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Comment Re:Windows 10 Hatcheting Sequence (Score 1) 375

awesome.

incredible you figured out all that.

too bad it's not scriptable.

good job. thanks.

The scripting part is interesting in a curious way. To the extent that I must "barehand" everything, that is the extent to which I am forced to actually look at what's been done, what's been left, what's been destroyed, and as time goes on, I discover that this stuff changes in ways both obvious and subtle. So I guess it's like exercise. Who the fuck likes doing pushups? Nobody. But they're good for you, and if you want to stay healthy into your elder years, you'll do what's good for you.

So I hatchet away, and every single time it's a weency bit different, and I stay in shape that way.

I certainly do not recommend that as a method for everybody, or even anybody, but for me, yeah, it works out pretty good in the end.

Comment Re:Windows 10 Hatcheting Sequence (Score 1) 375

I'm curious, did you use to make this many changes to previous versions of Windows or it's the first time you've had to make many changes to get a system like you like it?

I've always had multiple test boxes laying around, with multiple hard drives to swap back and forth, and tearing Windows up, just to see what would happen, has always been kind of fun.

That said, it's the goddamned telemetry and all the rest of it that really got me going, and just as soon as I installed my first copy of 10 a year ago, I was very interested in first discovering, and then attacking, and then checking to see if the patient was still breathing or not.

The miscellaneous stuff like the Taskbar, and Desktop Icons, and all of that end of it is stuff I've been doing for a long time, attempting to trim away the bullshit and get the machine more responsive. Windows 8 was my first foray into nuking tiles and forcing a "normal" look to things, but 10 is a whole different level of crap to deal with.

So part of the answer is yes, and part of the answer is no.

Comment Windows 10 Hatcheting Sequence (Score 1) 375

Below, the contents of my own personal procedure manual for dealing with a new Win10 machine, with a very strong emphasis on disrupting/removing the spying apparatus. A lot of stuff gets removed. This has been done on numerous machines and so far no failures, no lockups, no blue screens. Some machines are slightly different, some will not have every listed item, some may have a few "extras." The machines seem to run noticeably faster following the hatchetings, and all of them, to date, remain tack sharp, rock solid, and quite nimble. No warranty is provided, express or implied.


Stardock Start10

Revo existing AV program

Reset folder view options including "date created"

Install Unlocker & TakeOwnership

Taskbar properties

Classic Personalize

Screensaver & power settings

Defender to do not send

Desktop icons include & view small icons

Computer, properties, advanced settings, best performance (Leave drop shadows, smooth screen fonts, view thumbnails)

systeminfo verify 10586 or higher.

Windows Update, if not.

ToggleTweaker.bat 12 to kill Cortana (says it kills Edge [ver3.3], but it does not).

IF CORTANA NOT DEAD C:\Windows\SystemApps\Cortana\SearchUI.exe kill with TakeOwnership and/or Unlocker (assume both, or as-required, if only one or none mentioned from here on)

Manual Directory Pass Destroy C:\Windows\SystemApps\ TakeOwnership\Unlocker killkillkill one at a time, starting with Cortana, which takes the longest LEAVE SHELLEXPERIENCEHOST INTACT

Manual Directory Pass Destroy C:\Users\MainUser\AppData\Local\MicrosoftEdge; C:\Users\MainUser\AppData\Local\Packages\ for special destructive attention to apps BUT LEAVE WINDOWS.IMMERSIVECONTROLPANEL & SHELLEXPERIENCEHOST ALONE! or Windows Update might not work; C:\Users\MainUser\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\PRICache

Manual Directory Pass Destroy Unlocker C:\Users\All Users\Package Cache; C:\Users\All Users\Microsoft OneDrive

Manual Directory Pass Destroy TakeOwnership C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\AppRepository\ (LEAVE IMMERSIVECONTROLPANEL, SHELLEXPERIENCEHOST, RUNTIMES, STATEREPOSITORY ALONE!)

Manual Directory Pass Destroy TakeOwnership C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\AppRepository\PACKAGES be careful, watch out, dead "Settings" & "Notifications" (LEAVE IMMERSIVECONTROLPANEL & SHELLEXPERIENCEHOST ALONE!)

Manual Directory Pass Destroy C:\Program Files(x86)\Windows Mail

Manual Directory Pass Destroy C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15\GROOVEEX.DLL; OCHelper.dll; ONBttnIE.dll; ONBttnIELinkedNotes.dll

Manual Directory Pass Destroy C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\GROOVEEX.DLL; OCHelper.dll; ONBttnIE.dll; ONBttnIELinkedNotes.dll

Manual Directory Pass Destroy C:\Program Files\Windows Mail; C:\Program Files\WindowsApps (leave VC & .Net runtimes, there IS NO IMMERSIVECONTROLPANEL OR SHELLEXPERIENCEHOST)

Manual Directory Pass Destroy C:\Windows\MiracastView\

DWS_Lite as administrator, enable professional mode - delete one drive - delete all metro apps - smash everything except defender (mind the checkbox)

Reboot

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy (via cmd as administrator)

w10privacy.exe (via cmd as administrator)(be patient, it'll come)

Reboot

OOShutUpWindows10 as administrator

Verify Defender still alive, if not:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE_\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Defender - DWORD (32bit) DisableAntiSpyware needs to be set with a Value of 0 - DWORD (32bit) DisableAntiVirus needs to be set with a Value of 0 -

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE_\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender
DWORD (32bit) DisableAntiSpyware needs to be set with a Value of 0

Reboot

win10-unfuck-master data-harvesting-services-removal.bat - gpedit.msc-screenshots (NOTE TO SLASHDOT USERS: no screenshots in this post)

Reboot

Settings, throw all switches to privacy settings and check to see which Apps may have survived while you're doing it

Services disabled: Auto Time Zone Client License Service (disrupts Store, where can I turn this off?) Connected User Experiences and Telemetry Data Collection Publishing Service (disrupts cloud) Delivery Optimization dmwappushservice Downloaded Maps Manager Geolocation Service Microsoft (R) Diagnostics Hub Program Compatibility Assistant Service Remote Desktop Services Remote Registry Retail Demo Secondary Logon Superfetch (if svchost is hogging memory and check shows this as the culprit) Themes Windows Biometric Service Windows Error Reporting Windows License Manager Service (disrupts Store, where can I turn this off?) Windows Media Player Network Sharing Windows Store Service (WSService, where can I turn this off?)

Initiate Ninite Chrome, Firefox, 7zip, TeamViewer, CDburnerXP, VLC, All Runtimes, Irfan, qBittorrent, Google Earth

Revo full decrappification - TaskManager killings if machine sluggish

Manual Directory Pass Destroy crud

Finish/adjust/trim TT&V all ninite installations

Clean Start Menu

Sysinternals autoruns.exe killkillkill right-click, go to image, unlocker, destroy

Reboot

File associations TT&V full WhiteDoom (NOTE TO SLASHDOT USERS: You do not possess The White Thumbdrive Of Doom) pass for tweaks & trim

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Network/Printers

Printers/Peripherals

Comment My own experience with murdering this shit. (Score 1) 387

Below, my own text file of procedures which I use to denature both upgraded and new installations of Win10 on the machines I deal with. It's pretty drastic, but it's been working well, and the miserable goddamned Apps seem to not come back, or at least not all at once, which allows me to periodically check on: C:\Windows\SystemApps\, C:\Users\MainUser\AppData\Local\Packages, C:\Program Files\WindowsApps, C:\Users\All Users\Package Cache for any .cabs or whatever that may have insinuated itself back into the system and kill them in their sleep, too.

What follows is my own deal, and I'm not hear to discuss the minutia of what program I should use Ninite for or any of the rest of that OCD bullshit. Use whatever the hell you want to. You're an adult. I am too. Go away and leave me alone with that kind of crap, ok?

What follows is also a bit short-hand-y and since this is Slashdot, I presume you can figure it out, and I'm not here to hold you by the hand, either. See above re: You're an adult.

Ok, on with the show.

Well, maybe not. Slashdot tells me I have too few characters per line. Lovely. Just fucking lovely. Ok I shall reformat. Any groups of multiple dashes can be presumed to be double line breaks, ok?

Stardock Start10 ---------- Revo existing AV program ----------Reset folder view options including "date created" ---------- Taskbar properties ---------- Classic Personalize ---------- Screensaver & power settings ---------- Copy Win10 folder to desktop ---------- Defender to do not send ---------- Desktop icons include & view small icons ----------Computer, properties, advanced settings, best performance (Leave drop shadows, smooth screen fonts, view thumbnails ---------- systeminfo verify 10586 ---------- Windows Update ---------- DWS_Lite as administrator, enable professional mode - delete one drive - delete all metro apps - smash everything except defender (mind the checkbox)

Reboot

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy (via superCMD)

psexec w10privacy.exe (via superCMD inside Win10 directory)(be patient, it'll come)

Reboot

ToggleTweaker.bat

Reboot

Install Unlocker

C:\Windows\SystemApps\Cortana\SearchUI.exe kill with Unlocker

Reboot

OOShutUpWindows10 as administrator

Verify Defender still alive, if not:
\\\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE_\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Defender
DWORD (32bit) DisableAntiSpyware needs to be set with a Value of 0
DWORD (32bit) DisableAntiVirus needs to be set with a Value of 0
\\\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE_\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender
DWORD (32bit) DisableAntiSpyware needs to be set with a Value of 0

C:\Windows\SystemApps\ Unlocker killkillkill one at a time, starting with Cortana, which takes the longest

Reboot

Settings, throw all switches to privacy settings and check to see which Apps may have survived while you're doing it

Initiate Ninite Chrome, Firefox, 7zip, TeamViewer, CDburnerXP, VLC, All Runtimes, Irfan, qBittorrent, Google Earth

Revo full decrappification - TaskManager killings if machine sluggish

Manual Directory Pass for shitty programs leftovers search and destroy: Unlocker C:\Users\MainUser\AppData\Local\Packages for special destructive attention to apps, Unlocker C:\Program Files\WindowsApps (sometimes takes forever), Unlocker C:\Users\All Users\Package Cache

Finish/adjust/trim TT&V all ninite installations

Clean Start Menu

Sysinternals autoruns.exe killkillkill right-click, go to image, Unlocker, destroy: C:\Program Files (x86 & x64)\Microsoft Office\Office15\GROOVEEX.DLL all WinMail shit

Reboot

File associations TT&V full WhiteDoom pass for tweaks & trim

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Network/Printers

Printers/Peripherals

Go surfing to try to wash all the slime off of you.

Some of the directories marked for destruction look pretty scary, but so far, the only thing that happens when this crap is removed is that the machine runs faster.

I've learned a surprising amount of useful stuff, sifting through the rubbish on Slashdot over the years, and the above constitutes yet another attempt to give a little something back, now and again, when time and circumstance permit.

Caveat Leecher.

Comment Re: Coursera (Score 1) 123

There's plenty of jobs for experienced people with solid engineering skills. It's harder to get into this industry now than 15-20 years ago, but if you're contributing to open source, attending meetups and have decent soft skills you can still get in to the industry just fine. The market has grown; the influx of new "engineers" is much larger, which just means there's more competition, but there's plenty of jobs out there make no mistake about that.

Comment Re: I'm 8 hours in (Score 1) 367

> So, pardon my ignorance, but why the fuck do you guys buy buggy software? You know the shit's got bugs in it. Wait. Don't buy it. Yet, still, loads of people pre-order or buy on release day

Most of what you're seeing online is just a bunch of dramatic asshats. I've played most of the "next gen" releases at or shortly after they launched. The only game that was seriously buggy was assassins creed unity. Outside of that most games work perfectly fine on launch day.

Comment Eight years still no cable (Score 1) 236

I stopped paying for cable about 8 years ago. I switched to Netflix for dvds and buying a season pass on iTunes 4-6 times a year. Not long after I was able to get netflix streaming, and a few years ago amazon prime. More recently we added HBO now. This itunes/netflix/hbo arrangement is still how I consume most of my movies and tv today.

My setup includes a 6tb hdd connected to my router that serves as my iTunes library on my desktop for "legacy media" ( i.e. ripped dvds that all sit in the attic now ). Out of the three rooms with tv's in the house two of them have xbox ones with an apple tv plugged into the hdmi in, the third tv only has the apple tv. All movies and tv shows from the past 5-6 years are all digital and recently with games we switched to all digital starting with steam and then later switching to digital on console with the xb one.

Comment Re:History has taught us (Score 2) 230

Everything seemed fairly normal, though I don't buy cars often and I was paying cash, so my experience and idea of normal might be off a bit. Sales dude joked about it not being a diesel we laughed for a second and that was about it. I spent over 12 hours test driving cars from a bunch of different manufactures that day and ended up with a Passat, which I was happy with. Comparatively it's a nice car, the fit and finish on the interior is pretty superior and it handled well on some pretty rough roads.

Comment Re:Adapt GitHub To Other Uses (Score 1) 145

Working with a big MS Word document with a group of people using the "track changes" feature is a lot more painful than sharing a software project between a bunch of developers.

Well to be fair that's because you're using it wrong. For the use case you just gave you should be using Sharepoint instead. All that being said, there's other, much better ways of handling this same problem... confluence and google docs just to name a couple.

Just imagine if all the bills that were written were entered into a source control system with hourly commits before they were voted for in Congress. I would be much nicer if people were able to easily see what changed as the bill approached the floor for voting. It would be a lot harder to slip things in at the last moment.

While I love this idea I'll put money down on the table right now betting that if implemented, and all other things being equal, it still won't change the status quo in Washington.

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