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  1. Hi, I don't have anything but a default wallpaper and default Windows Aero because I spend my time in apps not the desktop. But anyway, with my latest toy, which I gave the hostname Bizmark, some of you might get a kick out of the hardware. I've got 16 logical processors running at 4GHZ, three Nvidia GTX 480s in tri sli which gives me a total of 1440 CUDA processing GPU cores, a RAID 5 array for my online storage and a 240GB SSD for boot. I have 12GB of registered ECC RAM, with chipkill protection and background scrubbing of soft errors.
  2. I stick with Ubuntu The other distros really arent much different. The upstream development hot spots are with Red Hat, SUSE, Intel and Apple. Distro's can fiddle around a bit but the bulk of it is all standard, and anything thats not, can be brought back to standard by the user anyway Personally I dont use Arch because of its weak security with taking too long to release patches for security issues and the fact it doesnt come with SELINUX / Tomoyo / AppArmor with good profiles. It's too hard to reinvent the wheel with a good profile for SELINUX or AppArmor by one user alone and it really takes a deliberate distro commitment like Fedora or Ubuntu to have profiles that are good.
  3. Microsoft security essentials has had some interesting av comparative results in comparison to other free anti malware proggies. Check out the tests
  4. I would go on a reduced diet, not turn lights on...do anything to afford more than 1GB. RAM is thousands of times faster than HDDs, even SSDs.
  5. Nullack

    Chrome 6

    I run the Canary build. I don't agree that there is privacy / tracking concerns with Chrome. Would you care to expand on the concern youve got?
  6. Windows 7 is more a point release which is why MS named it 6.XX The old Vista WDM still works in 7, as does many other facets. MS actually did a windows platform update for Vista to bring in some of the windows 7 code into vista. I dont see MS doing any radical changes for Windows 8 - I suspect another 6.xx point release. Too much pain associated with a full release - look at what happened with Vista from XP.
  7. Your right buddy, there is still lots of code in Win 7 thats old. Actually, there is over 60 million lines of code in it and some remains from NT 4 I run Linux, and Windows, so I'm not blind to the problems with the Windows platform. However, if people were to go and read a book like Russovich's latest Windows Internals book it would give some insight into how core Windows has changed so much since XP. It really is better in terms of security, compatability, extensibility. With performance, in some areas it is faster than XP. In other areas, XP simply does not have the features like direct compute. GPGPU is going to have a huge impact on the ecosystem. XP is the last microsoft OS that was developed prior to the Secure Development Lifecycle, and as such, is pretty crappy from a security point of compared to post SDC OS's from MS. And besides, the XP architecture is simply wrong and was changed for 2008 server / Vista for good reasons. To say, "oh Im a user and I dont care about the OS" is all fine until there is an OS related problem that prevents the user from doing what they want. Besides mate, with legacy OS's like XP you cant run cool hardware like my latest toy below:
  8. And so they should Its insecure (biggest problem with using it), uses a bunch of deprecated technologies and basically, the ecosystem just needs to move onto better things. Windows media foundation, direct compute, all those kernel changes up to Win 7 / Server 2008 R2. I could go on and on, but the point is clear - XP is deprecated legacy code.
  9. It seems with most hardware or software that I buy, most vendors have adopted the "lets outsource the support to the third world countries where we can pay them a bowl of rice a day for the same job" support approach. When are they going to realise this doesnt work? I'm an ICT professional and I can tell yas that I'd never get away professionally with doing the sort of crap that some vendors are doing these days. Here is the common pattern that they seem to be following: 1. Dont engage the Microsoft Windows Hardware Quality Labs certification process or certify the hardware/software for Windows 2. Self sign any drivers so that it is not exposed to MS Windows WHQL tests like running Microsoft Driver Verifier 3. Put what developers they do have on an unrealistic project schedule for developing device drivers 4. Outsource the support to India, and to supply the support based on flowcharts that instructs users to do things like "reinstall" or other generic timewasters. 5. Specifically dont allow support to do any real debugging, any real static or runtime testing 5a. Get support to pretend to do testing, whey they can "find no problem" without even identifying the exact conditions in which the problem exists 6. As soon as something else which even remotely might be related be identified as a possible cause, blame that and close the ticket. 7. Wait six months for such a wave of ticked off customers to be reached that new builds with some fixes is eventually released. 8. Or if you are a well known sound card hardware manufacturer, never release a set of drivers that pass Microsoft driver verifier In fact, sometimes I have gotten better support from open source platforms like Linux, where package owners have actually responded with debug builds, symbol analysis and some on, then followed up with new compiles addressing the problem. In comparison to "pro" and "commercial" groups. God help Grandma though, with the total BS that some vendors try to push onto consumers in ICT.
  10. Instructions on how to update security essentials more frequently than every 24 hours - typically MS seem to do about 3 updates every 24 hours or so Follow the guide to tweak the registry to change the Microsoft Security Essentials signature update interval: Run Registry Editor (RegEdit). Navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Microsoft Antimalware/Signature Updates In the right pane, take ownership and grant full control permissions on a registry key, a REG_DWORD value named SignatureUpdateInterval. Double click on the SignatureUpdateInterval. By default, its value is 24 (in Decimal) or 18 (in Hexadecimal). Change its value to any number between 1 and 24 (both inclusive) in Decimal. The numerical value determines how frequent and how fast (in hours) Microsoft Security Essentials will check for updates and update the virus and spyware definitions. Restart the computer.
  11. Thanks for that. Eventually found both chrome and IE have the ability to turn it off deep within the advanced settings. If anyone else does this, highly recommended to only use it while you have too and to reset the tweak after your done.
  12. Hi, so I have some work to do tonight and the website I'm doing it from has it's SSL certificate revoked. I don't care, the source is trusted I just need to somehow force IE 8 or Chrome through that problem so I can do the work. How can I do this?
  13. Hi, on revision 2.34.1200 I note some minor UI stuff: 1. ccleaner fails to show that I have multiple physical CPUs. It assumes I have only one. 2. The clock speed of the reported CPU is the default speed not the actual BCLK X MULT that is in use 3. same with the GPUs, I have three GTX 480s and ccleaner shows one cheers
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