BOBJohnson

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from Mesa, AZ

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    • Aww...

      4 years ago

      BOBJohnson

      One of my favorite features is gone: the big profile picture when visiting other people's page is no longer clickable and takes you to their pictures.

      I miss it because every so often when I'm being an insomniac, at around 2 AM, I'd randomly troll people's pictures flowing one person to the next by clicking their name in comments, then clicking their profile picture, which would lead me to other peoples comments and images.

    • So....

      4 years ago

      BOBJohnson

      ....I should not contact tech support when I'm sick.

      So a couple years back when I was still in school I purchased Office 365 University. It basically comes with a full Office 2013 and the other benefits of Office 365 (such as some Cloud storage). It is only 4 year license.

      As you may or may not know, Microsoft want's you to pay for monthly or yearly license. It's not a bad deal if you always get the newest edition of Office when it comes out, as Office 365 is supposed to include a free upgrade to the latest and greatest. Now if you wait in between editions or leap frog between editions its better to just get a normal license.

      The reason I mentioned all that is because Office 365 Personal is $70 per year. Office 365 University just requires an EDU email address, but it only costs $80 and that gives you a 4 year license (so basically $20 a year - albeit you can't pay yearly, you have to pay for all 4 years).

      Now here's where the fun begin: I reinstalled Windows because I'm trying to get past a BSOD problem. So I'm reinstalling stuff and I go online and Google 'Office 365'. The top link is "https://login.microsoftonline.com/" - I click that, I fill in my EDU email address (cause I knew I purchased with my EDU email), and before I can put in my password, it redirects me to my school's website to login. I put in my school login and click login, and it takes me right back to my school's login form - with the form now empty.

      No matter what I do I can't login. The login page is not the normal school login - (it is clearly their website, but if you were to put in their website address and click the login link, you would not get the login form I am getting).

      So I close the browser, open a new one, and go to the main school site, and login (successfully). Next I open a new tab, and goto the Microsoft site - my theory being maybe it will see that I'm still logged from the other tab. No such luck. I'm back at Microsoft's login page. I type in my EDU email again, and it starts redirecting me. Only this time it redirects me to my schools website which automatically redirects me to Microsoft's website.

      I'm now logged in. Yay me - I fooled it. MAWAHAHA.

      I navigate Microsoft's website and find a download link, and download a very small setup.exe (looks like a web installer). I run that, and it brings me to a small login page stating I need to verify who I am to continue with the install.

      I type in my EDU email, and try to go to the password, and low and behold I get redirected to the funky school login website that wouldn't let me login before. Nerts! I try logging in anyway (with the vain hope that my login woes before was because I was using Google Chrome as my web browser, and a Microsoft installer is going to be using Internet Explorer). No such luck here either.

      But this is where I am stuck. The little login page the installer opens is not a full browser, so there is no way of opening a new tab to go to the main school site, or even address bar to type in a web address.

      So after trying a couple more hodge podge ideas, I crack down and call the school tech support line. This is clearly their problem, as it is their login page that is failing. I spend probably 20 minutes in the queue before getting this jerk, who after I explained my problem to him and how it is their login page that is failing, the guy just dismisses it as Microsoft's problem and that they only offer Office Online (which doesn't include the Office 2013 desktop version).

      I rant and rave at this guy for 30 minutes trying to explain to him the problem. I even give him the Microsoft website, having him put in my email address to see how it redirects to the school's website. He flat out tells me that even though Microsoft's website redirects to their login page, it's Microsoft's fault.

      I try explain to him what a Windows Live account is how it works. But he doesn't use Windows Live and doesn't know how it works, so then I tried explaining Facebook to him - in how you can go to 3rd party websites and there will be a link to login with your Facebook account, and after you login at Facebook you get redirected back to the 3rd party website.

      I tried explaining to him how Windows Live is the same way - and how the school had partnered with Microsoft/Windows Live and that the problem was on the school's end because the login failure was happening on their website. Nothing I could do would get this guy to see that it wasn't Microsoft's problem.

      He's finally 'I need to put you on hold for 5 to 7 minutes'. I'm like okay, whatever. 15 minutes later, he finally comes back to me and lies to me and says how he just explained the whole problem to a level 2 tech and the the level 2 tech said the same thing: Microsoft's problem. He basically put me on hold hoping that after he had been gone longer than promised he was hoping I would have given up and hung up. Or he just wanted to try and punish me. At this point I've had enough and hang up.

      So I Google 'Office 365 University' - and find a slightly different Microsoft login webpage (web address was slightly different). I put in my EDU email and this time it doesn't redirect me. So then I put in my password, and it takes me to this page that says my account has no Microsoft products. There's a new link that wasn't on the other site I connected to that was 'Purchase History' - I click that. It's empty.

      Now I'm thinking great - these jerkwads erased my license when they merged the school's login with Microsoft's. While I'm messing around on this new site, there pops this window inside the webpage offering to let me chat with 'Microsoft Store Support'. I click that, and I'm talking to someone online explaining how I can't find my license or the download link.

      (Edit hit max limit - finally continued in comments)

    • BSOD

      4 years ago

      BOBJohnson

      Got a 2nd BSOD today. First time was last week. I took some time to look into it last week and didn't find much.

      I have a policy to not do much other basic research on the 1st BSOD - sometimes it's just a fluke, never to be seen again. Especially since the first time it happened I had like 2 games, a movie, and several other apps open and running simultaneously (and yes I was playing both games and watching the movie). Figured I just overloaded something.

      Today however, I had 1 game open and that was it. Nothing else. Now it's time to worry. Especially since 2 weeks ago I upgraded my computer with 3x 1 TB Samsung EVO SSDs (yes that three is not a typo - I have 3 drive bays in my laptop).

      Did some more digging and tracked down the DMP (dump) file the crash had generated. In the folder were 5 crash files. Apparently it had crashed and auto-rebooted 3 other times. I have it so if the screen saver comes on, it auto-locks the desktop. So it must have happened when I was AFK and I had nothing previous running (cause when I relogged on I would have been like 'where's my app I was using?!').

      Now I'm getting really worried - 5 crashes. So then I tried opening the DMP files. Took me a bit to learn how to properly open and read it. But apparently the crash is related to something in Networking. Hooray! Not my new SSDs. Plus it makes sense, the games I was playing use the Internet. Plus I have auto-backups that upload to the Cloud, so it's possible to crash even when nothing is running.

      The most common suggestion is to update network card drivers. No updates available, but I did download and reinstall the network card drivers. Albeit, the drivers from the computer manufacturer is a version or two older than what was installed. I installed the old drivers anyway. I'm guessing Windows Update updated my network card drivers at some point. Hopefully downgrading the drivers will fix it.

    • Korea

      5 years ago

      BOBJohnson

      Apparently someone from Korea attempted to log into my Facebook account this morning. Spent the day resetting all my passwords.

    • Russian

      5 years ago

      BOBJohnson

      So we have had the text in our software translated to Russian. I am implementing it, and for testing I installed the Russian language pack from Windows. When the software still not displaying the text correctly, I went in and made Russian the default language.

      For this to take effect, you have to log out of Windows and back in. So I logout. Then I try to login. It tells me my password is wrong. Whatever, I probably fat fingered it. Nope still wrong. Third time I type in my password, and then click on the little Eye icon in the textbox (this makes your password be visible as long as you are holding the mouse down).

      To my surprise and immediate horror I did not see my password. Instead I saw something like (this is not my actual password):

      КФТвщькгыы34

      My horror was I had no idea how I was going to log back in if I could even manage to type my password in. (And yes apparently your password is language specific).

      I was scratching my head trying to figure out what my next move would be. Then I noticed this small bit of text on the login screen I had never noticed before. It was 3 letters: PYC. So since I had nothing else to try I clicked it. Up popped this menu with two options:

      ENG - English (United States) - US Keyboard
      PYC - Russian - Russian Keyboard

      Selected ENG and I was able to type in my password.

      Of course that was only problem #1. Problem #2 is that when I was done testing in Russian, I needed to switch back to English - except all of my Control Panel items were in Russian. You also can't rely on it being say row 4, item 3 or something like that - all of your Control Panel items are listed alphabetically by the current language. Course I wasn't worried about problem #2 - that was a simple matter of pulling up a second computer and looking for the Language item in the control panel and then finding the same icon in my computer (the icons don't change - just the text and the order).

    • On an unrelated note...

      5 years ago

      BOBJohnson

      Apparently I was the featured user about a week ago...

      I am not sure how that happened - especially since I have been largely inactive. How do they even pick the feature user? Or is a random pick by some program every day?

      The funny part is I wasn't even aware of it all - and would have been blissfully unawares except I logged in to 4 new friend requests today. Even 1 friend request is rare for me - let alone 4. I was thinking this was all odd to get so many friend requests, and then I saw two new messages on my wall:

      The first one from HyperShot12 with:
      Happy FU Day! smiley0.gif

      I thought this strange. I was trying to figure out what I had said or done to HyperShot12 to make him say FU to me (thinking of the literal interpretation here). Then it got my gears spinning to think if there was some kind of national (or global) day in February each year called the 'FU Day' where you go around saying FU to random strangers (or even friends / family). Knowing us Americans, there probably is a national FU day.

      Mind you I am a bit brain dead from programming all day, and I just spent the last stressful hour freaking out cause I couldn't get into safe mode in Windows 8.

      Anyway, after thinking about national FU day (and trying to Google it), I noticed another post from Blargarth saying:
      Congrats on being Featured User!

      The cogs instantly clicked into place after that. I know this post (and my Windows 8 post) are boring - but that's my typical post anyway.

      My question to anyone crazy enough to read this far along is: have you ever been a featured user, and gotten a random "Happy FU Day!" message and thought they were cussing you out? Or is just me being an idiot?

    • Windows 8 sucks!

      5 years ago

      BOBJohnson

      Windows 8 straight up sucks. XP was great. Vista was a major step backwards. Win 7 was a medium step forwards again. Windows 8 - major step backwards. Windows 8.1 minor step forward.

      I however just experienced the worst possible feature of Win 8/8.1: Safe mode.
      In Microsoft's infinite wisdom, they decided to make booting into Safe mode more accessible from within Windows. For instance, in older versions of Windows, you would reboot, and then rapidly push F8 until you got the Windows bootup options and you could pick the option for safe mode.

      So now in Windows 8 there is a way to reboot straight into safe mode from within Windows - no need to rapidly mash F8 during bootup. Because of this, and again due to Microsoft's infinite wisdom, they have shortened the time window in which you can press F8 at the boot up screen - because who needs to boot into safe mode from startup now that we have a handy dandy way of booting to safe from within Windows right? This time window for mashing F8 is also dependent on how fast your computer is. So for super fast computers like mine, that time window is non-existant.

      Now let's think about this logically. When do you most users need to boot into safe mode? Oh that's right - when Windows is not booting up correctly in the first place! In which case you won't be able to use their nifty new feature of booting straight into safe mode from your normal desktop.

      I happened across this gem of knowledge because I mistakenly thought it would be safe to update my video card driver. Part way through updating my screen went completely black and never came back. Normally it will flicker black a couple of times when it installs a new video card driver, but this time it just stayed black - waited half an hour. More than a reasonable amount of time for my computer to finish updating. Ctrl+Alt+Delete would not bring up the task manager. I did for some reason have a mouse cursor though - fat lot of good that did me with nothing but a black screen.

      So I tried to shut down. Let it boot normally. Only when I got to the login screen, the screen was still just black (I also still had a cursor to go with my black screen).

      I mistakenly thought to myself that no problem, I'll just mash F8 and get into safe mode and install the old driver version. That was wishful thinking. Using my phone I found some trick about holding Shift key and mashing F8. That didn't work either though.

      I hard cycled the computer 4 times before managed to get back to a login screen that was visible. Not sure what finally did it, but when I did manage to finally get back in, I checked the video card driver version and it was the old one - so whatever I did managed to abort the new installation and rollback to the old one. Who knows.

      Anyway, moral of the story is that apparently the old sure fire way (from what I recently read) to get to Windows 8/8.1 safe mode from bootup is to use a Windows 8 install disc - or your PC manufacturer's recovery disc/partition. So if you are stupid enough to upgrade to Win 8 (or are forced to get it with a new PC) make sure to keep that restore/recovery disc somewhere safe and easy to find.

    • Graduation is...

      5 years ago

      BOBJohnson

      ...Today. Getting my Bachelors. Up next - trying to get into a PhD program.

    • Imbecilic classmate...

      6 years ago

      BOBJohnson

      I try very hard not to be critical of my classmates (unless they are cheating - we all know how I feel about cheaters) - I realize some of them are still learning, but the imbeciles just irk me to no end.

      One of this week's discussion questions that we have to answer is:

      What type of mobile app would you find useful? What steps would you take to create and deploy this app?


      So here is this guy's answer:

      Im in the law enforcement industry,

      When I first got hired into the law enforcement industry I use to do a lot of reports on hit and runs, I also got calls on road rage as well as stalkers (females being followed in their vehicles by creeps) therefore, one mobile application that would be useful is an app that gives a user the capability to input a license plate number into to a cell phone. Once the user enters that plate number into the application a last name and first name should be given. All in all when crime is committed that particular application will raise a lot of awareness, and for those who commit crimes using vehicles, for the most part would probably be abbrehended quicker with this particular application. Technology is evolving so you would think that an app like this would be out already. I think about my wife all the time when she is out in about.


      ^ What?! If that app is not a stalker's wet dream, I don't know what is. As to road rage, if someone cuts me off I have a very good view of their license plate - I'd be very tempted to jot down for later 'use'. So in my response I was very polite (much nicer than this post) - cause I was trying to help him and point why that type of app is a very bad idea.

      This morning I login to two responses from him where in the first one he tries to equate it to someone punching in my home address into Google Maps and the likes. The problem with that is the criminal would have to follow me home to find my home address (which he wouldn't need to do with the license plate app idea of his) - so the criminal already knows where I live and would not need to plug it into Google. The second problem is if I do put in my home address into Google Maps, it does not tell anyone I live there - it just simply shows the location on the map. To top it off, there was an outdated picture of my house in the 'street view' portion of Google Maps, and there was a car in the driveway of the picture. Wonders of wonders: Google Maps had intentionally blurred out the license plate of the vehicle.

      His second post tried to equate his app to Facebook and the Dominos pizza app. The part about Facebook is just stupid because people on Facebook are willingly sharing that information. As to the Dominos pizza app, he was talking about an app that allows you to order pizza from your phone and have it delivered - there again, the user is willingly sharing information so that a pizza can be delivered.

      I was still nice in my subsequent posts, but his stupidity annoys me to no end.

    • Cheating - Part Two

      6 years ago

      BOBJohnson

      The stupid classmate of mine responded to my post with yet another meaningless reply. So on a whim I copied his text into Google, and lo and behold yet another plagiarism. I went through his last 4 posts of the week, and all of them also immediately popup in a Google search.

      I have of course reported this to my instructor, but have taken it a step further and reported it to my academic adviser.

      At this point I think it is my civic duty to tell you that if you ever meet a moron named Patrick E. Daniels who attend University of Phoenix he is a cheater and a plagiarizer and should not be trusted or hired.

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  • Comments (45)

    • armeav8r

      3 years ago

      Buddy what happened to you? I haven't seen nor heard from you in some time. What gives? You okay?

    • hypershot12

      5 years ago

      Happy FU Day! smiley0.gif

    • MrVash

      5 years ago

      Congrats on being Featured User!

      • BOBJohnson

        5 years ago

        Probably. According to my stats, I last signed in 5 months ago.

      • MrVash

        5 years ago

        I have no idea either. Maybe they pick people at random.

      • BOBJohnson

        5 years ago

        Um thanks. Not sure how that even happened considering I've been inactive for quite some time. smiley4.gif

    • Ratmaster

      7 years ago

      Actually... I like the rain... especially when I go to sleep... It sounds really nice on my roof x3

    • MrVash

      8 years ago

      Thanks! smiley0.gif I also like the pictures of your cat.

    • MrVash

      8 years ago

      Thanks for all the mods and picture comments! smiley0.gif I love your profile picture!

    • Ratmaster

      8 years ago

      Nope our stike is something completely different.
      The teachers contract has come to an end.
      They are fighting over a new contract demanding better pay and what not.

    • Epitaph FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Tonight at 11:00 DOOOOOM

      8 years ago

      Same here. I'm gonna have to go into some deep meditative state or try smoking pot (for the first time since high school almost 10 years ago). I think the meditating thing will work better.

    • sean_tsaur

      8 years ago

      No problem. smiley0.gif

    • monopoly_j

      8 years ago

      Thanks for all the mods! smiley0.gifsmiley13.gif

    • Epitaph FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Tonight at 11:00 DOOOOOM

      9 years ago

      In a normal situation yes I could, but I was a temp to hire. So I wasn't technically an employee of that place. I was an employee of a temp agency and still technically an employee there. If I go through enough loop holes I might be able to get some kind of unemployment, but it wont be a lot.

    • superpetra19

      9 years ago

      Hey if I like it, I +mod it, so, I guess your welcome :)

    • knightlight FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      Lol same here i found those comics on some forum, but they were so cool I had to put them on my profile hell anything making that stupid book/movie look like the waste of space that it is is a win!

    • knightlight FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      That comic strip was epic lol! smiley13.gif

    • Epitaph FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Tonight at 11:00 DOOOOOM

      9 years ago

      So do I.

    • Epitaph FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Tonight at 11:00 DOOOOOM

      9 years ago

      I have yet to meet a person who doesn't like the muppets. I'm looking for the seasons on the Muppets Show just, because no one plays them anymore.

    • thaicurry tacotacotaco

      9 years ago

      Aww bummer about not being able to use your pool. At least you don't have to wear glasses so that's a plus.

    • Epitaph FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Tonight at 11:00 DOOOOOM

      9 years ago

      just pay for a way there and back and I'd be more than happy to send a "cleaner" your way

    • Ratmaster

      9 years ago

      He is not mopping the floor
      He is waxing it

    • USA_CODEMAN

      9 years ago

      hey man thank you for posting all those sponsor comics. smiley0.gif

    • thaicurry tacotacotaco

      9 years ago

      Happy thanksgiving. :o)
      Happy to hear you're having a great one.

    • knightlight FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you too!!! smiley0.gif

      And yes I'm having a great thanksgiving, and I'm glad to hear you are also having an awesome one!

    • Epitaph FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Tonight at 11:00 DOOOOOM

      9 years ago

      same to you. I'm drunk right now so its a good Thanksgiving.

    • sylokat

      9 years ago

      happy gobble gobble to you too!

    • Epitaph FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Tonight at 11:00 DOOOOOM

      9 years ago

      Yeah that's usually how I am, but I need to pass all these classes so I'm going to try to get them done earlyish.

    • Epitaph FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Tonight at 11:00 DOOOOOM

      9 years ago

      True that my friend.

    • Epitaph FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Tonight at 11:00 DOOOOOM

      9 years ago

      dude I hardly consider having to host trivia work. I'm getting paid to sit in a bar, drink half price beer/food and ask questions. That is easy.

    • Epitaph FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Tonight at 11:00 DOOOOOM

      9 years ago

      I'm pretty sure I could put a few stories up there, but I'd prefer not to put them up.

    • Gizlybertuz

      10 years ago

      Well thank you...I'm glad something that's brought me so much joy can do the same for you =]

    • thaicurry tacotacotaco

      10 years ago

      Hey there :o) And thank you. I think I love my camera way too much :oP A lot of people have been telling me they like my dog...he's such a sweetheart.

    • thaicurry tacotacotaco

      10 years ago

      lol yeah I can't decide what to stick will...too many images means too many choices :oP
      I love peoples eyes but I think my fave part of my face are my lips :o)

    • gotbuffy

      10 years ago

      TOTALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      I'm glad you feelt he same way as I do!

    • Epitaph FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Tonight at 11:00 DOOOOOM

      10 years ago

      Yeah that would be the answer.

    • thaicurry tacotacotaco

      10 years ago

      Well thank you :o)

    • thaicurry tacotacotaco

      10 years ago

      Thank you for all the mods :o)

    • NX5000

      12 years ago

      Sorry if i dont comment back in a while

    • NX5000

      12 years ago

      HI Bob how ya doin

    • NX5000

      12 years ago

      Ahgggggggggggggggggggggggggggg

    • karlhockey

      13 years ago

      No problem. And if you need anymore help, just ask. And a hint: dont reply to comments in your own profile. I am lucky I came back to see the reply. Reply in the persons profile. Then they will see it for sure.

    • BOBJohnson

      13 years ago

      Thanks!

    • karlhockey

      13 years ago

      Featured user is just that. You are featured for a day.
      Karma. Learn about it here rvb.roosterteeth.com/forum/viewTopic.php?id=2183302

      Post edited 2/27/06 7:50AM

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