Wednesday, June 15


Adventures In Windows 10 Land

I upgraded Chika (my ultrabook) to Windows 10 yesterday.  Azusa, my full-size notebook, already got Windows 10, but I did that as a clean install.

It...  Works.  Even Start 8 works, and that's a specifically Windows 8 only application.

You do need to go through and turn off all the default-on spy options but one.  The one to leave on is checking web pages against malware lists, but that only matters if you use Internet Explorer or the new Edge browser.

Meanwhile, Microsoft announced two new Xboxen, a little one which is the current Xbox One shrunk down and ships in August, and a new model which is a half-generation upgrade with four to five times the graphics horsepower - up from about 1.3 teraflops to 6 teraflops, due next year.  The original Xbox One has problems running some games smoothly at 60 frames per second.  The 2017 model should have no such issues.

If you want the same thing right now, just upgrade to Windows 10 (free) and get an AMD RX 480 (coming at the end of this month for around $199).

That just leaves Kei, my main desktop, which I shall remedy... Now.

Well, not now now, it takes ages to download.  But it's on its way.   

On all three I've installed StarDock's Object Desktop, which turns Windows 8 or 10 into a nicer version of Windows 7.  Or if you're feeling perverse, of MacOS or even BeOS. 

Tip: Just buy Start 10, which is $5.  On checkout, you'll get an offer for a 60% discount for the complete Object Desktop suite, which takes it down to $20.

Update: Kei is tenified.  I have one cheap netbooky thing around somewhere running Windows 8, and one survivor from ~2008 running Vista, but everything else is now well and truly sorted out.

Update: Except that suddenly I can't commit to Git.  Which puts just a teensy cramp in my workflow, since that's where all my work is.  It seems that Windows 8 can run a 64-bit executable from a 32-bit one, but Windows 10 doesn't, so I needed to install a 32-bit copy of Git to match the 32-bit version of Java that JetBrains ship with PyCharm.

Which is easy enough, except that all you get when this happens is the error "Resource temporarily unavailable" and a stack trace.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 09:15 PM | Comments (7) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 Where are the "spy options"?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Wednesday, June 29 2016 11:02 AM (+rSRq)

2 Never mind.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Wednesday, June 29 2016 12:25 PM (+rSRq)


I don't know if you still consider IE to be worth supporting.

The "add link" tool doesn't work in IE under Win 10-64. At least it didn't work for me. I switched over to Firefox and it worked fine there.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Thursday, June 30 2016 09:33 AM (+rSRq)

4 Yes, still lots of people using IE.  I'll take a look at that.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, June 30 2016 01:27 PM (PiXy!)

5 Any hope of reviewing Minx support for commenting/posting through mobile browsers? Trying to get an embedded link to work through Firefox mobile is like playing wack-a-mole looking through a straw.

Posted by: Will at Friday, July 01 2016 01:30 AM (i0T0B)

6  IE11 throws a console error when I hit the Insert button: IndexSizeError on hyperlink.htm, line 288.  Seems to work if I change Document Mode to IE10 in F12 tools.

Posted by: Rick C at Monday, July 04 2016 10:43 AM (FvJAK)

7 Seems like it works OK in Edge, but then the comment won't post, and there's no error:  the page refreshes, and the name/mail/captcha are cleared.

Posted by: RickC at Monday, July 04 2016 10:45 AM (FvJAK)

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