Dec 17 2011

The Quest for Power

Power supplies are the most overlooked component on any computer. However, in many ways, it is the most critical part of the entire machine. Without enough power to the components, even the most capable system on Earth will behave poorly, if even boot. For me, my OEM 250 Watt power supply (a Lite-On 5251-08)  just …

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Dec 13 2011

Why do you like yourself so much?

If you use facebook, then you HAVE to have seen this happen more than you would like: Someone posts a status, and then, they like their own status. Now, if this is a post celebrating something major, or if the person has finally expressed something they have wanted to say for years, then it is …

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Dec 08 2011

The Woes of Display Scaling

Why can’t video cards ever keep correct aspect ratio?   It’s very simple: If you are playing a game on a widescreen monitor, and the game is in a standard 4:3 aspect ratio, the game should display in that ratio, with black columns appearing on the side of the monitor. It should not be stretched …

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Dec 08 2011

Video Cards, Dust, and Heat

It was bound to happen within the first 2 years: I thought my video card was dying. Well, more correctly, I though the fan on it was dying. The card, a PNY produced Nvidia GeForce 9800GT, was overheating, reaching temperatures of just over 100 degrees Celsius, in effect cooking itself to death. Even with the …

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Dec 02 2011

Living With Microsoft Security Essentials: Day 4

Microsoft Security Essentials result scan

Again, another uneventful day.  Just the way I would like them to be, as far as antivirus software is concerned.  I have preformed a quick scan on Lilith, which only took about 4 minutes, or less, with nice results: So, according to quick scan, my system is clean, and it took under 4 minutes to …

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Dec 01 2011

Living With Microsoft Security Essentials: Day 3

Well, day 3 has gone well enough. Still no alerts or any odd behavours: MSE simply plays well with everything. I decided to preform a definition database upgrade: That took about 5 minutes to download. Nowhere near as long as the original database download, but still long considering the short time Avira took to do …

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Nov 30 2011

Living With Microsoft Security Essentials: Day 2

Day two has been pretty uneventful. MSE has not detected any threats (Neither did Avira, as I avoid the nastier parts of the internet), and has been VERY unobtrusive. I have yet to have any virus definition updates, but will try an update tonight. I would imagine the definition update would be rather small in …

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Nov 29 2011

Living With Microsoft Security Essentials: Day 1

Well, I decided to document a week living with MSE, after removing Avira from my systems. All 3 of my machines (2 Windows 7 machines, one Windows XP) used Avira, and all of them suffered the odd boot sequences caused by the software. Avira uninstalled smoothly on all 3 machines, and, after the absurd time …

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Nov 28 2011

Antivirus, Boot times, and more…

Antivirus software. A requirement in the computing world. I don’t care what anyone says, ALL SYSTEMS are vulnerable to SOME form of malware. Anything can be exploited, given enough time, energy, and knowledge. I don’t care if it is MacOS, Linux, or of course, Windows: it CAN be exploited. So, given this circumstance, one would …

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Nov 24 2011

Hello world!

Yes, well, I know what you are thinking: WHAT HAPPENED TO XADARA? Easy. Changed some things out. CMSmadesimple, while good for static pages, etc, honestly did not do what I needed it to for constantly updating, live content.  That is what I always intended the site to have.. constantly updating content. So, I decided yesterday …

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