KB3101488 is borked too
Outlook on our test PCs falls over about four or five times a day since this little nugget of joy was installed.
Not a great set of patches this month.
30 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009
"What we should have are CD/DVD drives that are accessible by having the keyboard hinged and the CD/DVD disc pops in under there."
I vaguely remember a laptop that had just such a feature. It was motorised and took a satisfying amount of whirring and clicking before the CD popped out. As a young lad, fresh to IT, I thought it was the mutts nuts.
A while back I mused over a simple/cheap way to convert traditional non-touchscreen monitors to something able to control Win 8.
My system involved a series of spring-loaded pulleys (attached on the edge of the screen) and lengths of string looped around your finger. Moving the finger would result in movement in the pulleys which, in turn, transmit the data to the PC.
Obviously, clicking is an issue, so a third string is attached to the thumb to facilitate this. Additional strings can be added for advanced functions (zooming, scrolling etc).
To prevent future customer/staff communication failures I propose the following scheme:
On arrival, the customer is invited to choose a colour coded hat that conveys their intentions. The hat colours could be, for example:
Yellow - I am just browsing. I neither need nor want your help. Please leave me alone.
Orange with blue stars - I am looking for a particular item and may require assistance.
Purple and cyan stripes - I have a rough idea what I want and will need expert assistance to reach an informed decision.
Light green with a black pinstripe - I know exactly what I want and do not require an extended warranty.
Similarly, the staff could also wear colour coded waistcoats to help customers:
Scarlett with gold spots - I have no desire to help you and my knowledge is poor in any case.
Black and white 'cow' pattern - I am willing to help you but my knowledge is also poor.
Magenta swirls on a tartan background - I am willing to help and have excellent knowledge, but only speak Polish.
Beige with brown piping - I'm on my break, fuck off.
The staff uniforms could be further augmented to help determine their seniority:
Junior staff should wear red noses, large flappy shoes and curly wigs.
Senior staff/managers should wear aviator style sunglasses and sport bushy mustaches (fake or real). The store manager would wear a deely-bobber with gold stars.
I'm sure that would improve everybody's visit to the store.
Reminds me of the time, years ago, when repairing a PC from the local crematorium.
The entire inside of the box was a uniform light grey. Thought it best to take it outside before using the air-duster.
Just reminded myself of the last PC I air-dusted. Would have loved to see the expression of the spider that was evicted at an arachnid equivalent of warp speed!
... it just doesn't tick all the boxes on my AAO 150.
I have wasted quite literally days of time trying to get full screen BBC iPlayer to work above about 2 FPS. 'Cos that's what my netbook does mostly when the missus is watching one of 'her programmes'.
Windows 7 RC installed from USB in 30 mins - Everything worked out of the box. Even got fancy glass effects. iPlayer smooth as an android's bottom.
I've been using SyncToy 2.0 - another freebie from Microsoft - to backup my info to an external HDD.
Sure, it's not a full backup of the OS, but I'd rebuild that from stratch if it Borked itself.
It's kind of a 'nice' frontend to robocopy - takes an age to run the first time, but subsequent runs are fast.
It lets you decide how aggressive the sync is - whether or not you'd like to replicate source file deletions to the copy.
Being a straight copy of the files means that it's easy to use and transportable, but it's uncompressed and the data is only as good (or bad) as the last sync. No fancy Time Machine stuff here.
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