Windows 10 – pt.3 Nagging Upgrade Notifications

Running Windows 7 or 8 and fed up with continued upgrade nagging messages?

Well there is a solution 😉

Say no to Windows 10 - stop nagging


Stop the nagging with GWX Control Panel

This is a free tool that can remove and disable the ‘Get Windows 10’ notification area icon on Windows 7 and Windows 8. Recent versions can also disable ‘Upgrade to Windows 10’ behaviour in the Windows Update control panel and do much more. See the user guide at the Ultimate Outsider blog. You can still download GWX Control Panel as a standalone executable if you don’t like installers.

I’ve installed it on a couple of machines running W7 and it works! The nagging stops.

Good Bad Day?

In this random world we get to think things are infallible well, thats until they fail; and then, well, we expect the worst.

Sometimes, a bad day, starting with the failure of something we have learned to trust and rely on, turns out to be a good day as we put the solution to the problem firmly on the shoulders of somebody else and rely on them to fix it. Well I had one of those days a couple of weeks ago.

I was in Portsmouth collecting some bits from a powder coating company. They’d done great job on about half a ton of mild steel leaflet dispensers. they were loaded onto the van and I went to leave… thats when things changed. I couldn’t get a gear, the van wouldn’t move and I was stuck. It got worse, during my attempts to move away, the van wouldn’t start and it appeared to be stuck in gear (although it wasn’t). After a few minutes, I decided to look for a garage that could help. Asking a passerby, I was directed to a unit on the same industrial estate.

Sometimes luck is on your side and it was for me. The garage, B-A-R Garage & MOT Services, offered to tow me in and to get on with a repair almost immediately. Fantastic, that just left me with a taxi ride back to Portsmouth ferry terminal, not a problem, Brian at the the garage sorted that too!

A day later, the van was fixed – the IW Citroen garage quoted over £720 just for parts and B-A-R Garage & MOT Services did the lot for £580 all in and they were more than happy to explain exactly what had gone wrong and show me the bucket of bits which caused the problem.

Excellent service, so if you are near Portsmouth and need the services of a garage, give the B-A-R a shout, a proper garage with people who care. Thanks guys.

I got a bike…

Turns out the Scott was not for me after all, the suggested bike was a bit of a cross between hybrid and mountain and a fair bit heavier than I wanted.

In the end I chose a machine I saw quite early in my musings –  a Giant Roam 1 and I ended up buying it from Cycle World in Southampton. They were very helpful on my first visit and very keen to help on my second, particularly concerning getting a bike frame that fitted my size and weight.
Giant Roam 1

Anyhow, the Giant had its first outing today and I’m pleased to report that both bike and rider arrived back in “set off condition”!

I don’t have any way of measuring distance at the moment, apart from a quick measure on Google Earth, and that revealed a first trip of 9 miles, or thereabouts. Not bad for a first ride in about 10 yrs, and i never stood up once!

I probably don’t look that good/fit in shorts and a hi-viz jacket, but who cares about that, I can’t see myself!

I thoroughly enjoyed the first ride and am looking forward to a lot more miles…. Oh, and I just ordered a cycle helmet to complete the mamil look.

15Gb of free on-line storage?

There are lots of companies offering on-line storage these days and a lot offer some free space.

I’ve had a Dropbox (4Gb or so) account for a long time and use it every day, but recently I needed more space for some automatically collected data files. To avoid overloading that account, I decided to give a try.

They offer 15Gb of free space and that is more than enough for the new project, so I signed up. After 2 months of continued use, the service has never been unavailable and is fast and easy to use.

Like Dropbox, allows me to access the stored data from any device I have, in fact it provides apps for a couple I don’t use: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS, Android, Raspberry Pi, and Windows Phone.