying engine continues to generate and maintain these, even though there's no UI to use them.

This is not only wasteful in terms of performance, battery life, global warming etc., it also poses a privacy/security risk.  If someone upgrades the edition of Vista to one that does include the "Previous Versions" feature, then previous versions of data files become available, even though these were spawned before the edition of Vista was upgraded.

In my opinion, editions that do not include the "Previous Versions" feature should not create and maintain multiple previous versions of data files (i.e. over and above NTFS's transaction logging and rollback) and should not expose these after an edition upgrade. "

 
Jim
2499  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What kind of tagging system would be appropriate for DC? on: January 07, 2008, 04:03:08 PM
This is a mess.  And it can get worse, I imagine.

Jim
2500  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What is appropriate content for DonationCoder? on: January 07, 2008, 03:50:29 PM
My final comment here on the topic:

The question keeps coming up about exactly whom should determine what content is appropriate and what is not.  That's easy!  He who owns the ball makes the rules.  Determination in all cases can only be made by mouser, as it is his forum.  No one can truly be objective, but mouser doesn't need to be objective; any content filtering decisions should be his.

Other forums with which I am familiar publish fairly detailed rules for posting.  (And some have very vague rules also).  And then Moderators enforce those rules, usually only as to minor infractions with any serious or controversial posting problems being brought directly to the administrator for action.  Works at most forums!

mouser expressed the following in his first post in this thread:

...Let me say that i am very interested in the site being a friendly place for young kids to be able to hang out.  We had a poll recently of reader ages, and id say we have a definite demographic that skews older, we do have some younger people, and young coders...

If that is what he wants, he will probably be somewhat cautious in post content monitoring.  If he decides that this is not a forum where children should be, then he should decide to be much more lax with the rules.  He is ultimately responsible for the forums, but if he decides to leave it up to users - who will never really agree as to unacceptable content - then he might want to change the comment about the site being for "young kids".

Or create limited access forums for the content that he might find not suitable for those young kids.

Just some thoughts.

Jim
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