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Finally: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB faster than a Velociraptor
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg De Santis Oct 23, 2009.

Breaking News: R2D2 struggling with video game addiction!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Tan Aik Sam Sep 23, 2009.

Who here is interested in and looking foward to Intel's upcoming 6-core processor the Core i9
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg De Santis Nov 12, 2009.

Xbox 360 Overheating warning with the Mass Effect 2 Demo
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Started this discussion. Last reply by stephen barraclough Aug 23, 2009.

Finally we have our 1st USB 3.0 motherboard - the Asus P6X58 Premium
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg De Santis Jul 24, 2009.

You can now download a Google Android LiveCD
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Fled Jul 18, 2009.

VLC media player 1.0.0 - Goldeneye has been officially released.
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Greg De Santis replied to ZolidZero's discussion 'Video Card'
"If you can handle a $20.00 rebate, you can get an EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti Video Card - 1GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), Mini-HDMI, Dual DVI, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, SLI Ready for $129.99 at Tigerdirect, Newegg, Amazon, CircuitCity, and directly…"
Apr 2, 2011
Greg De Santis replied to tecman281's discussion 'What type of computer do you use ?'
"I have a home build Intel system that I built in 2007. My specs are not the best, or not the worst: 2.40 gigahertz Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 Board: Intel Corporation D975XBX2 4GB Ram DDR2 PC2-6400 (400 MHz) NVIDIA PNY Verto GeForce GTS 250 1GB DDR3…"
Apr 2, 2011
Greg De Santis replied to Joshua{XP}'s discussion 'What kind of keyboard do you own?'
"Hey, no problem - that's cool about the history lesson. It's rare that I run into someone who knows the difference, the years of the different hardware models and when they came out along with their origins. I got those keyboards brand new…"
Mar 12, 2011
Greg De Santis replied to Joshua{XP}'s discussion 'What kind of keyboard do you own?'
"You are absolutely right about that. I do own both models of IBM keyboards, the KB-8923 and the model M. I just prefer the KB-8923, because it was the first one to incorporate the (at the time) the new Windows keyboard configuration with the…"
Mar 12, 2011
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Mar 6, 2011
Greg De Santis replied to Sunny Rothfusz's discussion 'help me out here' in the group Caffeine
"This is probably the most up-to-date website about energy drinks that come across in a long time:http://www.screamingenergy.com/ This website gets extremely detailed reviews with video and user feedback, price breakdown, ingredients, and the…"
Mar 6, 2011
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Do you need a daily rush of Caffeine? The addictive psychoactive stimulant drug? Do you suffer migranes if you don't have it? Then join here. We don't care if it is pop, coffee, or energy drinks.
Mar 6, 2011
Greg De Santis commented on Scott Hart's blog post 'Should I install Windows 7 SP?'
"Sorry about multiple posts for one comment, but every time I post to a blog the second half of my blog post always disappears.     3) An HDMI patch: I have no idea why MS emphasizes this as one of the noteworthy changes in Win7…"
Feb 26, 2011
Greg De Santis commented on Scott Hart's blog post 'Should I install Windows 7 SP?'
"Yes, I would go ahead and apply service pack 1, from what I know it is frozen in time at 11/22/2010, and if you have kept up with the normal Windows update, then it would not be that much of a hassle.   Windows 7 Service Pack 1's most…"
Feb 26, 2011
Greg De Santis commented on bob3160's group 'Windows 7'
"Windows 7 Service Pack 1's most significant improvements just contain a handfull of minor releases. In short, this service pack adds surprisingly little to Windows 7. In this case "SP" stands for "Slim Pickings."   On…"
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Windows 7 Tips, Tricks, Shortcuts
Feb 26, 2011
Greg De Santis replied to JT's discussion 'Convert for Windows - An Easy To Use Application'
"Thanks for sharing JT. This is the perfect all-in-one conversion utility to work with my favorite stopwatch and countdown program: StopwatchYasukun…"
Feb 24, 2011
Greg De Santis replied to PJ's discussion 'What type of geek are you?'
"I am a technology / computer / gaming / reading geek."
Feb 22, 2011
Greg De Santis replied to PJ's discussion 'What type of geek are you?'
"I am a technology / computer / gaming / reading geek."
Feb 22, 2011
Greg De Santis replied to Bryan's discussion 'wifi vs. ethernet When and Why?'
"Ethernet: speed, reliability, stability and security for larger computers/towers which are stationary. There is much less latency or lag when compared to WiFi. I use Ethernet for my servers, workstations, gaming PC's and Xbox 360. For those…"
Feb 13, 2011
Greg De Santis replied to Lovely Sneha's discussion 'AMD vs Intel..!?'
"When considering CPU's for laptops, it all boils down to what is the most important to you. If you are cash strapped and a low price is the primary concern then an AMD CPU for a laptop is the choice. AMD CPU's generally run hotter in…"
Feb 11, 2011
Greg De Santis replied to JT's discussion 'Manufacturer's Printer Ink Cartridge Secret'
"JT, thanks for sharing that valuable tech tip. I remember occasionally using this tip, but it has been quite a few years since I've had to deal with DeskJet style printers that I had completely forgot about it. Resetting the inkjet cartridge…"
Feb 10, 2011
Greg De Santis commented on Joel Ellis's blog post 'My Top 5 FREE Programs.'
"I agree with your top five picks for free programs. Google Chrome and GIMP are definitely within in my top five. So without repeating any of the programs you have already mentioned, today my top five picks are: 1. OpenOffice…"
Feb 10, 2011
Greg De Santis replied to Rory Mitchell's discussion 'What Tea's should I try?'
"As far as my three favorite teas go, the ones that I like the most are: green mint tea, mango, and peach. There are just so many teas to pick and choose from, so I try to follow my own personal rule of picking: Something strong, something sweet,…"
Jan 31, 2011
Greg De Santis replied to Michael Moore's discussion 'What Do Us Geeks Watch on TV?'
"I frequently watch these when I can: The Big Bang Theory Attack of the Show Pawn Stars Gold Rush Alaska American Pickers The Office Bones House NCIS Nikita Southland Royal Pains Modern Family Raising Hope The Middle I wonder if there will ever be a…"
Jan 30, 2011

Profile Information

What kind of geek are you?
Technology Geek: I can't stop building networks. I can't stop building and upgrading computer systems. I can't stop assimilating technology.
Why do you consider yourself a geek?
When I turn on all my computers - the sun dims. I've been around technology so long my veins turned to wires and when I get cut I bleed computer chips.
How did you find out about our Geek community?
From Mr. Chris Pirillo himself via The Chris Pirillo Show podcast downloaded from Itunes.
What are your "geeky equipment" specs?
[Main System}
2.40 gigahertz Intel Core2 Quad Q6600
Board: Intel Corporation D975XBX2
4GB Ram DDR2 PC2-6400 (400 MHz)
NVIDIA PNY Verto GeForce GTS 250 1GB DDR3 [Display adapter]
NVIDIA XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB DDR3 [Display adapter]
ACR Acer P241W [Monitor] (24.0"vis, s/n LB4040014320, April 2008)
Gateway FPD1830 [Monitor] (18.2"vis, June 2003)
TV Card: Pinnacle Systems PCTV 800i PCI ATSC Hybrid TV + FM Radio
ST3500830AS c: (NTFS on drive 0) 500.10 GB
Maxtor 6 L300R0 f: (NTFS on drive 2) 300.08 GB
PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-216D [CD-ROM drive]
TSSTcorp CDW/DVD TS-H492A [DVD/CDRW CD-ROM drive]
Samsung CLP-300 Series Printer on IP_192.168.1.100
Texas Instruments OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
USB Human Interface Device (5x)
Creative PC-CAM 600 (Still Image)
Creative PC-CAM 600 (Video) #2
HID Keyboard Device
Logitech PS/2 Keyboard
MonsterGecko PistolMouse FPS
Logitech HID-compliant G5 Laser Mouse
Logitech-TrackmanMarble Mouse PS/2
USB Root Hub (5x)
Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows (Used as a mouse)
Dual Boot
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3
Windows Vista Ultimate Service Pack 1

[Secondary System]
Operating System: Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit Service Pack 1
Processor: 2.60 GHZ AMD Dual Core FX60
Board: Nforce4 Asus A8N-SLI
TSSTcorp CDW/DVD TS-H492A [CD-ROM drive]
ST3500830AS [Hard drive] (500.11 GB) -- drive 0
3028 Megabytes Installed Memory
SLI NVIDIA Dual GeForce 7900 GTS [Display adapters]
Pinnacle Systems PCTV 800i PCI ATSC Hybrid TV + FM
Modem Blaster USB DE5670
U.S. Robotics V.92 Fax Win Int [Modem]
1394 Net Adapter
Intel(R) PRO/1000 PL Network Connection

[Fun system]
Xbox 360 Elite
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Perfect - since that's impossible, looks like I'll have to keep growing and finding ways of getting better as time goes on. The long term goals are usually the best ones and the most appreciated.
What makes you laugh?
The Unexpected - animal antics, playful animals doing funny things.
What is the thing in life you treasure most?
My Memories and Experiences to help me keep focused and motivated for looking to the future.
What's the geekiest thing you've ever done?
I turned my house into one giant computer lab / bunker. Each room has a different purpose / theme such as: home office, testing center, wireless lab, repair bay, Windows Server environment, Novell environment, Gaming room, Laptop room, multimedia / T.V. / HD room, and tech manual / research / storage room. The next step is to turn it into a self sustained biosphere.
What do you do to entertain yourself?
PC Gaming, Xbox 360 Gaming, 3,000+ Technology Podcasts, Around the clock Internet surfing
Favorite music, movies, books, shows, artists, games, people, events, hobbies, etc.?
[My Windows Vista Tech Manuals:]
Microsoft Windows Vista Unveiled Beta 2 (Sams), Windows Vista Secrets (Wiley), Microsoft Windows Vista Unleashed (Sams), Microsoft Windows Vista Bible (Wiley), Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Bible (Wiley), Using Microsoft Windows Vista Special Edition (Que), Windows Vista Resource Kit (Microsoft Press)

[My Windows Server 2003 Tech Manuals:]
Windows Server 2003 Bible (Wiley), Best Damn Windows Server 2003 Book Period (Syngress), Windows Server 2003 The Complete Reference, Hacking Exposed Windows Server 2003 (McGraw Hill / Osborne), Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit (Microsoft Press) - Which includes: Windows Administrator's Automation Toolkit, Windows Security Resource Kit 2, Windows Internals 4, Windows Server 2003 Performance Guide, Windows Registry Guide 2, Windows Server 2003 Troubleshooting Guide, Windows Group Policy Guide

[My Network Security / Hacking Tech Manuals:]
Network Security Bible (Wiley), Security In Computing (Prentice Hall), Hacking Exposed Network Security Secrets & Solutions (McGraw Hill / Osborne), Hacking Exposed Computer Forensics Secrets & Solutions (McGraw Hill / Osborne), Hacking Exposed Windows Server 2003 (McGraw Hill / Osborne), Counter Hack Reloaded (Prentice Hall), Gray Hat Hacking The Ethical Hacker's Handbook (McGraw Hill / Osborne)

[My Windows XP Tech Manuals:]
Windows XP Professional Resource Kit Documentation (Microsoft Press), Windows XP Secrets (Hungry Minds), Upgrading And Repairing Windows XP (Que), Windows XP For Power Users Power Pack (Wiley), Platinum Edition Using Microsoft Windows XP (Que), Alan Simpson's Windows XP Bible (Hungry Minds), Windows XP Under The Hood (Que), Windows XP Registry (A-List), Windows XP Tips & Techniques (McGraw Hill / Osborne), Windows XP Killer Tips (New Riders)

[My Hardware Upgrading / Maintenance Tech Manuals:]
Upgrading And Repairing PCs Editions (Que): 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, Upgrading And Repairing Laptops (Que), Upgrading And Repairing Networks 4th Edition (Que), Upgrading And Repairing Windows XP (Que), Upgrading And Maintaining Your PC (Abacus)

[My Linux Tech Manuals:]
Red Hat Linux 9 Bible (Wiley), Red Hat Linux 7 Bible (Wiley), Red Hat Linux Secrets (IDG Books), Parallel Operating Systems With Widows XP And Linux (Thomson), Linux Unleashed (Sams), Unix For Dummies (IDG Books), More Unix For Dummies (IDG Books), BSD Internet Super Server

[My Xbox 360 Games I Own:]
50 Cent: Blood on the Sand; Avatar: The Last Airbender -- The Burning Earth; Battlefield 2: Modern Combat; Battlefield: Bad Company; BioShock; BioShock 2; BlackSite: Area 51; Borderlands; Borderlands: Double Game Add-On Pack; Borderlands: Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot; Borderlands: The Secret Armory of General Knoxx; Borderlands: The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned; Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway; Bullet Witch; Bully: Scholarship Edition; Burnout Paradise; Call of Duty 2; Call of Duty 3; Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare; Call of Duty: World at War; Clive Barker's Jericho; The Club; Condemned 2: Bloodshot; Crackdown; Dead Rising; Dead Rising 2; The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Game of the Year Edition; F.E.A.R.; F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin; F.E.A.R. Files; Fallout 3; Fallout 3 Game Add-On Pack: Broken Steel and Point Lookout; Fallout 3 Game Add-On Pack: The Pitt and Operation Anchorage; Fallout 3: Broken Steel; Fallout 3: Operation Anchorage; Fallout 3: Point Lookout; Fallout 3: The Pitt; Fallout: New Vegas; Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer; Far Cry 2; Forza Motorsport 2; Fracture; Frontlines: Fuel of War; Full Auto; GRID; Gears of War; Gears of War 2; The Godfather; Grand Theft Auto IV; Grand Theft Auto IV: Episodes From Liberty City; Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned; Gun; Halo 3; Halo 3: ODST; Infernal: Hell's Vengeance; Just Cause; Left 4 Dead; Lost Planet: Extreme Condition; Lost: Via Domus; Marvel: Ultimate Alliance; Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2; Mass Effect; Mass Effect 2; Medal of Honor: Airborne; MotoGP'06; Need for Speed Carbon; Need for Speed ProStreet; The Orange Box; Perfect Dark Zero; Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie; Prey; Project Gotham Racing 3; Project Gotham Racing 4; Red Faction: Guerrilla; Ridge Racer 6; Sacred 2: Fallen Angel; Saints Row; Saints Row 2; Section 8; Spider-Man: Friend or Foe; Star Trek: Legacy; Star Wars: The Force Unleashed; Stranglehold; TMNT; Terminator Salvation; TimeShift; Tom Clancy's HAWX; Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas; Turning Point: Fall of Liberty; Unreal Tournament III; Viking: Battle for Asgard; X-Men Origins: Wolverine; X-Men: The Official Game; Destroy All Humans! 2; Destroy All Humans!; Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
What's your Web site / blog address?
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/gregory-de-santis/1b/936/769

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A gamer's list of games just for the fun of it.

Posted on June 19, 2009 at 11:30pm 2 Comments

This is nothing more than a gamer’s list of collected games. This is just a way for me to keep track of them and compare them to others and to be viewed by anyone that has a general interest in gaming. Plus I compiled the list just for the fun of it. Even going through this as thorough as I can, I am still finding a few that missed the list, such as Descent: Freespace - Silent Threat.



Gaming has come a long way in some ways and significantly regressed in other ways. And SecuROM (and… Continue

Hard Drive Cheat Sheet from Fastest to Slowest

Posted on June 18, 2009 at 10:42pm 1 Comment

This list is not a complete list of hard drives, but as thorough as I could get it for now (the top 882 hard drives). This list is as accurate at I can get it for now, and it is updated when I either get additional hard drives specs / benchmarks, changes or when others assist with additional information.



This list is only meant to be a general comparative chart (my cheat sheet) to view and compare individual hard drives to each other, so when I get the frequent questions asked to me… Continue

List of Single Processors from Fastest to Slowest.

Posted on June 16, 2009 at 10:01pm 0 Comments

This list is not a complete list of processors, but as thorough as I could get it for now (the top 620 processors). This list is as accurate at I can get it for now, and it is updated when I either get additional processors / benchmarks, changes or when others assist with additional information.



This list is only meant to be a general comparative chart to view and compare individual processors to each other, so when I get the frequent questions asked to me - Which one is the fastest… Continue

Data and File Recovery Freeware List

Posted on June 12, 2009 at 9:00pm 2 Comments

This is my latest data recovery tool list that I just updated. These recovery tools are licensed as freeware. So a blog is just the place to consolidate them all for everyone's use and to keep track of them. There should be something here to meet most needs. Have fun, happy learning. :)



Recuva 1.27.419

Website: http://www.recuva.com/

Download link: http://www.recuva.com/download

Operating systems supported: Windows 98, ME, NT, 2k, XP,Vista (no 64-bit… Continue

Fastest Video Cards & Their Power Requirements

Posted on April 22, 2009 at 3:30pm 2 Comments

This is a combination list of the history of video cards from fastest to slowest and their power supply requirements for basic guidelines for building new systems or upgrading current computers. I made this list to help me keep track of what is out there, but looking on the forums and blogs about people needing help picking out video cards for new systems or upgrading their current systems and power requirements I thought I would put my personal list up for everyone to have a look at for a… Continue

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At 3:25pm on December 28, 2010, JT said…

Greg,

 

I installed 360Desktop (64bit) after you mentioned it in one of the discussions. I have 2 Windows 7 Ult 64 Bit machines and in both of them I have them configured to hide the 360desktop slider/menu bar. I found that the slider/menu bar has disappeared completely from my desktop machine. It works fine on my laptop.

 

Anyway, I thought that I would look to see if they had come out with an update or patch. To my dismay their Web Site does not seem to exist any longer.

The last version that I found is: 8.5.2084 (64 bit)

 

Any suggestions?

At 1:12pm on December 15, 2010, JT said…

Hey Greg, Happy Holidays to you.

 

I didn't want you to miss this Post that I put up. I figured that you would appreciate it.

 

JT

 

A U.S. Sailor's Night Before Christmas

At 2:09pm on November 14, 2010, Ivona7 gave Greg De Santis a gift
At 1:39pm on August 1, 2010, JT said…
At 7:39am on May 16, 2010, JT said…
Just a little bit of history from WWII.

Yesterday was the 61st Armed Forces Day.

360 inside tour of a WW2 submarine...and then some.

This is very well done..Just hold down the left mouse button and move it very slowly..

http://www.nonplused.org/panos/uss_pampanito/html/01.html
At 5:53pm on April 8, 2010, JT said…

At 9:04am on April 6, 2010, JT said…
Some guys get all the breaks

An old Sailor and an old Marine were sitting at the VFW arguing about who'd had the tougher career.

"I did 30 years in the Corps," the Marine declared proudly, "and fought in three of my country's wars. Fresh out of boot camp, I hit the beach at Okinawa, clawed my way up the blood-soaked sand, and eventually took out an entire enemy machine gun nest with a single grenade. As a sergeant, I fought in Korea alongside General MacArthur. We pushed back the enemy inch by bloody inch, all the way up to the Chinese border, always under a barrage of artillery and small arms fire. Finally, as a Gunny Sergeant, I did three consecutive combat tours in Vietnam. We humped through the mud and razor grass for 14 hours a day, plagued by rain and mosquitoes, ducking under sniper fire all day, and mortar fire all night. In a firefight, we'd fire until our arms ached and our guns were empty, then we'd charge the enemy with bayonets!"

"Ah," said the Sailor with a dismissive wave of his hand, "lucky bastard! All shore duty, huh?"
At 1:00pm on November 14, 2009, JT said…
I came across this and thought that you would like it:

Submarine Poem

Here's to us, one and all
Who heard the message and answered the call
To break away from the old mainstream

And live our lives on a submarine
Sub School gave us the chance to pass the test
To declare that we were The Best of the Best.
When we left New London with orders in hand
We all headed out on different courses for distant, faraway lands.
Some went East coast some went West
But no matter where you ended up, your first boat's the best.
You reported on board not knowing what to think
But now you're known to all as a nub and a dink.

You learn about Tradition and learn about Pride,
You learn about Honor and the men who have died,
You learn about the heritage that's been passed on to you
Because now you're considered one of the crew.
You study that boat from bow to stern
From the conning tower to the bilges, it's your duty to learn
Where and what makes that boat go, how it operates and in what direction it flows
How to charge those batteries and keep them alive or how to rig the boat for dive
Draw those systems fore and aft, blow the shitters, Check the draft
These are duties that you must glean when you live your life on a submarine
When you've learned all there is to know about your boat
You show 'em you know it, by your walk through vote
You go before the Qual Board, card in hand
Where they question and grill you to beat the band
And when you think you can take no more
They tell you to wait just outside the door.
For what seems like eons, Time stands still
And when they call you in, you feel quite ill!
But they congratulate you for doing so good
And welcome you into their Brotherhood.
Right of passage declares that you must drink your "fish".
And the tacking on process is not something you wish
But you wear those dolphins on your chest with pride
Because down deep in your heart, you know you're Qualified.

It seems like yesterday, it seems like a dream
That I truly lived on a submarine
Most Boats are gone, a memory of time
I wonder what happened to that crew of mine?
The Old Boats that are left, are all museums
And even if you rode 'em, you have to pay admission to see 'em.
So here's to us, those that remember
Who rode the boats out in all kinds of weather
To those past, present and even the future
To those young, hardy lads who still love adventure
So let's lift our glasses and have a toast
To the memory of those daring young sailors and their undersea boats.
At 9:51pm on October 25, 2009, SassySweetBren said…
Hi Greg, I am thrilled to hear about you going to college. You can apply for a Pell Grant that should take care of all of your fees plus, leave some money to live on. I did that when I went back to school in my late thirties. Here I had been working as an aircraft mechanic and when I lost my job, I had to do something. So, I went into interior design. It was great for me.

You will not be sorry. I took some of my classes online too and you can do that when you are motivated to do your own work. You know that I wish you only the best.

Yep, that is one of the last blooms of the season before the frost hits my plants. Just today, I planted some lilies and a couple of other plants that a dear friend from California sent to me. She is a darling.

Anyway, the baby is still here with me but now, I have her in daycare and that has helped me so much. I was just about to come unglued. ha ha...for real. You would have had to get in touch with me at the shrink hospital. All is good now but today she came down sick. ....bless her heart.

Love you kiddo and wish the best for you and your mom.

Hugs,
At 3:59am on October 21, 2009, SassySweetBren said…
Hey Greg. Long time. I have been busy with the little one.

Hey, I fixed everything just by doing Google. The weird part to me about getting my sound back is they furnished a CD with the driver but I had to find an updated version to get it to work.

And on my network card , now, I don't even have a card in. Unless the old one is working again, I just don't know. Weird to me. I took it out one day just to see if I could load the Chip set driver first and get things straight. I didn't have to put it back in. I will keep it in case.

Don't ever under estimate the power of a woman's brain. I know that when I am determined, I can fix anything. ha ha

I would ask about if you are working but seeing you on here tells me and it would just break my heart anyway.
I took this photo a few days ago in my yard. Thought you might enjoy it.
Just know that I miss you. You are my buddy....well, in my mind.

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Head 2 Head: Android OS vs. Chrome OS

Google's OSes Duke It Out

Windows is dead. Haven’t you heard? Yeah, right, we don’t believe that for a parsec (although we wouldn’t mind if Modern got swallowed alive by a Sarlacc to be slowly digested alive for a thousand years.) Still, for those who are living in their post-PC fantasy, the OS of choice for computing won’t be based on Windows.

Since it has been foreseen that Google will rule the entire world, we decided to put the company’s two showcase OSes up against each other in a epic sibling rivalry not seen since Boromir vs. Faramir, Thor vs. Loki, and Ferris vs. Jeanie Bueller.

Round 1: Price

A large part of Google’s OS success hasn’t been because of its awesomeness. No. Frankly, we think nothing speaks louder than the almighty dollar in this world. But both are “free,” right? So this is tie? Not really. Although Android is technically free since Google doesn’t charge device makers for it, there are costs associated with getting devices “certified.” Oh, yeah, and then there’s Apple and Microsoft, both of which get healthy payouts from device makers through patent lawsuits. Microsoft reportedly makes far more from Android sales than Windows Phone sales. You just generally don’t see the price because it’s abstracted by carriers. Chrome OS, on the other hand, actually is pretty much free. A top-ofthe-line Chromebook is $280, while a top-of-the-line Android phone full retail is usually $600. We’re giving this one to Chrome OS because if it’s generally cheaper for the builder, it’s cheaper for you.

Winner: Chrome OS

Round 2: Security

Both Chrome OS and Android are based on Linux, which generally starts out being inherently more secure than competing mainstream consumer operating systems. A Linux kernel doesn’t make it bulletproof, though. If you had to pick between iOS, Windows Phone, and Android for malware issues, Android would be the clear loser. Certainly much of that comes from users opting into malware, pirated apps, and the sheer volume of Android devices out there, but we think it’s fair to say that Android has more security problems. Let’s not even get into stranded tablets and phones that never see security updates pushed to them. To this date, we know of no credible security breaches of Chrome OS, and when holes are found, they’re patched with a speed Android OS users could only dream of. Even the four year-old (ancient!) original CR-48 gets updates within a few weeks, while a $600 phone from 2014 will be ignored for months (if not years).

Winner: Chrome OS


Round 3: Usability

Android is regarded as a powerusers operating system. It’s malleable and easily bendable to your every desire. Want a widget that alerts you when it’s time to take a nap in the conference room? Got it. With skins providing device makers’ interpretations on how to make Android “better” (usually for the worse), it’s also pretty damned complicated sometimes. In fact, HTC users can’t easily navigate Samsung devices without some confusion and vice versa. To get lost or confused in Chrome OS would be a feat of unimaginable proportions because there’s just no way to do it. It’s on, off, or in the browser for the most part. And an HP or Acer or Toshiba Chromebook? All the same. Down to the interface and keyboard. In fact, we’d argue that generic feel is another knock against it -- just not in this category.

Winner: Chrome OS

Round 4: Sexiness

Here’s something you’ll never hear: “Oh. My. Gawd. Is that the new $200 Chromebook? Can I see it so I can stroke its cheap painted plastic skin?!” Outside of the Google employees given free Pixels, Chromebooks have the sex appeal of geriatric sock garters or Limburger cheese. As much as it’s a bad tech marketing cliché, break out the latest wonder phone with its 4K glassless 3D screen at a party and you’ll get the adoration and attention your lonely soul craves. We honestly don’t see that changing, either, because as much as we’ll say, “Bah, I don’t give two No. 2’s about new phones,” there’s no denying just how mesmerizing it is to check out the latest smartphone in person.

Winner: Android OS

Round 5: Application Support

For those who don’t know, Chrome OS is pretty much cloud computing. Websites are your apps, and that, Mr. Nonbeliever, means that every website is technically an app, so there are tens of millions of apps for Chrome OS! So, nyah nyah! The truth is, there are surprisingly more Chrome OS apps that can be run offline and in the browser than you’d expect, but we think it’s fair to say that Android’s traditional client-based computing, locally run apps, is more fulfilling and far better supported than Chrome OS. To us, Chrome OS “apps” still feel like you’re trapped in a browser. Then again, maybe that’s the whole point.

Winner: Android OS

And the winner is...

This is a shocker to us, because as power users and people who love complicated hardware and devices, we really thought Android OS was going to walk away with it. After all, most of us have wondered just why the hell Android OS isn’t being used in clamshell devices instead of that weak-sauce Chrome OS. But when you add up the numbers and divide by 16.7, Chrome OS is actually the surprise winner here. Maybe there’s a reason Microsoft is more afraid of Chrome OS than Android OS these days.

Newegg Daily Deals: Storage and Memory Edition!

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Ah, so you read our RAID 0 guide, grabbed yourself a pair of drives, and are now rocking a super fast setup -- congrats! Just remember that RAID 0 isn't a backup solution. Heck, it's not redundant. So if you need to backup your data, one possible solution is today's top deal for a Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive for $110 with free shipping (normally $120 - use coupon code: [EMCAPNV29]). It's fast, simple to use, and capacious!

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Buy a Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, Receive a One Year Netflix Subscription

Samsung Galaxy S6 Nexus Enticing offer for the Android camp

It doesn't appear that Samsung needs much help selling Android fans on its recently released Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones, but just in case you're on the fence, the South Korean handset maker is hoping a little nudge from T-Mobile will help. That nudge comes in the form of a one-year Netflix subscription at no additional cost when you purchase a Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge from a T-Mobile authorized dealer.

The deal runs from now until April 12, 2015, and is open to both new and existing Netflix customers. Once you've purchased a qualifying handset, just head over to Samsung's sign-up page -- https://samsungpromotions.com/netflix -- and follow the instructions. Note that you'll need to have the device in hand in order to complete the process.

Now wait a tick, at this point you're thinking, "What good is this deal when the qualifying devices aren't even available through T-Mobile?" Good question, and here's your answer -- pre-orders count. You can place your pre-order for either handset today; they'll be in stores April 10.

So long as you've purchased the Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge by April 12, you'll have until May 21 to sign up at the above linked page, and until June 20 to redeem the code.

Here are two things to keep in mind. One, this is for the Netflix plan that allows you to have up to two streams simultaneously. And two, the offer is good for the first 92,000 submissions.

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Valve and HTC to let Developers Apply for a Free Vive Headset “Soon”

SteamVR Vive Vive Developer Edition “will be free, at least initially”

At GDC 2015, Valve was able to impress many people with its SteamVR technology including our own Maximum PC Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang (see what he thought about the SteamVR demo). But what is surprising is that the company announced that a consumer version will be available in 2015. It is short notice for a device that has just been revealed, but that doesn’t seem to bother Valve. So far, a small selection of developers already have kits, but Valve and HTC will be letting developers apply for a free Vive developer kit soon, according to Ars Technica.

This information comes from Valve VP of Marketing Doug Lombardi, who spoke to Ars Technica, stating that ”more info and sign up forms will be available to all interested developers, big or small, via a new site coming soon.” While Lombardi didn’t reveal how many of the developers who apply online will get a free dev kit, he added that the company’s hope is to have the sign-up site up next week.

The lucky developers who get approved will receive a Developer Edition that “will be free, at least initially,” said Lombardi. According to Valve’s SteamVR page, the Developer Edition “comes with a headset, two controllers, two base stations - everything you need to dive in and start creating new interactive VR experiences.”

How many of these kits will be given away for free is anyone’s guess. But it is a different approach for Valve compared to Oculus VR, which provided early units to its Kickstarter backers and has been selling its dev kit to anyone for $350 on its website. So it will be interesting to see what developers will get the Vive dev kit and what kind of games will be developed.

Of course, the other thing to consider is how much will the Vive cost for developers who are not lucky enough to get it for free and what the consumer version will retail for. Any guesses? Sound off in the comments below!

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Tech Coalition Presses US Government to End Bulk Collection of Metadata

White House Microsoft, Google, and Apple among tech companies fighting against provision in the Patriot Act

The collection of metadata by government agencies, such as the National Security Agency, has been a source of contention for tech companies forced to hand over the information in bulk to the US Government. Section 215 of the Patriot Act allows for the bulk collection of metadata but the provision will expire in June unless the government renews it. As the date draws closer, tech companies have joined privacy groups in sending an open letter asking that Section 215 not be renewed in the Patriot Act.

“There must be a clear, strong, and effective end to bulk collection practices under the USA PATRIOT Act, including under the Section 215 records authority and the Section 2 214 authority regarding pen registers and trap & trace devices,” reads the letter, explaining what the groups want. “Any collection that does occur under those authorities should have appropriate safeguards in place to protect privacy and users’ rights.”

The letter goes on to suggest that, “The bill must contain transparency and accountability mechanisms for both government and company reporting, as well as an appropriate declassification regime for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court decisions.

While the various organizations might have differing views on what reforms should be included, the two points quoted above are ones that everyone agrees must be part of the reforms. 47 different industry and privacy organizations have signed the letter that was sent to the Obama administration. One group, called the Reform Government Surveillance, includes members such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft, and Apple. 

“It has been nearly two years since the first news stories revealed the scope of the United States’ surveillance and bulk collection activities,” the letter concludes. “Now is the time to take on meaningful legislative reforms to the nation’s surveillance programs that maintain national security while preserving privacy, transparency, and accountability. We strongly encourage both the White House and Members of Congress to support the above reforms and oppose any efforts to enact any legislation that does not address them.”

Whether the US government implements such reforms come June will remain to be seen, but the potential outlook doesn’t look promising. Last year, the Obama administration asked Congress to pass new privacy laws proposing that telecom companies hang onto the records and only hand them over to law enforcement agencies when receiving a court order. Nothing came about from the proposal, while Congress itself was unable to reform the surveillance program. In November 2014, Congress was unable to pass The Freedom Act, a bill that would have curbed the NSA’s bulk collection of telephone records.

Do you think the US Government will make changes to the Patriot Act regarding the bulk collection of metadata? Let us know what you think in the comments below. 

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