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    • in reply to: Linux Install Problems #2050537

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      AskWoody Lounger

      Only difference, is that there is no devices listed at all.  Also, the only choice for boot loader is /dev/sda.

      Wait, how’s that again? What is /dev/sda actually?

      Dell is a vendor that likes to put the firmware in RAID mode. So it could be that your /dev/sda is your install media (not listed as possible install target but eligible to take boot loader) and you need an additional driver to access the RAID mode devices, or alternatively set the disk to AHCI mode in the firmware / BIOS menu. (The latter would need some work with the Windows installation too to keep it bootable.)

    • in reply to: Handling Feature Updates in 1909 #2042762

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      AskWoody Lounger

      … yeah, I understand the only official way of blocking Windows 10 feature updates while staying online is to upgrade to Enterprise LTSC. That’s some hundreds of USD/EUR… (oh and Office 365 applications aren’t supported on LTSC, but one-time purchase versions of MS Office should be).

      I understand LTSC gets cumulatives anyway?

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    • in reply to: Life extension for trusty laptop #2042721

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      AskWoody Lounger

      We would like to try Windows 10 on this machine and have heard (without details) that others have done it successfully.

      Oh yes, I can verify that this is the case.

      My father got the without-permission autoupgrade to 10 back when those were going on and it didn’t break anything so he didn’t bother reverting. The T61 (bought by him as used/refurbished some years earlier IIRC) was still running just fine as of last week.

      In contrast, my mother’s been through several consumer-grade laptops during this time…

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    • in reply to: Two OneDrives: Business and Personal #2098773

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      AskWoody Lounger

      When you use OneDrive meaning the sync application to map your business and personal one drive folders, they show up in the file explorer exactly as you would expect them to. You can attach to them any where you want once you’re there, so why would you need to care whether or not they are a specific drive letter?

      When you use the sync application, you’ll find the files consuming local disk space. Also, any access control will be “as of last sync”; local disk tends to be fast, but changes appearing on server needs a sync run.

      With direct mapping, the files will only be stored on the server, and access control will be current as of time of access/attempt. Access will happen at network speeds (which can be slow) but takes immediate effect on server.

      Sometimes you will prefer the latter mode. Especially in non-cloud environments (corporate on-premises SharePoint).

    • in reply to: Patch Lady – once upon a reboot #2050490

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      AskWoody Lounger

      Apparently this varies by Windows build or SSU…

      … and whichever a device reports itself as, is not always apparent from the outside.

      I *have* seen flash drives that report as HDDs. Sort of rare though.

      (Oh and then I have one USB thing that takes a microSD and reports it as optical disk, but that’s read-only so no help here.)

    • in reply to: Now Can't Dnload to Desktop #2049765

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      AskWoody Lounger

      … hm. That still leaves the question of what happened that required this … oh well.

      (Everyone Full Control is a bit wider than I’d prefer for my desktop permissions. Also there’s a reason why I have a specific non-desktop folder for downloads, but that’s not really relevant to the immediate issue.)

    • in reply to: AveYo’s MediaCreationTool #2042276

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      AskWoody Lounger

      Rufus is a boot disk builder, there is nothing you can do to block it as it uses local files and standard methods to create the boot disk/USB.

      … nothing except standard system permissions and misconfigured antimalware tools. (Seen things that blocked raw device writes for example, even to USB devices.)

    • in reply to: Incorrect display, text and other elements #2042247

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      AskWoody Lounger

      When the elevated permissions are granted, the ‘root’ account is used.  ‘root’ always exists and cannot be deleted, whether or not it is possible to actually log in to a session as ‘root’.  There does always have to be at least one administrator account, though, but they’re all functionally the same… when doing admin tasks, they’re ‘root’.

      Oh yes, there’s a funny mostly historical thing about it though…

      See, internally for traditional permissions and such, what is meaningful is the numeric user id. For root, this uid is 0. This is what is stored as the file owner on disk, etc.

      It at least used to be possible to have more than one /etc/passwd (or networked user database) entry with the same uid, these could have different names… and passwords, home directories and login shells.

      Permissions checks would go by numeric id so they’d all have equal permissions, except back-references would go to whichever was found first in the passwd lookup. So, have to pay attention with scripting and such.

      This kind of thing with uid 0 became mostly unnecessary and very uncommon with the prevalence of sudo, so I wouldn’t trust it to not break things these days. Some BSDs used to use it a lot though. Also seen with malware and hacking so *should* cause alerts if unexpected.

      Nowadays when this thing is seen it’s most commonly an error in user management. Happens easily with networked/distributed user management… domain join, etc… if you aren’t watching for it. First symptom is usually that “ls” shows a different owner or group for your files (someone else was found first in numeric to text lookup).

      (and hopefully, the native resolution of 1440×900 is not set the same on both machines).

      Hey, could be worse, could be 1152×921 or the like.

      (That was the native resolution on exactly the thing where I last used an alternate uid 0 account… also had working DDC support through a 13W3 cable.)

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    • mn–
      AskWoody Lounger

      Building from source (manually) is a last resort, something I would only do if I can’t find a trustworthy repo.

      Emphasis added.

      What is sufficiently trustworthy, will depend on specifics.

      These days it’s pretty uncommon to not have any prebuilt packages available for whatever you want to do on Ubuntu and derivatives on amd64, but trust is a whole another thing…

      And less common distros or architectures do make having to build from source anyway much more frequent.

      Heh, comparing with 20 years ago… back then building from source was often the only way to do things.

    • in reply to: Windows 10 All Versions #2041648

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      AskWoody Lounger

      … that most of the stuff you mention bundaburra, are only available in the Pro version?

      Well, like I’ve been saying, with XP already … Windows “Home” versions are particularly badly suited for home users.

      I mean, the crippled permission management and such doesn’t hurt in a small business with peer-to-peer resource sharing between trusted users… but in a home with children, or even just a cat, you need more.

    • in reply to: Creating and using a Standard User Account on Windows 7 #2041643

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      AskWoody Lounger

      … exactly.

      Though I did remember, there is one task… Windows Media Creation Tool wants to be run with admin-level desktop login.

      No, I really can’t figure out a good reason for that.

      Can just as well use a non-Microsoft operating system (or user-agent spoofer) and just download a straight .iso for most cases…

      Others exist too but they’re sort of rare, and usually cases where a programmer really should know better.

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    • in reply to: ISP will not allow Windows7 after EOL question #2041634

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      AskWoody Lounger

      upgrade to Windows 8.1. This should prevent any issues with your ISP

      … “should”, but by no means guaranteed. Because if the ISP is doing something like that already – well, the detection isn’t going to be foolproof, and that’s not getting into…

      It’s written in the contract with the IP.

      Yeah, that’ll depend on the exact wording of the contract then, and possibly local law and such. If the ISP can ban a Windows 7 with paid ESU, then they could also ban Windows 8.1 even when it’s in mainline support.

      There are operating systems that you only get updates for if you’re paying for them, after all. (Not marketed for consumers…)

    • in reply to: Backup text messages from Android cell phone #2041628

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      AskWoody Lounger

      SMS Backup+ stores them in your Gmail.

      … Actually, that one does seem to have a bit of a problem with Gmail access currently. Google’s been tightening the screws with application access across the board…

      It’ll also do any regular IMAP with “plain” authentication (don’t turn off SSL/TLS…) and there are other applications too that’ll do this.

    • in reply to: Frustration when entering postal adresses #2039933

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      AskWoody Lounger

      It’s just a view – I dont seem to be able to use it to add/amend data in the fields that are displayed.

      There’s a checkbox in View Settings -> Other Settings called “Allow in-cell editing” – does that help?

      Curiously, although I added some of the home address fields, they are all blank for existing contacts – the only one that is populated is the field called “Home Address” which is a concatenation of the individual home address fields. As it is the individual  fields I need to adjust, this approach seems useless . . . unless someone knows better ?

      Well which version of Outlook are you using and what do you have for backend for the contacts?

      I just tried this on Office 365 monthly Outlook 1911 12228.20364.

      For my contacts filled through the server into specific fields, and if I start typing into any of the subfields directly, the Outlook “Home Address” field does show a concatenation of the Home Address subfields. Same for the “Business Address” and subfields, etc… but the non-specific “Address” field doesn’t get autofilled to any of the preexisting home/business/Other address fields.

      I can change most of the fields but the street fields don’t accept input even with “Allow in-cell editing” on. And if I change any subfield on one of the specific address types, the non-specific “Address” field gets then filled from what type I changed.

      So yes, it is inconsistent and also somewhat weird.

      Didn’t check to see what happens if there’s both “home” and “business” types of address prefilled on server but the nonspecific one still empty, and I’d change some field…

    • in reply to: My solution to the demise of Windows 7 #2039926

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      AskWoody Lounger

      I’m quite sure it was possible to maximize things on OpenWin, and already on SunView. Might have required defining your own keyboard shortcut or something, but possible. Though I last used SunView in 1997 I think…

      As for window listing… don’t recall what was the default but on anything X-based there’s a number of ways to manage your desktop, including several kinds of dock/panel/tray inventions.

      On old versions of SunOS and Solaris, lots of things were possible if you took the time to customize it. There were other versions of Unix that had a more… well, finished-looking… user experience but less versatility for customizing out of the box.

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