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  1. Just a side note, this new (which is not always better) software, is quite unholy! Noel, I think you nailed it!!! One cannot play with the Devil and not get their hands burnt. The following was found on pcworld.com: All this means that the process of locking in customers to the Microsoft platform might be taking longer than expected. To date, investors haven't minded, generally cheering Nadella’s leadership and sending the company’s stock up to near its all-time high in 1999. But given Microsoft's lower earnings and revenue—and downward guidance in key business units—it’s possible Microsoft may come under greater pressure to make its Windows 10 vision a reality. That’s not necessarily great news for consumers. End of quote. The entire article is a decent read and in between the lines one sees the AARD code mentioned above. Sure am glad I am not on this train, my decision a few years ago is looking better all the time. However, one is not safe from the lunacy there either.
  2. NoelC, Short answer, A and B. In my opinion, and it is just that, my opinion, XP was a step down and everything newer than that is somewhat worthless, with the newest stuff being pure garbage. Now, I came into the GUI world kicking and screaming, so I may be just a tiny bit Jaded. My argument back then, was that we finally have enough horse power to do some real computing, but NO we are supposed to put this slug onto our hardware and continue to SLOW. I equated it to going out and buying the Triple Crown winner and taking him home and hooking him up to a plow. Now, that could be some of the reason I have gotten on so well with the Penguin. You can do as little or as much as you want from the command line. But, the bottom line is this: Whatever you use for an OS, that is all it is, an OS. And, if it works for you and you like it, then by all means use it. With Micro$oft's latest, I can't imagine anyone accepting their taking of your personal information and DATA, but then I guess if all you use a computer for is to read your email and surf the Web, then you might figure it doesn't matter. But, anyone that generates any data at all, could not sleep at night knowing that you no longer have control over that data.
  3. If you only load programs from the Distro's Repository you shouldn't have any dependancy issues. Now, you may be having some hardware issues, which for new hardware is still sometimes an issue, then I understand. Might want to try a different distro if there are to many issues. Once, you get the hardware working, it will probably be very stable and easy to use. @Noel: You nailed it on the head. The Trust Factor is LONG GONE. And, for what it is worth, I never trusted updates, from day one. So, we must get our headware from the same source.
  4. Bit OT, but carries with theme of a lot of the discussion. It isn't just Microsoft, the Linux community seems to be losing its way as well. I had reason to NEED Adobe Acrobat Reader 9 and found a version for Linux from the good folks at Adobe. Talk about an ill behaved program, it totally took over ALL PDF activity and did not respect browser settings. That to me is really BAD MANNERS. It does appear that it uninstalled in entirety. But, I still wonder with its behavior. The flat interfaces has also shown up many of the desktops. The good thing about the penguin is that it is a piece of cake to install a different desktop. The kids/youth are now making the decisions and a large number of them are not good. I can't understand why they have failed to learn from history, they are he!! bent on repeating the same mistakes that were made in the past. I'll return you to your normally scheduled programming now.
  5. Run 2K almost daily in a VM, main machine dual boots 2K and a version of the Penguin. I would say this section is quieter for a couple of reasons. 1.) 2K was and still is a good OS. 2.) The good folks at MS didn't pitch this OS to the masses. If they had, XP probably would of been a flop. :-) But, then again, the timing of the release of 2K there were some hardware issues that could have backlashed on them with the masses.
  6. noelc said: "I found something on the Win 7 system where the "Windows Activation Validation Task" has to run every few months. I allowed it through the firewall so hopefully the next run on December 14 will just succeed. I assume something like that if not allowed to run will just kill the activation." I wouldn't put it past them to do just such a thing. I was going to say that I had a 7 instillation that had never seen the internet and that it had continued to run. Then I remembered it is a Dell Laptop, that has the Bios authorization, so not a good reference point. Do keep us posted, as I have often wondered if they might do something like this. Or, even more neferarious (sp?), release something into the wild that kills evrything of theirs that requires activation, that is older than X. The Penguin waddles off stage. :-)
  7. It has been a while since I've said/posted anything. Since I really don't have a horse in the race, (The Penguin has become the primary) thought probably better to just watch from the sidelines. But, the Microsoft TV ads, here in America, anyway, use children and show absolutely no hint of inovation. This has caused me to have a question. Are they using children because.... 1.) it is an OS for children? or 2.) it is a childish OS? I've been stumped about this now for a while.
  8. I may be wrong, but I can not imagine the corporate world, accepting this massive intrusion into their way of dealing with tech. It may turn out that the year of the Linux Desktop actually happens. I do recall something in this thread stating that corporate was being cut a little slack in the forced update timing. But, they were still required to update. I agree, it looks like a mighty big train wreck is coming. Sure am glad that I am on the outside looking in. Probably a good time to short msft stock. This will not end well for them.
  9. Is it possible that all this wailing and nashing of teeth, is the result of: Most all software and operating systems matured in the last 10 to 15 years. Leaving no place for major improvements or reasons for going there? Taking the automobile analogy, all they are doing is changing the look of the fenders and slope of the windows. How many people actually NEED 64 bit capabilities? There are a FEW that really need it, but the vast majority don't even come close to using up their 32 bit availability. I do understand there is something to bragging rights, you know the cool factor of I have 16 cores and 128 gigabytes of Ram, you kind of like having a Lamborgini (sp??) or a Ferarri (sp??). Just some thoughts.
  10. First thought through my shallow mind was, are we moving from STDs to CTDs? Sounds like sure fired recipe for a MAJOR security issue. From our computer history, it seems that we as humans seem to lack the ability to test things well enough before we release them and thus have a terrible record as for security. This is all OSes, not just Redmond's beast. The various government spook agencies love the idea though.
  11. I vote for Power Supply issues. I had one that tested as fine with a tester, but was found to be WEAK after more issues appeared. It started as you describe, random lockups, etc. Inspected MB and found bulged capacitors, so decided then and there that that had to be the issue (may of been part, but it wasn't it at the time), so replaced the MB and decided to upgrade the CPU to a dual core at the same time. Machine would not boot, wouldn't even get to the BIOS checks. Figured I had a D.O.A. O.E.M. CPU and just put the old CPU in. Everything seemed to work just fine with the old CPU and new MB. Then a couple days later the old symptoms appeared again. At that point, I figured that the only thing left is that the power supply was laying down under load. It's stated wattage was well above what was possibly being called for by the hardware. So, I replace the power supply and haven't had an issue since. Or, at least until something fails. If at all possible, I would try a NEW power supply. My case was not with 98 but with 2K and Linux, but if it is the power supply, it doesn't care what OS is there.
  12. Still makes me want to smash something! I did have to find this right after I finished my lunch, making me have to swallow hard a few more times. That and I saw something over on slashdot.org about 10 going to be a subscription service. You know, you rent it or we won't allow you access to your data (oh, my mistake, that's ransom ware).
  13. Andrew, It sounds like the only reason you are considering an upgrade is to have better internet access to a handful of sites. It also appears that your hardware is OK but somewhat limited. First thing is, all any of them are is a vehicle to run your software on your hardware. It is only an Operating System. Now, with that said, have you given any thought to trying a light weight Linux distro to access the Internet with? You could either dual boot or run Linux from a live CD/DVD. That way you could keep using the OS of your choice for your tasks and use Linux for the Internet. I saw where someone made a comment about having trouble finding an ISP that supports Linux. I have only had one issue one time and that was aboard a cruise ship a few years ago. I believe that a person should have the freedom to use the OS and software of their choice. We also have to recognize that things do sometimes improve over time and that what meets our needs is not what is currently available. However, with some thought and effort one can adapt and modify some parts of their work flow to work around the vendor/society upgrades (or possibly downgrades, as beauty is in the eye of the beholder). Just wanted ot throw it out as a thought for you to consider. I came into the GUI kingdom kicking and screaming. Win95 warmed me up to the GUI, Win98 won me over, Win2K Cemented me in and XP shattered the concrete. 2K is the last good OS they made and is my preference for Windows. However, these days Linux is my primary OS. However, I use my 2K in a virtual machine almost daily, so I guess I'm still a Windows user. Good luck with whatever you decide.
  14. Using a typewriter isn't all that secure either. Back in the old days, the spook agencies would plant a bug to measure the EMF in the room and could decode what was typed. They may of even been able to do it by focusing some form of antenna on the target from a nearby building. Now if you were using a mechanical typewriter, they used accustical (sp?) methods and achieved the same results. Plus you had to be sure to destroy the back (pad) piece of paper, as they could also gather the impressions from it. Also, don't forget the carbon paper. bpalone
  15. Remember that I mentioned defection from Windows by Governments? Well here is one or should I say two from England. Though, it doesn't mention security as reason, it does make a point on the high cost of Microsoft product usage. It also appears that we, as a whole, are making a retreat to the old ways and days of doing things. The article is an interesting read and can be read here: http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2337542/barking-and-dagenham-switches-from-windows-xp-to-google-chromebooks-saves-around-gbp400-000 May make for some entertaining reading as they work through this. Oh my, we can't check your bill status as our wireless connection has been hacked and it is now directing us to the xxxx.xxx p0rn site. bpalone