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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetmike View Post
    . . . The only time I caqn see any use for one would be if I had a car breakdown in some remote area on a long journey - chances are there would be no cell coverage anyway.
    We have areas like that around these parts ... depending on which company is providing the service; some are better for coverage than others.

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    I have the ultimate Win 10 update garbage problem. I bought an ASUS laptop (P550LA) with 8 Gb RAM, i7 Quad Core and 1 Tb 5400 rpm hard drive. It was sold to me with Win 8.1 pro downgraded to Win 7 Pro, which was an option at the time. Worked just fine, and then M$ "upgraded" it to 8.1 again, and after that upped it to 10. I was not having any problems at this point. Then Windows did the annual big update to 1511 (the major before 1607 "Anniversary" Update). At that point, the troubles started. Update KB3185614 downloaded and attempted to install for 10 days straight. I went to the registry and disabled that particular update, just to get the computer to run. Thereafter I could get it to run on Mondays by backing out and rebuilding. This made it run for one day short of a week at a time. Not being the richest person on earth, and having a loyal wife of 51+ years who complained about my language on Mondays but didn't kill me or leave, I suffered through this nightmare.

    Finally, one Monday morning I got the message: "No Operating System Found" and the computer was dead. The laptop was 2 years and 3 months old - with a 2 year warranty. I am a professional, working with a Database Management System, and this was the last straw. I notified my clients that the system was down for maintenance for a week, and went to the Apple Store. I bought a MacBook Air with 512 Gb SSD, i5. It arrived a week later, and I installed, as recommended by another developer who uses Mac with this particular Windows only DBMS, a virtual machine controller called Parallels. I also purchased, from Tiger Direct, an OEM version of Windows 7 Pro, and installed that as the VM operating system. I have now been working this way for something over 3 months and am a Mac convert. The upgrade from Apple to take my MacBook from El Capitan to Sierra took 30 minutes including the download. This is equivalent to the Win 10 Anniversary update. The Mac has its quirks, and I have to retrain fingers that have used Microsoft hot keys since 1982, but the quirks are minor inconveniences (Alt-PrtScr equivalent is a pain requiring a special 3 finger salute followed by outlining what I want copied for the operating manual) and I am getting used to it.

    I gave the dead computer to my son, who is a Linux fan, and he took it home with him after a weekend visit, figuring, as I had, that the disk drive had failed. He phoned me the morning after his return and asked for the password for the hardware BIOS (duh by me). Three hours later I got the following message: "This thing is wicked fast", followed 1/2 hour later that he had it on the net, running Linux and was going to retire his Windows laptop and run Windows under a VM on Linux, and saying that he could have had it running in 30 minutes after turning it on, except he spent a while enabling the Wi-Fi because he forgot one step. His second comment: "I don't understand why Microsoft had a problem with this computer; it's current, but not cutting edge." There was nothing at all wrong with the laptop. Windows just couldn't use it. I have seen a number of searches on the net from ASUS users with similar problems. ASUS has been building mother boards for a very long time. It makes no sense at all that Microsoft could not make a compatible driver set.

    Microsoft cost me C$2,500 out of my pocket. I have no faith in them and put out this story only to caution anyone who starts to have update problems, and can afford it, should move to Mac (I am not quite at my son's geek level) or Linux (if they are at his level) and run all their Windows programs using Win 7 Pro in a virtual machine.
    Last edited by Albert; Feb-17-2017 at 22:36.

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    As Windoze seems to do its updates at shut down I actually unplug the connection, it seems even win7 is prone to crash after some updates hence my precautions
    Cheers MIKE.

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    No left handed - I'm ambidextrous (you really need to be if you play keyboards) - don't need one - but I do have an unusual computer keyboard - Canadian Multilingual Standard. I haven't logged it into my Mac yet, but it has ALL the accents and so forth for all European languages. The Mac does have a cute feature where if you hold the e you can pick eèéêëēėę and the same for the other letters that commonly have accents. Not as convenient as a keyboard that has them all for Français, Deutsch, etc. I just used the Mac trick for the ç in Français. It doesn't seem to have anything to input the upside down question mark for Spanish, though....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert View Post
    . . . It doesn't seem to have anything to input the upside down question mark for Spanish, though....
    I use the character maps for those things ... Alt+0191 reveals ¿ inverted question mark. Alt+0231 reveals the ç character.

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    Krummhorn, that is a hassle and a half if you are typing a note to your Famille Français. I bought the keyboard from Dell. It uses up one of my two USB ports on the MacBook, so I tend to use it only when necessary. And I do have an ASCII code list. Like bread, it can be a PITA.

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