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26  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: October 06, 2014, 04:52:30 PM
So... Now we're calling out the bomb squad for litter bugs
Note: Sadly this completely absurd overreaction is an actual -currently happening - real live event.

We just had a similar incident over an abandoned suitcase full of stuffed animals.

Once again the boogieman is behind every tree...as our entire culture goes completely to shit with rampant paranoia.

*Sigh*
27  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win10 Navigation Pane scrambled on: October 04, 2014, 01:46:18 PM
Chances are you have one of the many organize/view settings set to sort the drives by free/used space, or drive size. Which is usually easy to spot in a screen shot.

Personally I have a standing request for all clients to send a SS of any and all error messages they get for an issue, as frequently the type of window will tell you more about an issue than the poorly worded error message. Not to mention that users never read the entire message, or pay attention to the caption bar text.

So Yeah...a picture really does paint - or save the exchange of - 1,000 words.
Thanks for the reply, Stoic Joker, and I agree that users often never read the entire msg but I'm afraid I've never found screenshots to be of much value when troubleshooting. And of course, to get a screenshot off a flawed O/S install is another challenge.
I might also refer you to my reply #5 on this thread, both above and below at this point and ask you that same question I asked Tomas.. screenshots and corrupt files? Not just on a different page but in a completely different book!
And I'm still looking for the option to sort the Navigation Pane. There are sort options all over the page but the one for the Nave Pane eludes me  huh

If the shell loads, the shell loads...so the relevance of corrupt files dims considerably. Just because it's a TP doesn't alter the fact that it's a beta OS e.g. Hell it could have been delivered that way.. Wink So, once the shell has loaded it is entirely up to the user to decide how what is going to be configured and displayed. so if by chance you got lucky with an accidental UI hotkey that borked the displayed drive order ... Hay IT happens.

I actually just went through an issue exactly like this a few weeks ago with a client that - even though they had a CS degree - thought that another vendor had torched their file system because none of the folders they had in their documents were there and files from another location were showing up merged and comingled with their "local" stuff.

They spent two day trying to sort this out, and then called me. had they sent an SS I could have told them on the phone what to do...but they just kept insisting on it being a major problem that restoring from backup hadn't fixed. However when I got onsite, it only took seconds to resolve the issue...But those seconds cost them $100...because I had to go onsite. You see their only issue was that the Arrange By option was set to name, instead of Folder ...(easily visible in an SS)... Which caused the shell to omit the existence of folders from the current view and just show the files (at the default library level) in one big disorganized lump.

So the shell was doing exactly what it was told to do ... It just wasn't what the user wanted.

The snipping tool has been built into Windows for a really long time now...so getting a screen shot isn't in the least bit hard. Hell I've had field techs send me pics of POST errors from their phones in the interest of getting something resolved (and it worked).

Not to mention that like many of us here on the board...Talking to me in person (professionally...) is really expensive ... So when free help is offered -- Damn it man go with the flow... cheesy
28  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: October 04, 2014, 11:30:21 AM
The 7 Most Dangerous Caffeinated Products

So why the hell would they powder caffeine if they didn't want you to snort it?

Darwinism at work?

 cheesy Thmbsup
29  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: October 03, 2014, 10:56:19 PM
The 7 Most Dangerous Caffeinated Products

So why the hell would they powder caffeine if they didn't want you to snort it?
30  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win10 Navigation Pane scrambled on: October 03, 2014, 10:49:20 PM
Chances are you have one of the many organize/view settings set to sort the drives by free/used space, or drive size. Which is usually easy to spot in a screen shot.

Personally I have a standing request for all clients to send a SS of any and all error messages they get for an issue, as frequently the type of window will tell you more about an issue than the poorly worded error message. Not to mention that users never read the entire message, or pay attention to the caption bar text.

So Yeah...a picture really does paint - or save the exchange of - 1,000 words.
31  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: October 03, 2014, 12:35:47 PM
So the Department of Homeland Security releases a Cyber Security Guide, that triggers a security warning on load:

[attach=1]

Failing to read your own material ... Priceless!
32  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: October 02, 2014, 06:48:21 AM
Version 6.4 (Build 9841)
33  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: October 02, 2014, 12:32:17 AM
OMFG They actually blew the damn thing up!

Suspicious Object at Citizens' Circle

What an incredibly mind-blowing waste of resources on something that is obviously just carelessly discarded trash.

But, then again...yes it is that boring here ... In a town that is strategically relevant to abso- smiley ing-lutely nothing.
34  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: October 02, 2014, 12:14:30 AM
I tried it with the 32-bit ISO and it warned me about needing to enable PAE, so I enabled it and got to the setup screen. Then I mounted the 64-bit ISO and rebooted my VM and it worked. So maybe I needed to enable PAE to get it to work?

Hm... You could be on to something there...I only gave the VM 1 GB of RAM to work with when I installed so it didn't see the total amount of RAM on the machine.
35  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: IP Address Assignment Manager - Does one exist? on: October 02, 2014, 12:10:11 AM
Not sure if you have one in your environment, but Windows Server 2012 has a built in IPAM that IIRC interacts with the DHCP service for live-ish data.

I've not had the time to play with it myself...but it is on the to-do list.
36  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win9 will be FREE! on: October 01, 2014, 10:15:28 PM
Sounds like someone was trolling to me

+1 - Definitely trolling:

Formatted for C++ with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. typedef struct _OSVERSIONINFOEX {
  2.  DWORD dwOSVersionInfoSize;
  3.  DWORD dwMajorVersion;
  4.  DWORD dwMinorVersion;
  5.  DWORD dwBuildNumber;
  6.  DWORD dwPlatformId;
  7.  TCHAR szCSDVersion[128];
  8.  WORD  wServicePackMajor;
  9.  WORD  wServicePackMinor;
  10.  WORD  wSuiteMask;
  11.  BYTE  wProductType;
  12.  BYTE  wReserved;
  13. } OSVERSIONINFOEX, *POSVERSIONINFOEX, *LPOSVERSIONINFOEX;

...That ain't no string search. Wink
37  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win9 will be FREE! on: October 01, 2014, 06:53:47 PM
How'd you get it to install? It crashes my VirtualBox VM during boot.

I installed a 32-bit copy in a 64-bit Windows 8.1 Hyper-V VM. From initial boot to desktop was just a bit over 5 minutes. While it runs just fine, I was rather disappointed that the sound card didn't work. Now I've learned to expect that out of a Linux distro ... But Windows on Windows??? Yeish!
38  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: October 01, 2014, 05:38:16 PM
Much as I appreciate the vote of confidence, I gotta say - It's my home town - It really was just a bunch of dumb hicks having a Barney Fife moment.. Wink

Well, better for them to have their Barney Fife moment than some local pranksters actually make one of those things out of a plastic pop bottle, some Draino, water, a bit of candle wax and some aluminum, and for it to explode with someone a bit too close to it, and they end up getting sprayed with the Draino.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to notice that draino isn't a clear liquid. Not to mention that this thing was effectively in the middle of no where at that time of day. No this was a typically spastic hyper-over-reaction that is so idiotically common in our society today. Litter bugs aren't terrorists ... They're just really annoying.


Because of prankster teens building these things and leaving them places for unsuspecting people to find, in some areas you actually have to show ID to prove you are over 18, to buy drain cleaner.  ohmy

Clear liquids don't tent to imply an impending (BLEVE) energetic reaction. First cop on the scene should have just kicked it over and tossed it in the trash.
39  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win9 will be FREE! on: October 01, 2014, 05:20:47 PM
But don't you also need a product key for the ISO to work?

No, it just installs. I've got it running in a VM at work.
40  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: October 01, 2014, 05:01:03 PM
So... Now we're calling out the bomb squad for litter bugs
Note: Sadly this completely absurd overreaction is an actual -currently happening - real live event.

It may have been mistaken for one of these aluminum Draino bottle bombs: http://www.snopes.com/cri...e/warnings/bottlebomb.asp

Much as I appreciate the vote of confidence, I gotta say - It's my home town - It really was just a bunch of dumb hicks having a Barney Fife moment.. Wink
41  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: October 01, 2014, 12:03:35 PM
So... Now we're calling out the bomb squad for litter bugs

[attach=1]

Note: Sadly this completely absurd overreaction is an actual -currently happening - real live event.
42  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Windows 8.1 "Show Desktop" to do "Win + M" from "Win + D" on: October 01, 2014, 06:55:48 AM
I don't have any gadgets to test the behavior with, I quit using them after that security issue that MS decided not to fix ... But would something like this work?

Create a text file in Notepad as follows:

[Shell]
Command=2
IconFile=explorer.exe,3
[Taskbar]
Command=ToggleDesktop

Save it as Show Desktop.scf then drag it to the Quick launch bar

Also (once again no gadgets here), I take it that neither the hover peak desktop, or click show desktop actions give the desired results...yes?
43  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: September 30, 2014, 05:09:39 PM
Stoic Joker, how dare you to not send me an export if your settings xD ... could have been a major problem...

Oops... Sorry, I actually just assumed the issue was on my end.


Though none of the changes were related or should be related to the clock format...

O_o Okay, that is weird.


Anyway.. what kind of test build are you talking about? Your own or mine? I though you were using my version before...

Yours, Mine, LonelyPixel's, and some other stuff that may/may not be relevant. Honestly I don't remember if it was the home or office machine it happened on ... But both have been used for testing in the past.

P.S. by "blank" you really mean it? Please go to options and change font color to transparent, did it look exactly like that?

Text was completely not visible, and any attempt I made at getting it to appear failed. But the window size/shape implied that the format was intact, it just was the same color as the background.


Time - as usual - is not my friend...but I can try to reproduce the issue if it will help. But if nobody else reports that type of odd behavior...it was probably just me.
44  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win9 will be FREE! on: September 30, 2014, 04:01:54 PM
If MS uses #9 for an upgrade  numbering the next completely new O/S #10 seems perfectly logical.

well, if you put it like that ('logical'), I'll have to mention this:

Vista is NT 6.0.

Windows 7 was indeed a polishing of Vista, that's why it was NT 6.1.

not sure where that leaves 8, or 9 or 10 ...

So if we're gong there.... At what version do they have to stop calling the Technology New... Shouldn't it be SOS10 instead?
45  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: September 30, 2014, 03:57:54 PM
I got the dialog on first run, let it do its thing, and the clock was blank. Fiddled with the settings for a bit, but the display - while it was the right size/position - stayed blank.

I assumed it was just a conflict with some cruft left over from a test build...so I deleted the key and it ran fine.
46  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win9 will be FREE! on: September 30, 2014, 12:07:48 PM
Sure it sounds like a great deal, but when the subscription runs out because hard times have hit, and the software shuts down. What do you open the files with? And what happens to all your stuff that is stored in the cloud?

Well, I'd think that you'd manage that ahead of time, and get your stuff out of the cloud.

Given fair warning, perhaps ... But life seldom happens on schedule.


And it's standard office format, so OpenOffice still opens it. 

For now, but there always seem to be varying levels of compatibility with that sort of thing.

And you can still open the documents from the cloud office for free- no payment required.

For now.. But if one doesn't have ready access to an internet connection it can needlessly complicate things at a very bad time.


I just don't think it's wise to trust a corporation to do what's best for anyone but themselves. My stuff, is my stuff...and it stays with me.
47  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win9 will be FREE! on: September 30, 2014, 11:40:10 AM
This is a dollar, that is a dollar...the other thing(s) are only a dollar.

The big problem with this model is that it may reduce diversity and competition (if everyone starts using it). While an individual consumer may afford to buy a vast range of software for one-off payments over the years (which he/she gets to keep indefinitely), his/her monthly/annual budget for subscriptions will be limited. So each consumer will settle on a very small number of essential subscriptions, which is likely to lead to the development of monopolies and the wiping out of small developers (methinks...)

That I hadn't thought about...but you definitely got a point there.
48  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win9 will be FREE! on: September 30, 2014, 11:37:37 AM
As goes the Ala Carte scourge ... It's only a dollar..!

This is a dollar, that is a dollar...the other thing(s) are only a dollar. And then all of a suddenly your stuck with close to a car payment - For :)ing Life - hoping that you don't get into a bind because then all your stuff is (gone) being held hostage by a faceless corporation that wants it monthly feeding - plus late fee$...

Windows OS goes monthly ...(today's letters become F and O)... Stoic Joker Goes Linux.

That's the worse case scenario. 

Dam Straight, and there is nothing in the industries recent behavior that would give one the impression that they have any intention of holding back an inch once the tip goes in.


The thing that is making me think about office is the fact that you get a locally installed version, you can save your files locally, and they're the standard office format.  You have to read the fine print of course, but even looking at the fine print, I don't see any gotchas.

Sure it sounds like a great deal, but when the subscription runs out because hard times have hit, and the software shuts down. What do you open the files with? And what happens to all your stuff that is stored in the cloud?
49  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win9 will be FREE! on: September 30, 2014, 07:46:11 AM
As goes the Ala Carte scourge ... It's only a dollar..!

This is a dollar, that is a dollar...the other thing(s) are only a dollar. And then all of a suddenly your stuck with close to a car payment - For :)ing Life - hoping that you don't get into a bind because then all your stuff is (gone) being held hostage by a faceless corporation that wants it monthly feeding - plus late fee$...

Windows OS goes monthly ...(today's letters become F and O)... Stoic Joker Goes Linux.
50  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Linux bash exploit discovered on: September 26, 2014, 05:01:38 PM
This vulnerability effects Mac as well.
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