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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Overclock help required ! on: April 22, 2014, 12:24:16 PM
Well, I got the impression from the OP that he's looking for a low-to-zero-cost speedboost, but I may be wrong...

Same here...can't spend it if ya ain't got it to spend.
2  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Have Windows 8.0 Pro Lic. Swap 4 W7 Ult. on: April 20, 2014, 10:08:30 PM
Yeah, the huge selling point of Windows 7 Ultimate was that Microsoft promised all these cool things were going to come out exclusively for Ultimate owners...and nothing ever came. Well, besides a stupid game. It was rather lame.
3  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Have Windows 8.0 Pro Lic. Swap 4 W7 Ult. on: April 20, 2014, 08:18:40 PM
Something you may want to explore is the fact that Microsoft provides down-grade rights to Windows 7 Pro for those who own Windows 8 Pro.

Read all about it here.

It's a bit of a hassle and it's 7 Pro not 7 Ultimate, but it might be better than sitting around waiting for someone to take you up on your offer and you'd still have your copy of Windows 8 in case you decided to move to it later.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android: Multilingual Input Options on: April 20, 2014, 08:09:48 PM
My new phone comes with a customized version of SwiftKey and it's just wonderful. I had bought SwiftKey on a Google sale for either a dime or a quarter a year or two ago. This customized version is even better.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Overclock help required ! on: April 20, 2014, 08:08:02 PM
I remember the good ole days of having a 300 MHz Celeron and being able to overclock it to 450 MHz. cheesy

Unfortunately, those days are gone. If you don't have high quality RAM to go along with a high quality CPU, you're only going to experience headaches when trying to overclock.

It's not worth it and things have gotten to the point that even 3 or 4 year old computers are plenty fast enough to do everything except some demanding games.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Skype and Webcam: HD or not? on: April 20, 2014, 10:28:47 AM

I can vouch for this site. I used his site as a reference when I needed to pick up a webcam for a project a couple years ago. He had more information on one web page than every other site that discussed webcams put together.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 'Microsoft fix it' softfare to fix uninstall problems. Trustworthy? on: April 19, 2014, 05:45:02 PM
They are trustworthy & I've used them a time or two myself. Sometimes you just don't have time to go through doing everything manually & a good double-click solution is ideal.

I think I've used different ones a total of four or five times & every time it worked perfectly & worked as described. Insert standard 'make a backup before you make any major changes to your computer' speech here.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Scary Driveby Attack / Mysterious failure / Other on: April 19, 2014, 10:55:36 AM
Yikes! I didn't hear about this! I haven't downloaded new defs in a while - so I should avoid it?!!


What? Your AV only fully protects you if you have up-to-date signatures.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Scary Driveby Attack / Mysterious failure / Other on: April 17, 2014, 07:46:31 PM
To comment on the original topic, friends don't let friends use Microsoft Security Essentials. Seriously!

I have seen it let people down time and time again. The only reason it enjoys the popularity it does is because it's free.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How is youtube tracking me? on: April 15, 2014, 08:45:16 PM
Here's a very simple solution.

Stay logged into GMail in one browser, say Firefox...and do all your YouTubing in a different one, say IE. Simple solution.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft dropping support for Windows 8.1 on: April 15, 2014, 08:43:26 PM
Ya know, computing in the 80's with everyone's first starter machine just wasn't this hard. "Company sold products. Consumers took their pick of five that they wanted. Then the deal was done".

Are you kidding me? Back then if you needed a patch for your OS or agame...or a device driver you were either on the phone paying Ma Bell out the butt for long-distance charges or you were on an online service like CompuServ paying $6/hour...at 300 baud!

Even then there was no guarantee what you downloaded was going to fix your problem. And if it didn't, you were still out the money.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How is youtube tracking me? on: April 12, 2014, 11:12:18 AM
Google and its evil policy of integrating everything to a single account makes deleting cookies a pain. I have to have gmail open at all times. If I delete the cookie for google.com, gmail logs me out.

Oh, you should never have GMail open at all times. Like you said, Google ties everything to that cookie so when you are logged in they can track way too much of your activity.

 I'm currently 'forced' to have two GMail accounts, one for my Android phone and one for my college email account. My solution is to restrict them to my phone & read any mail for those accounts there.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Create Local & Cloud copy of the same files on multiple computers & stay synced on: April 11, 2014, 07:24:08 PM
That's the whole point of that "P" in VPN.

Please obey the rules when using our VN. There's no P in it and we'd like to keep it that way.

(Modern take on the old pool joke.)


Well...I thought it was funny. Wink
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: send PNG by email but inserted into email instead of as an attachment on: April 11, 2014, 07:20:44 PM
As a a general rule, if you want to embed an image into the middle of an email rather than having along as an attachment then you have to format the email as HTML.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How is youtube tracking me? on: April 11, 2014, 07:18:44 PM
Using cookies to store data is very 1990s. LocalStorage is where it's at because it's a lot harder for end users to access and delete the contents.

Fortunately, for those who use Firefox there is Self-Destructing Cookies. Per-site settings to never allow cookies, always allow cookies, and allow cookies and nuke them a set amount of time after you have left the site. Clears out that pesky LocalStorage as well.

I've been using it a very long time and it's never let me down.
16  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Logitech Revolution MX Mouse - Spring Cleaning on: April 08, 2014, 10:09:34 PM
I love my G700. It's the 'spiritual' successor to the MX with a high DPI suitable for gaming and more buttons than you can shake a stick at.

EDIT: Forgot to mention that a search on the net will yield you a fix for that flaky mouse button if I remember correctly.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Dead Hot Chicks Boost Weather Ratings? on: April 07, 2014, 07:31:03 AM
Superboyac beat me to it, but I came into this thread to say that hot chicks, whether they be dead, alive, or even fictional, boost the ratings of everything.

No exceptions.

Ever.

And nobody cares about the fat guy that drowned while riding an inner tube during a flash flood.

No exceptions.

Ever.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend a 64GB\128GB pendrive on: April 06, 2014, 12:59:44 PM
TrueCrypt is an excellent way to encrypt your goodies & its a portable installation. Just install it to your USB drive & then make the rest of the empty space a TrueCrypt container. For the truly paranoid, you can create a container inside a container for plausible deniability.

It's a tested, proven, open-source solution. Used with a good, strong password no one unauthorized will be looking at your data anytime soon. Just don't ever forget your password or you won't be looking at your data anytime soon, either.  Wink
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: are wireless projectors just a bandwidth hog? on: April 06, 2014, 12:55:06 PM
Uverse TV set-top boxes use wifi? Really? Holy cow...I can see that working when you have one HDTV in the family room that everyone congregates around to watch TV together, but what happens when the DVR kicks in recording two (or more) HD programs at once? While Junior is upstairs also watching an HD channel in his bedroom? I see things falling apart after a certain point...unless AT&T is compressing the heck out of their channels, but that's only going to lead to other compromises in quality.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: application help on: April 05, 2014, 01:59:42 PM
What do you mean exactly by training you in software development? Teaching you how to program? How to manage a team of programmers working on a product? More details will make it easier for someone to make suggestions.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend a 64GB\128GB pendrive on: April 04, 2014, 07:40:43 AM
Being a techie has its upsides and downsides when it comes to dealing with technology. Because we know how things work, we have infinitely more patience in dealing with technology on a day to day basis and we're really good about staying mellow when the database is slow to update or things on the network are chugging lethargically...because we know what's going on behind the scenes.

However, because we know how things work, we have infinitely less patience in dealing with technology that has no good reason for being slow beyond it being a bad design. We have a tendency to get vocal and make sure all of those around us know exactly what we think of the situation. And woe to the person in purchasing who rubber-stamped an approval on a purchase order for that piece of crap.  Grin
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend a 64GB\128GB pendrive on: April 02, 2014, 07:40:37 AM
I'd be careful buying any SanDisk flash drives these days. They had a seriously bad run of drives a while back with lots of people reporting drives showing up DOA or dying inexplicably after a few months. I would definitely make sure they've improved things before buying one.

I can recommend the Patriot Rage XT line of drives. They come in both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 varieties. Both sport a retractable design so you don't have to worry about losing a cap.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Best Email Extractor? on: April 02, 2014, 07:33:25 AM
So you're wanting something to help you send out spam? I don't think anyone here is going to help you do that.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A three drive system - the sweet spot on: March 23, 2014, 07:26:18 PM
I upgraded my boot drive to an SSD drive a year or two ago and it's been well worth it, especially if you do anything on your PC that loads a lot of data frequently like games.

I don't treat my SSD drive with kid gloves, either. I let the swap file and whatever else Windows normally stores on the C: drive to reside on it with no ill effects thus far. Knock wood.  smiley
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OneNote now on Mac as well, +FREE everywhere, + Cloud service powered. on: March 22, 2014, 11:24:16 AM
The reasons for the Mac's apparent decline seem to hinge mainly on over-pricing (so reducing quantities sold as demand is price-elastic), an insistence on remaining a relatively closed black-box/proprietary system (so these two points led to fewer applications being developed), and considerably slowed forward technological development. The Mac thus appeals to a relatively narrow market nowadays.

The PC, on the other hand, seems to have evolved rapidly to generally catch up and then eclipse the Mac. It has become the lowest common denominator for computer technology. Especially important here is the growth in the domain of applications development - making the PC appealing to a relatively wide market. The PC has become a ubiquitous commodity with a progressively reducing price (in real terms) due to economies of large-scale production, produced to meet a correspondingly increasing demand (which is price-elastic).

Now it's time for Fun With Words!!! The rules for playing are simple. Just take the excerpt from IainB's response above and replace the word 'Mac' with the word 'iOS', replace the word 'PC' with the word 'Android', and the term 'computer technology' with the term 'mobile technology'!  Aren't words fun?  Cool

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It's a fascinating study in technological evolution.

Apparently, it's also a fascinating study in history repeating itself. smiley
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