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No Fault, Just Inconvenient

It certainly looks and reads here, like I am a Microsoft basher. Yes, I do point out the weaknesses that cause me to seek alternatives. What I do is pick the best tool for the requirements I need.

I can easily tolerate a Windows 10 system and its invasive habits as part of my office network. I need Windows 10 for all of my Microsoft OS design software I use every day. Windows 10 isn’t about to go away in my world.

I know my special needs make me a minority user, Microsoft (and all other) PC computers were never designed to be a primary machine control system. They are […] Continue reading » No Fault, Just Inconvenient

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

Yet Another Windows 10 Defect

Drive “A” with floppy disk

Microsoft seems to have a team of software engineers who have forgotten the legacy systems of the past. I have a powerful quad-core desk computer that has been performing well for many years. It has progressed through several Windows OS upgrades.

Windows 10 has been the worst of all editions. Always something not working correctly or having to be turned off as an undesired “feature”. Every new update changes my preference for Adobe Reader back to the “default” Windows Edge. This is driving me nuts!

This time it is the 2.5 inch floppy “A” drive. The OS keeps trying to access the empty drive […] Continue reading » Yet Another Windows 10 Defect

Back to Linux (Again)

It was all I could stand, I could stand no more. I just returned my ASUS EeePC net-book back to the Linux operating system. Actually I have installed XUBUNTU which is a special flavor of the standard UBUNTU distro.

If you look back in this blog it can be determined I allowed this little net-book (I am using it now) to upgrade itself to WINDOWS 10 home edition. Sadly, Win 10 is not a good choice for the wimpy 1.7 MHz Atom processor in the net-book.

Win 10 was completely thrashing the hard drive and the processor cooling fan. The fan was constantly running on its highest speeds. Performance was […] Continue reading » Back to Linux (Again)

Windows 10 Update

Windows 10 did a total update to my computer a couple of days ago. The process took over an hour and a half and I have a 50 MB cable internet connection. I assume it was a total update as it had to reboot several times and it took a long time “setting things up”

At first I thought Win10 had broken a lot of my programs but what happens is it takes a long time to open a program for the first time. After an initial slow start, all programs were very fast in opening. The new OS update must include a start-up cache for programs. Whatever, it is […] Continue reading » Windows 10 Update