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September 24, 2010 by terpfan1980
Bonus article from me today as I have a little extra time to write today...   (eh, maybe I should just count this as getting ahead for the weekend when I won't have time to write at all, but I digress...)

We're having fun at work, or at least some of my team members at work are having fun, as the latest buzzwords become directives for things we must do over the next few years.  The best and biggest of the buzzwords being virtualization.  Oh joy.

Actually virtualization ...
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....
January 25, 2008 by terpfan1980
Argh.  Over the last few days I've had my 'media center' pc take a dump on me compliments of a crappy little chipset fan that apparently just couldn't keep up with the load on same, only to wind up ordering a replacement motherboard and cpu (and RAM) that unfortunately looks like it is going to be forcing me to do yet more upgrading since it doesn't have 2 IDE controllers/connectors on it (one and only one ) and I had been continuing to rock on with two fairly good sized IDE drives plus tw...
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...
September 28, 2007 by terpfan1980
Argh, administering Linux systems is really not supposed to be this tough, but I swear that there are too many times when, in working with Linux, the answers that should be shared for everyone (Linux is 'open source' isn't it?!??) just aren't.

Sorry to break out the broad brush again, but I'm about to paint a lot of Linux guru's and publishers with that broad brush.

I remember years ago asking questions about to do things in Linux that I was easily able to do in SCO Unix.  SCO, the en...
September 17, 2007 by terpfan1980
Want to know why computer support (and Information Technology support) keeps getting $$$ signs associated with it and why service that used to be free isn't any more?  How about why IT support jobs that used to be done in the U.S.A. are being increasingly outsourced to India and other countries where call centers can be run -- relatively speaking -- for pennies on the dollar?

Look no farther than the replies in this recent article: RANT: I don't want the freakin' toolbar!

Many of the ...
September 15, 2007 by terpfan1980
I'm so tired of installing applications and plug-ins on computer systems that all ask me -- and default to assuming yes -- would I like to install extra toolbars and (for me) useless utilities on the computers I am working on.

NO, I DO NOT WANT {insert add-on application/toolbar name here} ON THESE SYSTEMS.  If I did want that toolbar/application I know exactly how to go get it, where to place it for easy and convenient access to get it loaded on to systems that I'm working on, and need ...
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...