* Posts by Andus McCoatover

2943 posts • joined 14 Nov 2007

Elon Musk takes wraps off planet-saving Model 3 vapourmobile

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Also you don't need a specialist dealer to service brakes and tyres.

Except, after the service and a software update in the future, you go to use it, and...

ERROR 53.

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Reminder: iPhones commit suicide if you repair them on the cheap

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: How about..

...but brick the phone if something more significant is seen as "wrong", such as memory?...

One massive flaw in your argument.

People buy Apple phones, not rent them. At least, at the moment.

Bit like, if I sell you a car, and you decide to put a different engine in it. Do I have the right to drop a ton of bricks on it?

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Andus McCoatover
Windows

I seriously hope, with all this recent news coverage...

...that some really smart cookie is working on a fix for this. If they (anonymously, to avoid the inevitable lawsuit) published it, I'd jump for joy.

I'd have no problem with said smart cookie making a gazillion dollars from it, either...

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Andus McCoatover
Windows

Another analogy.

How about this:

I lose my bank card. I phone bank.

They immediately lock the bank card. Fair enough.

Then, they confiscate all the money in my account - never to be returned - to protect me against 'fraudulent use of the money'.

Simples!

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Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Well, that's another day of productivity wasted

PER USER. Globally.

I always used to check for, and install updates over lunch.

But, if my experience of installing Windows-10 goes, it'll take a day. OK, not for the upgrade itself - that only took 4 hours - but faffing about trying to find stuff that you just knew where it was yesterday...

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Dialog box shut: Now Microchip is set to gobble up Atmel

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Well, currently embroiled in an XMEGA project....

...for which I've had to learn Atmel's Studio 7, and worked with the free compilers, which are adequate, I looked at Microchip's offering.

Seems their licence depends on what part family you're using (8,16 or 32-bit), but turns out about €500 for ONE user, ONE year, ONE architecture. Atmel gives me 8 and 32 bit AVR, and all their ARM stuff - free.

Microchip's strategy would put me off a future upgrade for sure.

So, no thanks, MPLAB.

I'm sticking with Atmel, at least as long as their new Overchipped Microlords will let me...

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Florida cuffee surprised by pills in vagina

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: I know how they got there

Ah! Now I know why Lady Worthington was confused, when Ernest said he was found in a handbag...

(Whichever 'line' she was snorting at the time was immaterial)

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Eighteen year old server trumped by functional 486 fleet!

Andus McCoatover
Windows

LUXURY!!

I've still got callouses on my fingers from shoving them beads around on the NCB Accounts Department's Abacus machine, calculating the lads wages from working down t' pit. Never needed a reboot. Still working, I hear.

Yoof of today? They don't know they've been born!

Luxury! (etc...)

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Sysadmin's £100,000 revenge after sudden sacking

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Ooh! Should've been quicker!

Look at all those lovely upvotes to my silver badge I'd have got!!

But, thanks "James" - serously good example of why most managers shouldn't.

(In the same way as when I write code, often my variables don't and my constants aren't)

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LHC records biggest bang ever with 1 Peta-electron-volt jolt

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Sucks earth into a black hole???

Sounds like one of those old "Rastus and Elija" jokes

Elija: "Rastus - get away from the platform! That train's gonna suck you off!"

Rastus: "COME ON, TRAIN!!!"

Maybe I should've posted it Friday. Sorry.

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128GB DDR4 DIMMs have landed so double your RAM cram plan

Andus McCoatover
Windows

every version of windows was always slower than the previous version

Almost totally wrong.

XP. When we (at Nokia) had this thrust up our collective jaksie's it was pretty good. Yikes, they even gave us 512MB to increase productivity. From WIn-NT it was a miracle!

Then, Service Pack 3 came along.

We at Nokia increased the carbon footprint on the planet because we didn't want to wait for our machines to start every morning, we simply left them on overnight.

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Andus McCoatover
Windows

Bloatware fest!

Give piss-poor programmers more space to write crap code?

They might even revert to university-learned Java. God help us.

I remember using a computer (PDP-11) with 128 KILOBYTES of memory. Considered a luxury then. Memory cost thousands - about the asking price of a decent 3-bedroom family house in those days.

Considering, therefore how much a 'word' of code cost, you were FUC*KING cautious!

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What the world needs now is Pi, sweet $5 Raspberry Pi Zero

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: graphics documentation

I stand corrected, Sir!

Yes, I remember seeing that article now.

My point was that I wouldn't use the Broadcom chip to teach a beginner to learn about microprocessor architecture.

I had it easy, I suppose. My first experience of microcontrollers was when a (reasonably elderly) engineer* gave me the Intel 4004 manual. I DRANK it!!!

Now, 40 years on, I use Atmel Xmega a-series, that manual is - well - hard. (Also several errors...Took me a week to get the A/D converter to give me a believable reading).

But, again, I wouldn't give it to a novice.

* He also gave me his HP35 RPN calculator. Still have it, in its leather 'wallet'. When I get the courage, I'll try to power it up. 40 years old???

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Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: Overpriced - NOT an Arduino killer.

I buy Arduino mini-pro's in bags of 5 from China. £2 each.

I use them if I ever get a sudden uncontrollable urge to blink an LED, or create a metronome.

But, as a workhorse (needed a quick pulse generator to simulate varying high speed wind the other day), they're brilliant. Quicker to get that going than solder a 555 etc. onto a scrap of veroboard.

I have the datasheet for the '328p chip. If I was (re)starting programming, it's reasonably clear, and reasonably teachable to assembly level.

Not so the Broadcom chip in the new Pi-Zero. Low-level stuff is protected by IPR, GPU info is definitely hidden. Reading the available information* gave me a fit of the vapours.

So, you learn Python, Scratch, C.

New world.

* http://infocenter.arm.com/help/topic/com.arm.doc.ddi0301h/DDI0301H_arm1176jzfs_r0p7_trm.pdf

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Amazon resets account passwords feared compromised – report

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Me, too.

Yeah, got the Amazon mail, even though I haven't used Amazon for years.

Probably some outfit I DO use, like Banggood.

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Ouch! Microsoft sues recycling firm over 70K stolen Office licenses

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Dumpster Diving. Hence the icon.

How I get some decent lappies, free.

Got a 'computer graveyard' near my place.

Found a lovely machine, 17" display, loadsa ram (OK, 2Gigs), Vista onboard. DVD stripped. Fortunately, had a couple of DVD's at home from a previous 'forage'.

Next to which, a smashed-up laptop with a Win-7 licence sticker (fortunately, both 32-bit*')

Rest was easy. Expenditure? €10.

Then, load, sweet-talk the operator (Mahatma Kote, I think his name was - might even be related) at Microsoft to let me licence it.

Then - Win-10. Nirvana.

*Someone explain why, when installing Atmel Studio 7, it wants 1Gig for 32-bit systems, but 2Gig for 64-bit, and why 32-bit seems to run faster than 64? (I have 2 computers for comparison). Well, I'm a Bear of Very Small Brain, and long words Bother me.

(Sorry, A.A.Milne, not what You had in mind, I'm sure....)

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How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: Will Work. For Free.

Spoken like a person who is owned by a cat. (I'd have written quicker, but she keeps nudging me off the keyboard. After some 'kitty-porn' I guess...)

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Andus McCoatover
Windows

NO! It doesn't start faster!!!

Myst-all-Chucking-Frighty----

"Boot" doesn't equal "ready to do some work".

A pretty desktop comes up and the Great Unwashed* - like me - say "Oh, that booted quick!*".

Look at your disk activity LED. Better still, <ctrl><alt><delete> and open task manager.

Then wait 20 minutes or so for the disk usage to go below 80%.

Then, and only then, can you open your e-mails, and go to https://www.gov.uk/ to find out how you'll be sanctioned because you didn't answer/read the e-mail in time...

(OK, I'm not subject to that nowadays (Or, indeed am I one of His*'* Highness' Subjects ?) but even so....

* As a member of the Great Unwashed - soap being deemed to be a luxury - 2GB and and old laptop is my all. Sorry that typing is a bit slow....

'*Alleged pig-porker Prime (Don't get me going!) Minister Cameron.

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Indianapolis man paints his ball every day – for FORTY YEARS

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Almost fill the Albert Hall?

I understand that Himmler had something sim'lar...

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Ahmed's clock wasn't a bomb, but it blew up the 'net and Zuckerberg, Obama want to meet him

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: @Neil Barnes

...or, in my day, listen to the world on an ECC83...Transistor`Wasn't that one of those funny things that went light-sensitive if you acetone'd the black paint off? ( 2/6d for the painted ones, a guinea for the unpainted version? (OC(p)71 ??)

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Andus McCoatover

V sign

Wondered if anyone else spotted that!

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Reg reader shares AshMad blackmail email about which he gives 'zero f***s'

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Danegeld?

Wow. A useful addition to my literature awareness, thanks. No I haven't read ALL of Kipling, so I missed that. But a Google seach (re)introduced me to such colourful names as Æthelred the Unready and Sigeric the Serious.

Andus the Sheepsh***er pales into insignificance against those (I wish!)

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The Raspberry Pi is succeeding in ways its makers almost imagined

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Wonder if it was the same 11-year-old girl....

That fixed a (me being) stupid TightVNC configuration for me a few months ago via a forum?

That was on a Raspberry Pi also....

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FAIL: Windows 10 bulk patch produces INFINITE CRASH LOOP

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Looked back at my upgrade history.

It installed OK on 08/08. Maybe because I'm the only user, and have resisted the desire to "fuckabahtwivthesettins" (AKA Control Panel) too much....

(Win 10 Pro, 2Gig, Durabook S15C)

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Windows 10 marks the end of 'pay once, use forever' software

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Gonna sy it.....

...oh, weep, Linux Fanboi that I am.....

But....

But....

I love Windows 10? Yeps. I really do. Never thought I'd say that. I know it's unfashionable to say, But, yeah.

(Linux Mint 17.1 on the pendrive, natch)

Fair's fair. Credit where it's due. MIcrosoft have done a lot of work - yes, it's rough around the Edge...but I haven't yet felt an urge to install Firefox yet.

Atmel Studio 6,2 works, Cadsoft Eagle (PCB s/w) works, Arduino IDE works, Notepad+ works, LibreOffice works, PicoScope 6 works, LTSpice works, Saleale Logic works.

Haven't felt a burning need to download Minecraft, Angry Birds 2, PornoQueensFromHell yet. Update will follow, I'm sure.

POINT IS (Sorry to shout, but...) It does what I want.

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Andus McCoatover
Windows

Over a dinner time???

Sounds more like a Journalists "Liquid Lunch" followed by a "Martin Summers Is Unwell"....

I upgraded today from a fully updated Windows 7 Pro and it took about 4 hours - without touching it - until the disk activity light, and my router light stopped being permanently on. Even now, 10 hours later I can occasionally type a sentence and have time to roll a cigarette before the text appears.

Dual-core, 2GB ram*, Win-10 Pro 32-bit, only Edge open with 2 tabs, fan roaring its head off continually, disk light duty cycle > 90%

*Suspect this might be the culprit. Reminiscent of how slow my first Windows-3 machine was. It had 1/1000th of the RAM, 2MB. Nothing really changes.

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Boffins have made optical transistors that can reach 4 TERAHERTZ

Andus McCoatover
Windows

...and in the years to come...

...our grandkids will be cracking open an ancient El Reg. printout, and have a giraffe at this. Teraherz? Oh, so...50's...

Much like when we crack open an ancient copy of "Metronome Monthly"/"101 things to do with a 555 timer"/Practical Electronics.

Whatever it's called nowadays.

Howls of derisive laughter.

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World-beating TWO-QUADRILLION-WATT LASER fired by boffins

Andus McCoatover
Windows

You'll recall from school that a watt is a joule per second

Other way around?

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Reg reader casts call centre spell with a SECRET WORD

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Recording illegal???

How so, when I often hear "Your call may be recorded for your protection, or for training purposes."

Sounds like they just gave me permission! "May be" is too loose a term. Record away!

(Don't get me started about recording JobcentrePlus calls - they threaten you with a criminal offence, because you're not registered with the "Data Protection Ombudsman" (their phrase).

Guess what?

You don't usually need to:

https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/register/self-assessment/

Even if you did, getting registered's a snap, and cost £35.)

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Jolla announces home-grown Indian mobe-maker as first Sailfish licensee

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Who want to buy them?

Well, I will. Unemployment currently hinders, but tomorrow I'm hoping for a job-offer*. Company 'phone? Jolla, natch, living in Oulu as I do, with a 5G experimental (but city-wide soon) network.

*Sheesh, I've already designed the hardware for them doing "Work Experience training" (WTF!?!? I've been working longer than my 'Employment Coach has lived), and so on my 59th birthday I slapped a bit of S/W in for good measure.

XMEGA's. Thought they were like an Arduino.

Little did I know they were on Lance Armstrong's medication.

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: a vendor may not force ANY EULA terms on a customer

Links/citations, or it never happened.

(First Law of Engineering)

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Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: no matter what MS force on us

Unfortunately, Owner != user anymore.

I don't OWN my windows-7 (and my well-decent Vista Asus lappie on a recovered-from-dumpser machine - it only wanted about 100 meg. of "Left-handed website" shit removed to make it an object to desire) )

Although I own the H/W, I don't own the OS.

Maybe I'll vote "OXI" for "No Outside Assistance!" like the Greeks did. Didn't help, they still got shafted.

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Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: no matter what MS force on us

Yeah. Right. Like Windows 7?

When I'm at work, I sometimes want to take my PC home. So, I go to power it down, only to be told (paraphrased) "do not turn your computer off, 31 updates in progress"

Smeg that! I've a bus to catch, and it's bleeding cold outside. I'll be an hour or so travelling home.

Rip it from its cable, shove it in my laptop bag, and head home. If the thing overheats, there's no WiFi on the way (there isn't) or the battery runs out mid-way, "Ahh, Didums!"

(Yes, I found the 'fix' - the well-hidden Control key when going to shut down, but I don't always remember...)

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Nokia will indeed be back 'making' phones – and it's far from a foolish move

Andus McCoatover

No surprise there....

and the recent announcement from Jolla that they're getting their kit made by an (un-announced) mfr.?

I smell a device. Methinks Mr. Orlowski has't in his nose, too...

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Microsoft suspends Windows 10 new-build downloads ahead of launch

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: The 29th...

If I could continue the phrase with the right pronunciation (or even spelling) of "...oft gan' agly..." I'd join you for a dram...or two

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Andus McCoatover

Re: In memorium of Flock of Seagulls

Yes, but his mother loves him.

(Didn't someone say that about a drone awhile back?

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Chana masala

Andus McCoatover

Having a problem...

...getting the Black Salt.

My local, friendly ISIL shop has no problem poisoning this infidel kafir with asafoetida, (€1,50 for about 100g), nor ground mango powder (€1 for maybe 500g,) but they failed to send me to Paradise with the black salt.

Anyone know any other names for it?

Ta muchly.

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

Andus McCoatover

Well,it floated my boat....

OK, haven't updated release since June, (and temporarily don't use that computer at the moment) I liked it.

Snappier to me than Win-7 SP1.

But, I only use Firefox, LibreOffice, Cadsoft Eagle, Notepad+ and Atmel Studio 6,2 (Plus a few necessary addons - Arduino IDE, Flip, Dropbox etc) - all of which worked flawlessly.

As for Caterina, Cortina, Cornea, Catrina, whatever...I can't presently use it (her?) in my locale (Non-US) so I think a blessing.

I SHALL be installing it, but dual-boot, if the release ISO lets me. Certainly that's how I used it previously, but I never went back to Win-7, IIRC.

And, as I'm on the dole, with a hobby of scouring junkyards*, I found a rather nice big Acer Travelmate dual-core effort slung away. After getting it to (finally) boot (stuck key), and removing every virus, trojan, malware, stuxware etc. known to mankind, then using Vistalizator (www.froggie.sk/en/index.html) to convert its Finnish OS to Gods Own Language** it is almost ready for its free installation of Windows-10. Unfortunately, it runs Vista (painful!), so I'm out scouring more rubbish skips for a Windows-7 or -8 licence sticker before July 28...

* I find quite a few good laptops, usually with stupid faults like a key stuck down by coffee (I hope!) loose memory card, HD trashed, or the DVD won't eject - most less than a couple of years old.

** R.F.Delderfield: God Is An Englishman. Essential read. As are all his books.

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Pint-sized PCIe powerhouse: Intel NUC5i5RYK

Andus McCoatover

So we use a lot of these for signage, reception desks, displays in doctor's offices etc

Wouldn't a Raspberry Pi suffice for that? Stuck (VESA'd) on the back of a touch-screen, running Windows-10 (Pi version)?

If your Real Estate costs more than that, you must be in Tokyo....

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Fondleslab deaths grounded ALL of American Airlines' 737s

Andus McCoatover

Tin-foil-hat mode, but....

..have they found and definitely identified the problem?

Else (crisp metallic rustle) could this have been a 'dummy run' by some nasty Middle Eastern group?

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Andus McCoatover

"Sweden and Finland are considering removing handwriting from their curricula".

That's the end of another chance of a Shakesperian masterpiece being written.

On a typewriter, natch...

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Nokia: Yes, we're chatting up Alcatel-Lucent

Andus McCoatover

Oh, that magic word again....

Synergy.

Euphemism for "redundancies".

Wonder who Nokia will outsource its redundancies to this time round?

Don't think Alcatel-Lucent is big in India*, so might cost them a packet this time.

Oh, and the French...About as heavy with unemployment as the Germans. Wondered if Nokia factored that in.

*Of course, Rajeev Suri may have inside knowledge...

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Blind justice: Google lawsuit silences elected state prosecutor

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Thanks

Food for thought from El-Reg. To be devoured and the bones picked over at home. Appreciated.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Sizzling sag aloo

Andus McCoatover
Flame

Re: Looks tasty

S'funny. When I was (quite) rich and (relatively) well-known, to make ends meet in our "Yuppie-era-bought" 3 storey house, we had lodgers living on the top floor. At that time, interest rates jovially went to 15% on 'black wednesday' - I digress.

One of the couple was a lovely Indian girl. She showed me that, with exactly the same spices, the order of cooking completely changed the flavour. I would'nt have believed it, but I measured, mixed and cooked the spices as she instructed while she stood next to me.

One (we did poatoes, to test) was deliciously sweet, the other sharp.

A skill I want to learn!

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'Revenge porn' law to arrive in spring – MoJ

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: reasonable person?

Or indeed, Michelle Obama...

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Andus McCoatover
Windows

A rise in people?

Oh, Pleeth!

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

Andus McCoatover

Time to bin my PDP-11/04

Anybody want 327680 ferrite beads?

I'll mix 'em up so you can't read my password.

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Andus McCoatover
Windows

STAP ME VITALS!!!!

I only went onto Farnell's page to look for ESD diodes for a Sim-card....

Now I've spent the bloody morning trying to access raspberrypi.org - understandably down at present...

This thing's got twice the ram, four times the grunt as my trusty old (15 years) Thinkpad T30...

Did someone say something about Windows 10???

WAAAAAAAAAAANT!!!!!

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Why Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2? Upton: 'I drank the Kool-Aid'

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Dunno, folks....

..I'm gonna 'suck-it-and-see'. In a commercial environment, not some wannabee bedroom masturbators den.

Give it a go. If iWindows-10 goes tits-up, I've lost only my time - I won't experiment in company time. We're broke already.

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Andus McCoatover
Pint

"...it was a conversation in a bar.."

IIRC, similarly was Arduino conceived. If I'm right, the name "Arduino" is the Italian coffee shop where the folks drew on the ubquitius 'fag.packets' on.

Pint, because the fruit machine at my local bar spewed out enough money for me to buy one today.

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