[CGUYS] Salvaging Hard Drive

2010-07-02 Thread Richard P.
I've somehow messed up the re-formatting of my laptop hard drive when
I was attempting to reinstall Windows XP. Now when I try to boot up
with the CD, I get a No Operating System Found error. Is there a way
to start this process over and salvage the hard drive?

Thanks in advance

Richard P.

Windows XP
Dell Laptop


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Re: [CGUYS] Salvaging Hard Drive

2010-07-02 Thread Richard P.
When I set up the boot order to CD first, and put in the CD, I get the
prompt Press any key to continue which I do, but then I get the no
operating system error found error.

I had aborted the set up in mid stream previously, and haven't been
able to get through the process to start the reformat over.

Richard P.

On Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 6:14 PM, mike xha...@gmail.com wrote:
 Why can't you start from CD and just reformat?

 On Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 2:59 PM, Richard P. richs...@gmail.com wrote:

 I've somehow messed up the re-formatting of my laptop hard drive when
 I was attempting to reinstall Windows XP. Now when I try to boot up
 with the CD, I get a No Operating System Found error. Is there a way
 to start this process over and salvage the hard drive?

 Thanks in advance

 Richard P.

 Windows XP
 Dell Laptop


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Re: [CGUYS] Salvaging Hard Drive

2010-07-02 Thread Richard P.
New Information: Apparently letting the laptop stay off for awhile has
helped. I now am able to get to the partitioning prompts. When I was
here before, the installation failed to complete on C after it had
been formatted. Now I'm not sure what to do. any suggestions?

Thanks again,

Richard P.

On Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 6:37 PM, Richard P. richs...@gmail.com wrote:
 When I set up the boot order to CD first, and put in the CD, I get the
 prompt Press any key to continue which I do, but then I get the no
 operating system error found error.

 I had aborted the set up in mid stream previously, and haven't been
 able to get through the process to start the reformat over.

 Richard P.

 On Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 6:14 PM, mike xha...@gmail.com wrote:
 Why can't you start from CD and just reformat?

 On Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 2:59 PM, Richard P. richs...@gmail.com wrote:

 I've somehow messed up the re-formatting of my laptop hard drive when
 I was attempting to reinstall Windows XP. Now when I try to boot up
 with the CD, I get a No Operating System Found error. Is there a way
 to start this process over and salvage the hard drive?

 Thanks in advance

 Richard P.

 Windows XP
 Dell Laptop


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[CGUYS] Fwd: [CGUYS] Salvaging Hard Drive

2010-07-02 Thread Richard P.
I'm slowly making progress. I think I created my own problem when the
prompt for removing the floppy came, I took it literally and didn't
remove the installation CD. I did partition the drive but made the C
drive only 10 GB. Can I get away with installing only the operating
system on C, and put everything else on D (which is 30GB), or should
I just start over?

One other thing, I've yet to be asked to register the system and I've
even loaded the Windows Validation Tool. Will this come up later or
did it somehow remember the authentication?

Thanks for all the input, it's been helpful.

Richard P.

On Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 7:43 PM, Rev. Stewart Marshall
popoz...@earthlink.net wrote:
 If you got media with your Computer you can boot to the recovery CD and it
 will then start from the recovery partition.

 I have never had problems with reformatting a drive on a Dell as it is a
 hidden partition not normally seeable to a Windows install CD.

 Stewart

 At 06:39 PM 7/2/2010, you wrote:

 Dell computers often have a recovery partition on the drive. You start up
 while holding down some F key and it restores you to original condition.
 This partition may also be interfering with your attempt to roll your own
 install.

 Sent from my iPad

 On Jul 2, 2010, at 6:37 PM, Richard P. richs...@gmail.com wrote:
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[CGUYS] Picture editing software recommendations

2010-06-24 Thread Richard P.
A friend needs recommendations for a simple photo editing software,
preferably off-line. The most that he does is organize, re-size and
group photos so that several will fit on a single sheet when printed.
Storage on his computer is a must, but on-line sharing in addition
would be OK.

Windows 7, 64bit

Thanks in advance,

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[CGUYS] DVD Burning Software

2010-06-23 Thread Richard P.
Looking for recommendations for DVD burning software. A friend has
home movies on DVD which he wants to copy. He would need something
simple and easy to use and cheap. He has a 2 month old Dell, Windows 7
64bit desktop.

Thanks in advance,

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Re: [CGUYS] Image resolution for video

2010-05-13 Thread Richard P.
If they are going to be zooming in tight on the scan, then that would
be a good reason for the higher resolution.

Richard P.

On Thu, May 13, 2010 at 1:39 PM, David Turk dt...@indianahistory.org wrote:
 We have a patron in Britain who wants some scans for a documentary they're 
 putting together.  They're asking for 1200dpi (or ppi, as people are now 
 using).  I know they have the PAL system over there, but does it really 
 require that high a resolution?  I do video editing in NTSC in Final Cut,  
 find 600dpi/ppi overkill.

   david

 David Turk
 Manager, Preservation Imaging Services
 Indiana Historical Society
 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center
 450 W. Ohio St.
 Indianapolis, IN  46202
 (317) 232-4592
 dt...@indianahistory.org

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[CGUYS] Cox Modem Troubleshooting

2010-05-08 Thread Richard P.
During the last week, my cable modem for Cox Cable loses its Internet
connection about once or twice a day. When troubleshooting, the light
that indicates the cable connection on the Linksys modem, model
BEFCMU10, is not illuminated. If I reboot the modem, it comes up
fine and I get adequate speeds through the connection. After calling
Cox, the only thing they can offer is a service call for which I will
be charged if it turns out that the problem is after their connection.

I have also noticed a slight degradation in the analog TV signal from
Cox during the last week as well.

Should I just go ahead and replace the modem to see if that makes a
difference? It would be less than the service call.

Suggestions please.

FYI, my Visualware Speed Connection test is:

Test Type:  Application Speed
Location:   USA: Dulles, Virginia
Download Speed: 24652 Kbps
Upload Speed:   3380 Kbps
Speed Consistency:  80 %
Round Trip Time:15 ms
Max Delay:  77 ms
Average Delay:  5 ms
Bandwidth:  24652 Kbps
Max Route Speed:34952 Kbps
Route Concurrency:  1

2 connection problems found, click the  to learn more.

MSTR01: The data flow for this test is too erratic

Although the speed achieved may match expectation for the connection,
a low data flow QoS score means that the data flow between the server
and the workstation was not consistent. There can be several reasons
for this such as data congestion along the route or data loss which
invokes recovery. The lower the QoS percentage, the more erratic the
data flow. Many applications can be severely affected by poor data
flow quality regardless of data throughput speed, for example media
applications such as video or voice may become jerky. Voice (VoIP)
telephony will become garbled. If you suspect that the connection was
in use by another application try running the test again to validate
if the problem is persistent.

 MSMD01: TCP is waiting too long for data

The test recorded a TCP maximum delay that exceeded the natural TCP
forced idle delay as a result of the connection's trip time. This
indicates that there may be problems with consistent data flow between
the server and the client. A poor data flow QoS reading is also likely
if the max TCP delay is much higher in comparisons to the trip time.
Common reasons for this type of problem are packet loss and
duplicates. The test graph view will show the TCP delay over the time
of the test. Height and width of the 'orange' delay line shows the
delay consistency.

Thanks in advance,

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[CGUYS] Where to buy XP computer?

2010-04-15 Thread Richard P.
A senior friend went out to a local electronics store and bought a new
Dell, 64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium computer to replace his old XP
which has a failing hard drive. Unfortunately, the only program that
he has that will run on the new computer is his antivirus software and
AOL. Even his 6 month old HP digital camera's software won't run on
it. It will end up costing more to replace all the software than the
computer cost.

While replacing the hard drive and transferring over his programs and
data is a $250 option, it will still leave him with a old computer
with a slow chip. Is there a place he can buy an XP computer with a
decent amount of memory (2GB) and dual core chip for a reasonable
amount of $? Is there another solution for him? It looks like the only
Microsoft computer's being advertised are the Windows 7, 64 bit
version.

Thanks in advance,

Richard P.


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[CGUYS] Disposing old computers

2010-01-30 Thread Richard P.
What's the best way to get rid of old computers? I have 3 old WinBook
business laptops which were taken out of service many years ago and
have been just sitting around. The data has been deleted but that's
all. Recommendations please.

Thanks in advance,

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Re: [CGUYS] Here we go again....

2010-01-01 Thread Richard P.
Really great site, thanks.

Richard P.

 I found an interesting source from the FCC for transmission maps.


 http://www.fcc.gov/mb/engineering/maps/


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Re: [CGUYS] Kill it!!!

2009-12-31 Thread Richard P.
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.

Richard P.

On Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 5:48 PM, phartz...@gmail.com
phartz...@gmail.com wrote:
  ATT has petitioned the FCC to allow for the dismantling and removal
 of all landline telephone service in the United States.  ATT wants to
 know when they can begin the euthanasia and how soon the termination
 can be completed.  Perhaps this helps explain why they have also
 recently petitioned for even more of the broadcast television
 frequencies, demanding a re-farming of all terrestrial television
 broadcasting transmitter sites as previously noted in this forum.


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Re: [CGUYS] Correct way to burn a video DVD

2009-12-29 Thread Richard P.
I'll get this info and report back. In the meantime, thanks for
everyone's posts. They're quite helpful.

Richard P.



 What flavor of DVD is your friend using? DVD-R and DVD+R discs work in most
 drives and players, while DVD-RW and DVD+RW discs work in fewer.

 There are also a number of less common formats like VCD, SVCD, CDV, etc.


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Re: [CGUYS] Consternation over Computer Constipation list slamming ...

2009-12-22 Thread Richard P.
Years ago when I joined this list, I found it to be very supportive,
especially of newbies. There was very little slamming of anyone and
while the Mac versus PC opinions were out there, the wars had yet to
begin. Now it appears that some of the regular posters have no trouble
bashing anyone's post, even ones with legitimate tech questions. It
would be great if we could get back to computer
questions/solutions/discussions without the ridicule. The list has
been a great help in the past and hopefully it will continue in the
future.

Just my opinion,

Richard P.

On Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 5:44 PM, db db...@att.net wrote:
 This list has been careful to not get into risky illegal discussion
 territory but it hasn't seemed to exhibit similar caution about exercising
 good list etiquette re: interpersonal respect..

 I've seen decidedly more and more name calling , personal slights,  and non
 value-added chatting etc on CGUYS in the last couple of years.
 Seems like it is resulting in fewer and fewer participants and diminished
 technical discussions and info.

 I wasn't paying attention to who was starting it / doing it... just quickly
 filtering those strings to the trash can ... but I got a dose of it myself
 in this string.

 I'd like to think that my critique and my questions re: Mac OS weren't
 because I am dumb or nasty.

 In any case, it'd be nice if we could all back away from that.  It's a list
 killer for sure.
 If it's allowed to run its course, the only people left will be angry people
 slamming each other...

 Even the adversarial dummies in Congress know to practice etiquette of
 interpersonal respect in their interactions and why it's necessary to do it.

 Could we all get together on that?  Does anyone else feel the way I do?

 db



 Reid Katan wrote:

 Quoting mike xha...@gmail.com:

 Anyone who doesn't back Tom's fascist OS view is biased.  Get in line you
 dolts!

 I don't even care about OS. I'm not even asking about TaskBar. I just want
 to know what it is about putting the Dock on the side that works so much
 better. I'll never get an answer from Tom, I can see that already. Maybe
 when Betty gets around to it she can enlighten me (and anyone else that
 might wonder).

 BTW, notice that Jeff Wright finally got tired of Tom's shit. I haven't
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Re: [CGUYS] US Military Ignoring Encryption

2009-12-17 Thread Richard P.
Are you sure this wasn't an April Fools story? This is ridiculous!

Richard P.

On Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 1:26 PM, Snyder, Mark - IdM (IS)
mark.sny...@ngc.com wrote:
 Predator drones use less encryption than your TV, DVDs
 about an hour ago - by Nate Anderson | Posted in: Law  Disorder

 Militants have been recording video from US Predator drones in Iraq and
 Afghanistan using laptops and $30 software, thanks to a total lack of
 encryption.
 http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/12/predator-drones-use-less
 -encryption-than-your-tv.ars

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Re: [CGUYS] Waking from sleep

2009-12-11 Thread Richard P.
Personally, I think it's more important to have a skilled person
behind the tools, than just looking at the quality of the tools. FYI,
a friend worked for years restoring vehicles for the Smithsonian. The
work he did was impeccable, as evidenced that the Smithsonian kept
calling him back. Yet to look at his shop with its antiquated tools,
you would never guess how great a craftsman he was. I would rather
have a person that can work with anything like this than to have
someone show up with flashy tools and maybe not much to back it up.

Richard P.

 hack and a pro.  You are permitted to be a hack.  Just don't show up
 when I am asking for the pro's with crappy tools; I won't give you the
 job - I will just laugh.  Why such defense of crappy tools?  I am in IT,
 so when applied to computers, I don't expect someone I work with or hire
 to show up with junk.  For myself, I want and need effective,
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Re: [CGUYS] Waking from sleep

2009-12-11 Thread Richard P.
I never asserted that a craftsman doesn't value quality. Apparently
you made that up out of nowhere in order to interject another Mac/PC
dig.

In the example I gave, the person appreciated quality so much that he
produced projects worthy of display in the Smithsonian, year after
year. The tools and the workshop he used to accomplish this were
nothing to look at, but in his hands, he created miracles.

Richard P.

On Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 8:13 PM, tjpa t...@tjpa.com wrote:
 On Dec 11, 2009, at 5:42 PM, Richard P. wrote:

 Personally, I think it's more important to have a skilled person
 behind the tools, than just looking at the quality of the tools. ... The
 work he did was impeccable, as evidenced that the Smithsonian kept
 calling him back. Yet to look at his shop with its antiquated tools...

 This quote amply demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of craftsmen
 and craftsmanship.

 1st, antiquated means old fashioned, but that says nothing about the quality
 of the tools. I love opening my grandfather's tool chest and handling his
 wonderful antiquated woodworking tools. They are beautiful and highly
 functional. They are great tools for doing fine work, even today. Using them
 is a joy.

 2nd, your assertion that a craftsman does not value quality is nonsense. It
 ain't true just because you say so and you have produced nothing to vouch
 for its veracity. Notice that when you see wonderfully creative artists and
 scientists interviewed on TV, if you see a computer in the background it
 will almost always be a Mac. It is the grubby MBAs who run their ponzi
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Re: [CGUYS] Redacting PDF document files?

2009-12-09 Thread Richard P.
From this morning's Washington Post article:

officials said that the manual was posted online in a redacted form
on a federal procurement Web site, but that the digital redactions
were inadequate. They allowed computer users to recover blacked-out
passages by copying and pasting them into a new document or an
e-mail.

http://tinyurl.com/ygyna96

Richard P.

On Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 12:28 PM, Roy A. Ackerman, Ph.D., E.A.
acker...@astrecg.com wrote:
 I have not found one, per se. What I do is redact using Adobe and then print
 (not save as) to PDF, which then makes the PDF as redacted.

 Eschew Obfuscation

 This is a reply from:
 Roy A. Ackerman, Ph.D., E.A.
                              Financial, Managerial, and Technical Services
 for the Professional, Non-Profit, and the Entrepreneurial Organization

                              703.548.1343 voice
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 From thinking to doing, from sales to profits, from tax to investments- we
 are YOUR adjuvancy

 -Original Message-
 From: Computer Guys Discussion List [mailto:computerguy...@listserv.aol.com]
 On Behalf Of Fred Holmes
 Sent: 12/09/2009 10:52 AM
 To: COMPUTERGUYS-L@LISTSERV.AOL.COM
 Subject: [CGUYS] Redacting PDF document files?

 Anyone know of a PDF redaction utility that works?  E.g., one chooses
 (selects) a rectangle to redact, and the execute command replaces all
 pixels in the rectangle with white, in all layers, and deletes any
 accompanying text data (i.e., that which provides text searchability /
 copyability)?  Does this capability exist somewhere in Adobe Acrobat?
 (basic?  Professional?).  If so, where does one find it?  Third party
 application/utility?

 It should be equally able to redact text and graphics/pictures.

 One that really does the job, even if the process is more complicated than I
 have presumed in the above query?

 TIA

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[CGUYS] Wikipedia

2009-11-25 Thread Richard P.
 of realising that what you do will not stay
there for ever,” Mr Dalby said. “Somebody else will come along and
rewrite it, re-edit it, and maybe in your view, spoil it.”

Some experts argued that the pioneering ethos of early Wikipedians had
faded. “They don’t feel the spirit of the first years,” Mr Ortega
said. “The articles are very tightly controlled by others now, and
that makes it hard to jump in and contribute.”

Richard P.


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[CGUYS] Drop My Rights

2009-11-04 Thread Richard P.
Tony, awhile back I think you mentioned a program called Drop My
Rights. How has that worked for you and will you provide details?

Thanks in advance,

Richard P.


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Re: [CGUYS] Drop My Rights

2009-11-04 Thread Richard P.
Thanks for the feedback and I might give it a try. Normally, I run as
a limited user which works well, but after installing an Acrobat link
into Outlook 2007, Outlook only works completely while running as an
administrator. Yes, Thunderbird is my main email program but some of
my other programs (photo) require using Outlook in order to work.

Richard P.

On Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 12:24 PM, Tony B ton...@gmail.com wrote:
 It was a clever method to trick WinXP into running Firefox with lower
 than administrator rights. The idea being that would lower the risk of
 having malware installed.

 Alas, it worked too well. You couldn't even update Firefox with it
 running in restricted mode. I worked around that myself for a while,
 but I found my less savvy users really couldn't grasp the concept. So
 I've stopped using it even on older machines.

 And of course, Vista  Win7 offer more protection by default anyway.
 Although both will set up users as admins by default, I can lower
 someone to a standard user and they can operate the machine just fine
 and never even notice it. And yes, I do that for myself also.

 On Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 11:52 AM, Richard P. richs...@gmail.com wrote:
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Re: [CGUYS] Win7 badly written errors (already!)

2009-10-27 Thread Richard P.
There is only one product  ID, which will be shared among 3 computers,
is this correct?

Thanks in advance,

Richard P.

On Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 10:42 PM, Tony B ton...@gmail.com wrote:
 Okay, I got my Family Pack (2 DVDs, 32 bit and 64 bit, one Product
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Re: [CGUYS] Windows 7 the question...

2009-10-22 Thread Richard P.
Does the Family Pack require that all 3 licenses be installed in the
same household? Or is it just 3 different licenses that can be used
anywhere?

Thanks,

Richard P.

On Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 12:21 PM, Tony B ton...@gmail.com wrote:

 I just ordered a new 1tb drive and the Win7 Family Pack (3 for $150
 USD). I have no idea how easy it will be to install one of these
 versions clean, as they're upgrade versions. I know with Vista it
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Re: [CGUYS] Windows 7 the question...

2009-10-22 Thread Richard P.
I would guess that while this means 3 licenses, Windows 7 Family Pack
only comes with one disk. Is this correct?

Richard P.

On Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 2:06 PM, Stewart Marshall
revsamarsh...@earthlink.net wrote:
 I think it is similar to the Family pack (Student and Home) of Office 07.
  Three separate licenses.

 Stewart


 At 01:00 PM 10/22/2009, you wrote:

 Does the Family Pack require that all 3 licenses be installed in the
 same household? Or is it just 3 different licenses that can be used
 anywhere?

 Thanks,

 Richard P.

 On Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 12:21 PM, Tony B ton...@gmail.com wrote:

  I just ordered a new 1tb drive and the Win7 Family Pack (3 for $150
  USD). I have no idea how easy it will be to install one of these
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Re: [CGUYS] Web Cam, Microphone recommendations

2009-10-19 Thread Richard P.
Actually, I was thinking more in line of a webcam that would attach to
the monitor. Also looking for a decent mic for recording podcasts.

Richard P.

On Sun, Oct 18, 2009 at 7:55 PM, tjpa t...@tjpa.com wrote:
 On Oct 18, 2009, at 6:30 PM, Richard P. wrote:

 Can anyone make some recommendations for web cams, as well as a

 http://www.geekbrief.tv/brief-641-a-tale-of-three-cameras

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[CGUYS] Web Cam, Microphone recommendations

2009-10-18 Thread Richard P.
Can anyone make some recommendations for web cams, as well as a
microphone? Looking for something of decent quality for creating
podcasts and conferencing. Any suggestion on what qualities and/or
specs to look out for would be appreciated as well.

Windows XP, Vista, mostly used on desktop.

Thanks in advance,

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[CGUYS] ZoneAlarm Pro

2009-10-13 Thread Richard P.
Got an email from ZoneAlarm saying that their Pro version is free for
the next 24 hours but when I go to their site it is only discounted
from $39.95 to $18.90. Anyone know if this is a scam or am I missing
something?

Thanks in advance,

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Re: [CGUYS] ZoneAlarm Pro

2009-10-13 Thread Richard P.
Thanks, your link worked and they will send the validation out. Not
sure why my link didn't though.

Richard P.

On Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 3:38 PM, John Settle john_j_set...@yahoo.com wrote:
 Richard P. wrote:

 Got an email from ZoneAlarm saying that their Pro version is free for
 the next 24 hours but when I go to their site it is only discounted
 from $39.95 to $18.90. Anyone know if this is a scam or am I missing
 something?

 Thanks in advance,

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 Don't think it is a scam. I went there had no problem. Says new
 customers only.

 Link I used: http://download.zonealarm.com/bin/free/sum/index-b.html

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Re: [CGUYS] Create https website

2009-09-23 Thread Richard P.
That is correct, only profile info is involved so they don't need
credit card management. Yes, they do have competent server and
security administration personnel; it's just that this is low priority
in the big picture so it's never gotten done.

Thanks for the links; they look like a great place to start and will
assist them in helping get this set up.

Richard P.


 A non-profit has a http website in which users are filling out
 personal and private form information, and the non-profit would like
 the get it secured with https. How can this be accomplished
 economically? Is the code difficult to write?

 HTTPS is just one element in securing data. It is a lot of work with many
 aspects to consider. For example for credit cards there is now a requirement
 for quarterly audits/certifications. A good place to start for an overview
 is to read up on the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI
 DSIs).

 This is all true, but the original question just mentioned profile
 information, not payment card data. Granted, you still want to be as
 secure as possible, so I hope they have someone familiar with network
 and server administration and security.

 That said, the procedure for installing a certificate varies depending
 on which web server you are using. For apache, a good article is

 http://onlamp.com/pub/a/onlamp/2008/03/04/step-by-step-configuring-ssl-under-apache.html
 For IIS (Microsoft's web server), their web site has an article at
   http://support.microsoft.com/kb/299875

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[CGUYS] Create https website

2009-09-22 Thread Richard P.
A non-profit has a http website in which users are filling out
personal and private form information, and the non-profit would like
the get it secured with https. How can this be accomplished
economically? Is the code difficult to write?

Thanks in advance,

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Re: [CGUYS] Create https website

2009-09-22 Thread Richard P.
Thanks for the clarification. How can I find out more, specifically
how the whole process would be accomplished, and what needs to be
reconfigured. Are there tutorial links out there or is it more
complicated than that? Their parent company does have their own secure
web server, and were supposed to set up access for the non-profit a
couple of years ago but it has fallen through the cracks. FYI, the
parent company has very strict access policies so I don't know if
that's standing in the way of their non-profit getting a secure access
port on their server.

Richard P.

On Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 4:27 PM, Vicky Staubly vi...@steeds.com wrote:
 On Tue, 22 Sep 2009, Richard P. wrote:

 A non-profit has a http website in which users are filling out
 personal and private form information, and the non-profit would like
 the get it secured with https. How can this be accomplished
 economically? Is the code difficult to write?

 There's no (new) code to write (unless the http: part of URLs
 is in the existing code). All you need to do is buy an SSL Certificate
 (many domain registrars can do it, e.g. Thawte, Network Solutions,
 GoDaddy, etc.), and then install it on the web server. If they maintain
 their own web server, there's a bit of configuration changes to do,
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Re: [CGUYS] If anyone is interested

2009-09-15 Thread Richard P.
Looks like they even offer $100 discount off of that to make it $599:

http://tinyurl.com/llpjn2

http://www.geeks.com/pix/2009/SAVENB.html?cm_mmc=geekmail-_-daily_html-_-15sep09_SAVENB-Viewasweb

Richard P.

On Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 7:42 AM, Rev. Stewart Marshall
revsamarsh...@earthlink.net wrote:
 If anyone is interested, compugeeks (www.geeks.com) has refurbed Apple Core
 Duo 2.16  laptops for 699.

 Here is the direct Website.

 They have everything from G3 Ibooks and up.

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Re: [CGUYS] Back to dial up

2009-09-10 Thread Richard P.
I think part of the problem is that there is an assumption that the
problem is always at the customers end, and not the providers, even
after going through the checklist. I had an issue with Outlook Express
not running with a limited user last year. After working with Compaq's
customer support over several weeks, reinstalling the operating system
a few times, I finally reached a tech who saw real problem and sent
out new XP installation disks, which resolved it. The first tech
couldn't comprehend that the original installation disks were
defective, even after I suggested that possibility. Perhaps if the
customer service training included having an open mind when listening
to the customer...

In the meantime, it's great that you're following up on this to try
and make sure that it's done better for all customers in the future.
You can't stop equipment from breaking down, but you can change the
customer experience when things do go wrong and they call in for help.
Good luck.

Just my 2 cents

Richard P

On Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 12:43 AM, Eric S. Sande esa...@erols.com wrote:


 I discussed my experience with my team today, as an object lesson
 in how to do it wrong.  We just don't operate that way.  Granted the
 people I called didn't know who I was or would have cared if they
 did, but the bottom line is that I was a customer with a problem.

 Yes, my problem was fixed, but the methodology and the presentation
 absolutely sucked.  That would not happen in my shop.  I should not
 have to travel to India, then run around Robin Hood's barn whilst
 being misinformed about a problem that I was completely capable
 of technically understanding.

 That is freaking unacceptable.  It should not be necessary for me to
 escalate to supervision to fix a Verizon glitch.  Which I did not do
 because it is more important to me to understand what the typical
 experience is like than to fix the problem immediately, which I could
 have done at any time--because I have connections.

 But most people don't.  I know that it is torture for senior citizens
 to navigate phone menus, which is why I'm my mother's tech support.

 We don't do a good job in this area, you pretty much have to know
 an insider to get satisfaction.  That didn't use to be the case.  You
 once could call one number and the first thing you'd hear was a
 friendly voice speaking your brand of English, maybe someone you
 knew.  Maybe not, but they'd listen, and if they couldn't solve the
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Re: [CGUYS] Thunderbird Word Wrap Broken

2009-09-09 Thread Richard P.
This works great, thanks Betty.

Richard P.

On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 2:21 PM, b_s-wilk b1sun...@yahoo.es wrote:
 I've just noticed that when I forward some messages in Thunderbird
 (version 2.0.0.23 ), that the word-wrap is broken and there's no way
 to get it rewrap. Anyone else notice this and is there a way to get it
 to word-wrap all the time. The problem emails are ones that are
 automatically forwarded to my mailbox. When they arrive, they are fine
 (wrapped), but when I go to forward them, the text shows up as one
 long line. All other emails forward OK.

 You can select/highlight that text, then choose 'Rewrap' in the Edit menu.
 That will give hard line breaks as defined in your prefs by # of characters
 per line. I think if you also choose Plain Text instead of MIME or
 formatted, it will wrap to your defaults.

 I have a similar problem. I'd like the text in emails to automatically wrap
 to the width of the window, changing when I make the email window larger or
 smaller. I think this was the default several generations ago, or in Mozilla
 suite. Guess I'll have to create my own pref in the Thunderbird config mgr.

 As a test, I changed this pref, as in SeaMonkey mail defaults:
 mail.compose.wrap_to_window_width    user set    boolean   true

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Re: [CGUYS] Gmail question...

2009-09-09 Thread Richard P.
The same for me. If I start a C-Guys email, it won't show up until
someone replies to the message. Makes me doubt whether it ever went
out...

It would be nice to be able to get rid of this feature

Richard P.

On Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 4:38 PM, db db...@att.net wrote:
 Gmail won't let you email a message to yourself for reasons of testing or
 forwarding / transferring from the webmail to a computer running a client
 that receives Gmail etc.

 Apparently it decides you already have that email so doesn't send it.

 Is there any way to defeat that ... turn that smart feature off... that
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[CGUYS] Password Hackers Article

2009-09-07 Thread Richard P.
FYI: 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/06/AR2009090602238.html


Password Hackers Are Slippery To Collar

By Tom Jackman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, September 7, 2009

When Elaine Cioni found out that her married boyfriend had other
girlfriends, she became obsessed, federal prosecutors say. So she
turned to YourHackerz.com.

And for only $100, YourHackerz.com provided Cioni, then living in
Northern Virginia, with the password to her boyfriend's AOL e-mail
account, court records show. For another $100, she got her boyfriend's
wife's e-mail password. And then the passwords of at least one other
girlfriend and the boyfriend's two children. None had any clue what
Cioni was doing, they would later testify.

Cioni, however, went further and began making harassing phone calls to
her boyfriend and his family, using a spoofing service to disguise
her voice as a man's. This attracted the attention of federal
authorities, who prosecuted Cioni, 53, in Alexandria last year for
unauthorized access to computers, among other crimes. She was
convicted and is serving a 15-month sentence.

But such services as YourHackerz.com are still active and plentiful,
with clever names like piratecrackers.com and hackmail.net. They
boast of having little trouble hacking into such Web-based e-mail
systems as AOL, Yahoo, Gmail, Facebook and Hotmail, and they advertise
openly.

And, experts said, there doesn't appear to be much anyone can do about it.

This is an important point that people haven't grasped, said Peter
Eckersley, a staff technologist for the Electronic Frontier Foundation
in San Francisco. We've been using e-mail for years, and it's been
insecure all that time. . . . If you have any hacker who is competent
and spends the time and targets you, he's going to get you.

Federal law prohibits hacking into e-mail, but without further illegal
activity, it's only a misdemeanor, noted Orin Kerr, a law professor at
George Washington University and a former trial attorney in the
Justice Department's computer crime section.

The feds usually don't have the resources to investigate and
prosecute misdemeanors, Kerr said. And part of the reason is that
normally it's hard to know when an account has been compromised,
because e-mail snooping doesn't leave a trace.

Every state has laws roughly similar to the federal computer laws,
Kerr said, and rate the offenses as misdemeanors.

Not long after Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska was named the Republican
nominee for vice president last year, someone hacked into her personal
Yahoo e-mail accounts. And as the election neared, someone at George
Mason University hacked into the e-mail of the school's provost and
sent a schoolwide e-mail saying the election date had been changed.

Web Based email password hacking or cracking is one of our all time
favourite and unique hobby, write the folks at YourHackerz.com. It's
not clear where YourHackerz.com is located, but experts suspect that
most of the businesses are based overseas. We will provide you with
the original Passwords. No questions asked whatsoever. Payment only
after you are CONVINCED. 100% guarantee of Cracking. Total privacy of
your information. No legal hassles.

At SlickHackers.com, they boast, We are professionals interested in
helping serious people for whom an email password would mean saving
their marriage, knowing the truth, preventing a fraud, protecting
their family/job/interests only when conventional ways and normal
procedures do not work.

All the services advertise that they will e-mail a screenshot of the
target's in-box or even send an e-mail from the target's e-mail as
proof that they've cracked the password. The customer then sends
payment. One service, whose fee is only 20 British pounds (about $33),
then responds with the script from a scene from a Shakespeare play,
with the stolen password hidden in the copy.

E-mail inquiries to several of these services did not elicit any responses.

The FBI cannot police the Internet, a spokesman said. The FBI is
aware of these illegal services, spokesman Paul Bresson said, and we
have been successful in the past in identifying criminal activity and
working with prosecutors to bring indictments. Users of these services
should know that just because a product is marketed on the Internet
doesn't mean it's legal.

But agents must be made aware of specific illegal acts occurring in
this country before they can pursue a provider, Bresson said. They
can't investigate an online service without evidence of a particular
crime in the United States.

This kind of thing has been on the radar of law enforcement already,
said Alissa Cooper of the Center for Democracy and Technology in
Washington. But with many of the hackers overseas, in practice it
takes a lot of resources and time to build up relationships with [law
enforcement] in other countries. They're starting to do that in the
cybersecurity realm.

Experts said there are numerous ways to steal someone's 

Re: [CGUYS] Vark

2009-09-06 Thread Richard P.
Maybe you need to put Tom in as part of your circle of friends : ))

No, I haven't tried it yet as it looks a little too public for me.

It looks like that there could be a substantial delay on when you get
your answers, depending on when someone chooses to respond, much like
this list.

Richard P.

 Has anyone else tried Aardvark yet? Featured in Pogue's last column:
 http://www.nytimes.com/indexes/2009/09/03/technology/circuitsemail/index.html?8ciremc=cir

 I logged in with a topic of computers, but after a couple dozen
 tries have been completely unable to answer anything. Am I doing
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Re: [CGUYS] yet another off topic request, but who knows?

2009-09-04 Thread Richard P.
Found a bunch of what you're probably looking for at:

http://www.minute-man.com/acatalog/Splitters___Matching_Transformers.html

Unfortunately, the store site requires a $20 minimum purchase so you
might want to look elsewhere. Use the search terms from their
description:

Matching 75-300 Ohm Transformer Balun with UHF/VHF/FM Band Separator
Philmore # MT77
Matches impedance between 75 ohm coaxial cable and 300 ohm TV and FM
antenna inputs. It then separates the three signals from the 3-way
antenna into individual signals for UHF, VHF and FM. Two outputs
connect to the UHF, VHF antenna terminals on rear of the TV set.
Separate screw terminal connects 300 ohm twin lead to the FM receiver.
For VCR's too.

Specifications:

* Frequency Range: 54-890 MHz
* Insertion Loss: UHF 2 dB -- VHF 2 db
  (MT79 UHF 1.5 dB -- VHF 0.5dB
* Return Loss: UHF 12 dB -- VHF 20dB
* Balance: UHF 25 dB -- VHF 30 dB
Price:  $2.85

Richard P.

On Fri, Sep 4, 2009 at 1:18 PM, One Manone911...@yahoo.com wrote:
 I have coaxial cable (Time Warner) coming from the wall that I want to split 
 to provide cable to the tv and tuner.  My tuner is older and has no need of 
 replacement.  When I split the cable to the tuner my only option appears to 
 be Antenna on the back of the tuner, which requires a raw wire connection 
 attaching to clips.  I've already been to two Radio Shacks and spoken to 
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Re: [CGUYS] Power strip

2009-08-30 Thread Richard P.
I use a Woods Maximum Protection Surge Suppressor, #5174. The only
place I see it on the web anymore is:

http://www.plccenter.com/buy/WOODS/5174

While I can't vouch for the website for ordering, this surge
suppressor is great for being able to control different banks of
equipment easily. It has 5 individually switchable outlets and 6
switches which includes a master switch for shutting everything down.
Also has a phone in/out. I really like mine and wish I could find a
couple of more at a reasonable price (I got mine for $3 at a used
equipment store).

Hopefully, there are more choices out there but I haven't found them yet.

Richard P.

On Sun, Aug 30, 2009 at 3:59 PM, Chris Dunfordseed...@gmail.com wrote:
 Does anyone know of a power strip that has separate power switches for each 
 outlet? Doesn't absolutely have to have surge suppression, although that 
 would be a plus.  The ones I can find are either
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Re: [CGUYS] Google's Sorry

2009-08-28 Thread Richard P.
That would explain it. Never been accused of being as fast as a
computer before :))

Thanks for clearing this up.

Richard P.

On Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 9:21 PM, TPiwowart...@tjpa.com wrote:
 On Aug 25, 2009, at 7:47 PM, Richard P. wrote:

 Is this legit? Has anyone else seen this before?

 Yes. If you are making lost of searches quickly Google may think you are a
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Re: [CGUYS] Postcard virus

2009-08-27 Thread Richard P.
Always looking up these things on Snopes before believing or
forwarding (or in many cases, reading), is a great idea. Over the
years, I think I've only seen one warning that was actually
legitimate. Snopes has helped keep me safe, as well as keeping me from
embarrassing myself with my friends.

Richard P.

On Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 6:38 PM, Jordanjor17...@gmail.com wrote:
 Tony B wrote:

 If you really looked this up at Snopes, you sure didn't read very
 well. If you trusted _someone else_ to look it up at Snopes and read
 it, shame on you.
 http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/postcard.asp



 I didn't say I looked it up at Snopes or anywhere else. I would have no
 reason to, and the guy who sent it to me is on a Mac too.
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[CGUYS] Thunderbird Word Wrap Broken

2009-08-26 Thread Richard P.
I've just noticed that when I forward some messages in Thunderbird
(version 2.0.0.23 ), that the word-wrap is broken and there's no way
to get it rewrap. Anyone else notice this and is there a way to get it
to word-wrap all the time. The problem emails are ones that are
automatically forwarded to my mailbox. When they arrive, they are fine
(wrapped), but when I go to forward them, the text shows up as one
long line. All other emails forward OK.

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Re: [CGUYS] Mac Transition to 64-Bit

2009-08-25 Thread Richard P.
I would think that you'll be dead meat after this post :))

Richard P.

On Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 4:36 PM, Rich Schinnellrichnrockvi...@gmail.com wrote:
 An interesting article in Info World.

 http://www.infoworld.com/d/windows/snow-leopard-just-cheap-windows-7-knockoff-798

 Maybe I will get banned for bringing this up.

 I have my reynolds wrap hat on to deflect the AFB's barbs.

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Re: [CGUYS] Google allowing users to opt-out

2009-08-13 Thread Richard P.
Why does this sound all too plausible??? Thanks for the laugh.

Richard P.
 http://www.theonion.com/content/video/google_opt_out_feature_lets_users?utm_
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Re: [CGUYS] Computer gadgets in cars

2009-08-11 Thread Richard P.
Sorry, but I can't resist... So would this mean that they would have
wrist fights instead of fist fights??? We could work our way back up
the skeleton, eliminating potential weapons of the human body until we
get to the root of the real problem.

Richard P.


 Fists cause them to happen?  Does this even make sense?

  Maybe not to you, but if no one had fists, there would be no fist
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Re: [CGUYS] Computer gadgets in cars

2009-08-06 Thread Richard P.
I take it that you don't use a temperature gauge or volt/ammeter in
your vehicles... I find them quite useful to monitor, especially on a
long trip.

Richard P.



 If most of the dash info (spedo, tach fuel etc.) could be done this way
 would not necessitate taking eyes off of the road so much.

  Does one really need to take their eyes off the road all that much?
 What is the need to constantly keep looking at the speedometer, tach
 or gas gauge?  I can drive my car all day long without having to look
 at the speedometer at all and I still know almost exactly how fast I
 am going.  One glance at my gas guage tells me all I need to know.
 One doesn't have to have done much driving at all, especially in a
 particular vehicle, to be able to quite accurately judge speed.  I can
 tell by how my engine sounds coupled with how fast the scenery is
 going by.  I don't need some computerized speedometer to tell me the
 difference between 35 and 45 mph or between 60 and 75 mph.

  Heads-up displays still take your eyes off the road in that your
 point of focus becomes the windshield, not the roadway beyond, and at
 night can be a real distraction.

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Re: [CGUYS] More DTV weirdness...

2009-07-31 Thread Richard P.
You might want to try calling and talking directly to one of their
engineers. Letters just go to public affairs.

Richard P.


On Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 2:45 PM, phartz...@gmail.comphartz...@gmail.com wrote:
  For a while yesterday afternoon, Washington DC affiliate WRC,
 normally DTV channel 4-1(along with a couple of their sub-channels)
 had once again disappeared, showing up instead at channel 48-1, along
 with sub-channels 48-2 and 48-3.  For some reason, this happens every
 once in a while.  I wrote to the station earlier on about this, but as
 expected in advance, got no reply, which is their way of saying, Huh?
  What are you talking about?  What DTV problems?

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Re: [CGUYS] More DTV weirdness...

2009-07-31 Thread Richard P.
Last time I called WUSA about the poor reception problems, I asked the
receptionist for engineering and they put me through. The receptionist
usually doesn't have time to filter outside calls.

Richard P.

On Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 6:22 PM, phartz...@gmail.comphartz...@gmail.com wrote:
 On Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 4:12 PM, Richard P.richs...@gmail.com wrote:

 You might want to try calling and talking directly to one of their
 engineers. Letters just go to public affairs.

  You don't thnik that you have to go through public affairs to get to
 an engineer?  I've been associated with the broadcasting industry long
 enough to know better than that.  Unless one already has a direct line
 to engineering, you are going to have to go through a filter.

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[CGUYS] GMail Warning about Betty's Post

2009-07-18 Thread Richard P.
b_s-wilk
 to COMPUTERGUYS-L

show details 1:40 PM (1 hour ago)
Gmail sent Betty's post right to spam and when I recovered it, GMail
gave this warning:


Follow up message
Warning: This message may not be from whom it claims to be. Beware of
following any links in it or of providing the sender with any personal
information.  Learn more
OP was about MS stores and locating them next to Apple stores.
[Microsoft to Open Retail Stores Next to Apple’s
http://tinyurl.com/myrkw3] Then it morphed into lots of other things,
including ads/commercials, excitement, competition, semi-nude
waitresses. MS says its stores won't copy Apple stores, but it will
innovate: semi-nude sales associates?

Maybe I'll just go back to the beach. And find an Apple store to use
as an internet café.

Betty

Betty, is that you or are you somebody else now???

Richard P.


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Re: [CGUYS] New Sig [WAS: [Advertising for cell phones]

2009-07-15 Thread Richard P.
Yes, that is a good one, isn't it?

Richard P.

 Betty, I hope you won't mean if I use your line as a sig. ... hehehehe


 Subject: Re: Advertising for cell phones

[deletions]

 Texts aren't pointless. TWITTER is pointless. Twitter is for people who
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Re: [CGUYS] Here I am again friends...

2009-07-12 Thread Richard P.
For the short term, you can keep it from automatically running by
disabling it in the Startup window.

Start  Run  msconfig  Startup

Richard P.

 I am trying to uninstall the program Kodak EasyShare. I can´t find it to 
 delete it. It is not in the Control Panel´s Add and Remove Programs... There 
 is not an uninstall in the program files... But the program is there and it 
 opens and it even - if I allow it - is in the start programs with an icon in 
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[CGUYS] Windows Video Editor Program

2009-07-11 Thread Richard P.
Looking for Windows video editor program recommendations. Something
less than $1000 and somewhat user friendly for a novice editor (16
years old), who wants to move forward. Any suggestions will be
appreciated.

Richard P.


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Re: [CGUYS] Windows Video Editor Program

2009-07-11 Thread Richard P.
Thanks for the good advice, especially the training reference. I will
pass it along.

Richard P.

On Sat, Jul 11, 2009 at 1:14 PM, Tony Bton...@gmail.com wrote:
 On the Windows side I use and recommend Sony Vegas. Now at version 9:
 http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8tag=mozilla-20index=blendedlink_code=qsfield-keywords=sony%20vegas

 Hint: Get the Instant Vegas Movie Studio + DVD (VASST Instant)
 (Instant Series) by Douglas Spotted Eagle; the $22 will have her
 editing video like a pro in an hour.


 On Sat, Jul 11, 2009 at 11:05 AM, Richard P.richs...@gmail.com wrote:
 Looking for Windows video editor program recommendations. Something
 less than $1000 and somewhat user friendly for a novice editor (16
 years old), who wants to move forward. Any suggestions will be
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Re: [CGUYS] beta no more?

2009-07-10 Thread Richard P.
In case you need it, Google Labs allows you show it as still in Beta
if you want:

Back to Beta by Darren
Soothes the soul by putting the familiar beta sticker back on the Gmail logo.

Just check the box.

Looks like they try to think of everything

Richard P.




 Gmail is finally out of beta! I had to reload the page, but sure
 enough, it no longer says beta.

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Re: [CGUYS] New algorithm guesses SSNs using date and place of birth

2009-07-09 Thread Richard P.
For a certain age group and younger, who are born in here, perhaps.
Older people and new citizens get their numbers where they are living
at the time.


 Incidentally, let me note as a quick factoid that without EZ Check, most
 employers could spot made up social security numbers presently just by
 comparing the place of birth and first three digits of the SSN.


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Re: [CGUYS] myEarthLink News Article - Reception problems linger after DTV transition

2009-06-17 Thread Richard P.
Here's a local article from The Washington Post about the DC area losing 2
stations:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/16/AR2009061603381.html

Richard P.

*2 D.C. Stations Lost to Viewers in Digital TV Transition*

 By Kim Hart
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

 Five days after the national transition to all-digital television, WUSA,
the area's CBS affiliate (Channel 9), and WJLA, the ABC affiliate (Channel
7), have disappeared from screens around the region.

The stations were the only two in the Washington area to move their digital
signals from UHF to the VHF frequencies they once used for their analog
broadcasts. That has left thousands of viewers like Steve LaRochelle, of
Silver Spring, without access to CSI and Oprah.

LaRochelle received the stations perfectly before the digital transition on
Friday, when all full-power stations permanently turned off their analog
signals.

But now, they don't even register after a rescan, he said, although he is
able to receive Baltimore's ABC channel.

Bill Lord, vice president of news at WJLA in Arlington, said the station has
received more than 350 calls from viewers who are having reception problems
since Friday's transition. It is holding an online chat at noon today on
WJLA.com http://www.wjla.com/ to answer questions. WUSA could not be
reached for comment.

The sudden loss may be due to viewers trying to capture VHF signals with a
UHF antenna.

LaRochelle said he bought an antenna a couple of years ago after upgrading
to a digital TV, but he didn't realize it was a UHF antenna. Nor did I
realize WJLA and WUSA were going to be switching back to a VHF signal, he
said.

To receive all the available digital stations, consumers should install an
antenna that can receive both UHF and VHF broadcasts. Indoor antennas should
have extendable poles, or rabbit ears for VHF reception and a loop for
UHF.

Even then it requires some moving around from place to place in your house
to get the signal right, Lord said. We've told people quite often that
they have to rescan their converter boxes two or three times to lock in the
station.

The Federal Communications Commission is looking into reports of lost
stations in several markets, including Chicago and Philadelphia. In some
cases, stations may have to increase power levels or add translators to
extend the signal to more viewers. About 20 percent of the calls to the
agency's DTV hotline were from viewers who had lost at least one station.

More than 480 stations across the country are now airing broadcasts on VHF
stations, FCC spokesman Mark Wigfield said, and 216 stations were operating
on those frequencies before the transition. WJLA, for example, was
broadcasting its analog signal on Channel 7 and its digital station on
Channel 39 before the transition. (Viewers should not have noticed the
change.) When it turned off its analog signal, it moved its digital signal
to the Channel 7 slot in the VHF band of frequencies.

As a result, some digital tuners and converter boxes are still trying to
pick up programs on the old digital station. Wigfield suggests trying a
double rescan, which involves unplugging the antenna from the converter
box or TV, rescanning, turning off the box or TV, then turning it back on,
plugging the antenna back in and rescanning once more. The process should
clear the tuner's memory so it can locate the digital frequency.

But it may not clear up all reception issues for consumers. After performing
a double rescan, LaRochelle said he was able to pick up Channels 7 and 9,
but only at weak signal strength.

In general, VHF signals travel further and more efficiently over hilly
terrain. UHF signals often travel better in cities because they are less
sensitive to interference, the FCC said.

Michael Young, an electrical engineer and George Mason University professor,
said the double rescan method will force TV sets to pick up every signal
within range. But he acknowledges the complexity of getting adequate
reception.

This even confuses me, and I'm a radio expert, he said.




 It seems that many are experiencing teh same problems mentioned on this
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Re: [CGUYS] myEarthLink News Article - Reception problems linger after DTV transition

2009-06-17 Thread Richard P.
It's interesting to note that at the end of each stations help page,
you are to contact either 1-888-CALL-FCC or
http://www.dtvanswers.com; if none of the answers help. The stations
are making it quite clear that it's not their problem and probably
won't do anything else to solve the problem.

Richard P.



 Here are the helpful webpages from 7 and 9 on antenna choices.

 http://cfc.wjla.com/external.cfm?p=dtv_vhf
 http://www.wusa9.com/life/programming/dtv/default.aspx

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Re: [CGUYS] DTV debacle

2009-06-13 Thread Richard P.
I can't get 7 or 9 in the DC area, even after I've rescanned the set.
I even tried rotating the antenna to better receive the signals but
nothing came through. Next step is to replace the primary UHF/VHF
antenna with the old VHF/UHF one I took down 2 years ago. Oh what
fun...

Richard P.

On Sat, Jun 13, 2009 at 1:14 PM, Robert
Carrollcarrollcompu...@gmail.com wrote:
 Latest problem with digital TV in DC area.  Couldn't get local digital
 channels with a digital LCD TV using rabbit ears, so I got an outside
 digital antenna.  Could get channels fine.  Then when analog was shut off,
 digital channels 7 (WJLA) and 9 (WUSA) disappeared.  According to the blog
 on the channel 7 website, the reason is that channels 7  9 decided to
 retain the old VHF carrier frequency (switching digital from UHF to VHF when
 analog was shut off) unlike all other local channels which use UHF.  Thus,
 my new digital antenna can't receive VHF signals strongly enough, and the
 rabbit ears are not strong enough even if I manually switch antennas when I
 switch channels.

 Any others here have seen channels 7  9 disappear?  There are many
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[CGUYS] DTV Reception Maps

2009-06-09 Thread Richard P.
In light of the upcoming DTV transition, http://dtv.gov/ has a nice
signal reception map. The direct link is:

http://www.fcc.gov/mb/engineering/maps/

Just plug in your address and it will let you know what kind of signal
strength should be available at your location. If you click on
station's call sign, it will give you more detailed info.

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Re: [CGUYS] No Smiling

2009-05-29 Thread Richard P.
So now all the baddies have to do is smile to avoid recognition?

Richard P.

 Apparently you didn't read the story. Smiles and teeth in general just
 makes it more difficult for automatic face recognition software to
 work. Makes a lot of sense. I'm sure the apps will only get better.

 However, if a smile throws the software, I can only imagine what a
 beard would do. But if, like me, you always wear a beard, what would
 be the point of removing it for a photo ID? Much worse even than that
 would have to be women's wildly varying hairstyles and colors.?

 smiling for ID photos is prohibited.

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Re: [CGUYS] getting Computer Guys email sent to spam list

2009-05-22 Thread Richard P.
You can see all the posts at http://www.cguys.org/

Richard P.

 I ask the list for advise on the Airport-macbook problem and several
 responses were sent to SPAM folder in my gmail account.  I just trashed the
 contents of the SPAM folder and wonder why those emails are going to the
 spam folder?
 Specifically, a reply from Rev. Stewart Marshall about the problem with my
 mom's wifi connection.  Could I get that reply again pleaseyour reply
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Re: [CGUYS] urgent query

2009-05-22 Thread Richard P.
Went to a professional seminar last night where the PowerPoint
presentation was run off of a netbook. It crashed halfway through,
much to the embarrassment of the presenter. Took his assistant 5
minutes to get it rebooted and back to where it was. While I don't
know the details of why it went down, a lack of system resources comes
to mind.

Richard P.

 Will I be able to run microsoft office on a Netbook-- at least Word,
 PowerPoint and maybe Excel?...


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Re: [CGUYS] Google software update

2009-05-21 Thread Richard P.
My first thought is No thank you. My second thought is can I
disable the background updater after downloading. Let us know what
you end up doing.

Richard P.

 I haven't used any Google software on my Mac in a while so maybe this is
 already an old issue, but I downloaded Google Earth 5.0 and got this on
 installation:

 Google Software Update is about to be installed.
 This software will update any Google software on your computer when new
 versions become available. Google Software Update verifies updates and is
 safer than downloading files from the Internet yourself.

 To continue using Google Earth, you must accept the new Google privacy
 policies and allow Google Software Update to run in the background on your
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Re: [CGUYS] Kindle Sighting

2009-05-20 Thread Richard P.
The last audio book I listened to in the car had a very intense
passage which I was deeply involved in. Right up to the point where
the officer pulled me over for missing the 30mph speed limit sign
after exiting the expressway. He did let me go after hearing my
excuse. I now use audio books in a much safer venue.

Richard P.

wrote:
 That was exactly what I was getting at.

 IN some instances an audio book is great.  In other instances it does not
 translate well.

 I am a great fan of the Audio book reader on NPR, and he usually reads light
 fiction which works well.

 A more intense book, such as a work volume takes more time and study.


 At 03:56 PM 5/20/2009, you wrote:

 On Wed, 20 May 2009, Steve at Verizon wrote:

 Rev. Stewart Marshall wrote:

 Books on the other hand are something that has to be read.

 Not so. I have books read to me, sometimes by the author. I read a book
 only when it is not available in an unabridged audiobook format. Most are
 ripped from CD audiobooks in our county library but I sometimes buy from
 Audible.

 I don't think that would work well for me. My reading speed varies
 depending on the content of the book. For most fiction, I zoom through
 it faster than someone could read aloud. For programming books, I zip
 through the bits that review topics with which I'm familiar, and slow
 down when a new (to me) concept is explained. Books explaining some
 of the math behind 3D graphics (for example), I plod through to soak in as
 much knowledge as possible.

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Re: [CGUYS] Kindle Sighting

2009-05-19 Thread Richard P.
A friend of ours loves it and won't do without it. We prefer
non-electronic books ourselves. Easier to read and they don't break
when you fall asleep reading and drop them : ))

Richard P.


 I saw my first passenger reading on a Kindle today on the Metro.

 Will this be a trend?


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[CGUYS] AVG found Touchstone Software driveragent_488.exe

2009-05-19 Thread Richard P.
AVG found Touchstone Software driveragent_488.exe during today's scan.
It found it in a junk file where I put all of the programs that came
with the computer that I don't intend on using. It also found it in an
Application Data folder. AVG says it is a Trojan horse SHeur2.AGFP

Does anyone know if this is a false positive or is it something to get rid of?

Thanks in advance.

WinXP, SP3

Richard P.


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Re: [CGUYS] Kindle Sighting

2009-05-19 Thread Richard P.
I can see that would be a great use for them, especially if the
electronic books would allow the updating of technical error
corrections.

Richard P.



 A friend of ours loves it and won't do without it. We prefer
 non-electronic books ourselves. Easier to read and they don't break
 when you fall asleep reading and drop them : ))

 I think the real boon will be the Kindle DX as the portable text book of
 choice.  I used to carry around 40 lbs of text books.  Anything that would
 let me carry them all and have older references would have been a back
 saver.


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Re: [CGUYS] AVG found Touchstone Software driveragent_488.exe

2009-05-19 Thread Richard P.
Thanks for the feedback. To my knowledge, I've never used it either.
It is a comfort to know that it is not going to take over my machine
in the middle of the night and make life a living .

Richard P.

On Tue, May 19, 2009 at 3:46 PM, Chris Dunford seed...@gmail.com wrote:
 AVG found Touchstone Software driveragent_488.exe during today's scan.
 It found it in a junk file where I put all of the programs that came
 with the computer that I don't intend on using. It also found it in an
 Application Data folder. AVG says it is a Trojan horse SHeur2.AGFP

 Does anyone know if this is a false positive or is it something to get
 rid of?

 False positive. It's a utility that's supposed to scan your drivers and
 download updates if necessary. Never used it, so I don't know if it's any
 good, but it's not malware.


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Re: [CGUYS] How do I change the sizes pf the partirions?

2009-05-18 Thread Richard P.
And I thought Tom was the only one who brought up controversial topics... : ))

You are never a bore, Marcio.

Richard P.

 Computers are more or less like womem. When they are working well... 
 wonderfull but when they refuse to respond to our needs...it is very hard to 
 understand...

 You encourage me to participate in this group. Sometimes I fell I am boring 
 you all.

 Marcio

 -Original Message-

Subject: Re: [CGUYS] How do I change the sizes pf the partirions?

I know, I know...you give a hand and the person wants the arm... Human
nature... So far I can´t imagine me moving to a Mac...

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Re: [CGUYS] Audio/video sync problem with DTV broadcasts

2009-05-13 Thread Richard P.
That's exactly the point. They deny in public what they know is
possible behind the scene. A broadcast quality converter would cost
less than $8,000 and they probably already have several on site. They
just have chosen to not deal with the issue on a full time basis,
while telling the public that there's no solution.

Richard P.



 Another data point: I was watching WETA this afternoon on DirecTV, and the
 video lagged the audio by nearly a second. They are obviously feeding
 DirecTV with their digital signal.

  Now, WETA says that there is really nothing that can be done about
 the type of problem you have mentioned above.  That is what they say,
 but I can fix exactly this problem when it happens using one of my DVD
 players.  For instance, if I try to play a video source that has the
 same problem you have outlined wherein the video is lagging behind the
 audio in terms of being synchronized, I can go into the menu section
 of the DVD player and slew the audio to get things back in sync.  So,
 if this can easily be accomplished with a DVD player that costs less
 than $100, what is the problem with WETA?


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Re: [CGUYS] Audio/video sync problem with DTV broadcasts

2009-05-13 Thread Richard P.
Here is the X75HD manual so they can learn to operate it:
http://tinyurl.com/o83pd7

Now if only there were a instruction manual to get them to actually use it...

Richard P.


 Leitch: http://tinyurl.com/pkyk86

 From a 2005 Broadcast Engineering Review:

 Leitch Technology has introduced the X75 HD, a versatile up-, down-
 and cross converter and HD frame synchronizer.

 The X75 HD features extensive video and audio processing capabilities
 in a 1RU package.

 Video processing features include level/color control; optional 3-D
 adaptive color decoding with time base correction; optional noise
 reduction; frame synchronization; and up- and down-conversion with
 aspect ratio conversion for hybrid standard - and HD facilities.

 The X75 HD's 16 channels of internal audio processing include timing
 with video for lip sync corrections; level control; analog-to-digital
 and digital-to-analog conversion; and embedding and de-embedding for
 SDI and HD-SDI serial digital signals for interfacing any audio signal
 in a professional environment.

 For more information, visit www.leitch.com.

 Richard P.

 On Wed, May 13, 2009 at 9:03 AM, Snyder, Mark - IdM (IS)
 mark.sny...@ngc.com wrote:
 Who makes them?  If only a few models out there, we could google the
 instructions and send to WETA?

 Thank you,

 Mark Snyder
 -Original Message-
 That's exactly the point. They deny in public what they know is possible
 behind the scene. A broadcast quality converter would cost less than
 $8,000 and they probably already have several on site. They just have
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Re: [CGUYS] Audio/video sync problem with DTV broadcasts

2009-05-13 Thread Richard P.
Leitch: http://tinyurl.com/pkyk86

From a 2005 Broadcast Engineering Review:

Leitch Technology has introduced the X75 HD, a versatile up-, down-
and cross converter and HD frame synchronizer.

The X75 HD features extensive video and audio processing capabilities
in a 1RU package.

Video processing features include level/color control; optional 3-D
adaptive color decoding with time base correction; optional noise
reduction; frame synchronization; and up- and down-conversion with
aspect ratio conversion for hybrid standard - and HD facilities.

The X75 HD's 16 channels of internal audio processing include timing
with video for lip sync corrections; level control; analog-to-digital
and digital-to-analog conversion; and embedding and de-embedding for
SDI and HD-SDI serial digital signals for interfacing any audio signal
in a professional environment.

For more information, visit www.leitch.com.

Richard P.

On Wed, May 13, 2009 at 9:03 AM, Snyder, Mark - IdM (IS)
mark.sny...@ngc.com wrote:
 Who makes them?  If only a few models out there, we could google the
 instructions and send to WETA?

 Thank you,

 Mark Snyder
 -Original Message-
 That's exactly the point. They deny in public what they know is possible
 behind the scene. A broadcast quality converter would cost less than
 $8,000 and they probably already have several on site. They just have
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Re: [CGUYS] Audio/video sync problem with DTV broadcasts

2009-05-13 Thread Richard P.
All I'm suggesting is that they send out a signal that is synched.
What happens after that is obviously out of their control (at this
point). By them saying that they have no control over a PBS feed is
just their way of passing the buck. Hey, it was bad when we got it so
here it is. The broadcasters I work with do their best to correct lip
synch before they send it out, even if was bad when they received it.
The advertising dollars drive this for the most part (how often do you
see out of synch commercials?), as well as a matter of pride. If it
can be done for commercials, why not for the rest of the broadcast?

Richard P.

 What you guys are forgetting (or just conveniently ignoring) is that the
 sync *is just fine* back at their location. If they throw it off enough so
 that yours looks good, that's going to throw it off for everyone else. And
 then it will change again for the next program.

 It's absurd to think the engineer is sitting back at the studio getting your
 bad sync and just gleefully laughing about how she's not going to do
 anything about it unless ordered to by the FCC.


   That's exactly the point. They deny in public what they know is possible
  behind the scene. A broadcast quality converter would cost less than
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Re: [CGUYS] Audio/video sync problem with DTV broadcasts

2009-05-13 Thread Richard P.
For myself, I receive my HD broadcasts via antenna right into the HDTV
without any outside conversion boxes or home theater to delay the
audio. For the most part, the broadcasts overall are pretty good, but
there are times when the lipsynch is atrocious.

No one ever said that the engineer would look at the homeowner's lip
synch and correct for it. They would only have to correct the lip
synch of the signal that is leaving the station.

Richard P.


What you guys are forgetting (or just conveniently ignoring) is that the
sync *is just fine* back at their location. If they throw it off enough so
that yours looks good, that's going to throw it off for everyone else. And
then it will change again for the next program.

It's absurd to think the engineer is sitting back at the studio getting your
bad sync and just gleefully laughing about how she's not going to do
anything about it unless ordered to by the FCC.

 Although it pains me greatly to agree with Tony, I think he is exactly
 right.

 I rarely see sync problems like you describe and the few times I did it
 turned out that it was caused by my digital converter box. I reset my box
 and the problem went away.

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Re: [CGUYS] Audio/video sync problem with DTV broadcasts

2009-05-13 Thread Richard P.
There already is a synch pulse available which can be put into the
digital analog/video stream to lock the audio/video signals together.
This works quite well as long as the signal doesn't pass through an
analog device, which will strip the lock. If PBS locked their
in-synch feed and WETA didn't unlock it by introducing an analog
device, then we wouldn't be having this conversation, at least not
about WETA.

Richard P.


All I'm suggesting is that they send out a signal that is synched.
What happens after that is obviously out of their control (at this
point). By them saying that they have no control over a PBS feed is
just their way of passing the buck.



 Even if somebody thought it would me a smart idea to transmit audio and
 video as independent data streams, there is no excuse for not including a
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Re: [CGUYS] Audio/video sync problem with DTV broadcasts

2009-05-13 Thread Richard P.
I really don't know what the station engineer or the station's
policy's are at WETA. As mentioned before, there would have to be
someone assigned to monitor and correct for errors which means paying
for another technician. The master control operator is the last human
link before the signal hits the tower. While they can report a
problem, they already have enough on their plate to take care of. The
lip synch problem would have to be delegated which would require
management to make this happen.

In my opinion, in order for this will happen it will require some
outside persuasion, either financial, or enforceable actions.

One station I worked for developed a set of test bars which
facilitated the checking of lip synch before the program actually hit
air. They made it mandatory that at least one minute of these lip
synch test bars be fed before the actual feed so that corrections
could be made later, if needed. They took the problem seriously and
implemented controls to correct it.

Just to put it into perspective, I doubt that any video production
companies would deliver a product that was out of synch. It's a matter
of pride, as well as the client would complain and/or refuse to pay.
Besides, with non-linear editing, it's easy enough to fix. The same
standards should apply throughout the chain.

Richard P.

 So you're saying outright that the station engineer sees this bad sync, but
 does nothing about it. And won't, unless forced by the FCC?

 I don't know; I can't really debate that I guess. But I do know that signal
 still has a lot to go through between the time it leaves that control room
 and before you get it.


 No one ever said that the engineer would look at the homeowner's lip
 synch and correct for it. They would only have to correct the lip
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Re: [CGUYS] always never always

2009-05-12 Thread Richard P.
I too have noticed this over the past month. Don't know if there's
been a change in Google or Firefox which is causing this.

Richard P.

 When I'm using Gmail in Firefox, I *always* get these messages telling me to
 clik here if I *always* want to display images from this address or
 *always*open this kind of file with a particular program.  So, I click
 the box, but
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Re: [CGUYS] Cleaning the Inside of a Computer

2009-05-12 Thread Richard P.
Static electricity and the inside of the computer don't mix!
Compressed air is good. Search for cleaning tutorials. Here's one:

http://www.build-your-own-cheap-computer.com/computer-cleaning.html

Here's a link for an attachment for a regular vacuum to allow
cleaning, although I can't personally vouch for it:

http://www.amazon.com/VACUUM-MICRO-ATTACHMENTS-9-PIECE-KIT/dp/B000BSJCLY

Richard P.


 My iMac is about 4 years old, and I think that the fan noise is louder than
 it was originally. I want to open it up and vacuum the dust out of it, but I
 recall reading that this may make a static electrical charge that could ruin
 some semiconductors. I would like to know if anyone has personal experience
 with this, either good or bad (I was going to write positive or negative,
 but...); or is this just an urban legend?


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Re: [CGUYS] Audio/video sync problem with DTV broadcasts

2009-05-11 Thread Richard P.
There is equipment that they can use to manually synch up the signals.
It requires the signals to be monitored by a person and adjusted as
needed. Because of the human cost, they will probably never do this.

Richard P.


 When I started with my first LCD TV  a receiver, I read of complaints about
 audio/video being out of sync. One solution that seems to work is to ensure
 that both the audio and video signals go through the AV receiver that then
 feeds the TV rather than having the video directly connected to the TV and
 audio fed to the AV receiver for only sound processing. Many of the better
 receivers, it seems, include circuitry with which one can adjust the sync to
 try to remedy out-of-sync audio and video. My source of information on these
 matters comes from www.avsforum.com.

  Maybe so.  However, I am speaking of audio and video being
 approximately one second or so, perhaps even more, out of sync.  What
 you describe would only relate to very slight sync problems, fractions
 of a second.  The local broadcaster WETA acknowledges the problem,
 admits it originates with their broadcast, not in any of my equipment,
 but basically has contended that's just the way it is.  I wait to see
 what they say this time around.

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Re: [CGUYS] Audio/video sync problem with DTV broadcasts

2009-05-11 Thread Richard P.
There is a standardized approach but they have chosen not to implement
it throughout the production line due to costs. In an all Digital
production world which doesn't yet exist, the video and audio can be
locked together so it will always be in synch. In the real world, they
have chosen not to implement a work-around solution which is
monitoring. The master control operator could watch for this very
easily, and have the transmission person adjust the signal for it.
This was done in analog broadcasts 24/7 with the video levels.
Anything over 100% video level was an illegal broadcast so it was
imperative that it be adjusted down to 100% or less, lest fines be
incurred for bleeding over into an adjacent spectrum. Satellite
operators had the authority and were required to pull a signal off the
air if it violated the limits. Unfortunately, there are no fines
involved for out of synch broadcasts so it is no longer done. All it
would take to manually correct the problem at their end is for it to
be mandated by management. This solution would apply to all providers
of content, not just WETA. If their signal gets redistributed through
cable, then the cable operator should also correct any problems
CREATED during their distribution. Ultimately, the homeowner would be
responsible for the equipment at their end so no other synch problems
are introduced.

I think that because there are so many variables involved that they
have just given up. The only time the problem is addressed at the
source is when there is a national speech during prime time. They
don't want to look bad there, do they???

At least they replied to you.

Richard P.



 There is equipment that they can use to manually synch up the signals.
 It requires the signals to be monitored by a person and adjusted as
 needed. Because of the human cost, they will probably never do this.

  I understand what you have pointed out above.  Here is the reply I
 have received from WETA-TV, which is exactly the same replay I
 received from them on this same issue nearly a year ago:

 Dear Mr. Rigby,

 Thank you for watching WETA TV 26 and for taking the time to contact
 us. I completely understand your frustrations. What you are
 experiencing is a techincal problem called lip sync. Lip sync is a
 complex issue that seems to have gotten worse in the shift to digital
 TV, perhaps because the improved pictures make it easier to detect or
 more difficult to ignore. Unfortunately, there is no standardized
 approach that will eliminate the problem. Lip sync not only can be an
 issue with production and distribution of a show but it can also be
 caused by the viewer's receiver, presentation device, display or audio
 system. Thus it is much more difficult to find the cause of the
 problem. Even when a signal is delivered perfectly to the home, the
 audio can go out of sync in the home when a delay is introduced by a
 settop box or digital TV. This problem is especially more prevalent
 with cable.

 WETA has no control over the production quality of the programs we
 receive through a PBS feed. However, I have forwarded your comments
 along to a WETA engineer to monitor our own productions regarding lip
 sync. Again, thank you for watching WETA.

 Sincerely,

 Nina Greenblatt
 Audience Services Coordinator
 Membership and Audience Support
 WETA
 ngreenbl...@weta.com
 (703) 998-2733
 +++

  Apparently, they have received so many complaints about this that
 they had to create a boilerplate response for queries from their
 viewers.  Note how they have avoided addressing the issue in terms of
 any responsibility on their part.

  First, they are telling me that the problem only seems to have
 gotten worse because the improved picture makes the sync problem
 more noticeable.  In other words, I just couldn't see the problem
 before the switch to digital.  Well, that's pretty much true, but it
 has nothing to do with a clearer picture.  It has to do with
 transmission of digital signals as opposed to analog.  These sync
 problems simply were not there previously.

  Then they tell me there is no standardized approach that will
 eliminate the problem.  Well, I don't care if an approach to the
 problem is standardized or not, just do something.  Then they spend
 most of rest of the reply putting the onus on me and my receiving
 equipment or the feed from PBS.  If the feed from PBS is the problem,
 or if it is my receiving equipment, why is the degree of lack of sync
 much worse on one of their channels as opposed to another when both
 channels are broadcasting the same program at the exact same time?
 Indeed, I asked them that specific question, but because they have
 chosen to reply with a canned response, I'll quite obviously not get
 that question answered.

  As was the case nearly a year ago, they are essentially saying,
 Just get used to it!

  Steve


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Re: [CGUYS] Audio/video sync problem with DTV broadcasts

2009-05-11 Thread Richard P.
What might change the situation will be people rejecting the poor lip
synch programming and stations. Until then, it will continue as usual.
Without sufficient $ or legal motivation, the problem will continue. I
do know that our neighbors to the north have much higher standards
than us. Last I heard, their permissible lip synch error was less than
3 frames (about 1/10 second) audio delay and zero frames video delay.

FYIW, with the multitude of current problems with HDTV transmission, I
use my HDTV for primarily DVD playback.

Richard P.



 PS An interesting thing these articles always note is just how bad
 sync has to get before humans care. Seems we can tolerate lots of
 *delayed* audio - words _after_ the event - but can't tolerate
 virtually *any* sync that has sounds *before* events.


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[CGUYS] Verizon TV Box

2009-05-07 Thread Richard P.
Is it possible to buy the Verizon TV box rather than leasing them? I
would like to take advantage of the great deals Verizon is pushing
right now, but the leasing of a box for each TV is a deal killer.

Are there aftermarket boxes which will work?

Can we use one box and distribute it around the house to the other TV's?

Thanks in advance,

Richard P.


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Re: [CGUYS] Verizon TV Box

2009-05-07 Thread Richard P.
I would guess that a nominal fee would still involve a monthly
charge. I'd rather just pay once up front.

Understood about the single box = single channel. How would the
distribution be done? Is there a recommended device?

Thanks in advance.

Richard P.


Are there aftermarket boxes which will work?

 The Telecommunications Act of 1996 requires that aftermarket boxes work.
 They have to supply a CableCARD for a nominal fee. Like many other
 laws under Bush, this requirement has not been effectively enforced. Nice
 article on this at Wikipedia.

Can we use one box and distribute it around the house to the other TV's?

 Yes, but all sets would get the same channel as the box contains the
 tuner.


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Re: [CGUYS] Phorm

2009-05-06 Thread Richard P.
Another good reason for No Script.

Richard P.


Phormís All-Seeing Parasite Cookie

 Then we are back to setting our browsers to keep no cookies at all and every 
 website we visit will be worse off for it. It is a bad result for everybody, 
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Re: [CGUYS] DTV

2009-05-06 Thread Richard P.
One thing to look at is the receiver portion of the converter. In
general, I think older TV receivers had better reception capability
because it was so important with everyone using an antenna. With the
advent of cable, the manufacturers were able to cut back on the
quality of the receiver and happily did so. I imagine shortcuts have
been made on the converter boxes as well. Not sure where you can
compare converter box receiver strengths.

The second issue is the age and condition of the antenna. Don't know
your specifics but if you are able to get a lot of analog channels, a
decent UHF/VHFantenna should be able to do about the same. The newer
it is, the better the connections between the vanes and ribs. You'll
have to look on the antennaweb.org site for the actual frequencies of
the channels you want to watch, and then match your antenna
accordingly. Keep in mind that the frequencies might change from UHF
to VHF at the stations discretion, come June. As a rule, VHF signals
are better than UHF when it comes to getting the signal to your house,
so that might help there.

If you are going to go to the trouble of putting up the antenna,
you'll want to install an amplifier. Given the difficulty of the
installation, it will be easier this way. You can always not use it.
However, as an installer once told me, if the signal isn't there, it
can't be amplified.

Richard P.

 I am in sNJ 08320 and have a 40' tower with an uhf/vhf antenna on there
 pointed toward Philadelphia to coaxial cable to an amplifier to more coaxial
 cable to a splitter/secondary-amplifier to a 1984 1984 Sony kv25-xbr tube
 set which, with over-the-air gave such good picture/sound people would ask
 if we already got a HDTV.  I bought the converters (actually 4 different
 ones) and am getting just a couple of channels.  I took one to my sis's
 house in LI, NY about 20 miles east of NYC and she got about 50 channels.  I
 went on antennaweb and it says I should get almost nothing.  People nearby
 report they are getting plenty of channels.  I have gotten cheap internet
 via Comcast which came with free basic TV for a year.  The tower is pretty
 much in the clear and this is not a valley (sNJ is flat).  My antenna has
 some lost vanes ...it was a good one when I got it.  Nobody around here
 installs TV antennae.  I have a tree trimmer who will do the articulated
 bucket thing and put up an antenna for me, but then there is the question of
 1-signal strength, 2-will I get anything more after all the expense?  I sure
 would like to avoid paying for TV if possible; I already don't want to see
 it for free, for the most part.  Where is the problem here?  1-antenna,
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Re: [CGUYS] Phorm

2009-05-06 Thread Richard P.
Will you explain? If I cookies aren't allowed to be placed by using
NoScript, then wouldn't there be nothing to read? Or is it the fact
that this info is being picked up at the ISP, so it doesn't matter
about the cookies.

Thanks,

Richard P.

Another good reason for No Script.

 It will not help at all. Zero.


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Re: [CGUYS] Phorm

2009-05-06 Thread Richard P.
NoScript shows what is trying to access the page and then I can
selectively give permissions as needed for what I want to do. For
instance, DoubleClick is never needed for anything, so it never sees
the light of day. As far as I know, the browser security settings
don't allow this individuality. If they can be, where is that located?

Thanks,

Richard P.

Will you explain? If I cookies aren't allowed to be placed by using
NoScript, then wouldn't there be nothing to read? Or is it the fact
that this info is being picked up at the ISP, so it doesn't matter
about the cookies.

 If you want to disallow cookies you do that in your browser's security
 settings. Come to think of it, you can turn off the various scripting
 languages there too. What is it that NoScript does that you can't already
 do for yourself by just setting browser preferences?


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Re: [CGUYS] Saving tabs in Firefox

2009-05-05 Thread Richard P.
Not sure if this is what you're asking for but I let the Firefox
generate the prompt by allowing the computer to shut down any open
Firefox windows instead of me shutting down them down. From there, you
can set it to always save, and it will open them the next time it
launches.

Richard P.

 Where in Firefox do I set the option of asking me to save tabs, so when I 
 open Firefox again certain tabs automatically pop up?  This option 
 automatically came up on my Mac, but not on the PC.  tia.


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Re: [CGUYS] Saving Web pages in Firefox my os

2009-05-05 Thread Richard P.
I use XP also, but Firefox is 3.0.10. I can FILE  SAVE PAGE AS and
it works fine.

Richard P.

On Tue, May 5, 2009 at 5:27 PM,  computerg...@att.net wrote:
 I use XP.
 The idea is to save it to the hard drive.  Would you suggest save as a pdf 
 and save to the HD? Thanks, Bill.
 -- Original message from Matthew Taylor 
 taylorsmatt...@gmail.com: --


 What OS do you run?

 Under OS X you can just print to PDF and get a pretty good copy. If
 you want to descend links then Acrobat will capture a site for you.

 On May 5, 2009, at 2:13 PM, computerg...@att.net wrote:

  Hello all. I would like to save web pages in firefox. When I try
  to do so, it only saves the images, none of the text. Is there a
  way to save all this information? I use Firefox 2.0, and believe I
  save them as a web page. Thanks for any reply, Bill.


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Re: [CGUYS] What to look for in digital converter box?

2009-04-29 Thread Richard P.
Walmart and Borders allows you to search the store's inventory online.

Richard P.



 It would be so helpful if you could search a specific store's inventory
 online, rather than having to go in person or call and take a chance that a)
 anyone will answer and b) if they do, they will give you an accurate answer.


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Re: [CGUYS] Can´t install IE7

2009-04-29 Thread Richard P.
Can you go back to the original IE version using system restore and
the try to upgrade from there?

Richard P.

 Hi fellows

 Here I am in my new computer. By mistake I installed Internet XP Home 
 (Brazilian Portuguese). It came with an IE I am not sure the edition. I then 
 installed IE 8 but my Brazilian bank would not work with it. I then 
 unistalled it. I ended up 1ith IE 6.0.2900.5512.xpsp_sp3_gdr.090206-1234.

 The problem now: another bank would not respond to this IE. That is I enter 
 the data and...it doesn´t enter in the bank. The other bank will work fine. 
 (I checked the first bank in my other computer with IE 7 and it words fine).

 I then tried three times to install IE 7 on the top of IE 6. It goes well, 
 finishes, tells me to re-start and... when I check IE the version remains 
 6.0.2900.

 Now what?

 Again, many many thanks


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Re: [CGUYS] What channel?

2009-04-29 Thread Richard P.
I would imagine that they are trying to make sure that all are
informed, so there's no false start again as with the last deadline.
My relatives in Florida had to endure this for 2 months straight
before the first February changeover date and tired of it quickly.

Richard P.

 Expect to rescan fairly frequently especially through the transition date.

 They may not not know or expect to be given a change.  All the times I have
 seen this crawl locally to DC it has been on CBS but I think it may be a
 generic message running everywhere.


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Re: [CGUYS] Win98 printer issue

2009-04-28 Thread Richard P.
Thanks to all for their suggestions. I have passed them along and will
report back what works.

Interestingly, after working on their Win98 system for 3 days a few
years ago, I did buy a new WinXP PC for them to replace it, but had to
return it because of their personal reasons (learning a new operating
system, not wanting to throw out a perfectly good computer, who
knows what?). I wanted to simplify my life and theirs but it was not
to be. But they are my relatives so on it goes.

Richard P.

On Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 2:13 PM, Brian Jones wjone...@carolina.rr.com wrote:
 Of course, try the obvious (reboot the computer, reboot the printer, replug,
 check the ink, try the printer and cable on another computer)
 If all else fails, a complete reinstall of the operating system may be your
 best solution.
 Win98 was not very stable... it usually needed to be erased and completely
 reinstalled yearly for power users, and 2 to 3 years for the average (light
 use) users.  Of course a botched install of a device driver or application
 might damage the registry to the point of needing a complete install in just
 1 day (Hey, I've seen it happen!)  This will also restore the speed that the
 user experienced when they first bought the computer, and that makes them
 very happy!

  In January, after months of trying to fix my mother-in-laws WIN98 printer
 problem over the phone, I just took her a new computer.  She insisted the
 refilled ink cartridge was new and working, but when I visited her, there
 was no ink (or dried ink) in the cartridge.  She was too cheap to buy a new
 manufacturer cartridge to test her printer.

  Good luck!

  - Brian


 My relative has an issue with his Gateway Win 98 computer which I am
 trying to help him resolve (long distance). He is trying to hook up a
 Compaq IJ650 Printer with a USB cable. He has lost the installation
 disk but I was able to find the drivers for it
 (http://tinyurl.com/6spkf), and send them down. With great difficulty
 installing them, he was able to get it working over the weekend. But
 now it no longer works. Besides the obvious (get a new computer!), is
 there something that might help solve this problem?


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[CGUYS] Win98 printer issue

2009-04-27 Thread Richard P.
My relative has an issue with his Gateway Win 98 computer which I am
trying to help him resolve (long distance). He is trying to hook up a
Compaq IJ650 Printer with a USB cable. He has lost the installation
disk but I was able to find the drivers for it
(http://tinyurl.com/6spkf), and send them down. With great difficulty
installing them, he was able to get it working over the weekend. But
now it no longer works. Besides the obvious (get a new computer!), is
there something that might help solve this problem?

Thanks in advance,

Richard P.


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[CGUYS] Gmail accounts hacked via unpatched hole

2009-04-23 Thread Richard P.
In today's Windows Secrets article:

http://WindowsSecrets.com/comp/090423

It looks like online storage isn't as safe as it's cracked up to be.

Richard P.


Gmail accounts hacked via unpatched hole

Scott Spanbauer By Scott Spanbauer

Exploits allowing hackers to break into Gmail accounts are likely to
occur, if they're not already circulating, after security researchers
released details of a hole that Google has reportedly declined to
patch.

There are steps you can take to reduce the risk of using a webmail
account, but it appears that the usual tricks won't solve the Gmail
problem until Google fixes the software.

The weakness that researchers say afflicts Gmail, a free e-mail
service hosted by Google, belongs to a class of attacks known as
cross-site request forgery (CSRF, pronounced sea surf).

Besides Gmail, CSRF holes affecting YouTube, Netflix, and NYTimes.com
have also been found and repaired in the past. CSRF attacks use
security flaws in cookies, password requests, and other interactive
Web components to intercept communications between your browser and a
Web site's server.

The first report of the Gmail problem within security circles was
written by Vicente Aguilera Díaz of Internet Security Auditors (ISA)
on July 30, 2007. The next day, ISA issued an alert and included a
proof of concept illustrating how the exploit could be used to change
a Gmail account password.

After more than a year during which, according to ISA, Google was
repeatedly contacted privately about the problem researchers publicly
released a detailed description of the exploit on March 3, 2009,
according to a Secure Computing article.

The magazine quoted an unnamed Google spokesman as saying, We've been
aware of this report for some time, and we do not consider this case
to be a significant vulnerability, since a successful exploit would
require correctly guessing a user's password within the period that
the user is visiting a potential attacker's site.

Considering that an automated attack can test thousands of passwords
in a matter of seconds, you might not be very reassured by Google's
position. Many PC users select weak passwords that consist of common
names or dictionary words, leaving them susceptible to brute-force
discovery. And the general release of the CSRF technique makes it easy
for hackers to write opportunistic code, if actual exploits aren't
already in the wild.

The March 3 public disclosure should not be confused with an earlier
Gmail CSRF flaw that was first reported on Jan. 1, 2007. Google
repaired that problem by the following day, according to a blog post
by software consultant Hari Gottipati.

CSRF attacks — which are also referred to as session-riding — are
different from the more-widely known cross-site scripting (XSS)
exploits. XSS holes allow a malicious Web site that's open in one
browser window to inject JavaScript into another site's page that's
open in a separate window or tab. Once the unwanted script is running
on a PC, the code can try to collect private data and passwords and
transmit them back to the attacker's server.

XSS vulnerabilities have recently been discovered and patched in many
browsers and on many sites, including Yahoo Mail and Hotmail as well
as Gmail.

Provide some protection for webmail with https

Google, Yahoo, and other Internet services cover themselves by stating
that you use the services at your own risk. A major threat of using
any webmail service is that a hacker could swipe or guess your
password and take over your account.

If your Google account includes such personal information as stored
credit card numbers (for Google Shopping, for instance), a contact
list, photos, and business or financial documents, having your account
hacked could be more than just an inconvenience.

One way for an attacker to steal passwords — especially given the
ubiquity of open, unencrypted Wi-Fi networks — is to use software that
sniffs Internet traffic. If you enter your username and password on
a Web page without encryption, your inputs are transmitted as plain
text, not just over a Wi-Fi connection but also through every router
that happens to be located between you and the service's machine.

Fortunately, the Big Three webmail services — Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and
Hotmail — and many other Web sites provide protection for their
sign-in sessions using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption. SSL
enables a Web browser to scramble any sign-in data before pumping it
out naked across the Internet's plumbing.

To determine whether a site encrypts its sign-in procedure, look in
your browser's address bar. The page's URL should begins with https
(Hypertext Transfer Protocol over SSL), as shown in Figure 1.
Unencrypted pages use the http protocol.

Secure https connection to Gmail
Figure 1. Look for the https protocol in a browser's address bar,
which indicates an encrypted connection.

Seeing the https protocol or the well-known lock icon in a browser's
status bar is no guarantee

Re: [CGUYS] OT: Comcast Cable HD

2009-04-23 Thread Richard P.
Without more information, I doubt you'll be able to get WETA from your
location without an outdoor antenna. See
http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/welcome.aspx for more info on what
signals are available and what type antenna you'll need.

If you want to try something cheap, you can build this antenna out of
coat hangers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWQhlmJTMzw

A neighbor built one and it actually works quite well.

Richard P.

 Hi All! Thanks to wonderful Comcast Cable here in Baltimore County, MD, we
 have now lost the ability to watch WETA, Channel 26, on any of our TV's. We
 hook directly to cable, not using their 'box,' which means we are now losing
 HD signals as quickly as Comcast can drop them. This forces us to buy a
 conversion box for every TV in the house --  we have more than our share,
 or to stop watching the stations that switch.

 I have borrowed an HD set-top conversion box to see what's available over
 the air on our tv's. All are pre-HD and I'd rather not go out buy all new
 TV sets, or even one new TV set, as our existing sets work fine. However, in
 reading the instructions that came with the over-the-air box, it looks like
 I also need some type of antenna. Of course, we have no rabbit ears or
 other antenna's, and we don't intend to have a rooftop antenna installed
 just to watch WETA and other stations on one or two tv's.

 So: Can anyone suggest a place to buy a set-top antenna to work with an
 older TV and an HD conversion box? Or a place to begin looking for same?

 : If we are forced to get an HD TV in order to see the shows I'm now
 missing, any info on which type of HD TV is best would be appreciated. (One
 with QAM, one without QAM, what the differences are, etc,etc. I'm unable to
 comprehend the info I find over the internet. It's all contradictory and
 confusing.  -- Yes -- i can read the words, I just can't understand their
 meaning.)


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Re: [CGUYS] monitor cables

2009-04-22 Thread Richard P.
 is a VGA cable the 'regular' cable 'we' are used to for monitors?

Yes

 what is a DVI cable  to what does it attach?

It's the digital version of the analog VGA cable. For more info than
you would ever want to know:

http://www.thesmallest.com/lessonettes/dviandvga.html

Richard P.

thesmallest.com lessonettes: short essays on whatever   

Computers connect to monitors using one of two methods; the
traditional VGA (Video Graphics Array) format or the newer DVI
(Digital Video Interface).





The facts

VGA, which stands for Video Graphics Array, has been the standard
method for connecting monitors to Macs since the late 1990s and to PCs
for some years before then. The newer DVI format, which stands for
Digital Video Interface, is the preferred connection method for most
non-budget LCD displays, a number of higher-end CRTs, and even a small
number of expensive video displays. VGA is being phased out in favour
of DVI, although we’re still in the transition period where support
for both is common. Some monitors contain sockets for each format, and
the Mac mini comes with a DVI to VGA adaptor dongle to help users with
older displays connect to its built-in DVI port.

Much of the DVI specifications and its differences from VGA aren’t
widely understood. VGA is based on analog signals, at least in terms
of what goes across the cables themselves. Although the monitor signal
always starts and its life as digital. With VGA systems it is
converted to analog as it leaves the graphics card for the purposes of
sending it through the cable, then converted back to digital format at
the other end, over in the monitor. One drawback of this is the
inability to address the monitor’s picture elements - the individual
pixels - precisely. This isn’t a problem with CRT displays, as they
simply draw out the image as it arrives by passing an electron beam
across the inside phosphor-coated surface of the glass screen. It
becomes an issue when working with LCD displays, as their pixels are
fixed, individual entities which need to have the incoming image
pixels matched up to produce a clean result.

The problem this causes with VGA connections is the need to apply
phase and clock corrections to synchronise the signal with the
display’s physical pixel array and its properties. When this is out of
adjustment it can produce banding and other effects for reasons not
dissimilar to what causes moiré patterning in printed work; the two
different patterned arrays (the virtual pixel grid of the display
signal and the physical pixel grid of the LCD itself) don’t match up,
leading to regular bands of blurred detail and similar problems.
Unlike the potentially imprecise way VGA works with LCD displays, the
DVI signal is mapped to the physical frequency of the monitor’s
pixels.

The display signal can also degrade with improperly sheilded VGA
cables, leading to poorer-quality results at the display end. This
isn’t a problem in the same way with DVI, although there is still a
maximum recommended length (5 metres) beyond which the signals may not
be transmitted properly.

In short, DVI provides a cleaner, faster, more precise display with
hardware that supports it properly. This is all very well, but there
is a small matter of different DVI formats to content with.
Fortunately, these are designed to complement each other rather than
actually being competing standards; the differences are essentially to
do with handling displays with digital or non-digital inputs.

There are three main kinds of DVI connections which are available;
DVI-D, DVI-A, and DVI-I. DVI-D is the ‘true’ digital format. It is the
normal format used for connecting digital LCD monitors to DVI graphics
cards. DVI-A is the analog version of DVI; it is used to carry a
signal from a DVI graphics card to an analog display, for example a
CRT monitor. There is a digital to analog conversion applied here, but
this still gives higher-quality results than a standard VGA cable.
Finally, there’s DVI-I, the integrated format which caters for both
digital and analog equipment. This doesn’t convert a pure DVI-D output
to something a DVI-A device can use. But it will act as a DVI-D cable
or a DVI-A cable according to your needs. The real benefit is that you
don’t have to use two different cables if you use both digital and
analog displays.

Having said that, you’re pretty unlikely to run into trouble if you
stick with the cables that come with whatever new display you buy.
Where you need to take care is when buying cables separately. Although
you’re unlikely to need anything other than a DVI-D cable when dealing
with LCD screens, it could still be wise to consider buying a DVI-I
cable to cover both eventualities. However, do be aware that some
manufacturers have been making the blade part of the pin set in DVI-I
cables larger than normal; this could affect how it fits in some
equipment.

There is, unfortunately, still more to the DVI connection

Re: [CGUYS] Upgrade MS Office from 2003 to Office 2007

2009-04-20 Thread Richard P.
I just installed Office 2007 while keeping Office 2003. As I recall,
the installation forced an uninstall of only the Outlook 2003 and
migrated all of what was in Outlook 2003 into Outlook 2007. The rest
of the Office 2003 components coexist with the Office 2007.

I would think that you could run the same installation procedure and
then uninstall Office 2003 afterward if you didn't want it. I would
wait for a second opinion though, as I am not as dependent on Outlook
as you are.

Richard P.

 On a Windows XP computer I need to upgrade from
 MS Office 2003 to Office 2007.

 Everything I read on the web says to uninstall 2003
 first, then install 2007.

 That's relatively easy, BUT how do I preserve all my
 contact information, calendar and notes in Outlook ?

 Is it all in a file called   filename.pst ?

 Or has the name changed for 2007?

 Thanks for any advice on this process...

 Phil M.


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Re: [CGUYS] DC first to get free mobile TV

2009-04-20 Thread Richard P.
You'll be interested in this Forum page:

http://www.storm2k.org/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?f=30t=100897

It discusses this problem and offers up some LCD Digital TV's as an option.

Richard P.

 What does this bode for an emergency TV set that runs off of batteries 
 (including a dismounted 12V car battery) that provides news and warnings 
 during a power outage resulting from a storm or terrorist attack?  When 
 analog TV went off the air (It has hasn't it?) my current emergency TV set 
 became useless, with no service or device available to replace it.



Washington will be the first U.S. city to get free digital TV broadcasts
for mobile devices like cell phones, laptop computers and in-car
entertainment systems, broadcasters were set to announce Monday.

http://tinyurl.com/cpzoht




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Re: [CGUYS] Itunes help!

2009-04-20 Thread Richard P.
Did you reboot?

Are you talking Windows or Mac? and what version?

In Windows XP, the music path is:
My DocumentsMy MusiciTunesiTunes Music

Richard P.


 I downloaded Itunes 8 and now I have nothing. I know the music somewhere,
 how do I get it into the current version.
 Thanks


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