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+ - Does Windows 7 need a re-spin?

Submitted by CaptainChuck
CaptainChuck (856429) writes "I recently had to re-install 64 bit Windows 7 Pro on my office machine. The initial install from the Microsoft DVD and driver installs went smoothly and reasonably quickly. It took most of the day to do all the updates and the result was unstable. Things went better when I yet again reinstalled Win 7, then SP1 before turning on updates. The result seems stable but the USB2/3 ports no longer work properly.

IMO Microsoft should provide updates install disc images with support for ACPI (and GPT) that install cleanly without breaking applications."

Comment: Ignored Footprints (Score 0) 542

by CaptainChuck (#37091824) Attached to: What's the Carbon Footprint of Bicycling?
Where is live the cycling is almost entirely recreational. Cyclists travel considerable distances in their vehicles to get to where they wish to cycle around.

In addition to their carbon footprint, cyclists here force drivers to waste energy to slow down to a crawl until it is safe to pass them, then resume normal speed.

Comment: My Ears have Changed! (Score 0) 674

by CaptainChuck (#36918718) Attached to: Why Your Dad's 30-Year-Old Stereo Sounds Better Than Yours
Back in 1959 High Fidelity meant being able to play an entire side of a record without the needle skipping or sticking. A rich neighbor had a Klipschorn driven by a Scott 121 Dynaural preamp and Mac 60. It was fantastic on organ music. But horn type speakers, even very expensive ones, sounded terrible on choral music. I lived through the early days of transistor amps, many of which sounded terrible. By the 1980s DBX LPs and good audio amps allowed classical music lovers to enjoy music with virtually all the expressiveness it was played with. Enter multimedia and the sound was challenged until Laserdisca got digital audio. The listening acoustics have yet to recover from having that big screen dominating the room.
Windows

+ - Windows 7 Not Ready for 3 TB Drives

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CaptainChuck
CaptainChuck writes "I upgraded a 2 terabyte drive to a new 3 terabyte drive to store HD video from NASA Select.
64 bit Windows Home Premium trashed the drive twice, losing all the data on it.

I moved the drive to a 64 bit Ubuntu system and set it up for a single 3 TB ext4 file system.
I then filled up all 3 TB with an assortment of files and yes(1) output, even the last bit only
root can write to. I have seen no signs of corruption. A raw read of the partition yielded
3 terabytes without error. I don't think there is a problem with the drive."

Comment: Re:This just in... (Score 0) 118

by CaptainChuck (#35159722) Attached to: 4G Broadband May Jam GPS
There are two concepts of free space radio communications that must be understood to appreciate the gravity of the problem with LightSquared's currently proposed system. Radio signals lose strength as the square of the distance. GPS satellites are some 10,000 miles up. That puts GPS signals at a disadvantage of 10 billion to one over a cell tower a mile away, and LightSquared are proposing to build 40,000 of them. That represents a 100 decibel difference in signal strength. Can you hear the rustle of leaves over the roar of a jet? The other factor is the closeness of the frequencies as a percentage of the frequencies, as well as the bandwidths involved. Tune in the strongest station on your AM dial, then try to get a station 100 miles away up or down 20 kHz. Broadcast band DXers (long distance reception hobbyists) use precisely aimed loop antennas to null out nearby stations. Unfortunately that trick won't work for practical GPS navigation receivers.

Comment: It's happened before. (Score 0) 464

by CaptainChuck (#32587160) Attached to: NASA Warns of Potential "Huge Space Storm" In 2013
Another solar event as strong as the 1859 Carrington Event, or stronger, could happen at any time. Apparently these events happen about once per several 100s of years. If that's not soon enough, a crude atom bomb in a crude ICBM could do the job in a few years. What's really scary is that engineers at electric utilities are generally clueless on the subject. I suspect executives know even less. Is EMP physics part of EE education yet?

Comment: International Roaming? (Score 0) 395

by CaptainChuck (#30807832) Attached to: Truth Or Dare — What Is the Best US Cell Company?
Some years ago when the Blackberry 8830 came out, I switched from Verizon to Sprint because Verizon refused to enable the Blackberry's GPS. For me, GPS driven Google Maps is THE smartphone killer app. I switched to Sprint. The salesman assured me the GPS worked overseas, in Barcelona for example. Before leaving for Barcelona I called the salesman I bought the phone from to enable international voice and data. When I got to Barcelona the phone was not authorized for GSM. Sprint did not have a customer support number in Spain. I had to purchase a local cell phone to call Sprint to get the Sprint phone working. These calls used up about $100 worth of minutes. Eventually voice, data and tethered modem started working but not the GPS. Upon returning to Oregon I sent Sprint letters demanding credit for the expenditures they forced on me but never got a reply. Sprint did manage to get the phone authorized on subsequent trips but the built in GPS never worked. I was able to use a Bluetooth GPS but the connection had to be reset often. The tethered modem feature did not work on the last trip, and Sprint claimed it never did work overseas! The nice thing about Sprint is that you can get "all you can eat" data overseas for about $70 per month surcharge. Too bad the menu is shrinking. The other carriers I've checked charge an astronomical fee for data overseas.

Comment: Brings Back Memories (Score 0) 316

by CaptainChuck (#30392730) Attached to: The Star Wars Christmas Special Still Exists
I remember what I was doing during that broadcast. I had a brand new VCR set to record. The show had started while I was driving home from work. I had my analog car radio tunes to the show's audio but couldn't make any sense of the Wookie talk. Guess I didn't miss much on that segment. Some of the other segments are worth watching. I still have that VHS tape. I've captured it, even made a DVD out of it. I may make another sometime, this time leave the commercials and newscast in place (with chapter stops). I would buy a broadcast quality DVD if it were available.

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