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Posted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 12:49 am
by Xocrates
Good fucking god, just how much shit does a brand new laptop bring installed?

Seriously, I got a laptop last week for my mother, and I was looking into it now to essentially finish properly setting it up. At launch, with essentially factory settings, the bloody thing has over 90 processes running (by comparison, my heavy use desktop tends to have between 30-70 depending on how much shit it has installed). I can identify at least 7 tray icons with no business being there, and I suspect, with no hyperbole, that a full two thirds of everything currently installed is manufacturer specific software with dubious utility at best.

Honestly, I really should format this back to a truly clean slate, but don't actually feel like thralling the internet for all the drivers :/

Posted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:33 am
by Shwart!!
Pre-installed software has gotten kind of ridiculous, I agree. It typically takes me a couple hours to clean most of the stuff off a new system.
As for reformatting, if you're running Windows Vista / 7, Windows Update does a pretty fine job of finding drivers for everything. The only thing I ever have to find by hand is video drivers.

Crazy Dissociative Kid With Too Much Hair

Posted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:16 pm
by FF
Xocrates wrote: Honestly, I really should format this back to a truly clean slate,
Shwart!! wrote: It typically takes me a couple hours to clean most of the stuff off a new system.


This program comes to mind, works well to get rid of a lot of PC bloatware that comes pre-installed when purchasing a PC from a retailer (but sometimes, not all)

http://pcdecrapifier.com/

however, never as good as a clean install of a OS ;)

Posted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 1:37 pm
by Feud
[ur=http://www.azcentral.com/community/mesa/articles/2011/11/08/20111108russell-pearce-recall-trailing-jerry-lewis.htmll]This[/url] is bigger than what people realize.

A major Tea Party affiliated Republican being voted out, in what is one of the most conservative congressional districts in Arizona, in favor of a moderate. Ripples of this will be felt for a long way.

Posted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 5:43 pm
by NeatNit
I just heard Justin Bieber is dead! YAY!!


[size=0]I'm not really stupid enough to believe it (<3 /b/), but heck, maybe you are. Either way go spam it everywhere.)[/size]

Posted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 6:49 pm
by Mas Tnega
You just said that to make me Google Justin Bieber. Asshole.

Posted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 7:00 am
by GreenRock
Google can barrel roll, from what I've heard.

Posted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:00 am
by xyzyxx

Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 1:25 am
by jelco
Black Sabbath reunion tour. Fuck yes. :D

Jelco

Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 10:47 am
by Xarlaxas
Who?

Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 1:42 pm
by shinygerbil
Xarlaxas wrote:Who?


No, I don't think they're on tour.

Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 4:44 pm
by xander
Xarlaxas wrote:Who?

He's on first base.

xander

Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:52 am
by Feud
All of my steam notifications say that my friends are playing Skyrim. I sense a trend.

Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:05 am
by microchip08
Feud wrote:All of my steam notifications say that my friends are playing Skyrim. I sense a trend.


Yup.

Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 2:48 pm
by NeatNit
http://features.peta.org/mario-kills-tanooki/

Because I know how much you guys love PETA!


PTROA (which happens to be Israel-based but that doesn't matter) is a lot more logical but not very active. https://www.ptroa.co.il/petition/