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HERD IMMUNITY AND REALITY

Politicians are not epidemiologists and neither is doctor Fauci. Viral infections are commonplace and for the most part are harmless. Coronavirus is by far the most common in the entire animal kingdom. Herd immunity will not be reached until more than 85% to 95% are fully immunized. Your webmaster, for example, has been fully immunized …

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THE GROWING COST OF GAMES

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A lot of AAA games are becoming so expensive to develop that publishers have been pushed to use DLC with parts of what used to be part of the game historically. So far DLC has managed to work when the costs are reasonable but some have abused the DLC model which has attracted a lot …

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PHYSICALLY AND ELECTRICALLY SECURE LAN CABLING

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LAN cabling can be a limiting problem when bundles of cables are run through a wall or row of EIA racks. Shielded cables have far better performance as the cress is reduced substantially. Shielded cables can handle faster Ethernet speeds easily. The best cables have shield pairs and that the whole assembly is shielded. This …

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INTEL PROCESSOR DIAGNOSTIC

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Intel has a new version of their processor diagnostic tool. Its handy to be sure your machine is working as expected. The program includes Visual C++ runtimes so there is no need to download them separately. The tool will check the CPU instructions widely to be sure all the modes are working to spec. Works …

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FCC & NET NEUTRALITY

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From the early days of the internet, network neutrality mean that every packet was equal. Now with the new Donald Trump regime, we expect that such equality will be rescinded. This will favor large corporations at the expense of the small ones. It also means the internet services for consumers may be curtailed considerably. Netflix …

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TABLE OF WATER RESISTANCE

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The IEC standard 60529 is a standard for dust and water damage resistance originally published back in 2004 and updated several times since. The standards cover everything from cabinets for electrical equipment to boxes on utility poles. Headphones can get damp from perspiration and outdoors rain is a hazard. The cable TV boxes on the …

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ENERGY USING PRODUCTS 2013

Energy Using Products (EuP) 2013 is a EU directive 2009/125/EC. The previous directive for energy using products only covered products that used energy, such as washing machines or computer. The new ErP-Directive covers products under the old EuP Directive as well as products that are energy-related and do not directly use energy such as water-saving …

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REPACKAGED HARDWARE

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Sometimes a CPU or other component is returned. Generally this is not a problem. Sometimes small things do get lost. PC components are pretty standard, there are not many different screw types used. Everything is pretty modular. What is more concerning is the reports of a person buying a $1000 processor and the box contains …

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MICROSOFT VIRTUAL PC

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In 2004 Microsoft released Virtual PC to the public as a free download. It allowed users the ability to run separate Windows session in a window. The Virtual PC 2004 release could run DOS and up easily. We tried a Windows 95 disk as well as a Windows 98 SE disk and we could run …

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MS-DOS BIOS RECOVERY

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Some old laptops such as Toshiba use a USB floppy disk to recover from a BIOS flash fault. For a long time Toshiba would not make a recovery ISO available for users forcing them to spend a lot of money at service centers. The software is readily available such as PFLASH and the BIOS ROM …

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