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Thread #59388   Message #948848
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
08-May-03 - 03:54 PM
Thread Name: BS: Spam and Porn - how to get rid of it?
Subject: RE: BS: Spam and Porn - how to get rid of it?

My HP Pavilion came with ME installed, and a set of three CDs for reinstalling if it becomes corrupt. It's mostly an all-or nothing fix, you can't take parts of the disks, you have to use all of them in sequence.

I work at home a lot and ME sucks as far as being a reliable operating system for big files and more sophisticated programs. It kept crashing with FrontPage and PhotoDraw (yeah, I know, they suck too, but that's what the university provides). I set up a dual platform and bought academic disks ($25 for the MS Office2000 Premium) and installed it in the new Win2000Pro platform. It's identical to what I use at work.

The DVD movie-playing and CD-burner functionality are tied in with the ME side of my dual platform. Win2000 was never meant for gaming, ME was, and it has a few better resident games. It seems silly to buy software to operate stuff from the Win2000 side when I can already do it from the ME side.

Gets confusing, doesn't it?

The USB cord I bought is about 18 inches long, and has a little 4-slot USB hub that now sits on the top of my computer. Real cute little thing.

Good idea about the external hard drive. Those little thumb drives are just a cute device the size of a keychain gadget, and while they probably do have a lot of functionality for someone carrying stuff back and forth between the same computers (they do come with software to install and there is a pssword involved) they get pretty expensive when compared to a zip disk that will carry as much or more and doesn't need anything extra once it is installed. I opted for the small zip drive.

Liz, if you've ever looked under the hood of your computer, you'll note that it's mostly empty in there. The hardware doesn't take up much space. But keeping it cool enough is real important, and some of these computers can have several fans all running at once. Airflow is important, and if you cut a new hole in the case, you can subvert what the designers had in mind as far as cooking cooling the stuff inside. I lost a good (read "expensive") modem when the power supply fan stopped working. It overheated and died. I use a DSL external modem now.