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    Athlon XP Plus 2600 processor, 1024 MB of system memory, nVidia FX-5700 Ultra from Chaintech, 100 GB Hard drive, DVD-R/RW 12x optical drive, DVD/CD optical drive, Creative Audigy Two sound card, Comcast Broadband Cable Modem Internet Access
  1. THis is EXCELLENT reading for ALL users and everyone should take note. It is on response to an article published to a famous PC Magazine: I will not check this section. You can benefit from it or not. It is up to you. I did. Dear Lance: After reading your article entitled “Are You Stealing Vista?”, I must comment on a few things here that are commonly misplaced and misunderstood in the computing world by especially business and consumers. First of all, I am a happy Vista Ultimate user and even feel 64-bit should replace 32-bit as soon as possible, not only because CPU processors in computers are 64-bit mainstream, but also because it does more and is more secure as well. But Vista alone is proven much more secure than XP ever was and certainly more so than any other operating system to date that I have found and used personally. I stick with Windows and Office because not only are they centered on the broad scope of computing, they are more widely used and accepted, plus you can find more software for Windows than any other operating system, and that will not change either obviously. I do recommend keeping Access User Control active and also using Norton Internet Security 2008 instead of the general firewall that comes with Windows, since that is Symantec’s expertise for including a firewall, anti-virus, anti-spam, anti-phishing, and Windows user protection for less than 50 dollars a year. To the user that said you stripped most features is ignorant because in using Vista, more is actually added, updated and made better and faster. The internet pages load up without a hitch and much faster and smoother. All the updates worked perfectly and all video, sound and media is better and richer in presentation. The Dreamscene moving wallpapers are incredible, realistic and unique. The widgets are a great addition and the security cannot be beat hands down. Most people do not know what they are dealing with because they are too busy making excuses for why they don’t want to upgrade, spend money and use a better operating system. XP is OUTDATED and I am glad Microsoft is not going to support it anymore eventually. I recommend all businesses and consumers, especially for security to upgrade NOW. You can use a USB high speed device as a great speed-up paging file to, which is unheard of before as another great feature. I can go on and on, but you get the idea. Vista is NOT XP and the interface is more graphical, detailed and versatile. The updates are done in Windows now which is really great and time saving, and not a crash or a problem at all to date. But then most of that is the consumer’s problem for not keeping their software and operating system updated, and companies not valuing security of employees and customers by spending money they KNOW they have and SHOULD give out for updated and necessary security. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard and seen people’s lives destroyed because of this. Don’t let it happen to you. Go Vista all the way, and when, AND IF Windows 7 comes out or is an upgrade, then upgrade again. ALWAYS STAY UP-TO-DATE with the current Windows operating system. I guarantee you if you would see the broken lives on business members and consumers who have been hurt by not wanting to dish out an extra 200 to 300 dollars for single use or for license rates for an updated and more secure Windows, then you would clearly see. Humdreds of thousands and even millions of dollars have been lost and identity theft galore because of it. Again, DON’T LET IT HAPPEN TO YOU AND DON’T SAY IT WON’T OR CAN’T. Point being, the only truest guarantee you have at all is what I just spoke of above. Thank you Microsoft. Yours truly, Ernie Mink Northglenn, CO 80233
  2. Most people do not have the auto settings checked for IE and this does not guarantee it will open it up any faster. I dont mind waiting an extra second or two when the anti-phishing filter protects me in the first place on CA and the built in one by IE 7. FIrefox is simply usless and inferior in this way and more to, and that is why I am strictly Microsoft programs for the most part. Visya is also going to replace XP eventually because in the long run 64-bit is where it is going. THe CPU's are 64-bit anyways!
  3. Everytime I use the most updated video drivers for my nVidia 7600GS AGP 8x video card, the 2D test results are very poor and the lines from the circle tests are very slow. but when I uninstall and use the original older drivers that came with the video card, the test results are much much better. There is a glitch somehow in your testing because we need those forceware updated Sept, 2007 drivers for the current games to. What can you say and investigate about this issue?
  4. I keep getting only 11.48 mp/s on the graphics test results also including the 2D line circle drawings that start on the outside and go inward to form multi-line oval circles. I have the most updated drivers but some say that always having the most updated drivers may not be the best thing to do, so rather use the drivers that came on the disc CD. Why is that though if the newer games may requires the most updated Forceware Drivers? Why is it then that my performance which should be at least 229 mp/s is only 11.48?!?!? Something is wrong here! Can someone help me. I have am Intel 940D Pentium 3.2 GHZ Dual Core processor, 2 GB of system memory, and cooling fans running with a new Vantec running and installed on the graphics card.
  5. I to used Firefox and still stay with Internet Explorer. The problem with any other browser is they are not installed with the current operating system from Microsoft and so that is the first real issue of solid compatibility, which for example is why I do not use anything Apple on my Windows machine. And yes, Microsoft does have the right and the privelege to make it's products work better with their own system. Also, 9 times out of 10, crashes are because of the user, NOT the program's operating system and browser. Finally, Firefox still and never will be able to fully act like Active X, because it is NOT and never will be TRUE ACTIVE X, which is created and patented by Microsoft. I have the setting to manually accept all Active X controls so a hacker cannot access my computer using a virus Active X control. BUT most programs that I have found need to have an Active X control installed. The problem you had was your fault and NOT the browser I can assure you. People need to quit blaming Microsoft for everything and point the finger back at themselves first and foremost. Also, mistakes can happen from overheating with the computer being on too long, or the graphics card is too powerful for the older computer so it also can cause overheating. Plus, not having a high enough wattage power supply to support the card in the first place is another example. Heat, dust, mismatched programs can all be culprits. Microsoft holds all the cards and they have more support and more patented programs that do not work well with other programs because those other programs are first of all not necessary or superior and can cause conflicts with other programs like Apple codecs and their inferior products can do. I have tried Firefox, Netscape, Opera and other browsers and all other operating systems and they pail in comparison to the usability, scalability, convenience, power and support of Micsoroft and Windows. I do not care what anyone says, shows me or tells me because I have seen, read and studied all of that to. This stupid argument will go on forever, but then why after using computers since I was 8 years old, now being 37, do I still choose Microsoft? Read the above.
  6. [/b]Most people are forgetting the best versions out of all the new releases will be the 64-bit professional releases. The one item I see people forgetting is that Windows XP is only 32-bit and since Windows Vista is not out of it's BETA stages there is no reason to even buy it. When they released 64-bit chips BEFORE a true NON-beta 64-bit Windows it was too soon because there was no reason to buy a 64-bit chip. Now that is all you find. I will NOT buy a new computer until Windows Vista comes out in the professional form of a true 64-bit operating system. You are right to tell people to wait. I never did understand why people want Beta crap unless they like to test or they are bored. There is NO point to Beta software being on a computer where thee is no true support yet worldwide either for all the products that need 64-bit Vista compatible drivers anyways. Ernie
  7. I have never used auto detect settings and even Comcast makes sure that is unchecked when they set the cable modem service for high speed up, so that is a waste of time. I don't know anyone that uses that with high speed. Ernie
  8. I use Advanced System Optimizer and have for 6 months now and love the program. It has a great broadband optimizer for DSL and cable modems. IT always works great. I bought PC Pitstop Optimize today for the 29.99 online price. I did some tests on some download games. The download speed with your program was 305 kbps and with the other program i ran afterwards it seemed to speed it up. but later I noticed that the speed during download slowed down. WHY when Comcast is the fastest even over DSL does it not gain the 6 mbps speeds? I used to have DSL and indeed it is slower than cable modem service. But does your program Optimize actually make my connection faster and fix the registry to optimize windows better than other programs and how can you prove this for me?
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