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About eksimba

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  • Birthday 12/11/1970

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    My family (Wife, 11 yr-old son, 9 yr-old son), computers and technology (of course), SciFi/Fantasy novels, movies, music, politics.
  1. Correct me if I'm reading this incorrectly, but it appears to me that the proposed legislation merely mandates that all software enforce DRM, not that all software must use DRM. Don't we already have the same kind of legislation in the U.S. (DMCA)? All (legal) software here in the U.S. already must enforce DRM, and we are already disallowed from trying to circumvent it, right? How does that outlaw open source software?Don't get me wrong; I'm not saying I agree with the proposed legislation... I haven't even read it. I just think the blog entry linked to is a little misleading with its use of terms, based on the news article it links to.
  2. You could also explore ditching PowerPoint altogether, by using something like John Haller's Portable OpenOffice...If it works for you, you could just use a USB drive to carry your presentation and OpenOffice to the presentation computer, and give the slideshow using Impress instead of PowerPoint. No need for importing/exporting at all...Anyway, just a thought.
  3. You can also change Word's "autocorrect" options to stop automatically creating hyperlinks for email addresses and URLs. This will leave them as plain text.
  4. I found this on the AVG site:"Does AVG7 include the command-line scanner?You can use the AVGSCAN.EXE file for these purposes. It has to be run with parameters, so if you want to scan your C:\ drive, you have to run this command-line scan in the following format: AVGSCAN.EXE C: /parameters.If you want to scan a specific file/directory, you have to replace the C: path by specific path. The list of possible parameter you can get by the AVGSCAN.EXE /? command."Looks like that will work for you.
  5. Did anybody read about this yesterday? It appears that Microsoft is about to launch the beta of its new "comprehensive" pc security service.It'll include antivirus, a two-way firewall, antispyware, backup/restore, and periodic maintenance routines (like defrag). According to MS:"Windows OneCare is built specifically for people who don't have the time or technical expertise necessary to secure and manage a computer on a daily basis. It is a comprehensive PC health service that goes beyond security to take an integrated approach to help protect and care for your computer."Details at: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/onecare/default.mspxPress release at: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2...wsOneCarePR.aspI didn't notice any mention of pricing....
  6. The way I do it is:1. Highlight and delete all of the empty rows2. Highlight and delete all of the empty columns3. Save the fileThe new "end" cell won't reset until you actually save the file. Usually you get some visual clue that the save trimmed the extra rows because the vertical scrollbar will change size and position.
  7. In my own, admittedly non-expert tests, I have found that wma files sound a bit better than mp3 files at the same rate of compression. So, I started my music library using wma files...However, I quickly tired of finding instances where I couldn't play wma files (using the "Home Media Option" of my TiVo, for instance), so I abandoned wma files in favor of mp3 files, which will play in virtually anything. I rip at 192kb/s and have never found the sound quality lacking.I have been steadily filling up my 40GB mp3 player, but I've still got about 40% free space after about 3,000 tracks and I'm wondering if I'll ever fill up the rest. I don't think (for me anyway) that the incremental space gains that wma files give me is an issue. Portability is a much more important issue, and mp3 wins that consideration hands down.
  8. I've used PDFCreator (free, http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/) with success, including a Visio file or two.
  9. Gmail is a web-based email system, so it is best compared to Yahoo! mail or Hotmail. It's not a desktop email client like OE or Thunderbird. The basic pros and cons of webmail versus rich-client will apply when comparing Gmail to OE or Thunderbird. Otherwise, it's the ol' apples and oranges thing.
  10. I just read an article on ZDNet News: The full article can be found at:http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-5653794.htmlSounds pretty interesting, especially as a feature of a web-based email system. Google is really trying hard to bring more users into its gmail service, ain't it?
  11. I simply meant the 'no index' metatag, which google does use:"Another standard which is more convenient for page-by-page use involves adding a <META> tag to an HTML page to tell robots not to index the page or not to follow the links it contains. This standard is described at http://www.robotstxt.org/wc/exclusion.html. "The robots.txt file will work site-wide, the meta tags for specific pages.
  12. I'd think you could accomplish that in a combination of ways... If you want it truly private, I'm sure that the forum software will allow you to make the forums available to "members only", so that you have to have a member account to view the topics. That would keep the search engines (and any other non-member) from seeing the content.Also, you could disallow search robots from indexing certain areas of your site by excluding those directories altogether using robots.txt and/or meta tags. Details at:http://www.robotstxt.org/wc/exclusion.htmlandhttp://www.google.com/webmasters/faq.html#nocrawl
  13. I didn't come away feeling that he was slamming Firefox, but rather the idea that "if you just use Firefox and avoid Internet Explorer you'll be safe." I hear that advice all the time, and it's not as simple as that.The person who will fall for the "click here to install this software" trick in IE will most likely fall for this trick, too, using IE or not. It's the behavior which needs to be changed, not simply the software, to keep safe on the Internet.That being said, I agree that if IE wasn't so vulnerable to this stuff it wouldn't be such a big issue.
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