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October 27, 2003

spam *NEW*

New email spam/scam that is going around to comcast customers. Please folks, do not respond or otherwise reply back to this letter with your credit card information. As you can see this email originates from an RR.com (RoadRunner) IP address. Not to mention this email appears to be a mass mail list. The actual link they send you to belongs to a nac.net address "66.246.57.7"

From support@comcast.net Mon Oct 27 19:55:01 2003

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From: "Comcast Service"

Subject: Comcast : [Incident: 091005-000794]

Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2003 02:29:42 +0330

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Dear Comcast user,

We recently attempted to bill your account but we seemed to receive an error when charging your card. This can occur for a variety of reasons including card expiration, over-limit, suspicion of fraud, or several other technical difficulties. Please visit the Comcast Billing Center, by clicking the below hyperlink, and update your information so this issue can be cleared up.

Comcast Billing Center

Thank you,
Walter James
Comcast? Billing Department

October 22, 2003

Halo PC

Halo - PC

The minimum requirments for this game are:

Windows - 98SE/ME/2000/XP

128MB Memory

733MHz Processor

32MB/3D T&L capable video card

56kbps modem

8x cd, sound card & speakers/headphones

Can someone tell me PLEASE... Why... With my current system setup the game runs like a sloth?! Note that I do have the current game settings on the lowest they can be set on for detail.

My System:

Windows XP

1GHz processor

256MB memory

nVideo GForce2 AGP 2x with 32MB - running current drivers.

Direct X 9b

LMAO - How NOT To Install Computer Hardware

This an article emailed to me from Slashdot.com. VERY funny!

[0]ssassen writes "Most computer hardware websites tell you how to get your computer hardware up and running properly and not RMA it after the first boot. Hardware Analysis takes a different approach and tells us exactly [1]how NOT to install computer hardware. They document many of the pitfalls that'll sound familiar to many enthusiasts and have somegreat pictures of what could go horribly wrong during an upgrade. Very funny, and guaranteed to put a smile on your face!"

Discuss this story at:

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=03/10/21/0223250

Links:

0. http://www.hardwareanalysis.com

1. http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/article/1672/

October 21, 2003

tuesday

I sent my 19" ViewSonic monitor back again. This time they are sending me a new one. Their last replacement was used, and died after two weeks. *sighs* I hope this doesn't keep happening. This whole issue is seriously making me want to go with one of their competitors.

On another note. iTunes seems to be doing well with Windows users. :)

ajkst1 writes "According to an [0]Apple press release, the iTunes Music Store has sold 1 million songs since its release on the Windows platform on October 16. Also of note is the 1 million downloads of the [1]iTunes music program itself. When the iTMS was first released, it took a full week to sell a million songs. The store has now had 14 million songs purchased and downloaded since its original launch in April."

Discuss this story at:

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=03/10/20/1926204

Links:

0. http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2003/oct/20itunes.html

1. http://www.apple.com/itunes

October 16, 2003

iTunes for Windows is OUT!!!!!!!!

iTunes for pc/windows is out. Click the link below to check it out.

iTunes for Windows

October 15, 2003

Sony CD-RW CRX820E Combo Drive - iBook 800

iBook 800MHz using Sony CD-RW CRX820E Combo Drive Issue...

My "Sony CD-RW CRX820E" combo drive burned at 16x upon receiving with the apple supplied "Verbatim" 32x rated cd-r. After a while it stopped burning at that speed and went down to 4x. I returned my iBook to apple for repair. They returned it saying nothing was wrong with the burner.

After A LOT of time testing, buying different speed cd-r disks, I found that this particular drive would not burn above 16x on any cd-r disk rated above the speed of 32x. I now have "Sony", and "Digital Research" cd-r disks rated for 32x that are burning at my 16x speed.

I believe this burning issue has to do with the burner / cd-r becoming unstable at speeds above the 32x rated disks. A limitation of the combo drive. For instance, if you stick a 48x cd-r in the drive you will notice that the drive spin up is more noisey, or unstable. The drive and machine will vibrate much more. I think the drive, or disk becomes unstable when trying to spin up the disk on the 48x rated speed cd-r. Therefore the auto detect part of the burner picks up an anomaly, and changing the burn setting to 4x only.

If anyone can get ANY 40x or higher disks to burn consistantly at 16x please let me know.

PowerBook G4, iBook: Combo Drive Does Not Write CD-R Media at Maximum Speed

October 12, 2003

From Slashdoot - Microsoft's apparent abandonment of o-s-i IE

An interesting article from Slashdot...

[0]rocketjam writes "Web developers are [1]expressing frustration with

Microsoft's apparent abandonment of its 'operating-system-integrated' Internet Explorer web browser. An article on C-Net points up the efforts of the Web Standards Project as well as Adobe Systems to prompt Microsoft to fix long-standing Cascading Style Sheet bugs in IE as well as continuing to add other improvements which have virtually ceased since Microsoft won the browser war. While alternatives such as [2]the Mozilla Project and [3]the Opera browser still exist, their marketshare is miniscule." In a related story, an anonymous reader points out that the bugs aren't just in rendering, they're security holes as well: "iDefense and eEye have basically said that [4]Internet Explorer is full of holes and just surfing the Web using it is "unsafe". There's 31 un-patched holes in IE, but MS won't talk about it... It took them nearly a month to roll out a [5]new patch after [6]this one was found to be more or less useless."

Links:

RocketJam

News.com

Mozilla

Opera

Zdnet

Microsoft Technet MS09-040

Microsoft Technet MS03-032

OK... test

This is a test of a few configuration changes. I have allowed karma voting, but only one vote per IP, per entry. So, if I catch any of you trying to multiple vote on entries from the same IP I will ban your IP. So, make sure if you vote to read first.

hehe

October 11, 2003

Though I'd share my Avatar

priss (3k image) My avatar... ;-)

I'm jamming to music and surfing the web today.

Strange Enough

Well, the 128MB nVidia Gforce card is running now. Turns out that it was a OS / Software problem. So much for "plug and play". *laughs* It's a little much to have to reinstall windows just to get your new nVidia card working. Let's just say I gave it to my 'honey' to do, because I didn't see the point, or the hassle for me. I will stick with my AGP nVidia 64Mb Gforce2 card for now rather than deal with the Microsoft issues. After all this was for personal use not work.

October 9, 2003

128MB agp card

Couldn't get this new card to run in my machine. I think it might be too old too push it. It wouldn't boot even to BIOS once I installed the drivers for the card. Although I did try it in a machine that had a more updated board, but it would crash that one too. Complaining about the CPU frequency being out of range or something. Going to see if I can have a friend look at it, and test on the newer Pentium 4 machine. Otherwise I will send it back, and see if they will send out a replacment card.

Anyone out there know what the problem might be?!

I am running a BE6II board with current BIOS update.

:-(

Computer Issues

PC / XP Machine: I've had to replace my AGP 32MB card. The fan died on it, so I went on Ebay and purchased an AGP 128MB card to replace it. WooHoo!!!! I will be installing that within a few days or so.

iBook: Called to put in for repair. My combo drive no longer burns at 16x anymore. Went through a little test burn for the tech over the phone as a test. Didn't burn at 16x, so it will be sent back tomorrow. Right now I am making a backup of my entire system just in case anything freaky happens.