• RamRod



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    • in reply to: Can I install my old Windows programs on Windows 10? #2295730

      Try this MS Office removal tool and process:



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    • in reply to: The Surface Duo is now official #2295708

      Never buy version 1.0 of anything from Microsoft. An oldie but goodie. I’ll take another look if/when v2 comes along.

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    • in reply to: Can I install my old Windows programs on Windows 10? #2295681

      Uninstall Office (newer, pre-installed versions).

      Then you should be able to install your old versions – providing you have the disks. At least I have been able to do that on my rig. The activation key should be on the disk or the sleeve the disk came in. I use a sharpie pen to write the activation key on all of my disks (don’t use a ball-point pen – that can ruin the disk).

      I have Office 2003 installed on 1909.


    • in reply to: Open Office or Libre Office for Win 10 Pro x64 version 2004 #2294279

      If you have the disk, why not continue to use Office 2007?



    • This patch sometimes shows up as an installed program – not an update. Check in your installed programs.

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    • in reply to: Patch Lady – pushing off 1803 #2291844

      Does anyone keep count of how many versions of WinX Microsoft is currently supporting? Is that number greater than the old XP days of service packs?

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    • Not what we invented computing for – agreed. But it might be OK for a socializer and socializing.

      Live & Let Live I say. Again, why can’t MS foster both paths? Why shut off one avenue and force us down another? And by ‘force’ I mean use market forces – the Windows Key is the perfect example. MS started it and market forces spread it around to other manufactures until it became ubiquitous.

      I wonder what conclusion the marketing folks came to as far back as the Ribbon? Why not give users the option of picking one or the other, even the ability to switch back and forth?

      And the user interface began with W8.1. Why not offer both UI’s (WinXP and Win8.1) much as Linux offers multiple desktops?

      Oh well. Change is good. I guess.

    • I don’t resent the advent of socializers or socializing. I resent the demise of computing and computers, specifically personal computers. I am finding it more and more difficult to find a computer with software oriented towards computing as opposed to the current fixation on socializing.

      Computing is/was aimed at performing the calculations necessary in simulations of systems, usually a system representative of a portion of the world around us. For example, some of the the first calculations the military made were the ballistics of projectiles. There are accounting applications, transportation applications, chemical reaction calculations, structural engineering applications, etc. These are all aimed at humans increasing the ability to manipulate the world around them in a way that leads to a higher standard of living i.e. implementing your world view of the set of actions necessary to increase ease of living and lessen suffering and death in the long run. When was the last time you used your current digital device to do something like that?

      Oh, wait a sec, I’ve got to update my Facebook page after I answer the phone and send a WhatsApp.

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    • I haven’t finished thinking this all the way through, but I want to get it out there on Woody’s site so that 20 years from now I get the credit. Here goes.

      Computing was invented by humans millennia ago – about the time fingers and toes showed up. Long about the 1930’s some ingenious folks with a mechanical bent figured gears and sprockets could speed the computing experience. And they were just in time to fuel the technological advance of the military industrial complex prior to WWII. Maybe the military simply saw the advantage of analog computing before anyone else. The military was certainly financed to take advantage of the gains in computing.

      Following WWII and the scientific advances spurred by that conflagration, another set of ingenious folks with a bent towards electrical thingy’s managed to leap frog analog computing and invented first the capacitor and then the chip. Digital computing was on its way. The space program certainly used its generous financing to focus the development of digital computing.

      So, long about the time I came about, computing was prospering with the newest device – the Computer. Then in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s a branch of computing came about – called Personal Computing and the Personal Computer (Thanks Radio Shack & IBM!). I am mostly familiar with the growth of this industry since it is within my memory.

      Then about 2010 or so, a great blurring occurred, derailing computing as we all knew it. Slowly, inexorably, driven by the need for ever expanding profits, aided by more than marginal improvements in digital hardware and software methods, computing began to be taken over by the idea of socializing. Phones blended with computers. And voila – we now had a whole new branch of hardware that I am now defining as Socializers. We have socializing as the intensified behavior of billions on the planet, thus we require new hardware to facilitate the socializing throngs – the Socializer.

      Think about it – this is where much of my confusion generates: I look at the hardware and see a computer. But when it operates, it doesn’t operate primarily as a computer – it operates as a Socializer. It uses computing hardware and computing elements – but its primary purpose is not longer computing, it is socializing. And the interface with the hardware dictates this new primacy of function.

      My hypothesis is thus: Socializing is now more important, and thus profitable, than computing, so the manufacturers primarily produce socializers rather than computers. The corollary is that software has always been more important than hardware, but just not first in order of production. Hardware comes first – software determines usage. The manufactures of software get to set the terms for use of hardware. Microsoft and Apple now focus on socializing over computing.

      Alas for the old days.

      Maybe this should be in the Rant section – but MS did add a key to the keyboard for emojis and Woody did announce it on the front page.

      Regards, RamRod

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    • in reply to: The Surface Duo is now official #2288159

      I was interested until I saw the cost. Not so much any longer.


    • in reply to: Best Linux distros for beginners 2020? #2287690

      How difficult is it, or is it even possible, to change desktops following initial installation?


    • in reply to: Will Windows transition to one update a year? #2287687

      I certainly hope so.

    • Yeah, I understand the creepy spied on thing. As near as I can tell there are no platforms out there without the Creepy spied on feeling. Pick your poison?

    • Actually, I am interested. It might have what’s good about MS – innovation, and it might lack what’s bad about MS – WinX version 1-13. Functionality & privacy are the performance points for me. I like a bit of a tablet with phone capabilities. Don’t mind the split screen – I think (Wait until I get one in my hands to test drive. Now where is that MS store?). Hinges? Who cares. Borders around the screen – Meh!

      I want functionality without the creepy spied-on feeling. And since this isn’t a computer, I’ll be looking for tablet and phone functionality.

    • in reply to: Experiment in staying on 1511 #2279183

      My experiment on 1511 on my Lenovo Flex 3 is over. The Flex 3 fails to boot into Windows 1511 and my recovery USB failed. I was able to recover all of my files on the C: drive via the emergency Command Prompt C: (glad I remember those DOS commands – xcopy, copy, etc.), and my backups. I really need to learn how to do system and partial-system images for more reliable backups. I didn’t lose anything, and I managed to polish my operating system/file system skills in the process.

      I purchased a new Lenovo Flex 5 – 15.6 inch screen this time. It’s an ok machine, but Lenovo screws up almost as often as MS by changing things that just work. It has a backlit keyboard. That doggone thing automatically turns off after 5 seconds. Good luck if you are typing in a poorly lit space, turn on your fancy backlit keyboard, then pause typing for more than 5 seconds – the keyboard goes dark. Then you have to hit a key to reactivate the backlight, then backspace to remove the errant character you may have just typed, and then you can continue what you were doing – until the light goes out again. Why can’t they leave it the way it was on the Flex 3 – when you turn it on it stays on until you turn it off? Again, if anyone knows something about this that I’m missing – be merciful and let me know! Please!

      I fired up the new Flex 5 without connecting to the web. Created a local administrator account, and a local standard account. The administrator account has a password and security questions; the standard account does not. This is a personal laptop that only leaves the house on special vacations and never experiences my social security number or any account numbers. I don’t to commerce on this machine. I installed Brave as my browser – I like brave. I installed Office 2003 – no ribbon for me. Installed Everything – no windows search either, as far as I can avoid it. I’m pretty much all the way back in business. I’ve got McAfee antivirus for 30 days free. I’ll remove it at the end of the free period and switch to Microsoft Defender or whatever they call it now. I’m in the habit of updating it manually daily.

      In my five years with 1511 on the Lenovo Flex 3 I never updated the operating system and I never used a third party antivirus. No infections. No lost files. No downtime. No unstable windows. No uncertainty about updates or updating. Peace and effective work. It was a successful experiment that I am going to repeat on my new Flex 5.


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