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Operating Systems & Software / Ubuntu Mint
« on: November 23, 2007, 09:45:28 PM »
Been looking at a few different Linux distros for a project machine....Ubuntu Mint looks interesting. Basicly it is the standard Ubuntu with a bunch of app packages included for music/DVD playback etc. So I download the newly released version 4.....MD5 the download - good. Burn a CD and verify - good. Try to install - No good. Hangs just after the logo screen appears. Restart and select install in VGA mode - same thing.....Boo!Try it on another machine ....same results. Double Boo. I guess Mint is not for me.

LAN & General Gaming / Call of Duty 4
« on: November 11, 2007, 11:03:49 AM »
I have been a long time COD player but I have felt that the last few versions were just more of the more. Call of Duty 4 is outstanding. The graphics are wicked and the update story line is great (no more WWII). The mission with the gunship was a lot of fun chasing down the guys on the ground. I highly recommend this game.

General Hardware / Upgrade time
« on: October 12, 2007, 02:01:54 PM »
I'm thinking of upgrading my system....

Looking at

1) Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3P
2) Intel Core 2 Quad Processor @ 2.4 Ghz
3) eVGA FeForce 8800 GTS 320 MB Superclocked PCI-E

Ram I already have ....2 X 1 GB Kingston PC-8000


Operating Systems & Software / need a tool
« on: September 17, 2007, 09:06:28 PM »
that will allow searching of an html document (webpage) that contains 65000 links. I found something called webquerry but it is Linux based and I need a Windows app. I tried just doing the F3 (find in this page) but it will not drill down through the links. I also tried converting the page to a search able PDF....again it doesn't search past the first level. My latest effort is to copy the files to a removable HD and have Google Desktop search index the removable drive (have to turn on indexing of removable drives)....will check once Google has indexed the drive. Anybody got any other tools to try?

All About Folding. / Past D Man
« on: September 17, 2007, 08:52:34 PM »
Moving up....past D Man

Operating Systems & Software / Free Security Gateway Software
« on: August 26, 2007, 05:45:23 PM »
I have downloaded and will be installing the Astaro security gateway software. This is a very cool option for users who want -
1)Network Protection -
     * Control network access. Use the latest stateful deep inspection firewall techniques to control user access in regard to specific information and access times, access times and usage of IM and P2P applications.
    * Stop intruders. Implement state of the art intrusion prevention technology for in-depth filtering, protecting against more than 6,000 attacks as well as zero day attacks.
    * Secure remote access. Use SSL, IPSec, L2TP or PPTP protocols to create secure virtual private networks, connecting branch offices and granting remote access to workers.
    * Optimize performance. Leverage our patent-pending content inspection framework to scan traffic with little or no latency and reserve bandwidth for time-sensitive applications such as VoIP.

2) Web Filtering -
    * Inspect all web, instant messaging, and peer-to-peer traffic. Perform fast, accurate filtering using Astaroís patent-pending content inspection framework.
    * Stop viruses and spyware. Achieve unmatched detection rates for known and unknown malware through two scan engines combined in a single product.
    * Filter web access. Grant web access through user and time settings. Set policies based on sixty easy-to-navigate categories, containing over twenty million sites. Daily updates of newly discovered websites maximize coverage.

3)E Mail Filtering -
    * Stop spam. Implement state of the art anti-spam features to minimize productivity loss and security vulnerability. Stop threats before they reach email servers.
    * Prevent phishing. Block emails from criminals trying to trick users into revealing confidential information. Furthermore, prevent unsuspecting users from clicking links to fraudulent websites.
    * Block viruses. Achieve unmatched detection rates for known and unknown malware. All traffic (SMTP and POP3) is inspected through two scan engines.

4)    * Encrypt emails. Use standard OpenPGP and S/MIME encryption methods to prevent unauthorized interception of emails.
    * Employ digital signatures. Verify that email content has not been altered by a third party. Ensure that the email in question was actually dispatched by the alleged sender.
    * Filter encrypted emails. Enable fully integrated scanning and filtering of encrypted emails (if used in conjunction with the Astaro Security Gateway's Email Filtering subscription).

Best of all this software is FREE for home users and the only restriction on it is a limit of 10 connections. This software is Linux based and runs on anything 500 Mhz or greater. To get your free copy I have attached the link.

Astaro Gateway Licence and Download Link

All About Folding. / Swimming with the big fish
« on: July 30, 2007, 11:30:09 PM »
Got P&C now I am after the Dman himself!

Operating Systems & Software / Vista & Fedora 7 Dual Boot
« on: July 05, 2007, 10:40:18 PM »
Decided to Dual Boot my Dell 1210 laptop...had been running Vista Ultimate but it was a lame bloated dog (yet I still need it installed to test apps etc) so I decided to dual boot it with Fedora Core 7. Install when OK but I had to manually add a few things to the Grub Boot loader to get it to boot Linux. I will let you know how I make out.

All About Folding. / Look Out Bone Rak
« on: May 26, 2007, 10:46:02 PM »
I'm less than 500 behind you.....Gaining fast.

Operating Systems & Software / Vista Ultimate Install
« on: May 23, 2007, 08:30:29 PM »
I have a free upgrade CD from Dell for Vista Ultimate so I decided to install it on my laptop.

Test Specs
-Dell M1210 Laptop
     - Core Duo @ 2 Ghz
     - 2 GB Ram
     - Nvidia GForce Go 7400 Video Cardhe

Install - Wow Fast install....I bet it was 10 min for a fresh install on an unformatted HD
         - Detected all my stuff except 3 chipset related items
         - Windows update provided drivers for the above 3 items

Pros - Yeah the display is nice
       - Flipping between windows is cool
       - Some new games (if anybody cares)

Cons - Are you kidding me....1.1 GB of ram used just to load to the desktop!!!! Yes this is with only    Windows running (No antvirus or other software yet installed)
        - User Access Control popping up all the time is a pain.
        - Previewing the contents of folders...the icon view is too small to really see what they contain. Yes you can see that it is a document but you can not read or tell what document it is.
       - Windows update has some Windows 98 like features....Showing all the foreign language packs as updates seems lame. They talk about hidding unwanted updates but I never came across the option to hide anything.

Overall impression.....Is that it Microsoft after 5 years of work? I expected much more in the way of real useful features rather than all this fluff.

Bottom line - No reason to move from XP yet.


Operating Systems & Software / Technet
« on: May 10, 2007, 09:51:06 PM »
Just got my new Technet Card in the mail today....Very good deal for $349 US (beta versions and full versions of all of Microsoft's applications and operating systems). The license allows you to download and install a single copy of each for testing/use but not for use in a production environment. I plan to test the Groove 2007 server as my first project.

All About Folding. / A few new folders...
« on: May 09, 2007, 10:38:17 PM »
have joined our happy little band....

General Mayhem / HD DVD Code Broken
« on: May 01, 2007, 09:41:13 PM »
The story is all over the net....coders have broken the encryption key for the HD DVDs. It is funny watching all the lawyers trying to stuff the genie back in the bottle. I think it looks good on the people that just don't understand the technology and spend billions on an encryption scheme and then a Linux guys decides "I want to play my purchased HD DVD movie on my box.....The method they used to obtain the key is worth reading...very simple in theory but complicated to do. Smart fellows. Perhaps this will force the movie studios etc to go after the people selling pirated movies rather than bothering the people that purchase the movies legally but have to put up with all the crappy copy protection issues.

Operating Systems & Software / Microsoft Home Server
« on: April 21, 2007, 03:18:05 PM »
I have been selected as a Beta tester for Microsoft's new Home Server OS.....Those that have not heard of it can check it out here.....

Microsoft Home Server

Basically in a nutshell this OS offers -

- Server 2003 based code
- Simple non system admin configuration
- Designed for the home user with several computers that wants       to back up their photos etc automatically.
- The key features that this setup offers is

    - A no drive letter file system like Linux (you can just add disks to the system and it just increases the amount of storeage space availible (I see from reading the documentation that it formats the drive as it brings it into the system....not so good!!).
    - Automaticly scans all the computers and XBox 360s on your network....Makes system backups of the configuration files as well as the entire contents of the "My Documents folder" on each system.
    - Assigns you a static Public IP.....kind of.....It includes a little app that sends your ISP provided dynamic IP back to Microsoft. When you want to remote in to your server you do it via a web interface that routes through MS, gets your current IP and then on to your server.....I have several security concerns over this....

I am just finishing downloading the Beta and will report back how I make out.

All About Folding. / BCC_MaraudingDemon
« on: April 13, 2007, 11:58:55 AM »
Aprox 1000 points behined  BCC_MaraudingDemon.....should catch him by tomorrow.

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