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Acadian
Glad things are coming along, mALX. As mirocu sort of said, expect some growing pains and bumps with an older house. Nice progress though! goodjob.gif
SubRosa
QUOTE(mALX @ Feb 3 2016, 04:05 PM) *

We officially have lights and heat at my son's house; although the heater is making an odd screaming noise inside the house for some odd reason. But it is cranking out the heat big time. I shut it off till I could find the source of the shrieking noise inside it. It sounds like the fan is protesting; maybe it needs oil or cleaning; maybe it is hitting against something in there. Whatever it is, it needs fixed.

The water is also set up to the house now, but I have also shut it off temporarily till I can have a plumber find the leaks we have been told it has. (Plumbers come tomorrow).

Whoever lived there before didn't bother to label any of the breakers, so today I marked off the heat pump and the hot water heater. I'm going back with a black sharpee and fill in the rest so I know what each breaker does.

Today we got a quote on tree trimming; I am still reeling in shock from that.

Well, Rome wasn't built in a day. At least it liveable now, or will be in a day or two when you can get the water back on.
Callidus Thorn
Afternoon all
ghastley
Given our variety of time zones, the only safe reply is

"G'day Bruce! (Don't mind if we call yah Bruce, do yah?)"
Callidus Thorn
Ah, the peril of timezones, guaranteeing that everyone is in the wrong place, at the wrong time biggrin.gif
tegeus-Cromis
QUOTE(Callidus Thorn @ Feb 4 2016, 10:04 PM) *

Ah, the peril of timezones, guaranteeing that everyone is in the wrong place, at the wrong time biggrin.gif


Unless you're at one of the poles, then you're in the right place all the time. It's the only way to be sure...
Callidus Thorn
QUOTE(tegeus-Cromis @ Feb 4 2016, 08:17 PM) *

QUOTE(Callidus Thorn @ Feb 4 2016, 10:04 PM) *

Ah, the peril of timezones, guaranteeing that everyone is in the wrong place, at the wrong time biggrin.gif


Unless you're at one of the poles, then you're in the right place all the time. It's the only way to be sure...


Personally, I'd consider either of the poles to be the wrong place, all the time
mirocu
Dad just bought a storage tent and weīll set it up come spring smile.gif
Grits
mALX, congrats on the house progress! Good luck with the tree trimming. I've learned to hold onto something while the tree guys give me a price.

mirocu, what is a storage tent?
mirocu
QUOTE(Grits @ Feb 5 2016, 10:16 AM) *

mirocu, what is a storage tent?

A tent in which to store things biggrin.gif
Grits
Ooh, of course! But how does it not blow away during hurricanes? Oh wait, that would be at my house. tongue.gif

Seriously, though, does it survive the winter or is this a summer storage thing? I'm intrigued.
mirocu
QUOTE(Grits @ Feb 5 2016, 03:30 PM) *

Ooh, of course! But how does it not blow away during hurricanes? Oh wait, that would be at my house. tongue.gif

And we didnīt really plan to set it up there. Just a heads up.. biggrin.gif

QUOTE(Grits @ Feb 5 2016, 03:30 PM) *

Seriously, though, does it survive the winter or is this a summer storage thing? I'm intrigued.

They sort of market it as temporary storage but it is made to be used year round and they also say that when you call them. As for windage and such it comes with robust anchors and when the tent is fully closed and the skirt is dug down, the wind has little to grab on to. We did however get extra storm anchor lines for free! smile.gif
Callidus Thorn
Must...resist...urge...to...make...circus...jokes...
mirocu
Oh, go on. Donīt hold back like that, itīs unhealthy tongue.gif
SubRosa
QUOTE(mirocu @ Feb 5 2016, 04:22 AM) *

QUOTE(Grits @ Feb 5 2016, 10:16 AM) *

mirocu, what is a storage tent?

A tent in which to store things biggrin.gif

If you put that up here in America a group of Civil War Reenactors would probably move in after a week...
mirocu
! laugh.gif


I didnīt know General Custer had such tents tongue.gif
SubRosa
It does look pretty similar
Callidus Thorn
QUOTE(mirocu @ Feb 5 2016, 05:19 PM) *

Oh, go on. Donīt hold back like that, itīs unhealthy tongue.gif


Ah, but you know how it is with circus jokes: Open your mouth to say one, and so many come flying out that you wonder how they even got in there laugh.gif
mirocu
Whenever I think of circuses I think of Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins for Gameboy because I got that game around summertime when a circus visited the area where I live.


Also when I think of Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins I think of circuses. Imagine that... biggrin.gif
Callidus Thorn
Now that, as I recall, was a damn good gameboy game...
mirocu
For a Gameboy game it really is one of the best smile.gif


Callidus Thorn
Hmm, I don't know that I'd go that far. Personally I had more fun with the Pokemon games, Metroid 2: Return of Samus, and the Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening.
mirocu
I forgot to add "imo", sorry laugh.gif


Only played L. Awakening but that game is a MASTERPIECE! wacko.gif Just too bad Iīve played it so much now that Iīm bored with it sad.gif
Callidus Thorn
The benefits of moving on to newer platforms: I can now play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time & Majora's Mask(even better Zelda games![imo laugh.gif] ) on my 3DS! biggrin.gif
mirocu
Iīve heard others say the same biggrin.gif
Callidus Thorn
*checks thread title, just to be sure*
mirocu
Sorry, wrong thread... biggrin.gif


Callidus Thorn
I doubt you really mean that

laugh.gif
mirocu
Oh, dear.


We better stop this tongue.gif




*SNORT*
Callidus Thorn
It's been too long since I properly played Oblivion. I actually had to look in the npc conversation thread for my response laugh.gif
mirocu
So I guess you havenīt heard any word about the other provinces, then?
Callidus Thorn
Heh, it's been even longer since I played Morrowind biggrin.gif
mirocu
I hear all of our computers are under siege. The Windows 10 lay waste to our perfectly running game machines, and there is little to do to stop it! sad.gif
Callidus Thorn
Well, I've got my laptop set to only look for updates, but not download them. But I've not even got the little popup thing they put out, which probably means I should really be considering getting some of the updates...
mirocu
Be careful! sad.gif
Callidus Thorn
I just had a look through the important and optional updates, and there's nothing listed over 100MB, so it looks like I should be pretty safe. Worst case scenario I get the Windows 10 popup.

But from that article you linked to in the computer thread it looks like they list it as recommended, not important, and I only bother with the important updates, outside of drivers.
mirocu
If you browse further they mention that Microsoft may very well change it from recommended to important later, so make sure to always check the file size.
Callidus Thorn
I wouldn't be surprised if they did. But I tend to forget about Windows updates for months at a time(my last updates were last august!) but I always check the size of the updates to be downloaded. Fortunately something the size of Windows 10 would have me digging through the list to find out what's caused it.

But still, real ****** tactics from microsoft
bobg
THis is a quote from a 'Slashdot' article;
QUOTE
Curious about the various telemetry and personal information being collected by Windows 10, one user installed Windows 10 Enterprise and disabled all of the telemetry and reporting options. Then he configured his router to log all the connections that happened anyway. Even after opting out wherever possible, his firewall captured Windows making around 4,000 connection attempts to 93 different IP addresses during an 8 hour period, with most of those IPs controlled by Microsoft. Even the enterprise version of Windows 10 is checking in with Redmond when you tell it not to — and it's doing so frequently.
mirocu
QUOTE(bobg @ Feb 7 2016, 12:00 AM) *

THis is a quote from a 'Slashdot' article;
QUOTE
Curious about the various telemetry and personal information being collected by Windows 10, one user installed Windows 10 Enterprise and disabled all of the telemetry and reporting options. Then he configured his router to log all the connections that happened anyway. Even after opting out wherever possible, his firewall captured Windows making around 4,000 connection attempts to 93 different IP addresses during an 8 hour period, with most of those IPs controlled by Microsoft. Even the enterprise version of Windows 10 is checking in with Redmond when you tell it not to — and it's doing so frequently.


Holy *****!


Though I dare say Iīm not surprised. Just checked with the company I usually buy my puters from and they still offer Windows 7. But they have Windows 10 by default, you have to actively choose Windows 7 yourself and it costs more. Not sure if I should buy a new one just in case they suddenly pull it from the shelves and all weīre left with is 10...
tegeus-Cromis
QUOTE(mirocu @ Feb 7 2016, 10:05 AM) *

Though I dare say Iīm not surprised. Just checked with the company I usually buy my puters from and they still offer Windows 7. But they have Windows 10 by default, you have to actively choose Windows 7 yourself and it costs more. Not sure if I should buy a new one just in case they suddenly pull it from the shelves and all weīre left with is 10...


It feels like finally heading for the edge of the Microsoft cliff. While I've made sure I have a full (non-OEM) copy of Win7 Pro, a big issue is that all support for it stops on 14 Jan 2020 (extended support already has stopped, but that doesn't matter, the security updates do).

Probably shouldn't get too worked up, though, know several people still running XP quite happily, though I suspect the black hat guys are now ignoring that, it's so old. And there's always Linux (though I have a pile of old and beloved software that demands Windows, including the all-important games...)
mirocu
I would also still be on XP if that puter hadnīt crashed. Win7 is quite good though and Iīll do my best to get it next time as well! tongue.gif
tegeus-Cromis
QUOTE(mirocu @ Feb 7 2016, 11:54 AM) *

I would also still be on XP if that puter hadnīt crashed. Win7 is quite good though and Iīll do my best to get it next time as well! tongue.gif

Yeah, I liked XP too. Completely ignored Vista in favour of it. I wouldn't be at all unhappy if all MS OS development had stopped at that point.

Anyway, buy a separate (legal!) Win7 install disk dead cheap from Ebay. Then just get a Windows 10 box, scrub everything off the hard drive and install Win7 from scratch. OK, agreed, there may be issues finding device drivers, but the Win10 ones, which should be supplied with the PC, will probably work - and once you have a usable installation that gets you online, you can tweak them if they don't quite fit.
mirocu
I donīt have ebay/PayPal so I used another auction site and just now I bought a version of Linux that looked promising. Iīll keep it as a backup in case I canīt get a Win7 computer. I got it because of the description and because it was dirt cheap! Among the things they promised was I can actually test it out before installing it and I can choose to install it beside Windows instead of replacing it.

I donīt know. I hope it works with the games I play but if it doesnīt, at least I didnīt pay a lot.
tegeus-Cromis
QUOTE(mirocu @ Feb 7 2016, 12:30 PM) *

I donīt have ebay/PayPal so I used another auction site and just now I bought a version of Linux that looked promising. Iīll keep it as a backup in case I canīt get a Win7 computer. I got it because of the description and because it was dirt cheap! Among the things they promised was I can actually test it out before installing it and I can choose to install it beside Windows instead of replacing it.

I donīt know. I hope it works with the games I play but if it doesnīt, at least I didnīt pay a lot.


If you're going dual-boot Win/Linux, which is a good idea - I already have my netbook set up that way - then you should have no problems with the games. In any case, there is Wine:

http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Oblivion:Linux

Though it limits you to using Ubuntu, admittedly a good starter. Fine for Oblivion, but I'm not sure it covers everything I'd like to keep.

But come 2020, I'll probably go for a highly locked-down, mostly offline, Win7 partition for old games and legacy software (Steam is an issue, of course) and go with a Linux install for browsing and other potentially insecure uses. Plenty of time to think it through, anyway...
mirocu
I like that idea - having a Win7 computer that is mostly (if not always) offline and then a Linux computer for webbings. Iīve actually toyed with that idea for some time but never really had a reason to go for it. I might do it later though.

Thanks for the link btw smile.gif
tegeus-Cromis
QUOTE(mirocu @ Feb 7 2016, 01:17 PM) *

I like that idea - having a Win7 computer that is mostly (if not always) offline and then a Linux computer for webbings.


Also has the advantage that you could then *permanently* shut down quite a few Windows (and non-Windows) services for better performance. Of course, you can already do that using Gamebooster, but it would make that load faster for a start (GB can be quite slow to fire up).
Rihanae
I'm interested in adding some people as a friend on ESO, but I'm not sure how to! Haha. Who's game? biggrin.gif
mirocu
QUOTE(Rihanae @ Feb 7 2016, 02:18 PM) *

I'm interested in adding some people as a friend on ESO, but I'm not sure how to! Haha. Who's game? biggrin.gif

Quite a few, according to the ESO threads here. Just PM them smile.gif


Callidus Thorn
Urgh, that annoying moment when you go to listen to some music, only to find that the battery on your mp3 player needs charging sad.gif
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