well now i forget what i was going to say. looked outside and decided a storm was coming, and the rest flew out of my head.
oh ok, on my “Insider” experience with Windows 10. number one, i’m disappointed i didn’t win the contest to visit Microsoft as a “chosen” insider. but that’s ok. i don’t usually ‘win’ things anyway. biggest thing i ever won was a 15 pound turkey from a raffle at a tropical fish pet store. and must have filled out 20 entries just to do that….lol.
at this point, i’m wondering if they are working on two separate incarnations of the Operating System. one stable, and one not so stable. the 9926 build was stable. now we are back to unstable with the 10041. i think it has to do with the desktop graphics. the code to make it “pretty” is interfering with function.
they use Windows update to install new builds, and this last one created disaster. first off it did not import any of the drivers. not sure what that is about, but do know i have not enjoyed having to reinstall drivers on my two test machines. the install also knocked out what has to be THE most important app included with new Windows installs — the Email, People, and Calendar app. so a lot of problems in that–and at least for me, looks like those problems could and should have been avoided in the 10041 build.
i am not finding a whole lot of “use” for Cortana. well, not enough use to justify the amount of resources dedicated to running it. but for newer users, might prove handy. hard to say on that. i like keeping track of things by knowing where they are, not by running a search. so i also found the entire indexing and search process added to Windows around Vista and 7 to be too much constant work for the machine, considering how little i used it.
really would like an option that can just switch every bit of indexing and search OFF, and dedicate those resources to processes that i’m actually using. it’s like the Superfetch — i generally disable it, because it uses resources to “make programs launch faster” — but i’m not jumping from program to program enough to justify how much it uses to keep them “ready.” my thought is that more than “speeding things up over time” — the superfetch is just yet another way to log when and what is running on a computer.
so cortana is sort of in that boat. in fact, on the phone — they have it rigged so she won’t work correctly unless you have the “location” enabled on your phone. now most of us — or those who have gotten into mobile communications a bit — know that the GPS and location processes will suck the energy right out of your phone faster than you can say “dead battery.” so is being able to say “Cortana set my alarm for 8 am” worth how much juice that takes? not really — so i turn location off and then back on to set the alarm. and by that time, could probably set the alarm faster without Cortana and her dubious “help.”
i do like having the photos i take available on the ‘home’ machines as well as the mobile. so that function of “One Drive” sort of makes up for its other problems. which are buried deep and i doubt will ever change. it should have been constructed with less saving of user settings. that part is a bit of a mess. you can change the wallpaper on your desktop, and it changes the wallpaper on your laptop. then you go to switch the laptop wallpaper back to what it was, and it changes the desktop wallpaper. so they should have set up the “setttings” save to have “master” and “slave” aspect — where one is the main machine and the rest follow it. then a user could just decide whether to sync or not, and all is well and good. as it stands — you still have to decide whether to sync or not — but not until after it has already messed up the settings on one or both machines.
the UEFI is a disaster and its only purpose is to prevent Linux from running on a Windows machine. and i imagine that is to keep Linux users from being able to copy or alter apps that are stored on the Windows machines. is to prevent theft and pirating of purchased apps. so i kind of get that, yet i kind of think it is bogus and a little juvenile. plus UEFI is unstable. much more unstable than the traditional Bios. it has me completely hating — i mean hating — that light blue color and its array of limited options.
or rather, more densely hidden options. thing about computing, is it shouldn’t need an instruction manual. everything should be discoverable, and was designed originally TO be discoverable. now you need to read instructions just to figure out how to start the UEFI controls. (it is hold down shift while clicking restart, btw)
that is NOT a discoverable command. and so we are getting deeper into the ones who “know” and the ones who “don’t know.” that is territory that inspired our nation to establish libraries so that all have some way to “be in the know.” and i kind of like the amount of equality that fosters.
anyway — computing as a “discoverable” thing — was a good factor in promoting curiosity and use. now i just don’t know when it is heading in these directions. seems like they want everyone to be more dependent on “search.” and that, of course — is not done for the benefit of the user. that is done because it is LOGGABLE. logging a click, what it clicks ON, is harder to program, than logging a typed entry. so i see it as something installed to benefit the industry, more than the user.
and in conclusion — Windows 10 seems a little “hell-bent” for now. it might pull up yet into something that has benefit outweighing its cost. for the most part, i give it a thumbs up — better is good. :)