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Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / Re: Review online
« on: April 27, 2019, 01:44:06 PM »
(Of course, don't forget to log on to your account.)
I was wondering about this. Pretty sure for most, if not all sites, you have to be logged in as this allows the site to verify you actually purchased the item under review.

Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / Re: Review online
« on: April 26, 2019, 02:17:38 PM »
I do know that  it takes time for the review to show. I have waited up to 2 days & it never comes up. when I finish the review & hit post, enter or what ever it says at the end nothing happens, the page just sits there. this has happened since I got this new computer.
The thing is, submitting a review would be no different from submitting a reply on this site, or entering your log-in credentials on your bank's log-in page. If that information is being accepted on those sites, then I don't see how it could be a "problem" (as in a defect, bug or fault) with your computer, Windows 10 or even your browser.

Are you using a pop-up or ad-blocker?

Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / Re: Review online
« on: April 25, 2019, 02:36:39 PM »
LOL Funny how the mind works. :)

Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / Re: Review online
« on: April 25, 2019, 12:55:18 PM »
Sorry, I did not proof read my comment before posting.  :-[

I meant to say, "they often are not posted immediately because...".

Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / Re: Review online
« on: April 24, 2019, 09:35:37 PM »
Have you gone back later to see if your review was posted? They often are posted immediate because the sites want to review your review to make sure you are a legitimate buyer and not someone from the seller trying to pump up the review ratings.

Security Software Programs / Re: down
« on: April 24, 2019, 01:57:31 PM »
I think I will stop buying lifetime licenses for anything.  It seems whenever I do,  the product dies a couple years later.   The only viable one left I have  is MBAM.

Former lifetime member of :
Cheeselovers International
Pearl Crescent page saver
(and likely others that I have long forgotten!)
LOL Yeah, I have a few too. I had one for the eXtreme PSU calculator but they made that free for everyone. Then my Splash ID password manager that used to sync up with my Palm PDA. But they pulled the lifetime license when they dropped Palm support for Android phones. I also had a lifetime license for WinZip way back when it was DOS based. But they pulled that when WinZip for Windows came out. I was happy to see Malwarebytes continued to honor theirs when they went from Malwarebytes Antimalware (MBAM 2.x) to Malwarebytes (3.x).

I don't remember how, but I got a free lifetime license many years ago for SUPERAntiSpyware that is still valid.

Security Software Programs / Re: down
« on: February 28, 2019, 02:51:15 PM »
I think what bothers me most is the total silence.

If development and support has come to an end, why not post a quick comment about that on the website?

From my understanding, while Bret carried the vast majority of the workload, it was not totally a 1-man show. It seems to me, if Bret is no longer able, for what ever reason, someone could post a "Going out of business" sign on the site. :(

I sincerely hope this is all by choice and not due to some health or other tragic issue. But even 1-man (or 1-woman) operations should have an emergency contingency plan - especially when customers and paying clients are involved.

I am still running WP+ on my main systems because it is of value to me to be notified when some new startup tries to implant itself on my systems. But I do worry, with this apparent extended period of no updates, that Scotty is just giving me a false sense of security. :(

FYI - just found the above email in my gmail spam folder. :(

Learned something new too! I knew there was a "Disable hardware graphics acceleration" option in PPT. I even knew if you changed that setting in PPT, it automatically changed that same setting in Excel and Word too (at least that's how it works in Office 2016).

But what I didn't know was there is a separate disable hardware graphics acceleration setting specifically for "Slide Show"!

My guess (and to address DR M's question) as to why this is a separate setting is PPT presentations are often fed through a variety of video hardware via docking stations, large screen displays or directly to "projectors". Disabling this might help with possible compatibility issues.

Still not sure why this particular computer, and only that computer was affected. It might be interesting to know how it is used.

Anyway, always good to give "those little grey cells" something new to do. :)

Certainly worth trying but I would think if a video driver issue, it would affect other applications besides just PowerPoint.

I understand what is happening. Sorry, so a screen shot will not do me any good towards helping you. As I noted before, I don't use Office 365 so the only thing I could offer is the repair option I mentioned earlier - and we don't know if it was tried. And if others had any suggestions, I am sure they would have chimed in by now. Sorry.

Maybe in your state but not in all school districts in our state.
Well, of course it depends on the school district and tax base in that district/county. Most school districts are cash strapped.

My point is, that is still a school asset. Unless this friend is authorized to dink with this computer, I would advise caution before potentially being held responsible for damaging it further.

Also, I was not suggesting there will be a dedicated, and properly trained IT support person in each school. There may not even be an IT support person who is an actual employee of the school district. But there likely is a someone private contractor (local PC shop) who does provide support. 

You cannot compare what was years ago - even a couple years ago - to today. And for sure, a sign on the gym could hardly be considered a priority, or an essential asset for educational purposes. If like the sign we put up outside my old high school (we were the first graduating class), it was initially purchased in the first place with money raised through fund raisers, bake sales, and donations - not with tax payer money or with any obligation for tax payers to maintain it.

Another good reason to have an IT person physically (and officially) go look at that machine.

and of course I don't mean antivirus products.
Well, I do for those too - but they are nearly impossible to avoid. Fortunately - I have "lifetime" licenses for the one I use.
... So, you can understand what is happening...
I have done such support in the past - but of course, it depends on the size of the school district and the budgets of the IT departments. And yes, I am aware of the agreements between Microsoft and schools. But this is not just Microsoft being nice. This is like drug dealers giving out free samples - they want you to get hooked on their product so you will buy it in the future. MS used to provide some limited tech support there too.

Check out and note at the bottom there is a Get support option.

Microsoft threw in the towel on IE when it released Edge. I agree with that MS exec. "In the modern, standards-based sense", IE should not be considered a browser any more than Word Viewer should be considered a word processor.

When my employer threatened to fire me unless I gave up Netscape and moved to the company standard IE6, I grew to really like IE. I refused to believe all the BS from the FF fans and MS/IE bashers, including most of my colleagues that IE was unsafe. So I never switched to FF. And since none - not one - of the several 100 systems I was responsible for got compromised, I found myself vindicated.

It was also helpful (and illuminating) when I asked my colleagues, "Did you stop getting infected just by switching to FF?" Of course, their responses were always, they didn't get infected before. Why? Because they kept their OSes current, used a decent anti-malware solution, didn't partake in illegal file sharing, and were not click happy - the same steps needed regardless their browser of choice.

Anyway, fast forward to W10 - and MS once again demonstrates an unfathomable level of incompetence by their C-level management and marketing departments by "forcing" the half-baked Edge on us - the replacement browser that clearly, was not only half-baked, it was missing quite a few ingredients to begin with. :( 

But that was not all. It was almost immediate that crashes, browsing and site rendering problems started cropping up with IE. And as the months passed, the frequency and severity of those problems increased. I saw this happening on all my systems, and I had several friends and clients say the same thing.

I am 99% convinced, MS slowly poisoned IE to force users to abandon it. It was not that maintenance on IE waned. I really suspect bugs were purposely introduced into IE to make it less desirable. And it worked. Of course, I am not a programmer so I have no proof of that - it may all be in my head. But IE's performance and reliability did decline - no doubts there. So I switched to PM after ~6 months. I am not totally happy with PM, but it'll do. I am happy Edge is finally coming of age, but it still has a ways to go before I consider moving to it.

I really wish the C-level management and marketing weenies would keep their grubby little mitts to themselves and let the developers do the developing. I truly believe they are some of the best in the world and, if left to do their jobs unhindered, could and would put out products that were as near perfect and bug free (and truly ready for public release) as humanly possible. At the very least, if the developers were not held to a date on the calendar, I am certain the paranoia about Windows Updates breaking W10 would pretty much be non-existant.

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