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Re: I need a good boffin.

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Dr. Medulla wrote:
29 Jul 2020, 12:15pm
revbob wrote:
29 Jul 2020, 11:50am
Dr. Medulla wrote:
29 Jul 2020, 11:28am
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29 Jul 2020, 11:06am
So first question : I dont deal much with installing windows anymore but Yeah, pretty sure you would still need a product key.
Alrighty. Shouldn't be hard to find a keygen app.
As for running VMs, Ive done it a lot and most computers from the past 10 years are quite capable of running VMs with little to no hit in performance.
In the end, tho, I wouldn't be using this machine much anyway, so I don't need to be able to switch back and forth on the fly. Installing a VM package seems like an extra step that isn't all that necessary. All a moot point, tho, if I don't locate a Windows install disc.
Also if the hardware in question will run under Ubuntu or other mature Linux distro you could go that route.

I realize the geek in me likes these more technical solutions because stuff like that is "fun" for me.
But if this book scanner I'm thinking about requires Windows, that wouldn't help me, no?
There might be a linux driver and software for it. Put the model number into google and cross your fingers. At worst, you lose a little time trying it out.
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Re: I need a good boffin.

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oliver wrote:
29 Jul 2020, 1:33pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
29 Jul 2020, 12:15pm
revbob wrote:
29 Jul 2020, 11:50am
Dr. Medulla wrote:
29 Jul 2020, 11:28am
revbob wrote:
29 Jul 2020, 11:06am
So first question : I dont deal much with installing windows anymore but Yeah, pretty sure you would still need a product key.
Alrighty. Shouldn't be hard to find a keygen app.
As for running VMs, Ive done it a lot and most computers from the past 10 years are quite capable of running VMs with little to no hit in performance.
In the end, tho, I wouldn't be using this machine much anyway, so I don't need to be able to switch back and forth on the fly. Installing a VM package seems like an extra step that isn't all that necessary. All a moot point, tho, if I don't locate a Windows install disc.
Also if the hardware in question will run under Ubuntu or other mature Linux distro you could go that route.

I realize the geek in me likes these more technical solutions because stuff like that is "fun" for me.
But if this book scanner I'm thinking about requires Windows, that wouldn't help me, no?
There might be a linux driver and software for it. Put the model number into google and cross your fingers. At worst, you lose a little time trying it out.
Nope, it says nyet to Mac and Linux.
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For those curious about how the saga concluded, I obtained a copy of Win8.1, yet when I tried to install it, Boot Camp wouldn't recognize it. So fuck that. I decided to just get an iPod mount and use that as an overhead cam to do quick scanning.
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Dr. Medulla wrote:
01 Aug 2020, 7:09pm
For those curious about how the saga concluded, I obtained a copy of Win8.1, yet when I tried to install it, Boot Camp wouldn't recognize it. So fuck that. I decided to just get an iPod mount and use that as an overhead cam to do quick scanning.
Damn.

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Re: I need a good boffin.

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revbob wrote:
01 Aug 2020, 7:14pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
01 Aug 2020, 7:09pm
For those curious about how the saga concluded, I obtained a copy of Win8.1, yet when I tried to install it, Boot Camp wouldn't recognize it. So fuck that. I decided to just get an iPod mount and use that as an overhead cam to do quick scanning.
Damn.
Might have been a blessing. If those overhead scanners were crap, I'd have paid far more than I did for this mount. More irritating/confusing than anything. One of those things that started as a semi-neat idea then grew into a near obsession, and then no payoff. Whatever. Apple and Microsoft both suck.
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Re: I need a good boffin.

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Dr. Medulla wrote:
01 Aug 2020, 7:53pm
revbob wrote:
01 Aug 2020, 7:14pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
01 Aug 2020, 7:09pm
For those curious about how the saga concluded, I obtained a copy of Win8.1, yet when I tried to install it, Boot Camp wouldn't recognize it. So fuck that. I decided to just get an iPod mount and use that as an overhead cam to do quick scanning.
Damn.
Might have been a blessing. If those overhead scanners were crap, I'd have paid far more than I did for this mount. More irritating/confusing than anything. One of those things that started as a semi-neat idea then grew into a near obsession, and then no payoff. Whatever. Apple and Microsoft both suck.
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Question for Zoom experts …

I'll preface by saying I may have figured it out, but I need to test it first and don't have people available till later today, but I thought I'd ask anyway. I have to record and upload my lectures delivered via Zoom. That's all fine. Here's the trickier part. While I'm yakking away, I want to be able to see all the students' cameras—all those little boxes—but I don't want them in the recording (unless they speak) out of privacy concerns. The way it is now, my recording has my screen shared Powerpoint going, plus boxes on the right hand side of me plus a few students (the ones who have their cameras on). So I want, in the recorded version, to lose those student cams but not during the actual session. I need gallery view on but not in the recording.

edit: Slightly related observation. I'm surprised by how few students turn their cameras on. I figured Generation Selfie would be, by default, into being seen. But I'd say 80% keep the camera off.

edit2: Discovered how to do that crap I was asking about above. You can only save with the active speaker in your shared screen when you first save the recording to the cloud, and then dl it from there. Seems odd that you don't have the option to save locally that way, but whatever.
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Question (mainly to revbob, as our resident tech geek): Am I just senile or is software getting worse and worse. Just chatting with a friend who couldn't get Excel to save the file (it kept getting corrupted). Software does "more" things now than, say, twenty years ago, but I find things seem to go wrong more often. And not on the fancy, elaborate stuff, but simple text files get all buggered up and you have to go online to figure out how to fix the error and all that. It's especially annoying as a Mac user (since, like, '91) because it's greatest virtue was simplicity of use, that it seemed really intuitive. It hasn't been like that for ages.

Also, why can't a feller get a good egg cream anymore? Things have gone to hell since they tore down Penn Station.
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Dr. Medulla wrote:
21 Sep 2020, 12:38pm
Question (mainly to revbob, as our resident tech geek): Am I just senile or is software getting worse and worse. Just chatting with a friend who couldn't get Excel to save the file (it kept getting corrupted). Software does "more" things now than, say, twenty years ago, but I find things seem to go wrong more often. And not on the fancy, elaborate stuff, but simple text files get all buggered up and you have to go online to figure out how to fix the error and all that. It's especially annoying as a Mac user (since, like, '91) because it's greatest virtue was simplicity of use, that it seemed really intuitive. It hasn't been like that for ages.

Also, why can't a feller get a good egg cream anymore? Things have gone to hell since they tore down Penn Station.
Two part question huh. Well I haven't been in Penn Station for quite a few years at this point so I dont think Im qualified to answer.

As for software. I mainly work on a Winders platform and thankfully dont do end user support anymore (really?you dont know how the porn virus got on your computer? Really?) so I dont run into a lot of end user based problems like I used to.

But my personal experience from a heavy excel/ms office user running windows I dont have much if any problems. And a lot of applications that were previously locally client/server based have moved to the cloud and are browser access based which has improved things a lot.

So I cant really provide much insight into either of your problems as it turns out.

Sounds like user error... :shifty:

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revbob wrote:
21 Sep 2020, 1:27pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
21 Sep 2020, 12:38pm
Question (mainly to revbob, as our resident tech geek): Am I just senile or is software getting worse and worse. Just chatting with a friend who couldn't get Excel to save the file (it kept getting corrupted). Software does "more" things now than, say, twenty years ago, but I find things seem to go wrong more often. And not on the fancy, elaborate stuff, but simple text files get all buggered up and you have to go online to figure out how to fix the error and all that. It's especially annoying as a Mac user (since, like, '91) because it's greatest virtue was simplicity of use, that it seemed really intuitive. It hasn't been like that for ages.

Also, why can't a feller get a good egg cream anymore? Things have gone to hell since they tore down Penn Station.
Two part question huh. Well I haven't been in Penn Station for quite a few years at this point so I dont think Im qualified to answer.

As for software. I mainly work on a Winders platform and thankfully dont do end user support anymore (really?you dont know how the porn virus got on your computer? Really?) so I dont run into a lot of end user based problems like I used to.

But my personal experience from a heavy excel/ms office user running windows I dont have much if any problems. And a lot of applications that were previously locally client/server based have moved to the cloud and are browser access based which has improved things a lot.

So I cant really provide much insight into either of your problems as it turns out.

Sounds like user error... :shifty:
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Re: I need a good boffin.

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Dr. Medulla wrote:
21 Sep 2020, 1:30pm
revbob wrote:
21 Sep 2020, 1:27pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
21 Sep 2020, 12:38pm
Question (mainly to revbob, as our resident tech geek): Am I just senile or is software getting worse and worse. Just chatting with a friend who couldn't get Excel to save the file (it kept getting corrupted). Software does "more" things now than, say, twenty years ago, but I find things seem to go wrong more often. And not on the fancy, elaborate stuff, but simple text files get all buggered up and you have to go online to figure out how to fix the error and all that. It's especially annoying as a Mac user (since, like, '91) because it's greatest virtue was simplicity of use, that it seemed really intuitive. It hasn't been like that for ages.

Also, why can't a feller get a good egg cream anymore? Things have gone to hell since they tore down Penn Station.
Two part question huh. Well I haven't been in Penn Station for quite a few years at this point so I dont think Im qualified to answer.

As for software. I mainly work on a Winders platform and thankfully dont do end user support anymore (really?you dont know how the porn virus got on your computer? Really?) so I dont run into a lot of end user based problems like I used to.

But my personal experience from a heavy excel/ms office user running windows I dont have much if any problems. And a lot of applications that were previously locally client/server based have moved to the cloud and are browser access based which has improved things a lot.

So I cant really provide much insight into either of your problems as it turns out.

Sounds like user error... :shifty:
Dag nabbit, you're in on the fix. You're one of them federalees, aintcha?
Im in the pocket of Big Software.

I honestly am much more a hardware guy, am proficient with software in general.

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Re: I need a good boffin.

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revbob wrote:
21 Sep 2020, 1:31pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
21 Sep 2020, 1:30pm
revbob wrote:
21 Sep 2020, 1:27pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
21 Sep 2020, 12:38pm
Question (mainly to revbob, as our resident tech geek): Am I just senile or is software getting worse and worse. Just chatting with a friend who couldn't get Excel to save the file (it kept getting corrupted). Software does "more" things now than, say, twenty years ago, but I find things seem to go wrong more often. And not on the fancy, elaborate stuff, but simple text files get all buggered up and you have to go online to figure out how to fix the error and all that. It's especially annoying as a Mac user (since, like, '91) because it's greatest virtue was simplicity of use, that it seemed really intuitive. It hasn't been like that for ages.

Also, why can't a feller get a good egg cream anymore? Things have gone to hell since they tore down Penn Station.
Two part question huh. Well I haven't been in Penn Station for quite a few years at this point so I dont think Im qualified to answer.

As for software. I mainly work on a Winders platform and thankfully dont do end user support anymore (really?you dont know how the porn virus got on your computer? Really?) so I dont run into a lot of end user based problems like I used to.

But my personal experience from a heavy excel/ms office user running windows I dont have much if any problems. And a lot of applications that were previously locally client/server based have moved to the cloud and are browser access based which has improved things a lot.

So I cant really provide much insight into either of your problems as it turns out.

Sounds like user error... :shifty:
Dag nabbit, you're in on the fix. You're one of them federalees, aintcha?
Im in the pocket of Big Software.

I honestly am much more a hardware guy, am proficient with software in general.
I'd respond but you're probably reading my thoughts from the Intel chip in my brain.
Back off, or I'll blow the roof off—with sound!

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Re: I need a good boffin.

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Dr. Medulla wrote:
21 Sep 2020, 1:56pm
revbob wrote:
21 Sep 2020, 1:31pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
21 Sep 2020, 1:30pm
revbob wrote:
21 Sep 2020, 1:27pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
21 Sep 2020, 12:38pm
Question (mainly to revbob, as our resident tech geek): Am I just senile or is software getting worse and worse. Just chatting with a friend who couldn't get Excel to save the file (it kept getting corrupted). Software does "more" things now than, say, twenty years ago, but I find things seem to go wrong more often. And not on the fancy, elaborate stuff, but simple text files get all buggered up and you have to go online to figure out how to fix the error and all that. It's especially annoying as a Mac user (since, like, '91) because it's greatest virtue was simplicity of use, that it seemed really intuitive. It hasn't been like that for ages.

Also, why can't a feller get a good egg cream anymore? Things have gone to hell since they tore down Penn Station.
Two part question huh. Well I haven't been in Penn Station for quite a few years at this point so I dont think Im qualified to answer.

As for software. I mainly work on a Winders platform and thankfully dont do end user support anymore (really?you dont know how the porn virus got on your computer? Really?) so I dont run into a lot of end user based problems like I used to.

But my personal experience from a heavy excel/ms office user running windows I dont have much if any problems. And a lot of applications that were previously locally client/server based have moved to the cloud and are browser access based which has improved things a lot.

So I cant really provide much insight into either of your problems as it turns out.

Sounds like user error... :shifty:
Dag nabbit, you're in on the fix. You're one of them federalees, aintcha?
Im in the pocket of Big Software.

I honestly am much more a hardware guy, am proficient with software in general.
I'd respond but you're probably reading my thoughts from the Intel chip in my brain.
I know more about you than you do. And I know how you got that porn virus on your computer.

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Re: I need a good boffin.

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revbob wrote:
21 Sep 2020, 2:01pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
21 Sep 2020, 1:56pm
revbob wrote:
21 Sep 2020, 1:31pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
21 Sep 2020, 1:30pm
revbob wrote:
21 Sep 2020, 1:27pm


Two part question huh. Well I haven't been in Penn Station for quite a few years at this point so I dont think Im qualified to answer.

As for software. I mainly work on a Winders platform and thankfully dont do end user support anymore (really?you dont know how the porn virus got on your computer? Really?) so I dont run into a lot of end user based problems like I used to.

But my personal experience from a heavy excel/ms office user running windows I dont have much if any problems. And a lot of applications that were previously locally client/server based have moved to the cloud and are browser access based which has improved things a lot.

So I cant really provide much insight into either of your problems as it turns out.

Sounds like user error... :shifty:
Dag nabbit, you're in on the fix. You're one of them federalees, aintcha?
Im in the pocket of Big Software.

I honestly am much more a hardware guy, am proficient with software in general.
I'd respond but you're probably reading my thoughts from the Intel chip in my brain.
I know more about you than you do. And I know how you got that porn virus on your computer.
Look, if someone tells me I have a free iPad waiting to be claimed, of course I'm to click the link. Anyone would have.
Back off, or I'll blow the roof off—with sound!

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