Monday, October 30, 2017

What would it take, make me leave Windows for the first time in my life and career(25 years)

Right now: I have installed the new Falls Creator Update on 7 pc's. 3 have failed and/or been a fist fight and days of labor to get it going. Of those 3 I had to wipe the pc and re load fresh with the ISO from Microsoft that includes the Falls Creator Update. And these 3 pc's: Dell OptiPlex, Lenovo Thinkpad and a Dell Dimension. How in the hell does this happen? There is nothing funky loaded on these machines. All 3 are 2-3 years old. So what would make me leave Windows for the first time in 30 years? This continual crap level of stability. Oh on 1 machine I got the FCU going, Edge was total crap, froze on every web page. I found some Power Shell script to run off a Microsoft Forums page and that fixed it. What that scrip did, I have no clue. But I am totally fracking fed up with Windows. I've supported it my entire career. But after 25 years, I'm about done. What is Microsoft's main focus on Windows 10? The new Fluent Design...making windows (notice small w) transparent when they overlay each other. Seriously.. eye candy.. how about stability! So, what would it take me to leave? Show me an iMac that can run Office 365, OneDrive, Chrome, NOT blue screen, and updates that actually install and work! PS. I am in contact with some 3rd level Microsoft Tech Support, they really have no clue either. Hell, I found the PowerShell script to run myself. Their answer is: Call Dell, it's gotta be a hardware issue, wipe and re load. WTF? Oh... you'll love this one... It's a partition error! Not enough space in one of the hidden partitions.... again wtf??... the God damn SSD is standard from Dell. Odd all the other major updates from Microsoft installed fine. I already live 80% off my iPhone 8... maybe I would be better moving to a Mac for integration.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

At 85, Bob Lutz still speaks what’s on his mind

Bob Lutz, the auto industry’s 85-year-old bad boy, goes off on Elon Musk and President Trump

At 85, Bob Lutz still speaks what’s on his mind:

Q: What’s your take on Elon Musk and Tesla?

A: I don’t know why it is that otherwise intelligent people can’t see what’s going on there. They lose money on every car, they have a constant cash drain, and yet everybody talks as if this is the most miraculous automobile company of all time.

Couldn't agree more.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Microsoft Updates Shipping Version of Windows 10 Again

The new Windows 10 Insider Preview build that Microsoft delivered last night was accompanied by a new cumulative update for the shipping version of Windows 10. This is perhaps not coincidental.

As you may know, Microsoft ships monthly cumulative updates for Windows 10 on Patch Tuesday. But this month’s release already happened last week, right on schedule. So what’s up with this second cumulative update?

Actually, these kinds of releases aren’t all that uncommon. As I noted recently in Updating in Windows 10 Version 1703? You Win Some, You Lose Some, the entire point of Windows as a Service (WaaS) is that Microsoft can update your PC anytime it wants. Thus equals a Reboot too

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Some new PCs running Windows 7 and 8.1 won't receive further updates

From a support standpoint, I am glad of this policy from Microsoft. Back when I was doing PC/LAN Support I would at times have to install an old version of Windows on a new PC. Pure headache for drivers, chipset firmware and such to get say Windows 2000, WinXP or even Vista to run on a new pc. I believe we started to create VM's for this scenario.

Some new PCs running Windows 7 and 8.1 won't receive further updates:

Thursday, March 16, 2017

America may miss out on the next industrial revolution

We have got to stop sending jobs overseas. It's pretty simple: If you're paying $12, $13, $14 an hour for factory workers and you can move your factory South of the border, pay a dollar an hour for labor,...have no health care—that's the most expensive single element in making a car— have no environmental controls, no pollution controls and no retirement, and you don't care about anything but making money, there will be a giant sucking sound going south. - H. Ross Perot 1992
Very interesting and good read. Where do you see us in 20 years as a nation? Will we actually manufacture, assemble anything? We have sold our soul to various trade agreements that have produced nothing but a great sucking sound.
Wait…so sending virtually all our technological manufacturing overseas to Countries that are also stealing our IP blind to save a few bucks makes it tougher for Americans in the long run? #MAGA