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Computer Stupidities

Computer Stupidities

worthless information about your worthless mouse Your mouse's polling rate determines how often it sends data to your operating system. All mouse movements (counts) and button presses must wait in the mouse until windows polls for them. By default, windows will poll a usb mouse every 8 milliseconds (125hz). You can increase the frequency of polling with a number of programs/drivers/registry fixes. All this does is reduce the delay of sending the mouse data to the operating system. This has no effect on your sensitivity, but it will increase cpu usage. For example, say you are using a polling rate of 500hz (2ms). check your polling rate: mouse movement recordermouserate checkerdirect input mouse rate change your polling rate: hidusbf - windows xphidusbf - windows vista/7 (requires slightly more effort) If you decide to increase your polling rate, make sure your mouse can consistently provide updates at the increased frequency. In the second screenshot of the mx518 @ 1000hz, we don't see as good of a performance.

The 10 funniest YouTube help desk videos News By Heather Havenstein October 2, 2007 12:00 PM ET Computerworld - The conflict between help desk workers and end users is as old – or perhaps older – than green screens. IT help desks face constant frustration by having to regularly deal with issues like forgotten passwords and unplugged computers. On the other side, end users often perceive these exasperated help desk workers as unresponsive and dismissive of their problems. With some surveys showing that 20% of all help desk calls are password issues, one can understand the wrath that a technician may lob toward an unsuspecting user. Ah, but the help desk battles do make for some hilarious YouTube fodder. In our list of the 10 funniest help desk YouTube videos, the help desk grapples with befuddled users both in the U.S. and India and in a galaxy far, far away. 1. 2. 3.

 ShieldsUP! — Internet Vulnerability Profiling Your Internet connection's IP address is uniquely associated with the following "machine name": The string of text above is known as your Internet connection's "reverse DNS." The end of the string is probably a domain name related to your ISP. This will be common to all customers of this ISP. But the beginning of the string uniquely identifies your Internet connection. The concern is that any web site can easily retrieve this unique "machine name" (just as we have) whenever you visit. If the machine name shown above is only a version of the IP address, then there is less cause for concern because the name will change as, when, and if your Internet IP changes. There is no standard governing the format of these machine names, so this is not something we can automatically determine for you. Just something to keep in mind as you wander the Internet.

Murphy Laws Site - The origin and laws of Murphy in one place. Chromium Notes: The story of Iron Update from 2013: this post was written in 2009. While the statements it made about Chrome were true then, Chrome today is a much different project. Iron claims to be a "privacy-oriented" fork of Chrome, which removes a bunch of pieces that the Iron author claims are privacy invasive. In the abstract this is a thing I'd support -- nothing like some publicity to put pressure on the project to be more careful about user privacy -- but when you look at the details it kinda falls down. Right when we first came out our IRC channel was flooded with hundreds of curious people, and for posterity's sake I logged it. (For context, I am "evmar" in that log, and the usernames with a + before their names are Chrome developers.) Furthermore, the "URL tracking" mentioned both on IRC and on the Iron website refers to the GoogleURLTracker class. The header plainly says as much, and also: So where does that leave users?

Not Always Right | Funny & Stupid Customer Quotes Android Rice /g/uide So, if Android is so modular, why do we need to run a special version of it? The answer lies in just how open Android really is. Android allows OEMs (Phone manufacturers like HTC and Samsung) to personalize it to their own taste, and in most situations, these OEMs lock down the experience to what they want it to be like. Because of this, many community developers band together and create special ROMs (usually referring to an entire picture of an operating system that gets saved to a special area called Read-Only Memory, where they get their name from), which are basically custom versions of Google's AOSP code. They create drivers for phones so that these ROMs can run on these phones, and teach users how to install them. In order to install a custom ROM, you'll need to usually first root your phone (obtain administrative access), and then install a custom recovery (a special small OS that allows you to install and manage new ones).

Downloads / SATA & SAS / WD RE2-GP Downloads Support by Country RE2GP Idle Mode Update Utility Description This firmware modifies the behavior of the drive to wait longer before positioning the heads in their park position and turning off unnecessary electronics. CAUTION: Do not attempt to run this software on any hard drives other than what is listed above. Supported Operating Systems PC Compatible Computer (DOS) Instructions Important: Please ensure that any important data is backed up from the hard drive and that the drive is removed from the RAID array (the array is offline) before updating the firmware. Note: If you are having issues updating the firmware of a drive connected to a PCI Serial ATA controller or Serial ATA RAID controller, please install the drive into a system with Serial ATA connections directly on the motherboard (Onboard Serial ATA controller) and try again.

List of Printers Which Do or Do Not Display Tracking Dots Introduction This is a list in progress of color laser printer models that do or do not print yellow tracking dots on their output. We are in the process of trying to interpret the information conveyed by these dots as part of our Machine Identification Code Technology Project. Limitations of this information A "no" simply means that we couldn't see yellow dots; it does not prove that there is no forensic watermarking present. A "yes" simply means that we (or another source, as noted) saw yellow dots that appeared anomalous to us. Sources of information We have employed three sources of information. Thanks to our friends at software firms and symphonies, public schools and physics labs, semiconductor fabs and ice cream parlors, in about a dozen countries around the world. Table of printers

VPNs: Is it OK to Monitor ‘Bad’ Users on Ethical Grounds? When signing up to a VPN provider many users hope that they can use those services in complete privacy, free from the prying eyes of their ISP, aggressive governments and commercially motivated corporations. There are many different VPN providers to choose from and endless configuration, pricing and location issues to consider. Those aside, current attitudes suggest that going with one that claims a zero logging policy, where it’s impossible to link any activity with a particular user, is a good starting point for a selection. is one such provider, but last weekend the company openly announced that it would install the Wireshark network monitoring tool on one of its servers in order to identify an individual who had been accused of harassing someone’s daughter. We contacted for comment and it soon become clear that they were unhappy with our general position that monitoring a user without a court order isn’t something that a VPN service should engage in. “Of course.

Can You Trust Your VPN Provider…? The privacy of Internet users has become an extremely hot topic this year, largely thanks to the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden. As a result many people have turned to VPNs in the hope of making their online browsing habits harder to track. While this appears to be a logical move, many people forget to ask themselves a crucial question. Can VPN providers be trusted? Roughly a year ago a new VPN provider entered the market with a rather generous offer. The company offered free VPN connections for all, no strings attached. While a free VPN does indeed sound like a good offer, it was surprising to see how easily people were prepared to hook up to the servers of a totally unknown company. Did all these new users really trust this “unknown” company with all their traffic? The above example is not limited to free or new VPN providers. So how do you know if you can trust your provider? The honest answer is that you don’t.

VPN Services That Take Your Anonymity Seriously, 2013 Edition Prompted by a high-profile case of an individual using an ‘anonymous’ VPN service that turned out to offer less than expected protection, TorrentFreak decided to ask a selection of VPN services some tough questions. With our findings we compiled a report of VPN providers that due to their setup were unable to link their outbound IP addresses with user accounts. Ever since we have received countless emails demanding an update. Update: New 2014 update is out. It’s taken a long time but today we bring the first installment in a series of posts highlighting VPN services that take privacy seriously. We tried to ask direct questions that left VPN service providers with little room for maneuver. This year we also asked more questions, which are as follows: 1. 2. 3. 4. The list of VPN providers is a tiny sample of the thousands out there today and is not comprehensive by any means. Private Internet Access 1. 2. 3. 4. Private Internet Access website BTGuard 1. 2. 3. 4. BTguard website (with discounts)