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Old 14th November 2019, 05:56 PM   #1521
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After how many years, you're still helping end users adjust to OS upgrades? Move on out, man. Move on up.
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Old 14th November 2019, 05:57 PM   #1522
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Originally Posted by theprestige View Post
After how many years, you're still helping end users adjust to OS upgrades? Move on out, man. Move on up.
I haven't heard back yet about the interview. My fingers are so crossed they're practically braided.
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Old 14th November 2019, 06:01 PM   #1523
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Originally Posted by quadraginta View Post
This is the genesis of many "This new version of [insert name of OS, program, etc. here] really sucks." complaints.
Truth, right there.
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Old 14th November 2019, 06:16 PM   #1524
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Originally Posted by JoeMorgue View Post
"My computer looks different."
"Yes I know. Your PC was upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10."
"But it looks all different!"
"Well.. yes. It's a new OS. All your files, folders, and programs are still there."
"BUT IT LOOKS DIFFERENT!"
"Yes... I know... it's... a.... new... operating... system. It still works the same, it just looks different."
"But now I don't know it works."
"It still works the same, it just looks different."
"Where's my start menu?"
"The exact same place it was before, it's just square instead of round."
"Okay clicking on it... OH LORDY LORDY MERCY ME THIS ALL LOOKS SO DIFFERENT!"

*Repeat for every single step of every single process of every single task, repeated for every single users.*
My response goes along these lines:

Me: Do you own a car?

Them: Yes, it's a Zaphorets MS123! Nice car.

Me: Did you own a car before that one?

Them: Sure, a Zil SM321.

Me: Did it have the steering wheel in a different place? Pedals in a different order? Dashboard on the roof?

Them: .....no. Still basically the same place, still work the same. Why do you ask?

Me: So you got a newer car that looks a bit different but drives the same way. And you had no trouble with that adjustment. Which is much like what you have on your PC now.

Them: *penny drops* Oh....
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Old 14th November 2019, 06:23 PM   #1525
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Nice analogy.
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Old 14th November 2019, 08:21 PM   #1526
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Originally Posted by JoeMorgue View Post
"My computer looks different."
"Yes I know. Your PC was upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10."
"But it looks all different!"
"Well.. yes. It's a new OS. All your files, folders, and programs are still there."
"BUT IT LOOKS DIFFERENT!"
"Yes... I know... it's... a.... new... operating... system. It still works the same, it just looks different."
"But now I don't know it works."
"It still works the same, it just looks different."
"Where's my start menu?"
"The exact same place it was before, it's just square instead of round."
"Okay clicking on it... OH LORDY LORDY MERCY ME THIS ALL LOOKS SO DIFFERENT!"

*Repeat for every single step of every single process of every single task, repeated for every single users.*
Someone is channeling my brain. I just "upgraded" to a new Win 10 computer mostly because my Win 7 machine was g e t t i n g r e a l l y s l o w. The first thing I Googled was "How to make your Windows 10 computer look like Windows 7". Amusingly enough, my 7 machine has seen the writing on the wall and decided to speed up!
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Old 15th November 2019, 12:15 AM   #1527
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Originally Posted by Gord_in_Toronto View Post
Someone is channeling my brain. I just "upgraded" to a new Win 10 computer mostly because my Win 7 machine was g e t t i n g r e a l l y s l o w. The first thing I Googled was "How to make your Windows 10 computer look like Windows 7". Amusingly enough, my 7 machine has seen the writing on the wall and decided to speed up!
My Windows 10 computer is running like a charm.


I put Linux on it
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Old 15th November 2019, 05:15 PM   #1528
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Originally Posted by Blue Mountain View Post
My Windows 10 computer is running like a charm.


I put Linux on it

My Win 10 machines have always run just fine.

But if you think the people complaining about switching from Win7 to 8 or 10 have been bitching a lot, just imagine if they had had to switch to Linux.

The ones with the background, knowledge, and experience to switch to Linux with equanimity are, for the most part, not the ones who have been complaining about Windows upgrades.
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Old 15th November 2019, 07:12 PM   #1529
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Originally Posted by quadraginta View Post
My Win 10 machines have always run just fine.

But if you think the people complaining about switching from Win7 to 8 or 10 have been bitching a lot, just imagine if they had had to switch to Linux.

The ones with the background, knowledge, and experience to switch to Linux with equanimity are, for the most part, not the ones who have been complaining about Windows upgrades.
Don't hit me with a Linux stick. In 1982 I managed the conversion of a geographical mapping system from UNIX Version 7 to UNIX System III (don't even ask!). And, simultaneously, from a DEC PDP-11/45 to a Perkin-Elmer 3220. And from 16-bit to 32-bit hardware.

The best OS of all time is, of course, OS/2. I'll let you know when Microsoft eventually catches up.

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Old 15th November 2019, 08:20 PM   #1530
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Originally Posted by Gord_in_Toronto View Post
Don't hit me with a Linux stick. In 1982 I managed the conversion of a geographical mapping system from UNIX Version 7 to UNIX System III (don't even ask!). And, simultaneously, from a DEC PDP-11/45 to a Perkin-Elmer 3220. And from 16-bit to 32-bit hardware.

The best OS of all time is, of course, OS/2. I'll let you know when Microsoft eventually catches up.


It isn't anything I have against any of the *IXs or *Uxs. I had MINIX running on my first 8088 PC clone, just to see it happen. That was on a two floppy drive system before I could afford a hard drive.

All I was pointing out is that for the average user who bitches about the complexities of upgrading their Win OS, the switch to Linux stuff isn't going to be much better for them.
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Old 16th November 2019, 04:10 AM   #1531
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Originally Posted by Gord_in_Toronto View Post
Don't hit me with a Linux stick. In 1982 I managed the conversion of a geographical mapping system from UNIX Version 7 to UNIX System III (don't even ask!). And, simultaneously, from a DEC PDP-11/45 to a Perkin-Elmer 3220. And from 16-bit to 32-bit hardware.

The best OS of all time is, of course, OS/2. I'll let you know when Microsoft eventually catches up.

I have an os/2 iso somewhere and a laptop sitting idle. Hmmm
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Old 16th November 2019, 04:47 AM   #1532
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Originally Posted by quadraginta View Post
My Win 10 machines have always run just fine.

But if you think the people complaining about switching from Win7 to 8 or 10 have been bitching a lot, just imagine if they had had to switch to Linux.

The ones with the background, knowledge, and experience to switch to Linux with equanimity are, for the most part, not the ones who have been complaining about Windows upgrades.
Exactly. I've dabbled with Linux for 25 years or so (and UNIX variants for longer). It's only fairly recently that distros have emerged that you could give to a computer novice to use with the same confidence as a Windows release. Linux developers like working on things like the kernel and compilers, they don't seem to like producing a robust graphical interface that a non-expert can use, and a system that doesn't need active management to keep it up-to-date, and without log files filling up, etc.

It was bad enough sometimes supporting Linux-based servers, with users that were supposed to be technically competent, it would have been a nightmare with end users on a Linux desktop.
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Old 16th November 2019, 07:30 AM   #1533
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Originally Posted by quadraginta View Post
It isn't anything I have against any of the *IXs or *Uxs. I had MINIX running on my first 8088 PC clone, just to see it happen. That was on a two floppy drive system before I could afford a hard drive.

All I was pointing out is that for the average user who bitches about the complexities of upgrading their Win OS, the switch to Linux stuff isn't going to be much better for them.
I didn't really think your post was directed at me.

I just wanted to establish I had a modicum of right to complain.

At one point in history Microsoft was very heavily in to UNIX via a variant called XENIX. I used this on what, ISTR was a 286-based PC-AT for a project for a client where we evaluated Ethernet against Token Ring.

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Old 16th November 2019, 07:33 AM   #1534
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Exactly. I've dabbled with Linux for 25 years or so (and UNIX variants for longer). It's only fairly recently that distros have emerged that you could give to a computer novice to use with the same confidence as a Windows release. Linux developers like working on things like the kernel and compilers, they don't seem to like producing a robust graphical interface that a non-expert can use, and a system that doesn't need active management to keep it up-to-date, and without log files filling up, etc.

It was bad enough sometimes supporting Linux-based servers, with users that were supposed to be technically competent, it would have been a nightmare with end users on a Linux desktop.
One of the biggest problems herding Unix programmers is that they all want to modify everything all the time. Trying to get a stable system requires a huge whip.
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Old 16th November 2019, 07:41 AM   #1535
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I have an os/2 iso somewhere and a laptop sitting idle. Hmmm
Would you believe that OS/2 "development" continues? As much as possible with a user base measured I would guess in the hundreds and no access to the base code as a result of the unresolved feud between IBM and Microsoft.

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ArcaOS
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Originally Posted by Gord_in_Toronto View Post
Would you believe that OS/2 "development" continues? As much as possible with a user base measured I would guess in the hundreds and no access to the base code as a result of the unresolved feud between IBM and Microsoft.

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ArcaOS
Interesting. Brad Wardell wanted to get IBM to allow him to maintain a consumer version of OS/2 but IBM claimed they couldn't generate a part number. Odd considering how IBM Greenock generated part nos for PCs they built out of whatever was lying around the plant.
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Originally Posted by quadraginta View Post
It isn't anything I have against any of the *IXs or *Uxs. I had MINIX running on my first 8088 PC clone, just to see it happen. That was on a two floppy drive system before I could afford a hard drive.

All I was pointing out is that for the average user who bitches about the complexities of upgrading their Win OS, the switch to Linux stuff isn't going to be much better for them.
For sure. However, novices on Windows systems, if they're not really familiar with computers or who refuse to learn, are just as lost on a Windows system as they would be with KDE or Gnome.

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Exactly. I've dabbled with Linux for 25 years or so (and UNIX variants for longer). It's only fairly recently that distros have emerged that you could give to a computer novice to use with the same confidence as a Windows release. Linux developers like working on things like the kernel and compilers, they don't seem to like producing a robust graphical interface that a non-expert can use, and a system that doesn't need active management to keep it up-to-date, and without log files filling up, etc.
I find KDE to to be very decent. Sometimes I think Gnome would be very useful for novices because it seems to be the epitome of "perfection is achieved not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."

There's also the adage, "The only intuitive interface is the nipple. Everything else is learned."

Log files filling up can be a problem. Fortunately distributions these days usually have well-defined logrotate configurations for their packages.

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It was bad enough sometimes supporting Linux-based servers, with users that were supposed to be technically competent, it would have been a nightmare with end users on a Linux desktop.
Incompetent users are the bane of all support people, regardless of the operating system they're using. I dare suspect if the entirety of the user interface was one button labelled ON and another OFF, some users would find a way to screw it up. And others would have a fit if the arrangement switched from vertical to horizontal during a update.

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One of the biggest problems herding Unix programmers is that they all want to modify everything all the time. Trying to get a stable system requires a huge whip.
Yeah, Linux programmers as a whole tend to have a bad case of OS/NIH (that is, "Oh, shiny!" and "Not invented here.") One interesting thing about Windows is how much of its core functionality originated with XP and has carried on since. The user interface has changed, at times dramatically. For example, Microsoft is moving away from the Control Panel in favour of Settings.
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Just helped a local store with a problem with an old Nexus 7 table. They use it for scanning and stock checking. It was seemingly not charging and wouldn't power on. I remembered reading about thisp bug years ago, quick search on Google for a solution literally "nexus 7 won't power on". Second, expanded link had the solution so didn't even need to go to the website itself.

Tried it and the Nexus started up.

Then she said "can you write that down", I said just type it into Google, 'oh I can never follow that I'm not (Joe have you had your blood pressure tablet and tranquilizer..) a technical person".

The solution was literally to press and hold the power and volume down until a menu appears, let go and then press the power button again.

Because I am such a nice person I started to write this down... and I kid you not I got "What's the power button?"

What is astonishing is that she then got her iphone out, took a picture of what I'd written down, then shared that picture via her WhatsApp group and posted a picture on I assume the store's Instagram of the working tablet....
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Who's got two thumbs and an interview?

Louis the Vampire.
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Originally Posted by arthwollipot View Post
Who's got two thumbs and an interview?
A yakuza enforcer being debriefed?
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After how many years, you're still helping end users adjust to OS upgrades? Move on out, man. Move on up.
Is that IT people's fault? There's a never-ending supply of OS upgrades.

Tell us about what you do if you want to really brag instead of humble-brag.
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Who's got two thumbs and an interview?
Congratulations! Go get'em.
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Then she said "can you write that down", I said just type it into Google, 'oh I can never follow that I'm not (Joe have you had your blood pressure tablet and tranquilizer..) a technical person".

When I gave computer instructions to my mother, she had to write down "hold Ctrl to select multiple things".
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Omfg.

Us: "When you send us the list of ten thousand codes could you please put it in Excel? Then we can just copy/paste into the code."
Them: "Sure thing!"

They sent an Excel spreadsheet. Inside was a single JPEG screenshot of ten thousand plus codes.
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Omfg.

Us: "When you send us the list of ten thousand codes could you please put it in Excel? Then we can just copy/paste into the code."
Them: "Sure thing!"

They sent an Excel spreadsheet. Inside was a single JPEG screenshot of ten thousand plus codes.
I feel so evil for laughing so hard at this.
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Computing is a text-based medium. Yes, there are some end-users of some applications who just need pictures, but that's not us. It never ceases to amaze and depress me that a software developer will send a screenshot of job logs, instead of copying and pasting the logs.
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Omfg.

Us: "When you send us the list of ten thousand codes could you please put it in Excel? Then we can just copy/paste into the code."
Them: "Sure thing!"

They sent an Excel spreadsheet. Inside was a single JPEG screenshot of ten thousand plus codes.
You should have shotguns for that kind of deal.
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I feel so evil for laughing so hard at this.
I shared with friends. We all laughed.
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Old 21st November 2019, 03:09 PM   #1551
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Oh, it's even worse than I thought. The original data? Was in an Excel spreadsheet. She scrolled through it, taking screenshots as she went, pasting them into another Excel spreadsheet. It wasn't just one big JPEG like I thought, it's dozens. She carefully lined them up when she pasted them. For neatness.
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Old 21st November 2019, 03:15 PM   #1552
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Omfg.

Us: "When you send us the list of ten thousand codes could you please put it in Excel? Then we can just copy/paste into the code."
Them: "Sure thing!"

They sent an Excel spreadsheet. Inside was a single JPEG screenshot of ten thousand plus codes.
Had that done to us once but it was a Word doc.

Sent a reply with: (1) message: cannot decode attachment (2) jpeg of page ininstruction booklet for how to do windows text cut-and-paste...as an AVI.
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Old 22nd November 2019, 01:04 AM   #1554
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Originally Posted by TragicMonkey View Post
Oh, it's even worse than I thought. The original data? Was in an Excel spreadsheet. She scrolled through it, taking screenshots as she went, pasting them into another Excel spreadsheet. It wasn't just one big JPEG like I thought, it's dozens. She carefully lined them up when she pasted them. For neatness.
Think of all the time she spent on lining them up.

People like that should be shot. Or at least educated as to what constitutes usable data transfers.
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Originally Posted by Wudang View Post
I had a few of those in my time. Screenshots in Word documents, so you couldnít easily resize them to read the tiny text. Data that was a simple text file on the original computer that was cut and pasted into a Word document in sections, losing formatting (tabs, spaces, new lines, etc.) which was important.
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Originally Posted by zooterkin View Post
I had a few of those in my time. Screenshots in Word documents, so you couldnít easily resize them to read the tiny text. Data that was a simple text file on the original computer that was cut and pasted into a Word document in sections, losing formatting (tabs, spaces, new lines, etc.) which was important.
Screenshots with a san-serif font that made it impossible to differentiate between lower-case l (L) and upper case i etc where either were possible: eg error codes. Data pasted into excel and being mangled as a date format or scientific notation etc. Oh yes.
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Whew! All fixed. Turns out the perp wasn't as stupid as I thought, the source spreadsheet was Excel "protected" so she couldn't copy/paste. I just wish she'd mentioned that before she spent a day doing screenshots. Excel "protection" is useless. Exported as text, imported into new Excel file. Great protection, there, Microsoft.

Another method to crack protection is to export/import PDF into Adobe then export as Excel. Or change the .xlsx extension to .zip to get to the xml and edit the protection tag out. Half-ass security makes extra work but doesn't actually protect anything.
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Whew! All fixed. Turns out the perp wasn't as stupid as I thought, the source spreadsheet was Excel "protected" so she couldn't copy/paste. I just wish she'd mentioned that before she spent a day doing screenshots. Excel "protection" is useless. Exported as text, imported into new Excel file. Great protection, there, Microsoft.

Another method to crack protection is to export/import PDF into Adobe then export as Excel. Or change the .xlsx extension to .zip to get to the xml and edit the protection tag out. Half-ass security makes extra work but doesn't actually protect anything.
My understanding is that the "protection" is really only meant to keep low level users from screwing up someone else's hard work. More like a sneeze guard at the salad bar than a locked safe.
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Old 22nd November 2019, 08:17 AM   #1560
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The pain I have at work is certification bodies that send documentation as secured PDFs, so I have to print them and then scan them to create a new PDF so I can add the file properties that our IT department requires prior to upload to the company intranet. I used to use a freeware PDF unlocker, but it would produce blank pages with some PDFs. I understand that they don't want people creating fraudulent certificates from their PDFs, but it's still annoying.
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