Your Questions About Paper Trading Software

Robert asks…

Windows 7 problem, why now?

I bought a brand new lap top from an Internet company back in August 2010. It came with a Windows Vista business licence sticker but upgraded to Windows 7 (the W7 ID number indicates that this was done with an oem copy of W7.)

It worked perfectly from new, automatic updates were enabled and came in and were installed without problem etc. But suddenly on 13th March, 7 months after i got it, a message from Microsoft flashed up saying that “This copy of Windows is not genuine” ! It continues to work basically but some things like the desktop wall paper for instance, now have to be put in manually via the control panel and work until you switch off. next time you switch on they are gone and have to be put back in manually. This is a bit of a pain but i can live without desktop wall paper though it is nice to have.
Every time you start up you get the warning box come up saying you may be running a counterfeit copy of Windows. wtf Any of you IT whizzes out there got any idea why everything was fine for 7 months but then they suddenly decide it is not a genuine copy of W7 loaded? Also, will i be able to keep running my lappy like this or is there now some software time bomb in my lappy that will pull the rug out from under me? I tried to contact the company i bought it off but they have now ceased trading, a victim of the credit crunch. I am a pensioner and cannot afford to buy what was included in the price paid for the lappy in the first place. I got no discs with the laptop. HELP!

John answers:

I think everyone is over complicating this. I have the same occurrence but the software I loaded was genuine although occasionally I get asked the same question. I think its is just a case of Microsoft trying to unnerve users. As in most things it is only suggested that you may be running a counterfeit copy. Where anyone uses the term MAY just carry on regardless. You will not harm your computer just curse Microsoft for being part of the greed economy. The problem doesn’t need solving, although loading
W7 on Windows Vista is what produces the message.

Helen asks…

Have you been caught out by this telephone scam?

This was in our local paper last week and I was wondering if anyone has been caught out by this scam, my friends mother was contacted by those criminals a few weeks ago, but she refused to do what they told her to and eventually hung up on them as she is quite computer literate here is the story in the newspaper
A COMPUTER scam has been operating which leaves the victims £185 out of pocket.
South end Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) is warning about the ruse which is thought to be carried out from a base in Calcutta.
A man telephones and tells the victim their Internet Service Provider has identified a fault with their computer, which requires expert help to address. They are asked to log onto their computer and to access a file called ‘Windows Event Viewer.’ Anyone viewing this computer activity log will see a list, which contains the words ‘Warning’ or ‘Critical.’ On the face of it, the log sounds as though the computer has serious faults. In reality, the words cited are normal for that part of the programme and are nothing for the user to worry about.
The caller then advises that he will guide the recipient through a ‘step-by-step’ solution to the issue. This involves logging onto a website, downloading some software and effectively handing control of your computer over to the caller. At this point, the caller drops the bombshell that his fee is £185 – pay up or face the consequences of him being able to remotely access the recipient’s computer.
The standard advice form Trading Standards is not to follow the advice of cold callers of this nature. If you are concerned about someone calling you about a computer issue such as that described above, Google it to get some background before taking any further steps. Finally, do not download software from an unknown site at a total stranger’s behest. Anyone receiving such a call is asked to call Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06

John answers:

These people should be in jail
No we’ve never been caught out, though we do receive a lot of calls and visitors to the door trying to scam us.
My mum has had trouble with one call recently and the caller said he was from sky digital and wanted a load of details. My mum just told him that if he really worked for Sky Digital then he would already know her details.

Mary asks…

Stock Shares??SUE??Need your advice????

Henry Budget is a research analyst at Goldman & Silverman, a premier Wall Street investment bank. His area of expertise is the technology industry and one of the companies he covers is Pink Hat Software Inc. Just before Pink Hat was about to hit the market with an IPO in January 2000, Budget issued a research report stating that the company had excellent business prospects and that the IPO would be oversubscribed. He rated it a “Strong Buy.” A few days after that Budget exchanged a series of emails with his colleagues at Goldman & Silverman, disparaging Pink Hat and in one of the emails he wrote (before the shares were issued) that “Pink Hat’s shares can be used as toilet paper.” Joe Pensioner, a former auto worker invested his retirement funds in Pink Hat after reading Budget’s report at the then price of $256.25 per share. It is currently trading at $3.75. Joe Pensioner wants to sue Budget and Goldman. Will he succeed?

John answers:

Many did win with similar situations.

BUT there has to be a reason that an analyst would give a glowing report to a company that he thought was bad. There would need to be financial reason he would “sell out” like that.

IF you can show he gave the report for reasons other than that was his true opinion, even if we know it was not, then yes you can win. Then it basically becomes fraud.

But proving the intent is very difficult and you would also have to prove that his report was the reason the investor bought.

And unless the Joe Pensioner was a client of the bank and they were advising him on his investments, that would be near impossible to prove he bought because of the bad advice and he is out of luck.

Maria asks…

Why haven’t there been many advances in educational games?

Just wondering what other people think about educational software and interactive learning.

I would like to see a game that is advanced enough to actually teach you a trade and possibly grant you a degree of some kind upon completion.. probably more like a fake degree you get from a trade school or something , but a piece of paper claiming you know the job non the less.

I think it would be best if it was some highly detailed, job specific simulation program like a mechanic simulation where you have to do real mechanic work in a virtual environment giving you actual, well virtual experience in the field and probably some quizzes to train on technical terms and such. The final score could be like a GPA .

Also another thought i have is on something more advanced than the wii fit .. that would put sensors on each foot and hand midsection and possibly around the neck too. which could be used to teach dance lessons or Martial arts in your own home. With something like that it could track and grade you on posture , timing and anything else that may be involved.

“I need to remember to check the category this stupid site tries to put my questions, ended up in the lesbian gay section for some reason”

John answers:

Ya! It is right that advancement in the field of educational game is not so general as in case of other games.The basic reason might be the popularity of other games as Combat Mission, IGI, Racing games etc.This popularity is due to the younger generation want to play such games that relief them from boring daily academic routine.

Also these games if want survive must be a part of daily education in turn must be used by Educational Institutions so that students can feel it a interesting and interactive way of learning.In this way Game Development companies have less opportunities to sell their product as individual users are greater than individual institutes.Any business runs for profit so only Companies make effort is ridiculous, so if Educational Institutes as well as Companies make a sincere effort than you can see a fruitful advancement in this field.Also there are variety of subjects and their sub categories which can’t be cover due to their complexity (such as Calculus, )and very diverse number of user group, so it is easy to develop a general game rather than educational games.

Also, it is not entirely true as open source community continuously developing good educational games for younger and to some extends for higher education.Their are some interesting open source game you might get interested to know……
“Celestia”:-
The free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions. Unlike most planetarium software, Celestia doesn’t confine you to the surface of the Earth. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy.

All movement in Celestia is seamless; the exponential zoom feature lets you explore space across a huge range of scales, from galaxy clusters down to spacecraft only a few meters across. A ‘point-and-goto’ interface makes it simple to navigate through the universe to the object you want to visit.

Celestia is expandable. Celestia comes with a large catalog of stars, galaxies, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and spacecraft. If that’s not enough, you can download dozens of easy to install add-ons with more objects.

“Canorus”:-
Canorus is a free music score editor. It supports note writing, scripting support, import/export of various file formats, MIDI input and output and more! Note that Canorus is still in early stage of development and not nearly all the features are implemented yet!

Canorus is free (libre) software, licensed under GNU GPL. This means that the program source code is available to public, anyone is welcome to research how the program works, participate in its development, freely distribute the program and spread the word! Canorus runs on Linux, Windows, MacOSX and others!
“GCompris”:-
GCompris is an educational software suite comprising of numerous activities for children aged 2 to 10. Some of the activities are game orientated, but nonetheless still educational. Below you can find a list of categories with some of the activities available in that category.
– computer discovery: keyboard, mouse, different mouse gesture, …
– algebra: table memory, enumeration, double entry table, mirror image, …
– science: the canal lock, the water cycle, the submarine, electric simulation …
“TuxMath”:-
“Tux, of Math Command” (“TuxMath,” for short) is an educational arcade game starring Tux, the Linux mascot!

Based on the classic arcade game “Missile Command,” Tux must defend his cities. In this case, though, he must do it by solving math problems.

– geography: place the country on the map
– games: chess, memory, connect 4, oware, sudoku …
– reading: reading practice
– other: learn to tell time, puzzle of famous paintings, vector drawing, cartoon making, …
Currently GCompris offers in excess of 100 activities and more are being developed.

You can also see some good educational s/w on visiting this link http://www.osalt.com/2008/03/open-source-alternatives-for-educational-and-science-software.

These are some examples that may help you to make a better understanding.Hope, to the some extend my opinion might be useful, if u think so please give me feedback so i could also enhance my knowledge.

Lizzie asks…

Tech Support Stories (Long, but funny)?

Compaq is considering changing the command “Press Any Key” to “Press Enter Key” because of the flood of calls asking where the Any Key is. *

AST technical support had a caller complaining that her mouse was hard to control with the dust cover on. The cover turned out to be the plastic bag the mouse was packaged in. *

Another AST customer was asked to send a copy of her defective diskettes. A few days later a letter arrived from the customer along with photocopies of the floppies. *

Another Dell customer called to say he couldn’t get his computer to fax anything. After 40 minutes of troubleshooting, the technician discovered the man was trying to fax a piece of paper by holding it in front of the monitor screen and hitting the “send” key. *

A Dell technician received a call from a customer who was enraged because his computer had told him he was “bad and an invalid.” The tech explained that the computer’s “bad command” and “invalid” responses shouldn’t be taken personally. *

A confused caller to IBM was having troubles printing documents. He told the technician that the computer had said it “couldn’t find printer.” The user had also tried turning the computer screen to face the printer but that his computer still couldn’t “see” the printer.” *

An exasperated caller to Dell Computer Tech Support couldn’t get her new Dell Computer to turn on. After ensuring the computer was plugged in, the technician asked her what happened when she pushed the power button. Her response, “I pushed and pushed on this foot pedal and nothing happens.” The “foot pedal” turned out to be the mouse. *

Another customer called Compaq tech support to say her brand-new computer wouldn’t work. She said she unpacked the unit, plugged it in and sat there for 20 minutes waiting for something to happen. When asked what happened when she pressed the power switch, she asked “What power switch?” *

Another IBM customer had troubles installing software and rang for support. “I put in the first disk, and that was OK. It said to put in the second disk, and I had some problems with the disk. When it said to put in the third disk, I couldn’t even fit it in….” The user hadn’t realized that “Insert Disk 2” meant to remove Disk 1 first. *

In a similar incident, a customer had followed the instructions for installing software. The instructions said to remove the disk from its cover and insert into the drive. The user had physically removed the casing of the disk and wondered why there were problems. *

True story from a Novell NetWare Sysop: Caller: “Hello, is this Tech Support?” Tech: “Yes, it is. How may I help you?” Caller: “The cup holder on my PC is broken and I am within my warranty period. How do I go about getting that fixed?” Tech: “I’m sorry, but did you say a cup holder?” Caller: “Yes, it’s attached to the front of my computer.” Tech: “Please excuse me. If I seem a bit stumped, it’s because I am. Did you receive this as part of a promotional at a trade show? How did you get this cup holder? Caller: It came with my computer. I don’t know anything about a promotion. It just has ‘4X’ on it.” At this point, the Tech Rep had to mute the caller because he couldn’t stand it. He was laughing too hard. The caller had been using the load drawer of the CD-ROM drive as a cup holder and snapped it off the drive. *

A woman called the Canon help desk with a problem with her printer. The tech asked her if she was running it under Windows.” The woman responded, “No, my desk is next to the door. But that is a good point. The man sitting in the cubicle next to me is under a window and his printer is working fine.” *

Tech Support: “O.K. Bob, let’s press the control and escape keys at the same time. That brings up a task list in the middle of the screen. Now type the letter “P” to bring up the Program Manager.” Customer: “I don’t have a ‘P’.” Tech: “On your keyboard, Bob.” Customer: “What do you mean?” Tech: “‘P’ on your keyboard, Bob.” Customer: “I’m not going to do that!”

Got a call from a woman said that her laser printer was having problems, the bottom half of her printed sheets were coming out blurry. It seemed strange that the printer was smearing only the bottom half. I walked her through the basics, then went over and printed out a test sheet. It printed fine. I asked her to print a sheet, so she sent a job to the printer. As the paper started coming out, she yanked it out and showed it to me. I told her to wait until the paper came out on its own. Problem solved.

I had been doing Tech Support for Hewlett-Packard’s DeskJet division for about a month when I had a customer call with a problem I just couldn’t solve. She could not print yellow. All the other colors would print fine, which truly baffled me because the only true colors are cyan, magenta, and yellow. For instance, green is a combination of cyan and yellow, but green printed fine. Every color of the rainbow printed fine except for yellow. I had the customer change ink cartridges. I had the customer delete and reinstall the drivers. Nothing worked. I asked my coworkers for help; they offered no new ideas. After over two hours of troubleshooting, I was about to tell the customer to send the printer in to us for repair when she asked quietly, “Should I try printing on a piece of white paper instead of this yellow paper?”

A man attempting to set up his new printer called the printer’s tech support number, complaining about the error message: “Can’t find the printer.” On the phone, the man said he even held the printer up in front of the screen, but the computer still couldn’t find it.

And another user was all confused about why the cursor always moved in the opposite direction from the movement of the mouse. She also complained that the buttons were difficult to depress. She was very embarrassed when we asked her to rotate the mouse so the tail pointed away from her.

For a computer programming class, I sat directly across from someone, and our computers were facing away from each other. A few minutes into the class, she got up to leave the room. I reached between our computers and switched the inputs for the keyboards. She came back and started typing and immediately got a distressed look on her face. She called the tutor over and explained that no matter what she typed, nothing would happen. The tutor tried everything. By this time I was hiding behind my monitor and quaking red-faced. I typed, “Leave me alone!” They both jumped back as this appeared on their screen. “What the…” the tutor said. I typed, “I said leave me alone!” The kid got real upset. “I didn’t do anything to it, I swear!” It was all I could do to keep from laughing out loud. The conversation between them and HAL 2000 went on for an amazing five minutes. Me: “Don’t touch me!” Her: “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to hit your keys that hard.” Me: “Who do you think you are anyway?!” Etc. Finally, I couldn’t contain myself any longer, and fell out of my chair laughing. After they had realized what I had done, they both turned beet red. Funny, I never got more than a C- in that class.

This guy calls in to complain that he gets an “Access Denied” message every time he logs in. It turned out he was typing his username and password in capital letters. Tech Support: “OK, let’s try once more, but use lower case letters.” Customer: “Uh, I only have capital letters on my keyboard.”

Email from a friend: “CanYouFixTheSpaceBarOnMyKeyboard?”

My friend was on duty in the main lab on a quiet afternoon. He noticed a young woman sitting in front of one of the workstations with her arms crossed across her chest, staring at the screen. After about 15 minutes he noticed that she was still in the same position, only now she was impatiently tapping her foot. He asked if she needed help and she replied, “It’s about time! I pressed the F1 button over twenty minutes ago!”

John answers:

LOL

Thanks for posting 🙂

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