Friday, July 31, 2015

KELLY SUCCESSFULLY DOWNLOADS WINDOWS 10 TO OUR 3 COMPUTERS:))

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OUR RURAL SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO COUNTRY LANDSCAPE…I COUNTED ABOUT 7 BARNS IN THIS ONE PHOTO ALONE

Had figured on waiting awhile before downloading Windows 10 but I guess our curiosity got the best of us & we have Win 10 running on all 3 of our computers now.  Being the sometimes impatient people we can be Kelly decided not to wait in line for Win 10 to come to us so she went hunting for it, spent a lot of time on learning how to jump the wait line & finally figured it out.  Thursday night Pheebs & I slipped out to grab us a few sunset photos & when I came home she had Win 10 in the process of downloading on both our laptops.  This morning she did the desktop so there ya go we are completely Windows 10erized now.  Ok so what are my first impressions……………..

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THURSDAY NIGHT’S BLUE MOON…OK, OK, SO I USED PICASA’S ‘BLUE TINT’ CONTROL:))

Right off the top I’ll tell you I like what I have seen so far & it has a good feel to it.  Reason being is simply that Microsoft did not turn everything upside down in a confusing haphazard manner like they did with past operating systems notably Windows 8 which fortunately we totally missed.  Still has the feel of Windows 7 but with some changes & upgrades.  Slightly different way of closing pages for example.  Before, I was used to going from point A to point B on a certain routine path through the forest.  Points A & B are still there but it’s a slightly different path going from one to the other now.  No big deal & repetition will soon have me in the new groove.  Keep in mind you will probably have to re-do all your log-ins & passwords.  We did.  Disappointed I don’t have my easy to see desktop calendar anymore but I do like the new music volume slider bar better.  Also like how photos are finally displayed on black backgrounds instead of white.  Thank you for that one Microsoft.  Thankfully I’m still able to use my mouse for moving around.  I like that method as opposed to pecking at the screen like a crazed Woodpecker.  And thank you Microsoft for that one too.  There is a slight learning curve for those of us who have maybe not kept up with the new razzle dazzle techno gimmicks but even for me the learning curve is gentle & well thought out to minimize total chaos.  Of course you have to understand Kelly is a big help in easing cranky old me into all this too.  Am liking the music side of Win 10 as well so far.  There’s lots of new stuff to learn & get used to yet but like I said at the beginning I am liking most everything I am seeing & encountering so far. Just a matter of taking the time to click on this & that button to see where it will & won’t take you.  Bravo for ‘keeping it simple’ Microsoft:))

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WHAT DID YOU NOTICE FIRST, THE PINK FLOWER OR THE GREEN FROG

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Now having said all that about Microsoft’s Windows 10 I would be a little remiss if I told you we didn’t run into a few glitches (or as Ivan calls them, hiccups) along the way with the biggest glitch being impatient me when things didn’t seem to go just right fast enough.  Seems to be a small dispute between my Soma FM music player & Win 10 plus Picasa couldn’t get the photos out of my Nikon D90 using my standard photo download cord because Win 10 simply wouldn’t allow Picasa to do it that way.  Had to take photo SD card out of the D90 & go that route.  My cord, Win 10, & Picasa all worked fine together to download photos from my Nikon D40 & older Canon Powershot.  Win 10 scattered the desk top icons on my Toshiba laptop but I was easily able to get them all correctly re-arranged & Kelly is overjoyed that Win 10’s Edge Browser has her Acer computer running fast like new again.  I have to give all the credit to Kelly for setting us up with Windows 10 today & handling the minor glitches as they cropped up including me the major glitch.   And like I’ve said before if it was just me here I’d still be sitting on an old pop crate watching a small black & white TV with rabbit ears……………………….

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I recommend viewing the photos in the slideshow format.  Open the album then double click the first photo.  Screen appears with photo enlarged against a black background.  Move your mouse around a bit & look to the top left corner to where it says ‘Play slide show’.  Click on that & away you go:))

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LOOKS LIKE THE WRIGHT BROTHERS MAY HAVE LANDED IN A CORN FIELD

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NOPE JUST A FARMER OUT SPRAYING HIS CROP

Pheebs & I headed for Walmart about 9, picked up a few things & with our customary coffee & muffin to go headed out for a little gravel run a bit north east of Goderich.  Didn’t go too far & just puttered along slow enjoying Friday mornings warm breeze & sunny skies.  We were home before 11.

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KIND OF A LAZY MORNING AROUND THE OLD SHEEP PEN TODAY

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SOME COUNTRY ROADS ARE JUST A LITTLE COUNTRIER THAN OTHERS

Comment question from SUE asking, ‘Can you talk about how you get those beautiful black backgrounds on your close up flower photos? I love that’…………. Well Sue yes I can & thanks for the compliment.  First, I take many of those photos with my long 300mm telephoto lens & the key to getting that  dark background is looking closely at the area behind the flower you want to photograph.  Could be a couple feet behind or 50 feet behind.  Try to line your flower up with a dark area like a clump of shade or a tree stump.  If you can find a ‘back-lit’ flower with a dark shady background behind it your going to have yourself a nice photo.  I have my camera programmed to slightly under expose anyway so that combined with the camera’s meter reading the bright flower & compensating for that tends to really darken down the background as well as the flower itself bringing out more detail in the flower.  In my Picasa editing program I can make a final adjustment to the exposure if needed either lightning or darkening.  So in a nutshell Sue, wiggle yourself around to get your light flower lined up with a dark background:))

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I HAVE A FEELING THESE CANADA GEESE PROBABLY BUILT THESE STONE INUKSHUKS

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CANADA GOOSE REFLECTIONS

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So far Live Writer & Win 10 have been working fine together as far as I know but we’ll see what happens when I hit the ‘Publish’ button.  Will my imbedded Live Writer album work??

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THURSDAY NIGHT’S RURAL SUNSET…TOOK THIS PHOTO THEN TURNED AROUND & TOOK THE BLUE MOON PHOTO

GROANER’S CORNER:((  A farmer had been taken advantage of several times by the local car dealer. One day, the car dealer informed the farmer that he was coming over to purchase a cow.  The farmer priced his cow as follows:

  • Basic cow........................... 499.95
  • Shipping and handling................ 35.75
  • Extra stomach........................ 79.25
  • Two tone exterior.................... 142.10
  • Produce storage compartment.......... 126.50
  • Heavy duty straw chopper............. 189.60
  • Four spigot/high output drain system. 149.20
  • Automatic fly swatter................ 88.50
  • Genuine cowhide upholstery.......... 179.90
  • Deluxe dual horns.................... 59.25
  • Automatic fertilizer attachment..... 339.40
  • 4 x 4 traction drive assembly....... 884.16
  • Pre-delivery wash and comb.......... 69.80
  • FARMER SUGGESTED LIST PRICE:....... 2843.36
  • Additional dealer adjustments:...... 300.00
    TOTAL LIST PRICE (Including options): $3143.36
  • 13 comments:

    1. My world for an unlimited high speed internet connection. Windows 10 is a no go for us stuck on cellular internet!

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    2. From Charlie of Rolling Earthquake-- Hi Al. Appreciated your review of Win 10 download..I'm like Kelly, couldn't wait so I loaded it yesterday. So far, so good. I'm glad MS dumped win 8. PITA...Enjoy your blog everyday..give the Pheebs a pet from me.

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    3. I had a different experience - I was so excited to install the new version, but quickly found many things that didn't work for me, or changes I couldn't make, and there was nowhere to find answers to my questions. I did learn, however, that we have 30 days to roll it back to our previous OS, and that's what I did. Perfect rollback and re-install, and I'm exactly where I was before the 10 install. I appreciate that option. I'll probably download/install it down the road, but I'll wait for some of the glitches to be worked out and I won't install it again until I see on the forums and comments on websites that people are happy with it. Glad you are enjoying it, though. I love a new program with fun stuff! :)

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    4. Curious to know guys what you are going to do in Congress on limited GBs and Windows 10 automatic updates which eat GBs. At this point in time I understand there is no way to turn off the automatic updates--Windows will not give you that option. I have it set to install on my laptop but not on Mike's. Even one computer updating will put us over our GB cap when in Congress so I'm not sure I will keep Windows 10.

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    5. Great new header photo! You sure picked the right viewpoint for that photo.

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    6. I'm glad you are happy with the new Windows, and the credit no doubt goes to Kelly for making it easy for you. I wouldn't have the patience to deal with Windows any more, and I absolutely can't stand any updates to anything. They change little things that have no intrinsic value but just make things look different enough to satisfy the generations who need constant stimulation.

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    7. With my slow internet I better hold off on 10. Besides, I like 7.

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    8. You're braver than I am. I'm still on Windows 7 with no plans to upgrade. I really don't like that Windows is going to push automatic updates. Still, I'm hearing lots of folks who like it. Maybe one day...
      Nina

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    9. Still no windows for me , love my Mac, no much internet here so the process will be a while.

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    10. Mister Al, I was just reading an interesting article on Microsoft 10. (Full article was sent to your email site )
      I would highly suggest it anybody that is going to use Microsoft read this article before they downloaded 10? it ,,,,,,,,,,, it's downright scary,,,,,,,
      You think you had a little bit of privacy before you go to heck of a lot less now unless you follow terms and condition where you can opt out

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      Using Windows 10? Microsoft Is Watching

      This article was fromNewsweek‎ - 9 hours ago
      Tucked away in Microsoft's terms and conditions is a substantial power grab.

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    11. According to Zach Epstein of BGR News, all of Windows 10’s features that could be considered invasions of privacy are enabled by default. Signing in with your Microsoft email account means Windows is reading your emails, contacts and calendar data. The new Edge browser serves you personalized ads. Solitaire now comes with ads. Using Cortana – the voice-driven assistant that represents Redmond’s answer to Apple’s Siri – reportedly “plays fast and loose with your data.”

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