* Posts by Iainn

14 posts • joined 22 Jun 2010

Ten... freeware gems for new PCs

Iainn

FreeMeter

I like FreeMeter, so I can quickly see what my 'Net connection is up to. Sits in the systray and at a glance I can see graphically how much bandwidth is being used. It's old now and crashes on system startup but I still like it - any alternative solutions welcome.

http://miechu.pl/freemeter/download.aspx

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Crap PINs give wallet thieves 1-in-11 jackpot shot

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Mushroom

Must read harder...

It's in the article. In bold writing.

"About a quarter stick with their bank-assigned random PIN"

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Rovio launches Angry Birds into space

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Alien

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Penny Arcade link for those that missed it

http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/02/20

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Fragged, fragged and thrice fragged! 20 years of id Software’s Doom

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Correct

As I type, I have the immortal (in more ways than one) letters IDDQD emblazoned on my water bottle at work. Not a single person yet has ever 'got it'...

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Man nearly faints with relief as cops drop chopper charge

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Again with no explanation of what a 'chopper' is until 3/4 way through the article? Jeez...

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Gamer claims complete console collection

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Nope

The Pandora is not a console...

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X-COM UFO: Enemy Unknown

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(untitled)

If only games were this difficult these days. I can't actually remember completing this game, but I do remember how bloody hard it was. Terror From The Deep was also good too, but didn't really add much.

And don't know why it wasn't mentioned, but you can relive the X-Com games through Steam for only £2.99 a pop, or £8.99 for the pack.

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Vote now for the best sci-fi film never made

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House Rules

Difficult to decide whether this is a simple troll as we've now had 2 previous topics on this... or if this guy just missed the bus.

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Boffins devise way to hide secret data on hard drives

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(untitled)

Isn't the fact that there is software installed on the computer that controls the disk locations an indication that there is something to hide? And if the software doesn't employ encryption, you would have much easier access to the data should you find it (unless the data is encrypted separately, which would be logical). And at 20 meg per 160 gig, you're rather limited on the volume of data you can store. Think we need more info on exactly how this works as I don't really see the advantages this has over a Truecrypt archive/partition, which offers complete plausible deniability (although may not be completely hidden).

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Apple MacBook Pro 13in

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Boffin

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Bluray isn't just for watching 1080p movies, the storage they provide is excellent. This thing has Thunderbolt so why not Bluray too? In 5 years, yeah you can plug in your Thunderbolt drive but try to access content on a Bluray and you're stuffed.

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Orange to ship 0.5m touch-pay phones next year

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NFC...

Only after the acronym was used 6 times did I find out what NFC meant and I'm still none the wiser. Off to Wikipedia...

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MP wants age verification for net smut

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I am hoping this post was tongue-firmly-in-cheek, but if the ISP's had to pay for a national firewall, you would be looking at adding a ridiculous sum of money to the cost of your connection.

So yes, your gross is unaffected but your Net will take the hit. Pun very much intended.

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Reg Hardware Reader Awards 2010

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Stalker: Call of Pripyat

I'm sadly behind on my PC gaming. The only game I can remember playing that was released this year was Stalker: Call of Pripyat. So I'll vote for that as it was pretty good.

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Son of Transputer powers new Amiga box

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Case Closed

The case is made by Fractal Design, it's a Define R2. I own an R1 and the case is awesome. And anyway, aren't most PC cases plastic-clad aluminium?

The PSU is a Corsair HX620W but what I don't get is the use of an IDE hard drive...

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