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Topics - Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec)

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Seems Currys/PCWorld are refusing to fix PC's under warranty if Linux has been installed .. even if it's a hardware fault.
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Huge-Computer-Retail-Chain-in-UK-Denies-Warranty-If-User-Install-Linux-463177.shtml
and
http://schestowitz.com/Weblog/archives/2014/10/23/warranty-gnu-linux/#content

$%^&ing ridiculous, and I'd wager illegal ::)  >:(  ::)

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General Discussion / Merging folders or rather not
« on: October 14, 2014, 10:41:16 pm »

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News and Events / Feeling kinda shell shocked
« on: October 12, 2014, 08:45:45 pm »

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General Discussion / Chromebook Vs Peppermint on an SSD boot times
« on: October 12, 2014, 01:39:09 am »
How fast exactly does a chromebook boot ?

I've found the video below that say 8 seconds .. but is it me, or was that more like a resume from suspend as he never hits a power button ?
(and the 8 seconds appears to be to the login screen)

reason I ask...

I just put a 250GB Samsung 840 EVO solid state drive in a customers Dell n5110 (quad core i7-2670QM, 6GB RAM, SATA3 [6Gb]),then bunged Peppermint 5 on it .. boot time from GRUB menu to *fully* loaded desktop (auto-login) including active wireless .. 7 seconds
(11 seconds from power button to desktop)

OK, that's somewhat higher spec than a chromebook, but still.....

If I get the chance, I'll video the Dell .. for now you'll just have to take my word.



Chromebook boot in 8 seconds - Samsung Serie 5
(youtube title)

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nn00774nmo0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nn00774nmo0</a>

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General Discussion / New iPhone/iPhold commercial
« on: October 10, 2014, 01:51:21 pm »
They haven't really thought it through have they....

Duuuumb duuuumb duuuumb dumb dumb .. dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb duuuuumb

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News and Events / Windows 10 technical preview contains a keylogger
« on: October 05, 2014, 01:18:10 am »
According to The Hacker News, the Microsoft 'Privacy Policy' (that you must agree to to download/install the Windows 10 technical preview release) states:-

Quote
“If you open a file, we may collect information about the file, the application used to open the file, and how long it takes any use [of] it for purposes such as improving performance, or [if you] enter text, we may collect typed characters, we may collect typed characters and use them for purposes such as improving autocomplete and spell check features,”


Think about that .. you access your bank account Microsoft now has your login details, you login to your corporate network or email servers.....
(and even if you trust Microsoft not to use that info nefariously, it's there for some "hacker" [sic] to steal)

Source:
http://thehackernews.com/2014/10/download-Windows-10-keylogger.html

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General Discussion / Whyyyyyy ???
« on: September 23, 2014, 11:58:43 pm »
You know the Dave Gorman (Modern Life is Good-ish) advert .. where he shouts WHYYYYYY ?? .....

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5o4G_0sNeRs" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5o4G_0sNeRs</a>

Source (including screenshots):
http://ubuntuportal.com/2014/09/how-to-make-lubuntu-14-04-look-like-windows-xp.html

[EDIT]

And to pre-empt any questions relating to Peppermint .. Yes probably (in fact it could probably be done more accurately with Peppermint's XFWM4 window manager), but NO I won't help ::)

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News and Events / Windows 9 to finally get multiple desktops
« on: September 18, 2014, 01:51:45 am »

Source:
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Sorry-Windows-9-Fans-This-Is-How-Multiple-Desktops-Should-Work-Video-459073.shtml
Includes links to other leaked videos of Win9.

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Title say it all really .. Jeff Hoogland, the guy who started Bodhi has decided to stand down and ask if someone else wants to take over the project....

http://jeffhoogland.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/stepping-down-from-bodhi-linux-lead.html

Will Bodhi survive this .. I certainly hope so.

In either case I'd like to wish Jeff good luck in all future endeavours, and say thanks for giving the world Bodhi :)

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General Discussion / Kit appearing that "boasts" Linux compatibility
« on: September 02, 2014, 12:21:00 pm »
Kit is starting to appear from mainstream manufacturers that "boasts" about Linux compatibility .. OK, it boasts "SteamOS ready"' but it amounts to the same thing, effectively they're bragging that it's designed (or at least tested) to be Linux compatible and that *has* to be a good thing .. right ? :)
http://us.msi.com/product/mb/X99S_GAMING_7.html#hero-overview

Source
http://www.reddit.com/r/Linux_gaming

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General Discussion / why is windows Vs why is linux
« on: August 21, 2014, 03:06:31 pm »
Thanks to AndyInMokum (Peppermint forum moderator) I searched google for the search terms -

why is windows
and
why is linux

Interesting results can be found by clicking these links:
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=why+is+windows
and
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=why+is+linux

Very different top results, wouldn't you say ? :)

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General Discussion / Gotta get me one of these
« on: August 19, 2014, 02:34:12 pm »

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General Discussion / More own foot shooting from Microsoft
« on: August 19, 2014, 12:13:14 pm »
Ya gotta love it when Microsoft sabotage their own OS

Microsoft says to uninstall August patch updates causing blue screen of death
http://thehackernews.com/2014/08/Microsoft-Patch-update-Blue-Screen-of-Death.html

I *know* this to be true because I had a Win8.1 PC here the day before yesterday with the same issue:-

Quote
"Stop 0x50 errors," aka blue screen after applying any of four updates (KB2982791 KB2970228 KB2975719 or KB2975331).

If you update your Windows with the update, a message flashed on the screen that reads: “Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We’re just collecting some error info and then we’ll restart for you (0% complete).”

"Installation went smoothly. After rebooting everything worked fine. But when I shut down my notebook and switched it on a little later it came up with a blue screen with a Stop 0x50 in Win32k.sys. I could not even boot into safe mode as Windows failed to start no matter which mode chose"


Workaround (including for those that can't boot) detailed here:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2982791

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General Discussion / Not an ebuyer (or windows) advert
« on: August 09, 2014, 02:02:52 pm »
Whilst I don't want to advertise for ebuyer unnecessarily (or Windows for that matter) .. I find this deal amazing:
http://www.ebuyer.com/643319-zoostorm-desktop-pc-7260-8000?utm_source=2014-08-09&utm_medium=campaign_email&utm_campaign=B2C_%28Saturday%29_Prospects

Zoostorm Desktop PC

    Intel Celeron Dual Core 1037U
    4GB RAM
    500GB HDD
    mATX Case
    Windows 8.1 64bit

Trade in an old PC and get this one for £99.99 .. With a copy of Win8.1 64bit .. Hell, how much is Win8.1 ?

Seems to me they're saying "buy Win8 and get a free PC"

That's a master stroke and could even get Win8 moving :)

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