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    Apple seem to feature just as much as Microsoft.

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    How did I know Vista would be in there....

    And further to me not reading things properly... I thought Sims got an honourable mention.. but it was only SMS

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    Whilst I see his point about "Are you Sure" as we are the ones who have to pick up the pieces when someone cocks it up, we should be grateful for any help we get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    Whilst I see his point about "Are you Sure" as we are the ones who have to pick up the pieces when someone cocks it up, we should be grateful for any help we get.
    Even the "are you sure" don't work for some.

    Pupil: I have lost all my work
    Tech: Okay.. how?
    Pupil: I accidently deleted it...
    Tech: <sighs>
    Pupil: Can you help then?
    Tech: Whats gone?
    Pupil: All my folders.
    Tech: So when you accidently hit "delete", you then decided to ignore all the "are you sure" messages?
    Pupil: Erm.... er...... can't remember

    Gary

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    I'd add Humans to that list..

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    Quote Originally Posted by gparr View Post
    Even the "are you sure" don't work for some.

    Pupil: I have lost all my work
    Tech: Okay.. how?
    Pupil: I accidently deleted it...
    Tech: <sighs>
    Pupil: Can you help then?
    Tech: Whats gone?
    Pupil: All my folders.
    Tech: So when you accidently hit "delete", you then decided to ignore all the "are you sure" messages?
    Pupil: Erm.... er...... can't remember

    Gary
    I get this

    Pupil: I've lost my work
    Me: You mean you've deleted it
    Pupil: No I didn't delete it

    I than expalin only two people can delete their work themsleves or me and I still get, 'Well I didn't delete it'

    So its round the circle again and it usually transpires they've left the machine logged on and walked away for a while and one of their classmates has helped by deleteing all their work.

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    Also surprised to see USB not mentioned.

    We have whiteboards that suddenly stop responding, plug the cable into another USB port and it works. Plug back into the original port and its OK again.

    My sons laptop has about 5 USB ports and the USB mouse only works in one of them! And a different make of USB mouse doesn't work at all!

    We've seen USB pen drives that work OK on one machine and not on another.

    And USB cables that the general public are getting ripped of with. A standard 1.8 metre is 15 from PC World!!! I keep telling staff to visit Tesco as the same cable is less than 2. I've sourced for school at about 80p. so the 15 PCW charge seems a bit excessive, to say the least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by antoeknee View Post
    Also surprised to see USB not mentioned.
    Ohh I'll mention USB...
    Why the feck are there so many "standard" connectors? Why couldn't it have been made hermaphrodite? Why do we have to deal with at least 3 miniature versions? For FSMs sake, we have about 200 MILLION transistors stuffed onto graphics boards and we still can't standardize connectors?

    I'm off to lie down in a dark room far a while....

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    You know what i really hate.....i hate the twiddly screw thingys on VGA connections.....such a stupid idea..i find them impossible to undo and if someones done it too tight you end up taking the screw of the board its connected too....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little-Miss View Post
    You know what i really hate.....i hate the twiddly screw thingys on VGA connections.....such a stupid idea..i find them impossible to undo and if someones done it too tight you end up taking the screw of the board its connected too....
    i agree, when you do 30 odd machines of them your fingers tend to get sore.

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    Yup..

    Why arent they like the old printer cables, the ones with the metal clips?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little-Miss View Post
    You know what i really hate.....i hate the twiddly screw thingys on VGA connections...
    No, no, those are good - at least they actually work. The ones on the new DVI connectors simply don't. eSATA connectors are remarkably easy to pull out, too - there seems little point in inventing fancy new high-speed interface standards if the connectors fall out if you sneeze.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    i agree, when you do 30 odd machines of them your fingers tend to get sore.
    Not if you have the correct tools they wont

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    Thats cheered up a dull monday morning with a few chuckles lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little-Miss View Post
    Yup..

    Why arent they like the old printer cables, the ones with the metal clips?
    C13/C14 power plugs and sockets should definitely have some sort of metal clip or retainer as standard for when connecting server/storage PSU's to power strips.

    You invest thousands of pounds on fancy UPS, you invest hundreds - sometimes thousands - on PDU's/power strips to hook up all your vital servers and they furnish the PDU/strip with nothing to stop the power cord from being knocked out. Even with good rear cable mgmt you can knock out a power cord.

    A lot of server PSU's don't have any retaining clips either. The old Xserve RAID used to, but none of our x86 server come supplied with one. I think it's a really poor showing.

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