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Comment Re:Windows versions (Score 1) 223

Given that even numbers suck, I am sure they will be skipping odd numbers from now on.

I'll stick with Win 7

As will I. They'll need to pry Win 7 from my cold dead fingers. I read a few reviews on 10 yesterday, and the general consensus is that it's almost as good as 7, (better in some parts, worse in others) if you replace that hybrid start menu thingy with Classic Shell and get used to where they've moved things. Yeah. No.

Well, seeing how its an extension of Windows 7/8 and there is nothing missing that is in 7 really. Although if new interfaces bother you, it could be a reason to stick with Win3.1

You need to read reviews from professionals, not friends on Facebook ;)

Comment Re: Why do I get the funny feeling that (Score 1) 265

You are doing something wrong.

My windows 7 box was up for 2 years straight, not even having to reboot for video card drivers. (I did reboot it one time because I added a new hard drive and video card on the same day).

I only recently rebooted it for the insider fast ring of windows 10.

The fanboi myth that windows needs to be rebooted daily, is just that... a myth. Or you suck at choosing hardware... one of the two.

Comment My PC (Score 1) 558

Windows 10 Professional (x64) (build 10130)
2.87 gigahertz Intel Core i7 860
8192 kilobyte Ram
2239.99 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
766.80 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 [Display adapter]
24" Monitor

The processor these days is quite old, but I haven't found a compelling reason to upgrade in many years. It is primarily for gaming and yet, the processor matters so little. Some day I might upgrade purely for the benefit of newer memory, which will require a new board and processor.

Comment Re:Go buy a boat and retire. (Score 2) 387

That isn't the succession of Windows Naming btw... You may not have been around for it all though.

MS-DOS 1.25, 2.0, Version 2.1, Version 2.11, 3.0, Version 3.1, 4.0, 5.0, 6.0, 6.2, 6.21, 6.22 (Just major version changes)
Windows 1, 2, 3, 3.1, 3.11
Win95 -> Win98 ->WinMe
NT 3.1, 3.5, 3.51, 4.0, Win 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 (Windows Server is also in this chain)

That is the actual OS chain to be accurate... and Win95 and Windows could be argued to be in the DOS chain

Comment There was a series of kids books... (Score 1) 623

I can't remember what they were called, but every quarter the schools would pass out these book ordering forms and inside them was a series of books that featured a kid named Orion.

The books were kids adventure novels, but the unique part about the book was that every chapter or two the kid would come across a clue and for you to "learn" what the clue was, you had to type in a basic program and execute it on your computer. This would reveal whatever the answer was and they were generally pretty short 20 lines or so. But having done this for 10 or so books I really looked forward more to the little programs than I did the books after a while. They started me down the line of figuring out what these programs did in 2nd grade on an Apple IIe

Comment I can't be the only one that thinks this... (Score 1) 953

She has had 12 years to save $10,000.

As a doctor, if she can't save $1,000 a year for a system she *knows* she has to upgrade (surprise, windows has a support life cycle), then she really is pretty irresponsible to begin with.

She is lucky MS gave 12-13 years of support on this OS in the first place (that is a really long time for them). My advice: Take responsibility for your own mistakes.


Submission + - Behavior Matters, Botnetz/Command & Control (

JohnBert writes: "A great deal has been made lately about Botnetz and Command & Control (C&C) Architecture and for good reason. They are wily and today pose the greatest challenge to organizational security.

Botnetz and C&C tend to be hard to detect via signature approaches due to a number of factors. These include:

        The large number of unique and one-off botz that operate as Zero day (no known signatures)
        Use of Droppers for payload delivery. Droppers are pre-bot applications that are not malicious, but are used to retrieve the malicious applications based on some criteria.
        Use of hard to detect algorithms to select predetermined fresh download points that thwart IP reputation systems.
        Leveraging encrypted communications to bypass perimeter defenses and retain anonymity

All of this makes Botnetz/C&Cs very difficult to detect. Even if your organization has invested in tools specifically geared to identify such, Botmasters leverage their agility to adapt to static techniques used by these tools.

Follow link to story to read more!"


Submission + - Firefox 12 released, introduces silent, Chrome-like updater (

MrSeb writes: "Firefox 12 has been officially released, with only one major new feature: A silent, background updater. Now you will have to approve the Firefox Software Updater when you first install Firefox, but after that the browser will update silently — just like Chrome. In other news, the Find feature now reliably centers the page on any matches — hooray!"

Submission + - Best ways to waste time at the office?

An anonymous reader writes: I've been working for myself for over ten years and just got a "real" desk job. I like it — it's great actually — but there are certain times when it's unbearably slow. I'm in a tight space, it's easy for others to see my screen, and I don't want to be obviously wasting time. (i.e. by having a giant blue Facebook logo across my browser...) People don't come right up and peer over my shoulder but they can see into the workspace from a ways away.

I'm thinking of the modern day equivalent of a dirty magazine that's inside an issue of the New Yorker. Are there any sites that can unbrand a website? Can I use a tool (sort of like Firebug) that would allow me to personalize a page to the point that it's not recognizable form across a room?

Or are there small, non-intrusive games that could run in a small, easily hidden window?

I know there are some out there who will say "there's always something to do" but genuinely, things get slow and reading the news, checking some social networking sites, or playing a game to pass the time would be awesome.

Any suggestions? How do YOU make the hours working for the Man more bearable?

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