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Microsoft issues less-than-helpful tips to XP holdouts

Bert 1
Devil

Re: How much of a challenge is re-installing XP?

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.

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Google's Drive SLASH, secret 'big upgrade': Coincidence? HARDLY

Bert 1
FAIL

Re: Good news, but still lagging behind the competition in features

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.

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O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Friday is Pi Day

Bert 1
Trollface

Re: Erm...

Surely we should celebrate on 31st April ?

For convenience this could be 1st May :-)

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Google kills copycat TfL congestion charge payment ads

Bert 1
Facepalm

They are all at it

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?

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Windows 8.1 becomes world's fourth-most-popular desktop OS

Bert 1

Charity PCs

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.

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Murdoch's BSkyB stares down Microsoft: Redmond renames SkyDrive to OneDrive

Bert 1
WTF?

Re: Yet another confusing rebrand from MS

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.

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Virgin Media spanked by ad watchdog over 'in your neighbourhood' fibs

Bert 1

Re: Spammers. @Bert 1

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.

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Bert 1

Re: False Bonhomie

"It looks like you're writing a letter..."

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Bert 1

Re: Spammers.

A couple of points here:

1) I looked opting out, but you have to re-register every year. I couldn't be bothered.

2) Also regarding the "Occupier" addressed stuff. There is a problem here because some legal papers (such as eviction notices) must be sent addressed to the occupier, in case the house is sub-let.

You wouldn't want the Royal Mail trying to tell the difference!

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Amazon, Hollywood, Samsung: PLEASE get excited about 4K telly

Bert 1

Re: I'd buy one...

I'd maybe buy one too, just so I could say I was watching the 4k (pronounced for-cuh)

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Big goolies-grabbing black snake nips unlucky bloke's trouser snake

Bert 1

Re: Spoilsport though I know I'm being...

bit

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SHOCK! US House swats trolls, passes patent 'extortion' bill

Bert 1
Pirate

Copyright

Can I be the very first to suggest this:

From 2017 onwards, every single film or album made in the EU should contain the song "Happy Birthday to you".

These will then not be legally available in the USA until 2030 :-)

Let them try to sort that one out...

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SourceForge responds to GIMP grump with crowdsourcing caper

Bert 1
FAIL

Re: Re:

And AVG Nation tool bar.

WTF were they thinking?

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MPAA, RIAA: Kids need to learn 3 Rs – reading, writing and NO RIPPING

Bert 1

Re: Sponsored curriculum

You've got to go for the "Just cereal" options such as Weetabix or Shredded Wheat.

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Bert 1

Re: Sponsored curriculum

It did take me a while to bust through the Special K hype. You seriously cannot lose weight while eating it. Very cynical.

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HELIUM-FILLED disks lift off: You can't keep these 6TB BEASTS down

Bert 1
Flame

Not enough Helium

We don't have enough Helium to waste it on this.

We need to conserve this finite resource. We should ban birthday balloons too.

Seriously!

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Laurie Love investigation stretches to Australia, Sweden

Bert 1
Paris Hilton

Unintended imagery?

"Love's co-conspirators included two individuals in Australian"

I'm not sure its "love" if there are two individuals in an Australian.

I've seen websites with that sort of thing - once the firewall is turned off!

Bert

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

Bert 1

DAB FAIL

I swore i would never use DAB again after the DAB clock radio failed to tune in and turn on one morning. after the re-arrangement of frequencies a couple of years ago, I gave it another try.

Guess what? Last month, same thing happened. I was woken up (barely) by a click and resounding silence as it failed AGAIN to tune.

Fool me once, shame on you.

Fool me twice, and I'll smash you with a hammer*

Bert

*Well, switch permanently back to FM :-)

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LinkedIn lowers age of consent to 13

Bert 1
Facepalm

Ruin your career in advance

So LinkedIn is supposed to be the "grown up" networking site, where you advance your career (although I have never had a job offer through it).

Based on the ill-advised nature of the posts on Facebook by most youngsters, won't this just result in them ruining their career prospects before they've even started?

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PHWOAR! Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, Prime Minister

Bert 1
Flame

[rant]

This pisses me off so much...

I have filtering to protect my kids, but it is very constraining for me too.

Not only do I have to temporarily disable it to get a grumble fix, I have had to do the following this year.

1) Remove gambling filter to allow pokemon to be played.

2) Disable filter temporarily to allow drugs sites to be accessed for purchase of homebrew supplies.

3) Disable the filter temporarily to purchase a pen knife.

This "default on" filter will last about a week in most households - even the "responsible" ones.

[/rant]

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Bert 1
FAIL

My Mobile provider (virgin) came with a filter already applied.

It prevented access to forums, so I disabled it within 24 hours.

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Middle America pulls up sagging pants menace, belts repeat offenders

Bert 1
Paris Hilton

Re: "so low that his genitals were almost showing"

Oh, I think bikini bottoms would be illegal if I wore them. I'd half half a genitals showing each side!

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Virtualisation extremist? Put down that cable and step away slowly

Bert 1
Thumb Up

Re: Precis

I fully expect the next development to be multi-provider virtual data centers.

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Windows 8.1 start button appears as Microsoft's Blue wave breaks

Bert 1
FAIL

To be honest, I tried it on a Samsung tablet.

I hated it so much (As I mentioned on another thread), that I've now bought two Samsung Android tablets.

I have colleagues who converted to the dark side and bought iPads.

Windows 8 is actively selling alternative OSs, even on touch devices!

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El Reg rocket squad poised to select Ultimate Cuppa teabag

Bert 1
Thumb Up

Re: Bettys Assam

Have an upvote for mentioning Hendersons Relish!

I have to buy it in bulk every time I return home.

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Watch quantum entanglement – IN REAL TIME

Bert 1
Facepalm

If we're going to have faster than light communication, I'll have to learn to type faster!

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Microsoft conceals job ad in Bing homepage

Bert 1
Unhappy

Re: Fail assumptions here

It didn't work on my Chome. I'll try again. If it needs tech support by comments on El Reg though, it's still not that great.

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Bert 1
Thumb Down

Re: Fail assumptions here

Mrs Bert works for an organisation which uses hotmail/outlook .com as it's corporate email system. Sadly this only works with IE. At least I only need one shortcut for IE, which points directly to this site. Arrogant shites.

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Coke? Windows 8 is Microsoft's 'Vista moment'. Again

Bert 1
Unhappy

Re: Reading this page...

I was fine until you pointed it out.

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QLogic: 3 words - caching SAN adapter. Just blew your mind, didn't we?

Bert 1
FAIL

Won't touch 'em

Had a card fail to discover they don't do advance replacement as standard warranty. OK, my fault for not checking, but they refused to budge at any price.

My only options were to purchase another card, or manage without a server for 3 weeks while the broken card shipped to the US and back.

I bought another card, just a different brand :-)

They are NOT enterprise class, and as per the title, I won't touch 'em with a barge pole.

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Firm moves to trademark 'Python' name out from under the language

Bert 1
Headmaster

What have hospitals to do with it?

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Windows Phone 8 hasn't slowed Microsoft's mobile freefall

Bert 1
FAIL

Re: Who would have thought?

"MS had a rethink of the vast cruft and user antogonistic interface that was Windows since the beginning."

Erm - and no again. Metro is a dogs dinner with tiles which only give access to all Microsoft's social crap. (XBox live on a business tablet FFS?) And you've not got a unified sign in - have to sign in to each separately from what I can see :-(

For any "real work" (including browsing) you get thrown back to the same old crufty desktop interface.

Worst of all worlds really.

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Kids as young as FIVE need lessons in online safety - NSPCC

Bert 1
Facepalm

Re: Oh dear

But its all rendered spectacularly pointless by a browser in privacy mode using an https google image search :-(

It'll even get through your work firewalls without being detectable or leaving a footprint.

And it's even better now you can get proper big sized images up :-)

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Bert 1
Megaphone

Re: Parents are the problem

I agree with the sentiment, but Miranda?!

Surely Miranda is only suitable viewing for children. Its certainly not an adult programme. You're kidding yourself if you think they don't already know more swear words than you do.

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Samsung: Never mind Steve Jobs, let's snap off a piece of stylus biz

Bert 1
Facepalm

Inconsistent behaviour will kill it

I'm ambivalent to the Samsung stylus. Just annoyed that it works differently to the finger.

In Tifkam mode the finger swipes the screen across, whereas the stylus selects and then shuffles the tiles.

Numerous other examples - in a browser the finger scrolls and the stylus highlights the selection.

This could be just Windows 8, or it could be just Samsung, but if an interface is this frustrating it's clearly wrong.

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The Death of Voice: Mobile phone calls now 50 per cent shorter

Bert 1

Not just the young-uns.

I had a 10 second call from the better half this morning which went (in total)

"It's OK, I've found it!".

And we're both well over 40!

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Wanna really insult someone? Log off and yell it in the street - gov

Bert 1
Coat

Re: Grey area

Just thought of a name for the practice:

Geotrashing.

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Bert 1
Trollface

Grey area

Where would the law stand if I stood on a street corner with a sign saying "all **** are ***** and i wish they would ******" *, and it got photographed by Google and put into Streeview?

*If you want to see the original, I can supply GPS co-ordinates of where I shall be standing with it at some point in the future.

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FAVI smacks your dumb TV with £30 Android SmartStick

Bert 1
Unhappy

Re: Once bitten...

2 decades AGO. I proof read it (poorly), and everything :-(

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Bert 1
Thumb Down

Once bitten...

I was suckered by a "smart TV" about 2 decades age (there's a reason for the quotes - don't start slagging me off yet.)

It had a VCR built in underneath it, all in the same unit! Very clever and compact. Until the VCR stopped working, and I wanted to replace it with something else shiny. Then I had a TV with an in-built broken VCR, sitting on top of a VCR!

I'm not going to fall for it again, thank you very much.

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First rigid airship since the Hindenburg enters trials

Bert 1
FAIL

Re: 'rare and expensive helium'

On Earth, yes!

It's so light, and unreactive that:

1) If there's any loose stuff, it escapes upwards and is gone

2) It doesn't exist as a compound of anything, so the only source is contained in a finite number of quickly depleting reservoirs.

Once it's gone, that's it until we learn how to bottle it somewhere in space.

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That square QR barcode on the poster? Check it's not a sticker

Bert 1

Useful in museums:

http://www.themobilists.com/2011/08/30/qr-codes-in-museums/

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NASA: THE TRUTH about the END OF THE WORLD on 21 Dec

Bert 1
Coat

Is Psy short for Psychic then?

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Troll sues Apple for daring to plug headphones into iPhone

Bert 1
Facepalm

Re: A wireless mobile phone? Whatever next.

"I see the patent covers "A wireless mobile phone"; as opposed to the corded mobile phone?"

They've got a got a watertight defense here. Given the amount of time that the iphone must be plugged in to a charger, I'm not sure it could accurately be described as wireless.

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‘Anonymous’ takes down Texan RFID-tracking school

Bert 1

Re: John Jay High

I'm talking about the unrestricted access thing, not the size of a supertanker thing.

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Bert 1
Thumb Up

Re: John Jay High

That's the same as our entire country :-)

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Fanbois: The Next Generation. YOUR CHILDREN belong to Apple now

Bert 1
Facepalm

Re: Google T's and C's

They all lie about everything. I've drummed it in to Bert1 junior that he should just make stuff up online - ALWAYS.

It was the only way we were going to get him a facebook account.

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'Small' upheaval at McAfee, not many fired

Bert 1

Uninstalling

My annual subscription for 4 home PCs is up for renewal in November.

I have already begun uninstalling in order to switch to AVG free,

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Boffins uncloak G-rated teledildonic breakthrough

Bert 1
Facepalm

Design failure

I love the fact that its been so badly designed, that even in the promotional video, they've got to stand it on a Styrofoam cup!

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Boffins make graphene micro-distillery

Bert 1
Big Brother

Home distillery

So, armed with merely a pencil, some sellotape, and an alcoholic beverage, I can distil spirits in a completely safe and undetectable manner?

If I get raided, I can just draw the graphene onto a bit of paper :-)

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