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76  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: software to edit pdfs on: November 15, 2013, 05:06:11 PM
I think they only allow it tomos if the original form was created to be edited.
77  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / software to edit pdfs on: November 15, 2013, 04:01:22 PM
With so much of the world wanting people to edit their pdfs and them email them back, it has sent us searching for an inexpensive way to do this at our school.

All kinds of forms require this, why they cannot make it editable before they send it out is beyond me.

I am looking to do this for around 20 people, so free or inexpensive would be nice.

We use Windows 7 Pro, Office 2010 Pro if that helps any.

perhaps there is an online site that might let you do it.

thanks in advance for the suggestions,
dave
78  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How long do hard drives actually live for? on: November 13, 2013, 05:40:57 AM
would it be safe to say that the newer, bigger hard drives with more storage space run hotter than the older 80 gb or less hard drives of yesteryear?  I have taken apart lots of older 30 and 40gb drives and they only have 2 platters in them.  If I am not mistaken, the newer 500 gb drives have 3 or 4 platters in them, thus creating more heat.
 and then those enterprised drives that I use in my servers weigh in at twice what the consumer models do.  I am talking 3.5" black label vs blue label WD drives of the same storage size.

79  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: do safe online game websites even exist? on: November 06, 2013, 05:50:23 AM
Thanks Tao and Deo for the advice and suggestions.  I was just on the thefreegamesdb.com which is now the free games for downloadable games mentioned in this thread.  I assume they are safe.  
80  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: A Large Database Of Free Games on: November 06, 2013, 05:39:52 AM
Very nice site.  I may have to download some of these for my older people to play on their computers instead of getting a virus from the online game sites.
81  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / do safe online game websites even exist? on: November 05, 2013, 09:02:38 PM
I have several older people in my town that having nothing much better to do than play on the computer.  They love to play card games and a few arcade style games.  I am tired of redoing their computers once or twice a year because they get on sites lite iWin.com etc..  I have downloaded a host file from hphost (malwarebytes) to try and help stop some of the junk from getting on their computer.

Does safe websites even exist?  is msn games, primarygames.com or gamehouse.com safe? 
82  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: on the 'benefits' of technology... on: October 29, 2013, 05:27:27 AM
very interesting. 
83  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Networking, help me understand. on: October 19, 2013, 07:52:17 AM
Computer Configuration>Windows Setting>Security Settings>Local Policy>Security Options>Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only.  It is set to "Enable" by default.  change it to disable.

Here is the explanation by Microsoft of this setting:

Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only

This security setting determines whether local accounts that are not password protected can be used to log on from locations other than the physical computer console. If enabled, local accounts that are not password protected will only be able to log on at the computer's keyboard.

Default: Enabled.


Warning:

Computers that are not in physically secure locations should always enforce strong password policies for all local user accounts. Otherwise, anyone with physical access to the computer can log on by using a user account that does not have a password. This is especially important for portable computers.

84  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Networking, help me understand. on: October 19, 2013, 07:44:38 AM
there is a setting if your using the Pro version of XP to allow blank passwords.  I usually use gpedit to set this.  let me see if I can find the path for it.
85  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's up with Flash crashing all the time lately? on: October 16, 2013, 05:37:27 AM
nvidia does have a driver detect option on their website that I have used before.  Not sure about an uninstaller other than the one that comes with their software.
86  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Silent installer for java and adobe products on: October 10, 2013, 01:34:36 PM
we can neither do away with Java or Flash.  online educational sites are horrible in their use of Java and Flash.  They are also horrible in the version they require.  One site will update their end to a newer version in order for it to work which in turn, breaks another site that hasn't updated.  Angry

I usually try to wait until someone gets the error that they need to use a newer version but that is a problem to, because they have a class in the computer lab and then they cannot do what they wanted them to do. 

so that is why i am looking for some kind of auto installer.  But even the suggestions are pretty price for our small school.   Sad
87  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Silent installer for java and adobe products on: October 10, 2013, 05:36:16 AM
I am looking for a way to update computers on our school network (Windows 7).  Mostly for Java and adobe products like Reader and Flash.  Alot of our school software requires the latest version and for me to spend time manually updating them is just not realistic.

One thing would be nice if it could scan our Windows network to see if updates were needed and then silent install the necessary programs.

Does anything like this exist or could a program be written to do this?  I am not a programmer so I don't even know if it could be done.  It would make my life easier.  smiley
88  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Vocab tune-up on: September 16, 2013, 05:51:11 AM
a saying that I picked up somewhere along the line, "even if you were using perfect english, who would know it?" 
89  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: printer to repair or not repair on: September 10, 2013, 05:42:05 AM
actually, Target, I have asked them and they say both machines are very much worth repairing.  I don't very often buy new machines from him so he does benefit that way from me. He likes the 4100 and the P3005 because they are a business class printer, durable, the parts are easy to get and easy to replace.

to repair or not repair wasn't really the question of the OP.  It was at what point do you stop repairing them and buy new... that was the question.  the printers in question, have less than 72000 pages run through them so they have lots of life left.

I probably will repair once, and then buy new the second time.  98% of the time my machines don't need repaired again.  some of my teachers don't even put a thousand pages a year on them.  so repairs tend to last me a very long time.
90  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: printer to repair or not repair on: September 07, 2013, 06:08:45 PM
most of the time they need a good cleaning and maybe new feed rollers, possible a transfer roller or fuser on occasion.  Fusers are expensive and the others are not that bad.  The company i use is legit and very good.  the do repairs for lots of companies and I do trust them.  Usually it cost me the parts plus an hour or so of labor ($75).  My users don't put lots of pages through them so journally repairs last quite a while. 
91  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: printer to repair or not repair on: September 07, 2013, 05:58:13 PM
Mouser, I can partially agree with if we are talking about a hundred dollar printer, then yeah, repairs probably wont be worth it.  But brand new the P3005 and 4100 HP are many hundreds of dollars.  The 4100s are known to be real workhorses and some probably have a million or more pages.  Te older ones tend to have heavier and possibly more metal parts in them than the newer plastic printers.
92  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / printer to repair or not repair on: September 07, 2013, 05:28:09 PM
I am having a difficult time wrapping my head around printers - laser printers.  Do I repair them or replace them.  By repair, I mean someone else does the work.

I am not talking about cheap printers but ones like the HP Laserjets P3005dn, 4100dn, 1300, 1200.  Also Xerox N2125.

i realize these are some heavy duty printers that are made to last a long time and print thousands of pages before needing some attention.  But one can wrap up hundreds of dollars in repairs, especially if a maintenance kit or fuser is needed.

While these printers won't have the speed of a newer one, they probably are more durable, in my opinion.

so where is the trade off ... replace or repair at?  is it in dollars to repair or how many pages have been run through the printer over the lifetime.  some of my printers are 7-10 years old.  Does that mean I should replace?

I didn't know what other doco users thoughts were on this.  I am using these in a school enviroment if that makes a difference.

thanks,
Dave
93  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Apple Mighty Mouse - Wireless (Bluetooth) Model No.A1197 - Mini-Review on: August 28, 2013, 05:47:01 PM
plus the Logitech wireless mice have excellent battery life... like a year in my case.
94  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: P3005 HP LaserJet printer questions on: August 11, 2013, 11:09:45 AM
Renegade is a smart ass and Stoic Joker is a smart asp! tongue
95  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: P3005 HP LaserJet printer questions on: August 08, 2013, 08:28:37 PM
the problem that i was describing was more the the chip in the cartridge and the proverbial planned obsolescence.  Sad
96  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: P3005 HP LaserJet printer questions on: August 07, 2013, 09:36:10 PM
One of my secretaries has a HP 1100 laser jet with over 100,000 pages on and is still going strong. Had the feed rollers replace one and another HP paid for fix, can't remember what it was.
97  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: P3005 HP LaserJet printer questions on: August 07, 2013, 08:04:56 PM
we used to have a HP Photosmart all in one, dont remember the model been about 5 to 6 years ago.  didn't get used a whole lot but we always had to replace the cartridges (genuine) when we had to use it after sitting idle for 9 to 12 months.  i got tired of spending $100 some dollars everytime they wanted to use to print 3 or 4 pages tongue  but the excuse was we spent $400 on it.  some people will never understand1  cheesy
98  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: P3005 HP LaserJet printer questions on: August 07, 2013, 06:51:33 PM
I think Brothers are cheap and noisy, but most are noisy anymore.  I have had some Samsung Lasers that are preforming very well for us.  Cost per page isn't that much more than any other one especially if you get the long life cartridges.  And I haven't had to replace feed rollers in them yet.  But time will tell on that part.

A friend of mine has a P3005 in another school district and every 20,000 pages he is replacing feed rollers and seperation pads or else it jams.  not sure if they are genuine HP parts or not.
99  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: P3005 HP LaserJet printer questions on: August 07, 2013, 10:19:57 AM
Sorry about that Renegade.  I was on my phone when I posted the reply so I didn't bother checking the link out.

some of the repairs on different machines are like a growling noise when it prints, paper jam in tray 2 even though I replaced the sep pad and feed roller with genuine HP parts.

I have used the 4100 and 4200 with pretty good luck.  we are an extremely small school, so most of our printers get 2,000 or less pages printed per year.  our staff is has been taught not to print unless its absolutely necessary.
100  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: P3005 HP LaserJet printer questions on: August 07, 2013, 09:22:22 AM
Thanks Renny.  Mine is a laser and not an inkjet.
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