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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: Poorly-paid neighbor
« Last post by The Gorn on July 02, 2018, 11:24:26 am »
Well that was uplifting (NOT).

To stay relevant in today's world requires effort. If you are not willing to make that effort than you are toast particularly in IT.

I have retooled myself multiple times already, you need to do what you got to do.

LOL. It totally had to be said.

To have a decent life today, unless you fall outside highly lucrative tranches like law or Google software engineer, you pretty much need to design your life.

Is anyone else getting that idea? I sure am.
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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: Poorly-paid neighbor
« Last post by ilconsiglliere on July 02, 2018, 10:31:18 am »
Well that was uplifting (NOT).

To stay relevant in today's world requires effort. If you are not willing to make that effort than you are toast particularly in IT.

I have retooled myself multiple times already, you need to do what you got to do.
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I've bought a couple of refurbished PCs and never had a problem with them.  I always buy HP.  They are more reliable than Dell PCs, IMO.  I still have my old Windows XP PC, an old HP Pavillion from 10 or so years ago.  It still works.

I would stick with Windows 10.  Windows 7 is almost at EOL and when it gets to that point companies start dropping support for it.  You can't do anything with the Windows updates unless you have the professional version of the OS.  I was really hoping MS would give you back control of the updates, but I guess not.

If you spend time customizing the PC, you can get it to be very similar to Windows 7.  There are a lot of good articles out there on how to modify it.  It does take awhile to do, but its worth it.

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Frankly who cares if they dont support it any longer. Their updates suck anyway.

Because a lot of software depends on the updates - for example, to .Net and other platform stuff, or Internet Explorer. When a Microsoft OS stops being supported many new apps won't install or run properly on the older OS.

For example, Vista is perfectly usable but its IE is frozen to 2010 or so level and I wouldn't even try installing most newer software on it.
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I got windows 10 but heavily customized it to the point where I could use it. Took me months.  It definitely weird how they excluded some common features of 7
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It would be very cheap to put her on Windows 7. When I rebuilt my own desktop a few months ago I wanted Windows 7 in a VM. I found many offers for a Windows 7 64 bit Pro disk+license for around $30. It worked fine, although it was "old new stock" so I had to physically call up to get the activation codes.

IMO you will have less grief with Win7 than Win10. Win10 unless you get a pro license is locked down and they force you to do things you dont want.

Frankly who cares if they dont support it any longer. Their updates suck anyway.
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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: Poorly-paid neighbor
« Last post by JoFrance on June 24, 2018, 02:14:02 pm »
Supermarkets might not pay great, but they offer great benefits to make up for it.  I see older men and women working as check-out clerks at one of the supermarkets I frequent.  I once worked at a supermarket early in my life and you can get a lot of benefits from them even though the pay stinks.  You have to do what you have to do to support your life.

The job market is improving, but it doesn't mean that old people will get a slice of the pie.  We have to change this, I think.
He told my wife that they are keeping his hours just below the level at which he would get benefits.

That was one of the problems with the ACA.  I think its still in effect, too.  I never liked any of those "motivational" posters.  I always saw them as reminders that if you can't achieve, you're out.

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It would be very cheap to put her on Windows 7. When I rebuilt my own desktop a few months ago I wanted Windows 7 in a VM. I found many offers for a Windows 7 64 bit Pro disk+license for around $30. It worked fine, although it was "old new stock" so I had to physically call up to get the activation codes.
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I have bought tons of used computers. I haven't bought a new one in 10+ years. Save yourself a boatload of money. I have gotten used Macs and they are basically new.

You did a good thing with the PC.

I would put her on Win7 and blow Win10 away. The constant updates are a nightmare.
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Funny
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