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Started by Tinymcsmithy on Oct 20, 2021 6:08:17 AM
Software that was great and did all it needed to just fine, until they messed it up

What it says on the tin.

(If anyone is feeling positive, we could do vice versa also.)

tasselhoff - 21 Oct 2021 10:02:07 (#45 of 89)

Any torrent client starts out great and ends up a hideous adware monster.

quattrobhoy - 21 Oct 2021 10:46:06 (#46 of 89)

#37 Paper tape was fine, too!

brooklyn - 21 Oct 2021 19:53:26 (#47 of 89)

it was dBase III - my time estimate must be off.

Policywatcher - 21 Oct 2021 19:17:35 (#48 of 89)

On the PDP-11's that had a fanfold paper tape reader, paper tape was amazing.

The tape would be folded, in opposite directions, at about 6" length, to form a tight zigzag stack.

Secure with a couple of rubber bands, and it's far safer than a reel.

And the reader was clever.

Stand the stack upright on one side (without rubber bands of course), feed the lead into the reading head, trigger the read and stand back.

The clever part is that as it unfolded the tape and read it, it re-folded and re-stacked it in the output hopper, so you lifted it out in exactly the same state it went in.

None of all the tedious rewinding and spooling and messing about. And in a storage drawer, you could mange the tapes far better than spooled tape.

The video shows how it worked - but not how WELL - their example is reading from the tape and printing to a slow matrix printer, waiting for each printed character.

For loading a tape to memory, you would not BELIEVE how fast those suckers would shove the tape from side to side.

InternationalVicar - 24 Oct 2021 07:54:50 (#49 of 89)

You could have more fun with the reels of paper tape, though.

Catspyjamas17 - 24 Oct 2021 08:33:34 (#50 of 89)

Oh god yes Adobe Acrobat. Did a free trial of the pro version, I could barely get it to work and my laptop ground to a halt. Was the quickest free trial ever.

6to24characters - 24 Oct 2021 08:51:47 (#51 of 89)

Scratching marks on clay tablets was all you need

TauCeti - 24 Oct 2021 09:00:18 (#52 of 89)

Am not a technie but for a pain in the arse example; try stopping cookies from the various sites I use, Fb, Google etc and it does become such a pain in the neck that am now not surprised that users let cookies in left right and centre; I have blocked cookies - apart from essential ones (which one wonders about) and ever since everytime I open the Ff/Linux browser I have to go though a rigmarole of pages saying this and that and the other. Now why the fuck do they want to know everything? a[part from tailored adverts which I have no interest on?

Moschops - 24 Oct 2021 10:11:26 (#53 of 89)

Google Music was great, (free) YouTube music is quite deliberately shite, in an effort to get you to shell out for the paid version

ReverendBlueJeans - 24 Oct 2021 10:13:25 (#54 of 89)

Microsoft 'updates'.

We're going to:

Close down your laptop for an hour just when you need it!

Ensure that it takes longer to boot up...

...and everything runs more slowly!

We've removed some functionality you found useful...

...and added some utter mince you'll never use.

IF YOU HAVE ANY DIFFICULTIES - tough. And I'm the richest man in the world: MWAHAHAHA!

bossab2 - 24 Oct 2021 11:31:44 (#55 of 89)

Close down your laptop for an hour just when you need it!


tasselhoff - 24 Oct 2021 11:32:59 (#56 of 89)

I thought Win 10 allowed you to control when it installed stuff.

spartak - 24 Oct 2021 11:35:23 (#57 of 89)

WHY in Teams can’t I delete old call records?

ReverendBlueJeans - 24 Oct 2021 12:00:50 (#58 of 89)

I do try to delay updates but sometimes it just seems to go ahead and do it.

Resistance, as the yanks in CPST say, is fyootle.

levelgaze - 24 Oct 2021 12:03:47 (#59 of 89)

This was a major problem in Universities at the beginning of this academic year - colleagues returning to campus after 12 months working online, switching on their office PCs to prepare for first classes, and Updates rising like the Zombie Army of the Dead to wreak havoc.

thePiMan - 25 Oct 2021 15:23:33 (#60 of 89)

The problem with Windows updates on laptops happening just as people are trying to do something is that most people don't have the laptop on unless they're wanting to do something.

TheExcession - 25 Oct 2021 15:31:13 (#61 of 89)

If you go into Settings->Windows Updates->Advanced Options there's a option 'Restart this device as soon as possible when a restart is required to apply an update'. Set this to 'off'.

You'll have to do it eventually, but it'll be next time you restart. MS took away some control from users regarding when to apply updates, because many didn't apply them at all, leading to millions of unpatched machines worldwide with security vulnerabilities (or just so out of date that other things wouldn't work).

Look the bright side: it reduces the chances of a repeat of that time you had to clean a virus off your aunt's machine when it had Windows XP Service Pack 1 and IE6.

spartak - 25 Oct 2021 15:35:42 (#62 of 89)

Is there a way to get rid of the the bloody ribbon and go back to toolbars and drop down options?

TheExcession - 25 Oct 2021 15:38:33 (#63 of 89)


supadjg - 25 Oct 2021 14:51:14 (#64 of 89)

You can go old, old, old school with this:

Have not tried it myself though

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