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[#] Wed Dec 21 2011 07:53:35 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Dunno about that, I think Microsoft is still big enough to do a lot of damage.
They still have a massive war chest from their Windows and Office monopolies, and they're using it to do everything they can to force their way into staying relevant.

[#] Wed Dec 21 2011 08:00:58 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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yea, and projects like limux (equipping the city of munichs computers with opensource & linux) still have to fight an uphill battle.

though limux now has an installation base on 9.000 computers of the city, and is going to grow to 12.000 in the next years.

but you realy need people willing to fight and fight clever to achieve like that so you can stand ms office for a longer view.

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

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When husband was setting up <groan> Windows on my computer, he decided to be cute and give me the username Poofy.

When I got a real job <groan!>, boss said I should get Microsoft Office <super-groan>.

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!>

So tempted to RTOOS, but my boss insists on everything being in MS-Word, and OpenOffice doesn't cut it (I tried).

Requesting sympathy b/c of the crazy boss. 

And I'm thinking of buying one of these.

Can't wait 'til they're available... 

[#] Mon Dec 26 2011 07:56:51 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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If your boss insists on something for which you must pay money to acquire it, perhaps he should supply it?

[#] Mon Dec 26 2011 09:06:17 EST from zooer @ Uncensored

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I don't remember but itsn't thee something in the options of Microsoft office that you can change?  The default user information.  I know Open Office has the option and I am sure Microsoft does also.

I have a version of Office 2003, I will check that, and then I will check my mother's basic office (word and excel) and see if I can find it in the options.

[#] Mon Dec 26 2011 09:11:16 EST from zooer @ Uncensored

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Again, on my windows box I am using Office 2003 (and Win 2K), in the word processor goto Tools-> Options-> User Information.

If that doesn't work, the properties of each document should offer something.

and if that doesn't work look at settings-> Control Panel-> Users and Passwords and play around with those settings.


I feel so dirty for booting Windows.


[#] Mon Dec 26 2011 10:23:56 EST from triLcat @ Uncensored

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Ok. I was able to fix it. It was completely unclear how to do it since Office no longer acts like an application...

Unfortunately, I'd already edited half the doc as Poofy...

My boss has paid for some things I needed. I was actually able to get Office for $7 or something similarly ridiculous because my husband's work has a deal for home computers and my computer is the only working computer in the house that doesn't belong to his company. 

[#] Mon Dec 26 2011 17:22:21 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I just think it's a shame you're forced to use a Microsoft product for something as stupid as word processing.

[#] Mon Dec 26 2011 18:06:39 EST from triLcat @ Uncensored

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M$ Office has a slightly different track-changes system from OO.

Their auto-correct and dictionary are also a little better, though they don't have the nifty auto-type that continues the word for you once you start it...

I miss the autotype. Typing 'AppsGeyser' is annoying.

[#] Tue Dec 27 2011 10:56:36 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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So tempted to RTOOS, but my boss insists on everything being in
MS-Word, and OpenOffice doesn't cut it (I tried).

Clearly your boss needs to switch to OpenOffice (or LibreOffice, which despite the stupid name seems to be the current center of development).

[#] 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 [] 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 ]

101 is my collection of "LAMP" type web sites (including  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.

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