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Permanent residency strikes again! Is this some pro-immigrant code?
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System Restore was introduced in what, the XP timeframe? By the time Windows 7 was getting old, System Restore still failed to provide anything of value any time I had to deal with a bad crash, so these days I leave it turned off on all the machines I put together.
I use virtual machines rather extensively, and there's nothing of value on my VM host, so when I do backups, the virtual disks represent the whole of the machine, so I have a number of backups I can return to...
I used it a lot and was very happy with. Whenever something got installed on my computer I did not like, I used System Restore to fix the problem. Maybe did not work well for your crashes, but did extremely well at getting rid of unwanted applications that did not want to play nice in the sandbox.
That is definately a good solution. Certainly makes testing easy since have a clean system to start with. Just not sure I want to always work with a VM. They are probably better now, but at one time there were some issues is planning to use as a desktop machine.
I've switched to VMs a few years back and I'm not going back to bare metal. Full system backups are trivial, and the ability to create a checkpoint, try something, then rollback everything back is a godsend as a developer. And since all the (virtualized) hardware looks the same to guest operating systems, I find support for Linux (if that's your thing) to work even better than installing it on real hardware and then fiddling with driver configuration files.
Unless I had a need to directly talk to hardware, I couldn't see myself doing it differently.
Very familiar with Hyper-V. In addition to what you point out is can be much better integrated with Windows since Microsoft controls both. Not sure VMWare would work as well, but maybe. The only other one I know of it the old 2005 Virtual Server I think it is called, and it is pretty old now.
Somehow I doubt you could even install Virtual Server on a recent version of Windows. I remember using it along with Virtual PC back in the day. Never tried VirtualBox.
I've had the misfortune of having to use VMware's ESX virtual server (running on bare metal). People at my office somehow managed to get it "disconnected" from the drives hosting the virtual machines at one point, and could never get it going again.
Have to agree that is pretty lame. I do not know how many times I have tried to vote and have been told I need 15 points. Does not tell me how many points I have or how to actually get points. Have not tried to answer any questions, but if you need points to answer I can understand why it is useless.
No, anyone can post an answer (unless they've earned themselves a ban anyway). Voting is gated behind having a small amount of reputation as an anti-vandalism control.
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, waging all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
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