Re: "and in a few short years we were liberated."
(Teams on Linux is woeful)
Its woeful on Windows too. Absolute machine killer
113 posts • joined 24 Jul 2015
Had a problem with an old printer. Each time we went to print it had pretty much dried out - new cartridges or ink. 3rd party cartidges were really hit and miss, refilling original cartidges were also the same and often resulted in a new cartridge or set.
When our son was doing his GCSE's and A levels it was getting ridiculous in costs as while we may not have so many dry out, the rate he could use them was mad.
I went out and bought a colour laser instead. Only last year (year 4) did I need to replace the cartidges it came with and not too bad for all inks. Reckon I have another 5/6 years before the cartidges need replacing again
Had this during training once. All the machines had been left from the previous class and only a few bits were "reset". During the training I had something fail and would consistently fail. Most of the class left and there was the trainer, myself and one other person left. It took us around 2 hours to find and fix the problem, but it did reoccur a few times over the next few years with that app.
Without that course I would never have known
The trainer said he preferred to leave the machines this way instead of reimaging as a freshly imaged machine would not have these problems.....
see that with my son and his friends.
Most passed their tests, but only 2 now have cars and those 2 do some mileage up and down the country. The others who all remain local just "uber" everywhere.
By the time the youngsters have their insurance and running costs, uber maybe cheaper for them in the long run - especially if they had to buy their car and not got it as an 18th birthday present
You're lucky, they decided my uncles TV (2 years old) is not suitable and removed iplayer. My own tv which is the same range has the same problem. ITV Hub has gone as wellas well. He rang earlier to say he has lost Netflix
I can get BBC via the tivo but for him we have had to get him a Roku and need to install it this weekend
I was in a situation a number of years ago when an engineer an upgrade which resulted in lots of problems. Took a little while to full resolve, but we did. A good few months later and the same system needed another upgrade and the same engineer was assigned - but I was too - I prefer 1 late night than a week of them.
During this work it was clear that the first device to upgrade shuold be really be done on its own due to the nature of the changes it was doing. The engineer then went to the second device and was about to start the upgrade there. I stopped him and said "is this what happened last time ?" I pointed out that the first device should really finish and then we an upgrade the others at the same time as the backend upgrade had finished.
So, no, some do not learn from their mistakes and won't be more careful
Have a dock. At home I have a Lenovo docking station attached to two monitors, so I can drive both and the internal screen. Likewise the clients laptop are invariable not lenovo or newer models and so I have them connecting to a higher end Lenovo USB-C dock that provides power and dual screen.
The current clients laptop has to me, a naff keyboard and trackpad, whereas I like the lenovo keyboard and I am a trackpoint fan.
If I do have to make my way into a coffee shop or a client site, I work on the basis there is no decent keyboard or second screen so I have a logitech setup on a universal usb adaptor and a USB screen that works on all devices I have tried - also great if I am not able to get into the home office for whatever reason and need to decamp to the kitchen
A long time ago my employer had a lot of T40's and while I like Lenovo (or IBM at the time), I did not want to pay the same price. I got a R40 which was the same spec but a little thicker. In everyday use it was fine, but I did have a number of different PSU's around from the various T/X series from work. I plugged the R40 into one of the smaller ones and it made an odd noise. It got worse over a period of time and it was the charging circuit. While a T or X would work with the larger or smaller and just charged the battery at a different rate, the R series took offenc - new MB.
Shortly after I visited a friend to do an installation and I had my laptop open on the desk and she noticed it was getting low on power. I was under the desk and then heard that same distinctive noise. I asked from under the desk "did you just plug my laptop in ?", She replied "Yes" so I said "Oh great, you have just blown my laptop up"
Since then I would prefer to buy a refurb'd T or X - and they are generally rock solid
Going the same way as laptops. In the older days you wanted an upgrade as processors were changing at such pace, could take more RAM, better screens and improved battery life, but now, the incentive is not there. A newer processor is great, but in real day use how much more beneficiail is that or the extra battery life ? certainly these are useful for some users, not everyone.
I have an S9+ and would upgrade, but I am doing nothing with it that warrants that and the only thing that makes me ponder is a better camera, but until we can actually get out and about again what is the point ?
Also now disappointed that the latest samsung has no microsd so that is another consideration (all my music is on a microsd card with a local player)
No as one of my cards was suspended via this and I was out shopping. I could at least purchase what I needed. I rang the bank to ask why my recent card was not working and they told me that they had stopped it and a new card was on its way. I said that I was not aware blah blah blah and could they reactivate ? They said that once it is deactivated it is dead and no way to reactivate. New card *has* to be issued
Just checked wtih my misses who works for a bank and she concurs
Its been a little flakey over the last couple of weeks with no service status messages and the helpdesk saying it is all fine. One script reader even offered me wireless extenders even though I said I am wired. hey ho
I did a 30-30-30 reset on my hub which has reset me back to normal speeds, but I have had to do this twice in a year which is odd.
Problem with moving for me is that because Virgin have cabled the area, BT are leaving just the old copper in and the speeds are worse, far worse as my SiL and family will testify (they have BT due to her husbands work) Means we are kind of tied in if we want fast broadband
Wonder if it would work on an existing vbox installation ?
Stopping apps from running from %appdata% maybe useful in this respect, though that on its own is a nightmare (being the family IT guy and trying to convince them all not to be admins and then stopping crap apps from installing and running from %appdata% anyway - even MS kills me on this and a non domain does not make this easy to work)
OK, so the company is dead and Logitech killed off the range after the buyout, but those of us who have these can sitll use them as the server software is available.
works with spotify (alas, not prime) and if your music is all local they are fantastic.
The DAC's were good or connect via coax/optical to a decent amp and off you go
Still glad I never jumped ship
Just look at the UK motorcycle business - its the same. Let the Japanese look at the small monkey bikes and scooters as it was not profitable all those moons ago and look atwhat happened when the punters switched on and realised the Japanese bikes were better, more reliable and cheaper.
Makes me wonder what happens with the gig ecomonmy too.
Uber drviers - clealy doing the same job as other "drivers"
Agency nurses - cleany doing the same jobs as permenant nurses
Cover teachers - just another teacher
Nurses worry me more. We have lost a lot through brexit already, so those who are agency nurses will take a pay cut of just leave and do something else
Same with teachers, schools have x teachers and for whatever reason they need cover. Potentially removing more teachers where we need more
User, while you may or may not use them, they will fall under this affecting the Generation Z from eating and Generation X from travelling around
When I used to do desktop support we had many a drink end up in a keyboard and mouse. After getting to the its a Tea/Coffee the first question was "did you have sugar" which always threw the user. If thney did we directed them to take the KB to the sink and flow a lot of water through it. If there was no sugar we were a little more relaxed as the sugar is what caused the sticky damage. (soft drinks and hot chocolate were also sink runs)
Going back way before that I did have a user who wanted a "smaller" mouse. When I asked why and went to his desk he promptly showed me the mouse going over the mouse mat and diaganonally corner to corner, but the pointer on the screen not doing quite the same. His thoughts were a smaller mouse would make the journey
My misses can use the computers and ipad at her place all day long - as they are only exposed to corporate apps and there are no issues
Problem comes at home when it is just vanilla windows (not even going to head her to the unix devices)
The internet is "google", explorer meant IE and windows explorer
As she had an old imaging app with an old camera, it is no longer called "pictures", but "kodak pictures" (just a sub folder under pictures BTW) - which is even more fun when she talks to her mum (who is even worse) and says to look in "kodak pictures"
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