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41) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1712264)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
I tried that with my father, and he just doesn't care. If my own father doesn't care, and he knows full well my capability, then how would I get a stranger to understand? In a way, I am feeling like the problem, if it is to be called a problem, is that the solution is way bigger than all of our combined efforts. Even if we are successful for a year or two, I can see where the future is going. Children are raised with cell phones, and have already surrendered their digital lives, without even knowing the ramifications. To really make a difference, you would have to change an emerging culture, and of course the entire government. I just don't see that happening.

Steve
42) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1712259)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
Chris, I agree with you, but as I stated before, the people who really understand computers are a minority. Every one of us could switch to Linux, or some other alternative, and the vast majority would never know the difference. Microsoft doesn't have to listen to us, as most of their money comes from the masses, who understand very little. The masses want eye candy, and Microsoft delivered, in a way as to assure their own financial future. The last I saw, some 29 million people have already upgraded, and this is not even two weeks since release.

Steve
43) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1712255)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
The real problems lie with people like us. By far, the vast majority of computer users are not power users. My father is a great example. He has been using computers for at least 25 years, and barely knows how to turn one on. He needs a system that takes care of itself, and just does what he wants. We power users are a minority, and these changes affect us more dramatically. I don't have a long term solution, but in the short run, we can stay with Win 7, or Linux. With Linux, the control is there, but getting any particular program to work on it is not always easy. I have only dabbled in Linux once, and then only very briefly. I may decide to change that, and really start learning about it, but for now, I am willing to wait and see if Microsoft listens to users like us, and at least allows us to take control of our own, hand built systems.

Steve
44) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1712246)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
The biggest complaints I have so far about Win 10, is that it installs some of its own apps, and you can't uninstall them. Then, even though I can sign on with a local account and avoid that huge password at boot up, I can't even play solitaire, or use some of the other apps, without signing onto the Microsoft account. It is like blackmail.

I have turned off the spyware stuff, and it doesn't come back on. It is not hard to navigate around and find things, but I do feel like I have lost a lot of control over what happens, and when. There is a program that I learned about from a coworker that diverts the desktop search to Google called Bing2Google. I was easily able to change search engines in Edge, but the desktop requires that program. According to a post by PC Pitstop a couple of years ago, Bing is 5 times more likely to direct you to an infected website than Google. This may have changed, but I just prefer Google.

Based on the above thoughts, I prefer Win 7. I know that this way of doing things is becoming the new normal, and at some point there will be no choice, but I do not like the loss of control I have become accustomed to. If I get enough time this weekend, I will submit some carefully constructed feedback for dear old Microsoft.

Steve
45) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (99) Server Problems? (Message 1711788)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
Well, when I ended up taking a new computer ID with my Win 10 upgrade causing me to install the latest BOINC version, I merged the two computers, as it is really only one, but the 48 tasks that were assigned to the old computer ID, are going to end up timing out. I can't do anything about it.

Steve
46) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Crop Circles Arecibo (Message 1711671)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
Why those circles only occur in USA, France & UK?

Why not Spain, Germany, Austria, Poland, Czech, Hungary or Croatia?
;)


They do occur

I was once draged to a U.F.O seminar by a friend that is right into the Rosewell stuff .

So i go thinking this is all bull dust , but they started to show video's and pictures and documents about cover ups and stuff , i sat there thinking there all nuts .

Until a few vid's where shown .

It show's a bright ball of what i can only call plasma come down to a field and it circled a small area and then all of a sudden the crop drop'd in the field in the shape of a circle .

I was really caught off guard with the video as i'm shore it was real from the type of pictures the camra took and i'm usually pretty good at picking fakes .

However at the end of the day after seeing all the documents and vid's and such i could not stop thinking about it .

I don't know if E.T has come here or weather there using some tek to do crop circles but i do believe that some of them are real not all but some .

I saw a documentary where they had these balls of light, and then how it was revealed that is was 100% trick photography. The people who actually made them, showed the camera how they did it. In the days of computers, photos, and even video can be manufactured with ease. Also look at a good magician, and see how easily people are fooled.

Steve
47) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (99) Server Problems? (Message 1710975)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
I may have missed this, as I only read up 20 or so posts, but I have 348 tasks in progress, and normally I would only have 300. 100 for the CPU, and 100 each for my GPU's. Did something change?

Yes, you added a computer... 7715048 has 300 tasks, 5483835 has 48.

Rats. I kept the same folders intact when I upgraded to Win 10, but did have to jump from BOINC 6.10.58 to the current version, and I guess I overwrote my machine ID. At least I know what happened.

Thank you!

Steve

Edit: I was able to merge them.
48) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (99) Server Problems? (Message 1710965)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
I may have missed this, as I only read up 20 or so posts, but I have 348 tasks in progress, and normally I would only have 300. 100 for the CPU, and 100 each for my GPU's. Did something change?

Steve
49) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1710906)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor


Yes, you can create a local account for Windows 8/8.1/10 machines. The default is to create a Microsoft account, but you can change that to local by following the directions outlined here.


Thank you. Now I won't have to search for it when I get home in about 9 hours.

Steve
50) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1710838)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
I did the upgrade, and it went smoothly. I did take the precaution of disconnecting my 5 single TB drives, and deleting all my personnel files before the upgrade, so that there was no way anything would end up in the cloud. I did spend a lot of time learning the new system, and finally re-attached my drives and put my files back on. The old copy of Office XP, was no longer supported, and even barely supported under Win 7, so I got Office 365 for 5 computers/mobile devices for $100 a year. That went smoothly, except that when I uninstalled Outlook 2007, it hung up, and took over an hour to uninstall. The other issue, was that now that I had a Microsoft account, it forced me to sign in with every re-boot, and my Microsoft password is 15 characters long, including upper case. lower case, numbers and symbols. I can't remember that mess, so I have to keep it with me just to boot my computer. I think there is a way I can log in locally, and just sign into Microsoft when I need to, but I need to play with it more. Overall, with all the fancy NSA stuff shut off, I can do whatever I need to, but I don't see a clear advantage over Win 7. At leas the learning curve was much easier than Win 8, which was the most unproductive, non-user friendly POS I have ever worked with. (For those that don't know, POS is "Piece Of S##t")

Steve
51) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1710183)
Posted 26 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
I stayed with Firefox through the upgrade, and even though I found out how to add my Firefox bookmarks to Edge, i still prefer Firefox.

Steve

I have not yet done a clean install, but so far, all my previous programs are intact, and work.
52) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1710051)
Posted 26 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
Well, I'm on Windows 10. There is certainly a learning curve, but so far the only real difficulty is that I could not get BOINC 6.10.58 to work. It just kept trying to connect to the client. I tried to reinstall it, but that failed, so I jumped to the latest released version, and resumed crunching.

I haven't connected my other drives yet, as I am making sure my files will stay on my computer, and not head for the cloud.

Steve
53) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1709689)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
I haven't had much time lately, so I didn't force the update. Last night it downloaded on it's own, and if I don't have to work tomorrow, I'll give it a go. I'll start with the upgrade, create an ISO, then do a clean install. If i do have to work tomorrow, it will have to wait another week.

I appreciate all the information from everyone's input to this thread. I know far more about Win 10, that I have known about any new OS prior to installing it.

The future never goes backwards.

Steve
54) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (99) Server Problems? (Message 1706722)
Posted 30 Jul 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
I went to my account page, and clicked on tasks, and a bunch of them said "Not in DB". I seem to be crunching some unknown type of work...... :D

Steve
55) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1706477)
Posted 29 Jul 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
http://time.com/3977862/windows-10-solitaire/

Unbelievable.

Steve
56) Message boards : Number crunching : Nvidia driver 353.62 (Message 1706416)
Posted 29 Jul 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
Good to see this.
My GTX 480's are only DirectX 11 compatible.
I will be prepared before I go for Win 10.

Steve
57) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1706298)
Posted 29 Jul 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
Strange, but I thought that hysteria over the device driver updates that popped up over the weekend was debunked fairly quickly. I found a couple references to already existing "Device Installation Settings" in Win 10, either from System Properties, Computer Properties, or Devices and Printers. I don't have Win 10 yet on any of my boxes, but here's a couple screen shots that I saw a few days ago.


This is absolutely correct. This option, to install or not Device Drivers, is available in both the pro and home versions. (I am running both versions and the option is there is both)

Also found at: Control Panel/System/Advanced System Settings/Advanced/Hardware/Device Installation Settings

I am very glad to know this. For the dozens of articles I have read, this is the first I knew about it. I may well have missed it in this thread, as I am at work..... :D

Steve
58) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1706283)
Posted 29 Jul 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
Thank you Bernie,
Keep us posted on your results. I will learn from what you go through, and may do mine this weekend.

Steve
59) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1706251)
Posted 29 Jul 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor


If you read the link is seems that Windows 10 installs a newer Nvidia driver than the Nivida Gforce Experince is aware of so it immediately tried to downgrade the driver.

So how did MS have an Nvidia driver that Nvidia didn't know about!!

Seems it may well have been Nvidia who dropped the ball there.

Also anyone in the know will have not have Geforce Experience install anyway.

Apparently it was fixed at the weekend anyway.

You can go to the Microsoft website, and download a special app that will give you control over driver downloads. This was just made available yesterday as far as I can tell, in response to Nvidia complaints. Unfortunately, it isn't yet a part of Windows 10, but it is available. You can uninstall a driver, put what you want in, and as long as you keep the Windows driver hidden on the downloaded app, it won't re-install itself.
I do not have the link available at the moment, so it will require a search.

Steve
60) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : The Voyagers disks (Message 1706247)
Posted 29 Jul 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
I guess I shouldn't have bought the CD last year..... :D

Steve


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