The age of the favourites bar…

Remember Internet Explorer 6? I do. It was the browser which defaulted to a favourites bar that was never much use as I could see, but we kept it anyway. When Internet Explorer 7 appeared, it was more minimalist than an empty white room, and I hated it, re-instating ‘6’ very quickly. After a couple of days, I scolded myself for being stupid, and installed ‘7’ again, but with no favourites bar showing. I adopted Netvibes as my start page, filling it all up with junk for the most part. Well, you never know, do you, and junk has its … Continue reading The age of the favourites bar…

A general update..

I haven’t been very active here recently, or in the  Microsoft forums. I don’t feel any excitement anymore and have had enough of people whinging about Windows 10. To some degree, my lack of interest is as much down to health issues as anything, with me re-assessing priorities after having recovered from one cancer to then be told that I have another.  It never ends, just like the Windows 10 haters don’t seem to be able to give it up. Windows 10 breathed new life into my little Toshiba netbook, and for that  am eternally grateful. It received a new battery … Continue reading A general update..

It wasn’t always this way…

For those of us who use 3rd party start menus, upgrading to Windows 10 1607 can be a shock. The upgrade removes Classic Shell which would be fine if all users knew how to put it back. My clients do not know. They ask me to give them something they recognise, and I do it for them because they are not interested in technicalities. A question … What is it about Classic Shell that is so bad that it has to be removed? Removal just sets in panic and some users call bogus ‘help’ companies, turning a bad situation into something much worse…

Email origination

We get email from all sorts, some people who we do not know very well or maybe not at all. It’s very easy to buy goods and services online or even just connect with somebody, but how do we know that they are who they say they are. We don’t, but there is a way of finding out to some degree. Email headers: What we generally see at the top of an email is the sender, recipient and subject if it is filled in. The location of the sender is not shown, but it is there if we care to … Continue reading Email origination

The ‘Windows Anniversary Update’

Sorry, all of you classic PC users (me included) but there will not be too much for you this time around. See here.. The days when Microsoft Windows just lived in relatively ugly cream coloured boxes have long gone. Now, features have to be made suitable for the way more mobile smartphones and tablets as well. There is an update called ‘Redstone 2’ pegged for release sometime in 2017 which holds promise of better times for all, but that is still some way off.. 🙂

Windows 10.. still ok?

Privacy fears still prevail, mostly unfounded, and there are still computers which should NEVER be upgraded to Windows 10, but overall I think that it is a winner. When I first upgraded, I had issues which had to be sorted and I did at one point consider reverting back to Windows 8.1. Three years into it, and it was a very good stable platform which, as long as one avoided the tiles, worked very well. Windows 10 has sorted out a lot faster, even some of the tiles, and I like it. You would too as long as it is … Continue reading Windows 10.. still ok?

MS Office updates..

.. take hours running into days on my trusty little Toshiba Netbook. It has just finished security updates, and all is well. I am thankful that the Netbook was given to me. If I had to pay for it, Toshiba would not be getting a Christmas card from me EVER again. Apart from the above, everything else works, even the Homegroup still. Windows 10 has been the saviour of the machine, and hopefully the hardware will last a bit longer. Nuts. It just blue-screened as I was typing this. Looks like I have a bit more unpaid work to do on … Continue reading MS Office updates..

Windows 7 games on Windows 8 or 10..

If you want to do this, do it soon because the link on the site could be pulled under orders from lawyers.. Here it is.. The Games.. Click on the text just above the ‘Donate’ section, not any of the coloured boxes.. The file downloads to the Windows download folder or should. Then you have to right click the file and select ‘Run as Administrator’. The rest is easy.. Good luck and have fun.. 🙂