Google Hangouts

02/06/2014 22:03:48
Luke McGrane

Just a quick note, I've just installed Pidgin and gotten rid of Google Hangouts because it seems to be abandoned. There are hundreds of bad reviews, a lot of them quite helpful to the developers, but there's been no significant update to Hangouts for months.

For me, I have finally had enough of the fact that I can't sign out on one device and stay logged in on another and that the notifications appear on all devices simultaneously regardless of whether I want them to or not. Also, snoozing them affects all devices which means you can't silence the notifications on your PC but leave them active on your phone.

What really takes the biscuit iss that the Google Chrome webstore is designed to stop you leaving bad reviews. Once I had removed it from Chrome I was unable to post a review and after adding it again then posting the review I found that removing the extension from Chrome deleted the review I had just posted. So it seems the only way to leave any sort of forewarning for others is to keep the app you do not like installed and running.


Whatever Happens Care Plan

12/05/2014 18:25:23
Luke McGrane
While reading up on the Surface Pro 2, which I would like to buy at some point, I decided to take a look at PC World's Whatever Happens care plan and found something pretty vital: you are NOT covered for accidental damage! I can't think of any other reason why you'd want a care plan than accidentally breaking something.
 
The plan, which starts at £8.50/mo, states that you are covered for "breakdown through mishaps" but on the link detailing important information and exclusions it states "What is not included: The cost of repairing or replacing a product which fails because anyone neglects, abuses or misuses the product" and this may seem sensible for a second but let that sink in a bit longer...
 
Who's to say you dropping your laptop or Surface Pro 2 is accidental or neglect? What if your child got hold of the device and wanted to see if it's water proof? What if you forgot it was in your backpack and sat on it? These cases are accidental in a way and neglect in others, it is pretty careless to sit on a laptop! To me, this clause is simply a way for DSG Retail to get out of honouring their plan and just makes it seem pointless.
 
Always make sure you read the fine print!

Finding OS of Remote Machine

28/04/2014 07:27:49
Luke McGrane

If you want to find out which version of Windows a remote machine is using and you have sufficient access rights on the remote machine to do so you can simply open the command prompt and type:

 

systeminfo /S MACHINENAME > %TEMP%\pc && findstr /C:"OS Name:" %TEMP%\pc

 

I figured this out as I've been learning a lot about Linux recently (aiming for the LPIC 101 via Linux Academy) and wondered what the Windows version of Grep was. It turns out there isn't a built-in 'Grep' equivalent so you have to save the output to a file then read that with findstr. If you want a separate command/application you could just install WinGrep though.



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