One thing I miss about Windows...

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You kinda made it sound like it was automatic. You literally said:
Defragging is done automatically on Windows 10 nowadays.
It is automatic by default unless a user goes into settings and disables it.
Most Windows users never look into their settings as they never think that far ahead.

Just about everything in Windows 10 can be enabled and disabled if a user is willing to dig deep enough and learn how to turn off the features that are set by default.

Can't say what can be enabled or disabled in Windows 11 ain't got Windows 11 yet and that will be up to the Wife.

And since I haven't run Windows on any machines of mine since Window 7, and given that 10 does so much automatically, I'd say mine was a more than fair assumption.
I work on Windows 10 computers for people and make good money doing so and it gives me something to do.
I've never had a Windows OS where I couldn't disable what I wanted although some stuff takes more effort than perhaps just a check in a box.

Equally fairly, SSDs are not exactly "newfangled"; they've been availably on the shelves for around 15 years give or take, and the tech has been available around 30 (though not exactly at consumer level prices).
They are in my house ain't got any of them in any of my computers although I've installed SSDs in other peoples computers when needed.
I still have a dozen new old stock mechanical hard drives so I doubt I'll be buying any SSDs anytime soon.

I only have 1 SSD and it's in my desktop.
Though my laptop's running an HDD, I still wouldn't want Windows auto-defragging stuff. SSD was a more universal example, but I've had a few very loud and crappy drives. A constant defragging outta my control could be a problem, not just cozza noise but drive wear, too. HDDs are also harmed by too much defragging. I mean they also have lifespans that are affected by I/O ops. Those moving parts get unhealthy and you can hear when seeking gets harder or a motor is struggling -- both affected by this. And besides, like compulsory updates, it can be a huge disruption if one is busy on one's PC.


Which is sensible ;)
Bottom line for myself is I don't do nothing automatic.

First thing in the morning when I sit in front of anyone of my computers is check and install any available updates a habit from using Windows OSs.

Never had any problems with Windows updates dissruppting anything as update times can be set to user convenience.
 
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I'm horrible at explaining in text as I can't type and can't spell and ain't no good at punctuation.

If you're where I'm at I can explain stuff real well.

I wonder how I ever made it through college but I did have a dictionary.
 

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I'm horrible at explaining in text as I can't type and can't spell and ain't no good at punctuation.
I am great with words and usage, but bloody terrible at spelling, thankfully there are some excellent English [GB] spell [& grammar] checkers available to integrate into your mail & web apps.
 

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I wondered about grammar and punctuation checkers since there are spell checkers.
 

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If you use Firefox [and thunderbird] then there is a very good one, just called Language tool in the FF add on's, I am not keen on its spell checker too Americanised, so for UK spellings, I also added the Marco Polo EN English dictionary
 
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I wondered about grammar and punctuation checkers since there are spell checkers.

The only really good grammar checker I've found so far is not free, nor opensource. It's "Grammarly" and a pretty solid bit of kit - even as a browser extension. There are others, but they're not nearly as good.

Caveat: It has been a few years since I last went through trying a bunch of them.

I am not keen on its spell checker too Americanised, so for UK spellings

Not sure if you know, but you can change the language to English (GB) in Firefox's settings and that should change the spellcheck dictionary. Then again, it may well be the English (GB) that's too Americanized and you already use it. I just figured I'd toss it out there.
 

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Not sure if you know, but you can change the language to English (GB
It is set for EN GB, but it doesn't stop it offering F instead of Ph and Z instead of S
 
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It is set for EN GB, but it doesn't stop it offering F instead of Ph and Z instead of S

That is horrible. Are Chromium-based browsers any better?
 

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That'd be the one, yes. They'll want you to pay for the extension after a free trial (as memory serves). Again, it has been a few years since I tested a number of them out. Maybe three years? It wasn't long before the pandemic began. So, it was back in the Before Times, but not all that long ago.
 

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Guess I'll look into it a bit more as I'm not into the trial thing as if they're going to charge me just tell me from the git-go.
 
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It was merely a trial the last time I poked at it. From your link, it looks like they have a free tier that does at least some grammar checking. So, if you're interested in grammar help, it might actually be worth installing. The last time I checked, they had a limited trial and then everything was premium.

Heck, I should probably check it out for my blog postings! Oh, man... It'd hate the kind of writing I do at the blog. I'm way too informal.
 

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You know what I miss?

Pirating software...
Me too miss making keygens I always thought of reverse engineering as a challenge, like climbing Mt Everest, why would anybody would want to climb it is beyond me, but probably because it is there
Basically open the program up (disassemble it) and look at what it's told to do when it's given a key. That is the formula that is needed. They take that formula, and write a program of their own that makes keys so that formula is fulfilled.
If the "reverse engineer" coded the keygen right, then any code that it generates will pass the formula, so any key will be valid. Generally done by running the program in a debugger like ollydbg

But those were the days
 
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But those were the days

I was better at making patches than generating keys...

And, yeah, those were the day... Like you, I liked the challenge.
 

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bloody terrible at spelling
Splelnig ins't taht mcuh of an osbtcale to udnrestnadnig so lnog as teh frist adn lsat ltetres aer in teh rgiht plcae.
 
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Splelnig ins't taht mcuh of an osbtcale to udnrestnadnig so lnog as teh frist adn lsat ltetres aer in teh rgiht plcae.

It's probably deleted by now, long since lost to the ether, but I once hacked together a Perl script to do that to the text you entered.
 
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KGill wrote:

An unspell checker? :)

Now I wish I'd thought of that as a name for it...

I think I called it something like 'letter scrambler', though it was marginally more complicated than that.
 

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Now I wish I'd thought of that as a name for it...

I think I called it something like 'letter scrambler', though it was marginally more complicated than that.
If it were the 1990s, you coulda sold it as a "Password Generator", people really believed letter scrambling, reversing, or basic 1:1 ciphers made their password, "password", now "wrdoassp" or "lwzzeift", somehow stronger, lol. You'da been rich (unless you used the Shareware model).
 
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