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 Author Thread: Have been bitten by 'I want a new computer' Bug.........Geek Alert
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 23 (view)
 
Have been bitten by 'I want a new computer' Bug.........Geek Alert
Posted: 7/22/2007 12:56:17 AM
From the comments the OP has made here it seems what's needed in the way of hardware could be addressed with a system of around $1000-1500 max for a home built machine with all high quality components.

Having recently upgraded my own system with an influx of merely $700 worth of new hardware coupled with about $500 worth (or less) of existing HDs, case, fans, and HD coolers I gained some very worthwhile improvements in video capabilities including VGA and DV-I outputs, 7.1 audio, 10/100/1000 LAN, added more USB ports, added another pair of firewire ports, gained some operating/system speed by pumpin up my RAM to 2 ghz of DDR2 and then topped it all of just this past week with a sorely needed replacement monitor.

It's funny that 10yrs ago the 1st computer ever to enter my home was a weak kneed and wobbly machine compared to what's available today but even the little 233mhz machine it was cost over $2000 ! What's even more hilarious is that the new video card alone in my upgraded system has more (and faster!) RAM than did that $2000 machine from 10yrs ago :>)

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 2 (view)
 
Cannot talk back!!
Posted: 7/12/2007 6:25:00 AM
Sounds like the system is timing out your log in while you're composing your reply. If you open your word processing application and compose your letter there 1st then highlight your text then right click and choose "copy" then you can go back to POF, log in, open a "reply to" window for the person you're wanting to email and then right click in the reply to window and "paste" the composed response into the new reply to window ;>)

Unfortunately I have noticed if I have composed a particularly long response and do this I've found it will chop off the reply at some predetermined point (eventhough it will show the complete response when I "paste" it into the reply to window !) so it's good to go to your "sent" mail folder once you send your response and insure it sent all of your composed response.

If it didn't send all of your reply then you can go pack to your original doc, highlight and copy the left out text and repeat the process above to send the remainder of your response.

Alternatively, when you compose a message within POFs system and then receive the message you are getting showing you the letter and that you need to save it an re-log in you can also copy it and open a word doc application and paste it into the new word doc so you don't loose it (which WILL happen if you simply log back in without doing so!), then re-log in and paste the word doc contents into a reply to window. When doing it this way you'll also note the copied version you saved from POF will have all paragraph breaks missing and all your response will appear as a single paragraph, requiring you to manually re-break out all your paragraphs.

For this reason I prefer to use the 1st method instead ;>)

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 22 (view)
 
Piracy vs Privacy
Posted: 6/29/2007 8:44:21 PM
Ok,maybe I'm missin somethin here, but here goes. What part does a movies format have to do with whether it can be made available for DLing ? I can see how standardized formatting for DVD (disc) distribution could be a concern, but that already seems to have been addressed, so what's format got to do with it ?

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 21 (view)
 
Piracy vs Privacy
Posted: 6/29/2007 10:28:11 AM
rsx, I think your logic is spot on in this issue and quite refreshing BTW !

In all honesty I'd never considered the thought that IF the movie industry simply made their products available for DL it would have eliminated a lot of the underlying problem which is : consumers want it and when faced with the problem of not being able to legally procure a product, there's always gonna be someone industrious around to enable them to do so anyway.

People in general are actually honest by nature and most would prefer to legally acquire movies, but when left without a viable alternative will turn to less dubious methods to achieve their intended goals.

And yes, yes, the common cry from the "everything in software should be for free" crowd has been heard time and time again but try extending similar principles to the real world like someone claiming someone elses alarmed and locked car should be available for anyone who needs a ride and see how far their sympathies and philosophies extend in that realm when it happens to THEIR car. "But that's a completely different thing" is the cry you'd likely hear arising, yet a logical comparison of the 2 scenarios yet remains, at least in my (twisted:>) mind :>)

But, back to my own personal perspective regarding going to a theater versus poppin in a DVD or keying up a file from a HD. If you put me in a dark room ask me to be still and quiet ..... I fall asleep !

So, I much prefer viewing a movie in the comfort of my own home where I control the lighting, sound quality and volume, can hit the pause and head to the "little room" or into the kitchen where I can whip up a grand snack that won't come anywhere NEAR $10 I'd be charged for a crappy watered down drink and a bag of lousy popcorn in the captive confines of a theater and then head back, push play and enjoy the entertainment at MY leaisure :>)

The cable and satellite industries uncovered the huge cash cow known as "pay per view" some time ago, the movie industry just needs to get with the program, make their products similarly available and quit ****in about people wanting to DL movies. Their only realistic complaint is they aren't gettin paid for 'em, but that is THEIR fault for the lack of availability which THEY have control over, yet choose to instead NOT make commercially available.

I also agree with the "unreasonable man" comment. Folks lying around and simply following the crowds are NEVER the innovators, their niche instead is as consumers of the unreasonable mans labors ;>)

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 6 (view)
 
Spell Checkers do to words what food processors do to food
Posted: 6/25/2007 5:27:41 AM
I'm really not an authority on this, but I'm gonna take a shot in the dark (more like firin one off into a black hole really!:>) and say that it will likely be difficult to incorporate an IE process into Firefox ..... if it's achieveable at all. Most likely you'll have to revert to usin IE (shudder!) if this particular version of spell check is what you wanna use.

I do agree that a more intuative version of a spell check is helpful and suggestions for possibilities of the word you're attempting to use is certainly that compared to simply underlining the word to show it's incorrectly spelled, yet that's all Firefox will do for ya.

I am currently enamored with Opera (downloaded at opera.com) as my fave browser and in it when you select "edit -> check spelling" it will give you a drop down suggested list like you're wanting, so perhaps that's a viable alternative.

Happy surfin !

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 14 (view)
 
Piracy vs Privacy
Posted: 6/21/2007 7:47:51 AM
I thought making back up copies of material one has purchased and legally own IS legal. The understanding I have of the illegality aspect of it all starts when one shares a purchased medium that is then copied or ULed to the web allowing others "to" copy it.

I think legally, even offering a copied (copyrighted) CD, software title, DVD, VCD or any other copyrighted materials to anyone constitutes theft (even without any monetary value being placed upon the copy) of the author(s) copyrighted material, but making a gazillion copies for ones own use is perfectly legal so long as the "copier" owns a validly acquired version.
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 13 (view)
 
Piracy vs Privacy
Posted: 6/21/2007 6:33:43 AM
I suppose perhaps there could be a bit of a difference between the "listeners" ear vs. the "musicians? ear there late ol buddy, but for me, it's just not there ;>) I suppose it could just be my affinity for absolute clarity in reproduction that also fuels my bent towards the digital realm too though.

Maybe the wow and flutter, rumble, hiss and all the other elements of musical reproduction with a turntable and a vinyl disc that have to be addressed to sucessfully have aural clarity in the analog realm are appealing challenges to some, but for me it's a tiresome process that seemingly yields no benefit. But .... that's only my own perspective ;>)

My own CD collection is all ripped onto my hard drives at a rate of 450kbps and in .ogg format instead of .mp3. I have made side by side aural tests of these files compared to 128kbps rips and can seemingly detect a difference in the depth of the medias reproduction.

Runnin an Ubuntu OS I use XMMS to mete out the tunes to the Klipsches and can't really comment on how WMP or your own Mac system might compare to what I use. It's been about 4yrs now since I had XP and I've never owned a Mac, so ....

Since aural perceptions are such an individual perspective, I mean who but the listener can say how anything "sounds" to them, I don't think it's a point for argument, only relation of personal perspective. My perspective lies in opposition to many audio "purists" although I feel myself to be one as well .... Hi Ho :>)

All in all, it's all in what you like I guess, right ?

And lemme tellya, if I could download a Lambo ..... all you'd see is taillights
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 12 (view)
 
Piracy vs Privacy
Posted: 6/20/2007 9:19:39 PM
I dunno about all the assertions about analog vs. digital regarding quality. I've been a music collector for many years now and as a dedicated audiophile I can't say I can recognize the "warmth" and "fullness" in an album (and yes I have a pretty decent collection of vinyl) compared to the .ogg and .mp3 files I have in the old data box. Then again, just like with my records I'm never tryin to reproduce my music with some POS music program, nor playin 'em on some tinny POS speaker system either, so ......

I've read this debate over and over and can't say I side with the analog bunch at all in this matter. The one thing I can definitely say is that to reproduce quality sound from a turntable and a vinyl album is a much more involved process than queing up a file.

When CDs 1st hit the market I can remember buyin Pink Floyds "Wish You Were Here" and The Cars "Heartbreak City" because they were a cuppla my faves at the time and ..... since I had the vinyl, so I could compare the audio quality between the 2 different formats.

The conlusion I reached very quickly has been a thought that's stuck with me for the past 25 yrs or so which is the CDs were every bit as warm and clear and all without all the hassle of deionizing and thoroughly cleaning the turntable and album just to play the stuff ! I really don't miss all the "process" involved in playin vinyl at all ;>)

As always however, YMMV :>)

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 2 (view)
 
myspace and virus's within
Posted: 6/4/2007 9:44:29 PM
Yep, though my computer didn actually get an infection (Linux scores again!), my daughters MySpace cavorting led to lots of system lock ups and requisite reboots. This became annoying enough (2-4 times a week restarting all my programs and applications on my user) that I eventually forebade her to visit MySpace on my computer.

On a happier note she now trashes her Moms (one of the dreaded Exs!) Microsoft machine surfing MySpace at her place instead

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 4 (view)
 
MAC or WIndows...
Posted: 6/3/2007 8:44:36 PM
As an absolute non-geek [spinnin wrenches for a livin dudn qualify :>] and Ubuntu user I hafta say that anyone currently runnin a MS system could easily slip off into an Ubuntu OS should they choose to do so. This may absolutely be fueling a lot of the interest of MS users looking to simplify their security demands while laying out a big fat $0 in making such a switch.

Mac has held a strong presence in the Graphic Arts trades for many years now. Though most printing and finishing businesses can usually handle the odd MS files a customer will send their way, they typically prefer Mac files as they are what they work with the most.

Their claim [printers/finishers] is that Macs are easier to work with for generating and manipulating graphics files, and since that's their stock and trade, it's what they prefer.

Mac seems to have a very devoted following in the business and home users who use their systems. In business it's all about finding and hitting your niche then workin that position with a fervor, which Mac seems to have done. It seems unlikely Mac will fall to the wayside, and neither will MS.

I think [<-danger Will Robinson, danger, Danger! ] Linux/Unix systems have made some serious inroads into Mac/MS realms in both the business and home user markets and are certainly here to stay. I also feel as if Mac and MS will likely loose some ground to the opensource systems of today and tommorrow which in the long term will be better overall for the whole of the software world too

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 7 (view)
 
20 years and zero progress
Posted: 6/3/2007 4:59:21 PM
I hear ya there buddy and it's all good I assure ya :>)

Ok, so as a fair test I tried exactly what you mentioned and discovered joy in opening a desktop file from "power" off to fruition in 00:01:18. I know this isn't stellar by some systems standards but it is a bit quicker than I was previously used to before rebuilding my machine recently.

I don't pretend to be smart enough to have a clue if the 360+ gigs of data on my drives really plays any part in how long it takes or really what all does figure in to how long it takes to finally get to a desktop file.

What exactly does figure into the equation ? My inquiring mind is always curious about such things

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 5 (view)
 
20 years and zero progress
Posted: 6/2/2007 10:53:49 AM
Really the analogy I was "attempting" to draw to was that super cars and super computers are both overkill in their ability to perform the functions they were actually designed for, yet car guys and computer guys still tend to enjoy 'em just the same :>)

And .... just for pure D kicks I decided to see just how long it actually did take for everything I have installed to boot up and load from a "power off" state on my machine : 33 seconds from pushin the button to the log in screen, and .... that's with "quick boot" disabled in the BIOS :>)

But .... I can take the above mentioned boot time and about $3.00 and head to Starbucks and get a cup of fresh joe

The real difference between the system I have today relevent to the one I started with about 5 yrs ago is that with my 1st system I could click on the power button and head to Starbucks, get that same cup of joe and get back just about the time it finally loaded everything and was ready to log in !
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 3 (view)
 
20 years and zero progress
Posted: 6/1/2007 6:59:12 PM
As a relative noob to the world of 'puters (10yrs online now, but the 1st 5 with WebTv!) and one who uses mine more for pleasure than function I truly am amazed at the marvels it avails me. Without all the bells and whistles and added system functionality all my whiz bang hardware allows me it wouldn't have near the appeal to me it does currently.

If all I wanted my machine to do was send/receive emails or allow me to generate documents like my automotive how-tos a machine from long ago would easily take care of that.

But ... I want it to serve up my music colection as a constant backdrop for my online escapades and truly I use it as a music system for the times I'm not online and I want it to do so with astounding clarity and precision, which it does.

I want it to be able to maintain a decent online presence with at times multiple browsers and tabs in each browser running simultaneously, have my email system runnin with the capability to DL and display any links/files or video clips attached to the mail I receive, and be able to also rip/encode audio or video files or burn CD/DVD discs all at the same time.

Now to be completely honest, is there a real need to be capable of doin all this at the same time ? The answer to that question would have to be a big NO. However, since I finally have a system capable of doin all this at once and do so on a fairly regular basis I really can't see why I shouldn't :>)

I can see how cats who've been in the IT industry or simply involved with computers in general can bemoan the use of all the computing power at our fingertips today compared to twenty yrs ago and how all the GUI driven bells and whistles in the OSes of today are so efficient at consuming all that power for nothing but our own pleasure and simplicity, but really, isn't that kinda just the real nature of "things" in general?

I can look at a Ferarri/Lamborghini/McLaren owner and complain about how they'll likely never use the machines they covet for the purposes I would if they were mine, but the fact still remains that their equipment will just flat out blow away my ride any time they CHOOSE to do so.

Is there a need for a car that is capable of hittin 200mph when there are truly only a few places on the whole planet where they could run them at such a speed ? Again, not really, but I sure wish I had one of those cars so I could mercilessly obliterate every speed limit I could find ! So .... there is at least a comparison that can be drawn, although in my mind it seemd more clear than once I hammered it out on the ol keeboard

Anyhoosal, I'll take all the bells and whistles I can get, but ONLY if they come with a "no cost at all" to my systems speed and versatility and the hardware/software folks just keep handin out tickets to an ever more impressive show .... and bein a good little consumer, I'm takin care of my part of the equation

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 8 (view)
 
Ouch. XP suggested more secure than Vista
Posted: 6/1/2007 6:20:15 PM
I understand your points Dave and certainly the human error factor cannot be left out of the equation. But ..... I hardly think a corporate environment where a Windows system were left open to the elements as you described above would last for any length of time in an unmolested state comparatively.

I doubt either that the tesing procedures used to assert the benchmark results in the initially mentioned comparison would even factor in such a set of circumstances. With that in mind, I still wonder how the two systems (Windows and Linux) would compare in a heads up test.

To me two main things make up the bulk of my thoughts about basic system security when comparing Windows to Linux :

1. Windows users typically run as Administrator when on their computers because that's the default set up by Windows while Linux users are typically logged in as simple system users and only engage root priviledges when necessary to make administrative changes to their system and then are by default kicked back to a simple user by system default once they're finished.

2. 99.99% of the malware out there is specifically targeted at Windows OSes.

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 6 (view)
 
Ouch. XP suggested more secure than Vista
Posted: 6/1/2007 9:54:20 AM
"Reality has an anti-Microsoft bias."

I know it sounds like a baited question I asked previously, but the curiosity is at least genuine. In all honesty, if Microsoft could even come close to Linux in a head to head system security test I might at least temper my own thoughts about the differences a bit between the two.

I suppose to be totally fair though, such a test would of necessity require the Linux system to have the user logged in as root/administrator and expose the same soft underbelly of the OS that Windows has all its users run as by default

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 4 (view)
 
Ouch. XP suggested more secure than Vista
Posted: 6/1/2007 8:30:06 AM
Any ideas on how Linux mainstream distros like Debian, Mandriva or even Ubuntu stack up in such a security test comparation?

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 3 (view)
 
Convenience - what does it really mean ?
Posted: 5/27/2007 7:14:18 AM
As one prone to laziness at every given opportunity, with convenience as a constantly sought commodity relevant to that process, I see a few gains here and there along the way.

As one always enamored with music I much prefer the convenience of my digital file systems over the bulkiness and frailties of the original technologies used to serve up my favorite tunes in my younger years. As an early devotee to purity of the vinyl records sound and still remembering the hoops and hurdles I used to go through in cleaning and deionizing albums/turntable platter and the stylus before playback and then the care needed in storing my old albums, I don't miss any of it !

The portability of digital music is also a big winner over albums (ever tried playin a record in a car:> ) or tapes (which were pretty frail when left in a car in the summers heat here in Texas). Today I can load up a gig of tunes onto a personal mp3 player, drop the player into my pocket, slip in a set of unobtrusive ear buds and take 'em with me anywhere I go. Or .... burn off a pretty impressive sampling from my collection onto a few CDs & drop 'em into my cars mp3 player and take off across country without having to leave my favorite tunes sitting in my living room awaiting my return.

I'll gladly take the convenience of my digital file system and the simplicity in which I can now play any selected tune in my collection with a simple mouse click any day over the older technologies I used in the old days :>) I know the debate over tubes vs electronic processing in reproduction quality is one that will likely rage on and on, yet as one always driven by overall musical purity I can't say I can really tell a difference either way other than in what I have to do to actually GET my music played, so here, convenience is a winner from my perspective <img src=http://www.plentyoffish.com/smiles/icon_201.gif border=0>

Relevant to pictures/photography I much prefer snapping away with my digicam then sliding the card out, poppin it into my reader and being able to display and manipulate the digital files instantly then save them or attach 'em to an email I can send to any point on the globe with nothing more than a few clicks of the mouse over the process I remember it used to be.

Earlier on with film, having to carefully load a very limited media (film), then carefully unload it after less than even 50 pictures were taken, store the film somewhere preferably cool and free from light before having to take them to be developed, paying to have them developed when I days later returned to pick 'em up ..... well, I think convenience is again a winner here <img src=http://www.plentyoffish.com/smiles/icon_201.gif border=0>

In the food realm I really appreciate the advances made in not needing to fire up the stove and in turn heat up the kitchen when all I need to do is warm up a cup of coffee or heat up a can of veggies to go with dinner. The microwave is the single biggest time and energy saver to have made its way into the food preparation realm and its overall convenience is big plus comparatively, so again <img src=http://www.plentyoffish.com/smiles/icon_201.gif border=0>

Computers have allowed me to correspond with and meet folks I'd likely never otherwise have done so without one. They (and the net) also allow me a window onto nearly anything I want to find information about without having to find/make the time to head to a library (within THEIR hours of operation instead of on my own time:>) where I'd still be limited by the reference materials on hand, which is far from what can be accessed with another few clicks online .

Computers have also been totally instrumental in making the realms of digital music and photography possible at all and aid greatly in their overall convenience, so here again <img src=http://www.plentyoffish.com/smiles/icon_201.gif border=0>

Television and the programming on broadcast Tv has slipped to such a low point that I find it more annoying than entertaining anymore. I remember my 1st glimpses of cable programming and was intrigued by the lack of constraints (censorship!) on the programming along with the idea of no more commercials, but having come from the age of free television was hard put to part with $$$ to make it available to me.

I still own a Tv but it's really only a display media for my DVD collection these days as I never watch Tv anymore unless I'm in a motel room passing time somewhere at the end of a day at work somewhere on the road.

This leads me to another area of great convenience relevant to one of my other faves, which is movies. I much prefer buyin a DVD and the availability of watchin it at my own leisure in the comfort of my own home (and as many times as I care to do so!), bein able to pause the playback and slip off to "the little room" or pop into the kitchen for whatever I care to eat or drink (<- at about 1/10th the cost!) and then restart it all again when I'm ready to do so.

I'll surely take the conveniences of this method over driving to a theater, parking, standing in line to get an $8.00 ticket to the show, payin $3.00 for a cup of coke and another $3.00 for a box of popcorn then being herded into a crowded room with a bunch of others where I'll have to sit in absolute quiet and darkness just to see a movie. I think here once again, convenience gets a big <img src=http://www.plentyoffish.com/smiles/icon_201.gif border=0>

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 19 (view)
 
Linux Ubuntu Feisty Fawn 7.04 .... anyone ??
Posted: 5/23/2007 9:32:59 PM
Ok, I finally found the fly in the ointment with my hook up ! I had loaded the new OS (7.04) onto my slave drive and that seemed to be the issue in gettin online, HOOORRAY !

I removed both drives, changed the jumper settings on both of them, reinstalled them in swapped positions, hooked 'em up, rebooted and again made a fresh installation onto my new master drive & voila I'm rockin the Kazbah with maximum speed !!

Now all I hafta do is load up all the other lil bits and pieces I want and it's off to the races :>)

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 31 (view)
 
Vista Pros.. AND ..Cons
Posted: 5/23/2007 6:16:37 AM
"From what I've read on here I don't recall many if any posting much info in the way of hardware specs and other important details so whats there to say? I suspect, and this is only based on the experiences I've had with a dozen or so Vista installs, that people get too much of that over bloated anti spyware crap, AV apps, software firewalls and whatever else running in the background...something has to choke right and I've seen a few cases of such. Had a look at the taskbar of an out of the box Dell with Vista lately? You'd be shocked to see what they got going on down there...it's like you need 2 gigs of ram just to load all that shit they got going on. I've turned tons of background stuff off on the Vista boxes that I look after for family, friends and myself and all of them run real smooth. On my personal box if it were not for my ISP letting crap filter through their POP servers I'd not even be using an AV app myself. I mentioned earlier I axed Windows Firewall and Windows Defender on my box, 100 some odd megs of savings right there. "

It wouldn't surprise me at all to see what they have crammed into the task bar and runnin, much less what shows up as runnin in the background as well when firing up a Vista machine, which is one of my major complaints about MS OSes in the 1st place.

I can understand how disabling a buncha junk would make everything run better but the question that leaves me begging to ask is "Why should it be necessary?". To me if your software packages are designed to run with a certain spec of hardware why should you have to turn off all their bells and whistles to get it to work like it really just should outta the gate with no intervention ?

By comparison when you load up the latest version of Linux Ubuntu ( a whopping 698MB total!) all you'll find runnin in the task bar are: Firefox(web), Ximian Evolution(email) and a help link. The distro also comes with a bunch more including Open Office 2.0 to interface with any MS Office apps but nothing is actually runnin until you choose it to be, which is how I think things should be :>) If MS didn't try to have everything runnin that you don't need all the time things would indeed be much better for everyone who chooses to use it from my perspective. Not every MS user is as savvy about what to and not to run as are you ;>)

Another major difference is that once you're up and runnin in Ubuntu there are literally thousands of available software titles available through the Synaptic Packages Manager quite simply just for the taking. This Mgr will also install and configure your chosen software titles for you, making it very ..... Windowsish :>)


"Run with them doing what? Watching movies? Bring that same Tbird Linux setup over here load up Unreal and let me use you for frag practice...lol...just razzing ya ;) Hey the world would be a better place if all the software and hardware manufacturers would open up their goods to the wonderful world of open source...or at the very least start supporting it. It isn't happening though and until it does Microsoft will rule the roost in the home PC arena on entertainment value alone. "

I agree that things would be a lot better if every OS worked together seemlessly with every piece of hardware out there, but that's not gonna happen. Right now with the pickle I'm havin gettin my new hardware to just get on the web I REALLY wish they did though :>)

The comparison I was making about my old HW and buddies machines was with multiple apps open runnin video, on the web, Word docs opened, playin music and with multiple tabs opened in browser windows and my little 1ghz machine in Linux ran right with my buddies machines with 2-3 times the processing power ! Can't comment on Unreal since I have no clue what it is ..... remember, I don't get into the game side of the PC world ;>)

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 30 (view)
 
Vista Pros.. AND ..Cons
Posted: 5/22/2007 9:26:28 PM
Though Vista was developed over a period of years (waaaay longer than they 1st espoused!) it was seemingly hastily brought to market with too little hardware support


"That's kind of a plow leading the horse statement isn't it? Vista was in beta for a very long time which gave hardware manufacturers plenty of time to get their shit ready! Like someone else said, point the finger at the hardware people...they are the ones that sat on their asses."

The info I read related that once MS finalized Vista and pronounced it "ready for market" it was a scant month before it hit the shelves. That's hardly enough time for everyone in the industry to get their ducks in a row. It could be said that it was in beta for a long period and the hardware industry had that same time period to develop products for the new OS, but ..... as a hardware manufacturer, why would you begin any development on a system that's yet to be completed when at any instant the product can change and make you shit can all your previous development efforts ? I'd hardly say that was "sitting on their asses", sounds much more like prudent decision making to me ;>)



"Wrenchspinner have you actually used Vista?"


I have not nor am I ever likely to use Vista. My last foray into any MS OS was XP and all I can say is it left me wanting .... wanting better system speed, less system resource gobbling anti spyware/spamware and virii protection, and a system that didn't lock up with such regularity.

So .... I switched to Linspire, then Ububtu 6.06 and most recently to 7.04 and all I can say to the hoards of MS devotees is ya'll have no idea what you're missing :>) While I'll readily admit this switch was not the easiest choice to make, as with many things, the easiest choice is seldom the best one anyway so ...

The learning curve was steep, but never insurmountable and I've learned a helluva lot more about computers with the choice to move to a Linux OS than I'd likely have done otherwise.


"Basic Vista will run fine with a 1ghz cpu, 1 gig of ram and any old dog snot video card you got kicking around from the Voodoo days...turn off the bling and some services and it'll be fine on just about anything. I said once before here Vista is not anymore CPU hungry than XP or even Windows 2000 BUT if you want the bling you better have 2 gigs of memory and a 256 meg DX9 capable video card...neither of which I might add will break the bank."

The experiences you relate with Vista seem to be very much counter to many of the other posters/users comments I've seen posted here and elsewhere. Many posters with freshly purchased systems supposedly specifically designed to run Vista relate some serious issues, so I'm curious if you might address their problems and how to resolve them ?



"Well truth is it's unlikely MS is going bust anytime soon but your right there are more OS choices out there today so if your not happy with MS go grab yourself a copy of Linux and have fun playing Asteroids or Tux Racer with that old and slow hardware you got. Myself and many many others like new hardware that does things faster than the stuff we bought 3 or more years ago and we like to do those really cool things with our computers that you obviously won't be doing...like HD video editing, fragging some animated Nazi's online with our kids that are home with the Xbox and so much more"


While it's true MS ain't headed to the poorhouse today, tommorrow or likely any time soon, their grip on the industry is steadily loosening. When international, national, state and even individual municipalities government agencies have begun mandating open source software to replace the MS proprietary software they were using before that's a big step away from the long held grip MS once had, and it has already begun.

I really enjoy my Linux OS and can assure you, I'm hardly runnin it on "old and slow" hardware which just makes it all that much more enjoyable to use. Even the old system I recently updated from a simple 1ghz T'bird processor and a gig of DDR would run with many of my friends MS machines with 2.0-3.0Ghz processors and better memory than mine, so I can hardly wait to see how the new 2.13ghz dual core processor with 2 gigs of DDR2 will run like !

Since I'm not into gaming, one of the 1st things I delete after loading up a new OS is all the preloaded games. The functionality I desired in the most recent video card I installed was HD video output, the capabilty to run a 2nd monitor, composite Tv out and the ability to display nice crisp, seemless video, which the new card with its onboard 128MB of DDR2 should do quite well once I get the bugs sorted out with my installation of this and all the other hardware I put in last weekend ;>)

BTW, yeah if I were still runnin a MS OS the installation of all the new hardware would have been greatly simplified ..... but I'd have cheated myself outta a bunch a good hair pullin, quizical moments and have learned absolutely 0 about my new stuff in the process :>)

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 18 (view)
 
Linux Ubuntu Feisty Fawn 7.04 .... anyone ??
Posted: 5/22/2007 8:27:54 PM
"when you do a sudo ifup eth0 in a terminal window what msgs does it give you?"

The output was :interface eth0 already configured

Seems strange that it won't do anything WITH that connection :>) Ideas are certainly welcomed !!!

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 28 (view)
 
Vista Pros.. AND ..Cons
Posted: 5/22/2007 7:30:09 AM
rugbydave you sure have me wonderin exactly what part of the Microslush chain you work in .... development, marketing or maybe the excuse making department. Your constant parroting of the Microsoft corporate "line" really has me curious.

Your continued touting of IE as a valid choice for a safe browser alone makes me wonder the above. Anyone with any 'puter savvy these days knows it's the most targeted browser out there for all types of malware and virii, but you keep plodding along touting it as the best thing since sliced bread.

What I personally think is that finally the worm is turnin, slowly but steadily. Though Microsofts grip on the software world is strong at the moment, it's begining to loosen and grows weaker day by day. Their continuing demands of their customers to acquiesse to their hardware decisions instead of allowing the consumers to choose their own in this latest round with Vista is the single biggest blow against themselves in more than a few years now and has led many consumers to at least look elsewhere for new OS solutions and ideas.

Though Vista was developed over a period of years (waaaay longer than they 1st espoused!) it was seemingly hastily brought to market with too little hardware support, too many decisions made by Microsoft about what the user could and could not do with it (digital rights encoding/enforcement), and too many demands placed upon their customers in regards to the higher end harware it would need to run sucessfully on their machines.

For some reason Microsoft seems hellbent on doing things at the total expense of their customers instead of remembering that their customers are ultimately the ones who keep them in business ... what a seemingly foolhardy stance with all the options and choices for OSes that are out there today. Instead of rewarding the consumers that installed them into the place in the world Microsoft enjoys today and working in a true partnership arrangement with their consumer base, they seem more prone to kickin them in the teeth and shoving their decisions and choices down their throats at every turn, how sad.

They need to be reminded that it's NOT 1995 anymore and they're NOT the only thing out there anymore !
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 17 (view)
 
Linux Ubuntu Feisty Fawn 7.04 .... anyone ??
Posted: 5/21/2007 4:58:47 AM
Hahaha ..... if I ULed my data to the web I'd have the RIAA comin after me like a MoFo, a cuppla EXs after me with guns and surely several more groups/individuals hot on my trail

I think backin it all up sounds a bit, well ..... safer !

Sorrowfully yesterdee when I finally got it all put together it won't hook up to the web !! For some reason it isn't connecting through either 10/100/1000 MoBo or 10/100 network card ethernet connection :>(

So .... anyone have any ideas on what I can try to get it to connect ? I've dug through all the BIOS settings, reset the network eth0 settings and still no avail. I know the ethernet connection itself is good since I'm using the same cable and modem to get on the web using my back up system.

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 15 (view)
 
Linux Ubuntu Feisty Fawn 7.04 .... anyone ??
Posted: 5/20/2007 10:28:27 AM
Actually I had loaded 7.04 onto a clean (slave) HD with a dual boot to my other HD with all my files on it, so there's no real loss of data with this screw up ..... thankfully :>) When I get the new revamped box fired up later today the plan is to make a fresh installation of 7.04 onto the slave drive and start over again with it. This means I'll only loose the additional (7.04) apps I had loaded onto the slave drive, but all in all that's no biggee.

If I had cratered my main HD (and OS that's on it), that would have been bad !!!! With all that in mind I think I'm definitely gonna hafta do some backing up to DVD discs once I get everything up and runnin again. The thought of loosin the hundred or so gigs of data, pics and such is a frightening possibility.

I'm down to the final last few connections on the MoBo for the new system and hope to have it up and runnin in short order !!!! I'll be very glad to be back on my main machine again (definitely anticipating some seriously improved system speed with the new goodies!) and set this HP box aside again for the time being :>)

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 14 (view)
 
Linux Ubuntu Feisty Fawn 7.04 .... anyone ??
Posted: 5/20/2007 5:51:05 AM
As one of the down sides to an OS that allows you to play with it .... I managed to totally screw up my main users permissions and accidently handed everything over to "root" on my 7.04 OS :>( Being one scared to death of terminal escapades and unsure how to proceed in correcting it there anyway, I simply loaded up an older version (6.06) and carried on .... Hi Ho :>)

I'm finishing up a long over due revamping of my 5yr old machine today with a new MoBo, bad boy core duo processor, video card, 2gigs of fresh DDR2 ram and a power supply all going back into my old case. I'm curious about what kind of conflagrations I'll find once I get the new box fired up but was assured by my software engineer buddy who made up my parts list for the new system that all the components are Linux friendly ,so I'm hopeful it will be relatively easy.

Todays communiques are coming through another machine I picked up to use as a home entertainment center box while "in process" with my main machines rebuild.

Wish me luck !

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 7 (view)
 
Linux Ubuntu Feisty Fawn 7.04 .... anyone ??
Posted: 5/12/2007 8:02:18 PM
Well, with a little time diggin around in the new OS now I must say I do indeed like it better ! I got all the audio video sorted out by just selecting some better versions in the synaptic pkgs mgr., so that was pretty easy :>)

Today I've been DLing a variety of programs to add in some additional system functionality and I must say, it all just seems to work pretty well outta the box ! This is a real plus for a non-geek like myself !!!

I have a new bad boy MB, 2.2gig core duo CPU, power supply, and 2 gigs of DDR2 memory sittin here awaiting a new grapics card before I begin gutting my Cooler Master cases old hardware to install all the new toys. With the new hardware I'm gonna see about how Beryl works out on it. From the looks of things it seems somewhat similar to the Aero desktop on Vista but supposedly much less memory hungry, so I think I'll give it a whirl.

I scrammed my old plans of tryin to use some really old machines I had to set up a media player box and just picked up a newer used machine & already have 7.04 loaded up on it too. The plan is to replace my Tv, DVD player, stereo receiver and 5' tall speaker banks with the new (used) machine which has a DVDR in it, install a Tv tuner card, an old 36" Gateway monitor I have and then use my Klipsche surround sound computer speakers to output the audio

I had a Windows user buddy of mine over the other night and with his system very close spec wise to my own (1000mhz Thunderbird/1gig DDR ram) he was amazed at the differences between the operating speeds comparatively. so .... I sent him home with a shiny new CD of Ubuntu 7.04 to run "live" on his machine and try it out before deciding if he wanted to set it up as a dual boot system.

Yep, all in all, me and ol Tux are gettin on pretty well these days
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 6 (view)
 
Linux Ubuntu Feisty Fawn 7.04 .... anyone ??
Posted: 5/1/2007 4:30:49 AM
One issue I had with the installation of 7.04 was in DL/burning the installation CD. I burned 2 coasters outta 3 CDs and finally slowed the burner down to its slowest speed (X8) to get it to make a good one to install from.

One issue I found in Firefox 2.0 is a log in problem with a site I visit pretty regularly. Though I can log in it takes some finagling to get it done !

I found a few nifty new plug ins for 2.0 though which are pretty sweet. There's even one for folks on slow connections to selectively delete banners/ads and other such stuff from loading when accessing a site which would be a big help to sites folks on dial up visit frequently ;>) Another plug in that's pretty cool is one that opens a new tab for downloads instead of having to click on tools->dowloads to inspect the progress of your DLs.

I've tried to set up amarok, a particularly sweet music player, but have yet to get it workin correctly. I loaded up my files but am getting an error saying amarok has no installed support for mp3s, which in itself seems pretty bizarre for a music player! Then when I try to engage the mp3 read capabilities it just freezes up and sits there :>( My thoughts are that amarok may just be too much for my current machine since I had similar issues when tryin to run it in 6.06 & eventually just went back to using XMMS, which works seamlessly, just without all the nifty bells and whistles amarok has.

Having loaded it (7.04) onto a clean drive and making a dual boot system outta my machine I figure I can play with it when I feel like it and if it dudn work out satisfactorily, I'll just Fdisk it and go back to runnin 6.06, so no harm no foul :>)

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 3 (view)
 
Linux Ubuntu Feisty Fawn 7.04 .... anyone ??
Posted: 4/28/2007 10:43:17 PM
Yeah Beryl looks awfully tempting but I think I'm gonna hold off on tryin it till I get my new core duo system built. I think I've about finally run my lil 1gig Athalon machine to the end of its functionality & I've started lookin for parts for a new data box.

All I've done in 7.04 so far is surf a bit & explore around in the synaptic pkgs mgr. I picked up a few programs like amarok and k3b that didn come in the DL'd software & installed 'em. I've yet to get too deep into what's there but will dig a bit deeper in the next few days.

While my daughter is gone for the weekend I installed it onto her 'puter as a surprise too. We're a happy Linux household :>)

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 1 (view)
 
Linux Ubuntu Feisty Fawn 7.04 .... anyone ??
Posted: 4/28/2007 3:23:37 PM
I just loaded up the latest iteration of Ubuntu on the ol data box and was curious if anyone here had tried it out yet. If so I'd like to get some impressions on it.

So far I've found no issues, but then again a cuppla hours runtime is hardly enough to stir up any good bugs

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 34 (view)
 
You Tube
Posted: 4/20/2007 7:54:50 PM
Yep, I can tell from some of the comments here that these same folks problee feel like carburetors are just fine, so why should anyone be switchin over to fuel injection either ? I mean, the technology DOES still work so why use anything that might be less problematic, require less maintenance or offer improved gas mileage or overall performance enhancements ?

Or maybe we should all still be usin beepers and abandon our silly depencencies on the improvements cell phones offer us by comparison. And ..... while on the subject of phones, why should we be usin cordless ones either, corded phones still get the job done, right, and those old rotary phones, I mean what ever happened to them either, they always seemed to work just fine even if they were a bit slower and clunkier ?

See the pattern ??

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 22 (view)
 
You Tube
Posted: 4/17/2007 10:35:16 PM
I suppose I could simply ask if it were not the truth that IE is the most highly targeted browser to be exploited for its flaws .... but that would be a rhetorical question. From that standpoint alone why would anyone feel as if it were a good choice to use as a browser?

Sure there is an argument to be made for education in online practices to help people have better odds of NOT contracting viruses and other types of malware. With that having been said, again, why would one recommend using a browser affiliated with the most number of potential threats ? That is a logical process that simply evades me in this discussion.

I'm not trying to paint any choice for a browser as the "be all end all" of browsers, only that given the data available I feel IE is certainly far from the best/safest one out there.

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 20 (view)
 
You Tube
Posted: 4/16/2007 10:26:22 PM
I wouldn't recommend anyone to use the most virii, spamware and spyware riddled browser they could get their hands on, which is exactly what IE is ! Firefox or Opera are easily better choices, both free for the askin and hands down a better choice over IE.

"If it ain't broke, why fix it?" IE's been inherently broken for a long time now with few hopes it will get better anytime soon. Even my Mom who is a longtime MS/IE user finally gave up on it and switched to Firefox. In her very 1st day with Firefox she fell in love with the difference and has never looked back :>)

The only thing annoying about usin Firefox (or any other browser EXCEPT IE for that matter) on a microslush 'puter is Windows constant attempts to reinsert it as the browser of choice at every opportunity.

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 9 (view)
 
Linux Folks .... I could use a few suggestions please :>)
Posted: 3/26/2007 9:19:34 PM
I honestly hadn't looked into Ubuntus minimum reqs though I did manage to load it onto an old 400Mhz Pentium I machine with only 184 megs of ram in it :>)

My own 'puter has Ubuntu runnin with a system of better specs than that though no where near the processor speed or ram that currenty sold machines come with. A one gig Athalon processor and a gig of 3200 (?) DDR still manages to do fine with Ubuntu.

With these 2 other machines sole purpose as music player boxes it would seem they should be able to manage that single task OK :>)

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 22 (view)
 
Vista Pros.. AND ..Cons
Posted: 3/23/2007 6:50:56 AM
I fully comprehend how gaming can drive hardware requirements and by the very nature of the gaming realm require newer and better hardware ongoingly in an effort to continually work toward whatever competitive edge that gives one. What evades me is how a OS/software peddler like Microsoft can feel a need to do the same.

I've never been one intrigued by the glitz and glam of the newest whizbang toy for the sake of just saying I can own it :>) Though I haven't tried Vista, nor honestly do I care to invest the time or $$ to do so, from what I've read here and elsewhere the advantages of doing so seem minimalistic at best and aimed more at trying to put a finger into the dyke of the torrential virus flood while giving Vista purchasers some nifty new eye candy than it does in gaining any true functionality for their consumers hard earned $$ . This all sounds more like a CYA move thinly veiled as something new than it does as something new of any real true value to the consumer.

Had Microsoft simply built the extra system protection into a saleable service pack for XP, called it an upgrade or whatever, they'd likely have found much more acceptance in getting this concept sold than in trying to sell their customers a new OS that requires more than the investment of just the new OS for most folks to be able to use it.

This is EXACTLY why I feel the bulk of sales of Vista within the personal PC market will come more from sales of new systems than will ever likely come from the outright purchase by consumers of Vista by itself. And .. in the business realm I feel many if not most companies will hold out with their XP systems for as long as they can before ever moving towards Vista.

I also feel like many such companies and consumers alike will surely explore alternative solutions to their needs before committing to increased investments in hardware/software. Just as surely some of those companies/consumers will choose something besides Vista to meet those needs, which would NOT have been the case had a move to Vista not required investment in more than just their software liscenses to use it ;>)

But .... it's all good in the end since the above mentioned reasons will lead individual users and the corporate realm both to just bring Linux OSes more new users with the end result being a betterment of the breed altogether. It seems likely that Microsofts latest offering will do more to help Linux become more "mainstream" than Linux could have done themselves :>)

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 21 (view)
 
Vista Pros.. AND ..Cons
Posted: 3/22/2007 10:59:04 PM
The above sounds more like a continuing pattern by Microsoft in forcing their customers into submission just to enable them to run each new OS they've output. Doesn't seem like the most reasonable path to encourage new business to me.

Since automotive analogies come easily for me, here's a similar scenario : Say I'm an auto manufacturer of a new model that will require each buyer to purchase a larger home/garage, require that special parking ramps be installed in the new garage and that the garage be rewired to allow for necessary requirements relative to the new auto I'm sellings needs.

If an automaker were to pursue sales of a new model in this way, how many of these cars do you think would move off the showroom floor ??

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 5 (view)
 
Linux Folks .... I could use a few suggestions please :>)
Posted: 3/22/2007 6:36:19 AM
Thanks for all the input folks ! I haven't taken the time to open up the machines and see what kinda RAM they have in 'em, but I'll try to do so. The machines are actually old Gateway Destination systems which were sold in '96 as mutimedia computer toys so I had hoped they would be suitable for just a music player.

I picked up the pair of 'em from a local school system with wireless keyboards, speaker systems and 36" monitors along with a cuppla cool huge steel AV roll around carts for a whopping $135 for the pair !

The down side of the deal was that they had their HDs wiped clean before they were sold. While this wouldn't seem like a really bad thing, since they were originally shipped with a proprietary Gateway software package called DestiVu to make the multimedia functions interface with their original Windows 95 OS, that Gateway no longer supports, it kinda Fuxed up that deal !!

These things are really trippy ! They have RCA A/V input and outputs and TV coax I/O on the back of the CPUs which makes 'em look much more like a home stereo receiver than a computer on the back ! Both do have CD/floppy drives in 'em too.

I suppose I could just load up Windoze 95 on 'em again but that would make it a bit of a chore to get my .ogg files to play though whatever Windows Media Player that would give me since it would mean converting about 50 gigs of .ogg files to .mp3s :>(

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 1 (view)
 
Linux Folks .... I could use a few suggestions please :>)
Posted: 3/21/2007 6:21:23 AM
I want to use a really old box I have layin around (166mhz Pentium 1) for a limited application, namely a music storage/player system for my shop.

The demands will be pretty simple as all I wanna do is transfer my existing 100gig library of .mp3, .wav and .ogg music files to a new HD I picked up for the project and then use the system for tunes when I'm workin out in the shop at home.

With that in mind I'd like some suggestions for the lightest Linux OS I could load up on such a system to allow me to both transfer my files from my main home PC into the "new" machines HD and then allow me to use XMMS or some other media player to send the tunes out to the speakers so my hours spent in the shop can be a bit more ..... enjoyable. If this works well I also have another old 133mhz box I'd like to do the same with for my shop area at work ;>)

Any help would be appreciated and let me extend a big thanks in advance for the help I know you folks can provide !

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 12 (view)
 
! ! ! Linux Users ! ! !
Posted: 3/19/2007 7:24:04 AM
Amazing how the hard core Microslush users come out of the wood work pooh poohing trying Linux when someone like the OP asks about runnin it on their computer

I'm far from a computer guru and can assure anyone out there that this is no longer a requisite for runnin a Linux OS. I use Ubuntu 6.06 and the only real issues I have with it are from a lack of hardware manufacturers supporting it, which can be challenging at times. If you do your research before purchasing new hardware and seek out products that are supported for Linux distros most of these issues can be easily avoided.

Secondly, if you are wanting an OS that happliy plays with any Microsoft application you may encounter, here again there are challenges that will arise. Through a bit of research and fiddling around you can usually get most Microsoft stuff to work, but not all of them. One huge step forward in this regard though is Ubuntus ability using Open Office to easily interface with Windows "Word" docs which didn't work at all under my old Linspire OS :>)

I heartily recommend Ubuntu for anyone who might be unsure of takin the Linux plunge. You can DL the OS to a CD (<- yep, the whole OS fits on a 700 meg CD ) or request a free copy online and take it out for a spin without fear of changing your current configuration by runnin it "Live" from your CD drive. Then if you decide to load the sysytem on your computer the amazing choices of other free software titles available in the Synaptic Packages Manager are truly amazing !

If your end goals are increased system speed and online security, both of these are definite benefits from using a Linux OS ! My system is fairly modest by todays standards and it operates at speeds rivaled by systems of much better specs than my own.

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 32 (view)
 
Windows Vista: who cares?
Posted: 2/13/2007 10:25:16 PM
I think it'll all break down about like this : M$ devotees will have to have it while new computer sales will move the bulk of Vista OSs sold/implemented.

Here at the casa, me and ol Tux will just keep kickin it and smilin :>)

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 28 (view)
 
Do you believe the older we get, depression sneaks in?
Posted: 2/13/2007 8:36:59 PM
I feel fortunate in that depression has never graced my days for any long stretches but when I've been in that realm I do know it's a pretty lousy way to live life. Only once did I reach a point where I began to suspect clinical depression as the root of my funk, yet within a few days the cloud began to lift and it was full steam ahead again.

I'm sure there are others here who've experienced clinical depression in a lover/life partner along with the frustration and emotional rollercoaster ride that can become a part of your life, especially if they choose not to pursue treatment.

My last wife was diagnosed with it from a simple check up with her doctor and after only a bit of dosing adjustment made a significant change in her demeanor and daily outlook on the world. Then she began to bemoan the costs and stated that it made her feel inherently "broken" that she should need such a maintenance med and quit taking it. Within about 3 days I watched her moods again head south and within a week off the Zoloft she sank back to the exact same state that had led to her being prescribed the medicine in the 1st place.

I had to chuckle reading an above post since I tried the analogy of diabetics simply deciding to stop their insulin dosing simply because they might feel similarly in being required to take a maintenance med, but it was to no avail.

The rollercoaster ride eventually became too much and led to our demise as a couple .... sad :>(

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 2 (view)
 
copy and paste
Posted: 12/18/2006 11:51:46 PM
Once you have it copied try hittin "edit" at the top of the screen and select "paste" from there. I dunno why but I encounter that from time to time too, especially when I'm runnin Fire Fox. Dudn happen in Thunderbird so go figure, they're both Mozilla products

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 2 (view)
 
usb to ethernet
Posted: 12/18/2006 7:14:32 AM
I have one of these adapters and found it at Radio Shack, though I'm unsure you have 'em in the UK :>(

I think it's made by LinkSys though, so ....
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 4 (view)
 
Your Browser of Choice ..... and why :>)
Posted: 12/18/2006 4:28:47 AM
I used to have one of the freebie versions of Opera a year or so ago (can you say Ad - Filled!) and see folks mention it from time to time. I'm curious about what the draw might be to use it.

BTW, I found a cool extension for FF last weekend called Foxy Tunes and added it. It gives ya a media controller right at the bottom edge of your browser window that I have found really handy since I always have XMMS running

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 3 (view)
 
After the new version of Internet Explorer
Posted: 12/17/2006 9:19:21 PM
Dwonloading Firefox will likely be safer than using IE7.
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 2 (view)
 
when i log onto POF
Posted: 12/17/2006 9:17:36 PM
Muahahaha ! I didn really even think about that when I posted askin people what browser they use. Then again I don't worry too much about gettin hacked :>)
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 1 (view)
 
Your Browser of Choice ..... and why :>)
Posted: 12/17/2006 9:08:17 AM
Some folks are die hard IE people, another common one is Firefox, but there are many more ways out there to navigate around on the ole www and I'm curious about who uses what and for what reason(s).

For myself it's Firefox. It gives me everything I need in a browser and I feel I can surf with relative assurance that I'm doin so safely. It also has several very functional extensions and enough skins/themes available to allow me to customize it to suit my own needs and tastes, but .......

What are some other views and thoughts on browsers from the other folks on here ??

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 15 (view)
 
MSN virus
Posted: 12/16/2006 9:50:31 AM
Or ..... you can choose an OS not so plagued by a necessity for all the junk MS OSes require runnin and just have fun doin whatever you want on the ole www and thumb your nose at even the super geeks/hackers as they doddle along with their systems all wrapped up in all their anti-this-and-that software :>)

You don't HAVE to live in constant fear of hacks and buggy software if you don't want to, even if you're just starting out in the computer realm. There are alternatives

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 15 (view)
 
Linux Ubuntu/Edubuntu/Kubuntu, users thoughts on the Penguins progress :>)
Posted: 12/16/2006 9:33:07 AM
Yeah, from what I've read about Vista I think Microslush is being very ambitious in expecting folks to not only invest in a new OS, but also put forward a healthy investment in hardware at the same time just to even allow them to run it. That seems very foolhearty to me but does make me wonder how much Microsoft has invested in various hardware manufacturers :>)

I'm sure there will be plenty enough fans of Windows just chompin at the bit to run out and buy Bills latest offering, even at the cost of a new computer, but I think you're right on there SeriousSam in sayin this move will also fascilitate people explorin other options just as well.

Even as one definitely NOT a member of the full on geek crew, I can appreciate a lot of things about Ubuntu. Things like NOT lockin up every time I try runnin a handful of applications at the same time, having to run all that system speed killin software required to keep the hackers at bay, the wide availability of FREE software just there for the taking WITHOUT havin to steal or crack anything, along with the total tuneability of the set up I choose to run.

The worm is turnin slowly, but definitely turnin, and I think this time Microsoft will even be helpin it do so with Vista :>)

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
Msg: 14 (view)
 
Linux Ubuntu/Edubuntu/Kubuntu, users thoughts on the Penguins progress :>)
Posted: 12/15/2006 6:25:22 PM
Yeah my main geek buddy is a software engineer and is runnin a dual core AMD 64 set up with Gentoo on his machine too. I'm soooo jealous, he's got 4gigs of RAM and just set up a terrabite raid array system.

This is waaay more than I have on my machine but I want to build a new system in the coming year and will do so with a core duo system when I do. I dunno if I'll switch OSes when I do, Ubuntu is likely about my limit within the Linux realm in my own abilities at this point, or is Gentoo something to consider for a novice user like myself? Though I can play in the GUI commands like I know what I'm doin (yeah right:>), I'm absolutely lost when it comes to the command line functions & have to enlist my buddys help any time I have to do something in the terminal window.

Here's a little anecdote that really made my day a while back :

I was settin up a machine for my 17yo daughter and since she'd been usin XP on her Moms computer before she moved in with me, though runnin as a user on my Ubuntu system on her weekends here I asked whether she wanted to have me set it up with XP or Ubuntu. Her response was heartwarming : "I want Ubuntu on my computer Daddy. I don't want any of that Microsoft crap on MY computer!"

Outta the mouths of babes :>)

Kim
 wrenchspinner
Joined: 10/19/2004
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Anyone else havin trouble with MySpace ?
Posted: 12/14/2006 5:39:04 AM
Now don't get me wrong here, I'm NOT a MySpace venturer, but my 17yo daughter is a FREAK for it, so .....

The problem is that she'll be happily yakkin along there or surfin profiles and it will lock up the computer like a MoFo! Sometimes simply killin Firefox in processes will take care of it, while at other times, the old Ctrl - Alt - Backspace will have to be used and even a few complete system restarts have been necessary to free it up !

Anyone with any ideas on this or things I could do to limit this crap? I run Ubuntu and as mentioned, Firefox is my browser of choice.

I'm gettin tired of having to restart all my programs just because she's locked up the ol data box in her user on the system and had to do a restart
 
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