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Something Else Microsoft Doesn’t Tell You

I bought a subscription to MS Office 365. I had a perfectly good earlier version that was not a subscription. The MS Propaganda said (I’ll have to paraphrase) that if you don’t renew the subscription, the Office programs will continue to function but support and updates will terminate.

OK, I can buy that.

I am retired, so to save $100+ I let the Office 365 expire. I lost my “OneDrive” cloud storage which I expected. The Office programs (primarily MS Word and Excel) continued to function as promised.

Later a harassing warning POP-UP appears on every system cold boot start-up, telling me Office can’t log into OneDrive and to enter my log-in. I keep saying to the screen, “No kidding, it’s intentional!” Problem is I can find no way to stop the warning and of course the log in is no longer valid. I click it away and Office 365 programs run fine.

Now three months later and every time I start ANY Office 365 application (Word, Excel) I get another large pop-up WARNING! For me to renew my subscription to remove the warning. (Do you understand what I just said?)

I figure out that I can just click away the popup and then and only then, I can continue to use the Office 365 application. BUT>>>

A yellow WARRNING! Banner then appears in the top ribbon of every application telling me the same thing. The application will work but the banner line must be clicked to make it go away.

I can find no way to stop (turn off) this marketing harassment for renewing the subscription.

Yes, the office suite continues to operate, but Microsoft is going to hound me unceasingly.

I have a very good (and free) alternatives to MS Office called LibreOffice and FreeOffice. I use them with Linux but there are versions for Windows.

I have a contract job where I use Excel with a client. So, to stay 100% compatible with the clients’ system I have relented and renewed the MS Office 365. This work easily covers the renewal cost but my issue is the bad faith created by the Microsoft renewal harassment policy.

Microsoft was truthful. The programs keep working…  if you don’t mind constantly clicking away WARNINGS!

It’s all about what they don’t tell you…

A Creative Thought

Just finished mowing my yard, edging, trimming, the whole works. Good aerobic, couple of hours exercise for a 70-year-old male, in the Texas humid 85-degree heat. Far better that the 100 plus degree days we were having.

I am now re-hydrating with a bottle of orange G-Ade thirst quencher and have turned on the computer in my air-conditioned home office, checking emails and making sure the earth is still revolving. Don’t want to miss the eclipse in eleven days or so… The propaganda machine (TV) says it is a first full eclipse in the USA in 99 years but that is BS. Maybe the first that crosses the entire USA.

Who cares? Everyone in the country is going to stop what they are doing to check it out. There will be a few good excuses for some people to miss out.

 Yep, I see the earth is still turning. I can concentrate on other things…

Recently I started thinking about the tools in my workshop. I think I never stop thinking about my workshop for very long. That’s my place of comfort and retreat.

But now I am feeling a bit disturbed about my activities for the last year. I have spent a lot of time developing my skills with fused filament 3D printing as well as doing silver, lost wax casting.

The silver work produces high quality, tangible and artistic items. They are items that have far more real value and much longer expected retention value than plastic printed items. The three-dimensional printing is extremely interesting and addictive, but from day one, I have considered the actual items produced to be second rate. Not capable of becoming a treasured heirloom of great value.

I have a shop full of real machine tools to shape wood and metal into almost anything high quality I desire. I have been spending way too much time melting plastic and making cheap plastic toys.

It’s time for me to swing the “making things” pendulum back to using real machine tools. I am not hinting that I am abandoning making printed plastic “stuff”, that will surely continue. But not to the exclusion of making the really high-quality wood and metal items.

Three-dimensional printing is a great learning and creative system at the hobbyist level. Its real value will be determined by industrial or commercial applications and using materials other than extruded filament plastic. Learning the process is valuable. There is a great future in this type of creative process for those people who develop the ability to create (design) products using the 3D print process. They will become valuable assets to almost every manufacturing design business.  However, just (only) knowing how to operate the printer will become just another low tier manufacturing process skill.

I have already sharpened my design and 3D drawing skills (CAD) because of 3D printing. I have learned to create detailed 3D drawings with Autodesk Fusion 360.  If I can draw it, I can make it. Running the printer is fun but not a good career goal.

That’s why I stress the design part of developing skills in using the process. It’s the product that the process produces that far outweighs the enjoyment of watching the magic of a printing head moving around under CNC control.

Dustin Hoffman character in the movie, “The Graduate” (dates me, doesn’t it?) was told the future was in plastics. That may be true but not in my opinion with the low quality produced by hobby level FFF 3D printers. I am going back to real wood and metal and probably a lot of quality cast silver.

A Measure of Success

As I become successful or maybe just prolific in writing posts in my various blogs, the action attracts the attention of a small group of self-proclaimed “experts” who desperately want to “help” me become more successful. It is the exemplification of the adage, “Nothing breeds success like success itself.” I think the original form was, “Nothing succeeds like success. There are many variations with the same message.

My point is, this attention lets me know that I must be doing something right. Somehow, they managed to “find” me. These folks don’t rally around a looser, as their main intention is to associate themselves with […] Continue reading » A Measure of Success

Can I Write?

I have a couple of old co-worker friends who have taken to writing books. I’ll call them Wayne and Joe. I have recently read their new books. These are people into their 60’s. Younger than I, now pushing past seven decades. None of them are trained English writing majors. Neither am I. It has me wondering if there is anything I am missing here…

I can’t say they are on the top ten best sellers list. I am sure they are not. But I think the reasons for publishing are similar to why I post on so many blogs. I can see the hits and […] Continue reading » Can I Write?

Phony Marketing

The sad part of all my residential phone line hassle is that I have almost no personal need to use it. It has become entirely a direct marketing communication resource for solicitors to harass people (me) to purchase things not needed or wanted. A cell phone now fulfills my meager personal communication needs.

There will never be a viable phone industry “no solicitors” list on residential phone calls because there is no outside way to enforce it. Cell phones were once a sacred “no solicitation” refuge but that has been broken too. Personal attention to Caller ID is the only viable remedy.

I had an unlisted […] Continue reading » Phony Marketing