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by dragmor
Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Every few years, painful MS Office "upgrade"
Replies: 65
Views: 8713

Re: Every few years, painful MS Office "upgrade"

My problem with the office upgrade cycle is that Microsoft have now killed installations of multiple Office versions. It used to be that I could install Access 97, 2003, etc and still have an up to date copy of office for normal tasks. Now if you install Office 2016 it uninstalls all other versions ...
by dragmor
Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:36 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: RTS genre
Replies: 27
Views: 6608

Re: RTS genre

Maybe its just a market percentage thing. RTS games only really make sense with a keyboard and mouse, they don't work on a console with a controller and they don't work on mobile. That cuts out a large portion of the gaming market. As for myself, I mainly play turn based games now, it lets me walk a...
by dragmor
Mon Oct 10, 2016 12:30 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Space Odyssey by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Replies: 21
Views: 2077

Re: Space Odyssey by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Captain Ned wrote:
I don't begrudge either the largess that has flowed from that discovery; hell I could only be half so lucky,  It's just that when you've gone full-on media pimp, scientist becomes a label rather than a job description.

Whats your opinion on someone like Dr Karl Kruszelnicki?
by dragmor
Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:34 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Windows 10. Why so expensive?
Replies: 44
Views: 8958

Re: Windows 10. Why so expensive?

Don't use SteamOS, any modern Distro will work. I'm using Manjaro Linux which is a non-expert version of Arch. https://manjaro.org/ Ubuntu 16.04 doesn't like something (maybe the mSata drive), but Ubuntu 14.04 detects everything properly. You can still upgrade Windows 7/8.1 to 10 for free using the...
by dragmor
Wed Oct 05, 2016 12:25 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Windows 10. Why so expensive?
Replies: 44
Views: 8958

Re: Windows 10. Why so expensive?

Shambles wrote:
Option 1: Use Linux instead
Option 2: https://www.reddit.com/r/microsoftsoftwareswap/

It might be time to look into Steam OS.
by dragmor
Wed Oct 05, 2016 12:10 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Windows 10. Why so expensive?
Replies: 44
Views: 8958

Re: Windows 10. Why so expensive?

UberGerbil wrote:
you should be able to find something better than list (particularly if you look for bundles with hardware). 

ha ha ha, those sort of bundles don't exist in Australia.
by dragmor
Wed Oct 05, 2016 12:09 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Windows 10. Why so expensive?
Replies: 44
Views: 8958

Re: Windows 10. Why so expensive?

TwoEars wrote:
It's roughly the same price as Win7 and Win8 was.

However - the aussy dollar is **** so that's probably why. It's about $100 usd on amazon, same as ever.

This is probably the reason, the last time I bought an OS was probably 2014, more like 1:1 rather than 1.0:0.76.
by dragmor
Wed Oct 05, 2016 12:06 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Windows 10. Why so expensive?
Replies: 44
Views: 8958

Re: Windows 10. Why so expensive?

Wait Play-asia is dodgy? I've ordered a bunch of games and peripherals (fight sticks) from them and never had any trouble. Hardware wise they seem OK, but software (especially Microsoft) has always been touch and go. The way Play Asia sells the software breaks Microsoft's EULA. The software seems t...
by dragmor
Tue Oct 04, 2016 10:25 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Windows 10. Why so expensive?
Replies: 44
Views: 8958

Windows 10. Why so expensive?

I picked up a bunch of 2nd hand stuff to build a PC for my 7yr old son (Shuttle S77R5, i3 2120, 8GB, GTX 760, 128Gb mSATA and 500Gb HD). Total cost around $200 AUD. Only component left to buy is the OS. When did purchasing the Windows operating system become so expensive? I was expecting to pay $80-...
by dragmor
Thu Sep 22, 2016 1:36 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win 10 Anniversary Update - Start Menu :(
Replies: 39
Views: 4008

Re: Win 10 Anniversary Update - Start Menu :(

1. Focus the desktop, press ALT+F4, cycle through the list of options to Shutdown (it will remember your last action).
2. Setup the Windows Power options to shutdown your PC when the power button is pressed. Press the power button.
by dragmor
Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:21 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: How is "Kaby" pronounced?
Replies: 59
Views: 10761

Re: How is "Kaby" pronounced?

Probably my Ozzie accent, but I would "Kay Bee" like "Bay Bee".
by dragmor
Wed Sep 14, 2016 10:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Monitoring kids devices
Replies: 61
Views: 2787

Re: Monitoring kids devices

Why not just restore the device with iTunes back to an backup that you knew the passcode for?
by dragmor
Mon Aug 15, 2016 12:36 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New tech site purportedly worth following
Replies: 16
Views: 1781

Re: New tech site purportedly worth following

It should have a dash, damn it. http://www.tech-purport.com
by dragmor
Wed Aug 03, 2016 7:10 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Windows incremental backup software?
Replies: 32
Views: 3471

Re: Windows incremental backup software?

Veeam Endpoint is good, provides incremental imaging, full and partial restore and auto combines the snapshots depending no your settings, oh and its free. https://www.veeam.com/endpoint-backup-free.html
by dragmor
Fri Jul 22, 2016 9:58 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GTX 760 - Two six-pin PSU connectors in two eight-pin slots
Replies: 4
Views: 1127

Re: GTX 760 - Two six-pin PSU connectors in two eight-pin sl

The GTX 760 has a TDP of 170w, most of the cards came with a single 8 pin.
If you read the manual for the card it might say it can run with 1x8 pin, in which case just buy an adapter for 2x6pin to 1x8pin.
by dragmor
Mon Jul 11, 2016 1:59 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Samsung S7 Active
Replies: 24
Views: 4232

Re: Samsung S7 Active

For most people an otterbox case is sufficient, however for certain jobs your better off buying an actual rugged device for ~$1500 USA e.g. http://business.panasonic.com/toughpad/us/rugged-handheld-fz-n1.html I have 6 Panasonic FZ-E1 sitting in the office as development devices. Although E1 and F1 d...
by dragmor
Tue Jul 05, 2016 6:36 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Can we drop the "p"
Replies: 41
Views: 3532

Re: Can we drop the "p"

3. Use 1080 as the baseline. Maybe call it "1x HD", and anything greater is just a multiplier. 4k would be "4x HD" (again, doing a better job of showing pixel count differences). Of course, this gets weird when dealing with other resolutions. 2560x1440 would be "1.8x HD&quo...
by dragmor
Sun Jun 19, 2016 6:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Games for a 4 year old
Replies: 10
Views: 1756

Re: Games for a 4 year old

Buy a second hand Nintendo Wii or Wii U. Pretty much any first party games are good for the kids. They all like Wii Sports and Wii Sports resorts, Mario Kart is good from age 3-4, Excite truck for when they are a bit bigger. Mario Galaxy from about 5. Both my kids love Lego City undercover, the 7.5y...
by dragmor
Thu Jun 09, 2016 8:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Summer Weather
Replies: 12
Views: 1309

Re: Summer Weather - What's the Temperature Outside

This Winter (Oz) has been pretty cold. I'm looking at today 19c/67f followed by 19c/67f, 17c/63f, 19c/67f and 20c/69f with lows of 8c/47f at night.
by dragmor
Fri Jun 03, 2016 12:24 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Elon Musk thinks we live in the "Matrix"..
Replies: 86
Views: 3813

Re: Elon Musk thinks we live in the "Matrix"..

Isn't this just a modern take of many of the current belief systems? He is just replacing spiritual / mystical with what his current perspective is i.e. science and computers. - All powerful being controlling things (Spirit vs Computer) - Reincarnation (soul vs respawn) - Heaven / Hell (different wo...
by dragmor
Mon May 30, 2016 2:40 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Youtube Red
Replies: 23
Views: 2340

Re: Youtube Red

I've subscribed to the 1 month trial, lets see how it goes. So far: - No ads are great. - Every device has picked it up properly (zero config). - Same user id on multiple Youtube streams (5+ to test) is fine. - Same user id on multiple Play Music = popups every song telling you that the account is a...
by dragmor
Thu May 26, 2016 4:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Youtube Red
Replies: 23
Views: 2340

Re: Youtube Red

compared to the 2 (total) channels I grew up with im guessing you are from an outback town or something that doesnt receive any of the city channels? I'm 37 and from the NSW mid north coast. To far south to get Brisbane's channels, too far north to get Newcastle's stations. We had ABC regional (tes...
by dragmor
Thu May 26, 2016 12:25 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Youtube Red
Replies: 23
Views: 2340

Re: Youtube Red

Netflix has quite a bit of kids stuff, and in fact just added a ton of Disney movies. Then you've also got top-notch BBC documentaries like Planet Earth and Life. Poster is in Australia, the Disney additions are US only. Netflix in Australia is a shadow of itself in the USA, maybe 30% of the conten...
by dragmor
Tue May 24, 2016 11:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Youtube Red
Replies: 23
Views: 2340

Youtube Red

So Youtube Red has launched in Australia and I'm very tempted to sign up, primarily to remove the ads from the content my kids (7.5yr watching lets play videos and 3.5yr watching trains, toys, learning vids, songs) are watching on various devices. We currently use about 150GB of youtube a month. The...
by dragmor
Tue May 24, 2016 6:26 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Accidental Windows 10 upgrades
Replies: 129
Views: 13494

Re: Accidental Windows 10 upgrades

I got a cry for help tonight, from someone whose work desktop just got upgraded and now she has "lost" her account (it apparently auto logs in to a different account under Windows 10 and she can't get back to hers). I've seen this happen once before. In that case rolling back to Windows 7...
by dragmor
Sun May 22, 2016 5:29 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Accidental Windows 10 upgrades
Replies: 129
Views: 13494

Re: Accidental Windows 10 upgrades

This is stupid. First Microsoft waste my bandwidth downloading Win 10 install files I don't want and now they are going to upgrade unless I specifically cancel it. FU. - The neighbors ancient Desktop system auto updated to Windows 10 on Saturday night (21st), I had to roll it back to 7 for them. I t...
by dragmor
Fri May 20, 2016 12:27 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 8.x? Don't name your user "User"
Replies: 25
Views: 2015

Re: Windows 8.x? Don't name your user "User"

whm1974 wrote:
Does anyone actually use "User" as a user name?

I've used Admin and Administrator and Guest User as account names before.
by dragmor
Wed May 18, 2016 1:11 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Itching to build another machine. But don't need too
Replies: 49
Views: 3829

Re: Itching to build another machine. But don't need too

In the days before kids (and before tablets were cheap), I used to collect cheap and throw out PC's, fix them up and give them to oldies so they could email their grand kids. I did 400+ PC's over about 8 years. There is always someone happy to have a donated PC.
by dragmor
Thu May 12, 2016 6:55 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Security Cameras
Replies: 14
Views: 2753

Re: Security Cameras

If you want to scare people away or just give them second thoughts then use a combination of sensor lights, dummy cameras and an empty alarm box with a timed LED pulse at night.

If you want to help the cops to find someone after the fact then your going to need a good quality camera.
by dragmor
Fri Apr 01, 2016 4:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: April Fools' Day 2016
Replies: 14
Views: 571

Re: April Fools' Day 2016

Car Advice in Australia had a good one. Posted at midnight Oz time and in the middle of a couple of other Tesla articles and right when you were expecting Tesla news from the model 3 launch.

http://www.caradvice.com.au/429113/tesl ... -supercar/
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