Welcome relief..

For users of Windows 7 and 8, relief is coming. You will not be pushed into running Windows 10, but the relief is not coming until July. Read more here..

Note too that it coincides with the end of a FREE upgrade to Windows 10.. 🙂



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 look. How to find out the whole header info..

An example:

If I send an email from my Hotmail or Outlook dot com account to one of my ISP accounts, the header shows the original location of the sender coming from the USA west coast Microsoft servers, not exactly surprising as I live in North America.

Friends and family who send me mail from their Hotmail and/or Outlook accounts originate on Australian or UK servers, again not surprising.

OK, so you have email from somebody who claims to be somewhere in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, it makes no difference, and you want to check that the claim is correct.

  1. Check out the header using the first link that I gave. It will show the originating IP address, but may take some finding as there is a lot of gobbledygook in headers.
  2. Next, look up the IP address here..

So, if the goods and/or services vendor or person is where they claim to be, the IP address lookup should show roughly that they are indeed where they claim to be.


I have, I think, recently been scammed because I failed to run the check above. Personally, I think that the default email header should show the location of the sender to at least the continent from which the email originates, and it should be shown clearly. Instead, it doesn’t, and more often than not, the only option is to show even less.. 🙁

Most used browsers..

According to reports, Google Chrome is way ahead, followed by Safari and IE/Edge.

No real surprise there being as how ALL Android tablets and smartphones default to Chrome. Likewise, iPads ands iPhones default to Safari. It was no different in the old days before the proliferation of portable devices, where all Windows machines defaulted to IE.

It means nothing other than showing the shift from desk-based computing to being on the move. Computers users have always settled for defaults because they didn’t/don’t know how to get anything else. Personally, I use Firefox on my Smartphone. It just works better than Chrome for me.

Two recurring problems that I have seen in forums..

The Windows 10 Start menu..

I must be honest. I don’t have a problem with it because I hardly ever use it. Start10 and Classic Shell give me the start menu that I like best while still giving me the option to use the default menu if I wish. I have yet to see either classic menu fail. Use one or the other, btw.. 🙂

Start10 Classic Shell

PDF handling..

Windows 10 has it’s own cute way of dealing with and offering help regarding PDFs, but again the older ways win out best.

I install and have installed Foxit Reader over the last four Microsoft operating systems, again without the issues that one might get with Adobe Reader or Windows 10. Strictly speaking, it should set itself up as the default PDF handler, but in case it doesn’t. go to Settings > System > Default Apps and set it there..

Foxit Reader

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.. 🙂

Microsoft Edge..

Well, I am still using it for 99% of all website transactions, but alas it does not play ball with all sites. Apparently, Microsoft is making progress with it, extensions and whatever else being promised, but so far only available in previews.

For other sites, I fall back to Firefox which despite quirks does manage to show relevant pop-ups etc. for Android use, it is also my preference, beating Google Chrome hands down in every sense. Why people use Google Chrome beats me.

So, Microsoft, lets see these Edge improvements in the production Windows 10 installations, PLEASE?

The backdoor..

There has been much talk about backdoors recently, notable the Apple vs FBI issue. Do you agree with Apple or the FBI? I am undecided.

The ‘backdoors’ in Windows 10 are actually side doors and not completely out of view. We have all been made acutely aware of their existence and we have the option to turn them off of down aways. Microsoft is able to determine usage and formulate improvements from the data collected, and that is not a bad thing, what we always wanted.

Does Microsoft read what we type in the various apps? Doubtful at best as there would be no mileage in doing so, but the FBI and other security organisations want to be able to do that with the least effort and without the user being aware if at all possible. That is plain sneaky and would remove any and all rights to any kind of privacy.

The trouble with backdooors is that access through them can quickly become public knowledge, something that nobody wants.

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 installed on the right machine.

As with all versions of Windows since the beginning, some of your favourite applications and games may have to be left behind, but that is ok. There are others you can use. All you have to do is find them.. 🙂

Addiction to technology

An interesting article..

I am a Facebook user, but not on it that much. I don’t use it for business because I don’t like the ‘pay for clicks’ model.

Other than the above, I use a computer to help others, and to read stuff, tech, news, whatever because I can increase the size of the text to make reading easier.

How about you?