Change…I actually like change although I like some changes much better than others. For example, we just got a new desktop computer after the old one gave it’s last groan and never woke up after going to sleep one night. May it rest it peace. Unfortunately the only PC’s available now are pre-loaded with Microsoft’s all new and totally mind boggling Windows 8. Maybe it’s great for their new tablet but trust me, Windows 8 has not made current PC customers happy – just take a look at comments on their User Forum. Windows 8 is a perfect example of techies gone wild with no user input. I also think those techies are possibly in the 14 to 19 year old bracket who get excited about playing games, checking out everything that’s “trending”, and buying stuff on line – basically anything other than getting work done. They even incorporated a cute little idea that must have been a contest for the programmers’ kids called “name the doo-hickeys that magically appear/disappear (sometimes) after waving your mouse all over the screen”. The winner of that contest won by naming the elusive things “charms”. Really? Since I can never get them to appear when I need them (and they do have some important functions on them like shutting down your computer), I think they should also have a customer contest where if you can catch the “charms” a designated number of times, then you could maybe earn points for some free, coherent tech support. Maybe Bill Gates loves to spend hours diddling on his keyboard, but after spending almost 3 weeks just trying to understand how to move around the system, we finally went back to Office Max to return the damn thing. It was either that or try this: Office Max has been great and ordered a new computer for us – same one except without the known Java virus that slipped in on a number of computers. Ah, that might explain some of the problems – like why I’m bounced off the internet about every 20 minutes and why my new & exciting “Tiles” suddenly go black – but it doesn’t address a few other complaints I have such as the crapware they’ve installed to “enhance my online experience”. You know, the pop-up boxes that sell insurance, offer coupons, and the “hot girls who will track you down” – stuff they make money on but that takes you days to find and disable. I used to be a product manager for a large software company and I’ve taken programming courses but that was back in the day when we had terminals on our desks, not pc’s. My knowledge may be dated, and I was an application specialist, not a techie but I think I understand computers a little more than Mildred down at the senior center yet not as much as 17 year old Jason. So when I go to tech support help or the forums and try to resolve some of the problems, I get a little frustrated when I get simple fixes like this: I would suggest you to turn off USN journal by following these step and check. a. Press Windows key + X and select Command prompt(Admin). b. Now type the following commands in command prompt and press Enter each time. fsutil usn queryjournal F:fsutil usn deletejournal /D F: c. Now try to create back up. Note: fsutil usn queryjournal F: The output will be USN journal settings which also includes its size (in hex bytes). If it is anything around 30mb, the backup will fail due to snapshot creation failure because of lack of space.
Well of course, dope slap – why didn’t I think to check the ol’ fsutil usn and the hex bytes? Truly, even Moe can’t figure this stuff out and he’s a pretty smart cat.
In any case, Microsoft has announced that they “are listening” and are ready to release Windows 8.1 which does address a big complaint of bringing back the Start button but primarily adds in more junk you really don’t need. No word about those pesky problems of your computer freezing up or getting booted out of the internet . I guess that would be admitting to having released a product with BUGS and that might hurt the public image.
Ah well, I’ve got my Windows 8 rant out of the way and hopefully the new computer will not come pre-loaded with a virus and I’ll be able to actually use my computer and get blogging again. That was the BAD news but I have EXCELLENT news too. Many of you may remember that last year I was going to update my kitchen. The project started with just replacing the kitchen floor after Lola ate some of it when she was just a puppy. Then I figured, if we’re replacing the floor I’d really love to get rid of that ugly box of an island. After talking to kitchen specialists, everyone told me that after putting in a new island, I’d really hate the current, dated honey oak cabinets. Since the countertops need replacing then it only makes sense to do that now on top of new cabinets. Oh, and every appliance I have is on it’s last legs. I think that just about covers the entire kitchen which means a total re-do including that sink that started leaking again after John fixed it. I did some shopping around just looking for ideas of cabinets that I liked but with a project this size, I needed someone I could work with who understood the look that I wanted and who I felt comfortable dealing with. Even in this economy you’d be surprised at how many places just didn’t bother with calling back for follow-up appointments. Then I found Mary, the designer/owner at Wayside Kitchens just up 495 about a half hour from here in Littleton, MA. At our first meeting I was impressed with her showroom, style, and just how well we clicked. She didn’t try to push something on me based on her tastes, but I trust and like the work I’ve seen her do to know that we appreciate the same look and most importantly, she won’t let me make a dumb mistake. The last thing I need is to install beautiful new cabinets & blow it by putting the wrong floor down. Also, her husband handles all of the install details and coordinating the plumber, electrician, & whoever else we’ll need. Now we’re just wrapping up the design stage of this project and will be getting into more detail but I can’t tell you how excited I’m getting with what Mary has proposed. I have to give you a preview although it is preliminary. This is the 20 year old kitchen as it was built (please excuse the clutter): And, are you ready? This is Mary’s proposal (my only problem is that she can’t order the cabinets & get it installed by the end of this weekend):
What do you think? I’ll have comfortable seating at the island which will have a little seating area at the end for me to prep and sit and chat right where I need it by the stove. We’ll move the refrigerator to the end of the outside wall so that I’ll have all kinds of prep room to the left and right of the stove. When Niki visits we’ll have plenty of room to work beside each other without us bumping butts and cutting off each other’s fingers. We’ll also knock down the short wall at the end where the fridge used to be. That should open the room up a little and bring some light in from the family room too. Of course there isn’t a damn thing on the counters and I’m sure I’ll be cluttering things up but when company comes I’ll have plenty of room to hide the junk (yes, junk drawers are part of the plan…I think).