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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Resources for learning Windows PowerShell on: November 29, 2014, 08:31:28 AM
The 'Core' editions of the Windows Server operating system (2008 R2 & 2012 R2) can in essence only be controlled by PowerShell. If you are from the school: 'whatever is not available, cannot break.' you will like these editions. There are a lot less attack vectors on those systems, and require a lot less computing resources (hardware or virtual machine).

But you definitely need good PS skills for managing these.

When browsing through my downloads I encountered 5 video files, that explain Power Shell to you in a clear way. The videos come from the Microsoft Scripting Guy and each last about an hour and I found them very helpful. Take a look on the MS TechNet site if you still can get these videos.

If these aren't available anymore (which I doubt), I can upload the files I have to a storage location of your choice. The videos require 450MByte of storage in total.

Bear in mind that there different versions of PowerShell available, which could pose limits on deployment of your PS scripts on different versions of the Windows Operating systems in your care. Usually you can upgrade the version of PowerShell on any computer, but MS puts (artificial) limits on max. PS version for different versions of Windows.

PowerShell is backwards compatible, for example: a script you created for PowerShel v1.0 will work on PowerShell v3.0. 

There are some companies that have free/commercial development environments just for PowerShell scripts and I would advise to use these as they come with examples and are of real help when making more complex PowerShell scripts. Something you will want to do quickly, because of the sheer Power in the Shell.

Some of the IDE's:
Idera - Very impressive freeware and it has a helpful community.
DevFarm PowerSE - I always liked this one best, but their website leaves a bit of a bad taste now.
A general overview of available PS IDE's
127  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Game Giveaway - Teleglitch: Die More Edition on: November 24, 2014, 07:20:21 PM
If no-one else wants it, then I wouldn't mind adding this to the collection of "time-wasters".
128  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Game Giveaway - Teleglitch: Die More Edition on: November 24, 2014, 06:27:23 PM
I find it very interesting, but you already gave me Risk Of Rain not that long ago which I also enjoy...but is a lot harder than I expected (playing solo).

But I must say that this game looks very interesting.
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 32bit vs 64bit question on: November 12, 2014, 07:28:14 AM
Compiling software for 64-bit takes, in practically all cases, a whole lot longer (C++/Embarcadero).

And not that many programmers have a lot of experience with (efficiently) programming for multi-threaded applications. Something modern 64-bit processors are cut-out to do. When that happens you will see some progress again. Not as much as you think, though. Multi-threading requires extra computational overhead, level of efficiency will differ between applications and all this hardly matters if the OS these applications run on doesn't assign the available computational horsepower appropriately.

In my experience Windows isn't that good with automatically assigning different cores to different processes/applications. When I take a look at the i7 processor with task manager on my database server I always see one core under huge load, while the others are more or less idling, even when I run several different Oracle databases and a VM at the same time on it. All installed software is 64-bit. Using several instances of 7-zip at once (to archive database dump files) does put a load on every core though.

Going out on a limb here: assumingly Linux/BSD operating systems are better at this, as these OS's are more commonly used in academic fields and super computing. I don't think that smartphones or tablets make efficient use of their multi-core processors either. With the financial risks and returns as they are currently, you won't see this happening (yet) in consumer devices, such as PC's, mobile devices or consoles.

It used to be the case the "techies" were allowed to show the best they could do with the hardware they made. Hence the big jumps with the increase of bits. However, with the vested interests of today, financial and marketing departments won't let them anymore. Trading innovation for evolution...
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Need a hand with a laptop issue. on: November 06, 2014, 08:01:10 PM
When a laptop is connected to the mains, it will start to run (background) tasks that aren't allowed to run when on battery power. Defragging your partition(s), re-indexing Windows Search and similar stuff.

Perhaps that is the reason for the lag you experience.

At least, verifying which tasks are executed when on main power would be the first thing I would do...then deciding if those tasks are worth it or to let these run overnight to get them out of the way + adjusting intervals.
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Unpleasant advertisements of the past on: November 04, 2014, 06:00:52 PM
To my recollection, Mormons are not allowed to drink any kind of alcohol, soda, coffee or tea. Kinda hard sell...being more healthy or going to heaven/your own planet or whatever other crap those LSD'ers believe in.

Giving up the first 3 types of beverages is actually good for your general health...but tea?
Also, a lot of people are able to bite your head off before they had their morning coffee, so there might be some slack on coffee  tongue
132  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Risk of Rain 4-pack on: November 03, 2014, 09:02:36 PM
Sorry for the late response...had to work late. But many thanks.  Thmbsup
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Text editor with filtering of lines on: November 02, 2014, 08:14:12 AM
The plugin TextFX from Notepad++ handles this as well. And has already done this for years.


EmEditor excels at reading big text files, all other (Windows) text editors could learn from that. 
134  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Risk of Rain 4-pack on: November 02, 2014, 07:21:40 AM
I would like a copy. The game looked interesting.
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: October 31, 2014, 09:02:45 PM
And even if you do fill in any date, you can't login at all. So the website itself deserves a set of rotten tomatoes... Wink
136  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Are Ubisoft trying to kill PC gaming? on: October 24, 2014, 06:35:03 PM
For me personally...there is only so much time in a day and the Assassin's creed series never was able to get the same grip on me as the Elder Scrolls did.

When a new game in that series comes out, I will most likely upgrade. Not for Assassin's creed or other Ubisoft related games to be honest.
137  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wanted to get some opinions on current ultrabooks if possible on: October 24, 2014, 08:05:34 AM
From your description I got the impression there is also some user education required. I have a hard time imagining that each (new) system only lasting a week or so in her hands...

Unfortunately, I have met highly intelligent and well educated people working in IT, which I wouldn't trust to copy data to a pendrive...after all, when it is full, you format it right? And then wonder what happened with the previous data. And panic...

While I was thinking that they were pulling a joke on me, my "I wouldn't do that if I were you" was disregarded and went ahead anyway. After all, what does a person with my rank and a different function know anyway? Well, after salvaging their data and explaining compression, my military function was adjusted, allowing me to do a lot more IT jobs on base and several outposts/depots.
138  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Chip Wars: AMD vs Intel .... GO! on: October 23, 2014, 12:03:13 AM
All the other listed CPUs were very noisy.

Do CPUs actually make noise? huh

If you put them in a microwave... tongue

The CPU fans of your Intel processors were crap. An after market CPU fan would have made a lot of difference. Never had noisy stock CPU fans...then again every 6 months or so I thoroughly clean out the accumulated dust in each PC. Graphite or other forms of lubricant I apply as well (when necessary).

Back to the topic: Depends on the main task of the PC, to be honest. I have had good experiences with multi-cores from both AMD and Intel. In the days of the single-core CPU's I rather used AMD. Most of my servers still use those CPU's as they are still going strong after 10 years.

However, I do work with a lot of i5 (2nd gen) and i7 CPU's (1st gen) in workstations & servers as well. To my knowledge, AMD is better when you work with multi-threading software. Price wise there isn't much difference between AMD or Intel here in Paraguay. Whatever money you save with the AMD CPU, you have to spend on more expensive motherboards.

As there isn't that much software out (for consumers) that actively/efficiently uses multi-threading, my choice today would be to buy Intel for raw calculation performance.

Don't have experience with the AMD APU's, but I do find these interesting. But these are not available through the regular retail channels over here.
139  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cloning SERVER 2008 R2 SYSTEM TO A BACKUP 2TB DRIVE-Which app is best? on: October 22, 2014, 05:55:40 PM
HDClone version 4 has successfully cloned several servers in my environment.

It is now at version 5 and comes in limited & (on-purpose) slow free version, but also with several commercial licenses. It has way too many options to mention, but rest assured that it is powerful.

Several years back noq, I used a cheapskate method that worked well with a Windows 2003 server (with Oracle DB server) of mine that is still in active duty today.
  • I used Eassos Partition Guru (which comes in both free and commercial from) to identify all partitions from the almost broken disk
  • Then I recreated the partition structure on a fresh hard disk in that same system, but didn't assign any drive letter to each of the  partitions of the new drive!
  • Cloned all partitions, working from the last partition to the front
  • After checking all files were there, I changed all drive letters on both drives, recreating the same structure on the new drive and removed drive letters from the old disk. Except for the C:\ partition (the original installation location of Partition Guru). I made notes during this to keep track of the many partitions. Also handy for undoing things if all this would went south...
  • Removed Partition Guru with Revo Uninstaller
  • Installed Partition Guru again, but not on C:\
  • Cloned C:\
  • After checking all files were there, I changed the last drive letter on both drives
  • "Activated the new C:\ partition"
  • Turned off the PC completely (incl. power switch on back of the power supply)
  • Disconnected the old drive
  • Booting the system again the system came up without problem and Oracle worked without a hitch.

Luck? I have no doubt.

But after this I have a warm place in my heart for this little (Chinese) piece of software.

Now I believe that MiniTool also has (free)/commercial software that allows you to copy/clone disks. If that software matches the quality of their free/commercial Partition management software, then I will have no problem recommending this software as well.
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: October 19, 2014, 03:50:00 PM
I went unknowingly into Lucy (the movie) and I enjoyed it as well. I always try to know as little as possible about a movie when going in the cinema.

What I didn't suspect was how much I enjoyed 22 Jump Street. That movie didn't look like much, but ends great and the credits are absolutely hilarious. Every grown man would cry after the last shot though... Wink
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who is your Favourite "Doctor"? on: October 19, 2014, 03:35:35 PM
I'm guessing here, but knowing Peter Capaldi to be a good actor before, I suspect that his performance as liaison for an Alien race in Torchwood cemented the deal of him becoming the Doctor.

142  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Portatil to control a desktop pc on: October 18, 2014, 02:29:14 PM
The RDP technology from Microsoft itself does exactly what you want to do.

Not available in the premium version of your OS? Microsoft sure is skimpy with features in a "premium" version of their OS. Hardly deserves that name then (in my book).

In case it isn't available, you can always use: VNC
ThightVNC is free, RealVNC is not. TightVNC will also do what you want.

Both RDP and VNC exist for a long time so you shouldn't encounter problems with either.
VNC will even work cross-platform, while RDP is a Windows-only solution.
RDP is slightly faster though. It can be because it doesn't allow more than one user to be connected that way, while VNC doesn't have that problem.

TeamViewer is also an option, but with that one I don't have any experience.

There are even more options if the desktop had a monitor of its own. Till now I have good experiences with Synergy Plus. That software allows you to share your mouse and keyboard between more than one computer.

*edit* changes after re-reading the post of the OP + some additions
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 18, 2014, 02:18:18 PM
Driving around in your Apple iPod doesn't sound that great these come with a lot of iPadding.  cheesy

A lot of people get sick very quick when their eyes don't see the movement their brains are Apple is actually bad for the general well-being of people. ;-)
144  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: GamerGate: 'Press must tackle misogyny,' says developer on: October 16, 2014, 07:02:19 PM
In my young(er) years I played a lot of games as well. But I was only interested in beating high-scores and/or finishing a level of my single player game. Not like kids nowadays that from the moment you log-in to <insert your favorite gaming network> immediately start to call you names and scanting the things they either did or want to do to your mother that even an extreme pornstar wouldn't dare to attempt.

Seriously, all those brats should be lined up and, one by one, get a decent sized fist flung in their face. Preferably from the person they offend and if that is not possible...a 'champion' chosen by that person. And pay for the medical bill(s) themselves. Oh, and for US citizens, no possibility to sue the hitter.

The financial loss would hurt for a short while, the pain and recovery time lasts a life time. That would be more or less the only way those idiots learn the concept of consequences. Just like my generation and all the ones before had to.

Likeable solution? No.
Educational? Most definitely. And fast too. Especially when all this is accompanied with the ridicule of their peers.

Everyone subject to this treatment will think twice before opening their mouths again. Proving the Dutch saying: Talk is silver, silence is gold.

Anyone who groks this using modern, PC (psychologically correct) ways of education, kudos to them.
The ones that don't...

It would eliminate a lot of bad behavior from a lot of people which addresses at least half of the problem.

145  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 14, 2014, 08:29:37 AM
Blue windscreen of death... ohmy
146 Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Prevent some browsers executions on: October 13, 2014, 08:03:30 PM
There is always 'secpol.msc' where you can create software policy rules that can prevent the execution of any *.exe.

If the above terms don't mean anything to you or are not sure about, then you shouldn't attempt the above. At least not without getting to know what policies are and how they can affect the functionality of your Windows installation. It's easy to make a mess there.
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: October 12, 2014, 01:42:47 AM
If you are into this stuff...and/or similar devices, you should check:

If you are transported back to the late nineties. The layout is from those times, even the hosting feels the same. Slightly better than the GeoCities era of the internet. Doesn't necessarily mean the quality of the content is bad.
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Samsung pays MS $1 billion in royalties for using Android. wtf. on: October 07, 2014, 08:10:30 AM
And with that almost half of the MS - minecraft deal is already paid for... Wink
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your favorite cartoons of yesterday and today? on: October 06, 2014, 10:11:35 PM
When I was a kid I dropped anything and everything to watch 'Battle of the Planets'...unfortunately, it doesn't stand the test of time for me. I always liked the Looney Tunes better than Tom &Jerry. Especially Wiley E. Coyote. If there is one cartoon character that will teach you about determination...

I'll even admit, here in public, that I have a pluche/stuffed doll of that character on my desk (20 years and counting...). Went a lot of times to the W.B. amusement park in Germany. Loved that park, its roller coasters, the ambiance there in general. Much better than DisneyLand Paris in my opinion.

From the Disney stable there is nothing that surpasses 'DuckTales' for me, although 'Darkwing Duck' wasn't far behind. Everytime something breaks in my computers I can't shake the term "What is your major malfunction!!!" from the gym coach of 'Beavis and Butthead'.  However, I lost interest in cartoons not too long after that. Regular TV soon followed. Now I don't even own a TV...sure don't miss being woken up (by the way too commercially driven) 'DragonBall-Z' after accidentally falling asleep behind the TV.

'The Simpsons' are the only and last cartoon still on my radar, though.

Wait...I forgot to mention 'Ren and Stimpy', 'Cow and Chicken' and 'Happy Tree Friends', dark to very black humor.  Cool
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who is your Favourite "Doctor"? on: October 05, 2014, 02:54:33 PM
"Who is the doctor?"

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