Some computers have a regular HDMI port on them, my laptop does, some
have a mini HDMI connector, some have neither, shop carefully.
You can make Win8 behave somewhat like 7 with a few additions, depends
what you want. I mostly avoid the touchy feely interface, but the
internals of Win8 seem much smoother than earlier versions, and it is
The system will be down for 10 days for preventive maintenance.
I wonder if DG is still selling W7 or if the web page has just not
been updated. All of these list W7 system
I've bought about 25 computers from him over the years, home and work.
There's several things you can do. You can run Windows 8 in classic
mode with a start menu. It would still be Windows 8, but look similar
to Windows 7.
The alternative is if you don't like Windows 8 and can't get used to
it, you can downgrade it to Windows 7. But, you have to make sure that
the copy of Windows 8 that you've got or plan to purchase, can be
downgraded. Not all versions have that option.
My wife came home with a 3-pack of these (one control, 3 outlets for
$10). Very handy if you have switch-controlled outlets. For instance,
if you have 2 lamps plugged into one of the outlets, you can turn each
of the lamps on and off without leaving the comfort of wherever you are.
Ours is just an old powerstrip with a single switch for all outlets, plus
1 or 2 outlets that remain unswitched. It's an old computer surge
suppressor strip, clunky and rather unsightly, but it works fine.
But thanks for the idea of those remote switches. Will buy something
like that for my basement workshop and laundry area!! No Menards near
New Jersey though ...
I have one remote left (of three) that looks something like a wall light
switch, but is in fact a remote switch.
As for the TV and VCR/DVD/recorder/CD/amplifier stack, they get turned
on only as needed (switched power strip). None of that stuff really
turns itself off any more. Some of those toys are really bad power pigs.
The light bill went down $30 a month...
Well, if you knew you weren't going to like the new operating system,
you wouldn't have bought it in the first place.
But, I'm willing to admit that I've done worse. Bought my first tablet
back in March of last year. Bought a case for it, optional keyboard,
SD card, the whole works. Cost me $1000. Used if for about a month and
hated it. Just too difficult for me to get around with it in the
chair. Ended up selling it for $500.
Three months later, bought a smartphone. Basically the same as the
tablet, but much more portable. Love it.
Sometimes you just don't know if you're going to hate or like
something until you actually use it a bit. Usually, that finding out
costs you money.
When I first saw the Netbooks with a 10" screen, I thought it was
crazy to buy a tiny computer like that. Keyboard is too small, limited
power, etc, etc.
I saw one on sale for $180 so I figured I try in on a trip. That
little machine had been to four countries, a dozen states and will go
to a dozen more in May. Sometimes it sits on my belly when I'm in the
recliner in front of the TV.
My wife has a 17" laptop that never leaves the house. Too damned heavy
to drag around an airport or in and out of hotel rooms.
Same here - MOL. Bought the MSI netbook with a decent HD and RAM and
it's served its purpose quite well for travel, etc. With Wi-Fi and BT
built in, quite handy to tether to my old Smart Phone or use now with
the built-in hot spot with my current Galaxy SIII. I can surf the
internet, gather mail or work just about anywhere.
The lack of CD-Rom drive never a problem, just log on to the network at
the home or office via Wi-Fi or wire. If those weren't available, then
it was "sneaker net" using a thumb drive.
Of course, that's old technology lo these many three years later<g> and
I find myself almost as capable as a road warrior carrying a 10 tablet
with me with much less weight and way more battery time.
It's hard to believe the "nonsense" of putting Windows8
on a laptop or desktop without a touch screen has made it this far.
With a little time, I expect the consumer will guide them to improve this,
like they did with Windows Vista.
Regarding Linux: As Swingman said(I'm paraphrasing), people will use the
software and OSwhich best meets their needs.
Unfortunately $$$ is a big, invisible, part of the game too. It reminds
me of the ridiculous amount of time I spent yesterday looking for a
"D-Grip shovel handlegrip" for a snow shovel. They are not sold by any
stores separately because they want you to buy a new shovel instead.
There is basically 1 on Amazon and 1 on E-Bay(which I bought), period.
So that's my analogy: Linux is like the shovel handle grip which is not
profitable enough for commercial entities to embrace.
No, but some of the older ones [snow blowers] that don't wrap all the
working parts in plastic can be used to drive woodworking tools like
Jointers. Maybe even a saw if your saw uses the right belt.
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