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  1. death to floppies. i've always hated the **** things. even when i bought the best game on earth (doom shareware) on floppies i hated them.

    the only thing floppies are good for is boot sector virii.

    re: dexter

    i built my system years ago and i've always been able to boot from usb/flash drives. also, it takes me 5 minutes to install an app/game and then run it these days. back in DOS days i'd have to spend an hour making a custom config.sys and autoexec.bat for the stuff i wanted to run depending on if they used EMS or not and how much conventional memory they demanded. it sucked.

    so basically i disagree, i'm more productive now than i was back then. and i don't have to keep 3 different floppy sets of OS installation disks for when a random disk goes bad. (yah, remember that?)

  2. samsung makes really nice LCDs. recently bought a 46" TV, and the only ones with a nicer picture were the expensive sony bravias. (even then, i'd say the sonys were only marginally better, not at all worth the extra 700-800 bucks)

  3. I made a crappy little installer for:

    NVIDIA PureVideo Decoder Platinum 30 day Trial

    Version: 1.02-223

    Release Date: June 28, 2006

    For information visit:


    Notes: Simple self-extracting winrar + batch files installer, feel free to make a real installer. This is an XP or newer only installer, you'll have to fix it yourself for '98 or '95. It does add an entry into the Add/Remove Programs list for easy uninstallation. It's working perfectly for me, but I am unable to test hardware acceleration as I do not have an NVIDIA card. There are probably a few unnecessary registry keys in the installer, too.

    Size: 1.64mb


    Normal installer

    Silent installer

    This is a 30 day trial using the following demo key:

    First and Last Name: NVIDIA Trial

    Email Address: dvdtrial@nvidia.com

    Last 4 Digits of Credit Card: 2004

    Activation Key: 7152-9346-DD6E-2CB0-79A3-5F08-AC23

    Feel free to edit the installer to include your own serial if you purchased it.

  4. does t-13 count as integrated?

    i use RyanVM's .net 2.0 installer and a batch file like this:


    for %%i in (C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z) do if exist %%i:\WIN51 set CDROM=%%i:
    reg delete HKLM\Software\Microsoft\PCHealth\ErrorReporting\DW /f
    reg add HKLM\SYSTEM\Setup /v SystemSetupInProgress /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
    reg add HKLM\SYSTEM\Setup /v SystemSetupInProgress /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

    where "%cdrom%\$oem$\dotnet2.exe" is the path to your .net 2.0 installer

    you'd put example.bat in your svcpack.inf, for discussion about why you need to fuss with the registry read this: http://blogs.msdn.com/astebner/archive/200.../06/591694.aspx

    as for a no-install method, i think you'd have to create your own.

  5. When XP setup first starts if you press F5 at the time where it says "Press F6 to install RAID/SCSI" you're supposed to be able to select the HAL to install.

    When i do that the only selection i'm able to choose is the i486 one, is there any way to fix that? I don't really mind changing my HAL afterwards, but it would be nice to do it the right way.

  6. you don't decrypt hashes, you calculate the the hash of a given file (or set of bytes) and see if it matches.

    you "crack" hashes by creating a file that has the same hash as another file. this is called a collision.

    for any given hash for any given algorithm for any given file there is an infinite number of possible collisions.

    hashes are inherently insecure, just think about how they work. that is why they are always just a small part of a security implementation.

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