+ Post New Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 21
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 ...
  1. #1
    Koldov's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Bedfordshire
    Posts
    499
    Thank Post
    101
    Thanked 50 Times in 46 Posts
    Rep Power
    38

    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

  2. #2


    AMLightfoot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Hampshire, England
    Posts
    2,087
    Thank Post
    361
    Thanked 600 Times in 383 Posts
    Rep Power
    246
    I can't say I've done 1, but 2 and 3 I'm definitely guilty of.

  3. #3
    hardtailstar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    1,748
    Thank Post
    519
    Thanked 232 Times in 203 Posts
    Rep Power
    57
    number 3 all the time!

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Staffordshire
    Posts
    111
    Thank Post
    31
    Thanked 15 Times in 9 Posts
    Rep Power
    15
    yep all 3 far too many times!

  5. #5

    DaveP's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Can't talk now: The mother-ship is calling!
    Posts
    8,703
    Thank Post
    351
    Thanked 1,268 Times in 866 Posts
    Blog Entries
    4
    Rep Power
    1124
    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.

  6. #6
    Yeo695's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Posts
    122
    Thank Post
    34
    Thanked 43 Times in 11 Posts
    Rep Power
    21
    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.

  7. #7

    elsiegee40's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Kent
    Posts
    10,640
    Thank Post
    1,774
    Thanked 2,156 Times in 1,595 Posts
    Rep Power
    767
    All 3. I did number 1 this morning.

  8. #8
    truebluesteve's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    319
    Thank Post
    46
    Thanked 37 Times in 32 Posts
    Rep Power
    20
    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!

  9. #9
    free780's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    894
    Thank Post
    41
    Thanked 67 Times in 64 Posts
    Rep Power
    17
    Use robocopy for file copying no thumbs.db warnings.

  10. #10

    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Cambridgeshire
    Posts
    515
    Thank Post
    140
    Thanked 73 Times in 65 Posts
    Rep Power
    19
    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?

  11. #11
    markwilfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    163
    Thank Post
    32
    Thanked 20 Times in 16 Posts
    Rep Power
    14
    All of them all of the time. This morn number 1 about 10 times lol

  12. #12

    witch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Dorset
    Posts
    11,044
    Thank Post
    1,315
    Thanked 2,308 Times in 1,623 Posts
    Rep Power
    692
    All three
    In the past week...

  13. #13
    Zourous's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    East Sussex
    Posts
    324
    Thank Post
    92
    Thanked 80 Times in 35 Posts
    Rep Power
    46
    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.

  14. #14


    AMLightfoot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Hampshire, England
    Posts
    2,087
    Thank Post
    361
    Thanked 600 Times in 383 Posts
    Rep Power
    246
    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.
    Last edited by AMLightfoot; 26th March 2013 at 09:17 AM.

  15. #15

    X-13's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    /dev/null
    Posts
    8,854
    Thank Post
    588
    Thanked 1,902 Times in 1,315 Posts
    Blog Entries
    19
    Rep Power
    805
    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.

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. How many times do I have to watch shift happens?
    By reggiep in forum General Chat
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 5th March 2009, 09:24 PM
  2. How many times can you sysprep a machine?
    By somabc in forum Windows
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 4th December 2008, 07:21 PM
  3. Ghost How Many PCs at a time?
    By ICT_GUY in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 15th May 2008, 07:29 PM
  4. Who works term time only? How many full time?
    By gwendes in forum General Chat
    Replies: 45
    Last Post: 10th February 2007, 05:38 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •