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51  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fax Software on: May 11, 2015, 08:07:42 AM
if there is a separate printhead in the printer, as in e.g. most canon printers, surely that will dry out (?)

Good point.
52  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fax Software on: May 09, 2015, 09:16:21 AM
That might also explain why my PDF printers would seem to just disappear from the system entirely, even though the software appears to be working fine. If Windows can't talk to the device any more, it should disappear from the printer list. From Windows' perspective, it has effectively been unplugged. Actually, the more I think about it, the more likely that scenario seems.

Not quite. All things printer are controlled by the Print Spooler. So when the spooler starts it checks the registry (in 4 locations) to see what if any printer objects are to be loaded. If a device is offline or unavailable (for a multitude of reasons), it will still be loaded but be displayed in a greyed out state. It never removes anything ...(ever)... Which is frequently a performance issue if many offline/disconnected printers are installed on the system, especially if they have aggressive reporting/monitoring utilities that will then bring the shebang to a screeching halt. This is why our service department has a purge unused drivers policy to keep the Tech's machines from constantly crashing due to the spool having to drag a load of - for testing only single use - unavailable print device drivers.


This is why seeing the error, and knowing (before/after what step) when it is being thrown would help in figuring out what the issue is. A fax driver is simply a standard printer driver that prompts the user for a phone number before sending it (as a print job) and the number to the (frequently a Multi Function Printer) fax device.
53  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: sharepoint question on: May 09, 2015, 07:33:26 AM
Okay, so outside of having installed one once to experiment on/with - which I ended up never having time to do, I know nothing about SharePoint. But I've been watching the agony which is this thread for a week and thought what the hell I'll see what I can find..

To that end I can across the following link which may or may not be helpful in-and-of-itself ... But might at least help shed some - more specific - light on which part isn't working:

http://www.sharepointdiar...int-document-library.html

The article seems to imply (to me...) that this should just work in a normal HTML link fashion, so it's possible some key part is either currently offline or misconfigured.
54  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 09, 2015, 07:06:13 AM
^And the black eye award goes to the corporate masters ... Now that's the best news I've heard all week!

Power to the People! Thmbsup cheesy
55  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fax Software on: May 08, 2015, 06:43:27 AM
So, maybe we are looking at it all wrong, and simply need to eliminate the cause of the error "write protection message".

Personally I would love to see a screen shot of that error message to try and ascertain its origin. As I too have always had very good luck with the native Windows Fax & Scan utility. This could very well be just a configuration issue.
56  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New Virus or ?? on: May 07, 2015, 07:39:28 AM
One of the people here started getting odd emails a few days ago that were of a type she would never expect.  The wording was pretty "graphic" and appeared to be requesting a reply.  All of our systems have up to date AVAST as well as Malwarebytes.

I gotta say this part keeps troubling me ... In what way was it how graphic?? Because if someone is "wasting" an apparently previously unknown - and therefore undetectable - exploit ... It's not inconceivable this could be a (very) targeted attack.

If at all possible, it may behoove you to recover those original Emails for analysis, by law enforcement personnel if the "Graphic" nature was in any way...credibly...threatening..
57  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Project questions on: May 06, 2015, 06:50:56 AM
^Nailed it! Thmbsup
58  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Technology moving anxiety... on: May 05, 2015, 10:35:47 AM
While for the most part I stick with my now 0 nicotine eCig, I do still occasionally (at the end of ruff days...) sneak out for one of the wife's cigarettes. At which point the absolute last thing I want to even see is anything electronic...unless we're about to play how high will this MF'er bounce.. cheesy
Pardon me for saying so but I think you may have the wrong idea. Aren't your wife's cigarettes meant to get you high, not elevate the device?

Indeed ... Which is precisely why I don't want to be bothered with any electronics while I'm...mellowing.. Wink
59  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Technology moving anxiety... on: May 05, 2015, 06:51:50 AM
Unless I take it outside (when I'm at home) for a smoke instead of my tablet, then it's news and "Dice Wars".

While for the most part I stick with my now 0 nicotine eCig, I do still occasionally (at the end of ruff days...) sneak out for one of the wife's cigarettes. At which point the absolute last thing I want to even see is anything electronic...unless we're about to play how high will this MF'er bounce.. cheesy
60  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Project questions on: May 05, 2015, 06:32:27 AM
"Oh look! Some client wanted a MS Project chart. Well, bang that out for me as soon as you can."

"Forced", sure. But not as part of the basic job description, but something that showed up on a one-time basis.

Quite true, not everyone has the luxury of a rigidly defined job description. Some of us routinely get hit with whatever whoever can think up to want ... And are then expected to just shit the thing in an hour.
61  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 03, 2015, 07:33:49 AM
I'm not sure I'd trust the salt to make it that unreadable...and hammering the outside casing only warps the platters a bit. So for a low tech destruction on a drive that can't be electronically burned (or shot...), I go with disassembly, fold the platters in half by hand (surprisingly not that hard), and then hammer a sharp crease in the folded platter.

It's certainly not the best way, but entertaining. smiley

Entertainment and catharsis are important, yes.


The salt is just to increase electrical conductivity and help corrode it over time. They're at the bottom of a large garbage bin.


...But this part was really more of a question. Like, for someone with professional data recovery equipment (and a 3 letter name..). What impact would the corrosion really have on the readability of the platters? I'd almost swear I'd seen it done on a DR companies promotional video somewhere.


A few of them really did cave in nicely though. Not as deep as the shotgun blast though.

Here again it's a question of professional DR folk being able to straighten the platter if the metal hasn't been deformed (as in silly putty level stretched) enough to alter the alignment.

Hell, even with the shotgun blowing a quarter sized hole in the platter (blue shirt visible through drive in blown up photo), TBH I'm not entirely sure pros couldn't glean something useful off the remaining (arguably) pristine section of the disk ... Because DR is nowhere near the center of my skillset.
62  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 02, 2015, 12:54:10 PM
Data Recovery... (see attachment in previous post)
...Not Going to Happen!  cheesy

When you lack cool toys, data destruction can be done low-tech.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6V8-CuGIJqA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6V8-CuGIJqA</a>

I'm not sure I'd trust the salt to make it that unreadable...and hammering the outside casing only warps the platters a bit. So for a low tech destruction on a drive that can't be electronically burned (or shot...), I go with disassembly, fold the platters in half by hand (surprisingly not that hard), and then hammer a sharp crease in the folded platter.
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 01, 2015, 03:32:38 PM
I gotta go with Sophia Loren:
 "A woman's dress should be like a barbed wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view." – Sophia Loren
64  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: May 01, 2015, 10:59:13 AM
Latest build v2.3.2 seems to be running just fine on Windows 10 x86 b10074

Stoic, I have lost track.  Is WhiteTigX or you or both doing the current work on this?
In post 1, I get a 404 for the link in the original post (actually Reply "0"; Reply 1 is the second post))
"www.StoicJoker.com/TClock for general info. Download is still only available here."

I must be dense.  In that post, there are so many "this is here and that is there" that I can never figure out where to get it.  The above indicates I failed again. smiley

WhiteTigX has the project now...so his GitHub link (IFP) is where to get the latest build of T-Clock. My site has been down for a while now, as I've restructured/updated my lab and aren't really sure what if anything to do with the site.
65  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: May 01, 2015, 07:18:57 AM
Latest build v2.3.2 seems to be running just fine on Windows 10 x86 b10074

Might want to consider running Streams.exe -s -d *.* on the release to eliminate [application blocked] security warning hassles. Granted I never did it either...but I should have.. cheesy
66  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: May 01, 2015, 06:45:36 AM
Spartan is now called Edge - or maybe 'The Edge' (?).
May be findable searching for that...

Talk about a stupid name... Yikes! I liked Spartan, It conveyed a lightweight nature ... MS Edge just sounds silly to me. *Sigh*

But it's still listed as [Modern Application] Project Spartan in 10074 (just checked). It just takes you to a "Introducing Microsoft Edge" home page.
67  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: April 30, 2015, 06:40:22 AM
Coolant flush complete.. Pretty time consuming because i was pretty paranoid about bringing coolant up to temperature and then letting it cool before draining, over and over.

Zoiks!

Open drain on bottom of radiator.
Open radiator cap.
Start engine.
Turn heater on full..
Insert water hose in radiator cap spigot, with a steady running stream (vary to control overflow).
Let water and engine run until drain water clears (~10-15min).
Turn off water and engine.
Close drain, fill, cap, and done.
68  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: April 29, 2015, 05:41:29 PM
car jacking successful

If I heard it on the news I would wonder how the terrorists were going to drive to Cuba.  smiley


What!?! ...You don't remember the - Cuban Truck Raft - news reports???

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 cheesy
69  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Automakers Want to Outlaw Gearheads From Working on Their Own Cars on: April 28, 2015, 06:53:18 AM
^^  Interesting.  I have to agree that electronic spark advance has to be more accurate than spring, vacuum and flywheel schemes.  However, once you can no longer see how something works with the naked eye(even if it must be disassembled to do so) then by definition it starts working in invisible ways.  At that point not everything being done can be detected.  The operator is no longer in control.

Ah the tactile joys of working on a true machine. Just springs, gears, belts, chains, and levers...with all actions and interactions in full view where their purposes and beauty of design can be appreciated.

I've been helping a friend restore a 1980 Shovelhead FLH over the past few months, and the experience has been positively therapeutic for exactly that reason. I've been happier in the garage with that old girl and all her quirky arcane foibles than doing anything I've ever done in IT. I even got a bit teary this Sunday when she finally roared to life after many years in a pile of boxes ... For reasons one will either intuitively already know, be incapable of grasping.

To me they are not just machines..
70  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ethernet cables: UTP vs. STP on: April 27, 2015, 02:46:24 PM
Interestingly, I did not find any reference on the internet stating that UTP cables would only work up to 100 Mbps.

Nor will you, STP (Shielded Twisted Pair) is just normal Ethernet cable with an extra layer of RF shielding for high (RF)noise environments. It has nothing to do with the speed of the media, outside of ensuring it isn't hampered by external environmental conditions.
71  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 27, 2015, 11:15:34 AM
Okay, Now ^That's Funny!
72  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: April 27, 2015, 06:47:24 AM
Beats me. Outside of Goop/GoJo all I can think of is Fast Orange...(I have a 1 gallon bottle in the garage that I've had for years)...but that doesn't fit the description. It's a pumice/lanolin hand cleaner on a hand lotion style pump dispenser.
73  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ran a 10k race today.. any other runners here? on: April 26, 2015, 02:52:18 PM
I'd like to do more, but my ankles and knees don't like it much... but I think I need to work at it more before i hit 60 later this year.

Oof! That's a big one ... I hit 50 in January. I've got much the same knees and ankles are crap issue. I'm trying to figure out what to do about it before it gets to far ... Seems I was a bit hard on them in my younger days. I need to get back into yoga me thinks.
74  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: April 24, 2015, 11:30:28 AM
On the subject of automotive oddities, though, are the old 6V positive ground electrical systems.

1960's era British motorcycles (like the 1969 Norton Commando I had years ago) were known for that configuration. They were also the driving force behind the popular then derisive phrase "Lucas, master of darkness".
75  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: April 24, 2015, 06:44:28 AM
Non-clumping kitty-litter will help absorb these fluid puddles and it's cheaper that oil-dry.

 cheesy I've been doing that one for years (sand works ok in a pinch too). Thmbsup
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