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Craig Matthews Craig_​Matthews Good News, Everyone!
  • Why does Windows think it knows better than me?

    @cheong I was specifically addressing the lie that the Professional/Enterprise editions aren't configurable. The only thing I said about the non-pro edition is that it is the incorrect edition to use when you're performing business tasks. I never said the home/non-pro editions had group policy editor built in and you know that. I was strictly speaking of enterprise/pro.

  • Why does Windows think it knows better than me?

    , cheong wrote

    @Craig_Matthews: All is good until you need to install the domain related management tools seperately. And you need someone know enough to download that administration pack.

    Just want to tell you that I was hired to that company as shipping clerk at that time, and they have no IT staffs.

    You don't need to install anything domain related to edit local group policy on a machine. You launch gpedit.msc. It's built in.

    You should probably stop commenting on how group policy works.

  • Why does Windows think it knows better than me?

    , cheong wrote

    Btw, I have a question. If Microsoft were to take away the option to stop Windows Update in the non-business edtions, what if there is another update that breaks the PCs?

    Is Microsoft effectively says when this happens, the insider program users have to unplug their PC from the web for a few days until the problem is fixed?

    This is why there is a fast update ring and a stable update ring. Ostensibly, most issues will be found before release to the stable ring, with the users on the fast ring aware of the risk they're taking, complimented by improved roll-back capabilities in Windows 10.

  • Why does Windows think it knows better than me?

    , cheong wrote

    @Craig_Matthews: It is a hack for some companies.

    I once worked for a string weaving factory that all they have is a PC for using Accounting software, and a notebook for sales. Having an AD server is overkill for this kind of small business.

    A Windows domain is not required to configure group policies, only centrally manage them. These settings can be configured on a single Windows machine. This has  been the case forever. It's not a hack. It's a configuration utility. Just like control panel, settingscomputer management, and windows update settings. You can run it on a single machine or in a domain.

    What's the difference between doing it in a drop down box in "settings" and opening up another configuration applet, on the same computer, which has more advanced settings?

  • Why does Windows think it knows better than me?

    , wastingtime​withforums wrote

    Well, on Windows 10, even on the professional mega-ulti-über-editon, you have less control over Windows Update than on Windows 7 Home Basic.

    That's completely untrue. And please don't respond by saying Group Policy editor is a "hack."


  • Why does Windows think it knows better than me?

    I get around the problem by not giving important business presentations, executing long-running business management tasks, or running critical business processes on anything labeled "home edition" or otherwise labeled for non professional/business use. E.g. I buy the edition suitable for my purposes, such as Enterprise or Professional where I can control updates.


  • Anyone knows how to export Edge Favorites back into simple IE fav files?

    The .URL files for favorites seem to be here for Edge, at least on my machine:



  • Modern Skype is dead.

    I'm still waiting for the Windows Phone version of Skype to actually set off my ring tone when a call comes in through Skype, instead of getting a notification of a missed Skype call 5 minutes later.

    "I've never had that problem" is a lie.


  • Facebook Connect is no longer available

    , cheong wrote

    Well, from Facebook's site:


    They seems to have about 10 months to upgrade the API calls and supply patches to users. While they may not want to patch Office 2013, I think Office 365 users should be entitled for the change patch. Afterall this is the main reason why you would pay for subscription based service.

    If they shutdown the API entirely it's another question, but FB deprecating old API with new one isn't a good reason for Microsoft to stop support it.

    Not that it affects me, though. As I don't use Facebook. :P

    If this is true, I at least deserve an explanation, considering I bought this phone a year ago and in that time, nearly every feature has evaporated - right out of my hand. 

    "BUT BUT. .. CORTANA!!!!"   Whatever.  I ask Siri "What's the temperature?" and she says "78 degrees."  When I ask Cortana "What's the temperature", I get the dictionary definition of temperature and links to places where I can get good deals on thermometers. That's not a joke. Or it is, I suppose.

    Can't think of any more reasons to keep a Windows phone.

  • Windows to support SSH natively

    , blowdart wrote

    I could see tunneling an RDP session

    Why would you want to? RDP is natively encrypted, and if you want identification of the server it can use TLS.

    The same reason an environment based on the Essentials SKU/Essentials Role sits behind an SSL encrypted portal with an RDP Gateway sitting at the gate -- because forwarding a separate port at the Internet gateway for each machine that you want RDP accessible for the road warriors is an IT configuration anti-pattern. 

    In the case of SSH tunneling, a previous employer was very frugal with the IT budget and we had about a hundred people who needed to get into RDP to some machines, some internal web apps, and some network apps. Instead of putting out for a full VPN solution, we had to build something in house that was easy to use with very little moving parts.

    I stood up a CentOS virtual machine and configured some port redirects for ssh. Everyone got an encrypted thumbdrive with a copy of Bitvise SSH client with a config file and their own password protected SSH key. They pop the thumbdrive in, double click a shortcut, type a password, and blamo. SSH w/redirection gave me a practically free application level VPN. Only thing I needed to do was forward TCP/22 at my gateway to one box.