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My desktop is borking every time I try to use Spotify. It’s happened on the Netflix website too. The screen goes all fuzzy blank and I have to manually reboot with button.

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My desktop is borking every time I try to use Spotify. It’s happened on the Netflix website too. The screen goes all fuzzy blank and I have to manually reboot with button.

Any thoughts?
windows? you try running any diagnostics?
 

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Yeah done all the usual stuff.

I might have sussed it tonight. I think it’s only effecting the screen weirdly enough. I switched the screen on and off and it seemed to fix it. Weird.
 

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Yeah done all the usual stuff.

I might have sussed it tonight. I think it’s only effecting the screen weirdly enough. I switched the screen on and off and it seemed to fix it. Weird.

You use Spotify on a PC? Didn't it start its life as a mobile app? That's like expecting eBay to make a mobile app that matches its website.
 

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You use Spotify on a PC? Didn't it start its life as a mobile app? That's like expecting eBay to make a mobile app that matches its website.
I’m trying to use Spotify on desktop to play through good speakers on my office. I have no need to use it on my phone.
 

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I’m trying to use Spotify on desktop to play through good speakers on my office. I have no need to use it on my phone.

Really? Wow - that's the only place I use it! I need to drown out the irritating conversations of people around me at work.

A mixture of Tchaikovsky's violin concerto and Regurgitator's first couple of EPs did the job nicely this afternoon.
 

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Netflix on a computer and not a tablet, smart TV or mobile? You lot are strange.
 

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There are reports of similar problems with Netflix. Seems to be down to the Silverlight plug-in,
in some cases an update or re-install solved the problem.
Some mention too little Ram in their laptops/ PCs.
 

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Made the evolutionary jump to the Cloud. Including all databases which I was told constantly would never work.

No more whirring server rooms and big desk tops. Also got the new HP/Bang & OIufsen EliteDisplay S340c 34'' Ultra-Wide Quad which is mega. Makes the old screens look like something out of the 1970s.
 

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Made the evolutionary jump to the Cloud. Including all databases which I was told constantly would never work.

We had a system crash in the Cloud on Friday and it's taken up until now to sort out and full access isn't there yet on account of our very large data which goes back to the 1990s. I though the Cloud eliminated all of these problems? I
 

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The above turned out to be a ransomware attack that ravaged through our Cloud and backups. We've lost a week's worth of data and it took nearly 40-odd hrs to get fully back on line. But I can rebuild that, but staff are rightly pissed and complaining like mad. It is I, who lost one of their nine lives. And there I was boasting that I was point-man moving to the Cloud and how efficient it all was.
 

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The above turned out to be a ransomware attack that ravaged through our Cloud and backups. We've lost a week's worth of data and it took nearly 40-odd hrs to get fully back on line. But I can rebuild that, but staff are rightly pissed and complaining like mad. It is I, who lost one of their nine lives. And there I was boasting that I was point-man moving to the Cloud and how efficient it all was.
Were you not also the one who moved them to a shared office space like WeWork and they complained about the lack of parking?
 

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Were you not also the one who moved them to a shared office space like WeWork and they complained about the lack of parking?

And they've never stopped moaning since. Best move I ever did, saved a fortune on office renting and there's cleaners every day too. But the problem I've got is the wrong office staff, for the new technologies and reality. It's been building-up for sometime and has left me overloaded with no-one I can delegate to.
 

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The US Congress also uses Cisco Webex
 

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Every time I meet on Zoom this is all I can think of


 

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Every time I meet on Zoom this is all I can think of



As I type this, I'm currently in a Zoom conference. I have switched off the video. Other than networking, getting lavish meals on the company pay cheque and visiting new places, why would you want to attend a conference the other side of the world when you can do it remotely?
 

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As I type this, I'm currently in a Zoom conference. I have switched off the video. Other than networking, getting lavish meals on the company pay cheque and visiting new places, why would you want to attend a conference the other side of the world when you can do it remotely?

Shag women. Flirt with wait staff, bartenders, stewardess, etc. Kill time in lounges, VIP areas, and abuse the liquor cart on the plane. Accumulate memorable stories of how you and your party staggered back to the hotel. Crash other people or other vendor parties.

Some of the above is known as team building.
 

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Just put the order for the HP Elite Dragonfly Hybride.

This is the third laptop I've had in 4 years, burn through them big time. The last one had a faux marble effect that was porous, so all around the keyboard there was darkened stains and it just looked sordid. Then the battery life span was down to just over an hour.
 

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Just put the order for the HP Elite Dragonfly Hybride.

This is the third laptop I've had in 4 years, burn through them big time. The last one had a faux marble effect that was porous, so all around the keyboard there was darkened stains and it just looked sordid. Then the battery life span was down to just over an hour.

I thought you had a surface book or something.

My father bought me a laptop recently. I didn't ask for it but I assume he was thinking I was relocating.
 

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I thought you had a surface book or something.

My father bought me a laptop recently. I didn't ask for it but I assume he was thinking I was relocating.

I had a Surface Book, but it got damaged beyond repair moving from the detach mode from the keyboard to the touch screen and it got bashed in a mixture of trying to fix it and frustration. Then they got me a lesser one by mistake and I accepted that mistake as I thought I can live with this. Which was the porous faux marble marvel with crap battery life.

With new technology, I think your best to upgrade laptops every 15-18 months max.
 

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So much for the 11 hours battery life on the Elitebook Dragonfly. Load of BS. 3 hours about from the first charge.
 

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Other than the BS 11 hour battery life, the Dragonfly is pretty good. I'm not getting any interruptions or interference on the Wifi connections, which normally I get quite a few over an evening. The sound is good too.
 

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11 hours? Do you really want to use a computer on your lap for 11 hours?
 

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Bought an iPad Air yesterday, basically as that Elitebook Pro is a crap laptop particularly the inbuilt mouse and this is much better aesthetics and user friendly to control your hi-fi:

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I do like a visit to the Apple store, it's a like joining a cult for half an hour.
 

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Anyone upgrade their Windows computer to Windows 11?

I'm pretty happy with Windows 10 but every two or three start ups I get a prompt I should do it. I'm not really a fan of turning it into a Mac with the new taskbar.
 
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