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terpfan1980's Articles In Personal Computing
November 12, 2012 by terpfan1980
I've been lucky enough to be on a run of reviewing projectors that I've gotten via Amazon.  One of the nicest is the one I'm linking to here (Epson PowerLite 1761W Projector (Ultraportable WXGA 720p Widescreen 3LCD, 2600 lumens color brightness, 2600 lumens white brightness, HDMI, wireless, app compatible, rapid setup).  If you get a chance, check out my review there and see why I think it's a very nice item to add to your own suite of business tools or make use of...
September 15, 2010 by terpfan1980
Fun at work today - NOT.

I had to go back to work last night to restart a couple of servers in "off hours" so that we could use the "Shutdown and Install Updates" option on some Windows servers to apply some of the latest Windows Updates to those systems.  I really wish Microsoft would get with the program and find some way to apply the vast majority of updates/patches without the need to reboot, but that is a rant for another time or one that may have been gone over repeatedly in the pa...
September 8, 2010 by terpfan1980
I'm trying to get iPhone OS 4.1 downloaded and installed on my iPhone 4.  A fairly trivial task that normally just involves going into iTunes (latest version normally required) with the phone connected to the system, click on the "Check for Updates" button within iTunes and then letting iTunes download the update as required and apply it after it has been downloaded.  Except... well, the Wi-Fi connection on the network I have access to currently is not the best, and is far from al...
August 17, 2010 by terpfan1980
On another site that I frequent someone made reference to a news article from Endgadget that was touting the idea of Xbox Live coming to Windows Mobile phones and the news and comments (negative comments about the idea of ever using a Windows Mobile phone or switching to one away from whatever phones someone currently has) inspired me to rant a litte, both at the other site and here at the circle of JoeUser.com communities.

I ask in the article title and sub-title whether phones and pad devic...
September 12, 2008 by terpfan1980
I'm pretty consistent on keeping consistent, at least when it comes to my 'puters.  I keep an eye on what I'm installing, and also check frequently on what may have been installed and needs to be updated.  In addition, I do my best to make sure I know the file and directory structure and keep things organized so I can find what I want when I want it.

With all that in mind, imagine my surprise when I see what seems to be a new directory, with programs and contents that I don't reca...
April 30, 2008 by terpfan1980

RIAA sucksI love this news (from C|Net's News.com site): Court rejects RIAA's 'making available' piracy argument

Originally Posted by C|Net's news.com blog by Steven Musil

The recording industry's music piracy fight was dealt a setback Tuesday when a federal judge rejected the RIAA's "making available" argument in a lawsuit against a husband and wife accused of copyright infringement.

In Atlantic v. Howell, Judge Neil V. Wake denied the labels' motion for summary judgment in a 17-page decision (PDF), allowing the suit to proceed to trial. The argument--that merely the act of making music files available for download constituted copyright infringement--has been the basis for the Recording Industry Association of America's legal battle against online music piracy.


"The court agrees with the great weight of authority that section 106(3) is not violated unless the defendant has actually distributed an unauthorized copy of the work to a member of the public," wrote the judge in his order. "Merely making an unauthorized copy of a copyrighted work available to the public does not violate a copyright holder's exclusive right of distribution."

EFF staff attorney Fred von Lohmann called the order the "most decisive rejection yet of the recording industry's 'making available' theory of infringement."

The order is a bit of an oddity in that it's a reversal of an order Wake issued in August, in which he granted the RIAA's summary judgment and fined the Howells $40,850 in penalties and court costs. However, the Howells appealed and the judgment was later vacated.

February 4, 2008 by terpfan1980
So the PC that I use as my 'media center' system died over the last several weeks, resulting in my 'need' to replace the guts of the box.  That meant getting a new motherboard at a minimum, and possibly upgrading to a faster CPU while I was at it.

I went online, did a little research about the current AMD dual core CPUs and what type of socket I'd need for same and came up with a motherboard and CPU combo that was offered at TigerDirect.com at what I considered a pretty reasonable price....
November 22, 2007 by terpfan1980
The question in the subject line is inspired by a Ms. Manners column where someone wrote in concerned about guests that come to their home and instantly want to use their computer when they see it.

I'm curious what everyone's stance is on letting guests use their home computer(s)?


I'll add my thoughts later.
September 29, 2007 by terpfan1980
I can't help but snicker at this news: Microsoft Excel {2007} Fails Math Test.

So Microsoft is pulling an Intel (remember the Pentium math processing issues?) and putting out software that can't do simple math?

A display error. Hmmm, nice to know that Microsoft may be the cause for overbillings to the tune of approx. $35,000 because of a display error related to multiplaction in Excel. I hope they get it fixed soon and in the meantime am glad I don't rely on Excel to run a business (but t...
August 29, 2007 by terpfan1980
Without giving away too many details about my regular place of employ, some recent work there has reminded me of the joys of dealing with IT (Information Technology) users that box themselves into corners by letting themselves be bound to legacy computer systems.

What am I talking about?  There are many systems around my work place, or in other areas within the larger organization, that can't be replaced and/or retired and wind up pretty much frozen in time because some amount of work wa...
August 11, 2007 by terpfan1980
I've known for years that Microsoft is in a giant conspiracy with the hardware manufacturers -- especially CPU builder Intel -- to help sell more, faster and bigger, hardware.  Without Microsoft's continued bloated builds of operating systems, it is not unimaginable that computers today could be running systems that provide the same basic functionality many times faster than they do.

Of course Microsoft isn't the only company guilty of this, as just about all operating system companies h...
May 3, 2007 by terpfan1980
What's that I smell?  Could it be the waft of dirty laundry that could come out about the PC World publishing business, and other similar organizations?

CNet news has an article (headline below is linked to it) on the resignation of the editor for PC World magazine who resigned because he was being pressured over negative reviews and comments about advertisers of the magazine.

PC World editor resigns over apparent ad pressure

Award-winning Editor-in-Chief Harry McCracken of PC ...
January 26, 2007 by terpfan1980
I'm looking to upgrade my Windows Media Center 2005 box to Vista.  Specifically to Vista Home Premium (the package that includes the MCE functions).  But which one?  32 bit or 64 bit?

Here's why I ask -- I have an AMD Athlon 64 x2 3800 chip in my box.  With that CPU am I capable of running 64 bit?  Should I?

I would think that longer term that 64 bit is the right choice, but will I find some things work and some things don't with 64 bit versus 32 bit OS?

In my c...
October 20, 2005 by terpfan1980
Is Microsoft up to old tricks, or did they just start to make a simple mistake in trying to setup exclusive deals in the music market?

Read and decide, or at least read and learn about the latest tricks that Bill G., Steve B. and their minions at Microsoft are up to. Apparently even with the big slaps by the Euros and the little slaps by the Bush administration, Microsoft is still making some of the same hostile (to their competitors and to consumers) agreements that they were found guilty of...
September 12, 2005 by terpfan1980
Big fat warning in advance to anyone that ever considers purchasing a Belkin product -- DON'T DO IT.

Most especially don't do it if you aren't prepared to find that their so called "lifetime warranty" on their product is anything but.

Why am I attacking what should be a fine company that stands behind their products? Because they don't, or should I say, won't stand behind their product.

Recently I purchased a used/like-new Belkin Bluetooth adapter via eBay. There-in lies the problem. ...