Even that, though, was better than edlin.
I don't mind Notepad++. gvim on Windows just feels weird.
I don't like Notepad++ because of this bullshit: "Notepad++ is written in C++ and uses pure Win32 API and STL which ensures a higher execution speed and smaller program size. By optimizing as many routines as possible without losing user friendliness, Notepad++ is trying to reduce the world carbon dioxide emissions. When using less CPU power, the PC can throttle down and reduce power consumption, resulting in a greener environment."
Fuck that noise. If I wanted my editor to preach communism at me I'd use emacs.
The reason gvim on Windows "feels weird" is because your brain has to switch between GUI thinking and keyboard thinking. When you start up vi from the command line you've already shifted your brain into keyboard mode. When you start up gvim from the desktop your brain is still in cut-and-paste mode.
I found it awkward too, until I realized that gvim (both on 'doze and on Linux) permits cut-and-paste while the editor is in command mode. For example, you don't have to type "i" or "a" and then paste ... you can just paste.
You can also select text with the mouse and hit "delete". It has a bit of a learning curve, but then again, so does vi in general. Stick with it and you'll find yourself using it more ... which is of course the same advice we give to new vi users.
So... yeah... massive update dropped upon the unsuspecting Windows 10 users today.
It's the forever update... the update that takes a metric eternity to install.
Long after your children have grown and created children of their own, this update will still work on applying itself to your Win10 machine.
Use this as an opportunity to install other, less obnoxious operating systems that require of your precious time.
I'm also having to deal with a Windows authentication problem at work.
Which is awesome, of course. Microsoft's approach to authentication kinda reminds me of a Sting tune:
(Incidentally, it's kinda funny to hear a Geordy say something about how violence doesn't solve anything...)
(Or, rather, Geordie.. spelled it wrongly).
Perhaps both Sting tunes hit the mark.
Melvin updated his PC to the new Windows spring 2018 update.
Actually, no, he hasn't. He tried to update, since, of course, Microsoft kind of forces it on you. But the update failed, and now he can't use his PC.
Microsoft claims before they start an update, they set up a checkpoint that you can revert to. Except that the checkpoint doesn't work.
Because it can't see it. If it even did one.
So, I have to buy an 8 gig USB drive and follow some arcane instructions written in Aramaic by folks who are not from Microsoft (because Microsoft hasn't acknowledged there's a problem) or utterly re-install Windows 10 on Melvin's PC.
It kinda sucks to come home to computer problems after a day of working through computer problems.
@fleeb: can't boot into rescue mode from the F8 key, or whatever?
No, couldn't even do that.
I did manage to fix it, though.
There were some steps up on Reddit that seemed to resolve the issue.
nothing worse than being tech support.. Doesn't matter for whom.. Even yourself.
Agreed 1000000%. There was a very specific moment, and it happened very suddenly (I wish I had made it a point to make a note of the date, but it was towards the beginning of this decade) when, very late at night, I decided that I didn't want to be a system administrator at home anymore. I was fighting with some sort of Asterisk issue and I just snapped. I stayed up for hours installing POTS phones in the house, switching to the bog-standard ISP router and a simple configuration, and generally making everything as generic as possible. I've already got 43 data centers, I don't need one at home.
Since then, I've maintained this stance for several reasons. One is that it really is a Good Thing to not constantly be supporting a home environment. It just works. The other reason is because there is some comfort in the knowledge that if I ever become incapacitated and cannot support Teh Home Network, anyone with basic knowledge could come in and work on it. (It's set up impressively neatly, but it's not complicated.)
I used to run Uncensored and the Citadel project at home, but in 2007 I moved it all to a proper data center. In the late 1990's I was one of those people who wanted to show off with my "home lab" and a basement full of different kinds of equipment. I now laugh at those people, partially because I got that out of my system a long time ago, but mainly because you can fit an entire "home lab" inside a single computer with virtualization.
There is a school of thought which suggests that it's because technology is not interesting anymore. I disagree with that, and I still love to play around with technology, but there's no reason to fill my basement with it anymore when it can all be done in a virtual environment in a remote data center.