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About DonDamm

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  1. but, but,.... nobody reads them!!! (and being a nobody, you know I do, yes?) Truly, most of the folks I help can't install a program without messing it up, much less actually read the EULA. That's why there's so much crapware that's entirely legal because the folks clicked "OK". Sigh. :^)
  2. Using host file entries from something like someonewhocares.org which now has a partial list of MS telemetry sites at the end goes a long way to bringing some sanity back into W10. I'm still using a modded W7 on my main rig because it has been soo stable for the last 7+ years or so, but I've found that those telemetry blocking entries have some side benefits like making Skype usable, too!! they block the ads there. Whew! What a relief! The longer term question is why should we have to go to such convoluted lengths to use our own machines? Part of the answers lies in other fundamental part
  3. @NoelC the addys you mentioned above belong to the following Alex Xu, 1578 Virginia Road, San Marino, CA; Defense.Net, Inc, Jacksonville FL Microsoft Corp., Redmond, WA Microsoft Corp., Redmond, WA Akamai Technologies, Inc., Cambridge, MA Akamai Technologies, Inc., Cambridge, MA Akamai Technologies, Inc., Cambridge, MA Comodoca, Unit 7, Campus Road, Listerhills Science Park, Bradford, BD7 1HR, United Kingdom Comodoca, Unit 7, Campus Road, Listerh
  4. On a side note, I recently got a query about the asterisk in Notepad indicating a change in file content. On checking I found that in all the versions I checked, XP, W7, W8, and W8.1 the native notepad.exe had NO asterisk! Apparently, Ms finally learned that folks like that and added it to W10! My friend had been using a modded XP which I'd substituted Notepad2 for the original many many years ago. Both Notepad2 and Notepad++ sport that asterisk. I prefer Notepad++ for just about everything, though I have't played with many others like EditPlus, MetaPad, or AkelPad, though I've used and like T
  5. The Internet of Things reminds me of the myriad ID 10T problems so many of us run into... lol :^)
  6. Guess we're going to find out soon enough. The little icons tjo update to 10 showed up last night on my 8.1 rig and various others with Win7 and 8 I've seen so far today. I'm not ready to offer my working notebook to it just yet, though. Curious to see the build number offered! :^)
  7. Jorge, the short answer is yes you can just copy the pst file and use it in another computer. I do it all the time because I carry a copy with me when I travel. You can even interchange the pst files of Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 which wasn;t possible with earlier versions. So, you could use Outlook 2010 on your new machine with no problem. Now, to use it in the new machine is fairly simple, too. Set up the Outlook and create an account. Then go to your Outlook.pst file (the new one) and either delete it or as I do, just change the name by adding a .orig to the extension (Outlook.pst.orig).
  8. @colore, I'd probably recommend Server 2008 R2 as it comes with nothing turned on. That means you only turn on what you need to use. Like any OS, it depends on what you use it for and how you use it as to whether you'll need to reboot, etc. I'm building a new machine and am seriously considering using Ubuntu Server and then running all other OSs in a VM. That may be the stablest configuration around!! lol There are some advantages to running in a VM as you can take "snapshots" and easily reset while the underlying OS is less vulnerable to current nasties. The latest spate of Windows nasties te
  9. Hmm. I was very fond of Server 2003. I would run it for months and months without needing to reboot because of a crash or hang. Various flavors of linux have been extremely stable, too. I've run Ubuntu for a while and am extremely pleased with it over all. The latest version will even load up on a new Macd Book Pro!! Tey it. Go to an Apple Store and ask if it will load directly onto a Mac Book Pro. I did it in Vienna and they told me it wouldn't work. I said let's try it and slipped in the disk and rebooted. It took a bit, but finally it came up! It found all the hardware and everything just w
  10. However, you can force Google to access given servers. When I was in Austria the default was to google.at, but there was always the option to go to google.com presented at the bottom. there were times I used google.co.uk and google.de or google.it when I needed to. Changing the default language for this can help.
  11. Hmm. Because you mentioned it, I looked for and found progman.exe in the system32 folder of my server 2003 install!!! ??? Odd, eh?
  12. Like you, I've installed 7 on amchine with different graphics cards, both ATI and nVidia. Also both x86 and x64. Just fielded a phone call today from a friend with 7 x64 and he likes the taskbar on top. He's lost his Quick Launch bar again. I think it is a definite bug and one they probably won't fix. They'll figure that 93.7% of all their users keep the taskbar on the bottom and only a fraction of the rest are interested in using the Quick Launch bar. I'm thinking of writing a hack to include the item in the toolbar list. As for the reordering of the list, the only solution is to number each
  13. Yes, that is true. If you are using a reg file to remove or replace something. However, I use it directly in the registry to not delete a key but inactivate it. That allows me to reactivate it later if wanted without having to maintain a group of reg files or a list of the keys and values because it is all there as original - just with a slightly different name. When writing a reg file to remove a key, of course, you would place a minus sign in front of the whole key as noted. I should add that I tried the method as explained above and found that it does not work on the x64 installation I have
  14. One very simple method for registry changes that is very easy to reverse is to just put a minus sign in front of the key name. That means for the above the {B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93} becomes -{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93} When you want to reverse it you just remove the minus sign. You could also export the key and create a reg file to do the same thing for on and off. I do this all the time for Shared folders and the extra virtual User's folders in XP.
  15. Hmm. The machines I've noticed the behavior on sport a range of graphics chips from Intel to nVidia to ATI Radeon cards. Though, I have heard that a conflict with some nVidia chipsets could be the cause of some wireless networking problems I've also been having. Seems the module is unstable after a time and reverts to a 169.x.x.x address. When it does this, it is impossible to disable or otherwise make changes in the wireless config. Even the system shutdown hangs and requires a hard reboot.
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