Re: so, is it SAFE to run 'windows update' again?
Yeah. Me too. I want to know this.
106 posts • joined 14 Jan 2010
Yeah. Me too. I want to know this.
Can I just point out that as a non-smoker, I am completely in favour of vaping.
When entering or leaving any given building, I no-longer have to hold my breath.
The profusion of aromas is actually quite enjoyable.
(Although maybe I am becoming addicted to nicotine?)
Except he wants .lildick
El Reg is an English publication, so when it says "Football" it means 1966.
Firstly, I was given it, I don't think I'd ever have bought it.
1)Multiple temperature setting events per day.
For instance 05:50: 20 degrees, 07:00, 9 degrees, etc. I've not found a limit on the number yet.
2) Looks nice
3) Interesting to see when the heating was on for the last 10 days
4) Ability to turn on remotely when I know the kids are in (but upstairs) and its turned off. However this wouldn't be needed without Dislike (7).
1) Learning facility is useless.
2) Remote control is a useless gimmick. Never used beyond the first few weeks.
3) Software errors cause unexpected heating schedules
4) Software updates cause unexpected heating schedules.
5) "True radiant" (where it turns on and off early) is useless.
6) Annoying that I cant see when the heating was on since I installed it.
7) Auto away that turns heating off when people are in the house but not passing the thermostat.
8) Price (Although mine was free).
You do realise that if you're actually watching Netflix, you're doing it wrong :-)
PS - down here too in Essex
Why are they named after a Penguin?
Its much simpler to use a to do list.
If you ONLY get the reminder to construct the spreadsheet next time you are on your PC, you might miss an opportunity when sitting at a laptop, or someone else's PC, or the spare Linux one you're dabbling with.
Give me a single list, and let me decide how & when to action the items on it.
My proposal is I(di)oT.
My solution to the offsite backup:
Old PC with USB disks added running NAS4free, placed in a detached garage, and connected with powerline networking to automatically back up my file server twice a week.
..."in the fist week after I took over"
I gotta ask. Is that just after the bag of dicks week?
I tried Libre Office for a while.
Opening repeatedly with LO and MS Office and using tracked changes in both, results in a document neither can read after a very very short time. This is saving in docx format.
Until everyone (whole world) moves, it is a risk I can't take.
You might also want to add
3a) plug back in network :-)
I ditched it when it installed the AVG Nation toolbar into my browser as an automatic update, a few years ago.
I have been using Avast ever since (in gaming mode so it doesn't keep talking to me ;-) )
It's also fantastic that in front of the mountainy rocks is a flat studio floor like plane :-)
It clearly was done for technical accuracy, not cost saving.
"(note to posters above, there is no E in Whisky)"
Well, there is no 'e' in this particular whisky, as it comes from Scotland.
Other whiskey does have the 'e' in it.
The spelling of the term "whisky" is often debated by journalists and consumers. Scottish, Australian and Canadian whiskies use "whisky", Irish whiskies use "whiskey", while American and other styles vary in their spelling of the term.
Definitely go for a colour laser.
I've got one (after getting annoyed with chucking out half used inkjet cartridges.)
It lasts for AGES. OK, so the photo printing is not quite as good, but I just get any photos that I want to display printed online by Snapfish (other online photo printing services are available).
Inkjet is a complete con, I pretty much ended up buying a new cartridge every time I wanted to print something.
Release time is 21:00 PST. Or 05:00 BST on 30th July.
I read this review with a growing sense of meh regarding the whole thing.
There are no killer features which I personally need.
Then I got to this bit, and experienced a growing feeling of absolute dread:
"The Xbox app delivered with Windows 10 supports Xbox Live Streaming, letting you connect to an Xbox One console and play games on your PC."
Every single teenager in the world (including mine) will be updating to Windows 10 this month, whether they are told to avoid it like the plague or not :-(
Oh, I hope so.
I turned it off (stopped relevant updates downloading, etc).
Fscking things come back! I can't be arsed spending any more time on it. I am hoping it will disappear tomorrow, but it might just get bigger :-(
You can add to to the list:
Driving at the edge of the lane when in traffic queues.
Driving too slowly
Driving too quickly (and I don't mean just over the speed limit)
1) I have a Samsung NC10 Netbook which was supplied with XP. Despite being a great little piece of kit, it has lain unused for the last year or so, as I did not want to risk linking it to my home network, and have newer hardware. Last week I needed an extra PC to connect to the internet, so I installed Ubuntu on it (downloaded onto a thumb drive), and its fantastic. It allows the NC10 to be useful once more, and the learning curve is not as steep as I feared, after using Android phones and tablets for half a decade. I truly believe that the end of XP will (well, should) encourage people to try Linux.
2) I bought a windows 7 PC last night. It's still readily available on new PCs from Chillblast. In fact they highlight it as their recommended OS.
I have given up telling people that email was not designed for attachments, and when they try to send a 15Mb spreadsheet, it probably wont work.
I have at least two routers in series. The theory being that any vulnerability in one won't be passed through to the second one. Even if the first one is pwned, the second one is still working.
Maybe a false hope, but it makes me feel better.
For mentioning one of my favourite old Megadrive games.
It's up there with Jetpac on the Spectrum IMHO :-)
I'm surprised that no-one has pointed out that a potato is a MUCH better use of chips than software.
If you are searching for a specific company, to be honest it adds an extra barrier rather than making it easier.
I was searching for some home improvement supplies earlier this week, and wanted to look at their price and availability at our local B&Q. I searched for B&Q, and the URL which came up was diy.com.
My first thought at this point is "phishing scam", and alarm bells ring, causing me to do some further checking.
Why does her thumb look like a penis?
That'll sort it...
Can I stop the Ne'er-do-wells by putting it inside a faraday cage (biscuit tin).
This would be a win-win, as I go back to having a normal(ish) meter, and I get to eat a lot of biscuits.
.. In a word.
I started reading these a few years ago, and gave up half way through the second one. (Blue Mars?)
I didn't care about the (cardboard) characters, or even the direction things were going. And that whole Coyote thing never really seemed to go anywhere.
Maybe they can just take the one way mission to Mars concept, and turn it into something completely different. (Like Big Brother perhaps...)
It seems to me like there is a current obsession with all thing "Mars", much as we were obsessed with the "Moonshot" in the late 60's.
No, no no...
The start menu goes at the RIGHT side of the screen.
In all seriousness, I do this mainly because in a multi-screen set up, it only appears at the bottom of the main monitor, but you can move it all the way to the side of the entire extended desktop.
Does the market not split into "Do it my way, PC mangler" and "Do it any way you like, NOT PC mangler"?
My kids have had both a Wii, and a DS each. Both were really good.
The problems at upgrade time were twofold:
1) Most of their friends were using XBox - so in order to get online chat we needed an XBox. We are still on the XBox 360 though, and have no intention of getting a new one.
2) We didn't want 3D, so we bought a 2DS. Both me and the kids were surprised and disappointed to be punished by the fact that this did not fold!
For both those reasons, we won't be buying Nintendo again.
Oh, and the games are just more of the same. Even that Zelda one with the trains wasn't a patch on the boat one :-(
I'm *really* hoping it was just coke, but you've got me worried now!
I went to the cinema last weekend to use up some Tesco vouchers.
I spent the whole film being annoyed that my feet stuck (very effectively) to the floor, and I still have a piece of popcorn on my left shoe it appears.
I'll be honest here.
When I get a new OS, I tinker a bit to understand where everything has moved to.
But after a few weeks..
... the OS just becomes the thing I use to access programmes.
On a regular basis I use:
Current Internet Browser of choice; MS Word (I tried Libre/Open Office but they crash frequently and scramble documents); Powerpoint; File Manager (for copying backups of photos - I don't altogether trust these automagic solutions); Irfanview (re-size images); PDF viewer; Citrix reveiver
Hardware wise its Printer, Camera, USB drives, NAS.
On an occasional basis I use:
Calculator; Excel; Zip software; Gimp
Hardware - Scanner
What I DONT DO is play around in the OS. Why does it need to be so complicated? Can't it just be simple and secure?
So you're saying that we should be paying 1/3 each, and both Naughtyhorse and GreggS owe me 44.99 /3 = £14.99 (I've kindly rounded down :-) )
Where do I invoice please?
Beginning to think I was diddled with my upgrade to 150Mb for £5 less a month and a £49.99 fee.
Maybe I should call them for a £44.99 refund?
OK, I googled it.
On the Start screen, type Network and Sharing
Under the search box, select Settings
Click Network and Sharing Center:
Select Change Adapter Settings from the list on the left hand side
Right click on the connection you are trying to find the MAC address for and select Properties.
Hover your mouse over the text box underneath connect using. Your MAC
address will appear in the tooltip.
It's in a tooltip behind a change settings button!
Fuck Me! All it needs is a sign saying "beware of the leopard"
Well, except in Win7, I can do this:
Open network and sharing centre
Click local area connection
Click on details.
Note down Physical address.
And no, I am not SOLELY relying on this.
I am a "techie", so I do like to tinker with stuff.
My WiFi is set up with MAC address filtering (so the neighbours can't use it to download pirate grumble flics)
Problem with Windows 8.1
A friend came round with a new laptop. After 15 minutes of clicking in likely looking locations to find the MAC addresss, I resorted to ipconfig from a command prompt.
That can't be a good thing...
Where have those idiots hidden it please?
I've just done it, and its a complete pain in the backside.
1) Windows update does not work. No clues, nothing. It just gives an obscure error message, which has limited advice on MS about how to fix. Web searches reveal that you need to install service pack 2 in order to get windows update to work.
2) I still don't have sound :-( Dell don't seem to have the drivers for my service tag any longer.
These are PCs donated to a charity for shipping to Africa. Therefore I would block all access to IP addresses in the developing world - treat it as the Wild West.
They also need to attach a document to email by default, rather than a link to the drive copy.
I don't want people to see subsequent edits to a document. I have to be endlessly aware that they can now see EVERYTHING I type into it :-(
It's a right old faff to download the document first, and then attach it.
Surely we should celebrate on 31st April ?
For convenience this could be 1st May :-)
Even the Post office will charge you for "check and send" services for your passport application.
This does not help the argument that SOME are fraudulent.
How is Google supposed to tell the difference?
This is a tricky one.
I just took delivery of 2 PCs to ship to Africa for a charity project (very little money well targeted.)
These have OEM versions of XP re-installed on them (Data wiped, effectively a factory restore).
I took the view that Linux would be counter productive given they'll have NO SUPPORT, and the whole world uses MS. We are not about to waste money on purchasing updated windows versions, which will very likely run slowly on hardware with a shipping date of 2003.
I very much suspect I am not alone in shipping XP on old PCs to developing countries.
Given the number of these (on slow connections and unpatched), THAT is the scary part of this.
Absolutely. Have an upvote Sir!
Mrs Bert1 - Outlook exchange account with work.
Me - Outlook (hotmail) account (Not may main account, I hasten to add - but I log in occasionally)
No obvious way to switch between them, and no cue as to which you are on.
It's a complete pain in the mailbox.
That might even work...
You'd still have to deliver everything, but could mandate that it must be used for official purposes, or limited numbers of houses.
Official Purposes = From Council / Government / Utility (Grey area though that one, 'cos is Internet a utility yet?), or from anyone to a single (or small number of) house.
Limited area = Say 10 houses.
There could be circumstances where you need to break these rules, but if this is reported and arbitrated before any sanctions, it's all good.
Royal mail could then effectively report any potential breaches for arbitration.