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Quick Q&A / Re: Voip?? This deal about
« on: April 13, 2009, 09:51:53 PM »
For Voip to work you need a very low ping.....Any other than that and you will drop packets (which translates into missed words in the conversation). Even when I was with Shaw cable high speed the ping was to high during the evening hours to let me make calls. I now use Magic Jack when traveling as it allows unlimited calls in north America for a net cost of $20 per year. For my home service I am still with Shaw but I dropped my package down to the lowest one ($21 per month) for unlimited local calls with 4 cents per minute LD as it fits my call pattern much better.

LAN & General Gaming / Re: [Frontpage News]Video Games Release List
« on: April 13, 2009, 09:45:20 PM »
All too often the sequel does not live up to the original....

I was all keen to buy one until I saw the $1449 price tag.....I think I will wait a year and the price will be $299.

I use

They have a free version and a paid version. The free has one short ad for the paid version each hour or so and it is at a lower bit rate.

General Hardware / Re: Boxee
« on: March 11, 2009, 06:49:34 PM »
I just got am invite to the Windows Alpha testing for Boxee.

General Hardware / Re: Working the dual quad cores
« on: March 07, 2009, 12:51:07 PM »
Currently my DNA network includes 4 MacPros with dual quad core 3.2 Ghz Xeons and the following Dell Servers - 2800, 2850 and a 2950 but I just took delivery of 5 more MacPros with the dual quad core 3.2 Ghz Xeons. With the old setup I was using running 1.2 million to 1.5 million passwords attempts but the new setup should bump me to over 3 million!

General Hardware / Re: Working the dual quad cores
« on: March 07, 2009, 12:47:13 PM »
The number of processes running is a bit of a redherring. The OS is Server 2008 64 bit so there are more processes running than an XP machine plus I have some software that required a hard ware dongle to work. Currently I have 5 different dongles plugged in cause I am too lazy to pull them out all the time. A better measurement is the amount of Ram in can see that my ram use is fairly low (but I am running 16 GB or ram). The program I was running was not Folding@home (sorry Zeus!). I was running DNA by AccessData. DNA is a distrubutted network attack program for cracking passwords. You install the  software on the Master/Server machine and then install the client on all your workstations. If any of the workstations are idle it fires them up to work on a piece of the puzzle to crack the password. This particular password was and Adobe Acrobat PDF with a password on it. It took 3 days to get the 9 digit password. As a side note here are some of the numbers for the different machines -

MacPro running Windows 2008 Server with a pair of 3.2 Ghz Xeon quad core CPus hits around 400,000
passwords per minute
Dell 2850 Server running Win2K3 with a pair of dual core 3.2 Xeons hits around 35,000
No name Pentium 4 running XP hits around 18,000
Old AMD XP1800+ hits around 8,000 (not worth the power it consumes)

General Hardware / Boxee
« on: March 07, 2009, 12:37:31 PM »
Has anybody played with Boxee yet? For those that have not heard of lets you record TV shows over the internet and play them on your TV as well as your photo and MP3 collection plus a ton more stuff. The have a Mac version ( most are using Apple TV hardware) and a Linux version. I was thinking of tossing together a Linux version using some old HP 933 mhz mini PCs (toaster style)I have. If I like it I was thinking of buying the $249 Apple TV and doing the hardware hack to install a larger HD.

Boxee Forum for more info

Operating Systems & Software / Windows 7
« on: February 23, 2009, 05:10:57 PM »
I have been running Windows 7 on a couple of machines for the past month. I first started out running them in a VM then ended up just installing them as I was quite please with the early results of my VM testing. My early thoughts are...Very Vista like...more like a Vista lite with a service pack that a new OS.

- Boots to the desk top and uses less then 500 MB of Ram (same system with Vista takes 1.2 GB  of Ram to boot to the desktop)
- I like the startup slash screen :-)
-Bitlocker now protects removable devices but I use TrueCrypt so its not really a feature for me.

- Lame Maclike Dock. Default view makes it hard to tell if it is an app or a data file or what it is. Maybe this will get better once I get used to it.

As far as speed goes...seems about the same as a Vista SP1 box on apps etc but it does feel snappier just clicking around and copying files etc...could be the extra ram available.

Just my early thoughts.

General Hardware / Working the dual quad cores
« on: January 19, 2009, 01:04:47 PM »
Check out these CPUs working...

All About Folding. / 3rd Place
« on: January 02, 2009, 11:59:26 PM »
I see that I have moved into 3rd was a long haul to get there.

General Hardware / Re: [Frontpage News]10 Worst Technology Predictions
« on: December 18, 2008, 06:56:22 PM »
G Mail solved my spam problems....

General Hardware / Super Computer with Fedora and PS3
« on: December 18, 2008, 06:53:23 PM »
This is an interesting read.....

PS3 Cluster

News / Re: [Frontpage News]Telus` 3G That Isn`t
« on: December 18, 2008, 06:25:10 PM »
I wish that we had better cell phone rates and better cell phones in Canada. The new Nokia n97 is a sweet phone and I have wanted a G1 since I first saw them.

Quick Q&A / Re: AVG/Adware
« on: November 25, 2008, 08:14:58 PM »
What about one of the free online scans...just to check things out.

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