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  2. Oh how I miss Star Raiders. It was my favorite. This does take us back a long way.
  3. now I feel old OLD Man LOL
  4. A few days ago I read that it was forty years ago this year that Atari launched the 2600 video game console! I really do feel old, now! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/technology-41204660/40-years-since-the-launch-of-the-atari-2600 I actually still have mine somewhere and it still works, I think! I received it as a Christmas present, like many kids at the time, and it was the probably the coolest Xmas present ever! I had the all black model and it came with Pac Man. I used to get told off for playing on it for hours on end! Defender, Raiders of The Lost Ark, Phoenix, Asteroids. I always wanted Space Invaders, but never got it. It got me thinking this weekend about all those things I miss from my childhood when growing up with my sister, from sweets (candy), drinks, crisps (chips), bikes, toys, TV programs, building dens etc. I think growing up in the 70's and 80's, although money was tight, we had it so much better in a lot of ways. You miss anything in particular from your childhood days?
  5. If you have a gmail account, you should probably read this article. (I gather that anyone who has an Android device will also have a Google account.) https://www.wordfence.com/blog/2017/01/gmail-phishing-data-uri/ Briefly: you get an email from someone you know, with what looks like an attachment. You click on that, and you get taken to a fake Google sign-in web page. You can tell it's fake because of what's in the address bar of your browser. The real one reads: " https: // accounts.google.com.... " but the fake one starts: " data: text / html, https:// accounts.google.com ...." But how many of us actually look at the address bar? Apparently, even very techy people have been caught out by this one.
  6. never had Captchas , just Chrome not liking my XP anymore and slow internet speed . now with time between holidays I need to bite the bullet and get going on W10 .
  7. Not able to reply to everything you wrote Libby, but I will say that the other morning I didn't have any connection, and once I unplugged my modem from the electrical outlet, and plugged it back in, it worked fine. Sometimes electronics need to be completely disconnect because static electricity builds up, and disconnecting is the only way to clear it. The Internet has been the pits lately. For starters there's way too much traffic, and then all the security protocols are not just slowing things down, but in some cases, crashing. Google Chrome started having Captchas at every site I would go to, and IE keeps giving me the closing error message. I had a tech tell me that some of this stuff they do intentionally. Gee, thanks. My kids gave me an old laptop, so I am going to follow Windows instructions on how to reinstall Vista, and then upgrade to 7. Doubt if this laptop can handle 10, plus, I don't want 10 or have any CDs for it. I won't be going online much with the laptop, just writing, etc. Sure hope and pray that I don't mess it up. Thank goodness I do have a tech now to contact next week in case I totally crash the laptop. Then on top of things I need to change out one of my DVD drives for a new one, prepare for a back up and the do a back up. Not sure I have the patience for all of this.
  8. This isn't a Win10 rant as such (though I'm not sure that Win10 wasn't involved), but I've had problems with my computers recently. Last week, my desktop suddenly decided that it had no connection to the router and hence neither the local network nor the internet, despite the fact that it's connected via Ethernet cable. I did the standard thing of disconnecting/reconnecting the cable from the computer (no luck) then disconnecting/reconnecting the cable from the router (no luck) then rebooted the router (no luck). Did as much troubleshooting as I could (no luck). Fortunately, I usually only use the desktop for local techy stuff. Then my laptop started having intermittent connection problems, and yesterday it gave up entirely, although at least it told me that another device on the network was using the same IP address - though, of course, I had no idea what to do about that. So I was reduced to using my tablet, which has a slightly smaller keyboard which means I keep hitting other keys. My daughter was here earlier, and suggested that maybe it was a Win10 upgrade that was mucking things up. Eeek! If that's the case, then I could lose connectivity from my tablet as well. How can I start the day without (a) the news (b) the weather (c) my favourite online crossword puzzle which at least shows me that my brain is working. My son, of course, solved the problem in a matter of seconds, as usual. My laptop decided to behave itself.[1] The desktop was a bit more problematic but solved by doing cmd - ipconfig - renew. Something like that. He's promised to email me with details, which I shall print out and put in my "computer" file for future reference. So, was it a Win10 update, or maybe a router update? Could have been dust getting into my desktop, which is on the floor. Certainly I got a bit dusty digging out the Ethernet cable which was hidden under a whole load of things I'd piled on top of it. Oh, sheesh, maybe that's it. Maybe I need to be kinder to my equipment and actually do some housework in my den. [1] A well-known phenomenon here. There have been quite a number of times when his mere appearance has caused equipment to behave itself.
  9. hopefully the computer geek will be able to save me some pain by setting my Windows 10 start similar to whats on my XP . that would be a great help. also found out instead of a password to get on to my computer I can use a 4 digit pin instead !
  10. I might not have the answers - but I can certainly share the pain! Just getting the start button to reflect my wants, rather than what Microsoft thought, was a nuisance. Then there's Cortana... Then there's the settings/security... But at least I could do it all in stages, and my tablet was brand-new so didn't have any personal stuff on it. My desktop computer is a tower unit that sits on the floor. On floorboards in a draughty, dusty house. Goodness only knows what I'd find if I had a look inside.
  11. Libby, I feel I can speak for both Walkabout and myself when I say that we really do appreciate this thread. It will be great to have someone to ask questions to. Thank you. I have Windows 7, and have had to re-install the operating system twice since my upgrade from Vista, and I've had a new hard drive put in it. It's running slower then it should, and I am concerned that I am going to need a new computer soon. Something I dread because I know I will have to learn Windows 10 when I do. I have so much on this computer to clean up as well. I think it will help when I open it up and clean the dust out again. Computers are dust magnets, and to keep it cool by circulating the air, I run a small fan.
  12. it will take me time , but as long as I can get the basics , I'll be happy
  13. I switched on my desktop today. All seems well, so far, though I didn't test out any of the techy stuff. All I wanted to do was transfer my birthday CDs to my iPod. That was a faff. Nothing to do with Win10 - all to do with iTunes seeming to operate in completely different ways every time I use it. A Win10 book sounds very useful. There are adverts here for a Readers Digest help book. At least books don't need a working computer and wifi. Technically, all the usual software should work fine; it's the user-interface that's completely different. But that's the bit we need to get through before we can get to our usual programs. Here's a couple of pictures of my laptop set-up: This is what I get when I press the Start button, and it also shows what programs I have on my task bar: This is what's on the other side of the task bar: Took a while to get it mostly how I wanted it to be. The "Life at a glance" annoys me. I'll have to see if I can change that. Edited to add: Yes, I can change it simply by clicking on it.
  14. I bought a ebook but it won't download on my old Kindle but is now on my old laptop . ' 100 tips for Windows 10 for beginner, boomers and seniors ' the second which is coming is soft cover ' Windows 10 for Seniors in easy steps ' . hopefully they are helpful. going to take notes before my new computer has been made ready and getting some fixing on my old one , so in about two weeks [ or so] I will be off line for some time while its being done edit : WIFI back in action an ebook has loaded to my Kindle ! yeah !
  15. I have mostly survived the change to Windows 10 on my three systems - two of them were upgrades from Win7, but at different times. So, I got used to Win10 on my desktop, then upgraded my laptop. My tablet came with Win10 pre-installed, so I was pretty used to it by then. Then there came the big update - known as the "Anniversary update". That ran easily on my laptop and my tablet, though took quite a bit of time on each. I don't often use my desktop - only for rather techy stuff such as ripping DVDs or using scanning (ocr/pdf) software. But I turned it on this afternoon to transfer my birthday CDs to my iPod. I was greeted by the message that an update was needed. Obviously, this was the "Anniversary update" so I settled in for the long haul. But, no. Apparently it had detected music/videos that might not work with the new version. I transferred the likely culprits to my NAS, and tried again. Nope. I then spent ages transferring just about everything it could possibly be complaining about (mp3, mp4, wma, mpg). Tried again. Still complaining. Gave up at that point and gave it the go-ahead. I guess I'll find out in due time if something won't work anymore. I'm currently using my laptop, and out the corner of my eye I can see the desktop monitor with its twirly, twinkling stars. I'm not going to get up from my comfy sofa and walk the three paces to see how far it's got. There, that's my rant. Join in with your rant, if you wish. (I'll do as much support as I can, but only when I've stopped swearing. At least with tantrumming toddlers there's a chance of finding out what's wrong - tantrumming computers are completely incomprehensible.)
  16. (Roedecker would love this) Creepy humanoid robot agrees to destroy all humans
  17. Roedecker would love this ~ 'Five-dimensional' glass discs can store data for up to 13.8 billion years Photographs fade, books rot, and even hard drives eventually fester. When you take the long view, preserving humanity's collective culture isn't a marathon, it's a relay — with successive generations passing on information from one slowly-failing storage medium to the next. However, this could change. Scientists from the University of Southampton in the UK have created a new data format that encodes information in tiny nanostructures in glass. A standard-sized disc can store around 360 terabytes of data, with an estimated lifespan of up to 13.8 billion years even at temperatures of 190°C. That's as old as the Universe, and more than three times the age of the Earth. The method is called five-dimensional data storage, and was first demonstrated in a paper in 2013. Since then, the scientists behind it say they've more or less perfected their technique, and are now looking to move the technology forward and perhaps even commercialize it. "We can encode anything," Aabid Patel, a postgraduate student involved in the research tells The Verge. "We’re not limited to anything — just give us the file and we can print it [onto a disc]." In order to demonstrate the format's virtues, the team from the University of Southampton have created copies of the King James Bible, Isaac Newton's Opticks (the foundational text of the study of light and lenses), and the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was presented to the UN earlier this month. A new paper on the format will be given tomorrow by the team's lead researcher, Professor Peter Kazansky, at the Society for Optical Engineering Conference in San Francisco. The one-inch discs used to encode new texts in 5D and a diagram illustrating the micron-sized dots (not to scale) which the nanogratings are stored in. (Image credit: University of Southampton) To understand why these discs can store so much information for such a long time, it's best to compare them to a regular CD. Data is read from a normal CD by shining a laser at a tiny line with bumps in it. Whenever the laser hits a bump. it's reflected back and recorded as a 1; whenever there's no bump, it's recorded as a 0. These are just two "dimensions" of information — on or off — but from them, CDs can store anything: music, books, images, videos, or software. But because this bumpy line is stored on the surface of the CD, it's vulnerable. It can be eroded either by physical scratches and scuffs, or by exposure to oxygen, heat, and humidity. 5D discs, by comparison, store information within their interior using tiny physical structures known as "nanogratings." Much like those bumpy lines in the CDs, these change how light is reflected, but instead of doing so in just two "dimensions," the reflected light encodes five — hence the name. The changes to the light can be read to obtain pieces of information about the nanograting's orientation, the strength of the light it refracts, and its location in space on the x, y, and z axes. These extra dimensions are why 5D discs can store data so densely compared to regular optical discs. A Blu-ray disc can hold up to 128GBs of data (the same as the biggest iPhone), while a 5D disc of the same size could store nearly 3,000 times that: 360 terabytes of information. READ MORE (with video) ~ https://www.yahoo.com/tech/five-dimensional-glass-discs-store-183747050.html
  18. Can't help you with the can, I don't drink soda anymore, except for club soda, and it comes in bottles of all different sizes. It's amazing that they say this soda can trick really works.
  19. Earthnut

    Malware or Virus

    Now, with Internet Explorer no longer being supported, we need to talk about browsers. There is a supported Internet Explorer 11, but only works with Windows 10 and they say doesn't perform that well with Window 7. Here's what ZDNet has to say at ~ http://www.zdnet.com/article/the-best-web-browsers-to-replace-obsolete-internet-explorer/#ftag=YHFb1d24ec?ref=yfp The best web browser to replace obsolete Internet Explorer is... On January 12, 2016, the support clock ran out for Internet Explorer (IE) 8, 9 and 10. True, there are a few exceptions, IE 9 on Vista and Windows Server 2008, and IE 10 on Windows Server 2012 still live. But for most Windows users the time has come to to switch to a new browser. On Windows 7, Google Chrome easily beat Firefox, IE 11, and Opera as the best replacement web broser for IE 8, 9, or 10. sjvn Of course, you could stick with a browser that's no longer supported, but sooner or later that way leads to a security disaster. Don't do this! Instead consider one of the following browsers: Chrome 49, Firefox 43, IE 11, or Opera 34. To see how they worked I ran benchmarks on a fully updated Windows 7 Gateway SX2802-07 PC. This older computer uses a dual-core 2.6 GHz Intel Pentium E5300 processor. This system has 6GBs of RAM. It also has a data bus speed of 800 MHz. For an Internet connection, I used a 120Mbps cable connection on a Gigabit local area network. The easiest way to get a new, supported browser is to simply upgrade to IE 11. You can do that in two ways: Download the installer from Microsoft--be wary of getting it from third-party websites---and simply install it. Or, you can simply update your system. Either way works perfectly well whether you're moving from IE 8, 9 or 10 to 11. While IE 11 is excellent on Windows 10. It doesn't perform that well on Windows 7. There are several reasons why Microsoft is so insistent that you upgrade to Windows 10. This is one of them. Edge, the Windows 10 specific browser, and IE 10 simply run better on the same hardware with Windows 10 than on earlier versions of Windows. I put my PC on the test bench, ran the following benchmarks, and this is what I found.
  20. Frank Black Jr

    Malware or Virus

    thanks for the info people! :)
  21. Earthnut

    Malware or Virus

    porn...LOL Love ya Graham, and what's scary is I'm starting to understand your high tech talk...
  22. The Old Man

    Malware or Virus

    As far as I know, the deleted files are still actually on your hard drive but the File Allocation Table (which works as an index) just changes to say they've gone. Shames happens with a Quick Format rather than a full or unconditional format. This is how programs like Recuvva work (used it myself btw to recover accidentally deleted photos from my mums camera!). It's also why if your computer saves new files over the old file's sectors on the hard drive, you have much less chance of recovering them intact due to the inevitable corruption. Further, it's why the geeks recommend you use a tool like CCleaner's Drive Wipe facility to wipe old hard drives before binning them, in case some tries to recover your porn, er family photos and investment portfolio.
  23. My ethernetcard got those antennas, so i will try but first i have to get a soda can
  24. Regarding the rabbit ears, I've seen people literally attach foil, and attach it until it was up to the ceiling and even outside. The saying is true, "Desperate people do desperate things."
  25. The tin foil never worked. It's like a radio I have to day, you have to stand and hold the antenna ( on a tv, one of the ears) in your hand. You let go, the signal goes static, you hold it, you get it clear! LOL If it goes out while you're holding it, lift a foot up. There, that is better, but uh oh, lost it again, change positions. TV twister! LOL
  26. I remember the rabbit ears, but I don't recall the tin foil trick. But that would have been before the internet, so probably wouldn't have easily made its way across the ocean. I do, however, remember the old valve TVs, which took an age to warm up, and sometimes required "percussion maintenance" to get them working at all. (Hitting the top of the TV.)

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