I have WinXP Solitaire on Win10. I often play Las Vegas 3-card draw
with cumulative scoring. Tells me how my mind is working.
Like you I don't see ads - anywhere.
In fact I don't see any reference to Cortana or Edge on the Start
Menu. The start menu has only my apps, and Win apps of my choice.
I've permanently removed the bundled apps that came with Win10 using
the Powershell. There's instructions on the net how to customize just
about everything Win10.
You gain about 1 gig by removing them. I haven't kept good stats, but
it appears that Win10 is slimmer than Win7-8 by multiple gigs.
That's always my goal with any OS, since I image a lot, and with Win10
my images and restores run in under 2 minutes. Fast imaging means you
don't resist doing it.
My Win10 looks like Win7, which looked like WinXP.
So far I've gone from tepid to pleased with it.
Of course, I've spent some hours tweaking it.
Perhaps many (most?) people still have contract phones, but we are doing
fine with a couple of no-contract Google Nexus 4 phones on T-Mobile for
$30 per month each.
And a year or two back I read a piece that suggested that if you talk up
Apple products (for example) on Facebook, the next time you go looking
for a new Mac online, you may see higher prices than someone who is not
known to be an Apple fan.
| And a year or two back I read a piece that suggested that if you talk up
| Apple products (for example) on Facebook, the next time you go looking
| for a new Mac online, you may see higher prices than someone who is not
| known to be an Apple fan.
Weird stuff. I don't really see any of that
because I block nearly all tracking aside from
sites that might try to keep track of unique
IPs. But I do hear stories. I imagine the
companies are probably trying to play it down
as much as possible. They don't want people
getting frightened because they see a dandruff
shampoo ad every time they scratch their heads.
I had an interesting lesson in that recently
from my neice who's in tech. She uses Facebook
and just about everything else one could think of:
Foursquare... Twitter... But she was complaining
about customized search -- how she and a friend
could put the exact same search terms into Google
at the same moment and get very different results.
Before that I hadn't thought about how much the
tracking is warping what the Internet actually is
for the people using it. With just a few exceptions
like Wikipedia, people are dealing with commercial
entities that are watching them in real time and
trying to be what those people might want to buy.
It is a little spooky. If I go to news.google.com there is the
'Suggested for You' stuff. Tonight it's telling me Steve Earle is
playing Tuesday at World Cafe live in Philadelphia. Fine and good but
I'm more interested in when he'll be playing here next week. It also
told me about Sinead O'Connor's free download of 'Foggy Dew'. I like the
song and will grab it but from the preview I prefer the version she did
with the Chieftains years ago.
At least the news items seem to be random and somewhat puzzling at
times, but who knows?
On 08/01/2015 02:41 PM, Percival P. Cassidy wrote:
After 8's poor reception, this is a very important release. Apple is set
to release OS X El Capitan and there might be some marginal utility in
beating them out the door although I really doubt it. Then there is the
back to school market. Send your kid to school with a shiny new Win10
laptop. In the past MS has even managed to screw up the Christmas market
and Nadella needs to show he can dance better than Ballmer.
I don't know why it didn't show up on the desktops, but part of 10's
rationale is to make it work better on tablets. The first Service
Release is aimed at improving battery life along with bug fixes. After
the Windows RT fiasco, MS really wants to be a major tablet player.
Actually once I got used to W8.1 on this tablet I didn't find it all
that bad. But then I just use it for light stuff (email, browsing,
Usenet, news, etc.).
If I had a complaint it would be the Metro side. But not the OS. I
find many of the Metro apps of poor quality and the store with a poor
selection. Hopefully they will improve on that.
The desktop side works fine. Which is good because I need it for my
legacy programs. With the physical keyboard locked to the tablet it's
almost exactly like my last netbook (EeePC) which I liked a lot.
I don't agree. Windows 8.1 works quite well, and with the use of a
Start Menu replacement such as Classic Shell, it operates almost the
same as Windows 7. I see no advantage with Windows 10, and there one
SERIOUS, SERIOUS (for me, anyway) disadvantage: you have no control
over when and how it updates itself. At any time, no matter what you
may be doing, the computer can decide to download and apply a large,
disruptive major update and force you to reboot the computer. This is
unacceptable to me.
I see no reason to upgrade and several reasons to not do so. The
upgrade will not improve my life in any way.
| Just checked. You can schedule a restart.
| That takes away your main bitch.
Assuming one doesn't mind having a computer
with an OS that can change at any time, and you
have no control over it. Win10 is a whole new
approach -- a services device. It's not just a
case of Windows Update being stuck to "on".
I have one W8.1 my wife uses. A MSI laptop. I installed Classic desktop
for her and it is business as usual. She can switch back and forth
between Metro desktop and Classic desktop. My laptop is ASUS ROG with W7
ultimate. On mobile we use iPADs.
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