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There have been some things happening here which are proving a major distraction, and my mind (and time) have not been on the tech and the blog. I ask for, and appreciate, your patience until I get things ‘back on track’.

And, please — be conscientious, and use good, healthy, “paranoid common sense” during this prime cybercrime season. (I.e., don’t open emails advertising extreme bargains on online stores you’ve never heard of before.) And, do the same while you’re in the malls, too (don’t leave your purse in the shopping cart, for instance).

It is the time of year to enjoy the best in life, not become crime victim, right?


Little White Xmas Tree

Little White Xmas Tree

For those of you Windows 8 owners (or, if Santa brings you a new PC..) Two must-have downloads that make Windows 8 more bearable

Rather than moaning about Windows 8, here are two downloads that make the user interface a lot more usable and bring back features that Microsoft decided to remove.Read more..

For those seeking techy gift ideas be sure to check out the CNet Editors’ Holiday Gift Guides.


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Today’s quote:Rings and jewels are not gifts but apologies for gifts. The only true gift is a portion of yourself.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Silly little poll (cont.)

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December 13, 2012 - Posted by | advice, blogging, computers, consumer electronics, shopping for, tech, Windows 8 | , , , , , ,


  1. With Windows 8, Microsoft created an interface that makes computer use and management more difficult. Even the most experienced users will see a reduction in productivity long after they become familiar with it. There’s no feel of linear progression as there has been in the past. It’s simply too much of a departure from the standard model.

    “RetroUI” is a good example of an application that Microsoft could make available as an integral part of the Windows 8 OS. Come on. Really? A third party app to make the OS work like the overwhelming majority wants? “Metro UI” could be accessible from the Start menu if you want your computer to emulate a tablet. Or, “Legacy UI” could be a startup option. There are plenty of alternatives that would make the transition from Win 7 to Win 8 much easier. I’ll be using Windows 7 until they no longer support it, assuming they leave Windows 8 startup as-is.


    Comment by KsTinMan | December 15, 2012 | Reply

    • KsTinMan,
      Microsoft seems to be thinking long term, and it seems to me they want the flock to start moving in a certain direction — what they see as the future. So, they are ‘pushing’ us there, much like a sheepdog works the flock.

      (Just like Google’s doing. See, Google drops Exchange ActiveSync support for free email accounts

      “Google’s decision to restrict support for enterprise-class syncing is the latest move in a bid to move customers to its paid products and to push free Gmail users to its mobile apps.” Read more..)

      There’s no doubt in my mind that the “Modern UI” does not belong on non-touchscreen, Desktop setups; and it won’t be on any of mine, ever. But I also think it’s going to be great for (my) business: teaching people how to do things all over again, in the ‘modern’ way. And the tech companies are not marketing to old-school types like me anyway, but to the teenyboppers. Gotta try to outshine the iGadgets, man, and get the people standing in line at your stores. Time will tell if the Windows 8 gamble pays off.


      Comment by techpaul | December 15, 2012 | Reply

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