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  1. In Topic: Ethical Quandary

    Posted 27 Nov 2009

    I just got back from that customer. I fixed one pc but told him I wasn't comfortable with the whole password scenario.

    Now I see your warning in a large font which leads to to believe I did the right thing by backing away. I did tell him to google ophcrack. I'll check out kon-boot.

    Thanks for taking the time to reply.
  2. In Topic: IE8 loads sloooooow

    Posted 4 Apr 2009

    View Post SteelTrepid, on Apr 3 2009, 05:56 PM, said:

    Not to sound like a jerk, but......you need to find better sources. Ones that actually test and report the truth:
    http://blogs.zdnet.c... 754&tag=nl.e539

    While I don't like most of the BS that honestly anyone spews (Cnet, Tech republic, and others), you just have to find the time and take the time to get the whole truth.



    Thanks for the link.

    I actually didn't spend a lot of time on this. I responded to two service calls this week and witnessed first-hand IE8 loading slow. I'd say about 10 seconds to load Google via a 2 Mbit DSL and a 6 Mbit cable modem. Disabling their fw's and anti-mal's made no difference. Both were XP machines. Loading speeds were back to normal when I rolled them back to IE7.

    I'll upgrade IE8 RC1 (which runs fine) to IE8 on my pc and screw around with it when I have some time. Unfortunately, I don't get paid working on my own pc!
  3. In Topic: Best AntiSpyware tool?

    Posted 18 Dec 2008

    For real-time protection I have had great luck with AVG free, Spybot with the tea timer enabled, Spywareblaster and Windows Defender on my personal pc. My system is always clean with an occasional piece of crap sneaking in. I'll also use Malwarebytes free to do an occasional system wide scan.

    For simplicity and the least amount of pop-ups I give my residential customers AVG free set to auto-heal and Windows Defender.

    There isn't a perfect real-time product but as far as anti-spyware the more the merrier.
  4. In Topic: Universal AC power adapter and power supply tester recommendations

    Posted 11 Dec 2008

    Thanks for the reply.

    My last laptop service call the customer's adapter was putting out about .1 VDC. They weren't happy when I told them they would have to buy a replacement before I could troubleshoot the original problem of XP hanging during the boot. I got the old "it worked before we gave it to you" response. I also had a guy ask me to check out a laptop that his friend gave him missing the power adapter. I'll scour the Web for a benchtop variable output DC supply and for a source of plug adapters.

    As far as testing the power supplies in the field I'll do what I've been doing. Using a DVM and a couple of old hdd's to give me a good 5 and 12 V load source to turn on the PS's. For a more eloquent solution I'll solder some cables and molex connectors instead of trying to use paper clips as jumpers. But you're right about the PS's. I've tested them as good but wound up replacing them anyway.
  5. In Topic: Job Listing

    Posted 10 Dec 2008

    I worked at a plant that made fiberglass panels in the mid 70's. The chemical odors were unbearable. Your eyes burned and your skin itched relentlessly. The job really sucked and the pay was about $3.25 an hour! It's ironic but the people who work the hardest get paid the least. Plus you have to leave a sample of your bodily fluids in a vial for the priviledge of attaining such an awful job.

    A neighbor had sympathy for me and told me about a job with great benefits but low pay. $2.90 an hour to start but lots of free company training in a relatively new field...computers. I'm glad I took the pay cut.

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