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  • Member, Beta Tester
    I just had a pop-up on my computer reminding me that Windows 7 will no longer be serviced as of Jan 2020 and NOW would be the perfect time to buy a new computer! Give me a break... I know we discussed this a couple of years ago but how is Windows 10 doing now? Did you guys ever upgrade? We just upgraded our computers at work and have had nothing but problems. It doesn't exactly instill confidence in me to upgrade my personal computer.
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    > I know we discussed this a couple of years ago but how is Windows 10 doing now?

    I tend to have many fewer computer problems than others (probably because computers can smell fear ;-) ), but I have not had many serious issues with Windows 10. In fact, I had a BSOD back in the autumn and was shocked because it was the only one I had ever gotten since upgrading years ago.

    That said, I have lots of smaller annoyances, and a philosophical issue with the OS approach now. Windows 10 is now considered a "service", which means (among other things) that they regularly "upgrade" and change things and customers have no real choice in the matter. I have my system set up in a particular manner that works for my personal efficiency, and every quarter Microsoft forces a new update that causes me to have to configure some of these settings again. There are some tactics they use that only benefit themselves, such as repeatedly and automatically turning on features (that I do not want) and challenging my file extension selections.

    Also, on my system, Windows Update is horribly buggy. In the past, it regularly got stuck with particular updates that would attempt to install indefinitely, not only annoying me immensely, but dragging performance down with it. The Windows Update Troubleshooter would always claim to find a problem and fix it, but the problem always remained; it took extraordinary means (beyond the skills of an average computer user) to resolve the issue (forcibly) at least a couple of times.

    My personal recommendation would be not to specifically avoid Windows 10 if you need to upgrade to a new computer, but likewise not to specifically upgrade a working computer just because Windows 7 will no longer be "supported". I plan to get a new development machine reasonably soon because this one is starting to strain under increasingly demanding software (including Windows 10 and Visual Studio, both Microsoft products) which expect faster processors, more memory, and faster (solid state) drives.

    Of course, Pretty Good Solitaire works on both. ;-)

    Gregg :(|)
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    I am running Windows 8.1 and it worked like a charm after I gor rid of all the junk they'd attached to it. I paid my money to buy this PC. It's mine. I want it to do waht I want it to do not what Microsoft chooses to lumber me with. I don't give a damn that it will soon be unsupported. That won't affect me one iota. I am extremely careful when online and never click any link in an email unless I have verified it first. Liz has Windows 10 but I've tinkered with it a trifle and tell her I don't know how to reconnect it to the net. I also disabled her speakers. Mike want's to disable Debbie's speaker I believe. ;))
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    Thanks for the advice, guys! I'm going to do what Gregg says and not upgrade just for the sake of upgrading. And I already do what Richard does and don't click on any unknown links. I save my porn surfing for my mother's computer. (Kidding!) :))
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    LOL. You got me! :-j
    If it ain't broken don't fix it. Why does Microsoft want all of our money anyway?
  • Member, Beta Tester
    Is detestable a strong enough word for them? Here. Member's of the House and Senate can become millionaires. Why would they want another job? Some do get out early. Either because no one will listen to them. Or they believe their family is more important. For many. I think it is just ego. Or being able to decide other peoples destinies.
  • Member, Beta Tester
    Okay ..... loathsome loafers. It's the fast track to becoming rich. They award themselves salary increases, fatter pesnsions and fewer hours. It's a racing certainly you couldn't run a business in that dashion.
  • Member, Beta Tester
    Loathsome loafers. Say that quickly 5 times. Or once a week for five weeks and you will have done more than the politicians.
  • edited April 20 Member, Beta Tester
    At least 715 climate change protesters have been arrested as demonstrations across London enter their sixth day. Some glued their hands to trains in London's underground and caused chaos. They've blocked roads and even a bridge around parliament and forced the authorities to re-route buses and trains. I hope they keep it up. The system cannot cope with the numbers. It will crack. =D>
    David Attenborough's new "Climate Change: the Facts" is chilling. Nobody except the seriously deranged could be in any doubt whatsoever after watching that. Australia is a known for its high temperatures. Animals there have evolved to cope with the heat.The documentary showed us the effect of a new record high. We watched as 1100 Fruit Bats were gathered into huge piles for disposal after they'd dropped off the trees dead because of the heat. Many of them had babies hanging onto their dead mothers. The entire documentary was a horror show. Despite that we have one clown on one side of the Atlantic arguing the toss with an assortment of other clowns about a wall, and our lot debating Brexit with the profoundly deaf people of the EU. We are killing the planet yet these bums are doing sod all about it.
  • Member, Beta Tester
    I read an interesting article yesterday about recycling. It said that even people trying to do good by recycling isn't doing any good because China isn't taking the US's recyclables any more and so most of it is ending up in the landfill anyway.
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    I also heard that much of it gets burned so Mr.Google found this for us.

    "Myth 1: Recycling is a waste of time as it all goes to landfill or abroad anyway
    Not true - your recycling makes a real difference. Recycling protects the environment and cuts disposal costs for council tax payers. We check and audit what happens to your recycling every year.
    Most recyclable materials are processed here in the UK and some are sent abroad to be made into new products. Exported materials are shipped using boats that would otherwise be returning empty after delivering goods to the UK. Even though this means recyclable materials are transported further, it's still a better environmental option than sending them to landfill or using raw materials to make new products. Find out more about".
    What we are finding here now is that our local Council keeps moving the goal posts. Polystyrene, hard plastics like CD cases, cling-film and carrier bags used to be accepted. Now we have to put those in the landfill bin. I guess there is no point in them seperating it all and processing it if nobody wants to buy it from them.
    We have to stop producing the stuff otherwise it is going to get much worse. I saw footage of some little third world country that was still accepting it It was piled high as far as the eye could see and built half way up their trees. The good news is that global warming will have killed most of us by that time anyway. See if you can find Attenborough's "Climate change; The facts" and you'll be in little doubt.
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    Breaking news....... Ukraine has elected a comedian as president. Big deal. Weve been doing that for decades. :((
    I was happy to learn that Sweden has just voted not to join the Euro. Apparently countries are obliged to join after they meet set criteria. Eurocrats in Brussels are fuming. How dare they refuse to do what they've been told?
    Over 900 people have now been arrested in London during climate change protests. I hope this becomes a pandemic. Politicians can't continue to turn a blind eye can they? Oops.... sorry ..... they're politicians. We're sorry they're politicians too. :((
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    The Ukrainian guy is supposed to be funny. The other clowns that we have had are not. But yet they do a good imitation of one.
    Countries are obliged to join. What a world we live in. It's like me being obliged to get married. Perhaps Ken will get caught in this trap too.
  • Member, Beta Tester
    NEVER!!!!!!!
  • Member, Beta Tester
    Richard, were you ever married? Am I correct in assuming that you and Liz are living in sin?
  • Member, Beta Tester
    Never married. I remember telling an aunt and my mother my intentions when I was about 10. They both laughed.
    The term living in sin is closely related to marriage itself. The sin part tends to taper off rapidly in both. :)
  • Member, Beta Tester
    Today was G-Day, the day I was looking forward to, the day I would pick up my new glasses. Note the use of the past tense, "was". I went to collect them and was handed a chart with a variety of fonts on it. I could read none of them. "But what about your distance vision? How is it now?" "Marginally better", I conceded. She appeared to think that was a fait accommpli until I added, "But I was expecting to be able to SEE with them". Blah,blah,blah,"breakdown of communications" blah,blah blah"will cost a little bit more". The "little bit more" raised the price from £199 to £324. I am a little bit more agitated today. :-t
  • Member, Beta Tester
    Man, that sucks! You must feel like Paul Newman...

  • Member, Beta Tester
    I know where I'd like to stick fifty eggs @-)
  • Member, Beta Tester
    Rip offs in all countries. And I thought it was just us.
  • Member, Beta Tester
    They can start celebrating when/if I actually stump up. Unless the new glasses are significantly better than my current ones it's not going to happen.
  • Member, Beta Tester
    Okay. You started with a vision test. Hopefully by someone that knew what they were doing. They gave you a prescription for what should have been the the correct lens's. Then you get a price. Then you should have received the correct glasses. What went wrong? Report them!
  • edited April 24 Member, Beta Tester
    What's the most beautiful country in the world according to a recent survey? I think Richard knows the answer!

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/tripideas/this-is-the-most-beautiful-country-in-the-world-according-to-travelers/ss-BBVFklS?ocid=se

    Dunnottar Castle sure looks nice!
  • Member, Beta Tester
    I like the Overdunottar castle myself.
  • Member, Beta Tester
    Dunnottar Castle is spectacular and has a fantastic history. I found their well fascinating. How is it possible to draw fresh water from thr top of a huge lump of rock that is practically surrounded by the sea?
    https://www.dunnottarcastle.co.uk/history/#1464872964049-6d0ee4a4-9ebc
    I think what most visitors enjoy is the variety of our scenery and and the wide variety of historic buildings etc dating back over 5000 years. Our small country is peppered with them so no matter where you are you are always close to something worth seeing and equally close to a decent road and a decent pub.
  • Member, Beta Tester
    I see enough old stuff when I go to my class reunions.
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    Richard & Paul, I read an article about a 104yr old woman in England who had a bucket list of things she wanted to do before she died. Since she had been a good girl all her life, she wanted to know what it was like to be arrested. So the local constabulary obliged her. I believe her quote was, "They put me in handcuffs, turned the siren and lights on, and drove me to the station. I had the lot. It was a wonderful day!"
  • Member, Beta Tester
    Ha! Not bad. Liz and I visited Jedburgh Jail in the Scottish Borders. A very austere Victorian environment where even talking was prohibited. Very young children were frequently incarcerated there before being transported to Australia.
    I was about to say that that is the only prison I've ever been in, but then I remembered that I once spent several hours in Peterhead maximum security prison north of Aberdeen where the really bad guys are banged up. I was shown into one of the huge prison blocks and went into two or three of its cells. I sat and blethered to three inmates in one of them, including my friend Howard Wilson whom I'd come to see. Nice guy if you overlook the fact that he'd shot and killed two policemen. :)
  • Member, Beta Tester
    I heard yesterday that Margaret Thatcher was still Prime Minister of Great Britain. Does that mean Brexit will get done?
  • Member, Beta Tester
    You may be confusing Fox News with actual news Mike. Maggie is dead and buried. Pity we couldn't say the same about Brexit. The UK will be holding European Elections in two weeks time. Under European law we have to elect loads of people to get on board the gravy train and take their seats in the European Parliament in Brussels. All this three years after we voted to leave
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