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by mikeymike
Thu May 19, 2011 7:42 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Bizarre issue regarding Internet downloads, possibly malware
Replies: 27
Views: 3836

Re: Bizarre issue regarding Internet downloads, possibly mal

Just because you don't like it, it doesn't stop plenty of other people using the acronym. Just because you like it, it does not mean you can impose on others saying that "plenty are using" the wrong acronym. Or those "plenty of other people" all living some Bizarro world that on...
by mikeymike
Wed May 18, 2011 7:30 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Bizarre issue regarding Internet downloads, possibly malware
Replies: 27
Views: 3836

Re: Bizarre issue regarding Internet downloads, possibly mal

Well, have fun going around and correcting every person on the Internet who uses that acronym/abbreviation incorrectly in your opinion :)
by mikeymike
Wed May 18, 2011 5:02 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Bizarre issue regarding Internet downloads, possibly malware
Replies: 27
Views: 3836

Re: Bizarre issue regarding Internet downloads, possibly mal

Just because you don't like it, it doesn't stop plenty of other people using the acronym. Back to the problem though, it's odd that there is an IE security setting that produces almost exactly the same behaviour, but it's not the cause of the problem on this laptop, at least, it doesn't seem to be. ...
by mikeymike
Wed May 18, 2011 1:28 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Bizarre issue regarding Internet downloads, possibly malware
Replies: 27
Views: 3836

Re: Bizarre issue regarding Internet downloads, possibly mal

There's an IE security setting which produces this behaviour.
by mikeymike
Tue May 17, 2011 4:02 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Bizarre issue regarding Internet downloads, possibly malware
Replies: 27
Views: 3836

Bizarre issue regarding Internet downloads, possibly malware

A customer's computer has a recent history of malware, and I'm the second person to have looked at it recently, so the symptom I'm about to describe could be caused by malware, but I haven't seen anything like it before. Both Firefox and IE will allow me to start downloading an exe file and seemingl...
by mikeymike
Tue May 17, 2011 3:52 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New build
Replies: 17
Views: 2616

Re: New build

JustAnEngineer wrote:
That's not a mobile socket. It's LGA1155.
http://usa.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=iT2FJPCMOGBHClu4


Oh yeah, duh, no SODIMM slots :)
by mikeymike
Tue May 17, 2011 3:39 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Considering replacing my P3-866 server with Atom/Fusion rig
Replies: 26
Views: 2955

Re: Considering replacing my P3-866 server with Atom/Fusion

So presumably if I buy a case that needs a brick PSU, it will come with it? Does that case have the standard ATX connectors on the inside?
by mikeymike
Tue May 17, 2011 2:21 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Movies we've all seen???
Replies: 54
Views: 4339

Re: Movies we've all seen???

Though I like some of his movies, I can't shake the feeling that Tarantino goes for what I consider b-movie productions because a) he simply can't do better and b) he can get away with it by saying that was what he was aiming for. IE, everything's an homage to some exploitation genre (ok, not every...
by mikeymike
Tue May 17, 2011 1:26 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New build
Replies: 17
Views: 2616

Re: New build

I'm surprised at how similar the socket looks to s1155 or s1366. I would have thought a mobile socket would have been... different.
by mikeymike
Mon May 16, 2011 7:35 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Trusteer Rapport - snake oil?
Replies: 2
Views: 1794

Re: Trusteer Rapport - snake oil?

Initially I removed Rapport every time I saw it because as far as I knew, all it did was what most modern browsers do, provide simple protection against phishing sites (and it slows the machine's startup time down). Then allegedly it specifically detects banking trojans as well, and I thought that a...
by mikeymike
Mon May 16, 2011 6:37 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Weird Computer SLOWdown
Replies: 26
Views: 2824

Re: Weird Computer SLOWdown

I wonder if Win7 has a better tolerance for HDD weirdness. I'm surprised that there wasn't anything in the system log though, I would have expected a timeout/parity error or two. In hindsight it would have been good to know whether the previous installs had anything in those logs. I wonder if differ...
by mikeymike
Mon May 16, 2011 1:50 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Considering replacing my P3-866 server with Atom/Fusion rig
Replies: 26
Views: 2955

Re: Considering replacing my P3-866 server with Atom/Fusion

Brick PSU - does it use the standard ATX power connectors as well or something laptop-ish? Does it connect straight to the motherboard?
by mikeymike
Sun May 15, 2011 3:17 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Considering replacing my P3-866 server with Atom/Fusion rig
Replies: 26
Views: 2955

Re: Considering replacing my P3-866 server with Atom/Fusion

I'm trying to think of something nicer / more constructive than "I'll buy HP on a cold day in Hell", but I'm having difficulty :)
by mikeymike
Sun May 15, 2011 2:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Movies we've all seen???
Replies: 54
Views: 4339

Re: Movies we've all seen???

DancinJack wrote:
Cuz there is blood,guts, and sex in his movies. Most of them aren't good, but they're appealing to a lot of folks.


An atypical Tarantino film is Jackie Brown. I like most of his, Jackie Brown too, but Jackie Brown has an entirely different pace, and IIRC no blood, guts or sex.
by mikeymike
Sun May 15, 2011 2:52 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Movies we've all seen???
Replies: 54
Views: 4339

Re: Movies we've all seen???

1. The Godfather (30 per cent) 2. Casablanca (13 per cent) 3. Taxi Driver (11 per cent) 4. 2001: A Space Odyssey (9 per cent) 5. Reservoir Dogs (8 per cent) 6. This Is Spinal Tap (7 per cent) 7. Apocalypse Now (6 per cent) 8. Goodfellas (5 per cent) 9. Blade Runner (5 per cent) 10. The Great Escape...
by mikeymike
Sun May 15, 2011 2:25 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Considering replacing my P3-866 server with Atom/Fusion rig
Replies: 26
Views: 2955

Re: Considering replacing my P3-866 server with Atom rig

Thanks for the responses. I'm 99% decided to go for an AMD build because I want this machine to do decent video playback, which will steadily become more demanding over time. Two things I'm pondering, largely down to a choice of two boards: A Zotac or a Sapphire board? http://www.cclonline.com/produ...
by mikeymike
Sun May 15, 2011 12:43 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Considering replacing my P3-866 server with Atom/Fusion rig
Replies: 26
Views: 2955

Re: Considering replacing my P3-866 server with Atom rig

I finally checked how much power my server is using - 50W idle (70W load, but it is rarely under much load). Based on some guestimates of unit prices (Nov 2010 - for some reason I can't find a recent bill) I'm spending £46 per year on my server. It is making more than that in revenue, so that doesn'...
by mikeymike
Sun May 15, 2011 12:06 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Weird Computer SLOWdown
Replies: 26
Views: 2824

Re: Weird Computer SLOWdown

Interesting. I can't think of any scenarios like that I've encountered before, usually PSU issues are either 'no boot', 'under load' or 'on for a period of time', and either show as freezes, shutdowns or reboots. But, if it works, it works. I can't explain it.
by mikeymike
Fri May 13, 2011 10:59 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New build
Replies: 17
Views: 2616

Re: New build

Assuming that he didn't put up a fight about the incompatible mobo/cpu, then I think it was probably just an honest mistake.
by mikeymike
Fri May 13, 2011 10:30 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: best firewall for windows xp and teenager?
Replies: 11
Views: 1968

Re: best firewall for windows xp and teenager?

And lose Adobe Reader / Java / anything else that plugs into a browser if they're not required. There are plenty of free alternatives to Adobe Reader (I use Foxit Reader), I very rarely encounter customers who actually use Java for anything.
by mikeymike
Fri May 13, 2011 10:12 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New build
Replies: 17
Views: 2616

Re: New build

Aside from what socket/board it can go into, I wish my suppliers would send me free processors :) All I've got so far for free (intentionally anyway) was some laptop bag padlocks, an anti-virus licence for eTrust, an ethernet-over-USB adapter... I think that's it.
by mikeymike
Fri May 13, 2011 10:07 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New build
Replies: 17
Views: 2616

Re: New build

Ok, I didn't want you to get the board then realise that you've got the wrong processor :)
by mikeymike
Fri May 13, 2011 9:49 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: best firewall for windows xp and teenager?
Replies: 11
Views: 1968

Re: best firewall for windows xp and teenager?

Aside from my feelings about the definition of a firewall being altered to suit whoever is selling the solution... I would be surprised if a software solution will result in all / almost all undesirable executables being blocked without some false-positives occurring. I'm not a parent yet, and obvio...
by mikeymike
Fri May 13, 2011 9:27 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New build
Replies: 17
Views: 2616

Re: New build

Core i7 QM? Isn't that a notebook processor?
by mikeymike
Tue May 10, 2011 11:36 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: AMD's poor strategy with AM3+?
Replies: 19
Views: 1583

Re: AMD's poor strategy with AM3+?

Ok, from the top :) AFAIK AM3+ will accept AM3 CPUs, I believe that's a generally accepted fact. However Asus are claiming that some of their AMD 8-series AM3 boards will accept AM3+ CPUs. What I was saying was, assuming that AM3+ CPUs don't work in any AM3 boards, then the old AMD advantage of stic...
by mikeymike
Tue May 10, 2011 11:33 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Building a budget PC
Replies: 65
Views: 6503

Re: Building a budget PC

Windows 7 aggressively preloads programs (and data? not so sure) into RAM when the disk is idle and there's RAM to spare. In contrast to caching, this can speed up the first time you run a program after a reboot. Yes, that's very nice, but if it's using RAM then it can be tracked. My point is, I se...
by mikeymike
Tue May 10, 2011 11:30 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Building a budget PC
Replies: 65
Views: 6503

Re: Building a budget PC

Not sure why you would get information from a manufacturer's site- that's worse than retail, which is far worse than web retail. Try Scan? Err, the specs on the board? I can't remember ever finding board specs on the manufacturer's website to be wrong, but plenty of times on scan.co.uk/CCL/a.n.othe...
by mikeymike
Tue May 10, 2011 8:43 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: AMD's poor strategy with AM3+?
Replies: 19
Views: 1583

Re: AMD's poor strategy with AM3+?

leaking news of AM3+ What leaking news? That it is going to be compatible, or that it is not going to be compatible? Right now I don't see any solid confirmation as to which is which. There is always "leaking news" of something in the horizon, GPUs in particular a prime example. You think...
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