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Suggestions, Feedback & Bugs / Great site Zeus and company!
« on: September 16, 2004, 02:42:58 PM »
I like the new format here. It is easier to move around and it has a new, snazzy look! Some time I would like to work on web site creation more but right now that time is not there. I did do a bit of web site creation a few years ago with the yahoo site, but that was as far as things went. I doubt my web site would still be available at this point, but I started it because I was taking an HTML course online - free at About.com.

Again, great site, all involved! Look forward to being more a part of the discussions now from time to time. Keep up the good work!

Mr Analyst

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General Hardware / Cheaper to upgrade PC or buy new?
« on: September 04, 2004, 05:23:28 PM »
We were just in Humbolt, SK today, just over an hour northeast of Saskatoon. There, we stopped in at a computer place where they specialize in custom builds. I am starting to wonder whether it would be cheaper to keep our hard drive and do an upgrade, or whether it would be best to just sell this one cheap and buy brand new. It is the same one we had before, Zeus - a Packard Bell case. We only had the 40 GB hard drive added last year, and the on/off switch was also fixed within the past year or so. We were given an estimate of $400-600 to upgrade if we kept our tower case. All that would need to be done in our case was a new motherboard, complete with 128 AGP for a video card (it appears that this is standard now), and they only install athlon motherboards from what we could see. When they would do the upgrade, they will reinstall everything for us. From what they suggest, we already have an adequate 40 GB hard drive, so that would not be touched. Would 128 MB AGP be lots for games or would we need to jump to 256 right away. We are not yet in a situation to do a complete upgrade, but would it be wiser as tower prices come further down that we upgrade our tower or that we go completely brand new?

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Operating Systems & Software / Best Antivirus/Firewall programs
« on: September 04, 2004, 05:13:50 PM »
We used Norton for over five years until recently. I did some research and from my own experiences with Symantec, I found them very frustrating to deal with overall. We did enjoy using their Security program overall, but I have since started using McAfee and I find it easier to work with. As well, I have been able to chat online with a technical support person to help me out with some initial issues. Now we are running things very smoothly. I used to hear stories about problems McAfee had in dealing with Viruses, but I have to hand it to them - when it comes to virus protection, they are usually the first ones out to get a fix or to deal with viruses and trojans. I give them full thumbs up over Norton. And I would rather be overcautious when it comes to viruses than to be feeling somewhat uncertain and unsafe now with Norton. And I find their prices are just that much more affordable as well. What experiences to any of you have with a good Antivirus/Firewall program

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