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Computer Help Desk / Windows 7 Laptop
« Last post by scuzzy on Sep 14, 2019, 08:29 PM »
As much as I like Windows 7 compared to Windows 10, at times I really hate it as well. Here's the short story:

My laptop mostly sits on my desk, running 24/7. Once in awhile I'll open it up and do some updates, as I've learned that waiting too long can be a freakin' nightmare. Recently, I went 2 weeks without allowing it to update. Unfortunately, my home internet went down hard starting yesterday and lasted over 24 hours.

I used my smartphone's hotspot to establish a connection with my laptop, and this is where my problems began. My house is on the edge of T-Mo's coverage, and my hotspot connection is throttled by T-Mo to 3G speeds (due to the plan I'm on). Normally this is not an issue except that my laptop decided that now was the perfect time to do all of the updates, including Firefox deciding to update to v69.

The laptop completely choked as it attempted to do all the updates on a slowpoke connection, and it became a useless brick to me for about 2 hours. Once it got passed all the update drama, then I was able to use it without a problem.

Once my home internet was reestablished today, I rebooted the laptop and decided to go through and manually check for updates. MS had 6 critical updates waiting for me. So I went through and got them out of the way. Immediately after rebooting the computer, MS informed me that I had another critical update, which was 11MB in size. I went ahead and installed it just to immediately have one more critical update that was 9MB in size. You'd think it wouldn't be a problem, but lo and behold it choked the laptop for about 5 minutes on my home broadband internet.

I have no words to express just how absolutely sick and tired I am of Microsoft Windows in every version imaginable. Every single damn time that I go to use my laptop I have to go through the update drama nightmare before it's usable, and this is on a laptop that is kept in pristine condition. It's at the point where I am ready to throw this thing in the trash.
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Hardware/Software/Websites & Reviews / Re: Power banks
« Last post by scuzzy on Sep 14, 2019, 05:12 PM »
We have 3 or 4 around the house. My wife uses them more often, although I keep one charged for my personal use just in case. I figure that in a severe emergency I can always charge my phone in the car. Plus, I have a couple large UPS units for the computers.
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Hardware/Software/Websites & Reviews / Power banks
« Last post by Bill on Sep 14, 2019, 10:27 AM »
During the power outage of the last hurricane one of my concerns was my phone battery.  My daughter asked if I had a back up.  Except for finding someone with a running generator I did not. She is an Iphone user and for some time has had the ability to recharge by buying power units for the phone. 
She sent me a rechargeable unit that will recharge my phone battery, along with any other USB powered device.
A $30 unit for peace of mind.  I wasn't aware.........

https://tinyurl.com/yxg5l4z5
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The Poast Office / Re: 2014 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited
« Last post by scuzzy on Sep 02, 2019, 02:06 PM »
An Indian is somewhere in the horizon, but no time soon. Lol. For now I'm quite happy with my Harley, which just crossed 20k miles. I'll be servicing it later this week as soon as all the parts arrive.
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The Poast Office / Re: 2014 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited
« Last post by Bill on Sep 02, 2019, 10:47 AM »
Still looks brand new. But when I read the title my first reaction was "here comes the Indian."
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The Poast Office / 2014 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited
« Last post by scuzzy on Sep 02, 2019, 10:39 AM »
My bike is nice and clean. As soon as i get some facial muscle control again, I'll be splattering it with new and improved bugs. Lol
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Hardware/Software/Websites & Reviews / Re: Windows 10 Forced Updates
« Last post by Bill on Sep 02, 2019, 08:14 AM »
Typical MS nightmare.
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Hardware/Software/Websites & Reviews / Re: Windows 10 Forced Updates
« Last post by scuzzy on Sep 01, 2019, 05:51 PM »
No, I can't hide them or make them go away. Even though it's "optional", Windows 10 will eventually install it anyway. If I click the update at all (just to see what it is), Windows will immediately begin the installation. However, I can uninstall the update if/when it gives me problems.
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Electronics / Re: Dump the trash
« Last post by Bill on Sep 01, 2019, 04:06 PM »
It worked so well I promptly uninstalled it.  There must be a better way, and I don't mean recovery.  I love my smart phone but sometimes it really has it's downsides.
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Hardware/Software/Websites & Reviews / Re: Windows 10 Forced Updates
« Last post by Bill on Sep 01, 2019, 04:03 PM »
According to the article you linked, this is an optional update.  Can't you hide them??
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