Re: Upgrading tonight
>>>I shall report back in a few days :-)
Once you've rebuilt your system with your W7 DVD?
71 posts • joined 27 Mar 2008
>>>I shall report back in a few days :-)
Once you've rebuilt your system with your W7 DVD?
What advantages does Windows 10 *actually* bring to the average power-user? Windows 8 had some performance improvements, native mounting of VHD/VHDX/ISO files, improved File History. Enough for me to use Win8 (with Start8, of course).
But what does Windows 10 bring? Live Tiles - not interested. Cortana - not interested. Edge browser - not interested (Firefox). Multiple desktops - not interested (I use dual monitors soI have enough screen space without needing Jekyll and Hyde options).
Are there really any compelling reasons to use it?
I'm currently downloading from MSDN anyway, but I've yet to see any reason to install it.
I get 1TB/month allowance. Sadly I'm only on an 8Mb connection, but soon to move house with a 80Mb connection.
Just checked mine, I have an 840 EVO which I've had for a couple of years I reckon. 931GB capacity, and I've written 14.52TB overall. And my laptop is in use all day, every day. Looking at SMART I have 7755 power-on hours (861 cycles).
So either of the shiny new devices would be very welcome on my desk. Thank you, I'll clear some space.
Whilst I do confess to owning an iphone (all beatings accepted), I haven't worn *any* watch for about 30 years, so the apple watch will not be on my wishlist.
And TBH, and don't see any appeal to it whatsoever. Perhaps I'm the minority.
The comments on page one re: tablet mode, touchscreen mode, are completely academic. NOBODY uses them! Mouse, keyboard.....that is all.
El reg is a fortune teller; it's not even 07:45 UTC yet...
Even my home PC is protected from a power failure. It's called a UPS. WTF?
Bloody hell! On a 24" screen at 1920x1080, the headline picture is insanely big! I thought those sheep were in my living room FFS!
My home happens to also be my workplace. So yes, I would like 10Mb or better please.
We're on an EO line....I guarantee we'll be in the remaining 5% that doesn't get any faster service.
We use Ordnance Survey maps a lot (Memory Map application) and the 1:25000 and 1:50000 maps in HD take up 39.2GB. That's the main reason I have the 128GB iPad. My wife has a v1 iPad (my cast-off) and we wanted to replace that with something Android-ish.
I had high hopes for the Hudl2 - but max 32GB MicroSD - and I had high hopes for the Nexus 9 - but max 0GB MicroSD. So that's just blown away two potential Android devices for us.
Back to the drawing board.
I have a legal, purchased copy of CS6. I purchased it as a registered charity, of which I'm a trustee, and I paid the princely sum of £120 for Design and Web Premium CS6
I have absolutely no viable upgrade options, since Adobe wants about £70/month for CS7. So 2 months into a subscription and I'll have already paid more than I paid for CS6. No thanks, Adobe, I'll stay with CS6. You can keep Cash Cow.
I use eWallet. Software available for Windoze PCs and Andoid/IOS devices, with card-level sync between them all. No reliance on cloudy stuff, it's always to hand and under my control.
The software is constantly improved and enhanced and it's cheap as chips. What's not to like?
I used to work in the AS/400 arena, which I left in 2004. We implemented JBA (bless....). Worryingly, one of the customers I implemented in 1999.....is still using it! I keep in touch with the IT manager, he's a good friend now.
The AS/400 is still going strong, none of the 8GB drives (10 of them, I think) has any errors, and JBA System/21 is still running just fine.
JBA was pretty bad, with no database consistency and it crashes all over the place. But that good old AS/400, running V5R2, it just keeps on chugging away! It'll die one day of course, but no sign of that happening.
Crazy to think it's still running a £30m business.....
for those of us who live in an RDP / Teamviewer world, either to remote PCs or remote servers, a physical button doesn't really help.
Totally disagree. Over the last 10 years we've bought hundreds of Dell desktops and laptops, and about 20 Dell servers. We used to opt for the 5 year warranty on them, but after a few years we stopped as we realised we'd never needed the warranty. Now we just get 5 year warranty on the servers as that also covers replacement SAS driver.
We've had to use a warranty once, after 4.8 years, for a failed PSU.
We're running about 130 Dells at the moment, a mixture of XP (ahem...only for another 10 days), Vista, 7, 8, SBS 2011, 2008 R2, 2012. No problems with any of them,
Shoddy? Unreliable? Certainly not in our experience. We'd never go anywhere else. Yes you pay a slight premium, but what price reliability?
Despite all the publicity, my bank (Clydesdale - Yorkshire will also be affected) is still vulnerable!
dsa.msc is even quicker
WTF has this got to do with IT? This is The Register, not The Guardian.
Yesterday was a catalyst for us, I'm now blocking all emails with zip attachments. If anyone needs to get a zip file, they'll find another way. All the zip attachments we've received in the last month have been viruses.
Emailed zip files no longer serve a business purpose IMHO.
Save the toes and use your couple of quid to buy (almost) Start8. Then tick "Disable all Windows 8 hot corners when at the desktop". Job done.
Yep, teamviewer. Free for personal use, installation with fixed ID numbers and passwords for unattended access, facility to reboot remote computer in Safe Mode. And it's free.
What's not to like?
LogMeIn can LogMeOut as far as I'm concerned.
It's the register .CO.UK, can we have flavour instead of flavor please. Thank you, I'll get my coat.
At least you have a cabinet. All our lines are EO lines, and if BT do decide to install a cabient then they'll install it right outside the exchange so we'll be no better off.
Quit moaning peeps and just move banks. Simples.
Because it's easier to *refine* your search if it's not overwritten by the web page you visit.
If you type XYZ 123 into the adress bar, the browser will happily submit that to google for you. So you choose a link and then realise you'd have been better putting XYZ 124. With a separate search box you can edit and resubmit; with a combined box you either have to retype or you have to hit countless iterations of the back button.
As long as they keep the separate search box, I'll be happy.
Errm...no-one is sharing my static IP thank you.
Yep, that's what he said
I travelled Edinburgh to Bristol yesterday, returning tomorrow. No weight limit on baggage, and if it's < 50x45x20cm (from memory; might be wrong numbers) they GUARANTEE it will travel in the cabin. Slightly bigger (25cm width) and it's still permitted but might get white-tagged.
No weight limit. Just as well, as mine was 14KG.
I find SleazyJet to be fine, especially when Edinburgh has crap connections to many places and EZY have a direct flight. Never had a bad experience with them.
But in all my years of business travel (many) I'm stil very proud (and pleased!) to say I have avoided RyanAir. Heck, I'd thumb a lift down the A1 before booking with RyanAir.
I too am dependent on ADSL, working from home for an I.T. company, and I too have a solid 8Mb connection (SNR 6.5, so only just). Whilst I'm not in the Highlands, I'm in rural Perthshire (about 2 miles south of the fault line) and I'm on an Exchange Only line (fed straight from our 138-premises Essendy exchange). Hell will freeze over before Scottish Government, P&K Council, or BT (take your pick) upgrades our exchange, and even when it does, my EO line will probably still limit me to 8Mb.
Yes, I choose to live here. And no, I'm not jealous of the 100Mb+ connections elsewhere in the country. Well okay, just a bit jealous. If I could get 20Mb down, and 2-3Mb up, I'd be happy with that.
I suspect I'll be in the remaining 5%.....
Bunch of Tossers is how we refer to them, for the same reasons.
Thank F***. Roll on Windows 9!!!!
First thing I do with any new PC is run Everest/AIDA to take a note of driver details then wipe & reinstall. Then I know it's clean. Back in the old days of XP/2000 you had to have the right media to match the license (e.g. I couldn't use an MSDN CD and enter an OEM license code), so I've got a whole set of XP CDs with different setupp.ini files. But with Win7 it's easy, just use an MSDN DVD and enter the OEM key on the PC, then go through telephone activation. So with a new PC I can wipe & reinstall in 45 minutes and know that I have a clean system. No spyware, no crapware.
No idea if Win8 will give me the same flexibility 'cos I'm not going anywhere near it.
Edit: Or perhaps the 'a' became an 'e' due to the compression algorithm?
No worse than their article saying Ariel instead of Arial I guess.
Not just on Linux.
I have to connect to 15+ customers for my work, and invariably they all use some flavour of VPN that doesn't play nicely with any other VPN (different versions of Cisco, or Juniper, or Fortinet, or Shrew, or...). So I have one VM for each customer, each loaded with all the appropriate connection software for that customer. And whilst my main OS is Windows 7, every one of the VMs is XP Pro. Easily cloneable, light enough to run several at a time (although I do have 32GB RAM on the Win7 lappy) and perfect for the job.
This is what really bugs me with many of these devices, and many of the Edimax access points. Pormise 802.11n etc and then saddle it with 10/100 port. So you'll never ever get better throughput than 100. Such a waste.
I walked the circuit of Ben Cruachan and Stob Diamh a few years ago, and my route took me to the foot of the dam and up steps then across the dam. The dam itself is impressive, given the location, let alone everything that's buried in the hillside in front of it. The only clues (apart from pylons and tracks) are the tide mark around the water's edge and the subtle hint of the whirlpools above the tunnels.
Ironic that the turbines mostly sit idle. Can't they fire them up 24x7 instead of putting bloody wind farms everywhere?
Absolutely f**k all use if you a) live somewhere with crap 3G coverage, b) have a flaky broadband connection or c) really want that 41MB spreadsheet NOW and don't want a 30 second lag every time you open/save it. Or a/b/c combined.
Cloud? Might as well be Mars for all I care, as Microsoft must be on another planet if they see this as being a winner.
I look after (or advise upon) half a dozen small businesses in the area. We knew SBS was being killed so over the last 9 months we've upgraded all our SBS2003 and SBS2008 installs to SBS2011 (the final one was done a week ago). All are on new Dell hardware, all of which was purchased with 5 year warranties (one has a 7 year warranty). So hopefully we are safe for a few years.
There is absolutely no way we will EVER put anything into the cloud. Firstly, we don't know who is looking at it (and the Yanks seem to feel an implied right to look at anything). But more importantly, all these half-dozen sites are on broadband connections of 5Mb or less, so the prospect of anything bar emails going up and down the line is nonsense. Cloud storage for files and backups? You must be joking.
So that's one "alternative solution" ruled out. The second - Server and on-site Exchange - is far two costly. With SBS it's all in one; with Server + Exchange we'd need two servers, Server CALs, Exchange CALs, two sets of backup drives etc. For SMEs it's not going to happen. We don't use Sharepoint and think it's cr4p, but we use Exchange heavily, and SBS was the most cost-effective way to get both products on the same box, plus WSuS and backup configured as a bonus.
Once again, Microsoft has cut of its nose to spite its face. We've used SBS since SBS 4.5, then 2000, 2003, 2008, 2011 - a gravy train for Microsoft. But now that SBS has gone we will be sticking with SBS 2011 until the servers fall apart, and then we will see what's out there.
and I thought it was just me. Never heard of it either until I read about its demise.
Fantastic. As an employee of a Microsoft Partner I've just received an email promoting their Windows 8 app-creation utility called Joshfire (No, I didn't just make up that silly name). And I quote:
"Even better, for the next 6 weeks Joshfire is free. And what's more, if you're one of the first 250 to create an app with Joshfire, we will give you a lovely Microsoft British & Irish Lions commemorative toy. "
Fantastic. So if I create an app to help dig Microsoft out of the hole they are in with Win 8 apps, I get a free fluffy teddy. Let me drop everything and get started right away.
"Firewire's 400Mbps and 800Gbps"
Someone at Reg Towers has far too much time on their hands. You could be using that time to make us all a coffee.
How about spelling branes (brains) correctly for a start?
How the hell can someone get so orgasmic over small tiles and on-screen keyboards, and yet totally gloss over the fact that there's no start menu and people just want a desktop? The video would be funny if it was a spoof on how not to create a desktop/laptop OS....
Likewise. At least I've heard of it now, even if only to hear that it has been chopped.