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Old June 25th, 2008, 10:22 AM   #851
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Resource hog,like most microsoft stuff ?
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Old June 25th, 2008, 10:45 AM   #852
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In my opinion.....

Macs...............

are the way to go..........save you the trouble of spyware and virus software.

I had a PC years ago and had to reinstall the system software or replace a hard drive, etc. I've had a Mac since 05 and no problems.

They're not for everyone though. I'm a graphics guy.
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Old June 25th, 2008, 10:50 AM   #853
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oh, didn't see that link. I think I got that from the Samba somewhere. Also I'm having major issues with my gallery and about to update it soon, FYI in case it acts up once in awhile
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Old June 25th, 2008, 11:28 AM   #854
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Vista ans Xp dont play well together when trying to networkthem and getting them to see each other on the network.

here is the microsoft knowledgebase article though on how to back up outlook express. i hope this helps you out.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/270670

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Old June 26th, 2008, 06:43 AM   #855
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Macs...............

are the way to go..........save you the trouble of spyware and virus software.
real MAC's were ok. I used to support them. They didn't crash much but then they didn't have much software to run on them. When they did crash it was generally pretty violent and often required a visit by a tech.

These new quasi MAC's are just over priced PC's with a the Apple logo. Running an Intel chipset with a proprietary version of Uinux and peripherals and cards designed for PC's is hardly a MAC. It is pretty damn good marketing however.

As they gain in popularity you watch the MAC oriented malware start to grow.
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I have a problem~
for some unknown reason, I can't c/p anything today! Not in here, not to email, it won't work thru firefox or the big blue e!

I have winXP PRO~
HELP!

edit, never mind, I restarted the system, seems to work now.
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Old June 27th, 2008, 05:37 AM   #857
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I have a problem~

edit, never mind, I restarted the system, seems to work now.

Classic solution to most Microsoft problems.
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real MAC's were ok. I used to support them. They didn't crash much but then they didn't have much software to run on them. When they did crash it was generally pretty violent and often required a visit by a tech.

These new quasi MAC's are just over priced PC's with a the Apple logo. Running an Intel chipset with a proprietary version of Uinux and peripherals and cards designed for PC's is hardly a MAC. It is pretty damn good marketing however.

As they gain in popularity you watch the MAC oriented malware start to grow.
True. I know what you mean. We still have a G3 (PPC) here in the Art Department that runs some simple wide format printer software. The OS is very simple and easy to fix. The new intel macs aren't too much different other than their chips and the OS is Unux based. IMO I think they're worth the $$$.
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Classic solution to most Microsoft problems.

Sometimes computers just need a restart to rethink all the programing loaded.
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Does anyone know of a good site,something like
"an Idiots guide to building your own website" ?


Just renewed my domain with Godaddy.com
That wasn't too complicated,supposed to include FREE hosting.
Free sounds good,but good luck figuring it out.

Something in plain English would be good.
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Does anyone know of a good site,something like
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Just renewed my domain with Godaddy.com
That wasn't too complicated,supposed to include FREE hosting.
Free sounds good,but good luck figuring it out.

Something in plain English would be good.
http://www.thesitewizard.com/getting...twebsite.shtml maybe ...
http://www.web-source.net/ perhaps ...

But its all pretty straightforward to start with. Just get hold of a WYSIWYG web page editor and treat it like a word processor. When you're happy - upload your efforts. That's what I advise all my users when they ask about personal sites, and they seem to end up happy.

I'm a pro web builder/designer/programmer inside a big organisation, and I know it's very easy for personal page people to get flummoxed by the sort of sites you see around. Don't let it get to you. Do what you'd do if it was a VW Beetle ... do it your way and be happy.
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Old July 17th, 2008, 11:50 AM   #862
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I have to say, of all the different OS I have tried, I keep going back to win2k NTpro,

I've been running a gutted version on my home pc for about a year, the whole OS is 26meg. it takes me about 20 seconds to go from powered off, to being on the internet.
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Old July 17th, 2008, 06:39 PM   #863
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I have Nvu,will check out those sites.Thanks.



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http://www.web-source.net/ perhaps ...

But its all pretty straightforward to start with. Just get hold of a WYSIWYG web page editor and treat it like a word processor. When you're happy - upload your efforts. That's what I advise all my users when they ask about personal sites, and they seem to end up happy.
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Nvu is great. The other thing you could do, is just install some blog software (I'm mostly on Wordpress at the moment) and just grab a theme from somewhere that you like.

Point and click to build, and adding posts/updates will be just like using a message board.
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Old July 17th, 2008, 07:34 PM   #865
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Does anyone know of a good site,something like
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Just renewed my domain with Godaddy.com
That wasn't too complicated,supposed to include FREE hosting.
Free sounds good,but good luck figuring it out.

Something in plain English would be good.
lol, you still beating your head on this shit?

I only use Godaddy as a registrar so I'm not familiar with thier hosting side but I do know they have a buncho tools to automate the setup of a site and they have some vid's that will walk you though using those tools.

You really need to tell us what type of site you want and we can point you in the right direction. Do you know of a site that looks and does what it is you want to do? Give the link so we can see and then we can advise better.

With out specifics I commonly suggest Wordpress. It is simple out of the box, requires no programming skills, has a nice support forum where you can beg for help, is reasonably google friendly and with time and practice can be made to do some pretty nice stuff. People underestimate it all the time. And as a bonus ....Godaddy offers a one button install for it as well.

here is a buddy's site created using wordpress just as an example. He is very skilled with it but it shows the potential. http://www.ragglerock.com/
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I have to say, of all the different OS I have tried, I keep going back to win2k NTpro,

I've been running a gutted version on my home pc for about a year, the whole OS is 26meg. it takes me about 20 seconds to go from powered off, to being on the internet.
Yeah I ran win2kpro for years and always thought it was the best O/S out there. I was part of a 3 person team that supported 300+ users for the Department of National Defense in a mixed O/S environment running on a Win2kpro/Novell backbone. Worked excellent ... even the MAC's liked it.

I run XP these days and if you strip it down it is every bit as stable. Fact is my xp install physically looks exactly like win2kpro.

As for startup... you shut your system down? I hibernate and only reboot every month or so. Hit the button and 5 seconds later all my apps are sitting there just like I left them.
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I don't shut mine down unless I'm going out of town. I haven't shut off my home pc in about 5 months. I'm running a mirrored raid right now because I've lost too many hard drives in the past.
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Even the manufacturers are recognizing the problem with Vista by offering a "downgrade" to XP Pro with some systems sold through vendors.

Vista just needs a Radio Button marked "Switch to Classic XPPRO".
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here is a buddy's site created using wordpress just as an example. He is very skilled with it but it shows the potential. http://www.ragglerock.com/
I used wordpress and customized a theme for it for http://johnnywobble.com/ - was gonna start writing music reviews again but never got around to it. got busy spending my free time in the garage instead.
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Even the manufacturers are recognizing the problem with Vista by offering a "downgrade" to XP Pro with some systems sold through vendors.

Vista just needs a Radio Button marked "Switch to Classic XPPRO".
In the 12 years I was a bench tech I'd say easily 80% of all problems were the users fault either directly or indirectly. Nothing has changed as far as I can see. I know quite a few techs that have switched to it and 0 problems.

That said it is an enormous resource hog and even if you have the latest hardware I'm not sure why you would devote so much of it to just running the O/S.

I've seen Vista running on the same model of 4 year old beater notebook as I have, P4- 3ghz, 2 gig mem, ATI X-600 w/256MB and I was blown away by the performance diff. My 4 year old install of XP was massively faster then the fresh install of Vista.

XP hauls ass on my notebook, Vista runs ok. The results are not going to be any different on a modern machine. Why the hell would anyone pay extra to have ok?
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I had a wireless router installed when I bought my computer. The tech hooked everything up and got everything running while I was at work (my wife was at home). He put a password in to keep my system secure (nobody can log in to my internet connection). The problem is, I don't know the password.

I went to the store to see if there was anything they could do. They said it's common for the tech to put a file in the document folder with the password in it in case something like this happens. Well, I looked and there it was.

Now here's the problem.....

It's a .bin file and my computer won't open it. I tried D/Ling a file to read it and it won't work on my machine because I have a 64 bit processor and the program is designed for a 32 bit. Before I did anything else, I copied the .bin file onto a disc. Do you think I could just bring that to the store and let them open it for me? OR is there another way?

Let me know what you think.
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Get the store to ream the tech a new asshole,and give you the password.
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.bin is an image file for CD/DVD burning, almost works like a ZIP file kind of. There's a bunch of programs to open/read/extract them. ISO Buster, Magic ISO, etc etc.

Or burn the .bin file onto a CD (the image itself, not the actual .bin file). Any major CD writing program should be able to read and burn the image fine (Nero, Roxio, etc).

Or get a virtual CD program to "mount" the image through a virtual CD drive. Daemon Tools is the most popular.

Or go to the store and tell them to just write down the password on paper.
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I did go to the store and had no luck. The guy was out doing another instalation and it's been 8 months since he did mine. I'll bring the cd to the store.

How do I burn the image but not the actual .bin file? All I have is the .bin file.

Nick, if I emailed you the file, would you be able to do it?

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well I can't see any reason in the world for a password to be encoded into a bin file. There is simply no logic there. The store told you to look for a bin file or you looked where they said and what you found was a bin file file?

You have a copy of it on CD so you have a safe backup.

Bin files, contrary to popular belief, are not specifically CD files and unlike other files such as .pdf, jpg or what have you there is no program used to open them specifically.

BIN is stands for binary and it can be anything from a printer file to graphic and audio data for to whatever. The most common place a home user will encounter them is a CD image or AVG, the virus scanner, uses them as does ROM emulators.

As I said, I can not think of a single logical reason for a password to be encoded as a BIN file.

right click on the file and chose "open with" and then chose program and then scroll down the list till you see notepad. Make sure the use this program every time is not checked. That will open the file in notepad. or you can also just open notepad and then drag and drop the file onto the open notepad or you can rename the file from XXXXXXX.bin to XXXXXX.txt and just double click on it. Just rename it back afterwards.

I'm not sure what you are going to see when you do thing but it is actually just the password then you should be able to read it.

The guy that did this is a bit of a dumbass. We passworded everything as well but we wote the password right on the workorder so that they would have a copy an we would have a copy in our records for at least 7 years.

you can send me the file if you wish.

just had a thought. Is it possible that they installed a program to keep track of your passwords? Such a program might encrypt the passwords and then save the data as a BIN. Just a thought.
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