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    Technology's biggest myths

    Expensive cables are better! Defragging speeds up your PC! Refilling ink cartridges ruins your printer! We put these and nine other claims to the test to find the truth behind tech's tallest tales.
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38841700...h_and_gadgets/

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    Re: Technology's biggest myths

    We tested two pricey HDMI cables the Monster HD1000 ($150) and the AudioQuest Forest ($60) against a couple of bargain-basement cables from Blue Jeans Cable (the 5001A-G, $5) and Monoprice (the 28AWG, $3.04)...we ended up with all four cables in a dead heat...
    This one is a hot button with me, and even so-called "bargain" stores like Walmart are guilty. I don't know how monoprice can sell such quality stuff at such low prices, but I'm glad they do. Along with Lowe's, they're my favorite toy store.

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    Re: Technology's biggest myths

    Quote Originally Posted by macro View Post
    This one is a hot button with me, and even so-called "bargain" stores like Walmart are guilty. I don't know how monoprice can sell such quality stuff at such low prices, but I'm glad they do. Along with Lowe's, they're my favorite toy store.
    Monoprice is so inexpensive because they don't mark up their prices nearly as much as everyone else. They make up for it in low overhead and high volume. Considering you can make a functioning HDMI cable out of coat hangers, they can't be that expensive to manufacture.

    And I love them for it.

    http://www.engadget.com/2008/03/03/a...ter-cable-and/

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    Re: Technology's biggest myths

    Amazon also sells their own branded HDMI cables for really cheap. I think I got a 6' cable with shipping for like 6 bucks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedsManRick View Post
    Amazon also sells their own branded HDMI cables for really cheap. I think I got a 6' cable with shipping for like 6 bucks.
    I bought a couple of them. Never had a problem with them. For ~$3 its well worth it. Usually I lump the order together to get free shipping ($25 total order).

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    Re: Technology's biggest myths

    Digital signals don't care whether they travel down a 50-cent cable or a $300 cable, as long as there is a continuous path to the destination, unimpeded by interference or attenuation.
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    The 2 times my PC caught a computer virus on the net was from a gardening web site and a marching band web site.

    Defragging used to make a difference but higher performance disks and more sophisticated OS's rendered that moot.

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    Re: Technology's biggest myths

    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Tucker View Post
    The 2 times my PC caught a computer virus on the net was from a gardening web site and a marching band web site.

    Defragging used to make a difference but higher performance disks and more sophisticated OS's rendered that moot.
    Makes a difference on XP regardless of service pack. And a lot of people still run XP.
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    Re: Technology's biggest myths

    That technology saves time and money is a myth. For instance, while computers may save time for tasks, they also create vast opportunities to waste time.
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    Re: Technology's biggest myths

    Quote Originally Posted by SunDeck View Post
    That technology saves time and money is a myth. For instance, while computers may save time for tasks, they also create vast opportunities to waste time.
    Thats why all bosses should install web watcher on all computers in the office and your employees will never waste time on them again LOL...
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    Re: Technology's biggest myths

    Quote Originally Posted by Dom Heffner View Post
    Thats why all bosses should install web watcher on all computers in the office and your employees will never waste time on them again LOL...
    I'd like to respond but......uh, gotta go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dom Heffner View Post
    Thats why all bosses should install web watcher on all computers in the office and your employees will never waste time on them again LOL...
    Most bosses who do that will find that everyone in the office is violating the company's Acceptable Use Policy.

    In all seriousness, Acceptable Use Policies and usage monitoring can eliminate the need for layoffs. Companies can just monitor any target employee's net usage for a couple of weeks, compile a list of AUP violations and have HR deliver them along with a pink slip for cause. Mrs. Unassisted has seen people vanish from her workplace for AUP violations, knowing full well that other colleagues of hers are also committing violations.
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    Re: Technology's biggest myths

    Quote Originally Posted by Dom Heffner View Post
    Thats why all bosses should install web watcher on all computers in the office and your employees will never waste time on them again LOL...
    In my first office job in the 90's, the first thing my co-worker in the cubicle next to me taught me, was how to go from playing solitaire to a work screen with one keystroke, in case the boss came around. Most valuable thing I learned there too.
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    Re: Technology's biggest myths

    Myth: Running your engine in idle when you've had to jump your battery recharges the battery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingspoint View Post
    Myth: Running your engine in idle when you've had to jump your battery recharges the battery.
    I did not know that. So are you saying that recharging it requires a charger, or will driving it help where idling won't?

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