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Andr0id
12-11-2005, 07:28 PM
Tips from Old Internet Geeks.

I'm an old internet computer geek (everyday from 1995)
and I would like to start this thread about really good honest general everyday PC tips.

Feel free to share your good old important useful everyday tips.


1. After mouse selecting text...
(There is a 'Tab' 'Tab' non-mouse way to select text too)

Keyboard Key 'Crtl' 'c' together = copy text. 'Crtl' 'v' together = paste text.
(Very handy for passwords, etc)


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Disclaimer:
I will contribute more tips :thumbs:
(Let's get this thread going on topic)

Metla
12-11-2005, 07:39 PM
Thats a windows feature, works on any document,not just webforms.

Anyhow, Never click a button saying Instant Access, no matter how skanky the pictures look.....

Prescott
12-11-2005, 08:13 PM
install a firewall, anti virus,spyware scanner and use firefox.

make sure your phone line is in good condition soyou get max speed on 56k

maccrazy
12-11-2005, 10:18 PM
Tip #1: Organise your bookmarks into folders as you make them or you will never be able to find the specific one you are looking for.

Tip #2: Activate the popup blocker in your browser or download one if there isn't one built in.

Tip #3: Activate your mail server's anti-spam software, your email client's anti-spam software and add additional filters to block anything that still gets through.

robsonde
12-11-2005, 11:33 PM
Dont give out your real email address to online forms, this will reduce spam.

read a forum for a few days before you post, that way you are less likely to offend any one.

dont surf the dark side on the net. (pron and other dodgy things)

never open attachments unless you trust the sender and know what the files is.

try and use something other than IE. like firefox

try and use something other than outlook. like eudora

dont always take the word of the help desk.

dont give out your passwords to anyone, even the help desk.

dont trust every thing you read on the internet.

if you get an email that asks you to forward it to all your friends, dont do it, its probly a hoax or a virus.

never help anyone from Nigeria even if they have a lot of money and will share it with you :-)

Metla
12-11-2005, 11:38 PM
hmmmm....I read this forum for a good year before I posted, and have still managed to offend people on a daily basis. :lol: Heh heh heh,

Anyhow, expanding on Emails and spam.

treat your email like you would your phone number, Don't give it out to anyone who doesn't need it, Once the spam avalanche starts it never slows down.

Create a throwaway address purely for signing up to Websites, and flame people for sending you junkmail.

Greven
13-11-2005, 12:39 AM
Tip #3: Activate your mail server's anti-spam software, your email client's anti-spam software and add additional filters to block anything that still gets through.

Depending on the ISP, I wouldn't reccomend activating the anti-spam on the server side. I set my orcon email to mark spam with the "Spam" prefix & I am amazed at how many false positives it gets. Quite often when I am emailing home work from polytech, it gets marked as spam.

dbs
13-11-2005, 01:01 AM
Create a throwaway address purely for signing up to Websites, and flame people for sending you junkmail.


yahoo and hotmail make for good "throwaway" email addresses (not your isp one)

supergran
13-11-2005, 02:40 AM
When typing name and password, type name, hit tab, then enter password.

SurferJoe46
13-11-2005, 05:13 AM
For a reboot via keyboard:

Hit the WINDOWS KEY (the one with the flag) and then U and then R. This is a soft reboot.

To turn off the puter from the keyboard:

Hit the WINDOWS KEY then U then U again. This is a soft shutdown and allows all the files to be closed before shutting down. (Now...that's an olde idea..closing all files before shutting down!)

Peterj116
13-11-2005, 06:50 AM
When you buy a computer that "comes with Norton Antivirus" please bear in mind that it's just a trial version and after 3 months or so, you'll need to buy a full version, or download a free virus scanner like AVG (http://free.grisoft.com/doc/1) or Avast (http://www.avast.com/eng/down_home.html) and keep the virus definitions up to date, whatever you use.

The number of home PCs that I fix with an expired trial of Nortons & virii running rampant...

drcspy
13-11-2005, 07:33 AM
AVOID using internet banking untill you have had a professional look at your computer security setup. It will cost you maybe $60 or so but it could save you thousands

Greg
13-11-2005, 08:29 AM
Tip # 1: Never ever play leapfrog with a unicorn.

bob_doe_nz
13-11-2005, 08:54 AM
Have a CDROM that keeps auto playing whenever you start it up? Press and hold the Shift key as you place it in the drive to temporarily stop it.

(Those disability programs may pop up when the shift button is held or tapped more than ten times in 2000/XP, so turn em off before using the disable autoplay technique)

Renmoo
13-11-2005, 09:16 AM
Don't view porn. It brings bad luck to you and your computer :p .

Cheers :)

mark c
13-11-2005, 09:22 AM
If you're on the Interwebotnet without protection like up to date AV, firewall and without cleanup utilities like CCleaner, Spybot and Adaware and things start to go wierd then PANIC! :horrified

If you do have all these things and things start to go wierd then don't panic. :thumbs:

Mr Wetzyl
13-11-2005, 09:25 AM
Windows key plus e equals explorer page...
Windows key plus m equals show desktop...

beama
13-11-2005, 09:28 AM
keyboards are always usefull, the key press I find is not widly known is the "alt + enter combination", when pressed at the same will simulate a right mouse click and ctrl + esc instead of the windows key.

Joe also there is anohter way to soft reboot but this only refreshes registry values (in xp, different but also can be done in 98, me, 2000)

TRY AT YOUR RISK

bring up task manager

find and shut down explorer task
ctrl alt delete bring up task manager
new task explorer

I use it when explorer freezes on me
normally you dont loose any running applications and data contained within

Mr Wetzyl
13-11-2005, 09:28 AM
Don't send capital letters in emails as this is regard as shouting...
Don't put all email addresses in the To: field...try putting them in the BCC: field...

kirjava
13-11-2005, 09:33 AM
yahoo and hotmail make for good "throwaway" email addresses (not your isp one)
Most ISPs offer around 5 POP accounts per net connection - for family members and junk accounts - because it is POP you can use your normal mailer. Mozilla thunderbird is also good at picking up spam :)
Gmail is also good, you never need to delete anything and the labelling features are very powerfull.
Dunno what the rules on these forums are about giving out invites but if they are allowed I have a few, if not I'll have to edit post :|

Speedy Gonzales
13-11-2005, 09:35 AM
1. If u can't be bothered getting patches / updates for Windows, esp XP, you only have yourself to blame. If you get hit by a vulnerability.

2. Don't go to warez / crack sites. You only have yourself to blame, if u get trojans / worms.

3. Be careful of fake emails from wherever about banks / ebay, etc asking for your username / password.

People are still dumb enough to go to the site in the email / haven't learnt to delete them.

4. If you think you have a dialler on your system, don't take all day, thinking about how to remove it! Get rid of it, unless u want a BIG phone bill!

5. After u install XP, REMEMBER to install SP1 or 2 after, so you wont get blaster, if you get on the net. Otherwise, you may have to start all over again.

6. If you get smitfraud, do a google search for smitfraud.reg.

Once u find a site with the registry info on it, highlight the text, and save it as a reg file. Then run it / merge. Reboot. Voila. Byebye smitfraud :waughh:

Jen
13-11-2005, 09:50 AM
Dunno what the rules on these forums are about giving out invites but if they are allowed I have a few, if not I'll have to edit post :|There is an official unofficial gmail invite thread which has been stickied to the top of the Chat Forum - see here (http://pressf1.pcworld.co.nz/showthread.php?t=54334). You can post there if you wish.

pctek
13-11-2005, 11:11 AM
dont surf the dark side on the net. (pron and other dodgy things)

never help anyone from Nigeria even if they have a lot of money and will share it with you :-)

You can get nasty stuff from the "light" side of the net too. The net is just a big rubbish dump, with a few treasures hidin amongst the trash.
Wear gloves. (Figuratively)

As for Nigeria, damn - you mean I'm not going to get the million dollars US I just won? :D

Mr Wetzyl
13-11-2005, 11:39 AM
You can get nasty stuff from the "light" side of the net too. The net is just a big rubbish dump, with a few treasures hidin amongst the trash.
Wear gloves. (Figuratively)

As for Nigeria, damn - you mean I'm not going to get the million dollars US I just won? :D
I use to get emails from Nigeria regarding a relative needed help and millions of dollars....hahaha those days are long gone now....

maccrazy
13-11-2005, 01:43 PM
Depending on the ISP, I wouldn't reccomend activating the anti-spam on the server side. I set my orcon email to mark spam with the "Spam" prefix & I am amazed at how many false positives it gets. Quite often when I am emailing home work from polytech, it gets marked as spam.
I haven't actually tried an ISP's antispam software, but Spam Assassin is pretty good if you have your own domain name and hosting etc. :)

Dusty
13-11-2005, 03:55 PM
XP Hotkeys here (http://www.helpwithpcs.com/tipsandtricks/keyboard_shortcuts_windows_xp.htm)

zqwerty
13-11-2005, 04:05 PM
Black Viper's Services Configuration:

http://majorgeeks.com/page.php?id=12

Windows XP/2000/Me/98: patches, service packs & updates:

http://www.softwarepatch.com/windows/

Metla
13-11-2005, 04:29 PM
Don't post spoilers unless you make note in the thread title that it contains spoilers.

This applies for any and every forum I have ever visited.

zqwerty
13-11-2005, 04:51 PM
The 46 Best-ever Freeware Utilities:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best_46_free_utilities.htm

Last Freeware Version:

http://www.321download.com/LastFreeware/page10.html#WinDriversBackup

UNOFFICIAL Windows98 Second Edition Service Pack 2.0.2 (Freeware):

http://exuberant.ms11.net/98sesp.html

Myth
13-11-2005, 05:03 PM
Hmmm.. tips - advice...

OK... always remember, there are alternatives that usually do a better job
e.g. Firefox, Thunderbird, Winamp, and so on can be used instead of Windows apps. Because it says Microsoft (or Nortons for that matter), doesnt make it better or the best.

Never do Alt +F4 when chatting :)

As offensive as he can be, always take Metlas comments with a grain of salt

Umm.. will think of more sometime...

zqwerty
13-11-2005, 06:39 PM
A lot of essential software all in one place:

http://www.filehippo.com/

plod
13-11-2005, 06:53 PM
when making a post always follow the forum rules, not the ones made up by forum members.

Myth
13-11-2005, 06:59 PM
when making a post always follow the forum rules, not the ones made up by forum members.One should always act civilised, with respect to others, their views, and interests. One should also learn when it is a good time for one to bite ones tongue.

plod
13-11-2005, 07:40 PM
An apple a day keeps viruses and spyware at bay :rolleyes:

mark c
13-11-2005, 09:03 PM
If you make posts at forums/chatrooms whilst pissed be prepared to take the flak the next morning. :D :D

roddy_boy
14-11-2005, 02:03 AM
pressing <ctrl>+<enter> after typing something into the address bar in a browser adds http://www. to the beginning and .com at the end.

Dreamboat
14-11-2005, 08:33 AM
Beginner's Guide to Getting Free Help on the Web:
http://www.officearticles.com/misc/beginners_guide_to_getting_free_help_on_the_web.ht m

A Glossary of Commonly Used Terms on Bulletin Boards and Chats:
http://www.vbaexpress.com/forum/glossary.php

Myth
14-11-2005, 08:38 AM
If someone sends you an email, and you intend to forward it, please delete the other 200 email addys. I personally don't want to see them, nor end up in a spam list, and I know quite a few others who feel the same

SurferJoe46
14-11-2005, 08:44 AM
Another thing about forwarded e's...get rid of those little <<<<<< and >>>>>>>>'s with this neat utility first...nobody likes to see all those little arrows in the body...

http://www.papercut.biz/emailStripper.htm

Here's some common questions, answered by Papercut, the writers:

Q. Is this spyware or something nasty?
A. No. We are a reputable company that produces software for the education market. emailStripper was a side project we put together on a raining afternoon. It's a tool we felt that the Internet was missing.

Q. Will it work on Mac or Web TV?
A. No. Only Microsoft Windows (all versions) and Linux (under WINE) are supported.

Q. Do I have to download emailStripper each time I use it?
A. No. Just save the emailstripper.exe to your Desktop and execute it from there.

It's kewl! :cool:

Prescott
14-11-2005, 11:18 AM
Don't participate in those stupid forward chain letters.

I hate 'em so much!!11

Speedy Gonzales
14-11-2005, 12:27 PM
Another thing about forwarded e's...get rid of those little <<<<<< and >>>>>>>>'s with this neat utility first...nobody likes to see all those little arrows in the body...

You have the option of removing the > in OE.

Go to options / send / plain text settings.

Untick indent the original text with >

pixeldust
14-11-2005, 01:55 PM
Bill Gates will not give you $10000 for forwarding an email to all of your friends.
There is no such thing as "email tracking software" that can determine how many times you forwarded an email.
A cool video will not play when you forward that email either.
If you don't send that email to 20 friends, you aren't a desperate loser.
If it came via email and it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
If all else fails, check Snopes (http://www.snopes.com).

pixeldust
14-11-2005, 01:57 PM
You have the option of removing the > in OE.

Go to options / send / plain text settings.

Untick indent the original text with >

Doesn't that just stop them from being added when YOU forward an email? I think the utility mentioned strips them out when you have received an email from someone else with 10 on every line of text..

Cicero
14-11-2005, 03:24 PM
I recommend the email stripper.
I think most people who send with >> and a lot of email Addie's don't know how to change.

Peterj116
14-11-2005, 04:55 PM
pressing <ctrl>+<enter> after typing something into the address bar in a browser adds http://www. to the beginning and .com at the end.
That's brilliant. Very impressed.

:)

zqwerty
14-11-2005, 10:26 PM
Interesting programs:

http://www.marktaw.com/reviews/MyFavoriteSmallware.html

KiwiTT_NZ
15-11-2005, 09:47 AM
Tip 1: Secure Configuration, Patched OS, Anti-Virus, Spyware Scanner, Process Control.
Tip 2: CCleaner, Hijack This, Firefox,
Tip 3: Great Web Sites

http://www.mdgx.com/ Many tips for getting the best out of your Windows PC

http://www.webattack.com/freeware/ Great Freeware for lots of useful System and Network Administration

Tip 4: When repairing a friend/family PC make sure that all updating is automated
Tip 5: Don't get hung up on the latest and wait for the dust to settle before using

Rob99
15-11-2005, 10:37 AM
Tip 4: When repairing a friend/family PC make sure that all updating is automatedThat should read:
Tip 4: Never ever touch a friend/family PC

Metla
15-11-2005, 10:50 AM
Tip #4- When your forced to "fix" a family members PC, make sure they wait their turn in the que, they all think they can leap frog ahead.Make them wait, Then give them a bill.

This will cause a couple of interesting developments.

They will get ****ty at you, Which is excellent.

They will try and work their little issues out themselves before treating you like a 50 times a day helpdesk.

They will perhaps take it elsewhere next time, which is also excellent (a family member of mine whose comp was full of spyware took it elsewhere, and the "tech" replaced the harddrive and ghosted over the munted XP install......$400 dollars and the comp is worse then ever....LMFAO.....Then, because they considered I had wronged them they spat the dummy and bought a warehouse Dell.....Then they ring me a month later to try and nut out why their Dell goes just as slow as the comp they replaced.....I laughed and laughed and laughed and told them to ring the Dell Helpline....)

gibler
15-11-2005, 12:30 PM
Tip 4 should also be extended to any flatmate's PC as well.

I don't "help" anyone anymore because you end up getting accused of being the source of any further problems. Just touching the keyboard is enough :angry

KiwiTT_NZ
15-11-2005, 12:34 PM
Please remove Tip 4 :badpc:

ferrite
15-11-2005, 04:02 PM
dont sneeze in front of your monitor :cool:

Prescott
15-11-2005, 04:34 PM
Dont touch LCD screens

personthingy
15-11-2005, 06:02 PM
yahoo and hotmail make for good "throwaway" email addresses (not your isp one)When you've finally attracted lots of free offers of cheap loans and enlargements for your more personal assets to your new disposable email address, publish it everywhere so it attracts as much spam as possible and let it die.
This type of address is known as a honeypot. Its there to distract spammers efforts, which believe it or not, are actually limited.
Filling the spammers databases with more and more addresses that don't actually reach anyone slows the game down for them.

Then get another one for your actual public use, as soon as it gets spam, repeat the first step.

I only get 1000 or so special marketing offers to delete arrive at junk@millerton.co.nz or chris@millerton.co.nz per month. What am i doing wrong?

personthingy
15-11-2005, 06:22 PM
Vanessa J Smith will try to sell you "cheap software" If you are running an email client with filter rules, automaticly delegate any messages from Vanessa J Smith to your trash bin

Turn off the option to automaticly download images from the web in your email.
This only lets spammers track their junk. The images tend to come from places like http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00022PTT8.01._SCMZZZZZZZ_.jpg

If that seems like a long random address name, it is, and the above example is almost certainly unique to the spam sent to junk@millerton.co.nz in a message in the last day or so. If that image loads, amazon.com can confirm to the spammer that the email sent to junk@millerton.co.nz has indeed been read, and is therefore worth keeping on the database.

Sorry, but spam is my pet hate, and when there's anything we can do to not fall victim to it, then yay!

personthingy
15-11-2005, 06:37 PM
dont sneeze in front of your monitor :cool:O come on, whats wrong with a little extra color around the place? :D

Nyuuji
15-11-2005, 06:48 PM
Speaking of tips....

...tonight on TV1 Close Up at 7pm there is a segment about top 10 tips fpr internet safety. Should be interesting to watch....although I imagine it will be stuff that has been covered a hundred times over on this forum. But still anything that will educate the masses is better than nothing. :thumbs:

ughnz
15-11-2005, 09:31 PM
Rule 1.
BACKUP

Rule 2.
See rule 1.

It seems most people live and die by email, bookmarks contacts etc... but how many do regular backups?

ughnz
15-11-2005, 09:42 PM
One more,

If fixing anothers PC remember this...

The PC does not have the problem only the user. Spend time focusing on the user(s) as the PC does not care less.

If the PC has a probelm make sure the user unserstands, as best they can, what the effects of the problem are and what changes the solution if any will have.

A happy PC is a happy user.

pctek
15-11-2005, 10:14 PM
No Rule one is Don't fix it if it isn't broken.

personthingy
15-11-2005, 10:27 PM
No Rule one is Don't fix it if it isn't broken.What??? Where's the fun in that? If we don't fix things until they are broken, then how do we learn? :p

tweak'e
15-11-2005, 10:30 PM
The PC does not have the problem only the user. Spend time focusing on the user(s) as the PC does not care less. very nicly said :)


No Rule one is Don't fix it if it isn't broken the problem with pc's is that the pc can be majorly faulty and still run fine. pc's are like an old car, only a little bit of rust showing but dig out the rust and you will find more rust, soon you find its completely rusted out and is not useable.

Myth
15-11-2005, 10:38 PM
pc's are like an old carNever seen a PC yet that could take a decent kick from a steel-capped boot and go even better than before the boot :badpc:

Just don't make em like they used to :(

Rob99
16-11-2005, 01:22 AM
When taking a sip of a fresh cup of coffee, if it burns your lip try not to drop it on your keyboard. It will not only damage the keyboard but the resulting splashes will also burn your legs :angry

pctek
16-11-2005, 08:16 AM
What??? Where's the fun in that? If we don't fix things until they are broken, then how do we learn? :p
What do you learn from fixing something that isn't broken? You learn by troubleshooting the fault. If it hasn't got one what have you learnt?

Greven
16-11-2005, 08:35 AM
The way to learn is by creating a problem to fix :p

Agent_24
16-11-2005, 09:34 AM
A site has gone down, or you want to look at an older version of a website? try http://www.archive.org/web/web.php - Microsoft's website 1996 is pretty funny actually.

http://archive.bibalex.org can be used as a mirror if the other site is slow.

personthingy
16-11-2005, 10:07 AM
What do you learn from fixing something that isn't broken? You learn by troubleshooting the fault. If it hasn't got one what have you learnt?Well each to there own ways of learning. What you say about trouble shooting the fault is how i learn with other peoples toys, but i learn much more by experermenting and/or trying to change things on my own toys. An example was when i played with the apache .conf file on a webserver i was running from home a few years back. When i restarted the service so it loaded of the modified version, it refused to start at all. Worse still i hadn't backed up the original or working .conf file, so there was a HUGE amount of learning done that night. D'oh :blush: :groan: :p

mark c
16-11-2005, 10:40 AM
If you want to learn about comps fiddle with them I reckon. Even a comp which appears to be running fine still needs regular updates, scans and maintenance. These don't always go smoothly so there's learning there.

You can use a comp as an end user and never do anything and the machine will seem to running fine.

You will end up with a creaky unstable slow machine.

Barnzy
16-11-2005, 11:07 AM
Family buys first computer. Mum thinks "Ooh! new flat surface, I'll put a pot plant on that" Then she waters it........AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHGGG! :eek:
True story I'm afraid and most likley, not uncommon.

pctek
16-11-2005, 11:37 AM
I was thinking more along the lines of some one who gets their ancient win98 PC and decides to improve it by attempting to put XP on it.
And thus getting it to go from OK to running like a crippled pig.

drcspy
16-11-2005, 11:38 AM
yeh tha'ts common enuf they seem to think that xp will improve the pc......it's a bit like bolting a truck body onto their car.......

Greven
16-11-2005, 12:36 PM
I wonder if anyone will still have 95/98 when longhorn comes out? "Upgrading" that to longhorn would be like building a tank around your car.

pctek
16-11-2005, 02:45 PM
y.it's a bit like bolting a truck body onto their car.......
Truck body onto a mini.

Agent_24
16-11-2005, 03:57 PM
I wonder if anyone will still have 95/98 when longhorn comes out? "Upgrading" that to longhorn would be like building a tank around your car.

I do believe I will, however vista would refuse to install itself onto my win98 machine as did XP for the reason of "not enough ram to copy setup files" :thumbs:

KiwiTT_NZ
16-11-2005, 04:52 PM
Tip #6: Don't upgrade your Windows PC to a new Windows OS, buy a new PC, with the OS pre-installed. Or better yet replace the OS with Linux

SurferJoe46
16-11-2005, 05:05 PM
"RAM DISC" IS NOT AN INSTALLATION PROCEEDURE

Agent_24
16-11-2005, 05:23 PM
Tip #6: Don't upgrade your Windows PC to a new Windows OS, buy a new PC, with the OS pre-installed. Or better yet replace the OS with Linux

Provided the people who install the OS are not morons who spell your name on the user account wrong and install the wrong drivers for the video card...

stu161204
16-11-2005, 11:10 PM
Tip #6: Don't upgrade your Windows PC to a new Windows OS, buy a new PC, with the OS pre-installed. Or better yet replace the OS with Linux

Thatís only applies if you donít know what you are doing ;)

Greg
17-11-2005, 03:21 AM
Family buys first computer. Mum thinks "Ooh! new flat surface, I'll put a pot plant on that" Then she waters it........AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHGGG! :eek:
True story I'm afraid and most likley, not uncommon.Place a chain linked barbed wire fence around your lounge box to prevent non-puter-user visitors from using it as a temporary resting place for their bum. Also true story. :yuck:

Greven
17-11-2005, 08:58 AM
Place a chain linked barbed wire fence around your lounge box to prevent non-puter-user visitors from using it as a temporary resting place for their bum. Also true story. :yuck:

Or you could put it in a computer desk like normal people do.

KiwiTT_NZ
17-11-2005, 09:12 AM
As to Windows PC upgrades.

Windows 95 upgrade
- Windows 98/Me - OK
- Windows 2K - PC underspec
- Windows XP - PC seriously under spec

Windows 98/Me upgrade
- Windows 2K - Maybe under spec
- Windows XP - PC under spec

Windows 2K upgrade
- Windows XP - Why ???

Any Windows PC
- Linux - OK

personthingy
17-11-2005, 09:41 AM
Any Windows PC
- Linux - OK
Um no, not any PC. It is possible that the particualar distro one "upgades" with may not support your hardware without a long hunt for drivers, patches, or the need to modify .conf files. Ok, not that likely that it will all be custard, but, if its running OK under doze, then why open a big can of new stuff, and risk it being a can of worms? Just as installing that shiney new video card was a ***** to install 2 years ago under 'doze, you risk a similar set of issue under Linux.

Also a modern Linux, like modern 'doze, is designed with the concept that the hardware has grunt. My sons recycled machines tend to get win '98 as i don't have a copy of *nix that will even install on his collection of recycled throw-outs.

There's also the issue of people who wish to game not being able to install games easily - which may be an advantage for a family/flat computer ;)

There's also the issue of why change to something the user isn't familiar with?

Having said all that, If setting up a machine to do office work, web surfing, email, IM, Circuit board design, Graphic Image Manipulation, web design, etc, then Linux is a very good option. If its what the user has from day one, then its simpler than windows too. (I find windows too hard, and run exclusivly *nix) There's also a very good arguement for 2 machines, or a dual boot running *nix for the web, and 'doze for gaming. However, Linux is not for everyone. Lets not pretend it is :D

KiwiTT_NZ
17-11-2005, 09:45 AM
I've still got a copy of redhat 4.2 in a box :D

Greven
17-11-2005, 12:25 PM
Windows 2K upgrade
- Windows XP - Why ???


I find winXP a lot more convienent to use than 2k. I can't pinpoint exactly what is better about XP - I just like it more than 2k.

I might try mandriva 2006 if I can find a few days when noone wants to use the net. If I wasn't on unlimited, there would be no way I would waste 4 gig on a single distro.

mark c
17-11-2005, 07:42 PM
........to go back to the tips.

When I first started with comps I used to have a rule of...

"If you don't know what it is leave it alone."

This was to stop me meddling with things/apps/settings I knew nothing about.

But that's all changed now.............now it's....

"If you don't know what is then find out."

Renmoo
17-11-2005, 09:19 PM
Never ever touch your registry unless you are 200% sure of what you are doing.

Cheers :)

Barnzy
17-11-2005, 09:36 PM
When I got my first 'puter I insisted that I didn't want an OS, I wanted to do it myself.
After a week of playing with bios settings I got bored and gave in and insalled DOS. Sooo much to do! I browesd the help files, leaned the commands, wrote *.txt files made pretty patern on the screen in Q Basic and edited the config.sys and autoexec.bat files. Oh joy, my first crash.
After a while the guy who sold me the machine regreted the offer of after sales service. I learned a lot. My only regret is that I got DOS instead of UNIX. :badpc:

stu161204
17-11-2005, 10:07 PM
Tip #7: Backup your computer fairly regular (as you will never know when they will be a life saver :), trust me here!)

also If you own a website any type of site make sure you back that up fairly regular as well as you never know what will happen to the server & especially if you use a database of some type for a forum or blog etcÖ. make sure you back that up fairly regular as well.