This page contains text from some of my
forum posts. Most of the posts are on Maximum PC's Delphi forum. Last updated: ~2000
There are many anti virus programs out there that will disable all wild
virii. The most popular brands are
But popularity is best for beauty pagents and politicians. If you want
the best protection for your computer, the anti-virus engine in Anti-Viral
Toolkit (AVP) is the best. It was created by those crazy programmers
in Russia. It's the best thing that came out of Russia since... well,
I don't know what, but it is great.
You can also get the Datafellows
F-Secure which has the AVP engine and their own engine. Either one
of the two would be great. Hell, even John
Dvorak recommends it. He's my favorite columnist and has some great
insight in computers. he's pretty critical of everything so most of the
stuff he recommends turns out to be a winner.
Or you can be impressed by the flashing lights and buy one of those other
The two technologies, dsl and Cable Modem have their own advantages.
The primary advantage of cable is the max throughput of 10 Mb/s at a cheap
price. The primary advantage of xDSL is it's dedicated connection. Both
technologies use a modem (though the name is misleading) that translates
data from the cable/phone line to your network interface card (NIC). Both
can offer speeds comparable to a T2 line. Both are great for online gaming.
I prefer cable modem because I get it for $30/mo. aDSL is $50(now $40)
for 640Kb/128Kb download/upload which is much slower than 1000Kb/1000Kb
download/upload of the cable modem. The dedicated connection of xDSL is
not an important factor since Cable is just as reliable as xDSL. Most
slow connections occur from internet congestion, not from shared bandwidth.
Another advantage with Cable is that I get an excellent connection to
my friend's PC's which is great when playing games or transferring files.
This post is mostly of the ugly parts of the internet.
The internet is a great tool for information. There are many great possibilities
related to the internet, but still, many problems remain and will remain
for the foreseeable future.
The internet is not new. It's been around since 1969, though access was
restricted. Only the last decade has the internet impacted the general
public. All this growth has been from commercialism. The internet is a
giant medium for companies to advertise their products, expose themselves
to the public eye, and to affect the lives of all that log on.
First of all, there is no organization of internet sites. You can spend
hours looking for information when a trip to your library may take only
a few minutes. The easiest way to find information on the internet is
through search engines, but the truth behind that is that they are corporately
funded. Companies pay to be on the top of the search list. Go ahead and
do a search on GOTO.com. You'll see
what I'm talking about. These biased searches limit our knowledge. The
main reason is that we accept the reality we are presented with. Reputations
sometimes give a false sense of security. Which goes into my next statement.
The biggest problem with this commercialism is probably privacy. Some
companies build a database of visitors. A few visits from the visitor,
either voluntarily or from popup ads can reveal a large amount of personal
information. Your computer can be sending personal information through
the internet without your knowledge. Real Networks, makers of Real Player
and other software has admitted to taking personal information. And there
was also a fiasco with Microsoft and the NSA (National Security Agency).
There are countless other security issues you are not aware of.
Another problem is the huge gap in usage of the internet. It is predominantly
used by middle and upper class citizens. There is an effort to spread
usage to lower income families, but a quick successful rollout would cost
billions which would receive widespread protests. Clinton's technology
push is quite radical, but it will take years before those people will
fully benefit from the aid.
But we have more to worry about. Within 2 years, half the content on the
internet will be in languages other than English. Many people are only
literate in English and will be disadvantaged to people in other countries
that educate their students in multiple languages. The internet is crucial
to the future of not only this nation, but to the world. Whomever controls
the internet controls much more.
And Americans are getting lazier than ever. TV use to take most of our
free time. People who have gone on the internet are on more than they
watch TV. The term "couch potatoe" is no longer valid.
So go outside and get some fresh air. A cool night and a clear sky will
clear your mind. Don't worry about what I've said. Information doesn't
always make you a wiser person. Ignorance is Bliss. And before you all
flame me, this is just my opinion of the darker side of the internet. (This was written some time around 1999/2000)
There's a file called "boot.ini" in the C:\ DIR. You may need to change
your folder options to see it. It should be set to "read only" so unclick
the read only attribute. It should look similar to this:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000" /fastdetect
Remove the line 'C:\="Win 98"' and save the file. Reboot and make sure
you don't have the option to boot to Win98 anymore. Then you can just
delete the "C:\Windows" directory. Remember to save and backup any files
you may need from that directory.
Actually, you can remove IE. I've done it before on about 2 dozen machines.
This fix usually will resolve any weird errors from IE or fatal exceptions/illegal
- You must have a full copy of IE 5.0 setup. You can get it from most
PC magazine cd's (or the Maximum CD).
- Click Start->Run and type regedit.
- Click Registry->Export Registry.
- Save the registry backup with today's date.
- Delete these reg keys: HKEY_CURRENT_USER->Software->Microsoft->INTERNET
EXPLORER HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE->Software->Microsoft>INTERNET EXPLORER
- Exit the registry. DO NOT REBOOT YET.
- Delete this directory: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer.
- Empty the Recycle Bin (you never know) and Reboot.
- After rebooting, install IE 5.0 from your source.
This fix does work. It will also not affect your mail or your favorites.
At night my mind does not much care, If what it thinks is here or there.
It tells me stories it invents, And makes up things that don't make sense.
I don't know why it does this stuff. The real world seems quite weird
Something Microsoft should have done: make their OS on hardware. Put
it on non-volitile ram card.