The President's Message

October 2018

by Andy Toth

Established 1987

The holiday season is approaching quickly. Michael's program on "Windows Tips and Tricks," demonstrated again that there are numerous ways to accomplish the same task in Windows. The photo series renaming should save time identifying all those photos, allowing more time with family and friends. Those tips and tricks are very powerful. I maybe should learn the new ways.

I will admit that I am not A strong Windows supporter. I do not have the option to not use it. Windows 10 appears to me to be the most secure yet. That eliminates my first complaint. Windows 10 is supposed to be the last operating system. I thought that would eliminate the obsolescence of software. I find features in programs that ran in the initial release that are now failing. I guess software and hardware will now have to reference Windows build xxxx and above. The hardware support has immensely improved. It is hard to find a device, be it PCIe, eSATA, USB and may others, that are not supported and function as expected right out of the box without loading drivers. I am sure there are many who spend hours trying to get a modem card to function properly. Good thing they are obsolete.

I learned early that there is an interdependency between hardware and OS software. I think my laptop is approaching a barrier. It was originally a Windows 7 and was upgraded to Windows 10. It is 6 years old, has plenty of processing power, but freezes when powered on but not used for 3-4 hours. It is a hard power off to shut down and restart. I believe this is due to the fact that the hardware was optimized for Win 7. Maybe it is time for a new computer since I reinstall windows 2-3 times a year. Most of the rebuilds are due to installed software that I want to make sure is not running anywhere.

This year I reached the milestone where I have used a Windows OS more years than a UNIX os. I am not sure where I am going with this, but for me this is the time to stop screaming - a little kicking allowed - but embrace Windows as a useful tool.