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What Do You Hate About Computers?

Over on Lockergnome, there’s an interesting discussion going on where we’re discussing things we hate about our computers. We spend a lot of time talking about the things we love: our processors, RAM and video cards. What about those things your machine does which make you want to smash it to bits? What’s the last “thing” your computer did to drive you crazy?

Many of the answers given by the community were ones you might expect. However, some of them touched on things I hadn’t thought of yet.

  • What i don’t like about computers is when the hard drive randomly starts reading constantly for no apparent reason.
  • What I hate about computers?… Well Computers are like Drivers Licenes… Some people are just meant not to have one, the world is just safer that way.
  • Trends in computer related technology seem to take the technology to new heights of obscurity. For example, the pentium 4 architecture (where speed was focused on ahead of multitasking), solid state drives (where speed is being focused on ahead of the ability to defragment and progress in RAM which is even faster), USB (a restrictive form of the old serial interface) and the new C standard.
  • I hate when the computer slows down due to something running in the background you didn’t know was there.
  • Hardware at the mercy of poorly written software.
  • There are to many acronyms to learn!

What about you? What do you hate about computers?

How to Use Windows XP on a New PC


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One of the callers during our live stream the other night was asking about new hardware. He wants to put Windows XP on a newer machine but keeps receiving a BSOD every time he tries. He prefers XP over Windows 7 when it comes to customization. The modern hardware he’s trying to use just doesn’t want to use an operating system that is older and slower.

Using Windows XP may work inside of a virtual machine may be a good solution. You can use the free VirtualBox, or ask me for a coupon for either VMWare or Parallels. Any of those solutions should work. Load up Windows 7 as your primary operating system, and then throw a virtual machine onto it. Place Windows XP onto the VM and bam! You should be in business.

What other workarounds do you know of? If someone insists on using an older operating system on newer hardware, what options are available to them?

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Are You Addicted to the Internet?

There was an interesting post over on Lockergnome today, asking whether you are addicted to the Internet. There’s even a link to a quiz so that you can find out if you are!

I could sit here and crack jokes about how addicted I am to the Internet. In reality, though, it’s not a laughing matter. There is a tremendous difference between spending a lot of time doing what you love – and being utterly and helplessly addicted to it. Internet addiction is a reality, and it’s growing at an alarming rate. People who are addicted to the web are becoming obsessed with what they do there to the point that they ignore their “real” life, their responsibilities, and often their health. Marriages have broken up due to this. People have lost jobs due to this. Kids have been suspended from school because of this. It’s scary, and it’s real.

So, I ask you – are YOU addicted to the Internet? Have you taken the quiz, and read your results? When and where do you draw the line between having fun, and tumbling into an addiction? I’m interested in hearing your thoughts.

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What Toy Would You Want for Christmas?

I admitted in a video earlier today that I still enjoy playing with LEGO Bricks. I also apparently still like the Lite Brite!

There’s nothing wrong with occasionally letting your inner child come out to play when you’re a grown-up. I personally think it can help keep you sane and stress-free if you let your hair down once in awhile, and take the time to remember what it’s like to play. What do you do during occasions like these? Do you indulge yourself with crayons? Do you prefer to duke it out with action figures?

What toys do your inner child still love to play with?

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Can a Company Take Social Networking too Far?

Word on the street is that Best Buy is now requiring applicants to not only be on Twitter – but to have at least 250 followers, as well. When I read this, my mouth hit the floor. In effect, the company thinks that hiring people with a large Twitter following will garner more business for them. How ludicrous is this? It’s not up to an employee to send out tweets and bring in business to a company like Best Buy. For one thing, what if a person chooses not to have that many followers? Not everyone is on Twitter to see if they can win the race for having the most followers. Some people actually use it only to follow interesting people and entities themselves, not caring whether others follow them back. Some of those same people never even update their own timeline. They choose, instead, to simply use Twitter to read the latest news, and keep up with what’s hot in the marketplace.

I cannot begin to understand why a company would – or can even be allowed to – require something like this. If a person’s job were going to be something along the lines of “Social Media Director”, I might be able to see the need for the applicant to already have some sort of following, establishing them as “social media savvy”. Beyond that – I’m just lost.

What are your thoughts? Is this going to become an eerie new trend in the job hunting process? Do you feel that this is just totally off the wall? Let’s hear your thoughts!

When’s the Last Time You had a BSOD?

If you’ve used Windows, you’ve likely had to deal with at least one Blue Screen of Death. It’s frustrating, to say the least. Some people are lucky, and have never even had one… while others aren’t as fortunate, and get them on a regular basis.

I have some sort of issue with Windows Vista and nVIDIA graphics drivers, so have seen blue screen fairly recent and fairly regularly. 🙁 Even with the new drivers this week I still get the problem! – Kol Tregaskes

about 6 years ago. even with my current computer problems, i never got the blue screen. – Anika Malone

A couple of weeks ago with Vista. – Chris W

iTunes crashed Vista a few days ago. Need to upgrade it to the fixed version of iTunes 8. Other than that, never. – Roberto Bonini

Years. – Soulhuntre

I can crash XP any time. Just leave my phone plugged into the USB port when I hibernate Windows and it’ll crash when I unhibernate it. – Morton Fox

I havent had it for a LOOOOOOONG time – Chacha

Vista runs great for me. I had an issue once where I thought Vista and flash video weren’t getting along causing serious lag. I figured out that my video card was over heating and once i cleaned out the dust it was all good. (I’m on a laptop). – Jason Shultz

This afternoon. Seriously. Running win XP sp3. Dunno why but get these quite often lately. – Tobias Verhoog

Have you ever had a BSOD? Do you know what caused it?

You Just Can't Escape Windows

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I really don’t mind the Mac. Then again, I didn’t mind Windows XP, either. I did, however, mind Windows Vista. I’ve shared my reasons over and over. I now have no Vista machines in my home…

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Macs Never Crash… EVER!

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I have been loving Mac OS X Leopard since I began using it. I know a lot of people were upset when I switched to Mac. I don’t know what it is, but the Mac just gives you an incredible feeling of warmth. You bond emotionally with my machine! It just works so wonderfully. I’ve never had issues, not like I did with Windows. BSODs are a thing of the…

WTH is that? COME ON you can’t be serious!?!?!

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