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The Upcoming Windows 8.1 Apocalypse

jtdennis Re:Apocalypse, Really? (293 comments)

you obviously don't remember XP SP2 and SP3, both of which were very painful updates for many.

about 6 months ago
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Xbox Second Screen Announced

jtdennis Re:Allready copying Nintendo (125 comments)

and the Dreamcast ran Windows CE, so it could be said that MS was the innovator originally.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Computer Test Lab Set-Up For Home?

jtdennis Re:Virtualize (142 comments)

ESXi is free for a basic featureset. For a low budget, I'd recommend it over Workstation which isn't free. If you're working on the same box as your VM host, then maybe Virtualbox would work for a free solution.

about 3 years ago
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San Francisco Opening Computer & Video Game Museum

jtdennis St. Louis video game museum (56 comments)

St. Louis used to have a video game museum, but i think it went out of business years ago. I remember finding it on a trip when I was 10 or 11 and thinking it was the best thing in the world.

more than 3 years ago
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Judge Declares Mistrial Because of Wikipedia

jtdennis Re:Personally... (558 comments)

Jurors are supposed to ask the Judge if they are unclear on a definition or term used. The Judge will decide what outside information is acceptable. This was a mistrial because the Juror went out on her own to find the information rather than through the proper channels.

more than 3 years ago
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House Passes TV Commercial Volume Bill

jtdennis Re:Doh (408 comments)

Tivo has collected this information, which you can opt out of, for a while. Some information about his is in their privacy policy (search it for "Anonymous Viewing Information"). I believe they combine the data per zip code and use it for their "Stop Watch" service. More information here

more than 3 years ago
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Adobe Launches Sandboxed Reader X

jtdennis Re:Adobe Reader, now even slower! (201 comments)

Ninite is awesome. Makes rebuilding a Windows system from scratch a lot easier than it used to be.

more than 3 years ago
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Has Christopher Nolan Turned the 3D Argument?

jtdennis Re:Let's face it (381 comments)

I'm one of the people that get headaches trying to watch this current run of 3D tech. Until we get actual 3D holographic projections, you can count me out.

more than 3 years ago
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Recommendations For Home Virtualization?

jtdennis Re:VitrtuaBox (384 comments)

I use ESXi on a box at home to host about 6 VMs. the base OS is about 70MB so it's got a tiny footprint on the server and most of the resources go to the VMs. For a dedicated box it's a great solution. For running VMs on a computer that's doing more than that VirtualBox is great.

about 4 years ago
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Recommendations For Home Virtualization?

jtdennis Re:One acronym: KVM (384 comments)

it's actually the full ESXi that's free now with the basic features. If you want things like clustering you can pay to enable those features.

about 4 years ago
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Apple Deprecates Their JVM

jtdennis Re:So they are dropping another tech (451 comments)

this is good for the end user IMO. I remember sometime over the last year Apple was bit with a security hole by including an older version of Flash in an update. Their Java version also usually lags behind the current releases. By not including both the end user will be able to update them more frequently or not have them installed at all if they don't use it. I can see people that don't have a need for Java at all.

about 4 years ago
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Apple Announces iLife '11, FaceTime Mac, Lion, Mac App Store, MacBook Air

jtdennis Re:Is there really a market for this? (827 comments)

3D is getting better. I've been playing Battlefield 1942 in VMWare Fusion on my 2008 Macbook Pro and it's surprisingly playable. Granted it's an older game, but it still impressed me.

about 4 years ago
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Dell Selling Faulty PCs

jtdennis Re:Yep (484 comments)

I remember the same issue, but when the problem first started their support didn't know what was going on. After the problem was more well known, we had the same quick service that you stated. That was a big headache for us as I worked at an all-dell school at the time and we had a huge number of affected computers.

more than 4 years ago
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BIOS Will Be Dead In Three Years

jtdennis Re:A GUI for the motherboard? (532 comments)

WinPE used to be a standalone product, but I think it was legal when it was released of Windows Vista, but definitely with 7.

more than 4 years ago
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BIOS Will Be Dead In Three Years

jtdennis Re:A GUI for the motherboard? (532 comments)

Ghost also runs in the WinPE boot environment without any problems. WinPE should boot off EFI based systems without a problem as it's used in the Vista and 7 boot DVDs. Just run Ghost32.exe from within WinPE and use Ghost like you always have.

more than 4 years ago
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Comcast Disables VCR Scheduling In New Guide

jtdennis Re:Numbers are off (554 comments)

you'd need one multi-stream CableCard plus the monthly subscription unless you buy lifetime service for the TiVo. It's pricy, but spread out over the life of the TiVo works out to be the best deal. I wish I had done it with my Series 1 TiVo that I got in 2000. It's still kicking, but I still have to pay monthly.
The pricing for Comcast works out to be $2.00/month per CableCard, but I think the first one is free. TiVo's monthly fee is $12.95 for the first box and $6.95 for each additional box.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft's CoApp To Help OSS Development, Deployment

jtdennis Re:I'll follow them here too. :D (293 comments)

I'm a Windows admin that's also comfortable in the Linux world, and work with someone that doesn't have Linux experience. I can tell you from experience that I am much more comfortable diving into config files trying to get something to work than he is.
Many people with primarily a Windows background expect config to be done via the UI and not via text files as many OSS projects are. I believe that this is what he was implying.

more than 4 years ago
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Oracle/Sun Enforces Pay-For-Security-Updates Plan

jtdennis Re:That's a nice server you got there (238 comments)

Microsoft releases security updates to all of its currently supported OSes, even if they don't pass the activation process. The mindset is that even if it's a pirated version, security vulnerabilities can harm everyone if left unpatched. They don't allow pirated versions to get non-security updates.
Oracle should take a similar stance, with free security updates to your current version but anything above that should require some sort of support contract.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Secretly Beheads Notorious Waledac Botnet

jtdennis Re:"East European" (381 comments)

This can also be started manually by running "MRT.exe" from the run prompt. The month of the update is in the title bar, so it's easy to tell if you're current or not.

more than 4 years ago

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