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.

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 W10 start menu

Where the heck are the links to my applications? This abomination 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.
Windows in the bin!

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.

Royal Winchester Golf Club

Royal Winchester Golf Club - The 9th hole
The 9th hole

Had a great day today at The Royal Winchester Golf Club, nice weather, good company (thanks Pete, Doug and Paul) and reasonable golf. The course was in excellent condition, particularly the greens and bunkers and we had an unobstructed round.

At first, we were a little confused by the directional mowing of the fairways which made them look half as wide as they really were but after a couple of holes we got used to it.

Luckily for us, the round was part of a reciprocal arrangement included in our membership of Shanklin & Sandown Golf Club which meant it was free of charge.

We only managed to chat to a few members but were made to feel very welcome. I very much look forward to visiting again – the only problem with that is we have another 10 or so reciprocal clubs to visit!

Keith Emerson – 2 Nov 1944 – 10 Mar 2016

Sad to hear today’s news of the death of Keith Emerson. There’s hardly a week goes by these days without a part creator of my music library leaving us.

Keith Emerson

The Nice and Emerson, Lake and Palmer were two bands I took too right back in the late 1960s and early 70s. They are both in my iTunes library today and I still consider the ELP album “Trilogy” as my number one Desert Island Disc, my mobile ringtone is the synthesiser bit from the track “From the Beginning” (the synth starts about 3min in).

Gone but not forgotten, thanks Keith.