Windows 10 Microsoft’s Last Change?

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With the release of Microsoft’s new and involved Windows 8 operating system called strangely and imaginatively named Windows 10 in July with all the associated comments and speculation about the Microsoft’s new offering to the computer world.

But what everyone generally agree is that it is really Microsoft’s last chance as a major software supplier for computers in the world and to recover from the disaster of Windows 8 and 8.1 which regardless of Microsoft’s propaganda machine really has not gone well with users world wide and really damaged the sales of hardware at a difficult time economically. Though to be fair this last issues has not been all Microsoft’s fault but the fault of computer industry and retailers being very conservative and sticking to Microsoft regardless of the damage it did to their industry and sales.

It does look as if Windows 10 does reverse and remover lot of the issues with Windows 8 and 8.1 in so much they have returned the start menu/button, though with annoying and unnecessary Metro menu along side it, and finally made the whole operating system smaller and simpler in the background. Add to this they have made the user interface more adaptive to the device it is run on so now desktop and laptop computers without touch screens will now have a more traditional windows desktop.

Basically Windows 10 is what Windows 8 and 8.1 should have been which would have been far more successful for Microsoft at a difficult time economically but I personally think it is too little too late for Microsoft as Windows 8 and 8.1 have damaged Microsoft’s standing both with Domestic and Business Users.

It may help Microsoft to gain some lost ground in the market but it has allowed others access to their target market which include Steam with their Steam OS, Linux based, with a major effort by large number of gaming companies now porting their games to Linux in preparation. Add to this now major hardware manufactures including HP and Dell now regularly producing and selling Ubuntu based hardware.

My view along with other people is that we will eventually see the importance of Microsoft’s Operating Systems both in the domestic and business market, especially in Europe and the Far East, slowly fade away as more and more people slowly wake up the fact that there is alternative called Linux which is free and less prone to virus and malware issues.

All helped by the fact that profile of Linux worldwide is on the rise mostly by word of mouth and in some governments in Europe actively replacing Window computers with Linux computers. Add to this while Microsoft have been having issues the creators of Linux and it’s distributions have been moving forward quietly and positively fashion improving the users experience of Linux in past few years.

It must not of gone unnoticed by everyone that Microsoft is now talking to creators of Ubuntu even inviting them to a confidence. Sort of say it all after all Microsoft and industry in general have no choice to take both Linux and Open Source software seriously now!

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The Internet is Not an Excuse!

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Once again after a discussion with someone at work and my experience on the likes of Facebook it seams that people still think it is very acceptable to be rude, disrespectful and even bully people on line because they have the excuse of the freedom of speech specially on line.

But considering that even on line you are still dealing with a real person with real feeling and emotions such behaviour is still not acceptable after all would the same people do it face to face as they know such behaviour is simply wrong.

So why do they think their behaviour on line is acceptable even hiding behind the excuse of their right of freedom of speech?

Firstly the freedom of speech is not a justification even on line for people to be abusive, disrespectful and bully people as if anything it is an abuse of this right which even in face to face interactions is not acceptable behaviour in a civilized and free society.

Plus in our modern world considering we now use virtual and on line methods of communication more and more to interact even socialise with people we should treat people the same way on line as face to face interactions as after all we have as people and society need to move with the times and adapt way we do things as technology progressed.

Basically we should tread virtual and on line as face to face interactions in so much much we should respect people and not abuse our right of freedom of speech after all it is a way we deal with people on a day to day basis!

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What Does It Take to Convince?

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Once again talking to a Windows user at work, who even in jest, claimed that Open Source software was not as good even inferior to brought software created by the large Computer Corporations regardless of the fact they use Open Source every day both at work and when they surf the internet even when they use their smart phone.

Add to this regardless of the fact I have been using purely Open Source software from operating system to packages for over a year and I have done as much if more on the computer than the average computer user. That is I am running my own web server hosting my own web site, one blog even cloud and I can even run Icecast server on the same server.

Then this is still not enough to convince some Window Users who still live under the misconception, regardless of the fact there are large number of people like myself out there use use Open Source everyday, that Open Source is not as good or usable as Corporation written Software.

It is as if they have been brainwashed by the big Corporations and an Establishment to believe that Open Source is useless, unusable and does not do what it claims to do. Once again regardless of the fact they use Open Source everyday themselves with a lot of success.

I should not be surprised by this reaction from core of Computer users who have recently gone through the education system or work environment here in United Kingdom in the past decades which has been heavily influenced by the big American Corporations to a point their propaganda machine keeps a tight control here.

So in the end here in the United Kingdom is full of Window Users who ended up with a closed minds towards anything which not produced by a Software Corporation to a point they will not even try anything else or even consider an alternatives.

Sadly the Window users have fallen into the same trap as Apple users believing their way of doing things is only way to do things and both Windows and Apple users end up accepting poorly written, expensive software with all the problems as normal state of affairs.

Rather than those more enlightened users, not necessarily pure Open Source users, who realised that computing can be far more open and it is better to use the appropriate software and operating systems for their purposes and needs which includes Windows, Apple and even Linux.

The irony in all this these enlightened and more open minded computer users, like myself, end up with a far more positive experience of computing and far more productive even more creative than those close minded Windows Users who continue to labour under the misconception their way is the only way to do things.

In the end people like myself will continue to prove them wrong by our actions even if they are not prepared to open their minds, ears even eyes. Plus people like myself will eventually move forward as we will end up using our computers far more effectively.

So in the end my actions say far more about me as does their continued closed minds say about them as people.

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What Was Lenovo Thinking?

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With the revelations in the news that Lenovo had installed the hidden adware software Superfish as standard on their computers I for one am questioning why they really thought this was acceptable practice?

This in a background of constant attack on Window Computers by viruses and similar adware software it seams that Lenovo installing such software themselves even under the pretence of making users shopping experience easier was not exactly smartest move on their part. They should not of not been surprised that users would complain about the software on their computers.

It also explains why the major internet security corporations including Norton and McAfee where letting through pop up screen type adware software as they would have been informed by Lenovo about their adware on their machines. Something which they failed to pass on to their users.

By doing so both Norton and McAfee have caused their users hours of worry and even financial loss as the various spammers took advantage of the holes left by said companies. If anything it has not done both Norton’s and McAfee’s already tarnished reputations any good in the end.

Though what has come out of this whole sorry situation is that Lenovo have admitted their mistake and they are trying to correct their mistake by helping their users unlike certain other American Corporations who would of attempted to brush the whole sorry affair under the carpet.

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I’m Living Proof of What I Preach!

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I am living proof of what I preach about using Open Source Software and recycling old hardware which Window Users discard because they think it is now obsolete in so much I can still do as much or even more than someone who has brought a brand new Windows Computer.

I think I have said this before in other journal entries and I suspect that the more hardened Window and Apple users have disagreed with what I have said. But still I manage to do as much as these users do with old hardware and not have to pay through the nose for the privilege of using a computer or software.

But these so called users look down on me because I do not follow the normal path of computer users and those use excursively Open Source software and operating systems to a point they openly treat me with contempt and disrespect. All this from a very shaky moral stance in so much they, unlike most Linux users, are very closed minded to anything not Windows and Apple. They certainly show their ignorance of Open Source software in general every time they make a comment about it as all they spout is usual corporate propaganda spread about Open Source.

Myself, in truth, laugh at them from inside not because I just use Open Source software and operating systems but because they have fallen for the corporate propaganda spread by the big computer corporations like Microsoft and Apple without actually questioning it. Add to this they have shown just how closed minded and lazy they are.

What is also most comical of all those people who treat my opinions about computers with contempt and derision unlike myself have never worked in Information Technology Industry especially in the development or support side. A lot of them are those who sell computers or just users who show their ignorance of computers every time they make a comment at me.

In the end I can take the high moral ground as I do what I preach at home every day!

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Wake Up Mainstream Social Sites!

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What I find so funny currently with the major Social Web Sites like Facebook they are starting to invest and look into virtual social networks or they have been in last few years. But if they had actually paying attention to what was going on on the Internet they would find that they are some 10 years too late!

If they had been paying attention they would of noticed that such a virtual world which already has become a virtual social network something the likes of Facebook are striving to create and promote which is called Second Life.

I know that Second Life may of started off with the idea of becoming a game but over it’s 10 year history it has become a social network for a large majority of it’s residents to a point the people within Second Life now met in so called real life even socialise in real life much as they would via the more traditional social networks like Facebook.

It was the residents of Second Life not Linden Lab the owners who changed the nature of what Second Life and Linden Labs were smart enough to allow the residents to do this as they have certainly ensured Second Life future and place as the future of Social Networks themselves.

As I keep point out myself and likes of Facebook are waking up far too late to the fact virtual worlds like Second Life are the true future of social networks especially when the technology which allows people to immerse themselves in the virtual worlds themselves. At which point Second Life and Linden Labs are already well ahead of the game to take advantage of such technologies.

I have always found socializing within virtual worlds likes of Second Life far more rewarding and easier as it tends to be a more instant socializing over the internet and not the bitty/broken socializing that traditional social networks provide. Add to this the rich virtual worlds created by the residents themselves are far more stimulating to the senses.

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The Invisible Operating System!

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At the start of this week after talking to a Microsoft Rep at work about their Windows 8 Operating System and the current problems my partner is having with Windows Vista reminded what was wrong with both Microsoft’s and Apple’s operating systems is that they are not invisible!

Now you may think this is a strange thing to say but if you think about what the operating system should be actually doing in so much it is a frame work and user interface to make a computer in to a productive and creative tool. So in actual fact on a computer an operating system should fade into the background in so much it is easy to use and only maintenance which needed to be done on it are routine and automatic tasks which should run in the background with little or not disturbance to the user using it.

Both Microsoft Window’s and Apples Operating Systems fail on both counts in so much both are high maintenance operating systems which need constant tweaks to keep going at their optimum performance and both are extremely vulnerable to errors and malware, just Apple is better at hiding such things.

The upshot of which the user has to waste more time both just maintaining the operating system and fixing a constant stream of bugs and security problems both operating systems throw up constantly. All this eats into the time the user could be productive and create and defeat the whole point of an operating system that is to fade in to the background.

But as I keep saying both Microsoft and Apple have both hyped up the importance of their operating systems but both simply do not deliver operating systems which are usable, stable and low maintenance which unnecessary dominate the users time in maintenance and issued caused by the said operating systems.

But as always the large majority of users out there are blinded by the advertising and propaganda produced both by Microsoft and Apple and far too lazy or apathetic to look elsewhere or force both companies to actually produce decent operating system!

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