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Squeezing more performance from XP

December 18th, 2003 | No Comments | Posted in General

If you’ve ever wondered why your brand-new computer with tons of RAM still seemed like it wasn’t living up to expectations, it could be because by default, WindowsXP has a ton of stuff running in the background that really isn’t needed. If you want to squeeze a little more power out of your machine, check out this configuration page by some dude called “Black Viper”. Funny name, but good info.

End of the World

December 16th, 2003 | No Comments | Posted in General

I have no idea who made this…but it’s pretty funny.

Quote of the Day

December 10th, 2003 | No Comments | Posted in General

“There are no atheists in foxholes” isn’t an argument against atheism, it’s an argument against foxholes.

- James Morrow

The New Monitor

December 7th, 2003 | No Comments | Posted in General

So….got myself a new LCD monitor this week. I’ve been looking at them for over a year, so it was finally time to bite-the-bullet and get one. I got a Dell 1901FP Monitor….it’s pretty sweet thus far. I would liken the experience to the first time I heard a CD when I was a kid…once you’ve experienced something clearly superior, it’s pretty hard to go back. (Try TiVo, and you’ll understand what I mean).

I’ve posted a couple pics below. The top-down picture is the most telling for me. My old monitor pushed all the way against, the back wall…the difference in desktop real estate is striking. The only con so far is that I do a bit of gaming on my PC and when the action gets going, you can see some streaking. Somehow, I’ll manage.

unsolicited commando

December 1st, 2003 | 1 Comment | Posted in General

This is a pretty cool idea to possibly turn the tables on spammers.

The theory goes that the only reason spam exists is because there is always somebody that will fall for the spam, and actually click on the link, or worse…buy something from the spamvertiser. This is all predicated on the fact that a certain ratio of people reply, and those replying are actually giving proper information (shipping, billing info).

The concept behind Unsolicited Commando is that it is a distributed program that will fill out bogus entries at the spamvertisers website. So if, for example, a site is selling herbal viagra, Unsolicited Commando will go to the site and fill out 1000 different requests for the product, with bogus information. If this happens over and over, for days on end, the owner of the site will have no way to seperate the good requests from the bad…kinda like spam….in reverse.

I don’t know if this particular implemenation will win…but it’s a fairly solid idea…except for the fact that you’re basically fighting fire w/ fire. Something to keep your eye on though.