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Networking / Re: Certain websites sometimes won't load
« Last post by alexd0100 on Today at 04:49:46 PM »
I would do an "ipconfig /all" and check out my DNS servers.

I have experienced a similar problem when using IPv6 DNS servers.

You can try disabling IPv6 for that adapter ("Network and Sharing Center" > "Change Adapter Settings" > right-click on the connection you're using > "Properties" > click the check box next to "Internet Protocol Version 6") You might need administrative privileges to make this change.
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Off topic / Re: Why you must stop using lithium ion batteries
« Last post by BC_Programmer on Today at 02:26:05 PM »
Lighters cause fires....Film at Eleven.

And tune in tomorrow morning when we speak to a papercut survivor and hear their harrowing tale.
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Off topic / Re: Why you must stop using lithium ion batteries
« Last post by patio on Today at 02:07:35 PM »
Lighters cause fires....Film at Eleven.
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Off topic / Re: Why you must stop using lithium ion batteries
« Last post by BC_Programmer on Today at 01:02:11 PM »
To take some liberties on Churchill, "Lithium batteries are perhaps the worst form of rechargeable battery we've come up with. Except for all the others we have tried."

The issues that result in headlines are due to manufacturing defects or extenuating circumstances; Poor manufacturing of any battery is going to result in complications. NiCad batteries for example will explode just like Li-Ion batteries- even more destructively, in some cases - if overcharged.

Fact of the matter is that the "Nightly news" works by reporting grim stories and bad things, with maybe a 5 minute human interest story as a "positive". The top story isn't going to be "Lithium Ion Battery doesn't explode, causes no injuries" or "black man pulled over by police is let off with a warning for his excess speed" even though both occur with far more frequency than the events than are actually reported, which is WHY those events are worth reporting. Don't take events being reported as those events being established as "normal" because if they were normal, they wouldn't be reported on.

In the 90's there were similar doomsday headlines about the Apple Powerbook batteries- which were NiCad's- when there were a few reports of them exploding.

As far as causing death, the only deaths that could be said to in any way be caused by Lithium Ion batteries are cases where say somebody leaves a laptop under blankets or on a couch with poor ventilation and it overheats and the battery catches fire and burns down the house. Those are unfortunate mistakes made by victims and aren't an inherent "flaw" with Lithium Ion or Lithium Polymer batteries; batteries in general all have their own risk of fire or other damage. It's like getting sensational about Hilroy paper because if you leave clusters of it near an open flame, it can start a fire, and that we must stop using paper.
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Off topic / Re: Why you must stop using lithium ion batteries
« Last post by patio on Today at 12:41:33 PM »
Quote
If it kills you, the damage is permanent.

Quote of the Month Finalist ...
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Windows 10 / Re: How can I get EasyBCD to boot into Linux?
« Last post by patio on Today at 12:39:58 PM »
What was installed 1st ? ?...this is important.

Full Instructions...

It's for Vista but applies to all Win OS'es.
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Windows 10 / Re: How can I get EasyBCD to boot into Linux?
« Last post by Computer_Commando on Today at 11:52:53 AM »
Windows 10 boot manager won't boot Ubuntu (Linux).
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Off topic / Why you must stop using lithium ion batteries
« Last post by Geek-9pm on Today at 11:24:14 AM »
Not a question. This is a statement.
Why we must stop using lithium ion batteries.

Don't you already know?
They are not safe.
They are not reliable.
They are expensive.
If it kills you, the damage is permanent.

Whenever there's media news about these time-bombs, there is so much fluff about how they are now better and we need them.
I don't think so.  >:(
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Hardware / Re: unreliable USB port
« Last post by Salmon Trout on Today at 10:27:18 AM »
I was trying to establish if the problem recurs if you insert the same plug in a different socket (I presume whatever device you are connecting to has more than one USB socket?).

If the problem moves to a new socket, it is likely that the USB lead you are using has a faulty connector. If the lead is detachable at both ends, try a new one - you can buy them. If it is captive to the external drive, then you have a problem, that may be solved by purchasing a new empty enclosure, and opening up the faulty one and transferring the hard drive.

If the problem goes away when you move to a new socket, then it is likely that you have a damaged or marginal socket.
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Microsoft DOS / Re: Echo to txt file Ping string
« Last post by Squashman on June 18, 2018, 10:42:52 PM »
Just needed to add sleep.exe to the Windows 7 system. Got it from Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=17657
Why wouldn't you just use the TIMEOUT command that is already part of the OS?
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