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).
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? ....
To parahrase the Lily Tomlin character "Ernestine" we are the Microsoft company, we don't have to care.
Micros~1 is starting to warn server developers [http://goo.gl/zZzmT] 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!
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 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.
And since google bashing is one of my hobbies:
Yes, right, google uses open standards... like facebook for their chats. Now there are lots of multiprotocol IMs supporting gtalk and fbchat, but no pure and plain xmpp... big win for the open standard.
And yes, they only ask you to create a gmail account for the android devices... I dunno what epic shitstorm would have brewed up if MS made a hotmail account mandatory for win7 installations or things like "Sorry, you can not install Outlook with your Office suite if you don't register with hotmail."
And your "only gmail" account opens up the doors of R'lyeh: Whatever google affiliated site you visit, you are already logged in. They take all your browsing traces and they link it to your search profiles, etc etc etc. This is prime data and I can not even benefit in beautifully personalized ads, since I have been blocking ads for the last ten years.
I needed to create a google docs account for a project to coordinate better. I only used it in Firefox, since Opera is my main browser and I block all google cookies there. When I realized that FF hat autologged me into youtube, I nuked the FF profile and started using the google account only in FFs "porn mode" (strg+shift+p).
In my oppinion, the only thing "open" about google is you as a user. Open like a book to be read thoroughly. Now, the thing I find most odd i in the time of post-privacy and all that "I have nothing to hide" attitude is: why do people cry out if their credit card information gets stolen from Sony Corp., for example? Might it be that there is data you want to keep private? Or do you simply lock the toilet door behind you out of habit?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Portal 2 on linux? Seems to be no problem. See:
Subject: Never an extra day.
Microsoft 365, not 366!
Har, har, har.....
Gotta love the leap years.
I don't hate Microsoft products usually but this thing is a nightmare.
heh, that guy too:
astonishingly he seems to like the unity dekstop;