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by bthylafh
Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Fall Update Build 1709
Replies: 38
Views: 1611

Re: Windows 10 Fall Update Build 1709

Seems like idle RAM usage went up a bit. I have 8GB and in 1703 my computer had about 26% used with just background and system tray stuff running, but in 1709 it's up to about 33% usage.
by bthylafh
Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:06 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 70
Views: 5301

Re: Retro console gaming

Don't be that guy. Put a bunch of ROMs on it and enjoy.
by bthylafh
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Fall Update Build 1709
Replies: 38
Views: 1611

Re: Windows 10 Fall Update Build 1709

I need to talk to my IT to allow it. I can't even install the spring update! It "installs" and reboots but then doesn't actually update. The first screen after reboot is for selecting the keyboard language and then the next is a generic multi-boot option window which the only real option ...
by bthylafh
Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 105
Views: 2512

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

I loath those hasp keys. Only place I've seen them is to protect software whose only purpose is to run $100k+ scientific equipment. What good is it to pirate the software that I can't use without the machine? University pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for a machine and yearly service contract ...
by bthylafh
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 105
Views: 2512

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

I think I need to define a couple terms:

obsolete: discarded, outmoded, out of date. The Macs I mentioned in the original post qualify.

obsolescent: becoming obsolete. This is Windows 7.
by bthylafh
Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3514
Views: 518405

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Autotuned garbage pop music on the building speakers. Do people actually like listening to that kind of noise or is it an elaborate put-on?
by bthylafh
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 105
Views: 2512

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

Let's not feed the troll, folks.
by bthylafh
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 105
Views: 2512

Obsolete IT in the wild

Today I visited a law office here in town. They are fitted with two circa 2003 G4 Power Macs (maximum OS 10.5.8 ) and they have a wall-mounted storage rack filled with 3.5" floppies which appeared to be labeled with people's names. Given that a lawyer is a somewhat high-value target and their d...
by bthylafh
Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 7 Pro to Ultimate Upgrade
Replies: 3
Views: 381

Re: Windows 7 Pro to Ultimate Upgrade

Are you required to specifically use Bitlocker or would another disk encryption program do?
by bthylafh
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: TPM for a new system?
Replies: 33
Views: 1424

Re: TPM for a new system?

Well, my main point was to add a pre-boot passcode to prevent access to Windows instead of having a USB key attached to the computer at all times I've told this before, but let's go back into Federal Agency X folklore. Agency X issues me a laptop so that I can perform duties and securely upload the...
by bthylafh
Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows Module Installer Worker (TIWorker.exe) and the High CPU Usage
Replies: 14
Views: 625

Re: Windows Module Installer Worker (TIWorker.exe) and the High CPU Usage

just brew it! wrote:
It amazes me that after all these years, Windows Update is still such a POS.


It's better than it used to be, but yeah.
by bthylafh
Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 645
Views: 75061

Re: What are you playing right now?

Done with my second run of Dishonored 2, so I'll probably fart around with Pinball Arcade for a while.
by bthylafh
Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Sometimes FireFox won't start
Replies: 21
Views: 1064

Re: Sometimes FireFox won't start

Honestly, this obsession people have with telling everyone to change their OS over a specific issue... it's just weird. It'd be like telling someone they need to buy a new car just because the brakes squeak. It isn't helpful, it's just... weird. At least nobody told him to install Linux or get a Ma...
by bthylafh
Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution
Replies: 65
Views: 2104

Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

My workplace bought me a Motorola Droid, then a couple years later I migrated to a Droid 4. I kept that for almost four years before getting a Nexus 5X, which I had to turn in a couple months ago due to budget cuts. My one and only personal smartphone is my wife's old Nexus 5, which has a fresh batt...
by bthylafh
Sat Sep 30, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: An experiment in repairing clipped audio
Replies: 32
Views: 1302

Re: An experiment in repairing clipped audio

Wow, that's really cool.
by bthylafh
Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 70
Views: 5301

Re: Retro console gaming

I built one last year and I've been put off by the input lag. I finally got around to cleaning my SNES controllers and now I'm seeing what you mean: not all of the mushy controls was caused by a quarter-century of gunk built up inside them. It was interesting to see the differences between them. My...
by bthylafh
Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 70
Views: 5301

Re: Retro console gaming

#include "retropie.h"

though that's not everyone's cuppa, of course.
by bthylafh
Thu Sep 28, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 70
Views: 5301

Re: Retro console gaming

Right? People are crazy.
by bthylafh
Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Disk imaging software suggestions
Replies: 23
Views: 835

Re: Disk imaging software suggestions

Yeah, dd will do that. Be warned that it does not suffer fools.
by bthylafh
Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Disk imaging software suggestions
Replies: 23
Views: 835

Re: Disk imaging software suggestions

I use Clonezilla at work and it's great. The only thing you have to watch out for (that I've noticed, at least) is that you can't restore to a smaller disk than you imaged.
by bthylafh
Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3921
Views: 626632

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Talisker 10yo.
by bthylafh
Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 645
Views: 75061

Re: What are you playing right now?

Sleep darts? You can knock them out with normal take downs. And if you want help on that mission: doing the no-kill method knocks all of the remaining witches out. Oh, I know, but I would rather deal with baddies at range as I come across them. I'm nowhere near patient enough to make a ghost run an...
by bthylafh
Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 645
Views: 75061

Re: What are you playing right now?

Doing another playthrough of Dishonored 2, this time as Corvo. I've been doing a no-kill run so far but I think that's going to change when I enter the Royal Conservatory shortly. The whole population of witches is evil so I don't find slaughtering them all morally objectionable. It should be a ...
by bthylafh
Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: OMG Java 9 is finally out
Replies: 14
Views: 745

Re: OMG Java 9 is finally out

I think it's (past) time to have a serious look at virtual desktops for legacy Java apps, especially ones running in the browser. I still have several of those (fortunately on not many computers) and they invariably require Internet Explorer and an ancient unsupported JRE with multiple security holes.
by bthylafh
Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: CCleaner p0wnage
Replies: 19
Views: 1460

Re: CCleaner p0wnage

Anecdata: My department's got it on several hundred computers and has for the thick end of a decade. I've never known it to cause problems... as long as I remember to turn off having it clear out "recent documents" in Microsoft Office, which got me the stink-eye from a user more than once....
by bthylafh
Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you READING right now?
Replies: 441
Views: 119677

Re: What are you READING right now?

I'm re-reading Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings.
by bthylafh
Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: CCleaner p0wnage
Replies: 19
Views: 1460

Re: CCleaner p0wnage

Chrispy_ wrote:
CCleaner does more harm than good - If a machine comes to me with problems and I see CCleaner installed, I just format the disk and install a fresh OS.


:roll:
by bthylafh
Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: CCleaner p0wnage
Replies: 19
Views: 1460

Re: CCleaner p0wnage

I don't think it does, no. But now I remember the other thing I use CCleaner for, mostly: managing startup programs. It's been a while since I used msconfig but it liked to gripe every boot about having some items disabled.
by bthylafh
Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: CCleaner p0wnage
Replies: 19
Views: 1460

Re: CCleaner p0wnage

Yeesh. Glad I don't update CCleaner. I'm also really disappointed that Avast acquired Piriform. Not looking forward to the eventual decline of CCleaner and Speccy as they become more ad and bloatware filled. There's always Bleachbit for clearing out junk, but it doesn't have a nice quickly-accessib...
by bthylafh
Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: CCleaner p0wnage
Replies: 19
Views: 1460

Re: CCleaner p0wnage

Although this apparently only affects the 32-bit executable, so if you run 64-bit Windows you probably are unaffected. Still would be best to upgrade or uninstall, of course.