* Posts by jason 7

2633 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 nagware shows signs of sentience

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Re: GWX isn't the problem.

Thanks for the WSUS tip but it just errors as soon as I try to get the updates. Documentation as with such things is rather poor. I think there is a step that's missing that it assumes I know.

It could be down to the problems I've already mentioned.

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Re: GWX isn't the problem.

May I just point out that I don't run a enterprise support setup here with standardised builds I can clone across and just pick up the past months updates. These are domestic and small business jobs that all require individual builds from scratch. So my experience is probably different to most running support.

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Re: GWX isn't the problem.

Well to be honest it destroys the 10 years of support pledge if after a few years you cant actually download them anymore. Support for 7 till 2020? Nah it pretty much finished July 31st 2015.

The situation is the same with trying to rebuild Windows 8.1 machines too.

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Re: I'm sure the EULA...

No I bet they have all bases covered wherever in the world.

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I'm sure the EULA...

...covers them to do as they see fit.

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GWX isn't the problem.

The main issue for me rebuilding customers Windows 7 machines is the fact that Windows update for anything but 10 is pretty much borked. Before 10 came out I could update a clean 7 build in around a hour or two. Hit update, a minute later the list of 200 updates would appear, click install and go get on with something else for an hour or two. Not anymore. Takes over two hours for it to start even pulling in any updates then it usually craps out after installing them on the reboot and has to revert and by the time you are back to the desktop, 4 hours have been wasted. Been going on for a good few months now.

Amazingly Windows 10 installs and updates in less than 45 mins.

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Boozing is unsafe at ‘any level’, thunders chief UK.gov quack

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Whilst Hobgoblin and Old Speckled hen are still £1.25 in my local shop...

...little chance!

However, I only drink about one bottle every other day.

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We're all really excited about new smartphones, laptops, tablets – said no one ever

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I've side stepped.

It was 6 years since I last bought a laptop and it was decided this Xmas to get a new one (the old Dell was and still is fine after many upgrades both software and hardware).

Did I go Windows? Nope.

Did I go Mac? Nope.

Did I go Android hybrid? Nope.

Decided to get the new Dell 13 Chromebook with i3 CPU. Fabulous bit of it, just works out of the box. Super fast and good build quality too. Upgradable SSD as well! Very pleased.

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Got a pricey gaming desktop from PC World for Xmas? Check the graphics specs

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I love the Dell Workstations.

MIne has a decent 850W PSU as standard (next model up has a 1000W) and it has two PCI-E power leads too!

No problems running a modern high end GPU in this 2008 spec machine if you wanted to.

FYI I run a HD 7870 in mine.

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Re: Not all bad..

It was a DCP-9020CDW.

The fuser had lumps in it that matched accordingly with the bizarre embossing we were getting in the paper. Seen many fuser rollers and none of them ever had random lumps in them. Scoring yes but not lumps.

Anyway once bitten...

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Re: Not all bad..

Unfortunately you try stating the 'UK Sale of Goods Act' to manufacturers and they tell you to f**k off. They have read the small print and just tell you to go away.

I had a £250 Brother laser printer that had done around 2000 prints was 13 months old and the fuser roller went lumpy. Called up Brother and they just refused to deal with it. Quoted the act etc. and they just said it didn't apply etc.

Called the registered service agent and they told us it would be £200+ to repair and in actual fact they had four of the same model in for repair with the same issue. They told us not to bother. We took their advice and bought something else.

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Re: Definitely an issue

And I bet the rated 480W was more likely 400W actual.

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Re: Its in the PSU.

The efficiency of PSUs has improved greatly over the past 10 years. You now have Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum (iirc) ratings.

Plus the things with PSUs is, if you buy a really good one it will probably move to your next build and maybe even the next. Whereas the CPU and GPU...probably not.

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Its in the PSU.

I always say never skimp on the PSU but so many people over spec them in terms of the wattage rating.

I've built machines with overclocked CPUs, dual GPUs and running benchmarking software at full pelt...380W!

Most (not all) machines, even the so called 'enthusiast' ones would run just fine on a quality 500-600W PSU.

I blame the tech websites as all they get in to review are mainly 1000w monsters. Most of us just want a really good and efficient 500W job.

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Google probes AVG Chrome widget after 9m users exposed by bugs

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Re: IT Crowd

Yeah didn't like the Malwarebytes version as much as EMET. And Secunia just gets really annoying after a while. I make do with a ninite update script icon to run every couple of weeks to make sure most of my stuff is up to date.

Both worth using, I just don't like them personally.

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Re: IT Crowd

Windows Defender for the general virus/trojan stuff.

EMET on max settings for the Zero Day stuff.

Unchecky for the adware/installer stuff.

AdBlock/NoScript etc. for the web stuff.

Cryptoprevent for the Cryptolocker stuff.

Well its what I use mainly. Big bonus is none of it is nagware or shoutware either!

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Bah humbug. It's Andrew's Phones of the Year

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Re: Funny world

Why would anyone want to brag about owning a iPhone...when so many have one?

It's NOT a status symbol. Owning a iPhone is the same as bragging you own a Toyota Corolla.

I see an iPhone and I just think it shows a little lack of imagination and individuality. Nice phone and all that, but just very boring and much of a muchness.

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Re: LG G4...

Oh you get rid of that crap too. But most of what the folks on XDA do is total crap too. There are probably 5 or so that know what they are doing and do a valuable job but the rest just dick around thinking they are tech gods but just making it worse. They think that the only way a Smartphone should run is to stuff as many tweaking apps as possible on it and then wonder why they only get 3 hours of SOT rather than the 6+ if they left it stock.

But you can't leave a phone stock cos that means you don't know anything about tech or smartphones.

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Re: Funny world

Same boat as you. Its why in the end instead of waiting for a OnePlus etc. I just spent the extra £100 and got the LG G4.

Its a nice phone and a very nice camera.

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Re: We aren't going to agree on the best phone

I'd say it was a group of tech folks that persuaded him a phone would do it.

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LG G4...

...I get plenty battery out of my £350 LG G4. Three days if I don't use it like a Gameboy and interact with other adults like we did in the old days. Not a problem. Usually the ones that moan about battery life are the total phone fiddlers that load up their phones with battery optimisation bloat and all sorts of crap they don't need. I run 100% stock. Go looking for help on XDA? All you'll find there are people who mostly don't have a clue and spend all day looking for ways to cripple their phone.

Great phone.

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I have you now! Star Wars stocking fillers from another age

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I had a Star Wars game...

...from around the late 90's. It was a turn based strategy game. Kind of a mix between Master of Orion and Command & Conquer.I don't remember much about it as I didn't enjoy it.

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Kids' TV show Rainbow in homosexual agenda shocker

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There is one constant in the Universe...

...those that complain and decry the most about a human trait...are usually the ones doing it.

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Predictable: How AV flaw hit Microsoft's Windows defences

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Re: That's all very well...

Indeed, I mean otherwise it's perfectly reasonable to keep every PC insecure by default to enable a 16 year old game to keep working.

Either correct the code to modern security standards or put it out to pasture. Don't hold everyone else back.

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That's all very well...

"This practice runs contrary to various security attack mitigation technologies Microsoft has introduced into Windows, namely the randomisation of memory (ASLR - Address space layout randomization) and preventing data from running in memory (DEP - Data Execution Prevention)."

Yes but its all switched off by default. EMET helps switch it all on but really after all these years it's time to enable it in the OS by default.

If it breaks a few 15+ year old bits of software then that's maybe time for a change.

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Kaspersky, McAfee, and AVG all vulnerable to major flaw

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Re: Here, have a fix

Yes this forum could do with some standard cliché post replies as a drop down option for the less imaginative posters.

Pretty tiresome to see the same old posts time and time again.

YES WE KNOW!

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Donald Trump wants Bill Gates to 'close the Internet', Jeff Bezos to pay tax

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Re: President is not equal to a Dictator

I have often imagined on the first day in office the President is called into his first meeting and sitting there are certain members of the 'actual elite' that tell him to forget any plans he actually had and that their agenda comes first.

"Mr President, let's put it this way...you are a puppet. A very powerful puppet. But a puppet nonetheless! Just don't ever think of going off script...it doesn't end well!"

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Re: If you are over 55 now you don’t have a chance of surviving 8 years.

Well pre 9/11 GW Bush spent 75% of his time at his ranch and felt it was the easiest job in the world. Economically sound, Cold war long gone.

Then that all changed and I bet from then on most mornings he was up at 5am and doing a full days work.

Very different job to what it was in the 20th century. Not for the older man or woman. But then again if like Trump you don't take the job seriously...

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Am I the only one...

...who reckons this is all one big reality TV publicity stunt?

A few days before he really has to shit or get off the pot he will withdraw from the race and say he has a new reality show/movie/book ready to come out covering it all and it was all done for fun.

Being Donald Trump billionaire is a lot different to being The President. Suddenly you don't have the power you thought you had as the man at the top of your own inherited empire.

Plus being a President is a young man's game. If you are over 55 now you don't have a chance of surviving 8 years. McCain would have quit after his first term had he won in 2008.

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If it still works six months from now, count yourself lucky

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Re: Often more to these "Only had it 8 months" stories than meets the eye.

"I'm surprised he didn't take it and get it mashed even more, to the point it was literally split in two so that everything had to be replaced AND pointed out he needed it soon for an important business trip so that he can throw the broken pieces back at you and say, "YES I do! AND SOON!"."

The point was made. He knew.

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No, it came with a big 8 cell battery as standard. With the 1.3GHz dual core ULV Intel chip it gave over 10 hours when new. Funny at the time I hated it as I wanted a nice slim lightweight laptop but I came to appreciate not having to carry a laptop charger round with me all day.

Also the fact I don't have it hooked up to a charger all the while helps. Like I said you just have to look after stuff and it will look after you mostly.

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Re: Laptops

Yeah six years from laptops is the norm for me too. Compaq, Panasonic, Dell all keep on trucking.

Wireless routers as you say are the weakest link. Heat kills em. Even my Draytek only lasted 18 months or so.

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Often more to these "Only had it 8 months" stories than meets the eye.

I remember back in my corporate days a lot of users would on purposely mistreat their kit to get the kit they actually wanted. Dropping, spilling were very common occurrences just a day or two after being told they could just change it.

Many years ago one guy who was a real pain in the arse came in on a Friday and demanded he be given the latest colour version of the PDA (remember them?) he had. We refused as it was just a few months old and still did all he needed it for. We knew he wanted it for bragging rights etc. So off he went in a huff.

Monday morning he comes back in with the PDA in his hand and it looks like he ran over it with his car. In fact we suspect he did just that. He threw it on my desk, walked out saying "There you go! Now I do need a new one!"

What did I do? I took the mashed up case off it and slotted in the innards of a working spare. It looked like roadkill...but it worked just fine. Went to his desk threw it down in front of him and said "No you don't!"

He never bothered us again.

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Indeed manufacturers cannot build against user stupidity and clumsiness.

However, how much care and attention does a normal person give to a laptop costing £400 to one that cost them £1500?

Plus do people really carry those very heavy MacBook Pros around with them all day? I wouldn't.

Personally all my (non Apple) laptops long outlast their usefulness to me and still look at worst a year old before I hand them on after 6 years or so use. I still get 4 hours+ battery out of my 13" 2009 Dell laptop (to be replaced today with the new Dell 13" i3 Chromebook).

Looking after kit is quite easy. Though you cannot guard against the crappy Toshiba HDD in your laptop, that's luck of the draw. If you have one of those then you are on borrowed time no matter how long you've had the laptop.

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Lenov-lol, a load of Tosh, and what the Dell? More bad holes found in PC makers' bloatware

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Re: New machine?

Actually if you are running 8 and higher you can download bloatware free ISOs directly from MS that install perfectly on OEM machines.

Made rebuilding clean machines a lot easier this past couple of years.

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Mozilla: Five... Four... Three... Two... One... Thunderbirds are – gone

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I don't get the thinking at Mozilla.

Dumping Thunderbird which is my go to software if people demand an email client and currently need to move from Outlook Express...

Plus the reason people usually use Firefox is that they don't like Chrome. But Mozilla just want to turn Firefox...into Chrome.

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Doctor Who: The Hybrid finally reveals itself in the epic Heaven Sent

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Re: @d3vy

Cushing doesn't get enough kudos. I really enjoyed his two goes at the Doctor.

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Toothless Ofcom: C'mon consumers, show your teeth on broadband speeds

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Indeed.

The customers I know that moan the most about their broadband?

The ones that decided to move into £500000 barn conversions 3.5 miles from the nearest village.

"So you didn't think to check the speed before you moved in with your essential online business?"

I know one that lived in the city centre and had a 70MBps connection that worked superbly with their work as an IFA and share dealer etc. I didn't hear from them for 6 months and then the next thing I know is they have moved out to...yes a barn conversion out in the sticks 18 miles away and they are wondering why they only get about 750Kb with 250ms+ pings if the wind blows in the right direction.

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Yahoo! Mail! is! still! a! thing!, tries! blocking! Adblock! users!

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Timely!

I had two emails in my spam folder today. Both were from old contacts still using...yes you guessed, Yahoo email. Once again Yahoo's emails servers have been hacked or whatever and spammers have got in. I always tell customers to move away from Yahoo email.

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US 'swatting' Bill will jail crank callers for five years to life

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Re: Spot the difference

Plus they do not have 'Civil Forfeiture'. This is a loophole whereby the US police can just take your money, house, car etc. with just a mere hint of 'made up' suspicion with no charge and keep it.

They can then spend the proceeds as they see fit.

"Buying toys" one Police Chief stated on record.

Legalised theft basically.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kEpZWGgJks&list=PLmKbqjSZR8TbfAMV9bLy4beDh4vrze5kc&index=37

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BlackBerry Priv: After two weeks on test, looks like this is a keeper

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Re: Phone OS

Indeed...bring back WebOS!

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Hey Cortana, how about you hide my app from the user?

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Re: Voice assistants

I get a really high success rate with all these speech systems.

I just talk to them in the same cadence they talk to me.

Works really well. Quite easy to do too.

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Yesterday: Openreach boss quits. Today: BT network goes TITSUP

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Re: Just Thinking Out Loud

Yeah, I hate BT but at the end of the day...they own the infrastructure and for 363 days of the year its pretty darn smooth. I have seen so many customers struggle with this alternative ISP and that 'boutique' ISP, the latest cool ISP etc. etc.

They all start off with blazing speeds but they all fail or slow to a crawl in the end.

I tell them "just go back to BT!" They moan, they grumble but the "Hey my internet is really slow!" moans dry up.

Just how it is. I do make sure they dump the Homehubs though.

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Re: Back up and running.

Yawn...

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Back up and running.

As per Peter 26 said, some parts were still running (Netflix thankfully) last night and I found switching my router DNS to Googles helped get a bit more back this morning.

All speedy again now.

I guess it was their DNS servers down...again.

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The Edward Snowden guide to practical privacy

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Put your router on a timer switch.

Make it reboot and refresh the ISP assigned IP addy every 6 hours or once a day. I bet that would make someone's job just that little more tedious. Especially if everyone was playing musical IP addresses rather than sitting on the same one for months on end.

In fact that could be quite a handy feature if your router code be programmed to refresh its IP address every so often. Just adds to the admin at the other end.

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Horrid checkbox download bundlers drop patch-frozen Chrome

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Re: apt-get is your friend

Your kids...not my problem.

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Re: apt-get is your friend

Never had to use it.

I use CMD to switch off hibernation and reset the IP config a few times a year. That's it.

Usually there is a one click button that does most things. Its the 21st century after all.

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Ninite

www.ninite.com

The best for Windows machines.

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Unchecky

I now install this on customers machines. I find a lot less crap on their machines when they bring them back a year or more later.

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