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Sunday, September 29, 2019

I emailed Joe Rossi this morning

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I emailed Joe Rossi this morning. I should have done it sooner, but I sat on it.
Subject: A different perspective on the comment made by Jennifer Hewitt Bishop
Hello. I'm a person who lives in Jersey City (a city considered the second most diverse in our country). I may have a different perspective on what Jennifer Hewitt Bishop said, and which I hope you will take a few moments to consider, just as I have taken a few moments to construct this email for you.
Her comment, although not well constructed, may be an attempt at being diversity-minded and descriptive, with no real intent of judgment. I ran across the following article which describes cultural differences in parenting, and which illustrates my point. Here's just one quote, but I hope you read the article "Both in Japan and Norway, parents are focused on cultivating independence. Children do things alone early, whether it’s walking to school or to the movies."


When people make comments that sound racist, sometimes those comments are indeed racist. But don't we need to ask them first "what did you mean by that"? After all, acknowledging cultural differences is not only not racist, but inclusive. It's a slippery area.
I realize that to consider this perspective can cause political problems. But isn't it the right thing to do anyway? Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this view.
Sincerely, Mrs. Linda Moran

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Solved! Deleting large files and folders from mapped network drive in File Explorer is very slow

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The two commands that users require are Del, for deleting files, and Rmdir, for removing directories.
  1. Tap on the Windows-key, type cmd.exe and select the result to load the command prompt.
  2. Navigate to the folder that you want to delete (with all its files and subfolders). Use cd path, e.g. cd o:\backups\test\ to do so.
  3. The command DEL /F/Q/S *.* > NUL deletes all files in that folder structure, and omits the output which improves the process further.
  4. Use cd.. to navigate to the parent folder afterwards.
  5. Run the command RMDIR /Q/S foldername to delete the folder and all of its subfolders.
The commands may require some explanation.
DEL /F/Q/S *.* > NUL
  • /F -- forces the deletion of read-only files.
  • /Q -- enables quiet mode. You are not ask if it is ok to delete files (if you don't use this, you are asked for any file in the folder).
  • /S -- runs the command on all files in any folder under the selected structure.
  • *.* -- delete all files.
  • > NUL -- disables console output. This improves the process further, shaving off about one quarter of the processing time off of the console command.
RMDIR /Q/S foldername
  • /Q -- Quiet mode, won't prompt for confirmation to delete folders.
  • /S -- Run the operation on all folders of the selected path.
  • foldername -- The absolute path or relative folder name, e.g. o:/backup/test1 or test1

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Solved! My new Asus Zenbook with WIndows 10 Pro could not see my NAS device

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How I solved it

My NAS device is named OBI-WAN
  1. Found it on my old computer and swiped this: \\OBI-WAN\share
  2. On my new computer, clicked on Map Network Drive
  3. Paste into the folder name
  4. But I get this error message:
    The mapped network drive could not be created because the following error has occurred: You can't connect to the file share because it's not secure. This share requires the obsolete SMB1 protocol, which is unsave and could expose your system to attack. Your system requires SMB2 or higher. For more info on resolving this issue, see: https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=852747
  5. I found a workaround. You can enable the SMBv1 Protocol by doing this: 
    1. Open Control Panel
    2. Click Programs
    3. Click on Turn WIndows features on or off link
    4. Expand the SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support option.
    5. Check the SMB 1.0/CIFS Client option.
    6. Click the OK button.
    7. Restart the machine 
  6. Now try mapping the network drive again. It should work now.

However, there's a more secure way instead

Enable SMB2 in the web interface.

More info




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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Enable touchscreen on Zenbook

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Enable and disable your touchscreen in Windows 10:
In the search box on the taskbar, type Device Manager, then select Device Manager.
Select the arrow next to Human Interface Devices and then select HID-compliant touch screen. (There may be more than one listed.)
Select the Action tab at the top of the window. Select Disable device or Enable device, and then confirm.

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