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Quick Q&A / Re: Wierd boot issue
« on: November 18, 2008, 09:34:06 PM »
I agree with the power supply problem but forget what the sticker sounds like the PSU is not putting out enough power. Hopefully you will be able to borrow a good working PSU and test the system with it to know for sure.

Operating Systems & Software / Portable Apps
« on: October 26, 2008, 08:08:10 PM »
For those of us that have to travel to fix different machines there is a cool family of free applications called portable apps. They all fit on an old thumb drive and you  have access to some cool software tools that do not require installation.

Portable Apps

Operating Systems & Software / Re: VisualHub and iSquint - a sad day
« on: October 25, 2008, 10:42:13 PM »
Have you tried it with video in the 3GP format (cell phone video)?

Find an old Celeron system as a test mule.....

Operating Systems & Software / Make ISO boot from USB
« on: October 02, 2008, 04:22:07 PM »
Cool little tool that will make any ISO into a bootable USB device. I install Backtracks 3 on great.

ISO Bootable USB Keys

Operating Systems & Software / Re: Block ads or sites
« on: October 02, 2008, 12:06:34 PM »
Sorry! :P

General Mayhem / Re: [Frontpage News]Zune Gears of War 2 Edition
« on: October 01, 2008, 07:30:12 PM »
Zunes are a dead end....Even when Microsoft updates them they are still second rate. On a side note have you seen Rockbox installed on an older Ipod? Very cool setup.

General Hardware / Re: Which Camera?
« on: October 01, 2008, 07:28:43 PM »
I am a Nikon fan....The D60 is a very nice camera. Watch the prices as the camera is sold with many different lens in most sale packages which can move the price several hundred dollars each way.

Operating Systems & Software / Re: Block ads or sites
« on: October 01, 2008, 07:26:13 PM »
I run adblock plus myself in Firefox but I also am forced to use other browsers that don't have the plugins that Firefox does.

Operating Systems & Software / Re: Block ads or sites
« on: October 01, 2008, 12:30:17 PM »
That is very cool....I like the "do it once" part instead of working on each machine and with each reinstall of the OS.

Operating Systems & Software / Block ads or sites
« on: September 30, 2008, 06:32:19 PM »
Found a cool little trick that will block ads from being displayed in your web browser when surfing the internet. It can also be used to block porn sites etc. You replace your Hosts file with the one that you download from this site...
Host Replacement

Following these simple steps for a Windows XP box...

1) Download the replacement Hosts file from the link above and save it to your desktop.
2) Navigate to the Host file (In XP it is C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc
3) Locate the file HOST....RENAME it host.original (so you can undo the change if you need to)
4) Copy the Host you downloaded in step 1 into  C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc
5) Rename the Host file from Host.txt to just Host (you will have to have your windows file view options set to show file extensions)
6) Restart your web browser (works with all browsers) and surf without ads.

This trick works because when you surf the web your system looks to the host file to see if the site is listed rather than have to do a DNS lookup. If you look at the replacement host file you will see lots of domains/site and they now all point to which is your local machine so when a web site calls for an ad that is listed in your host file it will look locally for it rather than getting the ad online. As you don't have the ad content on your machine it will not display anything in the ad space. You can update the host file every few months as new entries are added or you can manual add any sites that you would personally like to block. Be sure you take care when editing this file as if you have a single . in your host file (root of the internet) then all your websurfing will be redirected to your machine!!!!

General Hardware / Nokia N95
« on: September 14, 2008, 06:25:25 PM »
I'm thinking of dumping my Blackberry and getting the Nokia N95....5 MP camera, wifi, gps etc. Anybody have this phone?

General Hardware / Ironkey
« on: September 05, 2008, 10:28:13 AM »
I purchased an Ironkey about 2 months ago and have been using in daily since then. While this USB thumb drive is expensive it offers levels of security not found anywhere else.
Some of its key features -
1) Solid metal case with the inside filled with epoxy (you can drive your car over this baby).
2) Waterproof
3) Tamper proof - enter the unlock passphrase incorrectly 10 times and the unit self destructs (this eliminated brute force attacks).
4) On board Firefox browser (you have you bookmarks with you all the time as well as secure sign on etc)
5) Private Tor network that is noticeable faster than the public tor sites I have used.

Negatives -
1) At $300 for the 8 GB stick it is expensive
2) Limited Mac and Linux support ( IUbuntu on my personal computer and I can unlock the IronKey but have no access to the onboard Firefox or the Tor)

Check it out here.... Ironkey

There is only one retailer in Canada for this item at the present time... FrontierPC

NO.....I can just image how much info Google will be tracking with this new browser. I am like you....I love the Firefox plug ins...especially the "Customize Google" one that lets you turn off the tracking etc.

Operating Systems & Software / SME Mail Server
« on: August 18, 2008, 10:26:04 PM »
I am running a very nice free Linux mail server from SME. Features include secure web access as well as POP3,SMTP and IMAP. Will also work as a web server, FTP Server, VPN and you can configure it as a router. I was getting disappointed with Microsoft's efforts in supporting Exchange 2007 as well as I thought they should under Server 2008. If you are looking to host your own mail server give this software a try...its about a 15 min install/configuration setup and you will be serving your own mail.


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