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  • Really. Did anybody at Microsoft test version 1803 on their own hardware?

    Posted on May 20th, 2018 at 11:45 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Now it looks like installing Win10 version 1803 on one of those expensive ($3,000 to $4,300) Surface Studios may cause your mouse and keyboard to kick out intermittently.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.

  • The ongoing odyssey of Qi Lu

    Posted on May 19th, 2018 at 03:56 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Yesterday, Baidu announced that Qi Lu is leaving in July. That’s a tectonic event, from my point of view.

    You may recall that Lu left Microsoft in Sept 2016, under strange circumstances ascribed to a bicycle accident. At the time, he was in charge of Office.

    In Jan 2017, I was shocked to hear that he had become the COO of Baidu, a huge (current market cap $100 billion) Google-like company based in Beijing, with offices all over the world.

    Jordan Novet at CNBC reports:

    Lu said in the [PR] statement that he can no longer work full-time in China for “personal and family reasons” and will spend more time in the U.S. He will retain his role as vice president of Baidu’s board and will focus on research and development, although he won’t be working full-time for Baidu.

    I don’t think there’s any doubt that Lu’s one of the smartest people on the planet. He’s a superstar in applied AI. I also hear that he’s generally well-liked and highly respected.

    Wonder what he’ll be up to next?

  • New post testing forum and topic

    Posted on May 17th, 2018 at 10:50 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Following a great suggestion by @twbartender, I’ve created a new Testing Forum, and a new Test Topic, that you can use to see if your posts are going to look OK.

    There’s a link to the Testing Forum down at the bottom of the Forum list on the right side of the screen.

    And the Test Topic is the first topic in the forum.

    If you aren’t sure about the formatting of what you’re about to post, then post your new Topic in the Testing Forum, or your new reply in the Test Topic, and — if it turns out the way you want — copy the entry over to the “live” forums.

    Note that this is totally self-service. If your post looks good, the monkey’s still on your back to post it where it belongs.

    Anonymous posts are not suitable for the testing topic, as Anonymous posters cannot modify their own posts. Any anonymous test post is subject to trashing without review.

  • Ramadan Mubarak

    Posted on May 16th, 2018 at 20:34 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    To my many Islamic friends, may Allah bless you with health and happiness.

  • There goes another excuse for not backing up

    Posted on May 13th, 2018 at 14:51 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just got a message from Noel Carboni.

    I just ordered another new backup drive from Amazon (via your home page link), a MyBook 8 TB drive.

    The price was decent I think – $169.99. For EIGHT TB. I’ve seen Seagate 8 TB drives for less, but I prefer the Western Digital brand myself.

    I would post this on your site in a post encouraging people to do backups – but I don’t know how to format the link to make sure you get your commission.

    Problem solved. 🙂

    Seriously, this is an amazing price for a very capable piece of hardware. If you aren’t doing backups, you just lost another excuse.

  • Windows and the inexorable downward slide

    Posted on May 9th, 2018 at 05:12 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

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    Horace Dediu (Asymco) has a new blog post that you should read, as we’re shuffling deck chairs and playing “Nearer, My God, to Thee.”

  • Our newest forum: Tech Accessibility

    Posted on May 7th, 2018 at 15:09 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’ve just opened up a new forum that’s long overdue, quite frankly. Tech Accessibility covers topics and concerns about making computers accessible to everyone, everywhere.

    Thanks to @Lori for suggesting it, and @Elly for fleshing it out.

    Join us.

  • Charlie Kindel announced that he’s leaving the Alexa project, and Amazon.

    Posted on April 30th, 2018 at 11:57 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Many of you will remember Kindel as the driving intelligence behind Windows Home Server — a product I loved and used constantly for many years. Even wrote a book about it.

    When he left Microsoft in 2011, he was a GM on the Windows Phone project. Two years later, he landed at Amazon, and the company’s never been the same.

    There’s an announcement on his personal blog that explains:

    I will clean my home office which is a freaking mess and work on car projects. I am hiring a CEDIA-level installer to completely refit my home automation system and I will project manage that. I hope to enjoy the awesome summer we’re about to have in Seattle with my family (both of my adult kids will be living in the Seattle area starting this summer). Professionally, I don’t know what’s next.

    If you didn’t know, his car restoration projects are legendary.

    Can’t wait to see what he does next. I’m sure it’ll be remarkable.