* Posts by rmullen0

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Start your engines: Windows 11 ready for broad deployment

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Re: Getting the most out of it...

At the moment, you can choose "domain account" and it will let you create a local account. They purposefully have the wording to confuse people and force them into using online accounts. Microsoft operates kind of like the government does. They do what they want to do, regardless of what the people that use their software think. Just like the corrupt politicians that do absolutely nothing that the people want and instead waste all the tax money on the military industrial complex.

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Re: Unusual suspicous activity...

Yeah, I mistakenly sign up for a T Mobile phone back in 2003. Back then, they required you to give them your Social Security which I thought was total invasion of privacy and should be illegal. Stupidly, I went ahead with it anyway. The phone got horrible reception. So, I returned it a couple days later. I wasn't a customer of theirs since then. A few months back, my bank notified me that my SSN and drivers license number were found in T Mobile's data breach data that was compromised. I think it was 50 million customers whose data was compromised. So, even though I wasn't a customer of theirs for close to 20 years, they still had it on file. There is no reason why they should ask for a SSN. Comcast used to ask for SSN also. They are illegally surveilling us, that's why they are doing it. Kind of like how the CDC bought cell phone location data from a "data broker" so see if people were locking down.

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The bottom line is anyone who values their freedom has to switch to Linux

The subject says it all. If you want to be able to at all control how you use your software, you will have to switch to Linux. Restrictions like requiring a Microsoft account, the telemetry, and all the other spyware built into Windows will only continue to get worse. As a long time Windows user, if Microsoft keeps this up and doesn't change the requirements for Windows 11, I won't have any other choice than to switch. The corporations need to learn that they can't just push around and mistreat their customers. They will leave and go somewhere else, and thankfully we have open source software. We need an open source phone OS as well. A smart phone is nothing but a personal tracking device.

OpenVMS on x86-64 reaches production status with v9.2

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Switching to OpenVMS after Windows 10

If Microsoft doesn't fix the hardware requirements for Windows 11, I'm switching to OpenVMS when Windows 10 support ends.

HP finance manager went on $5m personal spending spree with company card

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Working for a $1 a day for the California prison system putting out forest fires

New Windows 11 build boasts inbox updates and UI tweaks

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Windows 11 is irrelevant if you have to buy new hardware

Microsoft needs to relax the hardware restrictions. Otherwise, it is irrelevant what the new improvements are. People aren't going to buy all new hardware for a new version of Windows with new and always more confusing control panels

Google's Chrome OS Flex could revive old PCs, Macs

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Why bother?

Why would anyone want to bother with Chrome OS, when it is just Linux, and you can run Linux on old hardware already? The whole point to running Linux is to eliminate the evil of corporations like Apple, Google, and Microsoft. Google Linux defeats that purpose.

Microsoft releases first preview of .NET 7

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Re: "Modernization" - that word does not mean what they think it means

It sounds like they are going to make it so that eventually it will only operate in the cloud where you have to pay them rent. I.e. neo-feudalism

20 years of .NET: Reflecting on Microsoft's not-Java

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Re: Alas poor SOAP!, I knew him

I should add the Microservices are a complete sham also.

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Re: Alas poor SOAP!, I knew him

I agree. Writing REST at the "bare meta" is a total PITA. Advocates of it, never used SOAP where you just generate a client and you are done.

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ASP.NET Core sucks IMHO

I still need to investigate Blazor more, but, I think Microsoft did a poor job with ASP.NET post-Web Forms. MVC was a big step backwards IMHO. I think they should have kept and improved upon Web Forms. They should have added a robust set of UI controls like what Telerik offers. The idea of programming at the bare metal level is a bad one. It isn't productive. I'm still on Web Forms using Telerik controls for intranet apps. It is very productive. Maybe I will switch to Blazor, but, I am not convinced that it is fully baked. Microsoft has a tendency of coming out with new things and then killing them off. Personally, I think the original ASP.NET team did a better job. I'm not sure what happened, but, I think everyone on the original team must have left. Same thing for .NET Core. They did a relatively poor job with that whole port. The new stuff over does design patterns IMHO. It was easier to work with before. Maybe Blazor is finally a replacement for Web Forms, but, everything in between has sucked IMHO. I thought they had the design right to begin with. Then, they decided to parrot Ruby On Rails.

Microsoft's do-it-all IDE Visual Studio 2022 came out late last year. How good is it really?

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Re: There aren't many better web dev environments

VS Code is written in TypeScript. Hence, it is just running on a JavaScript interpreter and runs the same on all platforms.

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Re: The Microsoft naming department

Totally agree on .NET Core.

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Re: The Microsoft naming department

You are correct. Visual Studio Code versus Visual Studio, is just like ASP.NET versus ASP.NET Core. Core should not even contain the name ASP.NET. It is completely different. I strongly disagree with them not moving Web Forms forward also. MVC was NOT a replacement. Not even close when it comes to intranet apps developed using something like Telerik's UI controls. I'm not sure Blazor is even a real replacement at this point. New is not necessarily better. Maybe better in some respects, but, lacking in many other. I'm still on Web Forms. Maybe at some point I will switch to server-side Blazor once it is mature. I have no interest in client-side web development. I have no interest in switching to Code either. It's multi-platform. Other than that, it's not even comparable to Visual Studio, at least with regard to .NET development.

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Re: The Microsoft naming department

You are 100% correct. A bunch of dimwitted managers making up the names.

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Re: Most microsoft advice ever

You could uninstall it. It just required uninstalling 50 components under Add/Remove Programs. Yes, a huge chore and way more work than it should have been. NetBeans installed in less than 5 minutes and probably only took 2 max to uninstall. I never understood why Visual Studio install/uninstall was as horrible as it was. As I think someone else mentioned, I think it's all the COM crap. It has to write out 5 million registry entries to function.

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Re: "The top request for Visual Studio is a Linux version. Why?"

Sure. If you're idea of being productive is constantly having to toggle between cursor and edit mode.

Give me a Linux console text editor that has all the key bindings one normally finds on Windows. It has been needed for a long time. nano is kind of close, but, not quite.

vi is garbage IMHO.

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Re: "The top request for Visual Studio is a Linux version. Why?"

What do you mean, removing things? I haven't had a problem as of yet. I hope they don't drop support for ASP.NET Web Forms though. Then, I would be pissed.

First they came for Notepad. Now they're coming for Task Manager

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The picture in the article is wrong

Why do you have a picture of Windows XP Task Manager? Microsoft changed the look of that a long time ago. The article doesn't even make sense.

Russia's orbital insanity is almost beyond redemption – but there's space for improvement

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Good, then the oligarchs won't be able to escape

Good. If there is enough junk flying around up there Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the rest of the oligarchs won't be able to escape to Mars after they've destroyed the Earth.

A Windows 11 tsunami? No, more of a ripple as Microsoft's latest OS hits 5% PC market

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Wow, a whole 5%???

I'm amazed it's that much. I won't be switching anytime soon. Most likely will be switching to Linux when support for Windows 10 is dropped.

Windows 11 in detail: Incremental upgrade spoilt by onerous system requirements and usability mis-steps

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Re: Windows 11 has zero to do with security

Agreed. If people were concerned about security, they wouldn't be putting all their files in the cloud.

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Re: "Modern"

"for absolutely no good reason" describes every Windows upgrade for the past 20 years. I finally thought the UI was looking better than average, or at least better that the litany of previous train wreck releases. However, I don't like the cloud tie ins in Windows 10 and I'm assuming it's worse still in 11. I'll be retiring in probably another 10 years. Most likely, I'll switch to Linux before Windows 10 support is dropped. I see no go reason to stick with them and their idiotic and heavy handed tactics any longer. I have a lot of perfectly good hardware and I'm not going to throw it out because Microsoft says I have to in order to make money for them and the PC makers.

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4 years to pick your favorite Linux

Luckily, there is 4 years to pick your favorite Linux before Windows 10 support is dropped.

Microsoft's problem child, Windows 11, is here. Will you run it? Can you run it? Do you even WANT to run it?

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Re: Settings/Control Panel

No wonder Windows file sharing always seemed so slow and didn't ever want to work right.

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Re: Want to run away from it?

You're a good man chivo243. I'm with you. Not leaving just yet, but, will be in the not too distant future. Microsoft thinks we are all just hamsters to be put in a wheel. What a wasted life dealing with Microsoft products. Think of all the hours people have wasted installing Windows updates on their buggy authoritarian software.

Windows 11 will roll out from October 5 as Microsoft hypes new hardware

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More like Windows 8. Though admittedly, Windows Me is a good comparison also. There are so many tragic flops that Windows has had, it is difficult to choose from.

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Microsoft is run by morons

More proof, if you needed any, that Microsoft is run by morons. I don't know what these people are thinking. I will not upgrade my hardware which is working perfectly fine, just so I can run Microsoft's latest garbage operating system. I will switch to Linux before that happens.

Microsoft struggles to wake from PrintNightmare: Latest print spooler patch can be bypassed, researchers say

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Re: It’s a... Cargo cult

They'll probably fix it the same time the fix the Windows Store apps from opening up a thousand firewall rules for apps that aren't even listening on ports. Don't hold your breath. But, Microsoft says you can't run Windows 11 on your current hardware because they are REALLY concerned about security. What a laugh.

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Re: But...but...

Yeah, and they even replaced Cortana with TEAMS and made it so that it doesn't install on any hardware. Way to go Micrsoft.

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Re: Copilot?

Sorry, but, BAHAHAHAHAH! ROTFL!!! Yup.

What you need to know about Microsoft Windows 11: It will run Android apps

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"As for what you need to know about Microsoft Windows 11? Largely that it's little more than a minor UI reskin, a further attempt to lock users into Microsoft's online rental ecosystem, all with an extra sprinkling of needless hardware requirements to enforce unnecessary hardware churn."

Oh man. You hit the nail on the head on that one. Good comment. Nice and succinct and cuts to the core.

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Re: Windows 10 may be my last Windows version.

Maybe that's what Microsoft meant when they said that Windows 10 was going to be the last version of Windows. It was the last nail in the coffin and all that users could tolerate.

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AC hit the nail on the head. Microsoft doesn't bother asking users what they want. They just do what they want regardless.

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I need to unplug my computer to opt out of their idiotic accounts???? Wow, that's user friendly. Thanks Microsoft! You're doing a bang up job ensuring that no one upgrades to your new garbage operating system.

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Re: Switch to Linux

So, I guess you are fine being smacked around by an authoritarian corporation that does whatever they want regardless of what their customers think. And forces them to dispose of hardware that has nothing wrong with it, other than it doesn't allow Microsoft to inflict its customers with DRM and take away their freedoms. Microsoft doesn't even bother asking their customers what they want. If they did, they wouldn't arbitrarily be forcing UEFI and TPM on them. If you want that, then fine, add support for it, but, don't screw your customers over who don't. They just want people to go out and buy new hardware, that's all. It is obvious that they do not care about security. Look at all the holes in it that they have to constantly patch. And TPM will do nothing to fix that. I want to know why the idiot Store apps open up a million firewall rules even for apps that aren't listening on ports. You can turn all the rules off and on reboot, or when software updates, the come right back again 5 minutes later. That is a flat out broken design. It is gross incompetence that their software does that, and after years, Microsoft has done nothing to fix it. "Secure by default" Yeah right. Their whole "Trusted Security Initiative" is a joke.

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Sure, if you don't need apps from the app store.

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Welcome to Windows 11, the new Windows 7 and Windows XP

With the TPM and other stupid requirements, this will just be what happened with Windows 7 all over again. Namely, tons of people refusing to upgrade, as well they shouldn't with Microsoft's stupid authoritarian decision making that is based on nothing but making them more $$$$$.

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"horse shit". Exactly the word I wanted to use in an earlier comment but feared would be censored. Yes, the closer you get to retirement, the more you realize that you wasted your life on "horse shit" working with this crap day in and day out. A constant rearranging of the chairs on the Titanic while the planet burns.

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Re: All I want to know is...

In answer to 2, no, they most certainly will not have all the settings in one place. They are to incompetent to do that. 20 years of not doing it has proven that. Instead, they will add yet another parallel layer of settings to further confuse matters. And yet still probably muck around with the old settings too so that you can't find anything there either (not that you ever could).

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Re: "Will run Android apps"...

If only Windows went the way of OS/2.

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What do you mean "anymore"?

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Yeah, they got rid of idiot Cortana and instead decided to add another abomination in it's place, Teams.

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Re: What . . . why?

They don't care about generating lots of e-waste. They just care about making lots of $$$$$. What end users think or the negative impact that it has on the planet doesn't matter and never does when it comes to authoritarian corporations like Microsoft.

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Re: Windows

Yeah, I don't want that UEFI crap. I have a 3 GHz dual core PC from probably 2008 that I've been using (HP xw4600). Works perfectly fine after all these years. Though probably it doesn't support UEFI, or, at least I don't have the BIOS configured to use it. I think Microsoft just wants me to finally make the switch to Linux. I don't see what the point of all this is. To give me a features such as running Android apps that I have absolutely no need for? Or, once again, needlessly changing the UI around. They haven't even finished cleaning up all the control panels from Windows 2000, and now what, a new annoying UI again? I am sick and tired of this hoop jumping. I think the industry as a whole is completely out of it's mind. I guess I will return to refusing to upgrade for a decade, or, finally just switch over to Linux and be done with it. Something, smart people did 20 years ago. The company looks like a complete joke. They aren't offering any improvements. They are just changing things around for no good reason. And forcing people to upgrade to new hardware when there would otherwise be no need to do so. They are a pretty terrible company, and they did a really horrible job with the transition from .NET Framework to .NET Core. Another complete fiasco. I'm looking forward to retirement as these companies are completely out of their minds and too far gone. I am stick of jumping through their stupid hoops. I can't believe is was so dumb to buy into their marketing BS for as many years as I did.

Cops raid home of ousted data scientist who created her own Florida COVID-19 dashboard

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Re: This isn't about Trump

Trump does nothing by lie though his teeth. Soon he will be on skid row after he can't pay his debt and has his properties foreclosed on. He'll be out there lying to bums telling them how unfair the world is and how mistreated he is. Steaming pile of it.

Microsoft to rethink crash-prone Visual Studio extension model, shift towards cloud

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Who cares if VS Code is more popular? I want a tool that does the job, and that is Visual Studio. Code sucks as far as I'm concerned. Why they created that retarded competing IDE is beyond me. Also, probably the vast majority of the extensions could be eliminated and no one would miss them. Does this mean Microsoft could build VS as 64 bit finally???

.NET Core: Still a Microsoft platform thing despite more than five years open source

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Microsoft has been dumping on it's existing developer base

I can't say I am a fan of David Fowler. I think he has done a horrible job with ASP.NET, starting with ASP.NET MVC. IMHO, Microsoft had it right with Web Forms to begin with. It had the concept of UI controls. MVC ditched that and basically just became a .NET version of Ruby On Rails. It's like they fired the entire team of whoever originally worked on .NET and made it great, and brought in people who wanted to make it like Java, or whatever the trendy language of the moment was. I have always hated MVC and cannot stand modern versions of ASP.NET. Then, Microsoft while somehow managing to bring Windows Forms and WPF forward onto .NET Core, refused to move Web Forms forward leaving existing developers in a lurch. I have a lot of Web Forms application, and I'm not re-writing them all. I'm using Telerik's UI controls which are still by far more robust than the versions for MVC, Blazor etc. They are intranet apps and Web Forms is a highly productive environment for developing the kind of applications that I'm working on. I spent a lot of time converting from Entity Framework to Entity Framework Core. Now, they changed EF Core to use .NET Standard 2.1 which doesn't support .NET Framework. Also, the newest language features are unavailable on .NET Framework. While I'm glad that Microsoft is getting more into open source and opening things up, I think they have done a horrible job with respect to moving things onto .NET Core. I think the decision to not move Web Forms is by people like David Fowler. They think they know everything and have done nothing but make the platform more difficult to work with. Just look at the ridiculous new logging API, and all the other overly complicated over design patterned code they are writing. It's convoluted as hell. Things should be getting easier, but, that's not what's happening. They are shoving new technology down everyone's throats. That would be fine if it was better, but, that isn't necessarily the case. I hope Microsoft considers their long term developers and doesn't throw them under the bus while they chase the younger developers. It appears that they already have. Personally, I think they need a management shake up. Current management are doing a bad job.

AWS attempts to woo devs with new tool aimed at porting .NET applications to Linux

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Amazon should port Web Forms to .NET Core

If Amazon wants to help, I think they should port Web Forms to .NET Core since Microsoft is too lazy to do it.

Microsoft has a cure for data nuked by fat fingers if you're not afraid of the command line

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Re: Inquiring minds want to know...

I don't think I've had any major issues with file system corruption, other than, if you have Fast Startup enabled in Windows 10 and reconfigure drives (I.e. add a second drive or the like). Get ready for massive problems/file system corruption if you do that. I think it uses a hibernate-like file to speed up startup and I think it caches changes to the file system in it. It does it even when you do a shutdown, as opposed to hibernating the system. Personally, I think Fast Startup is extremely dangerous for that reason. I always have to remember to disable it when I setup a new computer.

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