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  1. I will try that just because I hate quickbooks and myob so much...if only I was compentent enough to tweak code though
  2. All I can say is: jesus what a pain in the butt if it wasn't for community efforts like these I'd go nuts ...and a kernel update to boot If they followed the "old" ways, 2k would be what, SP9 or so, XP SP4 maybe? It'd be nice to at least get official slipstream isos that way, oh well Sort of like homeland security, its going to be "orange+" every month forever
  3. D*** I wish I had seen this thread before I tried to reuse my windows 2k disk system, now I have to reinstall 2k, then find somewhere to stuff hundreds of GBs of crap to start over with XP The weird thing is, even though my OS partition was only ~50gb and I wiped that, apparently just because my 64k stripe data partition is on the same array, the MBR data is still a problem What id*** decided to cap at 4k clusters with SP2...they suck for large files
  4. Ah a double typo then, thanks I once used the wrong acronym (very wrong) on a dozen powerpoint pages I had already printed to color transparencies And yeah, it will be a cold day in hell before I let some automatic utility download who knows what new screwup from MS without my checking the KB article and feedback for it first.
  5. I fixed this once before and it worked perfectly, but now I forgot what exactly I did and this is confusing me FDV, your readme says "MSHTML.INF has been rewritten to install MS HTML and Help system" but in your fileset there is no MSHTML.INF, nor can I find one in my SOURCE or SOURCESS folder. Where can I get this? You mention it again on the next line "AU.INF has been rewritten to install auto update, but you have to install MSHTML.INF" so unless theres two typos in a row, I think it exists...also I'm betting it will get rid of the goddamn extra dialog box at shutdown that started appearing after some update. (MS: "we add bloat even when you don't need it!") There is a WINHTML.INF you include but when my newbie eyes look inside it I'm worried thats adding a lot more IE stuff than is needed for just *.chm, like you I don't want a single byte more IE crap than absolutely required.
  6. Finally a site I can point some (brighter) people at and they won't give up after the first minute...sorry FDV not many people are willing to follow through things that aren't "pretty" or "neat" but thats not unique to your stuff at all. Handholding is where its at! haha I've been forcing myself to learn more of the nitty-gritty linux things setting up and customizing various firewalls/routers/etc. You can wring a lot of uses out of a $50 appliance 1 2 or quite the modest PC. The snort logs filtered just to my cable's subnet is so sad...its zombieland incarnate. Either that or my neighborhood is nothing but evil programmers Its an interesting shift from 'click and done' things, and you can learn fun stuff like importing improperly formatted text files from windows can cause unexpected disasters. There was a very good format long before MS, but they just had to change it. "Those who don't understand UNIX are doomed to reinvent it, poorly." I'm really starting to realize how deep a statement that is today.
  7. Aluminum

    New Random Poll

    Clams == taste like ocean toiletbrushes == no eat I like crab, so Maryland crab soup would hit the spot, or lobster bisque. Redheads but only hotties, not grown ginger kids (see: southpark) otherwise no preference. Win2k mostly with some 2k3, XP when it comes with hardware I didn't approve (again). Some linux, mostly for specific things (smoothwall is a nice package, I use dd-wrt for wifi nerd fun at home, a couple old non-crippled linksys WRTs = kismet passive sniffer fun at this condo full of APs) but I would like to use it more at work if I could. Vista when hell freezes over.
  8. Support running out won't be too bad...also they will still be doing XP a bit longer and many of its updates will work on 2k to some degree. (might take some extra manual effort though) And yeah don't underestimate everyone still using 2000...its still pretty big is business and they're waiting for whatevers after vista heh. Thats if everything doesn't end up MS Server Enterprise [Year] on some big iron running a couple dozen/hundred VPCs with 2k too.
  9. They wouldn't have bothered making WGA unless their original intention was to fully use it at some point in the future. The only real debate is when exactly that is, and what OSes. If it wasn't for public sentiment, their own crappy coding and legal risk, it would've been day 1.
  10. If/When this WGA-death thing goes live, they will be open to all sorts of fun litigation. EULAs only go so far even in our techno-dumbass legal system, and you KNOW its going to screw over tons of legitimate owners, not to mention gov't agencies and the like. Anyways, all these victims are barely getting by nowadays with the massivelly distributed infestation and hijack system known as the internet...that pent up angst will flood out.
  11. Its too bad all the lazy bastards that use IE in their crap program and sell it retail can't get sued under the old antitrust suit for collusion with a monopoly or something. The bookkeeping/billing software world sucks, as I found out first hand a few years back. Theres 3 choices for running a business: 1) Quickbooks Quickbooks Quickbooks Quickbooks Quickbooks Quickbooks Quickbooks (different versions and increasing price levels if you want features beyond a fly-by-night business) 2) Myob (runs on macs too, but drives me insane with its warped logic) 3) You are a F500 company and outsource to some development house to write you a top-to-bottom solution for a couple million a year. (slight exaggeration...slight) It would be nice if someone in OSS was interested in trying to start something, but its not really their style. In fact I wonder if anything out there besides something like #3 even runs on linux
  12. Have you tried forcing the affinity to a single processor? I don't have 2k3 running on any SMP boxes but I would guess its pretty much the same way you do it in 2k/XP. (task manager after running program) You might even be able to use some of the same utilities that run on 2k/XP to do it for you on launch. Back when my electric/AC bill was rolled into rent I ran some of those distributed clients and the crappier ones (like seti) made you run one per cpu.
  13. If you incorporate yourself (~$100 in a lot of states, pays for itself in 1 year if you have half a brain when doing taxes, or remember to tell your accountant) and buy n sell your own hardware (who here doesn't?) about $200-300 a year gives you a very nice MS subscription package. Enough 100% legit business licenses for 10-20 client computers and 1-4 decent server computers depending on how you use them, and quarterly updates of anything new...like say all the flavors of Vista You can get lots of other things like the OEM preinstall kit etc etc, 'beta' access isn't needed. They cannot be resold etc, its strictly linked to your business use only...but for the same cost as 1 retail box of XP Pro, you can't complain about that. Its a great option if your primary work is too small or doesn't want to pay for MSDN (or whatever) for you. Or if you're just plain old self employed
  14. I'm pretty sure FDV more or less subscribes to the same ideas I do when it comes to pure function with windows: 2000 = XP with lots of stuff already removed for us (or not included to begin with) XP = 2000 + even more stuff we want to remove (and has nothing extra we really need) Although an IE free XP with SP2's firewall might be interesting if its possible, personally I'm much happier having 100% closed ports with no browser open and a hardware firewall. I've noticed the more recent some component is from MS the more retarded pointless integration with IE it has. "Lets render all our help files and menus and windows with IE!" Yeah, I'm talking about YOU antispyware/defender... Now a 2k3 FDV-style fileset I can't wait to see, it actually does have some nice stuff.
  15. Are you sure its automatic updates that is rebooting them? "Random" or "Unexpected" reboots always makes me think malware of some sort. Either that or maybe "Allow Automatic Updates Immediate Installation" bypasses your schedule for 'critical' hotfixes. Although even if thats the case you'd probably only notice on patch tuesdays instead of 'random'.
  16. Aluminum

    Stop it…

    You forgot one: ie disintegration into a pile of smoking ash and vapors - my personal favorite
  17. Try clicking on his sig: "Keeper of the Remove IE From Win2k Project..." http://www.vorck.com/remove-ie.html A dozen lines down on the page you'll see links to his sp5 ie-free filesets: http://www.vorck.com/data/sp5files.zip english http://www.vorck.com/data/sp5files.pl.zip polish
  18. Yay microsoft, another non standard patch At least my FDV installs will never need it
  19. Ok let me check my rules-of-thumb for Microsoft Products: -Never buy the first version of anything new -Never upgrade until theres at least one service pack, preferably two -Never buy retail if you can help it And now it seems theres a new one: -Wait two weeks for hotfixes/patches to see if theres a hotfix/patch for the original hotfix/patch Yay!
  20. Aluminum

    W2k vs Xp

    Yeah, even if you can't EVER give up gaming on windoze like me, building a htpc is a great start to really dig into linux as long everything has drivers. (I lurk around a good bit at the AVS forums) FDVs no ie stuff has made formerly too slow and old pieces of crap very usable computers. I finally have a laptop I risk using pretty much *anywhere*.
  21. Filesharing doesn't need dynamic IPs/DHCP at all, any computer can still have a computer/workgroup name. The whole point of computer names and workgroups is because they are easy to remember, but if you can count to ten thats the easiest IMO. (and has the side effect of booting faster) The KISS principle for home lans always wins Plus when windows decides today is the day to break, theres the last resort of ping X.X.X.static# to eliminate the obvious stuff like 'is the cable unplugged?'. Also nothing will stop you from connecting via IP: \\X.X.X.static#\sharename
  22. I've yet to see any 64bit games actually faster even say 5%...also if it isn't rendered correctly to begin with, *any* framerate number is invalid. I deleted my XP64 partition off my game rig, I still screw around with it on another box though.
  23. ntldr/detect helps some, but another thing to try is 'blindingly obvious' (which is why you don't see it) Try static IPs, disable DHCP service. I really see no need for DHCP on small networks unless you have more computers than fingers. In fact I sometimes find it helpful to know what # goes with what device instead of a random .xxx suffix. Though static DHCP does take care of that...why bother with DHCP at all for simple lans? I use statics on my lan as another barrier to access, not only do they have to get through wpa2 or own my router from the outside, they have to spoof one of my used ips to access my local ftp etc. If I'm there when this happens, theres a good chance I'll notice the problem when the spoofed box complains. (FYI: I don't use windows filesharing/workgroups at all, probably another reason I boot fast) Its not foolproof but its better than all my stupid neighbors with no crypto (still 3 of them in good range, probably a dozen if I got real antennas) or stupid year old 40bit wep keys I already cracked a few months ago for fun. (8 of those) Also try setting DNS client to manual, which you should do anyways to avoid a bug with hosts files. (assuming you use large hosts files to null out large tracts of the internet like I do)
  24. That might be something like the Action Pack subscription...you have to get it in a roundabout way (through your work is a good way) but its around $200 a year and has a bucketload of software. 10 copies (keys) of many of their mainsteam packages (xp, 64, office) and single copies of the server oriented things. If you have even 2 computers it pays for itself right away though. Its meant for 'internal use only' and similar things but I'd say that would apply to many people in these forums.
  25. Right now some of the 64bit versions of games are buggy and usually theres not much work done on patching them again. HL2 64bit has some glitches for example. Also, 64bit gfx driver updates tend to come out later than their 32bit counterparts. The overall driver situation generally sucks to begin with...it can only improve over time but I was really hoping 64bit would've been a lot more mainstream by now. D*mn feet draggers.
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