Windows and your PC

 

A basic guide by 'The Computer Guy of London Ontario'

 It Starts Here..

 

Computers follow rules.. 

.. And if you don't follow the rules, your computer will kick back. Indiscriminate attempts to fix problems can lead to worse problems, so if you are not sure about something, ask first. The secret to computer happiness is to work within your technical ability. If you don't have any, keep it all simple.

It helps to have knowledge about how the software interacts with the computer hardware, and that is what this website is all about, understanding the basics.

 

Windows news..

Windows 10 is the next milestone. It will bring back more familiar controls to Windows, notably the Start button, but development has a way to go yet, so I will not say more than that. Those of us who rue the passing of Windows 7 and the seeming demise of the PC as we have known it for so long, will breath a sigh of relief as will much of business which still needs the big screen and big power.

Windows 8/8.1 wasn't anything like as bad as you may have heard if you ran it like Windows 7, but later this year it will be 'old hat'..

Windows 7, as good as it is/was, is on it's way out. The year 2014 saw it half way through it's officially supported life, and if Windows 10 takes off, '7' will see just five more years.

Windows Vista is still kicking aound, and for the most part on poorly specified machines. The result is that Vista users still have something of a hard time with it. Support ends during 2017.

Windows XP lost all official Microsoft support as of April 2014. The operating system has had its day, and it is definitely time to move on. Consider upgrading your computer. I know that it is not cheap, but if you stay with an old computer running XP, you will be on the wrong side of 'bad'.

 

Website news..

After years of using the venerable Microsoft FrontPage 2003, incompatibilities with Microsoft Outlook 2010 running in Windows 8 have forced me to change the way in which I create and maintain this.

The move highlights the problems when running older software in a new environment. I was used to working with FrontPage, and it was easy for people like me who had no idea how to go about writing HTML. Unfortunately, it blocked a feature in Outlook 2010 which I rely upon daily, so it had to go.

So I moved website maintenance to my Toshiba Netbook, a 10.1" NB250 running Windows 7, and while it ran perfectly well, another problem was highlighted. Doing 'big' work on a tiny 10.1" screen is a nightmare.

My new Ewisoft Website Builder application works on the same principles as FrontPage, is Windows 8/8.1 compatible and produces up-to-date HTML code, but it is not possible to import the original pages. There are too many script errors, caused by FrontPage's HTML being too old and too 'Microsoft'. Web page HTML changed, FrontPage didn't, having lost support after 2003.

There have been programs that I really liked over the years, and I was loathe to change to new versions because the changes were sometimes really bad, features lost, but this is the way in the wonderful world of computing, and one has to suck it up or find a more acceptable alternative.

I have re-written more than a few of the original pages, and dropped a few which no longer have much relevance.

 

I have a Blog too..

I generally add six to ten posts per month, always topical, nothing in tech-speak, and no punches held.

http://blogs.msmvps.com/mikehall/

 


News

This website has had a change of theme to better accommodate large widescreens on laptops and desktop monitors.

The reduced line length should makie reading it more easy in a full screen browser window.

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Microsoft will be releasing a preview of the next 'Windows' some time in September For now, it will be called 'Windows Threshold'. 

Please ensure that you understand the limitations of the release BEFORE installing it on your 'pride and joy'.