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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 ...
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    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...

    Kol

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    I can't say I've done 1, but 2 and 3 I'm definitely guilty of.

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    number 3 all the time!

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    yep all 3 far too many times!

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    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.

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    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 06:25 PM.

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    All 3. I did number 1 this morning.

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    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!

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    Use robocopy for file copying no thumbs.db warnings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMLightfoot View Post
    I can't say I've done 1, but 2 and 3 I'm definitely guilty of.
    Really!?!

    Either it's not part of your job or you're unbelievably focused and dedicated.

    Or should I just make sure I'm not logged into Edugeek when carrying out that kind of task?

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    All of them all of the time. This morn number 1 about 10 times lol

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmak View Post
    Really!?!

    Either it's not part of your job or you're unbelievably focused and dedicated.

    Or should I just make sure I'm not logged into Edugeek when carrying out that kind of task?
    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.

    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AMLightfoot View Post
    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.
    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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