General Chat Thread, How many times... in General; Just out of interest, how many times have you either:
1) Missed out on pressing Del, F12, F8, F6 or ...
25th March 2013, 05:09 PM #1
How many times...
Just out of interest, how many times have you either:
1) Missed out on pressing Del, F12, F8, F6 or some other vital start-up button combination because you were distracted and had to let the OS kick in before you rebooted to do what you wanted.... And then missed it again because it was too quick or you were distracted again (damn you xkcd)!
2) Left something updating or deleting, only to come back hours later and realise it had probably stalled minutes after you left due to it asking 'if you are really, really, really sure you want to do this' or something along those lines... (my fave is a service pack that installs IE or something near the beginning which you have to accept seperately), or a read-only, or system file (thumbs.db I hate you...) that requires user interaction to delete!
3) Clicked to install something and left it to run whilst working on something else, only to realise it needed some other confirmation but it's pop-up box didn't capture the focus of the window and it's sitting behind another window (and gently flashing on the taskbar)!!!
I'm sure there are others...
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25th March 2013, 05:17 PM #2
I can't say I've done 1, but 2 and 3 I'm definitely guilty of.
25th March 2013, 05:30 PM #3
25th March 2013, 06:04 PM #4
yep all 3 far too many times!
25th March 2013, 06:26 PM #5
All three. 1 particularly on Samsung notebooks: The timing for pressing F12 [PXE booting on the network card] on those seems to be a dark art.
25th March 2013, 07:22 PM #6
All 3. Especially 1 on a bunch of Acer netbooks I've been working on, I get about a 2-4 second window and It usually takes me about 10-15 seconds to remember what I was supposed to do when they start to power back up. Needless to say i always forget to hit the keys.
Last edited by Yeo695; 25th March 2013 at 07:25 PM.
25th March 2013, 07:29 PM #7
All 3. I did number 1 this morning.
25th March 2013, 07:45 PM #8
Sending something to print and wandering off to the printer before waiting for the Equitrac charging dialog box to appear.
Keep pressing ctrl-alt-del when logging into a VM even though I know it's wrong before I do it!
25th March 2013, 08:36 PM #9
Use robocopy for file copying no thumbs.db warnings.
25th March 2013, 08:50 PM #10
25th March 2013, 09:38 PM #11
All of them all of the time. This morn number 1 about 10 times lol
25th March 2013, 10:10 PM #12
In the past week...
25th March 2013, 10:30 PM #13
Here's another one I've done a few times, you open a remote desktop, go to dos and enter ipconfig / release and then wonder why your session has disconnected.
26th March 2013, 10:16 AM #14
I don't miss hitting the keys at the right time because usually I button mash from the second I boot the machine so it's hard to miss it really.
Originally Posted by jmak
Mostly I'm guilty of doing 2 and 3 on my home systems. Work stuff tends to keep focus a bit better. That being said, large file downloads like ISOs tend to be distraction traps.
Last edited by AMLightfoot; 26th March 2013 at 10:17 AM.
26th March 2013, 10:29 AM #15
I do that too... mostly because the computers here don't say which button they need. It's a mixture of F2, ESC, DEL F8 and F12 [F12 is PxE] so I just cycle through them quickly. Oh, I think we have a random one with F4 as well.
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