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August 1, 2018

Well, football season is almost upon us. I have several friends who are passionate New York Giants fans. A web site reader sent this to me and I got a good laugh. So all of my New York Giant fan friends, this is for you!
  
                     


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Windows 10: I'm No Longer an Insider   7/13/2016

I had previously posted an article on updating a Windows Vista machine to Windows 10. My old 2009 vintage laptop was loaded with Vista. I signed up for the Windows insider program and have experienced several insider updates. However, the last update brought this experience to an end.  I was running version 14352. Somehow, the Windows directory became corrupted and would not accept any further updates. I was able to update to the current version of Windows 10, but was warned all apps and files would be lost. 

Fortunately,  I was able to back up al of my information and restore my computer to the way it was before the failure. If you need to update to Windows 10, you have until July 29, 2016 when the free upgrade offer expires. 

I will point out that although I generally like using Windows 10, there are some issues that Microsoft is yet to address. I could not get an answer on why the last update caused the corruption of the Windows directory. Additionally there are some issues with HP printers and updating their drivers. I keep getting a message that Windows was unable to update my printer drivers, yet when I go to the HP site they inform me my printer drivers are up to date. I asked Microsoft about it and they told me to ask HP. I asked HP about it and they told me to ask Microsoft. Don't you hate it when that happens?

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           Windows 10; Update, December 16, 2015

     I just posted a blurb, on the Home Page,  about using apps on Apple Devices. In July of this year I became a Windows insider when I replaced my Windows Vista with Windows 10. I think Windows 10 is a great operating system, but I noticed one thing in particular about it. It is getting to be more like Apple and the IOS because there are more and more apps popping up in the Windows Store, just like the App Store on IOS devices. Many of the apps, like IOS, offer you the option of eliminating the ads by "upgrading" to the full version. Once again its all about advertising. The Windows Apps do not seem to be as invasive as the IOS apps, but I'm just getting my feet wet. I recently read in a Tech Blog called "I Clarified", Apple CEO, Tim Cook, asked, "Why would any body need a PC?" Competition, it's a beautiful Thing!

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                                 July 3, 2015

                  Windows 10 vs. Windows Vista

I have an old Laptop that I bought in the fall of 2009. It was loaded with Windows Vista. Earlier today I was reading some computer blogs when I found out the only way a Vista computer could be loaded with Windows 10 was if I were to join the Microsoft "Insider Program". Since I don't use the laptop that much, I decided to risk it.  I backed up my files to a portable hard drive and installed Windows 10. My initial impression is this is an awesome operating system. Vista would take 3 minutes to load. Windows 10 takes 30 seconds.

 I got a warning that all data would be lost when I installed Windows 10. However, during the install, it created a file called "windows.old". In that file I found every picture and every song that was loaded on the laptop. Some of the old programs ran from this folder. If you have a computer running Windows Vista, I strongly recommend you sign up to be a Microsoft insider and download the program. It is the only way you can get it free. You need to do it before the program is officially released. There is plenty of information in the online blogs to guide you through the process. I have been fooling with it for a couple of hours and I have to give credit, Microsoft got the wood on the ball with this one.  There is a bit of a learning curve, but so far I have a very favorable impression of  Windows 10. My experience so far is all positive.

The only thing I found I don't like is the new browser is called Edge. The only search engine in Edge is Bing. I will be sending a suggestion that they update the browser to allow Google and other search engines to be the default.



                                   May 3, 2015

                         A Note On Buying Adult Beverages

Every now and then I like to kick back and enjoy a cold beer. Acme markets recently advertised a great price for a brand of beer I enjoy. I went into the store and quickly located a 12 pack of the advertised special. When I went to pay the clerk told me she would have to see my ID. I showed her my PA driver's license and she went to grab it from my hand. I asked, "What are you doing?"

She replied, "I have to scan the license."

I said, "No you don't."

She said,"Well then, I can't sell you beer."

I walked out without the beer.

I remember whenever I would ask my late grandmother how old she was she would always say, "I'm 21 past!"

I too am 21 past...well 21 past. I am all for making sure adult beverages are not sold to underage people, but the experience at Acme was a little extreme. Why would they want to scan my license? In my humble opinion it amounts to a theft of my personal information. That strip is not put on the back of the license for Acme to scan, store my personal data and sell it to further clog my mailbox with an ever increasing mountain of junk mail. 

I contacted my State representative's office and made an inquiry as to the legitimacy of Acme scanning my state issued license. The response I got was an email that had two web links embedded in it about why they scan licenses. Both of them were a load of crap. Or even worse, they raise the specter of Acme being online with the state computer system for motor vehicle information. 

One of the articles stated they scan the license to make sure it is valid. How would they know the license was valid unless they were online to the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles? It went on to further state scanning the license spared the employee the burden of doingthe math to determine if the individual attempting to make the purchase is of legal age. I guess being totally stupid qualifies one to be a cashier. Its a shame somone would put that into writing but I read it with my own eyes. Pretty sad. 

Buying beer is legal. Do I need to have someone make a record of it every time I decide I want to buy it? If that's the case it will soon be more difficult to buy beer than it is to buy a gun.

As for me no one is going to scan my license except the State Trooper I may have the misfortune to be stopped by. After walking out of the Acme I went to the local beer distributor where they are always glad to see you and they always use common sense on asking people for their ID. I noticed as I waited to check out, the guy in front of me appeared under 30. They asked for his ID and they did not scan it. Thy thanked him for showing it and randg up the sale. Amazing! The cashier could actually make an intelligent determination the individual in question was of legal age to purchase beer. 

What a sad commentary it is where people will give up their personal information without questioning how it will be used, or more appropriately stated, abused. As for me, I will forego any future sales prices Acme may have on Adult beverages and continue to deal with my local beer distributor who really apreciates my business.

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February 17, 2012
 

The following is a contribution from a loyal reader...

I'm sure you will enjoy this.
I never knew that one word in the English language can be a noun, a verb, an adjective, an adverb, and a preposition.
UP

Read until the end ... you'll laugh.

This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is

UP.'
It is listed in the dictionary as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or [v].


It's easy to understand the meaning of the word
UP meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP ?


At a meeting, why does a topic come
UP?
Why do we speak
UP, and why are the officers UP for election
(if there is a tie, it is a tossUP) and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?
We call UP our friends, brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, warm UP the leftovers, and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and fix UP  the old car. At other times, this little word has real special meaning.

People stir
UPtrouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.
To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.



And this
UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is blocked UP .
We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.
We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP !
To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of
UP, look UPthe word UPin the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.


If you are
UPto it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with (UP to) a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding
UP. comes out, when the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it soaks UP the earth. When it does not rain for awhile, things dry UP . 
One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP, for now . . . my time is UP !


Oh . . . one more thing: What is the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night?
U

P
!

Did that one crack you
UP?



Don't screw
UP... Send this on to everyone you look UP in your address book . . . or not . . . it's UP  to you.

Now I'll shut
UP ! 

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