Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Upgrade to Windows 10 inititated

So I made the executive decision to update my Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E431 desktop to Windows 10, the whole process took around an hour to install, and initially I thought Cortana and all those extra features would be available to me. Sadly this was not the case for the Win 10 deployment in Australia. There were some programs that had compatibility issues, and this included Oracle VM VirtualBox, no sound for any of the virtual OS's. I also had some problems with Dolby Advanced Audio, and needed to remove the correctly detected driver(and files), let Win 10 detect the driver and then some time later update the driver, now I have a Dolby control panel without a start up error message.
On the whole the look and feel of Win 10 is impressive, with a new browser Edge, some things just didn't load up because all the plugins and add-ins probably need a re-install, this will need to wait because the other programs are all built for WinXP or 7, 8 or 8.1....

The joys of Win10 come in the form of faster operation, and a better look and feel with the start menu, and most programs function and start up...Goodbye Metro... A nice notification area and a faster multi-taking operation, you still need your offer to upgrade to do it, and of course this all takes time.

Off to sleep now.

-N

Friday, June 19, 2015

Windows 10 preview decisions... decisions

Just recently and true for most if not all Microsoft OS users is the opportunity to upgrade for free to Windows 10 when it comes out around July 27. Decisions, decisions.... I finally got used to Windows 7 ultimate and Windows 8.1, does it make sense to upgrade to Windows 10 and report bugs for a year? Ubuntu and other linux distros do it, and certainly Cortana seems like a nice addition to the usability of Windows if you are able to use your voice. For me though I am still unsure whether to upgrade, it seems to me, that it might be worth waiting for the boxed edition of Windows 10 and save yourself some computer crashes or worst case bricking your combo tablet or pc.I actually modded Win8.1 and have got quite used to  Windows 8.1 and rather like it, although it's missing Cortana. Windows 10 preview seems to indicate that the user start menu is better, although to me it looks like a nightmare of Win8.1 but that seems to be pre-release. It offers added security apparently and the ability to have 4 desktops. but in my opinion it's risky and might mean losing data and important files. As with Win8.1 backwards compatibility issues, there is likely to be the same for Win10, and unless you are planning to use virtual reality and a 3d printer, to me Windows 10 seems risky and for the birds. Like most things I accepted the offer to upgrade, but I wonder how good is the memory management of 10, is it customisable? What is the operating system using,DOS floating point or some new version of Winlinux? Questions... questions. I think I might wait and see what people report in bug form for Windows 10, and just what exactly will change, for instance will my Wifi printer still work, will it talk Samba shares better with linux, and will it run games, and be more like an Xbox, I personally liked Microsoft Store and the games etc, I want more info on the minimum and optimal memory and processor requirements, for the OS, and just what guarantee if any that my computer will not fry under the intensive pressure of a new OS. and whether the updates will bloat my hard drive with added time constraints...

Till next time, enjoy
N
 
 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Overclocking and speeding up CPU and GPUs

Recently I had the opportunity to speed up some computer speed using my old IBM R32, an archaic machine that has an old Pentium IV processor, came across a useful tool called Powerstrip which sped up the GPU Ati Mobile Radeon GPU which has only 16MB of Graphics Core, with approximately a slight manufacturer safe over-clock, the machine has a new lease of life, and can run older games, and run the web and graphics a little more smoothly.

For most people this is something that is best left to the bench-markers and specialists out there, but for me, this old brick was so slow and constantly upgrading itself, it became slightly slow, even doing Windows maintenance tasks, and using the infamous old Win XP, I found that the computer, seems to be running well and typing well, using Windows maintenance tasks, and a Ram disk.

My suggestion if you over-clock is to do some testing and get a CPU and GPU temperature program, that will tell you whether you need to fan the notebook, or whether the machine will fry under pressure. In some cases the over-clocked graphics card will actually make the fan and CPU run cooler, but Powerstrip should only be used with extreme caution.

Most people I have met when their computer slows down, assume that it is a hardware issue, however some would be surprised to find that the software not the BIOS can over-clock and this is something rare and unusual depending on your set-up. Of course if you have a tower you need to protect the motherboard and so forth from dust, I recommend vacuum from a distance as you tweak your hardware, because the dust can grit into your fan, unless you have a heat sink for a peripheral which in that case, could cause a fire worst case.

Until next time, signing off from Camp Davo and happy computing!

N

Monday, February 2, 2015

End of Summer Blues

With Summer in Sydney going fast, and the silly season in full flight, it seems that people are scratching their head and saying where did Summer go? Could it be because of Tony Abbotts' direct action environmental policy, the rain in Sydney and NSW seems to have subsided for now? The Kookaburras and the Wallabies, still run their course, the trees, sway in the breeze and occasionally fall on power lines.
Days turn to weeks and years, and time flies, with all the meetings and schedules, perhaps some people are looking for a new form of happiness, or celebration.
Whether you use Twitter, Facebook, or some other social networking platform, there seems to be a need to meet and talk to people face to face. Just who do we meet, and what do we do with our time, is it effective, and reflective? Most people these days shirk from parties, and go to the gym, or have an occupation, which sets me apart from the norm. I don't expect people to empathise with my views, and in some cases you can agree to disagree.
Important to me, is the fact that shoes need cleaning, and that some methods of shoe deodorising are not effective.
Some people are so caught up in the moment, they forget to breathe and this is something I need to make it out of this world having made a difference to those that know the real me.
Just what exactly is making a difference, and contributing to the community society and global brain? Do we need to choose our own views, and television programming, or play more computer games, spend more time with family, or do we need to do more exercise, meet new minds, and listen to our iObject or Phablet?
A typical day, wake up around 5:30am, go back to sleep, get disturbed by the birds, and then have breakfast, plan the day, and perhaps start a walk and have a green tea, with a hint of lime. Then turn the phone on, and wait for the absence of call service from Vodafail, and update all the computers, with the latest security patches and updates.
For me this seems too stagnant, yet it makes life reliable, or provides the illusion of reliability.
If you don't drive, you catch a bus into the population and walk around the shopping centre or mall if you are American Canadian. Then if you elected to stay home you get a new friend request on Skype from a "hot and horny", hooker, or closet sex agent trying to get you to use some private link to view all sorts of "Daddy wouldn't approve", content.
I am glad and thankful I can compel my limbs to move, and can plan the next day, and the next, and the next after that. Surely with all the prayer and time, reading bible quotes, and contact with the community and animal therapy, I can lay claim to my own private Utopia. Yes I enjoy being ordinary and avoiding what ordinary people avoid.

L8r stranger.

N