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12 posts • joined 14 Jan 2011

Windows 8.1: Here at last, but is it good enough?

Boo Radley

Locked into Win 8 on New PC

I don't know if this is on topic or not. Everyone here says that Enterprise users won't go to Windows 8, for various reasons, but I recently purchased and installed an inexpensive Win8 PC for a doctor friend of mine. Several of his expensive programs would not work with 8, so I said "Ok, I'll reformat and install 7." Huge mistake, which took me a day to resolve. The onboard Ethernet controller was designed for 8, nowhere could I find drivers for 7. "Ok, I thought, I'll simply stick in an Ethernet card." WRONG! This HP branded PC had a tiny motherboard with NO slots of any kind for any type of expansion.

In the end, I returned this piece of crap to Best Buy, dug out a broken machine he hadn't thrown away, and built him a better PC with a few new parts from NewEgg. And it'll run any OS he wants, at less cost than the HP Win 8 machine.

So, Micro$oft and at least some PC makers have effectively removed the option of "downgrading" an inexpensive machine's OS by using parts for which there are ONLY Win 8 drivers. If you are using custom applications that won't work with 8, you cannot use these new PCs, so why buy them?

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Live or let dial - phones ain’t what they used to be

Boo Radley

Re: Pulse dialling?

I was amazed to read, back about 15 years ago, that some Ten Million US homes still had a Rotary phone in their home - and a surprising percentage of those people were still LEASING them from their local phone monopoly, at well over a dollar per month. I know that my mother paid over $1,000 to lease her 1963 rotary phone just between 1987 and 1997. This phone was installed when we built the house in '63, but we'd thrown that phone away sometime in the early 80s - and failed to notify the phone co, since Mom didn't KNOW that she was paying for it!

Gotta love that fine print on the bill! [Don't bash my poor mother, she was in her eighties when I discovered this outright theft by Ohio Bell]

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Police 'stumped' by car thefts using electronic skeleton key

Boo Radley

Re: Valuables in your parked car?

The first thing I did upon buying a used Jeep Wrangler was to take the radio out of the dashboard and place it in plain sight on the passenger seat, with both doors unlocked. I had heard of people slashing the soft top to break into Jeeps like mine, and wanted to nip that in the bud. Would you believe it took nearly four months before someone finally took that damned radio?!

Later, in the dead of a Milwaukee winter, someone helped themselves to the old coat that I'd leave in the Jeep when I went bar hopping. I'll assume that he needed that coat more than I did, as it looked like sh*t!

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Microsoft: Office 2013 license is for just one PC, FOREVER

Boo Radley

Re: Why Buy ANY Office Product?

She would frequently give me the Silent Treatment for unspecified transgressions. Either that, or the Frying Pan to the Head. And despite her awesome Pot Roast, I eventually had to get rid of her.

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Boo Radley

Why Buy ANY Office Product?

I can't help but feel that all of you are assuming that the average Office user would either READ or UNDERSTAND the License [and its implications] before purchasing it. And that this would actually influence the buying habits of average Sheeple. People are stupid, they buy what big companies tell them to buy.

My first [and last] Micro$oft purchase was Win95 that came with a new pc that my now-ex girlfriend Silent-Treatmented me into buying. In 1995. And I have never used nor felt the need to use ANY Office product. And I never will.

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Christmas ruined for 2,100 sex offenders booted off online games

Boo Radley

Slippery Slope [Only Slightly Off-Topic]

Here in the States, the laws and times served for killing someone vary greatly by state, and by the type of murder committed. I once saw a statistic [yea, I know, liars lie etc] that said the average time served, in prison, for killing someone was six years.

I DO know that I once had a tenant in Wisconsin who had been in a bar brawl and his opponent died, I don't know what his eventual charge or sentence were, but he served eight years, then upon release a short time on parole, than he was completely free for the rest of his life. He became my tenant when he was in his sixties, and I will say that he was one of the few tenants that I could trust to pay on time and to treat me decently, as I treated all my tenants.

I believe it was in the state of Washington, back in the nineties, that they changed the law for 'sex offenders' so that upon the END of their time served, a committee would meet to decide if this person 'might offend again' and if it was decided to they MIGHT do so, that person could be kept locked up indefinitely - despite his sentence having been served in its entirety.

Of course people said "Great! They shouldn't ever get out!" not thinking that today it may be the horrible 'Sex Offenders' but next year it could become simple petty thieves, and yet later down the road, anyone who has run a red light, or been late paying child support. Its a slippery slope people!

Boo, in the RepubliK of Texas, in Good ol AmeriKa

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Microsoft to announce new Office version on Monday

Boo Radley

Microsoft in Detroit

If Microsoft built automobiles, we could expect the new models to have the steering on the opposite side - improving functionality.

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Ballmer's breaking point: Is Windows 8 already too late?

Boo Radley

Call Me A Luddite

But I'm still using Windows 2000. Even with brand new current hardware, I have yet to find a compelling reason to move to something newer. I use my three PCs for average home uses, P2P sharing, web browsing, email, some video editing, one PC is a video server, I burn CDs & DVDs, watch movies, play music and play a few games.

I tried Windows 7 several times, but even on my newest hardware, it was just plain SLOW! However, unlike many people, I'm nearly immune to advertiser BS as well as being a bit of a conspiracy theorist.

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Dell's faulty PC legal woes worsen (again)

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Your Results May Vary

Three or four years ago, I purchased four Optiplex GX-280 machines from a site that sells "Off Lease" equipment: I paid something like $67 each, including shipping, for three year old machines, each with a P4, 2.6GHz CPU, 80gb or larger HD, 512mb or more RAM, and either a CD or DVD burner.

Every one is still running 24/7, doing Electronic Medical Records, Billing, word processing, web surfing and whatever else the girls can get away with. I use Windows 2K and can't believe how long and trouble free they've been.

Maybe I should try the PowerBall Lottery next?

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Hackers pierce network with jerry-rigged mouse

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Beware the "Free Lunch"

So they sent the doctored mouse to an employee as a "sales promotion."

Oh look at the great free mouse someone sent me! Think I'll take it to the office and try it out!

See, nothing in life is truly "Free" LOL

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US Supremes dump violent video game ban

Boo Radley

Common Sense From Washington? The World MUST Be Ending!

Justice Scalia has never really impressed me, but I enjoyed reading his opinion, particularly the quotes from children's literature.

Perhaps he DOES have both a brain AND a sense of humor! At the very least he seems to possess some degree of common sense, which is way more than we're used to out of Washington.

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$1,000 reward offered for stolen cancer research laptop

Boo Radley

Chief Operating Officer

C'mon y'all, even Boo backs up his important data, mostly "Educational Videos"

Whats wrong with these people??

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