Aug 4 – The jury is still out. On Windows 10.
Like probably most Windows 8 users, Big Brother Bill anchored an icon on my task bar getting me to reserve my “free” copy of Windows 10 when it was released and then sticking an annoying message box on my screen when it was released pushing me to install it.
That was another one of those things that occupied me over the weekend. I was a bit leery of this event so I had everything backed up (more than usual as I figured my notebook upgrade would be more than a little challenging. With wireless networking, it’s USB 3 port powering my Toshiba port replicator with external video and sound, three external drives plus a 9 port USB 3.0 hub plus wireless keyboard and mouse, my Fitbit plug-in and two printers, I thought it might be a bit much for an auto update to chew on.
I must say that while it took quite a while to work through the process, well over an hour and a half, it did go through seamlessly and brought everything back up under the new operating system.
There are definitely a few extra bells and whistles and some major changes (mostly improvements), so it will take a while for me to really decide if it is “better” overall. At this point, W10 is still catching on to some of my apps as they seem to have to do a little negotiation on first start-up which makes things seem slower. Some of my auto-launch attributes don’t seem to have kicked in yet (e.g., Torrent Pro does not autostart on a download Magnet trigger) but that may just need some time and potential associations to fix.
W 10 also comes with some new apps that it want you to use as your new default for certain applications. Notable here is their proposed replacement for MS Explorer – “MS Edge”. I have it running and it seems to have a lot of extra “features” that may or may not be useful but it seems a bit unfinished as it does not do some of the things I did seamlessly on IE.
Some of the other apps may seem better but I have not found some info pieces that I am used to – like easy file ID in their new Picture viewer.
It looks like MS has taken Windows 7 and 8 and created W 10 as a bit of a merger with things like the start menu and application bars.
As I said, not sure of my rating yet but it is likely one of those “suck it up, ‘cause you can’t go back” situations. So, while at the moment, it seems a little slower, everything seems to work so far (although I have had a couple lock-ups) and I may just need to get used to it.
Blue Jays – Trust the Jays to have to go raiding my Tigers to get a good pitcher. They put off starting David Price until Monday and it turned out well. Dickey got the win on Sunday in quite the game and Price pitched a dandy on Monday for the win and to mark his territory with the club.
Interesting that Detroit gave Norris (one of the traded Jays LHPs) and he pitched very well for a win for the Tigers. May be a win / win on that deal – especially for my tigers if Norris pans out long term. Time will tell.
Happy birthday Shaun – had a nice gathering of the Oakville Moorehead clan yesterday. All the adults except me got to sit and chat with the beverage of their choice. I got to BBQ and look after the GKs out in my dining shelter (it did not blow away or wash out) We had a good time blowing bubbles, stomping on them and then regrouping after dinner for outdoor, homemade cherry popsicles – or at least they had popsicles – none for me.
What’s wrong with this picture? Maybe next year they will let me join the “Big People”.
MLB blows it! – MLB has handed Sanchez a three game suspension for his role in hitting the Royal’s Escobar in Sunday’s game. While not a rabid Jays fan, it seems to me that this is so far off base to be laughable and makes MLB look clueless in what seems a “blind” support of the umpires in what was a horribly umpired ball game. I watched it and I do not think there is any way Sanchez hit this guy on purpose – and, he hit him in the leg! Anyone with a basic understanding of the game would give Sanchez the benefit of the doubt for hitting a guy in the leg in a close and important game when holding the lead in the late innings. Why put a weaker hitter on board to give the heart of the order a free base runner. If you were going to retaliate and plunk someone, get a couple of outs and then plink one of the big guns. Besides that how do you toss Sanchez for this in the first place when you let the KC guys get away with their intimidation pitches. No wonder the KC Manager thought the umpires called a great game!
Three games for a starter means nothing as they would be served between starts with no harm / no foul, but if you are coming out of the pen it takes you off the table. Jays are appealing, but win or lose this was another bad call layered on a bunch of other ones.