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Looking Below the Surface

Microsoft has produced something very nice. It’s the Surface series of tablet, laptop, and desk computers.

They are not the lowest cost computers. To be good, low price cannot be the most important feature. Quality is all about getting return for what is paid. I didn’t pay for my Surface. <G> It is on permanent loan to me. Subject to recall but not likely. If I had paid for it, I think it is worth the original cost. That’s good because the cost and features of the Surface series have increased since this machine was built.

The Surface brand represents the machines for which Windows 10 is designed. Could they […] Continue reading » Looking Below the Surface

More to Tell…

“And now, the rest of the story…” ~ Paul Harvey

My “big” PC

My 10+ year old main office PC (computer) with WIN10 has been giving me problems. I had a hard drive failure which was the boot drive. Fixed it and was running great, better than ever, but suddenly, earlier today, the whole dang PC went south. Fans run, and I have 12 and 5 volts, but mother board is dead. No video at all.

Looks like I must get a new one. Feeling much sorrow, grief and despair. Started to study what it would take to replace my old friend, browsing the […] Continue reading » More to Tell…

Yowza, Yowza!

Battlefield

Drive D: which is the boot disk on my big Desktop PC crashed and died on me in the middle of the morning on New Year’s Day. It was an, “OH NOOO… OMG!” moment. Computer basically just stopped working in its tracks.

A reboot didn’t fix anything. Then I checked the boot setup and discovered the drive now fails the S.M.A.R.T test when it first starts up. You may need to google that if you don’t know what it is. Turning the S.M.A.R.T. off in the motherboard boot ROM for D: did no good. I am D.I.W. (Dead In Water) on […] Continue reading » Yowza, Yowza!

On The Surface

I have the opportunity to use a Microsoft Surface 3 (S3) tablet computer. My son Steven has shared one with me that was given to him for business construction site use. However, the IT group refused to support the Surface tablet and it was not allowed to use the company VPN connections. I think because it was the first WIN10 PC they had seen and didn’t like the constant auto updates that are out of their control. Company policy is only IT is permitted to provide OS updates. That made the S3 totally useless for use on his construction project work. IT had installed the […] Continue reading » On The Surface

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