Dragon

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  1. another catch 22 on there. The seller sets the number of points they want for what they are selling. so it really isn't $1.

    here is the breakdown as I see it.

    $1=1point,

    Average Item on site=15 points

    15 points = $15

    upon signing up you get 5 points to get a free cd, dvd, or game. Average item for sale = 15 points, there for you still have to buy 10 points at a dollar a point.

    is it just me or does that seem like a scam???

    errr, ok so i guess ill explain, you get points by Trading your stuff,

    You put crap up, people want it, they use there "Points" to buy it, the $1 is for shiping, its $1 not..15 or whatever you were talking about.

    I read the website, you still have to put your own money in to have enough points to buy anything worth getting.


  2. another catch 22 on there. The seller sets the number of points they want for what they are selling. so it really isn't $1.

    here is the breakdown as I see it.

    $1=1point,

    Average Item on site=15 points

    15 points = $15

    upon signing up you get 5 points to get a free cd, dvd, or game. Average item for sale = 15 points, there for you still have to buy 10 points at a dollar a point.

    is it just me or does that seem like a scam???


  3. hi just2good4u3434,

    I'm looking at your log, and for the most part it is clean. what problems are you having so we can better diagnose what you're dealing with?

    not all malware, viruses, trojans, etc will show on hjt log because they don't necessarily put a registry entry in place.


  4. Besides bad power supply or heat due to dust buildup I would say to check Device Manager for video problems. The driver may be corrupted or the video (onboard?) is going bad.

    Thanks for the reply, I will call him today and have his wife check out the driver. He wont touch the PC.

    And Bozodog, they don't install any games they just use what came with the PC. Defrag isn't necessary, but I will have them dump the cookies and temp files while I have them on the phone. They live in Denver and I live on the Western Slope of Colorado or I wouldn't have had to post a message. I can usually fix a PC if it is in front of me, but it's not as easy when I can't tinker with it.

    even if they don't download games on the system, it's still a good idea to run defrag. Games aren't the only thing they use it for i presume. anytime they install or download something, pictures, videos, write documents etc.. it still can fragment the info. it's the nature of Windows.

    Even MS recommends defragging the hard drive once a month.


  5. I have had a lot of customers ask me about Linux, so I show them a Live CD, next thing I know they are asking me how much to install and how much a service contract is.

    I have been getting more customers asking about linux then windows lately. In the last month alone I have installed Linux on 25 machines, and Windows on 5 machines.

    Any business would be great; linux business would be a dream come true.

    I wish I was getting that kind of business. This last month for me just sucked. I am barely breaking even on my yellow pages ad and phone line. On a positive note, the few calls I have got have been referrals or repeat customers. I know I have been giving people great prices with great service, it is just a matter of time for stuff to pick up.

    just remember, your best advertising is free. Word of mouth. the first year is always the leanest, and is generally your primary make or break year. If you can get through the first 2 years, even with a couple of months just breaking even, you're doing good.


  6. the time it takes to load up a livecd is not that much quicker then the time it takes to open the case, and write the numbers down. if you have a generic printer that you can hook up to the computer, providing the work is being done in your shop, you can print out the lspci info then you have them readily available to type in and get the drivers when you boot up the new system. Then I keep that copy with the code for that specific mobo/hardware configuration and the computer model it is in, that way I don't have to do it again if I get a similar system to work on.

    I have been lucky lately, I have had a lot of customers ask me about Linux, so I show them a Live CD, next thing I know they are asking me how much to install and how much a service contract is.

    I have been getting more customers asking about linux then windows lately. In the last month alone I have installed Linux on 25 machines, and Windows on 5 machines. Thats not a bad thing IMHO, I'm making money with no major cost factor being involved like I do to have Windows XP available. Plus I get a yearly contract with them for Linux support. I still get paid on every visit, but they get a slight discount because of the contract. Same standard contract I use on Windows, but no discount on the windows side, because I get more calls from Windows users then i do from Linux users.


  7. I have tried many firewalls and used Sygate (which was by far the best) but then Norton (those bad, bad people) bought Sygate out and now there are no more updates.

    I have been trying firewall after firewall and I can't seem to find the right one for me. I've tried Norton Internet Security to see if they changed anything in the new version, but they didn't and its still crap. I've tried Kerio but I think it came with spyware. I'm currently using Zone Alarm Pro and it's WAY to over protective and uses too much memory.

    What firewall do you use and why?

    Also, any suggestions on what firewall might suite me best?

    Thanks for the help!

    you have me a little confused on the Kerio statement. why do you think it came with spyware????

    I use Kerio myself, to me it's the easiest free firewall out there. you have good control on what you want it to do. it's not overly bloated, like ZA or some others I know of.


  8. this will send more people screaming for Linux or getting rid of their PC's and going to Mac I think.

    Nobody will go out and buy a brand new computer because of this. Joe Blow doesn't know how to use Linux, and he definitly doesn't want to go out and purchase a new computer. You can expect some sort of problem to take place with the new idea - but there are always issues in everything new. However, 10 times out of 10, unless you have a pirated copy, if you call up Microsoft (or India) and tell them, you'll get a new code when you have activation problems

    have you ever been in a linux forum?

    you would be surprised at how many "joe blows" are already jumping into linux because of the occasional "accidents" caused by Microsofts anti-piracy processes. Age no longer is a factor for people coming to linux. I'm not saying everyone will go running to linux or apple. BTW you can get mac OSX for the PC also.

    As stated in the article,

    This move affects the six million Windows users in this country, as well as those in the United States, Britain, New Zealand and Australia.

    so figure out of that six million, approximately 1% to 2% will jump ship. thats six to twelve thousand people. Yes it's not all of them, but it is still a good number. The only people that this won't concern are the ones that have a genuine copy, or are willing to call MS and tell them they made a mistake. Knowing MS they probably will want a copy of the sales reciept to fix this issue, which means if you want to keep you mistakenly marked copy of Windows, yo uwill probably have to wait for about 3 to 4 weeks before that happens. There are some people that refuse to wait that long, Businesses are one of them, it can hurt their reputation as a trusted business.

    as of right now, there are approximately 29 million linux users, so linux isn't just for the Geek anymore. in the forums I frequent, besides this one, I have talked to 45+ year old business owners who had legit copies of Windows for their business, They left Windows because of the mandatory SP2 update that took place last April. I have talked to grandmothers, kids, CEO's, Mothers, Fathers, and more that have switched from Windows to Linux and they did the install all by themselves. People aren't as afraid to learn something new as most think. And not all Linux machines are used for gaming, although that is what a lot of the Kids use it for.


  9. thanks naruku, I may just go ahead and do it, I have backed up my important files already. still need ftp my kernel to my server so it's easily accessible.

    Edit: as an after thought, in my case would it actually downgrade to that kernel since I'm running 2.6.16.10?

    It will most likel install the 2.6.15 kernel and change menu.lst to boot that kernel, all that should be necessary is editing menu.lst.

    cool thanks


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  11. thanks naruku, I may just go ahead and do it, I have backed up my important files already. still need ftp my kernel to my server so it's easily accessible.

    Edit: as an after thought, in my case would it actually downgrade to that kernel since I'm running 2.6.16.10?


  12. the actual heart of the operating system, the kernel, is the only thing that really is specially coded.

    Generally the Kernel is done in C+ or even C# now, the rest of the operating system is done based on the OS creator, Windows and Mac use C+ and/or VBscript, while Linux mainly uses Bash, Python, Boa etc....


  13. this will send more people screaming for Linux or getting rid of their PC's and going to Mac I think.

    Let them do it I say, in the long run they may actually hurt themselves, I agree with idea of protecting their software, but as stated before, what kind of effect will this have on legit customers who "accidently" get snagged by this bugger?

    For example, do I have to worry about getting nailed for it because I lost my cd key and called them for a replacement keycode????

    I'll let you know what happens. I guarantee if it does happen first thing I'm doing is calling them up and yelling at them to get that off my machine.


  14. shanenin,

    Let me know if that upgrades the kernel also please. if it does then I need to make sure I ftp my kernel src to my server to make sure I get everything working correctly again. I might just go ahead and give it a run on the actual machine. It could just be my vmware that did it to me.


  15. I popped in vmware player on this machine and installed ubuntu 5.10 to test the upgrade process Naruku mentioned. I must be one of the numerous people at the Ubuntu forums that end up with a dead OS on attempting this. totally borked the system to the point where I would have to reinstall from scratch.