The Etherkiller and friends

Fri, 2009-11-20 17:44 by admin

At some time frustration over dysfunctional computers and networks boils over. What to do?

This web page, The Etherkiller and friends, shows a really nice way out. The self-made devices can solve a lot of problems very quickly and thoroughly.

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ViewSonic VP2130b slow self-destruction

Wed, 2009-11-18 22:52 by Hans

Two years ago I bought four of these, then pretty expensive, 1,600 x 1,200 pixel flat screen monitors.

They are wonderful and about perfect for all purposes including the difficult tasks, for different reasons, of photo retouching and gaming.

However, after this time the first one showed a strange defect. After switching on power, they drop dead for several minutes, the time getting longer and longer by the month.

The symptom is that the monitor drops dead entirely. The green light goes off, the monitor does not react to any key press, and the screen is totally black.

Internet maps

Mon, 2009-11-16 20:46 by admin

TeleGeography has nice, but expensive large wall maps of various aspects of the Internet, like undersea cables, land connections, traffic, etc.

They also offer free versions for download, suitable as desktop backgrounds. finds familiar power

Mon, 2009-10-26 21:23 by admin

By Jamie Monday Oct 26, 2009 12:00pm

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If you have gone to since Saturday you may not have noticed any real changes. On the outside this is true, but underneath the hood they just replaced the entire engine and drive train.

eBay ends auctions prematurely

Sun, 2009-10-25 11:52 by admin

After the switch from daylight saving time back to standard time in Europe eBay's auction system apparently ends all auctions one hour early, while the remaining time for each auction still shows 60 minutes.

This means that many auctions got a low price, because many bidders customarily bid late because of the peculiar auction method eBay uses. (eBay auctions end at a predefined point in time, rather than being extended until there is no new bid for a certain time, as is usual in normal auctions.)

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Judging a company by its web site

Sun, 2009-10-11 08:21 by Hans

How can an ordinary customer judge a company, particularly its commitment to quality and good products? That's a very difficult undertaking, and analysts spend a lot of time and earn a lot of money for this, some of it probably undeserved.

However, there is an easy substitute for judging an entire company—judge only its web site. Everybody can do that, it doesn't take very much time, it can even be entertaining and fun.

Facial recognition face-off: Three tools compared

Sat, 2009-10-03 16:13 by admin

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Many Macs run Windows faster than PCs do. My Mac mini (yes, mini) outpaced a similarly graced Acer laptop both running Windows Vista... and once I installed ...

Answer "No to All" when copying files in Windows XP with Shift+No

Sun, 2009-09-20 09:58 by admin

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In last week's TR Dojo Challenge question, I asked TechRepublic members how to say “no to all” replacements when copying files in Windows XP? This problem ...

Apple cripples the iPhone

Sun, 2009-09-20 09:51 by admin

iPhone's Bad Business

Millions of users of the Apple’s wildly popular phone just found out it no longer works with office email systems. Did Steve Jobs’ company betray its users?

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What a difference a little update makes. Users of Apple's iPhone models 3G and earlier got a rude awakening at work this past week: Their phones no longer work with their office's email systems.

The mainframe turns 45

Sat, 2009-09-19 08:01 by admin

The Mainframe: The Dinosaur That Wouldn't Die

By Michael Neubarth

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This year marks the 45th anniversary of the IBM mainframe. As Tanapong Ittisakulchai wrote in the Nation in May, "Forty-five years ago, on April 7, 1964, the introduction of the IBM System/360 sparked a revolution in computing and business."