• almost-new pc with win10

    From August Abolins@2:221/360 to All on Wednesday, January 08, 2020 06:30:28
    Just before Christmas I decided to get a newer laptop than my current XP
    T60 Lenovo Thinkpad.

    I ordered a T540P Lenovo Thinkpad, with i5 4300M (2.60GHz), 8GB RAM, 1TB
    SSD HD, 15.6in 1920x1080 FULL HD Screen, intel HD, DVDRW, and Win7pro/64

    But they sent me one with Win10pro/64

    I needed Win7 to avoid the risk of any incompatibility issues with
    existing software.

    Starting the new machine, I am already disliking the unfamiliar swirly
    dots waking process. I still have to walk through the set up, and I
    already dread all the things I will need to disable, such as Cortina.

    Am I doomed?

    Win7 for me purrrs and behaves quite nicely. It's an OS that I am
    familiar with and can get to a task quickly. This Win10 is an annoying pot-hole that introduces further delay before I am up and running with
    all my apps.

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  • From Nick Andre@1:229/426 to August Abolins on Tuesday, January 07, 2020 23:36:03
    On 08 Jan 20 06:30:28, August Abolins said the following to All:

    I ordered a T540P Lenovo Thinkpad, with i5 4300M (2.60GHz), 8GB RAM, 1TB SSD HD, 15.6in 1920x1080 FULL HD Screen, intel HD, DVDRW, and Win7pro/64

    But they sent me one with Win10pro/64

    The T540P is a very nice laptop and yes it will run Windows 7 perfectly.

    I have the T440P... the only difference between mine and yours is the numeric keypad on the 540P. Trust me, both models are built "to last".

    I strongly suggest installing Windows 7 but take a snapshot image *before* installing any drivers. I believe Lenovo's website has some conflicting driver listings and if I remember correctly it was the power-management stuff that failed the first time and another driver was needed. Once you have the
    correct drivers and Lenovo utilities installed, take another snapshot image or at least when you are satisfied... (not "if", "when") 8-)

    Nick

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  • From August Abolins@2:221/360 to Nick Andre on Wednesday, January 08, 2020 07:17:01
    On 1/7/2020 11:36 PM, between "Nick Andre : August Abolins":

    But they sent me one with Win10pro/64

    The T540P is a very nice laptop and yes it will run Windows
    7 perfectly.

    Hi Nick,

    Until I finish the dreaded Win10 setup process I won't know if something *isn't* working perfectly. And then I have to test my existing apps with
    it.

    I have the T440P... the only difference between mine and
    yours is the numeric keypad on the 540P. Trust me, both
    models are built "to last".

    I've been a fan of Thinkpads since my first one as a T40p. Then I
    replaced that one with my current T60. Now, storage and reliability are
    motivators so I decided on the T540p. Since I need to work with
    databases and numbers quite a bit, a numeric pad was essential for the
    upgrade.


    I strongly suggest installing Windows 7 but take a snapshot
    image *before* installing any drivers.

    I wonder if I can get a downgrade CD to Win7 from the vendor and do just
    a clean install from that. But maybe I should just return it at their
    expense for a proper configuration.

    Alternatively, I thought of just putting out the $'s for a Win7pro/64
    image and install fresh with that.

    Until I finish the Win10 Setup, I am not even sure if they got something
    else wrong.


    ....I believe Lenovo's
    website has some conflicting driver listings and if I
    remember correctly it was the power-management stuff that
    failed the first time and another driver was needed..

    Thanks for the heads up on that. I think I can tolerate patching Win7
    to cooperate with the particulars of the T540p's operation, but the
    current Win10 feels like a big let-down.

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  • From Nick Andre@1:229/426 to August Abolins on Wednesday, January 08, 2020 00:42:59
    On 08 Jan 20 07:17:01, August Abolins said the following to Nick Andre:

    I've been a fan of Thinkpads since my first one as a T40p. Then I
    replaced that one with my current T60. Now, storage and reliability are

    Preaching to the choir my friend... I was a bench-tech for years, I've worked on hundreds of laptops. Dells, HP's, Acers, Asus... the Thinkpads I've serviced were almost always limited to software problems, rarely anything to do with hardware. Thats a good thing. Except Lenovo has a budget-line which should be avoided like the plague. Cheap keyboards, plastic LCD hinges, weird placement of CPU exhaust fan, etc.

    Always stick with the T or R-model Thinkpads. The L-models look okay but I've never used one thus cannot vouch for one.

    An old Thinkpad R60 runs all of Zone 1 operations here, like clockwork, happily tossing mail for many months at a time between reboots. And reboots here happen only when absolutely necessary.

    Until I finish the Win10 Setup, I am not even sure if they got something else wrong.

    Your T540P was specifically designed from the factory to run Windows 7. I strongly recommend starting fresh with what OS it was designed to run.

    Nick

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  • From Kurt Weiske@1:218/700 to August Abolins on Wednesday, January 08, 2020 06:58:00
    August Abolins wrote to All <=-

    Win7 for me purrrs and behaves quite nicely. It's an OS that I am
    familiar with and can get to a task quickly. This Win10 is an annoying pot-hole that introduces further delay before I am up and running with
    all my apps.


    Win 7 will stop purring soon, as Microsoft drops extended support for it
    this month. Following suit, applications will stop supporting 7, as it'll be easier/cheaper to support less OS versions. And, expect future hardware drivers not to support Windows 7.

    You'll then be open to security issues that aren't patched.

    Best to get familiar with Windows 10, its compatibility mode, and if you're
    so inclined, there are tweaks to make it look/feel like XP. I'm sure you
    could mimic the UI of 7 if you wanted, too.



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  • From Kurt Weiske@1:218/700 to Nick Andre on Wednesday, January 08, 2020 07:18:00
    Nick Andre wrote to August Abolins <=-

    Always stick with the T or R-model Thinkpads. The L-models look okay
    but I've never used one thus cannot vouch for one.

    I used an L450 for a while, I liked it. Cheaper than the T, less options,
    a little more plastic, but a solid performing laptop.

    I keep wanting to upgrade my T410, as it's a pain to lug around after work
    got me a X1 Yoga. But, my T410 has an i7 in it, and that old-school Thinkpad keyboard that I love.


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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to AUGUST ABOLINS on Wednesday, January 08, 2020 18:42:00
    August,

    But they sent me one with Win10pro/64

    I needed Win7 to avoid the risk of any incompatibility issues with AA>existing software.

    Starting the new machine, I am already disliking the unfamiliar swirly AA>dots waking process. I still have to walk through the set up, and I AA>already dread all the things I will need to disable, such as Cortina.

    Am I doomed?

    I was able to purchase a 32-bit version of Windows 10 (3 copies
    actually) from the local Best Buy for $140 each (plus tax)...Microsoft
    wanted $200 each. The reason was that the BBS computer, my late Mom's
    computer, and a laptop (that originally had Vista Basic on it) were all
    32-bit. I couldn't get the 32-bit to install on the laptop, so I gave
    it to a fellow Sysop, who formatted it, and put Linux on it for his
    daughter. So, I bought I Lenovo laptop with Windows 10 64-bit on it.

    Win7 for me purrrs and behaves quite nicely. It's an OS that I am AA>familiar with and can get to a task quickly. This Win10 is an annoying AA>pot-hole that introduces further delay before I am up and running with AA>all my apps.

    There is a program from IObit Utilities called Start8 -- it makes the
    Start Menu look like Windows 7. I use it, plus their IObit Malware
    Fighter (also protects against ransomware), Driver Booster (keeps the
    drivers current), Smart Defrag (optimizes the hard drive), Advanced
    System Care (lots of cleaning utilities), IObit Software Updater
    (select programs to install) and IObit Uninstaller (select programs to
    remove). Some of their deals allow you to put it on 3 computers for a
    year.

    A fellow ham radio operator refers to Windows 10 as "Satan's Little
    Sextoy". :P

    Daryl


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  • From August Abolins@2:221/360 to Nick Andre on Friday, January 10, 2020 06:41:11
    On 1/8/2020 12:42 AM, between "Nick Andre : August Abolins":

    ... the Thinkpads I've serviced were almost
    always limited to software problems, rarely anything to do
    with hardware.

    Hi Nick,

    My first Thinkpad, T40p, developed a common screen fade/blank problem. I
    sent it to a fellow in the States to replace the backlight. Then, it
    ran quite well until the fan started to make noise, and sometimes refuse
    to boot because of that. Probably just needs some dust to be blown out
    of the fan assembly, but I never had the confidence to open it up before
    I moved to the T60 that I am using now.


    ...Thats a good thing. Except Lenovo has a
    budget-line which should be avoided like the plague. Cheap
    keyboards, plastic LCD hinges, weird placement of CPU
    exhaust fan, etc.

    I forgot to mention that I probably have one of those too! It's a Lenovo
    G530. It was $649 + taxes in 2009. It's actually a smooth operator.
    The battery can't hold much of a charge anymore, but it's operating as a
    2nd terminal on the network, always plugged-in, and a UPS to support it.


    Always stick with the T or R-model Thinkpads. The L-models
    look okay but I've never used one thus cannot vouch for one.

    An old Thinkpad R60 runs all of Zone 1 operations here, like
    clockwork, happily tossing mail for many months at a time
    between reboots. And reboots here happen only when
    absolutely necessary.

    I researched the R's at the time when I settled for the G530 because of
    lower price. I read many good things about the R's. I have rarely
    needed to reboot any of my computers too. I always use hibernate, and
    enjoy the fast boot.


    Until I finish the Win10 Setup, I am not even sure if they
    got something else wrong.

    Your T540P was specifically designed from the factory to run
    Windows 7. I strongly recommend starting fresh with what OS
    it was designed to run.

    I have already sourced Win7pro, and almost convinced to just go for it.
    But I'll finish the darn Win10 setup and see if I can tolerate it. I
    have to migrate some essential register apps. If that works, then maybe
    I'll stick with it.

    ../|ug

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  • From August Abolins@2:221/360 to Kurt Weiske on Friday, January 10, 2020 07:03:45
    On 1/8/2020 9:58 AM, between "Kurt Weiske : August Abolins":

    Win7 for me purrrs and behaves quite nicely. It's an OS
    that I am familiar with and can get to a task quickly. This
    Win10 is an annoying pot-hole that introduces further delay
    before I am up and running with all my apps.

    Win 7 will stop purring soon, as Microsoft drops extended
    support for it this month.

    Hello Kurt!

    I'm a good boy and I don't venture to sites that could be risky and that
    are the source of inviting problems. ;)

    Except for a third and youngest pc that runs Win7pro/64, I still use 2
    XP pcs as my primary machines.


    ...............Following suit, applications will
    stop supporting 7, as it'll be easier/cheaper to support
    less OS versions. And, expect future hardware drivers not to
    support Windows 7.

    I am pretty much all set with applications. I really don't need
    anything more than what is already working well and what I'm already
    familiar using.


    You'll then be open to security issues that aren't patched.

    See above. The simplest trick is still the most popular way people end
    up with problems: phishing and fake links in email. I can recognize
    that crap immediately.

    I have had the "this is your microsoft specialist.. we have detected
    that your computer is running slow.." calls. The most prevalent one that
    I get at least 3 times a week is "This is an important call. Do not hang
    up. Your google business listing is at risk of not being found.."


    Best to get familiar with Windows 10, its compatibility
    mode, and if you're so inclined, there are tweaks to make it
    look/feel like XP. I'm sure you could mimic the UI of 7 if
    you wanted, too.

    I *am* somewhat curious about Win10. It could come in handy if a friend
    needs some help to work around it. I like the idea of just making it
    mimic Win7. I guess I could temporarily boot the pc with a linux
    live-CD to confirm the configuration I ordered. But I should probably
    tolerate the Win10 setup. I just hate the idea of all the extra work
    now to disable all the monitoring features before I can do some real
    work on the pc.

    ../|ug

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  • From August Abolins@2:221/360 to Kurt Weiske on Friday, January 10, 2020 07:16:02
    On 1/8/2020 10:18 AM, between "Kurt Weiske : Nick Andre":

    I keep wanting to upgrade my T410, as it's a pain to lug
    around after work got me a X1 Yoga. But, my T410 has an i7
    in it, and that old-school Thinkpad keyboard that I love.

    Hi Kurt,

    The keyboards on the T40 and T60 are very nice, comfortable, and don't
    feel like the caps will come off like on many "consumer grade" pcs.

    The keyboard on the T540p has taken a new design. Gone is the
    sloping/beveled outer edge of the keys. The new keys have a straight
    vertical edge. The F key seems to "catch" a bit when I strike it near
    the top edge. :(

    ../|ug

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  • From Nick Andre@1:229/426 to August Abolins on Friday, January 10, 2020 02:08:33
    On 10 Jan 20 06:41:11, August Abolins said the following to Nick Andre:

    My first Thinkpad, T40p, developed a common screen fade/blank problem. I sent it to a fellow in the States to replace the backlight. Then, it
    ran quite well until the fan started to make noise, and sometimes refuse
    to boot because of that. Probably just needs some dust to be blown out
    of the fan assembly, but I never had the confidence to open it up before
    I moved to the T60 that I am using now.

    Yup, I've seen those problems before. The inverter is usually the problem, then the VGA ribbon cable. The fan problems I've seen were always rare but caked with cigarette smoke or dust. Sometimes the fan would need to be replaced because the bearings would be worn.

    I forgot to mention that I probably have one of those too! It's a Lenovo G530. It was $649 + taxes in 2009. It's actually a smooth operator.
    The battery can't hold much of a charge anymore, but it's operating as a 2nd terminal on the network, always plugged-in, and a UPS to support it.

    I didn't have a chance to elaborate on what I meant by the cheapo-models... I found the widescreens did not have the proper support that you have with the reenforced hinges on T and R models.

    So what happens is the customer who owns the cheap model opens/closes from the "side" of the screen eventually breaking or wearing out the hinge on one
    side. The cheapo laptop ends up on the workbench and the poor tech is told
    to "just fix it" but at that point the cost of the screen assembly or labour is not worth it to the customer. There are ways to fix the screens but upon opening the cheapo-model the screw holes tended to strip wayyyyy more than
    T/R models.

    Its too bad because the cheapo Thinkpads still ran Windows pretty good...

    I researched the R's at the time when I settled for the G530 because of lower price. I read many good things about the R's. I have rarely
    needed to reboot any of my computers too. I always use hibernate, and enjoy the fast boot.

    Likewise with my T440P. I always hibernate and the SSD is lightning fast.

    I *could* put an SSD into the old Fidonet Thinkpad, but the amount of heavy disk-access from tossing mail would likely wear it out quicker I think.

    I have already sourced Win7pro, and almost convinced to just go for it.
    But I'll finish the darn Win10 setup and see if I can tolerate it. I
    have to migrate some essential register apps. If that works, then maybe I'll stick with it.

    Well like Kurt said, Windows 10 unfortunately is here to stay and Windows 7
    is on its way out for support. I'm sticking with 7 however. I rarely do anything on my T440P other than Remote Desktop and web surfing. Its already pretty locked-down and fully backed-up to a disk image, just in case.

    Nick

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  • From Kurt Weiske@1:218/700 to August Abolins on Friday, January 10, 2020 07:13:00
    August Abolins wrote to Nick Andre <=-

    My first Thinkpad, T40p, developed a common screen fade/blank problem.
    I sent it to a fellow in the States to replace the backlight. Then, it ran quite well until the fan started to make noise, and sometimes
    refuse to boot because of that. Probably just needs some dust to be
    blown out of the fan assembly, but I never had the confidence to open
    it up before I moved to the T60 that I am using now.

    If you still have the T40, it might be a good learning experience to take it apart. IBM has great hardware manuals with instructions, and they're easy to work on. 15 minutes, 8 screws, a can of air and a drop of oil might get it
    up and running...


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  • From Kurt Weiske@1:218/700 to August Abolins on Friday, January 10, 2020 07:15:00
    August Abolins wrote to Kurt Weiske <=-

    I'm a good boy and I don't venture to sites that could be risky and
    that are the source of inviting problems. ;)

    The problem isn't the known risky sites, as they get caught in most web filters, like the ones in Chrome and Firefox. Poorly managed web sites, like the mom-and-pop bed and breakfast, or auto shop that get hijacked are more problematic.

    Even my personal blog was infected at one point and was sending out malware
    to people who visited it.


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  • From Kurt Weiske@1:218/700 to Nick Andre on Friday, January 10, 2020 07:17:00
    Nick Andre wrote to August Abolins <=-

    Likewise with my T440P. I always hibernate and the SSD is lightning
    fast.

    I'm running into more and more problems at my job, people who
    hibernate/sleep their laptops for weeks on end and don't log into the domain controllers on boot. I'm sounding like *that* guy -- "Have you tried turning it off and back on again?"


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  • From August Abolins@2:221/360 to Kurt Weiske on Sunday, January 12, 2020 05:40:19
    On 1/10/2020 10:13 AM, between "Kurt Weiske : August Abolins":

    If you still have the T40, it might be a good learning
    experience to take it apart. IBM has great hardware manuals
    with instructions, and they're easy to work on. 15 minutes,
    8 screws, a can of air and a drop of oil might get it up and
    running...

    Yes, I still have the T40. Infact, I ordered a new palmrest for it when
    I accidentally cracked the bottom right corner of the laptop, about 8
    years ago. I've had the T40 open a few times. Meanwhile, I've misplaced
    the replacement palmrest. It has a genuine OEM 9-cell battery. I ready
    to work on it.. if only I could find the palmrest. :(

    The fan probably needs complete replacement. But I can get it going by
    forcing air into the exhaust to spin the blades *before* powering it up.

    I'd like to retire the machine as a off-line storage Spotify player
    connected to my hifi.

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  • From August Abolins@2:221/360 to Kurt Weiske on Sunday, January 12, 2020 05:48:11
    On 1/10/2020 10:15 AM, between "Kurt Weiske : August Abolins":

    The problem isn't the known risky sites, as they get caught
    in most web filters, like the ones in Chrome and Firefox.
    Poorly managed web sites, like the mom-and-pop bed and
    breakfast, or auto shop that get hijacked are more
    problematic.

    Even my personal blog was infected at one point and was
    sending out malware to people who visited it.

    I've had infections on several of the sites that I manage. The results
    are often a white page with no results. Just a 2 months ago, one was
    successful to redirect visitors directly to a pharma site.

    Wordpress is a popular target for these infections. I get the php
    injections that are often found in the functions.php file. It's
    relatively easy to clean them out. Then, it is just a matter of locking
    down the directories of files as read-only.

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  • From August Abolins@2:221/360 to Kurt Weiske on Sunday, January 12, 2020 06:08:36
    On 1/10/2020 10:17 AM, between "Kurt Weiske : Nick Andre":

    C:\Documents and Settings\User>systeminfo | find "Up"
    System Up Time: 6 Days, 1 Hours, 4 Minutes, 54 Seconds

    ...and that is only because I was forced to recover a recent Restore
    point 6 days ago. System uptime is typically 30 to 60 days on my T60
    before I need to do a full shutdown or Restart to refresh a finicky USB
    port.

    Likewise with my T440P. I always hibernate and the SSD is
    lightning fast.

    With the little bit of use I've had with the T540p and the SSD, it comes
    up within 10 seconds after a full shut shutdown, but I haven't finished
    the Win10 registration yet.


    I'm running into more and more problems at my job, people
    who hibernate/sleep their laptops for weeks on end and don't
    log into the domain controllers on boot. I'm sounding like
    *that* guy -- "Have you tried turning it off and back on
    again?"

    I know! I'll have friends call me too, and usually a full off/on makes
    their problem go away. Their problems can depend on a combination of
    other things they are putting the OS through.

    I have 3 pcs connected to my work network. I just hibernate at the end
    of the day. No problem for months. I hate the Win7 updates that force me
    to reboot.

    I am not a fan of Suspend/Sleep. I want to maximize battery use when
    lugging a laptop around, and I don't want a surprise if a pc was in
    Sleep and I get a power outtage overnight. So a Hibernate is a better
    option all around.

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  • From August Abolins@2:221/360 to Nick Andre on Sunday, January 12, 2020 06:42:41
    On 1/10/2020 2:08 AM, between "Nick Andre : August Abolins":

    My first Thinkpad, T40p, developed a common screen
    fade/blank problem.. Then, it ran quite well until the
    fan started to make noise, and sometimes refuse to boot

    Yup, I've seen those problems before. The inverter is
    usually the problem, then the VGA ribbon cable. The fan
    problems I've seen were always rare but caked with cigarette
    smoke or dust. Sometimes the fan would need to be replaced
    because the bearings would be worn.

    The T40 screen is not as bright as on the T60 or even the new T540p, but
    the plan is to retire it and use it as a Spotify server for the
    house. I could always control it from the network with another instance
    of Spotify, VNC, or even an external monitor if I must. So the laptop
    screen is not critical. Other then the fan problem (and it is most
    likely the bearings based on the noise) at startup, it still works great
    - and the fan doesn't need to run all the time.


    I didn't have a chance to elaborate on what I meant by the cheapo-models...

    So what happens is the customer who owns the cheap model
    opens/closes from the "side" of the screen eventually
    breaking or wearing out the hinge on one side.

    Heheheh.. I see people with the widescreens doing exactly that. It is
    sad to see the lids not lay perfectly flat on close.

    My el cheapo G530 (albiet I don't consider $650 a cheap laptop for year
    2009) seems to have a fairly rigid construction all round.


    ...I always hibernate and the SSD is lightning fast.
    I *could* put an SSD into the old Fidonet Thinkpad, but the
    amount of heavy disk-access from tossing mail would likely
    wear it out quicker I think.

    There is the whole matter of TRIM with SSD to maximize life and wear.
    Only Windows 7 and up implements it by default. Linux, depends.


    I have already sourced Win7pro, and almost convinced to
    just go for it. But I'll finish the darn Win10 setup..

    Well like Kurt said, Windows 10 unfortunately is here to
    stay and Windows 7 is on its way out for support. I'm
    sticking with 7 however. I rarely do anything on my T440P
    other than Remote Desktop and web surfing. Its already
    pretty locked-down and fully backed-up to a disk image, just
    in case.

    There is the old adage: "If it ain't broke.."

    I am still debating whether I should accept the Win10 on the T540p or
    send it back. There is one sticky/noisy key on the keyboard that is
    probably going to help me make up my mind and request an RMA.

    Win10 will introduce its own security problems and the constant feed of security updates. I could always downgrade to Win10 later! LOL

    About a month ago, I actually finished reinstalling Win7 on someone's
    poorly matched pc that was using Win10. By poorly matched, I say not
    enough ram, and the "old" pc was already maximized. Win7 took several
    hours to finish all the backlist of updates. That was a painful wait.
    But after that, Win7 was a snappier performer than Win10 ever was on
    that laptop.

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  • From Rob Swindell@1:103/705 to August Abolins on Saturday, January 11, 2020 21:14:40
    Re: Have you tried turning it off
    By: August Abolins to Kurt Weiske on Sun Jan 12 2020 06:08 am

    On 1/10/2020 10:17 AM, between "Kurt Weiske : Nick Andre":

    C:\Documents and Settings\User>systeminfo | find "Up"
    System Up Time: 6 Days, 1 Hours, 4 Minutes, 54 Seconds

    What version of Windows are you using? My Windows 10 systeminfo displays "System Boot Time" (like shown here: https://www.nextofwindows.com/uptime-from-a-remote-windows-computer) but not "System Up Time". How'd you get that value displayed using systeminfo?

    digital man

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  • From Nick Andre@1:229/426 to August Abolins on Sunday, January 12, 2020 01:24:41
    On 12 Jan 20 05:48:11, August Abolins said the following to Kurt Weiske:

    Wordpress is a popular target for these infections. I get the php injections that are often found in the functions.php file. It's
    relatively easy to clean them out. Then, it is just a matter of locking down the directories of files as read-only.

    Oh man, don't get me started on WP... I swear its freaking swiss cheese. It seems to have more security-related updates than Windows.

    I suppose the recent versions are much more secure but there was a time I certainly had my hands full cleaning up WP sites. Maybe to be a bit fair it may of had something to do with poor setup of Apache by the webadmin.

    Nick

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  • From Nick Andre@1:229/426 to August Abolins on Sunday, January 12, 2020 01:37:00
    On 12 Jan 20 06:42:41, August Abolins said the following to Nick Andre:

    The T40 screen is not as bright as on the T60 or even the new T540p, but
    the plan is to retire it and use it as a Spotify server for the
    house. I could always control it from the network with another instance
    of Spotify, VNC, or even an external monitor if I must. So the laptop

    I'm not the biggest fan of streaming-music sites, I already have an elaborate collection of music as it is, but I do like XM radio.

    Heheheh.. I see people with the widescreens doing exactly that. It is
    sad to see the lids not lay perfectly flat on close.

    No customer ever listened to my suggestion of opening a wide-screen laptop
    from the middle and not the sides.

    ...I always hibernate and the SSD is lightning fast.
    I *could* put an SSD into the old Fidonet Thinkpad, but the
    amount of heavy disk-access from tossing mail would likely
    wear it out quicker I think.

    There is the whole matter of TRIM with SSD to maximize life and wear.
    Only Windows 7 and up implements it by default. Linux, depends.

    I'm reluctant to touch the Fidonet setup, its been working for so long in its current state. Hard drive replacements or hardware maintenance would likely
    be the only thing I'll ever do on it anymore at this point.

    I am still debating whether I should accept the Win10 on the T540p or
    send it back. There is one sticky/noisy key on the keyboard that is probably going to help me make up my mind and request an RMA.

    One key that doesnt work on a keyboard would be enough to drive me nuts but thats my OCD-personality.

    Win10 will introduce its own security problems and the constant feed of security updates. I could always downgrade to Win10 later! LOL

    I absolutely cannot stand the mess that is Windows 10. Three different interfaces glued together on something that phones-home and likes to tell me how and when it will update. No thanks.

    Nick

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  • From Richard Miles@1:3634/24 to August Abolins on Sunday, January 12, 2020 05:49:07
    On 12 Jan 2020, August Abolins said the following...

    I have 3 pcs connected to my work network. I just hibernate at the end
    of the day. No problem for months. I hate the Win7 updates that force me to reboot.

    You'll love Win10 then (not)

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  • From August Abolins@2:221/360 to Rob Swindell on Sunday, January 12, 2020 16:35:15
    On 1/12/2020 12:14 AM, between "Rob Swindell : August Abolins":

    C: \Documents and Settings\User>systeminfo | find "Up"
    System Up Time: 6 Days, 1 Hours, 4 Minutes, 54 Seconds

    What version of Windows are you using? My Windows 10
    systeminfo displays
    "System Boot Time" (like shown here:

    https://www.nextofwindows.com/uptime-from-a-remote-windows-computer) but
    not "System Up Time".

    How'd you get that value displayed using systeminfo?


    Hello digital man,

    How I did it is shown on the command line, digital dummy. :) I do say
    that most respectfully. Systeminfo seems to behave differently across
    the OSes. It is the result on the TP60 w/XP that I hibernate.

    I haven't rebooted yet another XP pc in a loooong time from hibernate.
    I'll post its up time shortly. It may blow your mind.

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  • From mark lewis@1:3634/12 to August Abolins on Sunday, January 12, 2020 09:35:27
    Re: If you still have the T40..
    By: August Abolins to Kurt Weiske on Sun Jan 12 2020 05:40:19


    The fan probably needs complete replacement. But I can get it going
    by forcing air into the exhaust to spin the blades *before* powering
    it up.

    FWIW: be careful doing that... compressed air can spin the fan faster than it is designed for which can lead to the metal shaft heating and wearing out the nylon bearing which will lead to more problems... when we blow our fans out, we
    make sure to hold them somehow to prevent them from spinning up so as to avoid
    this...


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  • From Rob Swindell@1:103/705 to August Abolins on Sunday, January 12, 2020 11:57:43
    Re: Have you tried turning it off
    By: August Abolins to Rob Swindell on Sun Jan 12 2020 04:35 pm

    How I did it is shown on the command line, digital dummy. :) I do say
    that most respectfully. Systeminfo seems to behave differently across
    the OSes. It is the result on the TP60 w/XP that I hibernate.

    Okay, XP, got it. Looks like a "feature" that Microsoft has since removed.

    digital man

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  • From August Abolins@2:221/1.59 to Rob Swindell on Sunday, January 12, 2020 17:57:23
    Hello Rob,

    On 12.01.20, you wrote to August Abolins:

    Okay, XP, got it. Looks like a "feature" that Microsoft has since
    removed.

    Here is the report from my Lenovo G530 (XP)

    C: \Documents and Settings\August>systeminfo | find "Up Time"
    System Up Time: 97 Days, 2 Hours, 44 Minutes, 16 Seconds

    Hibernation is sweet.

    It's a shame to remove the ability to report operation time since the last full
    reboot.


    ../|ug

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  • From Rob Swindell@1:103/705 to August Abolins on Sunday, January 12, 2020 15:08:51
    Re: Have you tried turning it off
    By: August Abolins to Rob Swindell on Sun Jan 12 2020 05:57 pm

    Hello Rob,

    On 12.01.20, you wrote to August Abolins:

    Okay, XP, got it. Looks like a "feature" that Microsoft has since removed.

    Here is the report from my Lenovo G530 (XP)

    C: \Documents and Settings\August>systeminfo | find "Up Time"
    System Up Time: 97 Days, 2 Hours, 44 Minutes, 16 Seconds

    Hibernation is sweet.

    It's a shame to remove the ability to report operation time since the last full reboot.

    The Windows 10 systeminfo still reports "System Boot Time", so I guess you can just do the math. <shrug>

    digital man

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  • From August Abolins@2:221/1.59 to Nick Andre on Sunday, January 12, 2020 18:29:28
    Hello Nick,

    the plan is to retire it and use it as a Spotify server for the
    house. I could always control it from the network with another instance
    of Spotify, VNC, or even an external monitor if I must. So the laptop

    I'm not the biggest fan of streaming-music sites, I already have an elaborate collection of music as it is, but I do like XM radio.

    I did *not* think I would ever stay with my Spotify subscription. At first, it
    was a free 3-months for $0.99. Then I decided, I'll just stay for a 3 more months and still be paying less cumulatively than the typical $10/mo for the same period.

    But when I learned that it has an off-line mode, I was sold. That is ideal for me since I don't have unlimited internet at home. I can "store" the tunes and paylists on the device, and take the device home to play. If I want new tunes,
    I just have to take the device where I can have unlimited internet.

    It is really quite nice to audition the full pieces of a newly discovered artist or album. Even looking up old material is very handy.


    No customer ever listened to my suggestion of opening a wide-screen
    laptop from the middle and not the sides.

    ..or opening with both hands at the sides is ok.


    I am still debating whether I should accept the Win10 on the T540p or
    send it back. There is one sticky/noisy key on the keyboard that is
    probably going to help me make up my mind and request an RMA.

    One key that doesnt work on a keyboard would be enough to drive me nuts but thats my OCD-personality.

    It must be driving me nuts. I received it on the 7th. I started the Win10 setup that night and got discouraged when it needed an internet connection (I only had my mobile hotspot at home). Then, exploring the keyboard feel while it was turned off, I noticed the sticky/noisy key. It's the only one that does that! I haven't touched the computer since.


    ..I could always downgrade to Win10 later! LOL

    I absolutely cannot stand the mess that is Windows 10. Three different interfaces glued together on something that phones-home and likes to tell me how and when it will update. No thanks.

    I don't want surprises. I have a set of existing/registered apps that I know will cooperate nicely in Win7, but staying Win10 might cause some favourite apps to break. I just want to get on with using a computer and not spend time working my way around a new OS before I can get anything done.

    Yep.. An RMA request is in order. I paid enough for this thing, they may as well get the order right.

    ../|ug

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  • From August Abolins@2:221/360 to mark lewis on Monday, January 13, 2020 01:44:28
    On 1/12/2020 9:35 AM, between "mark lewis : August Abolins":

    The fan probably needs complete replacement. But I can get
    it going by forcing air into the exhaust to spin the blades
    *before* powering it up.

    FWIW: be careful doing that... compressed air can spin the
    fan faster than it is designed for which can lead to the
    metal shaft heating and wearing out the nylon bearing which
    will lead to more problems... when we blow our fans out, we
    make sure to hold them somehow to prevent them from spinning
    up so as to avoid this...

    I hear ya. I am aware of the damage compressed air can do when causing over-spin. I use human power. ;) In my case, the fan *has* to spin a
    bit or it won't boot. It doesn't really need much. In fact, after
    bootup, when the computer is still cold, the fan doesn't spin at all.
    The trick is to loosen up the fan enough to pass the fan-spin check
    during the first few seconds at bootup. Ideally, it would be nice to
    replace the fan. But it would also be nice if I could find the palmrest
    that I ordered years ago. :( Then, I could do both replacements at the
    same time.

    ../|ug

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  • From Stephen Walsh@3:633/280 to August Abolins on Monday, January 13, 2020 16:26:27
    Hello August!

    12 Jan 20 18:29, you wrote to Nick Andre:

    It must be driving me nuts. I received it on the 7th. I started the Win10 setup that night and got discouraged when it needed an internet connection (I only had my mobile hotspot at home). Then, exploring

    Win 10 will let you go though it's initial setup without a internet connection.
    When it ask's for one, down in the laft bottome of the screen will be (This is from memory), a option that says "Continue with limited setup".
    Click on that, and then it will go to the next step, reboot the machine and ask again. Click on it again, and it will then ask for a user name (Just like the old
    setups did). It might do this three times (Anoyaning as hell).

    Once you'r at the desktop, you ready to go. But it will also say that it's found a network when you plug one in, and there is a option to just close that or use the
    Alt-F4 combination to kill it.




    Stephen


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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to NICK ANDRE on Sunday, January 12, 2020 10:22:00
    Nick,

    I absolutely cannot stand the mess that is Windows 10. Three different NA>interfaces glued together on something that phones-home and likes to tell me NA>how and when it will update. No thanks.

    A fellow ham radio operator refers to Windows 10 as "Satan's Little
    Sextoy". <G>

    I've gotten it to work the way I want it, and with utilities from
    IObit software, the system looks like the way I had it under Windows 7.
    The one thing I don't like on the 64-bit version (on the laptop) is
    that it's constantly turning ON the "Focus Assist", and I do NOT want it
    on.

    The ONLY reason I upgraded, was because of the security issues.

    Best Buy was selling 32-bit versions of Windows 10 for $140
    each...while Microsoft wanted $200 each. I put the 32-bit versions on my
    late Mom's computer, and the BBS computer...but had to buy the Lenovo
    Laptop with 64-bit version...as the previous laptop (which I bought at a
    ham radio hamfest flea market) had Windows Vista Basic on it...and it
    would not let me upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7.

    Daryl


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  • From Richard Miles@1:3634/24 to Daryl Stout on Monday, January 13, 2020 05:24:52
    On 12 Jan 2020, Daryl Stout said the following...

    The one thing I don't like on the 64-bit version (on the laptop) is
    that it's constantly turning ON the "Focus Assist", and I do NOT want it on.

    If you go under settings - focus assist, then go down to Automatic Rules, set all of the individual switches off and it shouldn't bother you any more.

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  • From Holger Granholm@2:20/228 to Daryl Stout on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 21:31:00
    In a message on 01-12-20 Daryl Stout said to Nick Andre:

    Hi Daryl,

    I absolutely cannot stand the mess that is Windows 10. Three different NA>interfaces glued together on something that phones-home and likes to
    tell me how and when it will update. No thanks.

    In Windows Pro you can setup how you want the updates in three ways:
    To only be informed that there is an update available, to choose upload
    now, and postpone the update to later when it will tell you the next date

    You can also setup if you want, or dont it to tell M$ what you're doing.

    A fellow ham radio operator refers to Windows 10 as "Satan's
    Little Sextoy". <G>

    I'm far away from being an expert on Windows 10 but I have learnt some
    things along the way. I do really favor OS/2 to run my BBS.

    The one thing I don't like on the 64-bit version (on the laptop)
    is that it's constantly turning ON the "Focus Assist", and I do NOT
    want it on.

    I have not had that problem. I'm almost shure I have turned it off some-
    where.

    The ONLY reason I upgraded, was because of the security issues.

    Since XP I have used external firewall and antivirus programs since M$
    was very slow to upgrade their supplied ones.

    Presently I'm using ZoneAlarm as a firewall and AVG as antivirus program
    both are available as free programs. Recently AVG has added AVG Browser
    which is a front-end to start my Firefox and also added firewall and VPN

    I have not added the firewall or VPN to my setup but turned off the
    Windows Defender. Both ZoneAlarm and AVG + AVG Browser have free versions
    that I'm using. I don't know if AVG's VPN and Firewall are free since I
    haven't added them yet.

    Why do nurses leave the room when you get undressed??


    CU AGN, Sam, OH0NC
    aka Holger


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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to RICHARD MILES on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 12:04:00
    Richard,

    The one thing I don't like on the 64-bit version (on the laptop) is that it's constantly turning ON the "Focus Assist", and I do NOT want i on.

    If you go under settings - focus assist, then go down to Automatic Rules, se RM>all of the individual switches off and it shouldn't bother you any more.

    I finally found it. I hate it when being forced to do something I
    don't want to do. For that matter, that applies to everybody.

    Daryl


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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to HOLGER GRANHOLM on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 00:58:00
    Holger,

    In Windows Pro you can setup how you want the updates in three ways:
    To only be informed that there is an update available, to choose upload HG>now, and postpone the update to later when it will tell you the next date

    You can also setup if you want, or dont it to tell M$ what you're doing.

    I have the active hours set, so it normally occurs overnight. The only
    reason I'm still up was that I had to work on a publication for square
    dancing, and to prepare a "nets list file" of selected D-Star, D-Rats,
    and Echolink Nets...with links to D-Star HF, DMR, HamSphere, and CQ100
    Nets. I normally release them on the 1st and 15th of the month, but with thunderstorms coming in later today (15th) into Saturday, if I don't do
    it before the storms arrive, it'll be Sunday (19th) before I can send
    the file out.

    A fellow ham radio operator refers to Windows 10 as "Satan's
    Little Sextoy". <G>

    I'm far away from being an expert on Windows 10 but I have learnt some HG>things along the way. I do really favor OS/2 to run my BBS.

    I ran OS/2 Warp for a short time years ago. I've run DOS 3, 5, 6, 6.2,
    6.22, DesqView, and Windows 95, 98, XP, 7, and 10. My first BBS, though,
    was on a Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 100 Laptop Computer.

    I have not had that problem. I'm almost shure I have turned it off HG>somewhere.

    Finally found the setting, and shut it off.

    The ONLY reason I upgraded, was because of the security issues.

    Since XP I have used external firewall and antivirus programs since M$ HG>was very slow to upgrade their supplied ones.

    I use the IObit Program Suite now. I don't care for Microsoft's items.

    Presently I'm using ZoneAlarm as a firewall and AVG as antivirus program HG>both are available as free programs. Recently AVG has added AVG Browser HG>which is a front-end to start my Firefox and also added firewall and VPN

    I've seen that AVG deal and ZoneAlarm...but some programs really throw
    a fit with them.

    I have not added the firewall or VPN to my setup but turned off the HG>Windows Defender. Both ZoneAlarm and AVG + AVG Browser have free versions HG>that I'm using. I don't know if AVG's VPN and Firewall are free since I HG>haven't added them yet.

    I was wondering if one could turn off the Windows Defender, without
    being blasted with nasty messages.

    Why do nurses leave the room when you get undressed??

    I prefer the females, as they tend to be gentler. But, I know some who
    won't go to the doctors, because "they don't want to be seen naked". The medical folks have seen more breasts, genitalia, and buttocks that we'll
    see in our lives, and nudity means nothing to them. To me, they're there
    to save my butt, and not kiss it.

    Besides, being a widower nearly 13 years, I know "what's under the
    hood", and that "we're all the same from the backside".

    Daryl

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