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Tool for removing device drivers

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Sometimes when you're removing something from your computer, say you're putting in a new video card and don't need the old drivers anymore, the old files aren't always removed properly. Luckily for us someone else noticed this too only he wrote a program to fix the problem - tell it what drivers you had before and it'll make sure all of the remnants are promptly given marching orders, and its completely free.

New power supply is great!

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After last night's fun we picked up a new power supply for our computer. Its a beefy 500Watt thing by the company Antec and had some discounts this week at CompUSA to make it easier to swallow. Anyway, twenty minutes of fiddling later and I've got everything where it should be - the video card is working again and the DLT drive isn't making the system freak out. The DLT drive is actually recognized now, which it wasn't last night for the five minutes before the video card decided to take its ball and go home, and I've been able to erase a tape as a test. Next off is a complete backup - the drive will store up to 35gig of data uncompressed and can go to about 70gig if the files are compressible. I'll let you know how it goes, but so far I'm pretty darn happy - we can finally do proper backups!!

Backup drive = needs lots of power

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After finally getting a backup tape drive to replace our previous one which decided to not work right, I've managed to a) probably blow another video card, and b) have finally realized that the power supply in our computer just isn't strong enough for what I want/need to do. Because I consider backups to be pretty darn important we'll be picking up new power supply to get it all working, and hopefully tomorrow night actually be able to start making backups! Fingers crossed!

Why Intel sucks, edition 83

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A thorough explanation of why Intel are such a poor company today. The funny thing that I see a parallel between their technological demise and that of Star Trek over the years, with how Star Trek turned from being a fairly good and thought provoking show into a stupid sit-com that could do nothing but repeat older stories over and over again, usually using kludges like time travel.

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