OT: Computer stuff

If anyone can recommend a more appropriate *well* *populated* group, feel free to do so. Most computer groups I can see are either overrun with spam and trolls or only have about half a dozen posts in the last four months.
Win 7 Ultimate x64 - when any program is open and you then open a second one, normally the new window will take focus and open in front of whatever is already running. Last night, for no apparent reason I can see, that situation altered so that the new window now opens *behind* whatever is already there.
How do I get it back to normal behaviour?
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These days the web may be more helpful.
Search for "windows 7" application focus problem
and the top 5 answers appear to fit the bill.
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John wrote:

Intsall Linux? :-)
seriously try googling for this. Its either a bug or an inadvertent config change. Which with Windows, is very easy to do. One reason I ditched it.
Oh. Its a regedit bollocks/Win7 thing http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-performance/windows-7-x64-pro-window-focus-issueswhen-i-open-a/a55aec2b-ee7e-40f2-bc8b-8f4728671ca4

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On Sunday, October 7, 2012 2:41:01 PM UTC+1, The Natural Philosopher wrote:

+1. seriously. So many bugs & other issues simply gone.
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snipped-for-privacy@care2.com expressed precisely :

I'll put this reply here because it's the last one in the thread I can see - thanks very much folks, your help has got me sorted :D
Usenet used to be so great but sadly, groups like this where people can get help and advice without trolls or spammers are a dying breed.
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expressed precisely :

I think that 'poor' groups have always been the norm. Certainly in my experience of something more than ten or twelve years anyway. There are still plenty of specialist groups with good people on them. There are at least six that I use for my limited interests, that have always maintained a good level of knowledgeable people and 'regulars', this being one such. You can ask or discuss just about anything on here. Aside from very good and expert DIY advice in many fields and disciplines, this group has always maintained a 'down the pub' air about it, where threads can wander into interesting and often controversial ground.
There are plenty of people who are either computer professionals, or very experienced amateurs who happen to have a DIY interest as well, and will be happy to offer advice on computer issues. That said, in some cases, the phrase "Google is your friend" is often appropriate, and seems to have resulted in you getting a fix for your problem, as was suggested that it might.
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Arfa Daily wrote:

In cases like these, as with trying to find the answer in a Linux/Unix man page, the problem is less that the information isn't there, but more knowing where to look.
Listening to the problem it was clear that it was a windows 7 specific issue, and it was a problem of moving focus to the newest active window. That gives a better chance of setting up the google search to give the real answers.
I had a similar problem last night when my pop mail server died - with the error that the computer clock had suddenly shifted 50 minutes,. The answer was buried deep in the way virtualised machines pick up the 'hardware' clock and eventually I found a workaround for what is effectively an issue with te host machine that was beyond my ability - or its seems of the hosting companies means - to affect.
(In essence you have to tell Linux to disregard the host machines clock and synchronise entirely to world NTP time. This is still less than ideal as even that is adversely affected by the host machines overall load factor. So you an get the cock slowing down massively and then being corrected in a big 'jerk')
But the point is the answer is there, *if* you know what questions to ask. Knowing more helps.

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Should I be the first to say Fnarr?
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A Freudian slip, most probably :-)
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[snip]
But where unix is concerned, I'd rather *not* know more. Your man page example is a good one. Too often, either the page isn't installed. or it refers to a version you don't have. Every time I foolishly think I ought to learn more about unix, after 5 minutes I've thrown the computer out of the window.
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On 07/10/2012 17:37, Tim Streater wrote:

A long time ago I worked for a tech support company that was Sco certified, I left knowing less about Unix than when I started :)
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No surprise there. given how broken SCO is.
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Tim Streater wrote:

Debian has always been pretty good about man pages being sane and generally available.
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Which is exactly how I feel about Windows.
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And which is why I use a Mac.
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Unfortunately I have similar, although smaller in magnitude, feelings about Macs. I bought a Mac Mini a couple of years ago to see what the fuss was about and (i) it didn't "just work" (the video editing tool crashed repeatedly and reinstalling just that was a right faff, involving downloading tools to unpack the installation dmg - I began to think "Hang on, this is the kind of bollocks I was trying to get away from") & (ii) I ended up with a 24 item list of things about it that irritated me greatly.
I sold it.
Although now Ubuntu is changing its UI, I may reconsider. The photo editing stuff on Mac looks pretty good.
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Odd, mine have "just worked". We've had 4 here, all told, so far, and come new year will get another, with SWMBO's existing going to FiL. Which video editing tool was that, anyway? I've not done any of that for a few years but iMovie worked with no problems (within its limitations) back then. I don't like any existing email client, so I've written my own (an interesting experience) but all the tools and components are there to do that.
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Whichever one it is comes built in. iMovie, perhaps? That was a specific requirement of mine, and it was a right royal PITA that it didn't work.
In fact, IIRC, even reinstalling it didn't make it work, and it wasn't until a couple of updates from Apple later that it started working properly.
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On Monday, October 8, 2012 10:03:56 AM UTC+1, Huge wrote:

Starnge that on my mac mini mid 2010 iMovie was pre-installed as part of Leopard OS X IIRC, unless there;'s another video tool you tried to install.
I've since updated to snow leopard, then, lion, I'll go to mountain lion soon. Although I backed up each time I had no problems with the updates. The SL update was free too :-)

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Presumably that's why Apple machines cost hundreds more than bog standard PC's. To cover the cost of all the soft toys they have to send out, every time they update their OS. Presumably Bambi is due sometime in 2014.
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