* Posts by Andy Prough

1095 posts • joined 15 Jul 2011

Tanks for the memories: Building a post-Microsoft Office cloud suite

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Outlook.com email and gmail have switched places

Outlook is now the one with the simple, streamlined interface. Gmail has turned into a noisy mess over the years. Both offer tons of free storage, and direct access to your cloudy bits. Office online apps are miles ahead of g-apps.

If you're building a post-MS Office cloud suite, you should take a long look at Outlook.com plus Office online.

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Looking for an Ubuntu Unity close cousin? Elementary, my dear...

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Arch

If unity users are ready to experience a new distro, I'd recommend giving Arch a spin. If Arch is too complicated for them, try the easier derivative Manjaro. Or if they are up for a real challenge and want to experience truly free GNU/Linux, try out the Arch derivative Parabola, my personal favorite. No proprietary software bits at all, including the kernel and the drivers.

I find that a couple weeks with a pure, constantly updated rolling release distro is highly addictive for Linux folks. One of the huge hassles of distros like Ubuntu, Fedora, etc is having to reinstall the whole thing every six months to a year to stay up to date.

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HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

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Re: Clickbait article or real concern?

It matters if you can't play Black Ops 2 or Battlefield 4 on it.

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Heaps of Windows 10 internal builds, private source code leak online

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Re: I'm done with Windows.

I don't personally enjoy having to hack a Windows laptop to bits to get it to run in the way I prefer. But MS isn't worried about me. They're worried about Joe Schmoe who doesn't know a registry entry from a hair dryer. I don't blame them for forcing updates on the hundreds of millions of sheep. Any more than I blame Apple for auto updating iPads, or Google for auto updating Chromebooks.

As we all know, if you want fine-grained control of a computer system, you are going to be using Linux or some version of BSD. No sense complaining that Windows doesn't fit the bill when it was never meant to in the first place.

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Re: I'm done with Windows.

@Ken Hagen - "As has been widely publicised on these pages, those instructions don't work for Windows 10. Apparently you were too smug to do a simple search."

Apparently you didn't look for the updated instructions, or aren't able to figure out how to navigate the new windows settings menus. Been working fine on several systems at our office, even ones with the new creators update. There's both an updated registry hack, as well as the old "metered connection" setting readily available for your use if you want them, although the metered connection setting has moved.

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Re: I'm done with Windows.

"Forced automatic updates were the last straw for me"

Instructions on stopping forced updates have been online for years. Apparently you weren't frustrated enough to do a simple search.

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Re: Ooooh, goody...

"can we get at the bits of code that do the telemetry and forced updates and REMOVE THE F*****G THINGS"

Instructions on how to stop forced updates and hack out the other nasty bits are all over the webernet. You could have had the system running the way you like it at any time.

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Humanity is doomed: We watch 45 BILLION hours of YouTube a month

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The trillion hours of reality TV per year...

...mocks this article

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Linus Torvalds and Greg Kroah-Hartman both have new Linux in mind

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Re: Google+

"like 27k FB likes of a news item and like 17 +1 or whatever back in the day"

I haven't the faintest idea what you are trying to say.

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Re: Google+

I'm personally glad that Google+ is no Facebook. There's a lot of very bright people posting on it, especially from the Linux development world, without being drowned out by a billion 12-year-old Miley Cyrus fans.

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Latest Windows 10 Insider build pulls the trigger on crappy SMB1

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Re: Yawn

"I would love to have the options to have windows NT 4.0 or windows 7 interface."

Those interfaces hardly work at all under hybrid tablet mode. You'd have to get really good again at surgically stabbing a piece of glass with a stylus, instead of the way we currently jab with fat fingers and thumbs.

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Edge, emojis, and SMB1 - three things I don't use

Cortana seems a bit on the heavy, slow side to be incorporating throughout the system for search. And it's got very few of the search parameter options you would typically need.

I replaced most of my Windows search needs with a nice piece of software named FileLocator Pro a few years back, and have been very pleased with it. The lite version of the software, also called Agent Ransack, can be made to run under Wine on Linux.

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South Korean hosting co. pays $1m ransom to end eight-day outage

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"small business" video files

Almost sounds like the South Korean pR0n industry was nearly brought to its knees. Figuratively - not literally.

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Oops! Facebook outed its antiterror cops whilst they banned admins

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"This is the reason why I don't use FB"

The reason I don't use Facebook is because I'm not a 12 year old.

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DUP site crashes after UK general election

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DUP makes Trump look halfway moderate. Pretty funny that they're going to be calling the shots in your new gov't, but ya'll Brits are still looking down your noses at America because Trump.

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Utah fights man's attempt to marry laptop

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Re: Marrying a laptop is silly but...

Many people have tried to marry corporations. Some have succeeded for a brief time period.

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Just like the other idiots

Who argue we should have laws making people pay the defendants' costs for frivolous lawsuits. Even though we have long had laws making people pay the defendants' costs for frivolous lawsuits.

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Windows XP crashed too much to spread WannaCrypt

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Re: So now even the bad guys need you to keep up to date

BSOD - it's a feature, not a bug.

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Android apps punched out by Judy malware

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Re: Trying to make it sound unusual?

Sounds like someone has been downloading a lot of silly games.

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Re: What were the titles?

@iron - just say "RTFA" next time. Save all that annoying typing.

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US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations

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Re: Trump: Making America shit & taking the World with it.

@John Brown - "Was freedom of speech repealed by executive order recently?"

That's not freedom of speech. SCOTUS has been very clear on where the lines are drawn. Research it yourself if you are ignorant of the law - I don't have time for your juvenile attempt at trolling.

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Re: Great!

What airlines allow multiple suitcases in the overhead? Can't get past the ticket scanner loaded up like that in the US. Some kind of a Brit thing?

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Re: bomb in body

Suicide bombing by dildo. Ouch.

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Re: secure storage

I agree. Who uses a laptop on a plane these days anyway? Too clunky. Tablets and phablets everywhere from what I've been seeing. If they would promise secure passage, I'd be fine with handing it over.

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Re: Trump: Making America shit & taking the World with it.

I wonder how soon the spooks visit your house for talking like that? And whoever was dumb enough to upvote you.

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Huawei missed memo that PC's dead – so here are three new notebooks

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Re: Why...

Certainly not by design.

Certainly not.

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Nokia, Apple lawyers make peace over nasty IP wrangle

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The price of every iDevice is about to increase by 0.4%

*0.2 for Nokia, and 0.2 into Cupertino's C-level exec pockets for their tireless labor and fearless leadership in arranging this settlement

**Wall Street strongly approves

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Supreme Court closes court-shopping loophole for patent trolls

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Re: Look out Delaware!

I can't think of a single large tech company incorporated in Delaware.

A lot of those friendly Delaware rules are useful for small to mid size businesses in my limited experience. For large corporations, I believe it's usually advantageous to be incorporated closer to home.

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Re: Simpler answer

But isn't the third largest city in the US in Eastern Texas? Along with about one half of the country's energy sector? I don't think companies who are selling tech products to businesses could possibly afford to disregard the Houston market.

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Wannacry: Everything you still need to know because there were so many unanswered Qs

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Re: Oh, the irony!

@JimC - "Which is exactly why perverting the patch process with the pushed Windows 10 upgrades was a mind bogglingly stupid and irresponsible thing for Microsoft to do."

So? Switch the network interfaces to "metered connection", thereby shutting off auto-update. No one can help people who only want to complain and refuse to learn how to run their system. Just stamping their feet and yelling, "but it doesn't run like Windows 7 did!!!" is kind of pointless at this late date.

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Re: Oh, the irony!

Internet facing system with no security updates? It's the definition of "wrong".

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Re: This sure beats reading newspapers

Fifth rule - never listen to the Reg commenters who believe Win7 is the end-all of computing, and who actively oppose allowing MS updates on their precious gaming rigs.

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7 NSA hack tool wielding follow-up worm oozes onto scene: Hello, no need for any phish!

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Re: Kind of like the Darwin awards

@wolfetone - I guess if un-patched systems with open SMB ports are running our nuclear reactors, then I'd better be stocking up on survival gear and freeze-dried food.

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Kind of like the Darwin awards

Will the world really miss those un-patched systems with open SMB ports?

I'd be shocked if they weren't all pwned before this time, and already part of a botnet or two or three.

Maybe we are just seeing evolution on an internet scale.

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No nudity please, we're killing ourselves: Advice to Facebook mods leaks

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Re: Solution

"Solution

Shut down the parasite."

The problem with that idea is that Facebook believes humans are the parasite, and Facebook is the host.

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Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Makes iPhone 7 Plus look a bit crap

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Re: And still shovelling Android

@Alexander - "iOS is why I buy Apple, not the hardware"

Then you should send a check to those nice people at the FreeBSD Foundation and thank them for writing the free code that runs your devices. Certainly Apple won't.

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You think your day was bad? OS X malware hackers just swiped a Mac dev's app source

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Re: Deathly silence

@LaeMing - "Also, I haven't heard any Mac user claim "Macs don't get viruses" since the '90s."

You must be only speaking to the reasonable and knowledgeable Mac users...

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Re: An Apple a Day

They felt "free" when they "considered" releasing the source code themselves.

It's almost like the hipsters want to redefine words like "free" and "freedom".

Imagine how many billions of dollars Stallman and Torvalds would be rolling in today if they had merely "considered" releasing the source code for the GNU tools and Linux, and said "wow, I feel free!" And then said, "screw it - I'm grabbing all the cash".

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DeX Station: Samsung's Windows-killer is ready for prime time

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I would have wanted this

But then Luke Klinker built the Pulse app. Kudos to Luke, that dude is a stinking genius.

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

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Malwarebytes has a free desktop anti-ransomware available

It's in beta, easy to find and use. Runs in the background, seems to be intended to stop malware-driven encryption from happening. Just passing it along in case its useful to anyone.

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Well this is awkward. As Microsoft was bragging about Office at Build, Office 365 went down

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Re: I'm in Texas

@Ken - "Perhaps they felt that providing a map, with state boundaries and fuzziness in affected areas..."

I'm in one of the two fuzziness areas, as are the vast majority of Texans. The scare headline "Office 365 went down - TITSUP: Total Inability To Stand Up Products" is a bit overdone if you ask me. I'm sure it was good for the clicks though.

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Re: I'm in Texas

@Crazy - "Except in any ways that matter.. (Trivia like population, diversity, GDP etc etc..)"

Good to see that the British inferiority complex is alive and well.

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I'm in Texas

No outage today.

But then again, El Reg refuses to recognize that Texas is a wee bit larger than England.

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UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

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Re: Ransomware

"Surely a threat detection system can notice that a lot of files are being encrypted and pop up a warning to block that process and let you know. So why is there no universal endpoint protection system that does this, in fact this should be baked in to the OS by now.?"

Malwarebytes claims that their Endpoint Security product for businesses will do this. They also have a free anti-ransomware product for desktops (beta for past year).

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Microsoft's Windows 10 ARM-twist comes closer with first demonstration

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Re: I don't get the moaning...

Moaning about M$ is good for upvotes. Especially moaning combined with heavy breathing. Also, some on here believe their TRS-80 or Commodore 64 were the ne plus ultra of computing, and every attempt at advancing since then has been some grand violation of basic universal laws.

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Today's bonkers bug report: Microsoft Edge can't print numbers

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Re: BWA Hahahahahahahhahhhahhahahahha

"What do you expect from a company that went from Windows 8 to 10?"

Totally fake news. It was 8.1 to 10.

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Hackers emit 9GB of stolen Macron 'emails' two days before French presidential election

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Re: the hackers MAY be Russian, but...

Also - no one talks about the Chinese, but they are hacking as much if not more than the Russians, and are far more powerful and capable of action.

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counting the number of molotov cocktails being thrown at police

I would say they definitely do take it seriously. A bit too seriously it would seem.

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Oracle: You've got such strong arms, Mr Pai. Oh, hello, Donald! We didn't see you there

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Re: Oracle just signed a mega-deal with AT&T ...

humping two legs at once - very athletic!!

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"The answer, of course, is Donald Trump and the bizarre dynamics of the new presidential administration – where heaping praise on anything that Donald approves of, and lambasting anything he doesn't like, is an effective way of gaining political advantage."

This is no different from Obama's administration. In an April, 2017 paper entitled "All the President's Friends: Political Access and Firm Value", Jeffrey R. Brown and Jiekun Huang from the National Bureau of Economic Research reviewed 2,286 White House meetings between Obama officials and executives from S&P 1,500 firms. You can probably guess what their findings were: "corporate executives’ meetings with key policymakers are associated with positive abnormal stock returns. We also find evidence suggesting that following meetings with federal government officials, firms receive more government contracts and are more likely to receive regulatory relief".

You could do the same study of the FDR administration or the Thomas Jefferson administration and probably find the same basic outcome. Getting on the good side of the man in power is just smart business strategy.

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