* Posts by revdjenk

118 publicly visible posts • joined 29 Jan 2010


Open source versus Microsoft: The new rebellion begins


Re: I predict.......

With LibreOffice I can open msword docs going back into the late 90's. (I started using Star Office in 1999, BTW) Most of the default LIbreOffice fonts are matched to the character spacings/kerning/etc. to the ms ones, so that is rarely an issue. One can also install ms fonts to assist, when needed.

Microsoft's vision for the future of work is you trusting Redmond to get AI right


MS can't even protect their own security staff's email ... and we should trust them to AI in our business decisions?

Microsoft 365's add-on avalanche is putting the squeeze on customers


Re: this particular scenario is called "lying"

I was under the impression that "Doing a Donald" involved a streak in your tighty whiteys?

WINE 9.0 improves ability to run 32-bit Windows apps on 64-bit-only xNix


Re: What windows version does it report as

Ages ago, when I tried this, the stumbling block was the tax software's dependency on MS' browser.

I sent emails to the specific program I wanted to use, reminding them that they used Linux on their servers. Since I knew they were aware of Linux, I was hoping they'd develop future programs for it.

I just gave up, and switched to OLT, On-Line Tax (olt.com) and have been quite happy.

AMD scours parts bin for old CPUs, GPUs to put in Chromebooks


Old or New?

Since you can run Android apps, Linux apps, and with WINE you could even use some Windows apps, having a better and newer CPU/GPU would be advantageous.

BOFH takes a visit to retro computing land


Extras ...

Went to a computer shop close-out sale with a friend who was looking for a certain old model computer. He found it ... but the proprietor said to get this great low price, we had to take 10 CRT monitors along with it. For my friend, the price, it was a deal even with the need to dispose of the monitors later.

I took them off his hands, however.

I lined our back deck railing with the monitors ... you see, my wife had been begging for a screened in porch!

Ford seeks patent for cars that ditch you if payments missed


Have you been Hertz?

I've seen many articles about people who have viable rental vehicle agreements lose the vehicle when it was taken back by a major rental car company. This has happened even to people who have bought former rental vehicles ... just one day, gone, and the rental agency claims proper actions and/or ownership!

Now, I've worked for a major credit union in the department that dealt with past due accounts, and have done repossessions myself. While it didn't happen to me, I had associates who had guns pointed at them for attempting to repossess vehicles. So I see the potential life preserving nature of this Ford capability, as well as its ease in recovery of a loan agencies property

However, I also know that communication between loan and credit departments is not always smooth and accurate, much less between a loan agency and the automaker itself!

Dear Stupid, I write with news I did not check the content of the [Name] field before sending this letter


Re: This would be the flip side...

We had a dentist who actually had receptionist put PIA on patient folders, to remind him of the posterior pain they produced. He had a ready scientific-sounding phrase if that patient happened to see the acronym on their folder!

This can’t be a real bomb threat: You've called a modem, not a phone


Re: Work bomb scare

You do know why they usually puts fences around cemeteries?

Because people are dying to get in.

Yes, see myself out...

Hey, GitHub, can you create an array compare function without breaking the GPL?


Re: Hey, Github!

Ahoy! Ahoy!

[tribute to Alexander Graham Bell]

You can never have too many backups. Also, you can never have too many backups



Worked for a large retail chain which had tape backup for its system.

It was the task of every closing shift to copy the day's business to tape, remove the tape and store it, and replace it with a new tape.

That was fine, until it was noticed that the last backup tape had no data on it! whoops

Lot's of busy keystrokes the following day!

Oh Deere: Farm hardware jailbroken to run Doom


Re: Remote hacks

... or into the next country ...

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.