Saturday, August 23, 2008
Last week I got a computer to install XP on it. But the XP CD was missing. I had only the box with the CD key. Eventhough I had XP Home OEM versions I could not use them since they do not accept retail version keys. I had to dig a little deep to find a way to install that. And finally it worked.
It is a very easy edit, yet not something that is guaranteed to work.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
So, after all, I had the 4 most popular web browsers asking "Do you like to make ......... your default browser?" all the time! So which one am I going to choose????
The user expects a several things from a browser.
- Accurate display (you dont want everything to be a mess, with half lines and overlapping..etc)
- Low resource usage.
- Features (everything from tabbed browsing to IM and IRC support)
- Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP2 32bit(I have installed some critical updates but not all)
- Intel Core2Quad Q6700 (2.66GHz)
- 2GB DDR2 @ 667MHz
- Maxtor 320GB SATAII 16MB cache
- 8800GTS 512MB GDDR3
Yes, It is surprising, And that is something that steve jobs worshipers can brag for years saying "Steve jobs said that, apples are superior because Safari is from apple". Well Safari really do kick butt here...! Or does it???
I had to digg a little bit to find the truth. These tests are based on documents onLoad() event that occurs after completely displaying a web page. So the page calculates the time between start and onLoad() event and takes that as the time to display the whole page. But what Safari does, is trigger the onLoad event as soon as it starts displaying. So actually, it will still keep loading the page even after the onLoad event. OH!!!!!! is apple cheating???? well, it is half true. Because steve jobs publicly benchmarked IE and Safari based on this method and said Safari "rules" (not exactly his words :D) but they knew that is not true(Safari is faster than IE but not from a big margin as benchmarks say). In the other hand, safari actually uses a different approach for rendering so there is nothing wrong with firing onLoad event early (You can read the full article about safari and bechmarking here).
Here, the clear winner is Firefox 3 (Release candidate 1). New Safari and Opera comes close leaving Microsoft to re-walk their new to-be-released Internet Explorer 8(beta 1). And if you are using either IE7 or IE6, yes, bang your head on the wall and download another browser before you read the next!!!!!
Yes, this is the part that Internet Explorer sucks by all means. It is the Acid3 standards compliance test. This talks about accuracy of a browser (that's my opinion. Some might say Microsoft can do whatever they want because they have the biggest market share, here's my answer). It test how good the browser handle web pages according to web standards. When you open a web page, If you see scattered borders or gibberish text, that is because the browsers does not comply with web standards 100%.
And if you are not familiar with ACID3, it is a test where the browser is given specific instructions and see how many of them, can the browser handle correctly. The tests are divided into 6 areas and are shown with 6 boxes. ACID3 is written extensively hard that actually no web browser has passed the test yet.(Some browsers has got internal versions -Opera, IE8, Safari- that gets 100% but does not pass the smoothness test.) You can read more about ACID3 here and test your browser here.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
So lets just see what I found
Note : if you have any more data, please submit as a comment. It will really help anyone reading this. Specially if you have a benchmarking result
Higher numbers means better performance.
The chart shows the differences between the speeds very clearly. The tiny sandisk lagging far behind can be explained because it is made to be small, rather than to be fast. And the corsair survivor has a huge 32GB capasity, but does not offer as much speed. And the corsair 2GB voyager falls in the middle whereas it's 4GB version leads the competition. My flash drive, Patriot XT, has the best burst transfer rate, but as a brand, Corsair, Lexar, Kingston and Sandisk can be said better.
And if you take a look at the seek times,
lower times are better
Well, the differences are suppressed by the Sandisk cruzer mini, which has a ridiculous access time.
And the CPU usage heavily depend on the CPU and memory
The patriot leads because I have a quad core processor.
So here is my HDTunes screen capture,
Patriot Xporter XT 4GB
You can view the spread sheet here,
you also can submit your data.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Lenovo Thinkpad Y510 - 500$
INtel QX6850 - 240$
Intel QX6700 - 200$
Friday, May 2, 2008
So, this is the trailer of the movie..
Sunday, April 27, 2008
|Product:||Diamond Radeon HD 3870 1GB|
|Date:||Fri, Apr 25, 2008 - 12:00 PM|
|Written By:||Nathan Kirsch - firstname.lastname@example.org|
This past Tuesday we did an article on the Diamond Viper Radeon HD 3870 1GB video card and it turns out some of the details in that article were incorrect. When the Diamond Multimedia launched the first 1GB ATI Radeon HD 3870 graphics card they had the memory interface incorrectly labeled as 512-bit. One of our sharp eyed readers that purchased the card caught the mistake and let us know about it. We looked around the internet and found that Diamond and every retailer selling the card has the memory interface listed at 512-bit....
Wow, that was a really large scale mis-advertising..! I wonder what would the people who bought that card would do....!!! Gud luk for DIOMOND
Monday, February 18, 2008
Well, as everybody says, Microsoft has the best marketing people and the worst Software Engineers!!!
Having being extensively beaten by the restarts, error reports, immediate shutdowns, BSoDs, and definitely, by frequent hangs, I have always hated Microsoft; Yet, I still believed MS to be a reliable company when it came to original SW(non-pirated SW - yeah in Sri Lanka we never use originals :)) But thanks to Intel (Hate'em too though!!), I was able to get the original OEM version of windows Vista HP and tried it out.
Ok I really thought it to be reliable for some reason. But here goes the same old story again,
NO CONTROL PANEL,
DON'T SHOW MY PRINTER,
TAKES 5mins TO RECOGNIZE OTHER COMPUTERS IN THE NETWORK(well my computer is fast enough)
EATS UP FREAKIN 500M OF RAM,
SECRET UPDATES (TURN OFF THE AUTOMATIC UPDATES, BUT THEY WILL UPDATE YOUR FILES ANYWAY)
AND NEVER-ENDING HANGS (Not to mension the incompatibility with many Software an Hardware)
And yet, they want me to activate and post them my information !!!!
And the worst thing is, since all the desktop manufacturers bundle their computers now with Vista, the poor consumers are left with no option but to get used to the MS's messy OS style.
Yeah, You're right it's OUTRAGE and no one can blame our using pirated copies!!!!! :D