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David L. Farquhar, computer security professional, train hobbyist, and landlord

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    Seeing as this used to be my big topic, I would be remiss if I didn't mention that it's now possible to remove Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, and other components from Windows 2000 and XP using software from litepc.com.

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    I think we may have lost a project at work today: a project to do streaming video. It's not really our fault; our offering looked just like everyone else's streaming video. The problem is that our competition isn't everyone else's streaming video.

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    Microsoft is making its updates to IE only available for Windows XP.

    To which I say, what about all of those servers out there?

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  • 02/01/08--15:00: A big time test for Nlite
  • I saw an XP Myths page this weekend, and although I don't agree with its assessment of XP's security, most of it seemed credible. It said XP can do fine on as little as a 233 MHz Pentium with 128 MB of RAM. I whipped out a P2-266 with 192 MB of RAM to see.

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  • 05/19/12--09:08: I can save you $99
  • Microsoft is willing to install a clean copy of Windows in its retail stores on any PC for a flat fee of $99. (Windows license not included, of course.) They’ll also optionally include Microsoft’s Windows Live Essentials programs, the ad-supported starter editions of Word and Excel, Microsoft Security Essentials antivirus, and Zune media player software. […]

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    Right around a year ago, I wrote about the difficulties of making a good $100 tablet. But then, today, I read on Slashdot about someone finding a nice $45 Android tablet in a Chinese bazaar, then finding a similar unit at Fry’s back home in the States, priced at $89. That raised a couple of […]

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    I like the idea of a really big tablet, but I think Viewsonic and I have different ideas of “really big.” This week Viewsonic announced a 24-inch Android 4.1 tablet. Here’s the problem with that. A 24-inch display measures roughly 12×20 inches. A tabloid newspaper page is typically about 11×17, and a broadsheet is about […]

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    PC Magazine has a nice analysis of why tablets are selling well and will continue to sell well, but they aren’t taking over the entire industry. PCs are mature and not changing a lot at this point, while tablets are changing a lot. That’s good and bad. I like tablets because they’ve made the computer […]

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    I went looking for a resource-friendly browser that would run well on a 1 GHz-ish Android tablet. Everything I read said that Baidu was the lightest browser on resources. Since Baidu is a Chinese company and very low-end Android tablets are common in China, this makes sense. I’ve never been one to shy away from […]

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    I’ve been hearing predictions for a year that after Windows XP went out of support, it would only be a matter of time before people started backporting patches to it. As it turns out, they don’t have to. Windows XP has a close relative, Windows Embedded, that doesn’t go out of support until 2019. The […]

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  • 08/31/09--18:53: Installing Windows off USB
  • I sure wish I'd seen Wintoflash a few weeks ago.

    It's simple. Insert a Windows CD or DVD (anything from XP to Windows 7). Plug in a blank USB flash drive (or one you don't mind erasing). Answer a couple of questions, and after a few minutes, you have a bootable USB stick that installs Windows. It will be much faster than CD or DVD because flash media has much faster seek times.

    So what could be better? Well, slipstreamed and customized Windows of course.


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    Last year, a flood of $99 tablets built with extremely low-end hardware running dated versions of Android appeared. This year, slightly better tablets running slightly less dated versions of Android are readily available, sometimes for as little as $60. And I have to admit, these devices got me thinking. I didn’t quite pull the trigger. … Continue reading How to buy a sub-$100 Android tablet and not get burned

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  • 09/26/12--16:05: Barnes & Noble punches back
  • Slashdot accuses the new Nook HD and HD+ of punching above their weight. Now, granted, B&N has an uphill fight. But to me, there are several compelling things about these new devices. Maybe these devices don’t have what that particular contributor seeks, but to date, there’s still no one-size-fits-all tablet. To me, these new B&N … Continue reading Barnes & Noble punches back

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    Maybe I’m the only one, but I spent decades collecting CDs, and while some of my stuff is as common and ordinary as it gets, some of it isn’t on any of the streaming services and probably never will be because there were exactly two other people alive who liked it. I ripped most of … Continue reading Stream media from Windows Media Player to Android

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    I had a maddening issue in Windows Media Player on my Windows 10 machine where I could only rip CDs at a maximum bit rate of 192 kbps. Since storage is so cheap anymore, I prefer to rip at 320 kbps. For whatever reason, on my Windows 10 machine, the default rip format was set … Continue reading Enabling 320kbps bitrate MP3s in Windows Media Player in Windows 10

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    Last year, a flood of $99 tablets built with extremely low-end hardware running dated versions of Android appeared. This year, slightly better tablets running slightly less dated versions of Android are readily available, sometimes for as little as $60. And

    The post How to buy a sub-$100 Android tablet and not get burned appeared first on The Silicon Underground.


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  • 05/19/12--09:08: I can save you $99
  • Microsoft is willing to install a clean copy of Windows in its retail stores on any PC for a flat fee of $99. (Windows license not included, of course.) They’ll also optionally include Microsoft’s Windows Live Essentials programs, the ad-supported

    The post I can save you $99 appeared first on The Silicon Underground.


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    Right around a year ago, I wrote about the difficulties of making a good $100 tablet. But then, today, I read on Slashdot about someone finding a nice $45 Android tablet in a Chinese bazaar, then finding a similar unit

    The post The good (or at least decent) $89 tablet appeared first on The Silicon Underground.


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  • 09/26/12--16:05: Barnes & Noble punches back
  • Slashdot accuses the new Nook HD and HD+ of punching above their weight. Now, granted, B&N has an uphill fight. But to me, there are several compelling things about these new devices. Maybe these devices don’t have what that particular

    The post Barnes & Noble punches back appeared first on The Silicon Underground.


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    I like the idea of a really big tablet, but I think Viewsonic and I have different ideas of “really big.” This week Viewsonic announced a 24-inch Android 4.1 tablet. Here’s the problem with that. A 24-inch display measures roughly

    The post I’m not sure if this really big tablet is a really big idea appeared first on The Silicon Underground.


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