A couple of projects..

Project #1.. a Compaq Presario M2305NR These started to get reviews around December of 2005 which puts the machine firmly in the XP era. Weighing in at 6.5lbs, it was regarded as eminently portable, and it was well built, a real brick. Equipment includes a built-in fax/modem, 24x CD-RW, and WPA2 G wireless capability. That was then, and this is now.. It is all 32-bit and is kitted out with a stunning 512mb RAM and a PATA 60Gb hard drive which is on its way out. I don’t like running XP as it is severely out of date, so I decided to … Continue reading A couple of projects..

OEM support in general..

Windows: Under OEM terms, the computer manufacturer is responsible for supporting the operating system with which the computer is supplied. The OEM gets Windows for a cheap price, as do you, the end user. The actual price paid is that the OEM manufacturer will pass the buck, tell you it is all Microsoft’s fault and to contact them directly, and Microsoft will ask for money. So, you get stuff like this in forums.. I have just spent an hour on the Microsoft chat line but they were no help at all and only wanted to sell me a 99$ support … Continue reading OEM support in general..

Windows 10 isn’t a phone OS..

What part of the image looks anything like what you might see if you fired up a cellphone? The Start menu perhaps, QuickLaunch, MS Word 2010, the notification area? Why do some persist in calling Windows 10 a phone OS? If anything, my Windows 10 looks a lot more like Vista or Windows 7, and that’s a good thing, right? No, the Start Menu is NOT the default. It is Start10, but could as easily be Classic Shell. Microsoft Office 2010 predated Windows 8, and actually appeared during the Windows 7 watch. So, between the Start menu and my main application … Continue reading Windows 10 isn’t a phone OS..

Wi-Fi in general.. Desktop v Portable/Mobile

Domestic Wi-Fi can connect at slightly over 90 feet, assuming that both ends of the connection can clearly see each other, and that there are no other 2.4Ghz devices around which could cause interference, like wireless keyboards and mice and cheap radio control cars and helicopters. In this way, you could sit on a patio at the back of your yard and keep in touch on your notebook or tablet without too many problems Trouble is that desktop computers don’t have an antenna type good enough to do that because the likelihood of them ever being more than 6 feet away from the wireless … Continue reading Wi-Fi in general.. Desktop v Portable/Mobile

Upgrading to Windows 10..

Microsoft have allowed for free upgrades from Windows 8 and Windows 7, so why not Vista and XP? Windows 7 didn’t become public until 22 October, 2009. Computers on sale in stores after this date were of varying quality, some not too good running Vista with full driver support, let alone Windows 7. Personally, I wouldn’t upgrade a computer of mine unless it was at least a late 2010 release because of patchy to non-existant hardware driver support XP machines are almost in a different galaxy. As good as some were in their day, without full driver support, one has the … Continue reading Upgrading to Windows 10..

Patch Tuesday for Windows and 10..

Is this the first official Patch Tuesday for Windows 10? You can read about what it does here. There is a reboot involved but it doesn’t have to be immediate. Personally. I prefer immediate, and not because I am never doing anything important. I like to get things done and out of the way.. 🙂