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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

10 December 2014. The Cabinet Weighs In On Windows 8

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My computer was showing some signs of age, so I broke down and picked up a new computer around the Thanksgiving holidays, to be ready in case of a complete system failure. I bought a new HP machine with Windows 7… my computer geeks all told me to avoid Windows 8. Of course, now that I got the new one, my old computer started working just fine. However, I figure that I didn’t waste my money. I’ll just keep my new one in the box until the old one crashes (which it will). Since Windows 7 is harder and harder to find, I think I did the right thing. If my present machine lasts another year, there probably won’t be any more computers with Windows 7 out there by that time. I don’t know anything about computers. I’m just going by what my geeks told me, and I found that Windows 7 is easy to operate for a computer moron like myself!


My Cabinet is UNANIMOUS… everybody (including me) HATES Windows 8. It has all the problems of early Vista… plus some more, for good measure. Remember what Windows 7 is… it’s a revamped and debugged Vista, but they had to call it something else as its early fuckups utterly trashed the Vista brand’s street rep. The buzz has it that the new OS coming out is to Windows 8 what Windows 7 was to Vista… that is, a debugged version that had to have a new name as the old marque is irretrievably in the shitter. Not boring, is it? Pass the jug…



10 December 2014. My Geek Told Me… Windows 8 Has MORE Quirks Than You Thought Of…

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Just when you thought that you were out of the woods… ANOTHER quirk in Windows 8 surfaces. Apparently, it likes to stick on “shutting down”… if that happens, my geek said to reset the machine by taking the battery in and putting it back in (I know that it sounds stupid, but that’s what they said… what about these things makes sense?), if you can, for in some machines, it’s welded to the motherboard. Another thing that you can do is to hold down the “power” switch for at least 30 seconds (yes, I tried it, it works). Also, sometimes, Eight will screw you up by repeating lines of text. I had this happen yesterday… yowza, one of the Cabinet told me about it. Yes, my geek warned me of that, too. By the way, you can disable that pesky “mousepad” on your machine by hitting “F9”. There sure isn’t a boring time with Windows 8! Have you noticed that INORDINATE number of upgrades to it lately? God willing, they’ll put it to rights… pass the jug, that’s all that you can do!


Sunday, 15 September 2013

15 September 2013. The New Yahoo Groups Format Rolls Out… Fucks Up Cybersphere, Tying It Up In Knots

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One of the Cabinet wrote me:

It sucks. As long as you’re NOT on the website, you really don’t encounter the nonsense. Once you enter the website, it sets loose all Hell. It’s like going from Windows 7 to Windows 8. It has an almost-totally-new interface, which is NOT intuitive. Worse, many “functions” just didn’t work. Therefore, you waste time trying to find a friendly old function; when you do find one, you only discover that it doesn’t work. Then, the next day, it does, but the following day, it doesn’t. However, I have to admit, over the past week or so they’ve tackled many of these functional problems, but I still don’t like the new interface.

One glaring annoyance, if you’re responding from the website, so far, you can’t reply “in line” and cut out things in the original post that you don’t want to deal with, so, your response contains the entire original post, which many people hate (drives people who get the “digest” form delivered bonkers, as all the previous posts are included with each post). As of yesterday I still couldn’t approve a post, from the web site, marked incorrectly as “Spam“, fortunately the delivered e-mail request to accept or reject still worked. Yahoo has never been user-friendly, and rolling out this dysfunctional new format doesn’t earn them any kudos.

A couple of members with older Macs seem to be suffering long loading times; they even find that they can’t load the interface. Some members had those problems last week, but they haven’t complained this week, so I’m hoping it’s gotten better. I avoid the website as much as I can.

Thank you, Yahoo, for NUTTIN’! Haven’t they ever heard, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?”



Friday, 9 August 2013

9 August 2013. Computer Still in the Lair of the Local Geeks… May be Crank Motherboard

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As of today, my faithful machine is still upso (Korean for tits up, knackered, and bollixed up) and offline. My geek says that it may be a crank motherboard. I’ve learnt somthing that I’d like to pass on to you. If you’re a serious internet poster, have a backup machine handy, preferably a laptop. Nicky and I priced out laptops, and a Dell unit with four gigs of RAM and 320 gigs on the hard-drive (the same as my present desktop) costs 280 bucks, which translates out to 375 bucks after tax, extended warranty, and antivirus subscription. I’d advise everyone to do this (it allows you to send the main unit in for semi-annual maintenance, debugging, and cleaning… necessary, but takes a workweek to do right, per my geek). As for my desktop, my geek says that I should have a 64-bit, 16 gig RAM, 1 tera hard-drive machine. Navada knows what he’s talking about… but that won’t be until the Fourth Quarter of this year (such a setup costs 1,200 cool ones, after all). By then, the new version of Windows 8 should be out, with some of the kinks worked out of it.

I’ll be back! God willing, soon…


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