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Living Room / Re: Et tu, Sourceforge?
« on: December 21, 2014, 07:52 AM »
If a developer wants to "bundle" his apps with other tools that are "OPT-IN", so that they will not install by default by a distracted user,

Does anyone actually use opt-in? I don't think I've ever seen anything other than opt-out. I'm more concerned about the cases where you opt out of everythng, and in spite of that, you find something has taken over the home page, search engine of every installed web browser.

Living Room / Et tu, Sourceforge?
« on: December 20, 2014, 01:24 PM »
In a world where even Sourceforge bundles malware (why dignify it by calling it pupware?), is the era of recommending cool software over? I thought one of the talking points of open source software was that it was more secure because you had access to the source code? How about the source code to that malware?

In the "good old days" of unwanted software bundling, you could just people to pay attention because the installt going to try to install something, just hit Decline, Decline, and just say no to the extra stuff. Hey that still works with Java and the Ask Toolbar! But nowadays with most other stuff, you can decline everything that pops up and still end up spending half a day un-junking all your web browsers. And forget recommending software to less technical people, I was recently asked to recommend an antivirus, I recommended Avast, but I ended up being the one installing it. It's a good thing to because the direct link from Avast's web site goes to cnet downloads, and most people are going to just click straight on that cnet bundleware installer. If he had done that, my friend would have been mad at me for getting more malware on his system. (I was able to find a link on the Avast forums to a post with a non-bundleware installer for Avast).

When a developer agrees to this, I no longer trust the developer anymore. Once you decide it is OK to bundle malware with your software, the bundling of malware becomes the primary purpose of your software. I know some developers write software for free because they simply love to make cool software. Maybe over time, some developers feel like they've been burned by users making impossible demands for the developers' limited time, and this is their way to get revenge against ALL of the users, and in their minds, they are finally getting paid for their work. Thankfully some developers have still rejected that mindset.

The fact that you can't even trust Sourceforge now pisses me off to no end. This is how we are going to forced into app stores for everything, I guess. I'm grateful that DC will never be a party to these shenanigans.

Thanks, eleman, since I'm not a gamer, I will switch to an Intel setup, and thanks for the CPU recommendations. Still thinking about what memory to get.

Living Room / CPU/Motherboard/Memory Combo I am thinking to buy
« on: May 31, 2014, 10:00 PM »
I want to upgrade what is now a computer I share with my wife. I want to replace the motherboard, CPU, and I want it to have 8 GB memory, keeping the rest of my
existing hardware
(Edited data generated by SiSoft Sandra Lite - I tried to cross out what I would not be using anymore after the upgrade)
Mainboard : ASUS M2N-VM DVI
BIOS : AMI (OEM) 0905 12/19/2008
Total Memory : 3.88GB DIMM DDR2

Processor : AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5600+ (2C 2.9GHz, 2.9GHz IMC, 2x 512kB L2)
Socket/Slot : AM2/ASB1

Memory Controller : Ralink Tech RT2800 802.11n PCI 200MHz, 4GB DIMM DDR2 800MHz

Memory Module(s)
Memory Module : OCZ OCZ2P8002G 2GB DIMM DDR2 PC2-6400U DDR2-800 (5-6-6-18 3-24-6-3)
Memory Module : OCZ OCZ2P8002G 2GB DIMM DDR2 PC2-6400U DDR2-800 (5-6-6-18 3-24-6-3)

Video System
Monitor/Panel : Dell Computer DELL E198WFP
 (1600x1200, 19.1")
Video Adapter : NVIDIA GeForce 7050 PV / NVIDIA nForce 630a  (PS3.0, VS3.0 425MHz, 128MB 800MHz/1.6GHz, Integrated Graphics)

Storage Devices
Seagate ST3750528AS (750.2GB, SATA300, 3.5", 7200rpm) : 699GB (C:)

DVDRW IDE1008 (1.5MB, ATAPI, DVD+-RW, CD-RW, 2MB Cache) : 1MB (D:)

Windows Experience Index
Current System : 2.9  :o


The PC Part Picker site does a pretty good job and alerting me to incompatibilities, but I would like some human feedback as well. So do any of you see any possible red flags or glaring flaws in this 3 item combo at this price point? I see the motherboard supports DDR3-2400 memory but I thought I would save a bit there and go for DDR3-1600.

AMD A6-6400K 3.9GHz Dual-Core Processor    $62.99    -$5.00 rebate               
Asus A55BM-K Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard    $53.99             
Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory    $69.99
cpu-mobo-8gb memory.JPG

Maybe something with manipulating text files to get them into .csv format so they can use them in Excel or mail merge.

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