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Re: Hardware/OS Geek Thread
« Reply #375: October 23, 2009, 09:26:12 PM »
I've got a question for the resident Mac gurus, by the way.  Any way to fullscreen a web browser?  Best I can do is setting the dock to autohide, but that still doesn't get rid of the top menu and I'd prefer not to have the dock autohiding anyway.

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Re: Hardware/OS Geek Thread
« Reply #376: October 23, 2009, 09:27:13 PM »
damn. this OS is fast as hell. I can hardly tell the difference between this computer (1 GB RAM) and my other (4 GB RAM).

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Re: Hardware/OS Geek Thread
« Reply #377: October 23, 2009, 09:35:59 PM »
Exactly my point.  One bootloader, the other, who cares.  I don't multi-boot my portables and when I do, the Linux install is usually only temporary.  It's either 'nix or Windows.  On my desktop I just install to diff drives to simplify matters.  Also helps when I'm screwing with the partitions on one drive - just boot to the other one and do it from there so I can keep using the computer.


Can you tell me how to make Windows bootloader see my 64 bit linux?

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Re: Hardware/OS Geek Thread
« Reply #378: October 23, 2009, 09:56:05 PM »
Can you tell me how to make Windows bootloader see my 64 bit linux?

Not off the top of my head, but mess around with that easybcd tool and see if you can't find something.  If not and if you're not in a rush, I'll figure it out tomorrow...  unless this is a trick question :lol:

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Re: Hardware/OS Geek Thread
« Reply #379: October 23, 2009, 09:57:33 PM »
Not off the top of my head, but mess around with that easybcd tool and see if you can't find something.  If not and if you're not in a rush, I'll figure it out tomorrow...  unless this is a trick question :lol:

Nah, I just always boot from a rescue cd, go to my linux boot partition, and rerun lilo or grub, which sucks and takes like an hour. I've never tried in Windows, but maybe the google will help :lmao:

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Re: Hardware/OS Geek Thread
« Reply #380: October 23, 2009, 09:58:25 PM »
darn. this OS is fast as hell. I can hardly tell the difference between this computer (1 GB RAM) and my other (4 GB RAM).

iTunes is lightning quick - a pleasure. One of my favorite reasons to keep using windows is my slavish loyalty to the official iTunes software.

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« Reply #381: October 23, 2009, 10:01:40 PM »
Nah, I just always boot from a rescue cd, go to my linux boot partition, and rerun lilo or grub, which sucks and takes like an hour. I've never tried in Windows, but maybe the google will help :lmao:

Laugh if you must but where would we all be without Google?  I can barely remember how I did anything before Google anymore.

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Re: Hardware/OS Geek Thread
« Reply #382: October 23, 2009, 10:03:14 PM »
Laugh if you must but where would we all be without Google?  I can barely remember how I did anything before Google anymore.

I was laughing at myself.

So now that I've installed Windows 7 I have an extra 13 GB free. Wow. Plus the window stacking is pretty excellent. Nice.

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Re: Hardware/OS Geek Thread
« Reply #383: October 23, 2009, 10:06:31 PM »
I was laughing at myself.

So now that I've installed Windows 7 I have an extra 13 GB free. Wow. Plus the window stacking is pretty excellent. Nice.

If you never use hibernate (who does anymore?  S3/Sleep/Standby works great) you can free up another 2-4 gigs by running a command prompt as administrator and typing:

powercfg -h off
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Provided you hadn't already disabled it in Vista, of course.

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Re: Hardware/OS Geek Thread
« Reply #384: October 23, 2009, 10:21:00 PM »
I've got a question for the resident Mac gurus, by the way.  Any way to fullscreen a web browser?  Best I can do is setting the dock to autohide, but that still doesn't get rid of the top menu and I'd prefer not to have the dock autohiding anyway.
Unfortunately, most Mac browsers have no way to do a fullscreen view.  Saft used to do it for Safari but it's not supported anymore (and it cost money).

But fear not!  There is a solution.  The free Plainview browser is completely fullscreen (no menubar and no dock at all).  Works pretty well, just hit Command + L to pop up a little Location bar to go to websites.

http://www.barbariangroup.com/software/plainview

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Re: Hardware/OS Geek Thread
« Reply #385: October 23, 2009, 10:27:39 PM »
You have to run Aero to get it - you need at least Premium and reasonable graphics hardware. That's the best feature they stole from Mac :stir:
Except they did it one better ;)

Yep.  Microsoft stole a lot of the concept of their new taskbar from the OS X Dock, and a lot of Aero's window management effects from Expose but they improved it and added Aero Peek to make it a better solution than the Mac's Dock + Expose.  Taskbar + Aero Peek FTW!

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« Reply #386: October 23, 2009, 10:38:27 PM »
Thanks for the link Nathan, works nicely.

PS, I don't know if I'd exactly say they "stole" the idea for the new taskbar.  Do I need to bring out the screenshot of an eerily similar-looking taskbar in Windows 1.0 again? :P

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Re: Hardware/OS Geek Thread
« Reply #387: October 23, 2009, 10:42:15 PM »
Thanks for the link Nathan, works nicely.

PS, I don't know if I'd exactly say they "stole" the idea for the new taskbar.  Do I need to bring out the screenshot of an eerily similar-looking taskbar in Windows 1.0 again? :P

Windows 1.0 was stolen from Xerox :stir:

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Re: Hardware/OS Geek Thread
« Reply #388: October 23, 2009, 10:43:55 PM »
Windows 1.0 was stolen from Xerox :stir:

shrug.  Innovation in computing is shared.  The whole Windows stole from Mac stole from Linux stole from Windows stole from...  so on so on circle jerk is pointless.

Did that hibernation trick get you any space back?

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Re: Hardware/OS Geek Thread
« Reply #389: October 23, 2009, 10:44:47 PM »
PS, I don't know if I'd exactly say they "stole" the idea for the new taskbar.  Do I need to bring out the screenshot of an eerily similar-looking taskbar in Windows 1.0 again? :P
Whatever.  In any case, OS X had been actively using the concepts for a while, and now Microsoft has improved the concept.  I mean I'm praising Windows for something and you still have to bash me.


















:razz: :lol:

I would like to see the Windows 1.0 screenies though, I actually haven't seen anything of Windows 1.0 or 2.0, my first intro to Windows was 3.1

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Re: Hardware/OS Geek Thread
« Reply #390: October 23, 2009, 10:45:26 PM »
shrug.  Innovation in computing is shared.  The whole Windows stole from Mac stole from Linux stole from Windows stole from...  so on so on circle jerk is pointless.

Did that hibernation trick get you any space back?

I use hibernate constantly. I get my 750 windows and my work programs half-run and I don't want to reboot. Yeah, I know :lol: I really loved Vista because it's hibernation PWNED XP. My old linux distros hibernated better than XP.

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Re: Hardware/OS Geek Thread
« Reply #391: October 23, 2009, 10:53:19 PM »
I use hibernate constantly. I get my 750 windows and my work programs half-run and I don't want to reboot. Yeah, I know :lol: I really loved Vista because it's hibernation PWNED XP. My old linux distros hibernated better than XP.

Wow, I didn't know they still made your model :P

But if you're really running that much stuff, I can understand not wanting to use STR.

Whatever.  In any case, OS X had been actively using the concepts for a while, and now Microsoft has improved the concept.  I mean I'm praising Windows for something and you still have to bash me.
:razz: :lol:

I would like to see the Windows 1.0 screenies though, I actually haven't seen anything of Windows 1.0 or 2.0, my first intro to Windows was 3.1

I'll dig em up.  I never personally used Windows 1 either, btw :lol:

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Re: Hardware/OS Geek Thread
« Reply #392: October 24, 2009, 12:02:35 AM »
It took 4.5 hours but I finished installing 7, transferring my documents/pics/songs over, re-installing programs, and configuring the settings. Not bad at all. 


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Re: Hardware/OS Geek Thread
« Reply #393: October 24, 2009, 01:04:45 AM »
TechNet subscription purchased.  The best deal I could find was 25% so it was about $277 after tax.

I'm downloading Windows 7 Ultimate x64 right now.  There are a LOT of versions to choose from.  Starter, Basic, Ultimate, Professional, Home Premium, and Enterprise, and most have both an x86 and an x64 version PLUS most of them have "N" versions, whatever the hell that is.

I was trying to figure out if I had MSDNAA, but finally I figured screw it and went ahead and bought TechNet.

BTW, Chief, what kind of MacBook do you have?  Pro?  What are the specs?  Command - Space, type "sys" and it should be on System Profiler and you can hit enter to open it.

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Re: Hardware/OS Geek Thread
« Reply #394: October 24, 2009, 01:06:41 AM »
It took 4.5 hours but I finished installing 7, transferring my documents/pics/songs over, re-installing programs, and configuring the settings. Not bad at all. 

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Re: Hardware/OS Geek Thread
« Reply #395: October 24, 2009, 01:15:14 AM »
VMWare Workstation

only have a license for it for 1 year through school.

we need it for my one class where we are doing virtual everything (web servers, ftp servers, voip servers, mail servers, database severs, firewalls, workstations, etc.).

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« Reply #396: October 24, 2009, 01:19:43 AM »
VMWare Workstation

only have a license for it for 1 year through school.

we need it for my one class where we are doing virtual everything (web servers, ftp servers, voip servers, mail servers, database severs, firewalls, workstations, etc.).
I thought it looked similar to the icon for VMware Fusion for the Mac.

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Re: Hardware/OS Geek Thread
« Reply #397: October 24, 2009, 01:29:02 AM »
On the topic of Windows 7, anyone see the promo Burger King has in Japan?  The 7 layer Whopper!  ¥777 :lol:



http://www.engadget.com/2009/10/22/burger-king-selling-a-windows-7-whopper-in-japan/

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Re: Hardware/OS Geek Thread
« Reply #398: October 24, 2009, 08:46:42 AM »
Ok so I should carry 3 or 4 HD's with my laptop?




Only 3, though, and each has its own tray, so it's only about a 15-20 second swap.

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Re: Hardware/OS Geek Thread
« Reply #399: October 24, 2009, 10:38:45 AM »
Alright so I was off by .01...  did we decide if that makes it a different OS or not? ;)

http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/archive/2008/11/20/happy-anniversary-windows-on-the-evolution-of-the-taskbar.aspx



BTW, Chief, what kind of MacBook do you have?  Pro?  What are the specs?  Command - Space, type "sys" and it should be on System Profiler and you can hit enter to open it.




It's just a regular macbook, not mine, checked it out from work forever ago and forgot about it for a long time because the battery was defective.  Got that replaced about 6 months ago and promptly forgot about it again until I sold my Compaq notebook (while it was still worth something) and found myself wishing I had a portable when I remembered the macbook.

On the topic of Windows 7, anyone see the promo Burger King has in Japan?  The 7 layer Whopper!  ¥777 :lol:

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2009/10/22ng560734059.jpg

http://www.engadget.com/2009/10/22/burger-king-selling-a-windows-7-whopper-in-japan/


I did see that, it was making the rounds on launch day.  But the 777 price was only for the first 777 customers ;)  I think it was 1400-something after that (about $15 :shock: )

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Only 3, though, and each has its own tray, so it's only about a 15-20 second swap.


Haha, somehow that doesn't surprise me.  What kind of laptop do you have that has a hot-swap bay?

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An assload of useful Windows 7 hints, tips, and tweaks for anyone interested:

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The bumper list of Windows 7 secrets:

http://blogs.msdn.com/tims/archive/2009/01/12/the-bumper-list-of-windows-7-secrets.aspx

There will be a quiz later  :razz: ;)