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Daily Archives: November 26, 2018

  • Patch Lady – what PC should I get?

    Posted on November 26th, 2018 at 21:43 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    So remember those old news shows that would do those Point/Counterpoint discussions?  I’m going to counter Woody’s recommendation to move to a Chromebook.

    I’ve used Ubuntu, Chromebook, Windows and Mac and there are advantages and disadvantages to all.

    The first step you have to ask yourself BEFORE you go shopping is how entrenched you are in the Windows ecosystem.  If you have older Windows software that you love (and probably will still work on Windows 10), older printers, and other Windows devices that you have in a peer to peer network Chromebook may not be for you.

    I have a dear friend who had a child that she gave a Chromebook to.  She struggled to get school files off of the chromebook on to flash drives in order to turn in the project.  She struggled to get it to print on an older printer.  She was comfortable in Word and the Google docs was awkward for her.  For her she struggled with the Chromebook ecosystem.

    Then I want you think about how much you use a browser.  Think about your daily use on your computer.  If you are pretty much in a browser all day long, then a Chromebook would work.  IF however you prefer a certain email client, or a certain desktop app, or a certain file structure, then Windows still may be the best computer for you.

    Here are some definite do and do NOTs for choosing a Windows machine:

    DO not consider ANY computer less than 150 gigs to 200 gigs of hard drive.  Anything less and you will be fighting windows bloat.

    DO not consider ANY laptop or computer without a SSD drive.  Windows 10 is just happier (and you are too) with a SSD drive.

    DO not consider ANY laptop or computer with less than 8 gigs, 16 gigs preferably.

    DO be prepared to buy a computer with Windows 10 pro or upgrade to it to be able to control and push off updates.

    DO be prepared to NOT use registry cleaners, minimize the use of third party antivirus software.

    Now I’m not saying you should get a Surface device, but certainly if you need to have a Windows PC, you need to invest in one.

    (Get the idea I’m not talking budget computer here?)

    I don’t think it’s as mandatory to purchase Word or Outlook unless you are married to those platforms.  Libre Office is honestly so close to Word to be easily moved to.

    I’ve even had good luck over the years in purchasing refurbished computers.  You get a similar warranty and it’s cheaper.

    Bottom line you have to ask yourself how married you are to Windows or if you want to start the divorce proceedings.  It will be messy.  Things will be different.  Prepare yourself for yelling at your computer.  (I do realize you may be doing that to your Windows computer now)

    But don’t just jump into a new relationship without thinking hard about you’ve invested into the current relationship and the impact.  We are moving to a browser based world, but…. but…. I’m still not convinced that we’re all ready for it in the same way and levels yet.

  • Gradual move to the Twitter handle @AskWoody

    Posted on November 26th, 2018 at 13:29 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    After using @woodyleonhard as my main Twitter handle for almost a decade, I recently picked up the username @AskWoody.

    Don’t worry. For the foreseeable future, I’ll be posting on both id’s. But I’d like to make the transition.

    Long term, I’d love to move everything from @woodyleonhard to @AskWoody. Tweets. Followers. All of it.

    Anybody have experience with that? Suggestions?

    Big changes are afoot with AskWoody v2. Much more to follow.

  • Mary Jo Foley: Microsoft’s self-analysis of what caused the multi-factor authentication meltdown

    Posted on November 26th, 2018 at 12:52 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Remember the bug on November 19 that brought down everybody who was using two factor authorization on Microsoft sites?

    We just got an explanation. Per Mary Jo:

    Actually, Microsoft unearthed three independent root causes, along with monitoring gaps that resulted in Azure, Office 365, Dynamics and other Microsoft users not being able to authenticate for much of that day.

    In a different, but sort-of-related glitch, lots of people are reporting problems today with Exchange Online, Office 365 and Outlook.