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MS Office 365

Pulling the plug.

I pulled the plug on Microsoft Office 365 (subscription) last night. The primary reason is my use is not worth the $99 a year fee. Just another forgotten and ongoing cost I no longer need. An auto-renew notice popped up on my Windows screen and reminded me of the pending charge to my credit card..

There is nothing wrong with the office package. I just have no need for all the features. I can get what I need from an office suite from a free system such as LibreOffice which I am using to compose this post. […] Continue reading » MS Office 365

A User Managed PC Operating System

With the “socialization” and idiot protection now the highest priority with Microsoft’s PC operating system (OS) software Windows 10, it’s good to have a power user alternative. Because there are alternatives, I care less about what Microsoft is doing to OS10. They cater to the bumbling hacker attack prone masses and that is their business plan. Power, specific need, PC users are a minority.

Microsoft once had options. MS has produced stripped down “light-weight” operating systems for special commercial applications like cell phones. They used to produce light versions for low end consumer computers, so buyers would have to “upgrade” to get […] Continue reading » A User Managed PC Operating System

Stopping Windows 10 Random Update and Re-boots

Another Windows 10 rant. I am getting very tired of writing these…

Re-boot

Early last evening, I started a 5 hour 3D printing project running on my workshop windows 10 OS computer. I had downloaded the print (.stl) file from my network server. I forgot to disconnect the LAN cable to isolate the computer from the network after I finished the download. The disconnect process is a slight PITA.

After I make sure the first layer of the print has gone down well, I usually walk away to do other things. There is no reason to stare at a running […] Continue reading » Stopping Windows 10 Random Update and Re-boots

Facebook

Going Dark

The Facebook (FB) forum has come to be the dominate watering hole for the social media. I “went dark” for three months because of the high volume of senseless pandering of political views and the incessant targeted marketing of unwanted products aimed to my viewing habits. No one missed me… Ha! I found some peace.

FB is as annoying as cable TV in its dominating data mining of it’s viewers habits. Both now determine and “profile” the reader/viewer into target categories. Yep, cable is two way and records your viewing habits. Both systems have become over dominated by direct market commercialism and “tailoring” advertising content […] Continue reading » Facebook

Staying On Track

I posted a few articles in a row about model trains. It is only a subject I am writing about and tinkering a bit around the edges. It’s because it is an old and long standing interest. It is not a current passion or must do. I like to pick up the lid and shuffle through the items in the virtual box of old toys. You know the old adage about men and their toys. Ha!

My box contains a lot of play things. Not bragging. It may even be a curse in other peoples views. I am OK with having broad interests and skills. […] Continue reading » Staying On Track