DonDamm

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  1. but, but,.... nobody reads them!!! (and being a nobody, you know I do, yes?) Truly, most of the folks I help can't install a program without messing it up, much less actually read the EULA. That's why there's so much crapware that's entirely legal because the folks clicked "OK". Sigh. :^)
  2. Using host file entries from something like someonewhocares.org which now has a partial list of MS telemetry sites at the end goes a long way to bringing some sanity back into W10. I'm still using a modded W7 on my main rig because it has been soo stable for the last 7+ years or so, but I've found that those telemetry blocking entries have some side benefits like making Skype usable, too!! they block the ads there. Whew! What a relief! The longer term question is why should we have to go to such convoluted lengths to use our own machines? Part of the answers lies in other fundamental parts of US law. Such as, who owns your personal data? Europe has a Data Protection Act that pretty much works, though it's not perfect. The US on the other hand has none, and I'm pretty sure AustralAsia also have none. A first step in rectifying all this nonsense is to clearly define that an individual's data belongs to the individual and that any keepers of it, even with permission, are held liable for breach. That's why you can give your bank account number to someone for payment in Europe because your account is safe and the bank is liable. Not so in the US. they don't use 2-factor or transactional authentication and allow unsecured third party access to supposedly secure login and account pages (check chase with ~9 unsecure servers connecting!). Etc,etc. I won't go into more detail here, but this lack of data protection has given us unbridled arrogance of an increasing number of corporations, local and global. The entire SmartMeter programs of gas and electric companies across the US are a sham. Not the idea, but the implementation and liability issues. PG&E in California now makes users pay $10 to have their meters read (which they were compensated for long ago in rate schedules). It is insane, but there it is. As long as the fundamental issues are not addressed, we will continue to struggle against the onslaught on our privacy and control. And we will pay for it. Think TPM! They want to control access to all you do! lol :^)
  3. @NoelC the addys you mentioned above belong to the following 104.73.38.54:443 Alex Xu, 1578 Virginia Road, San Marino, CA; Defense.Net, Inc, Jacksonville FL 157.55.240.220:443 Microsoft Corp., Redmond, WA 157.56.96.58:443 Microsoft Corp., Redmond, WA 172.224.177.145:443 Akamai Technologies, Inc., Cambridge, MA 172.224.178.197:443 Akamai Technologies, Inc., Cambridge, MA 172.224.180.140:443 Akamai Technologies, Inc., Cambridge, MA 178.255.83.1:80 Comodoca, Unit 7, Campus Road, Listerhills Science Park, Bradford, BD7 1HR, United Kingdom 178.255.83.2:80 Comodoca, Unit 7, Campus Road, Listerhills Science Park, Bradford, BD7 1HR, United Kingdom 192.116.242.20:80 Srartcom Ltd, Petach-Tikva,Israel www.startssl.com 23.15.5.197:80 Akamai Technologies, Inc., Cambridge, MA 23.15.5.213:80 Akamai Technologies, Inc., Cambridge, MA 23.4.37.163:80 Akamai Technologies, Inc., Cambridge, MA 23.4.43.27:80 Akamai Technologies, Inc., Cambridge, MA 23.74.2.58:80 Akamai Technologies, Inc., Cambridge, MA 23.74.2.88:80 Akamai Technologies, Inc., Cambridge, MA 64.4.54.116:443 Microsoft Corp., Redmond, WA 65.55.44.108:443 Microsoft Corp., Redmond, WA 66.119.114.157:443 NITNETWORK, 3867 SE Evans Terrace, Stuart, FL It is interesting to note that they are all through port 80 (http) or 443 (https). Akamai is a major player and is involved in both good and bad stuff. I've never heard of NITNE or NitNetwork. :^)
  4. On a side note, I recently got a query about the asterisk in Notepad indicating a change in file content. On checking I found that in all the versions I checked, XP, W7, W8, and W8.1 the native notepad.exe had NO asterisk! Apparently, Ms finally learned that folks like that and added it to W10! My friend had been using a modded XP which I'd substituted Notepad2 for the original many many years ago. Both Notepad2 and Notepad++ sport that asterisk. I prefer Notepad++ for just about everything, though I have't played with many others like EditPlus, MetaPad, or AkelPad, though I've used and like TextPad. :^) Drugwash, let us know if you code an editor, okay?
  5. The Internet of Things reminds me of the myriad ID 10T problems so many of us run into... lol :^)
  6. Guess we're going to find out soon enough. The little icons tjo update to 10 showed up last night on my 8.1 rig and various others with Win7 and 8 I've seen so far today. I'm not ready to offer my working notebook to it just yet, though. Curious to see the build number offered! :^)
  7. Jorge, the short answer is yes you can just copy the pst file and use it in another computer. I do it all the time because I carry a copy with me when I travel. You can even interchange the pst files of Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 which wasn;t possible with earlier versions. So, you could use Outlook 2010 on your new machine with no problem. Now, to use it in the new machine is fairly simple, too. Set up the Outlook and create an account. Then go to your Outlook.pst file (the new one) and either delete it or as I do, just change the name by adding a .orig to the extension (Outlook.pst.orig). Now open Outlook. It will complain and complain that it can't find the file. It will ask you where it is and you then point it to the old pst file from the old machine which you copied and presumably put in its own folder (maybe on a drive D:?? - good idea!). Now close Outlook and restart it again. It will now show the old pst file as your default. :^) Note: while they did increase the allowed size of the pst file beyond the old 2GB limit, I don't recommend allowing the file to get larger than 500-900MB. When it gets that large things tend to slow down loading and finding anything. Either archive everything before a certain date or create another pst file and move everything before a certain date into it. You can always open a second pst file if you need something or want to move stuff to it. You can also use the import/export feature to accomplish basically the same thing. I just think it's foolish to keep important data on the C: drive. That drive should be for the OS and installed programs only. This is even more important with an solid state drive. I use one of 128GB for that and everything else is on either Drive D: or E: internally ( I use E for backup images), or an array of other external drives which I power up when I need them. That way if I get a nasty virus or the OS fails for another reason, I don't lose any data or emails and even if I have to put in a new disk and load an image, I'm up and running in a very short time with no data loss. Mirroring you pst file to an external disk will also protect you if that internal disk D: dies. Good luck with it! :^)
  8. @colore, I'd probably recommend Server 2008 R2 as it comes with nothing turned on. That means you only turn on what you need to use. Like any OS, it depends on what you use it for and how you use it as to whether you'll need to reboot, etc. I'm building a new machine and am seriously considering using Ubuntu Server and then running all other OSs in a VM. That may be the stablest configuration around!! lol There are some advantages to running in a VM as you can take "snapshots" and easily reset while the underlying OS is less vulnerable to current nasties. The latest spate of Windows nasties tend to install rootkits with abandon and often require redoing the MBR among other things to get rid of them. some even survive a reinstall! That's why running in a VM can be advantageous. Seriously, if you configure an OS properly and on proper hardware XP, Vista (yes even Vista), and 7 can all be "stable". Even Win98 SE could be considered stable if you don't ask too much of it. Why are you asking the question? What are you trying to accomplish? What role is the OS you want to install going to play? Is it a gaming platform? a server? a rendering platform as hardrockRam uses it? a fixit box? a main workstation? a test machine? None of these would be configured the same way, so it helps if you are a bit more specific.
  9. Hmm. I was very fond of Server 2003. I would run it for months and months without needing to reboot because of a crash or hang. Various flavors of linux have been extremely stable, too. I've run Ubuntu for a while and am extremely pleased with it over all. The latest version will even load up on a new Macd Book Pro!! Tey it. Go to an Apple Store and ask if it will load directly onto a Mac Book Pro. I did it in Vienna and they told me it wouldn't work. I said let's try it and slipped in the disk and rebooted. It took a bit, but finally it came up! It found all the hardware and everything just worked. It ws a hoot! :^) I can't tell much difference between Server 2008 R2 and Win 7, though. Except for the function, the stability seems about the same.
  10. However, you can force Google to access given servers. When I was in Austria the default was to google.at, but there was always the option to go to google.com presented at the bottom. there were times I used google.co.uk and google.de or google.it when I needed to. Changing the default language for this can help.
  11. Hmm. Because you mentioned it, I looked for and found progman.exe in the system32 folder of my server 2003 install!!! ??? Odd, eh?
  12. Like you, I've installed 7 on amchine with different graphics cards, both ATI and nVidia. Also both x86 and x64. Just fielded a phone call today from a friend with 7 x64 and he likes the taskbar on top. He's lost his Quick Launch bar again. I think it is a definite bug and one they probably won't fix. They'll figure that 93.7% of all their users keep the taskbar on the bottom and only a fraction of the rest are interested in using the Quick Launch bar. I'm thinking of writing a hack to include the item in the toolbar list. As for the reordering of the list, the only solution is to number each item with a 01, 02, 03, ... etc. That is and keep the Aero transparency. I will have to try unchecking the desktop composition and using Autohide and see if that works. Still, they're all workarounds and kluges. Definitely a bug.
  13. Yes, that is true. If you are using a reg file to remove or replace something. However, I use it directly in the registry to not delete a key but inactivate it. That allows me to reactivate it later if wanted without having to maintain a group of reg files or a list of the keys and values because it is all there as original - just with a slightly different name. When writing a reg file to remove a key, of course, you would place a minus sign in front of the whole key as noted. I should add that I tried the method as explained above and found that it does not work on the x64 installation I have on a quad core machine.
  14. One very simple method for registry changes that is very easy to reverse is to just put a minus sign in front of the key name. That means for the above the {B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93} becomes -{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93} When you want to reverse it you just remove the minus sign. You could also export the key and create a reg file to do the same thing for on and off. I do this all the time for Shared folders and the extra virtual User's folders in XP.
  15. Hmm. The machines I've noticed the behavior on sport a range of graphics chips from Intel to nVidia to ATI Radeon cards. Though, I have heard that a conflict with some nVidia chipsets could be the cause of some wireless networking problems I've also been having. Seems the module is unstable after a time and reverts to a 169.x.x.x address. When it does this, it is impossible to disable or otherwise make changes in the wireless config. Even the system shutdown hangs and requires a hard reboot.