* Posts by ADRM

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Just updated Windows 7? Can't access network shares? It isn't just you

ADRM

Re: 'On a point of order, Mr Speaker'

My point was I heard that saying from family over in the UK when they had laptops in the early 2000's. I have heard it from friends all over the UK so I would have thought it was common usage.I have on laptop and one netbook. The rest are all desktops.

ADRM

Re: Who cares?

Well the one game I keep on the Tosh laptop Bejewelled Blitz does not run on 64 bit windows full stop so I guess in my case the 32 bit is faster as it works? Neither do some of the old 16 bit Windows games of yesteryear.

ADRM

Re: 'On a point of order, Mr Speaker'

As the poster of the phrase Lappy I call bollocks. I am a Brtit living on the left side of the pond and I have heard the term used since laptops became popular.

ADRM

Re: Who cares?

I know that I. I have ISO files of all of Windows OS back to 95. 64 bit on the machine would make it slower. It works better with a 32 bit OS. That is how it came from Toshiba with 2 GB of ram and a 200gb rust spinner. I also have an ePcee with 2 Gb ram and an SSD but with 7 32 bit it is slow as molasses.

ADRM

Re: Who cares?

It has 4Gb of ram and a dual core core 2 CPU and an SSD. I use it rarely but expect it to work. I could run 64 bit windows on it but 32 bit is leaner and faster.

I am still on the fence on upgrading all my machines and the wife's to Windows 10. More likely to use Linux Mint and use a VM of 7 and keep a couple of Windows 7 machines off-line for games.

ADRM
FAIL

(KB4480970) Also hoses Windows 7 32 bit on Tosh Lappy

Updates this AM (just now) and noticed windows explorer kept stopping and restarting making the machine unusable. Removed the (KB4480970) and bingo back up and running. Updated some 64 bit Windows 7 systems and had no issues. Be AWARE. Is the OS sabotage I ask ?

I'm just not sure the computer works here – the energy is all wrong

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Not IT but nevertheless weird and interesting

A long time ago (1983 to 1988) in a City far far away Cambridge I worked for a national TV and VCR rental chain. We had all sorts of issues with some customers. One in particular springs to mind. They rented a new Philips TV and VCR (VHS not those V2000 machines available from the Philips staff shop that we also repaired) and the problems started. The machine a Philips Euro designed 6362 plastic heap of crap compared to Panasonic machines which were much more expensive. The machine would go completely mad at random times during the day. It would power itself on and rewind or fast forward. You had no control over it. So another machine was swapped in as we thought we had one with a dodgy system control. Same thing a few days later. So I was sent around to take a look. The machine was installed on a sideboard at a comfortable height in front of a window with a sunny aspect. The woman by now was furious as she kept missing her shows. I figured it out in 30 seconds. I was there on a sunny day and the sun was shinning through the windows onto the tape end and start sensors locking the machine up as it was impossible for the tape to be at the end and start at the same time. The short term cure was to draw the curtains. Long time fix was to move the machine to the other end of the sideboard far from the TV and the sun.

Another issue prevalent at the time was cheap stands for TV and VCRs which put the units too close together and caused all kinds of patterning coloured lines on the tape playing. The cure was to move the VCR forward a foot from under the TV and then line the bottom side of the shelf with tin foil. After a few years this issue went away as the machines were better screened and tested with other equipment to make sure this issue did not occur.

Found yet another plastic nostalgia knock-off under the tree? You, sir, need an emulator

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Coat

Superfrog, Repton, Swiv, Project X, Sim City, Zool etc

I own a copy of Amiga Forever and all the Roms and games plus a bunch I have acquired over the years. I still like using it ever so often. I even have Pee Cee game versions of Superfrog and Repton. Wasted many happy hours playing games on an A500 then a A1200 with 80Mb hard drive and 8 Mb of Ram. That was hacked to boot to a 1.3 rom for old games (both were actually). Now I can play flac files and run games at the same time on my PC. Happy times on the Amiga. My ex wife called it toy town computing and insisted we get a PC in 1996. Upgraded to another wife in USA in 1999. Much Happier.

Powerful forces, bodily fluids – it's all in a day's work

ADRM

I used to service VCR's and TV's for a major Regional repair center (PVS) in the 90's and we had all manner of stuff brought in with spillage. There were brand new 27" Philips TV's with lovely Mahogany cabinets that cats sat on the top on pissed in. The first time it got repaired as we could not prove it. The second time it was wet a was scrapped. The owner was not happy. All those Betamax VCR's that fell down the stairs when the video shops stopped renting videos on beta. All those faulty clunky mechanical VHS machines that got coke/pepsi spilt in them. The list goes on. There was also a drunk guy who pissed in his VCR under the TV after a heavy night of drinking. He was told to fuck right off with the machine. Often owners of the machines did not know that cats had peed in the machines causing horrendous electronic corrosion which in most cases wrote off the machine. To a cat this was a purfect arrangement. A nice warm box under the TV so the cat could lie and watch their humans. For me it meant washing my hands a lot. Good times when electronics were both serviceable and not expendable as they were expensive. Also my nephew put pieces of banana in my brothers expensive Panasonic SVHS machine. Luckily he was seen doing it and the banana was removed before any damage occurred. Actually saw quite a few of those, kid stuffed tape loading slot, cd drive bay with whatever was to hand. Usually it was fatal to the device. Sometimes it was coins and they shorted out something which usually was the reason for service. Then the true damage was found. Many a child was no doubt shouted at. My absolute favourite occurred here in the USA. After I had repaired their elderly Panasonic TV which for some reason had developed a faulty front control panel the brat child then decided to start whacking the front of the CRT and new buttons with his toy motor car. I commented to deaf parent ears that that is not a good idea and another set of control buttons would not be under extended warranty nor would scratches to the CRT as I have seen the child whack the TV. I was told it was OK as they were getting a new LCD TV Soon once they could afford it. So six months later I get a call for runny colors on the TV under factory warranty. You guessed it dear reader the brat kid had whacked the 55" LCD screen and broke it. Not covered I said as this is accidental damage. Contact your Insurance agent. Boy were they pissed. But you can't fix stooopid. Had several of those, guy swatted a fly on LCD screen. New TV needed. And so on. Even today very few LCD screens can withstand any kind of a whack without breaking. Only TV's with Gorilla Glass will.

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana

ADRM

Re: If it aint broke don't fix it

Absolutely agree with you 100%. Sitting here with all the machines in our home running Windows 7. No strange six monthly update feast and setting reset here. Just rock solid stability. Like a good OS should do Windows 7 just runs for weeks at a time. Come 2020 I'll continue to use it as a VM in a Linux Mint installation. I own VMWare Workstation so use that for numerous Virtual Machines back to DOS and through 95 to NT4 to 2000 and XP and so on. My laptop dual boots 7 and Mint Mate. I hope the crapfest that is windows 10 just goes away and dies. Me I have tested it on hardware and in VM since the first betas and like Bombastic Bob I used to comment about the awful "look and feel" and the lack on Aero or Windows 2000 type display mode for lab machines and PC's for work and was shouted down by numerous wierdos. Same on Tenforums, the haven for the 10 love fester. So I gave up decided it was not ready for prime time. Most of the family has stayed on 7 or 8.1 and 10 is unusable. I have used M$ products since 1996 in my home. Before that the Amiga 1200 and 500+. Still have an Amiga emulator. To me Windows 2000 was M$ best ever OS. NT4 was also awesome. Liked XP and 7.

Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties

ADRM

Re: I know I should have moved on but

Paintshop Pro 7.04 still works OK on Windows 7 Ultimate 64. Just checked as I read your post and thought OH NO! Maybe you could install that?

Microsoft Lean's in: Slimmed-down Windows 10 OS option spotted

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Re: So, in conclusion...

Microsoft should have stopped at Windows 7.

IMHO they did. Still using Windows 7 Ultimate on all my machines. Tried 10 did not like it. Has too much crap bloat and junk. Looks terrible. Windows NT4 and 2000 were my favourite M$ OS. Take virtual machines of those for a spin once in a while. Come 2020 I'll be running 7 as VM on LINUX MINT. It's all over Microsoft.

There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick

ADRM

Re: Dime/Daim available much earlier than 1980's.

Was it a Swisskit? Would you risk it for a Swisskit?

OK, deep breath, relax... Let's have a sober look at these 'ere annoying AMD chip security flaws

ADRM

Re: Something is not right

https://youtu.be/ZZ7H1WTqaeo

Gamers Nexus call it an assassination attempt.

Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back

ADRM

I see that now. Last time I used it was just before Xmas last year and all was fine. I hope he gets his $$$$.

ADRM

Windows 7 download from Microsoft

Non of my keys issued by Microsoft will allow me to download from their website as they fail authentication. The OEM keys bring up contact the OEM of course with the buck passing. This tool does the job. Downloads what you need from M$ with no hoops or other bullshit to apply.

https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/67-microsoft-windows-and-office-iso-download-tool

Your welcome.

Wannabe W1 DOW-er faked car crash to track down reg plate's owner

ADRM

Re: Best plate I ever saw...

GAV1N in the 70's in Huntingdonshire. Was on a luxury Ford Granada from Hunts Motors.

ADRM

Re: Anybody who wants a personalised plate

Anyone who wants to restrict what others should be allowed to spend their money on should be kicked in the nuts on the hour every hour.

And the half hour too for good measure.

Big Tech slams Trump on plan to deport kids

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WTF?

Emigrated to USA 18 years ago on 6 Th September

I understand people who want to live in the USA. I came here from England 18 years ago to marry my love. It cost me several hundred pounds with interviews in the US embassy and a medical test at a doctors office in London. Then I flew over here. More interviews and more costs to prove I deserved a green card which lasts ten years, renewal costs $800+ for a further 10 years and also much more money for citizenship. I went through the legal channels and it pisses me off when people just skirt the system. Why did I bother? I could have just come over for a vacation and stayed? No I did it the legal way and don't have to worry about being rounded up and deported.

Nasty firmware update butchers Samsung smart TVs so bad, they have to be repaired

ADRM

Re: A blessing in disguise

One thing you should know about Sony LCD screens. They are made by SAMSUNG.

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

ADRM

"The end result is that MS now have no serious DTP package and 2 laughable ones".

Looks in file cabinet for CD's of Office 2000, XP and the last really good version of Office, Office 2003. Fondly remembers no ribbon. Wonders if a VM Ware Virtual Machine of 7 with Office 2003 would run faster than a machine with 10 Supserspy Edition and the latest Office 2016? I suspect Office 2003 will not install on 10.

Windows 10 Creators Update preview: Lovin' for Edge and pen users, nowt much else

ADRM

Re: Windows-as-a-service...

http://winaero.com/blog/windows-7-games-for-windows-10-anniversary-update-and-above/

You can get the wonderful vibrant coloured Windows 7 free games to add to Windows 10. I have a test install on one PC and 10 is rock solid so far. I had to use Classic Shell for the classic start menu and a lot of registry hacks from tenforums.com tutorials to get it under control. A shoutout to tweakhound.com for the tutorial and tweaks which helped a lot. Uninstalled most of the apps, deleted crap from start menu I am never going to use and also used WinAero tweaker to turn off telemetry etc. Windows 7 which I love is on all of my PC's and just works although I tweak it to my liking. Tweaking 10 to my liking has taken copious amounts of reading and effort for a UI that looks worse than 7. Is 10 more secure than 7? Doubt it has the same core engine win32 and 10 has the new metro stuff too. Now M$ does not have a mobile phone how about a real desktop OS? Or is this what the Window 10 Workstation is at $300 + a copy. Probably a Windows 7 Ultimate OS with the 7 x out and 10 written in its place. Really should not have to spend about 5 days installing my programs and setting stuff up and fighting the OS to get Windows the way I would like it rather than M$ defaults.

TVs are now tablet computers without a touchscreen

ADRM

405 vs 625 line transmission?

The 2 systems were completely different and when the UK converted to 625 lines and colour in the mid and late 60's to the full roll out to all regions in the early 70's a new transmission network was built. The UHF transmitters had smaller range than the VHF ones. For many happy years viewers in Cambridge were proud to be in the London region with dual stacked Ch9 aerials and a Ch1 aerial (huge) pointed at Croydon and Crystal Palace. Some upstart Anglia TV came along on Ch11 (poor reception) in 1959 and later in 1965 on Ch6 from Sandy Heath about 20 miles away but most stayed on London. When colour TV took off in 1971 in Cambridge viewers had to switch to Sandy Heath as London could only be received in colour on a proprietary British Relay cable TV system. Ch23 the ITV London signal was picked up in Arbury Cambridge with 8 high gain aerials at 180 ft. Still suffered from co channel interference from local Anglia on Ch24 and they fitted a specially made filter which just about made the picture from London desirable. So dual standard sets which had UHF 625 and VHF 405 lines on were around until the late 60's. I spent many "happy" hours as a junior bench engineer removing system switches and hard wiring them to 625 lines and setting the tuners to UHF only. This made the sets much more reliable. Also spent "many happy hours" sawing down ITV Ch8 Litchfield, Ch9 Croydon, Ch11 Mendlesham and BBC Ch1, London, Ch2 Cambridge, Ch10 Willington Bedford, Ch5 Peterborough aerials and swinging the odd UHF aerial around from Belmont to Sandy Heath. This was because everyone needed a new aerial when colour TV came out to the masses. I preferred my time on the bench to helping the aerial rigger and TV installer as some of those older metal aerials and poles were very heavy indeed. I was an apprentice TV Engineer from 1975 to 1979 based in Huntingdon and Cambridge and a field engineer from 1979 to 1990 when I got a bench engineer job in Peterborough.

ZX Spectrum reboot project's Great Ormond Street charity cash questions

ADRM
Stop

Children

Please think of the children the money was supposed to help. Little kids suffering horrific injuries and awful diseases like cancer and genetic disorders. Bugs me more than anything when children suffer. Life is just not fair.

Microsoft kills Windows Vista on April 11: No security patches, no hot fixes, no support, nada

ADRM

@ Pirate Dave arrrgh.

Wasn't ME the first one to come out with "Home" and "Pro" versions?

ME was the home version. The Pro version was Windows 2000 which some home users bought and were flummoxed by it. 2000 is fondly remembered by myself and others as one of the best Microsoft OS's ever. I take a 2K VM for s spin every now and then with Winamp 2.9. XP was the first NT to have a Home and Pro version then M$ decided to milk everyone with 106 versions of Vista and 7. Then back to home and pro from 8 onwards. Not counting Vista, 7,8 10 Enterprise (Starships are cheaper) versions.

Apple drops dongle prices to make USB-C upgrade affordable

ADRM

Re: Positively Rhapsodic...

"Positively Rhapsodic...

The there's the fact precious few external monitors support Thunderbolt...

Apple's therefore halved the cost of its USB-C-to-USB, USB-C-to-Lightning..."

"Thunderbolt and lightning very very frightening me"

Up voted for the Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen song line. Excellent work I say.

Our Windows windows will be resizable, soooon, vows Microsoft

ADRM

Windows 10 Nightmare

Ah there it is my Windows 98 SE CD. Looks better than Windows 10.

All the mobile BS does not belong in a desktop OS period / full stop. When will Microslop come to their collective Borg senses and release a Windows 7 style interface. It is what the users want as over 50% are still on 7. So who bets 7 gets an extension to end of life until 2025?

Kindle Paperwhites turn Windows 10 PCs into paperweights: Plugging one in 'triggers a BSOD'

ADRM

Ever heard of the Windows insider program?

I was there too. My suggestions of Aero and a basic Windows 2000 mode for lab computers was ignored. I was also at 10 forums too. I gave up even trying to get some sense into the fanboiz. So what do we have, a product that is universally loathed by users and technical support alike. Only the fanboiz swooning over every new build sent there way.

Me I am on Windows 7 Ultimate and I have 10 on several virtual machines. My wife's work computer failed and was replaced with a 10 Pro machine. So I have been helping her navigate the settings for single click and so on. Why has all this been moved around she asked? I have no idea. I don't care now either. Sooner or later Windows will have to change or die. Which will it be?

AMD promises code fix for power-hungry Radeon RX 480 GPU

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No such thing as a dead Nvidia Card ? Where have you been?

I had a Gigabyte Nvidia GT9800 1Gb silent with a massive heatsink that failed twice. Once under one year and I returned it to Gigabyte Service and it was repaired and was OK for another six months then it failed again in the same way. Digital noise and ghosting. The card was used in a huge Lian Li Server case which has 4 case fans and was not overheating. Not even a gamer other than casual stuff like Bejeweled 3, Luxor and Mahjong. It was replaced by Gigabyte with an equivalent Radeon card. Gigabyte have 3 year warranties. My other Gigabyte GT9800 1Gb Silent is chugging along in a Dell T3400 Core 2 Quad and has been no problem. I have had GPU's from both the Red and Green teams fail and have no loyalty to either side apart from I would never buy an Intel CPU new. Only used when they have dropped in price to less than $100 which is why I have AMD CPU's in my newer machines I build. When I am given a good Core 2 Duo machine (T3400) I upgrade it to Quad core, SSD, USB3 for not much cash. I am happy to be several generations behind as on a fixed income on disability I can't buy new and shinny very often but can get 90% of the performance with my old bangers and my 2 x FX 8350 and FX 8320. It is possible to be really Geeky and Nerdy on a budget and I always buy and support shareware authors such as D Opus, XYPlorer, Xplorer2, Bitsum Process Lasso, Goldwave, Terracopy and WinAmp 5. With Windows 10 sucking the big one I am still on 7 and I am using Linux Mint so that is where I'll be headed. It'll be cheaper and less hassle than the Microsoft route.

Classic Shell, Audacity downloads infected with retro MBR nuke nasty

ADRM

Re: More reason to use Linux

This utility is a start in the right direction. I have used it a time or two on new installs of 7. Pick what you want and then off it goes.

https://ninite.com/

Windows 10 Anniversary Update: This design needs a dictator

ADRM

Re: That'll be a first...

Micro$ only listened to what they wanted to hear. The never heard any of the Tens Of Thousands of requests for Aero, for the return of the 3D intuitive interface, for the return of Media Center for recording encrypted cable channels, for the return of the classic menu system and desktop viz Windows 2000 for lab PC's and equipment. No they only heard what they wanted to hear. So I responded with blocking Windows 10 from my 12 PC's and my friends and family were on their own if they upgraded to 10. If they needed support I will wipe what is on there and put 7 back on the PC's I built for them. I am a happy 7 user who hopes the current administration in charge at Micro$ realize they are heading in a direction some of their users are not going. They will eventually.

Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

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Re: Seriously WTF?

"D Opus

Wait till xmas, They usually offer a 50% discount. As I discovered. A week after shelling out £££ for it:"

Yes I purchased D Opus 10 then purchased a second copy with USB and FTP add on D Opus 11 upgrade 2 copies the same way. Xmas discount will probably get me D Opus 12 which is in beta right now. Opus is a true essential for large music file and photograph collections. When the developers consider and release a paid for Linux version the writing will be on the wall for Microsoft.

ADRM
WTF?

Seriously WTF?

Did Microsoft write the article and pay for it as advertising? No way am I downgrading to 10. Loss of Media Center, No Aero. Ugly UI. Control Panel Wrecked, forced updates spyware and so on.

I'll keep 7 Ultimate 64 bit until EOL then on Mint Mate which I already run on a Toshiba laptop and dual booting on other PC's. When GP Software release Directory Opus for Linux I'll be all set.

Patriotic Brits rush into streets to celebrate… National Cream Tea Day

ADRM
WTF?

Re: Cheese Scones

Well I eat them everyday as my wife makes them for me. They taste like scones to me. You can also find them in some grocery stores. I do add more cheese myself but thought best to post the original recipie.

ADRM

Cheese Scones

Try these savoury scones with hunks of good quality mature farmhouse cheddar.

Makes 7-8

Self raising flour - 225g (8 oz)

Salt - ½ tsp

Mustard powder - 1 tsp

Cayenne pepper - pinch

Butter - 50g (2 oz)

Cheddar cheese - 50g (2 oz), grated

Milk - 150 ml (¼ pint), plus extra for brushing

METHOD

1. Sift flour, salt, mustard and cayenne pepper into a bowl. Rub butter into flour until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Mix in the grated cheddar cheese. Add milk all at once. Mix to a soft, but not sticky, dough with a knife.

2. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Knead quickly until smooth. Roll out to about 1 cm (½ inch) thick. Cut into 7 or 8 rounds with a 6.5 cm (2½ inch) biscuit cutter.

3. Transfer to a baking sheet. Brush tops with milk. Bake at 230 °C / 450 °F / Gas 8 for 7-10 minutes or until well risen and golden.

4. Cool on a wire cooling rack.

Enjoy....

PC market sinking even faster than first thought, thanks to Windows 10

ADRM

Re: Knew it!

Prices in the UK include VAT. Prices in the USA do not include sales tax (rate depending on State), county tax, green recycling fee, left arm and leg etc so in reality prices are pretty much the same and considering the warranty is on the retailer in the UK and after 30 days in the USA you have to deal with the manufacturer (wherever they may be) the UK deal is IMHO actually better than it seems.

Windows 10 market share jumps two per cent

ADRM

Re: MS shill

Since this usually (girl, dog and truck back) happens when you play the Country song backwards I assume you must have uninstalled Windows 10 and gone back to Sensible Seven......

Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

ADRM

Imbecile with a screwdriver.

I "reassemble" that remark...imbecile with a screwdriver.

Windows 10 build 14342: No more friendly Wi-Fi sharing

ADRM
FAIL

Windows 10

Gabe Aul, engineering systems team corporate vice president, blogged:

“The cost of updating the code to keep this Operating System working combined with low usage and low demand made Windows 10 not worth further investment." There fixed it for you.

Microsoft half-bricks Asus Windows 7 PCs with UEFI boot glitch

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Secure boot

Why would you even have secure boot enabled on a Windows 7 system? Three of my machines have ASUS Motherboards and Secure boot is disabled and other OS is selected. Enough of this nonsense Microsoft fecking with Windows 7 user base.

Windows 10 debuts Blue QR Code of Death – and why malware will love it

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Red SATA Cables

Just as a matter of interest was it a red generic SATA cable with no locking mechanism and straight connectors either end? I have had nothing but issues with them. Drive read errors, drives disappearing. My systems have been purged of them and replaced with locking quality cables. A crap SATA cable is something easily overlooked but is a cause of random crashing especially if the system drive cable is bad intermittently.

Foxconn pays £2.5bn to swallow Sharp in cut-price takeover deal

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Re: How the mighty have fallen

LCD TV's & Monitors, Microwaves, Cassette Decks https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optonica all round good stuff. The also made superb VCR's in the 80 and 90's some even appearing under the Philips VHS Brand.How can it all end up like this?

Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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Re: Windows 10 was not a "democratic design"

Absolutely agree 100%. 100,000's of users asked for Aero and a default Windows 2000 type desktop with blue background and grey windows and 2000 start menu. A "Classic mode" and an "Aero mode". I was one of them, I myself put in multiple requests and up voted others. We were completely ignored. I am still an insider but I stayed on Windows 7 and have not booted most of my Windows 10 virtual machines for months. Can't be arsed. No one in my family is moving from 7 except to Mint. I have that dual booting on my laptop and on several VM's on the main PC. Windows 10 is dead to me. I have all my machines with Upgrade to 10 blocked by group policy and GWX Control Panel Monitor and there have been several close calls with Microsoft rough ridding over the settings and changing (including registry keys) them from let me see what up dates there are to download and install updates without asking and download Windows 10. I love my Windows 7, I paid a lot of money for the copies and Windows 10 is not even worth the price of free (which it isn't as it costs you an old 7 /8 /8.1 license) so it is not a truly free upgrade.

Seagate’s triple whammy: Disk numbers, costs, and flash

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Seagate's click of death.

As a home user with several PC's I made the serious mistake of still purchasing Seagate drives after having used them since 1998 and found them reliable and with a five year warranty. In the last 3 years I have had 4 2TB drives get to 3 years old and die rapidly. I use http://www.hdsentinel.com/ HD Sentinel to monitor my drives since I have good music and precious photographs on them like everyone else. I swear Seagate's are programmed to die at a week past the warranty expiring. I now use WD / Toshiba SSD, Kingston SSD and Crucial SSD. Seagate used to be good. Now I don't trust them at all as they are unreliable junk.

Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 nagware shows signs of sentience

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Re: Dear Microsoft!

I have been a long time user of WinPatrol. I am monitoring the registry keys for changes

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]

"DisableOSUpgrade"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Gwx]

"DisableGwx"=dword:00000001

I bought the home user 5 pack for $30 a few years ago. Its a great program that does so many good things.

I have no connection with the authors of the program.

https://www.winpatrol.com/winpatrol/

Per-core licences coming to Windows Server and System Center 2016

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Re: hw licensing

"Please will you confirm the name of the free (in every sense) version of Windows?"

Windows Mobile 10 is completely free

Windows 10 when used for small tablet devices is complete free

Windows 10 IoT is completely free.

Hyper-V Server is also completely free.

Windows 10 is NOT free. You must have a valid Windows 7/8/8.1 licence to sacrifice to enable the upgrade? to 10. Frankly Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit is far superior to Windows 10 Pro. The cost of entry to Windows 10 is in fact very high, you must give up your old Windows licence. After 1st August 2016 it is expected that Microsoft will start charging for 10. That will speed up deployment. I have a suspicion the offer will get extended due to lack of take up. That or there will be a reorganization of the Windows group and a change of direction by upper management. A phone interface does not look good on 3 22" monitors.

Alert after Intel Skylake chips, mobo sockets 'warp under coolers'

ADRM

Re: Are people really still using huge heat pipe CPU cooler towers instead of water cooling?

"You can get a Hyper Evo 212 for £24. Show me a pre-assembled water cooling system that cheap".

Got 5 Cooler Master 212 in our 5 main PC's. All with push pull fans and very quiet too. These are all AMD machines and one has been running with a Phenom II 965BE not over clocked for almost 4 years now. 30C idle and 44C under full load Prime 95. As someone who used to repair all kinds of electronics I have seen the damage water can do so in my mind water cooling is a big no no (At least for my machines, if you do fine but it would worry me).

Research: Microsoft the fastest growing maker of tablet OSs ... by 2019

ADRM

Re: 5 years is a long time

"But credit where it's due, MS are a much better company now Satya's in charge".

As Dr. Sheldon Cooper would say sarcasm?

As all I see is a monopoly company lurching from one missed opportunity to another and always doing the wrong thing.

Windows 8 don't need a start menu, Windows 10 tracking and invasion pf privacy and you will upgrade by hell or high water.

Microsoft Windows: The Next 30 Years

ADRM

Re: Hammer that code

10,000 up votes to you sir. This is exactly what I have been saying. They are throwing us desktop users under the bus for the trendy phone / tablet user. Why can we not have a Windows 7 SP2 with all the improvements to the core software and feature improvements without the data slurping, no tiles and basically the same UI as Windows 7 has now? Aero and the default 2000 desktop. As an insider I asked for it numerous times and was ignored. Maybe if the uptake of 10 is as "good" as 8 and 8.1 we'll see some heads roll and a reversal of directions that will save the company. For me and my 13 computers in our home Linux Mint will be the next Windows OS after Windows 7 End of Live. Ex Technet subscriber which they closed along with Map Point and AutoMap and AutoRoute in Europe. It is amazing what M$ have stopped producing lately.

Microsoft shelves 'suicidal' Android-on-Windows plan

ADRM
WTF?

The lights are on is anyone home?

So can anyone explain why Microsoft is still trying to force a phone style OS onto the desktop market which users of Windows 7 clearly do not want or need as they are staying put on Windows 7. Is this the beginning of internal wrangling leading to the ousting of Sat Nad and the rewrite of Windows 7 code to create a Window7 SP2?

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