I have had, for some time, an “Irulu W10” tablet. After “refreshing” Windows 10 on it, then reinstalling Firefox, then generating a new profile for Firefox, then reinstalling Firefox, I now want to do a completely fresh reinstall of Windows 10. This is more of a trip than the MSI WindPad I had been using previously.
I just installed Windows 10’s April 2018 update, version 1803.
Part of this update entails removing XPS reader software that was part of all previous versions of 10, and instructing us to find an app in the Store for it.
I download Microsoft’s “Reader” app and install it from the Store.
Opening an XPS file with the new app brings up an error message… that I have to use XPS reader (the one installed with Windows).
Agfh! Is Microsoft trying to annoy me?
I don’t know how widespread the term is, but in United States English, an “estate sale” is when someone dies and their heirs sell off their property. There is nothing inherently sinister in this, but usually they just put price tags on every thing and let you look around.
Upshot of this is that you end up looking at someone’s life almost exactly as it was when they died, and end up inferring very sobering things about them.
I went on an estate sale today, the second time I had done so in my life. The first one was very sad. From what I could gather, the woman was single, Jewish, and I suspect lonely but gave her time to breeding dogs.
The one today was interesting in a less sad way. There were two people, a couple, who lived in this moderate sized home in an older part of a medium sized town on its own (not really a bedroom community). What I remember was:
- They had wired the house for telephone and/or doorbell bells everywhere. Very interesting, but I didn’t see any old phones from Ma Bell anywhere.
- I almost bought a lazy Susan for the bottom, but decided against it.
- The basement had a one-time coal hole.
- I did score a PC for 100 USD that I ended up reformatting and reinstalling Windows 10 on. I intend to give this to someone else.
- The dude was evidently very into “multi level marketing” back in the 1990s judging by the amount of old magazines on the subject in the kitchen.
- There was a good deal of class to the house, but none to me poking around it.
- There were VHS tapes and cassettes around.
- The person conducting the entire affair was annoyed that there were no bags in the house.
I may blog more about the PC I bought, as I am going to work on it now.
When installing a “device” in Windows (I think this was in 10), I noticed that the window it opened had a very large (double height) title bar:
Anyone know if this is a deliberate UI thing, or an MSFT accident?
I had an idea when recently removing a (fortunately inactive) virus from my PC.
For most people who have fast (broadband) connexions to the Internet, and have called their ISP’s tech support, that line is quite ubiquitous. However, I have to report that doing it actually solved something for me!
Microsoft Windows 10 now (version 1703) has a feature where you can have the screen shift from “normal” (whatever that is) to warmer colors at night. Supposedly this keeps you from staying awake.
I just notice, however, that the default Windows background is a VERY BLUE image, which kind of defeats the purpose. Unless they (Microsoft) think that you never look at the background because you’re never on the desktop?
Technical post here. I noticed this obnoxious combination while using Firefox on Windows 10 recently (within the past week).
Many of us remember the famous Windows XP Service Pack 2, which really marked when Microsoft started to get serious about their client systems’ security. Prior to that there was little to guide the end user that I remember. XPSP2 brought the first version of the Security Center, which made it easy to set up the Windows Firewall and actually told them they they needed an antivirus to be safe. This was still prior to Microsoft’s providing one.
Anyway, Windows Firewall is still around and rarely seen after maybe the first week of an installation of Windows, since it is on by default and by then, all the other programs will have been installed and configured to go through the firewall.
Sometimes, however, things glitch:
I have no idea what the cause of this is. Is it a problem?