June 29, 2016

More Win 10 grief

Until now I've been using IE to do most of my posting around here, but it looks as if I'm going to have to use Firefox from now on.

I compose my articles using a dusty copy of Frontpage (from 2001, which Microsoft doesn't sell or support any more) and cut-and-pasting into the "new page" area using IE. But that doesn't work any more. The paste does nothing.

And I can compose directly in the IE windows (though that's risky) but I can't enter any links. The "add link" tool no longer works in IE under Win 10. It works in Firefox, though, so I guess that's where I go now.

I tried "Edge" because I was curious but it only took me a couple of minutes to decide I didn't want any part of it. Being able to add notations to web pages is an interesting idea but that's not enough to make me put up with all the things I didn't like.

It isn't a new idea, anyway. I used to have a program I bought that allowed me to do that for myself, and it was handy. It was also private; my notations didn't get shared. I no longer remember the name of the thing, and in any case the real problem with it is that it didn't scale well. As my total number of notes climbed, performance went into the toilet when I tried to load a page.

There was also something I vaguely remember about that same time that involved notes that were shared. If you accessed someone's site directly, that's all you got. But if you went to it through a proxy server (IIRC) then you saw the original page and you saw all the garbage that every other user left. It didn't last long, probably for the same reason a lot of other bright ideas of the time didn't last: no revenue. (This was during the Dot-Com era when the motto was "We'll figure out how to make money off it after the IPO.")

Nowadays there would be other reasons for it to fail: spam, hate comments, and so on.

Regardless, Microsoft has now revived the idea with Edge, and I assume they are going to have a huge spam problem with it, even if no other issues arise.

The Microsoft store also doesn't impress. Nearly all the games are Free* which means you can download and run them without paying but in-game there will be plenty of opportunities for you to shell out hard cash for in-game advantages. Screw that.

Microsoft Solitaire is installed on here but it doesn't run. It's in the store, too, but the store tells me I already have it. Maybe I'll try deleting it and reinstalling it. Or maybe I don't care.

Next on the list is to go find my installations of Master of Orion and Master of Magic and get shortcuts to them onto my desktop.

It would also be nice if I could figure out a way to disable the damned touchpad, but so far I haven't been able to figure one out. The best way would be to uninstall the device but the first place I looked to do that wouldn't let me. (The button is there but it's grayed out.)

Any transition this drastic is going to have hiccups. (Ooooh, hiccups. That's what caused my stroke.) These hiccups are nowhere near that deadly, at least so far.

On another subject, I added Bakuon! to the top rotation but it seems to me like I really should do something else, too. Netoge would probably be a good series to plunder but, sorry, I just can't work up any enthusiasm for it. I think Haifuri might be pretty good, as long as you all don't mind the fact that it isn't really a fanservice show. And I probably won't plunder the whole thing because I don't want to watch the whole thing.

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1 I did use Edge when I first started with Win10 machines, but after two days, I just pinned IE to the task bar and right click on certain files to use something other than Edge to open them.  There were no show-stopping problems, but the small annoyances quickly added up to exceed how much I was willing to experience with Edge.

Posted by: cxt217 at June 29, 2016 06:20 PM (ihsfL)



I did the exact same thing.  Edge rearranged all my Favorites, and it didn't keep the favorites list in the same place when I brought the pane back up (it went back to the top of the list every time).  That was absolutely irritating when I'm reading through a list of links.

I'm going to ride IE until it drops, then probably go to Firefox.

Posted by: CatCube at June 29, 2016 07:31 PM (fa4fh)

3 If you're fond of cute girls in black sweaters with fabulous reaction faces, Servant x Service could be a veritable gold mine of topshots.

Posted by: Wonderduck at June 29, 2016 10:41 PM (Hdexn)

4 Edge, as released, isn't really ready for prime time.  The November Update made it a lot better, and based on insider previews, it continues to improve (it even has extensions now!) but of course most people won't see that until August. As far as the annotation stuff, I haven't even looked at it but I would've assumed it's all stored locally, or possibly in (ominous sting) The Cloud, if you logged in with a Microsoft account instead of a local one. I saw a couple of results from Google searching yesterday that said a few people had found a fix for the store not opening--but your discovery of the proxy thing is probably the real problem in your case (unless you're lucky and both things apply).

Posted by: RickC at June 30, 2016 08:51 AM (FvJAK)


OK, I have 74 candidates from Haifuri but I'm not going to add them for the moment.

Why is IE spell-checking my post? I need to find that and turn it off. I don't need it to tell me that "Haifuri" isn't an English word.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 30, 2016 01:19 PM (+rSRq)

6 Amazing. It's under "devices" in the "Settings" tool.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 30, 2016 01:27 PM (+rSRq)

7 Wonderduck, the problem with black sweaters is no shading which means no shape except in silhouette.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 30, 2016 02:13 PM (+rSRq)

8 Hah, I didn't even know you COULD turn the spell-checker off.  (I don't often write non-English words, so it's actually useful to me as a typo-spotter.)

Posted by: RickC at June 30, 2016 02:42 PM (FvJAK)

9 > The best way would be to uninstall the device but the first place I looked to do that wouldn't let me. Don't forget by default, you're not running as an administrator, so you wouldn't have permissions to do it.

Posted by: RickC at July 01, 2016 07:52 AM (ECH2/)


Actually, I am running as administrator.

I found somewhere else that allowed me to uninstall it (with the requisite restart) and when it came back up it helpfully reinstalled it, with another restart.

I'm beginning to think about putting a screwdriver through it...

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 01, 2016 12:12 PM (+rSRq)

11 Going to the device manager, finding the touchpad on the tree, double-clicking to open "Properties"  and clicking the "Disable" button on the Driver tab doesn't work?  That's been an option since at least XP.

Posted by: CatCube at July 02, 2016 07:50 PM (fa4fh)


The "disable" button is grayed out.

The "uninstall" button isn't, though. But when I uninstall it, Win10 kindly and helpfully reinstalls it.

The right solution is supposed to be to install the ASUS "Smart Gesture" package, which includes in it a check box that says "Disable the touch pad when a mouse is connected". But the Smart Gesture package won't install. Probably some day ASUS will bring out a new version of it which might fix the issue, but they haven't so far.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 02, 2016 08:36 PM (+rSRq)

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