* Posts by leexgx

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Norton Internet Security antivirus update 'borked Internet Explorer'

leexgx

this explains why IE was crashing on an number of system (that for some reason are using IE not chrome or firefox)

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Enough is ENOUGH: It's time to flush Flash back to where it came from – Hell

leexgx

Re: This is or isn't funny....

just have click to play enabled (Chrome/firefox/opera only) and adblock and most issues are not there

if your using IE well you're a sitting duck sorry (no adblock or click to play flash)

i wonder how long its going to take chrome to treat Flash like Java (click to play is forced if java app wants to load in chrome)

one thing i have noticed most malware nowadays looks for vmware or sandboxie, if it detects them on your system it will not do stage 3 normally (drop the full payload onto your system) as its likely your a whitehat or company looking these droppers (most likely why i have never seen it on my system) as vmware or sandboxie is unlikely to be on an normal persons computer best to just not load droppers onto systems that have them tools on your system

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UK not-spot deal: When we said '2017’, we meant 1 DAY BEFORE 2018

leexgx

Re: Coverage as listed by whom?

i wish mobile operators would use Old T-mobile signal coverage map as they showed you in 5 stages (you could ignore the first 1 or 2 if your indoors as it really meant no signal) most coverage maps now are very poor as they show indoor and outdoor or no coverage (3 is the worst for it)

and as 3 uses a lot of t-mobile masts (well really its a 50/50 share mast with 3/t-mobile) if you was doing a coverage check you used to be better going to t-mobile website to get real coverage for 3 network

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NSA gunning for Google, wants cop-spotting dropped from Waze app

leexgx

Re: Just radar, not police.

the spotting is used manly for marking police speed traps or Drunk traps, fastest way to get though one is to turn around so you get pulled so you can go faster

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Then there were 3: Another UK mobile network borged ...

leexgx

spectrum

What is surprising is that o2 nor 3 paid for any 2600 spectrum, the issue with that is you really need that 2600 band in dense areas like train stations or events as 2600 is perfect for it show range but can handle large amount of data on 4g

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Telefónica to offload O2 to Three daddy Hutchison for £10.25bn

leexgx

Re: Possible problems

What would be nice is that this could give 3 users later on access to 2g network as o2 uses 2g900 and I think 2g1800 (i have not checked what o2 uses on 2g) so at least you he able to make a call when you have no 3g signal on 3 network, 3 would be able to completely remove the 2g roaming agreement with EE as well (as o2 2g network is the best out of all networks in the uk)

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Future imperfect: A UK broadband retrospective

leexgx

Re: Actually ISDN still is popular in Germany

ISDN is norm used for phone systems (most places i goto have 2 ISDN lines that provides 2 phone lines per ISDN box all with the same number)

been looking into FTTP lease lines (100mb fiber berar with but paying for 10/10 with option to go up in speed at any time) you can run Sip lines over it and has a 5 hour SLA agreement

only down side its about £430-500 (excluding VAT!) its £420 for 10/10 and around £500 for 100/100 (thats before you add each sip line at around £10 each) but some business places cant get FTTC (the DP box in big warehouses units is inside the unit itself)

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leexgx

Re: About time councils put their foot down

i would not move there is FTTC was not available (or virgin but extremely ulicky on new estates)

it should be Mandatory that FTTC and Virgin should be wired in (the first New estate that actually did it has Virgin is Wired to the premises (wires are sticking out of the hole at the house) with BT FTTC as an option as well

compared to boston boulevard what had like form intermediately working 0.3mb to 2mb ADSL with no FTTC or virgin for last 5-6 years (i do believe they are now installing or have installed FTTC now) mad thing is the area it is connected to is Full virgin area

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Hold the front page: Spain's anti-Google lobbyists lobby for Google News return

leexgx

g

all google will do is pull the google news site down and then de rank all news sites and probably ignore any paid google ads they have paid for

and if they did not want google to use there PUBLIC web pages they should've used the robots.txt file if they did not want to be listed on google search

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DAMN YOU! Microsoft blasts Google over zero-day blabgasm

leexgx

Re: Sorry, but Google were uttely wrong.

i agree with google posting the zero day, but Not the Proof if concept code that should of been held back for a bit

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4K off, Google Fiber: Comcast, Broadcom tout 2Gbps cable

leexgx

as long as you do not want to stream netflix you be fine

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Universal Pictures told off for scaring kids with nasty vid

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El Reg tests portable breathalyzers: Getting drunk so you don't have to

leexgx

tests

when doing the tests you should wait until 30 minutes have passed so you not get an accurate result and you brake the Breathalyzer tester due to moisture (as you did nearly twice)

the police must wait 30 minutes so the alcohol can clear the mouth of excess boos

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Want to have your server pwned? Easy: Run PHP

leexgx

Re: Seriously, he actually believed the advertised PHP version on the server?

the thing is most do not how to use PHP or version most just install it and forget it and use it until they get hacked

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Internet Explorer 12 to shed legacy cruft in bid to BEAT Chrome

leexgx

Re: What a mess

the number of random windows 8 systems that i have been dealing with lately that have randomly trashed themselves is bit higher for me at the moment (probably user fault for blindly installing 15-30 unwanted softwares on there pc and one of them makes a change that makes the system unbootable)

only good thing about windows 8 is only takes 5 minutes to use the reset windows back to when it was first installed (be nice if there was a simple automatic weekly backup like windows 7 had as that makes system image of the system as well)

i been finding the Refresh option bit unreliable as takes to long to do it and i still have to mess around to Fix broken things that break after using refresh option, the first one was UAC boxes Not working (as in not popping up, fix for that was make new admin account delete borken account re add the account)

the newest one is when installing software the installer starts as Normal app will fail to unpack setup files (says it does not have access to Temp folder) unless its run as admin or it asks for admin right from the start (most installers now ask midway for admin), i got to the point with windows 8 now where not going to use refresh any more as its faster to just backup the data and use the reset option (but thats really the poor mans low intelligence Tech way to fix it as i like to know what caused the issue in the first place, at least with windows 7 you can norm fix it in windows 8 once Metro start screen brakes you lose access to over half of the parts of the OS you can norm access)

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Sony FINGERS DDoS attackers for ruining PlayStation's Xmas

leexgx

most news TV are making it sound like a hacker has taken down PSN and Xbox when its a DDoS that has taken it down (and they also fail to say that very likely Kim D likey stopped it after offering them free mega accounts but i guess the public facing news site may have a gag order not to disclose this information)

there are lots of ways of mitigating attacks like this but who knows if they would do it as it cost money and bandwidth

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Hilton, Marriott and co want permission to JAM guests' personal Wi-Fi

leexgx

Re: Money hungry bastards

in the UK most B&B/small hotels use The cloud wifi witch is free after reg or login (very rare some use O2 Wifi witch is free and branded BT wifi normally free but sometimes is not, if its just BTwifi its not free)

its recommended you use a VPN if using a free wifi and paid wifi at any location (especially if its BT wifi as they force google to not Use SSL)

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leexgx

Re: So I just take a USB cable with me?

does not help for your devices that lack that option (limited to laptops and some china china tablets that have USB ports)

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Ad-borne Cryptowall ransomware is set to claim FRESH VICTIMS

leexgx

Re: Complacency

you do not need to click on Just been on the Page is enough to screw you and they can be Prime website that have mass of traffic

the ads are loaded with scripts that are setup to cycle until they hit the one that makes the browser run an exploit in the browser and run the code that runs cryptolocker or alike (lucky all the ones i removed was the scareware versions that all they did was set all the files to system+hidden, cryptolocker actually encrypts the files so pay or lose your files if you never backed up and most do not)

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TorrentLocker ransomware pestilence plagues Europe, bags $500k

leexgx

unless you catch the small group (probably 20-50 people making crap load of money) its unlikely you get them as the servers are running over TOR nowadays

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leexgx

Re: Latest batch are quite realistic

been getting these as well (surprised that the spam block list that most servers use has not been binning it before it gets to the mail server inbox or spam)

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Microsoft fires legal salvo at phone 'tech support' scammers

leexgx

Re: it is a start

problem is they are going after the companys not the people who own them , they can just close up and open up again and a start calling again

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Staples comes clean: 1+ million bank cards at risk after hack

leexgx

Re: Card cloning? What's that?

they do not have CHip and Pin because a lot of customers could not remember there pins for there cards so banks stopped issuing them (the removed the Chip completely from most cards)

over 90% of card readers in USA support Chip and pin (some acutely still have Swipe only card readers still)

by 2016 i believe all merchants must support and only use Chip and pin if not and fraud happens the Merchant will be liable for the fraud not the bank/Visa/mastercard (if the card has chip and pin), if chip and pin is used Normally the liability is shifted to the Person who owns the card after that bank visa or mastercard eat it (person has to prove it was not them and explain how the pin was used)

if you swipe a Chip and pin card it Forces you to use the Chip and pin if it fails 3 times then you have to fall back to swipe (which the merchant should then Reject and ask for another card unless they Trust that customer), its how it works in the UK/EU

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Microsoft pulls another dodgy patch

leexgx

windows 8 key is baked into the UEFI BIOS (unless you paid for windows 8 and installed it your self) you just need the right version that came with your laptop it self activates, if you install windows 8/8.1 and it asks for a Key after its installed you installed the incorrect version and there is a recovery built in any way just force it off 2-3 times until it gets you into the windows troubleshoot GUI

there are 2 versions 8 and 8.1 (some new laptops are still coming with windows 8 installed that can then be upgraded for free to 8.1 but you must use a windows 8 OEM install disk/USB not retail disk/USB)

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Are you a gun owner? Let us in OR ELSE, say Blighty's top cops

leexgx

some one who owns a firearm illegally this will not affect them at all as the police will not be aware of them, very small % have a gun license as there is a lot of fluff with needing to have one (in the USA you can for the most par in most states just walk in and buy a gun)

more people have explosive license then gun licenses

need to get an Personal defence device my self , a fire extinguisher (and maybe a golf ball) and Purple Die spray so police can pull them when they see a purple head walking around

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AMD-AMMIT! Hundreds face axe at chip maker as PC, graphics crash

leexgx

amd was lucky today shop person was trying to sell a A6 amd laptop (proberly 1.5ghz A6 dual core that really is a signal core)to one of my customers i just flat out stated no as it be slower then then £100 laptop i borrowed them, the shop then showed an A8 (the newer one running at 2ghz with turbo of 2.4 ish) that was ok, seemed ok (did not hang around to wait for the 70 updates to start ( HDD was mostly active when doing the downloading part)

the problem with with buying a AMD laptop is you can buy something that is slower then a Core2Duo if its a E type AMD cpu is a lot slower then Intel ATOM with out HT, AMD need to disallow Netbook CPUs that are not ment for full size laptops or any CPU bulldozer type and its later siblings that is lower then 2Ghz and Cida 4 core as well (realistically they are dual core not quad) as they plain suck

as to why i cant be bothered with AMD any more as i am not with the customer normally when getting a laptop so its far easier to just say if it has AMD on it ignore it (unless its an A8 maybe) and get an intel one (not ATOM) as you really cant go wrong with an intel cpu (ideally an haswell celeron will do most are now any way even at 1.4Ghz they are as fast as a 2.5Ghz AMD cpu, battery life is amazing on them, easy 4 hours)

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Apple iOS 7 remote wipe: Can it defeat the evil scrumper scourge?

leexgx

Re: Apple copying Google again

""""""""""

You can track and send remote commands to your device here;

https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager?hl=en_GB&u=0

""""""""""

guess i messed the news on that update, works very well

But it should ask to be enabled before you use it the first time, as it let me track my 2 phones that are used as car trackers right away (wounder if there is a way of remotely viewing a android phone like remote desktop for android)

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Netbooks projected to become EXTINCT by 2015

leexgx
Devil

Re: Netbook dead?

unsanctioned Android Tablets are annoying to hell apart from some tending to have crappy touch screens, they also lack google play store as well so mostly makes the device not very useful as bunch of my customers found out, one got an official Android Tablet device {after they smashed the screen}, 7" samsung tab i think and it was completely useable and she agreed with me the other tablet was junk (it was an copy of an official tablet they even gave it the same name)

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The Man Who Fell to Earth: Plane plummet plod probe phone

leexgx

Re: Could he have survived the flight?

Lack of oxygen would've likely been the main death cause as them wheel bay is sealed off from the rest of the plane so he would've died from that first (yes the crushed or when the gear came down is likely as well)

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'You can keep it' - Brit's nicked laptop turns up on Iranians' sofa

leexgx

Re: White whines: Muh New Overpriced Shiny was a stolen!

if you have marked the device as lost as soon as the person connects to wifi you have its (approx) location and pictures

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leexgx

Re: Receiving stolen goods is still a crime.

does not work like that in iran, its drop an bomb first and see if it was really an bad person

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Tick-tock! 40% of PCs start Windows XP malware meltdown countdown

leexgx

if you have got 300 computers you would be do mass install images not installing each pc one by one, its getting the first computer running windows 7 and getting all your programs working on that box first is the issue the other 300 computers are none issue if they are all new, if they are old they need ram upgrade thats all as most of them will be probably running 512mb of ram

or if they switch to VMware stuff then the pcs are not important at all as all the work is done at the server end

i used to do this at ICL at fujitsu i used to do mostly on my own 100s of computer image an asset tagging a day

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Windows XP support ends a year from … now!

leexgx

Re: Not Win8, not now or ever

first thing i do when i come to an windows 8 pc is install startisback (5 user keys are dirt cheap) and convert the account back to an standard account as its unlikely they are going to use RT

i did a job yesterday and it was quite funny a tech person came around to charge £20 an hour to teach how to use the computer but when it came to windows 8 he gave up and called someone els up to come around (funny he does not even know about start menu software for windows8)

i not an compleat hater of windows 8 but you shove an win8 pc to an 80 year old, all the computer lessons they have done are meaningless unless you install startisback or start8 and most users computers are running xp to win7 still so it adds to the confusion (main issue i have seen customers having is getting Stuck on an RT program as there are no back buttons most of the time)

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Microsoft to slap 9 patches on Windows junkies on Tuesday

leexgx

Re: More Windows Rot

so i guess this is another 800MB of updates (you seen the size of the updates from a fresh install )

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BSkyB punters drown in MASSIVE MYSTERY Yahoo! mail! migration!

leexgx
Angel

Re: migration notification

sky email system was Inhouse they moved to google mail long time ago and that was an cockup as sky changed the Mail servers from mail.sky.com to tools.mail.sky.com so they basicly broke every customer email clients in that stupid move when all they had to do was point mail.sky.com to google servers (now i guess yahoo but not changed the tools.mail.sky.com)

only benefit was i got a lot of call outs to fix email settings

sky have changed there email services twice now and not for the better as now all sky customers can be used to spam any one

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/03/06/despite-its-efforts-to-fix-vulnerabilities-yahoos-mail-users-continue-reporting-hacking-incidents/

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leexgx
Childcatcher

Re: People still use ISP mailboxes ?

the other issue they are going to make now is that yahoo currently have an hole in their network that is allowing spammers to simply access your account scan all email addresses (and emails that are in all folders) and then Mass spam all of them, so this means now all @sky.com email customers can now be hijacked for spam (note the user done not have to click on any thing the account can also be surpended account as well)

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/03/06/despite-its-efforts-to-fix-vulnerabilities-yahoos-mail-users-continue-reporting-hacking-incidents/ (ignore users who have lost there accounts as they likey gave there passowrd away)

note this is not an password compromise they do not seem to be getting your password they can just use your account like it has no password, the only time you notice something has happened is if you get failed mail delivery messages and you check the ""View your recent sign-in activity"" in your account page to see where you have logged in

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IT Pro confession: How I helped in the BIGGEST DDoS OF ALL TIME

leexgx
Megaphone

Re: Losing Sleep?

email would be practicably be useless with out Spamhaus and the email servers that use there lists

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leexgx
Happy

Re: Losing Sleep?

spam supporter detected

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leexgx
Linux

Re: You are right.. and wrong

well the good thing is you at least had the sense to email you once your DNS was under attack/high load was happening, most who setup and DNS and forget about it, most do not even notice it as they have high speed connections normally

most other DNS providers just send an angry email when they are sending out large amounts of data when in fact they should be fixing there own DNS to stop it from doing that (cloudflare has had lots of angry emails when an DNS amplification attack is going on, when it is there Own fault for setting up the DNS incorrectly)

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Yahoo! webmail! hijacks! are! back!...

leexgx

Re: Definitely something odd going on

my sister and an customer from over the road start spam emailing me as well

funny thing is my 2 yahoo accounts seem ok, no odd logins but i do have 2 factor login turned for them account, but yahoo 2 factor login does not apply to email (imap,pop3) or yahoo messenger, so i should not be protected from this (as accounts are just been accessed and spam is been sent out, it reads all mail folders and spams all of them, no other action on the account is taking affect)

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UK way behind pack on broadband speed in Europe

leexgx

Re: Caps and throttling

http://www.plus.net/support/broadband/speed_guide/traffic_management.shtml

expand rate limits (read it bit more)

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leexgx

Re: Caps and throttling

unless your paying for the higher package on Plusnet they do limit P2P at peak times to make sure streaming services and types of packets (VOIP or games) get delivered at low ping

http://www.plus.net/support/broadband/products/pro-Add-On-faq.shtml (there was an statement about it was handled diferant on Fibre that Pro was not needed but is useful for ADSL as its easy to limit an ADSL connection but not so much an FTTC connection)

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leexgx

Re: Why discrepancy between Akamai and Ofcom speeds ?

Akamai is real download speed that they see when users are downloading files or streaming (you be suprised how much goes throw Akamai

likely OFCOM report is the modems Locked ADSL/VDSL speed that they get off Openreach

its like Virgin there head line speeds are 30, 60 or 100/120mb/s depending what you pay for, but depending on how much load there is on the local Upstream it can be at peak time download speed be as low as 2mb+ 5-30% packet loss that makes it unusable to use (note its Upstream thats buggering up the download speed on VM the fibre backhaul is not saturated, its the COAX cable side of the cab on DOCSIS that messed up, all they need to to is add more upstream channels to fix the issue)

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leexgx

Re: Lies and statistics@Alfie

i agree on that statement any thing higher then 10mb for an normal user will not notice the speed improvement, unless they was downloading an very large file,

some customers i know they got FTTC there PC and Wifi is slower then there broadband connection, he would of been fine on ADSL as they already had 8mb ish connection any way,

but i wish they would do the Warrington exchange area not just the med size exchanges around me as 20-30% or more cant get more then 0.5-1mb on the Warrington exchange

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leexgx

Re: I'd love to sign up for a decent ISP

rural or more so none 21CN exchanges i find have this issue with speeds been low (does not matter what ISP your on as the BT backhaul is to small so QOS lowers the speed for every one to keep packet loss at bay)

once 21CN comes if it ever comes to you, your lower speeds around peak time should go back to what ever your modem Locks onto

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leexgx

Re: 100 Mbps

FTTP/H (fibre directly to the premiss/house) very rare and costs a lot of money

FTTC (like virgin cable ish but badly implemented or currant VDSL that bt sells)

not FTP (that file transport protocol) or FTC if you posted that before

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leexgx

Re: And what you neglected to mention:

@AndrueC

when we talk about Congestion this tends to be the speed you get

the modem will still get 5mb/s or 70mb/s (what ever you get as an Normal lock on your modem is, peak or not peak time does not normal affect this at all) but its the speed at the other end of the phone cable backhaul at the exchange is over utilised so BT QOS is limiting speed so that packet loss does not happen (i have not seen this happen on VDSL yet and even if it does its only be tech people that notice it, eve VDSL can provide 10mb/s that is enough for most)

Congestion on an BT line is more likey to happen on the smaller exchanges (below 2000ish) more so if its not even 21CN yet, there are 2 of them around where i am, ADSL Lock 7700, real download speed around 6pm 0.5-2mb (norm the lower number) drive me nuts when i go around that area later on in the day needing to download stuff as it takes all day (at least BT QOS is working on the exchange to handle the limited backhaul as there is norm no packet loss, UNLIKE Virgin cable where it drops packets when upstream is saturated)

the bigger ones norm have the larger backhaul and have 21cn as well so more fibre there to use and turn on if needed, so speed is norm not an issue on large exchanges or any that have 21CN, if your getting FTTC where you are then the Main exchange will have large pipe already and will be 21CN enabled

the Lock speed for ADSL or VDSL should not change under norm use (peak time or not) the more users that are connected to the "exchange/VDSL cab" can norm lowers the speed an little but not much unless an BT man touches your phone cable in the cab and knocks it lose

normal the modem/exchange will lock the speed an little lower then the best rate you can get (sky lock it the download speed to 500kbs lower then best speed it can get, as to why some times users end up with silly 0.02mb locked profile connections some times, sky its just quick call to reset it, other providers i prefer to kill my self some times when all i am asking them to do is reset the line profile)

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Thunderbolt interface strikes YOUR PC: What's the damage?

leexgx

surprised about the poor speeds coming from USB 3

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Windows 8: At least it's better than ‘not very good’

leexgx

Re: !!!

i just load start8 onto the pc Problem solved partly, i going to love how computer lessons are going to work now (i just advise them to tell them to install Start8 on there New laptops or desktops at home so they can do the computer lessons so when they get back home they can do something on windows8, i have yet to find out how to get access to documents with out having to go back to the desktop to get to the documents folder)

i have been having some issues with some windows 8 laptops where the system is hanging an bit (gets stuck on disk I/O)

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US text-to-911 emergency SMS to go live by 2014

leexgx

but 911 or 999 should get priority (norm if the SMS fails to send you get an message telling you so)

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