I threw it out.
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.
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?
I know the tendency these days is for rapid release of software, but I prefer the older, slower incrementing software. Consider that (MS) DOS went from 1.x to 6.x in over 10 years, while Firefox (for example) has gone up to 52 (!) in that time.
Something that may not be new to anyone, but I noticed repeatedly enough I was able to blog about it.
I have three PCs currently and they all make my mind think differently (none of them are Macintoshes, sorry), like a chameleon my mind adapts to each. Here’s how:
Windows 7 installed on a PC with no networking!
By now it’s almost impossible to get a computer that doesn’t have a network connection. Windows 8 strongly encourages a connected system for its “Microsoft account” sign in, and future versions of Windows will undoubtedly make it harder to do this.
I’m mildly concerned with how this will affect the needs of people who have deliberately disconnected (“air gapped”) systems.
Apologies if you thought the title was going to be something less geeky.