12 February 2016

Our Father...

...Who art in Redmond...tech super powers

"The Windows operating system is full of hidden features and tricks. Using these hidden features can save you a lot of time and increase your productivity."


9 comments:

Anonymous said...

old white guy says.........I keep waiting for the programing to become easier and more simple, instead what we get is more complex and less user friendly.

Bill Elder said...

good snag neo, great tip - Danka!

Neo Conservative said...

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"owg says... more complex and less user friendly"

agreed. as someone who worked in I.T. for years, i can say you tend to forget that the average "user" at a business, or someone at home has no way to understand all the bells & whistles, as it were.

of course, todays graphical point & click interfaces are still easier to work with than typing "copy c:\data\wordperfect\fred d:\data\business\backup" to simply move files from one location to another.

windows is a step up from bill gates first child... "DOS".

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Bill Elder said...

Dos runs in the background on windoze if you ever start up in safe mode you can use it -takes a crapload of disk space for the GUI but makes things faster than typing commands for sure.

Now if I could only rid myself of the damnable annoying pop-up side bar menu on windoze 8 that triggers in my laptop touch pad edge, I'd be a happy hacker

Neo Conservative said...

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"bill elder says Dos runs in the background on windoze"

but, bill... unless you're having a doobie-fueled DOOM I marathon why on earth would you ever do that?

windows 8 is the biggest dawg to come down the pike since windows vista. upgrade to 10, turn off as many of the intrusive o/s hooks as possible and you'll be a much happier camper.

or geek out completely and go some variant of linux.

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Bill Elder said...

Wanted to go Linux for the past 3 computers buy need a users course to fully utilize the platform

Neo Conservative said...

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"need a users course to fully utilize the platform"

not so... you could download a free copy of open source ubuntu or buy another distro like debian and install it to a bootable partition which is one of the installation options. it's a graphical interface that would be familiar to any window-naut.

i've had a dual boot windows/ubuntu machine for years. it's not the big hairy ass deal it used to be... i can remember manually setting up windows and os/2 warp on a dual boot system and, trust me, creating and formatting partitions on your live machine has an inherent pucker factor.

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Bill Elder said...

Talking about frigging with disc boot sections has me puckered just reading about it ;-)

I'll upgrade to W10 and turn off all the intrusive shit, look for a more secure browser and hope I can afford a mac next time

Neo Conservative said...

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the good news is that you don't have to do it manually like the old days... the ubuntu install will set up a boot manager that allows you to select which o/s to fire up every time you power up your machine.

i admit, i still get a little shot of adrenalin every time i set this up on a live production machine, because it's messing with pretty low-level (which, in this case, means critical) functions, but it has never actually gone sideways on me to date.

in any case, windows 10 + firefox browser with ad-block plus add-on is a good alternative to windows 8, imho.

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