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  1. Every time I try to convert Multiple .TiVo files (which was the sole reason I bought RC2012), I it crashes at random points and throws up a Runtime error "This application has requested the Runtime to terminate it in an unusual way." It's extremely frustrating.
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    Seagate to sell laptop PCs w/ built-in encryption

    I wonder what kind of encryption they'll be using. I am generally suspicious of proprietary encryption. I use PGP whole disk encryption on my system. PGP has yet to be cracked by anyone, and the best estimate for a brute-force crack, using a top of the line system running 24/7 is around a thousand years. I don't trust the lojack software. First of all, despite what they claim, it is not "format proof". It has been removed in many, many demonstrations. Which means that if you're using encryption on your system, it's practically worthless, since the thieves will undoubtably wipe the drive first thing, anyway; since they won't be able to get in to it. Secondly, I'm not too big on the idea of software that that is specifically designed to let people know where I am whenever I am using my laptop.
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    Bill Gates tops Forbes' list of billionaires - AGAIN !

    What happened to the guy that founded Ikea? A few years ago, he surplanted Bill as king of the money bags.
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    copy dvd's to archos 404

    Looks around nervously NO! There's no way of doing it. No way at all. It's totally illegal and deprives greedy billionaires artists of their hard earned money and I have never done anything like that and I have no idea how one would go about such a thing. In fact, I've never even heard of anyone doing anything like that ever, which is good, because clearly that would be wrong. Which is why I'd never do it. really. i gotta go....
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    CompUSA closing stores

    I could believe that. Thing is, I'd rather pay $100.00 straight up for something than the Worst Buy advertised special of "$80.00*" with that asterisk of doom that signals you're going to have to fight for months to get the $50.00 mail-in rebate that will bring the price down to $80.00. I want an honest price that people are actually prepaired to give me without any hastle.
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    CompUSA closing stores

    So long as they accept photocopies. This is not always the case. Especially if they require the original UPC from the box.
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    CompUSA closing stores

    Worst Buy sells Graphics & Sound cards, but if you need special cables, cases, processors, motherboards, or other special parts, you're out of luck. Not to mention the fact that all of Worst Buy's sales all revolve around pain in the neck mail-in rebates. You know why companies love those so much? Because a. most people don't go through with them, and b. even if they do, there's a fairly good chance they will screw up. The bottome line is, they know that there's a much better chance that they will be able to sell those items at full price. What really pisses me off is that half the time, when I do those things from Worst Buy, I send in EVERYTHING, word for word, and then I get a notice saying that I did NOT send something in, and they will send me my money when I submit the missing parts. Of course, then you're stuck, because you can't send them something you ALREADY sent them, and it's just your word against theirs. You know what I miss? Software stores. You remember when they had places like Software, Etc., and Electonics Boutique and Babages, before they all merged into one mediocre video game place? You would go in, and they would have applications, and computer games, and hardware, and you'd walk in, and look around to see if anyone was watching you play the demo of Leisure Suit Larry, hoping to see pixelated cleavage? You know you did it.
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    CompUSA closing stores

    I went into my CompUSA a few days ago and heard about this. I swear, my "NOOOOO!" probably echoed in there for an hour. I nearly cried. I LOVE CompUSA. They had everything there. You could actually get PARTS there, instead of just the ready-made, plug and play stuff that worst buy has. I swear, that place is like the Wal-Mart of the electronics industry, only without the low prices. They come in, and just steam-role everybody. I seriously want to slash the tires on all those little beatles. Time after time I have to go clean up the MESS they make, I get clients tell me that they brought their machine in with a malware infection, and without any notification or data backup, they just wiped the whole drive and reloaded Windows. And yet, they STILL get all the business because they've got the name, and they've got a billion bucks to spend on ads.
  9. psh, that's nothing. Here's a gem they don't talk much about: It doesn't support 64 bit systesm. You plunk down $260.00 on Vista Ultimate 64 bit, there latest OS, and of course, MS says that 64 bit is the future. The security center comes up and says "oh, hey, by the way, you should get some kind of anti-virus on here". So you click on their suggestions. Naturally, topping the list, is the product made by the same people that made the OS. No problem, right? So you pay thirty bucks for the suite, which, says that it's fully Vista compatible, but does not say ANYWHERE on the package, or the web site, for that matter, that it is not 64 bit compatible. And yet, you take it home, try to install it and "blong" you get an error message "Windows Live One Care does not support 64 bit operating systems". classic.
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    So you want to fax from Vista - don't count on it

    Still my second favorite tech story (next to Sony's 9 mil protection scheme that people figured out the could bypass with a thirty cent sharpy. I should mention that today I setup a pfsc (about twenty bucks more than the typical printer/scanner/copier combo) today, and it reminded me that you don't need to print something to scan it with one of those. If you have something on your pc that you want to fax, you can just send it to the pfsc, and it will fax it directly. It's as easy as sending an email.
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    Dell - Make Windows optional extra on all your PCs

    I know, me too. But imagine all those people who are used to, in their words "clicking on the internet and then clicking on my mail" were suddenly presented with no start menue, no familiar "e" icon, etc. They've been using Windows for YEARS and are still confused about certain basic functions, and now they're going to be faced with an entirely new interface? Disasterous.
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    So you want to fax from Vista - don't count on it

    Gross misinterpretation. The WGA is Vista is basically the same as it is in XP, and for that matter just about any other software that requires activation these days. That is, if you don't activate it within a certain time, it stops working until you do. Once you've activated it, the only thing you can't do is get updates. It's not going to suddenly stop working or prevent you froma accessing your files. That isn't in the EULA, and that isn't in Vista's code. This guy is way, WAY off. He's probably one of the same people that swore that the serial numbers in Pentium II's (PIII's?) could allow Intel to take control of your machine.
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    So you want to fax from Vista - don't count on it

    Yea, and I had 1.5 gigs on my XP machine. But most people have 512, which is why Vista seems like you have to get upgrades. Similarly, in 2001, just before XP was released, the vast, vast majority of people had 64 megs, and people were freaking when XP came out and it required 128 as a minimum.
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    Dell - Make Windows optional extra on all your PCs

    Meh., I could see it happen with corporate machines, but for the typical machine geared for the home user, it would be a disaster. Anyone who thinks that making windows optional is a good idea does not fully understand the depths of technoilliteracy that exists out there. The problem is that a surprisingly high percentage of people don't want to have to go over system options and manually select the components. They're afraid they'll choose the wrong thing. They want to just buy a package deal. They want the machine pre-configured, pre-priced, and ready to go out of the box. I know, it sounds horrible to the computer litterate, but you'd be surprised how many people are willing to pay my hourly rates just to have me help them choose which machine to buy. Now, offering the option to select Linux instead of Windows might work, but chances are they'd still get swamped with people calling tech support and asking where there email is, why their software isn't working anymore, etc., because they accidently chose Linux (because it's cheaper, and some guy at work who knows a lot about computers says it was better).
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    So you want to fax from Vista - don't count on it

    I want it because it looks awesome, it runs smooth, I've yet to have it crash on me, it's more secure, the game center rocks, and it seems like every time I use it I find some new little thing that that impresses me. Yes, it is a power hog compared to XP. However, when XP came out, and most people were running 98 with 64 megs of RAM, IT was a power hog, too. Besides, as I said, when your machine's base score is 5.2, you really see any slowdown. And yea, games fly on Win98, but only if you can get them to run without crashing. As it is, they fly on my machine, too. However, to be fair, I should mention that I didn't have to pay for my copy. I just told my boss that he had three choices: 1.He could pay for me to take some classes to learn Vista. 2.He could turn down every call we get from people with new machines who need help with Vista, want to upgrade, etc. or 3.He could buy me a copy of Vista Ultimate. Now, I know what you're saying "couldn't you have figured out how to fix any problems with Vista already? It's not THAT different from XP!" Well, you're probably right. But, not only would it probably been a bit harder, as I would have had to go into it not knowing exactly where they moved stuff around to, but my boss knows nothing about computers, and hey, free Vista! Is...is that what their claim was? Speed? I saw the hideously dressed people having some kind of standing-seizures and I thought that the message was "we know, you can figure out WHAT the deal is, huh? Just buy it."