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Chaos Manor User's Column Archive 2006
- Computing at Chaos Manor, January, 2006 -
Jerry tramps briefly through CES, and is Grand Marshal for the annual Chaos Manor Orchids and Onions Parade.
- Computing at Chaos Manor, February, 2006 -
Jerry finds himself in a New York Camera Store scam, and builds Alexis: a fast dual AMD processor communications machine.
- Computing at Chaos Manor, March, 2006 -
After a happy ending to the Camera Store saga, Jerry dives into upgrading Wendy, printing with Xerox Phasers, and LCD displays from Viewsonic and HP.
- Computing at Chaos Manor, April, 2006 -
Jerry muses about multiboot on Intel gear from Apple, DeLorme GPS tools, Microsoft's Vista, and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, along with the usual chaos in the Manor.
- Computing at Chaos Manor, May, 2006 -
The Merrie Month of May is mostly down to Road Warrior Gear, and what to do when your laptop hard drive decides to die.
- Computing at Chaos Manor, June, 2006 -
June is a month for travel, for WinHEC, and for mucking about with beta versions of Windows Vista and Office 2007.
- Computing at Chaos Manor, July 3, 2006 -
Jerry opens up shop at ChaosManorReviews.com, builds Diana (the fastest gaming machine in the Great Hall), and tries out the new Microsoft Wireless Comfort keyboard and mouse.
- July Mailbag 1 -
The mail this week concerns good timing, kudos, a pair of handy tips and some discussion about Byte's glory days.
- Computing at Chaos Manor, July 10, 2006 -
Jerry ponders the effects of Windows Genuine Advantage, effects repairs in the Monk's Cell, and looks at a tool for product photographs.
- July Mailbag 2 -
The mail this week covers site design, 16 bit apps in 16 bit Windows, Adelphia troubles, and several solutions to disappearing YouTube videos.
- Computing at Chaos Manor, July 17, 2006 -
Jerry speculates about Intel Core 2, AMD and Apple, as well as taking a stab at the debate over Network Neutrality. Keyboards, Pirates and a home for old reviews round out the week.
- July 24, 2006 Mailbag -
The mail this week is about iMacs and AT&T fiber to the premises, subscriptions, fiction, and Net Neutrality.
- Computing at Chaos Manor, July 24, 2006 -
Jerry battles heat-induced computational stupor, touches on Intel, Office 2007, and the MS Wireless keyboard. He wraps up with the camera at hand.
- July 31, 2006 Mailbag -
Much of this week's mail revolves around network drives and disconnecting therefrom. Boxes of drives and the Monk's Cell have cameo appearances.
- Computing at Chaos Manor, July 31, 2006 -
As heat continued to engulf Chaos Manor, Jerry mourns the death of the big shows, anticipates the CPU cornucopia just unleashed, runs backups and updates the firmware, all before winding down for the month.
- August 7, 2006 Mailbag -
The mail covers the wealth of computing power, more on Net Neutrality and the MS wireless keyboard, as well as a conversation about scanning books.
- Computing at Chaos Manor, August 7, 2006 -
As the heat wave departed, hot topics abound: WiFi vulnerabilities, OneCare Live update woes, backups and UPSs, and an annoyance with Firefox updates.
- August 14, 2006 Mailbag -
In the mailbag, Jerry finds questions about his parting with Byte, Firefox session tips, more on the How Much CPU topic, a missive from Marty Winston, and more.
- Computing at Chaos Manor, August 14, 2006 -
Jerry treats us to reports from WWDC'06, Defcon, and works through service upgrades at the beach house.
- August 21, 2006 Mailbag -
A mixed bag of mail greets Jerry, from okra and gratuitous eye candy to IBM laptops and CPU abundance.
- Computing at Chaos Manor, August 21, 2006 -
Jerry wins an award, and speculates on the future of the dedicated GPU. Other topics include CPU plenty and InBoxer spam control.
- August 28, 2006 Mailbag -
Linux, Cheyenne Mountain, and global warming make up this Worldcon shortened mailbag.
- Computing at Chaos Manor, August 31, 2006 -
Jerry spends time at WorldCon, solves the problem of DOS printing to a networked HP LaserJet, and revisits backup and restore issues.
- September 4, 2006 Mailbag -
This week's mail encompasses continuing debates on Aunt Minnie and Linux, USB drives, multi-cores and graphics, and more.
- September 11, 2006 Mailbag -
A light week for mail, including a reader review of the
TRENDnet router, and commentary on the GPU vs. multi-core CPU conundrum.
- Computing at Chaos Manor, September 11, 2006 -
Jerry and the Chaos Manor Associates tackle upgrading hardware vs. the eventual release of Vista, and Jerry explores Word 2007 in some depth.
- September 18, 2006 Mailbag -
Three bags full: Of neck braces and bifocals; Speech recognition is coming; The Vista upgrade conundrum; and Digital SLR envy.
- Computing at Chaos Manor, September 18, 2006 -
Starting with a Word 2007 glitch, Jerry battles Vista downloads, appreciates Belkin's Pre-n gear, and much more..
- September 25, 2006 Mailbag -
Discussions of Linux and useability, more on the Delayed Write glitch in Windows XP, and thoughts on upgrading DSLR cameras with regard to the lenses at hand.
- Computing at Chaos Manor, September 25, 2006 -
An Internet Explorer Zero Day exploit, HP woes, and Vista! All that plus Winding Down for the month.
- October 2, 2006 Mailbag -
64 bit XP sucks, Intel-based Apple recommended, and the
advisors debate Iomega vs. reality.
- Computing at Chaos Manor, October 2, 2006 -
Protecting yourself online, Vista revisited, and a discussion
of the advantages of dual-core processors.
- October 9, 2006 Mailbag -
Loads of mail: from multi-core vs. GPUs, Vista install advice, computers could be faster, 64bit blues, and Instant Messaging ABC's.
- Computing at Chaos Manor, October 9, 2006 -
Jerry has some success with Vista RC1, sees RC2 and dispenses advice, then entertains a debate on the merits of Vista. The week wraps up with Alex's troubles with booting a Windows laptop.
- October 16, 2006 Mailbag -
Dragon Naturally Speaking, a pair of Vista queries, and some light entertainment turn up in the mail this week.
- Computing at Chaos Manor, October 16, 2006 -
This week at Chaos Manor: Ma Bell reanimated, Net Neutrality debated, Sony Reader reviewed, and Vista licensing rattles a few cages.
- October 23, 2006 Mailbag -
The mailbag overflows with good stuff: OS-X and Macs, Windows licensing and activation, another "Reader" review, and much more!
- Computing at Chaos Manor, October 23, 2006 -
Network Neutrality takes center stage in this installment of the User's Column from Chaos Manor.
- October 30, 2006 Mailbag -
A mailbag full of Linux commentary, Mac user experience, Net Neutrality yet again, and some Linux magic about changing disks.
- Computing at Chaos Manor, October 30, 2006 -
October winds down with Richard and Herrin's wedding, anticipating the Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro, a stable Vista upgrade, and finally: the books, game and movie of the month.
- November 6, 2006 Mailbag -
The mail encompasses Firefox 2 vs. IE 7, a pair of post-hallowe'en horror stories, a method for dealing with spam returns, a bit more network neutrality, and commentary on The Trouble With Physics.
- Computing at Chaos Manor, November 6, 2006 -
Microsoft, Novell, and SCO, oh my! New Macs for some, a spam-DoS against Mrs. Pournelle, laptop recovery advice, and a long bit on Intellipedia.
- November 13, 2006 Mailbag -
The mailbag goes uptown with a message on physics, plus the joys of re-installing XP, and lots of mail on the new Macs.
- Computing at Chaos Manor, November 13, 2006 -
Vista goes gold, Jerry talks Dvorak keyboards, Zune and voice recorders, and suffers from failed backups and the dreaded "Delayed Write Error."
- November 27, 2006 Mailbag -
A two-bagger full of fun with physics, windows bashing, backup utilities, digital rights management questions, and more.
- Computing at Chaos Manor, November 28, 2006 -
A Tale of Two Power Supplies, by Dr. J. E. Pournelle. Assorted other diversions and entertainments abound. Books, games and movies wrap up this month.
- December 4, 2006 Mailbag -
The mail has much on the egregious MS Delayed Write Failure, some exchanges on Spam and Mac mail applications, then more on Macs and Parallels and Bootcamp, oh my!
- Computing at Chaos Manor, December 5, 2006 -
Jerry finds partial resolution to the Power Supply crisis. Chaos intrudes with Live OneCare, and with the dreaded Delayed Write error.
- December 11, 2006 Mailbag -
This week's mail is an eclectic mix, from the value of webcams to Weird Al lyrics, with power supplies and Windows slowdowns blended in for flavor.
- Computing at Chaos Manor, December 12, 2006 -
Jerry dispenses advice on how to best spend money on a new system, reviews InBoxer, and offers short takes on assorted small peripherals.
- December 18, 2006 Mailbag -
The week opens with yet more mail on Delayed Write Errors. Jerry also fields mail on Spam detection, Office on the Mac, One Note alternatives, and the problem of old hardware.
- Computing at Chaos Manor, December 19, 2006 -
Jerry begins the Herculean task of cleaning out the DRM stables.