Posts Tagged "windows"

Thank you, Microsoft!

Honestly, when’s the last time you said that out loud? It’s probably been a while, right? Well feast your eyes on this work of art!

Well, I have to thank them for preaching that good word with their latest Windows phone TV ad. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m tired of the back and forth between Samsung/Android and Apple. How bout both of y’all calm your tits and concentrate on your own product, not your competitor. It’s so juvenile and people are going to like what they regardless of how petty your ads are.

And while the Windows ad is truthfully funny, they’re employing the same “bash the competitor” mentality that Samsung uses, so they’re not whole lot better. It’s like political season all over again. Le sigh…

“I think they like fighting.”

Apple used to poke, incessantly, at Windows, back in the day. Remember the Mac vs. PC ads? Those were hilarious to me, and I’m a lifelong PC user!

In any case, I’m quite liking the direction Apple has been going lately, with their ads. See the most recent offering, below:

THIS is what a mobile phone manufacturer should be putting out into the world.

And having said all that, no way I’m buying a Windows phone. I’m an app addict, and the Windows phone offerings are just not up the standard I’ve become accustomed to with the iTunes App Store.

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Ubuntu Saves The Day!

My trials and tribulations with Windows are well documented on my Twitter account. The saga took an ugly turn a couple of weeks ago when we had a sudden power outage. I didn’t know it at the time, but it pretty much sentenced my hard drive to death.

After we got power back my comp was acting really strange. Freezing and hanging at random times, when it hadn’t done so before. I was also have start up problems and receiving sporadic I/O errors. I tried repairing my Windows installation but it kept telling me that I needed drivers and wouldn’t accept the ones I was offering up. I began to pull my weave out.

A few times, there were glimmers of hope. I’d get Windows to load and get to browse around. I even wiped my disk and reinstalled Windows successfully. That only lasted a day, however.

Frustrated, I declared my desktop computer, Butch, dead.

The computer Gods have forsaken me. Desktop is dead & laptop has big crack in screen. I’ll be rollin’ w iPhone until further notice. #pcfailless than a minute ago via TwitBird iPhone

I let him sit for a day and think about what he did and how he was going to make this up to me. Then I thought about how I didn’t want to give up on fixing this because it would be a while before I could afford another computer since I just got this one in October. I was contemplating selling one of my prize telephoto lenses, Bessie, to give me some cash.

Then I remember that Ubuntu was much more friendly to systems than Windows and would probably buy me some more time to figure out what was wrong with Butch. I loaded the live CD and installed it over Windows as my primary (and only) operating system. After everything was all configured Ubuntu flashed a warning alert after booting up that let me know that my main hard drive was thisclose to failing! Its exact words were “DISK FAILURE IS IMMINENT!” — and yes, it was in all caps!

So was this why I’d been having so many problems? The hard drive? I thought it was something more serious like the motherboard. Getting a replacement hard drive was a piece of cake solution! I went to Best Buy today and picked up a nice Western Digital Caviar Green 500 GB drive. I spent the better part of the evening installing it and Windows.

And now, I am writing this post from my desktop that has returned from the dead! And it’s all thanks to Ubuntu! Don’t sleep on it if you’re having Windows problems and can’t afford to upgrade to a Mac! I probably would have kept it, even on this new drive, if it weren’t for the fact that I need to be able to use iTunes for my iPhone. (Ubuntu isn’t compatible without jumping through a lot of hoops, and even then it’s not guaranteed to work)

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More Windows Issues

Windows continues to be my 1 and only enemy these days.

After the debacle with my external hard drive — which ended up being far more complicated & expensive than just uninstalling Service Pack 3 — I now can’t use Internet Explorer 7.

I’ve explained before why I lean on IE more than Firefox. It’s the CTRL+O shortcut. Nothing more and nothing less. In both browsers, the shortcut opens a window to “open” something, but only in IE does that window allow you to open a url and not just a file. I give some of my “Favorites” very short names. For instance, to access the CuteNews admin section for, I used the name “swim”. I can CTRL+O, type in swim and voila! I don’t always want to scroll down my infinite list of Bookmarks to find these things. My CTRL+O shortcut is so fast and so clean and I refuse to live without it, damnit!

So after I uninstalled Service Pack 3, my “menu bar” for IE completely disappeared. The Menu bar is the top bar that has the “File Edit View Favorites Tools Help” options at the top. I depend on a lot of those items as well.

After scouring the internet for possible solutions (lots of others had this particular problem as well), and uninstalling and reinstalling both IE7 and IE8 nothing changed. So I am now back to IE6, which is incredibly “buggy”. Sometimes right-clicking commands don’t work like they should and there are no tabs. Man, I miss tabs!

So Bill Gates and Microsoft are really on my shit list now…as if they weren’t already. It’s all so frustrating!

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