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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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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
its cheaper to just pay for a gaming rig because a monthly subscription I may not even touch one month, not use it at all.

You can turn off a monthly subscription.

For example, this month I could pay $34.95 to play games on a high end machine at max settings with no struggles with drivers, etc. Next month I could turn off the subscription if I'm not going to be. Extremely low investment, if the experience is actually good.

Alternatively, if I shelled out $2k for a gaming rig and don't use it for a month. That's a depreciating asset that I'm effectively losing money on, by the day. No way to turn that loss off without selling the entire rig.

Not to mention, at $34.95 a month, I'd be using the top of the line gear every single month. It would take 57 months (almost 5 years) before I would reach the $2k that I'd have paid for a gaming rig -- a rig that would be outdated 5 years later.

Remeber before Netflix when we had DVD players? Then Blu-Ray players? Now you just stream through your TV/Phone/Tablet. Companies like Blade and Nvidia are doing the same thing to the pc gaming hardware industry. The writing is on the wall. The days of massive, power sucking PCs in your home are numbered.

Imagine being a parent with a kid who wants to play a new PC game but doesn't have a PC:

Option A - pay a couple grand for a rig, hope they don't get bored with it (side bonus, power bill spike if they love it)
Option B - pay $35 for a subscription, cancel if they get bored

I'd take B every time.
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@Andy my issue/concern is with the network latency (lag) between all of the users and the game servers -- coupled with the added latency of using a virtual machine that most of the people you are competing with, wouldn't be dealing with.

Getting shot when you're standing behind cover (lag) will be twice as frustrating if your attempt to go behind cover is delayed (due to latency between you and your VM).

I think you will be surprised, if there is lag - then their service is very poor!

Latencies in virtual machines - sized correctly no issues!!!!

Not heard of Shadow, but this is an area we work in Commercially for Commercial Simulators!

I'm not going to call it a game! But they have a Sister company which is a Game!
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Free Tool: Subnet Calculator
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Free Tool: Subnet Calculator

The subnet calculator helps you design networks by taking an IP address and network mask and returning information such as network, broadcast address, and host range.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

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
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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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after changing user name and pc name pc not visible in workgroup.
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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:shalomc
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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Take Control of Web Hosting For Your Clients

As a web developer or IT admin, successfully managing multiple client accounts can be challenging. In this webinar we will look at the tools provided by Media Temple and Plesk to make managing your clients’ hosting easier.

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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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.