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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Sep 21 2011

Public Wifi Encryption?

So, as I post this blog, I am down the street from my house, at a Subway restaurant. Now, there is a Dunkin Doughnuts 2 doors down that advertises free Wifi. Well, turns out their access point is secured with a WEP key.. which is all to common here in Memphis. Free wifi requires you …

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