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Who suggested this forum? It doesn't say at the top (like others do) and nobody has posted yet. I'll just throw some stuff out there for fun.

What can Microsoft do to avoid a long, slow death? Apple, Google, and Linux aren't going away and the damage done to the Microsoft empire is becoming more and more evident.

Can Apple and Google coexist peacefully in a post-Microsoft world?

How long until Apple hits $500/share? How long until it surpasses Google in share price? How long until it eclipses Exxon's market cap?

How long until Google's social network renders Facebook in the dust? Anyone remember Geocities? Myspace peeps sold while they could. Facebook folk would be wise to take the money and run. Who will have your data when they sell?

How long until Adobe Flash is dead? Hopefully they'll make like a Silverlight soon and take a dirt nap.

Oracle, Microsoft SQL, MySQL, or PostgreSQL?

Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Konqueror, or Chrome?

vi or emacs?

playa — July 25, 2011 at 11:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal

Allen suggested this Forum topic on July 21:

"I would like to see a Tech forum where people who may have some computer problems, etc, could post their questions, and someone could possible give them good advice as how to fix their computer errors, etc."

manthou — July 25, 2011 at 11:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal



a pair of fine Disstons?




Electric Rav4 (or other comparo)


mr_basil_seal — July 25, 2011 at 11:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal

Allen, they can't explain because there is no reasonable explanation. Companies argue over who should write the new drivers for each new OS, and in the end the consumer suffers. The sad thing is, the attitude is that the consumer will continue to consume, and just buy a newer product that is guaranteed to work...for this version of the OS, at least.

playa — July 26, 2011 at 7:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal

Speaking of hot consumer products: can folks give me some pros and cons to owning an I Pad?

My biggest concern: do I really want/need another tech toy? Anyone here own one? What do you think?

manthou — July 26, 2011 at 9:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal

iPad pros:

- Vastly superior battery life

- Smaller, lighter, and more portable

- Virus/malware free experience, very few problems or frustrations

- No reboots, no waiting for startup

- Seamless access to wireless networks and 3G (if purchased) makes it easy to start expecting it to work anywhere

iPad cons:

- Some people prefer a real keyboard (most adjust fine, unless they need to type a novel)

- Limited to apps that Apple allows in their app store (but this is what makes for such a safe, trouble-free environment - and there are no shortage of apps out there)

I know a guy who doesn't have the patience to deal with computers. The iPad changed everything for him. It really depends on expectations. Power users trying to replace their computer with an iPad may be disappointed at times, but anyone who is concerned about it to being a mere toy will be pleasantly surprised.

I'm a power user, yet still find myself doing whatever I can on the iPad. It's very convenient, especially away from home.

There's an element of people out there who hate Apple and everything they do. Usually when I encounter someone disparaging the iPad, it turns out that they are of this mindset, which nullifies their credibility.

playa — July 26, 2011 at 11:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal

Thanks for the summary, playa. I am MAC literate and know that Apple produces a good product. I am a PC user at home and at work.

The iPad and iPod and MacBook have opened up accessibility for those with vision loss and is being used as assistive technology in the schools now. They are way more affordable than what was available to us through traditional assistive technology.

I may spring for one, just for the convenience while traveling. I need to stay connected to my job. I worry about becoming an app addict, though, in my "down" time. :)

manthou — July 26, 2011 at 12:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal

Have to disagree with you Allen. Win7 is working just fine for me. It's easier to install printers and other programs and it shuts down and opens faster than XP. I liked XP and it worked fine but this is better once you get used to it.

hawkeye — July 26, 2011 at 9:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal

Also, for anti-virus software I use Microsoft Essentials instead of McAfee and Norton. They both suck and slow the computer down. The Microsoft program "fits" with 7 and works seamlessly.

hawkeye — July 26, 2011 at 9:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal

At the advice of a techno whiz I know, I got rid of Norton and McAfee, too, and installed an antivirus program called ESET NOD32. It does not slow my computer down and works very well.

What malware do you all like?

manthou — July 27, 2011 at 7:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal

I use Ad-Adware . It's very easy and it catches things quickly.;6

hawkeye — July 27, 2011 at 8:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal

I've used malware bytes as well and I think it's personal preference. They both do a fine job. The reason I tried this one was they offered to upgrade me to the "pro" version for free so I tried it. It works good and I haven't had any problems. The best way to keep your computer bug free is to stay away from the porn sites. I had to completely rebuild my grandson's computer because "he let his friends" use it. High school kids, what are you going to do.

hawkeye — July 27, 2011 at 9:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal

Another thing to remember is to never download anything (like a program) from any other than a trusted site. I always get my "free" programs from Cnet after I research them. They have always been the most trusted site out there and their info is always spot on.

hawkeye — July 27, 2011 at 9:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal

Are you using IE for your browser? You must be. I don't because it's too slow, I use Firefox and keep my email on outlook. IE integrates the browser with email so if you are signed on to IE, you are automatically signed into your email. I don't know if you can deactivate your email or even sign out of it separately.

hawkeye — July 27, 2011 at 6:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal

Allen — July 27, 2011 at 12:01 p.m.

If you use Comcast, you might want to try their anti virus, they supply it free of charge.

playa — July 26, 2011 at 11:32 a.m.

If you're going to compare Ipad shouldn't you compare it to an android tablet? Android tablets are short on video streaming capabilities but if that's not what you're into, they cost a lot less. Android is even less susceptible to virus than Ipad.

frobert — July 27, 2011 at 9:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal

No, outlook is only part of MS Office. If you don't have that, Firefox does have their own mail program or you can download "OpenOffice" for free.

hawkeye — July 27, 2011 at 10:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal

We switched to Mac about 15 years ago and I could not imagine using much else. Mac has really gone main stream and is so easy to use. No virus, no hassle and great programs. Beware of all laptops...very addicting!

nailingit — July 28, 2011 at midnight ( | suggest removal

I know what you mean. I got a laptop a few years ago because I was about to have knee surgery and knew I'd be stuck in the recliner for a few weeks. Well, ever since then I hardly use my desktop at all anymore. With the portability and wi-fi, I can go anywhere around the house and outside. I'm so spoiled now.

hawkeye — July 28, 2011 at 8:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal


Isn't education already obsolete?

aintnogod — August 27, 2011 at 9:12 a.m. ( | suggest removal

:) Interesting topic for discussion. I might just have to come back to the site now. :)

I tend to use what works. Some Operating systems are always the greatest for me to use but more and more now, they all seem to becoming easier to use and based on the same ARM or x86 processing systems.

And if that was not enough, there is always cloud systems as well.

Anyone here like using Google Docs, Dropbox or other cloud based services?

toomuch — August 27, 2011 at 9:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal

One quick Q: Is manthou the great progenitor of great suggestions? :)

toomuch — August 27, 2011 at 9:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal

First, what a hoot, I had to sign in on my old account as it wouldn't allow my FB account.

Secondly, I'm not getting my Columbian update with the new format the FB just went to this am. Anyone else having problems?

karma — September 21, 2011 at 10:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal

Thank you Matt for your help!

karma — September 21, 2011 at 6:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal

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