Daily Archives: November 6, 2023

  • My hot annoyances

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    ISSUE 20.45 • 2023-11-06


    Susan Bradley

    By Susan Bradley

    Technology newsletters like ours often cover the annoying things about a new operating system.

    Taking potshots at such things is easy. They are new, they are different, and you didn’t have to deal with them before. But what about the aggravations in the operating systems we’ve been using for years? Or what if the vendors have rolled out new features and they are vexing, too? How do we deal with them?

    Here are some of my favorite (?) peeves.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.45.0, 2023-11-06).
    This story also appears in our public Newsletter.

  • Learning to program PowerShell with AI


    Bruce Kriebel

    By Bruce Kriebel

    The media has been ablaze with headlines shouting that AI will put programmers out of jobs.

    Less discussed is how AI can help professional and even novice programmers learn a new language. An excellent case for this is Windows PowerShell.

    PowerShell is, well, powerful. It’s a great tool for writing scripts, especially special-purpose or time-saving scripts that solve tiny problems in a way that allows customization so that you get the exact result you desired. But PowerShell is very different from the command-line language handed down from the earliest days of MS-DOS. That makes learning it daunting.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.45.0, 2023-11-06).

  • M3 powers new MacBook Pros and iMac


    Will Fastie

    By Will Fastie

    Apple is infamous for making nebulous comparisons, but this time it has gone too far.

    Apple’s dark (Halloween) event a week ago was mildly disappointing. The company finally got around to announcing its previously expected M3 family of silicon and refreshed the MacBook Pro series as a result.

    The problem is that it wasn’t all that exciting. With a few exceptions, these were moves the company had to make, even though they will not generate the same sort of excitement as previous M1 and M2 announcements.

    The centerpiece of the event was silicon, a set of chips Apple calls “the most advanced chips ever built for a personal computer.”

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.45.0, 2023-11-06).

  • WhyNotWin11 — Seriously, why not Windows 11?


    Deanna McElveen

    By Deanna McElveen

    It’s been over two years since Windows 11 was released, and Microsoft still won’t tell you why your computer won’t run it.

    Well, maybe that’s not quite fair. Microsoft will give you reasons, if you take the time to install its PC Health Check app. Of course, you’ll need to go through Settings to get to it, agree to Microsoft’s usual onerous terms of use, and then get an app that will tell you a few reasons why Windows 11 thinks your hardware is beneath its standards. (Not all, but some.)

    I’ve got something better for you.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.45.0, 2023-11-06).