technical repair

trouble with two laptops now smoothed out.  two different problems.  one had time outs and would not load internet pages – turned out to be a virus.  the other laptop was a problem I guess I created.  I bought that pc with Windows 7 installed and so had chosen to install WIN 8….and the troubles slowly built up.  so my local tech gurus fix stuff at Free Line Electronics, in Midland, Ontario, highly recommended.  they backed up my data, did a clean install of WIN 7.  Result was tow newly smoothly running laptops, the return to WIN 7 had that unit, a Sony Vaio, running much better than when it first emerged from the box immediately after purchase.  happy computer guy, me.  my wallet took a 160 dollar hit. back to smooth computing.

The OS of the future Windows XP?

Blog doubt, a periodic self doubting of one putting time to one’s blog:

It seems I may be just talking to myself with this blog, studying the site stats.  It has been a year.  Not many views or comments. still it remains a worthwhile experiment.  I have a baseball cap stitched up with gnawledge wurker on it, nice red colour.

 Cleaning my Windows, personal computing pain

My Sony Vaio laptop came with Windows 7 and I, brave soul, upped to Windows 8. Then the fog rolled in and the pain in the seat cover began.  It is awkward, It is designed to work best with a touch screen pc.

I am like many people chuffed by the confusing wonderfulness of Wndows 8…. to the extent that I may retreat to Windows 7, a rollback, or even a new laptop with Win 7 not 8 installed.  it looks slick, no denying that, but accomplishing even basic things, like just getting to the bloody control panel, is a nightmare, if you go the primary Win 8 way you get only a few options to change.  i struggled to just change the basic font size of windows so my getting old eyes would have it easier.  Some press reports on this subject recently.  The most surprising detail I saw, a pie chart of operating systems with a huge number of folk still running Windows XP.

new laptop first impressions

Sony Vaio E series

liking it, battery length with no DVD use is about 5 hours, like the case and the white keyboard., texture pattern on the case is also very very nice

with DVD use, charge time drops to near three hours.

my previous laptop was a lower priced Gateway that had a couple of ergonomic features that I never got totally comofortable with….an odd touchpad design, and a shortish battery charge length……but it was inexpensive and worked ok for my kind of software efforts.

probably my favourite laptop is my still running but needing some replacement parts (battery number 3 and the power adapter cable) iBook G3 that I bought back in 2001.

I am considering spending for those parts and using it for word processing, hmmmm

this time around the budget just could not handle the Apple laptop price points and the 13.3 inch screen turned me off.