Windows 10 – pt.1

I was sitting quite happy with Windows 7. In fact I only used it at all for FrameMaker and Family Tree Maker.

For a while I had a preview version of Windows 10 on my Mac Mini, as a virtual machine, and therefore had access to the release version early. The update on the VM went very easily and somehow got started on my main PC!

I have no idea how it happened, I just clicked to say I’d like the option to have it and had every intention of waiting ’til everyone else had tried it and reported back. For whatever reason, my machine decided to download and instal it without allowing me to to stop/interrupt it. Anyhow, everything went well and my old W7 installation seems to have transferred everything across and intact to W10.

That’s not to say I like what I now have though. It all works pretty well but, what is it with this flat look? and where is the Start Button we were promised?

I liked having dividing lines between various sections of open windows, but now they’ve all gone. The old control panel was pretty much perfect as it allowed me access to all those fiddly bits from one place. The original W7 Start Button was OK but I had installed Classic Shell to get that old Start Button/Menu back – the promised W10 Start Button is dreadful, it looks like W8 and takes up far too much space. I installed the latest version of Classic Shell and have things back (pretty much) to how they were.

At least all my applications run as they did and there does seem to be a bit of a speed improvement.

It’s not OSX and I doubt it ever will be but until something approaching FrameMaker appears on the Mac, I guess I’ll always need a PC with Windows ;(

Welcome 2015! – with a new theme…

It’s 2015 – Happy New Year! and yes, it’s another change of look for this blog.

The previous theme, Hemmingway, which was only adopted in June 2014, looked pretty good at first but I have realised it didn’t really fit. After a little help from Noupe, I stumbled on this one. It’s called GeneratePress and it looks much better to me – read the reviews and I think you’ll see why.

I had the basics set up in about 30 minutes and then decided to pay $30 for the full version which allows a lot more custom options than you’d find in most other themes, and it’s very easy to understand what’s happening (not always the case). There’s also a good website which guides you through all the options.

No doubt I’ll be playing with settings for a while before I get it to look just right but, for now, what’s there is good enough to start a new year…

All Change!

I thought that after about 5 years with one theme, I’d better drag this blog kicking and screaming into the 21st century 😉

Quadruple Blue served me well (although I did make quite a few tweaks to it) and in some ways I am reluctant to change but this new one (Hemmingway) looks promising. The theme author, Anders Norén has made this and three other themes free at his website.

Anyhow, I’ll no doubt be tweeking this a little over the next few months but if you see anything strange happening, please don’t be shy in telling me about it.

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.