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76  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: In-place upgrade of Mint 17.0 Qiana to Mint 17.1 Rebecca on: August 01, 2015, 02:31:59 PM
If you don't mind trying some other distribution's live cds, perhaps that might give some hints too.

That's a good idea. I'll make a live USB of Mint 17.2 and see if my WiFi works there. If not, try 17.1 etc., and go back until I find one that works.

The only problem with this idea is that there still aren't any disc images available for Mint 17.2 XFCE...
77  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: In-place upgrade of Mint 17.0 Qiana to Mint 17.1 Rebecca on: August 01, 2015, 02:26:46 PM
Mint 13 on a decent Lenovo laptop. Wifi dropped connections so often I am only able to use it reliably wired. I posted here about it a couple of years ago (googling 'Mint or other distro wifi not working' was/is a very good indication of the prevalence of Linux and Wifi issues).  The reason I am posting this is I am pretty certain going back version (major ones at least) is probably the wrong way.

I know it worked in 17 and when I first upgraded to 17.1. But somewhere between 17.1 and 17.2 my WiFi stopped working.

It has nothing to do with dropped connections. The Wireless connections thing in the panel is completely gone. I can't even attempt to connect to wireless SSIDs. It's like it doesn't recognize that I even have a wireless adapter in my netbook. It probably broke when I updated the kernel. But those things always confuse me because they warn that they're dangerous (level 5 updates), but they also say they're security updates, so I have just been installing them.
78  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: August 01, 2015, 01:17:15 PM
Anyone else experiencing apps opening (minimized to taskbar) when logging in from lock screen?

Haven't seen that one, but I have noticed that Edge can be a bit "shy" at times, and will periodically disappear only to show up again later minimized (all session tabs intact) in the task bar.

It's still happening for me. I come back from the lock screen and Xbox, Photos, and Calculator are open, but minimized.
 (see attachment in previous post)

So... now I know it's not a lock screen thing. I was just sitting here using my computer as normal (happened to be reading a web site, or possible distracted by my tablet momentarily) and these same three apps just opened on their own.
79  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How chimpanzees helped inspire the Windows start menu on: August 01, 2015, 01:12:50 PM
So, I read the article, and I still don't see what Chimpanzees have to do with the Start Menu.

Chimpanzees had nothing to do with the Start Menu. A guy who used to work with chimpanzees used his knowledge and experience in teaching things simply, one step at a time, to design what became the Start Menu.
80  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: In-place upgrade of Mint 17.0 Qiana to Mint 17.1 Rebecca on: August 01, 2015, 12:33:38 PM
If you don't mind trying some other distribution's live cds, perhaps that might give some hints too.

That's a good idea. I'll make a live USB of Mint 17.2 and see if my WiFi works there. If not, try 17.1 etc., and go back until I find one that works.
81  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder Major Upgrades - Progress Report Thread on: August 01, 2015, 12:29:47 PM
I have a feature request: Ignore all topics (current & future) started by a certain user.
82  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Question regarding Win10 upgrade on: August 01, 2015, 01:53:37 AM
If the Reserve Windows 10 thing is still in his tray, there was a way to open it up and cancel the reservation.

Either way, the reservation itself says he can choose when to install/upgrade it. I didn't try it myself, but I was under the impression that meant you could delay the upgrade for as long as you wanted (within the first year) or cancel it altogether.

But now I'm on Windows 10 so I can't tell for sure what's possible once it says you can upgrade.
83  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: In-place upgrade of Mint 17.0 Qiana to Mint 17.1 Rebecca on: August 01, 2015, 01:47:41 AM
May be you noticed already, but FWIW:

Yes. I did. Thanks!

Somehow my WiFi adapter broke in Mint. But I can't exactly blame the upgrade to 17.2 as it wasn't working when I booted up my netbook to install the update. But it had been a few weeks since I last ran Mint on that machine, so I'm not sure what I did or what changed since the last time I used it to break the WiFi adapter.

The update worked (when I plugged in the ethernet cable) without any other issues but WiFi is still broken for reasons which are unclear to me. I know it's not a hardware issue because the WiFi works just fine on the same machine in Windows 10.
84  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 31, 2015, 11:19:39 AM
Anyone else experiencing apps opening (minimized to taskbar) when logging in from lock screen?

Haven't seen that one, but I have noticed that Edge can be a bit "shy" at times, and will periodically disappear only to show up again later minimized (all session tabs intact) in the task bar.

It's still happening for me. I come back from the lock screen and Xbox, Photos, and Calculator are open, but minimized.

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85  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 30, 2015, 07:06:46 PM
I don't see the Win10 live tile screen, probably because I use Classic Shell. But when I tried to drop a desktop icon on the Start menu, it popped up. I just had to click on the desktop to get rid of it and everything was normal again, but it still seems to be there, hidden by Classic Shell.

There is no live tile screen in Win10. Now it's just the Start Menu that shows a few Live Tiles.

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86  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Security: Stagefright Vulnerability (Android) on: July 30, 2015, 06:19:40 PM
People still use MMS?
Why?

Because some people can't tell the difference between IM and texting in apps that handle both.
87  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TouchPad for PC w/Windows 7 vs. carpal tunnel ? on: July 30, 2015, 06:13:59 PM
Here's some exercises for tendonitis - disclaimer: I dont know will these help you if your tendons are seriously damaged:

Lifehacker ... have this video embedded
Video podcast - exercises for tendonitis and carpal tunnel which they better describe as "Use exercises to ward off RSI" - they're very good exercises if you spend a lot of time at the keyboard and/or using the mouse -
it feels really good to stretch those tendons Wink

Some of those exercises were pretty uncomfortable (but not painful) for me to do. I must be out of shape! Wink
88  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 30, 2015, 05:59:33 PM
Anyone else experiencing apps opening (minimized to taskbar) when logging in from lock screen?

I keep seeing the Photos, Calculator, and Xbox apps opened up when I resume. I think I've also seen Calendar and maybe Mail, too. It's as if they open up to update for live tiles but they don't close back down again. Then again, I'm not sure why Calculator would need to update for a Live Tile thingy, so maybe that has nothing to do with it.
89  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 30, 2015, 04:46:12 PM
I ran into an interesting annoyance with the combination of Office 2013 and Windows 10 today. Normally I keep Outlook running but minimized so I can see the popup -(was a balloon from the tray, but in 2013 is a slide out in the top right corner)- notice of incoming mail that showed the sender, subject line, and (space permitting) a snippet of the body content.

With the new 13/10 combination, these messages are relegated to the 'Action Center' exclusively so nothing shows when mail comes in...until I interrupt what I'm doing and manually click on the Action Center which then gives a list of (all the) newly arrived mail. Which IMO totally sucks, because I now have to leave Outlook visible just to see what came in to decide on its relevance.

Anybody know how to get the time saving balloons back?

In my experience, Windows 10 has a balloon/slider which shows for a second or two and then disappears to the Action Center where you can view it if you missed it.

Try Settings -> System -> Notifications & actions and see if you can enable notifications for Outlook somewhere in there.
90  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The end of the hard disk on: July 30, 2015, 04:22:45 PM
@Deozaan:
And when a hack (buffer overflow) occurs in a machine with this type of memory...does that mean that the hack remains present until (that part of) the memory is actually overwritten?

I really don't know anything about this technology. I imagine it will be like traditional storage (HDD/SSD), but super fast like RAM. That is, no need to store things in memory temporarily. And things that are meant to be temporary will no longer have pointers pointing to them once they're no longer needed, much like deleting a file from your HDD doesn't actually erase it until you write to that sector. As far as the harddrive/memory cares it's just a random bit.

But again, I need to stress that I don't really know how RAM works, nor do I know how this new Xpoint memory stuff works.
91  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Whole Room Watercooling on: July 30, 2015, 04:19:32 PM
Yeah. That or buy an air conditioner. tongue
92  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TouchPad for PC w/Windows 7 vs. carpal tunnel ? on: July 30, 2015, 04:18:29 PM
Thumbs are not immune to RSI (or RSI-like symptoms).

I guess I must have a superstrong thumb  Wink

I've been using trackball (thumb) mice for probably 15-20 years. I'd probably be having wrist problems if I had been using a regular mouse all this time. I think it's just that anything used repetitiously over long periods of time will lead to these kinds of issues. Maybe it would be best to swap between the two every so often to give your body a break.
93  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 30, 2015, 12:59:53 PM
So, as mentioned before, I had some problems making the upgrade. I'll write about them here just in case they help anybody else.

As I said earlier, I tried the Windows Update method and it got to somewhere above 75% of the installation process, into the "configuring programs" part of the install. Then it rebooted and said "Restoring your previous version of Windows." When I got back into Windows 7, there was no error message or any indication of why it failed. And somehow Windows 7 was deactivated and said I had 30 days to activate. So I reactivated it.

Then I tried using the Media Tool, selecting the "upgrade this PC now" option. Though the process was slightly different, it did pretty much the same thing, getting to something like 87% of the way through the installation before rebooting and restoring me back to Windows 7 again. This time there was an error message. Once again Windows 7 was deactivated. So I reactivated it again. Then I researched the error message.

Ultimately, I decided the problem was that I was using Junctions to store my data in places where the OS didn't want them, with the Junctions tricking the OS into thinking the data were in the right place. So I formatted the OS drive, installed Windows 7 fresh, then installed only SP1 from Windows Update, then used the Media Tool to upgrade to Windows 10. Additionally, since it was a fresh install anyway, I customized the upgrade option to not keep any programs or personal files, so it would be a clean install of Windows 10. I also disconnected my computer from the internet to prevent it from "checking for updates" forever (and because I read that that could help with the particular error message I had gotten). And it worked!

I got Windows 10 installed and loaded. But then I ran into another problem. Windows hadn't activated during the install because I had disconnected my PC from the internet. So I plugged it back in and connected and tried to manually activate and I kept getting an error saying it wasn't activated. I'd click the "more details" link which would pop open a little dialog box, but it was blank. I tried this multiple times over the course of a few hours and kept getting the same issue. Only one time when I clicked the "more details" link did it actually show anything in the dialog box. It gave an error code and had a message something like "couldn't reach the server or the key is not valid." I suspected that Microsoft's validation servers were being hammered by people upgrading to Windows 10, but was in contact with others who had successfully upgraded and activated, so I was getting concerned that for some reason, Windows 10 wouldn't activate, especially since the installation kept deactivating my Windows 7 install.

Again, this happened over the course of several hours. Finally, I decided that if it wasn't going to activate, I was just going to go back to Windows 7 (and possibly try upgrading again in the future). I asked someone I know to type "slmgr /cpr" in their cmd prompt to see what it told him, he said it said his computer was authorized permanently. Mine had said something different when I tried it, but I couldn't remember what it had said, so I tried it again, and this time it said mine was activated permanently.

So I checked the activation status and it said Windows 10 was activated.

Phew!

I'm noticing quirks and bugs as I use its features. I don't think I've ever been this early of an adopter of a new Microsoft OS. But I'm trying to make use of the Windows Feedback app to report bugs and things like that.

One thing I can say is that it's very simple to add multiple user accounts to Windows, which is something I've never tried before because it seemed messy and complicated to me in the past. Well, it was simple for me, anyway. I had to "invite" my wife via email to add her account to this device. She set up her account on this PC this morning while I was still asleep. So I don't know what she had to go through to do it. But if she figured it out without my help, it's probably not too difficult of a process.

Anyway, this is long enough for now. I may write more about my experiences later.

Maybe I really should try Edge instead of automatically replacing it with my usual browser?

Edge is a nice browser. Give it a try.
94  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TouchPad for PC w/Windows 7 vs. carpal tunnel ? on: July 30, 2015, 12:37:25 PM
Many years ago, at the first sign of RSI I switched from an ordinary mouse to a succession of ergonomic mice with trackballs, so all you move is your thumb (or fingers with some models), and I stopped having problems. Every time I have to use an ordinary mouse I'm amazed that they are still being made and people still use them. As long as you have a thumb (or other fingers) and you can move it, I can recommend any of these.

I recently had to switch from a (Logitech M570) trackball to a regular mouse because my thumb starts hurting any time I use it on my trackball. Angry

Come to think of it, it's been nearly a year since I made the swap, and my thumb still starts to hurt after a few minutes of using it in a similar manner (such as swiping around on my tablet).

Thumbs are not immune to RSI (or RSI-like symptoms).
95  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The end of the hard disk on: July 30, 2015, 01:31:36 AM
The announcement last week by Intel and Micron of what they call 3D Xpoint memory technology has changed that.  This is non-volatile memory capable of densities up to 10 times greater than NAND, byte-addressable (unlike NAND, which is addressed in blocks) and as fast as DRAM.

The announcement video seems like something out of the early 90s, but it explains what's going on:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wgk4U4qVpNY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wgk4U4qVpNY</a>
96  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 29, 2015, 05:37:25 PM
I finally got Windows 10 to install by doing a fresh Windows 7 install and then downloading Windows 7 SP 1, then running the Windows 10 Media Tool and selecting "Upgrade this computer" and then I disconnected my computer from the internet after the Windows 10 data had downloaded so that it would skip all the "checking for updates" stuff that takes forever.

Also, since I was on a fresh install, I told the installer not to keep any of my files or programs or settings.

Aside: I accidentally typed "adn" in this message and Microsoft Edge autocorrected it to "and" for me. Thmbsup
97  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 29, 2015, 03:08:18 PM
I tried again using the Media Creator tool and got the same result. It failed at about 87% or so into the installation process and restored Windows 7. But this time when it booted into Windows 7, it gave me an error message and some clues as to what the problem(s) may be.

0x8007002C-0x4000D

"installation failed in the SECOND_BOOT phase with an error during MIGRATE_DATA operation"

I found the same error code on this help page, but I'm wondering if the issue is related to my... er... unique! customizations I made to the OS.

In my efforts to separate user data from the OS drive, and since Windows 7 won't really allow you to move your User directory to another drive, I did the Next Best ThingTM and moved as much as I could to another drive and then used SymLinks/Junctions to make the OS think the files/folders were where they belong.

I guess I'll try a fresh Windows 7 install and see if that will upgrade to Windows 10 (after downloading SP1 and other required updates).

I just reinstalled Windows 7 in May and have been unhappy with a few of the choices I made in the process, so I've been considering a fresh install anyway. I'll keep you posted.


Right now I envy Deozaan ("restoring to your previous version of Windows")!

I'm sorry things are not going well for you, Curt! While it's not working for me, at least there hasn't been any data loss! Sad
98  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 29, 2015, 01:29:03 PM
By the way, Windows 10 seems to come with P2P updates built in. I'm not sure if the default is to have you serve downloads for other users over the internet or if I changed the setting to over the network sometime when I didn't realize what it means, but...

On my fresh upgrade, the final option ("PCs on my local network and PCs on the Internet") was selected.

That sounds like bad news for people who have data caps set by their ISPs. thumb down
99  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 29, 2015, 01:11:31 PM
By the way, Windows 10 seems to come with P2P updates built in. I'm not sure if the default is to have you serve downloads for other users over the internet or if I changed the setting to use the internet sometime when I didn't realize what it means, but...

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100  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 29, 2015, 12:19:33 PM
Has anyone successfully upgraded through Windows Update? I got over 75% of the way through the upgrade process (to the "configuring settings" part of it) and then my computer rebooted and said "restoring to your previous version of Windows" and now I'm on Windows 7 again.
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