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Re: Endless Complaining
« Reply #1410 on: May 27, 2019, 09:51:00 AM »
Had the Chromebook awhile now.

- Definitely enormously better if you use a mouse with it.  The touchpad and touchpad interface are just terrible.

- It has ONE USB port, though.  One.  Doesn't do well with a USB splitter, so, you know.  Just one thing at a time.  Feels like a dishwasher that has space for one piece of silverware.

- The Chrome OS is embarrassingly bad.  It makes me appreciate my phone . . . which is an Android phone.  How did they even do that?  I think they started with a phone OS and adapted it badly to a notebook interface.

- Chrome, itself, is still slow and insanely butt-stupid out of the box.  Yes, you can spend your life looking for extensions, but don't use the Google Store to find a good one, because the Google Store is very sad and doesn't vet stuff for crap -- instead, google for what you want and look for independent reviews.  Chrome doesn't handle extensions very well, partly because it's interface mostly boils down to You're Not Smart Enough To Have An Interface.

- The fake function keys are of the We Had A Better Idea type, where they absolutely did not have better ideas.  Controlling the address bar is hopelessly clunky, despite being fundamental, and that largely sums up Google's design philosophy for ya.

- The wifi antenna on this thing is really bad.  Which is dumb, considering that without a wireless internet connection it's a brick.  And it doesn't do LTE, or anything, nor does it have a port for a network cable, so . . . sit near a router.


So basically I use the thing to check my email from home (which is prohibitively difficult / unpleasant from my phone), to use Amazon from home, or to use Google Maps.  And almost nothing else.

I still certainly like it better than the idea of Alexa, etc.  But, lord knows, this is not good technology.

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Re: Endless Complaining
« Reply #1411 on: August 30, 2019, 11:27:30 AM »
Put "hotmail.com" in address bar (cold load), and you get not a Hotmail login page but a generic Outlook Live splash page with a link to a login page.  I'm sure there's some reason, but it's stupid.  Go to login, and you have to type "@hotmail.com" because the page doesn't know you were looking for Hotmail.  Also stupid.

Put "gmail.com" in, and you get . . . a generic splash page with a link to a login page.  :eyeroll:  And when you do then log in, it doesn't take you to Gmail but to a generic Google Account page that doesn't even have a convenient link to Gmail. 

FFS, you morons.

Meanwhile, Amazon has just started telling me it's approved my product reviews.  From exactly six months earlier.  Apparently all my Amazon reviews now go through six months to the day after they were submitted.  Why?  Don't even care.  I rarely bother, anyway.

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Re: Endless Complaining
« Reply #1412 on: October 25, 2019, 06:39:28 PM »
This is sort of understandable, but very annoying:  I learned today that if I block a caller, they can still leave me voicemail.

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Re: Endless Complaining
« Reply #1413 on: November 05, 2019, 02:12:59 PM »
How fucking shit is Amazon these days?

I go to Amazon.  I enter the phrase "sugar-free chocolate syrup" into the search function.

Thirty-six results on the first page: 

- twenty kinds of coffee (some "mocha")

- four artificial "chai tea" flavorings

- three kinds of Perrier (none chocolate, for better or worse)

- three units of Coffee-Mate artificial creamer, in two flavors, neither chocolate

- one bulk unit of Pure Leaf iced tea in single-serve bottles

- one Torani syrup pump

- one bag of matcha tea powder

- one honey dispenser

- one set of bottles for "writing" with latte foam

- one countertop sno-cone machine


FOR TREMBLING WALRUS FUCK'S SAKE, AMAZON

Why am I paying for Prime, again?  :cyber:

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Re: Endless Complaining
« Reply #1414 on: November 05, 2019, 07:22:04 PM »
Just did it.  A couple actual results but the first and highlighted is Rise Organic Nitro Cold Brew Coffee.
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Re: Endless Complaining
« Reply #1415 on: November 06, 2019, 05:08:19 PM »
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A couple actual results

You could be one of those shopping consultants.  Purchasing agents.  Whatever they call them now.  Expenditure director?  Acquisition Officer.



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Re: Endless Complaining
« Reply #1416 on: November 18, 2019, 04:23:02 PM »
Running Mint v19 on one of my work machines, and I noticed that often the hard drive would be running constantly, slowing the machine down to a crawl.  Twice, it even crashed.  I never crashed a working Linux machine before.

Took some googling, but . . . the problem was that the LibreOffice free office suite version I have by default operates in a Java Runtime Environment.  Which you can just opt out of by clicking a box, if you know about it.

Instantly solved the problem.  :eyeroll:

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Re: Endless Complaining
« Reply #1417 on: November 18, 2019, 09:01:33 PM »
Oh god.  This.  Yes, you are correct.  And that is definitely a problem.  I've encountered that very thing before.
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Re: Endless Complaining
« Reply #1418 on: January 04, 2020, 05:33:13 PM »
SO my boss needed a new computer.  He's over 70, and he acts like it when it comes to computers.  He kept telling me the hard drive on his current machine was full.  I said, "Of what?" and wished I hadn't, in case the answer was porn, but, no, he said, "Email."

:nonplused:  "How big is the hard drive?"

"I have no idea, except it isn't big enough."  In fact, Windows had given him warnings that there was 0% free.  Zero fucking percent.

"Did it ask you if you wanted to delete temporary files?"  "No."  Really?

We've established before that he doesn't know if a file is stored locally or not, or how the internet works.  You cannot convince him than an email address is not a physical address.  We use a Gmail account at the front desk and an ISP email account for Amazon, etc, and shipping, and he will always be convinced that email is sent to those machines, not to email addresses.  He never remembers (and maybe doesn't believe) that you can access those email accounts from other machines.

I blame Outlook for this, because our old Office machine downloaded all email and erased it from the server automatically.  So he got used to the idea that the emails were only on that machine.  Sure.

SO it transpired that it was his email account that was full, because he's never deleted an email.  How long has he had that personal email account?  Well, I asked.  "1992," he guessed.  I checked, and that's when the ISP behind it went into business.  UH-HUH.

But he's a hoarder, through and through, so . . . .

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Re: Endless Complaining
« Reply #1419 on: January 04, 2020, 05:44:56 PM »
Still.  Windows did tell him he had 0% of his drive free.  He took a photo of the dialog box with his phone so he could show me.  :confused:

I bought him a new(er) computer.  That oughtta do it.  House full of stuff?  Buy new house!  But his PC turned out to be a Compaq Presario from 2009 anyway.  Hard to buy a replacement that's slower, etc.  Fine.  I got him something an order of magnitude faster for $120 at Newegg.  :lol:

So he was gonna bring his old machine to Best Buy to have them transfer stuff from the hard drive.  No, no, no -- just bring it to the shop, and I'll fscking do it myself.  Fine.

So of course he brought it in when I wasn't here and asked the new kid to do it.  And the new kid called me.  "There's nothing on the drive," he sez, "but there's also no space on the drive.  I can't figure it out."

"Well," I said, "how big of a drive is it?"  Because if it's 50 GB and he's got Windows 8 installed, along with every spamware toolbar, etc, on the net, sure.

"It's over 450 GB," he sez.

WAT.

So I came in and took a look.  Sure enough, there's like 150 k -- not MB, but kb -- in the Documents folder.  Nothing in the Downloads folder.  Nothing in Music, Video, etc.  He's got MS OneDrive and has saved everything there or in his email.

And, of course, he (the owner of the machine) has no idea whatsoever.

Also, it's a Windows 7 machine.  I have rarely touched a Windows 7 machine.  I hate Win 7 and 8 even more than I hate Windows 10 or Vista.  Hate.  And, christ, is it ever a pain in the goddamned ass to screw around with.

BUT, long story short (too late), it turns out that:

The WINSXS folder that stores Windows Update information is very nearly 400 GB.  400 GB, Microsoft.  There's a drive clean-up utility that's supposed to automatically trim back the obsolete fat, but it hasn't.  Do you think that thing runs slowly when there's no free space on the drive and the system directory has 400 GB of crap in it?  Yes.  Yes, in fact, it hangs.  And I do not know what you can safely delete manually.  The internet suggests you just plain can't.

Meanwhile . . . after working really hard to convince Windows 7 to show me system and hidden files . . . I find that Internet Exploder has been keeping all its temporary files.  All of them.  Since fucking 2009.  Very nearly 70 GB of temp files.  70 GB of temp files, Microsoft.

Mind you, Exploder's cache is set to 200 MB.  Ha ha!

Once I deleted that crap (manually, because Windows is dumber than dog food salsa served in a knit cap), I was able to get the disk clean-up utility to run without crashing, although it left behind . . . 390 GB of Windows Update files.  :eyeroll:

Of course, at some point, I realized . . . why am I bothering?  All we needed to do was transfer his files off this machine.  And there aren't any!  Ha ha!  So I stopped, at about that point.

I bet if I installed a 16-bit Linux distro on there, it'd be a perfectly usable machine.  :nonplused:

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Re: Endless Complaining
« Reply #1420 on: January 04, 2020, 05:50:41 PM »
Speaking of The Old Man Uses A Computer stories:

He also told me the cable guy said he needs a new modem.  Why?  "He didn't say."  Does it work?  "I think so."  You can watch cable TV and use the internet?  "Yes."

:nonplused:

Don't rush out and buy anything.

"What worries me more," he said, "is the big box I plug everything into."

UM.

I considered a few tactical approaches and said, "What's everything?"

"The computer, the monitor, all of that . . . stuff."

"What kind of a box?"

"It sits on the floor, and it's square and heavy."

:doh:   ARE YOU SERIOUS MAN


"Is it a power strip?"

"No.  No, no."

"Is it a surge protector?"

"No."

"Is it an uninterruptible power supply?"

He just made a confused face, and then he said, "No, it can't be that."

I told him to take a photo of it.  On three different days, now, I've told him to take a photo so I can see this magical box.


Today he told me it's the size of a toaster, but not a big toaster, and . . . he's not sure there's actually anything plugged into it.

:confused:

:confused:

:doh:

He said, "But it's heavy!  It might be fifty pounds.  It might be more than fifty pounds."

I said, "Does it have outlets in it?  Like, you might plug a power cord into?"  Because old UPS's were often quite farkin' heavy.

He looked confused.

I reiterated my desire for him to take a photo of it.  If it turns out to be an ingot of gold, or depleted uranium, or something, I will be impressed.

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Re: Endless Complaining
« Reply #1421 on: January 05, 2020, 12:01:41 AM »
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Re: Endless Complaining
« Reply #1422 on: January 05, 2020, 10:57:39 PM »
Heart of Thorium?
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 #1423 on: January 06, 2020, 11:03:50 AM »
He finally sent me photos.  It's just a UPS.  :lol:  :eyeroll:  He had two things plugged into it, although he's not sure which things those power cords go to. 

I did not have a follow-up question.  :nonplused:


His new computer is apparently working fine.  So there's that.

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Re: Endless Complaining
« Reply #1424 on: January 06, 2020, 05:14:34 PM »
It occurred to me that there might be nothing in the Documents folder because he's keeping it all on the Desktop
just a thought

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