* Posts by revdjenk

109 posts • joined 29 Jan 2010


Happy birthday, Windows Vista: Troubled teen hits 15


I bought a new laptop with Vista, when it came out.

In three weeks, I installed and dual booted with Linux.

Six months later, I deleted Windows.

That's how Vista helped me!

'This was bigger than GNOME and bigger than just this case.' GNOME Foundation exec director talks patent trolls and much, much more


Re: I'm just rebuilding my desktop ...

to upgrade to a new version in Mint, I click on one button in the Update Manager, ten minutes later, done.

Let's see what the sweet, kind, new Microsoft that everyone loves is up to. Ah yes, forcing more Office home users into annual subscriptions


I use both, but LibreOffice currently has more capabilities.


Re: Ransomware

Um ... the MSOffice formats ARE propietary! Were you around for the switch from Office 95 to Office 97?

Do you realize now the work that must be done by other software companies to bring the MS formats into their programs?

The Open Document Format (odf) is truly non-propietary.

I've used LibreOffice and its predecessors since 1999.

Rise of the Machines hair-raiser: The day IBM's Dot Matrix turned


Accidentally or on purpose?

Crystal ball gazers declare that Windows 10 has finally overtaken Windows 7


The original title for this article ...

... insinuated that windows 10 had more users because it was "more popular." Aren't there more 10 users because it is a forced choice?

Anyway, my Linux, Android, and Chromebook devices are happily keeping up-to-date, with no "take backs" or delays.

Tech support discovers users who buy the 'sh*ttest PCs known to Man' struggle with basics


Re: It's 2018

The Mrs. and I have been through seven different OS's (she is definitely the trooper!)

Color Computer Color Basic (OS/9 very briefly)


Windows 1.03 (would almost equate this with 10, the basic colors, non-overlapped windows)

GEOS Ensemble

Windows 3.1 - Vista

Linux - various, but primarily PCLinuxOS for 2 years and LinuxMint for 10


Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own


Re: Deinstall Win 10?

My last three devices did not have an optical drive.

Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?


Re: Block IE and Edge

I dual boot LinuxMint and win10 at my office computer. Twice a year, I update windows, in case it gets used, to keep it safe. Just completed that task on Monday. It took from 11am - 6pm! Three reboots!

Once that was done, rebooted into Mint and noticed update available, including kernel update. Took less than 15 minutes, and I kept working! No restarts required!

My PC is broken, said user typing in white on a white background


Re: Entirely unrelated to the above but...

99 year old member of congregation I served last year,James McLaughlin, was lead pilot on the second Schweinfurt raid. He still tears up when telling about that particular flight.

Does my boom look big in this? New universe measurements bewilder boffins


Re: The edge is nothing more than a ripple in the pond

Traveled western US with some friends, one a guy from Sweden. He made us stop every 15-20 minutes driving across Kansas. He would take a picture. We kept asking, "Why are you taking a picture of 'nothing?'" (To us, the expanse of cornfields going off to infinity was nothing.) He just kept mumbling, "They won't believe how huge it is!"

Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10


Questions ...

Weren't all these add-ons like Paint, WMP, Internet Explorer,etc. meant to kill off some competing application and/or to give impression of the completeness of the OS by including it into windows?

Are these features being taken out now to fill out the Windows Store with more applications?

Make Christmas Great Again: $149 24-karat gold* Trump tree ornament


Re: It's posted under Bootnotes

Hob-nail Bootnotes?

Invasion of the virus-addled lightbulbs (and other banana stories)


Re: Third time (un)lucky?

You're a crusty old codger, eh?

Linux malware? That'll never happen. Ok, just this once then


Re: "those who run Redis without requiring a password for connections"

First, if you read the article, you need a poorly secured server running Redis.

Second, from Redis' own site:

"Redis is an open source (BSD licensed), in-memory data structure store, used as database, cache and message broker."

So, it isn't Linux!

Very peed off: Ohio urologists stay zipped after embarrassing leak


Feeling flushed

I don't know about you, but I'm relieved...

No need to panic, says SwiftKey, as email addresses, phone numbers appear on strangers' screens


Re: Funny...

Good thing I uninstalled Swiftkey as soon as the sale to MS was announced!

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



Malachi 3:10 NRSV

...says the LORD of hosts... I will not open...windows...for you...

Microsoft joins battery-saving browser bandwagon with Edge claims


Re: A world first!

"The same effect is true on Windows, Linux and Mac."

Yes, Chrome is running hot and heavy on my laptop running LinuxMint (which had win8 installed for about 10 minutes). However, there is no way to test Edge. So, until MS makes it available for more than one OS, we will never know if this test is because of internal code benefit. (MS has been known to do this! http://www.ecis.eu/documents/Finalversion_Consumerchoicepaper.pdf)

Apple man found dead at Cupertino HQ, gun discovered nearby


Re: hmmm

The gun is "just" a tool, I get it. It just happens to be the most efficient, most deadly "tool" when it is used. Also more distance from the victim aids its "usefulness."

This is why there should be more restrictions on their acquisition.

How Remix's Android will eat the world


Re: VirtualBox?

I can't help you on virtualbox, except point to a youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1t5kECk_U_Q

I'm running Remix on Linux Mint (following simple directions here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/remix/remix-os/remix-os-installation-rooting-t3293769).

My problem isn't getting it to run, but actually using it. It is familiar enough, but just enough different, that some actions seem exasperating.

Don't get me wrong! Remix is extraordinary in getting Android working in multiple, resizable windows. I was having trouble scrolling within the windows, getting app screen icons to open the app, having my gmail account suddenly being no longer associated with Remix after 20 minutes of operation.

Barbie-brained Mattel exec phell for phishing, sent $3m to China


Process ... Schmocess

"self-important individuals... decide the processes and policies don't apply to them and do their own thing".

I know a few American Presidential candidates who fit that mold!

Microsoft adds 'non-security updates' to security patches


Re: Tempest in a Teapot

...Und Macheath, der hat ein Messer...

Confirmed: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs – your essential guide


I haven't been bothered ...

... but then my lone win machine is not connected to the internet!

Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 years (and you're officially old)


Re: Ahhh Windows 3.11 for Workgroups...

The 1.03 version I began using had 5 5.25" disks.

Microsoft to Linux users: Explain yourself


Re: Microsoft are a large company


"Look at the work they did allowing the SAMBA devs access to all the SMB/CIFS documentation even while Ballmer was still in charge."

December 20th 2007. Today the Protocol Freedom Information Foundation (PFIF), a non-profit organization created by the Software Freedom Law Center, signed an agreement with Microsoft to receive the protocol documentation needed to fully interoperate with the Microsoft Windows workgroup server products and to make them available to Free Software projects such as Samba.

Microsoft was required to make this information available to competitors as part of the European Commission March 24th 2004 Decision in the antitrust lawsuit, after losing their appeal against that decision on September 17th 2007.


That's why they "allowed" access to the documentation!

Long, sticky summer ahead: Win 10 will be with OEMs by 31 August


RE: Eek!

16GB is the hard drive space required

'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross


Re: I'm a big fan of WPS Office

But it still keeps you in the MS proprietary cage, with fewer additional formats available to open, edit or save.


Re: I like MS Word...

So what you are saying is: LibreOffice can accept any and all track changes, no matter the source, and Word can only deal acceptably with the ones from Word.

One, that isn't surprising.

Two, it is time to tell the publishers to work with the better tool.

Some Androids can be HOSED by WiFi Direct vuln


@Jeff Lewis

Again, as the OP said, one has to be searching for wifi devices, and someone else on that network has that brief moment to inject themselves into the other phone. And the damage? Reboot!

Microsoft has "rebooted" many relationships with partners and written out third-party vendors by adding their own apps and extensions. They spent much time and resources on giving their own programs the inside track, and slowed or restricted others from these same connections.

They did all this instead of writing in better security, interoperability and using established standards.

DAMN YOU! Microsoft blasts Google over zero-day blabgasm


Re: What's Google afraid of?

I ran win8 long enough on my machine to get to a setting on the "charms" bar to make a change so I could install Linux.

To get to that point, I had to accept the EULA, even though I never intended to use win8.

See the problem there?

[Oh, and I am one of many who don't have to struggle with Patch Tuesdays. Mine are delivered when necessary and needed, and I apply them, and continue on with my productivity.]

Microsoft says to expect AWESOME things of Windows 10 in January


Re: High school adjectives for business solutions

" I'd say 50 bucks or less is a reasonable price for Windows 10."

And some scuttlebutt is that win10 will begin a new subscription payment plan...

So is that more like $50 a year?

'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux


Re: one thing ...

...or flames when you close them!


If you are at a wide desk, and stay there with your machine, multiple monitors can be a sweet setup...

...however, on a laptop/tablet having multiple desktops with each dedicated to a selected job/theme can be a wonderful way to work.

Goog says patch⁵⁰ your Chrome


Re: "lokihardt@asrt the rare "


Running Linux, so MS keeps me from IE and its own set of problems, like NSA backdoors, etc..

Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game



...I use Linux, I still won't / can't run whatever they call it!

Dead letter office: ancient smallpox sample turns up in old US lab


I wonder...

...how the anti-vaccination people would react if smallpox got around again?

Swiftkey: We just want to be free - Apple didn't bump us


Re: Hate predictions

If you are trying to use flow/swipe on a BIG virtual keyboard, you are doing it wrong. Swiftkey offers smaller, undocked keyboards. The Swiftkey keyboard I use on my 9" Android tablet is merely 3cm x 5cm, and is extremely fast to use with flow.

Driver drama delays deep desert XP upgrade



...these comments of windows driver problems DOES remind me of Linux in the '90's... just not NOW!

Microsoft issues less-than-helpful tips to XP holdouts


Re: It depends on the distro...

"No, the biggest problem with Linux is that installing programs."

If you insist on installing programs as you were taught in Windowsland, then yes, you will have difficulty.

If you have any familiarity with iOS or Android, you know how to install programs in Linux, as Linux was doing it that way longer.

Many Linux distros have a software manager, the name may be different for each distro, which acts like a store. You search by category,name or keyword for an application you wish to install.

You click to install, the manager adds any necessary library packages, and installs them.

You can do multiple installs at the same time, and no re-boots needed.

Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge


So...when MS had the chance to do things differently on different hardware, when they released their first tablet in 2002, they absolutely missed it. The motion for opening menu and clicking on sub-menus, as you so succinctly shared, was brought over from the desktop...

...and we saw how great that worked!

The UNTOLD SUCCESS of Microsoft: Yes, it's Windows 7


Re: What the hell did they expect?

"... there's a good chance those Win8 boxes were purchased but immediately wiped clean and had a fresh install of Win7 in its place."

Mine had a fresh new Linux Mint install, instead. I have been free from MS's we-know-what's-best-for-you since 2006.

What lies beneath Microsoft's Cloud OS?


Re: Cloud OS

Sorry about the name, my lovely wife is a Potts, out of habit, I guess.

Mind you, I am not an IT specialist, barely a network user. Just seemed like what you were describing was MS combining the work of the "os" and the local machine along with the server, as you said:

"This is an operating system that gives you a single point of management and a single layer of APIs, storage interface and what-have-you stretching from your server closet to the local service provider to Microsoft's Azure data centres around the world."

To me, in a way, like Chrome OS allows doing everything in one browser layer. That was my comparison.

You can ease your mind...its just the way mine works...


Cloud OS

Isn't this as if a Microsoft took the "Chrome OS" idea, moved if off the local machine and would run it instead on Microsoft servers naming it Cloud OS?

That's how it sounded to me. Mr. Potts, what am I misunderstanding?

That toolbar you downloaded is malware? Tough, read the EULA


Why is it...?

...that Linux specific problems (like the wifi router fail) have that OS' name prominent, but this one does not have Windows or Microsoft attached to it at all?


DEATH-PROOF your old XP netbook: 5 OSes to bring it back to life


Re: Rather strange

Linux is not a security hazard compared to windows, no matter what the age, as long as the updates are available and current.

The sharing of files and file types is easier through Linux, because Linux was built on the Internet, using standards and knowing it needed to share to be usable. Either use the older MSOffice formats or pdf to share to most other OS'.

With Linux being used more and more in the scientific, server, military, 96% of the top 500 supercomputers, and of course on the majority of mobile systems, it is the OS to know going into the future.

'Burning platform' Elop: I'd SLASH and BURN stuff at Microsoft, TOO


Re: I can't see Elop being the right man for the job

Elop, instead of taking Nokia onto more of the mobile stage by using as many of the available OSes as possible, ditched all and chose one, WP. Some say it is too early to judge the outcome, but it appears to have been so-so, at best.

So now, he would heave Office onto each and every OS available?

He is not being consistent.

Unless, it is to be consistently MS focused, and the tech is already re-calibrating its view of that dinosaur.

Internet Explorer 11 BREAKS Google, Outlook Web Access


Lightzone - lightroom replacement - free and open source

LightZone is a free, open source digital photo editor software application. It was originally developed as commercial software by the now-defunct Light Crafts. Its main purpose is to handle the workflow when handling images in various RAW formats. It is comparable to Adobe Systems's Photoshop Lightroom. (from widipedia)

Available for linux, osx and windows.

Why Teflon Ballmer had to go: He couldn't shift crud from Windows 8, Surface


win for me?

win for me?

Have an older friend (70+) who returned a new win8 laptop less than a week after purchase (coming from XP), came back from the store with a laptop with win7 installed.

Now, a month later, having problems with and doesn't like the new MSOffice (ribbon interface). Helped go through an install of LibreOffice today. "This is better than the Office I paid for! I like it."

Now, maybe she'll take a look at Linux... as her win7 is also bogging down.

... which would make a lie of two more "strengths" of Ballmer's



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