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  1. Whats the program called?
  2. Ok, I'm not very good at describing things but here it goes... I am currently using a speedstream 6520 (Siemens I believe) and I am connected to the modem via ethernet and NOT usb as that was what was recommended by my isp. For a while I had no problems whatsoever but recently the modem has been suddenly stopping (the dsl light specifically) cutting me off from my precious online games. So, I was just wondering, why my dsl router is suddenly stopping? It will stop and then come back, but boy is it annoying because it happens frequently! I might be going camping soon, so if I'm not able to respond promptly, thanks in advance, Regards, Ryan
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    Hey, I know I haven't been around for a while but I've actually experimented with some desktop shells. I tried blackbox which is actually pretty decent, but definitely not for a novice. I'm having a little bit of trouble with it. I found a couple of programs (I'm not sure were mentioned in the forums) namely rainlendar and rainmeter which I find especially appealing. Also, I don't know if anyone has tried rocket dock here, but I also find that pretty cool and a good compliment to Blackbox. Rocket dock basically gives you the more graphical Mac menu which enlarges icons as you pass over them. I'm not sure how to post my desktop image on here, but I recommend googling these programs.
  4. Cool, I'll have to try RegCompact.Net once I'm done backing up my stuff, and reformattiong. Thanks again, Ryan
  5. Thats great! Answered all my questions, I figured it would be hard to find a freeware defragmenter, which was sort of why I threw it in at the end. The MSAS real time scanner is what I have been using since it came out (even tried it when it was GIANT), and I have never had a problem with it. Maybe its just the way the name Arovax rolls off of your tongue...Arovax....I don't know something just kept telling me to try it out. But I'll stick with MSAS if it is better. FF is something that I have never had a problem with, it was just curiosity, I just remember Opera when it was adbased. Thanks alot though guys, you cleared up some things that were troubling me. BTW, I usually stay away from IE, just thought I'd make it look cool since you practically have to have it (**** monopoly). Thanks again, Ryan
  6. Hey again, just me with some more annoying questions Like I've said in some of my other posts, I'm reformatting and completely starting from scratch. I'm backing up all my important documents and photos, and reformatting the whole system. I have three questions which are somewhat troubling me. I've done some research into what the good freeware programs seem to be and I've tested many of them on my computer at home. After doing this research, I made a list of programs which I'm going to install after the format In order to complete my list of programs to reinstall on my computer (the list I was talking about) I'm seeking your advice on the following programs: Question #1: Firefox or Opera? I read somewhere that Opera has gone completely free, and I checked out their site (I'm not on my own computer so I didn't DL it) and it seems to be true. I can't believe its finally gone adware free! I remember the browser in the past, and I think I remember it being somewhat faster than firefox! I'm just wondering, is that still the case? Should I install Opera or Firefox? Personally, Firefox has been my browser of choice, pretty much since it has come out, but prior, I was using Opera, which seemed to be an amazing and fully customizable web-browser. Which is better, FF or Opera? Question #2: Which AS Real time scanner is the best? I see people are using various real time scanners (AS) such as Arovax shield (which I'm dying to try on my comp when I get back) and the built in one with MSAS (beta). The arovax shield seems promising, and I'm willing to manually update programs. For the novice user, MSAS seemed to be a good choice particularly because many novice users won't manually update. Arovax shield, on the other hand, looks a little more advanced. What is the best AS real time scanner? Question #3: Maxthon or Avant? Personally, I don't really use IE that much, but I figure since I pretty much have to have it, why not jazz it up a little? Maxthon looks a little more customizable, both habbed tabbed browsing, and not surprisingly, both look pretty decent (but I keep getting that grossed out feeling knowing they are just add-ons to the notorious IE). Which do your recommend to jazz up IE, Maxthon or Avant? Ok, I lied I just thought of one more question while typing this. Is there a good freeware defragmenter out there? I heard the windows defragmenter is good from some people (one of them was an IT) and heard that it was insufficient from others (an IT in this range too). What defragmenter do you recommend? Sorry for all the questions, and the question I snook in at the end there. I greatly appreciate your help and consideration, Your puzzled friend, Ryan
  7. I found ABI word in the Freeware section. I still haven't dled it yet as I'm still at home for the holidays, but I'm getting ready to go back. I was wondering if ABI word has an insert page numbers function, because I need all these things for my university papers. I'm not at my own computer right now, otherwise I'd try it out. Thanks for the recommendation btw. Ryan
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    I've finally decided to give up on my snail of a comp and give in to my urge to reformat the **** thing. Now, it was recommended to me that I partition the drive after I'm done reformatting, the reason being that it somehow speeds up the drive and its better for defragmentation. My first question, is this true? And if it is true, how and the heck do you partition? I remember doing it long ago with my friends comp but I haven't done it since I was 11 or something like that. Also, how much space should I allocate for each partition? I think it is a 36 gig drive (I know I'll upgrade it soon), I'm not at my dorm right now, so I can't really check. Just thought I'd ask in advance. I'd also like to thank you guys in advance as I will most likely be busy tomorrow (packin' up, gettin' ready to head back to the ol' dorm). Take it easy guys, and once again thanks for your help and friendship. Your friend, Ryan
  9. Hey *hyuk* I ain't no darn redneck dangit!
  10. I'm looking for a good free word processor. Which one would you recommend? I don't mind the open office one, but its spellchecker doesn't appear to be working, it says everything I type is correct! Any ideas on how to fix this? Thanks in advance. Your friend, Ryan
  11. Good choice on both counts (the x700 is usually a good card, but your gforce n6600 is pretty good as well ) Its too bad you had problems with your ATI card. Take it easy, Ryan
  12. Now, I run the maintenance for my parents comp and I'm home for the holidays. I was wondering if the arovax shield (which is interesting me greatly) uses alot of CPU and RAM because this is a laptop with only 512 ram and a 1.4ghz processor. I'm running MSAS which I'm quite pleased with, but I'm only willing to run one resident scanner, because the computer is a little slow as it is So what do you recommend for a resident scanner, arovax or MSAS? I haven't had a problem with MSAS, and normally I go by the old proverb "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" but that arovax shield seems pretty **** good from some of the reviews and recommendations from fellow forum members. Your Antispyware somewhat-literate friend, Ryan
  13. If you were planning on seeing The Chronicles of Narnia, I would say wait for it to come out to DVD before you spend the ten bucks to see it in the theatre. THough it has OK cgi, (not the best), it is one of those movies I can't bring myself to say it sucks (because I love cgi and fantasy), but at the same time, it lacks a good storyline, and there is only one major battle scene which is actually quite disappointing. But, once again, the reluctance to say it sucks sets in. THere are some lovable characters ranging from a noble talking lion, a sly fox (which unfortunately doesn't have a big part), a beaver couple which constantly bicker (my favourite characters) and a fawn named Tumnus. Overall, the movie still contains that magical imaginative aspect of movies in its genre (as well as books which are always better than the movie), wasn't that great, a little disappointing, yet, watchable. Definitely worth the five dollar rental, but not the ten dollar theatre view. Btw, the movie is an adaptation from Caroll S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Your friend, Ryan
  14. Wow, thats crazy, and I thought your general shoplifters give you enough to talk about amongst your co-workers So she actually had the guts (and lack of brain) to try and outrun the cops, get a criminal record, be sued, and possibly jailed over an 800.00 tool set? **** Take it easy, Ryan
  15. Thats right, GunZ online and Eve Online, imo, are probably one of the better (but probably not best) mmorpgs that I've played this year (if you would consider GunZ an rpg). I've played WoW and Guild wars, which I admit (being a faithful gamer) that they are amazing and addicting games, but if its complexity and freedom you want, Eve can give that to you. I haven't gotten that far in the game (theres not really any end) but from what I can see it is like this....you upgrade your ship (crap loads of upgrades), the graphics are decent, you can mine, fight pirates, other players, work for a corporation doing missions (corporations owned by both humans and npcs), start your own corporation with your friends, and a complex realistic economic system. On top of that, there are many players that play eve, and the monthly fee is only 15 bucks (Canadian I think). I found a site which gives you a fourteen day trial if your interested, go to Eve online trial As for GunZ, which I just played last night with my buddy, it is an addicting game which seems to be a combination of both a third person shooter and RPG where you can customize your character and enter duels, deathmatches, team matches and other games over various different maps. You can do awesome dives while shooting, ump off of walls, slash people while running, run on walls, and some other cool stuff. The game play is pretty addictive and I recommend any gamer to try it. The graphics, though not amazing, do not (imo) hinder the games playability. To try it out (it's completely free) go to: Gunz online Anyways, there you have it, the two games I will be playing for the rest of my holiday before I go back to university (and thoughout the rest of the university year ) Your gaming addicted friend, Ryan
  16. Personally, I switched from using powerdvd and wmp and I'm now using VLC player, which doesn't have the best GUI, ut is by far the best videoplayer IMO (and it's free!) I have never had a problem with this program and its pretty much played any video files Ihave thrown at it. Give it a shot! Your friend, Ryan
  17. Don't tease me I'm not sure when their suspected release date is, but I'm quite worried I won't get to see this promising looking IM until that time! I'm pretty sure theres few of us tht are excited anyways because most people are AIM users in the US! I've been using MSN since I was about 11 and IMO is a better program than AIM. On the other hand, I don't even want to talk about windows messenger! hey Tarun, I see you have it....wanna forward an invite this way bestest buddy Your friend, Ryan Actually, you don't need a hotmail account to sign in (at least on the msn7 version). All you have to do is validate another email, I have used gmail with msn, the only drawback, of course, being that you cant access your inbox directly through the program. I use gmail notifier for that If you need any invites for gmail, which I'm sure everyone and their grandmother has, don't hesitate to ask for one! Your friend, Ryan
  18. Yeah, I'm currently on facebook too, but don't you have to be either an alumnus/student of a college or university? Personally, I've had myspace before, and it is quite an eyesore, IMO, compared to facebook. THe only problem with facebook is its lack of "customizability", but other than that its quite a useful program, especially when you have a late paperand you haveno idea what to do so you ust go on facebook and look for people in your class and harass them Your friend, Ryan
  19. Personally, I think it depends on which CS your talking about. Of course they were all good, I loved CS when it first came out and took full advantage of its free online play. I was instantly addicted to this game. I love the fact that the game is challenging unlike most other fps games. THe selection of guns is also amazing (I like the bulllpup and the ak-47). The maps (the pre-loaded ones anyways) are overall decent, but do not hinder the games playability at all. When counterstrike source came out with HL2, I had to beg my friend to lend me his game so I could play source, which is basically a revamped CS with better graphics using the HL2 graphics engine, meaning there is physics, less pixelated lines and such. Overall, due to the games playability, I would have to say this is probably "one-of-the-best" fps games out there. Your friend, Ryan
  20. Hey it is Ryanator from before. I noticed the site went down for a while, and I was too lazy/busy to check and see if it was back up!... It's good to see some of the old people are here such as hazlenut and tarun). Not sure what happened, but I have more time now to drop by and I'm glad to be back! (Can I have my old category again (It was Team Zissou Frogman) lol. Anyways good to see some of the old peeps here, and I hope to be of some help in the future. Your friend, Ryan
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