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  2010-08-25 07:37:52 PM
Time for a twist?
Whilst being scattered brained at work, I decided to begin the install of XP on my buddy's laptop to save a bit of time (threw in the hard drive i was attempting to clone to). Was planning on checking the BIOS for boot order, got distracted and missed the button press window, and the damned thing started booting Windows.

Reaches the chkdsk portion, fixes all needed indexes, restarts and gets into Windows properly. Everything is there, programs, music, files.

Turns out the clone was successful, the toaster's progression meter was lying/glitched out. A happy turn of events I'd say.

/will never doubt the toaster again
//that's a two drive sata dock with built in duplicator capabilities for those that didn't catch on.
 
  2010-08-25 08:17:11 PM
The coolest and scariest piece of technology I have seen this week is the Emotiv headset. Emotiv Website (new window)

So now you can mentally control a computer. It also uses software to gauge your mood. That is the part that just scares the crap outta me because when all the jerkoff advertising people start to utilize it, AND our wunderful guberment. They will be able to peer inside our heads. That whole thought crime thing? Yeah, your computer reports you for having illicit thoughts. I just cannot imagine that human society as a whole has progressed far enough to be able to use this technology for the good of humans and not to its detriment. Oh yes I know those who are handicapped will benefit but the evil that can be done is just overwhelming.
 
  2010-08-25 09:14:51 PM
Hate to ask so many questions, but has anyone gotten send to onenote (printing to onenote) to work in Office 2010 (x64)? Now that my semester has started I can't STAND not having it, no way in hell am I keeping paper copies of my syllabuses. I had send to onenote working briefly in the beta...it's SUPPOSED to be supported for X64, can't figure it out, web searches just bring up people biatching about it.

paleryder69: The coolest and scariest piece of technology I have seen this week is the Emotiv headset. Emotiv Website (new window)

So now you can mentally control a computer.


I love this sort of stuff. It is a VASTLY better way to interface with computers, games and eachother (telepathic texts) than current methods. For now haptic/touch and voice are getting good, though straight to mental input would be fantabulous.
 
  2010-08-26 03:31:03 AM
I'm trying to figure out how to get wireless (securely) on to my network because the missus hates having to run cat5e/cat6 around the apartment.

Issue I have though is that I run NFS on the file server, which as we all know is as secure as a an open door. While I'm capable of picking a secure password I'm fair paranoid, and setting up IPSEC seems like overkill... And I'm running NFS because everyone has home directories that are shared between servers and clients.

The only thing I can really think of at the moment is to have the AP sitting on a different subnet and firewalling off anything except secure protocols, and forcing internet connections through a passworded Squid server...

Or hey - maybe I'm just being overly paranoid...
 
  2010-08-26 09:04:59 AM
A little over paranoid... It should be OK as long as you're running WPA2 on the AP with a long passphrase. But having it on a different subnet (or even a private IPv6 subnet) wouldn't hurt, and/or having one subnet+SSID for trusted wireless users and another for guests... with the guests filtered away from your NFS server.

The only sniffing attacks I know of against WPA2 all involve already knowing the passphrase first.
 
  2010-08-26 12:04:24 PM
Thanks. Yeah, that was along the lines I was thinking. Guess it comes from studying network security in the past. :)
 
  2010-08-26 01:33:24 PM
Dimmy:
Turns out the clone was successful, the toaster's progression meter was lying/glitched out. [...]

/will never doubt the toaster again


Sure, I trust confirmed liars all the time ;)
 
  2010-08-26 04:28:02 PM
Barakku: Hate to ask so many questions, but has anyone gotten send to onenote (printing to onenote) to work in Office 2010 (x64)? Now that my semester has started I can't STAND not having it, no way in hell am I keeping paper copies of my syllabuses. I had send to onenote working briefly in the beta...it's SUPPOSED to be supported for X64, can't figure it out, web searches just bring up people biatching about it.

Have you looked at this set of power toys? I am not sure if it will work on the 64 bit version tho.

printer driver thingie for onenote (new window)
 
  2010-08-26 09:03:05 PM
Thanks, got it working though, I just needed to reinstall the XPS services (from the add and remove features thing) and did a repair of MS office, works great now. I guess it's not 100% their fault, but I would never have expected to need the XPS services/drivers. From the searches it looks like I'm not the only one that had them disabled (though most don't seem to find the solution)
 
  2010-08-26 09:15:15 PM
RatOmeter: Dimmy:
Turns out the clone was successful, the toaster's progression meter was lying/glitched out. [...]

/will never doubt the toaster again

Sure, I trust confirmed liars all the time ;)


Oh? I didn't know you were supporting my current client as well :P
 
  2010-08-27 12:44:11 PM
Toasters? Clones? It's battlestar galactica up in here
 
  2010-08-29 11:58:33 PM
FuturePastNow:
You can check with a program that reads the drive's diagnostic data, like Speedfan.


The Ultimate Boot CD has a series of manufacturers' diagnostics on it.
 
  2010-08-31 08:17:30 PM
Does anybody recognize this? It's the beginning of a narrative on the B side of this old 45 but it sounds so familiar I think it's from a movie or a book or it's just a vague memory of having heard it years ago.

"Man began with sounds.
And fashioned them into words.
To words he gave meaning and imagery.
Man used these words to communicate with other men.
Etc."
 
  2010-09-02 09:10:16 AM
Does anyone know what the hell Win 7's regular backup is doing? I know it's differential, but it seems insane that a full system image takes less than 1/3 of the time of a libraries backup of about 10% of the disk's content. I'd exclusively take system image backups, but I prefer the 'shadow copies' feature.

Rich Cream: Does anybody recognize this? It's the beginning of a narrative on the B side of this old 45

Your gun has words on it?
/But honestly I've never knowingly heard a 45"
 
  2010-09-02 11:09:03 AM
Okay now the normal backup is working similarly fast. I just don't get it, normal backups were slow for weeks. Oh well.
 
  2010-09-02 01:34:21 PM
Hola geeks, any suggestions on good/free DOS based motherboard diagnostics? Had a laptop shiat out two HDDs in the span of a week and i'm wondering if there's something else going on.

User says its also running hotter than usual, maybe a symptom? Ideas? Thanks in advance.
 
  2010-09-02 09:33:51 PM
Barakku:
Rich Cream: Does anybody recognize this? It's the beginning of a narrative on the B side of this old 45

Your gun has words on it?
/But honestly I've never knowingly heard a 45"



I note your response as "I don't know either".
 
  2010-09-02 10:36:29 PM
were the two HDD's the same brand/model?
 
  2010-09-02 11:06:59 PM
might want to give this one a try majorgeeks hot cpu tester and more (new window)
 
  2010-09-02 11:07:59 PM
oh wait, never mind you said dos based
 
  2010-09-03 02:41:39 AM
ShadowPenguin: Hola geeks, any suggestions on good/free DOS based motherboard diagnostics? Had a laptop shiat out two HDDs in the span of a week and i'm wondering if there's something else going on.

User says its also running hotter than usual, maybe a symptom? Ideas? Thanks in advance.


Does the BIOS have a real-time temp. page? (Most BIOSs do) I'd probably recommend that at least as an initial check. It should show CPU and probably north & south bridges.
 
  2010-09-03 02:55:20 AM
You know, I saw this and thought it was pretty cool:

www.auspcmarket.com.au

Specs:

1.5GHz VIA C7 Processor, VIA CN700 North Bridge
1 x DDR2 400/533/667 DIMM socket up to 1GB memory size
Integrated VIA UniChrome Pro graphics Accelerator
8 x Serial ATA 2 Connectors
1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 Connector, 1 x Compact Flash type-I slot, 1 x 32-Bit Mini PCI slot
1 x VIA VT6122 PCI Gigabit Ethernet Controller
2 x RJ-45 LAN ports, 4 x USB 2.0 ports

Until I realised... "Wait, so.. 8x SATA2, so it'd be a low powered RAID'd NAS box. Running with a 1.5GHz x86 handling RAID." I've seen a 2.0GHz C7 try to handle the XORing for RAID5 and it's not pretty... If it was for, say, 4x RAID1 or 4x RAID0, maybe..

If ZFS had hardware support for the SHA accelerator on the Via CPUs it might be more practical, although I don't know if the 256bit hashing is SHA for RAID-Z. I know you can set checksumming to SHA256 instead of Fletcher2 which is the default.

I'm just rambling now. Anyway.. Thought good idea, bad implementation. Unless I've just missed something obvious.
 
  2010-09-03 09:07:31 AM
Fletcher4 is the default now... turns out Fletcher2 was too collision-prone. The de-dupe stuff in the really new ZFS (the not-yet-ported-to-FreeBSD versions) uses SHA256.

Supermicro's got some neat Atom boards (and *cheap* 1U systems) except they only have 4 to 6 SATA2 ports... but they do have IP/KVM onboard. I've got one as a little netboot server / tftp / dns / dhcp server.
 
  2010-09-03 09:08:53 AM
paleryder69: might want to give this one a try majorgeeks hot cpu tester and more (new window)

hmmm....maybe I could boot to Ubuntu on a flash drive and run it from there?

Legios: Does the BIOS have a real-time temp. page?

Negative on that.
 
  2010-09-03 12:30:22 PM
Question:
Was this website (new window) made in Microsoft Word?
 
  2010-09-03 02:33:23 PM
wyrlss: Was this website (new window) made in Microsoft Word?

Probably. It's chock full of the craptastic stuff that MS shoehorns into its so-called "HTML" output.
 
  2010-09-03 03:00:54 PM
Barakku: Okay now the normal backup is working similarly fast. I just don't get it, normal backups were slow for weeks. Oh well.

It's the result of a recent update from Microsoft. Using advanced heuristic algorithms, it performs an analysis on your data to determine that which has actual value. It backs up just the portions which are assigned a value greater than zero. Really speeds things up when it doesn't have to save anything ;)
 
  2010-09-05 01:32:40 AM
I think there should be a green section in fark for Solar panels and renewable energy blunders. Who thinks global warming is real? I think its a hoax. I still like solar, and green etc. b/c it saves me money. I saw al gore on history channel today...ugh.
 
  2010-09-07 10:36:16 AM
SolarEnergyHome: I think there should be a green section in fark for Solar panels and renewable energy blunders. Who thinks global warming is real? I think its a hoax. I still like solar, and green etc. b/c it saves me money. I saw al gore on history channel today...ugh.

I don't think we need a green section at Fark. we already enough mis-informed, ideological ranting in the Politics tab ;)

Unless the price for complete PV systems dropped below a buck fifty per Watt while I wasn't looking, it's tough for even the somewhat-above-average Joe to "save money" with them. Large initial investment, long term payback time, degradation of PV cells over time, storm damage, inverter failures, battery replacement (if used)... these all add up to PV being a risky investment. Now if PV is incorporated as a part of completely green oriented new construction, the initial system cost may be even greater yet, but have a better chance of paying off (in dollars and whatever other sense matters to you) within the design lifetime.

Oh, wait. You were just shilling a web site. Carry on.
 
  2010-09-07 12:56:06 PM
To be serious though, solar panels are sort of ugly and very cumbersome. Solar shingles are awesome and I hope the tech is developed a lot more.
 
  2010-09-08 11:59:09 PM
Anyone familiar with CSS? I used to do pages in the days of good 'ol Notepad, and I'm having problems to get the background to do what I want.

What I want is a large image that has a black background to not repeat... I finally got that going in css. The problem now is that I want to continue to show the background colour (#030301, pretty much black) underneath the image, because the text on the page is longer than the image.

I've tried doing background-repeat:no-repeat, and it does the same thing as repeat-x... the background below the image is white, for some reason.

Any non-css implementations that are cross-platform are ok too.

Probably just some little thing I am missing.

TIA.



Kat & Maurice's Wedding - FAQ

//in the style tag (fark filter strips out my tags):
body
{
background-color:#030301;
background:url(pat6.jpg);
background-repeat:repeat-x;
font-family:"Verdana";
font-size:14pt;
}
h1
{
color:orange;
text-align:center;
}

//in the body tag

BACKGROUND="pat6.jpg"
BGCOLOR="#030301"
TEXT="#F3EBE0"
LINK="#0000FF"
VLINK="#FF66FF"
ALINK="#FF0000"
>
 
  2010-09-09 12:00:53 AM
Legios: Until I realised... "Wait, so.. 8x SATA2, so it'd be a low powered RAID'd NAS box. Running with a 1.5GHz x86 handling RAID." I've seen a 2.0GHz C7 try to handle the XORing for RAID5 and it's not pretty... If it was for, say, 4x RAID1 or 4x RAID0, maybe..

Be great for Windows Home Server.
 
  2010-09-09 12:22:11 AM
hmmm... the text on the page is in a table, if that makes a difference...
 
  2010-09-09 07:46:31 AM
You shouldn't need attributes in the body tag AND css at the same time. There's css for alink/vlink/link. (a.visited {}, for example) I'd stick to one or the other to avoid weird side effects.
 
  2010-09-09 12:42:28 PM
help, please

my wireless is off of a linksys E3000. lately, the last few days, the wireless has stopped working. when i reboot the router it starts working again for awhile.

is the router dying or is the modem dying?

thank you
 
  2010-09-09 03:30:35 PM
pdrake: help, please

my wireless is off of a linksys E3000. lately, the last few days, the wireless has stopped working. when i reboot the router it starts working again for awhile.

is the router dying or is the modem dying?

thank you


You can test the modem by connecting your PC straight to it via an ethernet cable. If your connection stays up the modem is fine.
 
  2010-09-09 06:09:24 PM
geekybroad

Problematic part:

background-color:#030301;
background:url(pat6.jpg);


Solution 1:

background:url(pat6.jpg);
background-color:#030301;


Solution 2:

background-color:#030301;
background-image:url(pat6.jpg);
 
  2010-09-09 07:55:24 PM
order matters within a single CSS rule?
 
  2010-09-09 09:00:22 PM
Mike
order matters within a single CSS rule?

Looking at the "Shorthand property" section of http://www.w3schools.com/css/css_background.asp I figured that background:url(pat6.jpg) always sets all the background properties, even the omitted ones (those to their default values).

So both background:url(pat6.jpg) and background-color:#030301; will set the color and the one that's set later wins.

And while one might expect such a "shorthand" line to leave the values of omitted properties untouched, both Seamonkey and Konqueror (and whatever geekybroad uses) apparently overwrote them with the default values; so I had a quick look for a specification addressing this issue and found:
"When values are omitted from a shorthand form, each "missing" property is assigned its initial value" http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS21/about.html#shorthand

Seems counterintuitive to me considering that all or at least three people in here didn't expect omitted stuff to be modified.

Then again, I'm not a CSS guy; even for clusterfake's rather simple layout I gave up on "only boxes" and pulled out a box of TABLE tags from under my bed after hours of fiddling with different browsers. It might still look like shiat in IE (never really tested with it), but I at least expect it to be usable since after 15 years browsers seem to agree on the general idea that columns should be displayed side-by-side and not on top of each other.
 
  2010-09-09 10:26:05 PM
The Voice of Doom:
background-color:#030301;
background-image:url(pat6.jpg);


That did exactly what I wanted. Thanks!

Now, somehow, I've ended up in the middle of a XAMPP and Wordpress & template installation. May as well learn that, too.

Why do things the easy way when I can do them the hard way? I mean, I could have just used a free web site service out there, but screw that.
 
  2010-09-12 03:26:32 AM
H'okay, so this may (read: probably will) sound completely retarded, but I figure since farkers are best for disabusing stupidity and pointing individuals in the right direction to assist with their questions (which I completely and utterly respect even when and especially when pointed in my direction), I wondered if you could help with some random rambling drunken thoughts. Totally iggy me if you want, but thought I'd ask these here.

Is it possible that Homo floresiensis (the hobbits in Indonesia) were austrolopithicas members(from here known as Lucies or Lucy's or something similar in case I space) who somehow managed to end up in Indonesia, and their forms were somehow well enough adapted to the islands/areas that they remeined the same in size/cranium capacity but that their brains increased in capacity thus allowing them to survve and create wha can loosely be described as culture (brain capacity increase example being pulled from the fact that we, as modern humans, have a slightly higher brain capacity than Erectus or Neandderthal despite having smaller brains- read this somewhere, then again could be remembering this wrong as well)?

Are we also evolved forms of Erectus, who occured due to the environmental conditions of the area into which Erectus moved? How is it that modern humans evolved in thea reas in which we did, especally conseidering that it is theorzed theat H.E. was around up to ~50000 years ago?

Are we sure we didn't interbreed with other species that we just haven't foundyet that created modern humanity? I mean, obviously we are related to HE and N, but wh couldn't there be mroe that we simply haven't found, going by the dinosaur thing (could be two feet away there are thousands of creatures we just didn't see b/c we didn't dig there)?

How id we become patriarchal society (since we sarted matriarchal)?

Is it possible to learn about the past (i.e. Homo Erectus etc) through hallucinogenic means via a collective unconsciousness (theoretical I know)? Namely that this came about through looking at various cultural groups and their "sights" via hallucinogenic means whch appear similar desipite the diffrences between time and/or culture.

So sorry for wasting this time, but any pointers towards academic or otherwise papers similar to these thoughts would be appreciated. Also, why is it Native Americans have such a low tolerance to alcohol? I have an ingerst in a;l; this, I really do. God, I hate doing this, but other sites allow this to 404 so quickly ;_; I wish i were in anthropology.

If any of this makes sense, please answer, either through here, or, email and IM are in my profile. I'm not ashamed to be [roven worng. If you rage at me and send be things proving your point, I;ll be glad to read them, and learn from them. I just really don't know wher to start with this stuff. ;_;
 
  2010-09-12 11:35:36 AM
The Voice of Doom: geekybroad


I'd recommend

background: #030301 url(pat6.jpg) repeat-x;

in that case. Just makes it a bit cleaner. Plus I'm a CSS size nazi.

/As an side - somehow one of our developers recently made a 201k CSS file...

//also, you shouldn't specify font sizes in 'points' - it's bad for accessibility. Relative sizes should be used (eg. %, em or ex)
 
  2010-09-13 05:35:35 PM
Yeah, I like to compact my "code" in practical use, but when it's new to me, I keep it spread out to help me understand.

I'm one of those people who used to pull stuff together in Notepad and get all pissed off someone edited it in Frontpage (because of all the extraneous junk it put in it). Pissed me off a 3K file all of a sudden jumps to 50K... and NOT because of all the technical W3C standards.
 
  2010-09-17 12:10:19 AM
SO this zeus thingy what my zone alarm is screaming about needing to upgrade to prevent because only zone alarm pro can prevent an infection, just how would one go about trying to prevent an infection?

/firefox
//noscript
///adblock
////I don't torrent
 
  2010-09-17 12:17:00 AM
Also, does anyone have experience with the win7 licensing for students? My wife has a valid .edu address, but what exactly do they do for checking? Does it expire? Is it full price and then a rebate?
 
  2010-09-17 01:10:06 AM
TehNacho: Also, does anyone have experience with the win7 licensing for students? My wife has a valid .edu address, but what exactly do they do for checking? Does it expire? Is it full price and then a rebate?

Well if they have not changed the model then what it is, you purchase a copy from your friendly local on campus bookstore at the student price. Once you have it, you got it for life or until the OS is no longer useful. Same for the MS office suite, you get it at a discount. If you work for MS, you can get just about any software title they make at 10 bucks a CD. Games excluded, they go for like 20 bucks. If you are getting it online then I would assume there is some kind of verification of your student ID or something, but I do not know for sure.
 
  2010-09-17 01:11:52 AM
TehNacho: just how would one go about trying to prevent an infection?

personally I keep my Hard Drives wrapped up in a computer condom. If I ever figure out who poked a hole in the first one they gonna die.
 
  2010-09-17 08:38:16 AM
TehNacho: SO this zeus thingy what my zone alarm is screaming about needing to upgrade to prevent because only zone alarm pro can prevent an infection, just how would one go about trying to prevent an infection?

/firefox
//noscript
///adblock
////I don't torrent


Zeus is a god and he'll do pretty much what he wants. If he wants to infect you, you'll bend over and take it.

On the plus side, wouldn't it be fun if Zeus-Nacho spam babies burst from your forehead? Also, you'd look great in phish-net.
 
  2010-09-17 12:47:00 PM
TehNacho: SO this zeus thingy what my zone alarm is screaming about needing to upgrade to prevent because only zone alarm pro can prevent an infection, just how would one go about trying to prevent an infection?

/firefox
//noscript
///adblock
////I don't torrent


"The Zeus botnet only targets Windows machines, and computers running Windows XP Professional SP2 make up the majority of the botnet. Netwitness did not report on infections among Windows 7 machines. Kneber is primarily found on machines in corporate and government infrastructures, but home users can be affected as well."

You should upgrade your OS. I hear linux is nice this time of year.
 
  2010-09-17 01:40:33 PM
wyrlss: You should upgrade your OS. I hear linux is nice this time of year.

Hear, hear. Fedora 13 is almost not broken by now ;) Kidding aside, TehNacho might consider giving Ubuntu a spin. I use Fedora at home, mainly because I use Red Hat and CentOS at work. Helps boost familiarity. I've pretty much weaned myself off of Windows at home and it is a relief to be able to surf freely without an overriding fear of picking up some dread infection on the way. I've had to clean my wife's Vista box twice in the last couple of years and her internet habits are much less sketchy than mine.
 
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