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Geek Software

Installed Windows 7 RC

My Dell XPS720 has been locking up and staying dead for hours. The only thing that would bring it back was unplugging the PC from the power and wait till it forgave whatever offense I committed. This week I backed up all the data on my PC onto my 1TB My Book and today I […]

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Geek Software

It’s like Vista but sucks much less

I’ll probably upgrade to Windows 7 when it is available.  But then I do like swearing at my PC, and this will be the “best version of Windows ever” again.

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Games

EVGA GTX-260 and Far Cry 2

One of the items I got for Christmas was an EVGA GTX-260 with 896 MB of DDR3 RAM. This is an upgrade from a pair for GeForce 7900 in SLI mode. The game comes with Far Cry 2 which works really well since I was going to buy it anyway.  The game runs really well […]

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Just Stupid Software

Vista is consumer crap

So I booted my PC today when I got home today. I had intended to check e-mail before running out. The damn thing won’t boot.  I’m typing this on the kitchen laptop.  It says the registry file is corrupted and I should boot off of my Vista DVD and select the repair option.  Except my […]

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Geek Software

“James Bond never had to put up with this Vista sh&^”

My Vista 64 bit OS has been acting a little flaky for a long time.  The latest symptom was my DHCP client not working.  When Dell did the free motherboard swap upgrade, I was supposed to re-install the OS then.  But I procrastinated and just waited till the pain got bad. My XPS 700720 came […]

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Geek

Raw NEF files and WD’s MyBook

I take pictures in Nikon’s raw NEF format because I can use Photoshop Element’s raw importer to tweak the exposure, clarity, black level, etc.  But the NEF files are often 9 MB files and I have almost 3,000 of them and that’s just since May.  That came out to 22 GB’s and counting. Even cleaning […]

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Software

Installed Vista SP1

This morning the 120 MB download for Vista Sp1 was available. The download was fast but the scary part is that the update eventually happened while my screen was totally off in power saving mode. That took more than 10 minutes. That’ll cause some people to power off their boxes and cause no end of […]

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Geek

Vista and 4 GB of RAM

I’m running Vista 64 on my XPS 700 720 and I just upgraded from 2 GB RAM to 4 GB of 800 MHz dual channel DDR2 ram.  My system was running slowly (it’s a Microsoft Operating System). The RAM even came with heat sinks.   After the upgrade my system does perform nicely and I have […]

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Geek Linux Software

Ubuntu 7.10 on Virtual PC 2007

Today it’s President’s Day, it’s raining, and the kids are off this week.  So naturally I am goofing around with my PC. I’ll head to the basement soon to play with the kids but first I want to setup something on my workstation. My main workstation is a Dell 700 720 with a Core 2 […]

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Geek Software

Java on Vista 64 bit does not work

Another update: While Java is still working for me, other people have resolved their problem below.  Read the comments for a solution. Update: I still get hits to this post.  Java works on my Vista 64 installation for both Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 3. – – – – – – – I can’t get […]