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RetiredNiner GoddersUK
  • Deactivating account

    On your deactivate account page you indicate that old forum posts may be edited if you like... except the anti-necro threadlock prevents this!

  • Deleting comments

    I'm seeing a remove comment button on my own comments (not forum posts) (and only my own), which is fine, however the list of options, when I click it, consists only of reasons such as "spam" or "violates guidelines" - obviously that doesn't really make sense for my own comments.

    I'm guessing I either shouldn't be seeing this button at all, or the options list needs changing in these circumstances.

    deletion options

  • Office 365 Outlook  - Clutter

    , ScottWelker wrote


    Indeed. We geeks (no insult intended) knew and I acted immediately to disable the feature.

    The referenced office mate is a non-technical, extremely busy business executive who did not heed the "your cheese was just moved" notice (Perhaps internal IT is partly at fault here). However, I would not expect the average Office365 user to have known or appreciated the after-the-fact notice. Again, bad form - IMHO.

    "Tell 'em what your gonna do. Tell 'em you are doing it. Tell 'em it's done" - Most (business) folks do not appreciate surprises. This left a bad taste...

    I had messages before, the fact, several weeks of messages after the fact explicitly listing messaged that had been moved for my review and (IIRC) tooltip type popups in Outlook web app informing me what was going on too.

    Also, afaik, one of the ways clutter works is by monitoring how you deal with emails - so if emails are being cluttered it's very, very likely your colleague never actually read them. I can't help but suspect your colleague was making excuses for forgetting about, or ignoring, the email in question...

    Besides, as with your junk folder, you should periodically glance over clutter to make sure it didn't make an error. Not doing so is like complaining he tied his car accelerator to the floor, and closed his eyes, and the car drove into a wall.

  • Office 365 Outlook  - Clutter

    , spivonious wrote

    @ScottWelker: I'm with you, I like to manage my own email (with the exception of spam, of course). You never know when a "low priority" clutter message might actually be important. It's not hard to setup rules for the true clutter.

    Clutter is nothing more than a very aggressive spam filter. Almost all the messages it's "detected" in my inbox are (internal) email I otherwise had set to fly straight into the junk box.

    TBH I'd like to see this feature upgraded to despatch an operative with a crossbow to deal with the senders of all detected messages, and ensure they never misuse their access to the global address lists ever again.

  • Recommendat​ions for good AV/AS

    I'm disappointed to see that a few people who should know better are peddling the old "don't browse pr0n or torrentz or open email attachements and you'll be fine" nonsense here.

    Besides social engineering (which software will never fix) the biggest risk these days is security holes in ancillary software (web browsers, plugins and so on), exploited through techniques such as hijacked ad networks and drive by downloads. Yes, you can cut a lot of the risk by running an adblocker, not installing plugins unless they're absolutely necessary (looking at you, Flash, Java and friends), disabling javascript, running in a low privilege environment and so forth.

    But none of these are foolproof, another level of protection will not hurt. Especially when you consider that some of the steps above will result in, to your average Joe, a horrible broken web-browsing experience (if they even knew how, and why) to do them in the first place.

  • WTF WIN10 auto update restart.

    , bondsbw wrote

    @figuerres:  Agreed with this.  I would prefer a curated issue tracker that shows status and allows moderators to merge repeats into officially-tracked issues.

    If only Microsoft had such a tool. If only they were using it.

  • I'm not happy with Windows 10 (details inside) - am I missing something?

    , Jamie​Mitchell wrote

    • Dual Monitor Support - I don't see any enhancements from 8.1 for dual monitor users - I do see one major drawback though: independent wallpapers. 8.1 allowed me to assign wallpapers independently to multiple monitors. I run one vertical monitor (for Google Music and reddit) so the wallpaper looks ridiculous when stretched to fit the 1080x1920 screen.

    Presumably you could bodge a solution to this by creating a custom JPEG with wallpapers arranged appropriately, and appropriate white space, and then setting it as a panoramic wallpaper?

    • GUI Uniformity - Right click on an icon in the task bar - now right click on a file/folder in Explorer. Some windows look like Windows 7, some look like Windows 10.

    tbh this has been a problem in every Windows ever.

  • Why does Windows think it knows better than me?

    , Craig_​Matthews wrote

    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.

    1) I use what I'm given, I'm not in purchasing.

    2) The names denote featureset, to suggest you shouldn't use a home edition for "professional" presentations when it meets the required features (connects to projector, can run presentation software) is disingenuous.

    , Craig_​Matthews wrote


    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.

    Has it occurred to you that an accountant shouldn't have to use group policy? In good software the users are able to achieve their desired aim in their desired fashion, in bad software the software is always right the heretics must be burnt.

    , cheong wrote

    Btw, since those machines are behind NAT and the users are not young people who'd take it to do "other purpose" like surfing the web, the chance of virus infection even if there are unpatched hole in the system is minimal.

    I wouldn't say this is reflective my experience in the wild world...

    , bondsbw wrote

    I'm seeing quite a lot of putting-the-cart-before-the-horse.  It's fine to worry, but don't act like these major issues have already happened, or like Microsoft will not be responsible to their customers by improving testing to help ensure major breaking updates don't get out.  Make a scene when it happens, not before.

    The original problem I posted did happen. On Windows 8.1. Besides prevention is better than a cure.

    And there is no excuse for installing an insider preview build on a production machine.  None.  While it is far from guaranteed, anyone who is using an insider build assumes there is some risk that their install will eventually get screwed up beyond recognition, and that the only recourse is a wipe/reinstall.  "But, but..." No.  No buts.  Either assume the risk or get out of the program.

    Did anyone in this thread claim to be running Win 10 on a production machine? Most, if not all, posters are discussing either problems with Win 8/8.1 or <I>potential</I> problems with Win 10.

  • Why does Windows think it knows better than me?

    , vesuvius wrote


    Most costly fraud and security related incidents are about stealing peoples identity  and personal information e.g QPM hack. There have been countless breaches recently, if the Windows team found a vulnerability that could expose ones personal information, I would accept a hard reboot and forced update, but if it is for general usage benefits i.e. we have hundreds of millions of people on update x that contains UI bug fixes or non critical fixes as appears to be happening, then that is irritating.  

    If you're running a major database of private information you should probably have proper update procedures in place, regardless...

    Forcing people to update stops botnets, not database breaches.

  • Why does Windows think it knows better than me?

    Here's another gripe that's been annoying me lately: Why does IE not allow me to sort more than the current days worth of browsing history chronologically?