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Not only do we get loadshedding so we don't have any electricity to pay for, the utility wants to up the rates because they have lost out on income due to non-supply, and are also proposing a fixed charge for solar power users !
My actual physical devices were fine. But I had to - for example with my wifi widget - uninstall the drivers for the thing, unplug it (it's USB) and plug it back in before windows would use it properly.
I had to uninstall my network devices and reinstall them
Ugh. I just read some article (linked to from CP's Daily News email, I believe) about some urgent fix in the TCP stack. As I'm writing this I have a number of machines waiting on me for a reboot. Now you have me worried.
I've never suffered anything this nasty. Maybe it's luck, but then again I probably have a much simpler setup than yours.
What has happened--more than once--is DNS query issues that totally turtled internet access. One of them had to do with an IPv6 setting. I had to search for solutions and don't even remember for sure if the fault lay with Microsoft. I also recall that another one was short-lived and was magically fixed by installing a pending update.
I don't build them myself (at least not entirely) anymore. The reason is, these days it's cheaper to get a good "bare-bones" (read: without a graphics card) "gaming" system and use it as a fast dev workstation.
It's got the ram. it's got the nvme, and the nice chipset and motherboard, quality components, etc. But I would have paid another $300 on top of the $1200 i paid if i would have built it myself.
I honestly don't think it was my hardware. Most of it is ASUS (the mobo and WiFi adapter - and they shipped together so were likely tested together - better than what i could build anyway) and the rest is also good models of good brands.
The most suspect player in this equation, particularly since it happened right after an update, is Microsoft.
And if they didn't test their update with my standard WHQL tested hardware and that's why it failed? It's *still* their fault.
Used to be a fan of theirs (I was introduced to the world of VMs with their Workstation product) until their prices kept going up and up. My employer could justify it, but not myself, especially after MS had started bundling Hyper-V right into Windows.
I've never looked into Player. If Hyper-V gave me a reason to look elsewhere (and so far it hasn't), it would be at the top of the list. I refuse to deal with VirtualBox, which is owned by that other hellspawn company.
can it really do worse to me than Linux has? (Operating system not found after an update - fairly consistently to the point where i got used to manually patching the MBR after every update)
I've been bitten by this one on more than one occasion, and for the most part, my Linux instances are all running as VMs - what should, by now, be a well-known virtualized configuration, and not on bare metal, which means a lot of the unknown/strange/uncommon hardware is removed from the equation. How updates can still mess that up is puzzling to say the least.
honey the codewitch wrote:
I almost certainly won't do it, but the fact that I've been driven to the point where it even occurred to me is more than a little disappointing.
I'd still take their hardware, I just refuse to give them any money for it. AKA, my justification for owning a used MacBook laptop.
For starters I'm 25 and I want to be a software developer. The issue is though is that I got arrested a few years ago and long story short it didn't result in a conviction and the arrest got expunged. Since then despite the outcomes I've been very skeptical about getting a software job. I've been looking to go the freelancing route but I only know python and I'm still trying to build up a portfolio. Is freelancing worth it?
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