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

Subject: WTF?

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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

[#] Thu Mar 08 2012 17:30:01 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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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.

Use Google Docs.

[#] Thu Mar 08 2012 18:06:14 EST from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Don't even. Heather's been using Google Docs recently and so far it seems to be entirely primitive by comparison to MS Office. Not that I'm a big fan of MS Office, but Google Docs has a long long way to go.

[#] Thu Mar 08 2012 18:15:00 EST from zooer @ Uncensored

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It has been a while since I used Google Docs and it was lacking in features.

[#] Thu Mar 08 2012 19:03:48 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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It has that one killer feature called "not from Microsoft" that is unbeatable.

[#] Thu Mar 08 2012 19:50:41 EST from zooer @ Uncensored

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That features also includes "Doesn't do half of what Office does."

[#] Thu Mar 08 2012 21:12:59 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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One thing it does, however, that Word won't do is collaberative editing.

My boss and I worked together on some copy for distribution to potential customers. Between the two of us, we can make some very professional-reading copy for advertising our product line.

We used a technique of Google chat (for audio), and Google Docs, to work together on the editing. We'd look over a sentence, read it aloud, then try out something else, making modifications to the document real-time. That might prompt another approach, etc., until we had the document with the maximum amount of punch possible. If one of us made a grammatical error while writing out an idea, the other would fix it real-time.

I've never had a more productive editing session. You had to see it to fully appreciate it.

[#] Thu Mar 08 2012 21:44:41 EST from zooer @ Uncensored

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How far away is your boss?

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