Sunday, July 26, 2009

How To Make Your Computer 100% Secure

Want to keep hackers from getting into your computer and its data? Follow these simple steps:

1) Open your computer's case
2) Wire up some dynamite, place inside of case and as close as you can to the hard drive(s)
3) Hook detonation wire up to detonator.
4) Place yourself a safe distance from the computer.
5) Activate the detonator, and watch.

Well, I didn't say this was PRACTICAL.

EDIT: I just want to comment that you cannot have perfect security, though. If you want to secure your system, you need to keep your virus protection and firewall up to date. Either that, or just ditch Windows, because it is one of the least secure operating systems. You're probably better off running Linux, Mac OS, Solaris, or FreeBSD. Even with those operating systems, however, you cannot have perfect security, but at least your out-of-the-box security will be better than a Windows system with an up-to-date firewall and antivirus.

Hard Drive on It's Way

Well, my bricked hard drive has been received by the manufacturer, and a replacement will be shipped out soon, most likely tomorrow. If all goes well, I'll have it within a week, and then I'll review how well it runs on versions 1.25, 1.26, and 1.27 of Wine, and then create individual reports after playing on them for about a day or so.

Hopefully, 3rd time will be the charm, as the bricked hard drive was a replacement for another hard drive that failed. I just wish this one had failed in the time frame of the first one. That one I could at least tell was dying, and it took a month to do so. This one? Failed as soon as I rebooted the computer

Monday, July 6, 2009

Oblivion on Wine - 1.1.25 Report Delayed

Some real life issues have prevented me from testing Wine 1.1.25, unfortunately. A few days after writing my report for 1.1.24, my cheap BIOSTAR motherboard's SATA controller failed. The SATA controller is what lets your computer use hard drives and optical drives that use the SATA interface. So, my hard drive and my combo CD/DVD burner were useless. Last thursday or friday I got a PCI-E x1 expansion card with two SATA ports on it, so that I could use the cards again. Guess what? When the SATA controller failed, it also bricked both the hard drive and the burner. The burner is no longer available it seems, so I doubt LG will replace it. As for the hard drive, western digital does free replacements, so for now I'll be waiting for the replacement to arrive.

At present, I'm running on an old PATA hard drive, but the linux installation is 64bit, which I've tried to get Oblivion running on, but keep running into crashes at startup. I think that may be a mod I installed, however.