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OSX: CaminoSession 0.4

Posted by cascadehush on October 4, 2006

PimpMyCamino: CaminoSession 0.4:

CaminoSession is an InputManager plugin that provides session management so Camino can restore the windows and tabs you had open last time you used it. It also saves and restores tabs after a crash.

I’ve been giving Camino a bit of a go lately. I use it to open my gmail, flickr, blog and forum pages which require logons. Camino integrates with Keychain, so passwords are stored securely, unlike in Firefox.

CaminoSession is a plugin which allows Camino to remember which tabs it had open last time. Frankly I think tabbed browsing without session saving is next to useless, so I’m grateful to have this functionality.

I must say that it’s unlikely that I’ll be ditching Firefox any time soon. At the moment each browser serves a purpose in my setup and it’s likely to stay that way for awhile.

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Viiv is not an open system

Posted by cascadehush on October 4, 2006

Intel says, ‘Let Apple be Apple.’:

Intel wants electronics manufacturers to design open systems with the Viiv at their core.

Viiv is not an open system.  It is a DRM based system with Intel CPUs and Intel Chipsets at the core.  It’s the closest thing to a closed system that Intel can make.  It is Intels attempt to try and do exactly what Apple have done with iTunes: tying content to hardware in a system that severely limits they ways customers can enjoy the media they purchase.

Viiv is nothing but another platform for DRM.

The only thing open about that is the fact that multiple manufacturers can build Viiv PCs.  They must have Intel chips inside to get the Viiv badge, so intel get’s their slice of the cake.  Calling Viiv an open platform is like callling Windows an open platform.  In fact Windows is more open than Viiv, because it can run on various CPUs and miriad chipsets. 

Viiv just creates an exclusive sub-class of PCs which effectivly come with an Intel tax.

Eric Kim is being a hypocrite.

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XP: Finding and Installing Drivers, Part 1.0 – Motherboard Chipset

Posted by cascadehush on October 4, 2006

N.B. This series of articles assumes that, for whatever reason, you either don’t have the original driver CD or choose not to use it. This is often the case if you work in a PC repair shop (as I do) or you have acquired components second hand. The introduction to this series is here.

Whether you are building a PC or reloading an existing one, the first thing you should install after the operating system are the motherboard chipset drivers. These drives are associated specifically with the northbridge (where applicable) and southbridge, rather than any other chips which may be present on the motherboard to provide other functionality such as audio or networking.

Motherboard chipset drivers are easy to overlook. Device Manager may not flag them as missing. They are responsible for the smooth running of your IDE and SATA drives, USB Ports and AGP slot. If you are wondering why your hard drive seems slow, or your new graphics card is not performing well, perhaps you are missing your motherboard chipset drivers.

The main motherboard chipset manufacturers all have sets of drivers which can be installed on almost any brand of motherboard. All you need to do is identify the chipset and you can select the appropriate drivers.

You can often identify the chipset manufacturer by looking at the southbridge, which is usually visible. (The northbridge is often covered by a heat sink so it is not visible.) You may also be able to guess the chipset from the model name, although this requires some experience. It isn’t a guaranteed method since some motherboards do not have their model name clearly marked and not all motherboard manufactures use an easy to follow naming scheme. Another way is to use a utility. I use CPU-Z and/or AIDA32. CPU-Z is quicker or this purpose. AIDA32 will become indispensable later on, since it provides much more information.

Remember, for most cases you only need to know the chipset manufacturer. The specific chipset is rarely necessary. There are 5 major motherboard chipset manufacturers, SiS, VIA, Intel, nVIDIA and ATI.

The following installments in this series will discuss, in turn, the different motherboard chipset manufacturers. Links will be provided to the driver packs.

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