Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Ugh, too much Microsoft news for my taste. So Microsoft this last week revealed Windows 10 for the first time. I gotta say, between the naming of the X-box One and Windows 10 and the purchase of Minecraft for $2.5, I feel like Microsoft is incredibly bad with numbers and math. For realsies though, Microsoft is skipping Windows 9 because a lot of programs look for “Windows 9*” when determining your operating system thanks to Windows 95 and Windows 98. This created a programming problem with some things that worked fine with the code, but because of the name of Windows 9, would have gotten screwed up. Woulda been nice if they kept to nontraditional naming like XP and Vista a little longer, but oh well.

I have seen someone doing a quick run through of some of the features that they have showed off so far. I have an overall meh towards it. They added multiple desktops where you can basically create save states of what windows you have open and switch between those states on the fly. This was a much needed addition to Windows and am happy to see it. So far that seems like the biggest addition.

You can keep the start screen of Windows 8 if you want, but the reality is that only touch screen users will do so. Otherwise all those tiles now have a place in the start menu which is finally returning. I don’t particularly like this as I feel that it makes the start menu seem really bloated. The weird thing about Windows 7 and 8 is that I really love the Windows 8 start screen, but I don’t love that they got rid of windows and the start menu and the task bar as those things made using Windows on the PC less frustrating. I would love it if the desktop was the start screen of Windows 8, but you still had windows over the top as normal and the start menu and everything. So basically remove the icons of windows 7 and earlier and replace it with the Windows 8 Start Screen. Allow for people to customize it with backgrounds still, it really is a style change (preferably allow people to choose which way they like best).

Honestly, I always kind of liked the idea of desktop widgets from Windows 7, but there really weren’t many widgets worth having and it tended to slow down the system more than it was worth. And in this day and age I also think that icons are in need of a desperate update, and honestly I thought the look of Windows 8 was very attractive.  So I’d be all about making that what I saw all the time. I don’t understand why Microsoft needs to make it a one or the other proposition… Why can’t I have the good thing about Windows 8 and the good things about Windows 7 at the same freaking time? Why do I have to choose which one I am using right now? Microsoft, I continue to be baffled by your more recent moves.

Will I get it? I don’t know. So far Microsoft hasn’t shown a lot. I suppose it depends on whether the gaming community follows. A lot of developers went out and said they would not build games for Windows 8 because it was that appalling to them, will they come back for 10? Is there really anything different from 10 to 7 that requires the purchase? I don’t know the answer to these questions right now so I will watch as more info comes in. Right now I would lean to probably not worth the $100 investment for my old PC to upgrade. Probably worth it for any new PC that I have to get a new operating system for (which I actually am looking at right now).

Updated Computer Core

It’s been a looong time since my computer saw an upgrade. I think I’ve gotten new RAM and DVD drive along the way, but by and large I have had the same computer for the last 5 years. Here’s my last blog update talking about my last upgrade. Unlike last upgrade, this one was far better planned. I had been slowly upgrading my computer for some time. I had already upgraded from a lowly 300GB hard drive to 4TB of space. And was well on the way to saving for the next upgrade. This particular core upgrade came about from a $1500 bonus that I got from work, for my new position that I had only been in for 3 months. Nice! Continue reading “Updated Computer Core”

New Computer Needed

Perhaps the most annoying part of the fact that I have no money due to a new mortgage and car loan is that I really really need a new computer. The current computer that I have is still operational, but I think a couple of the fans are Dying and it now makes a lot of noise. In addition, I do note that the speed is fading, though maybe a reformat of the OS could help alleviate that for a time.

I built this thing shortly before I got my current job. It was one of the last things I bought with the remnants of my student loans. That means this computer is about 5 years old, give or take. As a gamer, you can imagine how i feel about that.

Since I’ve had time a bit more lately, a lack of money and a design to think about this sort of thing, I have actually gone and done some research on the current iteration of computer hardware. In doing this, I did decide that it was high time to fulfill a long standing idea. In fact this idea was one I had when I originally built this current computer: A Media Center.

And yes, I mean to make a media center as a primary computer. The way in which I intend to do this is actually to make two computers and not just one.

The idea is that there will be a traditional media center that would be a very small computer that would attach itself to the Television. This particular unit would carry in it a powerful wifi receiver, a solid state hard drive, a small but decent graphics card that would allow for playing some games on the television, a bunch of RAM and a wireless keyboard, mouse and game pad.

The other computer is actually the main computer. This particular computer would actually be a media server. This one would feed the media center all the movies, music and whatever else that it will need so that I can be entertained in my living room instead of my bedroom (where my computer is currently located). My plan is to have about 8 2TB Green drives that could be on most of the day (or at least in sleep) and then quiet when it is on so that I can sleep in its presence.

The media server would also have in it a state of the art processor, graphics card and RAM. The main reason is to play modern top end games that I don’t think a media center will be able to handle (that one is more meant for older games and/or indie games). However, I do think increased RAM and Processor speeds will aid in streaming stuff to the main media center.

Ironically, a lot of what i want this system to do, I think the Wii U will be doing with the TVii app that they are building. I really like what they are doing, but the one problem I have is the lack of information on customization. As far as I can tell, the only thing that you can actually do with TVii is access online services, not your own hard drive on a different computer, so though I think it is an excellent service, I don’t think it is going to be doing what I want it to do.

So that is my plan. It would require a lot of work and a lot of money, this later bit I really don’t have and so I don’t know if it is going to happen soon. Unfortunately even if I had some extra cash I have other things that are slightly higher on my list than a new computer.

The one bright side of all this is that I do think that I am hopeful of finding a newer higher paying job in the next few months, and I do believe that my exploits into swagbucks may be paying off finally. When last we spoke about it I was earning about $20 a month in amazon gift cards. As it stands i have already earned $25 in December in just one week and am hoping for a $25 gift card to Gamestop before the month is done. A definite improvement in production!

Accidental New Computer

Kind of strange really, but as a tax return present to myself I decided I wanted to finally get my computer fixed after more than 5 months of not being able to use it. (I use my laptop on a day to day basis.) The motherboard had fritzed out (the third such ASUS motherboard which has died earlier than it should have) and so I decided to buy a new motherboard. While I was at it, I decided that RAM was cheap enough now a days that I could get an upgrade to it with a 4GB purchase. That’ll bring my RAM to 6GBs which should be plenty for at least a few years.

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Hard Drive Woes

A couple weeks ago I started to get the Blue Screen of Death randomly. I started by thinking it might be a recently installed program so I uninstalled everything that I had added, I then tried system restore, and after that didn’t work I tried taking out the Memory because that is a common problem. Continue reading “Hard Drive Woes”

New Computer

I got the final pieces to my new computer last Thursday and then promptly got it set up. I was up till midnight the first night and I went to bed with the happy knowledge that I got it up and running with Windows cleanly running. Actually the whole process went fairly smoothly. I had a couple hiccups, but all the pieces worked perfectly and once I made sure all the power connectors were hooked up, it was up within minutes. Continue reading “New Computer”