Tuesday, 15 March 2016

I don't know

There doesn't seem to have been much happening since I last opened the blog, but there doesn't seem to have been much time when there wasn't something happening either!  It has generally been small stuff, sometimes irritating, sometimes not.

For instance, I must have been asleep or drunk or stupid some time ago when I clicked on a link to say, "Yes please, let me know when I can update to Windows 10".  I had second thoughts and every time an annoying box popped up to tell me that my free download was now available, I just closed it straight away.  I have heard differing opinions about Windows 10.  One person had to call in a professional to sort out his computer, while another seemed to think it was the best thing since sliced bread.

(Why is sliced bread considered such a great thing?)

Any way, one day towards the end of last week I left the computer running while I went for lunch.  When I got back to the desk I was alarmed to find that Windows 10 was being downloaded.  It seemed to take forever - rather like those old days when I was running the latest thing, Windows 95!  Eventually I was able to try it out, very apprehensively.  And it worked!  What really astonished me was that I was able to load, open and run my old web site design programme, Frontpage 2000, which worked with every operating system up to Windows Vista but was unavailable on Windows 8.

Then I got an automatic update to Office - and my Access-based accounts package would not open!  Fortunately, the chap who wrote Simply Books was available on the support line and he very quickly got things up and running again so I have been able to update the accounts for the Lions.

One of the new things in Windows 10 is the web browser Edge.  This even lets one draw on the screen, like this:

OK, so I need to practise writing with a mouse, but you get the idea.


(not necessarily your) Uncle Skip, said...

What I have heard about Windows 10 is about the same as you.
That definitely makes it cringe-worthy in my book.
Right now it is sitting down there on the lower right, as it has been for three months, waiting to pounce when I have a weak moment.

joeh said...

I hate the phrase "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." This single phrase has allowed old people to squash thousands of terrific ideas. However, when it comes to my computer which is currently running to my satisfaction, my position is "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

I guess that makes me an old people.

Brighton Pensioner said...

You and me both, Joe!

Be careful, Skip. It pounced on me when I wasn't looking!

That said, my experience (so far) is positive. I repeat, so far.

Sarah said...

I'm always very wary with update - sometimes they work, sometimes not and I'm terrified I won't be able to fix it or work out how to use it. Luckily I have a 16 year old in the house who isn't so scared and does it for me.

Brighton Pensioner said...

Always the best answer, Sarah!