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fuzzy



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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 8:16 am    Post subject: Computer backups Reply with quote

Are we watching the latest ransom news? I hope everyone is better prepared at home than the business clowns who are paid big bucks to do a poor job - all over the world.

The answer according to bill gates is to endlessly buy new operating systems.
I worked in IT on large industry network support for a decade, many years ago. I found the industry fairly comical then and it's dafter now.

With large memory sticks and plug in hard drives, everyone domestically should have recent copies of their important stuff. Important to me means:

'desktop' - your starting screen. If you have folders on this, they will be copied as well. If they are shortcuts to folders elsewhere [eg photos], then you need to find where things are and copy them.

desktop [on my computer] lives at C:\Documents and Settings\your username

In that folder is your desktop folder, a folder called 'my documents' that most users will keep work in, and a 'favorites' folder for internet explorer with all your saved internet links. If you use another browser for the internet, the saved links [called bookmarks] will be saved somewhere else. If you search for 'saving links in opera' or your browser, there will be some way of exporting the list, so you can physically copy it.

Write down on paper all the programs and features on your computer, your wifi password etc.

I have documents, photos and music elsewhere. These all need regular backups.

Does everyone know to right mouse click an icon and get a different menu? The lowest option is 'properties' and if you choose that you can usually find where folders and programs actually are located.

Save everything you care about to a memory stick or a hard drive and put it somewhere safe eg away from damp, electricity etc.

Make sure you can find install discs and install certificates for your windows and any software you have added. Printers, scanners etc often need install disks, although you can usually get them from the web after your 'clean install'' PC is back running on the net. Do all this BEFORE things go wrong and you are in panic and can't think. It is a whole lot easier if you have at least 2 internet connected computers, when 1 breaks or needs re-installing. So if you are a 1 PC household arrange with someone IT savvy to visit them if there is a disaster.
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Little John



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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just use Linux
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boisdevie



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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I make sure to have a backup copy of all my filthy videos just in case.
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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to see no one actually uses their PC for anything functional.
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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use my PC to 3d model shoe-lasts and to 3d model my house renovations prior to carrying the renovations out

I use my PC to keep abreast of national and global news as well as keep abreast of my other specific interests natural history, human history and climate science and to influence, where I can, the political and other views of others

I use my PC as the server of a house-wide, multimedia streaming system

I use my PC to keep me informed in terms of various hobbies/interests I have including:

book binding
shoe making
clothes making
bee keeping
alcohol production
Linux-based computing
fruit cultivation

I use my PC for work

I use my PC to keep in touch with family and friends around the world
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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tend to just use my pc for a few things now. Mainly just converting books to my ebook format and occasionally ripping dvds. Computer screens triggers headaches now, so i try to limit my exposure to screens.

I suppose modern business software stores most user's data in the cloud. Or even operates completely over the internet. Maybe for people who run their own business or something, it would be a good idea to use software which can function offline or, at least, allows the download of data to your computer which can be backed up locally.
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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 6:48 pm    Post subject: ....to get back from 'last of the summer wine' Reply with quote

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msrc/2017/05/12/customer-guidance-for-wannacrypt-attacks/
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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Snail wrote:
Computer screens triggers headaches now, so i try to limit my exposure to screens.


Mildly related, a friend with arthritis in her hands discovered her vaper made it worse. Not the substance inhaled but the machine itself. She holds it in a 'protective' case now, so it doesn't touch the hands.
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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Little John wrote:
I use my PC to 3d model shoe-lasts and to 3d model my house renovations prior to carrying the renovations out

I use my PC to keep abreast of national and global news as well as keep abreast of my other specific interests natural history, human history and climate science and to influence, where I can, the political and other views of others

I use my PC as the server of a house-wide, multimedia streaming system

I use my PC to keep me informed in terms of various hobbies/interests I have including:

book binding
shoe making
clothes making
bee keeping
alcohol production
Linux-based computing
fruit cultivation

I use my PC for work

I use my PC to keep in touch with family and friends around the world


Not a single filthy video?
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Little John



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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nah.

Corrupts the soul mate. I wouldn't mind so much if they showed normal people having loving sex. But, from what bits I have seen, it always looks nasty
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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My novel.

I should print it out on paper really.

If all goes well, I'm getting it published in the Autumn.
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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RenewableCandy wrote:
My novel.

I should print it out on paper really.

If all goes well, I'm getting it published in the Autumn.

Any excerpts for us to proof read?
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RenewableCandy wrote:
My novel.

I should print it out on paper really.

If all goes well, I'm getting it published in the Autumn.


The very best of luck to you.

Make sure you get a good proofreader. I had to stop reading a book recently, despite its good subject: the typos were getting on my nerves.

BTW, seasons don't usually take a capital letter. Laughing Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing

It's being proof-read even as I squeak.

I'll put the site up on here nearer the time.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another ransomware attack:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/27/ukraine-hit-massive-cyber-attack1/

I'm not affected, is anyone else affected on here?
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