Vol. 22, #28 - July 10, 2017 - Issue #1139

Retro IT

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Editor's Corner

Summer is here and it's time to kick back and have some fun, so we're devoting the editorial in this issue to the next big technology wave: retro IT. We also have a helpful tip on booting into Safe Mode that was submitted to us by a reader, and we have lots of other tips, tools, and links to articles both informative and amusing. And there's even a Dilbert cartoon that captures some of the essence of retro IT:


Ask Our Readers - SharePoint 3.0 maximum allowed database size

The following question was submitted to us by a reader named Jim who is President of a computer networking consulting company based in Florida:

I have a client that has been using SharePoint 3.0 on a Windows 2008 for the past several years for Engineering projects. They are down to their last project which will go another 5 years. The problem is I can't move the files as the database has exceeded the maximum to upgrade it to the free SharePoint. They do not want to pay for the SQL License necessary to go to a larger database and full blown SharePoint. Right now the Database is 28GB and will continue to grow. My question is how large can the Windows 2008 internal database be before SharePoint 3.0 crashes?

If any readers out there know the answer to Jim's question please email us at [email protected]

Ask Our Readers: WServerNews has almost 100,000 subscribers worldwide. That's a lot of expertise to tap into. Do you need help with some issue or need advice on something IT-related? Got a question you'd like us to toss out to our readers to try and answer? Email us at [email protected]

And now on to the main topic of this issue…


Retro IT

A while back earlier last winter visited my favorite bookstore and wandered around a bit and found this:


Wow! I hadn't realized vinyl was making such a comeback! Is it just a nostalgia trend, or do vinyl records played on a high-quality turntable with a vacuum tube amplifier actually sound better than CDs? I'm sure they sound better than the stuff I listen to with earbuds on my iPhone.

Later on the way home I drove past the following sign near the road:


Wow! Does the dude who created that ad still use a Pentium computer? Is it because those old PCs were more solidly built than today's computers or does the owner still have a preference for running Windows 95 for some reason?

Now let's get a bit closer to home. A few months ago I decided to finally get rid of a couple of Dell PowerEdge T300 servers we no longer had any use for in our business. While they were only single-socket machines, they both had 24 GB RAM and four SATA drives so I figured that someone somewhere would be willing to pay me some money for them. Then I started doing some research and discovered to my surprise that the resale value of these machines hovered around 50 bucks. So rather than bother with the paperwork, I offered them for nothing to a friend who liked to play with old hardware and he took them and played around with them for a couple of days and then carted them off to the recycle depot. 

On the other hand maybe I should have kept those old Dell servers as they may have been more durable and reliable than the replacements I ordered. After all, if a home-brew 200 MHz Pentium machine can run without interruption for almost 19 years without needing any parts to be replaced, maybe retro hardware is simply just better than the new stuff. You can read about this remarkable achievement here in The Register:


Now value of course is in the eyes of the beholder, so one person's junk can be another's treasure. But really, apart from the coolness factor and the possible greater durability (which has to be traded off against significantly poorer performance) why on earth should anyone want to keep and use old computer hardware nowadays? After all, just look at all the cool new stuff that appears almost weekly in today's tech marketplace. Why would anyone even want a Pentium, or a server that doesn't support SLAT? Or for that matter vinyl records? 

Then as I pondered all of this I stumbled across this article from back in January in the New York Post:

Retro trend sweeping tech industry as CES turns 50


This is a joke, right? Apparently not, but I wonder how far this retro IT craze extends into computing hardware and devices?

For one more example of the appeal of retro computing hardware, I still remember that the monochrome ThinkPad laptop I owned back in 1994 had the best laptop keyboard I've ever experienced. No other laptop since then that I've owned has had anything near the same quality of keyboard of my ThinkPad that came with Microsoft Windows 3.11 preinstalled. And it looks like the appeal of that original ThinkPad keyboard was not for me alone but for many other users too, otherwise why would Lenovo announce that it's soon going to release a retro-style ThinkPad as part of its 25th anniversary celebration of the product? Read about it here in PCMag:


Then there's the matter of retro software. I'm using the word retro here in the sense of legacy software that's so old it's no longer supported by the manufacturer. There's a piece of retro software that I actually use almost on a daily basis, and that's the Office Picture Viewer from Microsoft Office 2007. Yes I actually have Office 2007 installed on several machines I regularly use for writing books, articles, and even this newsletter. Of course I also have either Office 2010 or Office 2013 installed on those machines as well, but I installed Office 2007 on them first so I could get the Picture Viewer. 

BTW as a side note I still prefer Office 2010 over 2013 mainly because its easier to set and clear categories and flags in Outlook 2010 than in Outlook 2013 and because reminders are broken in Outlook 2013 though I did find a workaround which I documented in the April 10th issue of WServerNews here: 


But my love of retro software basically only extends that far. Well, that's not true actually, there's a piece of software that actually dates way back to 1987 that I still think is the best game that was ever created. That's Dungeon Master by FTL Software. I used to play it on an Amiga 500 which I owned and kept for many years until I actually found someone who would pay me good money for it. Fortunately there are clones available that can run on modern PCs so I can still get my dose of this tonic when I need it -- the Dungeon Master Encyclopedia has all the info about this:


But that's about as far as the retro IT craze has impacted me. What about you? What old hardware or software do you still use, and why haven't you replaced it with something newer? Email me at [email protected]


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IT Pro Fitness Corner

Hip pain from using an exercise bike (one more suggestion)

Last week I published several recommendations from readers on how I could minimize the pain I was experiencing as a result of overdoing it with my exercise bike. Since then I've received one suggestion on this topic from a reader named Andrew in South Africa who advises as follows:

Hi Mitch, I had the same issue until many years ago a triathlete I used to work with suggested that I raise the saddle so that my leg was absolute straight on the down stroke. Since then I have never had the problem again, and I am 66 and cycle at least 30 km per week in the gym at level 6. So if it works for an old-timer like me, it should work for you.

I tried out Andre's suggestion and it helped, so I replied to him directly saying:

Andre that's a great suggestion, thanks! I tried increasing the pedal distance a notch two days ago on my reclining exercise bike and I seem to be experiencing much less strain in the upper sides of my groin area. Thanks for the tip! And stay young!

If any other readers have suggestions on this matter email me at [email protected]

Lose weight by watching your bank account (by Ryan Johnson)

Ryan Johnson is a Strategic Analyst based in Airdrie, Alberta, Canada. You can find him on LinkedIn here:


Ryan sent us the following weightloss tip:

I read once that it is a good practice to look at your bank account every day if you are trying to save money (stay with me, here). An in-your-face visual of all your transactions over a day/week/month really makes you think, "do I need to buy this $5 latte, or can I just drink the swill at the office and save the 5 bucks?" It makes you think and consciously decide on even the little purchases (which REALLY add up over the course of a week). In an age of "tap-and-go", it's too easy to blow money on little things before the next pay-day. 

Disclaimer: I'm not a certified fitness professional or nutritionist so take any suggestions made here "as is" with a grain of salt and a heaping supply of your own judgment. Help other readers of this newsletter lose weight and get fit by sending your own weightloss and/or fitness tips to us at [email protected]


Factoid of the Week

Last week's factoid and question was this:

In the UK when ATMs were first introduced you had to buy a voucher from the bank covered with radioactive carbon-14 which the machine detected and matched against a six-figure code known by the customer and bank manager. What are some other crazy things that radioactive materials have been used for in the past? Or today? 

Several readers sent in the obvious one about the crazy ways Radium was used after it was discovered, many of which are summarized in this Mental Floss article which George from Florida pointed us to:


More interestingly is the following article in Wired magazine which reader Don Hill alerted us to that describes how an X-Ray machine could help make sure you purchase shoes that fit you properly:



Now let's move on to this week's factoid:

Fact: Budget airline VivaColombia is considering plans to remove all seats from its planes and make passengers stand.

Source: http://www.wservernews.com/go/8z7llqcy/

Question: What other recent news item have you read that seemed like it must be an April Fools' joke? No political sarcasm please, just plain weird stuff, thanks!  

Email your answer to us at: [email protected]

Until next week, 

Mitch Tulloch


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This Week's Tips

Windows - Boot easily into Safe Mode

This tip was sent in to us by Tom Mills the owner of simpliTek a company based in Orange County, California that provides computer consulting services and support to small businesses:


Tom writes as follows:

Mitch, in reading the latest newsletter, I saw where some were struggling to get a computer to boot into Safe Mode. I ran across such an effective method for dealing with this that now I run this on every machine I touch. It's a simple batch file that does this:

bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu yes


bcdedit /timeout 3


This can be typed into an administrator command prompt, or run as administrator in a batch file. The pause commands are just to give you time to visually confirm that the bcdedit commands executed successfully.

What this does is to restore a long lost screen during bootup where the system would allow you to "choose" which operating system to boot into. Of course there really is no choice on most systems because there is only the one OS. The second command makes this boot option screen display for only 3 seconds, and then the boot continues as always. Most clients never even notice that I've made this change.

However, during the 3 seconds that the boot menu is displayed, you can hit F8 on the keyboard and get ALL the boot options that we used to get with F8 back in the "good ole' days": Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, Safe Mode with Command Prompt, etc. etc.

Try this on a computer and then reboot it and hit F8 during the brief display of the boot options menu, and see what this allows you to do. Once you have done this, I'm confident you will want to set up every computer in your purview to do this on every boot.

GOT TIPS you'd like to share with other readers? Email us at [email protected]

PowerShell - Get IDs to use with Package DSC resource

Brian Farnhill has a post on his MSDN blog explaining how you can obtain the unique identifier for a product whose MSI or executable you want to install using PowerShell DSC:


Exchange - On adding warnings to messages received from external senders

Terry Zink uses his Security Talk blog to discuss whether it's a good idea or not for Exchange admins to insert warnings into messages that arrive from senders external to your organization:


Events Calendar

Do you know of any other IT conferences or events that you think readers of this newsletter might be interested in knowing about? Email us at [email protected] with the name, date, and location of the event along with the event URL.

Experts Live Europe on August 23-25, 2017 in Berlin, Germany


Microsoft Ignite on September 25-29, 2017 in Orlando, Florida


IT/Dev Connections on October 23-26, 2017 in San Francisco, California


SharePoint Unite on October 24-26, 2017 in Haarlem, Netherlands


DEVintersection on October 31 - November 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada


European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference on November 13-16, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland


SharePoint Fest on December 609, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois


Add Your Event

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WServerNews FAVE Links

This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff

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Continuing along with our theme of retro IT we offer you the following Flixxy videos for your amusement and entertainment:

John Cleese: Portable Computer Compared To A Fish

One of many wonderful commercials John Cleese did for Compaq Computer Corporation in the mid '80s:


Tutoring the Computer Illiterate

Being somewhat tech-savvy has its advantages. But sometimes, like when you are assisting someone who isn't, it's pure torture:


Best Portable Computer

A laptop / desktop computer with built in laser printer and more... Where can I buy one like that? (A clip from the movie Brain Donors):


"House of the Rising Sun" - Old School Computer Remix

"House of the Rising Sun" played by various vintage electronic gadgets:


WServerNews - Product of the Week

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WServerNews - Editors

Mitch Tulloch is Senior Editor of WServerNews and is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. Mitch was lead author of the bestselling Windows 7 Resource Kit and has been author or series editor for almost fifty books mostly published by Microsoft Press. Mitch is also a ten-time recipient of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for his  outstanding contributions in support of the global IT pro community. Mitch owns and runs an information technology content development business based in Winnipeg, Canada. For more information see www.mtit.com.

Ingrid Tulloch is Associate Editor of WServerNews and was co-author of the Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking from Microsoft Press. Ingrid is also manages research and marketing for our content development business and has co-developed university-level courses in Information Security Management for a Masters of Business Administration program.