USB 3.0 and ReadyBoost

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USB Stick as Windows RAM – ReadyBoost

Windows starting with Vista (an OS I skipped to go to the much better Win7) can use a USB memory stick as RAM.

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Get a Fast USB stick/drive

If you do that then find a fast one:

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Read More on ReadyBoost

The following articles will clarify more about what performance improvements to expect:

Hope this helps you eek more performance and run large programs.

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Notes

I run Windows on my MacBook Pro Retina so its an easy way to give my Windows 7/10 more RAM.

Here is to Fast Windows Computing! Kampai! – Chaz

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Pure Bluetooth mice are hard to find

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Bluetooth Mice – C’mon C’mon

Bluetooth has been around for over a decade. Yet 99% of the mice on the market need USB dongles. Foolish manufacturers make hundreds of non-bluetooth mice.

 

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Why is Bluetooth so important?

A few reasons

  • Those of us lucky enough to have high end laptops and travel with several devices may run out of USB ports and don’t want to have to carry a hub. My MBPro Retina only has 2 USB ports and when I travel I use both before a mouse enters the picture
  • USB ports share bandwidth – a mouse and other USB devices slow down data transfer on USB attached storage
  •  I don’t like dongles. I switch my mice between several machines and tend to lose them.

 

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Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse – Good, Bad, Ugly

Microsoft to it’s credit makes a BT mouse or 2. Of course it makes several dozen (in fact 100+) USB dongle mice. Tsk Tsk. Mac makes Bluetooth only mice and bundles with their hardware but I am not an Apple mouse fan. I use anything but an Apple mouse on my Mac. But it is not without its problems that I hope are fixed in next version:

  • It is big and bulky compared to every other MS Mouse. Anyone coming from a standard size mouse will be uncomfortable for a few days.
  • Right click just does not work sometimes.
  • To save battery it disconnects when idle. Sometimes it never re-connects.
  • It does not do sideways scroll on the scroll wheel.

Yet to Microsoft’s credit it is a pretty mouse I use everyday on my Mac – because every other MFR but Apple has few pure bluetooth meeses.

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Microsoft Fails

MS made a few mistakes in the mouse and software stack

  • Desktop motherboards don’t have Bluetooth. Ouch. MS and Intel its the 20th century.
  • Of their 100+ Mice almost none do bluetooth, and none do sideways scroll wheels
  • Most of their mice don’t do multi-touch…

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Hedy Lamarr and Bluetooth

This beautiful starlet was brainy too!

 

If you know of good Bluetooth only mice let me know

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Windows UI Fails: Dissecting Upload dialog box

File Upload Dialog Box in Windows

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This is a very common task. It affects so many people it should be right. The internet and cloud we are always uploading files, so our perception of Windows is resting on this among other things. They have APIs for this dialog and they have updated and tweaked these APIs with little regard to end users and maximum regard to programmers.

This box appears on:

  • Every Web Site that has a default upload (Facebook, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.)
  • so many places that it really deserves to be a first class experience.

Those who say we give them an API. it’s the application programmer’s fault we have several answers:

  • This dialog box comes in all browsers YOU WROTE THIS MS
  • You strong arm programmers all the time about APIs and break them, and ditch them and change them. But suddenly now you can’t to help your customers?

I know whose fault this is not. It is not the User’s fault. They have every right to expect a big successful product that cost them money with expensive upgrades to be easy to use.

Windows 30+ years to get it right… Still waiting…

Windows has been around a while 1, 2, 3, 3.1, 95, 98, ME, NT 4, 2000, XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 8.1, Win 10 they have had plenty of time to get this right.

We have paid and paid and paid and paid (and our bosses paid, and our PC manufacturers paid) premium prices for our OS. Money was paid for premium support and per incident support. Bosses paid for annual software subscriptions even when no new OS releases were happening for years. OSes are free now in post PC world from Apple, Google, Amazon, etc. and you still have the gall to consider charging XP and Vista and Win 7 users for Wins 8.x and Windows 10. Wow! Really.

Really Microsoft? Really?

And your OS is full of dialog boxes like this for core features and enough UI Gaffes whole books can be written about it. Yet boo hoo, nobody trusts you and nobody wants to buy your OS and hardware any more.

If your primary strategy for keeping customers is

  • Stockholm Syndrome
  • We know more than the users
  • paid support and demanding the users file reports you ignore and close for years without fixing…

Maybe you should reconsider your business model. Or just accept that you created the post-PC era by consumer computing neglect, so the consumer mistrust of you and trust of others is your own fricking fault for inability to take consumer computing seriously for decades.

Windows 10 does not fix that

We pay a fortune in Windows license fee around the world. So does Dell, HP, Cmpaq, etc. on tour behalf because they pay a lot for our license to bundle it with our computer. They sure are not spending our money on perfecting Windows.

Sigh maybe by Windows 20 and another decade of upgrade fees and subscription

Uploading a file in Windows (in this case a graphic)

Here is the upload dialog.

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Let me list the flaws:

  • The preview can only be resized / split by grabbing a tiny 1 pixel strip to the left of the scroll bar. WTF with that much screen real estate and a huge monitor??!!
  • No maximize button.
  • Preview Tile is irrelevant when you have an extra large icon option.
  • Most of the time when I go to select the icon size it looks like I switch to another app entirely till I select it the upload Window actually looses focus.
  • Text Search does not work on Filenames or Folder when I am in DropBox or Google Drive (which can be done easily technically Mac Spotlight Search does it as does Void Everything Search a freebie for Windows)
  • Filename on status bar does not wrap when extra long (not surprising since Windows support for long path and filenames is still broken at many levels)
  • Filename is in TINY PRINT what is this a phone instead of a 2-5 million pixel monitor?
  • Button names like Open and Cancel are very ambiguous and not user friendly. They should be labelled by “application context” i.e. “upload pic to Facebook” and “cancel FB pic upload” plenty of room to label it we have 1920 x 1080 and larger monitors.
  • Print for all filenames captioning files is so small, illegible font, and NOT scalable. Do you just hate older users? They are the ones most likely to be using Windows instead of some post-PC solution. Have you just never seen a Mac Retina display? Have you never learned that responsive design is not just for the Web and post-PC devices.
  •  Drag and Drop folders works but no undo or confirmation. So anyone with no co-ordination could accidentally drop a directory somewhere they could never find it again.
  • I can rename a file with F2 or right click and choose rename. But if I rename and then select it and click “Open” it gives an error message about the old filename and I have to select it again.
  • If I right click a file there is a copy and move option. Neither offers a directory picker which means either opening a new window for drag or drop, or navigating to new place and then losing the original folder context.
  • Title is NOTHING which is ambiguous. What app/location/context are we uploading this too?
  • No check boxes for multiple selections. This is not Windows 3.x no one should have to learn about Ctrl and Shift and hold keys down.
  • No icons for select all or filtering to select a group.

What they got right on Upload

Its a short list unfortunately:

  • The icon sizes including extra large are nice. It never remembers it consistently so you will be constantly choosing “Extra Large” so many times if you upload a few dozen files.
  • The “Recent Places” is a godsend. Wish it noticed every interaction and added every folder instead of just most of them.
  • Nice they stole the ability to add shortcuts to the left from the Mac. Also very nice.

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Get it right Microsoft!

Or

  • Don’t complain when Android, Mac, iOS becomes beloved because they are releasing fixes for their UIs several times a year and listening to customers and they are releasing their OS upgrades free. You have been charging hundreds of $$$ each for OS upgrades since Windows 1.0 and there has been Win 1, 2, 3, 3.1, 95, 98, Vista, 2000, XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, and Win 8.1. We paid you thousands of $$$ to get this OS right, as did our corporate bosses.
  • Microsoft Bloggers, quit writing blog posts about the imperfections of your competitors you need to enter the market to offer an alternative for.
  • Microsoft Bloggers, quit writing about platform fragmentation on iOS and Android unless you have 100% of PCs running Win Latest (8.1 at moment) you are typically at 20% adoption or less of a new OS the first few years of its release. Android and iOS have that beat by a wide margin.

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You had one job in 30 years!

Game Review – some new discoveries

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4 New/Old Awesome Games

Its one of the few things my 76 year old Mom, Girlfriend and teen kids and 20 something nieces and nephews can do together.

I run some game meetups if you want to ever join me to play @
http://www.meetup.com/Game-Knights-Maryland/

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Some Games I have enjoyed playing lately….

  • Splendor – wow! A favorite among all my gamer friends. Simple rules. Fast turns.  Great look and feel. Lots of strategy and opponent watching.
  • Compounded – Amazing game visually and strategy wise. A real blast.
  • King of The Elves – A card game that is quite challenging and fun.
  • Outpost – A Eurogame that is a blast with a lot of people.
http://www.amazon.com/Asmodee-SCSPL01-Splendor-Board-Game/dp/B00IZEUFIA/
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  • 2-5 players!
  • Really easy
http://www.amazon.com/Stronghold-Games-2003SG-Outpost/dp/B005J2RYZS/outpost

  • A Blast with many players!
  • Medium complexity (not as hard as Power Grid)
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dicehateme/compounded-better-gaming-through-chemistry/postscompounded-plus-geiger

  • Not super easy. Not super hard.
  • Fun with 2-5 players!
  • Drop dead gorgeous!
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  • Easy to learn
  • Fun with 3 or more players

 

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What else do you play?

The short answer is a lot. Keep your eyes on 3 places to read more:

Have Fun gaming – Let me know if you play these and like or hate them
– Charles Carroll!

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Windows Search is Broken! Here is the FIX!

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Fixing Windows Search

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Why is it Broken?

Windows Desktop Search is a memory hog, a disk hog and a CPU Hog! Its not that fast and ignores attached cloud storage (like Google drive and DropBox).

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What can I use instead?

http://www.voidtools.com/
is awesome and is FREE.

Install this and uninstall Windows Desktop Search to speed up your computer.

Why MS did not fire the Desktop Search Team when they saw this and just replace it with this and hire the talent…. Just quit giving a damn and quit holding themselves to the high standards Gates set in the 90s.

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How can I disable search to speed up my PC again and regain disk space?

Here are the details by each Windows type:

Hope this makes a big difference for you!
Charles Carroll!

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Want to meet/find other programmers in DC Metro Area? Want to learn?

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DC, MD, VA, Baltimore Coder Community

Recruiters often call me to find programmers. I suggest they visit User Groups and Code Camps. Those place- are a great place to:

  • find qualified job hunters
  • hear great speeches and learn on technical topics
  • meet recruiters who show up to network

So

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These places are recruiter heaven and heaven for programmers who want to learn their craft even better!

A List of Coder Meetings/Events

I will update these as people tell me about ones I forgot!

The Places to find many more meetings!

 

  • A pretty cool way to find a lot of user groups and meetings @ http://www.communitymegaphone.com/
  • Meetup.com has them all. Programming, Book clubs, Movie meetups, Comics, Crochet, Zumba, Yoga, etc. if people get together it is going down there.
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  • EventBrite.com is also a good spot I have not explored much but will be.
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These are the 3 I know of please let me know about more so I can add.

 

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Discussion Groups to find out more, post jobs, post your availability, etc.

There are email groups and web sites you can join to learn more and find other programmers

 

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Tell us about other groups to put on this Blog!

I will add them promptly. There are several ways to tell us:

Good Luck to recruiters and job hunters and learners using these resources!

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from Charles Carroll, Programmer, Software Architect, Teacher, Writer, Community Leader

 

 

iPad MS-Office – Crippleware & NOT FREE :(

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Microsoft twists the meaning of FREE again

Office for iPad unlike many cloud solutions that are actually FREE and full featured is crippled in some key ways.

As a loyal Windows and Office purchaser since 1.0 I am not a freeloader. Just letting people know it is FREEMIUM not Free, so if they see competing FREE software (of which there are many in the Cloud Office space) they know they are not comparing Apples and Oranges.

But I expect FreeWare, Jr, Software, Limited Feature or Freemium to be labeled correctly by a big company like MS – surely they have lawyers who should be tolling them misrepresentation is risky with pockets as deep as theirs.

Yes premium features will be the Gotcha.

The history of Windows and Windows server is littered with free crippled things that once you get serious you realize you need a better license. And then MS or people say “You did not expect us to give away everything?”. Actually if you say something is FREE for a certain class of customer, or in certain usage situation it should be feature complete, or it’s not FREE. Its crippled.

I used free Windows Server for a personal project. I bought the awesome O’Reilly Windows Server Cookbook on scripting, and none of the scripts would run. Once I asked around and Googled I found out it was because they removed many core ADSI scripting objects in the free server.

What Others Have to Say Besides Me to Inform Your Choice

Plenty of others have wrote well about what you get for FREE and what will cost you, here are some of my favorite articles:

[Note: I will be updating this list of links frequently as new insightful reviews hit the web].

Even the Paid Stuff From Microsoft is Incomplete These Days

I paid for an Office 365 2 years ago, since I paid I expectd my Word and Excel to be feature complete. I expected the Office 365 I paid for to be fully internationalized since my children who use that PC sometimes are bilingual like my children. I did not expect to have to pay more to type text into my Office 365. Particularly since the Japanese IME is built into Window and works with Wordpad, Google Docs, Zoho, etc. its an example of me paying for software worse than the FREE equivalents. And not even good warnings – I had to Google to see why Japanese input was broken in my paid Office 365 – no error messages or warning when I tried to use it in Office 365.

Sometimes the FREE thing is the most expensive

The Japanese say “sometimes a FREE thing is the most expensive”. I think if you want certain features the competitors will always be cheaper and better, easier to use and the features more robust when every level of user can access them. Less people pay premium fees or for Feature packs so less testing and believe it or not MS has less interest in fixing FREE stuff, even when Premium or Feature Pack customers are involved.

Microsoft is lying when labeling FREEMIUM stuff as FREE – gaining the prestige from naive customers who use other excellent FREE products without being extorted to upgrade for basic functionality.

Blame the Consumer – How dare they expect FREE stuff from us?

Those who who would call me a complainer because I want something for FREE or want advanced capability is not fair. I buy a lot of software (I do not pirate), and have bought a lot of Microsoft and other software. Quite often the things I get for FREE turn out so useful I buy them out of gratitude, not because I am extorted to do so. XMind has a very capable free version as does ClipMate. I bought them because the FREE ones are so useful I felt gratitude towards the developer – not because an essential feature was hidden behind a “pay wall”.

A lot of the Must Have Products for Windows Power Users @ http://techsuperheroes.com/?p=278 I love have FREE versions. Yet in many cases after falling in love with the FREE versions I upgraded to paid ones out of gratitude not to get any features.

There are FREE and cheap Cloud and App and Desktop Offices out there

I use quite a few with great success:

  • Google Apps in the cloud.
  • Zoho.com has an amazing suite of Office products that run in the browser/cloud – the free version is very capable.
  • On the desktop Libre Office and Open Office. I use a paid Open Office variation called Neo Office that cost me $10 on the Mac.
  • on the iPad Pages and Numbers and KeyNote [very different UI from Office but fairly easy and powerful]. KeyNote is much better than the free PowerPoint for iPad.
  • Docs to Go on iPad and Android.

Bottom line: If you are not trying some great new Office software by Microsoft competitors you are missing a treat – many have better UIs and a much cheaper TCO (total cost of ownership). Paying for and updating MS software over the years can get expensive.

But But But they don’t do everything MS-Office does

That is the trap I fell into. These days I use MS-Office when I need a high end feature, and many other things that all write MS-Office files fine when I don’t need these features. I used ot passionaetly argue the “party line” with others – if you use a lesser product and they don’t have a edge case or high end feature you need well you are doomed with your choice.

They could have easily answered – “well THAT document I will use MS-Office for and keep most other simpler documents in easier FREE or cheaper products” Many of these products are easier, friendlier and better designed competitors. And very low total cost of ownership or FREE.

Sometimes you need a hammer, not a sledgehammer, electric impact hammer, or jackhammer. Using a Swiss Army knife when you need just one of it’s features is often using an inferior tool (the stand alone tools have better handles than on a Swiss Army knife). But MS changes the conversation “that way” when people think of using a competitor because they fear that scenario. I maintain a couple hundred documents ad some core business documents with FREE and Cheap Office software. And a few dozen with MS-Office when I need the high end features – SmartArt (great feature), Label Sheet printing, book document features (indexes, TOCS, references). I use other easier friendlier tools when I don’t need all that and save to Word if others need to see it.

And I don’t get “locked in” to knowing only Microsoft products, and have blinders on about the great products others are inventing. I discover some delightful friendlier, easier Office software. After some initial learning curve I found my productivity higher due to innovation and focus on ease of use many of these have.

MS could offer FREE for past office customers
They have tons of past and current customers money to do so

There are companies that offer FREE software subsidized by their paid software, and MS has plenty of budget to do that. They paid several billion for Skype and it is FREE and labelled as such. And is hardly crippled. One only pays to contact landlines. No features are missing – I can type non-English languages in the chat, etc. so they know how to offer TRULY FREE STUFF AND DO.
I would be fine if they labelled it as Freemium.

Free means FREE. Freemium is a correct designation for what they offer. The commercial Office 365 is incomplete and crippled as sold. Bilingual people with non-Latin alphabets are not mutants. I should have to pay again on top of my paid Offie 365 level for a “feature pack” unless it is labelled as such – i.e. Office 365 Jr, Office 365 Gold-Silver-Platinum, etc.

A company with double digit billions in cash can give away a premium office to keep us locked into their file formats and because it inter-operates well with other products they sell or just as advertising to keep mind share, or “dumping” to hurt Cloud upstarts like Google and the like.

FREE does not equal Freemium

I paid a fortune for several versions of Office and Windows and we collectively contributed a lot to these profits.

It should be labelled as Office Jr, Office Gold-Silver-Platinum

Otherwise running a huge “we are FREE” campaign is disingenuous.

Some of us paid a lot for every Office since 1.0 suddenly trying to shame us as cheap skates is not OK. And we deserve better features than iPad users trying Office with no history of buying it before.

Those of us who bought many offices deserve a better office than the newbies – be it free service packs, etc. or you are treating new customers better than loyal ones. I think customers with prior versions of Office (heck even current versions on Windows) don’t deserve the same “feature paywall” everyone trying iPad Office FREE has to deal with.

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DRAFT – Why I am blown away by my Mac, and NOT a fanboy

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Mac Advantages / Transition for a Windows User

Quite a few
  • Lower TCO
  • higher security, much higher
  • higher resale value

25+ years of Windows use and upgrades and STILL using it

I have used Windows since 1.0. I test new versions of Windows – I run it and support it on a few dozen machines. I know it well, check out
I am a Mac user and a heavy Windows user and an Android user and an iOS user and a casual Linux user.

Fanboy Accusations are Nonsense

A lame attempt at “Mac Shaming” 😀 I guess people got tired of “rape victim shaming”, “native American shaming” (they were all warlike savages, but Brits were colonizing China and India with hugs and chocolate) so now its “Platform shaming”.
On forums whenever someone praises an Apple device or OS someone tries to destroy their credibility by calling him or her a Fanboi. I have a big problem like that because it is textbook projection usually being stated by Windows Fanboy, Android Fanboy, Linux Fanboy.
First lets define what a Fanboy is. At it’s heart its the embodiment of “confirmation bias” i.e.
and the ONLY way I trust a review of any product to not have Fanboy tint is from someone who has massive time in with both devices/software/platforms. If someone owns a Mac and rarely uses a PC/Windows machine I will not trust their review of latter and vice versa. Same for Android and iPhones. Same for Linux and Mac, Or Linux and Windows. I would even go further and say they should use each device for the same tasks to have a credible opinion.
There are plenty of Windows and Android and Linux fanboys. Big whoop its called ‘confirmation bias’. I switched to Apple 2.5 years ago after over 30 years of Windows (20+ computers I owned) and using 4 Android phones and 2 tablets since Android 1.x and once I switched I found all my beliefs about Apple were flat out wrong and based on confirmation bias.
Some of my fave Fanboy articles

Daily Reasons I am impressed with Mac OS X

Well for starters my MacBook Pro not only runs a Mac OS X which has:
  • much better 2 monitor support for my programming and productivity. Best part when I unplug a 2nd or 3rd monitor all my Windows switch over to 1st monitor.
  • A free non-crippled IDE (XCode) to create apps (whereas paid VStudio is a necessity to build Win Apps).
  • My MacBook can run Linux apps. My PC cannot except in a VM.
  • It can dual boot Windows (or run simultaneously with Parallels). Because Apple takes the device drivers for its hardware more seriously than Dell and HP the 10% of the time I do run Windows on it, it has none of the device driver glitches I encountered in most of my 20+ Windows installations on 20 pieces of approved Windows hardware.
  • It has an app store for Desktop Apps whereas Windows does not. The Windows app store is for Metro apps only, they have no desktop app store.
  • Only 110 viruses to worry all of which the current OS protect against. I still have to clean family and friends Win 7 and Win 8s given how weak the OS security is and MS ‘blames the user ‘ while claiming great security. The 14 Windows 7 and 8 machines I cleaned this year beg to differ with that and the 100s more I read about in groups.
  • Apps are cheap and powerful,
  • Built-in OS apps are friendly and powerful not throw away.
  • Printers, Bluetooth devices and USB drives install in seconds without taking minutes of “detecting device” and “insert CD” that Windows 7 and 8 still do on just mundane devices.

The Hardware and The Accessories

  • I learn tons from MacLife and MacWorld magazine about how to use my Mac for awesome things with apps. My Windows magazines are about registry and tweaks and protecting myself more because the OS is not with little emphasis on productivity apps.
  • I use Dvorak on Windows and Linux – KBCovers.com meant I don’t have to use an external keyboard for my laptop if I want labels. For me this is a godsend!

I was/am a Microsoft Fanboy!

I have owned well over a dozen very high end PCs, and made offices I consulted at buy several hundred more. I was always too snobbish to buy a Mac and always had an excuse. I believed the Microsoft FUD since Window 1.0/DOS 1.0 hook line and sinker.

I put it off forever but when I bought my Macbook Retina Pro it was great value for money compared to PC and so much faster. TCO is way lower – I spend no time on troubleshooting tasks that ate up so much time on PC and backups are reliable and Apple Care is higher value than Dell/HP Premium support and if you never use it – they refund it I am not kidding Apple TV airplay support and iCloud and Time Machine = priceless. Since it has 5 million + pixels and very fast SSD disk, graphics cards, and Thunderbolt and USB 3 ports it is better value than any high end Windows laptop I have owned. I never am buying a Windows machine again for family – its worth the extra. Too many hard disk crashes on PCs over the years and backup is not reliable whereas Time Machine is reliable, gives past version of files too, and easy and FREE (and WinClone to back up BootCamp and re-size Win partiition is $20). 2+ years with no security breaches is fab too – I got attacked constantly under Windows and I defended myself but most lose that war and I end up fixing.

2+ years with my first Mac has been a dream. And I just like Mac OS X – after using Windows since 1.0 its nice to use something more thoughtful and better looking and reliable in so many subtle and practical ways.

Apple treats their customers so well – Apple Care and free/useful cheap OS upgrades and unbelievable iCloud backup and Time Machine magic. The fastest most stable Windows machine I ever used is my MacBook Pro Retina. It runs Windows 7 so well and bug free (Boot Camp/Parallel drivers are glitch free unlike the HP and Dell hardware and other vendors I have used). I only buy Apple Hardware for family and clients now – support is so much better than HP and Dell Premium support and HW is so much lighter and reliable and fast.

The Hardware compared to Windows

  • 5 megapixel + resolution
  • Apple TV integration
  • fast off/on of Lid close
  • long power cord+small brick
  • lightness and thin hardware

is amazing. To be fair the Surface 3 gets closer to the Mac hardware as do many very light convertibles from Asus and Lenovo. But the overall experience is marred by some ugly things:

  • Windows 8.x and Windows 10 compared to Mac OS is substandard on deep technical levels and every superficial level.
  • Speed is worse

Surface 3 has come a long way baby but every level of Mac blows it away.

The Overall Experience compared to Windows

I love that Mac OS X you can reboot and it re-opens all apps/browser tabs, etc. it even did so after Mavericks upgrade all apps re-opened perfectly.

I hated to drag my HP laptops across the room because of weight,thickness, and huge power brick.

Plus KbCovers.com keeps my keys so pristine and in my case gives me nice Dvorak labels.

Parallels and BootCamp using the exact same partition (so changes in either environment is consistent) is even more amazing. No more looking up KB articles, downloading drivers, or just allowing errors that crop up to continue because the KBs and HotFixes don’t work (“ahem “delayed write” and hundreds of other Windows errors). Its a breath of fresh air to compute for 2+ years with no major errors, and hardly any minor errors.

I regret I waited till 2 years ago to buy my first Apple Computer. In the meantime the last 2 weeks I am fixing 3 Windows 7 computers for friends and dad who were badly hosed by every kind of malware in universe. All of which could be stopped if Ms had WebService based install black lists since these bad programs were all known entities – there is no excuse that Windows installed them.

 

Not a Typical Mac User

I am not a typical Mac user. I hardly use my Apple devices in lazy ways, or with little computer knowledge. I do some god awful complex tasks with them that would be impossible or 10 x harder on lesser Windows or Android or Linux devices.
How it works with my iPhone and Android Phone
BTW I use my phones a LOT and downloading 100+ apps on my Android or iPhone the first week – I am a very heavy smart phone user.
As for Android phone
  • I reboot my 4 Androids I own a few times a month (sometimes on bad days 2-3 times a day)
  • Apps hang and crash routinely
  • because it becomes so slow it won’t let me answer a phone call or skype or the GPS location features freeze.
  • And compared to iOS it takes numerous clicks (4-12 to do what I do in 3 or less with iOS)
  • It has 1/1000th the apps. Apps I love on iOS don’t exist on Android.

As for my iPhone and Android…

  • I reboot the iPhone once a month on worst month.
  • The screen was too small on my 5c I was spoiled by Galaxy Notes so I awaited the 6+ to make it my main phone because Apple will have realized screen size does matter.

Apple TV – a killer differentiator

Apple TV is an awesome streaming TV solution (I have reviewed them all)
  • has great wireless support and great features to be my second or third monitor or show my screen to family or students without HDMI cables. AirPlay for Mac.
  • AirParrot for my dual booting Windows 7. Windows has no such gizmo except Chromecast which is severely limited – I own it.
  • has amazing sound quality even on lousy TV speakers, and really good picture quality.

That being said for App Quantity (not Quality) I use my Roku HD – Apple TV is ahead on app quality but lack of store (which Roku has) and some other things Roku has edge for everything but Airplay and sound quality for music and noticeably better picture quality for video. So Apple TV is their weakest product, I am not such a ‘fanboy’ as you call it to not know their flaws.

Called a h8r on every platform

I am called a h8r or FanBoy on all platforms ironically

  • I mention flaws I find in iPhones, Macs or iPads and people call me a “windows lover’ or ‘Android lover’ hardly a fan boy.
  • But in Apple the flaws I complain about get fixed in later OSes.
  • Win 8 so many things not fixed and I have been using since Win 1.0 and DOS 1.0 and things just remain unfixed.

Mountain Lions, Mavericks, iOS 6-8 fixed what I needed and added so much more that Windows and Androids have never had and probably never will.

I run Windows on my Mac all the Time

Summarizing my preference for booting into Mac OS X instead of Windows!
Apple makes great Phones, Tablets, Desktops and Laptops and a streaming TV box. The majority of Windows laptops and desktops are just worse hardware and a worse OS.
The only thing Apple does not have great device for is E-Reading with E-Ink i.e. the Kindle Paper White.
I use 4+ Apple devices as of 2.5 years ago after years of only using Windows and Android devices. I quit drinking the koolaid that ‘Apple devices were inferior and closed compared to Open Windows and Android’ bs once I experienced the power and elegance and speed and safety of Apple products every day.

What about Cloud computing?

Browser based apps are why I bought a Chromebook as my next PC with 1920 x 1080 resolution. But Desktops still can do many things the cloud cannot particularly for Developers like me (Cloud IDEs are very young), and me and others rely on  hundreds of apps that don’t have cloud counterparts yet. So I will at times use my ChromeBook to TeamViewer into my Win machines, Linux machines, Mac Machines to run Desktop apps and Corporate Apps not available in cloud, or the Cloud versions are too far behind feature and power wise. I embrace cloud apps but they are a bit young. Zoho.com is a real favorite and iCloud is way ahead of Android and Windows cloud. And Amazon’s server cloud and dev stack way ahead of Azure.

If its all cloud why do I need a Laptop?

If all our apps on our intranet (+-80,000pc) are browser based, why would I need a Windows machine?
They are built on Desktop and Laptops. Development tools to build cloud apps (Vstudio, Eclipse, Xcode, PhoneBase, SQL Server, Oracle, etc.) are all built on Laptops and Desktops by Developers with Desktop Apps. So without Laptops or Desktop Development Apps you would have no Intranet apps that people like me build. I look forward to the day that all development is based in browsers (IDEs, DBMS front ends, etc.) but we are a few years from that now.

Should YOUR NEXT PC be a Mac?

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Who should not get a Mac?

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Hope this post opened your Mind

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Chess Variant: The Walking Dead

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Walking Dead: Zombie Chess Variant

invented by Charles Carroll, September 2014

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Pawns become Zombies

  • Pawns that die get replaced immediately. The replacements can be placed anywhere on on first 3 rows of original player’s side of board.
  • Pawns can never capture other pawns.
  • Pawns do not promote.
  • If several pawns can capture in a turn they can and must all do so. Capture sequence is from left to right.
  • Pawns move and capture as Kings. Pawn captures are mandatory.
  • Pawns can capture diagonally multiple times if the captures are contiguous, like in checkers.
  • If a diagonal capture would eliminate multiple pieces including your own pieces, the capture is mandatory.

No other changes to the game.

notes

Notes

Testing has shown the following:

  • This will really slow down a 4 player Chess game or a 6 player Chess game.
  • Pawns are much deadlier than you can imagine in this context.

Enjoy this variant!