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Can someone recommend a Usenet Newsreader for Mac OS X? Or for that matter an X11 that'll compile for OS X. knode is not doing it for me.

Ed (dali), Monday, 14 April 2003 13:31 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

But Ed, you're here to answer all the boring computer questions, not ask them! ;p

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Monday, 14 April 2003 13:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I use Thoth on 9.1, but it's also good for 10.1

chris j (chris j), Monday, 14 April 2003 20:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Alright I have one:

I've been using a freeware DOS music program for several years called Impulse Tracker. It's just about the only thing I enjoy using and I love it to bits. So when my dad bought me a new computer for a graduation cum birthday present expressly to make music on, i was overjoyed. Sadly I have had this computer for a year and i haven't been able to make a track since! The program runs very slowly and the sound is really hissy and horrible. On some other music programs, the computer comes up with an error about latency, which i assume links to this. Also I can't record anything from my CD player or microphone, no matter how much i fuck around with the sound settings. These problems also sometimes happen when I play DVDs - the sound is really hissy and granular ad often i have to turn the speakers right up to hear anything. What's going on?!!

dog latin (dog latin), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 00:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Ed, what was the name of the cheapish online computer reseller thatI'd never heard of anywhere else that you mentioned over christmas and can't find again.

Graham (graham), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 01:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

dog latin, more details about yr computer and software please.

i am still interested in learning whether it's possible to re-mount a removable drive that's still plugged in without taking the cable out and reinserting it. windows xp

ron (ron), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 04:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

graham, selling what kind of stuff? Did I mean EBuyer?

Dog latin, are your speakers plugged into the correct port, is the internal volume on the computer turned up. Try plugging the sound out from your computer through an amp. It sounds like the on the hiss front is caused by too low sound levels amplified up really far. It may ofcourse be a duff soundcard.

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 06:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


RickyT (RickyT), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 07:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

What does trn mean? What does POX mean?

Mark C (Mark C), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 07:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

trn = usenet newsreader that will run in your terminal
POX = dread illness and thread horror

RickyT (RickyT), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 07:50 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

RickyT, can you point me at a site from whence I might digitally obtain a tarball of this trn of which you speak. Forsooth neither google nor sourceforge can fulfill my desires.

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 08:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Ed, have you tried searching at freshmeat.net? It's usually the first place I try when I'm searching for software packages.

caitlin (caitlin), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 08:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Okay, so I downloaded Carracho (on ILX's recommendation), and it all looks good. BUT...when I enter a file to search for, the "search" button doesn't activate, or work at all. I'm not born to this, so it could be something quite obvious. Help me out, y'all...

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 08:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

you need to load up some trackers, Tracker-Tracker Tracks Trackers. One you have some trackers entered into carracho you can get lists of servers which you can then search. You can enter trackers in Carracho->Preferences->Trackers.

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 09:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

trn vs slrn

why trn over slrn. I ask this because slrn is availible through fink and trn isn't and will be harder to install.

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 10:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Mac people: is it worth upgrading to Jaguar? I run 10.1.5 at the moment and it seems fine. (I don't use the Mac for interweb bidniz right now, but I may do in the future.)

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 10:16 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Yes but if you're going to buy it you might want to wait until after the summer when Panther is due to ship. I might be able to slip you some cds at a future FAP.

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 10:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I use Jaguar, but only because my version of FCP won't work on an earlier incarnation of OSX. Same for BT Broadband.

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 10:20 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"trn vs slm. why trn over slrn. I ask this because slrn is availible through fink and trn isn't and will be harder to install."

It's a bit like Ed's malfunctioning, isn't it?

Mark C (Mark C), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 10:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Is he like Hal? Will he turn evil and destroy ILX?

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 10:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

OK, someone suggest a good entry-level semi-pro soundcard. (Windows Me system).

Stereo playback quality is far more important than lots of inputs (I won't be using it for multi-track recording) or 5.1 capability. An S/PDIF I/O would be nice, as would some bundled analysis/DSP software (Cool Edit, Sound Forge, etc). Are the ones with breakout boxes the only ones guaranteed to be low noise?

I'm hoping to pay less than £100 but I may be out of luck unless I import from a US online retailer or score on eBay. Creative Audigy, M-Audio Audiophile, Echo Mia...

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 10:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

M-Audio get my vote Audiophile 2496. Having said that I've just bought and Audiotrak maya and quality is reasonable, but I valued number of outs over sound quality because its for laptop djing.

Soundkartenkatalog has a good selection to browse.

Watch out for customs duty and VAT on importing stuff from the US.

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 10:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Unfortunately, if it's in German, and it wasn't on a Laurie Anderson album, chances are I don't understand it. But ta for the price links. And that's two votes for M-Audio (friend has one on his G4).

By 'import', I probably meant 'ship to friend in US and get them to stick it in their luggage next time they visit'.

I know SoundBlaster have a rotten rep (though why I'm not sure), but the Audigy 2 is only £99 at Maplins. Elsewhere I've found a good stripped-down card in Terratec's EWX24/96 (£119 from Digital Village) which is bundled with WaveLab Lite and GigaSampler LE.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 11:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Terratec are meant to be good, I've had no experience though. The audigy's aren't that bad and they share chips with an EMU sound card (or at least they did). It might be a good buy, a friend has that soundcard and he has no problems with it for music making, even gigs with the pc with it in.

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 11:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

(I forget which EMU but EMU own soundblaster or vice versa)

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 11:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

That's the place Ed, though it seemed better last time I saw it.

(Also, it was probably last August when you mentioned, which says something about how memorable that term was)

Graham (graham), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 11:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Dog latin, are your speakers plugged into the correct port, is the internal volume on the computer turned up. Try plugging the sound out from your computer through an amp. It sounds like the on the hiss front is caused by too low sound levels amplified up really far. It may ofcourse be a duff soundcard.

ed, yeh it's all plugged in corretically and I run my sound through a stereo amp anyway. the hiss only happens when there's sound playing and only when i do certain things like play DVDs. So when people are talking it sounds like "Yeahscchhhhhh I knowhhhhh..." and there's a quiet digital crackle. It sounds even worse when I play it through Impulse Tracker.
I'm surprised by how few outputs there are on the soundcard - there are three sockets - SPK, LIN and MIC. I can't work out whether LIN is line out or line in so I just use SPK.
I never know the specs on my computer but it's running Windows ME with summat called C-Media Wave Device as the mixer. what other info might you need?

dog latin (dog latin), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 12:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

SPK would appear to be the correct output. Check your drivers are the most up to date. Check every possible volume control within the computer. It sounds like something is set really low somewhere and then amplified to fuck elsewhere, high transients would cause the digital crackle.

Try and track the signal path within the computer when doing these tasks, it can be a pain because its all virtual. I know much more about doing it in macs than in pc's i'm afraid. I do hope its not hardware.

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 12:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Can you get sound from the CD player, other than from its own headphone socket? If not, the drive doesn't have its audio cable connected.

Graham (graham), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 12:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

OK, Dr. Ed, how do I stop my quicktime video/audio playback from stuttering. The video playback is particularly bad, and often gets further and further out of sync with audio. I know, this is more of an editor's question, but worth a try. NB I am not using QUicktime Pro-is this in fact the problem?

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 12:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

A question to which I have no answer, you shouldn't need quicktime pro. Quicktime has a known problem with some audio track encodings, particularly mp3 audio with divX. What sort of files does this happen with?

Graham, yes, you need to get the cd player to pass the audio to the computer digitally and have the computer interpret it, this is a pc question isn't it, I don't know how to do this but there are ways. I remeber reading something about it on http://www.usb-audio.com/

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 13:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

This happens with mp3s and uncompressed DV.

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 13:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I've read lots of places that quicktime is a bit iffy about getting mp3 and video to line up properly. The only real work around is to encode the audio as something else.

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 13:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Can you get sound from the CD player, other than from its own headphone socket? If not, the drive doesn't have its audio cable connected."

Yes if you are using XP/2k go to the the CD Drive in Device Manager, goto properties and tick Enable Digital CD audio for this CD-ROM device, this will allow programmes access to CD audio data across the IDE cable.

No other cable will be needed.

Jarlr'mai (jarlrmai), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 13:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

another thing that might cause that audio distortion is if there is a mismatch of sampling frequencies somewhere. if yr mixer prog were set at 32khz and can't accurately play the 44.1khz dvd stuff, for instance. just an idea

ron (ron), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 14:20 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Can you get sound from the CD player, other than from its own headphone socket? If not, the drive doesn't have its audio cable connected.

Yeh, the CD player PLAYS but I can't get the computer to record either from mic or CD. I've checked all the levels on everything and theoretically it should work but it just doesn't. I think the shop sold me a crap soundcard (even though I did explain I wanted the computer to do music on - wankas!).

dog latin (dog latin), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 16:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

xan someone recommend, quickly, a good programme for ripping cds to mp3 on win xp.

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 16:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Can someone recommend a Usenet Newsreader for Mac OS X?

Thoth all the way. Halime as a second choice.

Or for that matter an X11 that'll compile for OS X. knode is not doing it for me.

Why not use the pre-compiled one from Apple?

Chris Barrus (Chris Barrus), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 16:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

that's what I use for the windowing system. knode's a kded news reader

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 16:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Depending on how the cable is hooked up through the soundcard, you may want to check to see if it's hooked up through the CD in or the AUX in jack on the card. Also maybe open up your volume control icon in the system tray at the bottom right, by double-clicking it, and see if all of the volume sliders are up and make sure they're not muted. (Note, you may need to click on the advanced option and add extra sliders to your volume control, if the ones you are using aren't there.) Lastly, check through the options in the program you're using to see if there aren't any other audio in options that may have changed between your two configurations (source, perhaps).

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 17:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ed, i only just downloaded Freerip - it's not bad for that kidna thing - avoid Audioactive it's desperately slow.

dog latin (dog latin), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 17:42 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ed, i recommend exact audio copy, which also requires an encoder, many use LAME. i'm pretty sure there are links to it on the same pages as the exact audio copy stuff.

downside is it's slow (although you could probably fiddle with the settings to speed things up at the expense of quality)

upsides: free, slim program, have a lot of control over the encoding process. most importantly, this setup is not clipping the ends off of my music files, as many many other progs do

ron (ron), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 23:05 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

geek check: I'm using DHTML to position stuff on a website (in divs, with position:absolute), and can't resolve some Netscape 4.x issues. I *have* to fix them, lots of users on campus here are still running the old browsers.

1) The "background-color:white" property for a center <div> is not understood by the browser. I don't know how to fix it! Something with <layer> tags? I have tried, and no luck. Is there a hack?
2) When there is a lot of content in the center <div>, the browser scrunches it all up so that it prints over itself ! What to do?

daria g, Tuesday, 15 April 2003 23:29 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

are you sure it's "background-color" ?? i'm looking at some example tags and they just have {background: color}

ron (ron), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 23:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

note: i'm no html expert by any means

ron (ron), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 23:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

eh, nevermind, background-color works fine in this browser anyway (opera)

ron (ron), Wednesday, 16 April 2003 00:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

background-color is standard. background alone will also accept values for any background-* setting either on their own or bunched together, so you can save time, space and neatness by specifying "background: white url('pic.jpg') no-repeat fixed center" instead of setting background-color, background-image, etc, separately.

Daria: apologies if this is patronisingly obvious and that was an example of a much more general case, but what if you specify the colour as a hex code, i.e. background-color: #FFFFFF? But Netscape 4.x is really not good with CSS; I've seen that scrunching problem many times and apart from doing a drastically simplified NS stylesheet - no messing with floating or "position:"s either absolute or relative and half my paddings and margins removed, ugh! - I never found a way round it. I have had problems like the first too but can't remember how or whether I fixed it.

Quick hacky way to do extra styles for IE without bothering with any JS or server-side client checking: the line of CSS "@IMPORT url(ie-styles.css);" will work in IE but not in Netscape - I don't remember which way other browsers behave - so you can put your basic styles in one stylesheet and add an import line in it for the IE stuff.

Unfortunately if you're doing anything very fancy with DHTML and CSS I have a nasty feeling you may have to do a cutdown version for Netscape users. Having said that, I too did some work for a university campus with a lot of stubborn NS4.x users and didn't actually have to do anything too drastic apart from the trick above.

Disclaimer: I don't know too much DHTML myself, and for my previous jobs it's been fine to settle for less than perfection in order to meet deadlines. I was also lucky enough to be the most knowledgeable about HTML of anyone there, frightening though that is considering my ineptitude, so if I said something wouldn't work then nobody else would contradict me. There are some fancy pieces of DHTML out there that work fine in Netscape, so maybe I just don't know enough. But from the CSS end Netscape is definitely a mess, even newer versions than 4.


Dog Latin: Impulse Tracker doesn't like Windows very much, unfortunately. IT3 has now reached beta stage, but it's taken a very long time to get that far, so who knows if it'll ever really happen? Besides, I am rather suspicious of it because Pulse is no longer on the coding team. I have a feeling that the finished product, if it arrives, will turn out different enough in feel to IT that I won't get used to it but still be a long way behind a lot of its current rivals (from Buzz and Psycle in the based-on-trackers arena to all the expensive professional stuff out there). My disappointment with Sk@le (basically Fasttracker 2 remade for Windows) and Renoise makes me wary.

About IT: use the MPU401 drivers if they work at all! Try it S19 and hope it will autodetect; if not, look for the settings in control panel and try specifying them manually. I think this is the closest IT can come to using your modern soundcard to full effect. Unfortunately this doesn't always seem to work even with cards that should be MPU401-compatible. It works now and autodetects on my SB Live but I remember last time I tried it didn't. I have no idea why this might have changed. Unfortunately I can't get any further because of memory and graphics mode problems. I used to get around that with a boot disk but with XP I'm not sure there's anything I can do. I'll try later.

IT's sound drivers are out of date and your modern soundcard's backwards compatibility with cards that existed when it was written is probably a bit dodgy. This could mean that the driver autodetect selects isn't the best - try choosing some others, if you haven't done so - or that you have to use a driver much worse than your card is capable of. On my SB Live the SB Pro driver works but isn't the one autodetect selects and the SB16 and SB AWE (both better soundcards than the Pro) drivers won't work at all, so by default I'd end up using the SB2 drivers. I had a Soundblaster 2 a decade ago. I don't want my computer to sound like that now.

What kind of soundcard do you have? My motherboard has onboard sound but I found it too noisy to use. I don't think it's that the chip itself is that bad, though it's obviously fairly cheap; it's more that it picks up so much interference from other board activity. If you're using a sound chip built into your motherboard I recommend not doing so. If you're using a separate soundcard, try rearranging your card slots so that the soundcard is in the furthest slot from the main section of the motherboard and not immediately next to any other cards.

One last thing: I believe Modplug tracker will read and write (not 100% identically to IT but it sounds fine most of the time) .IT files and can be set up so that the command codes and keyboard layout are as IT's was. I can't stand Modplug personally, so I can't confirm that, nor do I particularly recommend it. I just thought it might be worth a look since it was designed for Windows and will use your card's Windows sound drivers.


Apologies for such a long post when I suspect none of this will be any help to either of you. I may write boring and badly phrased posts like the above but I'm not really much good at techy things.

Frazer, Wednesday, 16 April 2003 01:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Thanks for the advice ! It's very clear, and I appreciate much that you took all the time to write it out. I'll see what I can tweak to get it running, but it'll have to wait a day or two.. I did try the hex code, I am nearly certain, although I'll double check b/c I may well have overlooked an obvious solution w/o knowing. However, the scrunching and such is *not* I believe an effect of the CSS, since positioning isn't done through CSS, it's done directly through DHTML - this prob wasn't clear from my earlier post since I didn't notice that the ILX software *read* my code tags and didn't print them. Let's try again:
[page content would be here]

Netscape 4.x won't read background-color and is scrunching content. Argh! But don't trouble too much about it, I can always bother my techie brother, he might know. :)

daria g, Wednesday, 16 April 2003 04:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Ooops! One more time.

<div id="bodytext" style="background-color:white;position:absolute;visibility:visible;width:700px;left:165px;top:
144px;"> [page content would be here] </div>\

Netscape 4.x won't read background-color and is scrunching content. Argh! But don't trouble too much about it, I can always bother my techie brother, he might know. :)

daria g, Wednesday, 16 April 2003 04:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

to do this stuff without the css, would you have to use tables??

ron (ron), Wednesday, 16 April 2003 06:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i can't think of a formatting reason why a drive that works on 10.9 wouldn't work on 10.6.8 other than ... hardware?

but if it is a format issue then yes use disk utility to format on the 10.6.8 mac and it will default to a sensible option for that version

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Saturday, 16 September 2017 21:27 (four months ago) Permalink

it should work with any computer. the os requirement is for the Seagate software which you probably won't want to use. time machine or carbon copy cloner are gonna be what you want

just another (diamonddave85), Saturday, 16 September 2017 21:29 (four months ago) Permalink

yeah it was the seagate software that required the OS. Formatted it anyway via disk utility, my friend had used 950 GB of 1000 :-/ thanks!

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 16 September 2017 21:53 (four months ago) Permalink

im currently in the middle of the most drawn out, painful upgrade of my life.

a few weeks ago i spilled a cup of coffee down my desktop while reorganizing my room. kills it. the system is dead, won't turn on, etc. the power works but only one fan is getting it and it sounds like it is turning over. i took it apart and there was coffee on the motherboard, so i think, no prob, just get a new motherboard.

i go out and get a new motherboard. installing it the next day i realize it won't take my CPU. this board is LGA1151 and my CPU is LGA1150. my mistake was finding a board that supported an intel i5 chip, i didn't realize there were different generations, so i was trying to fit a gen 5 chip in a gen 6/7 board. of course while trying to get this to work i bend a bunch of pins ruining the board and my chances of returning it. whatever.

next trip to the store i am looking for a 1150 board and nobody fucking sells them. i bought a motherboard + cpu combo last year and now nobody carries motherboards with the 1150 sockets anymore. so i say fuck it i will just buy a new motherboard + cpu combo to make this easier. i get a i5 7500 7th generation with a nice motherboard. oh yeah this is gonna be a sweet upgrade, im thinking.

later that day i realize my ram doesn't fit this new board. ram i bought a year ago to go with the old new board. what the fuck. are they killing upgrade? i grew up in the 80s, i used to build 386/486 computers swapping parts, all that shit is a distant memory now. you have to buy new hardware. there is no way around it.

i look it up on the internet, i have to buy entirely new ram, and ram that is $10 a GB, which is way more pricey than it used to be when i bought it last time just a year ago. what choice do i have, now i am in the hole $400 and if i do not keep spending money on this i will never get my computer back.

today i got the memory in the mail. i plug it in, i hold my breath, the computer turns on. thank the lord. i login to windows 7. there is my wallpaper (Twin Peaks episode 8 a bomb test fyi) there is sound. hmmm... something's wrong, i can't login to the internet, in fact my LAN isn't recognized at all. i download some drivers and put them on a USB drive. my computer won't read it. then a message pops up:

Unsupported hardware: Your PC uses a processor that is designed for the latest version of Windows. Because the processor is not supported together with the Windows version that you are currently using, your system will miss important security updates. Please select the "learn more" link to address this situation.

no idea where the link goes because it opens a browser window that is useless because my LAN driver is not installed because Windows 7 will not work on a new CPU becauase FUFUSDUXFGSDFG ESDBFJIOTYGhsd rgdiriutgoges4rdifgcv

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 23 September 2017 23:01 (three months ago) Permalink

seriously fuck microsoft fuck computers rn

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 23 September 2017 23:02 (three months ago) Permalink

that's horrendous and stupid and bad

El Tomboto, Saturday, 23 September 2017 23:20 (three months ago) Permalink

jebus, i didn't know things had gotten this bad in Windowsland

Nhex, Sunday, 24 September 2017 01:38 (three months ago) Permalink

RAM prices have been insane the last 15 years or so - instead of continuously getting cheaper and better, the market fluctuates constantly (and suspiciously) according to rare earth mineral supply or whatever

that CPU/Windows 7 shit is bizarre

Nhex, Sunday, 24 September 2017 01:39 (three months ago) Permalink

Microsoft just doesn't support newer hardware in old versions of Windows, because back porting sucks. tbh it's very obvious with Apple computers: they are the only hardware vendors, the hardware you buy is not guaranteed to run any OS version released before the version that comes bundled with it

Adam, I would bet (if they still do it this way) since you got a cpu/motherboard you qualify for an OEM Windows 10 license? might not be any cheaper than just getting Win 10, though.

mh, Sunday, 24 September 2017 02:44 (three months ago) Permalink

It's insane to me you still have to pay money for Windows

.oO (silby), Sunday, 24 September 2017 03:40 (three months ago) Permalink

maybe if they go further down the hardware route they’ll stop that

mh, Sunday, 24 September 2017 16:41 (three months ago) Permalink

(my workplace has msdn licenses for developers and I do not, in fact, personally pay for windows)

mh, Sunday, 24 September 2017 16:42 (three months ago) Permalink

Speaking of xpost avoiding the use of Seagate software, what's a good external hard-drive set-up (with and without system imaging) for Win 7? Was thinking of just=plug-in, no software, for saving music, docs etc. another one for occasional system images (vs. this ransomware I have heard tell of). The latter mandating software, yes?

dow, Sunday, 24 September 2017 16:51 (three months ago) Permalink

mh thanks for the advice, i dont pay for windows either ;-)

ended up installing Windows 10, only to realize i had formatted my hard drive! i had selected the partition with my old Windows but apparently it deleted the entire drive. i spent an hour in abject terror that i had deleted my entire life's work, all my photos, all my video work, every song i ever recorded, etc. i loaded some recovery software and sweet jesus it found my formatted partition. currently using EaseUS Recovery software to bring my archives back from the dead. it is possible to save gigs of data even if you format over it for a new Windows install!

this will probably be the last time i ever do piecemeal upgrades tho. it is cheaper and faster to just buy a new machine. it was really weird to buy a new cpu and motherboard and have windows refuse to run wtf

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 00:08 (three months ago) Permalink

by default i think windows does the "quick" format which is basically a fake wipe

Nhex, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 01:19 (three months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

How can I make my Win 10 laptop more like my phone, such that I can speak rather than type commands when I'd like to? This would be most helpful with Google -- the ability to bark my search than have to type it out. Thanks a lot.

rip van wanko, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 13:24 (three months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

so... i'm going to try to clear the space to be able to upgrade mah windows 10 (per above issue).

if i want to temporarily move some files, system things and application files and such, is there any good rule of thumb as to what i can move without disturbing anything, so that it can just be copied back afterward? i don't know my way around the standard system setup to be confident of what belongs where.

j., Saturday, 28 October 2017 03:50 (two months ago) Permalink

i’d start with your user directory, typically at c:\users\j. or whatever your username is. Some files you probably want to leave there, but anything in documents, music, other libraries can be moved

mh, Saturday, 28 October 2017 17:25 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah i got that one covered, not much except a bigass dropbox folder (that won't get me all the way where i need to be deletion-wise)

j., Saturday, 28 October 2017 17:58 (two months ago) Permalink

Applications may well have config files stored elsewhere (AppData, Public Documents folders etc), if the update is not going to affect them (not sure how big an overhaul you are doing?) you're okay.

Otherwise it's probably safer to reinstall any apps you think will be lost in the update.

Ste, Saturday, 28 October 2017 18:19 (two months ago) Permalink

i'm only running a few that aren't preinstalled anyway. i wouldn't be surprised to have some of the preinstalled ones touched by the updater, most of it's MS stuff.

j., Saturday, 28 October 2017 19:07 (two months ago) Permalink

one idea is to run Disk Cleanup (Cortana Disk Cleanup > and you will find it), and select all the options including the 'Clean Up System Files' option.
Also, check the other tab 'More Options', as this is where you get access to clean up 'System Restore and Shadow Copies'.
Before hitting the Go button, W10 will advise as to how much space this will clear, so, if its not enough then i would not bother, and find something else to sort out.
Note : this is kinda risky, but not that much, as it does not affect anything other than backup/restore options.

mark e, Saturday, 28 October 2017 19:56 (two months ago) Permalink

got to Settings > Apps > Sort by Size
you could be surprised as to which app is soaking up a lot of space.
i once when drunk installed 'Sonic Dash', and just found out its 2Gb!
now for my machine thats not too serious, but if on 32Gb, then thats definitely a goner.

mark e, Saturday, 28 October 2017 20:05 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

so Window is doing this thing where my monitor shuts off if there is no activity but it doesn't take into account when i'm playing music. so i'll put on some music and then in 10 minutes the computer just goes to sleep. wtf.

also VLC now makes a chime every time a song starts to play. i can turn this off but Windows turns it back on. again, what the fuck, Windows?

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 12 November 2017 18:54 (two months ago) Permalink

Control Panel > Power Management (or something similar) should have separate power controls for monitor and hard disk. You can increase the amount of inactive time before the HD goes to sleep or even disable it. Maybe it's currently set to 10 minutes?

Dunno about the VLC thing though.

Entree 3000 (Leee), Sunday, 12 November 2017 19:29 (two months ago) Permalink


AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 12 November 2017 19:36 (two months ago) Permalink


so this is what my Windows 10 looks like right now


pretty much up shit creek without a paddle here. when i look up fixes, they are written in English but i can't see any English words because all of the characters are boxes and triangles. also when i look this up i see it was an issue in Windows XP. 15 years ago!!!! why didn't you fix this 15 years ago Bill Gates you piece of shit????

from what i can tell i made the terrible error of installing a new font. kill me now.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 17 November 2017 00:20 (two months ago) Permalink

really love that Windows 10 won't let you hotkey into Safe Mode without setting it up through a menu first. great idea, geniuses.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 17 November 2017 00:38 (two months ago) Permalink

Cool that you can make Windows 10 look like XP though.

.oO (silby), Friday, 17 November 2017 00:44 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah i had to borrow a screenshot bc it is impossible to do anything on my computer. luckily that has been a problem that has gone unsolved for 15 years so rest assured the characters on my Windows 10 desktop match those seen above.

also props to Windows for using a different font for some menus, so that i can still type in "recovery" in the search bar and have a menu come up that says "Recovery" in plain English at the top while all the descriptive text inside the dialog itself is undecipherable hierglyphs

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 17 November 2017 00:47 (two months ago) Permalink

doubt that this will help you at this point but you can get into safe mode in windows 10 by holding the shift key while you click restart. you also may be able to boot to a bootable usb and do a 'refresh' which would allow you to reinstall windows w/out losing data.

dynamicinterface, Friday, 17 November 2017 00:59 (two months ago) Permalink

Does the F8 trick not work on BIOS startup with Win10???

Entree 3000 (Leee), Friday, 17 November 2017 01:40 (two months ago) Permalink

F8 did not work for me! i was able to get some text readable and then configure for Advanced Start Up and supposedly a blue screen w options is supposed to pop up on reboot but i saw nothing. i moved the mouse and it looked like it was in safe mode, mouse cursor over a black screen.

then the cursor started flickering to a blue Germs Burn and back to a cursor, flickering back and forth really fast. it just sat there doing this until i shut it off and played BOTW instead.

ok its weird. i found some fonts i had downloaded and reinstalled them and now my font for everything is this cheap open source copy of a real font. well not everything, my clock still looks like a ziggurat.

Internet Explorer works fine but when I try to open Chrome it is displaying in all heiroglyphs and in that browser cannot connect to the internet. which is weird, because a font shouldn't really have anything to do with internet connection.

in Chrome what characters it is trying to print on the screen, i have no idea what they say. i guess a temporary solution would be to copy the test and paste it into notepad.

you can get into safe mode in windows 10 by holding the shift key while you click restart

thanks! ill try that. i do have a bootable USB a reinstall may be in order lol. i have had Windows 10 for less than a season and already im doing this.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 17 November 2017 05:14 (two months ago) Permalink

Run a virus scan when you're able to.

Also, this might help:

Entree 3000 (Leee), Friday, 17 November 2017 15:54 (two months ago) Permalink

ok that's the webdings font with some of the characters not displaying properly.

thomasintrouble, Friday, 17 November 2017 16:06 (two months ago) Permalink


ok, best instructions

mh, Friday, 17 November 2017 16:07 (two months ago) Permalink

Hmm. My Local Disc (D) has completely disappeared ...

djh, Saturday, 18 November 2017 22:42 (two months ago) Permalink

(Or ... anyone recommend/trust a computer repair person in Oxfordshire?)

djh, Monday, 20 November 2017 21:57 (two months ago) Permalink


djh, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 19:16 (one month ago) Permalink

This looks...unhealthy

ERROR: Service 'jobs' failed to build: failed to register layer: Error processing tar file(exit status 1): write /usr/lib/gcc/x86_64-linux-gnu/4.9/cc1: no space left on device

^C^C% ➜ v1 git:(master) ✗ df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Capacity iused ifree %iused Mounted on
/dev/disk1 112Gi 95Gi 17Gi 85% 4051615 4290915664 0% /
devfs 186Ki 186Ki 0Bi 100% 643 0 100% /dev
map -hosts 0Bi 0Bi 0Bi 100% 0 0 100% /net
map auto_home 0Bi 0Bi 0Bi 100% 0 0 100% /home
/dev/disk2s1 58Gi 38Gi 20Gi 66% 603920 4294363359 0% /Volumes/research

anvil, Thursday, 23 November 2017 06:00 (one month ago) Permalink

I ran fsck -fy in single user mode, it fixes some errors with invalid block counts or something like that and boots up ok, but problem persists

anvil, Thursday, 23 November 2017 06:02 (one month ago) Permalink

Installed Mac OS to usb no problem, just blew everything away and started again, looks a lot healthier. dotfiles worked perfect!

/dev/disk1 37Gi 15Gi 22Gi 41% 548297 4294418982 0% /
/dev/disk0s5 3.6Gi 25Mi 3.6Gi 1% 78 4294967201 0% /Volumes/downloads
/dev/disk0s4 19Gi 4.9Gi 14Gi 27% 109 4294967170 0% /Volumes/docker
/dev/disk0s7 19Gi 2.7Gi 16Gi 15% 122 4294967157 0% /Volumes/vagrant

anvil, Friday, 24 November 2017 06:53 (one month ago) Permalink

thank you for the instructions mh! i will try as this is exactly what the issue was w my computer.

the good news is that i was able to boot from the USB i used to install and run chkdsk /r /f /x on command prompt to fix disk issues. sadly upon starting my machine i find that Windows 10 will not start. it seems to be trying to start Safe Mode but is stuck on a loading cursor. i can reinstall Windows but attempting to do so brings up a "This hard drive is locked" message. wonderful, my only operating system will not start and has not provided the necessary tools to unlock the hard drive and fix its shit. i googled this and found myself at a website called www.windowsreport.com and thought, should i really be downloading "repair tools" from a website with that name?

this shit is so tiring. i have been dealing with Windows since 3.1 and it seems like things have only gotten worse. the scary thing is Microsoft Windows is used in public infrastructure. i see it all the time on the public transit terminals and monitors. i know it is Windows because the system is down and i see the same damn error dialog box i see at home. scarily, this tech is everywhere. this stuff is running space stations. i fear the state of shitty bloated UI accidentally bringing down modern civilization far more than any AI.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 25 November 2017 03:57 (one month ago) Permalink

tbh the best thing about cloud/container stuff is Microsoft having to make OS variants that are first-class citizens that aren’t the mainline gui version

the kiosk stuff was always pretty halfassed, they’re getting closer on that front

I have a coworker who loves to talk about this and I roll my eyes, but he’s not wrong.

mh, Saturday, 25 November 2017 04:33 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...


great now the next time Windows updates my computer will run 30% slower

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 16:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Crucially, these updates to both Linux and Windows will incur a performance hit on Intel products. The effects are still being benchmarked, however we're looking at a ballpark figure of five to 30 per cent slow down, depending on the task and the processor model.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 16:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

or 5%

Scatperson (ski-ba-bop-ba-dop-whore.) (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 5 January 2018 20:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

but probably 17.5%

Scatperson (ski-ba-bop-ba-dop-whore.) (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 5 January 2018 20:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

most workloads won't notice much difference at all. the 30% is a ceiling that assumes a shitload of calls that require the kernel page separation stuff

El Tomboto, Friday, 5 January 2018 20:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Most of my pc's workload is managed by the graphics card I'm guessing anyway.

In space, pizza sends out for YOU (Ste), Friday, 5 January 2018 20:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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