Friday, July 29, 2016

it's on days like this...

...that we remember!...
...World Cup Final 1966...
...England V. Germany...

Thursday, July 28, 2016

First Brexit then Windows 10

Well all the hullabaloo is nearly over. Windows 10 is only free for another few hours. Many of you will have already given into the exhortations (and even strong arm tactics) to get you to change from your current operating system. If you ever invested in any version of the junkware known as Windows 8, I guess changing is a no-brainer.

If you still haven't changed, either through lethargy or long experience of Microsoft producing really dreadful operating systems, then you probably won't be surprised to find that there are still a very considerable number of people who have decided to remain exactly where they are.

When I bought my latest PC about three years ago the automatic install was Windows 8. I insisted on having Windows 7 installed, remembering all too well the disaster of Vista.

 I currently run three machines. Two Windows based and an Apple laptop. I love my Apple because it will always work without drama. Sadly I also love computer games and have a considerable investment in software, so still have to stay with Windows. My main machine is staying with Windows 7. I like the way it looks, it works perfectly and Microsoft will continue to provide security patches until 2020.

I accepted Windows 10 on my third machine. Microsoft asked me what my opinion was and I replied: BUGGY, UGLY and SLOW. Having tried Windows 10 for a week I shall in all likelihood be rolling it back to Windows 7. Yes I know I will have to accept Windows 10 at some point in the future. My only alternative is to buy new software, stop playing games and migrate totally to Apple. However Apple is not without problems either.

If you haven't changed yet, it may be a wise decision for the next few years. Particularly if you worry about privacy (The French government are already kicking off about the intrusive nature of Windows 10). Then of course there are viruses and as long as Microsoft insists on having uninvited access to your machine (witness what they've been doing in the run up to Windows 10 - they've installed it on many people's machines without permission) malware providers will continue to take the same backdoors that Microsoft does. Incidentally recovering from a virus attack looks to me as going to be more problematic with Windows 10 - access to safe mode and the ability to rollback etc.

 Then of course many suspect Windows 10 may soon become a subscription model.

 If you haven't changed yet be assured there are millions of us out there who haven't. Two days short of changeover date, from what data is available there are still more Windows 7 users out there than Windows 10.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Remembering Sherry too...

Sherry doesn't get to visit any more, but is never far.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday, July 15, 2016

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Sunday, July 03, 2016



Saturday, July 02, 2016

a woman of our times...

               ...Caroline Mary Aherne...
                   ...24 December 1963 – 2 July 2016...

Get Cantona in!