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Discussions - Public / Re: Radio silence
« Last post by JoFrance on July 21, 2018, 03:57:44 pm »
What does that mean?
All Technology & Tech Help / Windows 1803 update
« Last post by unix on July 21, 2018, 05:31:27 am »

I booted into my mirror drive and discovered it's out date - which it should be, I keep a copy a month or two behind my primary install. Now Windows 10 wants to install this 1803 update, what is it?

The icing on the cake is, Windows 10 disabled update frequency control, you no longer have a choice in anything.

e.g. this article does not apply anymore:
Discussions - Public / Radio silence
« Last post by unix on July 19, 2018, 03:45:41 pm »
So I am stuck in the "28 days later" episode.

Apparently a virus hit.


Maybe because there is a penis and testicles might have something to do with it :)
Discussions - Public / Re: Outlook
« Last post by JoFrance on July 15, 2018, 04:59:41 pm »
Outlook without all the government security is great.  You can do a lot with it.  Its good because it works with other MS apps.  I don't care for it because its kludgy, but Outlook on a network gives you the ability to share public folders.  Its a great feature.
Discussions - Public / Re: Outlook
« Last post by unix on July 15, 2018, 10:32:41 am »
Common Access Card. It's a badge you insert and the machine unlocks.
All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Samsung SSDs
« Last post by unix on July 15, 2018, 10:31:15 am »
There is retail cost, street price and Ebay price.

Looked at completed Ebay auctions, I see it goes for around $600. the 2TB model that is and the 1TB goes for around $300. Not a bad deal.  The 4TB retails for $1600 or such and goes for 1000-1000 on Ebay.

I am going to shuffle some SSD later this year, I have another laptop with a dying HDD. Plan to install a 1TB 850 that I use in my primary and upgrade it to the 2TB model.

I don't know that you can quantify the speed difference between various SSD. They are all pretty fast.  Now the speed difference between HDD and SSD is very obvious.

I've noticed that SSD are coming down in price, fast. I got my Samsung 850 a year ago for 270, now it seems to go for less than 200.

HDD is as obsolete as the VHS tape player.


I agree but what special software do you need? That is the magic question.

For me financial applications. Quickbooks (although I dropped the payroll support years ago and I still use QB 2010.) Quicken, which forces you to use a reasonably up to date system.

For others it might be design software like Adobe products, or sound board software. Maybe specific video composer software. Or like you said, software development.

There is stuff around that forces you to be relatively current on Windows.

If you don't use any commercial software you may as well run Linux like I do. I have a Windows 7 VM under Linux that I installed specifically to support QB and Quicken. Windows 7 Pro OEM installation disks and keys are extremely cheap now. I bought mine for $30 from an Ebay seller.

However, I don't ever see getting back into Windows software development. The  platform has become too complicated.

I agree and understand. I would expect those kinds of applications to be picky about the OS version.

I barely use Windows at home - primary my Mac and Kubuntu.

I had Ubuntu till they screwed the pooch by dropping their Unity interface for Gnome. Thanks so much! Congratulations, now you just as bad as Microsoft. So I switched to Kubuntu which is the KDE interface. I hate Gnome, its the most backwards, asinine interface I have ever seen.

Frankly I don't understand what is wrong with these Linux idiots - get together and pick an interface. Standardize on it and be done with it.
All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Samsung SSDs
« Last post by ilconsiglliere on July 15, 2018, 07:10:46 am »
Discussions - Public / Re: Outlook
« Last post by ilconsiglliere on July 15, 2018, 07:05:02 am »
what a piece of garbage. I cannot believe this POS passes for flagship corporate software. It crashes, times out, hangs, in conjunction with the constant network issues here, has to be restarted multiple times per day.

And the  access is CAC driven. and you have to take out the CAC if you step away from the workstation for a nano-second. Then it takes its sweet time to prompt you for the PIN, and why can't it use the PIN your just gave Windows? Every time you reinsert the CAC, you have to re-enter the PIN about 3 times. So it does not adapt well to env such as this one.

and it's slow. And complicated. Just to change the fonts you have to dig deep inside. Nothing is simple, intuitive with it. I've used it for decades and I have to write down how to get things done, because after  a month, it's forgotten. Vital options are scattered through the menus. Once you forget, the menus are not helpful at all in terms of navigating you back to where you should be.
the search function does not work. I don't know if it's the local setting here or what.

It seems like they had people on a mission to overcomplicate things on purpose.

I don't know how they get away with this POS in 2018. In 1993, maybe.

I am not a fan of Outlook. I have always thought it was extremely bloated for what it does. Its freaking email and a calendar, how hard can it be? It has way to many features that 99% of people never use. I would bet they could remove 70% of its functionality and no one would notice.

BTW, what is CAC?
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