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James_A

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  1. Like others, I use several of Karen's utilities but the bit that makes me laugh, every time I read it, is the opening sentence of the description for Karen's Alarm Clock: I just love the idea of devaluing a computer 100-fold to do something an ordinary alarm clock can do. .
  2. Well, in line with what gUiTaR_mIkE said, they have all screwed up at some time in the past. To my certain knowledge AVG, Kaspersky, McAfee, Symantec, Trend (in alphabetic order) have all hosed Windows at some time. Symantec is quite a bit better than a few years ago and I would recommend SEP (Symantec Endpoint Protection) for networks except that the Management Console managed to trash my WSUS server several months ago. Took me until about 4am (working all night) to get it working again. Ironically, the Trend product causing the most grief is called "Worry-Free" :cry:
  3. They lost customers' trust years ago. Let's not forget that these are the people who installed a Rootkit on your computer in 2005 .... See Wikipedia: Sony BMG copy protection rootkit scandal And the original article by Mark Russinovich is still online: Sony, Rootkits and Digital Rights Management Gone Too Far ==
  4. Yes, it certainly looks like the same thing. Mine, however, was from Amazon (in the UK). There will be small differences depending on the exact model supplied. For example, the power supply on that one looks like it goes straight to a SATA power plug/socket, with a short cable to adapt to the old IDE (4-pin "molex") power plug/socket. My older one has it the other way round. .
  5. I'm guessing, from the screenshot, above that the answer to may well be Firefox 6 (as that pic seems to show Fx 6.0 alpha) Especially as Firefox 5 is already (kind-of) in Beta. .
  6. Well, I hate to ruin the party, especially as the question was asked over a month ago, but: is an IDE drive, not SATA. The picture in post#8 (sata cable 005.jpg) even though very blurred, shows a Seagate Barracuda IDE hard drive connected to what looks like a universal IDE/SATA to USB adapter. Like this: In which case, the SATA cable goes nowhere because the other end of the USB cable should be plugged-in to a USB port somewhere and the drive appears as an external hard drive. .
  7. sucks the least says it all!! I voted for MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials) because, in practice, it works. It is also pretty lightweight, runs OK on older hardware and doesn't force you into loading about a half-gigabyte of extra rubbish into memory. I just disinfected a customer's machine which was running both Avast and Spybot..... Most AV's are capable of completely trashing Windows when the detection updates go bananas. McAfee and Trend are pretty good at trashing entire networks and domains, so, for me, they suck the most, along wth Clam AV which has appallingly bad detection rates. .
  8. Wow! Certainly improves upon doing it manually. StopForumSpam currently have over 3 million records in their spam database. I wish this had been available last time I modded a board.
  9. Why does this spin make it sound like Microsoft is the leader? They aren't/weren't. Try this (corrective) news article by the EFF from back in January:- Mozilla Leads the Way on Do Not Track Actually, I think NoScript was first. See Georgio Maone's blog entries:- 2010-12-28: X-Do-Not-Track support in NoScript 2011-01-24: X-Do-Not-Track and the X-Not-Invented-Here Syndrome 2011-01-28: X-Do-Not-Track? DNT, c’est plus facile… Or you could start with the "parent" website, maintained by Stanford researchers Jonathan Mayer and Arvind Narayanan: Do Not Track As to whether it will do any good, well I agree with: and also with: and that's despite Associated Press already implementing it. .
  10. How about GMER Rootkit Detector? (http://www.gmer.net/) Latest build is #15565 (version 1.0.15.15565) released 2011.03.18 .
  11. :lol: ... which may have confused people, since April 01, 00:06 hrs in France was still March 31 in the USA. See:- Happy April 1st: No donation to Scientology cult .
  12. The new Firefox 4 browser seems quite popular:- Most news sources show variations on the above quote. The current counter (at 09:45 am GMT) shows well over 23,050,000 downloads and is going up by almost 4,000 a minute. .
  13. Forgot to post the link.... USGCB is at http://usgcb.nist.gov/ .
  14. I see it's not yet out in Occitan, which is stuck at 3.6.15 Occitan, as I'm sure you all know, is the language of Occitania http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occitania
  15. It's no longer called FDCC -- that's the old name. Wikipedia's article is presumably flagged as outdated because of the name change, caused by the move to Windows 7. Now it's called USGCB: United States Government Configuration Baseline and it covers Windows 7 and Red Hat (RHEL 5). Both of them look interesting if you want to lock down computers.
  16. Does anyone know, is that the pre-recall and post-recall stepping for the Intel 6-series (Cougar Point) chipset? BTW Nice rig! Same as Eldmannen, I like Antec cases (if you have the budget), but Cooler Master are pretty good at the price. .
  17. Well, it looks like the IP.Board software authors still have some work to do on the "bad words" filter, because it currently suffers from the Scunthorpe problem: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scunthorpe_problem If you want to know what the man's name really is, see his original blog post on the official Google blog: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/advanced-sign-in-security-for-your.html .
  18. Absolute rubbish! Marketing drivel! You get prompted to install the !$%*ing thing every time you visit a Microsoft web-page. Actually -- IE8 & IE9 are somewhat better than their predecessors, but now they have Chrome 9 and Firefox 4 (when it arrives) to compete with and IE is losing major market share to both Chrome and Fx, particularly in Europe. .
  19. Make sure you have run the latest SURT (System Update Readiness Tool) [November 2010] before trying to install SP1. 32-bit: System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7 (KB947821) [November 2010] 64-bit: System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB947821) [November 2010] Also if you want to use RSAT (Remote Server Administration Tools), you'll need to install before you install SP1 because RSAT won't install after SP1 is installed (or wait until April 2011 for the RSAT update...) .
  20. Make sure you have run the latest SURT (System Update Readiness Tool) [November 2010] before trying to install SP1. 32-bit: System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7 (KB947821) [November 2010] 64-bit: System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB947821) [November 2010] Also if you want to use RSAT (Remote Server Administration Tools), you'll need to install before you install SP1 because RSAT won't install after SP1 is installed (or wait until April 2011 for the RSAT update...) .
  21. That download link seems wrong. It leads to an old version from 6 months ago.
  22. +1, what he said. We've actually been too busy celebrating Christmas for me to visit these forums for a few days, but Happy New Year to you all. .
  23. Nope, too much cloud. That'll be a total eclipse of the total eclipse, then. .
  24. Welcome! There's some people over here that would like to get to the sunshine state -- but they've been stuck in the snow at London Heathrow airport for several days. .
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