I only had time to read the 1st article, but it didn't demonstrate
knowing anything about how prefetch works. As I noted initially, if the
test does not test what the fix fixes it is not much of a test.
The prefetch tweak is for system startup times, not app startup times.
THAT'S THE TEST.
Or you could just edit the registry to disable remote access as noted in the
workaround section of the KB article. Takes about 2 minutes a server.
Nah, better to panic.
The biggest threats to Macs (and all of us) right now is the Microsoft
Exactly. I choose to listen to Vint Cerf, undisputed as one of the
Founding Fathers of the Internet who said of Al Gore while defending
him from that false I invented the Internet meme:
False? Not really. While the invented part was nothing more than a
fish-in-the-barrel response from
I have to wonder if the politician's name in question was, say, Newt, and he
gave to some *other* party that you'd be so quick to rush to his defense.
Cerf's piece was a political contribution to the Gore campaign at the time,
nothing more. His partisan contribution pattern put his assertions
Good link, I hadn't seen that before.
Kinda makes my original point, don't ya think?
Read and weap (but heavens no politics!).
The Best and Worst Internet Laws
Date: Apr 20, 2007 By Eric Goldman.
Over the past dozen years, the
Umm, no, the original point was that Congress should not be trusted with
anything to do with technology, since its record over the past decade or so
is a sad and sorry tale. Did you forget that part already?
I never realized that Gore fetishists could be so kinky with the mythos. I
Daughter's friends tell her that Dell and Toshiba laptops are crap, the
only thing to have is a Mac because it will do multi-tasking, runs so
much faster than a PC
Both systems will mutli-task and have for years. Windows did this first,
but that's ancient history. Runs so much faster is
AmigaDOS did it before either, and OS-9 I think did it
before AmigaDOS. But that's ancient history :-)
Well, I just meant between the 2. And we're talking pre-emptive
multi-tasking, not that dressed up cooperative stuff.
Nice post Jeff, BTW. Very balanced and
But I've seen very few (well I have seen some but it depends on
who you hang out with) women who will obsess over hardware
tweaking to the extent that guys will, I never talked with a woman
who would eat Ramen for a month to achieve a marginal video
Only a month? Bah!
It's Automatic Updates. For some reason, I'm seeing this a lot on our
laptops this month, but I don't know why. I've turned off AU, and it's
notification that you may be at risk!, off.
svchost.exe is using 98-99 percent of CPU, making my PC very unpleasant
It's Automatic Updates. For some reason, I'm seeing this a lot on our
laptops this month, but I don't know why. I've turned off AU, and
notification that you may be at risk!, off.
So, that's not a bug that's a feature!
Sadly, yes. You can't say MS is without a sense of irony.
No, but you can turn off the notifications.
Start Settings Control Panel Security Center Left Pane Change
the way Windows Notifies Me
Keep in mind that it may be accurately telling you something that you assume
I run CA's latest firewall and
None of the hidden shares are open by default, unless you don't use a
password or one that's pathetically easy to guess. Without reading the
article, I'll assume that these are default shares they are referring to.
You cannot disable them.
Use a firewall, even Windows Firewall. That's the
I use the paid version. A very good firewall.
kerio has good reviews.
* == QUICK LIST-COMMAND REFERENCE - Put
Thanks John--I hadn't had time to look into the cause yet.
The Patch Watch section of the latest Windows Secrets newsletter had
to say about the svchost.exe bug:
* Finally, a real 'svchost.exe' fix *
For those of you who've suffered from *svchost.exe*,
Silverlight is designed to compete with Flash.
XPS is designed to compete with Aodbe's PDF format.
You have to marvel at the irony
(Fear Uncertainty Doubt - Repeat Lather Rinse)
Yes, everything MS touches turns to gold. Their Internet strategy of owning
it via MSN has paid off so handsomely for them. No, wait. It hasn't.
Maybe the Xbox line will turn a profit one day too.
Golly, maybe Adobe will, you know,
H, word processing (WP had, MS took it away), C++ compiler
(at least 2 or 3 competitors, MS took it away),
Took it away? What, did WP misbehave and get sent its room? How exactly
did they take it away?
Messaging (primarily AOL, hmmm, not so much anymore, it turns
out to have
They are also willing to sink lots of money in a product
until it does work (MS Word comes to mind).
Isn't that how anything in the real world happens? You make it seem that MS
has stumbled upon a unique formula. Few products, of any kind, work exactly
as planned out of the gate. According
Bundling. Isn't that similar to what railroads did in their
early years. Cost a run to some popular location where they
had competition below the cost to operate that route and
charge other routes with little/no competition much more for
rates. (I'm sure there are more recent occurrences
Joe Computeruser wants a computer to do email, web surfing and
word processing. Look Dell offers a bundle here and it comes
with MS Office for $150 or WordPerfect that only has word
processing for $250. Office has word processing, a spreadsheet
and a powerpoint. Office has three times as
Slightly off-topic. Riding the metro one day, I saw a picture in an ad of a
guy holding a 5-sided chip in his hand; about the size of a CF card, maybe a
bit larger. I couldn't read the ad's text right away, and I thought it
might be computer-related. Once I was close enough to read it, it
They're also in the midst of an internal civil war between the 32-bit apps
unit and the online apps unit. The fear is that the online apps will only
cannibalize the 32-bit app unit sales, *the* cash cow of MS.
As Dr. Smith would say, Oh Will, the pain...the pain...
Many BSODs are one-time events. I wouldn't worry about it unless it happens
frequently and with the same STOP code.
very very weird.
a computer tech I spent a time trying to figure out couldn't.
today has been clean so far!
Well, that qualifies.
If you haven't blue screened yet today, assuming you are using it at your
usual workload and running the same apps, then the tech probably cleared up
the problem during troubleshooting. It would be unusual for a BSOD to
cure itself with no other intervention.
Why not just terminal into the server?
Does anyone know how I can connect to a remote SQL server (2000) over a
VPN connection? I am testing Hamachi but the connection is too slow to
be of any use.
Nope, you just have to install terminal services on the server and then use
the Windows client to connect. This is best done through a secure VPN. I
suppose you could do this with VNC as well.
To use terminal server, I think I need to dedicate a box, is that
I can recognize it easily. I won't however, pay for the Jobs Retirement
Portfolio price premium to own it. Not all of us need to *buy* cool and the
smarter ones realize that being an early adopter is rarely a net positive.
I paid half that, and without a 2-year contract, for a handhled
And the Wii just came out 6 months ago or so and the Xbox 360 has been
selling for what, almost 2 years? Next, Tom will be telling us that 2007
calendars are outselling 2005 calendars in Latvia.
Still, that Xbox is a money loser for MS is not news.
I hear that the Wii might come out with a
They usually just buy software companies that they think can help their
bottom line, making the original owners millionaires, or in some cases,
You're right. How awful.
Usually Apple is not so cutthroat. For example when iTunes put Panic
Before we call the MS action in regards to the XBox remarkable you
to make a convincing case that MS would not have been successfully sued
But the simple fact remains that they weren't sued and responded to customer
complaints with positive actions. We know that doesn't fit
Tipping point? Tom, you have to stop sniffing the iPhone glue.
The iPhone has a very nice interface, no question. But beyond that, no
killer app; it's not doing anything that already isn't being done by other
smart/cell phones and media players. It's clearly evolutionary, not the
I think this is rather stupid and bad PR for Sprint and may yet backfire on
them, but if what has been reported about the people being dropped is true,
then I probably wouldn't blame Sprint.
Of course, there is also the chance that some of these people had a
legitimate complaint that wasn't being
Interpret survey shows 90% of iPhone buyers either extremely or
satisfied. Apparently such high marks are almost unheard of.
Half of buyers switched to ATT from another carrier. One third of
had to break a contract to get the iPhone paying an average
Mason--You don't need to justify it to me or confuse me with other people.
Really. You. Don't.
Please refer to the points in my previous post where I shared your happiness
and noted my primary dislike of the whole situation. It's really very
simple. I shouldn't have to spell it out, but I will:
Jeff sure hates it when the world becomes a better place and does not
want to hear about it.
By all means, tell me about it. I'll even ask questions and politely, yet
convincingly, compliment you. After the 100th time that day, and it becomes
clear that I don't share your almost sexual
Only if you have Windows 98 or before and/or have no firewall and don't use
a password (or have one very easy to guess) for the computer's default or
admin account, then theoretically, yes. But, I wouldn't lose any sleep over
Windows XP SP2 and Vista's firewalls
I decided to google ATS.
Gosh, what an objective source. And a phantom IT manager with no name or
ability to confirm the claim. What a story.
Here's mine. We lost yet another eMac to a logic board failure, which has
to be replaced to fix the problem. To their
Well stated Paul.
I think the article is mistaken about the conservatism of IT
(Surely there is misinformation coming sales reps - eg MS - about other
technologies but I think they take advantage of a certain reality and
So objective. Compare a real response to a hypothetical and sing the
praises of what the hypothetical vendor might have done in some fantasy
Are you still sniffing the iPhone glue? These are both real situations,
neither is hypothetical, so what is your point?
I have read many
Not by choice. They bought Veritas, who used to make Backup Exec. The
situation I'm in may be enough to put me onto a different product.
I cringed the day I heard about the sale. On the day of the actual merger,
the Symantec CEO was quoted as saying I don't know why we bought them.
I don't think I'm the one who needs to get used to something.
No, I *don't* have a problem with overseas tech support. I clearly said
that. What I do have a problem with is not being able to understand the
speaker because of a *very* thick accent. I think speaking clearly is a
basic job skill
Yes Michael. They should be able to understand me and I should be able to
understand them. I really don't care where they are on the planet, just be
able speak *clearly* in the same language as the caller.
It's what I am *paying* the company they work for, for them to do. Is that
He's signed off, so he didn't see any of that.
What a waste of effort.
Thanks for your comment and your sentiment, Eric, but, if you
closely at my post, you'll see that I cc'd him. That was my way of
such an eventuality into account.
Bob, can I
1. I don't want listmembers to attempt to censor others, but
such behavior moderating the list.
How can anyone censor anyone else here? Do you think you missed out on
some special power that can reach out and retroactively wipe a sent message?
As much as I would like for you to
Here ya go. Without ActiveX, you'll just have to download and install
updates until the problem goes away, assuming the diagnosis is correct.
Start with SP2 and go from there. SP3 just came out, but I haven't tested
Don't run as an admin, if you can. That stops 99% of non-honor system
Use both. Spyware filters work better with several being used.
Windows Defender seems to work and is pretty trouble free.
Yes, that is what I am saying. Malware uses the existing rights of the user
to do its deed. Running as an admin, gives malware admin rights to the
machine and thus, no limitations. Running as a lower-permission user denies
malware the rights it needs to install and propagate itself.
You can't downgrade the OS, but you do have the right to install XP in
place of Vista. You have to already have the XP media *and* product ID and
you can then install that instead.
The Dell OEM disks won't work unless you buy another Dell. The disks are
locked to the system's hardware and
This is paranoia; turn on the XP firewall and you can go online and d/l the
updates just fine. Slipstreaming is only necessary when you install the OS
from scratch many times. If you are doing a one-time install, it's a waste
If you are behind a home router, you have absolutely nothing
There. Fixed that for you.
Now you know why Apple is so confident about future OS X sales.
You may be better off following Mac user's favorite activity:
succumb. You know that eventually they will make it impossible for you to
stay with OS 9. Might as well
For $50, you'd be crazy not to. Or, you could buy 1/8 (formerly 1/12) of an
It's a deal after rebate for new clients buying thru letstalk.com.
On 9/6/07, b_s-wilk [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
Tmobile Dash? AKA HTC excaliber...anyone got one?
That's worth whatever typical nominal extra cost there is to me.
Jeff can't afford a Mac because he wasted his budget paying too much
Here's a nice disclaimer from Tom's vendor:
FREE USPS SHIPPING: applies only to orders which are placed online.
There is no minimum order amount
It might work, it might not. I've seen PCs that were *very* picky about
what RAM they would run and others not fussy at all.
That's why I stick with vendors that match the memory to the machine, like
Crucial. The guesswork is eliminated.
I'm upgrading my Compaq
Randall, Welcome to the crowd. I tried and tried to warn people about
any printer that did not take cartridges from Staples or any other
supply place. I wrote about this a few years ago and a couple of
people said that Dell printers were great and I resisted the I told
I run VMWare Server 1.0 at work. Solid as a rock. And free.
I might a solved my issue with the remaining three programs
I would like windows [XP Pro] to run:
Everquest [crack for some]
VMWare workstation seems to fit the bill, get the
The native firewall in Vista is more than adequate. It doesn't provide
alerts for outgoing traffic, but I discovered that most people were just
clicking allow - allow - allow - allow without much forethought as to that
it was they were allowing (and most of the alerts are still cryptic anyway).
Of course. Have the backup job write to an external drive or just manually
burn a CD or DVD once per week/month.
But don't you really need to back up to a separate device or drive, in
the entire hard drive becomes corrupted, etc.?
This person I'm talking about is one of those amazing
people who has so much to offer so many people, which is why I am so
Oprah had her on twice in the space of weeks. She is a renowned
psychologist and writer and when I heard she didn't have a website, it
occurred that a website
Whatever. Randy can and will do whatever he likes.
Poor Jeffrey. So used to having people obey senseless rules that he
longer come up with reasonable justifications.
I can see the people in your organization. Another crazy rule from
Oh yes, the much vaunted Mac ease of use. 2 examples from this past week:
1 - I wanted to change the short name of the root admin, so that all of my
Macs had the same one. The consultant I used to deploy these used several
different short (and long) names, bless them. I wanted to change it as
I put out a proposal here at the office to get a number of notebooks
and in order to keep them all in the same state, we'd ghost one and
apply the image to the rest. My understanding is that a Windows
license is mapped to a MAC address - is that true? Has anyone done
this before where you'd
Yeah, I saw that, but no native shortcut. Heck, there are no less than 2
ways of doing this on a PC without waiting for the screensaver to kick in.
Just illustrating that Windows does this simple, yet very valuable, thing
out of the box and on a Mac, it's E*N*T*E*R*T*A*I*N*M*E*N*T.
I can't even figure out what you are talking about. You can certainly
more than one user with the privileges you need. You shouldn't be
root to do the hardware inventory - that is a security violation. You
should be creating a user just for this purpose with just the
IMVHO, complaining that a Mac does not work exactly like a PC is a
That's a given, but I keep coming upon issues on the Mac that are nothing
but hoop jumping, compared to administering a PC. Change the admin name on
a PC? That takes seconds.
That is why those of us who
How can I invoke the screen saver on Windows
without finding the actual module and creating a
shortcut on the desktop?
-Set up the screensaver. Start Control Panel Display Screen saver
(or right click on the desktop properties screensaver)
-Keyboard shortcut: Windows key+L (if fast
When you log onto a computer, you need to authenticate yourself (so the
computer system can know who you are) and establish credentials (so the
computer system can enforce the appropriate access controls, give out
right privileges, etc.). Even Windows sort of works like that. It is
This is not just a name written in a box on the screen. You also must
take care of things like file access permissions and the keychain. I
guess since the Windows system is inherently insecure there is less
involved in changing a username.
No, Windows just takes care of these housekeeping
AdmitMac is a useful crutch when faced with clueless Windows system
admins. Rather than fighting with them to configure their network
correctly we install AdmitMac and get the Mac to mimmic whatever
mistakes they are running with.
Orwell lives! Incorrect? Only if you're one of the 3
Which only proves the point that Windows security is poor and that you
are so sold on the MS way of doing things that you can't get your brain
around the concept of better security.
All it proves is how ignorant you are of things other than those blessed by
the Glorious Leader.
Absolutely, don't login as admin, etc. It shouldn't be needed
for day to day use for normal office applications. Would MS
Office need to be admin to be usable?
No. Every staffer runs as a lowest permission user at my .org. Office runs
1) pretending they have a mulit-user OS when they really don't.
This is demonstrated by your complaing of too many steps. Windows
not need these steps because there is no real security there. It is
a kid's computer you buy for $10 at Toys-R-Us: lots of dials and
1. That is so clearly untrue. And you can read any security reviews
of any kind from any source, except Microsoft or those paid by Microsoft,
Every OS has weaknesses and exploits, even *nix. I read about them every
day. At what point is something secure? Zero bugs? 10
Wow. Who would have thought that denial is a stronger natural force than
*Everyone,* until Vista, ran as an admin. That is the single biggest
security flaw in Windows and why Windows boxes are so easily compromised.
And sophistry does not an argument make. Is bolted-on the only
Apple fans have an attitude where, when Apple does something bad, it's
okay, or at least understandable. When other companies, especially
arch-rival Microsoft, does the same exact thing, it's a travesty and
obviously clear evidence of why
This is what is known as an ad hominem attack. Instead of focusing on
the merits, he attacks the people who own Macs.
You must have missed the title of the article: The Worst Thing About Macs.
Hint: It was also the subject line.
Mike--Please note that all of those are all inferior design specs. IOW,
not invented in Cupertino.
I got a non ipod because I needed something water resistant. And
smaller then a nano but still with a screen. And something
All Dells are BTX. Does being #2 in PC sales, exponentially greater than
all Mac sales, count?
Will PC makers contiune to cling to a 10-year-old ATX MoBo design? I
place my bet on lack of innovation. That seems to be endemic in Windows
Moore posted to the site an exploit that would allow a hacker to insert
malicious code onto someone's iPhone to access the device's data. Because
the flawed TIFF library is used by the iPhone's Web browser, e-mail program,
and iTunes software --
Who's paying you to ask this and how much? Whatever it is, I'll double it.
Microsoft vs Apple.
In order to asertain whether a participant in this forums opinion is
by the money motive. I would like to see a disclaimer from
anyone commenting on how good
I deal with regular people all the time. They have no trouble with the
2nd mouse button. I only need to show them once. Two or 3 times for the
extra regular people.
Maybe you're just projecting your own expectations.
Where do you *meet* these people you always
Avast is fine, but I find its interface to be clumsy and AVG usually tests
better at catching malware.
AVG here too.
I see 2 folks recommended AVG/Grisoft ...some time back I threw up my
with Norton and went with Avast ...any comparisons or thoughts?
I think our many previous interactions have amply demonstrated that you
are not observation driven. You tend to see what your predispositions
prepare you to see -- for example the many things you say about Macs
are not so. When people are having trouble you filter it out or write
Not Entourage in an Exchange environment; Outlook trounces it. My Mac users
insist on running classic so they can run Outlook 2001, which allows them to
have mail archives. Each person that I put on Entourage went back to using
It's very possible at
There goes Jeff again with his misconfigured Macs. Got to feel sorry
for his poor Mac users. Entourage *with patches applied* works fine.
There goes Tom again, shooting off his uninformed mouth. It's v. 2004 and
*all* of the patches have been applied, including the Exchange patch. And,
How to replace Microsoft software or hardware, order service packs and
product upgrades, or replace product manuals
List members -
I'm running three machines with XP . They each have
their Certificates and
http://myspeed.visualware.com/ will give you a graph of TCP pauses.
claim that a random pattern of pauses reflects network congestion and a
regular pattern of pauses suggests throttling. I know my bandwith is
throttled, because this is the level of service I'm paying for, and my
Oh these are different, really interesting!
Via my FIOS
About 50% faster than cable and very steady. This is what good service
should look like.
Via Comcast 5 minutes later
Over here, they have a more thorough test:
What's more interesting is that these 2 tests are only a minute or so apart:
OK, the first VoIP test was to their Chicago node. This is through the
Ashburn node. A bit different:
Over here, they have a more thorough test:
These serial interfaces are usually require a null modem serial cable too.
Maybe you could do that with USB, who knows.
Last year, I thought about getting our latest batch of Dell PCs without
floppies, but I'm glad I didn't.
These Optiplex PCs used SATA optical drives and the latest version of
Somehow I already knew that was the case. Probably have a parallel port
Maybe, I haven't needed to check lately, but I do still have centronic
cables laying around. I still use a couple HP LaserJet 4 and 5's in low
volume areas, which won't die. They're networked, but they could run off
Reading problem? 64 is more than twice 30.
No. Do you have a writing problem?
I always print out my 4 x 6 foot posters on my inkjet.
You probably think you are being a wise guy, but that is precisely the case.
I have clients printing posters that are 64 inches wide and using multiple
I have computers with serial ports AND floppies.
For some odd reason, they haven't yet burst into flames and they continue to
work normally. I didn't buy them to be fashion statements either, so maybe
that's the problem.
I have a serial device I use from time to
Tom must be getting kickbacks from the scotch tape sales guys.
I think I'd get some funny looks if I asked my AutoCAD people to just work
with the $75 Deskjets and figure out the rest. In fact, I think I'd find
the tires on my car flattened if I did.
Instead, I bought them a 30 DesignJet,
It is foolish to continue to buy into obsolete technologies such as the
old serial and parallel interfaces or floppy drives.
Let me give you another example where the new technology failed over the
We started using IP-based management cards for the APC UPSes for our
Yes, but have you required both of those in the computers you bought
Required? No, the serial port is on in the default config. As already
stated, having a serial port harms nothing.
I have not been willing to pay the extra $30 for a floppy drive for at
least two years.
Not at all. She should have had a DVI-VGA converter, since it was her
computer and her problem.
VGA remains a perfectly functional video interface. Every single
non-graphics computer we have uses it and is missing nothing in terms of
performance or functionality. DVI in the business is a
CRTs? I haven't bought one of those in almost 2 years, not since LCD panels
became near equal in price. I'll be selling what CRTs remain once they
rotate out, donating them to a poorer .org or just recycle them.
Analog LCDs make *everyone* in my company happy, productive and none the
I've used them 3 times now for large pickups, never a problem. Are you sure
it isn't user error?
If it's a Dell product, Dell will do it for free.
Has anyone actually been to
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