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Anything that is unrelated to elephants is irrelephant Anonymous - The problem with quotes on the internet is that you can never tell if they're genuine Winston Churchill, 1944 - Never argue with a fool. Onlookers may not be able to tell the difference. Mark Twain
She appeared in Theatre of Blood, a dark comedy in which Vincent Price played a Shakespearean actor who sets out to murder the critics who panned him, killing each of them by re-staging a death scene from one of Shakespeare's plays. The actors who played the critics were actually all renowned British Shakespearean actors. One of my all-time favourite films.
Frank Wilhoit: “Conservatism consists of exactly one proposition …There must be in-groups whom the law protects but does not bind, alongside out-groups whom the law binds but does not protect.”
We never have had a president* so completely deserving of scorn and yet so small in the office that it almost seems a waste of time and energy to summon the requisite contempt
Someone brought me an old laptop to "clean up" because she wants to give it to a 3-year old grandchild, to keep her away from her "good" laptop. It's old, it's slow, there was nothing I was asked to salvage, so I figured the quickest way to get there was to blow everything away and just let a clean install of Windows take over the entire disk after deleting it all.
The first attempt to install went just fine. Then I let Windows 7 get and install any and all updates it could find. This is what the system came with, and even though I realize it's out of support, yada-yada, I figured it would probably be the best thing to reinstall on it. Anything newer would be even slower, not to mention no guarantee that any proprietary driver might not be available or work with 8/8.1/10/whatever else. At some point some update failed, and it spent countless hours rolling everything back. Next time around I told it to only install a subset of them, and do it all in smaller chunks (that generally seems to work better in my experience since, at this point in time, Win7 tries to get and install hundreds of updates...which might be just too much for it to try to handle all at once).
At some point it decided to run System Repair (not System Restore) on every startup, even though it could never find/fix any problem. I figured I'd try a different hard drive - I have plenty of spares I don't mind giving away. Long story short, I'm back in the same situation; System Repair comes up on its own on every reboot and, if I can eventually reach the login screen, the subsequent reboot starts the whole thing all over again.
While I'm ready to say the first hard drive's just gone way past its useful life (the manufacturing date printed on it says 2007), I have a harder time saying the same about the second, and I know I last used it to test various Linux distributions in another laptop and never had a problem with it.
I'm not sure if some unrelated hardware problem could manifest itself in this way. But I'm running out of patience and not quite willing to try a third hard drive, if only for the sake of trying.
Again, it's just an old laptop to be given to a 3-year old, so honestly, I've probably spent way more time on this than anyone ought to. I think this is gonna be one of those rare times I just tell her to trash it.
I had no point and no question. Just a semi-rant, I guess...
My 3-year old grandson watches films and plays games on his tablet. He would definitely know the difference. His first question when he first brought it to our house: "Grandad, what's your wifi password?".
True. But I suspect she's not the type who would've hung onto an installer so she can set it up again 10 years down the road. I'd expect her (and that'd be me being an optimist for her to go that far) to google for something, download it, and try to install it. And her googling would NOT be returning anything that has the same age as her laptop.
Neat Trick for young kids.
The passwords should be the phone numbers they should always know!
Starting at 2, my daughter got her first computer (an old spare), I removed the WIN, ALT and other KEYS that cause problems.
By 5 she was doing a little home key practice
By 5th Grade she could type over 60 WPM!
Another good idea we used:
Practicing Touch Typing for 2-3 minutes (increasing over time), was the PENANCE she had to pay to PLAY!
Everything she was given, had a condition attached to it, like study time, reading time, math time.
She did her "WORK" first, and then had access to games, walks and drives...
The little snot learned to complete EVERYTHING in the first 1hr of the day, all summer, so she could have the rest of her day. LOL...