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Re: Major Request (saved game location)
« Reply #15 on: September 26, 2004, 09:54:31 pm »

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I have never been hacked that I noticed in the years I've been using a PC, and the only serious virus I ever got was wormblaster F.

So you had a virus, which proves you've been vulnerable. You've just been lucky this time that you've only been spreading this virus to other people and performing a denial of service attack on the Windows update servers. Next time it may be something more serious.

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If I get hacked and I don't even notice it (if it affects my PC's performance, that would show) then how is it harmful, why should I irritate the hell out of myself?

It's unlikely that anyone will specifically hack you. It's more likely you'll be the victim of a worm which automatically exploits vulnerabilities.
And that you don't notice it doesn't mean anything. All the while it could have been sending documents found on your computer to people in your address book, or changing numbers in your Excel sheets, or adding random rude words in your word documents, or taking pictures through your webcam, or recording audio, and publishing that online. Just to name a few things. And tomorrow it may format your hard disk.

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I always uninstall, but some games think that because theyre obviously so good, I am only uninstalling them to reinstall them later, that they leave things on my system.

That's a problem with those uninstallers, not with the location of the config and saved games.

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Wasn't SP2 a ridiculously buggy mess that screwed a HELL OF A LOT of people over? =p

That's mainly because it closed a lot of ports by default (which is a good thing). If you need to listen on a port you need to open it explicitely.

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Re: Major Request (saved game location)
« Reply #16 on: September 26, 2004, 11:00:02 pm »

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I'm not stupid enough to delete explorer.exe, or any other critical system file, and I like having the power to do whatever I want on my PC whenever I want.

You haven't had the ability to do whatever you wanted to your PC since 1995.  Think Windows' disk caching and memory management sucks?  Too bad for you, no third-party products have worked in almost a decade.  Want to dupe your system to a new HDD, to say, head off a dying disk before it gets too bad?  They broke that ability, too, although you can pay somebody money for the privilege of making a backup of your own system.

Not to say that "the olde days" were necessarily any better, in alot of ways things were worse, but I'm old, so I remember the days of having "absolute control over my hardware", and the closest thing we have to that level of fine-grained control on PCs today is Linux.  Windows is a joke, and I for one am not laughing anymore.

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Another thing, when I want to remove a game from my system, I shouldnt have to go on a witch hunt for saved games or settings or profiles or whatever...Everything that is related to that game that came with the game, should be contained, in its entirety, in the smegging file I set it to, the folder I install it to.
/rant off

Funny, that's precisely how software installs work on MacOS X.  And most of the package managers in the major Linux distributions are able to clean up after themselves flawlessly.  Seems like someone is making hasty generalizations about the state of computing, you might want to give some of the alternatives a try.

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Microsoft just seem to want to really irritate the hell out of me...Ah well, theyre better than Macintosh =p

Spoken like someone who has never used a Mac.  Tongue  The Mac vs. PC debate has been an anachronism since Windows 95 came out; trying to start it now makes you look silly.  All the major apps (Office, Photoshop, etc.) have worked identically on both platforms for years, and their GUIs are similar enough that the "adjustment period" between them is almost nil.  There's basically been no substantive difference between the platforms from a users' perspective for a long, long time, except for the quality of hardware (and OS software).  And of course, now that Apple has put Unix under the hood, I have the power to do whatever I want on my Mac whenever I want.  Tongue

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I have never been hacked that I noticed in the years I've been using a PC, and the only serious virus I ever got was wormblaster F. If I get hacked and I don't even notice it (if it affects my PC's performance, that would show) then how is it harmful, why should I irritate the hell out of myself?

Here's the analogy I used with my mom: say some thieves break into your garage, set up a methamphetamine lab, and start selling crystal meth out of YOUR garage.  You never use your garage, and you don't keep anything of value in there, and you're not doing anything wrong, so should you care?

It's basically the same thing with vulnerable Windows PCs.  It's not necessarily whether it causes harm to you personally, but whether it causes harm to those around you, or feeds into larger problems.  And in the case of worms, etc., it definitely does.
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Re: Major Request (saved game location)
« Reply #17 on: September 27, 2004, 02:21:34 pm »

So I run SpyBot - Search & Destroy once a week.

Sure, it may be the uninstaller's fault, but if its all in the one folder than I don't have to root around in my documents.

Have there actually been worms etc that did that sort of thing? I've never heard of them.
I use Gmail, so It cant sent stuff to my address book.

The difference between a Meth lab and a virus is kind of simple.
You don't go to jail, and you can exit them 90% of the time by running a simple program.
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Re: Major Request (saved game location)
« Reply #18 on: September 28, 2004, 01:01:33 am »

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Have there actually been worms etc that did that sort of thing? I've never heard of them.


This is what most worms DO. Killing the host is bad strategy.
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Re: Major Request (saved game location)
« Reply #19 on: September 28, 2004, 03:59:24 am »

Well, not to start a debate the size of mountain, but I am deciding between a Mac or PC, any suggestions? I have heard that the PC is easier to handle, but I not even close to being  new at CPU's - though I am by no mean a expert. I have also heard that a Mac is better for when it comes to really working your CPU on grahics, photos and video editing.

Any suggestions? Or should I move this to off-topic?
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Re: Major Request (saved game location)
« Reply #20 on: September 28, 2004, 05:13:14 am »

I don't know if off topic or not but the rule of thumb is pretty much as you stated.  If you want to do graphics work get a mac, there is more (better, stabler) software for graphics on a mac (the exception may be rendering like 3ds max?)

The mac in general is stable compared with a PC (and as a bonus latest mac OS is based on unix Smiley )

On the other hand with a PC you are bound to learn more about computers in general (while doing stuff with it).  The PC has a more open (maybe visible is a better word) architecture.  On a plus side you will be able to play more games as just about every game that is made for computer is available for PC. Not so much on mac but there are mac only games too, marathon anyone?  The down side is stability and back stabing OEM manufacturers (in most cases).

Without getting into much more detail if you aren't a computer enthusiast (as in enjoy tinkering and learning about) and just want to get some work done, get a mac.  If you are (or want to be) an enthusiast and get into playing with the myriad of OSes out there while spending most of your time working, get a PC (with caution if from OEM).

Oh, and if I am not mistaken PCs are cheaper than macs in general...
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Re: Major Request (saved game location)
« Reply #21 on: September 28, 2004, 06:39:26 pm »

If i get started, I will never stop....Please...get a PC =p
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Re: Major Request (saved game location)
« Reply #22 on: September 28, 2004, 07:46:45 pm »

Yes, this is quite off-topic, but who cares?  Smiley

I would argue that the decision is purely a matter of cost and comfort:

If you're looking at laptops, I would strongly recommend an Apple PowerBook, the hardware is top-notch, and the level of integration with the operating system simply cannot be beat by "commodity" hardware and software.  Speaking from experience, it's most definitely worth paying a premium for something that's nigh-indestructible and works well.

If you're looking at desktops, it's pretty much a wash -- all the software tools you would use are available for OSX and Windows (and to a somewhat lesser extent, Linux) so it's a matter of finding the right hardware/software at the right price.  Keeping your machine patched and working might also be a factor; both OSX and Windows have auto-update facilities built-in, but in my experience the OSX updater is nicer.

As far as the "easier to handle" argument, I suggest heading down to an Apple Store, or someplace that sells Apple machines, and trying one out for yourself -- you'll quickly realize that whomever told you this was lying and/or misinformed.  There is basically no difference between platforms anymore from a users' perspective, but the OSX interface is slick, slick, slick compared to Windows XP.
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Re: Major Request (saved game location)
« Reply #23 on: October 02, 2004, 01:36:44 pm »

Slick, as in an ice ledge on a glacier's edge.
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Re: Major Request (saved game location)
« Reply #24 on: October 02, 2004, 05:54:25 pm »

Aha! Thanks for the information!  Grin I still have not decided, depending on whether or not I qualify for the job I tried out for, but your info helped quite a bit.
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Re: Major Request (saved game location)
« Reply #25 on: October 02, 2004, 11:37:29 pm »

this sander scamper guy really knows nothing about computers.

it's only because windows NT/2K/XP is so painful to run in anything but administrator mode that people have this backassward tendencies ...
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Re: Major Request (saved game location)
« Reply #26 on: October 03, 2004, 04:07:36 pm »

First thing I noticed while operating a mac is the lack of a right mouse button.
Forget that =p
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