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So the wife's desktop hard-drive died just before Christmas. Took it to my local IT repair place, but they couldn't resurrect it. No matter, both our machines are backed up to well-known angel (I assume angels are beings that live in clouds )
So I agreed to take back her netbook that she never uses, and give her my laptop. I managed to get my data off the laptop and onto the netbook, so that was sorted. But we both decided that the laptop wasn't useable for her with Vista on it, so I installed Win7 from an OEM disk.
Next problem, getting the data back off the cloud. Downloaded the backup/restore app, and tried to transfer the subscription to the new computer. Must have done something wrong, and ended up with a new subscription on the laptop. Hmmm. Deleted the subscription and phoned the angel, who must have been busy because it took 38 minutes to get through. Then life got really interesting. According to the angel, the wife had stopped backing up in 2010 and I had never backed up at all.
After being quite rude to the angel, I opened up the backup console on my computer and found it was in the middle of a backup. So where was it going to if I didn't have a subscription? At his request, I read off the email address that was configured on the console - the same address I had given him seven times already! He still couldn't find my subscription until we had tried the radio alphabet ("ITEM ALPHA NOVEMBER, DOT, DELTA, ECHO, NOVEMBER ... ) and then all of a sudden the angel found my subscription. YAY! And my wife's (which I must have linked to my account in 2010). So I followed instructions to transfer her subscription to the correct hardware, restored her data, and installed MS.Office (Home Use Program - only cost me $10), and her Expenses application, and linked both to the restored data.
All I've got left to do is set up a new backup schedule and we'll be good to go. Oh - and I found that my netbook battery won't hold a charge, so I've got a new one on order - and a docking station for the laptop for when she wants to use it in her home office.
So, when I said I had a non-techie Christmas, I meant that we were without techie over Christmas but, as usual, I was her IT hero!
In my view, the terms "backup" and "cloud" in the same sentence are a non sequitur. Given how cheap external hard drives are (I've seen 2TB drives for $100), I'd go with a local backup that you know you can access. Buy two drives and alternate them, keeping one in a separate location from your home. Swap them periodically.
Scissors cuts paper, paper covers rock, rock crushes lizard, lizard poisons Spock, Spock smashes scissors, scissors decapitates lizard, lizard eats paper, paper disproves Spock, Spock vaporizes rock, and as it always has, rock crushes scissors.
And I agree with him about the steep learning curve for Blender. We used it in my Production Graphics class to put 3D modeled objects into a video. The simple version we did first wasn't too hard as long as you followed the instructions from the tutorial, but my group did a more involved version for our final project using realistic models/textures. The lighting is the hardest part.
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America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between. -Oscar Wilde
Wow, even the French showed a little more spine than that before they got their sh*t pushed in.[^] -Colin Mullikin
I don't belong to the texting community, so please forgive my temporary ignorance...
When you hear "Text YOUWIN to 95120", where exactly does that text go? I see it a lot on news shows and hear it on the radio. I can't tell if they are receiving the texts on a computer or mobile phone. Somehow they are tallying the results.
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The text (i.e. SMS) goes to a virtual cellphone (i.e. a computer configured to receive an SMS sent to a specific number). The SMS contains the sender's number (unless it's blocked), so the station can determine via reverse lookup who the caller is and perform whatever tallying it needs to do.
As a follow up, gavindon's post is also valid - the FCC (now) requires any charges associated with a survey number to be explicitly specified in ads.
Normally, sending an SMS should only cost you a minimal amount like 5c - or even zero if the number of SMSs sent are within your quota. However, survey/raffle/contest numbers often cause an extra charge to be tacked on to your phone bill. The phone company collects this from you and passes it on to the party owning the SMS number.
(I realize this wasn't the crux of your original question, but it's worth knowing.)
It means that one of your friends filled out one of those "Win A Free Vacation" post cards in the mall and used your name and address and phone number. That text message is bait to set you up for the scam that is Time Share. You see, you share time. Rather than purchasing a 450k beach home which you will only use 1 week a year you can "share your time" with other like minded individuals. For only $50k you can own a 1/50th share of this marvelous home. What, the TV is CRT? Well the resort is so lovely most guests choose not to stay in their rooms all day. But back to it, all you have to do is pay a reasonably maintenance fee when you visit for the week of $1500 to cover the costs of cleaning, etc. You can even make a profit by renting out your timeshare. See we take the unused timeshares and rent them to tourist for $1600. We then take the extra money and divide it among the owners. This is an exciting opportunity. What? 1/50th of a share at $50k= 2,500k, don't get too hung up on the numbers; see time share is about relaxing and not worrying.
I actually signed up for one of these (a couple hour presentation for a free stay at a hotel). A friend warned me about this too. Is there a catch, as long as I say "no" to any of their "valuable" offers?
From stories I have heard, the sales presentation will be a hard sell, and often the conditions attached to the 'free' gift can make them either expensive, unusable or both.
e.g. Free night at a hotel - it has to be tonight, and you must eat at their restaurant - or the hotel is in another country.
I have also heard of people going tom timeshare presentations on the promise of a free gift, where the small print shows there are a limited number of freebies - and after spending hours on the presentation, followed by many delays and queueing, they are told there's not more TVs to give away - but here's a cheap pen. (Those seen walking out with a lovely new TV (well, at least a box) can be assumed to be on the payroll, I think)
Yeah, don't trust them on the *free gift* presentations. Another one of their favorites is the $1,000 shopping spree. The items may be covered by your spree, but the shipping and handling is outrageous and not covered. A supposedly $495 jacket I looked at had over $250 in shipping and handling that you still had to pay for (couldn't be covered by the spree money).
What I think the question is asking about though is the trips to some low-scale resort where they give you the pitch once you're there. Given that you're getting the trip, it seems like all you have to do is resist the hard sell, but I'd be wary of being a captive audience and of what fees might be involved with the trip.
That being said, a time share is a great opportunity, and there's really no way for you to lose!
check your phone bill. on a LOT of those stupid things, once you text that, you are signed up for a $10 a month service that is charged to your cell bill. They don't need your express permission to do it, you have to take steps to prevent it yourself.
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Spoiled only by the crowd noise, especially the whistling. Oh, and the [I assume] trilby-wearing (*) who shouts "we love you" just before it gets going properly really hacks me off.
Like the music though.
I've long played around with DirectX, and worked through many tutorials, but I've never really done anything really C++ with it. This year, I resolve to get to grips with it, and as a handy start to this MSDN Magazine is running a series on DirectX from Windows guru Charles Petzold[^]. Oh yes, I will master this technology.
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