WOL was an easy option years ago when there was just one setting in the BIOS to enable WOL. I gave up on it when there were multiple settings that had to be made in the BIOS to enable WOL and the correct sleep states to allow WOL to function, then setting the network adapter in Windows to enable WOL, just to discover the WOL still wouldn't turn-on a computer. Several years later, HP and other PC manufacturers discovered a bug in their BIOS's that required a update so that WOL would work. I haven't even bothered trying WOL after the BIOS updates, I just have users leave their computers on. If I want particular computers to be available for remote maintenance in the evenings, I will just enable the automatic turn-on at a specific time every day.
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You'll want to shut down the Windows Print Spooler service (yes, again): Another privilege escalation bug found
Re: Non-fix fix
I use mainly Linux at home because it works so much better than Windows for day-to-day activities. Unfortunately, I do have to use Windows for a few applications. Perhaps those might work under WINE in Linux, but I haven't tried as I prefer to use applications in the environment they were designed for.
The 'Linux is successful only because you don't have to pay to use it.." argument doesn't hold water. My computers came with Windows, so the cost is the same whether I am using Windows or Linux (in my case both since I use dual boot to get into either Linux or Windows).
Re: Strike three
Why wouldn't there be confusion with Libre Office, Open Office and Star Office. As I recall, Star Office was purchased by Sun way back when and made it available under the GPL as Open Office. When Oracle bought Sun and had control of Open Office, users got nervous and the Libre Office fork was born. After Oracle decided it couldn't rip-off unsuspecting computer users, it abandoned Open Office and Apache Open Office resulted.
So yes, there may be confusion, because they are indeed related.
We don't know why it's there, we don't know what it does – all we know is that the button makes everything OK again
Re: The knob......
At one assignment in the US Air Force, my office was in a hangar office with a poorly designed environmental control system. In the winter, the heat would never come on, so had to work with gloves, hat, winter coat and boots to stay warm. Temperatures would get down to into the 30's (F) quite often in the offices. However in the summer, the air conditioning would seldom come-on and the system would detect a fault with the system and go into a "failsafe" mode to keep water in the pipes from freezing. One day with temperatures exceeding 100F outside, the system went into a failsafe mode. It got so hot in the offices that many of the thermometers (the old style alcohol filled) blew off their tops. I was in an office there for a little more than a year and they were never able to fix the system.
Re: The light..
Several years ago I purchased a new laptop which had a totally worthless power indicator. As I recall, when the power supply was plugged in and the battery was charging, the power light would glow (white LED). When the battery was fully charged, the LED would turn-off. If the power supply was disconnected or if power to the power supply was turned-off, the LED would stay dark until the battery was almost completely discharged, then the LED would once again light-up (it was a white-only LED). There was no way to tell if the laptop was charging or discharging at that point. After talking to the manufacturer tech support, they assured me that was how it was supposed to work. I took that piece of garbage back for a full refund.
I too hate the "install and reboot" that Microsoft insists on doing without my input. A couple days ago I started a hard drive test which takes several hours. A few hours later I checked in on the progress and the computer was waiting for someone to login after an update and reboot. While I should have gone into the settings and told it to wait 7 days for updates to resume, I shouldn't have to do that. I should get a message telling me updates are waiting and give me the option to update now or not update until I say to update. I had two users who were prompted to give a time to reboot so a release upgrade could occur. They gave a 1 a.m. time to reboot. They did this around 9 a.m. As soon as they approved that time, the computers started the upgrade process, since 1 a.m. had already occured. They were unable to use their computers for a couple hours.
Re: How about.....
I remember to good ole days when you could set all networking parameters in one location of the control panel. I think it was called "Networking", or something like that. You could set IP, DNS, gateway, and as I recall the computer name just by going to --> Control Panel --> Networking. Now, you have to find where they hid the "network adapter properties" applet and make those changes, then if you need to change the computer name, find where they hid the "advanced" change computer name. If you want to have the computer start with a "magic bullet" over the internet, find the settings in Windows to start with the magic bullet and hope that your bios supports that function, make sure you setup your private network as private and be prepared to change it back to private when a Windows update changes that setting for you because they know you are a very public person. So, yes, Microsoft -- even if you mistakenly think that the previous group of incompetent software "designers" and "programmers" screwed up by putting things in the wrong spot, remember that where users expect to find icons and settings from previous versions is the right spot. Please keep the same look and feel. As much as I don't like Apple products, they have been spot-on with a consistent look and feel. I guess in some ways, Microsoft does have a consistent look (BSOD) and feel (where the f*xc!k did they put the g*mdmfkngthngnw?) Of course, some of the features and functions you may have used in the past, you don't have to anymore when they very unceremoniously remove it. So, I agree - pick something and just stick with it.
Dear J.D., Microsoft has not improved boot time as you suggest - manufacturers of hard drives, cpu's, memory, support chips, and motherboards have. After your system appears to have completely booted and lets you start to run applications, Windows goes into overdrive sucking up resources to blast you with the next round of updates, virus checking, Windows Store updates (even if you have never done anything in the store), collecting data and performing telemetry to send info back to Microsoft. This ravenous consumption of resources I have seen go on for tens of minutes, consuming 70%-99% of cpu resources. On some systems I have watched the task manager report 0% resources being used because other Windows processes are sapping away so much computing power that the task manager can't get the information or report the use for minutes. Just for grins, I installed Windows XP Pro in a VirtualBox virtual machine hosted in Linux on an i3-3240 processor. Bootup and login total time was 10 seconds total for XP. Windows 10 Pro rel 20H2 bootup and login (automatic login) was 92 seconds. Don't tell me Microsoft has improved boot time unless you mean "improved" means more or increased. Speed of modern hardware is primarily responsible for any perceived improvement.
All this IBM talk reminds me of when I was looking through an IBM repair manual (I forget what the device was), but one of the trouble-shooting steps was to replace the AMD. I had to look that up in the glossary - it was short for an Air Movement Device, which normal people would call a 'fan'.
Re: When turn off/turn on fails
I find extremely irritating like the black power button on a black background and designed to blend into the rest of the computer as Tom 7 noted. Equally infuriating is the manufacturer who puts the model number and serial number in grey letters on a slightly different shade of grey in 8 point type.
If you can't log into Azure, Teams or Xbox Live right now: Microsoft cloud services in worldwide outage
Phone or Battery Problem?
I replaced a phone (not an iPhone) about a year ago when I periodically noticed it getting very warm in my pocket. I could turn it off and back on again and it would be good again for a few days. However, I decided to replace the phone when it went into its high discharge mode (heating up), it would drop the remaining charge by 50% in less than 1/2 hour. I figured it was only a matter of time before it could go into a higher discharge mode and combust. In my case, I don't know if the problem was a battery that suddenly was self-discharging or a defective component in the phone going into a near short-circuit condition. I suspect the problem was the phone and not the battery, but I will never know for sure.
PSA: If you're still giving users admin rights, maybe try not doing that. Would've helped dampen 100+ Microsoft vulns last year – report
Microsoft quantum lab retracts published paper: Readings that cast doubt on crucial discovery went AWOL
What Is There To Buyout?
What is there for a group like Gamestop to buyout? All that is left is a damaged brand and empty buildings. The closest Fry's to me was 138 miles away. One a trip to Las Vegas a couple years ago, I made a stop at that Fry's. About half the aisles had only totally empty shelves. The software aisle had hundreds of boxes of software consisting of three brands of antivirus software - nothing else. The only aisles still fairly well stocked were the discrete electronic components, such as resistors, capacitors, LEDs, switches, transistors, ICs and other misc components. After seeing that, I no longer made any purchases from their website. I now rely on Newegg, TigerDirect, for computers and computer components. I do use Aliexpress for miscellaneous items not readily available locally, but the wait is long.
The killing of CentOS Linux: 'The CentOS board doesn't get to decide what Red Hat engineering teams do'
Beware of the "Snap" applications in Ubuntu 20.04 desktop. I don't know if they are in the server version of Ubuntu, but I had to switch from Ubuntu with the 20.04 release because of system stability issues and the snap applications, in some cases, just don't work at all. The transition to Debian was quite painless and involved much less time to implement than the time I wasted trying to get a working Ubuntu 20.04 system. I tried on several systems (old and new) with similar results. Still running Ubuntu 18.04 on a new Lenovo laptop, however, as I can't get Debian to complete the boot process. Your mileage may vary.
Must 'completely free' mean 'hard to install'? Newbie gripe sparks some soul-searching among Debian community
Re: RE: doing things behind the curtain
Windows often doesn't "just work". There are too many crappy software engineers and programmers out there that don't seem to understand what the user needs to do. I have had to deal with finding solutions to software that doesn't work for a standard user and the product tech support "team" solution is to have all users log in as an administrator. As for the crappy Microsoft brainchild of 'dll's, I once had to support a computer with only 4 applications on it. There were two which were incompatible with each other to the point if one were run, the other wouldn't work until the computer was rebooted because each manufacturer had a custom dll with the same name. Printer drivers can be troublesome as there is no standard way to install printers. And of course, Microsoft want to install WSD ports for printing, which constantly breaks the ability of certain printers to work. I switch to TCP/IP and a Microsoft update (or some other strange event) switches it back to a WSD port, once again breaking printing. Microsoft constantly changes the look and feel of Windows, deprecating things or moving them around so trying to debug an issue becomes an Easter egg hunt, except there isn't always an Easter egg to find. True, the more you understand of Linux, the faster you can solve problems, but the Linux community has solutions easier to find than most of the Windows issues I come across and seldom can I find the correct solution on the Microsoft website. The usual Microsoft solution is to reinstall Windows and that is seldom anywhere close to the real solution.
Spit out another's deposit envelope
Several years ago, my wife made a deposit at an ATM, back when deposit envelopes were used. The ATM successfully completed the transaction, but then proceeded to eject someone else's deposit envelope with the contents still inside. The branch was still open, so she took the envelope in and explained to a cashier what had happened.
An Access Database "Server" That Is Off Is A Good Thing...
... it won't corrupt your data. In the early days of Access and the Microsoft Jet Engine, I was called in to look at the problem of Access periodically deleting a series of records when the users were doing editing. The users were able to repeatedly demonstrate the series of actions that would cause this to occur. My expertise was not in databases (especially Access), but in hardware problems and configuring DOS and Windows 3.1x, including the networking. Where I worked, I developed a process where I could test for hard-drive store/read issues (necessitated by a hard-drive manufacturer not testing a new model drive that would periodically repeat a word in the middle of a track read, shifting the remainder of the data). The procedure was easily modified for testing reliability of network communication. Their network tested fine. My conclusion was that the issue was solely with Access and the Jet engine and I had no useful guidance for them. My understanding this was a common complaint of Access users, but Microsoft continued to deny there was any problem. I seem to recall reading an article a few years later that Microsoft acknowledged there was a bug that would cause this behavior, but it was a couple years later before they had a fix. I personally have never had a problem with any Microsoft database at home or where I now work - I just won't use one.
Red Hat defends its CentOS decision, claims Stream version can cover '95% of current user workloads'
Re: The RedHat corporate spinners won't fix this
And I am going to switch from Ubuntu because of their phasing in "Snap" applications which made the boot and login time go from 34 seconds to 121 seconds after switching from release 18.04 to 20.04. Snap applications also take more time to install and to open. I don't know what release will work for me now.
Google reveals version control plus not expecting zero as a value caused Gmail to take an inconvenient early holiday
US aviation regulator issues safety bulletins over flaws in software updates for Boeing 747, 777, 787 airliners
I am a private pilot that hasn't flown for about 30 years. Almost all my time is in a tandem 2-seat prop plane with no electronics and only the basic instruments needed for safe flying in good weather. However, I knew how that plane would react, even in adverse conditions. There was no "safety" features to change how the plane would fly when conditions changed. The last thing any pilot needs is for a flight computer to hand him what is effectively a new model aircraft by changing throttle settings; aileron, rudder, or elevator performance; automatically putting on reverse thrust when a go-around is needed, pulling back the throttles when more thrust is needed. The pilot should be in command, not some pimple-faced engineer or software designer who doesn't know his ass from a bagle. Too many major aircraft accidents and near accidents have occurred in the past when aircraft manufacturers put in these little "safety" features in their flight control systems and don't properly document the "features" or put the same changes into simulators. During an emergency situation is not the time to tell the pilot he is now flying a different aircraft.
How to leak data via Wi-Fi when there's no Wi-Fi chip: Boffin turns memory bus into covert data transmitter
Back in the day (late 1970's, I worked at a military installation). Our new Dec VAX 11/780 was installed in a grounded Faraday cage with the incoming power lines filtered to keep RF from escaping. And yes, it was cold in there, in the middle of summer, we wore hats, ear-muffs, winter coats. We also wore gloves most of the time, except when having to type.
LibreOffice 7.1 beta boasts impressive range of features let down by a lack of polish and poor mobile efforts
HP CEO talks up HP-ink-only print hardware and higher upfront costs for machines that use other cartridges
Many new Epson inkjet printers also won't accept third-party cartridges. I'm glad HP is up-front about their new policy. I will stock-up on a couple older printers from the local thrift stores so I can continue using refillable cartridges. I am very happy to not become an unprofitable customer of HP since they have become an unsupportive provider with this and other things like not providing BIOS updates on servers if you don't have a support contract. Bye, bye, HP - Lenovo will probably be my next server purchase, and certainly not my next printer purchase.
Very little of the work I do is productive using Microsoft. Most of my work involves unbreaking things that Microsoft breaks with "feature upgrades", security patches and resetting defaults during security patches. If I were a manager using a productivity score from Microsoft, I would probably look very closely at an employee with a high score why they are spending so much time screwing around with a Microsoft product and not doing real work.
LibreOffice rains on OpenOffice's 20th anniversary parade, tells rival project to 'do the right thing' and die
Re: "We were caught quite off guard"
I second that - I quit using Office many years ago when I would put more than 3 images in a Word document and the images automatically arranged themselves to where they wanted to go, rather than where I anchored them no matter what anchor method I chose. I ran across Star Office and bought a new copy whenever a new version came out. Star Office (and later, Libre Office) handled formatting much betther than Microsoft Office. When Oracle acquired the Star suite, I continued to use my last version of Star Office as I don't ever intend to intentionally install anything Oracle to keep from running afoul of their licensing. When Libre Office forked off from OO, I started using that and have been quite pleased with it. I do provide technical support to Microsoft Office users and when I have to fix a document that Microsoft Office totally messes up, I open up up the offending document/spreadsheet in Libre Office, fix the document, and resave it. In recent versions of Microsoft Office, I have seldom been able to setup a pivot table that works properly (trying to help a user) in Excel. Calc's implementation of the pivot table is much easier to setup for the tasks I need done. I can't say whether OOO or LO is better or worse than the other. I have just stayed with LO.
Fortunately, I don't have to deal with databases. Back in the early '90s I had a service call at a business using Access for their database. They could reproduce the problem of a whole range of records would disappear with a certain sequence of adding, editing and deleting single records. Microsoft vehemently denied any problem with their Jet database engine for years. I don't know if they ever did fix it as I quit following that issue with computers after about a decade.
Dell cuts jobs again... which in Dell-speak is 'addressing cost structure to make sure we’re competitive'
If they think that they are taking care of their team members so that the team members can take care of customers, they are delusional. A few months ago I ordered a fairly basic server, but ordered 16GB of RAM instead of the standard 8GB. They charged for the 16GB, but shipped 8GB. They refused to send the additional 8GB and required that the server be sent back to keep their records straight. I complied and they shipped a new server, once again with 8GB. I once again requested they send the other 8GB, but required me to ship the server back. They sent a new server, once again with 8GB. On the next call with their customer support, they required me to send the server back and cancelled the order saying that they could only do two exchanges on on order. I spent the next two months trying to get a refund. The whole ordeal required an exchange of more than 40 emails and 30 phone calls. No, I won't be purchasing a Dell anything, so they can get rid of a few people who give customers the runaround.
What the duck? Bloke keeps getting sent bathtime toys in the post – and Amazon won't say who's responsible
I also received things from Amazon I didn't order
I started in January this year and continued once a month through May. I would receive a package Amazon addressed to a person I never heard of to my address. I Googled my street name and could find only one other city in the U.S. with the same name. Each time I would start a chat session with Amazon, lasting anywhere from 30 minutes to 7 hours (they took their time responding after I supplied the latest requested information and just periodically check the chat session). The hardest part was getting them to understand I was not the person who made the order, nor did I know the person who made the order, where they lived, nor that the postman did not deliver to the wrong address, but the package had my address. They would not issue me a return shipment labels because I didn't place the orders. Each time they instructed me to keep, give away, or dispose of the items as I saw fit. Most of the items were worth a few dollars. I was able to use some of the items. The final person I had chatted with I think fully understood the issue and said he would elevate the issue to see if the problem was a bug in their database, procedures or just human error. I think he may have solved the problem as I haven't received any more packages.
If you can read this, your Windows 10 2004 PC really is connected to the internet no matter what the OS claims
TomTom bill bomb: Why am I being charged for infotainment? I sold my car last year, rages Reg reader
Re: As I read that
Years ago, I purchased a Tom Tom with lifetime map updates included. I used it for years, until I switched over to using a smart phone several years ago. The Tom Tom still worked, but it liked to take a 12 mile route to get to a destination I could see 1/2 mile away on a strait path. The smart phone is better at picking routes and faster than the aged Tom Tom. I also had to watch how many maps I put on the Tom Tom as it had far less memory than newer GPS devices. Another thing I didn't like on the Tom Tom was the login to an account to update firmware and maps on the device, which usually resulted in requiring a download of an updated app to update the Tom Tom. I recently had to replace my smart phone, but kept the old one to used just as a GPS device. I can't rate the various mapping apps for smart phones, but I have been pleased with the Here app (my smart phones are Android based).
LibreOffice community protests at promotion of paid-for editions, board says: 'LibreOffice will always be free software'
Google Cloud partially evaporates for hours amid power supply failure: Two US East Coast zones rattled
Re: Partial blackout story (not UPS, though)
This reminds me of when I was stationed in Korea back in 1970. I was in downtown Kimpo (near Seoul) at about sundown. There was a loud bang and flash on a power pole about 100 feet from me. I looked around and was surprised to see none of the Koreans reacted to the event. Seconds later, a Korean worker comes running around the corner, quickly climbs to the top of the pole, puts in a new fuse, quickly climbs back down and runs around the corner out of sight. The entire event was less than a minute. I can only assume this person was paid for uptime of the section for which he was responsible. Several years ago near my home (in the U.S.), I heard a fuse blow on an early Friday evening. I went to the pole where the fuse blew, jotted down the pole number and called the local electrical company to let them know that a fuse had blown. The "customer service" person said that they had no reports of any outages, ignoring my report. The fuse was only replaced the following Monday, apparently from an industrial customer serviced by that line. The blown fuse was for one phase of a 3-phase line. Not as responsive as the Korean lineman.
Space Heaters Create Quite The Show
I worked at an office where many of the workers liked to keep extra toasty at their workstations. Despite warnings to not plug space heaters, which they were not supposed to have, into the workstation UPS units, there was always one or two instances during the winter season. Makes for a spectacular show and smell.
Smart fridges are cool, but after a few short years you could be stuck with a big frosty brick in the kitchen
Re: Never understood this
re: Jake's comment, "Consumer grade appliances are trash..."
About 60 years ago my mom purchased a GE refrigerator made in about 1935 for use as a second refrigerator to store milk and butter from our one cow on the farm where I grew up. It has been used for various beverages since then and is currently used by one of my brothers in his machine shop to keep cool ones handy. So far, the only repairs are the replacement of the door gasket (improvised with weather stripping) and more recently a new power cord. It is smart enough to keep the brewskies and soda cool in both summer and winter. No software upgrades required.
Re: I honestly thought it never existed
Bazza, While you may think MS has done a fantastic job of backward compatibility, they do a shitty job of making Microsoft products like Office 2013 and 2016 compatible with Microsoft Windows 10. I see all too often the Office 365 "demo" in Windows 10 totally borking the Office 2013 and 2016 (and previous) installations. I wish Microsoft would make Microsoft products Microsoft compatible.
Re: I honestly thought it never existed
And Win 10 32bit still runs my DOS based Clarion Personal Developer databases I still use to manage my software library and computer configurations. It has performed flawlessly for almost 3 decades now on all versions of DOS and 32 bit Windows. I haven't tried porting it to a Linux distribution using WINE yet, but if Microsoft ever drops 32 bit Windows, I will either use an obsolete version of WIndows in a virtual VM or try using in Linux with WINE, or other application.
But Worse When Excel Changes Extension To Something Invalid...
Just this last week, I had a user not able to find one of her Excel XLSX files, because Excel 2013 changed the extension to LSX. Even though she knew where the file was, she could not get it open because of the change of the extension. I just had to rename the file from a command prompt and she was back in business.
Surge in home working highlights Microsoft licensing issue: If you are not on subscription, working remotely is a premium feature
Ah, night shift in the 1970s. Ciggies, hipflasks, ADVENT... and fault-prone disk drives the size of washing machines
More Modern Scenario
Ah, yes ... night shift. More modern time problem with support from a company we will just call Happy People. The nightshift operator at a bank I used to work for had a red light appear on a RAID-5 array on a server. She dutifully called the Happy People tech support, which told her to remove the drive and reinsert it. She did as told and voila! the drive went back online and all was well -- until the next time the red light came on. Without calling the Happy People tech support, she removed the drive and re-installed the drive. This happened repeatedly where the RAID array brought the drive back online and restriped properly each time, that is until it didn't. I have had the Happy People tech support tell me to do the exact same thing when a RAID-5 array drive failed. I refused that advice and insisted on them sending a replacement drive each time, which they reluctantly did.