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Monday, January 21st, 2008
9:43 pm - Windows user interface

I'm a Windows fanboy (and, for the record, I don't care about your opinion. If Apple had 90% of the market share, all you Apple fanboys would be Microsoft nerds. Don't give me that crap about usability and security. Same for Linux geeks). Microsoft has a reputable OS, and if it were really terrible, it would have kicked the bucket by now. There's a reason they have most of the market share.

But I'll admit, there are features on other OSs UI that I like and would like to have on Windows, but not losing any particular Windows quality. I mean, the interface for Windows has been more or less the same since Windows 95.

I'm particularly talking about Mac OS X's dock. Or, specifically, I like the idea. The dock is really a problem for me. I used a Mac a few times, and the dock just got in the way of the applications I was trying to run. Still, the idea of not having to go to the desktop when I want to open something is great. (Windows' quick launch really isn't that great.)

So, for the last hour or so, I spent my time designing a new UI for Windows.

My designCollapse )

This is just a simple blueprint of what I imagined, so I used the Windows Classic theme. For the tiny icons, I used the icons that appear in the left hand corner of the window. This would look best in a more modern theme, like Vista. I also imagine the icons being bigger to take up space, and getting smaller when more space is used. But, again this is just a blueprint.

So, what are we seeing here? Well, we obviously have the Windows menu, which will serve it's basic functions. Then we have the taskbar icons. They will service like the icons on the desktop: you double click them, they open. When an application is open, they are added to the box you see on the right, which is for programs that are opened. When you minimize an application, you can reopen it by clicking it's icon in that box.

So, with this, what about the desktop? You can add widgets to it, or add whatever kind of eye candy you desire.

Well, that's my blueprint. (And I emphasize "blueprint". Don't give me crap saying that "why are you choosing it to look like boring Windows 98?".)

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Sunday, January 20th, 2008
10:57 pm - Security Web Blog

Hi All,

If anyone is looking for a good resource for security tips for your pc, you can check out my security blog at http://blog.the-techshop.com/.


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Saturday, December 30th, 2006
9:54 pm - Region settings for DVD drive
finoglach Happy Christmas to all.. problem...''you can change the region a limited no. of times.After changes remaining reaches zero, you cannot change even if you reinstall windows or move your DVD drive to a different computer..''... any solutions would be greatly appreciated but unexpected..


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4:30 am - electronicly retarted

anyone have a good knowledge of computers and can, well, make this thing understandable to someone that has no idea what they're doing?


I already have opening the case down since I had to do it to install my new case+fan (sexy blue case + green fan = teh pwnzor). I really only need help with how to turn off all the drives+flash the 360 drive

I'm doing this so my 360 will recognize data cds (hold arround 500 ish songs) so I don't have to burn them to music cds.


current mood: confused

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Monday, December 4th, 2006
11:42 pm - Compaq
tellecom Not sure exactly but those things have to be a fossil.

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Thursday, November 23rd, 2006
4:28 pm - Laptop question

hey! hope this is ok to ask here.

does anyone know anything about the Compaq Presario V5303NR Notebook???
It's on sale for $399.00 at Staples tomorrow (yes, I'm one of those crazy Black Friday shoppers), and comes with a free printer. (http://staples.shoplocal.com/staples/Default.aspx?action=detail&storeid=2278411&rapid=0&listingid=-2094058861&offerid=)

I have a desktop that I do most of my stuff on, but have always wanted a laptop for traveling and using other places in my house. Primary use will be for watching movies/listening to music, some Word/Excel usage, and internet access. Not planning on downloading much onto it.

So, is it worth it?

Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!!! :-)

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Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006
1:41 pm - I need help

Okay, so I had to reformat my hard drive (for the 3rd time) on my lousy Dell Dimension 4700. Now the problem (besides the computer itself)?

Well, for some reason when I reinstalled Windows XP our DVD drives are not being recognized... and for some reason it is recognizing a non-existant floppy drive...

What the hell is going on here? Do I need to download some drivers or something...?

Someone told me it's a BIOS problem and I have NO CLUE how to fix that.. or even go about it..

Any help?

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Sunday, November 5th, 2006
7:03 pm - Suggestions!

I installed a program that is in a foreign language (chinese). But the program does not display the language correctly, just lines and lines of question marks.

1) Example: "????, ???????. ???????."

I have tried changing regional options and installing chinese GB18030 support and adding additional Fonts. Nothing works.

I have a windows 2000. (no language bar and cannot install language packs because windows 2000 has a built in east asian language support program)

Richwin and NJStar only display chinese correclty within Start - Programs and reading chinese documents, and not display correctly within the program window.

2) Error message "created for a language not supported by your version of windows" --- is there some way that I can override this without reinstalling or switching to a different language OS (can I do it without installing Windows 2000 Chinese version in addition to my current OS)?

Thank You!

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Monday, August 14th, 2006
12:45 am

Hi. I have a question. I think my dad has put a ketstroke recorder on my laptop and I don't know how to find it and delete it. I am 19 years old and do absolutely nothing that would make him do this. He just doesn't believe in privacy and I know he's put this type of program on my mom and sisters computer. So any help would be appriciated.


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Monday, August 7th, 2006
8:25 pm - Voice changer software?

Hi, I'm looking for voice changer software that allows me to change my voice to match the harmony in this song:

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=71XMVW3K (listen to the chorus - it's like a computerised harmony.)

Please help, I'm performing this song in a few months, and I would really appreciate any help.

Since I'm rather new to the technology communities here, if there is a more appropriate community I should post in, please could you direct me to it.

Thanks in advance!

Thanks everyone, I've found a program. :D

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Saturday, August 5th, 2006
12:58 pm

Hello, I recently purchased a new Gateway laptop for school. I really need microsoft office but I can't afford it after buying the computer itself. Can anyone direct me to where I could possibly get the program for free? I usually purchase all of my programs but I am absolutely broke and need it desperately for school.

thank you so much!

current mood: anxious

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Tuesday, July 11th, 2006
9:46 am - mouse problems...

Please know that I am the least computer literate person on earth, so I apologize in advance if I sound stupid...

But I recently got a lap top and my mother got me, not a wireless mouse, but a mouse that connects from the usb port. It has batteries, and I assume they work because the light on the top of it comes on when I turn the mouse on (there is a switch on the bottom).

However, the computer doesn't seem to recognize that the mouse exists. It didn't come with any software and if it came with instructions, I didn't get any.

What should I/can I do? DO I need to change my set up somewhere?

It is a "targus" mouse from best buy.


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10:50 am - help!

Hi everyone

My dads neighbour has a little computer shop and is quite cheap, so I'm going to buy a computer through him. I want to give him a list of things I'm looking for in a computer, and since I don't really know what I'm talking about, I was wondering if someone could read over it and tell me whether it all even makes any sense. Or possibly make some recommendations. I'm not obsessed with gaming or anything but do play often, and other than that just use it for the internet, downloading music, burning cd's etc. Nothing too fancy. So heres my list. Help would be much appreciated. Some of this stuff is just adapted from the system requirements of some games I have (unsuccessfully) tried to play on my current (very old) computer. And other stuff I've adapted from looking online at computers and prices. So again.. please correct me if I'm not making sense.

. Windows XP
. At least 1.4Ghz or higher processor that supports SSE
. 1GB system RAM
. 160GB hard disk space
. Ability to burn DVDs and CDs
. 32x speed or faster CD-ROM drive
. 100MB video card
. 19" flat panel LCD Monitor
. security software

Thanks in advance

current mood: embarrassed

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Thursday, July 6th, 2006
8:58 pm
daniel_q I have a computer with Windows XP on and a couple of speakers. A few months ago the sound stopped working completely. I have gone through all the steps in Microsoft's troubleshooter, but to no avail.

Any idea how to fix this?

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Wednesday, July 5th, 2006
12:51 pm

I'm thinking of buying a new computer. I'm looking at spending around $1000 Australian, $1500 at the most. Can anyone recommend to me which brands are best/worst?

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Tuesday, June 20th, 2006
9:35 pm - Can anyone help?


Now please be nice to me. I know very little about computers and desperately need some help.

My printer (an hp deskjet 5100) has stopped working. I send things to print and nothing happens. I call up the list of print jobs and it says "printer offline." I look at the printer and the light isn't on. I check the connecting cable, fine. I unplug the printer and plug it back in. I turn the laptop off and then on again. I check the printer in the other USB ports to check it's nothing wrong with them. Basically I do everything that people who know nothing about computers do. Still the laptop and printer won't recognise each other. I don't think there's a loose connection anywhere. Not long beforethis happened I clicked "Yes" to the computer asking me if I wanted to auto update my HP software. Could this be the cause of all this? If so how can I combat the problem?

I really really need to get this fixed before tomorrow, so if anyone could let me know what I should do I would be eternally greatful

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Friday, May 19th, 2006
4:27 pm - Putting an email sender on my page

Hey guys,

I'm looking for your advice and help on an email related question. Specifically, I want to create a system that allows visitors to my website to send email messages to third parties using their own email address with one-click. I heard that this is a questionable practice, used by spammers, no less--but I've seen it used also on a lot of legitimate websites, which usually encourage you to fill in your name and emaill address and click to send a prewritten text to a government official. Case in point: http://www.transalt.org/e-bulletin/2006/May/0518.html#parks

That is one site among many that implement this stuff. I guess what I'm trying to find out is how do they do it? You'd have to rig up the protocols of the email server to accept sending email to third parties, right? I have no problem setting up the form itself, but am confused about these two things: 1) how to rig up an email server to send email from a different email account (and not just one time only!) and 2) how to relay the information a visitor types from the website to the email server. (I guess I need to use something like asp to sort that out?)

At any rate, please help! If this is not the right forum, can anyone direct me to a forum where I can pose this question????

Thank you!!!

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Tuesday, March 28th, 2006
5:16 am

It pisses me off that some sites use a pretty extensive internal style sheet rather than link to an external style sheet and make our lives easier.

I don't know if that is the reason but my Firefox gets screwy everytime I visit a site that has an internal style sheet written in their code. Even if it's not the reason, it's pretty damn annoying.

Take for instance: http://www.tepeyac.org.ns50.alentus.com/inicio.asp?lan=eng

The sidebar looks all messy when you open it in Firefox. But the same site looks ok on Internet Explorer and I don't know how it looks on Safari. Is there something else going on there that conspires against Firefox users? Expert coders out there--some help?

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Friday, March 24th, 2006
7:11 pm
crimemachine Alright, I am hoping you guys can help me with this one.

We just re-formatted my boyfriend's computer, an HP, a few weeks ago due to crashing and freezing. We reloaded Windows XP with our Windows XP disc and now it is asking to activate it within 7 days (it counts down from 30 days). We have a product key, but no COA (Certificate of Authenticity). We type in our product key, and it says it is invalid and I think it may be because we used the same product key on 2 of our other computers. I have looked EVERYWHERE for product keys/product key generators but nothing works.

I am broke, and can't afford to spend $170-$300 on a new version of Windows XP with a product key. I was wondering if any of you knew of a reliable source so that I can get a product key and not lose an arm and a leg in the process.

anywhere but phazeddl.com would do. All of their stuff doesn't work.

Thank you!

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Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006
10:26 pm

Out of curiosity: do you know any websites that allow you to upload audio streams for realtime listening? In other words, a website that kinda does what www.youtube.com does for videos.

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