Bye Bye Windows, I’ve had enough…..

Well sort of: Apart from Framemaker, I have no real use for Windows anymore. I’ll keep a machine for that to continue to produce the local astronomy club newsletter. Otherwise, all I need is available on my Mac. That interface is easier on the eye as it still has some colour even though it too has become “flatter” over the years. Perhaps more important, all settings are in one place, and easily found.

I did offer a Windows support/repair  service but now the time has come to end that too. I spend far too much time looking for things that used to be towards the top of menus in W7, I struggle to understand why things which used to be in plain view, now seem to be hidden in Windows 8 and 10. This all makes it uneconomical to repair machines on an hourly rate as I waste so much time trying to sort out where things are.Frustration

Sorry to all my clients but, it really isn’t worth my while to even attempt to fix this stuff any more. Life is too short to try to understand the logic behind Microsoft’s latest changes and assumptions. Take a look at this screenshot:Stupid Windows Menu

Where the heck are the links to my applications? This abominations takes up a big chunk of screen real estate and offers nothing that I need, it shows fluff. The real stuff is available, but it’s displayed in a ridiculous alphabetical list, in fact no, that’s not true, Control Panel is still hidden.

Do I need apps? No. Do I need games? No. Social media? Not on your life. I’m old, I’m boring but I just need control.

All in all, having spent the best part of a year with Windows 10, I’ve had enough, I’m closing the Microsoft book forever. Sorry to those who’ve depended on my support over the years but this really is the end.

I guess all I really wanted was a re-engineered version of XP. Just as I’d hoped BMW would re-engineer the original Mini. Both seem to have ended up as bloated triumphs of design over content.The End

Looks like FIFA may be breaking their own Code of Ethics….

BBC Poppy photoSo, FIFA have decided to fine British soccer teams for wearing or displaying poppies earlier this year. Well it seems they’ve gone against their own Code of Ethics.

As a disinterested soccer bystander I thought I’d take a look at their website, fifa.com.

What struck me most was the anonymity of it all, you can only contact them in writing or by filling in a form. None of the 103 employees has a public email address.

Looking a little deeper though, I did find The FIFA Code of Ethics, and section 23 has the  following:

23 Non-discrimination

Persons bound by this Code may not offend the dignity or integrity of a country, private person or group of people through contemptuous, discriminatory or denigratory words or actions on account of race, skin colour, ethnic, national or social origin, gender, language, religion, political opinion or any other opinion, wealth, birth or any other status, sexual orientation or any other reason.

Well, that seems pretty cut and dried to me. FIFA have offended the dignity of Britain and me by their actions, and have contravened their own code.

I suggest the government and, for that matter, the British Legion should take FIFA for every pound they can get.

While they’re at it, they may want to look at the blatant advertising on all shirts and throughout the stadia. I only mention that as this morning’s FIFA statement says “In the stadium and on the pitch, there is only room for sport, nothing else.

Windows 10 Update

Seems that some have come a cropper after updating Windows 10

Oh how good it feels not to have to bother with all this……

Step-by-step advice from Virgin Media

Click start, power and restart (not shut down).

Try the internet connection once it’s booted up again.

If this doesn’t work, you need to reset your IP address.
To do this, you need to open up the command prompt by following these instructions:

  • Click start
  • Click run
  • Type in “CMD” and press enter
  • This should open up a command prompt window
  • Now type in “ipconfig /release” and press enter
  • Finally, type in “ipconfig /renew” and press enter
  • Now try to go online to see if the connection is working

If this hasn’t done the trick, you can also try clearing the DNS settings.

  • To do this, open the command prompt window again
  • Now type in “ipconfig /flushdns” and press enter
  • Again, try to go online to see if your connection is working

Greg Lake – 10 Nov 1947 – 7 Dec 2016

As I said on March 11 this year., “There’s hardly a week goes by these days without a part creator of my music library leaving us”; well here we go again… this time it’s Greg Lake who, yesterday, lost his fight with cancer.

I’m pretty sure most people reading this realise that Greg found fame in King Crimson and went on to form ELP with Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer.

Greg Lake

For anyone who’s never heard Greg’s voice or guitar playing, I recommend starting with “Lucky Man“, “C’est La Vie“, “Take a Pebble” or my favourite of all “From the Beginning” although I guess, at this time of year, I should also include “I Believe in Father Christmas“.

Again, gone but not forgotten, thanks Greg.