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by arunphilip
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update
Replies: 35
Views: 1767

Re: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update

I am curious about one thing. If someone installed the 1809 update last month and the original version was pulled, do you need to downgrade to 1803 and than upgrade again to the newly minted Nov 13 1809? I am kind of in this dilema! No, that's not required. If you're already on 1809, then you would...
by arunphilip
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update
Replies: 35
Views: 1767

Re: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update

PSA: The Windows 10 October 2018 update (1809) is available once again: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 I already got it last month on my primary PC, and today's CU KB4467708 bumped it up to 17763.134. I'm installing 1809 on my secondary PC (which didn't receive it last m...
by arunphilip
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: IBM to acquire Red Hat!
Replies: 30
Views: 1195

Re: IBM to acquire Red Hat!

Captain Ned wrote:


Ars comments, tbh. Plus the opinion of some colleagues who were TUPEd into IBM about a decade ago.
by arunphilip
Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2018
Replies: 167
Views: 16248

Re: Formula One 2018

As a Vettel supporter, I've just realized that 2018 hurt more than 2014. Here we were given the tantalizing possibility of an actual shot at the driver's title, and results until the midpoint also seemed to be going that way, until it all unravelled. Oh, if only Vettel had driven like Mexico at a fe...
by arunphilip
Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Discussion of Forum Rules and Guidelines
Replies: 50
Views: 101038

Re: Discussion of Forum Rules and Guidelines

Thank you both, it's reassuring to note that 'thank you' posts will not be viewed as clutter. And, with this information to hand, I have gone ahead and thanked the reply that prompted this question in the first place :)
by arunphilip
Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: IBM to acquire Red Hat!
Replies: 30
Views: 1195

Re: IBM to acquire Red Hat!

just brew it! wrote:
IBM does not have a stellar track record with acquisitions.


Thank you. That has been the prevailing sentiment that I've been seeing here, and elsewhere.
by arunphilip
Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Discussion of Forum Rules and Guidelines
Replies: 50
Views: 101038

Re: Discussion of Forum Rules and Guidelines

A question on etiquette. In a discussion on a thread, I ask an opinion-based question, and receive a useful answer that I appreciate ("Why do you say X is good?"; "My experience has been..."). What is the appropriate way of acknowledging it? ⋅ The easiest & most obv...
by arunphilip
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:10 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: IBM to acquire Red Hat!
Replies: 30
Views: 1195

Re: IBM to acquire Red Hat!

I bet a lot of Red Hat employees are having an "Oh sh*t!" moment right about now (or will when they come in to work tomorrow, if they're not following the news today). I felt a great disturbance in Open Source, as if thousands of voices suddenly cried out in terror... :wink: IBM isn't Ora...
by arunphilip
Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Samsung Graphene Batteries in 2019?
Replies: 13
Views: 645

Re: Samsung Graphene Batteries in 2019?

So, on this topic of prolonging the battery life, I have enabled the power-saving option on my Galaxy Note8 that caps the SOC at 70% of its performance. My reasoning is like this, although I'm not sure how well rooted it is in physical reality. Per my reasoning, CPU spikes place a greater & &quo...
by arunphilip
Mon Oct 22, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: OMG TR is run by Intel Shills!
Replies: 19
Views: 1232

Re: OMG TR is run by Intel Shills!

Gonna have to go with "yes". C'mon, guys, you can set the bar higher than that , can't you? There may be more efficacious TIMs on the market, butt , Boudreaux's has the huge advantage (...snip...) Eh, what sold me was "pleasant scent". Imagine how you can gauge your CPU temp (an...
by arunphilip
Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2018
Replies: 167
Views: 16248

Re: Formula One 2018

Kimi! ... Excuse me while I run around shouting "Woo hoo, Kimi" at 1 am in the morning :D I'm a Vettel fan, but I have to say he's been throwing away the championship this year, with too many errors and unforced mistakes. In contrast, Hamilton has kept it clean to earn his lead. Seeing Ve...
by arunphilip
Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:28 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2018
Replies: 167
Views: 16248

Re: Formula One 2018

In quali, did Max break his suspension on that kerb? That would be ironic :)
by arunphilip
Sat Oct 20, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: RFID chip
Replies: 25
Views: 3213

Re: RFID chip

derFunkenstein wrote:
Perhaps when the Gub'mint abducted him, they gave him amnesia so he doesn't remember that he was abducted or implanted. :lol:

Your location makes me wonder if it could be little green men...
by arunphilip
Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Which hair dryer do you use?
Replies: 31
Views: 1203

Re: Which hair dryer do you use?

Welcome to The Tech Report: PC Hairdware Explored
by arunphilip
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:42 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: OMG TR is run by Intel Shills!
Replies: 19
Views: 1232

Re: OMG TR is run by Intel Shills!

^ Is it better than Intel's TIM? :wink:
by arunphilip
Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Interesting app behaviour change in latest W10.
Replies: 4
Views: 337

Re: Interesting app behaviour change in latest W10.

I didn't think UWP apps go into suspended mode this quick in previous version though or am I wrong here? I've noticed it happening from 1803 onwards, although I don't know if its more due to the fact that Task Manager also shows a green leaf icon to indicate this, or whether the behaviour actually ...
by arunphilip
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update
Replies: 35
Views: 1767

Re: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Topinio wrote:
If only there was some way to test this software stuff!


We are.
by arunphilip
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update
Replies: 35
Views: 1767

Re: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Questions from a sysadmin perspective for you devs, if I may: isn't the decision to recursively and forcibly delete an active one? i.e. seems to me that the standard approach to remove an expected empty directory should be the equivalent of a 'rmdir' rather than a 'rm -rf' one. Dev #1 (turning to h...
by arunphilip
Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update
Replies: 35
Views: 1767

Re: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update

As someone who has worked in software development for decades, I can understand how something like this got introduced during the development process, especially on a product as organically complex as Windows. What I can't fathom is how this made it out into a the field as an official update, after...
by arunphilip
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update
Replies: 35
Views: 1767

Re: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update

So, Microsoft have fixed the issue, and have offered up an explanation: https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/10/09/updated-version-of-windows-10-october-2018-update-released-to-windows-insiders/ One of the scenarios outlined is this, the others follow the same pattern. Using KFR the user...
by arunphilip
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update
Replies: 35
Views: 1767

Re: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Oh man, my desktop was upgraded to 1809 last week, and today's patch Tuesday is sending down "2018-10 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1809 for x64-based Systems (KB4464330)".
Fingers crossed.
by arunphilip
Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Google shuts down Google+ after data leak
Replies: 7
Views: 446

Re: Google shuts down Google+ after data leak

From 2015 to March 2018, the APIs made it possible Worth pointing out that March 2018 is just weeks before GPDR went live. Convenient much? Or did Google discover the leak as part of a 'preparing for GPDR' review? their response is stereotypical tech sector arrogance Yeah, I thought with earlier br...
by arunphilip
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Google shuts down Google+ after data leak
Replies: 7
Views: 446

Re: Google shuts down Google+ after data leak

Yeah, the number of people who voluntarily signed up must be a small number. But I do know that Google has been aggressive about G+ integration across YouTube, Picasa, etc. so it is likely people clicked through to G+ due to that. I'm not sure how much of the said personal data was populated in the ...
by arunphilip
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Google shuts down Google+ after data leak
Replies: 7
Views: 446

Google shuts down Google+ after data leak

Source: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/10/google-exposed-non-public-data-for-500k-users-then-kept-it-quiet/ Google's post: https://www.blog.google/technology/safety-security/project-strobe/ Google exposed the private details of almost 500,000 Google+ users and then opted not to report the ...
by arunphilip
Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Funny monitor inputs labeling
Replies: 13
Views: 392

Re: Funny monitor inputs labeling

SecretSquirrel wrote:
VGA is mirrored horizontally, DC jack is mirrored vertically.... :lol:

I'm now numb to it, but I hate you. :wink:
by arunphilip
Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Funny monitor inputs labeling
Replies: 13
Views: 392

Re: Funny monitor inputs labeling

meerkt wrote:
And fix the DC jack icon to match the hole-plastic alignment.


Why did you have to point that out? Why would you do that?!

(Added to the list of things that cannot be unseen)
by arunphilip
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update
Replies: 35
Views: 1767

Re: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update

^ This. Rarely is there such an obvious example for a poorly-made decision. You'd think that Satya Nadella, with his enterprise focus, would understand the value of testers, especially in regression testing targeting large coverage. Unpaid Insiders are more likely to focus on newer features, and the...
by arunphilip
Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:13 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: New to Windows
Replies: 18
Views: 1012

Re: New to Windows

I mainly work in browser and don't mind switching OS because when I spilled coffee on my mbp I transfered the data (photos!) to Google cloud to be OS independent. I bought a chromebook as a temporary solution. OK, so you're really flexible in terms of hardware if your usage is mostly the browser, a...
by arunphilip
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:29 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: New to Windows
Replies: 18
Views: 1012

Re: New to Windows

While the OSes are different and Windows 10 has its own idiosyncracies, what truly matters are the applications that you use. So, what are the key apps that you used on your Mac? Are the exact apps available for Windows? What are the differences between the Mac and Windows versions? If you're heavil...
by arunphilip
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Reviews that would suit Tech Report
Replies: 52
Views: 1298

Re: Reviews that would suit Tech Report

Captain Ned wrote:
Oh, and this too:

Image

That picture goes rather too well with your current signature!
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