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26  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 21, 2015, 12:43:49 PM
Pretty much identical to my Acer Aspire One ZG5 except I'm using a ZIF PATA drive because it was the first model only available with Linpus on an 8GB ZIF SSD, (AOA110).

My netbook originally came with a choice of HDDs, but within the past year I needed an HDD to use as external storage for my WiiU, so I bought an SSD to swap with the netbook's HDD, hoping it would help speed it up and keep it cooler.

Anyway, the point is that the SSD is a recent addition to the netbook. It (the netbook) came with a proprietary SATA -> ??? adapter that plugs onto the end of the drive and connects it to the motherboard/internals, which worked perfectly with the new SSD.
27  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 21, 2015, 03:31:22 AM
It's an MSI Wind U120.

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.

P.S. This post was made from Windows 10 on my netbook, using the Microsoft Edge (aka Project Spartan) browser.
28  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 21, 2015, 02:53:46 AM
Cool! I just found a "Go back to Windows 7" option in the Update & Security -> Recovery section of Settings. You have 30 days to revert back to Windows 7 after upgrading to Windows 10. I imagine the option exists for upgrades from other versions of Windows as well. Thmbsup

AFAIK, the apps need at least a 1024x768 screen, for the old 1024x600 netbooks you need to enable downscaling.

Yeah, mine's a 1024x600. Most apps seem to work OK (after crashing the first couple of times) if I maximize them.
29  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 21, 2015, 02:22:29 AM
It finished installing!

On first boot, it took a looooong time to do the initial setup stuff. It said something like "Hi. Please wait while we set up your apps & settings." then after a while it said "Just a few tweaks left." then after a while longer it said "Unfortunately, this is taking longer than usual." That message displayed for a looooong time. Just when I was almost certain it was stuck, it showed the desktop!

When I finally got to the desktop, I was greeted by a critical error. "Oops, something is wrong with Windows installation. We'll try to fix it the next time you sign in. If signing out and back in doesn't help, you may need to reinstall Windows." Thankfully, signing out and back in seemed to fix it.

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. The default color scheme for the taskbar is poor. The task bar is dark, and the font color of text is black, so it's very difficult to read. I'm not sure if that's default for the preview or if it's a problem due to upgrading from Windows 7. I tried Right Click -> Personalize and it opened a Settings window, but then before anything actually showed up in the window I got a BSOD.

After a reboot, the settings window seems to work now. Well, sort of. I opened it up and played around with a few things. I got it to change the color of the taskbar based on my background (which somehow changed from some tulips to a blank blue screen since my last reboot). That's kind of cool. Especially if you have your backgrounds/wallpapers on a slideshow to change every so often. After changing that, I was looking at other settings when the window just randomly closed.

It seems pretty unstable, but I guess that's to be expected in a preview build. Every native Windows 10 app seems to crash/close randomly the first couple of times I run it before I can do anything with it. But I've probably explored Windows 10 more in just the past hour or so on my netbook than I have in my VM over the past several months. I discovered (or re-discovered?) that Windows 10 supports multiple desktops natively. That's cool.

Other than things closing/crashing randomly, it seems to run as good or better than Windows 7 did. (Which wasn't very good on this decrepit machine.) But I really haven't done anything to push its limits yet, and it's not an objective observation and could be wrong.

I've been playing around and experimenting somewhat as I type this, and I just found the old Windows Vista/7 style theme customization window, and I selected the default Windows Technical Preview theme and the colors are better, so I guess it was just a bad theme upgrade.

I like the new task manager. It seems to have more useful/detailed information.

I'm thinking I'll like Windows 10 once it's stable.
30  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 21, 2015, 01:04:38 AM
I'm currently at 49%, upgrading from Windows 7. (~1.2Ghz, 1GB RAM, 120GB SSD, so barely meets/exceeds minimum specs.)

I ran the installer from within Windows 7 (as opposed to booting from the ISO and installing from there).

I haven't been monitoring it very closely. Every once in a while I wiggle the mouse (touch the touchpad) and see it booted into Linux. So I reboot and select Windows 7 from the boot options and it continues the installation from where it left off.
31  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 20, 2015, 03:36:09 PM
Anyway, I'm going to install it on the netbook just for laughs and will see what'll happen on July 30 smiley

Ooh! I never thought to try installing the preview image on my netbook! Thanks for the idea!

Now I just need to download the latest disc image I can burn. I've just been updating my VM via Windows Update, so my image is a bit out of date.

Maybe Arizona Hot can add a link to the preview-iso download page to the first post to make it easy to find in the future?
32  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 20, 2015, 02:32:45 AM
None of that makes sense to me.

The Insider Program is already opt-in. huh
33  Special User Sections / DC Website Help and Extras / Re: Don't use smileys - appears to be broken? on: June 19, 2015, 08:32:39 PM
I guess the spoilers spoil your smiley settings. :P

34  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: June 19, 2015, 07:52:11 PM
Victoria - set in Berlin nightime, mostly in (broken) English.
Unusual movie - it's filmed in one take (!)

Strange that you should mention that. I'd never heard of a feature-length movie filmed in a single take until last week. My wife checked out Russian Ark (2002) from the library. It is also filmed in one take. I was curious to see how it turned out. But my wife started it without me and found it too strange within the first few minutes, so she stopped it and (later) took it back without either of us watching it.

The back of the DVD case made it sound like it was about time travel. I don't get the same idea from IMDB's description of the film:

A 19th century French aristocrat, notorious for his scathing memoirs about life in Russia, travels through the Russian State Hermitage Museum and encounters historical figures from the last 200+ years.
35  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software for planning wood bookcases/cabinets/tables etc? on: June 19, 2015, 04:10:53 PM
More photos, please!
36  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Rock Paper Shotgun: 25 Best Co-Op (video) Games Ever Made on: June 19, 2015, 03:07:20 PM
For people who don't like the idea of having to click through 8 pages to see the results:

37  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SourceForge takes over GIMP for Windows’ account to peddle adware on: June 16, 2015, 10:35:51 PM
or if the project is already bundling third party offers.

So they still bundle in their extra 3rd party offers without the maintainer's permission if the maintainer uses them as well? That still seems a bit sketchy to me.
38  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: LastPass alternatives? (including premium LP) on: June 16, 2015, 03:11:24 PM
Just keep using LastPass (with two-factor authentication). They're "doing it right."

But don't take my word for it. Steve Gibson knows a lot more about encryption and security than I do. Here what he has to say about LastPass:

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Check it out starting at ~53 minutes for a basic description of the importance of long, varied passwords.

For the question of whether or not you can trust LastPass, check out ~72m44s (1:12:44).
39  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 15, 2015, 03:32:03 PM
Well, I found a fix for those of us who the update notification stubbornly refused to show up. I have tried this method on both of my troublesome laptops and the notification popped up immediately after.

Just copy/paste the updated batch file at the top of this Microsoft Community web page into your text editor, save it, and run it from an Administrator-enabled command prompt.

I tried that and it still wouldn't show up on my Netbook. Now I'm even more certain that it doesn't meet the minimum requirements.  Cry
40  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Time lapse video (thread) on: June 15, 2015, 03:11:19 PM
Those were amazing! Thanks for sharing!
41  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Matchstick - A streaming stick using Firefox OS [Kickstarter] on: June 14, 2015, 06:02:38 PM
Apparently there was some confusion about who the last update was aimed at:

Maybe that should clue them in that all the people still waiting for a unit should at least be mentioned in their software updates. Something like this might help smooth things over:

Hey folks! The nearly 17 thousand of you who will be getting this message but didn't get a development unit can go suck eggs for a while, cause this update has no useful information for you. Suckers!

Anyway, to the 250 people who do have a dev unit, we made a software update. Hooray for us! We're awesome like that.
42  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Matchstick - A streaming stick using Firefox OS [Kickstarter] on: June 12, 2015, 05:01:50 AM
Thanks for that, mwb1100. I got curious about that question again and found that today.

They've not mentioned August since then. And they haven't posted updates regarding the development of the hardware. If I was trying to scam people out of nearly a half million dollars, that seems like a simple trick to stall for more time...
43  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 11, 2015, 02:46:16 PM
KB 3035583 is in my optional updates since a few weeks now
Old-ish Win7 laptop

yeah, mine was installed per 20'th of May, and is still installed. I don't know what I removed five days ago!

I have stopped worrying, as I assume version 10 is not installed without my prior acceptance?

You have to reserve it first, then you'll get a notification letting you know when it's ready to install. Then you can choose when is convenient for you to make the upgrade.
44  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Matchstick - A streaming stick using Firefox OS [Kickstarter] on: June 11, 2015, 02:35:35 PM
Here's a recent update:

Last fall we promised you support for AdHoc mode and Local Play as our Kickstarter stretch goals. Well, we are super excited to let you know both features are now available. Just download Matchstick’s latest Android or iOS set-tup app from Google Play or AppStore and you will be all set to go.

With AdHoc mode, you can connect your mobile device to Matchstick directly and fling content from that device to your TV without requiring any Internet connection. Bring your favorite content to any big screen TV and share your stories with friends. Or bring your own entertainment to your hotel room next time you travel. The possibilities are endless. No complicated setup or pairing required. And Local Play lets you stream content from your local servers to the big screen. SAMBA is supported.

So give it a spin and let us know how you like it. We’d love to hear from you on any suggestions for improvements and bug reports. Thanks for helping us get this far.

Once again, another update praising the awesome new features that barely any of their backers can use since we don't have the hardware.
45  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 10, 2015, 05:14:56 PM
The Apple edition would remove the brain entirely and just give the user a live-feed from Tim Cook's brain. Millions of people would line up for days before release in anticipation and eagerness for the pleasure and privilege to give up their brains for a mere sum of $5,000.
46  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 08, 2015, 08:39:22 PM
I recently reinstalled Windows 7 and all the updates onto my netbook to see if I would get the pop-up. Nope! It's been a week or so and no pop-up.

I guess my netbook doesn't qualify with the minimum requirements.
47  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android: recommend form-filler/pasword manager, please? on: June 07, 2015, 08:33:06 PM
I recommend LastPass. It's worth the $12/year subscription.
48  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Tresorit - Cloud storage service (FREE) - Mini-Review. (WARNING!) on: June 04, 2015, 02:41:48 PM
XIV Inactive Free Accounts
62. If You have chosen a plan with no charge ("Free Account") and if Your Free Account was inactive for at least one-hundred and twenty (120) days and no valid User Plan is bound to Your Free Account, Tresorit will send You a notice. Fifteen (15) days after such notice, Tresorit may suspend Your Free Account or delete all of Your Content related to Your Free Account, and/or we may terminate the Agreement between You and Tresorit.

The policy itself of deleting "inactive" accounts that aren't paying for service doesn't really bother me.

The question, really, is did you receive the notification emails about the deletion of your account, and if not, why not?
49  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Steam Introduces Refunds. on: June 04, 2015, 02:09:26 AM
Yeah, I see this as a positive move for Steam. I've never known a company worse at customer service/support than Steam. Well, except for Google.
50  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 02, 2015, 01:28:34 AM
From the above link:
As previously announced, upgrades from Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 are free for the first year of availability.

Gotta love ambiguous statements...Does that mean if you upgrade within a year of's free.......or does it mean tha a year after upgrading I will be stuck paying them however much?

The whole thing is becoming more confusing lol...although, I am 99% sure it is simply free if you upgrade within a year (With no sudden "pay us $X" at the end of it)

Stephen, do yourself a favor and read the FAQ by Microsoft. It clears up almost every question you've asked in this thread.

But just because I know you're almost as lazy as I am (tongue), the answer is that you don't pay to upgrade after the first year if you've done it within the first year.

It's not that Windows 10 is free for the first year, it's the upgrade that is free for the first year. After that, if you want to upgrade to Windows 10 (because you didn't do it during the first year), you'll have to pay for it.
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