Sunday, April 24, 2011

No power at house.

I wont be posting for probably another week, due to a tornado slamming a tree down on the power line that connects my house. My landlord won't answer any calls, so who knows when I'll have power.....

Saturday, April 16, 2011

What brand of CPU do you prefer?

 sorry bout the time it took to get this out, its been a busy week (cisco routing class)

I decided to write this entry to bring up the two largest manufacturers of Central Processing Units.
Back in the day, Intel was new in the business, and started producing processors for computers.
They helped make an architectural standard in conjunction with IBM, known today as x86.
Around the time of the 486, being after the 386 and 286, some employees defected and created a company called AMD (Advanced Micro Devices). After a war of lawsuits between the two erupted and lasted for years. It seems that the beef is settled between the two giants. Nowadays, they compete mostly in the CPU market, and both have pros and cons.

I will summarize the pros and cons of each company.

Advanced Micro Devices

Makes cheap and still decent CPUs.

Pros: Very affordable products
Cons: Not the cutting edge in processor speeds.

Intel Corporation

Commonly used by the big PC companies such as Dell, HP, and gateway.

Pros: Mind blowing speeds, various technologies that AMD lacks
Cons: Too damn expensive

 TL;DR, I use AMD, because I'm not rich, and can still have a quad core.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Breaking in a new PC.

So you finally scored that PC you wanted.... What to do now?
As long as your OS (Operating System) is fresh and clean, you should consider installing some programs to help you out on your computing adventures. In the last post I asked "what will you use your PC for ?", and explained what I use my system for, I will go into further detail of most of the programs I use.


For my collection of digital music I use Winamp, which can parse a crapload of mp3s into a concise and easy to use library which is searchable. You may obtain winamp @ for free, as well as a paid version with more features(that you probably don't need).

Combined Community Codec Pack

I use the CCCP for the codecs it contains, as well as the Media Player Classic that comes with it.
You may obtain CCCP @ for free.



I use Tor for anonynimity purposes, see my post about tor for more info.

Mozilla Firefox
I use Firefox due to preference mostly. Check it out @
torbutton can be installed in it for easy and safer browsing.
Chatzilla is also nice if you want to lurk in the IRC areas of the internet.

Technitium MAC address changer

A great tool to change the MAC address of your network interface.
get it at

TL;DR  A short example list of programs I use on my PC, to help the reader get a better idea of what they need for their purposes.

Post any questions and I'll try my best to respond.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Getting a new PC (without getting ripped off)

I'm writing this as a rant after seeing a laptop for sale in a catalog, which boasted it had a "HUGE 20GB Hard Drive".......

That kinda killed me a little inside.

Many people want a new computer, but some don't know what to look for, and get less than they should for a price.

What are you getting the PC for? You might consider gaming, video editing, or maybe thats all crap to you and you just want a decent computer to browse the web and hold some digital photos.

You must consider the above, because it can mean a difference in hundreds of bucks.

Most people can get away with a factory built tower as a PC.

I have my own special needs in a PC, it needs to hold everything for about 10 people, and shouldn't lag.

Consider my build as an example, It acts as a powerhouse, working both to run my games, and serve the rest of the house with movies and music.
 I spent a bit extra than what most would, do to my nasty habit of hoarding information, and loving to customize PCs.


Computer Type  ACPI x86-based PC
Operating System  Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
OS Service Pack  Service Pack 1
Internet Explorer  8.0.6001.18702 (IE 8.0)
DirectX  DirectX 10.1
Computer Name  ENTERPRISE
User Name  Zandercorp
Logon Domain  ENTERPRISE
Date / Time  2011-04-06 / 16:59
CPU Type  QuadCore AMD Athlon II X4 620, 2800 MHz (13 x 215)
Motherboard Name  Biostar TA790GXB3 (3 PCI, 2 PCI-E x1, 1 PCI-E x16, 4 DDR3 DIMM, Audio, Video, Gigabit LAN)
Motherboard Chipset  AMD 790GX, AMD K10
System Memory  3328 MB (DDR3-1333 DDR3 SDRAM)
DIMM1: Corsair XMS3 CM3X1G1333C9  1 GB DDR3-1333 DDR3 SDRAM (9-9-9-24 @ 666 MHz) (8-8-8-22 @ 592 MHz) (7-7-7-19 @ 518 MHz) (6-6-6-16 @ 444 MHz)
DIMM2: Corsair XMS3 CM3X1G1333C9  1 GB DDR3-1333 DDR3 SDRAM (9-9-9-24 @ 666 MHz) (8-8-8-22 @ 592 MHz) (7-7-7-19 @ 518 MHz) (6-6-6-16 @ 444 MHz)
DIMM3: Corsair XMS3 CM3X1G1333C9  1 GB DDR3-1333 DDR3 SDRAM (9-9-9-24 @ 666 MHz) (8-8-8-22 @ 592 MHz) (7-7-7-19 @ 518 MHz) (6-6-6-16 @ 444 MHz)
DIMM4: Corsair XMS3 CM3X1G1333C9  1 GB DDR3-1333 DDR3 SDRAM (9-9-9-24 @ 666 MHz) (8-8-8-22 @ 592 MHz) (7-7-7-19 @ 518 MHz) (6-6-6-16 @ 444 MHz)
BIOS Type  AMI (07/30/09)
Video Adapter  ATI Radeon HD 3300 Graphics (256 MB)
Video Adapter  ATI Radeon HD 3300 Graphics (256 MB)
3D Accelerator  ATI Radeon HD 3300 (RS780D)
Monitor  Generic PnP Monitor [NoDB] (942RY1NA00923)
Audio Adapter  ATI RS690 HDMI @ AMD RS780/RS880 Chipset - High Definition Audio Controller
Audio Adapter  ATI RS690 HDMI @ ATI SB750 - High Definition Audio Controller
IDE Controller  Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
IDE Controller  Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
Storage Controller  AZCH756R IDE Controller
Storage Controller  Microsoft iSCSI Initiator
Storage Controller  VIA RAID Controller - 3249
Disk Drive  Generic Storage Device USB Device
Disk Drive  ST31000333AS ATA Device (1000 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA-II)
Disk Drive  ST32000542AS ATA Device (2000 GB, 5900 RPM, SATA-II)
Disk Drive  ST3250623A ATA Device (250 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/100)
Disk Drive  ST3500830AS ATA Device (500 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA-II)
Optical Drive  Optiarc DVD RW AD-7170A ATA Device (DVD+R9:8x, DVD-R9:8x, DVD+RW:18x/8x, DVD-RW:18x/6x, DVD-RAM:12x, DVD-ROM:16x, CD:48x/32x/48x DVD+RW/DVD-RW/DVD-RAM)
Optical Drive  QNY 0PUZ896VCPQ SCSI CdRom Device
Optical Drive  QNY 0PUZ896VCPQ SCSI CdRom Device
SMART Hard Disks Status  OK
C: (NTFS)  218.2 GB (24.2 GB free)
D: (NTFS)  931.5 GB (315.8 GB free)
E: (NTFS)  6997 MB (1975 MB free)
F: (NTFS)  7051 MB (6706 MB free)
I: (NTFS)  465.8 GB (114.3 GB free)
X: (NTFS)  1863.0 GB (1219.0 GB free)
Total Size  3492.2 GB (1681.8 GB free)

TL;DR : Don't get screwed out of your hard earned cash buying or building a new PC.
Read up on current standards by going to or

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Multiple Online Identity group

Maybe you are thinking James Bond, or Jason Bourne, well.... not really.
Having multiple identities can help you organize your online life properly.
I recommend at least two email addresses, one for garbage that doesn't matter, and one for important stuff like business and school. The garbage account is used to get accounts at places you probably won't go back to. You can have both accounts feed into an email client, that way you only have to check your email at one place. Another  concept to think about is walling off your accounts by having different password groups, just in case someone fools you into feeding their keylogger, you can slow the damage done to your accounts.

TL;DR use at least two different email addresses, and different sets of passwords to increase security.