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A personal computer is a general-purpose computer whose size, capabilities and price make it useful for individuals, and is intended to be operated directly by an end-user with no intervening computer time-sharing models that allowed systems to be used by many people, usually at the same time. Personal computers may be connected to a local area network (LAN), either by a cable or a wireless connection, and through that to the Internet. A personal computer may be a laptop computer or a desktop computer running an operating system such as Windows, Linux or Macintosh OS.

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MAC vs Windows

I've been using my MacBook Air laptop on and off for a couple of weeks now and I must say I'm suitably impressed with the Mac OS. It's turning out to be a surprisingly no-nonsense little workhorse. Though an avid Windows user for many years, I'm now finding myself wanting to reach for my MAC laptop far more often than my Windows laptop whenever I just want to just get some work done. The only thing I dislike about it is the built-in keyboard. A standard USB PC mouse (as opposed to an overpriced Apple mouse) seems to work fine for my limited needs as well.

It's not the first time I've used a MAC, but it's the first time I've actually seriously tried to use one productively. Frankly, I don't what the fuss is about with people who dislike this OS.
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by:Andrew Leniart
software is relatively easy to install and manage
I've noticed that too. Rather than having to concern yourself with how many files are dropped here and there, to remove a program is just dragging the thing to the bin and you're done. I've yet to need to restart the machine unless I've applied an OS update.

Coming from Windows, installations I didn't find particularly intuitive and it was a small learning curve to figure out when a program was actually installed as opposed to installing or sitting on my desktop ready to be installed, but the system prompts helped overcome that until I did a little googling and the penny dropped. The process is certainly different, but compared to Windows, I would have to say considerably easier as well.

The cons tend to show themselves anytime you want to do something that Apple doesn't want you to do.
Indeed. That's something I've definitely noticed. I'm used to being able to configure everything to my own personal tastes and have struck walls a couple of times. As I always suspected, an Apple OS is an "our way or the highway" type of deal, which as a power user I don't particularly like, but I suspect that is one of the core reasons the OS seems to be so stable too.

I doubt I'll ever move away from Windows completely and I'm typing this on one of my Windows boxes right now, but anyone who can't acknowledge the value of the Apple OS for giving you a platform which allows you to do most things with a minimum of fuss, is in my view, and as "serialband" mentioned earlier, overly biased and simply not willing to give it a serious go.

On the flip side, I've been an Apple iPhone user since way back and always shied away from Android devices. Fed up with not being able to get decent apps to do what I wanted to do, I eventually tried an Android device with the Samsung Galaxy S9+ phone and am now able to do things like effortlessly record my phone calls, something I'd been trying to do on my iPhones for years without success. App support seems to be so much better.

Different strokes for different folks - but my recent experiences with both the Apple OSX and iPhone vs Android supports that it always pays to keep an open mind :-)
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Think I may have just found the solution to my keyboard issues on my MacBook Air. Anyone using a Windows keyboard with a MAC?

https://9to5mac.com/2016/03/17/how-to-remap-windows-keyboard-buttons-match-mac-layout/

The above article shows how to remap the modifier keys only. What are some other good resources you know about?
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Python 3 Fundamentals
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Python 3 Fundamentals

This course will teach participants about installing and configuring Python, syntax, importing, statements, types, strings, booleans, files, lists, tuples, comprehensions, functions, and classes.

Hi all,

I've an issue with a rollermouse free2. When click on Copy or paste, it return a C (when click on copy) or V (when click on paste)

Can some one provide me with help.

I have reboot the PC, change USB port, etc"

Regards,

CK
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by:Roger Hanna
Have you tried the current drivers for your mouse?  They are located at http://www.contourdesign.ca/support/drivers/.
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How Microsoft helped imprison a man for counterfeiting software it gives away for free

https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/25/how-microsoft-helped-imprison-a-man-for-counterfeiting-software-it-gives-away-for-free/

Wondering if he hadn't made these disks look like Dell's this would have made it to court.

I would guess he's either really annoyed someone or the DMCA supporters want a scalp.

He's organised, at his own cost, for 1000's of reinstallation DVDs for Windows 7 to be produced, in doing so he's had them made to look identical to the Dell DVDs that are shipped free when you buy a new computer.

This is where it gets messy legally.

Reinstall DVDs from manufacturers just contain software. They are provided "free" with a new PC.
(Actually there's a nominal cost to the PC manufacturer in manufacturing them but it works out at pennies - the convicted guy was creating these and his costs would have been a little higher as he was making 1000's while PC manufacturers make 1,000,000's). They have printed on them "Please do not make copies of this disk".

Windows software requires a license to use. When you buy your PC with Windows from Dell, Dell have bought a Windows license from Microsoft and are selling it on to you. The cost - around $20 compared to $140 for the full retail version.

The short version of the court case is two-fold - (1) Microsoft say they've lost out on 1,000's of $20 licenses AND (2) because the disks look identical to Dell's originals they …
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Windows 10 V1803 does not appear to be out yet.

Yesterday was Patch Tuesday and Windows 10 V1709 DID update to 16299.371. No issue.

But if I run Updates again, all done - nothing to update.

I went to the Media Creation Link and run Upgrade this PC. That puts an icon on my desktop and it tells me I have the latest version. I did that yesterday and I have tried it every 8 hours ago and nothing.

So no V1803 yet except for Insider machines (yes, I have it installed on my insider machine).
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Blade's Shadow Cloud gaming service ($34.95 /mo) launched in California today:
https://shadow.tech/usen/

They claim to deliver the performance of a high end gaming system, through any old computer you have. They also offer a "Box" ($139) that is supposed to deliver the best experience for their service:
https://shadow.tech/usen/box

This is actually the only way I'll likely be PC gaming anytime soon. Building a rig just isn't in the cards nowadays. Looks like it's the equivalent of a virtual machine with a dedicated GTX card and 12GB of RAM.

I'm gonna need to take this for a test drive.
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by:Lucas Bishop
Oh wow, have you taken those for a test drive? The way the image is beamed to your eye with those things is hard to comprehend. Would love to hear your experience.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
they've just arrived and on charge.... these were purchased for FPV drone flying, as I already have VR head sets from Oculus and HTC!

So these are NOT VR headsets.

and what I do like, is they can be setup for IPD and can be setup for the correct eyesight +/-... shift like you find on proper bins and scopes!
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Mozy Pro Customer who had Microsoft Update completely obliterate my business main PC.  Mozy backs up my machines 4 times a day.  So backups should exist, but Mozy all of a sudden doesn't recognize my login email address.  Mozy Pro support won't allow a call to go through, unless a customer can log in and retrieve a call PIN.  How the h*** is a 10yr paying business customer of Mozy supposed to get service or restore files if Mozy won't take a call or offer anything other than 24hr per email it sends?  Extremely frustrated that I've provided Mozy support verified credit card payment, exact date of last payment, card details for payment and all requested verification, but Mozy hasn't emailed or called back with access to my account it won't let me in to?  

If this is how Mozy treats its customers when they actually NEED their data, why should anyone pay for this level of service?

Jim M, President
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Want to share my experience since this issue is discussed on the internet I followed the solution I found on YouTube all offered the same solution and none work for me but..
A windows 10 machine hung on startup the window 10 startup circle stopped circling and that's it. The option to login did not shows up.
I restarted it into safe mode as soon I logged in I got the following msg “Microsoft edge can’t open with built in administrator account windows 10”
I searched on YouTube how to fix this error msg, the solutions offered was how to modify the security policy’s for the build in admin. Did not work for me.
What did work was I uninstalled the network drivers (in device manager) did a restart and the system boot was successful.
Seams that since window had an issue with the network driver it gave an error on Microsoft edge. But not sure why it include in the msg the misleading end of being relate to the built in administrator account.
Hope you may find this helpful
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
I have seen this message often.  When I log in with a different account, no problems.  This may be due to the fact that the machines where I see the problem are on a domain.
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by:Abraham Deutsch
In my case the computer was not joined to a domain.
Since the network driver was what kept the computer from booting and the app the in the error was edge which make sense to have a connection to the network card driver, I assume that the troubleshooting would work in other scenarios and logging in with a different account would not work in this case.
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Why not WSUS SERVER push update IN CLIENT PC
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by:Brian B
You have entered this as a post, but it looks like you are asking for help. To get the best response from the Experts, you should probably re-submit this as a question using the "ask a question" button at the top of the page, or this link: https://www.experts-exchange.com/askQuestion.jsp

If you do ask a question, please post the link to it back here so others can find your question and help you more quickly.

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What are the top ten PC Optimizers that Professionals use these days. I was using an older version of Spotmau 2012. It works good but I was wondering if there was something better to use on my clients PCs.
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by:BillDL
Professionals tend not to use "omptimizers" because, for the most part, they do nothing that cannot be achieved using built-in Windows functions or Admin tools.  Used in automated mode or manual mode without the prerequisite knowledge of what is safe and unsafe to delete or manipulate, so-called "optimizers" can sometimes do more harm than good.  The vast majority of the "optimizing" operations they advertise don't actually speed up a computer at all.   Configured properly, Ccleaner takes care of cleaning up leftover junk (files and registry) every so often for those who don't like accruing redundant clutter, but that's where it stops for me.
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by:Melinda Burns
So when you are optimizing/speed up/clean up computers, what are some of the tools you use?
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Microsoft Azure 2017
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Microsoft Azure 2017

Azure has a changed a lot since it was originally introduce by adding new services and features. Do you know everything you need to about Azure? This course will teach you about the Azure App Service, monitoring and application insights, DevOps, and Team Services.

after changing user name and pc name pc not visible in workgroup.
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by:Brian B
You have entered this as a post, but it looks like it is a question. To get the best response from the Experts, you should probably re-submit this as a question using the "ask a question" button at the top of the screen, or this link: https://www.experts-exchange.com/askQuestion.jsp

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What’s the first thing you install—or uninstall—on a new system?
The first thing I install on a new PC system (other than OS & drivers) is usually a tie between the Chrome browser and Blizzard's Battle.net client, closely followed by Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. On my Mac, I skip straight to Lightroom and Photoshop, since I'm happy with Safari and don't try to game much on that system (that's what the PC is for ;-)

As for uninstalling, usually nothing... My last PC was a custom build so there wasn't any junk on it and Macs are great about not having anything I don't want.
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by:Brian Matis
Yeah, definitely got to take care of all the OS and driver patches first! What do you do after all that?
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by:Shalom Carmel
I don't install PCs for a living, and only do that for select family members: myself, children, wife and mother in law.
Everybody gets Chrome, Office and Adobe Acrobat reader.
Then for each their tools of trade. This is the list of first installations as happened during the past year.

For me:
* Virtual box, Git, JDK, Python, Jetbrains IDE, curl, whois, dig, jq, notepad++, skype, mumble and Eve Online

For my mother in law:
* OE Classic

For my wife:
* Photoshop, Invision, Premiere

For my son:
* Minecraft, Netflix

For my daughter:
* Matlab, Netflix
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Good morning, EE Experts!

I read an interesting article about both Macs & PCs being vulnerable to a firmware attack. To sum up the piece, some Macs weren't updating their firmware when their dutiful owners were performing common updates. Once notified of the issue Apple immediately jumped on it and fixed the problems. In short, if you update to macOS High Sierra your Mac will automatically check every week for firmware updates. As for you PC enthusiast, I recommend that you check your manufacturer's website for any new firmware updates. Have a great Monday everyone and take care.
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Hello. I can't install anything connecting my PC to to wyse with no external hardwares. Is there a solution I can install through pen drives?
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by:Maclean
Not sure if I understand the question.
Are you trying to deploy to a Wyse Terminal or are you trying to install some tools through your PC onto a Wyse system? (Or perhaps other)

Do you have any info on the model number, and whether it runs Windows or Linux etc please?
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I'm having issues finding how to push Adobe Standard via script. I can push the software out, however, I don't know how to push the key out with the install. Any help would be great. I am deploying it to about 97 PCs. in our organization.
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This just in... Humans Still the Weakest Link

"The fact that access appears to have been initiated by initially compromising an employee's personal PC is a very worrying development – highlighting huge failings on so many levels, from an employee education and training standpoint, all the way to administrative and technical controls, to monitoring and enforcement." -  David Kennerley, director of threat research at Webroot.

More on TheRegister.
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by:Christopher Rourke
Good ol' PEBCAK :) Thanks for the article link.
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by:Drew Frey
Happy to share, Christopher! There's an educational component most people could use to help combat PEBCAK :)
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Disable Automatic Reboot After Updates Installation

I want to inform you that Windows 10 and 2016 receives updates very often. About once a week it gets important fixes and patches requiring a system reboot to be installed. By default Windows 10 and 2016 is configured to reboot automatically for the installation of important updates. But this can cause inconveniences to you.

However, you can disable automatic reboot after updates installation via Windows Update settings, TaskScheduler, Group Policy and Registry Editor.

  • How to turn off auto-reboot in Settings App

This method allows you to choose time when you don’t want your PC to be rebooted in any case. But nevertheless your PC will be able to reboot to install updates when active hours end.

      1. Go to Settings.
      2. Click on Update and security.
      3. Click on Active Hours and specify when you don’t want your PC to reboot.
      4. If the restart has already been planned, you can also click on Restart Options and modify the restart time and postpone updates installation.

  • How to disable off automatic reboot using the Task Scheduler

One more way to disable auto-restart after installing updates is to disable the task in the Task Scheduler:

      1. Launch the Task Scheduler.
      2. Go to Task Scheduler Library/Microsoft/Windows/Update Orchestrator.
      3. Right-click on the task named Reboot.
      4. Select Disable.

  • How to disable automatic restart for installation of updates using the Group Policy
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trying to restore a pc using the HP disks.  Drive erased but then its prompting for windows 7 home edition.  Pc next cd supplied is windows 7 professional.  How do i get this version installed?
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by:Brian B
You have entered this as a post. You might get more response if you ask it as a question.
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by:Kyle Santos
Go to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
Create Windows 10 installation media with a usb stick that is at least 16GB
Plug it into the PCs and run installation.  I know its not Windows 7, but Windows 10 is definitely worth using over its predecessors like Windows Vista, Windows 8 and apparently uses less resources than Windows 7.  I'm currently using Windows 10 for work and its been great!
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If the user can't log into Lotus Notes application, remember to verify if the processes from all users are closed properly.

Sometimes when the PC is rebooted and Lotus Notes is not closed properly, it leaves the process opened, making it unable for the user to open it up.
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Are you thinking about creating an Amazon Web Services account for your business? Not sure where to start? In this course you’ll get an overview of the history of AWS and take a tour of their user interface.

I am looking to have a script run and create a shortcut on users pc across the corporation.

This would be similar to bg info, but would be a shorcut users can double click and info would pop up into the gui windows.


MAc address pc name wirelesss ip wired ip and vpn ip.

Any Help would be great
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Hi Angelo.

I think it could be done in powershell or via policy. However, for the appropriate Experts to see this, I think you might want to submit it as a question with appropriate topics and not a post.

Thanks,
Brian
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by:Kyle Santos
Nice.  I'll be checking that out next time I watch something from my laptop to my tv. :)
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by:Cathyo Lee
Sure. AirServer is good. Here I recommend ApowerMirror -- another practical screen mirroring app for both Android and iPhone. Now I can stream my phone screen to PC easily
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by:Brian Matis
Wow, that's great! I love seeing positive stories like this. So often it does seems like the internet can be a cesspool of negativity, but we've got to remember how well it can help communities come together and pull off some nice things for each other.
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A personal computer is a general-purpose computer whose size, capabilities and price make it useful for individuals, and is intended to be operated directly by an end-user with no intervening computer time-sharing models that allowed systems to be used by many people, usually at the same time. Personal computers may be connected to a local area network (LAN), either by a cable or a wireless connection, and through that to the Internet. A personal computer may be a laptop computer or a desktop computer running an operating system such as Windows, Linux or Macintosh OS.