Updating to Windows 10 before the free update ends – July 29, 2016

As I have discussed earlier in this blog,Microsoft Ends Support on Windows 8 and Internet Explorer, Windows has a free upgrade from either Windows 7 or 8 (all Windows 8) unless they have detected on your computer it is not a true Microsoft license.

July 29th is approaching!

July 29th is approaching!

Anyhow, this offer for a free upgrade will be coming to an end soon – July 29th!

Yes, this is within the next month! What if I don’t want to upgrade, well there’s been some thought to that too – Read these articles…

My Experience

I have to admit, I haven’t updated my computer here at home. Why? Because I like using the Windows Media Center and this is one thing that will disappear once I upgrade. Microsoft has not continued any support for the software because people were having problems with it. I haven’t had that many problems (maybe 3 in about 4 years if that) and once I explored the software I liked it. It was very easy to use.

However, it’s going out the window once I upgrade. Now I have to make a decision – do I upgrade and loose it or do I keep what I have and loose the upgrade? Decisions, Decisions….

Will I Upgrade or not?

Jo Thinking about next blog

Thinking if I am going to upgrade to Windows 10 or not…

I think for stability and security, I will upgrade to Windows 10, but now I have to find the time and energy to transfer things just in case something happens. Thankfully I don’t keep much on my main drive, but to reinstall everything is going to be major pain in the butt.

Money, Money, Money – makes the world go ’round.  From https://orsmexico.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/dolares.png

I just wanted to remind you of this upgrade or else you end up spending at least $120USD (according to one of the above articles) and I’m all for free and saving money – if its worth it.


Microsoft Ends Support on Windows 8 and Internet Explorer

Please be aware Microsoft is once again narrowing their product base and is ending support of Windows 8. Further Internet Explorer (IE) versions 8,9,10 have had the support ended as well.


There’s been many different articles on it, but here’s two articles which explain it – including with videos.

Security updates for windows 8 to cease after January 12 2016

Windows 8 Microsoft ends support for 3 year old operating system

Microsoft cutting support for IE 8 9 and 10

Windows 10

In our house my husband and I have both been invited to upgrade to Windows 10. We have both wanted to upgrade but didn’t want to do it without knowing what exactly would happen to our computers. Once we did some research, we found Windows Media Center wouldn’t be in Windows 10. My husband uses it sparingly but has had many problems with it. On the other hand, I use it daily and have had no problems with it. Its very easy to use and does what I want. The problem is it saves in formats which I have to convert the things I record in.

The screen when you updating Windows 10

Finally yesterday, my husband loaded Windows 10 on his computer. We have both downloaded the software but it still took him about 3 hours to put Windows 10 Operating System on his computer. Since then, he’s find that it ‘operates fine and Ok’ according to him. He did say it is easier to transfer things to our Media TV sets, which is an improvement.

Because of my issue with Windows Media Player, I haven’t loaded Windows 10. I have to find software which can record TV easy enough. I’m still looking for something which could fit, but now that my husband has the software loaded it might be easier to find software that fits.

People and Products lost in 2014…and what can we look forward to in 2015

I hope you had a great Merry Christmas for those of you who celebrate.

As 2014 draws to a close, in this post we take a look back at what and who we lost and what we have to look forward to.

I’ve been spending my time trying to figure out the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8 inch tablet I got for Christmas. As it operates differently than my Apple, it’s going to be a challenge getting used to it.

IT People we lost in 2014

Jack Kinzler

Jack Kinzler, 94. He was known at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, where he was the chief (1961-1977) of the Technical Services Center, which he founded.When Skylab launched in May 1973, it lost a heat shield, rendering it uninhabitable. Working with fishing poles and parasols, Kinzler fashioned a substitute shield that could be deployed without a risky spacewalk, earning him NASA’s Distinguished Service Medal. His other contributions to space include the designs of the flagstaff, plaques and golf club heads used on the Apollo moon missions.

Aaron Allston

Aaron Allston, 54. He wrote the novels kicked off the sweeping Legacy of the Force and Fate of the Jedi sagas. He also wrote two hardcover sequels to the film Terminator 3.He wrote several role-playing game rulebooks and supplements and helped developed the fantasy world of Mystara, a setting for many early adventures from Dungeons & Dragons publisher TSR.

Douglas E Smith

Douglas E. Smith, 54.He created the game while a college student. Smith dropped out of his classes to finish the game’s 150 levels, crowdsourcing some of their designs to neighborhood kids. First called Miner, it was rechristened Lode Runner when it was published by Broderbund.Smith later worked on such seminal Nintendo games as Chrono Trigger and Secret of Mana.

Jim Weirich

James Nolan “Jim” Weirich, 58. chief scientist at agile development firm Neo Innovation, was a renowned Ruby developer. His most popular utility, “rake,” brought the functionality of Unix’s “make” command to Ruby. In addition to teaching and speaking at conferences, he would often perform his original song, “Has Anybody Seen My Code?” on the ukulele.

Ralph H. Baer, 92. He invented and patented the first home video game system in 1971 called Odyssey. He also created the came called Simon that tested our memory.

Georgy Adelson-Velsky

Georgy Adelson-Velsky, 92. He was part of the team that developed the first chess program to defeat Kotok-McCarthy, another early chess programs. His program was further developed into Kaissa, which, in 1974, won the first-ever chess tournament exclusively for computer programs to compete against each other. Kaissa continued to be developed as late as 1990, when it placed fourth in the second annual Computer Olympiad, an event that continues to this day.

Priya Haji, 44.  Haji’s startups have helped serve at least 500,000 people in 70 countries, according to Fast Company. Her most recent effort was SaveUp, a financial app that helped Americans erase $856 million in debt.
There are many others – take a look at Computerworld’s tribute.

Products we lost in 2014

Microsoft lost quite a bit Windows XP and Internet Explorer 6 were no longer supported. I know from my students, Windows XP no longer being supported was one of the biggest complaints I heard.

Be aware of those of us out there that have resisted Windows 8, and are still using Windows 7, support will be pulled for this product in January 2015 as well. I guess this is forcing us to move up to one of the new Windows products…See the New Products in 2015 for more information.

Some say Windows 9 has been killed, but I’ve heard a few things. One that Windows 9 will be only for those who haven’t upgraded to Windows 8.1 or 8.2, so by upgrading to Windows 9, it will give you functions to most of Windows 10 and bring back some of the stuff we liked. However, other say there is or hasn’t been or won’t be a Windows 9. If this is correct, then how can it be killed? Hmm think about that oh brainy ones out there…

MSN or Windows Live messenger was killed this year as well. This was to be expected as it merged with Skype last year.

Office Clip Art has died. This means Microsoft office no longer has clip art – it will direct you to a bing (a Microsoft website) webpage to do searching for images.

Remember the iPod Classic players? Those were discontinued too. At least you can show your children – or those who have children – right?

Captchas or those annoying boxes that distorted text at a bottom line of a webpage so creators knew you were a person. Now, we have a box that has to have a tick in it that says “I’m not a robot”. Boy, a genius would have figured this

A Captchas box

solution out instead of the years I’ve wasted yelling at the computer because it had one thing typed (which I couldn’t figure out) and it pronounced something else. The grey’s I’ve gained from this are here to say but the Captcha is gone. Hmm I wonder who won this battle then?

Symbian from Nokia. You are probably saying never heard of it. It was Nokia’s operating systems on Nokia mobile or smartphones. This was thrown out because they decided to go with Microsoft’s operating system. Great give the headache’s to others, so I guess the sharing is caring has been done.

Facebook has retired some apps – one being the poke app and the picture app. Personally, I don’t know anyone who used these, and besides why would they keep them after buying out other companies that did or do this better?

If you’ve gone looking for the LinkedIn email app called LinkedIn Intro, then its gone as well.

Google’s Orkut, which was its first Google social media program closed this year too. I’ve never heard of it but its supposed to be huge in some areas of the world out there.

Flappy Bird was pulled because some the creator felt guilty some people got addicted to it. I’ve never played it but I did hear about it getting shut down though.

Aereo TV Service was 2 years old but after court hearings, it was closed. I haven’t heard of this one so I can’t say much more on it.

Verizon SugarString closes. Verizon, for those who don’t know, is a carrier in the US. They wanted to get involved with tech news and put their own stamp on it. They sure did that where almost all topics were fair game – except the topics about net neutrality and the US surveillance programs. The company took a huge hit and decided to retire the tech news ideas. Sounds like a smart idea to me.

If you think I’m lying both CNN’s Money and CNet agree with me these are dead and gone.

New or Anticipated Products in 2015

Windows 9 now this has been one of the talked about platforms. In September, there were rumours that Windows 9 would be for those Windows 8 users who haven’t upgraded to make them basically equal to Windows 10. I wrote about it here in my blog labelled “Have you heard the news on Microsoft’s Windows?“. There have been many theories as to why there is no Windows 9, but only Microsoft knows this. I know in the past when a piece of software wasn’t favored, they completely changed the naming, so maybe it was a step in that direction for Microsoft instead of the “Legacy code” of Windows 95 or in Japan 9 is not lucky so we’ll skip it. There are many other theories out there. ExtremeTech wrote an article on Windows 10 and so has PC World and The Independent are among many others out there.

Soon after the September rumors, Windows came out with their announcement of Windows 10 will be out in 2015. This one I’m not looking forward to because my Windows 7, as I’ve discussed above, is being discontinued. *sob*

One of the many types of wearable tech in 2015

I think wearable tech, like the Fitbits, are going to be more common than anything. I know here in Australia, Victoria Bitter or VB, has now introduced a wearable watch so workers can be caught up on the cricket no matter where they are.



If you are looking for a new tablet combo with keyboard or new laptop then look no further if you like Android. The Logitech Type-S is a thin and light protective keyboard case for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 tablet. Personally, I still like the look of the Surface 3 though.

There will be the newer LiveScribe pens that will be out. However, I have last year’s model and wasn’t very impressed at all. To me it was really hard to sync and it took some fiddling for it to record as well.

iFusion dock for your Apple iPhone. It’s a charger for your iPhone within a handset you use at work. Interesting but is it really worth it? I think not.

If you have a family history person in your life, this sounds like the perfect gift – Photo iPad Scanning Doc. The iPad sits on top and  you put the photo through the scanner and it saves to the iPad. If it’s a person like myself, and on the go and can do great scans this would be a winner. But how good is the scans I wonder?

Apple & Samsung will be looking to release new products or so we hope. I wonder if they will bring any new and drastic changes like what the iPhone did when it first hit the market? We can only hope…

Microsoft Office is going to have another version released in 2015. Again its to be touch friendly however we can only hope they’ve learned their lesson with Windows 8 and make it not so drastically changed.

Who’s looking forward to the New Year?

Hope you and your families have a safe New Year.

Considering New Gadgets, their Limitations and Operating Systems

I’ve been out and about researching the New Gadgets that I mentioned in my previous post. This is due to Christmas being right around the corner and, I have to admit, I love my gadgets.

When I get a new gadget, or an app, I must have a reason for it. If I don’t, then I get more gadgets and find that I’ve spent money on things I won’t ever use again. Not very financially viable if I do say so myself! As tablets and computers have been getting smaller and compact, or in some cases have come about, then I’m looking more and more for the ideal technology that will suit everything I do. As I do a wide variety of things, this makes things challenging.

Within the last few weeks, I’ve been researching all the different types of tablet’s and other mini devices. I’ve now come down to liking the Windows 8 in a tablets, and the Apple iPad mini. At least I’ve narrowed it down based upon a few factors:

  • Price limits – I want them between $200-$300 dollar range. That’s the bit that’s hard to come by.
  • Weight – I don’t want to be carrying something that’s heavy. My iPad Gen 1 weighs Wi-Fi + 3G: 1.6 lb (730 g) and I want something less than that. Besides when I’m reading and fall asleep the less amount of weight to hit me in the nose the better.
  • WiFi vs WiFi +3G – I can do WiFi as my smart phone has the 3G section but it needs to be able to connect to it.
  • Size – I want something that’s between my iPad Gen 1 and my smart phone. The iPads are great for meetings, but I need something that I can fit into my purse that way I always have it with me, so if I ever need to stop to make notes, it’s there. Both the smart phone and iPad have pluses and minus on this one. It’s the Goldilocks and the 3 bears syndrome – smart phone is too small and the iPad is too big. I need the just right type of machine.
  • Camera – I would love one that first has one (again my iPad Gen 1 doesn’t have one) and one that has it on both sides so I can Video Conference AND take pictures.

Types of Windows Tablets

As I’ve recently read that Windows will be including the Windows suite with their tablets, it puts a bigger plus on getting the Windows Tablets. Besides, if I were to get another computer from a store (we usually build our own) it would have it on it or build a new one we get the newer OS to put on it after we build it which is now Windows 8.1. Lastly, some of the places I’m teaching are going to start to use Windows 8 for classes, so I better know what I’m doing before I walk into the classroom!

This being said, I’m considering the iPad Mini as well because how compact it is and I know how to use it and because of the apps I have at hand already.

Which Windows Tablets?

Now this is the part I’ve been struggling with. Below are the types I like, but don’t really fit all the objectives as you can see by the chart below. (Sorry for the confusion but when I published the chart disappeared)

2013 Nov Tablet Research

I will keep looking and hoping a tablet will come along.

I will keep using my new Skypix handheld scanner I received not that long ago.

What my new scanner looks like