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  • Windows 10 Update in the Wild


    48 minutes ago, BitFlipper wrote

    ... I missed the 1st part of the meeting. I had to call in and say I can't Webex in yet since my computer is doing a forced update and they will need to wait for me.

    I mean reeeaaaalllyyy!!! Who's the fcxh that thought this was a good idea?

    It is difficult to imagine how forced updates are perceived to be a good idea. I've heard but I don't buy the "least common denominator"..., "security"..., and "MS will be blamed" arguments.

    Apologists will no doubt blame you for your failure to ensure the laptop was updated before your meeting. In a theoretical perfect world, I guess they would be correct. In the real world however we face the unexpected. We simply cannot have our trusty tools decide to do something other than what we need during those sometimes critical moments.

    It seems MS is no longer interested in those for whom the personal computer (PC) is more than a novelty toy. ...quite disappointing.

  • Windows 10 Update in the Wild


    , vesuvius wrote

    @ScottWelker: I have moved to a Mac specifically because I don't feel I am in control using Windows anymore.

    I am moving to/toward Linux for the same reason (as bondsbw noted). I've always avoided Apple because I perceive it to be what MS seems to be racing to become. So far I've had little trouble avoiding Apple; with iPhones being the notable exception.

    As long as clients continue to rely on Windows-based environments, I'll have to know and support it. I am presently setting up a Windows 2012 Server (for SQL Server on Amazon Web Services, EC2/AMI). Gad that Windows interface is... well... like a steering wheel on my Harley. Yes! I'll get things up and running and be OK with it. To be fair, setting up SQL Server is generally smoother than Oracle - even with the Windows 8'ish interface.

    Going forward though I'll increasingly advocate Windows alternatives - especially for 'greenfield projects'. Just the facts and I strongly suspect I am not alone here.

    @TexasToast, not traitors. Just a pragmatists. Our partner is inexorably leaving us :-/

  • Windows 10 Update in the Wild


    , magicalclick wrote

    Get Win10 Pro. Case solved.

    Right! The instructor "chose poorly" :-/

  • Windows 10 Update in the Wild

    ...an amusing and perhaps useful anecdote.

    I attended a non-technical training course and witnessed Windows 10 (auto) Update in the wild. The instructor opened her projected laptop to begin class and up popped Windows Update. The class jeered and a chorus of "get a MacBook‎" ensued. Before she could retrieve another laptop the update completed and the class commenced.

    There was some discussion of how she might disable the auto update and someone in the class suggested Linux ;)

  • Outlook 2016 - Still not able to render HTML emails

    , vesuvius wrote

    @ZippyV: Obviously you are not using Office 365...

    I am and I literally just now abandoned an authored Office 365 Email. There was no "Send" available in the popped up "Reply" window. Although I happen to be using my Linux/FireFox workstation, I find Office 365 equally difficult to use on my Android/Chrome device and only marginally better on my Windows 8/Chrome system. It is a very bad user experience on all - IMHO.

  • Still can't understand the MS sign-in work or personal


    I suspect I've experienced the same issue. Ultimately, I designated different virtual machines for work vs personal (work). I use one-and-only-one account on any given VM. Otherwise, things just seem to get confused as you switch between acounts. Hope this is helpful.

  • Someone still installing Windows updates ​automatical​ly?

    , magicalclick wrote

    Beta testing of those fixes are done through Preview Program. In response to this concern. You can always buy the PRO version. The choice is totally there. I recommend my brother to get the PRO if he is afraid of forced updates. And I am recommending the same thing to you now. What you want is supported by MS, it is not like you have to buy ModernMix to fix windows deficiency. It is a total moot point. Don't like it, get PRO version.

    I support MS on this because most casual users just blame MS for their lack of updates. And most user doesn't even know WU is not automatic due to Lenovo malware. It is not good for the casuals. For power user like you, just be PRO already.

    @magicalclick: Obviously we disagree. A race to the least common denominator is - IMHO - not a good direction. However, it is apparently MS' decision. Can't please everyone. I respect you opinion/decision but it's not for me.

  • Someone still installing Windows updates ​automatical​ly?

    , spivonious wrote

    <snip>... I've done auto updates since XP added the option (SP2?). I guess I'm just lucky, but I've never had a bad update cause downtime.

    In truth I've had little real trouble with the updates. However, I chose when and whether to install them and sometimes I installed them FIRST in a sacrificial test environment. Having no choice but to apply an update NOW is itself downtime and, for me, unacceptable; I can't support that. :@

  • Someone still installing Windows updates ​automatical​ly?

    , cheong wrote <snip>

    In the past I had a few times that the automerge of rpmnew file failed to copy some settings, so have to do manual updates and then verify the settings are correctly copied to the updated configuration file.

    Then again the last time I need to look after Linux systems was about 7 years ago. Things should have gone better.

    Indeed things are markedly improved in the Linux arena. However, I have purposefully chosen the "Stable Release". I demand a reliable platform that I can support.


    For those who'll no doubt opine that this level of stability and control is possible with Enterpris'y Win8/10. Perhaps you are correct. However, the associated costs (real and my time to support it), loss of Tech Net and the resulting inability to maintain (cheap) development and test environments, thrashing MS technology directions, etc., etc. make Windows an increasingly less desirable solutions platform - IMHO.


  • Someone still installing Windows updates ​automatical​ly?

    , TheTraveler wrote

    @ScottWelker: Do you then auto update your linux install?

    I do not auto update. Auto Update is an option, Software Update Preferences. I insist on managing my updates, applying them when I can afford the time/downtime to deal with any fallout.

    With CentOS 6.x. I have not had a single update failure in over of year of use. I also cannot recall it ever requiring a reboot (but I think it did at least once). I am overdue for my upgrade to CentOS 7.x - waiting until I have the time.