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About righteous_slave

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  1. We know Google has and shares our data. In the letters sections of one of the trade magazines I get, a reader mentioned ixquick.com , which claims to not store any identifying information or share any they have with law enforcement. My question is if anyone is familiar with this service, is the claim accurate, how good a search engine is it, and are there other similar searches available?
  2. Ok, started a new job in the shipping department at a airplane manufacturer. It's a pretty easy-going place, so I get to do some wandering around. Stashed in a corner is a couple of tables of computers for training. After watching for a while and noticing that no one is doing any training on them, I go and check them out. Greeted with a Windows login screen (and a warning that this is the company's computer and network), I tried a couple of default admin logins to no avail. Let's see what rebooting brings up. The BIOS is password protected, but these HP's also have a boot menu that is not locked. Coming back later with a KNOPPIX cd, I pop it in, reboot, choose the cd drive and am greeted with a penguin! OK, now what? I'm a major linux noob, and am looking for suggestions for exercises to try to help learn my way through both KNOPPIX and exploring new systems. I'm not looking for corporate espionage or sabotage, just some learning suggestions.
  3. I've seen those before somewhere, glad for the free copies, looking forward to sitting down with them.
  4. Sweet. The times I went in search of a free Ghost alternative, I never did find one. Anyone else with opinions on this as a backup tool?
  5. No such luck. I've tried several "hold down the button" and "hold down A while pressing B" combinations as well, all to no avail.
  6. I've got a Sylvania SMPK2072 mp3 player. It recently decided to conk out on me. When I turn it on, the light in the corner of the screen comes on, but nothing appears. All the files show up when it's plugged into the computer, so it's still storing files. It's been left on the charger overnight, cut all the files out, put them back in, put only what appear to be the system files back in, still nothing. Digging finally uncovered some troubleshooting help here, where it was suggested to download Sigmatel MSCN Audio Player from the cd that came with the player. Of course that is long gone, and evidently so is the company. More digging finally found a place to download the program, installed it, and it searches for players that are plugged in, and just sits there searching. So, are there any other suggestions about resurrecting this thing, other mp3 player firmware that may be compatible, or suggestions for experimentation with this new hunk of plastic?
  7. I got about half of it where does that put me?
  8. Short answer, it's a legitimate tactic, but the implementation, both technical and legal, needs to be well thought out. So, it's a good idea that our government will likely mess up and\or abuse if they actually try it.
  9. I'm on J!nx. There are some interesting folks and topics, but it's just not very active. If anyone wishes to come help alleviate that problem, feel free.
  10. Anyone done this? I'm trying to fix my mother in laws computer, I can't boot the hard drive, trying to run the Recovery Console from disk, it asks for the admin password. I don't think she set one up, but leaving it blank doesn't work. Doing some googling, I found the trick above a few times, and was wondering if anyone has successfully pulled it off without ruining the HD.
  11. Never, ever, ever underestimate the depths of human stupidity. That was uncalled for. :growl:
  12. I'm enrolled in the University of Phoenix, and they have a link to dreamspark, letting you now all the free stuff you are eligible for. The one time I remembered to check it out at home, the dreamspark site was down. It's on the list of thing to get done soon, though.
  13. Clamwin doesn't have a active defender mode does it? Or do I just have the wrong version? Or is that one of those "more features" to get Avast for?
  14. awesome sig you're sporting.

  15. Not yet. Give it time.