Re: [CGUYS] comcast internet speed question

2008-11-05 Thread rlsimon
I got the 768 option and can change it upward if I'm not satisfied ...the
price is too good! ...thanks for the good advice from everyone!

-Original Message-
From: Rev. Stewart Marshall [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Tuesday, November 04, 2008 4:33 PM
Subject: Re: comcast internet speed question


Are you a big movie/music/content downloader

You will fine the speed difference a godsend.  However it all depends 
on what you use the net for.

We have the basic DSL setup at church.Just like what you got and 
I find it acceptable for what I do at church.  NO need for superfast 
super anything it is a business and we do not download big files and 
a lot of content.

At home I have a cable account that is 5 mps.  I tried to get the DSL 
6mps but they could not deliver on the speed.  ( a frequent complaint 
I hear around here.)  For what I do at home it is much more preferable.

Stewart


At 03:26 PM 11/4/2008, you wrote:
I ordered cable for the first time in my life.  I have had 
dialup...yeeech! I took the $25.95/mo 768kb (sorta like DSL) while my 
dialup usually gives me all of 23k (I want a 2mb file, I can make a 
sandwich and take a nap).  Am I gonna hate it or shuddi get the 
42.95/mo 6mb speed one ...on both they throw in the basic cable tv 
(ch2-23).  First price is forever more or less ...second price is for a 
year.  I can still change it since they won't install until thursday 
since the guy who came today said I need the heavy cable outside from 
pole to house which he doesn't carry so they hafta come tomorrow to put 
that in and then have the inside guy come back to do the 
rest...thoughts?

Rev. Stewart A. Marshall
mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
Prince of Peace www.princeofpeaceozark.org
Ozark, AL  SL 82


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[CGUYS] terabyte

2008-11-05 Thread rlsimon
If I buy a 1tb external usb drive, will it have the same 120gb limit due to
my motherboard or what?  If yes, then I would hafta divide it up into many
partitions?  My internal drive is a 160gb pata drive which had2 have 40gb
partitioned off to see it.  There's a 2nd hdd internal slot open ...if I
put the 1tb drive in there, what would hafta be done then, multiple
partitions?  Any other solutions?


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Re: [CGUYS] Odd Time Stamp Problem

2008-11-04 Thread rlsimon
Speaking of time stamp ...windowsXPhomeSP3 refused to start Monday and when
it did the time was off by 2 hrs and I had to go into the time/date utility
and tell it to check the time with which everything was fine ...usually it
just did it without the nudge ...wazzat?


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[CGUYS] comcast internet speed question

2008-11-04 Thread rlsimon
I ordered cable for the first time in my life.  I have had dialup...yeeech!
I took the $25.95/mo 768kb (sorta like DSL) while my dialup usually gives me
all of 23k (I want a 2mb file, I can make a sandwich and take a nap).  Am I
gonna hate it or shuddi get the 42.95/mo 6mb speed one ...on both they throw
in the basic cable tv (ch2-23).  First price is forever more or less
...second price is for a year.  I can still change it since they won't
install until thursday since the guy who came today said I need the heavy
cable outside from pole to house which he doesn't carry so they hafta come
tomorrow to put that in and then have the inside guy come back to do the
rest...thoughts?


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Re: [CGUYS] cannot delete device from device manager

2008-11-03 Thread rlsimon
Dunno...the zip drive shows in disk management as a removable disk and
functions properly.  Today when booting the notice showed new device found
and tried to install that tape controller again ...it failed and tape
controller shows a bang in device manager but will not uninstall.

-Original Message-
From: Wayne Dernoncourt [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Sunday, November 02, 2008 3:00 PM
Subject: Re: cannot delete device from device manager


Tony B
 Ignore it. It's not harming anything or taking up
 resources. Leave it alone.

 It may also be some driver needed by some program,
 which might explain why it keeps coming back when
 you try to delete it.

Could the Zip drive be masquerading as a tape drive...

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[CGUYS] tweakui setting not sticky

2008-11-03 Thread rlsimon
when I set the winxphomesp3 using tweakui to boot automatically to one
useraccount, it does so for a while and then returns to showing a choice of
user accounts on the screen before proceeding ...how come?


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Re: [CGUYS] cannot delete device from device manager

2008-11-03 Thread rlsimon
Dunno either ...tape drive controller shows bang and cannot be disabled or
deleted and also shows no driver and cannot be rolled back or updated ...??

-Original Message-
From: Wayne Dernoncourt [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Monday, November 03, 2008 12:40 PM
To: rlsimon
Cc: 'Computer Guys Discussion List'
Subject: RE: cannot delete device from device manager


rlsimon
 Dunno...the zip drive shows in disk management as a removable disk and 
 functions properly.  Today when booting the notice showed new device 
 found and tried to install that tape controller again ...it failed 
 and tape controller shows a bang in device manager but will not 
 uninstall.

The controller could be the one doing the masquerading.  Didn't Iomega start
out with tape drives?  Could they be using the same controller for the Zip
drives?  They already have a driver for that.  I think they used to write a
directory to the end of the tape (didn't they?).

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Wayne D.   | supply this, at least not directly
No main() no gain.


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[CGUYS] cannot delete device from device manager

2008-11-02 Thread rlsimon
while trying to get my computer (xphomesp3) to recognize my internal iomega
zip100 drive to view library of zip100 disks I have, it somehow installed a
tape drive that is now in device manager and cannot be deleted ...it shows
no properties and no driver assigned and a message comes up saying to
contact the hardware vendor ...I don't own a tape drive ...the zip100 drive
is working fine... any ideas?


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Re: [CGUYS] what router?

2008-10-30 Thread rlsimon
They post an approved list:
http://media2.comcast.net/anon.comcastonline2/support/help/misc/cmclist1.htm

That does NOT mean all these are good.  I read and googled until my eyes
hurt ...I just purchased a Motorola SB5101 modem (on the approved list) and
will get cable put in and then will see about a separate router ...many
votes are for Linksys WRT54G and others say SCM brand is very reliable
...dunno.

 Thanks!

-Original Message-
From: Tom Piwowar [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 7:05 PM
Subject: Re: what router?


I do see some who advocate NOT getting a combo
gateway/router in one box type unit but a separate modem and router 
something to do with the ability to do something on the other side of 
the wan

The modem either belongs to or is sold to you by the internet service 
provider. It will be what their system requires and you really don't want 
to fool with their requirements. Use whatever they think works best. And 
you don't mess with any of the settings in their box. All you care about 
is getting a good signal coming out of your end to their box.

You connect their box to your box. Your box can be almost anything. You 
get to choose what best meets your needs and you get to program your box 
any way you want. When you needs change you change your box.


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Re: [CGUYS] what router?

2008-10-29 Thread rlsimon
Ok...thank you...I do see some who advocate NOT getting a combo
gateway/router in one box type unit but a separate modem and router
something to do with the ability to do something on the other side of the
wan ...I am just mouthing words here and likely not accurately.  I see many
who see the box in one as a space saver...others say the modem needs to be
near the cable and computer while the router needs to be up as high as
possible to get greater range...If in fact I could get the wifi to run with
what I've got already (to try it out and then upgrade progressively to a
router and get along temporarily with zone alarm and avast and adaware and
such) since I'm on a backwoods road and will enable the security, then I
could get away with just getting the modem and getting started...the TERAYON
TJ615 DOCSIS modem can be had for $10+s/h NIB and that would get me out of
the doldrums here on dialup ...waddaya thinka that for a plan?

-Original Message-
From: Tom Piwowar [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 7:32 PM
Subject: Re: what router?


can't I just have a cable modem (for instance:TERAYON TJ615 DOCSIS) and
just set up the wifi twixt my laptop and desktop and use zone alarm 
firewall ...baddabing,baddaboom ...no router?

You certainly can. But a hardware firewall is going to be more secure. 
Configuring the whole thing will also be lots easier. $30 well spent.


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Re: [CGUYS] what router?

2008-10-28 Thread rlsimon
ok...I have a usb2 2.0 b/g wireless adapter for my desktop (Xterasys
XN-2133G) and my laptop has an internal a/b/g wifi (IBM x31) ...so if I have
cable internet service, why do I need a router at all just to do fileshare
and internet share from my laptop around the house to the desktop ...can't I
just have a cable modem (for instance:TERAYON TJ615 DOCSIS) and just set up
the wifi twixt my laptop and desktop and use zone alarm firewall
...baddabing,baddaboom ...no router?  ...thoughts? ...am I too dumb to see
why not? ...and if it seems unreliable or not workable I can get a router
later?


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Re: [CGUYS] what router?

2008-10-28 Thread rlsimon
as for my Xterasys XN-2133G 802.11g/b Wireless Adapter, the only detraction
is it doesn't have WPA, only has WEP ...but I could start with that and look
into an upgrade ...this b/g adapter would let me establish an ad-hoc network
with my a/b/g notebook to get going ...


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[CGUYS] what modem?

2008-10-28 Thread rlsimon
TERAYON TJ615 DOCSIS seems to be a good modem.  One thing is it cannot be
reset from the firmware webpage but requires you to go and shut it off or
unplug it ...is that important?  It seems some other brands like motorola
allow reset from the firmware webpage.


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Re: [CGUYS] internal iomega zip 100 drive invisible ...poof!

2008-10-26 Thread rlsimon
I got the new maxtor drive in and restored the image using EZGigII software
which worked just fine ...however, the thing won't see my internal iomega
zip 100 drive ...downloaded the latest driver package for it ...still
doesn't see it ...rebooted and still no good ...looked in bios and no sign
of it ...jumper on hdd is set to cable select like the other one was
...slave on ribbon goes to zip drive ...light shows on front during boot
time ...what now?


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Re: [CGUYS] what router?

2008-10-26 Thread rlsimon
Hi...help me out with this MIMO thing ...which ones do I need to get for
that?  I have been looking at netgear CG814M and linksys wcg200 because they
are gateway/router/wireless all in one and comcast says they work with their
stuff but I don't see any MIMO mentioned...

-Original Message-
From: Rev. Stewart Marshall [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Saturday, October 25, 2008 3:47 PM
Subject: Re: what router?


N will give you the best coverage.  It may be overkill on speed but 
it is backward compatible.

Check out CNET and newegg for pricing (But also read the customer 
reviews for a critical eye on what works and what does not)

I have a Belkin pre-N MIMO and the coverage is excellent, and it works well.

I would say minimum G mimo for any router.

(Caution on the new linsys they have done away with external antennas.)

Stewart


At 02:36 PM 10/25/2008, you wrote:
I've had ATT dialup since it was acquired from IBM ...a long time.  
It's too slow and I'm fed up.  No FIOS here during my natural life per 
verizon.  No DSL either as we're in the stix and too far from the 
switch.  Comcast offering $24.95/mo for 768mbps speed (like DSL) cheep.  
Offering TV for $10/mo for a year (limited cable which is local 
channels and some other stuff).  I don't want to rent their modem so I 
was gonna get a cable modem + wifi router combo so I can take my laptop 
(has a/b/g internal) room2room and would place modem/router next to 
computer and use ethernet to hook to router and coax in wall to get 
comcast (wires already in there).  Questions:

Linksys or Netgear ...which is better?
Do I need n ?
What else?

thanx!

Rev. Stewart A. Marshall
mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
Prince of Peace www.princeofpeaceozark.org
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Re: [CGUYS] what router?

2008-10-26 Thread rlsimon
http://media2.comcast.net/anon.comcastonline2/support/help/misc/cmclist1.htm
#n shows approved list ...what else?

-Original Message-
From: gerald [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Saturday, October 25, 2008 4:32 PM
Subject: Re: what router?


i did not know komkast had modem/routers.
if you get one, make certain it is komkastick approved.  i bought one a few
years that was not approved.

since people are very unhappy with comcast and switching to fios(we did it
for cost -$50 a month), there should be tons of modems on ebay.

N routers are super fast.(i think).  i bought one for my wife to connect
to her big MAC.

the N she got does not want to change IP address, and conflicts with
something else, so she runs next slower(G?) and it is plenty fast for her.
she uses the modem/router from FIOS.

At 03:36 PM 10/25/2008, you wrote:
I've had ATT dialup since it was acquired from IBM ...a long time.  
It's too slow and I'm fed up.  No FIOS here during my natural life per 
verizon.  No DSL either as we're in the stix and too far from the 
switch.  Comcast offering $24.95/mo for 768mbps speed (like DSL) cheep.  
Offering TV for $10/mo for a year (limited cable which is local 
channels and some other stuff).  I don't want to rent their modem so I 
was gonna get a cable modem + wifi router combo so I can take my laptop 
(has a/b/g internal) room2room and would place modem/router next to 
computer and use ethernet to hook to router and coax in wall to get 
comcast (wires already in there).  Questions:
 
Linksys or Netgear ...which is better?
Do I need n ?
What else?
 
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Re: [CGUYS] what router?

2008-10-26 Thread rlsimon
Furthermore, I have been googling around and find there is a not our
problem round robin where netgear says it's comcast's problem and vice
versa ...further, there are over 100 posts for the linksys item largely
negative ...of course, people don't tend to post positives as much, do they?
...I just don't want to spoil my experience with a mess from the getgo with
this first foray into cabledom...


-Original Message-
From: Tom Piwowar [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Sunday, October 26, 2008 2:38 PM
Subject: Re: what router?


so far take seems to be equal but the ability to flash the firmware 
looks good for the netgear one ...waddaY'all say2that?

The ability to flash the firmware will extend the useful life of your 
purchase by taking care of bugs and future hacks. A good idea.

But I wonder how many of us actuallt check to see if our firmware has 
been updated and actually do the update.


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[CGUYS] what router?

2008-10-25 Thread rlsimon
I've had ATT dialup since it was acquired from IBM ...a long time.  It's too
slow and I'm fed up.  No FIOS here during my natural life per verizon.  No
DSL either as we're in the stix and too far from the switch.  Comcast
offering $24.95/mo for 768mbps speed (like DSL) cheep.  Offering TV for
$10/mo for a year (limited cable which is local channels and some other
stuff).  I don't want to rent their modem so I was gonna get a cable modem +
wifi router combo so I can take my laptop (has a/b/g internal) room2room and
would place modem/router next to computer and use ethernet to hook to router
and coax in wall to get comcast (wires already in there).  Questions:
 
Linksys or Netgear ...which is better?
Do I need n ?
What else?
 
thanx!


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Re: [CGUYS] digital TV converter box

2008-10-14 Thread rlsimon
Got a walmart special and hooked it up to analog tv (sony kv25xbr) and to
amplified uhf+vhf antenna on 40' tower pointed toward philly 1h away by car.
Get lots of nice analog stuff for years incl.
cbs,abc,nbc,whyy,njn,wybe,wb,fox,cw but don't get much on the digital
...initially got 3.x and no longer do.  Get 48.x and 61.x ...that's all.
What do I need2do to figure out what's wrong.  Antenna points correctly as
an antennaguy installed it and tested signal strength.  There's an amplifier
at the bottom of the tower (just inside the wall) and another near the tv...


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Re: [CGUYS] seagate drive failure

2008-10-09 Thread rlsimon
They will honor the rest of the warranty...

-Original Message-
From: Matthew Taylor [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Sunday, October 05, 2008 6:17 PM
Subject: Re: seagate drive failure


Who is They?  AFAIK, Seagate and Maxtor are the same company, but  
ISTR that the Seagate's typically had a better warranty.  Is the  
warranty on the replacement drive as good as the original, or is this  
covered under a system builder's warranty, which is typically shorter.

Matthew

On Oct 5, 2008, at 4:25 PM, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 seagate baccaruda 160 gb pata 9W2883-337 failed  they replaced it
 under warranty with a maxtor 9dn032-326 same size ...is that gud?


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[CGUYS] seagate drive failure

2008-10-05 Thread rlsimon
seagate baccaruda 160 gb pata 9W2883-337 failed  they replaced it under 
warranty with a maxtor 9dn032-326 same size ...is that gud?


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Re: [CGUYS] IVR cheats (was: just one..)

2008-10-01 Thread rlsimon
What about http://www.gethuman.com/ as well?

-Original Message-
From: Reid Katan [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 8:16 AM
Subject: Re: IVR cheats (was: just one..)


Quoting [EMAIL PROTECTED] [EMAIL PROTECTED]:

 A google search brought up a list of IVR cheats on this site: 
 http://www.widowpc.com/2005/11/bypass_phone_tr.php (scroll down past 
 the white space) Not sure how accurate it is but have found that 
 trying some combination of these things works on most IVR trees.  
 Usually I just start shouting Operator and Assistance into the 
 phone while alternately punching # and O buttons.  Hope they're 
 recording it :)

And if that doesn't work, just feeding it stuff that it doesn't  
understand (or nothing at all) will get you to a real person.

Katan


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[CGUYS] We will raise bandwidth caps if necessary, says Comcast

2008-09-26 Thread rlsimon
hmmm ...thou givest, thou takest away ...bery bery bushoid, dontcha think?
...waddaya think verizon has up their sleeve for the future?

 http://www.afterdawn.com/news/archive/15488.cfm
http://www.afterdawn.com/news/archive/15488.cfm 



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Re: [CGUYS] disk defrag vs disk clean-up

2008-09-26 Thread rlsimon
So, therefore, in view of this simile, it is a truly hopeless proposal
either way (in my case)...

-Original Message-
From: Rev. Stewart Marshall [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Tuesday, September 23, 2008 10:34 PM
Subject: Re: disk defrag vs disk clean-up


Defragmentation takes the physical writing on the desk and puts it in 
order.  It moves files and rewrites the file table telling the system 
where the file is located.

Disk Clean up cleans up your actual files and stem from temp files, 
cache files and such.

Look at it this way.

Disk Clean up is like going through your house and picking up all the 
loose stuff, and throwing out the trash/rubbish.

Defragmentation is like going through your house and figuring out a 
better arrangement for everything in the house and rearranging the 
whole house to make it more efficient.

I am sure there are some better technical explanations but this is 
the easiest way I know how to explain it.

Stewart



At 08:38 PM 9/23/2008, you wrote:
I was recently ask what is disk clean-up?  How does it differs from
defragmentation?
Thanks,

Steve

Rev. Stewart A. Marshall
mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
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Re: [CGUYS] Adobe Reader 9

2008-09-26 Thread rlsimon
Try foxit free reader ...works faster w/smaller footprint and less ram and
much less folderol...

-Original Message-
From: Judy Cosler [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Sunday, October 05, 2008 11:28 PM
Subject: Re: Adobe Reader 9


and do I even need v. 8?
and, what a pain it is! but, a free pain!

Stephen Brownfield wrote:
 I see that Adobe has a new reader out.  Is there any reason I should
 up grade?  I currently have Adobe Reader 7.  I have an iMac G4 running 
 10.4.11.  I don't use Adobe's plugin, I use PDF Browser Plugin instead.

 Steve


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Re: [CGUYS] Diagnosis: noise of death or ?

2008-09-23 Thread rlsimon
I mean't to say the system fan ...I think it's the drive motor on death's
door ...so does seagate!

-Original Message-
From: Tony B [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Monday, September 22, 2008 2:06 PM
Subject: Re: Diagnosis: noise of death or ?


Does the drive really have a fan? That's unusual. Anyway, usually you can
isolate fan noise by ear or by unplugging it. You may not have to open the
case - not to ear-ball the front and rear case fans, anyway.


On Mon, Sep 22, 2008 at 1:46 PM, rlsimon [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 My seagate barracuda 120gb ST3120026A is in a dell 4400 and there is a 
 ringa janga sound which comes from the unit...I wonder if it is the 
 unit fan because it began suddenly a few weeks ago and running 
 SeaTools and using the spindown feature, the sound doesn't go away.  
 The running temp is 27-30 and the drive seems to function well.  The 
 smart feature is not triggered according to Belarc advisor.  Drive 
 IS under warranty.  What shuddi doo?


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Re: [CGUYS] Diagnosis: noise of death or ?

2008-09-23 Thread rlsimon
Contacted seagate and they were all too ready to exchange it ...I think this
is common ...I escalated to a tech and he said to backup my stuff NOW and
while waiting for the exchange drive ($20) I should visit a local religious
institution to make sure it doesn't fly apart before the other one gets here
...no extension on the warranty but I still have to Oct25 2010 on it which
will carry over, so ...barracuda ate my double sawbuck ...not as bad as a
failure be4 backup ...and they pay the s/h both ways so...

Lesson...if these were such good drives why is it so easy to exchange them?
...shop somewhere else!!

-Original Message-
From: mike [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Monday, September 22, 2008 2:02 PM
Subject: Re: Diagnosis: noise of death or ?


Open the case and see.

On Mon, Sep 22, 2008 at 10:46 AM, rlsimon [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 My seagate barracuda 120gb ST3120026A is in a dell 4400 and there is a 
 ringa janga sound which comes from the unit...I wonder if it is the 
 unit fan because it began suddenly a few weeks ago and running 
 SeaTools and using the
 spindown feature, the sound doesn't go away.  The running temp is 27-30
and
 the drive seems to function well.  The smart feature is not triggered
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[CGUYS] Diagnosis: noise of death or ?

2008-09-22 Thread rlsimon
My seagate barracuda 120gb ST3120026A is in a dell 4400 and there is a ringa
janga sound which comes from the unit...I wonder if it is the unit fan
because it began suddenly a few weeks ago and running SeaTools and using the
spindown feature, the sound doesn't go away.  The running temp is 27-30 and
the drive seems to function well.  The smart feature is not triggered
according to Belarc advisor.  Drive IS under warranty.  What shuddi doo?


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Re: [CGUYS] Lightning fast FIOS died again

2008-09-21 Thread rlsimon
disappointing ...I was almost on the verge of breaking down and ordering
comcast cable for internet and for tv to get a combo deal and avoid lots of
dongles and boxes all over the house for digital but now with the limit put
on I have a sense they are using the limit as a mitigation of their not
rolling out enough bandwidth to accommodate all the digital stuff and all
the imbeciles downloading all the porn they can get resulting in sludge for
we the poor fools who just wanna use the net and watch TV like humans!!

-Original Message-
From: gerald [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Sunday, September 21, 2008 9:30 AM
To: rlsimon
Subject: RE: Lightning fast FIOS died again


when i got comcast cable, it was a new fangled thing.  had problems for the
first year, then rock solid.

got dsl verizon for my factory.  they did not even have real working
software to establish a connection in my factory.  once they got it ironed
out, worked great.

today, i plan to buy a wireless desktop adaptor so i can hack into my
neighborhood wireless networks.

my wife has a mac, so she had no problem hacking in.

regards

jer

At 03:34 PM 9/19/2008, you wrote:


Say it ain't so, ger...

-Original Message-
From: gerald [  mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2008 2:28 PM
Subject: Lightning fast FIOS died again


Verizon has some major downtown hardware problems.  couple months ago TV and
telephone stayed, but internet died for 4 days.

the tele and tel stayed on again, but internet died for 2 days.  verizon is
not too swift about it, they had 4 guys out here for better part of a day,
and they could not tell if i had a signal to the house or not.  they thought
they could see the box outside from the central station, but it took a whole
day for them to decide they did not have an internet connection from central
station to here.  

they decided i was not the individual problem when they got about 10 or 20
other complaints from the area.  amazing way to troubleshoot.

contact with verizon is very ungood.  hard to believe, but comcast is an
order of magnitude better.  i cannot believe i have said anything about
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Re: [CGUYS] Lightning fast FIOS died again

2008-09-19 Thread rlsimon
Say it ain't so, ger...

-Original Message-
From: gerald [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2008 2:28 PM
Subject: Lightning fast FIOS died again


Verizon has some major downtown hardware problems.  couple months ago TV and
telephone stayed, but internet died for 4 days.

the tele and tel stayed on again, but internet died for 2 days.  verizon is
not too swift about it, they had 4 guys out here for better part of a day,
and they could not tell if i had a signal to the house or not.  they thought
they could see the box outside from the central station, but it took a whole
day for them to decide they did not have an internet connection from central
station to here.  

they decided i was not the individual problem when they got about 10 or 20
other complaints from the area.  amazing way to troubleshoot.

contact with verizon is very ungood.  hard to believe, but comcast is an
order of magnitude better.  i cannot believe i have said anything about
comcast is good. 


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Re: [CGUYS] Will HP Replace Windows with Its Own OS?

2008-09-16 Thread rlsimon
I admit I have NOT read this whole thread ...however, with HP offloading 80%
of it's worldwide workforce as announced today, who exactly will be
maintaining and servicing their supposed proprietary operating system and
answering the fones for jerks like me who can't get it to work?


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Re: [CGUYS] Hard Drive Failure?

2008-09-09 Thread rlsimon
I you have quite a bit to back up, do not dispair.  I had that problem.  It
was a hard disk failure.  I bought an external usb-ide cable.  I put the
hard disk in a sealed ziplock bag with all the air drawn out.  I froze the
hard disk in the freezer.  I took it out, put it on the cable, and quickly
was able to copy off everything.  Then it died.  Lucky!!
http://chris.pirillo.com/2002/04/18/hard-disk-in-the-freezer/
http://www.trap17.com/index.php/hard-drive-freezer-trick_t26193.html
http://www.trap17.com/index.php/how-recover-data-failed-hard-drive_t37820.ht
ml
-Original Message-
From: Richard P. [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 2008 1:39 PM
Subject: Hard Drive Failure?


This is a followup from my earlier post (see below). The computer has
crashed again with the exact same error since then and it has been suggested
that either the hard drive or controller might be the problem. The new
diagnostic info is that immediately before failure, a high pitched whistle
or scream was heard coming from the hard drive. The computer was on over
night with AVG doing it's nightly sweep. I now have the computer in my
possession which won't boot up, and I would like suggestion on the best way
to proceed. My thought was to install a new hard drive and then reinstall
the operating system. Comments and suggestions please.

Thanks in advance,

Richard P.


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Re: [CGUYS] On-board Ethernet Connection (was:Re: Hard Drive Failure?)

2008-09-09 Thread rlsimon
Uninstall it from network connections first; then uninstall it from the
device manager (the actual ethernet in network adapters listing); then
reboot and let windows tell you it has found new hardware and install it and
you shud be gud2go...

-Original Message-
From: Richard P. [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 2008 5:59 PM
Subject: On-board Ethernet Connection (was:Re: Hard Drive Failure?)


Thanks for all the helpful tips. I now have the computer up and running, but
a different problem has emerged. The on-board Ethernet connection doesn't
work. It was working fine the last time the computer was running. As a
work-a-round, I've put in a wireless PCI board to get the needed updates and
AVG. I've never seen this happen before on any computer.

Any ideas on what might be going on with the on-board Ethernet connection?

Richard P.


 Richard P.wrote:
 This is a followup from my earlier post (see below). The computer has 
 crashed again with the exact same error since then and it has been 
 suggested that either the hard drive or controller might be the 
 problem. The new diagnostic info is that immediately before failure, a 
 high pitched whistle or scream was heard coming from the hard drive. 
 The computer was on over night with AVG doing it's nightly sweep. I 
 now have the computer in my possession which won't boot up, and I 
 would like suggestion on the best way to proceed. My thought was to 
 install a new hard drive and then reinstall the operating system. 
 Comments and suggestions please.

 Thanks in advance,

 Richard P.

 My relative's Windows PC has come up this morning with a registry 
 error (Windows XP could not start because the following file is 
 missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM) and the computer 
 is recommending repair.

 What might cause this to have happened?

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Re: [CGUYS] Back ups on computer if backing up on external driv

2008-09-07 Thread rlsimon
I have upgraded my laptop to a 120gb hdd and used an upgrade kit from
apricorn which comes with an external usb case for the old drive and
software to do the image and move that to the new drive ...for most cases
you buy the drive, stick it in the case, and run the software and you're in
business.  It came as a bundle with the new drive from newegg for a very
good price.

In my case I had to take out the old drive first and stick it in the
external case and do it from there ...that is ONLY for thinkpads for some
reason.  It is detailed on their website.

Now, you ask why I told you this?  Because, the old drive (which was running
fine) 40gb is great for a backup.  The apricorn software included also does
incremental backups and imaging so you can use it as a backup solution
afterwards.  It has rescue features so you can make the image drive bootable
if you must.

That's one thing.  Another is Karen Ware (google it) ...she has a FREE
incremental backup app you can get off her site ...so no excuses for not
backing up properly, eh?


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Re: [CGUYS] Battery operated converter box (was CGUYS video compression)

2008-09-06 Thread rlsimon
What about a radio for that?  Go to the swap meet or dollar stores ...it's
ONE DOLLAR!!

-Original Message-
From: Richard P. [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Saturday, September 06, 2008 10:04 AM
Subject: Re: Battery operated converter box (was CGUYS video compression)


I saw an article which mentioned an option for you.

... Some Wilmington residents, who are used to being in the path of
hurricanes, worried that their battery-powered TV sets, which provide alerts
when the power goes out, would not work because converter boxes need
electricity. So consumer groups worked with manufacturers to create a
battery-powered converter, Martin said.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/05/AR2008090503
486.html?nav=rss_technology

Maybe you can contact the station to find your battery operated converter.

Richard P.

Fred Holmes wrote:

Thu, 03 Jul 2008 13:29:52 -0700

Does this mean that my emergency, battery-operated analog TV set will in
fact continue to work on the VHF channels?  When we're having a hurricane
and the power is off, its good to see the weather maps, etc. that can be
seen on the commercial, on-the-air VHF channels using the battery-operated
TV.  It runs on 12 volts and will operate for quite a while on a car
battery.  I suspect not. I suspect I will need either a battery-operated
digital-to-analog converter box, or a battery-operated digital TV.

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[CGUYS] bluetooth

2008-09-05 Thread rlsimon
I have a bluetooth usb device for my desktop and one for my laptop but am
not having lots of success with them.  Should I expect them to give me short
distance functionality similar to wifi?  i.e. should I be able to
file/printer/internet share via bt?  If so, where am I going wrong?
Desktop winxphomesp3 bt1.1 usb dongle, laptop winxpprosp3 bt2.0 usb device.


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Re: [CGUYS] WiFi mobile phone

2008-09-04 Thread rlsimon
In Belgium there is only GSM service on networks operate in the 900 MHz or
1800 MHz bands. Some countries (including Canada and the United States) use
the 850 MHz and 1900 MHz bands because the 900 and 1800 MHz frequency bands
were already allocated*.  

In the time I spent in the EU this summer, I was able to connect using the
900/1800 bands and use sms and wap but never achieved connection using 3rd
party (operamini) browser on the razrV3 (GPRS) nor the samsung sync (EDGE)
...I am told the US uses 1900 for that and the EU is 2100 but have no
reference for that.

In some countries such as Belgium, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Pakistan,
and Malaysia, all phones are sold unlocked. However, in Belgium, it is
unlawful for operators there to offer any form of subsidy on the phone's
price.*

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GSM

Bring your quad band fone with you to the EU and buy a paygo card in the
supermarket  you're in business before you slam the car door!

-Original Message-
From: Tom Piwowar [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2008 10:43 PM
Subject: Re: WiFi mobile phone


Would you know off the top of your head which ones?

Most of them. In France and Belgium it is illegal to lock phones. In 
Italy carriers are not allowed to subsidize phones so there is little 
reason to lock. TMobile (Germany) sells unlocked iPhones. There is also a 
big gray market in iPhones. Lots are sold at retail by stores that are 
not authorized.


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Re: [CGUYS] WiFi mobile phone

2008-09-04 Thread rlsimon
Tell me whoever is asking, is the wifi desire to use vonage or something or
is it to surf?

-Original Message-
From: Rev. Stewart Marshall [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2008 2:07 PM
Subject: Re: WiFi mobile phone


Wifi kind of narrows it down a little with Verizon.

The newer Samsung (I think SCH-i830) is a wifi phone.

However Verizon locks many features and you cannot use it as a skype 
type phone on WIfi.

I had good luck with my Samsung 730 but found it bulky.  I am now on 
a Motorola Q9C.  Smartphone not PPC.  The Samsung is a PPC.

Daughter has a newer Choclate but those are now defunct.  Son-in-law 
got LG Venus, and they like them.

Stewart


At 12:36 PM 9/4/2008, you wrote:
While everyone is talking cellphones..I'd like input on which ones 
have the clearest sound on a call.  I'm on Verizon and have been using 
the original LG Chocolate for a couple of years and I HATE it. I 
struggle to u nderstand what people are saying on it and it has nothing 
to do with the volume.  I can turn it up or down and the voices are 
still mushy or garbled and Im constantly asking people to repeat 
themselves. I really want an iPhone but there are still just too many 
problems with it so I am waiting.  I'd like WiFi and some basic PDA 
functions (calendarw/alarm,addressbook,notes).  Don't care too much 
about the camera because Im picky about photos and as Tom mentioned, 
no matter how many MPs they have, their lenses are crap and the photos 
reflect that.  I just carry a small pocket camera all the time.  If my 
Palm LifeDrive had a clear sounding phone in it, it would be perfect!

Paula/IN/USA

Rev. Stewart A. Marshall
mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
Prince of Peace www.princeofpeaceozark.org
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Re: [CGUYS] WiFi mobile phone

2008-09-04 Thread rlsimon
Apparently the Motorola V9 has some kind of clear talk scheme in it that is
supposed to be great for clarity and noise abatement ...I'm sad to say my
brother had a Moto v710 which was clear (imho as recipient) on verizon
...poor reception though in li ny and dwntn chicago ...he went for the ifone
3g and now he sounds tinny ...I've had a coupla calls from a v9 ...very
clear (I must say calls from my wife's samsung sync are clear too but noise
cancellation isn't there)...

-Original Message-
From: Paula Minor [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2008 1:36 PM
Subject: Re: WiFi mobile phone


While everyone is talking cellphones..I'd like input on which  
ones have the clearest sound on a call.  I'm on Verizon and have been  
using the original LG Chocolate for a couple of years and I HATE it.   
I struggle to u nderstand what people are saying on it and it has  
nothing to do with the volume.  I can turn it up or down and the  
voices are still mushy or garbled and Im constantly asking people to  
repeat themselves.
I really want an iPhone but there are still just too many problems  
with it so I am waiting.  I'd like WiFi and some basic PDA functions 
(calendarw/alarm,addressbook,notes).  Don't care too much about the  
camera because Im picky about photos and as Tom mentioned, no matter  
how many MPs they have, their lenses are crap and the photos reflect  
that.  I just carry a small pocket camera all the time.  If my Palm  
LifeDrive had a clear sounding phone in it, it would be perfect!

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Re: [CGUYS] WiFi mobile phone

2008-09-04 Thread rlsimon
I never could figure out what the dual sim thing allows ...my razrV3
apparently will support dual nam but that,of course, would be on the same
service.  ...is it that the dual sim allows you to do it with say a couple
of gsm cards from different providers?  ...like if one is for your work and
one personal?

-Original Message-
From: b_s-wilk [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2008 1:24 PM
Subject: Re: WiFi mobile phone


 The iPhone camera is lame, and it doesn't do video. I need a new 
 camera. Nokia [and other] phones have 5+ megapixel cameras and do 
 very good video.
 
 No they do not do very good video. Have you been watching too much 
 of
 the political conventions? The lenses in these phones are of miserable 
 quality. They can't do very good anything. If you have lowered your 
 standards that low you might as well get WinCE, or a Barbie phone.
 
 deal breaker is that the iPhone doesn't have a card slot--not good 
 for travel.
 
 It sure does have a card slot. The card pops out of the top edge. Use 
 a
 paper clip to release it.

I borrowed a friend's iPhone yesterday, and would have been happy if he 
left without it. It's easy, fun, but doesn't have the right stuff--yet. 
I've seen stills and videos done on the N95, and they're impressive, 
although not as good as with some dedicated video cameras.

The iPhone has a SIM card slot that can be accessed with the traditional 
Apple special tool. It doesn't have a memory card slot, and that's the 
big deal breaker. Most other phones in the same class have memory card 
slots. The iPhone is fine for local use, but I wouldn't want it to be my 
only phone for travel.

Has anyone tried a dual SIM-card adapter? MagicSIM? SIMore? dual SIM 
Samsung, Haier, Philips phones? Could adapter fit into an iPhone? 
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Re: [CGUYS] WiFi mobile phone

2008-09-04 Thread rlsimon
In Belgium, both the razrV3 and the SamsungSync had reception and
transmission CLEAR AS A BELL with pegged 5 bars in every tiny town behind
hills and under overhead wires ...of course, there's one detrimental aspect
...the beautiful countryside in the ardennes that was so terribly deforested
in the great war now has grown cellular towers everywhere ...it's hard to
photograph lovely rural landscapes without photoshopping out the tower...

-Original Message-
From: Richard P. [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2008 2:36 PM
Subject: Re: WiFi mobile phone


I think the clear sounding phones were called ANALOG :(  I have yet to hear
a decent digital phone signal over here. My relative's digital cellular
phone in the UK is perfect. I'm not sure why we can't have the same quality
of service over here. By the way, their phones and service are also cheaper
than here.

I too would like to hear about any phone/service that has a clear sound.
Ours isn't and we are using Nokia on Cingular.

Paula wrote:
 While everyone is talking cellphones..I'd like input on which ones 
 have the clearest sound on a call.  I'm on Verizon and have been using 
 the original LG Chocolate for a couple of years and I HATE it.  I 
 struggle to u nderstand what people are saying on it and it has 
 nothing to do with the volume.  I can turn it up or down and the 
 voices are still mushy or garbled and Im constantly asking people to 
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Re: [CGUYS] WiFi mobile phone

2008-09-03 Thread rlsimon
My experience with the iPhone is zero ...my brother has one and has terrible
problems with reception and other software glitches ...he calls att  gets
referred to the apple store ...he goes to the apple store (manhattan) and
the teenagers there know nothing and refer him to att ...meanwhile, some
features are nice according to him.  ...the cost is higher than regular
service, though ...he is thinking about returning it under the 30 day no
questions asked policy of att ...we'll see if they don't ask questions
then...

-Original Message-
From: Tom Piwowar [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2008 3:28 PM
Subject: Re: WiFi mobile phone


Smartphone... (based on windowsCE otherwise termed PocketPC or 
WindowsMobile but mostly the same thing with editions of Word, Excel, 
Outlook, AdobeReader, etc. built in which are amazingly like the 
desktop apps with all the features and a similar or identical look and 
feel with file compatibility or automated conversion on sync)...lots of 
software some free to add on...

Making a list like this and leaving out iPhone is hopelessly uninformed. 
The iPhone runs circles around the stodgy WinCE/PocketPC/WindowsMobile.

So let's return to Betty's original question with some specificity. What 
features did you find missing from the iPhone?


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Re: [CGUYS] WiFi mobile phone

2008-09-03 Thread rlsimon
Furthermore, we have 2 att fones (my trusty old razrV3 original model and
my wife's spiffy new samsung sgh-a707 sync ...it's red!!) ...she uses none
of the features at all except the camera and calls ...she had me shut off
voicemail and internet and messages...  I use everything sadly only GPRS
...both are quad band.  We went to the EU recently and ATT cheerfully
(yes, cheerfully) sent detailed and simple email to unlock the 2 phones
which went fine without a hitch.  In the EU we simply went into a phone shop
and purchased 2 paygo cards (in our case Proximus=like Tmobile) with
minutes.  They were working instantly with our phones.  We were able to add
minutes (we did it at the supermarket checkout register while shopping) but
one can do it online or via phone if you have a debit card in the EU...we
didn't.  My razrV3 could do WAP but I didn't use it much.  My wife never did
any of that...both phones did messages with aplomb.  We were thrilled.  Our
cards are in my desk drawer as they remain active for a year.  In the plane,
I stuck the att sims back in and we were able to call our ride from the
line waiting for the passport guy...easy as pie!!  ...oh, yeah...reception
was spectacular pegged at 5 bars in little burgs in the backwaters ...in the
area we travelled, only the caller pays, recipient pays nothing...even if
the card is out of minutes, you can get called.  You MUST have a quad band
fone for this as the EU uses the 2 other bands not used in the usa!!  Set
the thing to auto select the network and you're in business!!

-Original Message-
From: chad evans wyatt [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2008 4:51 PM
Subject: Re: WiFi mobile phone


Not a feature, what's missing is unlocked universal use.  Tied to ATT (same
model overseas, tied to one carrier), the iPhone is useful only to those who
wish to spend, rather than use.  That's the problem, Tom.  Betty is trying
to get there without shackles.







--- On Wed, 9/3/08, Tom Piwowar [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
From: Tom Piwowar [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Subject: Re: [CGUYS] WiFi mobile phone
To: COMPUTERGUYS-L@LISTSERV.AOL.COM
Date: Wednesday, September 3, 2008, 3:28 PM

Smartphone... (based on windowsCE otherwise termed PocketPC or 
WindowsMobile but mostly the same thing with editions of Word, Excel, 
Outlook, AdobeReader, etc. built in which are amazingly like the 
desktop apps with all the features and a similar or identical look and 
feel with file compatibility or automated conversion on sync)...lots of 
software some free to add on...

Making a list like this and leaving out iPhone is hopelessly uninformed. 
The iPhone runs circles around the stodgy WinCE/PocketPC/WindowsMobile.

So let's return to Betty's original question with some specificity. What 
features did you find missing from the iPhone?


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Re: [CGUYS] Tom Piwowar for President

2008-09-03 Thread rlsimon
An apple in every home?
An apple a day?
Tom  apple pie?

-Original Message-
From: Ranbo [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2008 8:54 PM
Subject: Re: Tom Piwowar for President


Tom,

What's your platform?  Going to promise a chicken in every pot and a Mac in
every home, with free, lifetime tech support? If yes, you got my vote!

Randall


On Wed, Sep 3, 2008 at 8:39 PM, Robert Michael Abrams
[EMAIL PROTECTED]wrote:

 At 03:21 AM 9/3/2008, John McDonald [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

  Should only be one name on the short list for VP John Gilroy! The
 Piwowar/Gilroy ticket would be like a reunion of Lennon and 
 Macartney.


 Between John and Tom, which one is the dead guy?

 Hard for me to tell, just by looking.

   Bob

 In the Garden of Eden, when Eve put soothing oil on her husband's 
 wounds, that was the first Adam balm.

 OK
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Re: [CGUYS] Data backup question

2008-09-02 Thread rlsimon
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=3
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[CGUYS] 2nd hdd ...more

2008-09-01 Thread rlsimon
also, what about this ATA-100 ATA-6 business...what do I need to know?


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[CGUYS] 2nd hdd capacity in dock

2008-09-01 Thread rlsimon
I bought myself a sled to hold a 2nd HDD in the Ultrabay2000 of my
UltrabaseX3 into which I slide my ThinkpadX31 2672XXL PIVm1.4 XPproSP3
notebook computer.  I wonder if there is a limitation on the capacity of the
HDD I could put in there (takes a 9.5mm thick, 2.5 PATA IDE HDD) based on
the CPU (Intel 855PM Chipset 82855PM Memory Controller 8280 IDBM (ICH4M) I/O
Controller) or what?  Also, if there is a limitation, then could a larger
drive be installed simply using a partition scheme to break it into several
virtual drives?  How can I figure this out?


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Re: [CGUYS] Tom Piwowar for President

2008-09-01 Thread rlsimon
Is he qualified?  Does he have a pregnant daughter?  Can he run an
organization like the town hall of a burg of 9000 population?  Was he a
beauty queen?  Does google call him a gilf ??  Well...

-Original Message-
From: GK [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Monday, September 01, 2008 12:52 PM
Subject: Re: Tom Piwowar for President


Isn't this the best site? I've gotten a lot of friends who are  
running. My vote is with Tom for now. Perhaps it'll change when he  
selects his VP candidate.
/gayley


On Sep 1, 2008, at 10:28 AM, John Emmerling wrote:

 The on-air personalities seem to have trouble pronouncing Tom's name.

 On Sun, Aug 31, 2008 at 11:40 PM, Robert Michael Abrams 
 [EMAIL PROTECTED]
 wrote:

 http://www.inews3.com/topstory.php?id=546f6d7c5069776f776172


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Re: [CGUYS] Comcast Internet Cap

2008-08-30 Thread rlsimon
Comcast (the sole reason I have still got dialup=yeeech! is that I don't
wanna ever deal with them) is dummer'n snot ...instead of cutting them off,
why not just make them agree to a surcharge for overages ...that way they
donna pissa offa no goons and make 'coupl'a bucks to boot !!

-Original Message-
From: Rev. Stewart Marshall [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Saturday, August 30, 2008 2:49 PM
Subject: Re: Comcast Internet Cap


Tom that is very interesting but it also brings up a major question.

Why is this?  It is not just the Patriot Act.  It is a lot of stuff 
that is causing this what is it?

Stewart


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Re: [CGUYS] Amazon.com

2008-08-23 Thread rlsimon
Call them up and fiddle through the menu to get to a real person ...they are
very helpful and will fix the shipping hit and also help fix the rest...

(800) 201-7575

-Original Message-
From: Tony B [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Friday, August 22, 2008 8:46 PM
Subject: Re: Amazon.com


No, eventually I managed to order 2 of the 3 items individually ($shipping
hit!). Apparently there was something wrong with one of the items - maybe it
had been discontinued or something. I guess I'll never know because that
ridiculously vague error message was no help at all!


On Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 8:34 PM, Brian Jones [EMAIL PROTECTED]
wrote:
 Make sure that your cookies are enabled properly and security is 
 reasonable. Otherwise, you might just need a good cleanup of your 
 operating system.

 I managed to order a single item just now, so I know they aren't down 
 entirely. Strange.


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[CGUYS] drive sled question

2008-08-19 Thread rlsimon
they sell drive sleds (inserts so you can stick a 2nd ide drive in the dock
of an ibm laptop ...ultrabay 2000) ...there are 2 formats of these sleds
...one is plastic and has no bottom (??air circulation) ...the other is
plastic and has a metal housing ...which is better?  cost similar...


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Re: [CGUYS] iPod - Zune

2008-08-17 Thread rlsimon
the educational value of failure --bravo!!

...do the fix with her so she can see how it's done...

I have found frustration from many failures mostly being corrupted or
faulty software over the years from fortranIV to msdos3 to win3.1 to win95
(happily skipping the 98-2000 misery) to winXP.  The long days (and nights)
needed to fix some of these errors (some of my own doing out of ignorance)
have been, in my memory, some of the most instructive exercises in my
scientific career with the endpoint ah-ha moment oh so sweet.  I can, as a
result, sympathize with those of us who have not evolved from the dos days
and summarily depend wholly on automatic fixes without a basic understanding
of how the whole thing works!  I am not a computer nerd, nor am I able to
program or even write html; but, these simple fundamentals have helped me
out of plennya fixes.

-Original Message-
From: Chris Dunford [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Sunday, August 17, 2008 8:30 AM
Subject: Re: iPod - Zune


 If her iTunes library is mostly ripped from CDs or stolen
 MP3s from P2P nets then the files can just be copied over.

Some are iTunes DRM and some are ripped from her own CDs.  P2P is not
permitted in the house (and is blocked via OpenDNS). She is not trying to do
anything illegal.

 But isn't this a case of one mistake begetting another? If your iTunes 
 software is crashing it means your PC is misconfigured. Why not fix 
 that?

See below. That is not why she wants to switch. (By the way, software that
crashes because a PC is misconfigured, whatever that means in this
context, is bad software. In any event, iTunes routinely crashes on all 3
PCs we've tried it on.)

 Replacing an iPod with a Zune is a cruel joke. Are you one of those 
 parents who believes in the educational value of failure?

She wants to switch because she has used both extensively (her brother has a
Zune) and prefers the Zune. 

But perhaps she can be saved. If you can list the reasons why she is
mistaken, I will pass them along and set her back on the path to
righteousness. Just be sure to base your comparisons on the Zune 80, not on
the original 2006 model.


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[CGUYS] ultrabay 2000

2008-08-16 Thread rlsimon
I have an ibm thinkpad x31 pIV-m 1.4 2gb/120gb on an ultrabase x3 with empty
ultrabay 2000 and I have the old 40gb hdd I replaced in the notebook (for
size, not malfunction).  Can I just buy the 2nd HDD adapter (the HDD I
bought is a WD scorpio wdc wd1200ve-00kwt0 2.5 120gb ATA-6 and the one I
took out is a Toshiba 40gb which it came with).  I see the adapter on eBay
which is for any 9.5mm thick, 2.5 PATA (IDE) HDD ...am I on the right
track?  Then I can put that 40 in there and have a good backup device, yes?


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Re: [CGUYS] Frankenstein iPod

2008-08-15 Thread rlsimon
http://www.command-tab.com/2007/03/11/upgrading-ipod-hard-drives/

-Original Message-
From: b_s-wilk [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2008 11:12 PM
Subject: Frankenstein iPod


My 20GB iPod's hard drive died. Since the Toshiba 40/60/80GB 1.8-inch 
drives are very close to the same dimensions, could the mobo in the old 
iPod handle a bigger drive? I have several dead or dying iPods, mostly 
due to abuse [dropped into water, held/swung by cable instead of in 
hand, left outside in weather too long, or given to me for 
dissection/examination after they died] and was considering combining 
the working parts into a Frankenstein iPod. All are long out of 
warranty. One is an HP iPod that the Apple Store genius was nice enough 
to diagnose for me.

Otherwise, each dead iPod is worth $25 trade in, unless I can fix them 
myself without spending more than that.

Thanks
Betty


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[CGUYS] trying to predict 10 worst products of 2009

2008-08-10 Thread rlsimon
number 1, windows7 ...the other 9, likely stuff that works with windows7
...am I way off ?


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Re: [CGUYS] Puritans at the helm...

2008-07-31 Thread rlsimon
Wasn't that settled by Potter Stewart who said, I can't define it but I
know it when I see it!! ...not many are aware it was a case of a certain
piece of film (which was shown in the supreme court chamber) ...Stewart
further added, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that.

-Original Message-
From: b_s-wilk [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2008 9:00 PM
Subject: Re: Puritans at the helm...


  22 public interest groups roast FCC smutless broadband plan   By Matthew
Lasar | Published: July 29, 2008 - 08:55AM CT  
They may not agree on net neutrality or the Fairness Doctrine, but 
almost half a dozen advocacy groups from liberal to libertarian do 
concur on one issue: they hate Federal Communications Commission Chair 
Kevin Martin's proposal for a national broadband service with the porn 
filtered out.
  Unconstitutional and unwise, their Friday filing calls the plan, 
which they charge amounts to a government mandated 'blacklist' of 
websites. The filtering component would limit the system so 
dramatically that the usefulness of the service would be radically 
reduced. Plus, if the agency actually approved the scheme, it would 
face a tsunami of lawsuits.
 
  Read on: http://tinyurl.com/6phwoz


What's smut? What's porn?

To some of those nuts, the paintings in the Louvre, or Museum of Modern 
art are porn. So is this, 
http://www.woot.com/Forums/ViewPost.aspx?PostID=2468733 [after the 
woot-off], or http://naturist-holidays-uncovered.co.uk/naturist.htm. 
Don't forget John Ashcroft hiding Lady Liberty's boobs, like the boob 
that he is. Also some porn filters doesn't allow access to medical 
information about breast cancer.

First it's porn next it's politics, religion, important news, and who 
knows what else? The local Marantha church radio here broadcasts the 
most hateful programs I've heard in a long time. Their athletes wear 
head to toe sweats for games; cheerleaders wear sweaters and 
floor-length skirts, yet the sermons in their tent meetings [you can 
hear them in the neighborhood] are all about hate, sin, hell, damnation, 
bigotry, racism, censorship, xenophobia. Will people like this dictate 
the filters? Will the hideous people in Texas who tell textbook 
publishers what kind of censored books our children should read in 
school dictate the filters?

Those pathetic, ignorant, repressed souls can buy filters for their own 
computers, and can also take the time to study the Constitution. 
Unconstitutional and unwise only scratches at the surface of their 
problems!

Betty


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Re: [CGUYS] Unusual sound on speakers

2008-07-29 Thread rlsimon
Wachit ...sound card is saying something...

Maybe it's dum-dum-dum-da-da-da-dum-dum-dum or is it dum-dum-da-dum,
dum-da-dum, da-dum, da-dum ??

Check basement for captives trying their hand at morse code...

http://4arainyday.com/RainyDayArticles/tabid/56/articleType/ArticleView/arti
cleID/29/Morse-Code.aspx

-Original Message-
From: Tony B [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 1:15 PM
Subject: Re: Unusual sound on speakers


Are you sure it's not duh-dum-duh-duh-dum-dum-dum-duh-dum?

On Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 1:00 PM, Michael S. Altus [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 When I have my speakers on, I periodically get a sound, 
 dum-dum-duh-duh-duh-dum-dum-duh-dum. Does anyone know what that is? 
 At first, I thought it is a time signal at the start of an hour, but I 
 hear it at other times.



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[CGUYS] ntldr disappeared ...after reinstall all's well but windows update gives error

2008-07-16 Thread rlsimon
winxpsp2 live update leads to error page ...what to do?  this is an original
winxp completely legit came with machine = dell4400
pIV2.0ram1gbplennyaHDDspace...


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Re: [CGUYS] ntldr disappeared ...after reinstall all's well but windows update gives error

2008-07-16 Thread rlsimon
Update ...read unending drop dead boring M$ notes and found I had to
reinstall faulty KB913670 contained in SP2 following which I had to
reinstall genuine validation tool and reinstall M$ installer following which
it's working again ...now all I need to do it dld SP3 (66mb) which should
take a week or so with my dialup connection (or else go park in neighbor's
driveway with laptop and get it on wifi)...weather is too hot here for
outdoor sports!!

-Original Message-
From: rlsimon [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 2008 5:59 PM
Subject: ntldr disappeared ...after reinstall all's well but windows update
gives error


winxpsp2 live update leads to error page ...what to do?  this is an original
winxp completely legit came with machine = dell4400
pIV2.0ram1gbplennyaHDDspace...


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Re: [CGUYS] cancelling Comcast

2008-07-14 Thread rlsimon
And for heaven's sake, don't forget to tell the verizon gorillas NOT to
disconnect and remove the wires for your regular dial-up phone service even
if not used ...if you don't tell them, they will rip it out and you're
stuck!!

-Original Message-
From: Larry Sacks [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Monday, July 07, 2008 4:27 PM
Subject: Re: cancelling Comcast


You just call the regular Comcast number - 1-800-COMCAST (I've got it
memorized I've had to call them so many times).

One of the voice mail choices is to cancel your service.

That's when the fun comes in.  They'll ship you off to the Customer
Retention Department - they'll offer you lower rates to get you to stay.  I
got my internet lowered to $24.95 per month for 768K up/384K down - which is
a heck of a lot better than I was getting for the $50 / month high speed
nonsense.  

They'll also offer you something for your TV too in hopes of keeping you.

Have fun with it!  :-)  Let us know what they offer...

Larry


-Original Message-
From: Computer Guys Discussion List [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
On Behalf Of gerald
Sent: Monday, July 07, 2008 12:10 PM
To: COMPUTERGUYS-L@LISTSERV.AOL.COM
Subject: [CGUYS] cancelling Comcast

anyone have experience cancelling comcast.  both internet and TV. I have had
comcast since the day they arrived in my area a few years ago.  it finally
works.

 i have decided to go to FIOS.

i had verizon high speed internet at my factory.  they answered the phone
better than comcast.

lead time?

where to call? 

any charges? 



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Re: [CGUYS] GPS nav for winXP

2008-07-07 Thread rlsimon
I  have a Holux CF GPS receiver GR-271 which is working fine in the CF slot
of my thinkpad x31 ...now I need navigation software ...recommendations
(free, I hope, cheap old me!!) ?? Also, I would like to try it using my
PocketPC2002 IPAQ 3635 ...same question?



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Re: [CGUYS] US is access loser

2008-07-01 Thread rlsimon
Interestingly, in Belgium if I use up the PayGo card to zero, people can
still call me inasmuch as the caller pays and the recipient does not!!  Here
in the USA they sell AIR twice; they've got us commin'goin' !!  If the
caller is on the same company as I had (Proximus), then nobody pays on
weekends.  Outcalls to landlines on weekends were free (but I think that was
a promotion)...


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Re: [CGUYS] US is access loser

2008-07-01 Thread rlsimon
I agree, but the studies were for adults.  I don't believe the safety of rf
exposure to young children over time is settled science.  Wouldn't you be
loath to accept such exposure as a PZB member only to find out 20 years down
the road those kids are sick from it ??


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Re: [CGUYS] US is access loser

2008-06-30 Thread rlsimon
Problem with wireless is the rollout is not complete so there is little room
for the ultimate solution to reliability; redundancy.

-Original Message-
From: Eric S. Sande [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Sunday, June 29, 2008 7:21 PM
To: rlsimon
Cc: 'Computer Guys Discussion List'
Subject: Re: US is access loser


I am loath to expect the optical solution will stand the traffic 
demands over the short term.  I can't understand why more has not gone 
into wireless as a longer term solution with less disruptive 
infrastructure demands albeit
the view of a tower herethere which pales in comparison to the omnipresent
telephone poles up and down every byway ...

Wireless is fine but so far it is a sub-optimal technology in terms of speed
and reliability.

You have to know that in wired telecom reliability is the single driving
force.  We CAN'T fall below established regulatory standards in terms of
service delivery.

It has to work all the time.


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Re: [CGUYS] US is access loser

2008-06-30 Thread rlsimon
I'm on the Planning/Zoning Board of our town.  Recently we reviewed an app
to put up a tower along the main road on a piece of land behing fire company
#2 with good rental $$ for the town.  I objected given it is kiddycorner
across the street from the new school.  They brought in a big gun (prof of
engineering and physics from PennState who has over 100 pub on his resume
about rf from cell towers, etc.) who gave a very detailed explanation with
chartsgraphs showing the decrement of the signal strength and the
dependency on the elevation and distance from the tower, etc.  It passed.
That was last year.  No tower is growing yet.  I think the evidence
(including the fat packet provided) is the worries about that are bunk and
junk science.  I wonder if it is a settled issue or if there is still any
doubt??


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Re: [CGUYS] US is access loser

2008-06-30 Thread rlsimon
I live in the official hinterland ...pop 1100.   And I tried fones from the
big4 ...no dice for tmo or next/spr (even with an antenna on a tower right
behind our town hall 1mi away) ...verizon had some signal, but ATT gives me
5 bars at my desk (so I can ramble on all day) and at my kitchen table (so I
can read the local paper and check my email) as well as at my recliner chair
(not 5 bars sadly, but enough to make calls and look up the tv schedule on
zap2it) all this on my trusty old original RazrV3 phone !!

-Original Message-
From: Rev. Stewart Marshall [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Monday, June 30, 2008 6:17 PM
Subject: Re: US is access loser


I am not sure what it is with many of you and cell phones but my 
signal and reception and clarity are pretty darn good.  I live in 
just this side of the hinterland and we have a very hilly area 
(Antennas are placed on the high points) Even in many supposedly 
rural areas I have good coverage and signal and call quality.

There are a few areas where we loose signal.  Usually because of no 
antennas (Like on Federal property) or low lying areas.  But my wife 
can talk to my son as he drives home and he lives in the boonies.

Part of the problem is phones.  Some of these neat slick thin phones 
have lousy antennas.  (I have friends who sell them and the tell me 
these things)

My son had a RAZR and the reception was abominable.  He now has a Q 
and he has no problems.

Stewart


At 05:02 PM 6/30/2008, you wrote:
I've tried to use my landline as much as possible.  I've got ATT more 
bars in more places except Cupertino and my 50+ year old wood frame 
construction house apparently.  Unless bars refers to drinking 
establishments, which is what I generally need when I have to try to 
make a phone call and can't get a signal (or when I have to call 
Comcast about my poor internet connection).

The only downside to using my landline is when I use the cordless, I 
can't get very far down the block before the signal drops out and the 
longest RJ-11 cable I can find is about 100'.  :-)

Larry

Rev. Stewart A. Marshall
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[CGUYS] US is access loser

2008-06-29 Thread rlsimon
On NPR there was a story claiming the US was a winner initially in the
lineup of those nations affording access to broadband internet being amongst
the top 4 while now we are 15th behing Luxembourg ...I know this for sure
having recently visited Belgium where just about everyone has it (even cell
phone access is cheap and 5 bars even in the littlest backwater village in
the mountains).  Here in NJ, the most populous state in the nation, I live
45 minutes from Philadelphia and can only get Comcast cable (I'd rather eat
dirt than deal with that bunch!!) with DSL  FIOS not even on the planning
boards!! ...huh?? 




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Re: [CGUYS] US is access loser

2008-06-29 Thread rlsimon
OK ...here goes!!

I just got back from Belgium visiting the family for the first time since
2001.

Already in 2001 when we were going along the highway from Brussels to the
eastern city of Liege with the car radio turned off, the radio suddenly
turned itself on and gave us a traffic accident update on the roadway ahead
...now THAT is useful.

In 2001 the cellular service had some spots where signals were lacking; now
in 2008 we went to every backwater village there is and my fone was always
pegged at 5 bars; moreover, since I only have a RazrV3 and it doesn't have
high speed net, I didn't use the net much, but I did get GPRS via the WAP
browser reliably everywhere.

When we arrived, our family needed only use teletext to look at the
arrival times for flights at Brussels International Airport in Zaventem.

Most people there had their cell phones (they call them GSMs or simply G).
Coin phones are a thing of the past, but phones were seen on the street
herethere which worked with debit cards.

Much of the communication network is quite visible in the countryside,
however.  Cell towers are another blight on the gorgeous countryside
together with aeoliennes (wind turbines) that are turning up there in
great numbers (apparently the country with the most currently is Germany).
And, of course, the nuclear electric generating reactor at Tihange dominates
the horizon from many locales with the plumes created; the price we pay for
energy hungry life!!

-Original Message-
From: Rev. Stewart Marshall [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Sunday, June 29, 2008 3:13 PM
Subject: Re: US is access loser


1.)  If you are trying too bury it you are stupid.  Of course you 
cant bury it in urban areas that does not make sense.  Pole to pole 
is much faster and easier.  (In some urban areas they set up 
underground conduits where it is much easier and much better to do 
underground.)

2.)  Broadband access among rural folks still sucks.

One of my members that lives not 2 miles from my house has to resort 
to satellite to get broadband access.  Cable does not serve her house 
nor does DSL.

Go out west where many folks have no access to broadband service 
except for satellite.

Stewart




At 01:40 PM 6/29/2008, you wrote:
This is such silly logic that it is hard to respond.

Compare the difficulty of burying fiber in an urban area to doing the 
same in a rural area. In the city they are lucky to bury a couple 
hundred feet in a day. In rural areas the speed of the trencher is many 
miles per day. The US failure has nothing to do with population 
density.

Taken another way. If your argument were true, why does broadband in US 
urban areas still suck?

Rev. Stewart A. Marshall
mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
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Re: [CGUYS] US is access loser

2008-06-29 Thread rlsimon
Take a look at this!!  Doel, Belgium.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d0/DoelMolen.jpg/451px
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Re: [CGUYS] US is access loser

2008-06-29 Thread rlsimon
I am loath to expect the optical solution will stand the traffic demands
over the short term.  I can't understand why more has not gone into wireless
as a longer term solution with less disruptive infrastructure demands albeit
the view of a tower herethere which pales in comparison to the omnipresent
telephone poles up and down every byway ...


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Re: [CGUYS] xp sp3

2008-05-20 Thread rlsimon
xp pro sp3 went on fine on my x31 thinkpad... no troubles displayed...


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Re: [CGUYS] Cash in the EU

2008-05-10 Thread rlsimon
http://www.rd.com/debit-card-traps-and-fees-to-avoid/article50626.html

-Original Message-
From: Tom Piwowar [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Monday, May 05, 2008 7:26 PM
Subject: Re: Cash in the EU


You mean ... someone could steal your debit number and clear out your
account?  Wouldn't they need your pin #... or could they pick that up 
too somehow ? 

Lots of ways to get your PIN.

I have seen pictures of phoney fronts that get stuck onto real ATMs. They 
read your card info and collect your PIN for later use.


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Re: [CGUYS] Cash in the EU

2008-05-05 Thread rlsimon
Laws protect you for fraud with credit card with loss limited to $50 while
no such protection is afforded the debit card use at all.

-Original Message-
From: db [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Monday, May 05, 2008 12:17 AM
Subject: Re: Cash in the EU


What debit card risk are you referring to? If you lose it/ have it stolen?

db

b_s-wilk wrote:
 Travelers checks may be free here, but cost a lot to cash.

 Use CREDIT CARDS, never DEBIT CARDS for travel. The bank will take all
 of the risk, instead of you.

 Traveller's Checques are indeed passé.  It's hard to find a place to
 cash them, and the hotels take like 5% for the pleasure.

 ATM cards are much easier.  Travelled all over the UK last year, and
 every grocery store had ATMs I could use.

 Ellen H.

 - Original Message - From: Tom Piwowar [EMAIL PROTECTED]
 To: COMPUTERGUYS-L@LISTSERV.AOL.COM
 Sent: Saturday, May 03, 2008 4:15 PM
 Subject: Re: [CGUYS] Cash in the EU


 It has been a while, but I use to get Traveller's Checks in Euros
 for no fee. I don't recall anyone favorint that method. Are 
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Re: [CGUYS] Cash in the EU

2008-05-04 Thread rlsimon
Trav checks are hard to spend ...lotsa places don't takem ...also, they
getcha on the rate and fees some places chargin' the exchange fee for EACH
check !!  ...my entire 2nd hand knowledgebase on the subject.

I would like to thank everyone who answered my query about this some in
extreme detail ...very helpful ...the best and nicest board I have ever
visited !!

-Original Message-
From: Tom Piwowar [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Saturday, May 03, 2008 4:16 PM
Subject: Re: Cash in the EU


I think my atm card limits to $300 per day per atm visit while credit 
cards have $500 limit but that may be varying depending on the bank 
issuing ... www.xe.com will get you Euros and deliver them to you at 
your home at a pre-agreed midmarket rate which is not 2 bad ...of 
course, you need to be careful with cash.

It has been a while, but I use to get Traveller's Checks in Euros for no
fee. I don't recall anyone favorint that method. Are Traveller's Checks now
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Re: [CGUYS] Cash in the EU

2008-04-30 Thread rlsimon
On purchases, I get a rebate, yes.  But, alas, not for withdrawal of cash at
an atm.  I have the option of doing a wire transfer to my family member's
bank there but I don't know if the rate will be a wholesale conversion
rate like with the credit/atm cards or another less advantageous rate...???

-Original Message-
From: Tom Piwowar [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 9:38 PM
Subject: Re: Cash in the EU


My own experience since the early 1990s has been to use a credit card 
for
purchases as much as possible. Since the credit card companies convert 
huge sums of money routinely, all those commissions, etc., are minimized.

Past experience does not serve that well. What was once the best way can 
now be among the worst. There are now significant fees when using a 
credit card. 

Even checking first does not tell all because you don't know the 
conversion rate. If one bank charges 3% and another 0% you may still pay 
more with the 0% bank because they give you an unfair conversion rate.

Also have to consider if the card gives you a rebate. That can give you 
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[CGUYS] password

2008-04-30 Thread rlsimon
winXPsp2home ...at present has no password protection so it just boots and
starts without any folderol ...if I add a password now, can I take it off
and get back to this point later or am I stuck entering a username and
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Re: [CGUYS] french

2008-04-24 Thread rlsimon
Thanks!

This is for a novice 100% french speaking family member and any english on
it will create havoc ...also, the azerty keyboard usually has some function
keys to create alpha with accents.  I see ASUS has a digital drive small
webcam wifi linux device EEEPC which can be had with everything french
including preloaded firefox and open office, etc. ...any thoughts?

-Original Message-
From: b_s-wilk [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2008 10:37 PM
Subject: Re: french


Before you invest in an azerty keyboard, find out how common it is where 
you will be using the notebook--in Belgium, maybe? I've seen 1 azerty, 
and many qwerty keyboards among French and Swiss users [I worked at a 
Swiss company]. Ask first. And get a keyboard skin instead of a 
dedicated foreign keyboard. My Puerto Rican keyboard drives me crazy 
when I type in English!

Betty

  Thanks for all  the good words.  I will be looking for an IBM maybe T 
 series.  It will have a 110-240 compliant brick.  The question I am 
 most focused upon is the keyboard (including what is written on the 
 letters in the azerty array) and also the software (whether it will 
 display completely in French) as it's for a novice who will be 
 completely confused if it is not in French all the way.  He will use 
 it for email and maybe some text.  I am also looking at an this [ 
 http://www.misco.fr/productinformation/~75595~WW~es~/PC%20Portable%20A
 sus%20

EEE-PC%20Intel%20Celeron%20900-M%204Go%20SSD%20512Mo%20Ecran%207%20%20WebCam

%20Wifi%20Lecteur%20de%20cartes%20Linux%20Poids%200.92kg%20Couleur%20NOIR.ht
 m ] which is a mini notebook with digital storage ...seemingly has linux
 installed.  I have NO experience with linux.  Will this be a useful
choice?
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[CGUYS] french

2008-04-22 Thread rlsimon
I want to buy a notebook with french keyboard layout (azerty) and french
language version of windows (probably xp pro) to take with me as a gift for
a family member in the EU ...can I buy that here in the USA ?  ...neebodee
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Re: [CGUYS] newsreader

2008-04-20 Thread rlsimon
also, I was thinking about it, and if you don't want to buy something like
newsbin which has many custom automation features, you can dld the free
Opera browser which has a very nice newsgroup reader included...


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Re: [CGUYS] usenet news reader

2008-04-20 Thread rlsimon
I read newsgroups (certain specialty newsgroups are quite useful in some
technical areas) offline, so I use Newsbin to download the selected items
and store them to look at later ...it is quite customizable.  My ISP
(ATT.net) furnishes newsgroup access included in the price.  Seeing
newsgroups go away would be a great loss.  It was the original www when
compuserve was king and still attracts those looking for a narrow subject
area.

-Original Message-
From: John Duncan Yoyo [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Friday, April 18, 2008 8:31 PM
Subject: Re: usenet news reader


I'll throw my two cents in for Agent.  I also use their newsfeeds.

I really hate the ones that open lots of individual windows.

On Fri, Apr 18, 2008 at 7:18 PM, Marcio V. Pinheiro [EMAIL PROTECTED]
wrote:
 Agent had newer versions and for about two dollars a month thet 
 connect you with the newsgroup.

  Marcio



  At 06:01 PM 4/18/2008, you wrote:

  Any body out there still using a standalone usenet news reader? Any
 recommendations? I had been using free agent 1.1, but it is a bit old, 
 so I was wondering what I was missing. Cheap=good, free=better.
 
  I don't really like the web interfaces available for reading them 
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Re: [CGUYS] APC Smart UPS battery replacement.

2008-04-08 Thread rlsimon
I have a Leviton power backup that doesn't do anything but that.  The
battery lasted for quite a few years and then got weak (short backup time).
I looked at getting a new one but the battery (arizonabattery.com) was cheap
and easy to replace.  BaddabingBaddaboom.

-Original Message-
From: John Duncan Yoyo [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Monday, April 07, 2008 9:32 PM
Subject: Re: APC Smart UPS battery replacement.


There is batteries plus which is a franchise that is starting to turn up all
over the place.  http://www.batteriesplus.com/

On Mon, Apr 7, 2008 at 4:06 PM, db [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Just open the case, remove the battery and copy the specs off the side 
 and measure the dimensions. Then purchase one of the same specs and 
 dimensions from an online vendor.  Not a problem, easy to do and 
 cheap.  Many of these batteries are the same that are mass produced in 
 huge numbers for emergency exit lighting units so are available very 
 inexpensively.  The UPS companies will gladly take your money if you want
to pay them their
 outrageous markup, but there is no real reason for doing so.   I have paid
 $14 for RPL batts for Belkin UPS units.

  Some of the Battery sites have UPS battery lookup interfaces.  I 
 looked yours up and it looks like you have a more powerful model of 
 UPS that has larger more expensive batteries than the models I am 
 familiar with.

  Here's a couple of such sites:

 http://www.arizonabattery.com/?page=shop/browsecategory=upsbatteries_
 apc-americanpowerconversion
  http://www.atbatt.com/ups-backup-batteries/b/APC.asp

  db





  rocky lee wrote:

  Hey All,
  I have two APC Smart UPS 1400 units. They take an RBC7 12V combo 
  (two
 batteries together) On one, both the batteries are dead. On the other, 
 one battery is dead, the other lights up and will power either of the 
 housing units.
 
  Any recommendation on where to purchase a replacement? From the
 manufacturer the part runs $180.00 In doing research for a 
 replacement, I see prices from
  $50.00 to $180-$200.00
 
 http://www.apexbattery.com/apc-rbc7j-battery-set-sealed-lead-acid-batt
 eries-apc-batteries.html
 
 
 http://www.amazon.com/Powersonic-PSH-12180FR-Nut-Bolt-Connector-retard
 ent/dp/B0002ILK0O/ref=sr_1_19?ie=UTF8s=electronicsqid=1207587460sr=1-19
 
  I'm just wondering if there are any 'gotchas' i need to be wary 
  about, or
 if there
  are any other concerns about manufacturing that need to be 
  addressed.
 
  Does anyone have recommended vendors or  did anyone find it easier 
  to
 replace with a new unit?
 
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Re: [CGUYS] safari3.1 update

2008-03-25 Thread rlsimon
Sure does ...M$IE7 takes around 2x as long to load a webpage as does
Opera9.50b in my unofficial time test (measured by how long I have to muse I
were in the Cayman Is) ...didn't try Safari3.1 as I started the dld last
night and got bumped during the night, was half done, tried resume in safari
which started it over from the beginning ...drat!!  The end of my safari
with safari for now.

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Sent: Monday, March 24, 2008 7:01 PM
Subject: Re: safari3.1 update


If you are on dial-up, a fast browser won't make a difference, eh?

rlsimon wrote:
 Izit faster than Opera (latest full ver 9.25, I use 9.50beta) ??

 Also, is the 39mb dld because it has dozens of languages; therefore is 
 there a slipstreamed version of USA inglich only or is there an 
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Re: [CGUYS] safari3.1 update

2008-03-24 Thread rlsimon
Izit faster than Opera (latest full ver 9.25, I use 9.50beta) ??

Also, is the 39mb dld because it has dozens of languages; therefore is there
a slipstreamed version of USA inglich only or is there an update to lay
over ver 3.0.1 ??

Remember I am using WinXPsp2

Plz don't tell me to ask bill!!

-Original Message-
From: Tom Piwowar [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Monday, March 24, 2008 9:01 AM
Subject: Re: safari3.1 update


Sometimes I use safari for windows for a change of landscape ...I have
3.0.2 ...is the 3.1 update needed (I have dialup and 39mb is gonna take 
days) ??

It is hard to call any update needed. I would call it interesting. 
3.1 is twice as fast as the next fastest browser. The big deal is that 
with 3.1 Apple leads the pack with the inclusion of some new HTML5 
features. One is the ability to download and use fonts for screen display 
and the other is CSS-based animations. Of course this does not matter 
much because it will take years for IE to catch up and most sites will 
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Re: [CGUYS] dtv converter box ...more

2008-03-23 Thread rlsimon
Antennaweb shows that at 9 degrees and when I look at the antenna that was
installed by a professional tower jockey who tested signal strength (analog
at that time) it looks to be around that vector... The analog reception for
the big four is generally excellent.  I don't know what else to do.  My
antenna has a rotor but it froze longtime back and is now static at 9
degrees.

-Original Message-
From: John Duncan Yoyo [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Saturday, March 22, 2008 11:52 PM
Subject: Re: dtv converter box ...more


This sounds like Philadelphia and IMS most of the transmitters are grouped
near each other in Roxborough on a high spot.  Get the vectors from antenna
web and a compass to point the antenna correctly.

On Sat, Mar 22, 2008 at 7:27 PM, Steve Rigby [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 On Mar 22, 2008, at 5:23 PM, Tom Piwowar wrote:

   Any information about the remotes these converter boxes use?  
   Will I need one remote to change channels and another remote to adjust
   volume?

The functions of the remotes that come with converter boxes vary  
 from model to model and brand to brand.  I have the Zenith DTT900  
 converter and its remote can control the on/off function of the TV,  
 negating the need to have to use two remotes.  It also can control  
 the volume output of the converter box.  Some converter remotes  
 cannot perform either of these functions.  It is wise to fully  
 investigate the specifications and functions of the converter box and  
 associated accessories prior to making a decision about which one to  
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Re: [CGUYS] safari3.1 update

2008-03-23 Thread rlsimon
Sometimes I use safari for windows for a change of landscape ...I have 3.0.2
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Re: [CGUYS] dtv converter box ...more

2008-03-22 Thread rlsimon
Update...after windstorm ended, got about a dozen channels, some marginal,
most grouped decimal versions of 4 base channels.  Only getting cbs for the
big4  not getting pbs or njn ...do get privately owned public broadcasting
station wytv phila...huh?

-Original Message-

got the chp magnavox version from walmart in del valley ...here 1h s of
phila getting only ch 3.1 ...good antenna on 40' tower pointed at city hall
...is that all there is ??


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[CGUYS] dtv converter box ...more

2008-03-21 Thread rlsimon
got the chp magnavox version from walmart in del valley ...here 1h s of
phila getting only ch 3.1 ...good antenna on 40' tower pointed at city hall
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Re: [CGUYS] dtv converter box choice

2008-03-20 Thread rlsimon
For $40 coupon you get a tuner that outputs one channel.  Some have
passthrough which allows you to get the current analog signal, but you can
just get a splitter to put in before the box if your tv has video 1,2,3 etc
or aux inputs.  I would pay more if I could get a box that is a multi output
tuner that gives more than 1 channel (so you can use your vcr  dvd recorder
on it on separate channels).  These boxes are directed at the people who
don't have cable or dish and want a cheap way to keep their tv.  They are
not rocket science!

-Original Message-
From: Kyle R. Graybeal [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 10:38 AM
Subject: Re: dtv converter box choice


Just curious. If you have a antenna with more than one TV connected 
to it through a splitter, do you need a converter for each TV or will 
one suffice?

Thanks

Kyle Graybeal

At 05:21 AM 3/19/2008, you wrote:
You can apply to get two $40 coupons for converter boxes at 
https://www.dtv2009.gov/.  It takes a while to process.  There is a 
long list of approved boxes on the site.

One of the things to look for is a box that will pass through the RF 
signal when the box is off.  This will allow you to use the current 
tuner for non digital signals.

On Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 6:05 PM, Tony B [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
  I've seen no reports yet, but then none have yet been spotted in the 
  wild.
 
 
 
 
   On Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 5:35 PM, rlsimon [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:  
   which dtv converter box is best?
 
 
   
 
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Re: [CGUYS] dtv converter box choice

2008-03-19 Thread rlsimon
www.dtv2009.gov

I have read these things:

Walmart has one listed by thompson/RCA that stands up on its edge and has a
better remote for the same price but not in stock at any walmart around
here...magnavox they have some say the remote is flimsy and not full
featured.

Others say if you are gonna use more than one if say you have a vcr with a
tuner to supply you should not get brandmates as the remote may make both
boxes change the channel.

I have been unsuccessful at finding the thompson/RCA (which is the one I
want) at a WalMart in the Delaware valley...they only have the magnavox
which is also sold at radioshacks.  I see reviews of it on the walmart
website so they must have sold them before.

-Original Message-
From: Judy Cosler [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 9:33 PM
Subject: Re: dtv converter box choice


what coupons are these?
from where?

John Duncan Yoyo wrote:
 I got my coupons last week but I haven't had a chance to run out and 
 use them.  I needed three however and I picked up the Magnavox at 
 WalMart.  It seems to work OK with an indoor antenna.  I get all the 
 major networks.  It is spotty on 26 WETA and sometimes it drops it. I 
 have an outdoor antenna that I need to put up for the rest of the 
 channels.  I want to try and get Baltimore.  I can pull that in on 
 rabbit ears in the kitchen with a standard tuner.

 My favorite feature is the toggle switch on the side.  You can use the 
 remote to switch it on and to standby but the switch turns it all the 
 way off.

 On Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 6:18 PM, Rev. Stewart Marshall 
 [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 Our local Walmart has a stack of them, but then again I have not  
 received my coupons yet.

  Stewart




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  I've seen no reports yet, but then none have yet been spotted in 
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[CGUYS] dtv converter box choice

2008-03-18 Thread rlsimon
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[CGUYS] weird message...

2008-03-16 Thread rlsimon
weird message...
 
went to link from email ad from known vendor...
 
got this
 
!--
   - Unfortunately, Microsoft has added a clever new
   - feature to Internet Explorer.  If the text in
   - an error's message is too small, specifically
   - less than 512 bytes, Internet Explorer returns
   - its own error message.  Yes, you can turn that
   - off, but *surprise* it's pretty tricky to find
   - buried as a switch called smart error
   - messages  That means, of course, that many of
   - Resin's error messages are censored by default.
   - And, of course, you'll be shocked to learn that
   - IIS always returns error messages that are long
   - enough to make Internet Explorer happy.  The
   - workaround is pretty simple: pad the error
   - message with a big comment to push it over the
   - five hundred and twelve byte minimum.  Of course,
   - that's exactly what you're reading right now.
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Re: [CGUYS] weird message...

2008-03-16 Thread rlsimon
Odd thing is it was not IE that displayed it, but it was Opera 9.50b set to
id itself as ie...

-Original Message-
From: Jeff Wright [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Sunday, March 16, 2008 4:20 PM
Subject: Re: weird message...


That option has been there since at least v. 5.  I have no idea why IE is
implemented this way, but it's trivial to turn off.

 -Original Message-
 weird message...
 
 went to link from email ad from known vendor...
 
 got this
 
 !--
- Unfortunately, Microsoft has added a clever new
- feature to Internet Explorer.  If the text in
- an error's message is too small, specifically
- less than 512 bytes, Internet Explorer returns
- its own error message.  Yes, you can turn that
- off, but *surprise* it's pretty tricky to find
- buried as a switch called smart error
- messages  That means, of course, that many of
- Resin's error messages are censored by default.
- And, of course, you'll be shocked to learn that
- IIS always returns error messages that are long
- enough to make Internet Explorer happy.  The
- workaround is pretty simple: pad the error
- message with a big comment to push it over the
- five hundred and twelve byte minimum.  Of course,
- that's exactly what you're reading right now.
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Re: [CGUYS] Minolta Dimage 5400 scanner

2008-02-27 Thread rlsimon
I bought mine from a vendor who had factory refurbished ones (before
Minolta/Konica melted into Sony).  I see several up on eBay in your range.
There is quite a difference between the model 5400 and the 5400II inasmuch
as the former is incandescently lit, has usbfirewire, and has 3 corrections
schemes while the latter has fluorescent lighting, has usb, has 4 correction
schemes, and a less touchy transport scheme.  Mine is the model II.  Both
are likely good.  The Nikon product does not scan Kodachrome emulsion well
while the KM54005400II both do a good job on that commonly used film.

-Original Message-
From: David Turk [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2008 11:17 AM
Subject: Minolta Dimage 5400 scanner


We've had this model for awhile,  it's been very reliable.  I was
recommending it to a patron, but can't find it anywhere.  Is it not being
produced,  if not, can someone recommend a similar 35mm scanner? I've never
used the Nikon Coolscans, but they seem to be the most prevalent.  I'm
looking in the $400-$600 range.  tia.

   david

David Turk
Manager, Preservation Imaging Services
Indiana Historical Society
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center
450 W. Ohio St.
Indianapolis, IN  46202
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Re: [CGUYS] Podcast neophyte questions.

2008-02-24 Thread rlsimon
Windows compatible application total recorder will save whatever is sent
to your speakers ...check it out ...there's a trial copy ...works great and
will function when you shut off your speakers as long as the site is sending
the sound to your card...

-Original Message-
From: Stephen Meskin [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2008 11:32 PM
Subject: Podcast neophyte questions.


I have just investigated the podcast site for one program I really like, 
Studio 360.  I can download MP3 files for Feb 8, 15 and 22 but if click 
Feb 1 or earlier, I can either listen to it then and there on the 
computer or I am directed to Audible.com which seems to be a fee based 
operation.  It seems strange that I can listen a program but not capture it.

The Studio 360 podcast site (http://feeds.wnyc.org/studio360/podcast) 
gives links to 8 different podcatchers one of which is iTunes plus the 
capability of others. 

It also provides links labeled View Feed XML and  SpringWidgets.  
The latter says Embed this content on your site.  What is the value of 
these links?
Stephen

Here is a copy of the referenced site.
 
  Subscribe Now!
  ...with web-based podcatchers. Click your choice below:
  Subscribe with My Yahoo!Subscribe with NewsGatorSubscribe with 
NetvibesSubscribe with GoogleSubscribe with PageflakesSubscribe with 
ODEOSubscribe with Podnova
  ...with iTunes:
 
  Add to iTunes
  ...with something else (copy this address):
 
  Get more info on other podcatchers:
 
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Re: [CGUYS] Do Not Call Lists

2008-02-19 Thread rlsimon
I didn't read all the posts in this topic thread...I've wondered what
happens to the guys who think the DNC is not working and re-up ...does that
open a 90 day window for the callers to call you waiting for that period to
expire when they MUST honor your request resulting in worsening of the
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[CGUYS] thanks for hotel wifi advice ...za dld in process

2008-01-30 Thread rlsimon
for some reason, I never got those messages, but the archive feature I was
pointed to worked great ...thanks to all !!



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[CGUYS] Hotel WiFi advice? (put up again cuz I didn't see any answer)

2008-01-28 Thread rlsimon
Last year I went to a hotel using their wifi and found I had folders
installed on my box and lotsa problems which I have fixed.  Now, I'm on my
way again and I plan to: 1) disable file share, 2) use webmail only, 3)
what about banking for bill pay?, 4) is winXPsp2 firewall enuf or do I
need2get zone alarm?, 5) is Avast enuf, or what? 6) what else? ...TIA!!
 
did I miss the answer??



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[CGUYS] ebay

2008-01-28 Thread rlsimon
they will never ask you to change your password ...you got stuck with a
phish ...no doubt about it ...change your ebay password periodically
...watch out for any other site for which you use the same password
...change them all ...cover your windows with black paper ...get in your bed
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[CGUYS] Hotel WiFi advice?

2008-01-25 Thread rlsimon
Last year I went to a hotel using their wifi and found I had folders
installed on my box and lotsa problems which I have fixed.  Now, I'm on my
way again and I plan to: 1) disable file share, 2) use webmail only, 3)
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Re: [CGUYS] Digital TV

2008-01-11 Thread rlsimon
Watza deal with plasma/lcd at present ...I see Laser TVs are in the
pipeline ...was I right to wait ...I use a 1984 Sony kv25xbr which is a 25
tube set which still gets rave comments ...it also has lotsa inputs/outputs,
etc.  I can live with it longer if the Laser will be superior, and/or if the
emergence of Laser TVs drives down the prices of the predecessors ...wadda
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