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Visual Studio 2015 Community Edition Stinks, Too

When installing Visual Studio 2015 Community Edition on a new computer, taking all of the defaults, the installer stops 3 times complaining about missing or corrupted packages. There is an option to skip those particular packages and continue the install. More later on whether the result is a usable Visual Studio.

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Corel Draw Really Really Stinks

I have complained before about Corel Draw, our fearless leader’s choice for constructing illustrations for reports and proposals. I have complained about its backwards, anti-Windows user interface, its smudgy, awful default colors, and the lack of precision in manipulating shapes and lines, compared to products like Visio or Illustrator. Nevertheless, I still have to solve

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A guy is taking his girlfriend to prom. He waits in the ticket line for a really long time but gets them. He goes to rent a limo. The rental line is really long but he eventually does it. He goes to buy her flowers. The line at the florist is really long but eventually

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The Force Already Again

I’m writing these thoughts here so they get recorded but are not immediately in view of my friends who have not seen the movie yet. 1. Obviously, this me is really just a rehash of some themes and even plot points from the first 3 movies: gigantic planet-destroying weapon, very awkward and unexpected father/son relationship,

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Software Engineering Fundamentals

I worked out these bullet lists, based on experience and reading (both the works cited, and others) and hope to expand on them some day. Principles – drive everything we do 1.   Maintainable: Easy to fix, change, or reuse code or add features 2.   Performant: Runs fast enough 3.   Robust: Does not crash, is secure 4.   Correct: Produces

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Internet Explorer Memory Usage

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My wife’s computer always seems to have performance issues. Either it is running too slowly, or too hot, or not running at all, etc. Our last purchase of a work computer for her was a Dell Inspiron laptop, with an 4th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, 8 Gb of 1600 MHz RAM, and a 256 GB

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Artificial Heart

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An article on The Verge described the state of the art – as of about 9 months ago – of artificial heart development. It mentioned that one model being worked on uses a turbine-like pump instead of a periodic, pulsed pump like our natural tickers.  A continuous-flow device like this is quieter, and doesn’t wear out

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Grammarly is broken

My boss bought an add-on for Microsoft Word called Grammarly. If you Google it, you will find glowing reviews. How clueless people can be! Apparently, Grammarly purposely disables the Autosave function in Word. It also makes it about 67% more likely that Word will hang up and need to be force-quit via Task Manager. Guess

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Applying transitions to multiple clips at once in Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Choose the transition you want to apply in the list of effects Right click and select “Set as default transition” Select the clips to which you want to add the transition In the sequence menu, select “Add default transitions to selected”

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Problems with Windows Server

I manage the IT for the company I work for (not Mayn Idea) and have set up a Windows domain with a Dell PowerEdge T310 running Windows Server 2008 R2 as the domain controller. This server also acts as a file and database server, with QuickBooks and Solidworks Vault/PDM applications. The file server part includes

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