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Daily Archives: May 6, 2020

  • The new Surfaces arrive

    Posted on May 6th, 2020 at 15:36 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Would you buy a used operating system from this man?

    Have to admit that his daughter’s “impromptu” appearance was well orchestrated.

    Seriously, Panay is a remarkable salesman and gifted presenter. He’s also in charge of Windows. And he’s peddling some really cheap hardware:

    Surface Go 2 starting at $399 (Pentium 4425Y, 4 GB RAM – see Patch Lady’s admonishment below – 64 GB, just barely run Windows 10 Home in S Mode, doesn’t include a keyboard)

    Surface Book 3 starting at $1599 (13.5-inch, Core i5, 8 GB, 256 GB, Win10 Home)

    Surface Headphones 2 $249

    Surface Earbuds $199

    Surface Dock 2 costs $140 less than the Go 2. For a dock.

    Of course, I wouldn’t buy a Surface product if MS paid me, but that’s just because I’ve seen the way they treat customers. Your results certainly will vary.

    We’ll have more on the products he’s pushing as the reviews come in.

  • Patch Lady – the minimum amount of RAM

    Posted on May 6th, 2020 at 15:09 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    …. so as I was building my 2004 version of Windows 10 in a virtual machine I built it with my “normal” RAM memory that I do for testbeds…. 2 gig.  And proceeded to hit several OOBE errors during setup.

    As per https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4020048/windows-oobe-fails-when-you-start-a-new-windows-based-computer-for-the  “This issue occurs because the specific timing of the OOBE process causes a deadlock situation”

    Hmm says I.  Deadlocks and race conditions normally occur with starved resources.  And I shut down my VM, upped the RAM memory to 5 gigs and hit the start button so it would pick up again from the OOBE sequence (that’s the part that ask you where you live, what language, etc).

    Sure enough the OOBE completed happily this time.  Let this be a lesson… don’t buy a Windows 10 computer with less than 4 gigs of ram… it’s not going to be happy!!