1. Welcome to Halforums!

    At Halforums, we value everyone's input. Please feel free to post without having to create an account. You will have to complete a few more steps than a full member and have to put up with this annoying notice on every page. If you want to join, click Register and start talking!

    Already a member? Login Now!
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Welcome to Halforums!

    At Halforums, we value everyone's input. Please feel free to post without having to create an account. You will have to complete a few more steps than a full member and have to put up with this annoying notice on every page. If you want to join, click Register and start talking!

    Already a member? Login Now!
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Welcome to Halforums!

    At Halforums, we value everyone's input. Please feel free to post without having to create an account. You will have to complete a few more steps than a full member and have to put up with this annoying notice on every page. If you want to join, click Register and start talking!

    Already a member? Login Now!
    Dismiss Notice
  4. Welcome to Halforums!

    At Halforums, we value everyone's input. Please feel free to post without having to create an account. You will have to complete a few more steps than a full member and have to put up with this annoying notice on every page. If you want to join, click Register and start talking!

    Already a member? Login Now!
    Dismiss Notice
  5. Welcome to Halforums!

    At Halforums, we value everyone's input. Please feel free to post without having to create an account. You will have to complete a few more steps than a full member and have to put up with this annoying notice on every page. If you want to join, click Register and start talking!

    Already a member? Login Now!
    Dismiss Notice
  6. Welcome to Halforums!

    At Halforums, we value everyone's input. Please feel free to post without having to create an account. You will have to complete a few more steps than a full member and have to put up with this annoying notice on every page. If you want to join, click Register and start talking!

    Already a member? Login Now!
    Dismiss Notice

[Rant] Tech Whine Like a baby thread

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by DarkAudit, Aug 6, 2017.

  1. figmentPez

    figmentPez Cosplay Czar Staff Member

    Messages:
    15,516
    Trophy Points:
    1,644
    Location:
    SE Texas
    Books:
    1
    HalBucks:
    HB3,023
    I sure am glad this isn't my TV... and I hope it doesn't become normal for this to happen in the future:



    "New Remote Required" An update to the TV broke compatibility with the remote control it came with. WTF?
     
    • Funny Funny x 1
  2. Bubble181

    Bubble181 The odd one out

    Messages:
    13,601
    Trophy Points:
    1,494
    Location:
    Behind the eyes of a *really* realistic android
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB8,840
    If you look further down, though, the TV still works perfectly as before in all ways that it used to work. It's only for some specific new options that you need the new remote....And they'll send it to you free of charge.
     
    • Informative Informative x 2
  3. Eriol

    Eriol One Of Us

    Messages:
    3,236
    Trophy Points:
    442
    Location:
    Halifax, NS
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB5,422
    I'm OK with it because they'll send it to you free, but I agree that it's getting sketchy.
     
  4. PatrThom

    PatrThom Genuinely Curious

    Messages:
    30,994
    Trophy Points:
    1,844
    Location:
    Other Fourth Coast, USA
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB11,431
    I'm still not happy with the idea of my TV needing updates in the first place.
    Mainly, I'm not happy with the TV people putting another computer between my source and the TV and then using their computer to limit what I can do with my source.

    --Patrick
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 2
  5. jwhouk

    jwhouk Stuck In North Central Walkerstan

    Messages:
    7,154
    Trophy Points:
    994
    Location:
    Cheeseheadland, USA
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB825
    Welp, because of that little igdkmd64.sys issue, I essentially had to reset Windows X to out-of-the-box (which it never was for me). That means a whole bunch of my programs got trashed because of course that's what Microsoft thinks you want to have happen. And, sadly, it meant that my copies of Office 2013 are now toast - and, oh, by the way, I also lost all of my e-mails since 2012.
     
    • Hugs Hugs x 3
  6. drifter

    drifter Porkchop Express

    Messages:
    4,748
    Trophy Points:
    944
    Books:
    5
    HalBucks:
    HB2,646
    Should have heeded the immortal words of Terius Gray and "Back that thang up."
     
  7. bhamv3

    bhamv3 .

    Messages:
    9,388
    Trophy Points:
    1,394
    Location:
    Taipei, Taiwan
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB1,515
    I find it annoying to have to hunt down an up-to-date version of the audio codec every time MX Player updates on my phone.
     
  8. jwhouk

    jwhouk Stuck In North Central Walkerstan

    Messages:
    7,154
    Trophy Points:
    994
    Location:
    Cheeseheadland, USA
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB825
    That's just it - I thought I HAD BACKED it all up.
     
    • Hugs Hugs x 2
  9. Gared

    Gared One Of Us

    Messages:
    3,738
    Trophy Points:
    644
    Location:
    Myrtle Point, OR
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB4,628
    This really, truly is a whine... tomorrow I have to cancel a Comcast account. I tried over the phone already, but all I was able to do was get to customer retention to try to smooth sell me into keeping my Comcast service for an area where they don't provide service. I know better than to put up with that bullshit, so tomorrow I will take the equipment back to the local Comcast store and they will cancel my account. If they do not cancel my account, I imagine I'll join the legion of other customers forced to take to social media to shame them into acting like decent people.
     
  10. PatrThom

    PatrThom Genuinely Curious

    Messages:
    30,994
    Trophy Points:
    1,844
    Location:
    Other Fourth Coast, USA
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB11,431
    See if you can't get them to sign something or put it on paper, too...in case they ever dispute exactly what day you canceled.

    --Patrick
     
  11. Gared

    Gared One Of Us

    Messages:
    3,738
    Trophy Points:
    644
    Location:
    Myrtle Point, OR
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB4,628
    The other reason for going in. They can't "the check is in the mail" you if you're standing in front of them requesting a print-out.
     
  12. GasBandit

    GasBandit Ask me about my Reprehensible Filth Staff Member

    Messages:
    50,618
    Trophy Points:
    1,844
    Location:
    Yeehawbutts, Texas
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB20,154
    My dashcam stopped working. Pruveeo doesn't answer its support 800 number or its support e-mail.

    :mad:

    Well, I guess that's the risk you take when you buy a $35 dashcam.
     
  13. PatrThom

    PatrThom Genuinely Curious

    Messages:
    30,994
    Trophy Points:
    1,844
    Location:
    Other Fourth Coast, USA
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB11,431
    Noooooooo you were probably over your cold now too ahhhhhhhhhh

    --Patrick
     
  14. Squidleybits

    Squidleybits Pika Pika Choo Choo!

    Messages:
    5,197
    Trophy Points:
    1,394
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB7,408
    IMG_1135.JPG Did dude screw up my screen protector last night? It looks like there is something stuck under it in the middle of the picture there and a little chip out of it nearby.
     
  15. Gared

    Gared One Of Us

    Messages:
    3,738
    Trophy Points:
    644
    Location:
    Myrtle Point, OR
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB4,628
    Aaaaand it didn't work. They had a long wait time at the office, seeing as how only one person was helping people and one person was taking peoples' names and putting them in the queue.
     
  16. GasBandit

    GasBandit Ask me about my Reprehensible Filth Staff Member

    Messages:
    50,618
    Trophy Points:
    1,844
    Location:
    Yeehawbutts, Texas
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB20,154
    Their support finally answered their e-mail, and they're shipping me a replacement. That's good!

    My UPS just died and I lost power in the middle of a stream. That's bad.
     
  17. PatrThom

    PatrThom Genuinely Curious

    Messages:
    30,994
    Trophy Points:
    1,844
    Location:
    Other Fourth Coast, USA
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB11,431
    Time for a new battery pack? Or are you going to upgrade the whole UPS to something PFC- and sine wave-compatible?

    --Patrick
     
  18. GasBandit

    GasBandit Ask me about my Reprehensible Filth Staff Member

    Messages:
    50,618
    Trophy Points:
    1,844
    Location:
    Yeehawbutts, Texas
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB20,154
    Getting a more powerful one, and not the cheapest Cyberpower piece-o-shit they have. Glad I have amazon prime now and shipping is free, batteries are heavy.
     
  19. Gared

    Gared One Of Us

    Messages:
    3,738
    Trophy Points:
    644
    Location:
    Myrtle Point, OR
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB4,628
    Have to replace my keyboard and mouse due to a serious water spill. This will be my family's 4th DeathAdder in a year.

    - or -

    ¥Havcer to+9ui ererp
    3jklacver m,.*y]6 l
    3jkery]6buio+9aerdf a-ndf m,.*uio+9ser fduio+9er t+9uio a serr9uio+s waterr spio+9ul
    3jkjkl.h
    3m,.* T¥uio+9s wo+9uijkl
    3l
    3jk ber mh,.*y]6 dfa,.*mo+9ui3jkl
    y]'s 34t¥ DFerat¥hAdfdferr +9uio n a 6y]erarm,.*
     
    • Hugs Hugs x 1
  20. DarkAudit

    DarkAudit Room for rent

    Messages:
    10,153
    Trophy Points:
    1,494
    Location:
    Still not in Michigan
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB6,954
    I installed Gentoo on the spare Optiplex as a "because I can" exercise. Now I'm at "why bother?" I haven't updated it in weeks, and because it's low on memory, the 4GB swap can't handle some updates without manually adding temporary swap space. And even then, a Chromium update can last up to 12 hours.

    It's just... there. Not doing anything the other systems aren't doing better. A different distro wouldn't make much of a difference.
     
  21. PatrThom

    PatrThom Genuinely Curious

    Messages:
    30,994
    Trophy Points:
    1,844
    Location:
    Other Fourth Coast, USA
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB11,431
    What are you doing that 8GB is not enough??? (assuming 4GB RAM + 4GB swap).

    --Patrick
     
  22. stienman

    stienman GRATUITOUS AMOUNTS OF ENERGY

    Messages:
    12,490
    Trophy Points:
    1,494
    Location:
    401 BABIES
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB6,048
    The problem isn't "what can't it do" the problem is "it has no purpose, and updating it is pointless, and given updates are painful, why bother?"

    I expect if he had a need for the machine (maybe start playing around with firewalls, proxies, or servers) then he'd configure the OS differently to match the machine's capabilities and his needs.

    But he has no needs for this machine to fulfill. It's just there, eating power and, occasionally, time.
     
  23. PatrThom

    PatrThom Genuinely Curious

    Messages:
    30,994
    Trophy Points:
    1,844
    Location:
    Other Fourth Coast, USA
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB11,431
    Yeah it's an Optiplex, so it's not like he could even mine with it.

    --Patrick
     
  24. DarkAudit

    DarkAudit Room for rent

    Messages:
    10,153
    Trophy Points:
    1,494
    Location:
    Still not in Michigan
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB6,954
    A SFF Optiplex at that, so mining is definitely out.

    The Chromium compile likes to eat all the available RAM and swap space, then demand more.
     
  25. DarkAudit

    DarkAudit Room for rent

    Messages:
    10,153
    Trophy Points:
    1,494
    Location:
    Still not in Michigan
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB6,954
    So upgrading my phone broke the mobile banking app. Trying to enroll the device gave a "device id not found" error. When tech support had me delete the app and then try to log in to the web site, I tried the security question option because the phone numbers for the one-time code were outdated. No security questions were available.

    And the people who would take care of correcting the old phone numbers are out of the office until TUESDAY because of the holiday. So the only way of checking my balance is the old fashioned way of actually going to the bank and using the ATM.
     
    • Hugs Hugs x 1
  26. PatrThom

    PatrThom Genuinely Curious

    Messages:
    30,994
    Trophy Points:
    1,844
    Location:
    Other Fourth Coast, USA
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB11,431
    Upgrading to a new phone will also really mess up some kinds of OTP or password apps you might have installed, too. Many of them require the old phone do something to release/unenroll the account/app/device before it can be moved to a new phone, and many people don't keep their contact info up to date, meaning they also don't have a second way in to reset their access.

    --Patrick
     
  27. Ravenpoe

    Ravenpoe Forum God

    Messages:
    16,935
    Trophy Points:
    1,644
    Location:
    America's wang
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB3,556
    Man, don't buy razor peripherals. They're overpriced and shit quality when it comes to durability.
     
  28. Gared

    Gared One Of Us

    Messages:
    3,738
    Trophy Points:
    644
    Location:
    Myrtle Point, OR
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB4,628
    They're the only comfortable mouse I've found, and I really can't blame them for bong water getting into the bottom of the mouse.
     
    • Informative Informative x 2
  29. fade

    fade Insert "Yo mama" joke here Staff Member

    Messages:
    14,167
    Trophy Points:
    1,494
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB6,572
    Yeah, I picked up some old Dells from work for free. Played with them for a while and realized I had no use for them whatsoever. So I installed Linux Mint and gave them to Goodwill's computer donations (they have a separate, special storefront for PC donations here in houston).
     
    • Like Like x 1
  30. drawn_inward

    drawn_inward One Of Us

    Messages:
    3,941
    Trophy Points:
    444
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB2,464
    Our Roku is acting glitchier every day. Apps crash, the unit crashes, apps are sluggish, etc. I think it's time for an upgrade or platform change. I am think the Fire is a nice option. I'd like to make an HTPC, but I don't have the cash or the time right now. I also want to set up a media server, but I need to invest some $ for that too.
     
  31. Tinwhistler

    Tinwhistler I play tunes and write books

    Messages:
    4,997
    Trophy Points:
    1,344
    Location:
    Lovettsville, VA
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB3,906
    Weird. I've only ever had like 3 crashes on my rokus. I have 4 in the house. 3 of them are Roku 3's, and one of them is a Roku 4.

    That said, I mostly use it for Plex, and I use handbrake to convert my video files into roku-friendly formats.
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 2
  32. GasBandit

    GasBandit Ask me about my Reprehensible Filth Staff Member

    Messages:
    50,618
    Trophy Points:
    1,844
    Location:
    Yeehawbutts, Texas
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB20,154
    You should not be allowed to put "PC Input!" in big bold letters on the outside of a TV's box if the only inputs the TV actually has are HDMI :mad:

    Guess I'll shell out 8 bucks for a converter. Can't be arsed to haul the damn thing back to the store after I got it unpacked and everything.

    I'm really making good use of the free shipping from Amazon Prime this year...
     
  33. PatrThom

    PatrThom Genuinely Curious

    Messages:
    30,994
    Trophy Points:
    1,844
    Location:
    Other Fourth Coast, USA
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB11,431
    At least you should be able to get by with just a passive converter, assuming your PC has either DVI or DisplayPort.

    --Patrick
     
  34. GasBandit

    GasBandit Ask me about my Reprehensible Filth Staff Member

    Messages:
    50,618
    Trophy Points:
    1,844
    Location:
    Yeehawbutts, Texas
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB20,154
    Nope. VGA. But a converter is only 8 bucks off amazon.
     
  35. drawn_inward

    drawn_inward One Of Us

    Messages:
    3,941
    Trophy Points:
    444
    Books:
    0
    HalBucks:
    HB2,464
    It's a Roku 2. It has been fairly reliable (since 2012ish) until about 6 months ago. Not bad I guess. I don't think I will get another one though. Unless I find a great deal.