Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Thursday, October 03, 2013
- Free upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1
- $119 for Windows 8.1 installation DVD (not an upgrade)
- $199 for Windows 8.1 Pro installation DVD (not an upgrade)
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
I think it is a good idea to refresh your computer system every so often and not only to clear out “cobwebs” and remove unused programs and libraries. I think it is good to do a refresh so that you can take a moment and figure out what you have used, and what you haven’t. What should you keep and what to dump.
This laptop is older (pre-Lenovo deal) IBM Thinkpad with not a ton of horsepower compared to modern devices (Pentium M @ 1.8 GHz, 2GB of RAM), but it is adequate to doing most things. It runs Windows 7 fine, so long as I don’t do too much in the way of heavy compiling or video editing. The good thing is I don’t do that too much already and now I have a desktop to handle some of the heavier tasks.
So now that I have a fresh Fedora 19, Gnome, installation once my updates are done I will be able to start looking at which programs I want to install and actually use, and which programs I usually install but never use.
The first item coming to mind, though, is Flash; do I really need it?
YouTube plays many of its videos using HTML5 instead of Flash and outside of a couple of games I really don’t use Flash all that much as far as I am aware. If I have a need for Flash, I can still use the desktop or switch to the Windows 7 hard drive.
Probably one of the more used, at home, Flash application I use is to listen to Pandora. Pandora has years of my music preferences collected and I have my stations pretty much the way I like them so I am not too interested in trying another music service that allows streaming over the Internet which I need to “teach” all over again. Not to mention, to hope that it will recognize that if like one song flagged with “rap”, that I am not suddenly interested in “gangsta rap” in the middle of my Christmas-themed radio station!
Thankfully I may be able to fulfill this with the use of Pithos.
So between Pithos and HTML5, I am going to see how far can I get without Flash before breaking down and installing it.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
There has been a lot of bashing of Windows 8 and Microsoft lately, and finger pointing to what has gone wrong. Truth be told it is never only one entity's fault, rather a combination of multiple factors. Some are controllable, others are environmental and others are just out of your control.
Take for instance the following article that incited a forum thread entirely negative towards Microsoft: