Archive for the ‘Computers’ Category

We’ve Entered The Dark Ages of Operating Systems

Friday, November 29th, 2019
Posted in Computers

With Windows 7 being discontinued, I feel we are entering the dark ages of operating systems or at least desktop computing. I hate Windows 10, because of telemetry/spying, the slowness, the UI, the forced reboots, settings lost. The interface is a mix of typical Windows and the Metro design, none of which matches up. Metro is way too minimalistic and confusing. Windows 10 has ads and crap dumped everywhere I don’t want. I had to use it at work and was in the middle of typing and the message came up asking if I wanted to reboot, but I was typing and hit the “Enter” key when it popped up by coincidence as I making a new paragraph. And guess what, it took that as a yes and rebooted and starting installing updates, forcing me to lose my work and waste time, while it did its thing. So with Windows 7 going away, I’m forced to ask myself, now what?

Mac

  • Expensive machines
  • Limited upgrades if any (meaning the life of the machine is hampered big time, for no reason other than profit)
  • Forced to buy a machine with the highest specs because no upgrades are allowed because everything is soldered to the board
  • New hardware sucks (keyboards on laptops is bad, easily broken screens from being too thin and fragile, etc)
  • Not enough ports (for no reason other than aesthetics)

 

Linux

  • Complicated to troubleshoot, install software
  • No professional software support (Office, Adobe Creative Cloud) – This isn’t there fault, but it’s a chicken and the egg type of deal as more people won’t switch over until this happens and companies aren’t going to waste resources until the userbase grows significantly.

 

I wish I could just keep running Windows 7. And I suppose with a good firewall and antivirus, I could run it for maybe another year or so. But I have to make some kind of decision on what to do. Only solutions I see are:

  • Build a Hackintosh
  • Use Linux and a Virtual Machine of Windows 7 (that isn’t connected to the internet and has no networking setup)
  • Use Linux and VM Thinapps of Microsoft Office, Adobe software, etc
  • Dual boot (not likely as I don’t like having to close all my programs every time)

Jelbows review

Sunday, July 21st, 2019
Posted in Computers

I bought the Jelbows Ergonomic Gel Wrist Rests for my elbows. It claims it’s the pain relief solution for tennis elbow, CTS (carpal tunnel syndrome), bursitis, and arthritis. And it did allievate the problem with my elbows hurting by being on the desk. However in the long run, I had bad posture in even placing my weight on my elbows on my desk. So really these may not be the proper solution. They are slightly soft, but still fairly hard, but will give just enough so your elbows or wrists won’t hurt. However, I would recommend to properly setup your desk and chair to have proper posture. Granted everyone’s desk setup might vary or be a bit odd, so they still might work out for you.

J-Tech Digital Wired Ergonomic Vertical Mouse v2

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019
Posted in Hardware

J-Tech improved upon their first version of their vertical mouse with the v2 or V628 model. I’ve had this for many months and nothing has failed yet. I have the blue led lighting turned off (the switch is on the bottom). This is a much cheaper alternative to Evoluent’s ergonomic vertical mouse. Granted this one is at a very slight angle, but it is vertical. It does take time to get used to the button positions, but in time you will get used to it.

J-Tech Digital Scroll Endurance Mouse v1

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019
Posted in Hardware

I had the version 1 of J-Tech Digital Scroll Endurance Mouse (B00TJ4ZD28). It’s a cheaper ergonomic vertical mouse compared to those by Evoluent. The main problem with it, was the scroll wheel failed to work properly after about 2 months. I took it apart and tried fixing it but it still failed. These kinds of mice take awhile to get used to, especially accidently hitting the extra buttons by your thumb, but you will master it over time. However, I would not recommend this version, but the version 2.

Android Changes Phone Answering Swipe Pattern

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018
Posted in Mobile · Tags:

I recently updated to Android 8.x from 7.x. Some things I noticed that are a pain, is that the swipe to answer calls is now Up and to dismiss them is Down? Why did they change this? It was always a Swipe Left and Swipe Right. The first several times I ended up hanging up on people.

The other thing I don’t like is how much garbage is in the keyboard. I don’t want Stickers or GIFs. Please let me disable that garbage, along with the old school emoticons. Emojis are fine, but the other crud I don’t want to even see.

Google Photos is absolute garbage, I don’t want to share anything with anyone. Luckily you can disable this app and get an ad-free minimalistic photo app, like the one we had before. I don’t need Google Duo either. I get it, Google want to spy on everything I do.

WooCommerce Sucks? Here’s Our Review

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
Posted in Software · Tags:

WooCommerce is a free ecommerce plugin for WordPress. However, its only free with basic functionality. If you need more than a basic store, have some unique functionality or abilities, want to customize the experience you will most likely need plugins. While there are some free plugins the majority of them are not. Most plugins are $79-$200 a year and only good for that website. Many people don’t realize this until later. They see free and install it, start setting it up and then realize they have bought 3-9 plugins to get the functionality they need. Shopify is about $29/month and comes with secure hosting, so a year or Shopify is $348. This is important to note because unless you really need something custom, have the funds for development, need to own the site completely, Shopify is the better and more economical solution.

Also do you have a developer or can you code? WooCommerce is best for someone that has access to developers or coders to actually customize and make the site function how they want. Keep this in mind as a cost, even if you are coding, that is still time you could spend on something else. That is another hidden cost of WooCommerce, but really any ecommerce platform will require some work and configuration.

Security wise I have to wonder. So many WordPress sites run with about 10-30+ plugins which to me is insane, so if you add on WooCommerce and then several more plugins, to me that spells a disaster waiting to happen either with a broken plugin, bugs or security holes. As you know, you have to keep WordPress up to date for security reasons, so there is always the chance something might break from a plugin. So you need to have backups, and maybe have to code or have a developer to help with any issues. Not only that but keep in mind your plugins for the store basically have to be up to date more or less, so you are most likely going to pay for the yearly updates to the plugins.

I’m not trying to bash WooCommerce, but I think people really need to evaluate their needs first. Find out what you really need in an ecommerce site (the functionality), what your resources are and see if its actually economical to use it. Because even with paying for plugins you have even got web hosting or SSL (https), something Shopify comes with. I mention Shopify because they the #1 online e-commerce solution with great customer reviews. WooCommerce is great if you have the time and/or money for development and need something totally custom for a unique situation, want to control every aspect and have the funds for putting it together. But in all honesty the odds that you will get by with the free version is very unlikely. The free initial install and setup of the basic plugin is what gets you into the WooCommerce ecosystem, once you are in you will start to put down money and if its more than $348 a year for basic things that Shopify can do, well you might of been better off with Shopify.

Windows Sleep / Hibernate mode and programs not responding

Sunday, December 4th, 2016
Posted in Windows

One thing that is totally annoying about Windows sleep mode is that so many applications crash or wont run right after you wake the computer back up. Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator, etc) and Spotify are great examples of programs I have to end task on and then reopen. :/ I used to always shutdown my computer, but realized it was just a nice timesaver by keeping the computer on and letting it go to sleep. Although it does use more energy (not a lot as it shuts things down), but I dont have to reopen programs to get back to my last stopping point.

Often times the sound on my computer is all cracklely or static sounding. However, I did find out the way to fix that was to disable it and reenable it.

Gmail App Notifications

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
Posted in Mobile

Why doesn’t Google allow you to disable the Gmail notifications on the Android app? The only option is to disable all notifications. I would like to just disable the sound notification for it, I don’t mind it showing up in the notification area or the little icon at the top, but I dont want the sound to disrupt me, as the emails aren’t that important to me.

Since iOS8 or 9 the official Apple VGA & DV adapter is broken

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
Posted in Hardware · Tags: ,

I gave up on this about 2 years ago, but it seems multiple people have had this problem also. Even if you bought the official adapter it won’t work anymore after iOS 8 is installed. Granted iOS 10 is almost out now, but its not like its going to get fixed. I finally looked back into this issue, seems like the many reviews for it and the digital AV communicate the same thing. Which sucks because these adapters cost $30 but now we have to buy new ones just because they changed something and now they old official ones don’t work anymore.

According to one of the comments:
You need to BUY a updated 1.0 VGA Adapter – it MUST say its a 1.0 or its the older unit. Be careful because a ton of the old adapters are still in stock at Apple stores, retailers, Amazon and eBay.

So fork out another $30 for an adapter you already had, or I guess if you have the receipt you might be able to take it to the Apple store to let them know it failed.

Google Maps on Android Asks to Take Picture On Its Own

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016
Posted in Mobile · Tags: ,

Really? First off I didn’t even have Google Maps running the background on my Android smartphone. So Google Maps pays attention to where I am and is wasting my bandwidth (as small as it is) to locate me? And as I mentioned in a previous post I disabled Location permissions on the default Camera app. The Gallery app doesn’t ask for Location permissions. I was at Wal-Mart of all places and my the Google Maps app on my cellphone was asking me to take a picture. Really why? Is Google going to pay me? It was a notification of all things. So with that said I guess the next thing to disable notifications on Google Maps.