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Title: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on March 26, 2019, 03:44:07 PM
Here's a place to post your random tech frustrations; not necessarily a support thread (though support is always welcome to those with woes), but a place to vent.

I'll start:

I'm trying to set up radius authentication on an HP Procurve 1920-24G-PoE switch.  It authenticates, NPS grants full access to members of the Domain Admins group. But the switch gives the logged in user access only to network utilities.  It's clearly a permissions issue.  I'm sending (as far as I can tell) the correct vendor-specific code.  But nothing. And this is the last thing I need to get done to have the entire network hardware infrastructure authenticated against the domain. Uggh.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Captain Video on March 26, 2019, 06:39:02 PM
Ipad air 2 wont smoothly loop a 2048x1536 file. I tried several players. VLC does the best but not good enough. Had to cheat and turn the 30 second file into a 30 minute file to be safe. What a pain in the ass. It cost me sleep last night when sleep is a precious commodity.

Great idea, give me a place to bitch about something and I will certainly take advantage.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: werecow on March 28, 2019, 03:31:24 PM
Got a VR headset for my bday last year. Won't work with my graphics card (GTX780; too old). Need to upgrade. Figured I'd wait a bit until I'd have a bigger financial buffer. Then my projector started dying, so I bought a 4k one to replace it. My graphics card will display 4k (at 50Hz), but it doesn't render it very smoothly, and my cable is not HDMI 2.1, so I won't have HDR for my UHD media. Buy a new 10m cable that says it is "HDMI 2.1/2.0b/2.0a/1.4", but upon arrival the cable itself says "high speed", not "ultra high speed", so now I'm not sure if it just means 2.1 compatible (which all HDMI 1.4 cables are), or full 2.1 48G. In any case, turns out that my graphics card is way too old to support 2.1 output, and most 4k video renders too slowly to be watchable anyway. So I guess I need a new graphics card. When my financial buffer fills back up again that is (which should be a couple of months from now). When I do that I'll buy it not just for movies and VR, but also for neural network computing and some gaming, so I want a great all-round card with lots of memory and tensor cores. I'm thinking of going for the Asus RTX2080TI (https://www.asus.com/nl/Graphics-Cards/ROG-STRIX-RTX2080TI-O11G-GAMING/) (my previous two graphics cards were both ASUS cards and they've both been whisper quiet and very reliable). The new generation of cards is almost twice as expensive as the previous one I bought, though, which seems a bit ridiculous especially since NVidia is complaining of disappointing sales numbers. Yeah, no shit guys, maybe lower the price a little, especially now that bitcoin mining is on the wane and it turns out your new generation of cards scores only moderately higher than the previous generation. And it's not even clear that HDMI 2.1 will be supported on the latest generation of NVidia cards anyway (the HDMI specs came out a bit too late to be officially supported), so I guess maybe I'll wait and see. Oh, and there is a small chance that the card won't fit in my case because it'll get in the way of my HDD/SSD connectors. Meanwhile, I still don't have working VR or fully functional 4k.

On the plus side, the projector has a ton of settings that let you tweak the color settings and such (it took me a while to figure this out, but there are settings to tweak the hue/gain/saturation and some other aspects of RGB, CYM, and white, and the default yellow is too green to really pop, which makes not just the yellows but also the greens look a bit flat), and the image is really nice even at 1080p. Of course, as with any visual or audio update to my system, this has driven me temporarily insane, having me tweak the color scheme every 20 seconds because it has to be "just right". }|:op
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Captain Video on March 28, 2019, 04:46:22 PM
Got a VR headset for my bday last year. Won't work with my graphics card (GTX780; too old). Need to upgrade. Figured I'd wait a bit until I'd have a bigger financial buffer. Then my projector started dying, so I bought a 4k one to replace it. My graphics card will display 4k (at 50Hz), but it doesn't render it very smoothly, and my cable is not HDMI 2.1, so I won't have HDR for my UHD media. Buy a new 10m cable that says it is "HDMI 2.1/2.0b/2.0a/1.4", but upon arrival the cable itself says "high speed", not "ultra high speed", so now I'm not sure if it just means 2.1 compatible (which all HDMI 1.4 cables are), or full 2.1 48G. In any case, turns out that my graphics card is way too old to support 2.1 output, and most 4k video renders too slowly to be watchable anyway. So I guess I need a new graphics card. When my financial buffer fills back up again that is (which should be a couple of months from now). When I do that I'll buy it not just for movies and VR, but also for neural network computing and some gaming, so I want a great all-round card with lots of memory and tensor cores. I'm thinking of going for the Asus RTX2080TI (https://www.asus.com/nl/Graphics-Cards/ROG-STRIX-RTX2080TI-O11G-GAMING/) (my previous two graphics cards were both ASUS cards and they've both been whisper quiet and very reliable). The new generation of cards is almost twice as expensive as the previous one I bought, though, which seems a bit ridiculous especially since NVidia is complaining of disappointing sales numbers. Yeah, no shit guys, maybe lower the price a little, especially now that bitcoin mining is on the wane and it turns out your new generation of cards scores only moderately higher than the previous generation. And it's not even clear that HDMI 2.1 will be supported on the latest generation of NVidia cards anyway (the HDMI specs came out a bit too late to be officially supported), so I guess maybe I'll wait and see. Oh, and there is a small chance that the card won't fit in my case because it'll get in the way of my HDD/SSD connectors. Meanwhile, I still don't have working VR or fully functional 4k.

On the plus side, the projector has a ton of settings that let you tweak the color settings and such (it took me a while to figure this out, but there are settings to tweak the hue/gain/saturation and some other aspects of RGB, CYM, and white, and the default yellow is too green to really pop, which makes not just the yellows but also the greens look a bit flat), and the image is really nice even at 1080p. Of course, as with any visual or audio update to my system, this has driven me temporarily insane, having me tweak the color scheme every 20 seconds because it has to be "just right". }|:op

Want to come here and work video playback?   >:D
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: werecow on March 28, 2019, 04:49:46 PM
I'm not un-tempted. }|:op
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on April 01, 2019, 09:37:05 PM
So I fixed my RADIUS authentication issue by deleting and recreating the policy.  But since all of the settings were exactly as in the previous policy, I have no idea what was causing the problem.  At this point, though, I all I care about is never having to do it again.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Captain Video on April 03, 2019, 09:51:24 PM
Screw EDID, Just saying...

What a pain in the ass!    >:(

Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on April 04, 2019, 10:11:29 AM
Screw EDID, Just saying...

What a pain in the ass!    >:(

I concur.  Few things are more frustrating than when a video source believes it knows better than you what your display’s capabilities are. It’s especially a pain in the ass on Macs, in my experience.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Captain Video on April 04, 2019, 12:44:52 PM
Screw EDID, Just saying...

What a pain in the ass!    >:(

I concur.  Few things are more frustrating than when a video source believes it knows better than you what your display’s capabilities are. It’s especially a pain in the ass on Macs, in my experience.

Im stuck with a house system of 10 TVs running over cat5 (curved which I also hate) My own 4 TVs over SDI to an HDMI DA splitting to the 4 tvs and finally a projector on an independent SDI. Everything wired back to my PC. The DA has built in EDID control but making everything sync properly took forever. If I had the time I would have wired the whole thing SDI but no such luck.

I also have 8 independent touch screen kiosks each running with a PC and finally 6 vertical TVs running from Rasp PIs

Three of us managed to get it all working in 12 hrs which included loading the truck and then loading in to an unknown location an hour south of us.  I didn't have everything working till about 15 minutes before we had to wrap. No generator power until today so we had no clue what the projection (220v) would look like or if it would work. Projecting on plexiglass with a freshly installed rear projection film (bubbles ugg).

My crew busted their asses on this one. We came in this morning and everything works. Amazing!

Thats the most detail I can describe until the pilot comes out (if it comes out)
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Captain Video on April 05, 2019, 09:51:16 PM
There is a new trend with cheaper "smart" TVs that makes absolutely no sense to me. Specifically ones that contain a built in ROKU system. I have an external Roku and I love it however the ones on the cheaper TVs are a nightmare.

Here are the picture controls: Normal, Bright, Brighter, Dark, Darker. WTF   ??? 

Thats it, not one other control.  This is a "Dumb" TV, I tried "brighter" but it only seems to make the unit more stupid. Unfortunately its not up to me to buy the TVs and I am not always consulted or we mite be on a house owned system somewhere.

Another thing I see are cheap 4k TVs. It looks like a marketing scam to me, people must buy them thinking they are better quality at 4k when they would be much better off with a name brand 1080p Sony, Samsung, or similar. 

Never curved!  Why would you want one of those? They are only good if you sit directly centered in front of them. (they don't look good on camera from any angle.) The film was not shot curved, why would you want to view it that way? Its not IMAX.

 A curved gaming monitor mite be cool but I have never tried one.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on April 05, 2019, 11:29:55 PM
It is my conviction that a 60 Hz 1080p TV (with any motion processing turned off) is all that’s needed for anything but the most extreme installations.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Desert Fox on April 06, 2019, 01:25:29 AM
I have been seeing a lot of 720 p tvs for sale at Walmart
They use the term High Definition. Wish they would just use the numbers because less confusing.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: werecow on April 06, 2019, 08:55:03 AM
While I like the somewhat sharper image, I'm more curious about the greater color range and better contrast of HDR than the actual resolution. 720p is fine for most modern TV shows.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: brilligtove on April 06, 2019, 09:14:57 AM
My undestanding is that the coming HDR TVs will be an astonishing and hugely visible change for the average consumer, much more so than going from 720p to 1080p to 4k.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: werecow on April 06, 2019, 09:36:33 AM
My undestanding is that the coming HDR TVs will be an astonishing and hugely visible change for the average consumer, much more so than going from 720p to 1080p to 4k.

Yeah, I've read the same, although it's hard to say for sure as atm my graphics card won't really play UHD content very well and has no support for HDMI 2.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: werecow on April 06, 2019, 01:39:41 PM
So, after this (https://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,50533.msg9609187.html#msg9609187), I did a slightly deeper dive on AACS2 and playing UHD content on the PC. This came right after I bought (https://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,51079.msg9608239.html#msg9608239) an "HDMI 2.1 compatible" cable only to notice that it was a regular HDMI 1.4 cable (which are all "compatible" with HDMI 2.1 in that the connectors are the same, but the bandwidth is different and some features will be disabled, like dynamic HDR). As far as I can tell, UHD content uses BDXL disks. It turns out there are two categories (https://www.dvdfab.cn/4k-uhd-drives.htm) of bluray drives that can read BDXL discs. There's the so-called "UHD friendly" types, which actually can read the files on the BDXL but don't have an AACS2 certificate, and thus cannot be used with software players that are AACS2 compliant. Some of these have just disabled reading of UHD discs through firmware upgrades, so I had to downgrade my firmware to even be able to read the discs. Then there's the "UHD official" drives, which do have an AACS2 certificate, but are well over twice as expensive and are potentially subject to AACS2 revocation, which means that, should your key ever be abused or compromised (as has happened in the past), that key could be revoked and end up being shipped with some future bluray releases. If I understand this correctly, when you put a disk in your drive which has your drive's AACS key blacklisted, the drive is apparently bricked (https://hackaday.com/2014/09/08/unbricking-a-bluray-drive/). It's amazing to me that this is legal.

So the AACS2 "UHD official" drives are essentially not future proof and function by the grace of the DRM gods, whereas the others can't play video. So, on the bright side, the drive I bought is "future proof", in that some asshole can't just decide to cripple my drive or player by, say, expiring (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Access_Content_System#Security) or revoking (https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2007/04/aacs-key-revocation-future-drm) a key, and it's apparently also a really good drive for burning BDXL and encrypted disks (although I probably won't use the burning capabilities that much). And I actually did manage to rip my UHD The Martian copy to my HDD with the downgraded firmware. But I don't see myself buying movies that won't play without spending about an hour ripping them and wasting 50GB/movie, and streaming anything over 720p, maybe 1080p on a good day, is not possible with my internet connection.

This stuff makes me nerdrage uncontrollably and I sound like I have severe tourettes when I just want to relax after a hard day, and instead I spend three hours just hoping to get any of my legally purchased movies to play at the quality I paid through the nose for, with no luck. I guess when it comes to UHD, I'm back to being a movie pirate and just downloading things for free. Which works without any issues 100% of the time, and causes none of the blood boiling, mouth frothing and minor aneurisms that trying to get bluray, and before it DVD, working caused back when that was still an issue. That vicious battle is still etched in my mind.

Great job, movie and DRM industry.

(https://memeshappen.com/media/created/-This-is-why-we-can39t-have-nice-things-meme-8961.jpg)

Or, as the Martian would put it:

(https://1eu.funnyjunk.com/pictures/This+is+why+we+cant+have+nice+things+found+on_a90159_4007985.jpg)
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on April 06, 2019, 01:46:19 PM
If you want to watch 4K Blu-ray disks, why not just get a 4K Blu-ray player? You say yourself that you don't want to rip them, so why bother with the aggravation?  You can get a quality 4K Blu-ray player for ~150 and you won't have to worry about DRM or graphics card issues.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: werecow on April 06, 2019, 02:39:54 PM
If you want to watch 4K Blu-ray disks, why not just get a 4K Blu-ray player? You say yourself that you don't want to rip them, so why bother with the aggravation?  You can get a quality 4K Blu-ray player for ~150 and you won't have to worry about DRM or graphics card issues.

Maybe... I have thought about that, but I don't like that idea much either. I actually did do that back when I couldn't get 1080p blurays to play on my PC. I bought one that had a pretty good rating. However, it was a total disaster. The sound was almost inaudible except for the explosions, which were MASSIVELY loud and woke up my neighbors and scared the shit out of me. This may have something to do with my 5.1 set being designed for the PC, but in any case, sound normalization did nothing at all (whereas it works perfectly on my PC), and the sound and image quality (a lot of hardware decoding artifacts) were inferior to that produced by the only software player I had at the time that played some of my discs some of the time. It also made way more noise than my software player via my burner, which had an option to adjust drive speed. And unlike the software player, I couidn't download subtitles if the movie came without them, and I couldn't skip the annoying intros and trailers. I think I used it twice in total (EDIT: probably more like 5 times, but I also remember it refusing to play some discs with BD-live when my internet connection was down once - which was supposed to be fixed by a firmware upgrade, except that the upgrade service never worked). So I'm a little hesitant to repeat that experiment.

Using a separate player meant that, whenever I would want to look something up or take a small break while listening to a podcast or a bit of music (which for some reason I tend to do every ten minutes or so), chat with a friend for a minute, or maybe post here, I had to switch inputs and adjust volume and color settings, which was annoying. And I also don't have much space, so I'd rather not have an extra device. I may change my mind in the future, but if I'm gonna go for less than perfect, I'd still rather do it via the PC for now. And, since I'd still want to hook up my PC to my projector some of the time anyway, for UHD I'd need yet another 10m HDMI 2.1 cable. Plus for €150 I could also get an AACS2 compliant bluray burner, which in theory should work with an AACS compliant software player. But I think I'll wait and see a bit first.

I have watched all my media through my computer for about 20 years now, and when it's working properly, it's great. It delivers far more functionality and options than a €150,- bluray player ever could, and it's hooked up to my projector, sound system, VR headset (although that is non-functional until I get a better GPU) and everything else I need or want. I even have a crappy microscope hooked up to it with a camera that I sometimes watch on the projector screen. }|:op

And anyway, the point isn't that there are no alternatives. But it pisses me off that I should have to go there. This could all work perfectly fine if this completely pointless and perpetually failing DRM malware didn't exist. When has this stuff ever managed to stop people from pirating movies? It seems to exist just to torment users. Gives me a sad.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Captain Video on April 06, 2019, 04:40:35 PM
If you want to watch 4K Blu-ray disks, why not just get a 4K Blu-ray player? You say yourself that you don't want to rip them, so why bother with the aggravation?  You can get a quality 4K Blu-ray player for ~150 and you won't have to worry about DRM or graphics card issues.

Maybe... I have thought about that, but I don't like that idea much either. I actually did do that back when I couldn't get 1080p blurays to play on my PC. I bought one that had a pretty good rating. However, it was a total disaster. The sound was almost inaudible except for the explosions, which were MASSIVELY loud and woke up my neighbors and scared the shit out of me. This may have something to do with my 5.1 set being designed for the PC, but in any case, sound normalization did nothing at all (whereas it works perfectly on my PC), and the sound and image quality (a lot of hardware decoding artifacts) were inferior to that produced by the only software player I had at the time that played some of my discs some of the time. It also made way more noise than my software player via my burner, which had an option to adjust drive speed. And unlike the software player, I couidn't download subtitles if the movie came without them, and I couldn't skip the annoying intros and trailers. I think I used it twice in total (EDIT: probably more like 5 times, but I also remember it refusing to play some discs with BD-live when my internet connection was down once - which was supposed to be fixed by a firmware upgrade, except that the upgrade service never worked). So I'm a little hesitant to repeat that experiment.

Using a separate player meant that, whenever I would want to look something up or take a small break while listening to a podcast or a bit of music (which for some reason I tend to do every ten minutes or so), chat with a friend for a minute, or maybe post here, I had to switch inputs and adjust volume and color settings, which was annoying. And I also don't have much space, so I'd rather not have an extra device. I may change my mind in the future, but if I'm gonna go for less than perfect, I'd still rather do it via the PC for now. And, since I'd still want to hook up my PC to my projector some of the time anyway, for UHD I'd need yet another 10m HDMI 2.1 cable. Plus for €150 I could also get an AACS2 compliant bluray burner, which in theory should work with an AACS compliant software player. But I think I'll wait and see a bit first.

I have watched all my media through my computer for about 20 years now, and when it's working properly, it's great. It delivers far more functionality and options than a €150,- bluray player ever could, and it's hooked up to my projector, sound system, VR headset (although that is non-functional until I get a better GPU) and everything else I need or want. I even have a crappy microscope hooked up to it with a camera that I sometimes watch on the projector screen. }|:op

And anyway, the point isn't that there are no alternatives. But it pisses me off that I should have to go there. This could all work perfectly fine if this completely pointless and perpetually failing DRM malware didn't exist. When has this stuff ever managed to stop people from pirating movies? It seems to exist just to torment users. Gives me a sad.

I'm willing to bet that it stops millions of people from pirating. You are the exception to the rule as are many on this forum. We just have to deal with it, Some protections make my job ridiculously hard like EDID I mentioned earlier.

Would you believe I have had to rip files off of disk media for playback that I have complete permission and license to use?  Production hands me a DVD for playback and i'm like " what should I do with this?" I'll put it next to my VCR, cassette, and 8-track players then run out and purchase the blu-ray for ripping or better yet find it online (legally).  Not that I am playing back 4k which is usually pointless for what I do, I just need the higher quality file to convert to something I can use. I have a method for recording protected content live to Prores 222 or even 444 and uncompressed but its a pain in the ass and expensive as it should be.  The final will probably be mp4 or DVX3 

Im impressed with your attention to detail with color and video settings. I don't bother with that myself for home use as much as I should, i'm usually too tired.



Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: werecow on April 06, 2019, 05:56:49 PM
I'm willing to bet that it stops millions of people from pirating. You are the exception to the rule as are many on this forum. We just have to deal with it, Some protections make my job ridiculously hard like EDID I mentioned earlier.
It may stop individual users from ripping the content themselves (although note that for me the easiest way to actually view this stuff is to rip it, so how effective is it really?), but my point is someone will, and you can find pretty much any movie you want on the internet minutes after it comes out on 4K, usually without looking very hard.

Im impressed with your attention to detail with color and video settings. I don't bother with that myself for home use as much as I should, i'm usually too tired.
Meh, thanks, but I just obsessively fiddle around with them until I like the colors, contrast and brightness. It's not like I know what I'm doing. }|:op
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on April 07, 2019, 12:06:39 AM
Fuck certificates. /EOM
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Belgarath on April 07, 2019, 09:30:05 AM
Fuck certificates. /EOM

This ^
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on April 07, 2019, 03:14:18 PM
I have since got both of the servers I was struggling with correctly and successfully configured for SSL. But it was a huge pain.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Guillermo on April 24, 2019, 04:17:08 PM
My Apple Podcast app keeps unsubscribing some random Podcast from my subscriptions. It also randomly decides that I haven't played the last 100 episodes and proceeds to add them to my queue of unplayed podcasts so I painstakingly have to manually delete each one, because deleting with one swipe only works when there is only one episode in queue.

Lovely.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: 2397 on April 24, 2019, 04:38:27 PM
I like everything about iPhones, except the software, and the hardware decisions the last several years. And the price. Where's Murphy Moore? (Murphy is still around)
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: werecow on April 27, 2019, 10:38:34 PM
Try to download app to check whether my system is VR ready for when my new GPU arrives Monday. It's free, yet I am forced to log in to download from windows app store. It says password incorrect even though I've only used it once before and the password was stored in firefox. Reset password. Need to enter email address even though it's my login and it says so right at the top of the dialogue. Get confirmation code from email. Enter confirmation code. Enter password I just entered three times as the new one. Says "you are using an old password". Enter new password. Nags me about two-step verification and wants my phone number. Not now. Get redirected to login page even though I was just editing my security settings literally two seconds ago. Enter/paste new password. Asks me to enter email address for confirmation code because security. Weren't we just here? Enter confirmation code. Get sent to password reset page even though I didn't ask to reset password. Enter password I just entered a minute ago that it wouldn't let me log in with. "You are using an old password". Change password again. Try to login to app store. Enter password multiple times. "Password incorrect".

(https://previews.123rf.com/images/iqoncept/iqoncept1207/iqoncept120700008/14363395-blood-pressure-words-on-a-thermometer-measuring-your-hypertension-with-level-rising-past-normal-elev.jpg)

Edit: Went through the same thing on Firefox and Chrome. Two more times. Running out of passwords. Finally get miraculously logged in after I loudly threaten to murder Bill Gates in his sleep. Go to cart. Cart is empty. Add to cart AGAIN. Go to checkout. We need your name. Enter name. "Review your end agreement", but there's nothing on the page. 30 seconds later agreement appears without warning. Finish with last click. "Once your order is processed, we'll send a receipt and any related instructions to: [my email]". Receive nothing. Bet I'll have to log in again once I finally do. Start to vaguely remember trauma of going through this when I first got the headset about 6 months ago. Check email. Never received a single thing. Go to account again. It's there waiting. Say "install now". "It looks like you don’t have any applicable device(s) linked to your Microsoft account. To install, sign in on a device with your Microsoft account." JUST GIVE ME THE FUCKING EXECUTABLE, IT'S FREE!

Jesus Christ. This is arguably the most important software company in the world. The level of incompetence is just surreal.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: werecow on April 29, 2019, 03:37:01 PM
My new graphics card was delivered today. It lives, but it's not possible to install the required drivers on my windows 10 build because it is "not supported" (even though I installed the same driver pack for my 780 just three days ago). Which means I need to update, but Windows Update refuses to run. So now I have a few equally crappy choices:

- Spend many hours trying to get update to run.
- Re-install my entire OS, including the 200+ programs I use, and hope that I'll have updates working then. I won't have time to do this until at least Thursday and it'll probably take me all weekend. And then I'll have to do it again a month or two from now when I buy the rest of my upgrades.
- Run my €1300 graphics card with the crap generic windows display drivers that give me 16 bit color (scratch that; it says it's 32 bit. It just looks like 16 bit... somehow?), inferior resolution and refresh rates, and which cannot render my 4k movies, run my VR headset, or run CUDA so that I can do deep learning stuff.
- Put my old 780 back and pray that everything will work properly and use the 2080Ti as a very overpriced footstool.
- Light myself on fire in an act of protest.

I wish my computer was running self-aware AI so that I could abuse it emotionally as much as it has done to me in recent months.

I'd give nVidia and microsoft the middle finger instead but... yaknow... hooves.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: 2397 on April 29, 2019, 04:23:39 PM
I wish game rendering stopped being dependent on Windows.

There are some things I prefer about Windows to Mac OS. But I'd expect to be able to get deep into Linux and find a more optimal setup there, if the desktop OS world was liberated by games not being developed for an OS but for open source software that all of them could implement.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: werecow on April 29, 2019, 06:36:50 PM
Yet another thing: just found out that NVidia has ended it's support for 3D vision last month. 3D movies are kind of meh outside the theater, but I LOVE gaming in 3D. It's way, way more immersive. Skyrim in 3D was the best thing ever. So now I can never update my drivers beyond version 418 and I can just wait for this tech to die at a random moment in the future when something forces me to update windows and that driver breaks. Fantastic. It's not like they can't make it work on this card, seeing as the older drivers support it, and given the fact that nearly every game in the last 5 years has required mods to work properly with this tech, I'll bet that they haven't even really touched the code base in years.

VR is somewhat of a substitute but it won't work for quite a few games. Luckily Skyrim supports it.

There's some discussion about people writing their own driver for this stuff and there are requests to make the driver open source, but I'm somewhat doubtful that it will happen.

Man, the tech-woeful day I'm having. I was so looking forward to installing this card, sitting down for a nice movie in the best possible quality, testing out my VR, and so on. But nooooooo.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: amysrevenge on April 29, 2019, 06:49:20 PM
I'm just mad because all the browsers are disabling Backspace as a hotkey for Back.  Firefox trained me to use it, and then turned it off.  It was a distracting enough experience that I switched to Microsoft Edge (which I need to use anyway for my company's Sharepoint to work properly).  No problem.  Then Edge disabled Backspace as a hotkey for Back.  Friggin dummies just need to keep track of what window is open, so Backspace doesn't ruin your precious forms or whatever. 

So now a couple weeks later I'm still jabbing for Backspace and momentarily confused when nothing happens.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: werecow on May 02, 2019, 09:43:36 PM
Tried to update my system using a boot drive today (update service just hangs) so that I could finally install my new GPU. Everything worked until I disabled microsoft ads and spyware using DoNotSpy. It asks me to create a restore point, and I say "well duh, of course". It says "created". Reboot. I get "page fault in non-paged area". Since windows insists on aimlessly trying to auto-repair things, it takes about 10 minutes to restart the PC each time, and I have had to do that a lot today. Try to use system restore. "No restore points". What the actual fuck? I just created that 10 minutes ago! Tried to boot in safe mode, but of course my wireless keyboard doesn't function in the one screen where I have to select my boot options. Finally managed to boot in safe mode after digging up an old PS/2 keyboard. But in safe mode I can't re-enable the services I need, no matter what I try. Website suggests possible memory or disk errors, so I run diagnostics, but everything is healthy. Try to repair using the boot drive. Takes three minutes just to give me two options: repair or reinstall. I choose repair. "This option is not available when installing from a boot drive". WTF? Then don't give me that option! Goes back to the startup screen, so I have to wait another 3 minutes. Make many more attempts at running diagnostics and un/re-installing stuff in safe mode, and it tries to "auto-repair" every damn time, which makes me want to go on a shooting spree. Finally decide to give up and decide (at this point in a state of extreme nerd rage) to just reinstall the whole damn thing over my old windows 7 partition instead, which I was really hoping to avoid. Boots fine, but activation won't work, which means I can't even adjust basic stuff like my audio settings. Try to find an offline activator on pirate bay, but I need Tor since ISPs were forced to block that site in NL, and windows defender and windows antivirus kill literally everything I try to install. Spit at computer, then proceed to look up how to murder windows defender, antivirus, firewall. I like my OS defenseless. Tor still not working right. Finally manage to get old tor from old windows drive that actually starts up. Network is crippled. Tor says I'm behind a proxy. I'm not. Figure out that tor is somehow using my LAN connection instead of actual internet (even though everything else is using the right connection). Disable LAN. Install Vuze. Terrible new interface, but no option to go back to old one. Magnet links do not work, and TPB only has magnet links and torrent hashes. Old interface allowed searching by hash, but not the new one. Yell at Vuze. Try mu-torrent. Works. Find three different activators. Last one works. Activate windows. Can adjust some settings now, but still can't install a damn thing because microsoft idiots for whatever reason decided to not give programs write permissions in program files directories. Punch chair. It probably deserved it. Take ownership, free directories from microsoft dictatorship. Manage to do that and install video player and some other stuff over the course of about 4 hours. Tons of settings I need to redo, but since I'm gonna upgrade soon I just decide to wing it and copy/paste my program files and user settings folders. Seems to be OK. Firefox is kind of wonky (session restore does not work well), but working. Connect projector. No input detected. Swap HDMI inputs for projector and regular screen. Works. Sit down to watch UHD, HDR version of The Martian I bought a while ago. Luckily I still have it ripped on my other hard drive, because of course it won't play directly from the blu-ray player. Still renders choppy. Figure out that hardware decoder is being ignore even though I explicitly told K-Lite codec pack to use it. Manage to get it working. BS.Player repeatedly crashes after one minute. Install pot player. Works, but no sound, and weird error when opening settings (but doesn't seem to hurt). Re-install sound drivers. Find right sound renderer. There's some crackling and the sound normalization is not as good as in my previous install, but whatever. Start The Martian again. Colors look super flat. Figure out that projector saves color settings per device, so I have to fiddle around with those again. Still almost grey. Notice that my color space is 8bpc instead of the 12bpc I had earlier. Manage to figure out that you can only do 12bpc at 1080p/60fps or 4k/30fps over HDMI 2.0 because bandwidth, but the framerate is not that important when watching movies, so switch. Still flat. Finally notice deactivated "HDR" button in pot player. BANG, colors pop like crazy, looks phenomenal in mars outdoors scenes. Painful boil on lower back helpfully reminds me of unhealthy levels of cortisone and adrenaline. Spend about 30 minutes writing this rant. It is now 3:45a.m., but I'm fucking watching this movie, and maybe another one, too, out of sheer spite. Still no idea if my VR works, but I guess that's for another day.

How non-tech-savvy people ever get anything working in windows 10 is beyond me.

And I have to do this again a few months from now, when I get the money for my complete upgrade.  :bang:
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Desert Fox on May 02, 2019, 10:36:13 PM
Might break into smaller paragraphs to make it easier to understand?
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on May 02, 2019, 10:39:50 PM
Non-tech-savvy people, in my experience, generally get along just fine with the default settings and pre-installed drivers on their Windows 10 PCs. They don’t upgrade their own hardware (and generally they don’t buy computers that are meant to be or are even capable of being upgraded), they don’t use their PCs with external displays, and they get along just fine without ever touching their network configuration or Windows Defender.  Their biggest complaint is unexpected forced upgrades, which they complain about but just live with.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Desert Fox on May 02, 2019, 11:02:28 PM
I would have almost certainly resorted at some point to just restoring windows myself.
Fiddle a while but eventually just give up.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: werecow on May 03, 2019, 07:47:44 AM
Might break into smaller paragraphs to make it easier to understand?

I wanted it to reflect my non-stop waterfall of tech-misery. }|:op
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on May 03, 2019, 09:29:57 AM
So I do technical theater at my school.  Generally we've got a really good system about which I can't complain.  The only problem is the electrical, for the following reasons:

1. The panel for the sound cabinet (containing the amps) was subbed off of the mains to the dimmer cabinet.  This introduces all kinds of noise that it's just impossible to eliminate.

2. The outlets that I have to use for my mixer and PA are on a separate sub panel on a different leg of the mains with separate ground bonding. The result is that there is a potential across ground that varies depending on how many lights are on. Which, for anyone with any sound experience, has obvious results. There are also ground issues in the theater lighting wiring, which exacerbates the problem.

Unfortunately, there's no way to really fix this without doing thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars in electrical work (although if anyone has any ideas, I'd be glad to listen to them!).
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Captain Video on May 03, 2019, 01:12:43 PM
So I do technical theater at my school.  Generally we've got a really good system about which I can't complain.  The only problem is the electrical, for the following reasons:

1. The panel for the sound cabinet (containing the amps) was subbed off of the mains to the dimmer cabinet.  This introduces all kinds of noise that it's just impossible to eliminate.

2. The outlets that I have to use for my mixer and PA are on a separate sub panel on a different leg of the mains with separate ground bonding. The result is that there is a potential across ground that varies depending on how many lights are on. Which, for anyone with any sound experience, has obvious results. There are also ground issues in the theater lighting wiring, which exacerbates the problem.

Unfortunately, there's no way to really fix this without doing thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars in electrical work (although if anyone has any ideas, I'd be glad to listen to them!).

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Hum-Eliminators/ci/15139/N/3992462126
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on May 03, 2019, 02:21:14 PM
So I do technical theater at my school.  Generally we've got a really good system about which I can't complain.  The only problem is the electrical, for the following reasons:

1. The panel for the sound cabinet (containing the amps) was subbed off of the mains to the dimmer cabinet.  This introduces all kinds of noise that it's just impossible to eliminate.

2. The outlets that I have to use for my mixer and PA are on a separate sub panel on a different leg of the mains with separate ground bonding. The result is that there is a potential across ground that varies depending on how many lights are on. Which, for anyone with any sound experience, has obvious results. There are also ground issues in the theater lighting wiring, which exacerbates the problem.

Unfortunately, there's no way to really fix this without doing thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars in electrical work (although if anyone has any ideas, I'd be glad to listen to them!).

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Hum-Eliminators/ci/15139/N/3992462126

I was actually wondering about putting isolating transformers between the amps and mains and the rest of my sound equipment and mains. Might that help me?
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: wastrel on May 03, 2019, 05:02:06 PM
I'm just mad because all the browsers are disabling Backspace as a hotkey for Back.  Firefox trained me to use it, and then turned it off.  It was a distracting enough experience that I switched to Microsoft Edge (which I need to use anyway for my company's Sharepoint to work properly).  No problem.  Then Edge disabled Backspace as a hotkey for Back.  Friggin dummies just need to keep track of what window is open, so Backspace doesn't ruin your precious forms or whatever. 

So now a couple weeks later I'm still jabbing for Backspace and momentarily confused when nothing happens.

(https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/workflow.png)
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Captain Video on May 03, 2019, 05:14:28 PM
So I do technical theater at my school.  Generally we've got a really good system about which I can't complain.  The only problem is the electrical, for the following reasons:

1. The panel for the sound cabinet (containing the amps) was subbed off of the mains to the dimmer cabinet.  This introduces all kinds of noise that it's just impossible to eliminate.

2. The outlets that I have to use for my mixer and PA are on a separate sub panel on a different leg of the mains with separate ground bonding. The result is that there is a potential across ground that varies depending on how many lights are on. Which, for anyone with any sound experience, has obvious results. There are also ground issues in the theater lighting wiring, which exacerbates the problem.

Unfortunately, there's no way to really fix this without doing thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars in electrical work (although if anyone has any ideas, I'd be glad to listen to them!).

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Hum-Eliminators/ci/15139/N/3992462126

I was actually wondering about putting isolating transformers between the amps and mains and the rest of my sound equipment and mains. Might that help me?

I say yes but In my experience by trial and error till you get it right, someone with more experience mite be able to help with more specifics.

You can get a lot of miles out of these too

(https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/shopping?q=tbn:ANd9GcSwn7Dj-K8hxSxeGPdnQn2jJeOFi-_bVrEgKLkpLvMqo1BU6ZYuhYrkXh2IVtuvjhDsxX__-ZhBak1YQYqLDPF__y0XQEj8hnlIFl4L0i4BAa0OfJKhTia_&usqp=CAE)

Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: werecow on May 04, 2019, 11:58:47 AM
Tried to get my VR headset working today...

(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: werecow on May 04, 2019, 07:28:38 PM
Firefox has decided to disable my extensions randomly because they are "unsigned" (they are not; EDIT: well, not all of them) even though I have all updates turned off and have gone to great lengths to allow unsigned addons, such as never upgrading anything since they removed this option.

Apparently this is due to a certificate expiring because the developers forgot to renew it. How that can happen when I have signing enforcement and updates disabled is beyond me. In their infinite wisdom, the morons at firefox decided a while ago to treat their users (who are typically techies who need the versatility of the browser) to treat their user base as infants and simply ignore the setting that would allow unsigned addons to be installed, so there is no way to re-enable them. Of course, a child could have predicted that this rigid enforcement was going to lead to disaster sooner or later, because it often has.

They've ruined this browser in a truly epic way. It's like watching someone commit suicide over a period of years.

I'm moving on to waterfox or something similar where stuff actually works. So long firefox, it's been hell knowing you.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Desert Fox on May 05, 2019, 08:00:31 AM
That happened to both my laptop and tablet.
Remove them one at a time, restart firefox, and add them one at a time back
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: werecow on May 05, 2019, 09:37:22 AM
The ones I need the most are actually unsigned and won't install anymore. But I'm on waterfox now and it works fine. }|:o)
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: wastrel on May 05, 2019, 08:25:47 PM
https://twitter.com/ShiCooks/status/1125115908119121920
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on May 05, 2019, 08:30:50 PM
I cannot empathize with this add-on complaint at all.  Sorry.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: werecow on May 05, 2019, 09:31:48 PM
I cannot empathize with this add-on complaint at all.  Sorry.

What's your point in reporting this?
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: st3class on May 05, 2019, 11:13:58 PM
I cannot empathize with this add-on complaint at all.  Sorry.

Quoted from a reddit conversation on this topic:

Quote
Besides the browser itself being big, and it affecting lots of people, there's another reason why it's a problem.

A lot of privacy oriented people use Firefox. This includes people in authoritarian countries who use add-ons to stay safe. Those add-ons have silently gotten disabled.

Or even just all the technology illiterate people who have Firefox, ublock origin, and other add-ons installed to stay safe on the internet. These people don't distrust things and don't realize what's an ad versus actual content. With ads being turned back on for them, they're more susceptible to hacks and scams.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on May 05, 2019, 11:59:10 PM
I cannot empathize with this add-on complaint at all.  Sorry.

What's your point in reporting this?

No point, really. I just find it interesting that something that is so important to you is something I find it hard to imagine finding important. I don't mean to imply that it should not be important to you; I'm merely commenting that it's not something that I can even relate to.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: werecow on May 06, 2019, 12:01:39 AM
I cannot empathize with this add-on complaint at all.  Sorry.

What's your point in reporting this?

No point, really. I just find it interesting that something that is so important to you is something I find it hard to imagine finding important. I don't mean to imply that it should not be important to you; I'm merely commenting that it's not something that I can even relate to.

Maybe an analogy will help:

Imagine you are too poor to buy a car, but you need one to get to work. Your neighbor kindly offers you his old, slightly rusty, but very roomy one for free. He points out how utilitarian the car is. He's given a similar car to his other neighbor. The space is very useful and you don't care much that it's not very speedy or glamorous. Unfortunately it has no steering wheel and the locks are kind of iffy. You spend time going around and finding free spare parts, and your friends help you install them. You can't really replace the locks, but you have space in your backyard and private parking at your place of work, and you know what areas to avoid, so you don't worry about it too much because the risk is relatively low. Your new steering wheel works fine, but it has no airbags, but it doesn't really matter because your road to work is very safe and you're a decent driver. 

All is well, until, one day, after three or four years, you wake up to find that your neighbor has graced your car with a fresh coat of paint and racing stripes running along the top of it. Initially, this seems kind of nice. It looks kind of cool. You thank your neighbor. But then when you want to drive to work, you find that there are padlocks on the doors. Your neighbor explains that the locks were not working very well, and he decided to add the padlock for extra security. He helpfully points out that you can enter the car through the rooftop window. You thank him again for his kindness but ask him to please refrain from making such alterations in the future, as you need the car to get to work. Your neighbor gives you two thumbs up and promises to ask you before doing something like that again. You ask him for the keys to the padlock. He gives them to you, but points out that they are made out of a biodegradable material that will dissolve in two years, and the lock maker who made them is 99 years old and on his death bed, so it's probably better to get used to using the rooftop.

The next year, you wake up to find that your doors have all been welded shut and the windows have been replaced by bulletproof glass. Your neighbor explains that he once knew a guy who was carjacked and that this never would have happened if the car was armored in this way. You sigh silently, and commit to entering through the rooftop.

At this point, another friend offers you his motorcycle. You like how fast it is, but you rarely have use for speed and you need to room in your trunk for your equipment, and you don't feel very comfortable on a motorcycle, so you politely decline.

Another year goes by. Then, one morning, when you enter your car, you find that it once again has no steering wheel, the steering wheel column has been replaced by a new one that looks unfamiliar, and the seats have been turned to face the rear of the car. You notice that there's a giant new engine block in the back that takes up all the space you needed. You ask your neighbor about this, and he points out how awesome the new engine block is, and responds that he removed the steering wheel because the lack of airbags made it a safety hazard, and he switched the car seats around so that, if you were to crash, the seat would cushion the impact. Annoyed, you fix the chairs. When you ask your neighbor about the steering column, he points out that it's a prototype model that has been custom designed for extra safety and responsiveness. You point out that you asked him not to change your car without asking, and he explains he forgot, and felt responsible for your well being and that he felt his other neighbor really needed that new engine block because all the other folks in the neighborhood are doing 120 when the old one could only do 110, and it was two for the price of one, and it really wasn't fair to leave you with the old engine when you could have had that speedy motorcycle. You point out that, while you like and appreciate the new engine block, you only travel across roads where the speed limit is 60, so you don't really have much use for it. Your neighbor says he already replaced the engine block in the other neighbor's car, and he just wants to be fair. You sigh again, this time audibly, and ask him where you might find a replacement steering wheel, and he responds that he's working on building one and it should be ready in about 5 months, but he's also working on other "upgrades" for the car, so he'll get to it when he gets to it. When you get irritated by this and point out that you rely on the car to get to work and you asked him not to do such things without your permission, he gets defensive and points out that he left a note under the car seat 6 months ago announcing that he was going to do this. He also states that steering wheel manufacturers knew he was working on a new column design, and they should just have updated their steering wheels accordingly. You check with a steering wheel manufacturer, who points out that the column specifications were not ready in time for him to update the steering wheel, and that the screws that your neighbor was supposed to make that are needed to attach it do not exist yet. You go back to your neighbor, who explains that he gave up on making the screws because it was too time consuming and he has other priorities. When you ask when he might get around to making them, he responds that he probably won't make them, but he is working on some nice custom rims for your car, and for now you can just poke a pencil through the screw holes in the column and use that to steer the car instead. You ask him politely, once again, to not make these alterations without your permission. He says OK. It takes you a couple of days, but you eventually find a new steering column and place back your old steering wheel.

The next morning, you climb into your rooftop window, only to set off a car alarm (which your car never had before), and you look out the window to see that your car seat are in the dumpster behind the house and your neighbor is whistling and walking away holding your steering wheel. Something in his stagger looks slightly drunk.

What are you getting upset about? The car was free, you had an alternative, and none of the spare parts or upgrades cost you anything. You should thank your neighbor for that awesome new engine block!

That's firefox. He's Mozilla.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on May 06, 2019, 12:19:24 AM
Maybe I should be clearer. I use exactly three extensions on my browser, only one of which I consider really essential. If the ability to use any extensions were to disappear from my browser, I'm not sure that would induce me to change browsers. It is therefore impossible for me to empathize with you, for whom browser extensions seems so important. I can sympathize, because I don't like others to be upset; but I cannot empathize because the thing about which you are upset is simply not important to me. Nor, to be honest, do I have any desire to change the state of affairs.  Rest assured that you have my sympathy, however.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Desert Fox on May 06, 2019, 07:00:53 AM
Note that it was an accident not on purpose and it looks like Mozilla is working harder at fixing the issue than say Microsoft would. They also have a temperory fix that they have already rolled out.

Here is an article on this issue
https://blog.mozilla.org/addons/2019/05/04/update-regarding-add-ons-in-firefox/

Suggested not deleting and reinstalling (which is what I did) but the reason are that data is lost - Not a big deal with Ad Block Plus.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: werecow on May 06, 2019, 06:09:36 PM
Go to ebay. Find item of interest. About €150,-. Only available in U.S.. Shipping is €15,-. A little high, but just about doable. Click buy now. Go through normal process. Last page suddenly shows an added €40,- in import fees. That's just nuts. Decide not to complete the ordering process. Today, I get a passive-aggressive email saying I have ordered the object and I must pay or risk being dragged to court. Not sure how, given that I did not finalize my order. Try to cancel order the usual way. "You cannot cancel orders if you click 'buy now'". Sigh. Contact owner explaining situation. Waste everyone's time.

EDIT: Got a reply. Order was not yet created, no cancellation needed.

/me wipes brow.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: werecow on May 06, 2019, 06:53:10 PM
Note that it was an accident not on purpose and it looks like Mozilla is working harder at fixing the issue than say Microsoft would. They also have a temperory fix that they have already rolled out.

Sure, but this is just the latest in a very long series of frustrations I've had with firefox and the direction Mozilla has been heading in. The straw that broke the cow's back, if you will. IMO they completely jumped the gun with Quantum by removing support for legacy addons way before the APIs needed to replace them were even available. I really don't need a chrome clone with inferior addon support. I have chrome for that. And Waterfox is basically just a fork of firefox ESR anyway, and except for some minor annoyances (session manager is still wonky, and google bar light isn't working atm, but that last one may just be a glitch since it was working earlier), it seems to do exactly what I need right now. Maybe I'll switch back when they finally complete all the APIs that are needed to get things working again, but my guess is that's gonna take years, if it ever happens.

EDIT: Here's what one addon developer thought of the WebExtensions APIs:

(http://i.imgur.com/Qx7zAS2.jpg)
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: werecow on May 15, 2019, 06:50:56 PM
This. (https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/83964/microsoft-may-never-fix-high-dpi-issues-windows-10)
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Desert Fox on May 15, 2019, 08:06:46 PM
I do have that as a bit of an issue with the tablet that I am on currently. 
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: werecow on May 15, 2019, 09:30:21 PM
Some programs seem to work fine, but others appear scale the wrong way around... The fonts look ridiculously miniscule on the 4k projector screen and gigantic on the 1080p regular screen.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: werecow on May 22, 2019, 06:56:49 PM
I'm building a vehicle routing planner (with time windows) with the Optaplanner optimization engine for work; i.e. I have a number of customers with opening and closing times and a number of vehicles to do pickup and delivery, and I have to optimize the route. Had some crazy obscure bug for a while that only seemed to show up with problems of a certain size. Decided to go after it in earnest today. Turns out, the planner requires all the planning variables to be initialized (i.e., it needs the initial solution to have some vehicle assigned to all customers), but the initialization procedure basically just tries to assign the cheapest vehicle and gives up when all time windows are filled, without throwing an error, instead of simply trying the next cheapest vehicle. So I have a five cars available and it tries to assign just a single one of them to visit every customer. This is such a simplistic initialization procedure that I'd consider it a bug, but apparently only one other person on the internet has ever run into it before. Anyway, figured out where it was coming from, I guess.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Guillermo on June 04, 2019, 08:40:14 AM
Just realized I can't print an image to it's designed sized, but can only print the images as if I wanted them on the standard Real world picture sizes or blown up to cover the entire page. But an image I want at 20.5cm x 15cm is not possible. Had to place the image on word. And print it from there.

Actually that didn't really work. Cause the printed image was set 19.5cm wide rather than 20.5 So, when I printed the image got scaled even if the print options had no scaling. I had to Print to PDF. and then Print the PDF on my printer to get the actual size. Wasted about 30 minutes of my procrastination at work.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: werecow on June 12, 2019, 11:38:30 PM
I disabled windows update via the services panel after reinstalling my OS because I've had terrible experiences with that thing in the past. Today I noticed that it has re-enabled itself and has installed several updates without even notifying me, one of which cannot be uninstalled. Given my past experiences I am now dreading my next reset. Please, tell me again how I'm doing crazy things my OS wasn't meant to support.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: arthwollipot on June 13, 2019, 12:54:27 AM
I disabled windows update via the services panel after reinstalling my OS because I've had terrible experiences with that thing in the past. Today I noticed that it has re-enabled itself and has installed several updates without even notifying me, one of which cannot be uninstalled. Given my past experiences I am now dreading my next reset. Please, tell me again how I'm doing crazy things my OS wasn't meant to support.

Sounds like it was working perfectly if it updated quietly in the background without you even noticing.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: werecow on June 13, 2019, 06:35:47 AM
I disabled windows update via the services panel after reinstalling my OS because I've had terrible experiences with that thing in the past. Today I noticed that it has re-enabled itself and has installed several updates without even notifying me, one of which cannot be uninstalled. Given my past experiences I am now dreading my next reset. Please, tell me again how I'm doing crazy things my OS wasn't meant to support.

Sounds like it was working perfectly if it updated quietly in the background without you even noticing.

Except for the fact that I disabled it.

And the last time it "worked perfectly", I got blue screens starting the next reboot and I had to re-install the whole damn OS. Which is why I disabled it in the first place.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Guillermo on June 13, 2019, 08:37:44 AM
What bad experience had you had that you are willing to allow known vulnerabilities in you system?
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on June 13, 2019, 11:53:36 AM
I disabled windows update via the services panel after reinstalling my OS because I've had terrible experiences with that thing in the past. Today I noticed that it has re-enabled itself and has installed several updates without even notifying me, one of which cannot be uninstalled. Given my past experiences I am now dreading my next reset. Please, tell me again how I'm doing crazy things my OS wasn't meant to support.

Sounds like it was working perfectly if it updated quietly in the background without you even noticing.

Except for the fact that I disabled it.

And the last time it "worked perfectly", I got blue screens starting the next reboot and I had to re-install the whole damn OS. Which is why I disabled it in the first place.

Well, your OS is not designed to have updates disabled.  In fact, it’s designed to restart the update service if it’s stopped. And at least on the home version it’s not possible to disable security updates, since they’re not delivered by the system update process. So, yeah.

That said, if you have the professional edition you can actually disable it through group policy. Short of that, though, it’s not designed to do what you’re truing to do.  The behavior you describe is precisely what is expected.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: werecow on June 13, 2019, 12:10:17 PM
I do have the pro version. And you can in fact disable the update service (which is not true for all services). You are given that option. If that option exists, then it should actually fucking work.

Well, your OS is not designed to have updates disabled.

(https://img.devrant.com/devrant/rant/r_535165_ShpWs.jpg)

That's just because they intentionally broke the option to simply disable the service at some point. It used to work just fine.

I'm not interested in arguing about this, I'm just reporting my frustration. Besides the actual system breaking update issues I've experienced (the last time this actually broke my system to the point of having to reinstall was just last month), I just don't want shit installed on my computer without my explicit permission.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on June 13, 2019, 01:33:24 PM
I'm not interested in arguing about this, I'm just reporting my frustration.

Please, tell me again how I'm doing crazy things my OS wasn't meant to support.

Choose one.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Ron Obvious on June 13, 2019, 02:25:42 PM
I've had the same happen to me, which annoyed me no end.  The only way to make Windows 10 respect not getting updated is to set your wifi as a metered connection. It does respect that, though who knows if it always will.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: arthwollipot on June 13, 2019, 08:15:33 PM
And the last time it "worked perfectly", I got blue screens starting the next reboot and I had to re-install the whole damn OS. Which is why I disabled it in the first place.

Well that's obviously not working perfectly. That's your computer not working. But I'm with Guillermo. You should be letting Windows update automatically. Otherwise you're just creating security problems.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: stands2reason on June 13, 2019, 10:40:59 PM
I disabled windows update via the services panel after reinstalling my OS because I've had terrible experiences with that thing in the past. Today I noticed that it has re-enabled itself and has installed several updates without even notifying me, one of which cannot be uninstalled. Given my past experiences I am now dreading my next reset. Please, tell me again how I'm doing crazy things my OS wasn't meant to support.

I did the same thing before Fall Creator's update (1703) a while back. Disabling the Windows Update process just worked. After that, it apparently has another service, that you can't turn off, that will turn Windows Update service back on.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: arthwollipot on June 13, 2019, 11:42:45 PM
It's part of Microsoft's response to criticisms that have been levelled that their operating system is riddled with security problems. It makes it easier for them to patch the holes on the fly without having to wait for major updates. Everyone wants their operating system to be secure, right?
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: werecow on June 14, 2019, 06:29:56 AM
I'm not interested in arguing about this, I'm just reporting my frustration.

Please, tell me again how I'm doing crazy things my OS wasn't meant to support.

Choose one.

You've heard of the word "rhetorical", I assume.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Alex Simmons on June 20, 2019, 07:39:55 PM
It what universe is Windows 10 restricted to accessing only 4GB of RAM?

I have a virtual machine with Win10 on my Mac (I need to use both operating systems for specialist software on each). I use VMWare Fusion.

Of late (in the last 2 weeks or so) the software I use (a Windows version of Excel with VB code that doesn't work with Excel for Mac) has been struggling to work properly, and it appears it's due to a lack of RAM. This is news to me as it's been working just fine for years and I have allocated 10-12GB to my virtual Win10 box (my Mac has 16GB installed). Yet when I inspect the settings in Win10 it tells me it only has 3GB to use. It's very slow, and the ability to print output is failing, which is kind of suckerific since that's the output I send to my clients.

I feel as if there's been some system "upgrade" that's screwed it up. It's most frustrating.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on June 20, 2019, 08:11:48 PM
3 GB was the single-process limit for 32-bit Windows. It was also a limitation in some older versions of the VWare virtual hardware. What virtual hardware version are you using?
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Alex Simmons on June 20, 2019, 09:07:55 PM
3 GB was the single-process limit for 32-bit Windows. It was also a limitation in some older versions of the VWare virtual hardware. What virtual hardware version are you using?

VMware Fusion Version 8.5.10

When I look at system information in Windows 10 it tells me:

System Manufacturer: VMware, Inc.
System Model: VMware Virtual Platform
System Type: X-86 based PC
Installed Physical Memory: 3.00 GB
Available Physical Memory: 1.49 GB

So if it's a virtual X-86 based PC then I guess I'm SOL.

It's just hard to understand as I haven't had these performance issues until now, yet nothing has changed (nothing I know about that is). I can live with software being a little slow, but I can't live with it not being able to print.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: brilligtove on June 20, 2019, 10:18:04 PM
Have you checked the configurations? I've had VM files change config parameters after an update. Maybe the max memory was reduced by accident?
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Alex Simmons on June 21, 2019, 03:30:04 AM
Have you checked the configurations? I've had VM files change config parameters after an update. Maybe the max memory was reduced by accident?

Perhaps. When you say config parameters I'm not entirely sure what you mean.

I have a support call in with VMware and we'll set up a session for them to diagnose. I wasn't at my computer when they called.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: brilligtove on June 21, 2019, 06:46:36 AM
Have you checked the configurations? I've had VM files change config parameters after an update. Maybe the max memory was reduced by accident?

Perhaps. When you say config parameters I'm not entirely sure what you mean.

I have a support call in with VMware and we'll set up a session for them to diagnose. I wasn't at my computer when they called.

While the VM is shut down - as in you did a Start > Shut Down operation - you should be able to find a console that has a whack of controls in it. Among these are settings for basically all the virtual computer's hardware components - including how much RAM it has access to. I'm not familiar with VMware, so I'm not sure where that is, but a search on something like "change vmware memory" should get you started.

There are all kinds of other, subtler ways for VMs to get mucked up, and I recommend leaving everything alone with the exception of RAM and video memory. Those are really easy to reset.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on June 21, 2019, 09:54:52 AM
Have you checked the configurations? I've had VM files change config parameters after an update. Maybe the max memory was reduced by accident?

Perhaps. When you say config parameters I'm not entirely sure what you mean.

I have a support call in with VMware and we'll set up a session for them to diagnose. I wasn't at my computer when they called.

The settings of the virtual machine, which you will need to change while it is shut down.  I would look particularly at the number of cores and RAM allocation.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Alex Simmons on June 21, 2019, 05:12:02 PM
The settings of the virtual machine, which you will need to change while it is shut down.  I would look particularly at the number of cores and RAM allocation.

While the VM is shut down - as in you did a Start > Shut Down operation - you should be able to find a console that has a whack of controls in it. Among these are settings for basically all the virtual computer's hardware components - including how much RAM it has access to.

OK, yes I've looked into all the settings for the virtual machine and have attempted adjusting them. Number of cores, assigned RAM etc. Nothing seems to be helping. Google search hasn't been of much help other than suggesting the OS itself might be the problem.

I'll see what VMware's support makes of it when I get to arrange a hookup.

A little frustrating when something that's worked fine for a long time decides not to. It's the one bit of software that I actually earn some income from using (it's software I designed years ago based on Excel with VB).
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on June 21, 2019, 06:00:33 PM
It sounds like you have a 32-but version of Win10.  If that’s the case, it will never have been able to use more than 3GB/thread (though you can assign more to the whole VM).  Are you sure your problem is actually RAM-related?
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Alex Simmons on June 21, 2019, 08:08:18 PM
It sounds like you have a 32-but version of Win10.  If that’s the case, it will never have been able to use more than 3GB/thread (though you can assign more to the whole VM).

Yeah, so if that's the case then assigning a lot more RAM to the VM makes no difference to Windows.

I went through the Windows process to see if I could upgrade to a 64bit Windows but the installer checker said it could not because the machine is an X86. What I'm not clear on is whether that's because the virtual machine is simulating an X86, or because the actual underlying hardware is X86.

The Macbook has an Intel Core i7 with 4 cores and as far as I know it's a 64 bit machine. It has to be to run High Sierra I thought. Sending a getconfig LONG_BIT command in terminal returns 64.

Are you sure your problem is actually RAM-related?

I can't be certain, although I am getting a message at times saying there is insufficient memory to complete the printing task. But it depends on how the task is done. I have a sheet where selected portions of two sheets are printed as a pdf file. It's not exactly a big job, 3-5 pages total of printing. If I seek to print selection from just one sheet then it's working. But Excel itself is running very slow, far slower than it used to.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on June 21, 2019, 09:56:00 PM
A Core i7 is a 64-bit processor.  But your VM is using 32-bit virtual hardware.  The point I’m trying to make is that there’s no way that updating Windows or VMWare can convert a 64-bit virtual machine to a 32-bit one.  It must always have been so.  So if it is now running much slower, it’s unlikely to have anything to do with the virtual RAM but rather something else in Windows.

In such a circumstance, my plan of action would be to create a new VM. While I was at it, I would make sure it was using the latest virtual hardware version and AMD64 architecture.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Alex Simmons on June 22, 2019, 04:14:26 AM
A Core i7 is a 64-bit processor.  But your VM is using 32-bit virtual hardware.  The point I’m trying to make is that there’s no way that updating Windows or VMWare can convert a 64-bit virtual machine to a 32-bit one.  It must always have been so.  So if it is now running much slower, it’s unlikely to have anything to do with the virtual RAM but rather something else in Windows.

Interesting, thanks. Yeah I suspect something has changed with Windows and what was working OK, now is not. It was probably right on the edge of OK and something new is sucking just enough extra resources to screw with me.

In such a circumstance, my plan of action would be to create a new VM. While I was at it, I would make sure it was using the latest virtual hardware version and AMD64 architecture.

Yeah, which will require all new licences for Windows and various software.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on June 22, 2019, 07:24:22 PM
If it has long worked for you, then you could try just creating a new 32-bIt VM with a fresh install of windows and Excel.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Alex Simmons on June 22, 2019, 09:45:49 PM
If it has long worked for you, then you could try just creating a new 32-bIt VM with a fresh install of windows and Excel.

Would that not also require new licences for each?
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on June 22, 2019, 10:54:06 PM
If you have retail licenses to the software, you can transfer it to a new computer.  If you upgraded to Windows 10 from 7 or 8 retail, you can only do so once; if you purchased Windows 10 directly, you can transfer it as many times as you want.

If your licenses are OEM licenses, you cannot transfer the; but then you can’t use them in a VM either...
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Alex Simmons on June 26, 2019, 11:21:51 PM
An update...

I had a session with VMWare tech support this morning. He helped me understand the way VMWare Fusion creates virtual machines. In essence if you set it up using a 32bit version of Windows, then Fusion creates a virtual 32 bit machine for it. Once set, this virtual hardware can't be changed hence no way to upgrade Windows.

Similarly if you set up a 64 bit version of Windows then Fusion will automatically create a 64bit machine for it.

So we downloaded a 64 bit Win10 ISO file from Microsoft, fired up Fusion to set up a new virtual machine, and pointed the new 64 bit Win 10 ISO file at it.

All installed OK and working fine. I can allocate as much RAM to the new OS as I like and Windows 10 is now 64 bit.

I then decided to purchase a licence for MS Office and installed that. It was cheaper and easier than getting Excel alone and I didn't have the intestinal fortitude to attempt to get onto Microsoft support to see if I can transfer my old license.

The I fired up my Excel based software file. Works much faster than before and printing works just fine.

So I put it all down to the 32 bit system was previously operating on the edge of viability before, and some recent Win 10 update ended up pushing resources over the edge while I was trying to use the spreadsheet.

So have been going through the process of installing the other stuff I need, virus protection, file sync, browser set up. It's time consuming but at least I have a working system again.

I will need to look into the Win10 license, and see if that can be transferred or whether I'll be forced into purchasing a new one.

Once I'm completely convinced all is working as it should, I'll delete the old virtual computer and free up the disk space allocated to it.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on June 27, 2019, 12:56:11 AM
So they told you exactly what I did?
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Alex Simmons on June 27, 2019, 02:57:31 AM
So they told you exactly what I did?

Pretty much. I asked various questions to try and improve my understanding and build on what I learned here.

Before this exercise I had no idea the OS I had was (i) 32bit and (ii) restricted to 3GB. All I know is it was working, until it wasn't.

The compiled version of my Excel software doesn't work though. I'm getting this error:

Quote
System clock has been set back.
Application cannot start.

Google wasn't much help. I'll have to look into it a bit more.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Alex Simmons on June 27, 2019, 07:31:08 PM
Well after a promising start, I'm almost back to square one. Excel is just crashing all the time. Just locks up and refuses to work.

This sucks dogs balls.

This is the sort of crap that drives me insane. Stuff you can use perfectly well for years decides for no apparent reason to no longer work. Upgraded operating system my arse. A waste of my money and my time, and a loss of service for my clients.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Alex Simmons on June 28, 2019, 02:58:31 AM
OK, after more time spent troubleshooting, and taking a break from it to come back at it fresh, I tried it all again with an earlier version of my Excel file. It seems to be working fine, and I was able to do my regular work and get the desired output to my clients.

All I can think of is the other file was somehow corrupted. Not enough to prevent it from opening, but enough to cause it to hang once it was open. The sort of thing that sucks all the CPU resource.

Next challenge will be to see if I can get the compiled version of my Excel-based system back working, that issue hasn't been resolved. But at least I am back with a working system, at least for now.

I wouldn't need to bother with all this nonsense if Mac Excel was the same as Windows Excel.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: stands2reason on July 01, 2019, 03:08:23 PM
All I can think of is the other file was somehow corrupted. Not enough to prevent it from opening, but enough to cause it to hang once it was open. The sort of thing that sucks all the CPU resource.

My first guess was that the document eventually became large enough that it crossed over the threshold of RAM available. Last I checked (Office 2007/2010), Office documents are actually zip files containing a number of XML files, so it should be the other way around - the bigger the document gets, the longer the load/save time, but the whole thing should be decompressed into memory when the document is opened.

VMs are funky because the OS is designed on the premise that it has full control of I/O. What is supposed to be given the highest I/O priority (the kernel swapping memory from disk) is as slow as other user-space process running on the host system. In my experience, using the disk for anything else when a VM is running slows it down. Doesn't matter if it has 4GB of RAM, either Win 7/10. Occasionally the OS is going to swap memory, and when this is delayed by other I/O, instant slowdown.

Also, as an aside: I wouldn't discount the script itself causes issues, if it was changed recently. Scripting langues make heavy use of heap allocation, everything in a scripting language is a dynamically-allocated object, which is why they typically use considerable memory in order to not do much. They have automatic garbage collection, and will use fuzzy logic to determine how often to run the garbage collector. So the memory footprint of your script isn't that predictable. And if you are using VB.NET, at some point you will trigger just-in-time compilation, which will use even more memory to compile parts of your script in memory as it runs.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: stands2reason on July 01, 2019, 03:10:50 PM
With VMware, you should be able to simply create another VM and use the existing virtual disk. 32-bit Windows runs on a 64-bit processor, but it will still be 32-bit Windows until it is upgraded. 

If you really want to make your VM fast, you could try turning off the pagefile. Except that will produce a hard limit on memory available, so you should only do that after upgrading to 64-bit.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: superdave on July 01, 2019, 09:47:16 PM
so my parents network password keeps getting reset.
this is really suspicious to me but I figured if someone has gained access to the router, why reset the password?  It would give away that you have access.  I did a few malware scans on their computer that came up empty so what I told my parents was that I was about 95% sure the router is just flaking out (very possible, the router is something like 10 years old) but I can't be sure it isn't something more sinister.  They called their ISP, which agreed to have someone come over and give them a new router and install it for them. 
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on July 01, 2019, 10:53:27 PM
Are you sure your parents haven’t been resetting the router?  Some routers will revert to default settings at the push of a button.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: stands2reason on July 01, 2019, 11:44:43 PM
Are you sure your parents haven’t been resetting the router?  Some routers will revert to default settings at the push of a button.

Well there you go - power adapter, more likely connector or outlet. But maybe it's old? Who knows.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: superdave on July 02, 2019, 07:57:54 AM
only the password, not the network name, has been reset.  So I don't think that's it.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: brilligtove on July 02, 2019, 06:50:43 PM
Some routers have several user types with different levels of access to deeper controls. I took over the Admin account on mine. The user account was all the ISP wanted me to be able to control. As admin I can reset the User password.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: superdave on July 02, 2019, 07:34:46 PM
Some routers have several user types with different levels of access to deeper controls. I took over the Admin account on mine. The user account was all the ISP wanted me to be able to control. As admin I can reset the User password.

for sure, there is definitely a real chance it was hacked.  But they replaced the router and changed their settings and I did two different malware checks.  it's about as much as I can do short of reformatting.  Come to think of, it, I probably should, but I don't leave near them and I wasn't there for a long enough time.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on July 12, 2019, 01:51:35 PM
I somehow managed to PIN lock an iMac through our MDM server.  Since I didn’t do it intentionally, I have NO IDEA what the PIN is that will unlock it.  Fuck.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: werecow on July 24, 2019, 08:02:29 PM
Just wanted to upload a picture from my camera to imgur. "Select some tags to subscribe to". Bla bla bla. No obvious way to upload. Finally find it, and post button doesn't work. Fuck you and your shit app and/or website forever and ever. I have no patience for this stuff anymore. Just wanted to post a picture of my hedge hogs. Don't tell me I'm being unreasonable. I'm well aware and I literally could not care less. Also, semi-drunk.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on July 26, 2019, 11:14:31 PM
Writing IT policies sucks.

ETA: So does writing documentation. But right not it's all in my head, and if I got hit by a bus tomorrow...
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on August 04, 2019, 07:23:17 PM
So my mom has been having issues with her Internet for months, and her ISP has done basically nothing for her.  Finally I stopped in and after about 15 minutes experienced the same issue she'd been having (websites just stopped loading randomly). Quickly discovered the issue was DNS, logged into her router, and changed the DNS server from her ISP's dynamic one to Google's public DNS.  Problem instantly solved.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Belgarath on August 05, 2019, 12:01:37 PM
So my mom has been having issues with her Internet for months, and her ISP has done basically nothing for her.  Finally I stopped in and after about 15 minutes experienced the same issue she'd been having (websites just stopped loading randomly). Quickly discovered the issue was DNS, logged into her router, and changed the DNS server from her ISP's dynamic one to Google's public DNS.  Problem instantly solved.

might I recommend using 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1

Cloudflare's public DNS is a bit faster than Google's and the privacy policy on what they do with the DNS lookups is MUCH better. 
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on August 05, 2019, 07:30:05 PM
Yeah.  I’ll probably do that. I used Google’s because I had it memorized and couldn’t look anything up without DNS.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: superdave on August 05, 2019, 09:49:47 PM
Just a heads up, I've had some mild issues with using third party DNS where websites sometimes didn't load my location properly.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Captain Video on August 06, 2019, 12:11:59 AM
Memory problems, uggg

windows told me so but I was trying not to believe it,

MemTest86 is still running but I see it found some errors.

Anyone have any experience with this? I have 64gb and i'm hoping the test will tell me which stick/sticks are bad. 

Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Captain Video on August 06, 2019, 01:30:33 PM
Memory problems, uggg

windows told me so but I was trying not to believe it,

MemTest86 is still running but I see it found some errors.

Anyone have any experience with this? I have 64gb and i'm hoping the test will tell me which stick/sticks are bad.

13 hours later and the test is still not complete.  I thought it was stuck but the percentage just jumped a point , its on the 4/4 pass on the last test at 66% complete, this last pass is 91% complete overall .WTF!
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: werecow on August 20, 2019, 07:12:47 PM
I noticed something slightly creepy today. I was watching my old Veronica Mars DVDs again a few weeks ago. Today I google a totally unrelated image and Veronica pops up out of nowhere with zero relevance to my query. The google is learning me and inserting pleasing imagery into my brain to prompt my dopamine response and keep me coming back for more.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on August 20, 2019, 07:21:14 PM
I noticed something slightly creepy today. I was watching my old Veronica Mars DVDs again a few weeks ago. Today I google a totally unrelated image and Veronica pops up out of nowhere with zero relevance to my query. The google is learning me and inserting pleasing imagery into my brain to prompt my dopamine response and keep me coming back for more.

Um...
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on September 06, 2019, 10:21:54 PM
My Internet has been out for 2.5 hours, now. Affecting all of downstate NY and CT.  Calls to customer support get a “this number is not in service” announcement; apparently their phone system is down, too.  And for the first hour or so AT&T data was also out (shared backhaul? Congestion from everyone using their cellular data because their cable was out?).  The latest from Twitter is that it won’t be back until 11 p.m..
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on September 06, 2019, 10:42:21 PM
At least I got to laugh out loud at this gem:

https://twitter.com/scottmzt/status/1170132077955731456

I can’t remember the last time I actually laughed out loud at something on the Internet.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: superdave on September 08, 2019, 09:08:13 PM
I laughed.  Then cried.


In other news.
I am currently locked out of dropbox (I have a backup, so my files are not gone, but it's annoying), because my two factor codes are not working and for some reason backup codes are not being sent to my phone.

I tried to fix this by plugging in an old hard drive into my laptop that had a verison of windows with a dropbox app install, which I could have used to reset my 2 factor codes.

But I inserted it in wrong, and broke my SATA port.

But this laptop has a secondary miniSATA port, and I had an old miniSATA drive lying around.  So I put linux on that drive, and my computer is back up and running.  I had been strongly considering switching back to linux anyway.

But dropbox is still a no go.  Tech support responded to my request but said they need to escalate the ticket.

My next step  will be to call my cell carrier and see if there is any reason those texts are not going through.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on September 11, 2019, 02:00:27 PM
Trying to whitelist a website for my students so they can access it when they should not have access to the web at large.  After much experimentation and playing with LittleSnitch, the upshot is that the site won't load unless you have essentially all of google enabled.  Almost none of the actual functionality of the site requires google; it seems to be entirely because of recaptcha.  That would be fine, except that I can't possibly whitelist it without whitelisting everything from Google Docs to YouTube. Ugh.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: werecow on September 17, 2019, 02:38:52 PM
Don't you love it when things randomly stop working? I always put my laptop to sleep when I'm done working. This worked fine for about 1.5 years, up until maybe two weeks ago or so, when, without any hardware or software change to my system (I work on a VM), my laptop refused to wake up from suspended mode no matter which buttons I press or click. My only recourse is to turn the laptop off and back on. Have had that problem ~80% of the time since.

Also, why can't my brain seem to learn to not push the sleep button now? }|xo|
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: superdave on September 17, 2019, 02:55:52 PM
Trying to whitelist a website for my students so they can access it when they should not have access to the web at large.  After much experimentation and playing with LittleSnitch, the upshot is that the site won't load unless you have essentially all of google enabled.  Almost none of the actual functionality of the site requires google; it seems to be entirely because of recaptcha.  That would be fine, except that I can't possibly whitelist it without whitelisting everything from Google Docs to YouTube. Ugh.

Can you temporarily have them connect to a pre configured router?
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on September 17, 2019, 03:40:21 PM
Trying to whitelist a website for my students so they can access it when they should not have access to the web at large.  After much experimentation and playing with LittleSnitch, the upshot is that the site won't load unless you have essentially all of google enabled.  Almost none of the actual functionality of the site requires google; it seems to be entirely because of recaptcha.  That would be fine, except that I can't possibly whitelist it without whitelisting everything from Google Docs to YouTube. Ugh.

Can you temporarily have them connect to a pre configured router?

I'm not sure what you mean?  I can create a separate SSID for them if I want to; in fact, I have. I don't need any additional hardware to do that. But nothing I do is going to let my students load repl.it without them also having access to www.google.com, whatever network they're on.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: wastrel on September 17, 2019, 03:41:55 PM
Don't you love it when things randomly stop working? I always put my laptop to sleep when I'm done working. This worked fine for about 1.5 years, up until maybe two weeks ago or so, when, without any hardware or software change to my system (I work on a VM), my laptop refused to wake up from suspended mode no matter which buttons I press or click. My only recourse is to turn the laptop off and back on. Have had that problem ~80% of the time since.

Also, why can't my brain seem to learn to not push the sleep button now? }|xo|

How about hibernation instead of standby?
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: Alex Simmons on September 17, 2019, 03:56:38 PM
It's been my experience that computers needs to be shut down completely and rebooted with reasonable frequency (it might be weekly or monthly). Leaving them on via sleep or hibernation seems to eventually result in slowing of performance or worse, non performance. I don't know why but reboots seem to sort it out. Presumably resetting to a starting state sorts out whatever gets out of whack.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: werecow on September 17, 2019, 04:00:51 PM
Don't you love it when things randomly stop working? I always put my laptop to sleep when I'm done working. This worked fine for about 1.5 years, up until maybe two weeks ago or so, when, without any hardware or software change to my system (I work on a VM), my laptop refused to wake up from suspended mode no matter which buttons I press or click. My only recourse is to turn the laptop off and back on. Have had that problem ~80% of the time since.

Also, why can't my brain seem to learn to not push the sleep button now? }|xo|

How about hibernation instead of standby?

Maybe... Just not sure if I can reassign the function for this particular button (or where they hid the hibernate option in kubuntu).
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on September 17, 2019, 04:20:52 PM
It's been my experience that computers needs to be shut down completely and rebooted with reasonable frequency (it might be weekly or monthly). Leaving them on via sleep or hibernation seems to eventually result in slowing of performance or worse, non performance. I don't know why but reboots seem to sort it out. Presumably resetting to a starting state sorts out whatever gets out of whack.

I've run my MacBook for months before without restarting without any issues.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: superdave on September 17, 2019, 09:29:01 PM
Trying to whitelist a website for my students so they can access it when they should not have access to the web at large.  After much experimentation and playing with LittleSnitch, the upshot is that the site won't load unless you have essentially all of google enabled.  Almost none of the actual functionality of the site requires google; it seems to be entirely because of recaptcha.  That would be fine, except that I can't possibly whitelist it without whitelisting everything from Google Docs to YouTube. Ugh.

Can you temporarily have them connect to a pre configured router?

I'm not sure what you mean?  I can create a separate SSID for them if I want to; in fact, I have. I don't need any additional hardware to do that. But nothing I do is going to let my students load repl.it without them also having access to www.google.com, whatever network they're on.

edit, no my solution won't work, sorry. but repl.it is a seriously awesome website.  Makes coding on a chromebook much easier and is great for teaching.  I have also foudn their tech support pretty good, maybe it's worth asking them for help.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: arthwollipot on September 17, 2019, 09:30:09 PM
It's been my experience that computers needs to be shut down completely and rebooted with reasonable frequency (it might be weekly or monthly). Leaving them on via sleep or hibernation seems to eventually result in slowing of performance or worse, non performance. I don't know why but reboots seem to sort it out. Presumably resetting to a starting state sorts out whatever gets out of whack.

I've run my MacBook for months before without restarting without any issues.

Windows computers absolutely need to be rebooted regularly. Mac and Linux computers not as much.

I worked in an area for quite a while where all of my colleagues were constantly having problems with their computers, but I didn't. Mine always worked perfectly. The only difference seemed to be that I shut down my computer every night, whereas they just locked the screen for the night without logging off.

Also, there's a reason the stereotype of "did you try turning it off and turning it back on again?" exists. It's because it frequently works.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: The Latinist on September 17, 2019, 09:41:03 PM
Trying to whitelist a website for my students so they can access it when they should not have access to the web at large.  After much experimentation and playing with LittleSnitch, the upshot is that the site won't load unless you have essentially all of google enabled.  Almost none of the actual functionality of the site requires google; it seems to be entirely because of recaptcha.  That would be fine, except that I can't possibly whitelist it without whitelisting everything from Google Docs to YouTube. Ugh.

Can you temporarily have them connect to a pre configured router?

I'm not sure what you mean?  I can create a separate SSID for them if I want to; in fact, I have. I don't need any additional hardware to do that. But nothing I do is going to let my students load repl.it without them also having access to www.google.com, whatever network they're on.

edit, no my solution won't work, sorry. but repl.it is a seriously awesome website.  Makes coding on a chromebook much easier and is great for teaching.  I have also foudn their tech support pretty good, maybe it's worth asking them for help.

I think what you're not appreciating is that I already have the ability to whitelist and blacklist domains. That is, in fact, what I said I was doing. I've got an enterprise-class wireless controller with an integrated stateful firewall.  I also have a separate enterprise-class hardware firewall. The problem is that I can whitelist repl.it all I want, but if I don't also whitelist www.google.com repl.it simply will not load. There is a recaptcha script on that domain (https://www.google.com/recaptcha/api.js?render=6Lc7fZQUAAAAAIXMD8AonuuleBX0P3hS2XW364Ms&onload=__capatchaOnLoad) which is embedded in every repl.it page and without which nothing on repl.it will load. And whitelisting that is something I cannot do without whitelisting essentially every google property, including YouTube.
Title: Re: Tech Woes
Post by: superdave on September 18, 2019, 06:50:17 AM
Trying to whitelist a website for my students so they can access it when they should not have access to the web at large.  After much experimentation and playing with LittleSnitch, the upshot is that the site won't load unless you have essentially all of google enabled.  Almost none of the actual functionality of the site requires google; it seems to be entirely because of recaptcha.  That would be fine, except that I can't possibly whitelist it without whitelisting everything from Google Docs to YouTube. Ugh.

Can you temporarily have them connect to a pre configured router?

I'm not sure what you mean?  I can create a separate SSID for them if I want to; in fact, I have. I don't need any additional hardware to do that. But nothing I do is going to let my students load repl.it without them also having access to www.google.com, whatever network they're on.

edit, no my solution won't work, sorry. but repl.it is a seriously awesome website.  Makes coding on a chromebook much easier and is great for teaching.  I have also foudn their tech support pretty good, maybe it's worth asking them for help.

I think what you're not appreciating is that I already have the ability to whitelist and blacklist domains. That is, in fact, what I said I was doing. I've got an enterprise-class wireless controller with an integrated stateful firewall.  I also have a separate enterprise-class hardware firewall. The problem is that I can whitelist repl.it all I want, but if I don't also whitelist www.google.com repl.it simply will not load. There is a recaptcha script on that domain (https://www.google.com/recaptcha/api.js?render=6Lc7fZQUAAAAAIXMD8AonuuleBX0P3hS2XW364Ms&onload=__capatchaOnLoad) which is embedded in every repl.it page and without which nothing on repl.it will load. And whitelisting that is something I cannot do without whitelisting essentially every google property, including YouTube.

if you ask politely maybe they can recode the site ?