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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 01, 2015, 11:09:39 AM

Bit late on that news ... Scroll ^up^ to 7:45 this morning. cheesy
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 01, 2015, 08:44:52 AM
Since one of our lab machines won't upgrade from 10130 (failed 3 times), I'm experimenting with this now:
http://www.zdnet.com/arti...s-10-upgrade-into-an-iso/

Fairly quick and easy way to create a current ISO.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 01, 2015, 07:59:30 AM
Wow, fancy new login screen in 10159 ... Looks like they're getting it ready for prime time.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 01, 2015, 06:49:33 AM
Anyone know how to get Windows 10 to update immediately? I've checked for updates and it often says "We found updates, we'll download them later."

I've got 3 Win 10 VMs here at the office. One I'd left running and it had it (10158) ready to go yesterday morning. I just fired up one of the others, hit check for updates, and it came up with another newer build (10159) yesterday.

Maybe your check fell in between the build updates that were oddly (emergency?) close together?
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Patent your mom tips on: June 30, 2015, 10:37:19 PM
Warning loud auto playing video at link - Do not click if it's like almost midnight and your wife is sleeping in the next room after working a 12 hour shift.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Save Domain Privacy on: June 30, 2015, 10:31:49 PM
+1 for Hover (formerly Tucows) I've been with them for well over a decade and never had a problem.

As far as the whois privacy thing goes, I think it depends on what problem you're trying to solve. While the whois privacy services do "protect" you from random curious strangers, who could just as well use a phone book. It does absolutely nothing against the truly dangerous agencies that exist solely for the purpose of being harmfully invasive.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 30, 2015, 02:05:11 PM
You have to understand what decades of a blue E has done to the minds of the simple users, the ones that the rest of us wonder how they ever managed to turn a computer on. To them, the blue E means the internet.

No it doesn't ... Those people still install the internet from their AOL CDs. While the rest of the middle ground have been quietly moved to Chrome by one of the myriad of Java updates.

MS wanted/needed to make a break from the past, and to distance their new baby from the stigma that is the 'Blue E' ... Which they just failed at completely IMO.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 30, 2015, 11:09:58 AM

Oh FFS! ...The icon for their "All New" MS Edge browser, is a $^%#& Blue 'E'!!?! Seriously??!!??
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ahem . . . has your antivirus program been compromised by GCHQ and NSA? on: June 27, 2015, 11:16:01 AM
Just another reason to stop using snake oil software.

A friend of mine had a boss who liked to say "using a prophylactic is like taking a shower with a raincoat on."  I feel the same way about computing with av running.  smiley

Or something like this perhaps?

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10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 27, 2015, 11:11:18 AM
I guess it's not a huge deal, though. On July 29th the notifier will show up for everyone regardless as it has a Windows 10 compatibility checker built-in so people can see if their PC is up to running the new OS.

I think it's just the principle of the thing, since the success of the reservation offer seems to be quite random. ...And some of us just don't deal with random all that well. cheesy

My semi antique Dell laptop (in a workgroup) got the offer all by itself.
My fairly new HP ElitePad 900 (also in a workgroup) just can't seem to find it.
None of my domain machines (which I believe is by design) have been offered 10.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Be prepared against ransomware viruses.. on: June 27, 2015, 10:43:35 AM
I wonder if there's a really simple way to save all your files in an unusual fashion that the computer can read quite easily normally, but then the malware virus can't find them properly and tanks.

Run an automated backup that uses a UNC path to a hidden network share, that you user account does not have file/share permission to access. Run the backup job (it's just a scheduled task) under the context of an account that can access said share.


Side note: Wasn't there a thread here just recently about a new group of Crypo Virus rescue utilities?
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Inceptionism: Trippy new artform from the Google people... on: June 26, 2015, 01:36:26 PM

Zoiks! Looks like they cut the feed when it started dreaming about eating people and world domination.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 24, 2015, 11:48:47 AM
I found out when I later upgraded another PC to 10, that this had the annoying effect of syncing my wallpaper across PC's. If that's the most annoying problem I run in to (and there's a way to turn it off) I can live with that.

Yes there is a way of turning it off. Which is a fact I ran across in the process of turning it on to see if it would sync the wallpaper... cheesy
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 24, 2015, 06:55:05 AM
even though I have a license key for Win 8 Pro, I have never even tried Win 8, mainly because I was told I would have to create a Microsoft Account and log in to it!

there was a workaround for Win.8 - but they certainly made it seem as if you *had* to connect with that MS account. IIRC, it was a case of first accepting and then in the next step there was an opt-out option.

No idea if it's easier with 10.

LOL Nope! it's actually much worse.

In Win8.x You only had to click create new MS account, and then (find hidden at the bottom) click the use local account option. With 10 it's buried another level, So for a clean install if you want to use local accounts. You have to select the Company Owned Computer option ... Then it's the same game as Win8.x. If you select the It's My Computer option it's MS Live accounts only (during the OOBE).

Oh yeah... and if you click the wrong one there is no way to backup and choose the other short of dumping the box to force the OOBE wizard to start over.

On a side note: if you do end up going the oops dump route to start over, 10 has an odd habit of trying to login in with a "default" account for which there is no known/available password. The only way out of that little mess is to - quite counter intuitively - select "Cancel Login" which then causes it to fall back to (where you wanted to be) the OOBE Wizard.

^That little tip cost me half an hour of befuddled fiddling.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The end of the hard disk on: June 23, 2015, 05:43:53 PM
What do you think?

I think the exact same questions haunt/scare the shit out of me ... Which is why I'm still running spinning platters.

While it's true that eventually the technology will stabilize enough to be called "Stone Ax Reliable" ...(Ha!)... The fact that I haven't heard an SSD horror story recently is not IMO a valid reason to assert that the proverbial coast is clear.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: recover an SQL .mdf file that is currently written to a bad sector on: June 23, 2015, 07:24:42 AM
Okay, this bit is marginally insane...but the sensible options appear to have been exhausted.. It seems that the db is attesting to be both valid and corrupt at the same time. I say this once before with a db that hadn't been properly maintained for a few years, and had some of it's slack space on a bad sector.

Probably best to hear from Shades before trying this, but...

If you run the MSSQL maintenance routine (Shrink database/files) on the db to compact the db it may allow you to get the actual data "out" while leaving the (presumed) corrupt slack space where it is.

It's a dangerous, and quite possibly insane idea. But if the current instance of SQL is indeed the only thing that can read the db, then maybe it can be leveraged (e.g. tricked into) copying the db for you.

Shades??
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Bing moving to encrypt search traffic on: June 21, 2015, 01:07:08 PM
And it's quite possible that you're right. The problem is that they passed up the chance to just say that in plain English, choosing instead to dance around the specifics ... And that - These days - throws up a flag.

I think, more specifically, these days everything has to go through the marketing department where they sprinkle technical announcements with their special blend of buzz words and obfuscation that blurs the original, intended version of an announcement.

Understood. I just think these Prancing Nancys desperately need to be boiled in their own juices for not using Plain English on critical pieces of information. Any attempting to sell me on a technology, without the clear technical details...is an excruciatingly bad idea. IRL I am notoriously brutal with vendors that wish/desire/make the mistake of playing word games. If you want my money...you better be crystal GD clear about what is to happen/be delivered or you will rue the day we met.. cheesy
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Bing moving to encrypt search traffic on: June 21, 2015, 07:47:40 AM
Does anyone have an actual referrer string?

I'd be very surprised if it's anything more than the standard referrer string that informs a web site what web site the visitor is coming from that has been around for eons.

And it's quite possible that you're right. The problem is that they passed up the chance to just say that in plain English, choosing instead to dance around the specifics ... And that - These days - throws up a flag.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 21, 2015, 07:28:00 AM
I haven't had to sign in with my Microsoft account. I guess that's due to it being an upgrade from an existing Windows 7 installation.

For a clean install if you want to use local accounts. You have to select the Company Owned Computer option ... Then it's the same game as Win8.x. If you select the It's My Computer option it's MS Live accounts only (during the OOBE).
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 20, 2015, 02:51:00 PM
FWIW I finally got a Windows 10 Reservation prompt, on my Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop (It's a trash can rescue). It's currently running (acceptably) Windows 8.1 with 3GB of RAM and a Celeron 2.2GHz (1 core) CPU.

If I was sure I could upgrade it now and still get/have/qualify for the final...I'd make the jump today. I haven't seen anything in 10's behavior that made me think it'll use/need any more resources than 8.1.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Bing moving to encrypt search traffic on: June 18, 2015, 11:22:48 AM
Oh Baby, Security Theater at its finest..

I joust love this part:
Quote
However, to further protect our users’ privacy, we will not include the used query termsWe will still provide some limited query term data available without compromising the security of customer data through our various webmaster and advertiser tools

...And just WTF is "Query Term Data"?? They go into 3 paragraphs of smokescreen to attempt to outline what is(/n't) about to happen. But they never clarify - like by example - what it is.

Here's a for instance: I do a bing search for Nipple Clamps, select a site from the Bing results, and Bing tells the site OP that I was looking for what exactly???

You can't put a logo on a Plain-Brown-Wrapper without defeating its purpose.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: LastPass hacked on: June 16, 2015, 07:20:13 AM
That's exactly the reason I never used LastPass

Same here. How ultimately is having one password that opens all accounts really different than using the same password for all accounts? The end result is the same if an attacker picks the right entry point.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: cannot copy/paste in word on: June 14, 2015, 08:27:08 AM
I don't use it...but maybe try CTRL-U (UNDO)
http://efficiency365.com/...yboard-shortcuts-in-word/

That'll conflict.
Ctrl+U has always been Underline selected text. It goes with:
Ctrl+B = Bold selected text
Ctrl+I = Italicize selected text

These have been around forever, and still apply to 365...which does/should/did have all the standard Ctrl+ hot keys by default. Me thinks (regarding the OP), something got fiddled with..
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: PayPal about to claim rights in all IP sold/licensed using PayPal for payments on: June 10, 2015, 11:22:54 AM
from
http://www.makeuseof.com/...te-crap-tech-news-digest/
(makeuseof.com news digest - so you will have to scroll ~half-way down the page)


Wait... Yahoo Maps is going away at the end of June?!?! Damn it!
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WildOpal - hypothetical new idea for a "find and replace" program on: June 10, 2015, 08:03:11 AM
Never having had time to delve into RegEx much, this looks like it will be quite handy.
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