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Microsoft Windows – The La Brea Tar Pit Continues

ImageI‘ve reached my end-of-life for using Microsoft Windows. It’s OK for the many to use this product, but I’ve decided to only support it where required by clients. It’s no longer a part of any of my personal computers. I’ve made the switch to using UBUNTU & Linux Mint and the need for me to use the product is no longer required.

There are some reasons to use Microsoft Windows but for now, I’ll describe a few tips on using this product.

Microsoft added another screen below the Start screen that contains all of your apps. If you’re on a PC, scroll the tile interface to the right and click on the little arrow that pops up.

That list displays all of the apps that come with Windows 8.1, the ones you’ve downloaded from the Windows store, and all of your desktop apps. You can still use the search charm to find your apps as well.

Windows 8.1 provides an option to start out in the previously familiar desktop environment instead of landing on the Start screen when the computer boots up. The setting is not easy to find. Start by switching to desktop mode if you are not already there.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/default.aspxFrom the Win 8.1 desktop, right-click on the taskbar and choose Properties. In the Taskbar and Navigation Properties box that opens, click the Navigation tab. In the options in the “Start screen” area, turn on the checkbox next to “When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start.”

If you want to disable the Windows 8 “charms bar”; the menu that pops into view every time you move the mouse to the upper right corner of the screen; you can turn it off in the “Corner navigation” area. Once you have made your changes to the Taskbar and Navigation Properties box, click Apply and OK.

Microsoft 8 workiing with tiles

The next time you log-in to your computer after a restart, you will begin in desktop mode. If you need to look at the old Start screen, just click the small “Start” button in the bottom left corner of the Taskbar.

There is still the placeholder for Start Menu. If you have 8 installed

check under
C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu


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Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Steve Ballmer is departing as the CEO of Microsoft.

This announcement shouldn’t come as a great shock to anyone in the tech industry. Steve Ballmer is one of the original members of the Microsoft team headed by Bill Gates.  Bill Gates handed over the chief executive title to Ballmer in 2000. There were times afterward where Gates sought to retain his power within the company.

The company hasn’t seen real growth since the departure of Mr. Gates and investors are not bashful in expressing their satisfaction at the announcement of Mr. Ballmer leaving within 12 months. During the time of his tenure, several major business opportunities were lost, including Expedia which started from within the company and was allowed to go out on its own. Apple computer took over the lead in market valuation during his tenure.

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Are U.S. Citizens Losing Their Liberty?

The seal of the U.S. National Security Agency....As we listen, watch and read the news, everywhere we turn we see another story that heightens our concern for the respect of our civil liberties in the United States. So far the negative trend has continued unabated.

  1. We’ve read about the recent revelations of Edward Snowden explaining all telephone and email communications are recorded by the NSA for citizens in the US. [1]
  2. We see US citizens detained indefinitely; imprisoned without trial for years..
  3. Persons homes or business entered, searched and sometimes used by police and military authorities as a base of operations.
  4. Drone aircraft used for domestic surveillance and authorized to shoot to kill under government directive.
  5. GPS data used as part of a surveillance program against US citizens.
  6. More cameras erected in urban areas under the umbrella of improving security and law enforcement efforts.
  7. Military exercises in cities to train for unspecified contingencies.
  8. Police are allowed to take DNA samples of all arrestees on serious crimes, thereby throwing out right of assuming innocence until proven guilty.
  9. Individuals arrested and camera equipment confiscated for taking pictures of police in public.
  10. Federal government can examine the contents of the laptops of US citizens whenever they enter the United States.
  11. Search of individuals before they travel on airlines and in some instances, strip searched or invasive pat downs.
  12. The IRS used as pawns for political purposes in making it difficult on individuals or groups it deems as a threat to established administration power.

You will note that each time an encroachment or violation of our basic constitutional rights occur, there’s always a justification. The traditional media seems to always side with the government.

The Obama administration has another plan for fairness, at least that’s what is described as the core of this new executive directive. The idea is to force communities to accept section 8 housing wherever the federal government decides the neighborhood isn’t appropriately minority blended. Any landlords not willing to go along with this mandate are to be subject to further discrimination investigation. Communities which have accepted subsidized housing grants may lose their funding if they don’t comply once this plan has been implemented. It isn’t written into law as of the time of this post.

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Me showing solidarity after the events of 9/11

Government accountability took a perilous plunge after 9/11; from increased CCTV presence to the government telling you what you can eat or drink and ignoring your privacy on a grand scale. Accountability may be more than the past simply because of technology. All modern democracies seem to be facing the trade-offs between what’s defined as security vs. liberty. There’s still plenty of room for improvement and it’s necessary to stay involved. Make your voice heard while you still can.

[1] The National Security Agency has obtained access to the central servers of nine major Internet companies — including Google, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo! and Facebook. The Guardian and The Washington Post revealed the top-secret program, codenamed PRISM, after they obtained several slides from a 41-page training presentation for senior intelligence analysts. It explains how PRISM allows them to access emails, documents, audio and video chats, photographs, documents and connection logs. ~ Glenn Greenwald: Democracy Now!

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  ~ Yogi Berra