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[#] Fri Jan 13 2012 10:59:05 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Heh. This is funny.

Micros~1 is starting to warn server developers [http://goo.gl/zZzmT] that they need to start building software that does not assume that Windows Server will have a GUI running at all times.

"Those who do not understand Unix are doomed to reinvent it, poorly."

The most hilarious part is that Windows Server 8 will require a REBOOT to turn the GUI on and off. They've been screwing this up for 25 years now and they STILL can't get it right!

[#] Fri Jan 13 2012 11:49:16 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Heh, awesome!

[#] Fri Jan 13 2012 16:21:42 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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lol. though I must admit mode switching isn't always fine in linux.

my amd 450 with the integrated evergreen chipset still won't switch back to console, and will even mess up the screen when switching back to X11.

but in a situation where you control the QA of the hardware manufacturers, why not make them do it? ....



[#] Mon Jan 16 2012 09:38:35 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Because they're still a schlock house, that's why. All Microsoft products *still* suck even after all these years and zillions of dollars later.

[#] Mon Jan 16 2012 11:51:57 EST from zooer @ Uncensored

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To parahrase the Lily Tomlin character "Ernestine" we are the Microsoft company, we don't have to care.



[#] Tue Jan 31 2012 17:10:28 EST from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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Mon Dec 26 2011 05:22:00 EST from triLcat @ Uncensored

Now, whenever I use Track Changes in Word <barf>, the changes come through as Poofy.

Apparently, the only way to change that is to create a new user for Windows <blergh!>

I had something similar today, I set up a new win7 machine for our secretary and the thing forces you to create a user on first install, so I created the_mgt. I deleted it after activating the administrator account (sudo activate administrator....).

Today I saw that the adobe software and also office had "the_mgt" as user/owner showing up, even when I used the secretarys account for checking if MS EasyTransfer had really transferred outlook correctly. (Which it did, to my surprise).

Only solution was to comb the registry for the string "the_mgt" and replace it with the secretary's name. And it was all over the place.



[#] Tue Jan 31 2012 17:26:34 EST from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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Tue Dec 13 2011 10:09:48 ESTfrom skpacman @ Uncensored

I had it partitioned as: d0-p0 (System Reserve), d0-p1 (OS - 250GB), d0-p2 (DATA - ~650GB)

I recently was so naive to  think that 50gb would be enough for a normal nongaming business install of win7....

The c:\windows folder grew to 30gb alone after about half a year of usage. 

The bad thing is, it got them switched somehow. It installed Windows on the bigger partition after I specifically told it to install on the smaller one.

I fucking hate windows... it ruined a perfect build.

At least I am not alone! A while ago, I upgraded the laptop of my gf. I already had set up the previous version of winxp, so I had a seperate partition of OS and one for data already. I moved everything important to the data parition, inserted the win7 installer and pointed it  to the previous system partition, believing to fill that partition with the shiny new win7. Now, there is something truly bizarre about the win7 installers and I am not sure if I already have understood it completely. (No way I am going to RTFM here...)

If you advice it to install on a complete blank hd, it will create some small partition and a big one for the OS. The small one seems to be like a linux' grub partition, bootloader and rescue stuff.

If you create a partition and choose this one as install target, it sometimes omits the bootloader partition.

Now, if you choose an already existing partition for installation, and it tells you this partition will become the "System" partition you better step on the brakes. It will use this partition for the bootloader and the next one behind this one as the real windows partition. Thats what happened to the GFs computer and her data partition... Of course it nuked the partition table, wrote over some data and left me with a 50gb big boot partition filled with only 200mb of shyte....

Thanks to Zero Assumption Recovery (yes, this is product placement, I even bought that tool for 25$ on a weekend special offer) being one of the few really good recovery tools, I found all her relevant data and was able to get the system going again until sunrise.

I did some resizing of partitions and reinstalled and now all is good, but I wasted 3gb on this "System" partition, since the stupid win7 partition tool can't shrink it any further.



[#] Tue Feb 21 2012 11:30:13 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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WTF?  [ If you can't see the image, go to http://i42.tinypic.com/fnrzu8.gif ]

101 is my collection of "LAMP" type web sites (including www.citadel.org).  102 is Uncensored, with lots of people logged in and doing their thing.  104 is my development box.

103 is an idle Windows 7 desktop.  It is doing nothing right now.  There aren't even any applications installed.  It's sitting there idle and it's consuming more memory than any of the other VM's, and eating CPU.

Windows 7: their best ever! 



[#] Tue Feb 21 2012 17:32:50 EST from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Ugh! Tell me about it!

We inherited an HP a6010 desktop PC from the in-laws to give to our son.
My father-in-law loaded Windows 7 onto it. The problem is that this PC only has 1 GB of RAM, and Windows 7, with all the default services turned on, sucks up all the physical memory and crawls.

I turned off a whole mess of services that I know we wouldn't need and that helped a lot. I know you'd rather just wipe that VM and put Linux in place, but if it's something you need to keep around long-term, it might be worth turning off uneeded services.
Service Binder

[#] Tue Feb 21 2012 18:12:53 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Actually it's just for testing web sites with aIEeeeee, so I don't need it much.

You, on the other hand, are actually thinking of giving your son a Windows machine as his primary computer. I'm calling child protective services to put an end to this abuse.

[#] Wed Feb 22 2012 13:29:03 EST from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Hey, if Linux can run Portal and Portal 2, I'd definitely give it a shot.
Something tells me, though, that it probably won't run well in a VM with only 1 GB of RAM, and last I checked--which, admittedly, was a long time ago--WINE wasn't up to snuff for running modern Windows games.

[#] Thu Feb 23 2012 15:16:29 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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It's probably indexing your hard-drive, in a desparate attempt to be faster when you go to use it.

But, you know... progress and all that.

[#] Tue Feb 28 2012 00:25:41 EST from triLcat @ Uncensored

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To avoid beating the long-dead horse... any way you can pop some extra RAM in there? I ran win7 with 2gb ram and when I was only running 4-5 tabs at a time on Chrome, life was livable. Now I'm at 4GB RAM and sadly, I manage to use all of it. 



[#] Tue Feb 28 2012 03:57:49 EST from Stefan @ Uncensored

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Portal 2 on linux? Seems to be no problem. See:

http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=version&iId=23278



[#] Tue Feb 28 2012 16:39:17 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Yeah well, after 30 years of being fed shrink-wrapped crap, Microsoft's customers ought to be realizing that there IS NO CAKE coming out of Redmond. Some people...

[#] Thu Mar 01 2012 12:35:07 EST from ax25 @ Uncensored

Subject: Never an extra day.

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Microsoft 365, not 366!

Har, har, har.....

Gotta love the leap years.



[#] Wed Mar 07 2012 14:14:36 EST from asdfg @ Uncensored

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I recently installed the Windows 8 consumer preview and I hate the new look and feel of the Metro interface on desktop computers. And they deleted the start menu which I hate as well.

I don't hate Microsoft products usually but this thing is a nightmare.

[#] Wed Mar 07 2012 15:15:34 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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heh, that guy too:

http://www.extremetech.com/computing/121015-windows-8-may-drive-me-to-linux

astonishingly he seems to like the unity dekstop;



[#] Thu Mar 08 2012 11:23:57 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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WTF?

Windoze 7 doesn't allow remote desktop to be enabled unless Windoze Firewall is also enabled.

There is NO WORKAROUND other than turning on Windoze Firewall and running it with an empty ruleset.

WTFWTFWTF?!? I've already got it behind a firewall and I know what I'm doing.

[#] Thu Mar 08 2012 17:07:41 EST from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Microsoft can be a pain in so many different ways.

Preface: Stick your "Use {Open|Libre|*}Office" or "Use Linux" comments somewhere else. This stemmed from a work issue and we use MS Office tools despite all else.

I had a spreadsheet with one column that had a list of text values that could be duplicated, e.g. "a, a, a, b, b, a, c, c, c, d, a." What I was trying to get was a count of values per value, i.e. "How many a's? How many b's? etc." Of course, MS Excel's built-in "help" is no help at all. Google gave me some MS web pages and some discussion forum answers involving a few different cell formulae copied in array-style, but those left with me with a lot of extraneous data that I didn't need.

Finally, I decide to read up about Pivot Tables. I had heard of them before, but never really used them--never had a need to. Insert -> Pivot Table, drag the column header I want into "Row Labels" and "Values" and...Voila! I've got what I needed.

Why? Oh, why couldn't there have been a help page somewhere that said, "Try using Pivot Tables, dummy!"

Stupid frakkin' MicroShit products.
Pivot Binder

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