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    • in reply to: Reader feedback on driver/software updaters, and more! #2381462
      bbearren
      AskWoody MVP

      I have one driver update tool.  Both my daily driver and my NAS have Intel DH87RL motherboards.  My NAS has an Intel mSATA SSD for the OS (Windows 10 21H1).  My update tool is Intel® Driver Support Assistant.

      Even though the motherboards and CPU’s are circa 2013, very infrequently the Support Assistant will suggest an update.  When I click on the notice, the Intel website opens and gives me the option to download and install.  I’ve received notices for graphics driver updates (for Windows 10) and installed them.  The latest (a couple of months ago) was a software update for the Intel SSD monitoring software in my NAS.  Otherwise,

      – If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

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      in reply to: Microsoft de-emphasizes backing up #2381459
      bbearren
      AskWoody MVP

      All you can do is keep it as cool as possible to reduce heat stress.

      You left out the most important step.

      Create drive images regularly so that when it fails, you won’t lose anything except the hardware.

      Create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates, in case you need to start over!
      "When you're troubleshooting, start with the simple and proceed to the complex."—M.O. Johns
      "Experience is what you get when you're looking for something else."—Sir Thomas Robert Deware

      in reply to: Microsoft de-emphasizes backing up #2380808
      bbearren
      AskWoody MVP

      That said, I would NEVER trust an SSD over 5 years old. Period.

      I keep my drive images current, and so I’m not concerned about running my drives to the point of failure.  All I lose is the failed drive itself.  I have its contents safely tucked away in drive images.

      YMMV

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      in reply to: Microsoft 365 plans revealed! #2380399
      bbearren
      AskWoody MVP

      You are not the only one but you should remember that you were not always either. The person who questioned whether whitehouse.com is legitimate since there is a whitehouse.gov is also one or both.

      I’ve been working on both (getting old and more experienced) all my life, no big surprise there.  In the early dotcom days there were a few who got in on the ground floor of registering domain names before many big companies realized that the internet was a thing, and then sold those domain names for a tidy profit.

      There were also companies that registered all the domain names within whistling distance of their company’s business.  And there were points in between.  But .GOV was one of the first six TLD’s, and only government agencies (federal and state) are able to register .GOV TLD’s.

      Whitehouse.com is a joke about as old as the internet.

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      in reply to: Microsoft 365 plans revealed! #2380333
      bbearren
      AskWoody MVP

      Edited by the moderator as not being appropriate for this venue

      Just old and experienced.

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      in reply to: Microsoft 365 plans revealed! #2380330
      bbearren
      AskWoody MVP

      A domain name includes the TLD, Top Level Domain.

      Odds are 10 to 1 that most folks will choose .COM for their TLD based on the history of TLD’s used.  From the article:

      “The big advantage of a Microsoft 365 Business plan is having a mailbox with your own personal domain name. Instead of an @outlook.com, @gmail.com, or ISP-based email (e.g., verizon.net, comcast.net), you can use a truly personal email address (for example, me@peterdeegan.com) or one for the family (Peter@DeeganFam.com). But you will need to acquire the domain name.

      A personal domain name costs less than $20 a year in most cases. It’s well worth it for the permanent email address that you keep regardless of which mail host you choose.”

      Many people assume a domain name is “.com” almost automatically when they hear it or sometimes see and type it. Slowly, folks are getting used to the concept of a broader range of Top Level Domains but it’s slow going. The reason some sites can’t cope with newer domains is that the email / domain checking code is inherited from years past when there was a narrower range of domains available. The subroutines haven’t been updated for many moon, probably long before the current site managers joined the organization. It usually takes some customer complaints to make the site managers aware of the problem. Then they have to dig into ancient code to fix it. Peter Deegan

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      in reply to: Microsoft 365 plans revealed! #2380312
      bbearren
      AskWoody MVP

      One’s choice of domain name (regardless of the TLD) must be unique.

      Regardless of the TLD?

      The TLD is part of the domain name.  Is AskWoody.com the same as this?

      AskWoody

      Or do you suppose that those are two different domains?  That is to say, regardless of the TLD one chooses to use, the domain name must be unique, and the TLD is part of the domain name.

      As for whitehouse.com,

      GoDaddy-Domain-Search

      Google-Domain-Search

      Domain-Domain-Search

      NameCheap-Domain-Search

      It appears that whitehouse.com is taken.

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      in reply to: Microsoft 365 plans revealed! #2380300
      bbearren
      AskWoody MVP

      what most will want to use

      Arrogance in action once again. People are free to do whatever they choose; they are under no obligation to conform to your assumptions.

      Of course people are free to do whatever they choose.  Nothing I have posted suggests anything to the contrary; “what most will want to use” can in no way be construed into “Everyone must choose .COM!”  It’s a simple assessment based on the 10 to 1 ratio of .COM registrations.

      Aside from that, simply because .com is the most common top-level domain, finding one that suits one’s fancy is all that much harder.

      This is why domain registrars exist, so that no two domains can have exactly the same name.  One’s choice of domain name (regardless of the TLD) must be unique.

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      in reply to: Microsoft 365 plans revealed! #2380247
      bbearren
      AskWoody MVP

      I have no doubt the Verisign numbers are accurate, but your use of them is not.

      I’m fairly certain that most will want to use .COM as their top-level domain name. as in “askwoody.com”.

      Your own words are conflicting.

      Peter Deegan wrote: Many people assume a domain name is “.com” almost automatically when they hear it or sometimes see and type it.

      Indeed!!!! Back in the day, the best example of this was whitehouse.com.

      As for your own domain, good for you. So what?

      What I did in choosing a TLD is, I’m fairly certain, what most will want to use, .COM as their top-level domain name. as in “askwoody.com”  It is by far the most popular TLD.  My personal domain has an annual registration fee of $15.99.

      .COM TLD registrations, according to Verisign, outnumber the second-place TLD ten to one, which makes it, without question, the most popular TLD, and indicates that most will want to use .COM as their top-level domain name.  The odds are 10 to 1.

      Create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates, in case you need to start over!
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      "Experience is what you get when you're looking for something else."—Sir Thomas Robert Deware

      in reply to: Create an Image for Windows Rescue Drive #2380170
      bbearren
      AskWoody MVP

      While I don’t think there is actually anything wrong with this, rather than finding and running TBWinRE.cmd, I usually use the start menu entry TeraByte Drive Image Backup and Restore Suite -> IFW-Create Recovery Boot Disk

      True, but there is no start menu entry to Incorporate Image for Windows into Windows Recovery Environment, which is an option in the TBWinRE.cmd script.

      Having Image for Windows in the Recovery Environment is much quicker to use than booting to the TBWinRE Rescue USB.

      Create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates, in case you need to start over!
      "When you're troubleshooting, start with the simple and proceed to the complex."—M.O. Johns
      "Experience is what you get when you're looking for something else."—Sir Thomas Robert Deware

      in reply to: Microsoft 365 plans revealed! #2380167
      bbearren
      AskWoody MVP

      Really? Based on what evidence?

      How about Verisign?

      Top-Level-Domains

      You also missed the point of the original article, that business 365 accounts allow for PERSONAL domain names.

      A PERSONAL domain name still needs a TLD.  Mine is bbearren.com.

      Create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates, in case you need to start over!
      "When you're troubleshooting, start with the simple and proceed to the complex."—M.O. Johns
      "Experience is what you get when you're looking for something else."—Sir Thomas Robert Deware

      in reply to: Microsoft 365 plans revealed! #2380160
      bbearren
      AskWoody MVP

      Microsoft-365

      This began a few years ago as Office 2016, then upgraded to Office 365 (Home & Office ? — I can’t remember) at $99/year, now renamed to Microsoft 365.  Viewing my subscription online, I see

      Microsoft-365-Family

      I have three installations, and three available, each with 1TB OneDrive.  As you can see I have Outlook Mail & Calendar, with all the bells and whistles.  In addition I already have my own domain, bbearren.com.

      The only thing I’m missing is Teams, and I don’t have a use for Teams.  It appears that sticking with what I already have will be good enough.

      Create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates, in case you need to start over!
      "When you're troubleshooting, start with the simple and proceed to the complex."—M.O. Johns
      "Experience is what you get when you're looking for something else."—Sir Thomas Robert Deware

      in reply to: Microsoft 365 plans revealed! #2380146
      bbearren
      AskWoody MVP

      One caution on personal domain names:

      I’m fairly certain that most will want to use .COM as their top-level domain name.  as in “askwoody.com”.  .ORG is also somewhat common, particularly for charitable domains and the like.

      Create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates, in case you need to start over!
      "When you're troubleshooting, start with the simple and proceed to the complex."—M.O. Johns
      "Experience is what you get when you're looking for something else."—Sir Thomas Robert Deware

      in reply to: Microsoft de-emphasizes backing up #2380145
      bbearren
      AskWoody MVP

      He said none of them do full restores.

      He is beyond doubt 100% in error.  I’ve restored images more times than I can remember.

      I have replaced failed drives with blank new drives and then restored my drive images to them with no issues and no failures.  The PC boots and runs as if nothing happened.  I must agree with ‘anonymous’,

      Time to find a new tech

      Create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates, in case you need to start over!
      "When you're troubleshooting, start with the simple and proceed to the complex."—M.O. Johns
      "Experience is what you get when you're looking for something else."—Sir Thomas Robert Deware

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      in reply to: HP Wirelss OfficeJet Won’t Scan #2380100
      bbearren
      AskWoody MVP

      I have an 8600 connected via Ethernet.  In the past it has on occasion misplaced its scanning feature.  I have a shortcut on my desktop, “”C:\Program Files\HP\HP Officejet Pro 8600\Bin\HP Officejet Pro 8600.exe” -Start UDCDevicePage” that when double-clicked, opens a maintenance web page.

      On that web page, I can go through the Scan features and get things reset and working again.  Does your OfficeJet 6500 have such a feature?

      Create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates, in case you need to start over!
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