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ralcool

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  1. Windows 10 Regressions

    Just noticed a regression today. I was trying to gather network usage from my machines, One Win8.1, two Win10. On Win8, the sidebar can display estimated usage for each network. I have a few wifi networks, so I can see easily data used by each. With Win10, the usage monitoring is accessed through settings/data usage for a global wifi or ethernet figure. Less detail. But you can see which apps are using it.. but obviously the usual brower is the main culprit. The option can be re enabled with a reg hack, after taking ownership- by changed the dword to 2. localmachine\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\controlpanel\setting\network 'ReplaceVan' (0) to '2' The the right click menu option appears on each available network. Less is more hey microsoft. Could have just left the feature behind the right click- but you had to hide it further.
  2. What's Your Anticipation Level?

    Don't get it do ya?!.. I watched a kid draw a circle in the last ad. A Circle, with her finger! Mindblow. <TIC> Seriously, they were comparing some snotty kid vs its mother at some moronic task. Finger vs mouse. Serious work like annotating selfies with arrows and comments. M$ are flogging something they think has something over the MacBook. Touch. Looks like reactive marketing to the Press over the lack of such a thing still in the Mac. I actually disabled the touch screen feature on my Win10 tablet.. it can be annoying. All I want for Christmas is the marketing and cost reduction departments of the large corporations that the wheels of need turn on- to step out of the way of the engineers and let them do good work. An amnesty on time and budget, to polish and improve core code and structures.
  3. Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    Um, no- its been back since Win8 Geez, photobucket is so loaded with ads it barely loads... cpu time crazy
  4. Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    So where did the up arrow go? Another regression?
  5. Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2016/10/07/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-14942-for-pc/ Maybe, they are finally listening. I'd bet the newest promoted apps will be installed though.
  6. Official - Windows 10 Worst Crap Ever!

    haha, Notice my avatar is a Dreadnought class starship. USS Vengeance. Even the federation needs a big heavy stick sometimes.
  7. Yeah, Gosh. When I bought my new tablet to replace my long standing laptop- it took almost minutes to remember how to log in to BM's website- and get another key. d***, I paid a nominal donation fee 3 years ago... How could Bigmuscle make a profit giving me another key?, Maybe there is more to it than that. Another desktop saved from the white noise. Glass just finishes it off. Thanks BM. Edit, All my systems listed in my signature run a version of AeroGlass. It just works perfectly.
  8. Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    I think any growth now is likely to be new hardware sales rather than updates. While they will happen- we all know there is no real need.
  9. Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    Stung by another 'feature'. Windows 10 tried to update the tablet again last night. Got me asking, why? Its set to metered connection, yet it was attempting to install the AU 1607. Ahh, So the metered setting is for EACH wifi access point you use/select. It remembers the settings, but defaults off for new connections. I switched to a different access point, and it thought it could go nuts downloading! When I checked the adapter settings, it was back to un-metered for the AP I was now using. (Tethered 4G mobile phone) The very annoying part is each update reboot takes in excess of 30mins of 'Getting Windows Ready" before its usable again. Feel hostage to the machine. Cheers
  10. Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    Thanks for the explanation Noel & JorgeA, I noticed the site was unavailable for a while. In other news the tablet again did more updates, to 10586.545 (from 420) Only obvious change is now a dwm incompatibility msg from aeroglass. Great. Did BM even cover this newer version.. This is why I don"t want/need updates!!!!! It doesn't care much for the metered setting. And there more still listed waiting to install if I lift the metering. It must be a Windows 10 Home thing.. the i7 with Win10 Pro gagged with registry to 'never check' iirc, is still holding at 10586.420 I expect to wake up any morning to a brick.
  11. Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    Overnight two posts about tablets mysteriously disappear.
  12. Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    Just installed VMware player 12 'Free Edition' on a fresh Chuwi hi10 Chinese Dual OS tablet. (Windows 10 Home (1511.420) / Android 5.1 preinstalled) I did that to run a small installation of XP SP3/x86 for some 16bit based software I need access to. Good to keep a working XP licence and ISO handy. Obviously I've run O&O to quiet down the telemetry, but this thing runs very lean anyway. Android mode is pretty awesome too. Clean and fast. VMware would the the last mob to be put off or confused about M$ playing tricks with arbitrary version blocking. Their Job Description is running whole OS's on 'incorrect' hardware! Cheers
  13. Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    Ahh simple. We complained the usual monthly patch Tuesday updates weren't being explained well enough. So they've decided to roll them into renamed 'monthly roll up package', that cumulatively merges the updates in a seemingly rolling cycle. Instead now they can generalize the explanations over a larger area. And basically demolish the ability to deny specific patches.
  14. Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    http://winsupersite.com/windows-10/microsoft-shortens-recovery-rollback-period-10-days-windows-10-anniversary-update Its hard to agree or dis-agree on this one... yes it could free space.. but then again a simple button to 'clear previous editions' might have had the same effect- and allowed for choice.
  15. Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    The Dental van today was running XP. The theme showed it was Server 2003. It was happily running which ever awesome Win32 software that fits their needs Sysadmins only need an OS. Any cosmetic features Microsoft will ever add are unlikely to change our interactions or contribute to computing in general. I don't think that will change for a looong time. Letting them process my emails to 'remind' me of a flight number is simply 'sales talk', Cortana is as useless as a plastic news reader. With the processing power IN the machine, can't it now process voice control and give me Star Trek style voice control without telling the whole cloud? Sometimes you feel like.. "So what do you do with a powerful i7 other than play demanding games?" All this horsepower to just animate bloated webpages? Used to be fun rendering fractals and even patiently wait for some code to compile.... but those delays are over. It should be reading stock data and filling my bank account. All the talk of being connected gives the insidious feeling of loss of control. Eula agreements always felt like selling your soul... its either click or not use the printer unless you agree its not our fault if anything at all goes to plan or s***. When corporations design an ashtray you can be sure it might turn to ash.
  16. Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    Here is my submission... maybe.
  17. Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    How bad does it have to be that one counts their sales in the 10s to 100s of millions, and the profits in the billions, and get then disappointed if the year is bit slower because you sold something so (almost) good last time that the market got saturated again and the buyers are waiting for something else 'awesome' to open their wallets again. For a moment i thought buying/using a Windows Phone would instantly mean I could sync and share contacts and texts... this was during the Windows 7ish mango era. Its still too hard, and now its all on the bloody cloud waiting for the next screw up. It never worked, and I'd rather connect in 'storage' mode and just pull files from a folder like the old days. Oh, but you updated the emojies... yay. Which company did you also assimilate this time, and we'll probably find out later in a leaked report.
  18. Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    Just imagine for one second if Steam managed to develop their own OS instead of a shell- gamers could finally leave the strangle hold of Microsoft. M$ did the reverse, they created the Xbox, originally based on PC hardware, to lock in a hardware platform you could know everyone had. A custom P3 laptop cpu and fast Nvidia graphics. But later once PCs surpassed that base line- that is when the much hyped but luke warm 'Games for Windows' idea seemed to surface, That should have been a Xbox game loader. Pop in the original game into your PC, and Windows would play it. Like an extension even for the Media Centre Edition. The Xbox OS was a modified Win2000 anyway IIRC. But No. As usual their myopic attitude means they never considered my idea. And this Xbox app for Windows 10 still isn't the same thing. Tell me when I can load an Xbox 360/One, etc game disc into my Windows 10 machine. Decent i7 something should be fine. They couldn't even do a Media Centre for Xbox either properly, if at all?...So 3rd parties had to do it..... Like XMBC for Xbox. And the hacking community in general. Blah, Always fun to bash M$ over a cold beer.
  19. Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    See? It says important.
  20. Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    Point 12, Warranties But wait, I thought you (M$) said power words like 'better, improved, and secure' in the advertising blurb. In fact I'd suggest that it would be impossible to add a new UI frame work, built on top of an old UI- that didn't introduce more exploitable errors. And before BS is called- didn't they say desktop Gadgets were now highly dangerous and to treat with caution?.. Why should I expect the new version of Solitaire is more secure than the old one?, Or that someone could undo countless hours of productivity by hacking the xbox live scores and send me back to the stone age?! Just remember- even if/when a party proves something has a security flaw, the masterminds will proudly wave their certificates and say "Does not" Like this example from Intel: http://semiaccurate.com/2016/01/20/intel-puts-out-secure-cpus-based-on-insecurity/ It reminds me of that old joke about the farmer and the bull. "Your badge! Show him your badge!" http://imgur.com/gallery/pd6FK Cheers
  21. Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    I had to replace the motherboard on my laptop, Tuesday I think. The replacement part is second hand. The system fired up, and it for all intents looked to be fixed. Enter the random and sudden black screens that started to occur, could run for any amount of time. Seemed to crash worst when closing the browser.... but this is just an observation. It had been some time since I last used the laptop, so I casually checked to check it was activated- since I was seriously considering securing my free Win10 key for this machine... it had been a preview machine, but not since about build 9860. Thats' when they broke audio. It showed it was still activated, and still begging for updates- but they've been off for a long time. During one of the random crashes, I was presented with a 'missing operating system' prompt. I tried a few tricks to recover the boot, but it wasn't in the mood- and neither was I. A fresh installation sounded like a good idea, this machine is at risk of theft since I use it out and about & in the car, so I keep it almost empty. Here's the kicker- I have a boxed retail Windows 8.0 disc and key. Its no longer accepted. I am blocked!.. I phoned M$ support, and they repeated that fact. They tell me the key has been abused, and has been used- according to their records, 31 times!!!!! Interestingly, I have only ever used this key on the one machine. Perhaps more than once, but only the one computer except for the recent motherboard swap. He even acknowledged this appeared to be true. (The telemetry must work well then ) I am told the solution is to buy a new key, they offered to sell me one for $40. I declined, telling them to sort it out on their end... its a legit key and I'm sick of buying them. The same number tried to call back this morning.. both times the call dropped out before anyone spoke. (I gave my number since they offered to call if the connection was bad.. and it was bad, so they rang back).. I have a case number too. So be warey I guess of trying to activate an earlier Windows.. it could backfire on account of YOUR key being 'abused',but regardless of explanation.. the M$ gods won't let me use it. Thanks M$. (Oh, and just for giggles, I cut a Windows 10586 dvd and installed it to the laptop... and audio is still not working out of the box... the old vista drivers don't help either) So I have two useless versions of Windows... one can no longer activate, but operates my hardware perfectly. The newest one is still incompatible, and also can't activate. I'll have to run the thing on something to confirm the crashes are cured.. the replacement mainboard has a warranty, finding the cause is the game. Software or Hardware. Minor edit.. the replacement board seems to be flakey... bummer. It'll crash running anything. WinPE (Macrium), Win10, and a recovered image of 8.0 (which was imaged whilst activated.. and even without/denied an internet connection- insists it isn't activated anymore either! Wow, just wow. Cheers
  22. Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    Ahh, So to recap.. They added P2P to make upgrading PCs use less load on their servers, and removed it from Skype to make it 'better and more secure' It would save the world a lot of useless network traffic if they didn't sponge so much information from their 'clients', then again- we are the product to exploited and fleeced. Given what a can be done by an experienced user.. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/07/20/silver_tongue_hacker_shows_how_one_home_address_can_lead_to_ruin/ Sigh.
  23. Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    I'm convinced some companies just want to make life difficult. Tried to install a simple Canon printer driver today on a XP machine. No, it won't install because it isn't SP3... for a bloody printer driver! Tried to load the driver manually bypassing the installer... it crashes the machine. So now I've had brought it back to the workshop to stuff about imaging the hdd in case of a major failure, and pray the SP3 update runs smoothly. Waste of my time.
  24. Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    As simple as I am actually on a metered connection. Typical of M$ to think anyone using an ethernet cable doesn't need the option. Since its only offered on a wireless adapter. And yes, I don't need it downloading updates heavily without my permission. Won't matter since in 2020 Microsoft will probably recommend not using Windows at all since its obviously full of bugs and costs money to maintain.
  25. Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    I went looking how to set my ethernet connection to metered, and found exactly the answer. Thought I'd share. https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-networking/how-to-set-an-ethernet-connection-as-metered-to/ecdaca08-d413-4a6a-9e33-b4afb337fc18?auth=1
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