Re: [CGUYS] Speeding Up XP [Was: Vista Memory Needs

2007-04-11 Thread Jeff Wright
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.

Re: [CGUYS] Apple Issues Patches for 25 Security Holes

2007-04-21 Thread Jeff Wright
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. -Original Message- The biggest threats to Macs (and all of us) right now is the Microsoft DNS vulnerability.

Re: [CGUYS] Savvy Senator?

2007-04-22 Thread Jeff Wright
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

Re: [CGUYS] Savvy Senator?

2007-04-24 Thread Jeff Wright
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

Re: [CGUYS] Savvy Senator?

2007-04-24 Thread Jeff Wright
Good link, I hadn't seen that before. Kinda makes my original point, don't ya think? -Original Message- 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

Re: [CGUYS] Savvy Senator?

2007-04-25 Thread Jeff Wright
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 never

Re: [CGUYS] Comparing Mac and PC laptops

2007-05-03 Thread Jeff Wright
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

Re: [CGUYS] Comparing Mac and PC laptops

2007-05-03 Thread Jeff Wright
-Original Message- 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

Re: [CGUYS] Female gamers

2007-05-04 Thread Jeff Wright
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 card upgrade. Only a month? Bah!

Re: [CGUYS] Help! Debugging svchost.exe

2007-05-15 Thread Jeff Wright
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. -Original Message- svchost.exe is using 98-99 percent of CPU, making my PC very unpleasant to use.

Re: [CGUYS] Help! Debugging svchost.exe

2007-05-16 Thread Jeff Wright
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. So, that's not a bug that's a feature! Sadly, yes. You can't say MS is without a sense of irony.

Re: [CGUYS] Dump the red shield

2007-05-16 Thread Jeff Wright
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 is incorrect. -Original Message- I run CA's latest firewall and

Re: [CGUYS] Hidden Shares PC Mag May 22 07 p88

2007-05-16 Thread Jeff Wright
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

Re: [CGUYS] Is there still a free firewall?

2007-05-16 Thread Jeff Wright
I use the paid version. A very good firewall. -Original Message- kerio has good reviews. http://www.sunbelt-software.com/Home-Home-Office/Sunbelt-Personal- Firewall/ * == QUICK LIST-COMMAND REFERENCE - Put

Re: [CGUYS] Help! Debugging svchost.exe

2007-05-16 Thread Jeff Wright
Thanks John--I hadn't had time to look into the cause yet. -Original Message- The Patch Watch section of the latest Windows Secrets newsletter had this to say about the svchost.exe bug: * Finally, a real 'svchost.exe' fix * For those of you who've suffered from *svchost.exe*,

Re: [CGUYS] Acrobat and Silverlight (was PDF files in a Macintosh environment)

2007-06-02 Thread Jeff Wright
Silverlight is designed to compete with Flash. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Silverlight XPS is designed to compete with Aodbe's PDF format. http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20061015-7992.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XML_Paper_Specification You have to marvel at the irony

Re: [CGUYS] Acrobat and Silverlight (was PDF files in a Macintosh environment)

2007-06-02 Thread Jeff Wright
F.U.D.-R.L.R. (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,

Re: [CGUYS] Acrobat and Silverlight (was PDF files in a Macintosh environment)

2007-06-03 Thread Jeff Wright
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? Instant Messaging (primarily AOL, hmmm, not so much anymore, it turns out to have

Re: [CGUYS] Acrobat and Silverlight (was PDF files in a Macintosh environment)

2007-06-04 Thread Jeff Wright
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

Re: [CGUYS] Acrobat and Silverlight (was PDF files in a Macintosh environment)

2007-06-04 Thread Jeff Wright
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

Re: [CGUYS] Acrobat and Silverlight (was PDF files in a Macintosh environment)

2007-06-06 Thread Jeff Wright
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

Re: [CGUYS] USB stick issues

2007-06-15 Thread Jeff Wright
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

Re: [CGUYS] Networked Computing [Was: USB stick issues]

2007-06-16 Thread Jeff Wright
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... -Original Message-

Re: [CGUYS] blue screen????

2007-06-24 Thread Jeff Wright
Many BSODs are one-time events. I wouldn't worry about it unless it happens frequently and with the same STOP code. -Original Message- very very weird. has stopped!!! a computer tech I spent a time trying to figure out couldn't. today has been clean so far!

Re: [CGUYS] blue screen????

2007-06-24 Thread Jeff Wright
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.

Re: [CGUYS] SQL and VPN

2007-06-27 Thread Jeff Wright
Why not just terminal into the server? -Original Message- 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.

Re: [CGUYS] SQL and VPN

2007-06-28 Thread Jeff Wright
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. -Original Message- To use terminal server, I think I need to dedicate a box, is that right?

Re: [CGUYS] iPhone/iPod [Was: Internet broadcasters and royalties

2007-07-02 Thread Jeff Wright
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

Re: [CGUYS] Just How Badly is MS Selling?

2007-07-02 Thread Jeff Wright
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

Re: [CGUYS] iPhone domain registration bought for six figure su

2007-07-06 Thread Jeff Wright
They usually just buy software companies that they think can help their bottom line, making the original owners millionaires, or in some cases, mega-milionaires. You're right. How awful. -Original Message- Usually Apple is not so cutthroat. For example when iTunes put Panic

Re: [CGUYS] What is Remarkable? [Was: iPhone domain registration...

2007-07-07 Thread Jeff Wright
Before we call the MS action in regards to the XBox remarkable you need to make a convincing case that MS would not have been successfully sued over it. But the simple fact remains that they weren't sued and responded to customer complaints with positive actions. We know that doesn't fit

Re: [CGUYS] Will the iPhone Change Everything?

2007-07-10 Thread Jeff Wright
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 other thing.

Re: [CGUYS] Cell Coverage [Was: Will the iPhone Change Everythi

2007-07-10 Thread Jeff Wright
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

Re: [CGUYS] Will the iPhone Change Everything?

2007-07-13 Thread Jeff Wright
-Original Message- Interpret survey shows 90% of iPhone buyers either extremely or very satisfied. Apparently such high marks are almost unheard of. Half of buyers switched to ATT from another carrier. One third of buyers had to break a contract to get the iPhone paying an average

Re: [CGUYS] Will the iPhone Change Everything?

2007-07-13 Thread Jeff Wright
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:

Re: [CGUYS] Will the iPhone Change Everything?

2007-07-13 Thread Jeff Wright
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

Re: [CGUYS] DSL/Cable question

2007-07-13 Thread Jeff Wright
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 it. http://tinyurl.com/2mqerv Windows XP SP2 and Vista's firewalls

Re: [CGUYS] iPhone vs. IT: Clash of the Culture Titans

2007-07-29 Thread Jeff Wright
I decided to google ATS. http://tinyurl.com/388uun 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

Re: [CGUYS] iPhone vs. IT: Clash of the Culture Titans

2007-07-29 Thread Jeff Wright
Well stated Paul. -Original Message- I think the article is mistaken about the conservatism of IT departments. (Surely there is misinformation coming sales reps - eg MS - about other technologies but I think they take advantage of a certain reality and don't create it.) That

Re: [CGUYS] iPhone vs. IT: Clash of the Culture Titans

2007-07-29 Thread Jeff Wright
So objective. Compare a real response to a hypothetical and sing the praises of what the hypothetical vendor might have done in some fantasy situation. Are you still sniffing the iPhone glue? These are both real situations, neither is hypothetical, so what is your point? I have read many

Re: [CGUYS] iPhone vs. IT: Clash of the Culture Titans

2007-07-29 Thread Jeff Wright
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. Head.

Re: [CGUYS] iPhone vs. IT: Clash of the Culture Titans

2007-07-29 Thread Jeff Wright
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

Re: [CGUYS] Can you hear me now? [was: iPhone vs. IT: Clash of the Culture Titans]

2007-07-30 Thread Jeff Wright
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 really so

Re: [CGUYS] Bill Nye, the anti-God Science Guy

2007-08-19 Thread Jeff Wright
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 look closely at my post, you'll see that I cc'd him. That was my way of taking such an eventuality into account. Bob Bob, can I

Re: [CGUYS] Bill Nye, the anti-God Science Guy

2007-08-26 Thread Jeff Wright
1. I don't want listmembers to attempt to censor others, but label 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

Re: [CGUYS] Problem caused by MS Office System Software

2007-08-28 Thread Jeff Wright
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 it yet. http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/CD010225291033.aspx

Re: [CGUYS] Windows Defender vs SpyBot Search Destroy

2007-08-28 Thread Jeff Wright
Don't run as an admin, if you can. That stops 99% of non-honor system spyware attacks. -Original Message- Use both. Spyware filters work better with several being used. Windows Defender seems to work and is pretty trouble free.

Re: [CGUYS] Windows Defender vs SpyBot Search Destroy

2007-08-30 Thread Jeff Wright
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.

Re: [CGUYS] Replacing Vista with XP

2007-09-01 Thread Jeff Wright
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

Re: [CGUYS] Replacing Vista with XP

2007-09-02 Thread Jeff Wright
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 of time. If you are behind a home router, you have absolutely nothing

Re: [CGUYS] Replacing Vista with XP

2007-09-02 Thread Jeff Wright
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

Re: [CGUYS] Dash

2007-09-10 Thread Jeff Wright
For $50, you'd be crazy not to. Or, you could buy 1/8 (formerly 1/12) of an iPhone. -Original Message- It's a deal after rebate for new clients buying thru letstalk.com. Mike On 9/6/07, b_s-wilk [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Tmobile Dash? AKA HTC excaliber...anyone got one?

Re: [CGUYS] Replacing laptop memory

2007-09-10 Thread Jeff Wright
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 for RAM. 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

Re: [CGUYS] Desktop Memory

2007-09-12 Thread Jeff Wright
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. -Original Message- I'm upgrading my Compaq

Re: [CGUYS] [Fwd: Walgreen's offers free ink refills]

2007-09-13 Thread Jeff Wright
Randall, Welcome to the crowd. I tried and tried to warn people about buying any printer that did not take cartridges from Staples or any other office 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 you

Re: [CGUYS] VMWare

2007-09-26 Thread Jeff Wright
I run VMWare Server 1.0 at work. Solid as a rock. And free. -Original Message- I might a solved my issue with the remaining three programs I would like windows [XP Pro] to run: Everquest [crack for some] Quicken Versacheck VMWare workstation seems to fit the bill, get the

Re: [CGUYS] Anti-virus

2007-09-29 Thread Jeff Wright
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).

Re: [CGUYS] [Fwd: XP Gets Life Extension]

2007-09-30 Thread Jeff Wright
Of course. Have the backup job write to an external drive or just manually burn a CD or DVD once per week/month. -Original Message- But don't you really need to back up to a separate device or drive, in case the entire hard drive becomes corrupted, etc.?

Re: [CGUYS] Grabbing domain names of well-known persons?

2007-10-07 Thread Jeff Wright
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 glad 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

Re: [CGUYS] Grabbing domain names of well-known persons?

2007-10-07 Thread Jeff Wright
Whatever. Randy can and will do whatever he likes. -Original Message- Poor Jeffrey. So used to having people obey senseless rules that he can no longer come up with reasonable justifications. I can see the people in your organization. Another crazy rule from IT. Oh well, I

Re: [CGUYS] Grabbing domain names of well-known persons?

2007-10-11 Thread Jeff Wright
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

Re: [CGUYS] Ghosting Windows

2007-10-11 Thread Jeff Wright
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

Re: [CGUYS] Grabbing domain names of well-known persons?

2007-10-11 Thread Jeff Wright
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.

Re: [CGUYS] Mac Administrator

2007-10-11 Thread Jeff Wright
I can't even figure out what you are talking about. You can certainly have more than one user with the privileges you need. You shouldn't be using root to do the hardware inventory - that is a security violation. You should be creating a user just for this purpose with just the

Re: [CGUYS] MacIgnorance [Was: Grabbing domain names of well-known persons?

2007-10-12 Thread Jeff Wright
IMVHO, complaining that a Mac does not work exactly like a PC is a silly exercise. 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

Re: [CGUYS] Mac Administrator

2007-10-12 Thread Jeff Wright
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

Re: [CGUYS] Mac Administrator

2007-10-12 Thread Jeff Wright
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 the right privileges, etc.). Even Windows sort of works like that. It is a

Re: [CGUYS] MacIgnorance

2007-10-12 Thread Jeff Wright
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

Re: [CGUYS] Mac Administrator

2007-10-14 Thread Jeff Wright
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

Re: [CGUYS] MacIgnorance

2007-10-14 Thread Jeff Wright
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. Windows'

Re: [CGUYS] MacIgnorance

2007-10-14 Thread Jeff Wright
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 just fine.

Re: [CGUYS] MacIgnorance

2007-10-14 Thread Jeff Wright
1) pretending they have a mulit-user OS when they really don't. This is demonstrated by your complaing of too many steps. Windows does not need these steps because there is no real security there. It is like a kid's computer you buy for $10 at Toys-R-Us: lots of dials and buttons, but

Re: [CGUYS] Security Ignorance

2007-10-16 Thread Jeff Wright
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, to verify it. Every OS has weaknesses and exploits, even *nix. I read about them every day. At what point is something secure? Zero bugs? 10

Re: [CGUYS] Mac Market Share Grows

2007-10-19 Thread Jeff Wright
Wow. Who would have thought that denial is a stronger natural force than gravity? *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

[CGUYS] The Worst Thing about Macs

2007-10-19 Thread Jeff Wright
http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,2193639,00.asp 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

Re: [CGUYS] The Worst Thing about Macs

2007-10-20 Thread Jeff Wright
http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,2193639,00.asp 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. He

Re: [CGUYS] Table top stand alone MP3 player?

2007-10-20 Thread Jeff Wright
Mike--Please note that all of those are all inferior design specs. IOW, not invented in Cupertino. -Original Message- I got a non ipod because I needed something water resistant. And something smaller then a nano but still with a screen. And something considerably cheaper. And

Re: [CGUYS] BTX vs ATX [Was: Mac Market Share Grows]

2007-10-20 Thread Jeff Wright
All Dells are BTX. Does being #2 in PC sales, exponentially greater than all Mac sales, count? -Original Message- Will PC makers contiune to cling to a 10-year-old ATX MoBo design? I will place my bet on lack of innovation. That seems to be endemic in Windows land.

[CGUYS] Expert Calls Apple's iPhone 'Perfect Spying Device'

2007-10-20 Thread Jeff Wright
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nf/20071017/bs_nf/56074 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 --

Re: [CGUYS] The Worst Thing about Macs

2007-10-24 Thread Jeff Wright
Who's paying you to ask this and how much? Whatever it is, I'll double it. -Original Message- Microsoft vs Apple. In order to asertain whether a participant in this forums opinion is tainted by the money motive. I would like to see a disclaimer from anyone commenting on how good

Re: [CGUYS] Mac Ignorance [Was: The Worst Thing about Macs

2007-10-25 Thread Jeff Wright
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. -Original Message- Where do you *meet* these people you always

Re: [CGUYS] best antivirus software

2007-10-25 Thread Jeff Wright
Avast is fine, but I find its interface to be clumsy and AVG usually tests better at catching malware. AVG here too. -Original Message- I see 2 folks recommended AVG/Grisoft ...some time back I threw up my hands with Norton and went with Avast ...any comparisons or thoughts?

Re: [CGUYS] Mac Ignorance [Was: The Worst Thing about Macs

2007-10-25 Thread Jeff Wright
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 that are not so. When people are having trouble you filter it out or write them

Re: [CGUYS] Standards Flash

2007-10-29 Thread Jeff Wright
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 Outlook. -Original Message- It's very possible at

Re: [CGUYS] Standards Flash

2007-10-30 Thread Jeff Wright
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, as

Re: [CGUYS] An XP clean install ?

2007-11-03 Thread Jeff Wright
How to replace Microsoft software or hardware, order service packs and product upgrades, or replace product manuals http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326246 -Original Message- List members - I'm running three machines with XP . They each have their Certificates and

Re: [CGUYS] Reliable, free broadband speed test sites?

2007-11-03 Thread Jeff Wright
http://myspeed.visualware.com/ will give you a graph of TCP pauses. They 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 TCP

Re: [CGUYS] Reliable, free broadband speed test sites?

2007-11-03 Thread Jeff Wright
Oh these are different, really interesting! Via my FIOS http://msiad.visualware.com/myspeed/db/report?id=7569896 About 50% faster than cable and very steady. This is what good service should look like. Via Comcast 5 minutes later

Re: [CGUYS] Reliable, free broadband speed test sites?

2007-11-03 Thread Jeff Wright
Over here, they have a more thorough test: http://myvoipspeed.visualware.com/ What's more interesting is that these 2 tests are only a minute or so apart: Regular: http://msiad.visualware.com/myspeed/db/report?id=7572279 VoIP: http://mvsord.visualware.com/myspeed/db/report?id=626480 Very

Re: [CGUYS] Reliable, free broadband speed test sites?

2007-11-03 Thread Jeff Wright
OK, the first VoIP test was to their Chicago node. This is through the Ashburn node. A bit different: http://mvsiad.visualware.com/myspeed/db/report?id=412833 -Original Message- Over here, they have a more thorough test: http://myvoipspeed.visualware.com/ What's more

Re: [CGUYS] Looking for notebooks

2007-11-07 Thread Jeff Wright
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

Re: [CGUYS] Rip Van Winkle [Was: Looking for notebooks

2007-11-07 Thread Jeff Wright
Somehow I already knew that was the case. Probably have a parallel port too. 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

Re: [CGUYS] Rip Van Winkle [Was: Looking for notebooks]

2007-11-07 Thread Jeff Wright
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 strips

Re: [CGUYS] Rip Van Winkle [Was: Looking for notebooks

2007-11-07 Thread Jeff Wright
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. -Original Message- I have a serial device I use from time to

Re: [CGUYS] Rip Van Winkle [Was: Looking for notebooks]

2007-11-07 Thread Jeff Wright
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,

Re: [CGUYS] Rip Van Winkle [Was: Looking for notebooks

2007-11-08 Thread Jeff Wright
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 old. We started using IP-based management cards for the APC UPSes for our servers. The

Re: [CGUYS] Rip Van Winkle [Was: Looking for notebooks

2007-11-08 Thread Jeff Wright
Yes, but have you required both of those in the computers you bought this year? 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. I

Re: [CGUYS] Rip Van Winkle [Was: Looking for notebooks

2007-11-10 Thread Jeff Wright
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

Re: [CGUYS] Rip Van Winkle [Was: Looking for notebooks

2007-11-10 Thread Jeff Wright
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 poorer.

Re: [CGUYS] Rip Van Winkle [Was: Looking for notebooks

2007-11-13 Thread Jeff Wright
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. http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/recycling/en/prod uct_recycle -Original Message- Has anyone actually been to

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