* Posts by Blackjack

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When a deleted primary device file only takes 20 mins out of your maintenance window, but a whole year off your lifespan

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Re: Windows 95 was still new...

I actually didn't have that much problem with registry cleaners because I made backups. And because I mostly just used them to delete leftover register keys from uninstalled programs.

Nowadays I don't bother with the registry unless I absolutely have to. And I always backup first.

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Windows 95 was still new...

It was 1996, one of those "fix windows " programs deleted a file Windows needed to boot the GUI. I went into "DOS MODE" and found a backup. I renamed the *.bak" file to "*.bat" then rebooted. It worked and saved us having to buy a Windows 95 install CD, since the machine didn't have one as it came with Windows 95 pre-installed.

I was 13 at the time and a totally noob with computers, who do you think had run that "fix windows" program in the first place?

If there's a lesson to be learned in these torrid times, it's that civilisation is fleeting – but Windows XP is eternal

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Re: DOSbox didn't work...

Try to set a Freedos virtual machine then.

https://www.freedos.org/

Freedos is actually made to be an alternative to Dos while Dosbox is made to run games.

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That's cute but you are wrong!

"before the company finally ended extended support in 2014."

Virtual versions of XP and embedded Windows XP got patches for a few years more.

Hold off that rush into the July 4 weekend – you may need this: Microsoft patches pwn-by-picture pitfalls in Win 10

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Re: Om a side note....

Windows 95 had problems but I freaking loved how colorful it was. Same for XP.

Erudite, insightful, self-aware and almost human: Give your local database admin a hug – it's DBA Appreciation Day

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Get him (or her) a bag of coffee

The good stuff; the one that cost extra money, not the crap they usually put in the office.

Or maybe some decent tea? Some people like tea more.

Analogue radio given 10-year stay of execution as the UK U-turns on DAB digital future

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Re: The future is behind you ....

No, because at least IPv6 is better.

FM works perfectly fine for quality and AM works perfectly fine for range.

DAB just sucks. It only exists because they want to use the FM and AM spectrum for something else.

Barclays Bank appeared to be using the Wayback Machine as a 'CDN' for some Javascript

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Once Flash finally dies

It should be Javascript for Web turn.

I already block most scripts by default to be safe, JS is definitely more dangerous nowadays that Flash is.

Cool IT support drones never look at explosions: Time to resolution for misbehaving mouse? Three seconds

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File not found

"So did you save the file on the PC or the floppy disk?"

"What?"

3 minutes later, the file was in one out of ten floppy disks. Got lucky and found it in the third try.

Linux Mint 20 isn't exactly bursting with freshness but, hey, there's kernel 5.4 and it's a long-term support release

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Re: Does LMDE 4 work okay on old computers?

2 GB RAM HP laptop machine that used to have XP on it? Currently it has Linux Mint 19.3 Xfce.

Oh and it can only tun 32 bit systems.

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Re: Upgrading?

Does LMDE 4 work okay on old computers?

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Re: Upgrading?

My last issue was last year; had to nuke and install everything "Mint Fresh".

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Yeah upgrading kinda sucks

I usually just backup; make a list of apps I want, then nuke the hard disk and do a fresh install. That's why I only upgrade from LTS to LTS..

I use Icecat and if not available, Firefox; so I don't care about Chrome or Chromium.

Even in the old laptop I just use for one or two things nowadays, I don't feel likw upgrading yet.

This LTS looks like it will have a few growing pains.

Good thing there is no Snap store, stuff installed by it tends to fail for me for some reason.

Rental electric scooters to clutter UK street scenes after Department of Transport gives year-long trial the thumbs-up

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Re: Rental vs privately owned

False, take a look at what has been happening in the USA with rental electric scooters and rental bikes. All those companies crashed and burned and hundreds of the things ended just abandoned on the street. Some of the bikes were recycled but the scooters became trash the cities that allowed them in the first place had to clean up. And this was before the Coronavirus!

Apple: We're defending your privacy by nixing 16 browser APIs. Rivals: You mean defending your bottom line

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Re: other APIs that can be abused

Firefox allows you to disable a lot of those things...in the desktop version.

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I am not a fan of Apple ..

But even I can see how those Apis could used wrongly by the names alone.

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

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Re: Recovers your files in 10,000 tiny bits

*Looks it up.

Yeah looks like with Undelete is best to use it right away before other files overwrite the space it was in.

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Re: Might be helpful but not for regular users

So is way less useful than undelete.exe(or was it .bat?) that let you recover files if you just had deleted them.

I also remember Norton Utilities having an undelete option.

Finally, a wafer-thin server... Only a tiny little thin one. Oh all right. Just the one...

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Or you could be literally minded and just move them and nothing else.

When they complain they are not plugged in you answer you are not qualified and they should hire a professional.

Do stuff like this enough and you get either fired or kicked upstairs.

CyberX, CyberX, does whatever a CyberX does. Locks IoT, machines too, Microsoft got it, so will you

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$450,000?

Even if the man had been honest about wanting a romantic relationship... Isn't that a tad too much? Because the other alternative is that she sent him 450$ and that's so little just seeing a lawyer once must have cost more.

Here's a headline we'll run this century, mark our words: Alien invaders' AI found on Mars searching for signs of life

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While funny, that is wrong; because finding a single smart life form counts.

Beware the fresh Windows XP install: Failure awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth

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RATPIG!

RAAATPIG!

RAAATPIG!

RAAATPIG!

*Sung at the tune of sixties Batman theme.

It's National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?

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Mmm, yeah both are fine

I prefer to have both flavors in my mouth at the same time.

California Attorney General asks judge to force Lyft and Uber to classify drivers as employees – or else

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Wait... do they still have drivers?

Those drivers must be really desperate to keep doing this with Coronavirus around.

Fasten your seat belts: Brave Reg hack spends a week eating airline food grounded by coronavirus crash

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Re: Opportunity

Hey anyone can do the math on how many airlines could die without really affecting air travel? Once we actually have that again of course.

CSI: Amazon.com coming soon to a screen near you

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Re: Hit where it hurts

While it will be nice if it works, how do you sue someone in another country when you don't even know his or her name?

Unless Amazon starts to really tighten up the requirements to make an Amazon account then fakery is here to stay.

Windows 10 Insider wondering where Notepad has gone? Fear not, Microsoft found it down the back of Dev Channel

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Re: Good Grief...

Because the way they do Windows 10 updates is definitely a Bork Champion?

Apple gives Boot Camp the boot, banishes native Windows support from Arm-compatible Macs

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For people who uses desktops is not a big problem to have a separate machine to run Windows.

If you use a laptop and need portability (something rare in these quarantine times but hey some people still go to the office anyway) carrying two machines is annoying as hell when you only need Windows for a few things you do not use otherwise.

US govt: Julian Assange tried to recruit hacker to steal hush-hush dirt and we should know – the hacker was an informant

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They are doing this now?

It would be more believable if this "Hacker" had appeared less than a year when this whole mess started. Okay maybe two years at most.

As it is it just looks like they caught someone doing something illegal and they offered him a deal if he testified against Julian Assange besides what he was already doing as an informant.

One year ago, Apple promised breakthrough features to help iPhone, iPad, Mac owners with disabilities. It failed them

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Wow

This... this is definitely an epic fail.

When Open Source software (for Android and PC) is doing a better job than your paid device and Os, you goofed pretty badly.

Even if you are an Apple fanboy, this goes on the level of Apple Maps of Bork.

If you are paying you should get the service you are paying for. Not something that screams "unfinished beta".

Faxing hell: The cops say they would very much like us to stop calling them all the time

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Joy?

Unbridled joy of being able to send and receive faxes?

That only lasted until you started to get spam.

And unlike e-mail, faxes meant the spam got printed, wasting very expensive fax machine paper and ink.

Fax machines needed to be carefully monitored otherwise you ended with hundreds of pages of spam being printed by them.

And to stop the printing you had to reset to darn things. And some machines were freaking hard heads and tried to get back to printing junk even if you had then turned off for a few minutes.

Features vs compatibility: Google Chrome team promises more 'rigour', but what does that mean?

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Re: RE: 3rd browser did we

And it was a freaking shame, Opera used to be my favorite browser.

Sometimes I use Midori to see how a website looks on it but the poor green thing crashes a whole lot.

Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length: macOS shifts from x86 to homegrown common CPU arch, will run iOS apps

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Compatibility is gonna be a problem.

If Windows, that can run the kitchen sink from three generations ago, needs an emulator to run 32 bit software and some of it even needs a virtual machine, imagine how it will work with Apple who is way more happy to break compatibility with old stuff.

Sure is wild that Apple, Google app store monopolies are way worse than what Windows got up to, sniffs Microsoft prez

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Re: Unclear article point

Where have you been the last three months? His popularity is sinking quite fast due to him doing nothing about the Coronavirus outbreak.

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Re: Unclear article point

Hence why I am not using Windows 10.

Well that and the updates breaking things.

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No I am not salty about Windows for Phones dying, why are you asking?

As anyone using Windows 10 must have noticed, Windows 10 throws you some difficulties if you try to install anything that doesn't have those certificates Microsoft charges money for.

Ah lovely, here's something you can do with those Raspberry Pis, NUC PCs in the bottom of the drawer: Run Ubuntu Appliances on them

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Be responsible

And don't make a sadist toaster.

Check out the night sky in all its X-ray glory: Everything from hot gases to supernovas and massive black holes

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If you do a giant print of that...

Would it pass as modern art?

Huawei going to predict the future? Nope, say company leaders when asked about Joe Biden winning US election

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Re: Biden hardly gets a mention here in the UK

You have to remember, Trump is apparently doing everything he can to kill his voters, BEFORE the election. From making them drink bleach, to make them think they shouldn't wear masks, to have a rally behind closed doors.

Ready or not, here I come! Microsoft primes the Windows 10 20H1 auto-update cannon as 20H2 hovers into view

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Remember kids, you can disable Edge!

Just disable all the app permissions Edge has and terminate the App. Then reboot and Edge should stop being annoying.

If that doesn't work, maybe this might help:

https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys

Google and Parallels bring Windows apps to Chromebooks, in parallel with VMware and Citrix

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Re: @Blackjack - At this point...

As far as I know Chromebooks mostly get use in schools and for "cheap laptops" for kids to use. Even if they do everything online in your Office they still want you to use Windows as a general rule.

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At this point...

You might as well pay a few bucks more and just get a cheap Windows 10 laptop instead.

The bork on the sign goes round and round, round and round, round and round

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Re: Enterprise SMART firmware on home drives?

To be fair ten years is usually the most modern harddrives last. I had one in a 286 last almost twenty-five years then it just died one day or maybe was the Bios. Anyway the thing had to be throw in the trash, thankfully we had backup floppy disks that being the flat ones still worked quite well.

The downside was getting the flat floppy disk drive to work in another PC and being over two hours copying files because EVERYTHING was important even the disk labelled "Games".

God forbid you no longer can play MS Dos 2.0 version of snake, that's what Dosbox is for right?

Looking for a home off-world? Take your pick: Astroboffins estimate there are nearly 6bn Earth-likes in the Milky Way

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Re: "Getting to them is, however, quite another kettle of fish"

Before humanity knows we can life off world we should see if we can life on our moon that's quite close in case of a screw up.

HTC breaks with tradition to push out 2 phones someone might actually want to buy

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Don't buy an early model 5G

Unless you live in a city that already has 5G it will be mostly a waste of money and if you need a travel phone 4G isn't gonna go away any time soon.

Of course with the quarantine going buying a 5G phone is even worse since you will be mostly using Wifi anyway.

It looks like you want to browse the internet with Chrome. Would you like help? Maybe try Edge? Please?

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Re: Ah, that explains why...

I use Icecat even if only the Windows 64x version seems to update regularly.

Wailing Wednesday follows Patch Tuesday as versions of Windows 10 stop playing nicely with plugged-in printers

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Windows 10 borked again

Just had to bork yet again

What an inglorious feeling

I am really unhappy again!

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Re: Borksoft

That's too long.

Is a WBA moment.

Aka Windows Borked Again.

Or if you want to be motr detailed then is a W10BA moment.

Windows 10 Borked Again.

Someone got so fed up with GE fridge DRM – yes, fridge DRM – they made a whole website on how to bypass it

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Please correct me if I am wrong but...

Is still possible to get dumb fridges, right? Or they are no longer being made?

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