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  1. Surprise! After 13 years in Phuket, I moved to...

    Surprise! After 13 years in Phuket, I moved to the Nashville area in January.... Man, it's COLD out here...:cool:
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    I just got a message from a reader (not Shermank;...

    I just got a message from a reader (not Shermank; I hope he will log on here and make his identity known to all of you):

    Hi there,

    Following your recommendation of Better Explorer, I tried to...
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    Thanks for the notes, everybody. I did, indeed,...

    Thanks for the notes, everybody. I did, indeed, mis-calculate the speed of light, and I used "Asymetric" instead of "Asynchronous." Ooops. I particularly appreciate all of the independent tests on...
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    GACK! You're absolutely right. I didn't want to...

    GACK! You're absolutely right. I didn't want to get into a discussion of the speed of light in copper or fiber cable, much less in the atmosphere, but in a vacuum it'd take 134 ms for a...
  5. Believe me, Windows 8 is a floor wax and a...

    Believe me, Windows 8 is a floor wax and a dessert topping.

    I've been using Win8 ferociously for more than three months, and I'm still of two (or more) minds about it. One thing I know for sure: I...
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    HA! That's great! The past couple of weeks...

    HA! That's great!

    The past couple of weeks I've been getting all sorts of scam mail from Nigeria. My guess is that these creeps are sharing email addresses, and I'm now categorized as a mark.
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    Rick - Does Northwood's approach work? In...

    Rick -

    Does Northwood's approach work? In other words, does IT let you get into the folder?
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    That's correct - and I'll have more details in...

    That's correct - and I'll have more details in Part II.
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    Helluva good question! (and I second vmcrk's...

    Helluva good question! (and I second vmcrk's comments.)

    I had a friend buy the Kindle and ship it to Phuket. For most things it works fine (having a US credit card helps with purchases), but for...
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    Thanks, ACC! I got a bunch of email -...

    Thanks, ACC!

    I got a bunch of email - questions duplicating the ones here, by and large. I'll point those folks to the Lounge and make sure they get a good follow-up.

    UEFI's going to fix a lot...
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    Sorry, but that's exactly how rootkits -- almost...

    Sorry, but that's exactly how rootkits -- almost every rootkit -- works. It usurps the Windows loader, so BIOS calls the rootkit instead of the legitimate loader. That's why signatures for UEFI-run...
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    It's hard to tell, unless you have the specs for...

    It's hard to tell, unless you have the specs for your motherboard. Try Googling your motherboard model number and "UEFI".
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    By far, the simplest solution is to use a USB...

    By far, the simplest solution is to use a USB drive and just download WDO immediately before you need to use it. There are ways to manually update the definitions, but why bother?

    No idea how many...
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    Chances are good the PC isn't booting from the CD.

    Chances are good the PC isn't booting from the CD.
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    @JavaJim - Most modern PCs will run either 32-bit...

    @JavaJim - Most modern PCs will run either 32-bit or 64-bit Windows. (I'm tempted to say "all".) So in that sense the hardware itself on just about any PC you come across nowadays is 64-bit capable. ...
  16. Yeah, Slashdot commenters can get a little......

    Yeah, Slashdot commenters can get a little... well, a LOT.... obscene.
  17. Heh heh heh. Nope, we don't sell any email...

    Heh heh heh. Nope, we don't sell any email addresses.

    One thing's highly likely though: your name's on somebody's list...
  18. Correct on both counts. But note that such...

    Correct on both counts. But note that such sensitive sites as PayPal use email addresses for login IDs.
  19. It's a newspaper site in a large city. I haven't...

    It's a newspaper site in a large city. I haven't named the site because I don't want to put the people with stolen passwords in more danger than they're already in. It's a tough call, but I wouldn't...
  20. That's precisely correct. You can find lots of...

    That's precisely correct. You can find lots of tips online about how to construct hard-to-break passwords. There are plenty of reviews of password generating and storage programs. But people tend to...
  21. Yes, he used 12345678 as his email password as...

    Yes, he used 12345678 as his email password as well. Which is why I disguised his name. :rolleyes: And you're correct - email passwords need to be kept safe; they aren't throw-away passwords.
  22. Have you tried AI Roboform2Go? You can take your...

    Have you tried AI Roboform2Go? You can take your Roboform database with you on a USB drive. Very slick. http://www.roboform.com/platforms/usb
  23. In this specific case, that's true. But the same...

    In this specific case, that's true. But the same principle applies to other kinds of sites - even ones that don't appear, at first glance, to be terribly important. Case in point: Twitter or Facebook...
  24. @John - The proliferation of low-cost/no-cost...

    @John -

    The proliferation of low-cost/no-cost international voice calls has brought this scam to the reach of people all over the world. India's big advantage is the large number of English...
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    Ah, but it doesn't seem to hurt Facebook....

    Ah, but it doesn't seem to hurt Facebook. :rolleyes:
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