* Posts by taz-nz

10 posts • joined 21 Feb 2018

There are always two sides to every story – except this one, which is just a big billboard borked in all directions

taz-nz

BSOD have almost exclusively caused by hardware faults since Windows 7.

Signage PCs die all the time, because they are normal small PCs wedged in to hot and dusty places with zero maintenance.

I've sold hundreds of Intel NUCs to one customer alone, that stuffs them in to a tiny space in retail displays to drive tree monitors. Once they are installed they are never touched, everything is done remotely with a Logitech k400 Wireless keyboard from outside the display. They are set to restart after power failure so the best can hope for is being power cycled along with rest of the cabinet.

It doesn't matter what OS is the system running if the hardware it's running on is borked.

Microsoft nukes 9 million-strong Necurs botnet after unpicking domain name-generating algorithm

taz-nz

Re: MS at least try to be the good guys every now and then

It's simple math, Windows has about a billion active installation on the desktop, so 9 million infected systems is 0.9% of the total install base, where as Linux on the desktop has about a 2% market share meaning to infect the same 9 million system on desktop Linux you would need infect 50% of all desktop Linux installs, no malware has that level of infection rate and if it did it be quickly discovered and patched.

taz-nz

Re: MS at least try to be the good guys every now and then

Microsoft openly admitted that one of the key rolls of the hyperactive nature of UAC in Windows Vista, was to shame developers into running there code in user space only instead of running there applications at higher system levels that resulted in system lockups, BSOD and security issues. People may have hated Windows Vista, but BSOD went from something every other application caused, to BSOD being basically limited to faulty hardware or a bad driver by the time Windows 7 came around.

It's official: In May, Microsoft will close the door, lock the vault, brick over the entrance of dreaded Windows 10 1809

taz-nz

You can update system with small SSD by using a external drive during update.

WIndows 10 will lets you plug in a USB flash drive or SD-card, and use it as temp space while Windows 10 upgrades. https://www.windowscentral.com/how-install-any-major-update-windows-10-low-storage-devices

You can also clear up a lot of disk space by running Disk Cleanup as Admin and ticking every box, this will remove old Windows & driver update files, and can save many GB of space.

Ouch. Reinstalling Windows 10 again? By 2020, a 'cloud download' may be all you need

taz-nz

Re: Actual Install or just Repair?

The Windows SxS is almost entirely virtual in size, people complain how big it is but it actual only takes up a few hundred megabytes of disk space.

You can check the actual size by following the instructions here:

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/dn898537(v=vs.60)

There are ways to reduced the size of WIndows SxS folder, but they don't normally make a big difference.

Running Disk Cleanup as Administrator and ticking everything often gains a lot of space back, by removing old update rollback data and temp files. If you've done a Windows 10 version update or two you can gain back up to 30GB.

Things like old graphics or system driver install files can take up a surprising amount of space and often stored in folder in the C drive root. (HP likes to decompress driver files to C:\SWINSTALL before install them and doesn't delete them afterward, you can safely delete this folder and often save a couple of gigabytes.)

Reducing the size and cleaning out old System restore points helps too, reducing the size of pagefile, and if you desperate you can turn off the Hibernation file and gain back the same amount of disk space as you have RAM.

If your still desperate for space you can get Windows 10 to compress itself:

https://www.intowindows.com/how-to-compress-windows-10-installation-files-folders/

Treesize free is great for tracking down disk drive bloat.

https://www.jam-software.com/treesize_free/

As netizens, devs scream bloody murder over Chrome ad-block block, Googlers insist: It's not set in stone (yet)

taz-nz

Embrace, extend, and extinguish

Google has succeeded where Microsoft failed, Google now has effective control over the internet, they will continue to use the dominance of their websites and Android to cripple the performance and compatibility of competing browsers on their platforms. They will continue to spam anybody visiting their sites that Chrome is the solution to all the browser performance issues.

Microsoft liberates ancient MS-DOS source from the museum and sticks it in GitHub

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Re: To some MSDOS was an major leap forward.

Windows 7 wasn't a service pack for Vista, Vista had two service packs.

Windows 7 kernal was only numbered 6.1 for application compatibly, so you didn't get a bunch of apps checking kernel number and giving an error that they were not compatible with that version of Windows.

This is the same reason Microsoft skipped Windows 9, because badly coding version checks could mistake it for Windows 95 or 98.

Fukushima reactors lend exotic nuclear finish to California's wines

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Same reason they use steel from old battleships for medical scanner.

They salvage steel from old battle ships, because they contain large amount of steel made before the nuclear age, so it doesn't contain radioactive isotopes like modern steel, and thus doesn't interfere with modern medical and scientific equipment.

US Congress mulls expanding copyright yet again – to 144 years

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Re: 100 Years Of Hell

the DMCA also gave us safe harbor, which made youtube and basically every other image and video hosting site possible, without it youtube would have been sued out of existence long ago.

The e-waste warrior, 28,000 copied Windows restore discs, and a fight to stay out of jail

taz-nz

The hot coffee story you know is basically a smear campaign by McDonald's legal team.

You should watch this if you want the true story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAzMMKIspPQ

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