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Windows 7: MS... blocked from "community" for not giving cell number

15 Aug 2017   #11
RoWin7

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Many software companies have formed onsite forums rather than updating or expanding their Help files with each software version. I went through a period of disconnection when this started. I now belong to 20-30 software forums, joining each one when I had questions that weren't laid out in the Help file. Plus the general ones I mentioned. When I was building my own machine some years ago, I also joined some hardware forums.


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16 Aug 2017   #12
pleiades357

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I've seen so many outdated and inaccurate "help" pages... follow the directions and what opens... is not what the help page says.... it is really frustrating
then, read forums... many selling their own "fixes" many don't really know (as you said earlier) and many... just racking up levels for #'s of posts, useful or not...

It sounds like, instead of struggling with the failed official sites..... I should have moved on sooner...

do you work a lot with computers? or should say, are computers your work?
built your own....Impressive! that must have been fun (and challenging?)
were there great advantages to doing so?

even ordering a... called a clone? from Microcenter... I found... not enough USB ports, only one was a 2 (common then)
I wonder about doing my own upgrading....
though, I can just imagine the mess I might create....

there is a "build your own" class in adult school.... on my list for retirement....
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16 Aug 2017   #13
RoWin7

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I was doing some tutoring during the XP era, but I couldn't afford to keep upgrading, so I let it fade out. I acquired Win 7 only 4 months ago, winning a machine in my computer club's monthly raffle.

Forums fill the gap left by lack of Help files. Often independent forums like SevenForums and Eight and Ten are better than ones run by a software company. The sites I've mentioned + this one aren't trying to sell you anything. Usually the regulars are folks retired from IT.

The 4th site I use is for Mozilla products
There are ads on Mozillazine to support the site. When no one's getting paid, you need some kind of monetary support..


I built my last machine 10 years ago. Now it pays to build only if you're looking for a high-powered gaming computer that would otherwise be very pricey. Otherwise something on sale is fine.
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17 Aug 2017   #14
cornemuse

Windows 7 Home Premium bit
 
 

notsohotmail locked me out for the same reason, wouldnt give ph#, , ,
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17 Aug 2017   #15
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Many services now assume everyone has a smart phone and is willing to share that number. I approve of two factor authentication but too many services using it make using a smart phone or even just texting to a dumb phone necessary. I have no trouble with using new technology when it actually benefits me but, as nice as having a smart phone would be, they are still too insecure and the benefits are not great enough for me to justify the cost of even the cheapest monthly plans.

I also do not appreciate it when services try to ram newer technology (such as smart phones) down my throat, especially since they are unwilling to pay for it.
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17 Aug 2017   #16
RoWin7

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cornemuse View Post
notsohotmail locked me out for the same reason, wouldnt give ph#, , ,
There's no shortage of webmail services. And use a large company that wouldn't be going out of business next week.
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17 Aug 2017   #17
RoWin7

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Many services now assume everyone has a smart phone and is willing to share that number. I approve of two factor authentication but too many services using it make using a smart phone or even just texting to a dumb phone necessary. I have no trouble with using new technology when it actually benefits me but, as nice as having a smart phone would be, they are still too insecure and the benefits are not great enough for me to justify the cost of even the cheapest monthly plans.

I also do not appreciate it when services try to ram newer technology (such as smart phones) down my throat, especially since they are unwilling to pay for it.
I don't have a smart-phone either, and very few people have my cell #. Nor do I use a real name and address when applying for those plastic supermarket cards.
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17 Aug 2017   #18
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

As I have already stated the need for a phone number is, at least partly, for traceability - phone companies tend to do quite extensive checks before they allow anyone the credit facility that is an essential for a phone contract. Whether this is purely the phone companies (and the email service providers ), protecting themselves or there are some pressures applied by security services or anti Terror services is probably dependent on where you live, (Patriot act anyone? )

By the way if anyone is looking for an alternate Webmail / eMail provider they could do worse than take a look at Free Email Accounts @GMX.com: Secure easy to use I've been using them for many years as a backup service for Gmail and outlook.com.

They started in Germany and spread to many european countries and have recently become active in the USA
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17 Aug 2017   #19
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RoWin7 View Post
I don't have a smart-phone either, and very few people have my cell #. Nor do I use a real name and address when applying for those plastic supermarket cards.
I use my real name for store discount cards. However, I replace the three digit prefix (exchange) in one of my phone numbers with 555 (example: xxx-555-xxxx). It's a number I can easily remember (even though I don't use it anymore; it was actually cheaper for me to bundle my cable landline number with my cable internet than it was to drop the service and get cable internet only). Very few people have my cell phone number (I can count them on one hand) and only a dozen or so have my home phone number (which, technically, is a cell phone number).
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17 Aug 2017   #20
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
...Patriot act...
That is a misnomer and an oxymoron if I ever saw one!
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