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26  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wireless networking and wifi printer help on: January 22, 2015, 08:45:46 PM
I've currently got an HP LaserJet 4050dn here in IT, and a standing threat to shoot anybody that tries to wander off with it.

That is my main workhorse too. Got it used from a client with 65K pages worth of use on it for $50. It's still going strong. The 4xxx series was one of the best HP ever produced IMO. I also had a LaserjetIII (with Postscript cartridge!) that I bought new when it first came out. That "boat anchor" performed yeoman’s service right up until the day a client's 3-year old kid (an out of control little brat if there ever was one!) yanked the PS cartridge out and then rapidly plugged it back in three or four times in a row while the unit was running. After that, it would only print two pages at a time before a print job timed out. It got replaced by a Laserjet 4 the following week.

27  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Storage Spaces talk on: January 22, 2015, 02:39:18 PM
Good article. Thx for sharing! smiley Thmbsup

I pretty much agree with his opinions on Storage Spaces even if I don't quite share all his concerns about some other things. Especially ZFS.
28  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wireless networking and wifi printer help on: January 22, 2015, 02:21:49 PM
My experience with HP is to stick to the real business class products and you'll be fine. T'was a time when that was all they sold, so it was a no-brainer going with HP. The old Laserjets (II/3/4/5/81xx/85xx, etc.) were built like tanks and un-killable. And they were repairable (often even field repairable) if anything did go wrong.

Then HP (of necessity) got into home/consumer-grade products...and the results are what we live with today.

But I don't completely blame HP's engineers. It's hard to take engineering teams, who were used to designing and building what was often the Rolls-Royce of office and computer equipment, and suddenly expect them to start making "good enough" inexpensive pieces of plastic crap for the masses - most of whom were utterly "price motivated" when out shopping.

"Fast, cheap, reliable - pick any two," as the saying goes. Cool
29  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wireless networking and wifi printer help on: January 22, 2015, 12:15:58 PM
Well...it's certainly more convenient than finding a crossover cable.

While true, it's amazing how many things are auto crossing these days.


Yeah...Sometimes even intentionally! Grin
30  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do Not Call List on: January 22, 2015, 12:11:21 PM
Five will get you ten that Dish will settle with the FTC out of court. They'll do the usual bit where they pay a fine (vastly lower than the law would require if they had a court judgement against them); not admit any wrongdoing on their part; and create some BS oversight policy (and appoint a "compliance officer") to make sure it doesn't ever happen again.

The part where they argue they shouldn't be held responsible for what a hired contractor does on their behalf is lame. There is a long established legal doctrine called Respondeat Superior:

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Respondeat Superior

A legal doctrine, most commonly used in tort, that holds an employer or principal legally responsible for the wrongful acts of an employee or agent, if such acts occur within the scope of the employment or agency.  

<source: Wex Legal Dictionary>

So sorry Dish. That argument holds no water. Next time, know who you're hiring - and know what they're doing in your name - or face the consequences.


31  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wireless networking and wifi printer help on: January 22, 2015, 11:59:23 AM
My experience with low end Samsung printers is very discouraging, whereas I have had nothing but good results with Brother.

I have set up several technologically challenged elder relatives with inexpensive Brother wireless printers  (e.g., 22780DW) and had no problems at all, unlike with the Samsungs that they replaced in some cases.



@xtabber - That's good news to hear. This was my first Brother multifunction appliance purchase (for myself) and I was a little leery of dropping about $250 on this type of device.

However, one of my clients, who is an attorney (and probably one of the most tech savvy 'civilians' I know), swears by Brother printers. His blessing off on the model I eventually decided on (he owns two of them) was the tipping point for me to haul out some plastic and get one.

So far so good. I'm now on my second toner cartridge and it's working like a champ. Being monochrome laser, it's fairly economical too.
 Thmbsup
32  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 as an Internet service? on: January 22, 2015, 09:00:07 AM
Thanks. The lesson from back in the day of SCO Linux suits is I think it became clear that enough big names want/need Linux that I think we are almost certainly not reaching the place you allude to soon. Now if MS does more "buying into" Linux (patents, etc.) and then kill it from the inside ... probably still unlikely.

Microsoft isn't openly trying to kill Linux. At least not just yet. In fact Microsoft does believe Linux has a "role" in the broader computing framework...

And that role is: only if running as a virtual machine under Hyper-V. undecided

Microsoft doesn't care what else you use so long as you're mostly using Microsoft too. tongue
33  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wireless networking and wifi printer help on: January 22, 2015, 08:50:49 AM
It probably depends on the model and make. Good designs default to the fastest connection available. So if you cable in, it uses that connection instead of wifi.

My Brother multifunction now has a cable plugged into it. It seems fine with that. The original wifi setup is still in place too. If I pull the cable, wireless takes over seamlessly. And direct wireless printing works fine too.

I like having that separate direct print capability for when I have clients or friends over who need to print something from their phone or laptop. That way I don't have to give them access to my home or office network to do it.

YMMV
34  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 as an Internet service? on: January 22, 2015, 08:36:26 AM
^ Yup. It's just another rehash of what they tried to do with Windows 8 AFAIC.

App store lock-in like Apple is doing can't be far behind.

Funny thing... for a few years now Microsoft has been implying you don't really need floppy or disk drives now that there's a cloud and all these online services you can avail yourself of. Some PCs now ship without any removable media drives at all. Disk drives are just soooo 90s, right?

Right.

Unless you might actually want to load your own software. Or have books, music, or movies that can't suddenly be whisked away because the publisher is caught up in some ridiculous copyright or licensing dispute. Or if you want to store something without having the entire corporate and government world able to rummage through it whenever your back is turned.

And yeah, we still have USB keys and portable hard drives. But you're never sure just how erased they can be made. And they cost enough that most people are somewhat reluctant to take a hammer to them, or run them through a chipper just to be sure.

Nope. I'm not a conspiracy buff. But I did watch James Burke's Connection series. And I'm seeing confluences and trends that seem to be converging to create a place I don't want to be taken to.
35  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wireless networking and wifi printer help on: January 22, 2015, 07:46:23 AM
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Using a wifi connection just makes it much more convenient.

except it apparently doesn't huh

Well...it's certainly more convenient than finding a crossover cable. Grin Or cables and a network hub (or switch) to plug things into.

Of course if you went through the trouble of getting a switch you could have just gotten yourself a router (which is actually a router with a built-in 4-port switch in most consumer-level units)...and since you've put that much money in, why not just get a wifi router (which is actually a wireless access point + a router + a network switch all in one convenient appliance) for not many dollars more and...be done with it?
 Wink Cool

That way, all you need to do is set your NIC to use DHCP and know the passkey for your wireless router. Bingo! You're in. And not just when you're at home. It works virtually everywhere else too. Because that's the way it's done. And it "just works." Most times at least. (The huge number of totally clueless people who routinely access networks and the Internet without firing up a single brain synapse are proof enough.)

Contrast that with setting static IP addresses...making sure there's no duplicate addresses in use...hoping Windows sorts out which member PC is going to be elected as the master browser for the P2P...and on and on. Then, you get to undo all of that and reconfigure your NIC back to DHCP when you want to use just about any other network out there.

So no...I really do think it's both easier and more convenient to use a router than an ad hoc network. Once a router is properly configured (not a difficult task even for a techno-weenie) you need to know nada to use it going forward. With an ad hoc, you actually do need to know something - and redo it any time you want to "net in" to something else.

The lowly 'router' is a lovely thing indeed.

 smiley
36  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wireless networking and wifi printer help on: January 21, 2015, 09:26:16 PM
If I can create an adhoc wired 'network' so easily, then why is a wireless solution so much different.  The comm's should be the same, so we're only talking about the means of transmission (is landline v mobile telephony is an appropriate analogy?)

Ad hoc was originally intended to be a means of doing rudimentary file sharing between PCs. A way to avoid sneaker-netting. Sort of like the basic capabilities in the far more sophisticted AppleTalk sharing services running on Macs. It wasn't intended to replace a traditional LAN. And it especially was never intended to be used as a router. That was supposed to be handled by internet connection sharing where one PC in your home network shared its internet connection with all the other PCs. So once again, one PC becomes the gateway of last resort as SJ put it.

Also ad hoc networking is a topology. Ad hoc networking can be done in a number of ways. It's not dependent on specific hardware per se. And it doesn't need a wireless capability to make it work. You could do an ad hoc network with a crossover cable and two NICs. Or with multiple PCs, cables, and a dumb network hub or switch - no router required. That's how it used to be done before wifi came out. Using a wifi connection just makes it much more convenient.
37  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 as an Internet service? on: January 21, 2015, 09:11:47 PM
So they might not be that easily fooled by one year of free subscription,

It's not a one year subscription. It's a one year window to claim a free upgrade.

I don't think Microsoft is going over to an Adobe subscription model just yet. But they have implied that updates may someday no longer be offered for free. Updates could eventually require a "maintenance" agreement in order for Windows users to receive them after a certain interval. Say one year from purchase?
38  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 as an Internet service? on: January 21, 2015, 09:01:08 PM
@40hz
Can you please explain further what leads you to the Linux line you posted? How it relates to today's news?
Serious question, I am not trying to be funny, may be I should read again but don't see the actual connection to something MS said today.

It's not in the statement from Microsoft I quoted.

But many times in the past Microsoft has alleged that Linux/GNU violates in excess of 200 of its software patents. And although the company has waffled around acting upon it (and refused to say exactly what those patents are) no person in a position of authority at Microsoft has ever ruled out a future lawsuit or series of lawsuits. At this point in time, Microsoft seems to have contented itself with spreading enough FUD that many companies (and a few big Linux distros such as Redhat and Suse) have purchased licenses from Microsoft for supposedly infringing their IP. Unfortunately, those licenses are (by contractual agreement) a secret between Microsoft and those who signed them. So nobody in the broader FOSS community knows what the specific claimed IP violations are, or is able to re-code or change things in order to be non-infringing. Assuming they actually are. Cute move huh? It's basically saying: "You're infringing - but we're not going to do anything to let you know what or where."

When Linux began to look like it had a shot at becoming the next dominant desktop OS, Microsoft upped it's posturing and threatening. Including threatening corporations that adopted Linux. It's true that once Windows 7 became the success it became, and some major players in the FOSS community caved in and bought questionable licenses, Microsoft ramped their threats back down. But again. they never ruled out legal action in the future.

From Microsoft's past rhetoric and behavior, I suspect if they get a lot of pushback on where Windows 10 seems to be going - and Linux again starts looking like a good replacement - they'll start up their legal bullying and FUD machine again. Or possibly invoke the nuclear option and actually file a lawsuit against someone. Most likely Linux (i.e. the kernal) itself, which they claim has something like 65 infringing pieces in it.

Hope that clarifies. It's a long story. And it's been going on for the last 10 or so years. This is an older article that gets into the nitty -gritty of the thing. It'll give you some background as to what it's all about.
39  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: January 21, 2015, 04:33:24 PM
^In my case, the chief inspirations in my formative years were: Paul McCartney, Jonathan Lodge, Andy Kulburg, Greg Lake, and Dave Paton. I'm pretty much UK inspired with the exception of Andy Kulberg. Hmm...roots in Motown but heavily influenced by that melodic UK vibe. No wonder I don't sound like anybody else according to people I've played with. I don't know what I am!!!! Grin
40  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 as an Internet service? on: January 21, 2015, 04:18:46 PM
I'm guessing (since you can't do much else when it comes to Microsoft licensing) that they mean it in the same way OEM licenses work. Which is to say it's non-transferable to another PC. It's only licensed for the original machine it's installed on. Otherwise, everyone and their cousin would claim a freebie and use it on everything else they buy until Windows 12 comes out.

I suspect they're mostly trying to speed up adoption by the Windows 7 users (remember XP?) without making the Windows 8 users feel like they got taken for a ride like the Vista users did. It's clever too in that because it's free for the first year, corporate IT departments will have a huge amount of trouble justifying to their upper management any decision to stick with 7 if they let the opportunity for that freebie to slip by.

Microsoft certainly isn't doing any of this out of kindness, that's for sure. This is a typical Redmond squeeze play they're making. Just like the hardball offer they tried with Windows 8 - except that upgrade wasn't free. And the early adopter discount offer only lasted a very short time in comparison.
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I don't like any of what I'm seeing. It feels like the a major 'set-up' is about to go down. And I just hope I end up being wrong about that.

41  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 as an Internet service? on: January 21, 2015, 02:20:57 PM
I thought the whole Metro, RT etc. fiasco had shown that it's a bad idea to try to run the same OS on very different devices (which is why Apple doesn't do it)??

Yeah...noticed that too did ya?

They never learn. undecided
42  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: January 21, 2015, 02:00:00 PM
^ That's one of the reasons I'm making sure my son gets a good foundation in Motown as he learns drums. Nobody ever made more music out of fewer notes than James Jamerson and Benny Benjamin.

That's funny. I cut my teeth on Motown when I first started learning to play electric bass. To this day I still tend to leave a lot of space in my lines, frame things around a syncopated backbeat, and almost automatically toss in a little funk whenever I play something. A lot of that came from listening to Jamerson. He was one of my big inspirations. His part on Heard It Through the Grapevine was one of the first Motown songs I really analyzed well enough to actually understand what I was hearing. Awesome bass player! Along with Chuck Rainey, Duck Dunn, Bob Babbitt, Wilt Felder, Carol Kaye and all those other greats too numerous to list.
43  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Post your Linux/FOSS humor here. on: January 21, 2015, 01:08:09 PM
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44  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 as an Internet service? on: January 21, 2015, 01:06:42 PM
I was about to say "and my postponed transition to the LInux world edges closer" until I read your last line!  So the linux world is threatened as well?  Is there any hope for the computer hobbyists?? 

Some. But the war on general purpose open computing platforms is in progress. This is just the latest bid to up the ante. Microsoft has yet to play its nuclear option card. But I have no doubt they will when they think the time is ripe. tellme
45  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 as an Internet service? on: January 21, 2015, 01:03:27 PM
Well that's good news! As long as the problem is getting people to the app store, the solution will never be fixing (as in replacing) Windows.

What could possibly go wrong?  cheesy

Ah! You're right. What could I possibly have to worry about? Grin tongue
46  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Windows 10 as an Internet service? on: January 21, 2015, 12:05:37 PM
This from Iain Thomson over at The Register.

If correct as reported here, Microsoft has finally admitted what many have been saying about where Microsoft plans on going (while taking you along for the ride) for the last three years.

Here's what Iain has to say(emphasis added):

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21 Jan 2015 at 17:46, Iain Thomson

Microsoft is planning a big push for Windows 10 and will be giving away the new operating system to Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 users in the first year of release.

"With Windows 10 we think of the operating system as 'Windows as a service,'" said Terry Myerson, VP of operating systems at Redmond. "In next few years could think of Windows as one of the largest internet services on the planet. The question of 'what version are you running' will cease to make sense,"

The upgrade will only be free in the first 12 months after release and will last for the "supported lifetime of the device." Microsoft said the new OS will run on PCS, tablets, phones, and a new device to be announced later today.

The result for developers will be a single platform to sell apps on. "Developers are always thinking of the next million sales, now we can open them to the next billion,"

This will involved "universal apps," software that works equally well on the phone, tablet, and PC. The Office applications will be included in this, but developers will be encouraged to do the same with their own code.

The idea is to have an operating system that can run on any device and when the user puts one piece of hardware down they can pick up another Windows device that they are signed in on and carry on where they left off. <more>

Bad. Very bad. Yet another massive walled garden looming just ahead. undecided

(Once this gets rolling, can Microsoft's long threatened multi-pronged IP lawsuit against Linux and GNU/FOSS be far behind? huh)
47  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wireless networking and wifi printer help on: January 21, 2015, 11:41:15 AM
^Succinct and spot on.  Thmbsup Cool
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49  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: January 21, 2015, 07:59:58 AM
featuring Rick Nielsen and Bun E Carlos from Cheap Trick on guitar and drums and Tony Levin on bass.

Wow! Talk about an all-star lineup. I'm always impressed how the real pros, who can play anything, know when (and have enough self-confidence) to go with a lean & mean minimalistic arrangement when it serves the song.

But that's what separates the professional musicians from the wannabes. It's all about serving the song. Thmbsup
50  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wireless networking and wifi printer help on: January 21, 2015, 07:02:28 AM
Here's the fun part: In networking the default gateway is also known as "the path of last resort", and this by nature must be a singular item. However with the tethered + wireless network combo, you invariably end up with two paths of last resort...and this gets confusing as hell immediately. Because the first time the machine tries to get to an external (e.g. internet) address, it is going to have to digitally flip a coin, pick a gateway, and encounter a 50/50 chance if getting slammed into a wall (of oblivion) if it happens to pick the wrong/dead gateway.

This.

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