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Comment: Re:Parents (Score 2) 283

by danomac (#48654839) Attached to: At 40, a person is ...

If your parents are still around, I guess...

My father died when I was 6 and my mom died of lung cancer when she was 50 - I was in my early thirties when this happened.

All of my grandparents are no longer around, most had heart disease (grandfather had three heart attacks in his 40s) or lung cancer. I figure if I even get to 50 without a health mishap it'll be a miracle.

Old for me is... undefined? Hell, I feel old and I'm not even 40 yet...

Comment: Re:Not surprising. Also why we're going all OSS (Score 1) 415

by danomac (#48560399) Attached to: Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

I've just done a few manual installs of Office 2013 and I did not have to set up a Microsoft account during the install procedure, but I actually install media and a volume license. When I installed it manually it doesn't even ask for a license, I had to add it afterwards.

You can disable First Run via GPO, and you can block signing into office online with a GPO. You can also disable prompting to sign in online while saving.

Install the Office 2013 GPO Templates and use:
User Configuration->Policies->Administrative Templates->Microsoft Office 2013->Miscellaneous
Set "Show OneDrive Sign In" to Disabled
Set "Block signing into Office" to Enabled, choose "None allowed" from the dropdown

I've tested this, it completely removes saving to the cloud as an option from the Save As dialog.

For the First Run Wizard, use:
User Configuration->Policies->Administrative Templates->Microsoft Office 2013->Privacy->Trust Center
Set "Disable Opt-in Wizard on first run" to Enabled.

This will not give the user the option to change update settings, presumably you'd have update policies set up using group policy anyway.

If this is for a standalone user, I would imagine there's no option to do this (unless you went in through the UI and disabled it manually.)

Comment: Re:They need to update their web site (Score 1) 51

by danomac (#48517865) Attached to: Samsung's Open Source Group Is Growing, Hiring Developers

I don't trust that hplip with work anymore with printers on their own compatibility list.

I have a cp1025nw that I bought a while back and it was working fine. Somewhere along the way, in one of the new versions, hplip refused to load the firmware for my printer. It says it's loaded but it doesn't, it asks to install firmware again when printing. Manually compiling the old version worked with no issues. I recently forgot about this and upgraded and found my printer in its non-working state again.

I discovered foo2zjs which happens to support my printer. No drama installing it either, add a print queue and the damn thing just works. None of this hp-setup crap. Removing and readding printers every time there's an update crap.

Why does printing on linux have to be such a pain in the ass?

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 1) 720

by danomac (#48487961) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

Hell, I don't even have a roommate (or wife/girlfriend.)

One thing I can't stand is when you are trying to relax in the evening is hearing fan noise from a computer in the living room. It's irritating. And it does irritate a lot of people.

I set up a server in a spare room with storage and a mythtv backend, and the living room has an Intel NUC with a SSD with xbmc and mythtv frontend (oh, and a gaming console.) It's barely audible. My main PC that I do gaming on is in my den, and I don't care about the fan noise there as I have a full stereo/surround with floorstanding speakers and a separate AV receiver. When I'm playing a game let's just say I don't notice the fan noise much (if at all!)

Generally when I watch TV, I don't like to have the volume excessively loud which means you can hear all sorts of other noises. I've had company come over and they were surprised when they found out I listened to TV at the volume I had it at, they claimed they couldn't hear anything (no, not my parents or grandparents.)

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