Vote for Crawling Chaos!

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Sep 242009
 

Introduction

AMD Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition

AMD Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition

CPU-Z Mainboard

CPU-Z Mainboard

In the Russian Dolls virtual world of my PC (I’ve currently upgraded to a AMD Phenom II 4x core 955 Black Edition which now allows me to run at least six Operating Systems (OS) concurrently – at the last count!), I have a Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) inside two virtual versions of Windows XP connected to work with drives and printers mapped every which way and also via a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

CPU-Z CPU

CPU-Z CPU

I’m running Windows 7 and the two virtualization programs are Windows Virtual PC (using XPMode) and the much better, Sun VirtualBox.  It’s hard to keep track of it, what’s real and what’s not, if you see what I mean…?

Q. So what?  I hear you ask…

Well I got a Google Alert today which flagged a mysterious call to vote.  It pointed here:

Vote Crawling Chaos for Congress in Jeollabuk-do! (click)

Intrigued, I followed, and you can too….

Vote Crawling Chaos for Jeollabuk-do and Imperial Sun party for eJapan!

Vote Crawling Chaos for Jeollabuk-do and Imperial Sun party for eJapan!

A. It’s a virtual world where people can virtually vote for virtual political parties in the constructed world called ERepublik (100% free and only minutes to sign up, it says).  All the papers have been talking about it and so far it appears that ~10k folks from each actual country are signed up.

Me? The real world is virtually enough.  It’s more like The Matrix by the minute!  So, welcome, to the real world!

– and vote for Crawling Chaos! ha ha.

Crawling Chaos Official Website

Crawling Chaos Official Website

Of course, my extra computing power now allows me to see the background animation for the Crawling Chaos website.  Wahay!  It’s a slow moving background colour change, which, bizarrely, is something I planned but never implemented as subtle room lighting when Crawling Chaos were in The Pits Studio.

Adobe Acrobat Turn-Off!

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Apr 302009
 

Introduction

A few month’s back the Adobe Acrobat Reader landed itself in doo-doo with some Javascript security worries.  Adobe were slow off the mark informing their customers (like me) what to do.  So it was the blogs that provided the answer:

Turn off Javascript

Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough.  After a week a huge patch was issued.

Solution by Realisation

At this time I’d become increasingly frustrated with the program.  All it had to do was read pdf files, (an invention of Adobe), which since 1997 when I got my first PC, it’s managed to do, getting slower and slower at it as the different versions came out and yet mysteriously, processor speeds have increased dramatically.

My first processor was a 100MHz K5.  Now it’s a (now obsolete) Athlon64, 3700+ using the single, but extremely fast,  San Diego core.

Similarly with the annoying unwarranted updates control it insists on installing into it’s vast bulk.  Vast? Yes vast.  Last time I looked the bugger was taking up 221Mb on my hard drive just to read the odd PDF!

So that’s when I not only turned off Javascript.  I turned off the Adobe Reader!!!

I’ve never looked back.  I tried the Foxit Reader.  It installs in a jiffy, loads almost instantaneously and does everything that a PDF file reader should do – that is, it reads PDF files!    (I wanted to say ‘period’ there but I put an exclamation mark for effect – geddit!)

So that’s what I advise everyone to do.  Ditch the montrosity and try something else.  Get back to fast computing.  I’m going to give some of the Open Source readers a go next from this list here: http://pdfreaders.org/

Informative Links on the Adobe Duffness

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