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Daily News Stuff 9 August 2021

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  • So, my new laptop arrived this morning - the Dell Inspiron 14 7000.  It's not physically impressive; it's small, and light, and completely silent.  The keyboard is perfectly fine, with decent travel and no noticeable flex.  The screen is clear, sharp, and vibrant, without being aggressive about it.  I plugged it in, and when I checked a while later, it was fully charged.

    It has an 11th-generation Intel laptop chip, which are rather better than their desktop counterparts.  And Nvidia MX350 graphics, which are not much faster than the latest Intel Xe integrated graphics but do offer an extra 2GB of dedicated VRAM.

    Oh, and it has a tiny physical camera shutter, so you don't need electrical tape.  Basically, there's nothing to complain about.  Everything works just like it should.

    They just discontinued that model.


  • Screw you, Microsoft Edge.  (Charles Petzold)

    Almost as soon as Microsoft shipped Windows they started think up ways to ruin it.  They keep trying to shove ads into it, and people always, always hate it, and they have to take them out again.

    This time - as the title suggests - it's not Windows itself but the Edge browser.  Same deal, though.  To be useful, an operating system or a browser must be a neutral platform.  Anything else is cancer.  Or maybe anthrax.


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1 "They just discontinued that model."
Of course.

Posted by: normal at Monday, August 09 2021 09:58 PM (obo9H)

2 I've gotta say, I do appreciate that Petzold's outraged that Microsoft's trying to save him some money, though.  (And I've actually seen that.  He's cropped the picture so much you can hardly tell, but it's not a regular ad--a slightly obnoxious animated icon shows up in the address bar, and if you click it, you get a popup (or something saying "I found a bunch of coupons, do you want to try them?"  I've gotten a few of those on Papa John's website and on Ali Express.  Never found one that worked, though, because the coupons are mostly already-expired, for specific products that I didn't order, or for localities that aren't mine.  So on that regard, it's not even minimally competent.)

Posted by: Rick C at Monday, August 09 2021 11:50 PM (eqaFC)

3 Oh, also, you can at least turn that off, too, right from the settings (I DDGed it, and the first hit was "go into the flags", but at least currently, it's visible under privacy without messing with the flags.

Posted by: Rick C at Monday, August 09 2021 11:52 PM (eqaFC)

4 "privacy"

Your browser is sending every page you visit to someone else, and then popping up ads based on those pages they can serve back to you.  Changing the "privacy" settings will make the ads stop popping up.  Maybe for a while.

Posted by: normal at Tuesday, August 10 2021 01:45 AM (LADmw)

5 Yeah, I got one of those Edge pop-ups back at the beginning of January, when I was looking at a page on Woot. I wasn't actually buying anything, I was checking a browser-compatibility issue, so it was pretty pointless. I turned it off and went through all the other settings just in case they'd opted me into something else without asking at the same time.

(and it did at least propagate that setting to the other Windows box that's tied to the same MS account)


-j

Posted by: J Greely at Tuesday, August 10 2021 01:47 AM (ZlYZd)

6 I'm also suspicious of "Check your spelling as you type" as, when building the browser from source (firefox in this case) doesn't actually pull in any spell-checker dictionaries.

Posted by: normal at Tuesday, August 10 2021 03:28 AM (LADmw)

7 Now is there a way to tell Windows 10/11 to NOT delete uTorrent? Especially since the 2.2.1 is not the really vulnerable version.

Posted by: Mauser at Tuesday, August 10 2021 01:24 PM (Ix1l6)

8 Yeah, good question.  I switched over to Deluge a while back and that doesn't seem to have any problems.  Or if it does I've missed them.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, August 10 2021 02:21 PM (PiXy!)

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