[CGUYS] Is Window's 7 Greatest Competitor Apathy?

2009-10-16 Thread Tom Piwowar
http://daringfireball.net/2009/10/microsofts_competition_for_windows_7

What if the reason why most PCs are still running XP has nothing to do with
whether Vista is “good” or “bad”, but rather is the result of indifference
on the part of whoever owns these untold millions of XP machines, be they at
home or in a corporate IT environment. I.e., that switching to Vista,
regardless of Vista’s merits, seemed like too much work and too much new
stuff to learn; that the nature of the PC as a universal commodity is such
that most of them belong to people who value “old and familiar” more than
“new and improved but therefore different”. If that’s the case, Windows 7
may not do any better than Vista. Perhaps Windows 7’s competition isn’t so
much XP as it is apathy.

Put another way, the idea that Windows 7’s quality will spur upgrades from
XP is predicated on the fact that the people holding out on XP make their
computing choices based on quality. But if that’s the case, why exactly are
they still running Windows XP? Why are they still using Internet Explorer? I
think it’s hard to overstate the fact that, with the explosion of the
Internet as a universal communication medium, hundreds of millions of PCs
have been purchased around the world by people who don’t care about
computers or software at all.


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Re: [CGUYS] [Fwd: Apple's Iphone app Policy]

2009-10-16 Thread Tom Piwowar
On Oct 14, 2009, at 12:55 PM, b_s-wilk wrote:
 Many applications, both shareware and commercial, have demo versions that
 automatically disable after 14-28 days unless you purchase and register
them.
 An iPhone app that costs $100 and doesn't work should at least have a demo

 version to try before paying. Adobe has demo versions. Even M$ has demo
 versions. Apple has free trial versions of their software too.

Apple is so happy to meet your request...
http://daringfireball.net/linked/2009/10/15/in-app-purchasing-for-demo-apps

This is a major policy change. Prior to today, free apps were not allowed
to use in-app purchasing. As of 10 minutes ago, developers can now make
“lite” apps that are free which let you pay to upgrade to a full version
from within the app itself.


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Re: [CGUYS] Plain English, please...

2009-10-16 Thread Tom Piwowar
On Oct 15, 2009, at 8:30 PM, b_s-wilk wrote:
 Cloud changes its name every few years.

The new idea is not cloud. I have drawing templates from 30 years ago
(pre-internet) for drawing clouds. The new idea is storing all your data in
the cloud. Previously we lacked enough bandwidth to do such a thing and
storage costs were too high.


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Re: [CGUYS] M$ Gives the Cloud a Black Eye

2009-10-16 Thread Tom Piwowar
I can't help thinking that this whole Sidekick disaster was not just a M$
plot to hurt the competition when I read stories like this...

Sidekick Disaster Shows Data's Not Safe in the 'Cloud' - ABC News
http://abcnews.go.com/Business/sidekick-disaster-shows-datas-safe-cloud/Story?id=8840420page=2

As for the rest of us, this little debacle should serve as a warning. Every
day we place more and more of our trust in computing Clouds – that is, we
shift an ever-greater fraction of our personal information from stand-alone
personal devices to unknown servers off in some distant data center. We
assume that information is safe – from hackers, from data miners and bad
guys, from the government, and from erasure.

This is such horse shit.


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Re: [CGUYS] Windows 7 review

2009-10-16 Thread Tom Piwowar
On Oct 12, 2009, at 11:44 AM, phartz...@gmail.com wrote:
 The Washington DC Fox outlet, WTTG, on their morning newscast today,
 had a review of Windows 7.  Some Windows expert, I failed to get his
 name, was on-air offering his opinions of Windows 7.  He was less than
 enthused about the product.

Today in the Post, Rob continues to be less than enthused.

Rob Pegoraro - Windows 7 Improves on Vista but is No Mac OSX
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/16/AR2009101600707.html

He writes things like overpriced a step back clutter recipe for pain
and concludes...

In other words, if you were hoping to stop policing random
software-versus-hardware squabbles, Windows 7 isn't the operating system for
you. Nor does it bring an end to drawn-out program installations and
uninstallations, the risk of virus and malware attacks, the need to submit
the computer to validation checks, or compatibility problems between
32-bit software and 64-bit installations of Windows.
Then again, for Vista users weary of that operating system's foibles, Win
7's selling points can stop at two words: not Vista.


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Re: [CGUYS] Plain English, please...

2009-10-16 Thread Tom Piwowar
On Oct 16, 2009, at 12:57 PM, b_s-wilk wrote:
 Old people invented the cloud many years ago. Do you remember ARPANET?
 I do. I used it. I used punch cards for Fortran programs that I fed into a
Burroughs
 mainframe that was the 3400 block of Market Street in Philly.

I don't recall a Burroughs. My decks fed into an IBM 360/30 at that location
c. 1972. You?


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[CGUYS] Why Am I Not Surprised?

2009-10-13 Thread Tom Piwowar
New Republican Party 2.0 web site debuts with bugs and blanks
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/ybenjamin/detail??blogid=150entry_id=49465#ixzz0TqWmanSM

The first post makes Steele sound like he just discovered the internet
yesterday. The accomplishments page's last listing was 2004 touting vouchers
for DC school children. The issues pages is blank. The future leaders page
has a brief essay with no actual featured leaders. The most contemporary
heroes are Ronald Reagan and Dwight Eisenhower. I guess George W. Bush does
not count?...  the site keeps returning php errors, eg:
http://www.gop.com/index.php/learn/what_we_believe/ returns an error message
- PHP has encountered an Access Violation at 01DFBB01.


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Re: [CGUYS] [Fwd: Apple's Iphone app Policy]

2009-10-13 Thread Tom Piwowar
On Oct 13, 2009, at 10:56 AM, b_s-wilk wrote:
 http://tinyurl.com/yk57ff9

It is not just Apple. Are not most products that are sold via download sold
with no-refund policy? Even boxed software is sold this way too. If the box
is opened you can't return it. The problem is that anyone can demand a
refund and keep using the software.

I guess this policy could change if Apple could reach into your iPhone and
take the product back -- Kindle style. Are you for that?


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Re: [CGUYS] Photoshop won't open and stay open

2009-10-13 Thread Tom Piwowar
On Oct 13, 2009, at 2:33 PM, Bill L'Hommedieu wrote:
I'm running OSX .4.11 and yesterday Photoshop 7 failed to open and still
won't open. I haven't installed any new fonts or apps
since it was last working. Any Ideas on problems, system, software or other
wise. Reinstalling PS7 doesn't help.

Delete the preferences files by pressing Command-Option-Shift
(Ctrl-Alt-Shift) while launching.


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Re: [CGUYS] Snail Mail

2009-10-13 Thread Tom Piwowar
I think the problem was Verizon. I Googled smtp verizon filtered for the
last 24 hours and got 376 hits. 13,100 hits in the last week. Lots of mad
people.

Apparently Verizon is so panicked about handling spam that they are dropping
standard email support. The posts linked to
http://support.vzw.com/information/smtp_shutdown.html which said After a
careful analysis of email messaging, Verizon Wireless has decided to no
longer keep and maintain the SMTP Mail Relay Service. To which I respond
Doesn't Verizon understand how the Internet works? It is  outrageous to
just blow off such a critical service. Not sending proper notification to
its customers was real rich too. But that's not my current problem. I was
not using their SMTP relay.

However, this does suggest serious mismanagement. So I tested for that
with...
telnet smtp.1and1.com 25
and watched it fail to connect. Without notice Verizon decided to block port
25 too.


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Re: [CGUYS] M$ Gives the Cloud a Black Eye

2009-10-12 Thread Tom Piwowar
On Oct 11, 2009, at 8:46 PM, Rev. Stewart Marshall wrote:
 He also was given a Nobel peace prize after only 12 days in office.

Way, way off topic. Just the slightest reference about our President
and America-hating neocons can't help themselves. Fellow Nobel
laureate Paul Krugman explains it here...
The Politics of Spite
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/05/opinion/05krugman.html


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Re: [CGUYS] Saving Web Pages with Firefox-Followup

2009-10-12 Thread Tom Piwowar
On Oct 12, 2009, at 6:05 AM, computerg...@att.net wrote:
 Thank you everyone who replied to my post a while back.  Briefly, I am trying 
 to save web pages
 in my computer, rather than print them out and have lots of paper laying 
 around.  Per the advice here,
 I updated my Firefox to the latest version and was able to save the complete 
 pages using the format
 Web page complete.  After a period of time, all the text disappeared and  
 all that remained were the images.
 Any advice at this point?  I am using Windows Vista but had the same problem 
 before with XP.

Web page complete sometimes leaves out the CSS link.

I recall that your previous question was specifically about Web page
complete, not about the best way to save a page intact. When I want
to preserve pages I save them as PDFs.


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Re: [CGUYS] Oh, my...partitions...

2009-10-12 Thread Tom Piwowar
On Oct 12, 2009, at 2:24 AM, Marcio wrote:
 My computer came back from the shop and is working OK. But the guys made me 
 the user and
the administrator, which I don´t like. First question: is there a way to 
separate these two after
WindowsXP is installed?

That is the typical way to set it up. The shop has probably learned
the hard way that setting Windows up more securely causes lots of
customer complaints. So they set it up the way that is simplest for an
unsophisticated user to use. Not secure, but easy to use. You can
easily add another user and make that user the default login. For
best security don't make that user an administrator.

On Oct 12, 2009, at 2:24 AM, Marcio wrote:
Then they placed a partition in C: which I also don´t like.I went into
disk management and was able to delete what was there after I
transfered it to C:. But, what a pain, I have not been able to delete
the partition that is there as unalocated space... The question? How
do I delete this partition and have just the large c: drive NTFS?

Disk management will let you easily change the size of a partition.
I don't know how safe it is to do it, after all it is a M$ product.


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Re: [CGUYS] Windows 7 review

2009-10-12 Thread Tom Piwowar
On Oct 12, 2009, at 11:44 AM, phartz...@gmail.com wrote:
 The Washington DC Fox outlet, WTTG, on their morning newscast today,
 had a review of Windows 7.  Some Windows expert, I failed to get his
 name, was on-air offering his opinions of Windows 7.  He was less than
 enthused about the product.

That seems to be the drift from people who actually tried it who are
not subject to FTC anti-shill regs.

Apparently it is a slow booter
Windows 7 Called Slower than Vista
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/173441/windows_7_called_slower_than_vista.html

According to iolo's tests, Windows 7 starts up 42% slower than Vista
-- one minute, 34 seconds versus one minute, six seconds -- on a brand
new machine

Over an even more extended span, Windows 7's boot times get more
sluggish than that: By the end of a simulated two-year period, Windows
7's startup times increased more than 330%.

That would make it 5 minutes and 10 seconds to boot. Oof! I'm glad my
OS X doesn't degrade like that.


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Re: [CGUYS] M$ Gives the Cloud a Black Eye

2009-10-12 Thread Tom Piwowar
On Oct 12, 2009, at 10:53 AM, mike wrote:
 I don't know how your neomicrosofticons feel or conservatives, but I felt
 bad for Obama, the committee made him look like a fool by giving it to him.

Can you read the subject line? This thread is about a big M$ fail
caused by not backing up critical data.

This is not a forum for America bashing.

Latest news on the Danger front is that M$ is digging itself even
deeper there...

Microsoft's Pink phone project may be on the verge of falling apart
even before its first product ships, according to a controversial set
of leaks supposedly confirmed today.

Microsoft has poorly managed the project and squandered the
acquisition of Sidekick creator Danger from 2008. Rather than
implement Danger's advice, the larger company has watched the majority
of the team either fired or leave in frustration as the majority of
their advice is ignored.

Among the errors, Microsoft is said to have been too ambitious and
tried to develop both CDMA/EVDO and UMTS/HSPA of the Pure and Turtle
designs alike, not realizing that each needed different chipsets and
antennas that would dictate fundamental changes to each; it had also
tried to simply ask the key hardware partner, Sharp, to build based on
the renderings rather than realistic goals

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Re: [CGUYS] Saving Web Pages with Firefox-Followup

2009-10-12 Thread Tom Piwowar
On Oct 12, 2009, at 12:36 PM, Mike Sloane wrote:
 I used the scrapbook add-on to FireFox, and it worked very well. It saves 
 the pages as html
 files wherever you want to put them.

I have not tried Scrapbook, but I worry about any archive format that
uses HTML to save its files. How does Scrapbook handle linked files
(graphics, CSS, JavaScript libraries, etc.). Consider a page that is
linked to a database or some kind of cloud service. How would
scrapbook preserve the exact look of the page at the moment you
archived it?


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Re: [CGUYS] Windows 7 review

2009-10-12 Thread Tom Piwowar
On Oct 12, 2009, at 12:26 PM, Chris Dunford wrote:
 It was pretty obvious that he didn't really  understand libraries.
 It was Rob Pegoraro from the Post, by the way.

Rob has had this beat for a long time and is one of the most tech
savvy writers around. Are you calling him an idiot because he is not
following the M$ party line?


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Re: [CGUYS] glennbeckrapedandmurderedayounggirlin1990.com Goes Viral

2009-10-12 Thread Tom Piwowar
I just noticed that Carbonite is a major sponsor of Beck. So there is
one back up solution I won't be considering.

Is it good/bad to buy/not buy a company's product/service because it
does good/bad things with its revenues?


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[CGUYS] Snail Mail

2009-10-12 Thread Tom Piwowar
An email I sent October 7th just showed up on the List. Has anyone
else noticed this kind of thing?


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[CGUYS] Snow Leopard bug deletes all user data

2009-10-12 Thread Tom Piwowar
Not to be outdone by M$, Apple has got its own catastrophic bug...

Snow Leopard's home directory -- the one sporting the name of the
Mac's primary user -- is replaced with a new, empty copy after users
log-in to a Guest account, log out, then log-in to their standard
account. All the standard folders -- Documents, Downloads, Music,
Picture and others -- are empty, while the Desktop and Dock have
reverted to an out-of-box condition.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9139250/Snow_Leopard_bug_deletes_all_user_data

This Guest Account function is a new Snow Leopard feature. It lets
someone log into a Mac as a temporary user and when their business is
done and they logout, all traces of their session are deleted. It
looks like Snow Leopard is deleting far more than Apple intended.


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Re: [CGUYS] Windows 7 review

2009-10-12 Thread Tom Piwowar
On Oct 12, 2009, at 6:59 PM, Chris Dunford wrote:
 These comments are about Snow Leopard. Sounds kinda fermiliar...

And he would be right. I always tell my clients that we will do better
sitting [it] out, at least until [there is] a bug-fix update or two for it.

He is neither a shill for M$ nor Apple. Like me, he sees things as they are.


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Re: [CGUYS] glennbeckrapedandmurderedayounggirlin1990.com Goes Viral

2009-10-12 Thread Tom Piwowar
On Oct 12, 2009, at 7:04 PM, Chris Dunford wrote:
 Well, O'Reilly seems to love boycotts. He boycotted France, as I recall.

I'm still gorging on those Limbaugh Fritters.


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[CGUYS] Funding Evil [Was: glennbeckrapedandmurderedayounggirlin1990.com Goes Viral]

2009-10-12 Thread Tom Piwowar
On Oct 12, 2009, at 7:44 PM, mike wrote:
 Never occurred to me to boycott wackos like Beck or Olbermann etc, can't
say
 I ever notice I've bought anything they advertise anyway.  Do I have to
sit
 thru these guys to figure out what not to buy?  I mean these guys aren't
 doing Evil with a capital letter, they aren't killing puppies.  They just
 talk too much.  I think the best boycott is not to watch em.

I see you still have not thought about it.

Carbonite is funding evil and I will therefore not fund Carbonite. It is
wrong for any business to use some of the money its customers give it to
support divisive wing nuts who tear down our country and hurt the citizens.
If buy their product I am contributing to this evil. Not only are these evil
guys killing puppies, but they are also killing grandma. While they try to
distract us with lies about death panels as they quietly cut programs and
deny coverage they are effectively killing both puppies and grandma.


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[CGUYS] M$ Gives the Cloud a Black Eye

2009-10-11 Thread Tom Piwowar
Our WFBs will claim that I'm picking on M$, but really I'm not. Ask
any late-night comedian about how easy it was to make President jokes
last year vs this year. I really would have nothing to say if M$ were
not fouling up again and again and again.

Contacts, calendar entries, photographs and other personal
information of Sidekick users has almost certainly been lost for good
following a service disruption at Sidekick provider Danger, the
Microsoft subsidiary said on Saturday.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/173457/microsoft_loses_sidekick_users_personal_data.html

it appears from initial speculation that the data was lost because
they attempted to upgrade a storage array without backing it up
first.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/11/AR2009101100109.html

Note that M$ did not lose *some* of *some* user's data, they lost
*all* of *every* user's data.


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Re: [CGUYS] formats web archive vs page source

2009-10-11 Thread Tom Piwowar
On Oct 11, 2009, at 12:59 PM, One Man wrote:
 I want to save some images from the web and the options safari gives me are 
 save
 as web archive or page source Advantages to either?

Archive will save the graphics on the page into a folder on your drive
and change the links in the saved source to point to those files. So
if you want to be able to load the saved page into your browser and
have it look like the original page you should use the archive option.


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Re: [CGUYS] Two Zero Day Patches in Hand But No Distribution Until Next Week -- Why?

2009-10-10 Thread Tom Piwowar
On Oct 10, 2009, at 11:45 AM, John Duncan Yoyo wrote:
 The explanation I keep hearing for this is that IT departments want to be
 aware of when the
 patches are coming and don't want surprise patches.  MS caved to IT and
 there is only the one patch Tuesday per month.

Need to get the virus writers on board. New viruses on Wed only please.


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Re: [CGUYS] Need a laptop service recommendation

2009-10-09 Thread Tom Piwowar
On Oct 6, 2009, at 7:48 PM, Rev. Stewart Marshall wrote:
 I have a friend in Sandpoint, ID, (North of Coeur d'Alene, ID) and has a 
 laptop that needs service.
 It sounds like the cable for the screen is going bad.
 Any recommendations for mail in service that is good and reliable and not a 
 ton of money?

Since our WFBs have no answer I'll give it a try. My first
recommendation to a Mac user would be to find their laptop on one of
the Mac teardown/repair sites and follow the directions to take it
apart. Your friend may find that the problem is only a loose cable
that can be easily reseated. Or they may find a damaged part and can
order it online. I have seen completely non-technical folks tear down
a MacBook and put it back together using just the directions found
online.


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Re: [CGUYS] ATT VOIP decision...

2009-10-09 Thread Tom Piwowar
On Oct 9, 2009, at 2:06 AM, mike wrote:
 FUD has nothing to do with it.  You simply think Google is lying and others
 think Apple is.  Looking at who has a reason to lie, it's not hard to take
 google's side in this.  Apple's only defense has been we didn't really deny
 google voice after we denied it.

Maybe we think nobody is lying. Maybe we think you see everything as
controversial even when it isn't. The parties are looking at the same
thing from a different perspective and consequently don't see exactly
the same thing. This is normal. Fortunately, little by little it looks
like they are working things things out.


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Re: [CGUYS] Bands folder?

2009-10-08 Thread Tom Piwowar
On Oct 8, 2009, at 4:12 PM, David Cowdrill wrote:
 Problem:  I customarily backup to an attached drive using SuperDuper.
 I tried Time Machine and it failed reporting not enough space.  Using 
 OmniDiskSweeper
 I find that the biggest folder is 74 GB, named bands;  it has hundreds of 8 
 MB file with
 hexadecimal file names. Question: what is bands?  Can I delete it?

Very large files may be stored as a collection of smaller files. These
are called bands. When a part of that huge file changes only the
changed bands are copied.

It could be a very bad idea to delete this.


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Re: [CGUYS] glennbeckrapedandmurderedayounggirlin1990.com Goes Viral

2009-10-07 Thread Tom Piwowar
On Oct 7, 2009, at 8:45 AM, John Duncan Yoyo wrote:
 The website in question was turning one of his favorite techniques against
 him.  It is the old When did you stop beating your wife? question.

But don't you think it is significant that he has not produced any
evidence that he did not do it? He is just stonewalling the question
and harassing the questioners with law suits. Would he do this if he
did not have something to hide? Why does he not take Dave's lead and
go public with the truth? Dave's ratings went up.


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Re: [CGUYS] Apple Done Good

2009-10-07 Thread Tom Piwowar
On Oct 7, 2009, at 8:05 AM, phartz...@gmail.com wrote:
 The current head of the Chamber, Thomas Donahue, who has held that
 position since about 1999 if I am not mistaken, has taken the Chamber
 much more in a far-right direction than it has ever been before.  He
 is a right-wing ideologue who seems more interested in pushing Glenn
 Beck-type concepts and arguments than in actually representing the
 basic positions of businesses and industries in an evolving operating
 environment.

As the owner of a small business I looked at organizations like this,
the NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business), etc. I was
appalled to see that they were run by right-wing ideologues who did
not have a clue about running a real business. They seemed to me to be
more interested in being a fund-raising arm for wacko politicians.


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[CGUYS] macpromo bundle

2009-10-07 Thread Tom Piwowar
On Oct 7, 2009, at 8:50 AM, Stephen Brownfield wrote:
 I received an add for the October macpromo bundle (http://macpromo.com/).  I 
 was thinking about
 this just because it included TechTools Pro 5.  What are you thoughts about 
 TechTools Pro 5?  The
 rest of this bundle?  Has anyone had any experience with  a macpromo bundle?

I used to regularly update my TechTools CD, but don't think they made
a good transition to OS X. I found I rarely used it and had plenty of
alternatives. So I stopped getting updates.

I don't know what else is in the bundle this time. It seems to be a
good vehicle for small developers to get their product out in front of
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[CGUYS] NIST Offers Security Checklists

2009-10-06 Thread Tom Piwowar
NIST has a collection of security checklists
http://checklists.nist.gov for configuring various hardware and
software to be secure. The ones for OS X that I read are well written,
quite comprehensive, providing a nice summary of each problem and
specific instructions for correction. The ones for Windows were less
specific, but had a sophisticated view of the need for balancing
security, functionality, and usability. Generally the ones in PDF
format were good. Others, typically the ones in Excel format, looked
like brain dumps, quite inscrutable.

Comparing the checklists for OS X to the ones for Windows demonstrates
how much harder it is to secure Windows. The OS X checklist was much
shorter and got into things that the Windows checklist did not get
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[CGUYS] WFBs May Face Heavy Fines (But No Jail Time)

2009-10-06 Thread Tom Piwowar
The FTC ruled that consumers have a right to know if the opinions
they read are really bought and sold, Now, such payments have to be
disclosed or the blogger faces punishment ranging from a warning
letter to an $11,000-per-incident fine. You don't have to be a
professional blogger to be covered by the new rules.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/173175/yes_even_you_may_be_covered_by_ftc_paid_endorser_rule.html

Say for example, you work for Microsoft and become a fan of the
company on Facebook or tweet about how much you love Windows 7. Now,
what if you have not made it clear on your Facebook and Twitter
profiles that you work for Microsoft? Some of your Facebook friends or
Twitter followers might see your posts, and--knowing that you're an
expert in technology, but not necessarily that you work for
Microsoft--take your Windows 7 endorsement at face value. You still
might love Windows 7, but you haven't made it clear that you're
receiving financial compensation as a Microsoft employee. Under the
new FTC guidelines, you may have just crossed the line.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/173169/ftcs_new_rules_for_bloggers_a_quick_guide.html


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[CGUYS] I Did Not Call It Pathetic

2009-10-06 Thread Tom Piwowar
But these folks did...

Windows Mobile 6.5 is more of a superficial cosmetic overhaul, not a
bona fide upgrade capable of handling the mobile market's stiff
competition.
I'm not sure this will be a failure the size of Windows Vista;
however, it will most certainly be one of Microsoft's weaker moments
in recent memory.
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[CGUYS] glennbeckrapedandmurderedayounggirlin1990.com Goes Viral

2009-10-06 Thread Tom Piwowar
If turnabout is fair play this site is the fairest of them all (and a
lot of fun too)...

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/09/memes-strike-back-gerbils-gay-blood-elves-and-glenn-beck.ars


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[CGUYS] NPD: 12% of US computer owners have a Mac

2009-10-05 Thread Tom Piwowar
*Not only do 12 percent of all U.S. homes have an Apple computer.*

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*• Mac owners have more computers than the average consumer, including other
types of electronics such as iPods and navigation systems.*

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*• There is also a high correlation among Apple owners and more affluent
consumer households.*


http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/09/10/05/apple_takes_double_digit_home_pc_market_share_study.html



Mac owners are computer savvy and affluent.


Vs. Laptop Hunters, which M$ portrays as computer clueless and unable to
afford a good computer.


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Re: [CGUYS] Recommendations on Wifi N router?

2009-10-05 Thread Tom Piwowar
On Oct 5, 2009, at 2:00 PM, db wrote:
 How can you tell from the specs whether an N router is single stream or not?

Yes, it is very confusing. Single-stream means it is not MIMO. N is
supposed to require MIMO, but vendors got exceptions written into the
standard. I have read that single-stream devices may not always
interoperate with other N devices. A real mess. When you have a lot of
spare time, read
this:http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/content/view/30620/100/


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Re: [CGUYS] Crazy Adoption Rate for Snow Leopard

2009-10-05 Thread Tom Piwowar
On Oct 5, 2009, at 2:43 PM, David K Watson wrote:
 I don't regularly use layout or presentation software, so the font
 problem is not an issue for me, but it doesn't seem like a particularly
 big one for anyone.  As I understand it, is only a problem with
 character spacing for Type 1 postscript fonts, and then essentially
 only for Keynote or QuarkXPress, and then only for documents
 created in Tiger or Leopard and moved to Snow Leopard.

The font problem is worse than you report. It messes up TrueType and
OpenType fonts too. Some apologists for Apple say that you can just
adjust the type specs to get spacing back to right, but these are
hopeless programmers who know nothing about typography. The numbers
that they say to randomly adjust have meaning, they are not random. A
professional knows what these numbers should be. Apple has
fundamentally broken the system by which type is specified. Clueless
NeXTies have struck again.


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Re: [CGUYS] Wireless Expander

2009-10-05 Thread Tom Piwowar
On Oct 5, 2009, at 1:07 AM, Frank Sestir wrote:
 I was contacted by email, obviously I couldn't read the f 'in manual Tom...
 I find it amazing that some people can't be helpful and civil at the same 
 time.


Hypersensitive? Instead of giving you a fish I encouraged you to fish
for yourself. That makes me a bad guy? There is a good reason why the
acronym RTFM was invented.

The manual is easily viewed online. As you later discovered there are
many network specific conditions that call for different
configurations. If you read the manual yourself, you can quickly get
the right answer for your particular situation. Asking us to read the
manual to you only leads to a long unnecessary back and forth.

If there is something in the manual that you do not understand or that
does not work as you expect then by all means ask here.

Capish?


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Re: [CGUYS] Finding web stores overseas

2009-10-05 Thread Tom Piwowar
On Oct 5, 2009, at 4:28 AM, Jeff Miles wrote:
 Regardless of the origin of the product, wouldn't you want to know you're 
 making the best?
 That is unless your a soulless crook. For many, despite where they live, 
 pride is still a factor.

Pride is still a factor and it gives me joy to see it. Many times I
have opened a white-box that I bought for the lowest possible price
and discovered a useful unique feature. Someone had thought about how
the product was being used and took the trouble to be helpful. They
did not have to do it. Since the feature was not advertised they got
no benefit from their extra effort, but they did it anyway. This is a
human, not a national trait.

Of late the USA has had more than its share of soulless crooks. Notice
how they howl as they are now being called to account. Got to clean
house!


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Re: [CGUYS] MPAA is still at it....

2009-05-23 Thread Tom Piwowar
Reminder from the MPAA: DRM trumps your fair use rights

Before I respond I have to know if this is computers or politics.


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Re: [CGUYS] Which MacBook Pro?

2009-05-23 Thread Tom Piwowar
I've actually done a lot of foot work on this exact question for both 
platforms...

Well that should definitely disqualify you from this discussion!

Essentially, your priority list for expenses on a MBP is:
1. Memory
2. Memory
3. Memory
4. Memory...

On a similar note I was reading about souping up the Mac Mini. After 
testing similar to yours that author concluded that upping the RAM to 4GB 
was the most effective and least expensive upgrade. Processor speed had 
some but minor impact. 

Your test compared 2.44 GHz with 2.26 GHz. That's a difference of 7 
percent, something that will only be noticed if you frequently apply 
compute-intensive filters -- most of us don't.


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Re: [CGUYS] Color Calibration?

2009-05-23 Thread Tom Piwowar
There is a hardware-software combination called Spyder3Pro ($169 list,  
$130 street) which purports to be able to do this.

Color Eyes is better and cheaper, but not as cool looking. You probably 
do not need either one. The term calibration is a misnomer. Calibration 
is virtually impossible to achieve, a better goal is standardization. 

I'm a not very knowledgeable, low end snap shooter picture taker.  
Still, I'd like to have my camera, scanner, monitor (iMac), and both  
printers agree on what colors in photographs are supposed to look like.

The more you learn about color the more amazed you will be that anything 
works at all.

Color primaries: Monitors produce colored light by glowing (transimtting 
light), the transmissive primaries are Red, Green, and Blue (RGB). Prints 
produce colored light by reflecting some of the light that falls on the 
paper, the reflective primaries are Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow (CMY). 
Multiple different mixes of RGB and CMY will produce colors that appear 
to be the same color. Finding a mix of CMY that corresponds to a 
particular mix of RGB is black magic and people who figured out how to do 
this made $billions. And I won't even get into the color K.

Metamers: Different mixes of primary colors produce colors that appear to 
be the same color under a particular set of viewing conditions. I have a 
card with two side by side color chips. Viewed under D50 light they both 
look the same color. Viewed under different lighting conditions the two 
chips do not look the same.

Color temperature: D50 (5000 K degrees) is a standard for viewing color 
-- outdoors at noon on a sunny day is D50. Of course that will vary 
throughout the day, shifting toward red at sunrise and sunset and 
shifting toward blue if your window faces north. You may find light 
temperature information lightbulb boxes -- it probably will not be close 
to D50. Also consider that the color of your shirt will alter the color 
of the light as it bounces off your shirt and onto your monitor or print. 
Did I mention what happens when you adjust your monotor's brightness and 
contrast?

Gamut: The range of colors a particular technology can produce. Computer 
monitors can produce colors that inks on paper cannot and vice versa. The 
differences can be major. Different types of monitors and different ways 
of printing have different gamuts. That's why photo ink-jet printers 
may use 7 different inks (light and dark primaries). LCD monitors may 
have really funky color gamuts.

There is a lot more that is funky about color and all this can drive you 
crazy.

Step 1 is to get control of all your environmental factors and keep them 
constant. Step 2 is to run on screen calibration, like the excellent one 
in Apple's Monitors preference panel. Step 3 is to always start every 
shoot with a shot of a color target (buy one from Kodak or Mcbeth) so you 
can line them up on screen or on prints.

But if you are just a snap shooter I doubt you will do any of this. Why 
not just count your lucky stars and be happy that everyone's face is not 
green.


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Re: [CGUYS] urgent query

2009-05-23 Thread Tom Piwowar
Sound bites like this are useless, except to paint badly with a broad brush.
Details matter.

Any information that conflicts with your preconceived notions is of 
course useless.

Anyone considering a net book purchase should be aware that a large 
portion of net book purchasers end up unhappy.

People who hate Macs and love Windows probably have a different threshold 
of pain and, like G. Gordon Liddy, probably try to impress others by 
thrusting their hands into flames and while using a net book. See it 
doesn't hurt at all.


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Re: [CGUYS] urgent query

2009-05-23 Thread Tom Piwowar
sources did seem to list a high return rate...of the linux based laptops.

This computer did not come with Confiker. All my PC owning friends have 
Confiker. They say the won't let me join their bot net until I get 
Confiker. Take this defective computer back and give me one with Confiker!

Sure, sure.


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Re: [CGUYS] Zune ad

2009-05-23 Thread Tom Piwowar
So many different ways to slice it. This one is called on-demand 
streaming. Lala.com will play any song for you one time. Then sell you 
the right to play it as many times as you like for a dime. 

This feels a lot more reasonable to me than the Zune model. A dime is a 
fair price and I'm not locked in to making a fixed payment every month.


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Re: [CGUYS] Shifting DTV channels

2009-05-23 Thread Tom Piwowar
OMG you are right.

I just pressed the 4 button on my remote and the screen displayed no 
signal. I had to press 48 to get WRC-HD.

Thanks to your heads up I knew what to do.


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Re: [CGUYS] MPAA is still at it....

2009-05-23 Thread Tom Piwowar
Reminder from the MPAA: DRM trumps your fair use rights

Hopefull they will go after the MPAA after they finish with the credit 
card cartel.


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Re: [CGUYS] Google software update

2009-05-23 Thread Tom Piwowar
My first thought is No thank you. My second thought is can I
disable the background updater after downloading.

Run the Lingon editor (tuppis.com/lingon/) to edit the launchd 
configuration file. Under the User Daemons tab is the Google keystone 
daemon. You can disable it from there. (But will it stay disabled?)

This is evil. Google has become evil.


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Re: [CGUYS] urgent query

2009-05-22 Thread Tom Piwowar
Any Netbook should be able to handle these basic tasks.  Get FoxIt PDF
viewer. Much lighter resource demands than Adobe.

I was catching up with the Future Tense podcast this morning and they had 
a program about NetBooks a few days ago. Points to note...

1) Buyers of net books are so unhappy with their purchases that return 
rates are running over 1/3.

2) Many net book buyers stop using them soon after purchase.

3) Speculation that interest in net books is waning. Sales are down.

NOTE: I'm just repeating what I heard on the podcast.


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Re: [CGUYS] urgent query

2009-05-22 Thread Tom Piwowar
9 times out of 10 when an MS office program crashes it has to do with 
the file it is loading or using than the program itself.

*11 times out of 10 when an M$ program crashes it is not M$'s fault.*

I just don't buy that. I see really, really bad engineering leading to a 
defective, buggy, virus-infested product. Risky to travel with.

If I were traveling with a net book running Windows I would want to also 
bring along an extra drive to back up my files. And a CD like the 
Ultimate Book Disk with anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-hijack, disk 
recovery utilities, etc. etc. would also be nice, except that most net 
books do not include a CD drive.

Maybe you want to bring a spare net book?


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Re: [CGUYS] urgent query

2009-05-22 Thread Tom Piwowar
Betty, that recommendation is based on YOUR needs and priorities.

Yes I understand how the fact that Betty ACTUALLY DOES what is being 
discussed and has FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE certainly disqualifies her 
observations on the matter. 


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Re: [CGUYS] Ram sources for MacBook

2009-05-22 Thread Tom Piwowar
I should have kept track of just how much I've bought from Crucial over the
years, but it's probably somewhere north of 500 GB.  I've only had problems
once, which they exchanged with no grief.

Every time I check prices Crucial charges too much. YMMV.

I usually buy from datamem.com. Good priced and good service. YMMV.

Stay away from Best Buy, Walmart, Office Depot, Target, etc.


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Re: [CGUYS] Ram sources for MacBook

2009-05-22 Thread Tom Piwowar
 How this works :  RAM is a commodity but even commodities have  
 gradations best of the best go for a premium price... next tier 
 is not as reliable...A third tier is worse yet and...A last tier goes to   
 the dumpster

I question this for a mature technology. When a particular chip-making 
technology is new there are certainly issues with failed and low-yield 
batches. As the manufacturer works out the kinks yield and quality 
improve -- AND PRICES DROP.


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Re: [CGUYS] urgent query

2009-05-22 Thread Tom Piwowar
PPT is one of those programs where you can imbed a lot of junk.  It 
is often that junk that caused the PPT to crash and not the program.

Yes you can imbed junk. Should not the program parse the file on input 
and stop the import if the file has errors (or at least warn you of the 
errors). If an error is encountered is it too much to expect that the 
software will trap the error, produce a useful error message pointing to 
the problem, and not go down in flames?

The M$ software ain't cheap and they make huge profits selling it. Should 
we not have the right to expect prorgam quality commensurate with the 
high price?


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Re: [CGUYS] urgent query

2009-05-22 Thread Tom Piwowar
So all in all, this is what I'm leaning to purchasing.  I investigated the 
MSI Winds, the Samsungs, Dells, Asus, Acer... etc. but found that the HP 
mini 2140, though on the more expensive end, has features that seem better 
for me.  

HP does appear to be taking the high road with net books. A couple on months 
ago I was looking at the HP 2133-FT268UA Mini Note PC (8.9-inch screen, 1.2 GHz 
C7-M Processor, 2 GB RAM, 120 GB Hard Drive, Vista Home Basic). $497.80.

I'm sympathetic to the weight issue, but still worry about the infuriating 
smallness of the keyboard and screen and the underpowered processor.


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

2009-05-22 Thread Tom Piwowar
Specifically, a reply from Rev. Stewart Marshall about the problem with my
mom's wifi connection.  Could I get that reply again pleaseyour reply
got trashed.  Thanks,  Sandra.

The list is archived in two different places. You can search the whole 
list or follow threads. Details at cguys.org.


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

2009-05-22 Thread Tom Piwowar
I recommend creating a label for the list, based on the presence of
[CGUYS] in the subject line.
This is what I am doing.  I just checked out my latest spam, there were 57
messages there and none from Computer Guys.  I am guessing the label
supersedes the action of the spam filter.  Have you customized your spam
filter?

That is what I do. Works perfectly.


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Re: [CGUYS] external hard drives

2009-05-22 Thread Tom Piwowar
As I stated, I currently have all Lacie drives, but they are more  
expensive than Western Digital. It's tempting just to go with Lacie  
again due to familiarity and also tempting to go with a cheaper  
alternative.

I have used Lacie drives for years with good results. However thay have a 
terrible reputation for frequent failures. Just hasn't happened to me. 
These are the drives I carry with me to clients and an constantly using 
them with different computers. More recently I have used enclosures from 
Macally. Not as durable as the Lacie drives, but they do the job and are 
lots cheaper.

Betty: It is not about buying the cheapest, its is about not spending 
more than necessary to get the job done.


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Re: [CGUYS] Kindle Sighting

2009-05-22 Thread Tom Piwowar
I still have a real IBM 360 'Green Card circa 1969 in my collection.
Anyone remember those?

My OS/VS JCL Syntax Reference Summary (1972) is green.


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[CGUYS] Politics, Politics, Politics...

2009-05-22 Thread Tom Piwowar
When I first joined this group, it was more about keeping computers running 
and less about politics (except for the occasional Mac vs. PC tussle).   I 
still love to hear the innovative solutions to common problems, some of 
which I had not tried yet.   Keep the good questions coming!

Interesting podcast here:
www.publicradio.org/columns/futuretense/2009/05/01.shtml

Politics is not just something that has erupted at CGuys. In Silicon 
Valley...Facebook executive Chris Kelly, eBay C.E.O. Meg Whitman, eBay 
executive Steve Westly, tech startup C.E.O. Steve Poizner, and
Hewlett Packard C.E.O. Carly Fiorina, have either announced their 
candidacies for statewide office in California, or expressed interest.

As we realize that many of our common computer problems are caused by 
others telling us what to do, politics becomes a more important topic.


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Re: [CGUYS] A silly scanner problem -

2009-05-21 Thread Tom Piwowar
The most reliable way of dealing with this issue is to do what used to
be called a nuke  pave i.e., save your data, erase every thing on the
installation drive then reinstall XP then run install SP3, then finally
allow it to update, and then finally reinstall all of your programs.
That's a lot of work, but it works every time and most folks find their
XP system runs a lot faster for a while since a lot of crud has been
gotten rid of.

Seems like a heck of a lot of work to just get rid of an icon.

I would double check that all the software related to the old scanner is 
deleted. Then I would run a registry cleaner. That should detect orphaned 
registry keys and prompt you to delete them.


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Re: [CGUYS] Kindle Sighting

2009-05-21 Thread Tom Piwowar
Remember the days when your computers' documentation outweighed your 
computer by about 3 to 1?

I used to carry a half dozen reference cards, most of what I needed was 
there. Now 30 years later I still pull out one of those cards about once 
a year.


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Re: [CGUYS] Google software update

2009-05-21 Thread Tom Piwowar
My first thought is No thank you. My second thought is can I
disable the background updater after downloading.

Search the drive for GoogleSoftwareUpdate. I found 2 
GoogleSoftwareUpdate.bundle files on my drive. Open the bundle and find 
GoogleSoftwareUpdate.app and GoogleSoftwareUpdateDaemon inside.

I have read that if you delete these they will be put back after you run 
any Google application.

I don't have time to play with it now. You want to give it a try?

I guess they forgot that they are not supposed to do evil.


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Re: [CGUYS] urgent query

2009-05-21 Thread Tom Piwowar
I'm new to the list, having joined for the express purpose of asking  
the following question. (I take it there is no way to search an  
archive of the list).

Of course you can search our archives. Details at cguys.org. We are also 
indexed by Google.

I love my Imac 24.  But for my research I have to travel abroad  
periodically -- say, for up to 4-6 weeks at a time once a year.  The  
MacBooks are just too heavy, too clunky for the kind of travel and  
fieldwork that I do.  And MacAir is too expensive.  So I have been  
exploring the option of a Netbook.

A netbook can weigh as little as half a MacBook. That's tempting, but 
taking a PC on the road is a scary thought. 



 


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Re: [CGUYS] I wonder

2009-05-20 Thread Tom Piwowar
I figured you had pulled this one from your nether regions...just wanted to
hear you say it.

I know your shtick. Challenge everything. Deny everything. The classic OJ 
defense.


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Re: [CGUYS] Revealed Truth

2009-05-20 Thread Tom Piwowar
  Those who support physically abusive interrogation techniques, AKA
torture when done to us, simply say that it is righteous when we do
it because we are the good guys.

That and just following orders are the classic defenses.

Closer to topic another such bogus defense is to blame your evil deeds on 
market forces or the supposed action of the free market.


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Re: [CGUYS] Kindle Sighting

2009-05-20 Thread Tom Piwowar
I hope the electronic Kindle, and the like, doesn't replace 
printed books.

Are electronic books sufficiently similar to MP3s that they will do to 
books what MP3s did to CDs?


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Re: [CGUYS] Kindle Sighting

2009-05-20 Thread Tom Piwowar
In a loose way, our current financial market derivatives problem is a 
metaphor that illustrates how that kind of centralized dependence can 
ultimately let us down in big ways...

Close to on topic would be making this connection with music subscription 
services.


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Re: [CGUYS] Zune ad

2009-05-20 Thread Tom Piwowar
Maybe in your made up subscription service...but not the one we were talking
about.  You seem to like doing that, change what is true into what is not,
then argue that.  You end up arguing with yourself more then anyone else
this way.  I can imagine seeing you in a grocery..alone in the
aisle...arguing about which vegetables to buy.

There you go again - don't discuss the topic, just call people names.

Doing this is so destructive to the proper conduct of a discussion list 
that it ought to be a capital crime. So this discussion is now over. You 
lose.


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Re: [CGUYS] Zune ad

2009-05-19 Thread Tom Piwowar
Are you guys really trying to say that this is a bad deal? If so, can you
come up with any rational reason to say that other than it's an MS service?

I recall that in the past this company has launched subscrption services 
and then withdrawn them, leaving subscribers high and dry. Is that why 
you want to exclude consideration of the provider from our valuation of 
the service?

I do not spend anything like $180/year for music.

The CD I'm playing at the moment was purchased about 10 years ago. 
Checking online I see the list price for this boxed set is $71. I 
probably paid a bit less, I don't remember. It has 54 tracks, so I guess 
the Zune price is $81. So the Zune cost is higher by at least $10. At 10 
tracks per month I would have to accumulate these tracks over 6 months, 
assuming I only get these tracks (what a pain!). 

Do the Zune free tracks roll-over if I don't take my 10 tracks every 
month?

What I have on the CD is of higher quality and they can't take it away 
from me.


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Re: [CGUYS] Zune ad

2009-05-19 Thread Tom Piwowar
I would be humbled, too, if I had read your little cartoon and didn't notice
that it was lying.

You didn't get the joke.

Actually I'm a bit surprised at the generally hostile press/blogosphere 
reaction to this ad. I think the false notes struck by the Laptop Hunters 
ads has poisoned the well for M$ to some extent. Do consumers just expect 
that M$ will be lying? And the proposition that somebody would spend 
$10,000s filling their iPod is so ridiculous. M$ is digging a hole for 
itself.


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Re: [CGUYS] Zune ad

2009-05-19 Thread Tom Piwowar
That misses the point.  I buy music that pleases me.  Music I will want
to hear again.  Not just to fill up a storage device.

My iPod's drive was too small to hold all the music I had accumulated 
over the years. Then I had to go back and delete stuff to make room for 
the free podcasts. Then I got free iTunes and Amazon tracks with Pepsi 
Points. Both iTunes and Amazon have lots of free tracks. Various artists 
post tracks on their websites. Etc.


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Re: [CGUYS] Zune ad

2009-05-19 Thread Tom Piwowar
Sure, but how DO you fill a 120GB music device legally without spending a
whole bunch of money?

It is not a music device. It is a media device. I can fill it with 
music videos, video podcasts, movies, etc. New TVs come with iPod docks 
so I can play all this content on their big screens.


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Re: [CGUYS] Zune ad

2009-05-19 Thread Tom Piwowar
The CD I'm playing at the moment was purchased about 10 years ago. 
Checking online I see the list price for this boxed set is $71. I 
probably paid a bit less, I don't remember.

Amazon says my $71 boxed set is out of print, but lists a thrid-party 
seller willing to sell one to me for $142.

Question: Will my MP3s appreciate in value too?


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[CGUYS] Kindle Sighting

2009-05-19 Thread Tom Piwowar
I saw my first passenger reading on a Kindle today on the Metro.

Will this be a trend?


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Re: [CGUYS] Zune ad

2009-05-19 Thread Tom Piwowar
This makes no sense. If you wanted the whole thing, and right away, you'd
just buy the tracks. And the price per track isn't $1.50, it's 99c, so it
would cost $53.46, not $81. That's $17.54 less than the CD list price.

Would the $53.46 get credited against the $15/month or would I still have to 
pay that additionally? $53.46 + $15 = $68.46.

Do my monthly free tracks roll over or do they become lost?

Instead of 99¢ I could probably find it at 79¢ or 69¢ or less if I shopped 
around. But locked in with a monthly fee do you think I would stop exploring 
and instead buy all my music at an overpriced store?

The discussion is about online music, not CDs.

Why not?! Are CDs not a delivery vehicle for Music too? Are we back to the old 
game of excluding all the good choices until we only have the choice you are 
promoting?

And if you either bought the
tracks or collected them using your monthly allotment, they can't take those
away from you, either.

Isn't it true that in the past when their DRM servers got deactivated, the 
subscribers lost all the music they thought they had paid for?


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Re: [CGUYS] Shifting DTV channels

2009-05-19 Thread Tom Piwowar
As I understand it, the label is a piece of data carried inside the
digital TV signal. If your TV sees this label data, it will display it.
Presumably, the data may have been missing or corrupted at times, and
so your TV just displayed the channel number that would normally be at
that frequency (i.e. UHF/48). That's just my guess, though.

There is a lot of information that is supposed to be carried inside the 
digital TV signal. It's a FCC requirement. I've noticed that sometimes it 
is missing. Some stations, like WHUT in DC, seem to never include it.


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Re: [CGUYS] I wonder

2009-05-19 Thread Tom Piwowar
While I know the Mac market share is approaching  
10% I found it strange the about 50% of the laptops I saw where Macs.  
Could be Mac users just like to travel more?

Mac fans have said for many years that market share figures are slanted 
in favor of Windows because surverys measure the wrong thing. For one, 
Macs stay in service about twice as long as PCs so there two times more 
of them in use than the market share numbers suggest.


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Re: [CGUYS] Zune ad

2009-05-19 Thread Tom Piwowar
No, they don't roll over.

Not good. There goes M$ again, cramming things down our throats even when 
we don't want them. Haven't they seen those clever ads about rollover 
minutes?


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Re: [CGUYS] Firefox tabs error

2009-05-19 Thread Tom Piwowar
When I right click on a link that turns out to be dead...
and tell it to open in a new tab, it opens up a Can't find this page
message... on every open window I have.

I do have this happen from time to time, especially when I click on a 
string of news links from a news site. I have these open in a string of 
tabs so the pages will be fully loaded by the time I flip to them. When I 
later reload the dead pages they usually turns out to be fine. So I 
think this is more likely a DNS response problem, not a browser problem.


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Re: [CGUYS] Zune ad

2009-05-19 Thread Tom Piwowar
Well anyone that would find it hard to buy ten songs a month...who bought
into a service because they love getting new music, must have other issues
we can't cover here without multiple therapists

Some months I can easily contemplate not hearing 10 new songs worth 
keeping. M$ tends to be a favorite of the indiscriminate. No?


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Re: [CGUYS] I wonder

2009-05-19 Thread Tom Piwowar
And where are your surveys that they stay in service for twice as long?

Please provide irrefutable evidence of your existence.


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Re: [CGUYS] Zune ad

2009-05-18 Thread Tom Piwowar
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_ExogURaeIfeature=player_embedded

Wow. Would anybody take financial advice from somebody so out of touch 
with reality? He's probably peddling AIG stock too.


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Re: [CGUYS] Zune ad

2009-05-18 Thread Tom Piwowar
Zune Pass is pretty good.

Why has every attempt to date at selling such a subscription service been 
a flop. Is this one structured any differently than past failures? Or 
does M$ think the brand will make the difference?


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Re: [CGUYS] Zune ad

2009-05-18 Thread Tom Piwowar
I am humbled...

http://gizmodo.com/5256174/new-zune-ad-obliterated-because-you-know-its-stu
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Re: [CGUYS] How do I change the sizes pf the partirions?

2009-05-17 Thread Tom Piwowar
My C: Drive has two partitions. One is much smaller and has the programs, 
windows, etc. The other much larger has only two files because I have a D: 
Drive with my data. How to I make C: without a partition? Or at least 
increase the first C: partition and decrease the second? Do I have to have 
a program to do this?

Do you really want to do this? Why not just use the partition as it is? 
Any time you do something like this there is a risk that everything on 
the drive will be lost or that the drive will start to work strangely. 
Why not just enjoy the computer as it is? If you need more space, just 
add a drive. A big new hard drive will cost you less than the commercial 
software that changes partition size. (Read that last sentence twice.)

http://gparted.sourceforge.org is free, but probably too much fun.

Acronis Disk Director is $50 and has a decent reputation

Partition Magic ($70) used to be great, but was bought by Symantec and 
has gone the way of all things Symantec -- expensive and buggy.


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Re: [CGUYS] Revealed Truth

2009-05-17 Thread Tom Piwowar
Capitalists thrive only when their profit margin generates a customer's 
margin. That is when the capitalist's reward for producing roughly 
matches the value of the customer's satisfaction beyond the price paid. 
In these difficult times we should try genuine capitalism, as Adam Smith 
explained it in The Theory of Moral Sentiments...

But that is not where the big profits are. A great example is M$ vs. 
Apple. (And this will hopefully put us back on topic.)

Apple thrives by boosting the customer's margin. In fact if you look at 
the I'm a Mac ad series I think you will find that most of the ads are 
just about that --  how Apple boosts the customer's margin.

In contrast I see M$ making its money by grabbing its customers by the 
balls and making them pay. They hook businesses in with the promise of 
low prices and big savings, insinuate themselves into the core of the 
business, and then start making demands. Essentially, pay up or we pull 
our software and you go out of business. 

That's why such a business puts great emphasis on linking everything they 
make to everything else they make, while not working well with other 
company's software, and killing competitors. They want to be very sure 
that their prey has nowhere to run to.


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

2009-05-17 Thread Tom Piwowar
Again, excellent advice. You are becoming a psychoanalist... Why did I 
decide to do this? Obssessive compulsive traits?...

Well you do know I think that anyone using a PC needs psychological 
intervention.


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

2009-05-17 Thread Tom Piwowar
If I'm not mistaken, I don't think Symantec even supports Partiton Magic 
any more. Last time I looked, version 8 was the latest (had been for a few 
years) and I thougth there was no further development. And Ver 8 does NOT 
work on Vista. 

Isn't that Symantec's MO: buy a popular product, invest nothing, raise 
the price, keep selling it as long as possible. They still sell version 8.

Since PM runs booted from the CD I don't think it matters what version of 
the OS is on the drive. Has M$ made any changes to NTFS that would matter?


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

2009-05-17 Thread Tom Piwowar
In your new Vista, you can simply use Disk Manager for this.

I did a little digging. With Vi$ta M$ changed the way drives have been 
partitioned for the last 30 years. 

So any older partitioning utility will create partitions that fail to 
boot -- so don't use those anymore. Fortunately, starting with Vi$sa you 
can resize partitions using its Disk Management Console. That's an 
improvement.

This is probably why you can't mix older OSs on the same drive as Vista 
and why they want you to format the drive when installing Vi$ta.  It also 
means that running a Unix and Vi$ta off the same drive is going to be 
interesting.

From what I have read, M$ is not giving out much information about what 
has changed. Why am I not surprised?


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

2009-05-17 Thread Tom Piwowar
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...

And it would be so dull around here without your computer adventures.


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

2009-05-17 Thread Tom Piwowar
Well, perhaps I can still use my old Version... but I am nor invested on 
this...

Since you are using XP, which still uses the original partitiona method, 
this might be a reasonable thing to do.

Backup everything and don't blame us for any misfortune.


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[CGUYS] Alpha vs Google

2009-05-16 Thread Tom Piwowar
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10242260-2.html

I was surprised at how dull Alpha was. In contrast a Google search is 
often the beginning of an adventure in learning. Google gives me lots of 
hits that reprensent different options and viewpoints. I get 
serependitious hits that teach me new things. I enjoy Googling. Instead 
Alpha's answers arrive with a dull thud -- take it or leave it with 
nowhere else to go. When I typed in US unemployment rate it gave me the 
March figure of 8.5% and a plot that was useful, but it then proceeded to 
inform me that 8.5% was 17 divided by 200 and illustrated it with a pie 
chart that had a 8.5% slice shaded. When I pressed a more button the 
reponse was no more information available. Overall, this was sub-Zune 
performance.


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Re: [CGUYS] Revealed Truth

2009-05-16 Thread Tom Piwowar
That base is not nearly as broad as that of The Nation,
many whose supporters are not wealthy.

Thank you. Why am I not surprised that I was being mislead? Maybe the 
cons/neocons predilection for enhanced interrogarion comes from their 
knowledge that they would otherwise never tell the truth.


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Re: [CGUYS] Revealed Truth

2009-05-16 Thread Tom Piwowar
So the choice is to read one mag who supports enhanced interrogation, or one
that thought Joe was a great guy when he was killing as many as 20,000
Russians a month?

Those evil Ruskies are out to get us! OMG there's one under your bed!!


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Re: [CGUYS] TinEye.com

2009-05-16 Thread Tom Piwowar
Interesting tool... Reverse lookup for images!  Give it an image, and it 
can tell you the source.
http://tineye.com/

It doesn't really tell you the source. It shows other places on the web 
where that image is used. This could be a stock agency, which could 
validly be called a source, but it is mostly many random users of the 
image.

I uploaded a photo that I suspected was a composite. One of the images 
TinEye found was a major component of the photo I uploaded. So that was 
interesting. TinEye's compare image function clearly showed that the 
found image exactly matched a portion of the image I uploaded.

People who use stolen images on their web sites need to beware!


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Re: [CGUYS] Revealed Truth

2009-05-16 Thread Tom Piwowar
How do you budget for finding a new energy source? Would we have  
electric light bulbs if Edison would have been on a budget? I know he  
probably funded it himself, but after the first 100 tries he'd cut  
himself off we'd be sitting in the dark. And I think fusion research  
is about a million times more advanced then the light bulb.

Success with fusion would certainly have a big payoff and would be a 
world changer, yet the costs and risks are not something any private 
corporation could absorb. 

Fusion is also not something that we would want any private corporation 
to own. Whoever controls fusion has a very good chance of controlling the 
world.

Think of those massive profits that Exxon/OPEC/etc are racking up. Now 
think what would happen if energy became essentially limitless and cost 
essentially zero. What is that worth? What is it worth to some to make 
sure it never happens?


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Re: [CGUYS] Chrome for Mac almost ready?

2009-05-16 Thread Tom Piwowar
I seem to remember reading that this browser keeps each tab in a 
separate sandbox so that if there is a problem on one tab/window, that 
tab or window can crash without effecting the others. If I am recalling 
correctly, it would explain why there are as many Chromiums under 
Process Name in Activity Monitor as there are tabs open. 

That makes sense. Each tab is a independent process. They should all show 
up individually in Activity Monitor.

What's really weird is that Activity Monitor shows each of those processes
as not Responding, even while they are working fine.

Chrome is probably doing something other programs don't do, like setting 
up each process to respond only to the master Chrome process and ignoring 
everybody else. To do otherwise would probably be chaos and would provide 
an avenue for malware to do various kinds of cross-tab tricks.


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