Re: [CGUYS] Recs 4 hw support for netbook

2010-07-12 Thread Chris Dunford
 I 'm travelling and using a samsung netbook. I like the navy lid. I sit on 
 the couch at my bro's,
 cross my legs and balance the netbook on a pillow.  This can't be good as it 
 blocks the fan vents. Any
 recs for something to purchase to rest the netbook on ? With thanks in 
 advance ...

I'm quite proud of myself for resisting an overwhelming urge to respond with 
the old Hey, doc, it hurts when I do this joke.

Oh, wait...


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Re: [CGUYS] Windoze open open in new tab open in new window

2010-07-09 Thread Chris Dunford
 Why does windoze have these categories?  I understand tab and window but why 
 does it have just open?
 open where?  on the planet uranus? why have a third meaningless option.  Let 
 the rant begin.

Open uses the default window as specified by the link, which could be in 
either the current window or a new window. IOW, it lets the web site decide 
where the link will open. 

The other two options mean, I don't care what the site says, I want it opened 
in a new [tab|window].


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Re: [CGUYS] Junk mail in Outlook 2007 Outlook Express

2010-07-06 Thread Chris Dunford
 My Dad who uses Outlook 2007 is having trouble getting another relative's
 email messages. They always go to his junk mail folder.

Could be any number of reasons, but there is a simple fix. Right-click one of 
the junked emails, then click Junk E-mail and Add sender to safe senders 
list. That should fix it permanently.


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Re: [CGUYS] Yesterday Amazon Buys Woot.Com: Today a $149 Kindle

2010-07-01 Thread Chris Dunford
 Read the letter from the president of woot about the sale it is an unusual
 corporate letter.
 http://www.woot.com/Blog/ViewEntry.aspx?Id=13390

Unusual is a pale, pale description of that letter.


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Re: [CGUYS] Yesterday Amazon Buys Woot.Com: Today a $149 Kindle

2010-07-01 Thread Chris Dunford
 I guess you guys aren't typically reading woot's descriptions in their
 product sales?

I have, but this is a different scenario. These We've been acquired letters 
have been many, and there's a form that you have to follow. These guys didn't.


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Re: [CGUYS] Apple's iPad: Death knell for traditional Ma cintos h computers?

2010-06-30 Thread Chris Dunford
 15 inch laptop for writing code?  Torture.

It's not just torture, it's inefficient, expensive torture. Developers are 
*constantly* referring to documentation, code samples, bits of other projects, 
and a million other things. Having to flip
back  forth while coding is distracting  terribly inefficient. In the long 
run, this company would probably save money with bigger/multiple screens.


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Re: [CGUYS] Apple's iPad: Death knell for traditional Ma cintos h computers?

2010-06-29 Thread Chris Dunford
 How do I know this? Experience. The trend is unmistakable. Computer
 usage by the masses is going mobile.
 
 The Mac as we know it-a full featured personal computer-is slowly
 going away, to be replaced by ever more mobile and increasingly
 capable devices.

This might very well happen for a lot of casual uses, so I don't disagree with 
the notion that iPad could cannibalize some portion of Mac sales. But these 
various little things aren't going to replace
real computers for doing real work any time soon. It's not so much the 
capabilities as the physical interface. I am NOT going to spend all day every 
day squinting at a tiny screen and typing on a tiny
fake keyboard. I can't see many office workers wanting to work that way, either.


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Re: [CGUYS] Apple Anti-trust App

2010-05-04 Thread Chris Dunford
 There is a big difference between that and the stuff M$ used to do.

OK, what's the big difference between If you want to do X you have to use 
our software and what MS used to do?


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Re: [CGUYS] M$ Decline Continues

2010-05-04 Thread Chris Dunford
 For the first time since ...

Whatever. 

I'd just like to point out that the continued use of the now decades-old M$ 
has become so trite, so lame, so boring, so unimaginative, so repetitive. So 
silly. So utterly Oh, give it a rest.

So over.

I'm just saying.


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Re: [CGUYS] illegal search warrant?

2010-05-02 Thread Chris Dunford
 BHO was all for drilling until the shit hit the fan.

No, he was never all for drilling. He gave this to the Republicans in another 
one of his misguided attempts to be bipartisan or to get them to vote for 
something he wanted. 

When will he learn?


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Re: [CGUYS] Cuccinelli (was: illegal search warrant?)

2010-05-01 Thread Chris Dunford
 On May 1, 2010, at 1:19 PM, tjpa wrote:
  Back in the 18th century it was possible to be proud to be a
  Virginian. These days all we can be thankful for is that we are not
  Arizona. Though some of us aspire to that too
 
 Another example...
 http://www.timesnews.net/article.php?id=9022692

And now he's on a witch hunt, demanding everything that Michael Mann has ever 
touched, seen, or thought about, whether it actually exists any more or not 
(and if not, you'd better know how, when, and
why it went away, and who else knows about how, why, and when it went away, and 
who else knew or might have known what was in it before it went away).

Bonus: He said that he was considering not getting a Social Security Number for 
his 7th child (!) because it is being used to track you.

He also seems to be a birther.

My favorite blog quote: Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has only been 
in office since January, but he's already demonstrated that Virginians 
accidentally elected a crazy person.


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Re: [CGUYS] M$ vs. iPad, M$ Bows Out

2010-04-30 Thread Chris Dunford
 I can hear the head of development for courier at MS...'Apple released
 what?  The iwhat?...dammit!...scrap everything!'

Really.

It's too bad, though. According to a couple of articles I've seen, Courier was 
one of the few tablet-size boxes that was designed from scratch to be its own 
thing--neither an upsized phone nor a
downsized laptop.

If you watch the Courier video above, you'll notice that it's an entirely new 
class of interface. It doesn't have anything reminiscent of applications, which 
are the way phones do it, and it doesn't
have the traditional windowing (lower-case) for programs, which is what 
desktops use. It's kinda just one big interface where everything talks to 
everything else, where you can do stuff in a natural
way that makes sense.

http://gizmodo.com/5461767/the-two-wrong-ways-to-make-a-tablet


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Re: [CGUYS] illegal search warrant?

2010-04-30 Thread Chris Dunford
I'm a stanch liberal, but also a strong advocate of toting guns. For those who 
think guns kill people and not people kill people, by that logic we should ban 
cars. We should also ban all smoking, all
alcohol and anything proven to be a carcinogen.

This is not going to go anywhere, but just for the record, I don't buy that 
logic. Although all of these things can and kill, only one of them is intended 
and manufactured for that purpose.


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Re: [CGUYS] Should I buy for my wife?

2010-04-16 Thread Chris Dunford
 Acer - AspireRevo Nettop with Intel® Atom™ Processor
 Model: AR1600-U910H | SKU: 9535434
 
 She is not a computer person. Only uses it for limited e-mail and for 
 microsoft word. Is not
 interested in using for more than this.
 
 Would this Acer do the job?

Certainly, it's more than adequate for that.


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Re: [CGUYS] NEF plugin for Irfanview

2010-04-13 Thread Chris Dunford
 The second problem is that Windows XP does not have a link to open
 Irfanview when a NEF file is double-clicked in a Windows file list.
 Clicking on a NEF file transfers to a browser pointed at Microsoft which
 says that the file type is unknown.  I haven't worked yet to see if I
 can associate the NEF file with Irfanview.

Right-click a .NEF and choose Open With (it might be shift-right-click, it's 
been a long time since I used XP). You should get a dialog that lets you pick a 
program, along with a checkbox that says
Always open with this program or something like that.


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Re: [CGUYS] vga port to port

2010-04-12 Thread Chris Dunford
It should be fine. The TV will amplify it.

 -Original Message-
 From: rleesimon [mailto:rleesi...@gmail.com]
 Sent: Monday, April 12, 2010 2:05 PM
 To: 'Chris Dunford'; 'Stewart Marshall'
 Cc: 'Computer Guys Discussion List'
 Subject: RE: vga port to port
 
 One more basic question about this matter for you guys; if I get a VGA cable
 and hook up the video to my TV with a VGA port, and if I hook up an audio
 cable to the output on the side of the computer (3.5mm labeled stereo
 headphone jack out grouped near 3.5mm input and 3.5mm mic outlets) will it
 get amplified at the TV end enough to have adequate volume level, or do I
 need something for that?
 
 -Original Message-
 From: rleesimon [mailto:rleesi...@gmail.com]
 Sent: Friday, April 09, 2010 10:22 AM
 To: 'Chris Dunford'
 Cc: 'Stewart Marshall'
 Subject: RE: vga port to port
 
 Thanks ...you and the rev saved me from purchasing some junk that supposes
 to be a signal converter and is unnecessary for my use...
 
 -Original Message-
 From: Chris Dunford [mailto:seed...@gmail.com]
 Sent: Friday, April 09, 2010 10:09 AM
 To: 'rleesimon'
 Subject: RE: vga port to port
 
 Either one should work for the video. You do need a sound cable. The second
 one has a built-in cable, but it looks like it has a single miniplug at both
 ends. Your TV probably wants separate
 left/right RCA-type plugs. So you might be better off buying the first cable
 and something like this:
 
 http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2290564
 
 (Although you can probably find something cheaper--Monster cables are top of
 the line.)
 
  -Original Message-
  From: rleesimon [mailto:rleesi...@gmail.com]
  Sent: Thursday, April 08, 2010 11:55 AM
  To: 'Chris Dunford'
  Cc: 'Computer Guys Discussion List'
  Subject: RE: vga port to port
 
  Are the cords I show here good?  I assume I need a sound cord and the
 second
  one has it integrated ...should that be the one?  I assume SVGA cord will
  carry VGA, no? ...thanks!!
 
  -Original Message-
  From: Chris Dunford [mailto:seed...@gmail.com]
  Sent: Wednesday, April 07, 2010 11:50 AM
  Subject: Re: vga port to port
 
   If I have a vga out port on my laptop can't I just get a simple vga
  monitor
   cable (http://tinyurl.com/yjnyy37) or even one that has an integrated
  sound
   cable on it (http://tinyurl.com/yfrxj5k) and show whatever from the
  computer
   on my TV since it has a VGA port without buying some folderol that seems
  to
   do nothing??  My thinkpad has the facility to show an external monitor
  only
   or together with the LCD .any advice?
 
  Yes, I've connected my ThinkPad directly to a TV with a VGA input. Works
  fine. Nothing else is needed.
 
 
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Re: [CGUYS] Why I won't buy an Ipad...

2010-04-08 Thread Chris Dunford
  But...but...but...haven't you repeatedly referred to the iPhone as a 
  computer (with which, by the
 way, I would not disagree)?
 
   The iPhone is a combination computer and radio as are all the
 so-called smart phones.

Yes, I know that. My point was that TP says (paraphrased), He repeats the 
common mistake of thinking that the iPad is a computer, but he has previously 
stated that the iPhone is a computer. It's a
tad inconsistent, is all.


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Re: [CGUYS] vga port to port

2010-04-07 Thread Chris Dunford
 If I have a vga out port on my laptop can't I just get a simple vga monitor
 cable (http://tinyurl.com/yjnyy37) or even one that has an integrated sound
 cable on it (http://tinyurl.com/yfrxj5k) and show whatever from the computer
 on my TV since it has a VGA port without buying some folderol that seems to
 do nothing??  My thinkpad has the facility to show an external monitor only
 or together with the LCD .any advice?

Yes, I've connected my ThinkPad directly to a TV with a VGA input. Works fine. 
Nothing else is needed.


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Re: [CGUYS] Why I won't buy an Ipad...

2010-04-07 Thread Chris Dunford
 He is making a common mistake. He thinks the iPad is a computer when
 it really is a very powerful phone.

But...but...but...haven't you repeatedly referred to the iPhone as a computer 
(with which, by the way, I would not disagree)?


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Re: [CGUYS] ipad/iphone/ipod touch and the lack of multitasking explained

2010-04-06 Thread Chris Dunford
... Apple's argument that third party multitasking is a hamper to stability 
...

Well, multitasking third-party apps certainly shouldn't be a hamper to the 
stability of a well-designed multitasking OS.

(Now, before certain people get all bent out of shape because I'm saying that 
the iPad OS isn't well-designed, that is not what I'm saying. I'm not saying 
anything about the iPad OS. My point is that
this claim doesn't wash.)


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Re: [CGUYS] Broadband Speeds Map

2010-04-03 Thread Chris Dunford
 For those who say that USA has rotten broadband speeds because we have
 such low population density, why is Canada ahead of US?
 
 http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2010/03/tech/map.broadband.speeds/index.html

Interesting factoid: Unless I missed someone, South Korea is the fastest in the 
world and twice as fast as its nearest competitor, Japan.


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[CGUYS] Wozniak solves two iPhone problems

2010-03-31 Thread Chris Dunford
Woz has found a single solution to iPhone's lack of multitasking AND its short 
battery life:

Yeah. I just have two iPhones, so if the battery runs down on the first one, I 
can use the other. And if I'm talking on one, I can use the other one to look 
something up. You would not believe how
much use I get out of that.

It's so EASY.  Why didn't everyone think of this?

http://www.newsweek.com/id/235567


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Re: [CGUYS] Apple Runs Out of iPads

2010-03-29 Thread Chris Dunford
 As you read here... nobody will want one.

Can you find a post that actually says this? I remember a good deal of yawning, 
but I don't remember any posts saying that nobody will want one.

It's shiny. It's made by Apple. Everybody will want one.

(But it's always interesting to note how significant you think sales figures 
are--unless they're Microsoft's.)


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Re: [CGUYS] Windows Phone 7: Too Much Like the iPhone?

2010-03-17 Thread Chris Dunford
 Funny you never posted this when Palm did it...or Android...or Blackberry
 that copied push notification before Apple did it.  That was way cool when
 Blackberry copied Apple before Apple even did it.

This guy thinks that push notification is the least of it.

What differentiates Windows Phone 7 Series from iPhone is the same thing that 
made Zune so different from iPod: Social sharing. ... Microsoft is making 
social a platform that runs deep into Windows
Phone 7 Series. ... It's one thing to use Facebook on a mobile phone. It's a 
whole other order of experience interacting around disparate content 
repositories, which is the differentiating direction
Microsoft is taking Windows Phone 7 Series -- and it's a path Apple has failed 
to follow with iPhone. ... Apple's idea of social interaction is the push 
notification. It's a weak compromise that
Microsoft seems ready enough to exploit (granted, Windows Phone 7 Series has 
push notifications, too).

http://bit.ly/dtyDkE

-OR-

http://www.betanews.com/joewilcox/article/Windows-Phone-7-Series-actually-looks-pretty-good/1268683306


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Re: [CGUYS] Wing Nuts Oppose Better Broadband

2010-03-15 Thread Chris Dunford
  The US disdain for government provided services has a cost in the real
  world.

 This implies there is no cost of government provided services in the real
 world.

No, it doesn't. It states that there's a cost, typically unacknowledged, of NOT 
having the services. There's no implication that the services are, or would be, 
free of cost.


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Re: [CGUYS] Wing Nuts Oppose Better Broadband

2010-03-15 Thread Chris Dunford
 I didn't mean cost as in some monthly bill, i meant in the larger scheme.

I didn't mean that either, and it still didn't imply what you said...


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Re: [CGUYS] Wing Nuts Oppose Better Broadband

2010-03-15 Thread Chris Dunford
 The problem is sometimes it is true.

Careful, now Mike is going to say that this implies that it's never not true.


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Re: [CGUYS] recovery.gov zip codes

2010-03-14 Thread Chris Dunford
  googl zip codes don't exist recovery.gov
 
 My curiosity got the best of me, so I did google as mr xhavoc suggested.
 
 Here the site that looked like it had some details
 
 http://virginia.watchdog.org/334/recovery-gov-director-calls-fake-zip-
 codes-much-ado-about-nothing/
 
 A quick scan seemed to produce a number of allegations and no reply
 to the poster who pokes holes in their theories.

Yeah, I'm with you. This appears to be a complete nonstory. As several 
references note, all of the awards going to the erroneous zip codes can easily 
be tracked to their correct zip codes right on the
recovery.gov site. This is nothing but someone writing or keying the wrong zip 
code for an award, and someone else not bothering to take the extra two minutes 
required to figure out what actually
happened (I'm looking at you, John Stossel).

Of course, this doesn't stop the right wing bloggers and comment-writers from 
foaming at the mouth about billions of dollars in stimulus money having 
vanished.


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Re: [CGUYS] M$'s HD Mess

2010-03-12 Thread Chris Dunford
 This kind of deceit is a problem if software tries to write less than
 4096 bytes at a time.

Yes, but NTFS uses 4K clusters. To the best of my knowledge, it never writes 
512-byte sectors. (And even if it did, the vast majority of writes in typical 
use would tend to be large--only the last,
partial block would be small.)

 And as luck would have it, the most widely used operating system in the
 world will always create partitions that don't line up nicely. Single
 partition Windows XP systems will always make the first partition start
 on the 63rd 512 byte sector. If it was just one sector further on, then
 everything would line up nicely on these pseudo-512 byte sector drives.

That's precisely what the jumper settings/utility rectify. They transparently 
move the partition start from the 63rd sector to the 64th sector. XP never 
knows that the sectors are not physically
located where it thinks they are.

So, both of these are non-issues.


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Re: [CGUYS] M$'s HD Mess

2010-03-12 Thread Chris Dunford
 Chris, you misunderstand RMW.  Your jumper setting does not get around
 it.  Bliss-based ignorance.

I understand RMW perfectly well, thank you. You are not paying attention, 
apparently.

There are two issues.

1. There is a performance penalty for writes of  4K due to RMW. But, as the 
very article you quoted notes, this isn't much of a problem since most I/Os are 
4K anyway. (In fact, it's my understanding
that -all- NTFS writes are 4K, since that's the NTFS cluster size--but I 
haven't been able to find confirmation of that this morning.)

2. RMW comes heavily into play when an I/O straddles two 4K sectors. This is 
problem for XP because it places the first sector of the primary partition at 
sector 63, which would mean that -all- 4K
I/Os straddle sectors. But what you do not seem to understand is that either 
the jumper settings or the disk utility fix this permanently by PHYSICALLY 
MOVING the first sector to sector 64. This issue
goes away, completely and forever. It is a dead issue. It has gone to join the 
choir eternal.

So, contrary to your assertion, the jumper settings do indeed get around it, 
and the bliss-based ignorance is not on this end of the conversation.


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Re: [CGUYS] M$'s HD Mess

2010-03-12 Thread Chris Dunford
 And you can't see that this is an awful kluge? Hardware vendors should
 not have to go Rube Goldberg to work around a mess created my the
 operating system vendor.

Did I see something moving out of the corner of my eye? Ah, yes, it's the 
goalposts again.

Your post was about what a horrible fix all six people who plan to install huge 
new AF drives on old XP boxes are going to be in. They will take a big 
performance hit. They are to be left high and
dry, etc. It is a disaster!

Well, now that this turns out to be wrong, suddenly the real issue isn't that 
XP users are screwed, it's that it's a kluge.

Why am I not surprised?


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Re: [CGUYS] FCC wants to measure

2010-03-12 Thread Chris Dunford
 Except much of that money shows up in zip codes or counties that don't
 exist.  No, not all of it...but a lot.

Mike, can you quantify this? How much is much? You're sorta making it sound 
like most of the money shown on the site is bogus. I'm not clear on your 
thinking here--are you saying that the map is
intentionally bogus, or that much of the money shown on the map isn't real, 
or that the web site is poorly managed, or what?

It's worth noting, by the way, that recovery.gov's map is based on reports 
submitted by the recipients of the loans, grants, and contracts, so it's 
subject to errors in those reports (as well as to
data entry errors, of course). And, since there's no penalty for failing to 
file the required report, there is in all likelihood a lot of money that isn't 
on the map at all.


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Re: [CGUYS] M$'s HD Mess

2010-03-11 Thread Chris Dunford
 Long article at Ars about how M$ failed to engineer a smooth
 transition for its customers to new hard drive technologies. Changes
 are necessary to take us to higher hard drive capacities. Apple took
 care of this many years ago so changes will be no big deal.

Your sad little summary fails, oddly, to mention that the ONLY version this 
affects is XP, now nearly a decade old. Vista, Server 2008, and Win7 are all 
just fine. So what failed to engineer a smooth
transition really means is MS failed to go back and update all obsolete 
versions of Windows.

Did Apple, which took care of this many years ago, go back and fix all of its 
obsolete OSs? 

And, by the way, WD already has a complete solution to the XP problem for its 
advanced drives. It involves running a utility one time or setting a jumper. 
End of problem.


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Re: [CGUYS] M$'s HD Mess

2010-03-11 Thread Chris Dunford
 A bit smug, Chris.

You're missing my point. Tom, who has long since lost all credibility in 
commenting on MS, clearly implied that only Apple has addressed this. That is 
patently not the case.

I did, however, make one mistake. On re-reading Tom's post, I see that he did, 
in fact, mention that this is an XP issue. I said that he did not, and that was 
wrong. 


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Re: [CGUYS] M$'s HD Mess

2010-03-11 Thread Chris Dunford
 False. And downright rude.

Right. That was rude. But consistently referring to everyone who doesn't share 
your obsessive hatred of MS as sheeple, lapdogs, or M$ minions, nothing 
rude about any of that, right?

As to false, I already corrected the misstatement. Nice of you to acknowledge 
that.

 Did not need to. They made the change long in advance.

Right. The first OS X support is in Tiger (2005). The first Windows support is 
in Vista (2006). Neither company has added support to earlier versions. Wowie.

 And, by the way, WD already has a complete solution to the XP 
 problem for its advanced drives. It involves running a utility one 
 time or setting a jumper. End of problem.

 False.

Ah. Well, WD sees it differently: 

To create a single Windows XP partition from a clean install, apply a jumper 
across pins 7-8. ... Setting the jumper is all that is required to achieve full 
performance.

and

The WD Align utility enables older operating systems to operate at full 
performance on Advanced Format hard drives.

But I guess you know more about WD drives than WD does.


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Re: [CGUYS] M$'s HD Mess

2010-03-11 Thread Chris Dunford
  Just to be clear, Apple supported EFI since 2006...XP came out in
  2001...the
  next major update to XP which was Vista supports EFI and the larger
  disks.
  All those still using older macs are out in the cold too...not that
  I think
  it will affect anyone either way.
 
 
 Just to be clear XP Service Pack 3 was 21 April 2008; 22 months ago.

OK, let's see if we can summarize your position:

1. MS continued to update XP after Vista's release but did not include this 
particular fix.
2. Apple has never updated Panther since Tiger's release.
3. Apple's response is superior.

In short, never updating the older version is superior to updating it but 
omitting a fix for a drive type that nobody running XP actually has.

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Re: [CGUYS] M$'s HD Mess

2010-03-11 Thread Chris Dunford
  Ah. Well, WD sees it differently:
 
 Or you and they are feeding us BS.
 
 Simple math on the drive specs shows these drives still have only 512B
 sectors.
 http://www.westerndigital.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=763
 
 Formatted Capacity: 1,000,204 MB
 User Sectors Per Drive: 1,953,525,168
 Dividing capacity by bytes per sector: 512B
 
 WTF?

The 512-byte sectors are emulated. That's what the OS sees. Physically, they're 
4K sectors.


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Re: [CGUYS] A Multigenerational Look at the iPad

2010-03-10 Thread Chris Dunford
  To be fair there are a few surface' platforms out there but not many.  Has
  anyone ever seen one in use?
 
   Yeah, on TV shows and in movies, thanks to CGI and animation.
 
   Steve

Well, it's not quite THAT bad. They do exist, and they are in use. I know that 
some hotels use them (Sheraton is one). They're also in some Hard Rock Cafes 
and (I've heard) in Disneyland. MSNBC used
one during its election coverage. And, of course, MS uses them in its own 
retail stores.

I've seen them (and used them) myself many times, although not in the wild, 
only at MS events. 

If you have $12,500 that you're tired of carrying around, you can buy one today 
for yourself.


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Re: [CGUYS] Twist in school spying scandal

2010-03-09 Thread Chris Dunford
 Various students who have been interviewed said that they all feel
 so much pressure from both parents as well as school officials to
 excel to extreme degrees that it is not surprising that some students
 would resort to such behavior.

Perhaps, but it doesn't explain why they allegedly lowered the grades of some 
students they didn't like.


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Re: [CGUYS] A Multigenerational Look at the iPad

2010-03-09 Thread Chris Dunford
 Yes the local DMV uses touch screens for their Drivers tests, and one
 of the Big Orthopedic clinics uses windows touch screen laptops for
 their staff, medical records.
 
 Stewart

Rev, I think the question was about surface platforms, which are different from 
simple touchscreens. They're typically big, expensive tables with 
touch-sensitive screens that cover most of the
surface. At some point they'll be sensitive to more stuff, e.g., you'll be able 
to just put your camera anywhere on the surface, and the system will recognize 
what it is  be able to do useful things
like downloading the pix.


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Re: [CGUYS] Twist in school spying scandal

2010-03-06 Thread Chris Dunford
 Hardly. You're blowing this all out of proportion. A better comparison
 would be that we're all aware we can be filmed while on that bridge.

You have no reasonable expectation of privacy on the bridge. You do in your 
bedroom. If the school system was going to violate that reasonable expectation, 
it had a duty to inform, but it did not.
From the available facts, what the school system did was horribly wrong, and 
there's no way around it.

Your position appears to blame the victim for the crime.


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Re: [CGUYS] Twist in school spying scandal

2010-03-04 Thread Chris Dunford
 If anything, they should sue the students who weren't bright enough not to
 tape over the cameras before doing stupid stuff in front of them.

Stupid stuff? The student was eating Mike  Ike candy.


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Re: [CGUYS] FCC head calls for broadband availability

2010-03-01 Thread Chris Dunford
 For those who aren't familiar with the rest of the commandments, there
 were actually over 600. We're lucky that K.I.S.S. weeded out most of the
 noxious ones, mostly from Leviticus. Or Moses got tired of chiseling
 into stone when he got to ten.

Actually, there were fifteen--three tablets of five each--but Mel Brooks 
dropped one of them.

God has given unto me these fifteen--oy--TEN commandments.


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Re: [CGUYS] Apple App Store Gets Really Silly

2010-02-23 Thread Chris Dunford
 I know with your ideological bent you'll never admit a dem can do anything
 less than pure but for anyone else..
 
 Google Tipper Gore and video game violence.

Well, I didn't remember anything about Tipper Gore and video game violence, so 
I did that and came up empty.

What did Tipper ever ask for other than reasonable content labels on recordings?


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Re: [CGUYS] Apple App Store Gets Really Silly

2010-02-23 Thread Chris Dunford
  Google Tipper Gore and video game violence.
 
 Not surprising. She's one of The Mothers of Prevention that wanted to
 do away with bad words in music, or some such. Definitely a killjoy.

Some such? Again, unless there's something else I can't find, some such 
amounted to labeling, not censorship. 

She didn't say that you can't listen to music about mofos and beyotches and 
hos. She said she wanted to know if that's was she was buying for her own kids. 
Seems perfectly reasonable to me.


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Re: [CGUYS] FCC head calls for broadband availability

2010-02-20 Thread Chris Dunford
 Yeah, but when they come to sell me FIOS, they will at the same time sell me 
 VOIP, which dies four
 hours after the power grid goes down [frequently].

They will *try* to sell you fiber optic phone service. You don't have to take 
it. I have FiOS broadband (which I love) and copper phone service.


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Re: [CGUYS] FCC head calls for broadband availability

2010-02-19 Thread Chris Dunford
 If all these things are unconstitutional then someone would have
 litigated it a long time ago and the Supreme Court would have declared so.
 
 So I do not buy it at all.

Right. Every time I hear, Show me where in the Constitution is says we can 
have X, I think, I'll do that as soon as you show me where it says we can 
have a National Aeronautics and Space
Administration.


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Re: [CGUYS] Creepy or what?

2010-02-19 Thread Chris Dunford
 I don't pay a whole lot of attention, but I don't think I've ever seen a 
 laptop/notebook with a
 **built-in** webcam.  I think I'd be very suspicious of a school system that 
 issued computers with
 them.

No, lots and lots of laptops and netbooks have built-in webcams. There's 
nothing at all unusual about that aspect of it.


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Re: [CGUYS] Cell phone radiated power

2010-02-19 Thread Chris Dunford
   It is funny how so many folks who have dismissed, out of hand, any
 suggestion that the radiation from a cell phone has any effect upon
 the brain or other bodily tissues have fully embraced this finding.

As Bob Park likes to say, Albert Einstein won the Nobel Prize in 1905 for 
showing that cell phones can't cause cancer. It seems to me that cell 
phone-related cancer is what's mostly rejected out of
hand. Saying that they can't cause cancer isn't the same thing as saying that 
they can't have any effects at all.


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Re: [CGUYS] b_s-wilk [b1sun...@yahoo.es]

2010-02-18 Thread Chris Dunford
Arggh. Mixed up the Subj/To lines. Sorry.

 -Original Message-
 From: Chris Dunford [mailto:seed...@gmail.com]
 Sent: Thursday, February 18, 2010 11:00 AM
 To: 'Computer Guys Discussion List'
 Subject: b_s-wilk [b1sun...@yahoo.es]
 
   Why don't you leave the country and emigrate to one of the socialist 
   countries
   where life is so much better?  I'm doing just fine here.
  
 
  I never told you to emigrate
 
 (Privately)
 
 Betty, this You hate the US? Leave! stuff is the canned response to the 
 slightest hint that the US
 might not be the absolute #1 kick-ass best at anything, or that other 
 countries just might,
 occasionally, have a better idea.
 
 This usually comes from people who are unable to distinguish between a 
 socialist republic and a
 communist dictatorship.
 
 Sigh.
 
 Chris


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Re: [CGUYS] LABS GALLERY: 25 Decade-Shaping Technologies - IT Management from eWeek

2010-02-18 Thread Chris Dunford
 I'll even give a nod to Windows XP, even though I got a message to
 confirm with M$ for the first time last week on a system I've been using
 for 5 years--it's superior to both previous and subsequent systems, so far.

Have you used Windows 7? What is it about XP that you find superior?


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[CGUYS] b_s-wilk [b1sun...@yahoo.es]

2010-02-18 Thread Chris Dunford
  Why don't you leave the country and emigrate to one of the socialist 
  countries
  where life is so much better?  I'm doing just fine here.
 
 
 I never told you to emigrate

(Privately)

Betty, this You hate the US? Leave! stuff is the canned response to the 
slightest hint that the US might not be the absolute #1 kick-ass best at 
anything, or that other countries just might, occasionally, have a better idea.

This usually comes from people who are unable to distinguish between a 
socialist republic and a communist dictatorship.

Sigh.

Chris


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Re: [CGUYS] FCC head calls for broadband availability

2010-02-17 Thread Chris Dunford
 The American fantasy promoted by corporations is that taxes are bad, and
 taxes are so much higher in European countries with cradle to grave
 popular social programs. Actually Americans pay much more in money and
 time for basic necessities that others elsewhere have decided that all
 their citizens--and guests--have a right to be covered by popular
 government programs. These programs aren't necessarily provided by the
 governments either; however things like health care are universal, with
 government oversight of private nonprofits more often than
 government-run programs.

Absolutely right. It's a decision made by the citizens of each country (well, 
each democratic country, anyway): do you want lower tax + higher out-of-pocket, 
or do you want higher tax and lower out-of-pocket? 

Higher taxes aren't necessarily bad. It's just a different way of paying for 
things. We pay less tax than some, but we make up for it in higher 
out-of-pocket expense. Within the last year I saw (can't remember where) a 
comparison of the total expense (taxes + things that taxes often help cover in 
high tax countries). When you do that, the US is no longer in the middle of the 
pack. We're much closer to the top, i.e., most expensive.

Interestingly, if you look at any of the national happiness rankings, the 
high tax countries are very competitive with the US and often come out ahead. 
In one of them, Denmark, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Canada, Austria, and 
Sweden and all ahead of the US--and every one of them has a higher tax rate. So 
high taxes by themselves don't ruin anyone's life, no matter how badly certain 
American political parties want you to believe that. Tax  spend isn't 
inherently bad. It's all about HOW the taxes are spent, and what you get in 
return.


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Re: [CGUYS] Science Friday: Facial Recognition

2010-02-16 Thread Chris Dunford
Picasa is very good, but I still get plenty of false hits--maybe 1 or 2%. That 
doesn't sound like much, but if a cop cam identifies one or two out of every 
100 people on the street as criminal, the
watchers are going to be very, very busy, and the population is going to be 
very, very annoyed...

 -Original Message-
 From: Computer Guys Discussion List [mailto:computerguy...@listserv.aol.com] 
 On Behalf Of Tony B
 Sent: Monday, February 15, 2010 11:41 PM
 To: COMPUTERGUYS-L@LISTSERV.AOL.COM
 Subject: Re: [CGUYS] Science Friday: Facial Recognition
 
 Interesting. But you forgot to mention what apps you've tried. At least
 Picasa I assume? Did it actually give you a lot of false hits? I've found it
 to be absolutely uncanny in picking faces out of some of the worst shots.
 
 
 On Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 10:06 PM, Robert Carroll
 carrollcompu...@gmail.comwrote:
 
  I am dubious about facial recognition by computer in regard to accuracy.


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Re: [CGUYS] Yeah, but can you do *this* on an iPad?

2010-02-15 Thread Chris Dunford
   Read, from PC Magazine:
 
When PCMag's editor-in-chief Lance Ulanoff put together a list of
 dream features for the forthcoming Apple iPad tablet earlier in the
 week, a stylus ranked pretty high. But Lance's dream was just
 that--Steve Jobs, after all, has long been anti-stylus, as evidenced
 by the iPhone. Upon its release, Jobs told a crowd, Who wants a
 stylus. You have to get 'em and put 'em away, and you lose 'em. Yuck.
 Nobody wants a stylus. So let's not use a stylus.
 
   The guy said yuck. Evidence doesn't come much stronger than that.
 
   See, on Youtube:
 
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNhpBlINkUo
 
   The Youtube video is edited and goes overboard, but it does capture
 Jobs flailing his arms about, whipping up the crowd at the iPhone
 launch, and setting the table for his view of a world without pointing
 or drawing or writing instruments, other than the finger, for use with
 computers.  And, yes, he says that Apple will not support or supply
 styli because they can get lost.

Case made. What a bizarre thing to say. I don't like styli, so you can't have 
one.


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Re: [CGUYS] Yeah, but can you do *this* on an iPad?

2010-02-15 Thread Chris Dunford
 On Feb 15, 2010, at 9:12 AM, Chris Dunford wrote:
  Case made. What a bizarre thing to say. I don't like styli, so you
  can't have one.
 
 What a bizarre thing to say: I don't like innovation, so all progress
 must stop.

And it's progress because Jobs says so, I guess.

I'd love to see someone try to draw some nice cross-hatched shading--regular 
but not geometrically perfect--using only a finger.

Now, if Jobs had said, We're not going to provide a stylus because iPad is not 
intended to be the tool of choice for CREATING detailed graphics, fine. That 
would make sense. I would accept that as a
reasonable explanation. But We're not supporting a stylus because it can get 
lost is ludicrous.


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Re: [CGUYS] Yeah, but can you do *this* on an iPad?

2010-02-15 Thread Chris Dunford
 Shall we compare Steve Jobs's track record to yours?

 How many private jets do you own?

Should we not, then, also compare Bill Gate's track record to Jobs's? I 
wouldn't be surprised if Gates just gave away more money than Jobs is worth. 
Therefore you must concede that Gates is by far the
greater innovator (or whatever attribute it is you're talking about).

This is a rather nonsensical response to the question of whether those who 
would like to us a stylus should be allowed to do so, even if Jobs personally 
thinks they're yucky.


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Re: [CGUYS] Yeah, but can you do *this* on an iPad?

2010-02-14 Thread Chris Dunford
 This is where styli become almost necessary tools be they easily lost or not.

This business of One of the reasons why we don't support a stylus is that it 
can be lost is so ridiculous that I have to wonder if he even really said it, 
or if that's what he really meant. Maybe it
was just an off-the-cuff remark that he made without thinking. However you 
slice it, it makes no sense.

If the stylus gets lost, then you are only falling back to what they're 
providing now. It's not like the thing is going to explode. Those who don't 
lose their styli have greater capabilities; those
who do, have, well, iPads.

By this logic, they shouldn't be selling iPads at all. They can be lost.

We should all be restricted to walking, since cars and bikes can break down or 
be stolen.

(And all this is not to mention that it is technically feasible to purchase a 
new stylus.)


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Re: [CGUYS] Bill Gates saves the world...well some of it

2010-02-08 Thread Chris Dunford
As I said, I'm aware of the quote (and it wasn't Gates who said it, it was an 
Apple VP). My point was that you try to equate selling software with war 
profiteering  such. I obviously didn't pick the
best part of your message to quote.

 Chris, Knife the baby. Was a direct quote from Bill Gates, who said it
 when a startup told him they would not agree to a purchase offer from
 M$.
 
 Thank you,
 Mark Snyder


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Re: [CGUYS] Bill Gates saves the world...well some of it

2010-02-08 Thread Chris Dunford
  Chris, Knife the baby. Was a direct quote from Bill Gates, who
  said it
  when a startup told him they would not agree to a purchase offer from
  M$.
 
 Why are you so surprised? Even Robert Mugabe, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kim
 Il-sung, and Omar al-Bashir have devoted fans.

So, the simple fact that it was NOT Gates who said this is of no relevance. 
Acknowledging that it was an Apple guy, not an MS guy, would interfere too much 
with MS-bashing. Can't have that.


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Re: [CGUYS] Bill Gates saves the world...well some of it

2010-02-06 Thread Chris Dunford
  Doesn't justify how they got that money.  And Gates goes from Knife
 the baby to savior...

Knife the baby??! Good Lord, he must be doing something I haven't heard 
about. He's a war profiteer, maybe? He's been selling munitions to terrorists? 
Peddling tainted infant formula to Third World
countries? Selling cars that he knows to be unsafe at any speed? Charging 
exorbitant rents for rat-infested tenements and kicking orphans out onto the 
street? 

Do you actually picture the guy like he's in some flickering silent movie, 
twirling his mustaches and tying Nell to the railroad track?

Come on. He made an OS you don't like, and his company has engaged in some 
aggressive and occasionally questionable business practices that aren't 
significantly different from what thousands of other
businesses have done--or would if they could. 

There aren't any dead babies. A little perspective would be nice.


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Re: [CGUYS] Bill Gates saves the world...well some of it

2010-02-06 Thread Chris Dunford
  Knife the baby??! Good Lord, he must be doing
  something I haven't heard about. He's a war profiteer,
  maybe? He's been selling munitions to terrorists?
  snip
 
 This is a reference from the antitrust trial.  See
 http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0CGN/is_3533/ai_53185748/
 for ... the details.

Yes, I know. My point was that Gates was being explicitly compared to people 
who made the money they gave away from war profiteering and the like. Gates 
sells computer software.


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Re: [CGUYS] You Saw the Demo? Are you impressed?

2010-01-31 Thread Chris Dunford
 I know freedom scares liberals like you, things like self reliance are
 frightening.

Sorry, Mike, but this is unnecessary, incorrect, and insulting. You know I'm 
liberal. Do you seriously believe that I am frightened by self-reliance even 
though I've been self-employed for nearly
thirty years? Or that I spend my time trying to figure out how to get more 
welfare and food stamps? Or that I somehow dislike freedom, or find it 
frightening? Come on.

And lest you think I'm somehow unique, I can assure you that I am not. I don't 
know *any* liberal who thinks the way you seem to believe we do, and I know a 
*lot* of liberals, I promise you.

This is exactly the sort of sweeping generalization that's ruining political 
discourse in this country. 


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Re: [CGUYS] You Saw the Demo? Are you impressed?

2010-01-31 Thread Chris Dunford
 Apologies, I let myself get away from myself.  I usually hit Tom's crazy
 talk with hyperbole of my own.  I suppose the difference is, I know it's
 hyperbole.  So to present company, no insult intended.

Apology happily accepted.


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[CGUYS] SNL iPad

2010-01-31 Thread Chris Dunford
SNL's take on iPad, from Weekend Update (this is from memory, doesn't seem to 
be online):

 

And in technology news, Apple this week released new stuff that does the same 
stuff as their old stuff. In other news. ...



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Re: [CGUYS] You Saw the Demo? Are you impressed?

2010-01-30 Thread Chris Dunford
 In other words, Apple's constant success and innovation inspires deep
 hatred merely because Apple is so successful.

You're projecting again. You hate MS, therefore we must hate Apple. Wrong. 

I have no hatred of Apple. I don't even dislike Apple. I think Mac, iPhone, 
and iPod are all exceptional products, and Apple in general has been truly 
innovative. But so far I've seen nothing that
makes me think iPad is either exceptional or particularly innovative. Time and 
experience may prove me wrong. Or it may not.

You can apply all the pop psychology you want, but that's really all there is 
to it.


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Re: [CGUYS] You Saw the Demo? Are you impressed?

2010-01-30 Thread Chris Dunford
 Chris, you're wrong or misleading on many of your criticisms of the
 iPad.  First, it's not a midsize touchscreen, it's a large size
 multitouch screen, one of the largest to be readily available.  You
 have to have some experience with multitouch devices, particularly
 Apple's, to really have the basis to appreciate how natural, useful
 and downright fun they are. 

David, sorry, but I have plenty of experience with multitouch devices. Of the 
two I have now, the SMALL one is 12 (and they're both 16:9, by the way, not 
4:3 like iPad). The iPad's touchscreen is
incontrovertibly midsize.

 Regarding the lack of HD output, I'd really like it if someone would
 establish how important it really is for any mobile device.

I think it's silly to bring out any non-toy video device in 2010 without HD 
capabilities.

 The tech specs page says that the 3G iPad has assisted GPS,
 and the TomTom kit for the touch should work for the non-3G
 model, so you DO have GPS on all of the iPads, should you want
 it.

Extra cost for GPS either way. 

As for Apple's hoible
 app restrictions, I have to say that if they have allowed 140,000+
 applications ranging from useless and/or disturbing apps like iFart
 and Fishbate (you don't really want to know) to things like Google
 Voice, then those restrictions can't be too severe.

Well, I didn't say anything about horrible app restrictions. But it IS a 
restriction, and a significant one, in my view. I can't write an iPad app, post 
it on the web, and let everyone use it.
Nobody else can either. All I can do is submit it, wait, and hope. If Apple 
doesn't like the app, for whatever reason, that's it, that's all she wrote. I 
don't like that one bit, either as a developer
or as a consumer.

 Finally, it is untrue to say that iPhone OS devices don't multitask.
 To specifically address Reid's gripe earlier in this thread
 (responding to a similar blanket statement by Mike), you CAN
 listen to music while you are in any other app that doesn't
 take over your headphones for its own use.  I routinely listen to
 music while surfing the web, composing a note or reading a book, etc.
 (btw, the Free Books app for books out of copyright is fantastic).
 While doing this, Mail and Calendar are working in the background
 as well.  Now, it would be true to say that the Touch, etc. don't have
 unlimited multitasking.  But that isn't the whole story either, because
 you can functionally have multitasking in many other cases, in the
 sense that if the app is well-written and you have to switch your attention
 to a different app, then everything is written to memory so you return
 to exactly the same state where you left off.

Sorry, but I don't consider either of these to be multitasking. Unless you can 
have two arbitrary apps both RUNNING at the same time, it's not multitasking.


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Re: [CGUYS] You Saw the Demo? Are you impressed?

2010-01-29 Thread Chris Dunford
 Anyone who is not intrigued by the iPad is just showing a lack of
 imagination.

OK, why don't you tell us what's so intriguing about a midsize touchscreen that 
has no HD, no widescreen, no camera, no USB, no memory card slots, and no GPS, 
that can only get music and video from
iTunes, that can only run what the suits at Apple say it can run, and that--for 
God's sake, this is 2010--can't multitask.

And before you start with your M$ minions BS again, check back in the 
archives and look for where I've EVER said anything negative about Mac, iPhone, 
or iPod. You won't find anything because there
isn't anything to find. But this thing appears to be singularly uninspired and 
uninspiring. 

Maybe when it's actually delivered we'll see things differently. But for now, I 
see nothing that makes my socks roll up and down.


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Re: [CGUYS] You Saw the Demo? Are you impressed?

2010-01-29 Thread Chris Dunford
 I will quote Andy Ihnatko of the Chicago Sun Times...
 
 Is it better to have a device that is loaded with bullet-pointable
 features?

Being able to get your music from wherever you want is just a bullet point? 

Being able to run programs from whoever you want is just a bullet point? 

Multitasking is just a bullet point? Seriously? I mean, really, SERIOUSLY? 

Nah.


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Re: [CGUYS] You Saw the Demo? Are you impressed?

2010-01-28 Thread Chris Dunford
 Too bad so far it is only a really big iPod Touch which is OK but it ain't a
 game changer.  The bookreader is a color Kindle with higher prices

And without digital ink.


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Re: [CGUYS] You Saw the Demo? Are you impressed?

2010-01-28 Thread Chris Dunford
 Small screen?? A 1024 x 768 pixels, 9.7 diagonal screen that
 you typically are going to view much nearer to your face than you
 would a laptop or netbook is small?

You missed the point. Jobs criticized netbooks for their small screens, then 
released a box with a screen that's as small as most netbooks and smaller than 
many. I was noting the irony, not
complaining about the screen size.

 Weren't you one of the people singing the praises of the tegra
 processor 

Nope.

 As for the keyboard, according to my calculations the dimensions of
 the actual screen is roughly 7.7 x 5.8.  In landscape, the virtual
 keyboard would then be about 7.7 wide, which is pretty comparable to
 the width of the corresponding region (i.e., the letters keys, not the
 side keys) of my full-sized laptop.  So no, not a small keyboard.

Again, the point was the irony of Job's earlier statements about netbooks. But 
you're right, it's not a small keyboard--it's NO keyboard. What it has is a 
simulation of a keyboard, not an actual
keyboard. It's no substitute for the real thing. When that keyboard is on, how 
much of your document can you see? How much tactile feedback do you get? And, 
you touch typists, how's that touchscreen
keyboard working out for ya?


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Re: [CGUYS] Ban mobile computing

2010-01-27 Thread Chris Dunford
 I get after my wife all the time for calling me while she knows I am
 on the road.  (MY blue tooth does not work.)

We've solved that one. Anyone in the family can call anyone else when we know 
they're driving, but the driver won't answer (we don't even look at the phone). 
Instead, the driver returns the call when
it's safe to do so. 

Hooray for caller ID.


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Re: [CGUYS] You Saw the Demo? Are you impressed?

2010-01-27 Thread Chris Dunford
 $499 for an iPad. Hooha! That is what my original iPod cost.

I'm confused. Didn't Jobs say that netbooks are stupid because what you get is 
a slow processor,  a small screen, and a small keyboard? So he releases a box 
with a slow processor, a small screen, and
no keyboard?

I dunno, I'm having some trouble visualizing what I'd do with this.


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Re: [CGUYS] A Is for Amazon, B Is for Best Buy.

2010-01-26 Thread Chris Dunford
 My initials tjp trigger tjpa and I'm #2 on the page.

Regrettably, my initials are the same as Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, the human 
equivalent of mad cow disease.


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Re: [CGUYS] A Is for Amazon, B Is for Best Buy.

2010-01-25 Thread Chris Dunford
 Here's another game. How few characters are needed to get yourself on
 the list. For me it is 3.

3 for me too (in my case, it's the name of a freeware program I wrote in the 
80s).


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Re: [CGUYS] Cell phone numbers to be made public?

2010-01-21 Thread Chris Dunford
 I've received a few emails stating that starting next month cell phone
 companies will be given access to personal cell phone numbers and that one
 must call a special number to request that your number not be given out.
 Can anyone verify whether this is correct or just another rumor?  If the
 former, why am I not hearing it on the news or public service announcements?

You aren't hearing this on the news because it's a myth. 

snopes.com is your friend:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/cell411.asp


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Re: [CGUYS] Obsolete consumer products...

2010-01-18 Thread Chris Dunford
 -Compact digital cams..just because DSLR is getting cheaper doesn't mean
 these little point and shoots are going anywhere.

Yeah. DSLRs don't fit very well in a tiny purse, plus they're overkill for most 
people, who only want to take snapshots. Even DSLR owners mostly have 
point-and-shoots for non-serious shooting. I went
on a business trip last fall  thought I might want a few snaps. We have two 
nice DSLRs, but I borrowed my daughter's hot pink Fuji FinePix and left the 
DSLRs on the shelf.

Cell phone cameras are getting better, but they're still a long ways from a 
decent PS. They'll be around for a while.


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Re: [CGUYS] Obsolete consumer products...

2010-01-18 Thread Chris Dunford
   Pretty much true.  Ashton Kutcher selling Nikons tells me that Nikon
 has lowered their sights to target the lowest common denominators
 amongst us.  Ditto for Maria Sharapova and Canon.  Nothing like
 getting the word from sex symbols.  Who knew they were also camera
 experts?

That's true, but Canon has ALSO been running a lot of ads for their new DSLR 
(the one that can shoot HD video). That dude, with lens, will set you back 
$3,500.


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Re: [CGUYS] Obsolete consumer products...

2010-01-18 Thread Chris Dunford
 I totally agree--it's the photographer, not the fancy equipment, that
 makes the picture.  Witness, for example, the cult of the Holga, a
 toy camera from China that comes in a wide variety of colors and
 retails for around $30.  The Holga has quite a following among
 professional photographers, who win prizes with pictures taken on
 Holgas.

Didn't Ansel Adams once take some amazing shots with a Brownie? I know that his 
first camera was a Brownie, but I have in my mind that he took some pictures 
with one much later, presumably to prove
this very point.

Or maybe it wasn't Adams. Somebody did this, I'm sure.


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Re: [CGUYS] Obsolete consumer products...

2010-01-18 Thread Chris Dunford
Canon 5D Mark II.

Gizmodo rates it Officially Awesome. Of course, Gizmodo's not a photography 
site, but it does look pretty awesome.

 -Original Message-
 From: Computer Guys Discussion List [mailto:computerguy...@listserv.aol.com] 
 On Behalf Of mike
 Sent: Monday, January 18, 2010 11:31 AM
 To: COMPUTERGUYS-L@LISTSERV.AOL.COM
 Subject: Re: [CGUYS] Obsolete consumer products...
 
 Which Canon are you talking about?  I've seen a 21 that was less than 2200
 for the body.  Lenses started at a few hundred...
 
 at a cost of $0.00016 per pixel I'll take two.
 
 On Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 9:22 AM, Chris Dunford seed...@gmail.com wrote:
 
That's true, but Canon has ALSO been running a lot of ads for their new
  DSLR (the one that can shoot
   HD video). That dude, with lens, will set you back $3,500.
  
 Yeah, but how many megapixels does it have?  That's all I want to know.
  
 Steve
 
  Actually, for once, the number of megapixels actually is interesting: it's
  21. (That's just $0.00016 per pixel.)
 
 
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Re: [CGUYS] Obsolete consumer products...

2010-01-18 Thread Chris Dunford
 Fred you will get no argument from me on those issues.
 
 But it still is the point how many Point and Click photographers even
 know or care about those items?

I think a lot of point--shoot picture takers are very much aware of shutter 
delay. They may not understand it, or really know what happened, but they do 
know that they tried to shoot Dale Jr's car as
it went by at 190 MPH and were rewarded with a nice picture of an empty 
speedway.


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Re: [CGUYS] new bank and a mint

2010-01-06 Thread Chris Dunford
 You eat out?  Give your credit card or visa debit to the waitress making
 2+tips an hour?  Drive through at jack or mcds and give the card to the kid
 making 8 bucks an hour?  Not to mention all the people who get their CC
 numbers etc stolen by hackers at the bank level.  I'm not sure I'd say Mint
 is the point of weakness.

Yeah, I always chuckle at those who won't buy anything online because they 
think the card info is unsecure, yet think nothing of handing their physical 
card to a minimum wage waiter, who disappears
into the back


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Re: [CGUYS] new bank and a mint

2010-01-06 Thread Chris Dunford
 Yes and no. Yes, the waiter can do bad things with your credit card.
 Yet if you have ever left your credit card behind you will discover
 that they usually go to great lengths to protect your card and get it
 back to you promptly. If these were dishonest people they would be in
 a different line of work, perhaps stock brokers or TV evangelists.
 
 The credit card companies are very good at spotting fraud. I had one
 stolen and they spotted it within an hour. Yet when I shop in the same
 places they somehow know that the transaction is legitimate. You also
 get to review your credit card bill before it is paid and you can weed
 out any bogus charges.

All this is true, BUT...

There was a significant problem not long ago, especially in major cities, with 
wait staff who had handheld card readers. They'd quietly swipe cards and sell 
the information. I don't know if this is
still a big problem--perhaps the buyers have mostly moved on to online 
hacking--but it certainly was a problem a few years ago.

Anyway, the main point is that there are those who won't use cards online 
because it's unsafe but will happily hand their cards over to some guy they 
don't know, probably with multiple body
piercings. That ain't safe either. 


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Re: [CGUYS] new bank and a mint

2010-01-06 Thread Chris Dunford
 At BofA, I have their visa card and they offer
 ShopSafeR is their free service for Online
 Banking customers that allows you to create a
 unique, temporary account number for online purchases.
 
 You specify the max amount and the expiration date for the shopsafe card
 and you print out a replica of the card with all the data necessary to
 on-line shop with the safety of knowing that it can only be used to the max
 you specify and one time and it expires..

Discover has something very similar. There's a little app that generates an 
account number for one-time online use only.


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Re: [CGUYS] new bank and a mint

2010-01-06 Thread Chris Dunford
  There was a significant problem not long ago, especially in major
  cities, with wait staff who had handheld card readers. They'd
  quietly swipe cards and sell the information. I don't know if this is
 
 Is this not an urban legend?

Nope.

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/03/washington/


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Re: [CGUYS] new bank and a mint

2010-01-06 Thread Chris Dunford
 I would figure if you are at a place you know and trust not as much
 of a problem than if you are somewhere you are totally unfamiliar with.

Apparently not. If you read the article I linked to in the reply to Tom, you'll 
see that some of the restaurants in question were very well-known DC eateries, 
including one that Hillary Clinton goes
to.

Another was Clyde's, where I have eaten many times.

I suppose that if it's Peggy, the waitress at the diner where you've eaten 
breakfast every morning for the last 25 years, you're pretty safe. Other than 
that, not so much... 


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Re: [CGUYS] a new word?

2010-01-05 Thread Chris Dunford
  It's this kind of sloppy writing that makes the rest of us have to
  learn useless new words.
 
 Tech folks need more words that non-tech folks because they need to
 make precise distinctions. E.g. Eskimos have dozens of words for what
 we just call snow.

You're right in general, but Eskimos having many words for snow is something 
of a myth. The Eskimo languages are polysynthetic, which means, more or less, 
that multiple words are combined into one
as needed. Where we might say something like dry, drifting snow, they would 
combine the three words into one. So there are lots of those compound words--as 
many as you can think of, really. But
there are only a few roots that specifically reference snow. The rest are all 
just descriptive modifications of snow; the only difference is that English 
uses multiple words to describe it, but they
combine snow and its modifiers into one.

The same principle applies to any word, of course, so we could as easily say 
that they have hundreds of words for chicken.

Again, I'm not disagreeing with you basic point, just the Eskimo-snow thing.


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Re: [CGUYS] Windows God Mode

2010-01-04 Thread Chris Dunford
You know the name of the applet to change the cursor blink rate offhand? Wow. :)

 -Original Message-
 From: Computer Guys Discussion List [mailto:computerguy...@listserv.aol.com] 
 On Behalf Of mike

 Seems easier to just start typing what you want from the start menu.
 
 On Mon, Jan 4, 2010 at 6:47 PM, Tony B ton...@gmail.com wrote:
 
  It works, but oddly, it seems particularly useless.
 
 
  http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10423985-56.html?part=rsssubj=newstag=2547-1_3-0-20


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Re: [CGUYS] Kill it!!!

2010-01-01 Thread Chris Dunford
 Verizon is helping out on their end. In Baltimore, MD, 3 people I've
 talked to last week have found their landlines have been cut by
 Verizon over the last couple of months even though they were still
 being used. When Verizon finally owned up to the fact, it still took
 two weeks for the landlines to be reconnected.

Strange. Verizon calls me every 3 or 4 hours to try to get me to switch my land 
line from my current provider.


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Re: [CGUYS] AAAHH, the old days

2009-12-23 Thread Chris Dunford
 one of the first IBM PCs.  I don't know how much that cost, but it had *two*
 cases.  A *huge* cable connected the two, and there was an additional hard
 disk in the second one.

That was an expansion box. It had additional slots and a second HD. Not part 
of the PC, purchased separately. The cable was so fat because it had to carry a 
bazillion signals.


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Re: [CGUYS] AAAHH, the old days

2009-12-22 Thread Chris Dunford
Geeze. You kids today.

My first HD was a Davong 5MB that cost several thousand dollars (fortunately, a 
client paid for it). But that's not the amusing part.

No, the amusing part is that I partitioned it into two 2.5MB partitions so I 
could run both PC-DOS and the UCSD p-System (and the p-System was far superior, 
by the way).

After living for some years with 90K diskettes (and cassette tape before that), 
I could not imagine how I would ever fill either partition.

 -Original Message-
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 On Behalf Of Rev. Stewart
 Marshall
 Sent: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 8:05 PM
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 Subject: Re: [CGUYS] AAAHH, the old days
 
 My first PC (not commodore) had dual 5.25 floppies no HD.
 
 My first HD was a 30 MB Hardcard (fit into a full size slot)  I paid
 over $300 for it.  The most expensive HD I ever bought.
 
 Stewart
 
 
 At 06:49 PM 12/22/2009, you wrote:
 I think my first computer had a 250MB hard drive. I don't remember
 how much ram. At work we were wowed when the CAD guy got a 500MB and
 then a 1 Gig hard drive. I had been using DOS a lot at work for CNC
 machine programming and thought it was kind of fun. I found Windows
 3.0 pretty frustrating, but the computer played Doom really well.
 
 Jordan


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Re: [CGUYS] Google exec dismisses concept of privacy

2009-12-11 Thread Chris Dunford
   The other day, on CNN, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said this about the
 expectation of privacy for users of Google: If you have something
 that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in
 the first place.
 
   I guess that clears things up!
 
   Steve

As the result of which, Mozilla said, Everybody switch to Bing.

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9142106/Mozilla_exec_suggests_Firefox_users_move_to_Bing_cites_Google_privacy_stance

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[CGUYS] WiFi SD cards

2009-12-05 Thread Chris Dunford
Well, this is something I hadn't seen before:

http://www.thenerds.net/EYE_FI.Eye_Fi_Home_Wireless_2_GB_Secure_Digital_SD_Card.EYEFI2HM.html

Basically, it's a WiFi-enabled SD memory card. You stick it in your camera or 
whatever and it provides network connectivity. In essence, the camera gets 
networked.

Has anyone had any experience with something like this?


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Re: [CGUYS] IE8/9 Fail Acid Test Badly

2009-12-03 Thread Chris Dunford
 -Original Message-
 From: Computer Guys Discussion List [mailto:computerguy...@listserv.aol.com] 
 On Behalf Of Snyder, Mark
 - IdM (IS)
 Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2009 12:14 PM
 To: COMPUTERGUYS-L@LISTSERV.AOL.COM
 Subject: Re: [CGUYS] IE8/9 Fail Acid Test Badly
 
 I was mistaken when I called you catatonic, Mike.  You are a moron.  The
 Acid Test has absolutely nothing to do with security.  You have lost all
 association with logic.

This is totally uncalled for. It was Tom who brought up security. Mike simply 
responded.

You owe Mike a very, very sincere apology. I take it that you will not be 
revising your post to call Tom a moron.


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Re: [CGUYS] Wikipedia

2009-11-25 Thread Chris Dunford
 The recent news of the changing of climate data to fit what researches want
 instead of fact is in some ways similar

That is what Fox and the rest of the denier community wants you to think, but 
it is not at all what the emails said. Unfortunately, this isn't the right 
place to discuss it.


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Re: [CGUYS] ATT keeps whining, Apple attacks

2009-11-23 Thread Chris Dunford
 While ATT keeps whining about verizon spreading the *gasp* truth, Apple has
 decided to take shots at Verizon themselves.  Apple has to be irritated
 about having sissy partners.  What is almost funny is that Apple is
 promoting the one space the iPhone can multitask...making calls and getting
 data, handy to be sure.  Although the irony of course is the amount of
 dropped calls ATT has so doing both is still difficult.
 
 http://www.engadget.com/2009/11/23/apple-hits-back-at-verizon-in-new-iphone-ads-video/

And here's another funny one. Two Apple stores allegedly refused to fix broken 
Macs because their owners smoke, thus making the Macs biohazards:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-10402711-71.html


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Re: [CGUYS] ATT keeps whining, Apple attacks

2009-11-23 Thread Chris Dunford
 On Nov 23, 2009, at 2:28 PM, Chris Dunford wrote:
  And here's another funny one. Two Apple stores allegedly refused to
  fix broken Macs because their owners smoke, thus making the Macs
  biohazards:
 
 Not so much biohazards as having the circuit boards gooped up with a
 conductive layer of tar.
 
 http://news.cnet.com/8618-17852_3-
 10402711.html?communityId=2101targetCommunityId=2101blogId=71messageId=8640348

Yes, but that's not what the Apple boys are alleged to have said, is it?

[D]ue to the computer having been used in a house where there was smoking, 
that has voided the warranty and they refuse to work on the machine, due to 
'health risks of secondhand smoke.'

After five days, [Apple] apparently told [Ruth] they couldn't work on it 
because it was contaminated with cigarette smoke and was therefore a 
bio-hazard. ...  [Ruth] said she was told by someone
named Dena that nicotine was on OSHA's list of hazardous substances. (Along 
with, as Ruth notes, chlorine, sucrose, isopropyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, 
and talc.)


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Re: [CGUYS] Crunchgear Starts Pissing Contest Over Silly M$ Store Antics

2009-11-22 Thread Chris Dunford
 This Microsoft store is trying too hard
 http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/11/17/this-microsoft-store-is-trying-too-hard/

Two words for CrunchGear: Lighten up. 

I've seen worse than this on Southwest flights more than once.


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Re: [CGUYS] Digital camera connected to USB port

2009-11-21 Thread Chris Dunford
Not so with any of three digital cameras purchased this year.  Drivers that 
work under Win2K aren't even available.

Many newer cameras have two connection modes. One of them makes the camera look 
to the PC like a disk and one makes it look like, well, a camera. So, check 
your cameras and see if they have two
connection modes. If they do, switch to the other one and try again.


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Re: [CGUYS] Who Writes These Headlines?

2009-11-14 Thread Chris Dunford
 This argument leads me to think about the complaints I've heard the
 most about when it comes to bad writing. Which I'm sure I'm guilty.
 But tech. manuals and other such types are and continue to be the
 worst..

I used to edit tech manuals. Talk about bad writing. Some of the errors I found 
were egregarious. 

And that is a word that I found in one of them.


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