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It's an incredibly user-hostile system . I've started using elementary OS[^] whenever possible to avoid this sort of stuff
Surely something like a monthly update day (with reminders the day/week before) would be appropriate for everything except emergency worst-case security patches? I don't mind having to restart to install updates, I just want control over when and why my machine reboots.
Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A.
I turned off automatic updates long time ago after having similar experiences in past. I do only manual updates(once in a month or two).
Apart from windows, I even turned off automatic updates for other softwares. Last year CCleaner's particular update made headlines due to security issue(Hackers injected their code in build to do .....).
Also browsers. Some add-ons/plugins not compatible for new versions.
Ditto here. My main laptop at home spent a brief week running Win10, but got rolled back to 8.1 the day after MS force fed it an update. They had to turn it on from a full power off, and left if on after they were done. No more Win10 for me except for my experimental laptop.. and they're about to lose that one too.
Actually this 8.1 came with laptop by default. It's been 4+ years & everything is going on smooth & fine. If something happens, I'll go with Linux. No more plan for Windows. Right now I use 99% FREE & Opensource softwares only in my laptop.
I am a pen and paper man when it comes to making electrical or electronic designs. Unfortunately, pen and paper are no longer of use here. All design packages I can find, approach it from a Network Principle, and offer all sorts of checks and simulations. It is also a study in itself to learn how to use each of same.
I am looking for something very simple, one step up of MS Paint, preferably freeware, where I can throw up a diagram as I know it, without al those complications and steep learning curves. The Diagrams I am trying to draw are really simple!
Caveat I hate graphics - huge time consumers. There used to be a package called Designer back in the day (can't remember how long ago) that even a graphics Luddite like me could use with no experience at all. I think it got bought and "upgraded" to be totally unusable.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity
it sounds like something like that could suffice for me.
I just want to draw basic diagrams, without all the nonsense of background software of trying to put it all on a PCB.
The Simpler the Better, Just basic drawing without having to study CAD.
I am not trying do design something aided by a computer, I am essentially trying to make a drawing. of a simple circuit, where the computer is my willing and unquestioning drawing board. Very much the same as that my paper does not refuse the ink. when I make a Bad Connection.
now I have plenty of XP computers off line to run stuff like this on
Orcad is far to complicated for my purpose It logically links elements of the design. I do not want that!
Eagle is even more sophisticated, most certainly do not want That!
The software I am looking for would have Symbols, but would be largely agnostic to their meaning.
I just want to put a few symbols across the screen, and save or print it! As said, a sophisticated version of MS Paint!
would have Symbols, but would be largely agnostic to their meaning.
This intrigues me: could you elaborate ?
Do you require typical EE symbols: resistors, capacitors, inductors, IC's, diodes, transformers, etc. ? Do you need "smart connectors" that lock onto shapes and re-route when you drag symbols around ?
«... thank the gods that they have made you superior to those events which they have not placed within your own control, rendered you accountable for that only which is within you own control For what, then, have they made you responsible? For that which is alone in your own power—a right use of things as they appear.» Discourses of Epictetus Book I:12
I require EE like symbols as a Library of all those things, as free to position and rotate pictorial drawing objects, but, without any further logical connection! I do in particular not want 'Smart Connectors'. I want absolutely No re-routing when I drag symbols about! I want to do that Myself, By Hand! I do not want logical analysis of the circuit, I do not plan to export same to a PCB design!
The Wiring between the elements should have no logical implications for the design, but, should just comprise of lines to complete the visual picture, in a Human Readable Form, particularly when printed. I also want to be able to include such picture in a Document by way of illustration. Any picture format would do.
All I want is a sort of MsPaint on Steriods, where I can get a Realistic Print Preview.
This is what I do and you can try it easy and free.
Goto Electrical Engineering Stack Exchange[^]
Click any question
Go to bottom where you can answer question (your not going to save so it is OK)
Click the 7th icon in the "toolbar" of the answer question area. It's a pencil with a resistor looking thing.
Its schematic editor and it is absolutely easy to use. Add your electrical components and they connect very easily.
Works so great and you can even get a subscription to the tool.
Try it and let me know.