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Endless Complaining
« on: September 17, 2011, 10:12:57 AM »
Because, you know, honesty.

Today:  WHY THE HELL DOES IT TAKE SO LONG TO DELETE SOMETHING FROM THE PRINT QUEUE?

This is exactly the kind of thing that should not be so hard.  I don't care about a fancy new look for Windows -- fix this kind of thing first, and then you can have some pudding.

Just under twenty minutes, now, and Windows still hasn't managed to delete a one-page print job from the HP Deskjet queue.  This is an extreme case of common bullshit.  I'm about ready to unplug everything for five minutes.  The alternative is a sledgehammer.

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Re: Endless Complaining
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2011, 10:14:55 AM »
As it turns out . . . and perhaps I should have figured this out faster . . . it couldn't delete the job from the queue until I closed Word.

That makes perfect Microsense.

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Re: Endless Complaining
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2011, 07:34:30 PM »
There's another solution to that problem... I have a shortcut on my Windows machine to the folder that stores the print files. Deleting those files will remove them instantly from the queue. My Windows machine is in mothballs at the moment, but when I get it set up again, I'll try an remember to post the solution here. Or you could Google it.
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Re: Endless Complaining
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2011, 07:44:52 PM »
I . . . assumed they were stored in memory.

The MS hardon for temp files really annoys me, in general.

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Re: Endless Complaining
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2011, 08:25:32 AM »
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How to force delete print jobs:

Browse to Start -> Run... and type in "NET STOP SPOOLER" (this will stop the print spooler service)

Browse to your windows\system32\spool\PRINTERS\ folder

You should see files there ending in .SPL and .SHD created around the time you tried to print - delete these files.

Browse to Start -> Run... and type in "NET START SPOOLER" (this will restart the print spooler service)



This works really well. The only problem is being able to remember it on the rare occasions you have a print job fail. I kept a shortcut on my desktop for the windows\system32\spool\PRINTERS\ folder.

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Re: Endless Complaining
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2011, 01:41:58 PM »
:hmm:

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Re: Endless Complaining
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2011, 03:45:29 PM »
Replace the "net stop spooler" command with "services.msc". 

Then just scroll down to the "Print Spooler" service, right click on it, and select "stop".

Then delete *.SPL out of C:\windows\system32\spool\PRINTERS\

Then right-click on the "Print Spooler" service in the services window again and this time select "start".

Less typing.  :)
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Re: Endless Complaining
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2011, 04:09:42 PM »
Yeah, but more mouse clicks.

Pipe + printer = no more (print or work) job
I'm generalizing from one example here, but everyone generalizes from one example. At least, I do.

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Re: Endless Complaining
« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2011, 04:23:55 PM »
Everything to do with Windows, and much that pertains to Macs, desperately needs far more Fuck You I Know What I Want force-stop interrupts.



It blows my mind every damned time when Internet Exploder interrupts the keyboard for its URL auto-complete.  Do not trump my typing.  I am the user.  You are the piece of shit software.  I try to type "hulu.com", and the "ulu" all vanishes because Exploder is pre-empting me while it tries real hard to guess what comes after "h".

Yesterday, Opera actually hung (which almost never happens), and I always have the Task Manager open (usually so I can kill Internet Exploder when it misbehaves), and I was like End Task.  End Task.  End Task.  How the hell are you not Ending Task?

The Task Manager wasn't hung.  It just didn't give a shit.  Oh, no, bitch -- you will listen to me.  This is supposed to be the trump force command.  Don't make me get the hatchet.

I had to hold down the power switch until the hardware shut itself off.

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Re: Endless Complaining
« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2011, 04:51:01 PM »
It's because in Windows you don't really have any actual control over what's going on.

Even as an Administrator, you don't.  There is no Windows equivalent of "root".
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Re: Endless Complaining
« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2011, 05:17:33 PM »
Root, schmoot -- (A) Give me a real interrupt, and (B) Don't give me a pretend one and tell me it's a real one.

Yeah, Windows is BS.

Speaking of Administrator accounts in Windows . . . at work the other day, our machine was once again infected by something unpleasant, and I had to log in as Admin to run all the antivirus stuff properly.  The moment I logged in as Admin, this bullshit invasive crap popped up and started running.  :nonplused:

Fortunately, it wasn't hard to kill, and Malwarebytes seems to have eaten it easily enough.  Every time I log in as Admin, though, I want to immediately kill the network access.  Too paranoid by now.

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Re: Endless Complaining
« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2011, 11:06:11 AM »
Gmail no longer lets you set HTML as your default mode.  Instead, every time you log in with JavaScript disabled, you have to tell it, yes, use the HTML mode.

Lame.  Minus 200 geek cred points.

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Re: Endless Complaining
« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2011, 09:15:21 PM »
So, I'm typing, and Facebook decides on its own to do something, and Internet Exploder pops up a dialog box to see if I want to load non-secure items, and it selects "OK" automatically because it's pre-selected and I hit the spacebar because, you know, I was already typing something.

This is a good example of why Microsoft should never be allowed to design or implement anything.

Also, Facebook is bad.

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Re: Endless Complaining
« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2011, 08:16:19 AM »
Does it need a spanking?   :knotty:
I need this done ASAP, or whenever you can get around to it.  Tomorrow is fine.

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Re: Endless Complaining
« Reply #14 on: October 17, 2011, 03:31:56 PM »
You're thinking of Assbook.