* Posts by Chris Clawson

16 posts • joined 7 May 2007

USB 3.0 speed to DOUBLE in 2013

Chris Clawson

Re: The name

That was my first thought. No one I know uses the name "SuperSpeed" anyway.

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NASA reveals secrets of Curiosity’s selfies

Chris Clawson

Hold off on the tinfoil for now

I think we're safe from the nuclear-powered laser tanks until they learn how to make "duck face" poses.

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'Over half' of Android devices have unpatched holes

Chris Clawson
FAIL

Too many middlemen

My phone came with Froyo (2.2) and we were promised an upgrade to Gingerbread (2.3) by LG. It took them 9 months to deliver, plus another 7 months for my carrier to add its bloatware and make an OTA update. I'm glad I only waited about 2 months before getting Gingerbread with CyanogenMod.

The weird thing is, LG had a minor update ready at the time, but it wouldn't install. LG was at a loss as to why it wouldn't work.

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Ten... PC games you may have missed

Chris Clawson

Re: SWTOR - Is NOT free to play.....

Yes, I've heard rumors of it going F2P but nothing solid.

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PGP founder, Navy SEALs uncloak encrypted comms biz

Chris Clawson
Unhappy

A bit out of date

"PGP is the world's most popular encryption system, in a large part because it's free." This has not been true for several years unless you're thinking of GPG, an open source alternative. I do remember that when PGP went commercial, Phil said that there would always be a free version for personal use, but sometime after Network Associates was formed the company went back on that promise.

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Netflix overtakes Bittorrent as traffic champ

Chris Clawson
Coat

Makes you wonder

I mentioned Netflix having more traffic than Bittorrent to a friend, and he said "You'd think it had porn."

Mine's the one with the hood (I thought it was supposed to be spring by now?)

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Updates galore in Microsoft's biggest ever Patch Tuesday

Chris Clawson

Windows Update overloaded?

It's running really slowly for me, and a few times it has stopped altogether. It took a couple of hours to get my home machines updated.

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IE9: Downloads beat Angry Birds, lag Firefox and Opera

Chris Clawson
FAIL

Blurry ClearType is blurry

Warning: once installed, there is no option to uninstall. Be sure to make a system restore point before installing (tho' one should be created automatically.) As to why I removed IE 9: it forces ClearType on in IE and other programs like Windows Live Mail, and there is no way to turn it off. I can't read webpages when they're displayed as a blurry mess. Doesn't anyone at Microsoft understand the awful irony in the word "ClearType"?

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'Completely useless' Windows 3.1 hits Google's Android

Chris Clawson

DOSBox

"DOSBox is usually used to run old MS-DOS games for Intel x86 PCs that can't run modern operating systems such as Window XP, Vista, Linux, or FreeBSD."

Not quite. DOSBox is used to play old MS-DOS games ON modern operating systems. Those old games expect to have things like direct access to old Soundblaster hardware complete with IRQs. A modern OS can't provide that, so DOSBox emulates it.

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Sunbelt buckles up for anti-bloatware drive

Chris Clawson
WTF?

I don't get it

Why are they talking about system slowdown while doing MANUAL scans? You'd expect it to be slow then...

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BOFH: On the brink

Chris Clawson

OS/2 on a VM

I haven't checked in a couple years, but last time I tried running OS/2 in a VM it did not work in VMware, but it did work in VirtualPC (from Microsoft. Go figure.)

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Bad hair day for alternative browser users

Chris Clawson
Alert

Thunderbird?

The 2.0.0.8 Thunderbird update doesn't seem to exist - their website still shows the latest version as 2.0.0.6.

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Researcher releases unofficial IE fix for URI bug

Chris Clawson

Vista?

What's the take on Vista? That part of the story seems to have been cut off.

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BioShockers delivered from DRM hell

Chris Clawson

Not quite a rootkit

"One Reg reader has compared all this to the infamous Sony rootkit fiasco. But we think that's a little much."

Perhaps, but it seems a bit ironic that SuckyROM is owned by Sony...

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Clearing swap and hibernation files properly

Chris Clawson

More hibernation love

My laptop takes an incredibly long time to boot and shutdown, even with 1 gig of RAM. Hibernation is much faster. Also, one of my desktops has a nifty feature: the BIOS detects when the PC is coming out of hibernation and will skip the POST checks to make it even faster.

For setting ClearPageFileAtShutdown there's a safer way than mucking about in the registry:

1. Open Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Local Security Policy

2. Navigate to Local Policies/Security Options

3. Enable the option "Shutdown: Clear virtual memory pagefile."

And lastly, for Frank Denton: Open the Power Options in the Control Panel, go to the Advanced tab and check "Prompt for password when computer resumes from standby."

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