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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 02, 2015, 04:30:22 PM
Anyone else have problems with Windows Update saying "Downloading updates 0%" forever? Is the download so huge that an hour later it is still at 0%?

I finally managed to get my netbook to show some progress, but it interrupted itself and said it couldn't install some updates because some updates were being installed. Then it said it might help if I reboot. I rebooted, and Windows Update told me the same thing again, so this time I clicked retry and now it says "Preparing to install updates 35%" and has been "stuck" there for quite a while.

But my VM with Windows 10 is still at 0% and has been for about an hour.

EDIT: Just after I submitted this, I went to the VM and clicked around a bit and went back to Windows Update and it refreshed the screen and now it's saying 24%. So maybe it just sometimes has problems updating the progress bar or percentage/text while it's doing its thing.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software for planning wood bookcases/cabinets/tables etc? on: July 02, 2015, 04:26:00 PM
That looks great! Thmbsup
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 02, 2015, 03:35:33 PM
I don't know if it was this way before, but now I see the "Settings" down by the "Power" options in the Start Menu (is it still called that?). I like that change. smiley

Oh, and this is still on build 10159.

EDIT: I just checked my netbook which I haven't updated in a while, so it's still on build 10130. Settings is in the same place. I guess I never noticed it before because I just recently realized that "Windows Update" is in Settings, and rather than pressing the Windows key and typing "Windows Update" I can just click Settings -> Update & Security.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 02, 2015, 12:54:34 PM
The "save" button in most software shows a floppy disk icon.

When was the last time you used a floppy disk?

The scary thing is that the rising generation using computers today may have never used (or even seen!) a floppy disk!

That's one of the best examples of a skeuomorphism I can think of.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 01, 2015, 01:18:08 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."

Uh, no. Now is good for me, thanks. But I can't seem to find the option to force it to download now.

I'm on the fast ring, with "Delay Updates" disabled.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 01, 2015, 01:16:11 AM
But the letter e in that shade of blue with the curve just so is so unique that it's patented and trademarked and copyrighted and everything else. So the next time anyone else writes e in blue, Microsoft can sue them into oblivion!
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Patent your mom tips on: June 30, 2015, 01:15:38 AM
Ah. Yeah, that particular product seems pretty silly.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Patent your mom tips on: June 30, 2015, 12:13:50 AM
I don't get it. What's a mom stick? huh
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Documentary film online: THOSE WHO ARE JESUS (2001) - 3 people with god delusion on: June 29, 2015, 04:13:33 PM
I think part of the reason I felt the documentary didn't go anywhere was partially due to the three people it highlighted. There were scenes where each of the people describe their experience and explain why it means what it means. I'm not sure if it was due to the editing of the film or if they actually explained it the way it was presented in the film, but it felt like none of them (especially Rachel) ever got to the point.

Meh... I generally wait for the next version and a few reviews. tongue cheesy

Next version?
10  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: AdGuard: the better Ad Muncher? on: June 28, 2015, 01:50:35 PM
The strange thing is that I've been using AdGuard on my PC with Firefox for weeks, if not a couple of months, and everything was fine. Then one day after a reboot, all HTTPS traffic in Firefox was broken. And since I generally only visit one site via HTTPS in Firefox, I thought it was an issue with the site's CA for several hours before finally realizing every HTTPS site I tried to access was giving me similar errors.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: More Firefox-Clone(ish?) adventures - Alienforce on: June 28, 2015, 03:04:38 AM
the chrome:// thingy in Firefox is not indicative of a chrome backend, chrome is Firefox's euphemism for add-ons and shiny-shiny (like adding chrome to cars and household appliances).  
https://developer.mozilla...n-US/docs/Glossary/Chrome

I thought "chrome" was akin to "bare metal" as in the basic program before the add-ons and web sites add shiny-shiny to it.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Documentary film online: THOSE WHO ARE JESUS (2001) - 3 people with god delusion on: June 28, 2015, 02:44:00 AM
I watched it. It was interesting, but I felt it didn't really go anywhere.

Also, the title seems like a bit of a misnomer, as, from the best I could understand, it was only Sadat who thought he was Jesus Christ/God. The other two just seemed to claim that they communicated with and/or channeled intelligence/revelation from a higher power/God.

Thanks for sharing.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laptop tray - for your lap [Recommendations?] on: June 27, 2015, 01:53:08 PM
I got something from IKEA a few years ago called a BRÄDA, but searching for it on their website only shows what you attached.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/search/?query=BR%C3%84DA

Mine looks like this:

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The underside has a beanbag type filling.

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The beanbag filling is nice because you can shove it all to one end or spread it out evenly to get the angle you want. There are only 2 things that might not work well for you:

1. Your legs tend to get warm being covered up by this thing.
2. Though the top looks like it's non-skid, I find laptops/mice and other things slide around on it pretty easily.
14  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: AdGuard: the better Ad Muncher? on: June 27, 2015, 05:21:18 AM
I just dealt with an issue where any HTTPS site in Firefox told me the connection was untrusted. I narrowed it down to Adguard's MITM feature to deal with filtering ads on encrypted traffic.

This knowledge base article didn't solve my problem, but linked me to some instructions on how to manually import the certificate in Firefox. HTTPS traffic appears to be working again now.




Below are some search terms I used while trying to find a solution, which will hopefully help others find this thread if they experience similar issues:
  • all https sites in firefox are untrusted
  • "This Connection is Untrusted" for all https sites in firefox
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software for planning wood bookcases/cabinets/tables etc? on: June 25, 2015, 05:21:22 PM
Thanks for sharing the photos, mouser. I really like it. Makes me want to build something. ohmy
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The end of the hard disk on: June 25, 2015, 05:16:58 PM
Not saying it's not possible, just that a jump like that so soon would be crazy.  Have we just been sitting on the technology all this time?

It could be a recent breakthrough in SSD technology that enables them to be produced much more efficiently/cheaply. But I'm just pulling that out of thin air. I have no evidence that that's what has happened.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 25, 2015, 02:01:24 AM
It may be the GPU/onboard video. Have you seen this page of the system specification/minimum requirements?

It's the same hardware as your netbook, Atom N270, Intel® 945GSE chipset with GMA950 Gfx.

They list exactly the same requirements for Windows 8.1 (actually more: PAE, NX, and SSE2), which it's running.

Weird. Well, like I said. Mine was an upgrade from Windows 7 Ultimate. I just popped in the disc from within Windows 7 and clicked Install or Setup or whatever it was.

I never could get the Reserve Windows 10 (from Windows Update) to show up on the netbook.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 25, 2015, 01:08:09 AM
According to dxdiag, the CPU is an Intel Atom N270 @ ~1.6Ghz, which is higher than I thought. DxDiag also says the system model is MS-N031, which I do see in small print on the sticker underneath, nearby the much larger U120 printed on the same sticker.

I installed Win8.1 Pro from scratch and have fully updated it but the Win 10 notifier updates don't even appear as downloads.  Seems strange that Win10 won't install since 8.1 runs fine on it but I'm guessing it's something BIOS related, (I've got the last modded BIOS version), so unless someone has any ideas about what specifically are the requirements of 10 as opposed to 8.1, (posts I've seen all refer back to the Win8 Upgrade Assistant for testing to see if Win10 will install), I'm out of luck on the netbook it seems.

It may be the GPU/onboard video. Have you seen this page of the system specification/minimum requirements?
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The end of the hard disk on: June 25, 2015, 01:02:08 AM
Next time I will be more precise and call it "storage device"...that should make everyone happy. smiley

I was further confused by the "SSDs are already old hat" because the PCI-e mounted SSDs are SSDs. That, combined with "hard disks that work according to SSD principles" made me think this was some new technology I hadn't heard about before.

I'm not trying to be pedantic. I'm just trying to explain why what you said confused me. smiley

It's all good though. The miscommunication has been cleared up.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google eavesdropping tool installed on computers without permission on: June 24, 2015, 01:32:12 PM
Why is Google getting in trouble when the article says that it is the open source Chromium installing this, rather than Chrome itself? (Well, it does come with Chrome, but you should kind of expect that!)

“The key here is that Chromium is not a Google product. We do not directly distribute it, or make any guarantees with respect to compliance with various open source policies,” Google developer mgiuca said.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The end of the hard disk on: June 24, 2015, 01:27:58 PM
Simple search brings up several links....

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=SSD+use+the+PCI-Express+lanes

I knew about PCI-e mounted SSDs, but Shades said "hard disks" which was something (PCI-e mounted HDDs faster than SSDs) that I hadn't heard about. But it seems xtabber has clarified that issue already.
22  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Microsoft Tinker robot puzzle game - download for free on: June 24, 2015, 01:22:19 PM
This was available for free with Microsoft Games for Windows Live/Marketplace software/service/store, which has recently-ish (within the past year) been discontinued. I think I tried it years ago but never spent much time with it and can't remember how much I liked it or not.

As for getting it to work on Windows 8.1: I'm pretty sure that DXSetup.exe isn't the proper Tinker setup file. It's a DirectX installation file to make sure you have the correct DirectX files installed.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mustang Browser for Windows (chromium based) on: June 23, 2015, 05:43:25 PM
I am unaware of any such switches.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mustang Browser for Windows (chromium based) on: June 23, 2015, 05:14:46 PM
"My first impression is it is chrome with a sanity check on the number of running instances"

Does Chrome get bad for that stuff?

Does this answer your question?

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^^ That is not artificially inflated to make a point. It's with 17 tabs open (which is a relatively low number for me) during my normal browsing when I came to this thread.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Desura have gone bankrupt! on: June 23, 2015, 01:28:48 AM
If you ever bought any games from Indie Royale, you'd better download them while you still can.

Indie Royale is/was run by Desura, and as far as I know, nobody has answered the question of how long people will still be able to access their purchases. The @indieroyale folks on twitter no longer have access to their email accounts.

Some tweets from @indieroyale:

Quick reminder,  this is now the unofficial Indie Royale account manager by @uncomplex until I find a new role. #irrip

No access to Indie Royale email Sad

And this message was retweeted by @indieroyale:

Ouch. So Desura is pretty much on its last legs. The @indieroyale account has gone unofficial and no longer has email access.

Get your games while you can!

http://www.indieroyale.com/collection
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