* Posts by BobChip

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Microsoft doc formats are the bane of office suites on Linux, SoftMaker's Office 2021 beta may have a solution

BobChip
Linux

Having had to prepare many documents - fortunately in english language only - that would format properly and print out legibly in almost every country on earth (see weird Japanese paper sizes, for example, and note that the US rarely uses A4), I have reverted to creating documents in Libreoffice and exporting as PDF. This seems to perfectly in the great majority of cases. Else use Latex or a Pagemaker clone. You will hear quick enough if it comes out junk at the receivng end. Jump on a plane and take a paper copy with you if it is that important - and your boss will wear the cost....

Are you getting it? Yes, armageddon it: Mass hysteria takes hold as the Windows 7 axe falls

BobChip
Linux

Re: one would think

The boundaries probably will blur, but having made the switch to Linux years ago I will stick with it. I will never go back to anything made by / associated with $MS. Think of it as a cultural preference. OH - and a fondness for stuff that actually works, as if functionality actually mattered when I am trying to do productive WORK.

Breaking, literally: Microsoft's fix for CPU-hogging Windows bug wrecks desktop search

BobChip
Linux

Re: Hmmmm..GIVING UP

Have you never noticed how easy it is to make pain and irritation go away by simply ceasing the activity which is causing them. Tis is exactly what I found about eight years ago when I -GAVE UP_on MS WINDOWS and migrated to a totally Linux environment. YES, I did have some early MINOR Issues, easily redolved by seeking help from the highly supportive LINUX COMMUNITY. I am now a very happy bunny, doing CAD work, and corresponding frrely with colleagues. (Libre office)

NEVER AGAIN WILL I EVER PAY THE MICROSOFT TAX FOR THE " PRIVILEDGE OF RUNNING (OR TRYING TO RUN...)"SECOND RATE SOFTWARE

Call Windows 10 anything you like – Microsoft seems to

BobChip
WTF?

LibreOffice

Great to know that LO can recover old MS Office documents (I have also found this useful), but why on earth save them back into MS format when you already have LO?

BobChip
Linux

Re: Separate partitions for data?

No. Not on the machines I build. One HDD for the (usually Linux) OS and software, and a second, separate HDD for user data. In case the system HDD crashes.

If you are really nervous about data security, you can even leave the data drive unmounted except when you actually want to save fresh data to it. But never forget to backup, backup, backup.....

BobChip
Coat

A lucky 10 %

As of last week, a lucky 10 per cent .......

Lucky? Are we sure about that?

BT adopts Ubuntu OpenStack as core brains for its 5G, fibre-to-the-premises rollout

BobChip
Coat

Ubuntu

So, regardless of what we are always being told, Linux must be on somebody's desktop .....

Microsoft middlemen rebel against removal of free software licences

BobChip
Linux

Re: Still miss my TechNet...

"Guess I'll be running more Linux in the future too."

We mostly all started where you are now. Welcome to the club. We're large and friendly. And free.

'Evolution of the PC ecosystem'? Microsoft's 'modern' OS reminds us of the Windows RT days

BobChip
Linux

Seamless updates with no interuptions?

Seamless updates with no interuptions? That'll be Linux then.

Let adware be treated as malware, Canuck boffins declare after breaking open Wajam ad injector

BobChip
Devil

Block the lot!

Block ANYTHING and EVERYTHING you do not actively want on your system. Aggressively. By all means at your disposal. Even "harmless" adware still steals bandwidth I have paid for, and for which I have much better uses.

Banhammer Republic: Trump declares national emergency, starts ball rolling to boot Huawei out of ALL US networks

BobChip
Coat

Re: "Unacceptable risk", eh? - let me guess

Note that exactly the same argument could (should?) be used to stop UK Inc buying US made systems. Question is, who do you trust more? China or US? And why.

Answers to El Reg please, on no more than 50 sheets of A4 .....

Be wary, traveller: There is no going back if you step over the Windows 10 20H1 threshold

BobChip
Linux

Be wary? Don't do it then.

Sounds like a recipe for a permanently screwed up machine. Unless your principal pleasure in life is playing catch up and trying to sort out where M$ got it wrong. And of course, you don't actually need the machine to do any work.

As another comment on this article says, "I hear Linux is good." Yes. It is. Very good.

They're BAAACK: Windows 10 nagware team loads trebuchet with annoying reminders to GTFO Windows 7

BobChip
Linux

Re: Solving the Windows Issues - and preaching to the converted

You are far from alone. All our desktops and laptops are now on Linux Mint, and both kids university laptops are Chromebooks (AKA Linux).

Did I mention that none of these systems ever nag you? About anything? Or that they update silently and in minutes, not hours?

Linux is the only upgrade you will ever need.

Take your pick: Linux on Windows 10 hardware, or Windows 10 on Linux hardware

BobChip
Linux

Year of the Linux desktop?

For me, this IS the year of the Linux desktop, just as it has been for the last eight years or so. It does all I need and more with Mint 18.3 and FOSS software. CAD, graphics, documents, spreadsheets, photo editing etc..

Yes, I enjoy a tinker as much as anyone, and I could easily run Windows inside my Linux system.

But why on earth would I ever want to???

Home users due for a battering with Microsoft 365 subscription stick

BobChip
Linux

Re: Never guessed...

I did guess. Saw this coming a long time ago and migrated to Linux. Home built PC(s), Mint 18.3, Libre Office, FreeCad, Gimp and Inkscape do all I need. VirtualBox for an old copy of Win 7 if I need it, though a quick look at the log says I have not fired it up for almost a year.

I don't pay the Microsoft tax now, and have no intention of ever doing so in the future.

Happy bunny.

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

BobChip
Coat

Re: And who got fired for taking all the wrong decisions?

Windows 11 will be based on 7 UI?. Nah. Linux, obviously.

Incoming! Microsoft unleashes more fixes for Windows 10 October 2018 Update

BobChip
Holmes

Incoming....

Incoming. Take cover! Enemy missile approaching. WILL do serious damage on impact.

Yeah. Seems about right..

Question: How fast is the Windows 10 October 2018 Update rolling out? Answer: Not very

BobChip
Facepalm

Once bitten....

No surprises here then.... But probably not too much new wisdom either.

Microsoft slips ads into Windows 10 Mail client – then U-turns so hard, it warps fabric of reality

BobChip
Happy

Re: You paid

I pay good money to build my own (desktops). Second HD for data, so no cloud for me. Load up Linux. Adblock, Ghostery, Ublock deal with ads and tracking etc. Fast, stable, rock solid and great for WORK.

Happy bunny

My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day

BobChip
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Keeping old kit? - YES if it still does it's job.

OK, I am guilty of almost every behaviour identified in previous posts, and possibly some quirky ones of my own. But I will make a case for keeping SOME old kit. For example, I have an old Minolta 35 mm film scanner, for which Windows support was dropped around Vista time. However, it is recognised by Mint 18 and still works perfectly well. It is probably far better built than most modern equivalents costing £00s to £000s. Why throw out anything that still works? Linux OS seems to have a remarkable ability to breathe new life into (some) old kit.

OK, so I am Scottish and traditionally tight fisted, but it is my money.

The nights are drawing in. Pour a cup of cocoa and join us for Windows 10 Autumnwatch

BobChip
Linux

Re: sudo

Quite so. No basic system update has ever, in six years of continuous use, borked my system. or taken more than a few minutes to complete.

Suits me very well, thank you.

Icon, because you already knew without being asked.

BobChip
FAIL

Windowswatching?

Don't think I will bother. Past performance is more than sufficient to predict what watchers will see. I'll rely on El Reg to let me know if anything spectacular happens - like it actually working, for example

Unsure why you can't log into Office 365? So is Microsoft

BobChip
Happy

Re: "You (won't)need the Internet for this"

Correction - I have LibreOffice, so I don't need – or want – MS Office. At all. Simples.

Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait

BobChip
FAIL

Win 10 broken beyond repair?

An IT salesperson asked me this week how I could possibly prefer Linux to Microsoft. I asked him if he had ever tried, or even looked at Linux, to which the answer was unsurprisingly, an emphatic NO! Why on earth should I? (Wrong religion, I guess)

It does not seem to matter how terminally broken Win 10 is, like a car with a written off engine, unthinking fans will continue to sing its praises. Even though it is not going anywhere. Corporate users, who cough up for MS's profits, are bound to see things differently.

Zip it! 3 more reasons to be glad you didn't jump on Windows 10 1809

BobChip
FAIL

iFixit score of 1

Note that the latest MS fondleslab gets an iFixit score of just 1 for maintainability and repairability. Looks like the OS should get the same score as well. Or possibly less. Consistency seems to be the key here.

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

BobChip
Linux

Deinstall Win 10?

Microsoft has announced that its customers will finally be able to remove more of the cruft that arrives with a Windows 10 installation. In 2019.

I'd rather be able to remove the entire OS - i.e. all of the cruft.

Or, preferably, not have to install any of it in the first place.

In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream

BobChip
Linux

Re: Yes I understand Microsoft's problem ...

Microsoft have always been legendary for their ability to get it wrong, but someone has raised the bar dramatically this time. And still, they have cleared it with ease.

Contrast Linux. I have been a user for more than six years now, and have NEVER had an update bork the system. (I have done it myself, by buggering about in ignorance, but that's my fault.) Not only will it run on a wider selection of hardware, but it will also support a large number of older peripherals (printers, scanners) which still work perfectly well, but have long been abandoned by Windows.

The hobbyist system? Windows, obviously, because you can spend endless hours trying to get it to work. Trouble is, I thought you were supposed to enjoy your hobby.......

Windows 10 1809: Now arriving on a desktop near you (if you want it)

BobChip
Linux

Re: Hmmmm - updates

(work PC updated overnight) - and found the process markedly faster than the April 2018 Update – less than an hour from start to finish.

One (more) reason why I use Linux.

WLinux brings a custom Windows Subsystem for Linux experience to the Microsoft Store

BobChip
Big Brother

Re: The Other Way Round

Quite so. I started using Linux seriously about six years ago, dual booting with Windows at first. I then found, after a couple of months, that I was preferentially booting into Linux almost all the time. I now run a Linux host with Win 7 in VirtualBox, which I sometimes use to open and convert old Corel Draw files.

But run Linux under a Win host? What on earth for? "You cannot be serious!"

Icon because Big Brother is NOT watching me.

Office 2019 lumbers to the stage once more as Microsoft promises future releases

BobChip
FAIL

Re: Classified and commercially sensitive documents?

Can users be sure that copies of their documents are only stored in accordance with their organisation's security policy or their country's national security legislation?

NO

That simple.

Yada yada, take my money: Firms do not scrutinise software support spend – report

BobChip
Coat

Contract renewal

What about some sort of "Compare the Market" for IT contract renewal? Not sure how this could be made to work in practice, but it could put the wind up some of the major suppliers .......

Just a thought

Microsoft tells volume customers they can stay on Windows 7... for a bit longer... for a fee

BobChip
Linux

Re: Microsoft is giving people some extra time...

Yes, people are now switching to Linux, but still in relatively small numbers. It is only AFTER you have made the switch, AND you have become comfortable with the new system, that you begin to appreciate just how very much better than MS Windows (Win 10 in particular, but that's not difficult) it really is. I have NEVER had a BSOD, or an update bork my system, in 6 years of daily use. I love the support it provides for my legacy film scanner. Updates are not forced on me, and take from a few seconds to two or three minutes, silently, in the background, with no need for repeated reboots etc. etc. etc. Modern printers and scanners are easily supported, and the major manufacturers all provide Linux drivers these days.

Linux may become dominant in time, but only after a large enough body of day to day users has become established for the word to spread. And M$ have lost their stranglehold on the supply chain, where they continue to push out a seriously unsatisfactory OS on new hardware that, more often than not, customers really do not need. Sad.

Microsoft gives Windows 10 a name, throws folks a bone

BobChip
Happy

Word Perfect 5.1

Remember the "Reveal Codes" feature? This allowed you to see exactly which text and formatting codes - features - were in use at any point in a document, and to edit or delete them if you wanted to. Never seen anything half as useful in any "modern" word processor. Dug me out of some horrible formatting holes in tables and forms, that did. I really miss it. WP 5.1 was pretty damn good really, even by today's standards. (I still have a copy, on 5 floppies....)

It may be poor man's Photoshop, but GIMP casts a Long Shadow with latest update

BobChip
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The best software .......

The best software in the world is the software you know best.

Any truly capable software will be complex and will take time to learn. And it will be different. As Ragarath says, make the effort to learn it before commenting or complaining.

Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs

BobChip
Linux

Re: Why so traumatic? Since you ask

The system I am typing this on is a somewhat elderly - 4 years ish? - home build put together as follows :-

Gigabyte motherboard

Intel i5-2500 @ 3.3 Ghz quad core chip

Nvidia GTX 550 Ti graphics card

1Tb Western Digital system disc (Spinning tin - have not gone SSD yet)

2Tb W.D. data hard drive (manual switch, not powered up on boot unless I think I will need to access it)

24 Gb RAM (I use CAD and play about with virtual machines)

all running Mint 18.3 Cinnamon 64 bit V3.6.7 on 4.15.0-29 generic kernel

In other words, absolutely nothing special at all. Hope this helps.

BobChip
Linux

Why so traumatic?

I cant help but wonder why MS updates always seem to cause so much grief. Linux (now on Mint 18) updates happen quickly and silently in the background, and so far - I have been a user for the last 6 years - have never borked anything.

Suggestions?

Microsoft says Windows 10 April update is fit for business rollout

BobChip
Linux

Re: good news

There are already several very good replacements for Win (any number you like) freely available out there ........

It's getting more and more Azure'd: For Microsoft, sorry seems to be the hardest word

BobChip
Linux

Boy am I glad..

that I don't use anything made by Microsoft any more. Stability and reliability are much more to my taste.

Which? calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes

BobChip
WTF?

MS abandoning Windows??

The only thing that will make MS sit up and take notice of it's (Windows) customers is that they start losing them. Losing money will do it.

That said, since they seem determined to move to being a "cloud and services" business, and have suddenly decided to "love" open source and Linux, could it just be that they have simply lost interest in Windows - not making enough money - and are preparing to abandon it?

Interesting times.

MPs slam UK.gov's 'unacceptable' hoarding of custody images

BobChip
FAIL

Garbage in......

OK. Let's fill it with the entire UK population, all presumed guilty in the first place, on the basis that all of us will commit some sort of offence sooner or later....... Stuffing a database full of false data only makes it harder to search for the good stuff. If you do not know whether any bit of data is true or false, can you really call it a "database" in the first place?

Scrap the ruddy thing.

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana

BobChip
Linux

Re: GIMP is pretty good

Note that it also runs on Windows as well (if you must stick with MS). And it is FREE, as well as being powerful.

More ad-versarial tech: Mozilla to pop limited ad blocker into Firefox

BobChip
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Adblocking is stealing

Adblocking is NOT stealing. Unsolicited advertising hogging my bandwidth IS. The adslingers are soaking up bandwidth I have paid for, without my consent, meaning that I cannot use it for the purposes for which I paid for it. Taking someone else's goods without their consent satisfies every definition of theft that I have ever seen.

Brit military boffins buy airtime on HD eye-in-the-sky video satellite

BobChip
Unhappy

State of the art

Nice to know we can make this stuff -- but not quite so nice to know that we have to rely on someone else to launch it...

US Supremes take a look at Microsoft's Irish email slurp battle, and yeah, not a great start

BobChip
Unhappy

This is NOT "A minor quibble"

There are fundamental issues of data security and privacy here. If the Court finds against Microsoft - and it looks very likely that they will - the US government will feel free to trawl through any data they like, provided that :-

a) It is "owned" by Microsoft, for which read produced or transmitted using any MS licensed product, or has passed through MS's hands from other sources, and / or,

b) Is held on any cloud service operated by any US provider, and / or,

c) Is "secured" by any cryptographic method provided by a US company.

I admit I'm not a fan of Microsoft, but no company should be held to ransom in this way. How on earth can they be expected to sell SAAS and claim to provide customer privacy and security under these circumstances? I think I'd be selling my MS shares pretty smartly.

Oi, drag this creaking, 217-year-old UK census into the data-driven age

BobChip
Stop

Re: It's a fundamentally bad idea to use administrative data

Absolutely! Scraping existing data = "garbage in, garbage out". A reality check requires real data.

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

BobChip
Linux

Re: What I did, actually

Step 1 is to give MS the finger. The rest follows automatically.

Get that finger in the air!

Corpse! of! Yahoo! drags! emails! of! the! dead! case! to! US! Supreme! Court!

BobChip
Unhappy

Another (sceptical) dinosaur

I also download to my local device, and then back up to an external HD. This is unreadable until it is powered up. My family know where it is, and how to read it if necessary. Then I delete everything on the provider's server. Nothing is stored in the cloudscape, ever. Job done!

EXCEPT THAT..... What do I actually know about what happens when I delete emails on the server? Deleting files on most systems merely deletes the address, not the data. And that is easily enough recovered. And what about backups? I'd like to think (hope?) that my provider backs up my data until I tell it to stop doing so, but how thorough is that deletion process?

What with software revisions, corporate takeovers and defunct companies, there are probably hundreds of copies of all my old emails lying around somewhere. Somewhere........

No Windows 10, no Office 2019, says Microsoft

BobChip
WTF?

Suicidal business plan?

It is beyond comprehension why MS seem to be determined to drive away as many of their long term customers as possible. Suicidal? Thoughts?

Upset Equation Editor was killed off? Now you can tell Microsoft to go forth and multiply: App back from the dead

BobChip
Happy

Re: LibreOffice Writer or Math

The Libre Office Math utility works fine for me, and I don't have any problem reworking or modifying old documents, including some stuff done on MS Office, long before I switched to Libre Office.

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