Why did Bill Gates think Windows 8 was a good idea and Kitchen Renovation Time!!!

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: cartoons,computers,emotions,frustrated,frustrations,gestures,hammering,hammers,hardware,households,PCS,people,persons,science,Screen Beans®,technology,tools 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.

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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. lola eats the floor 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): kitchen 015 kitchen 014 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):

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copy of Marteloption2pic22 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).

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34 thoughts on “Why did Bill Gates think Windows 8 was a good idea and Kitchen Renovation Time!!!

  1. I can’t comment on the computer issues, since I am a Mac girl all the way. But I feel your pain – I hate it when I can’t figure out the computer!

    I am so envious of your kitchen plans! Wow, wow, and double wow! We are contemplating a new floor and backsplash, which I know will lead to new counter tops. It always grows, doesn’t it? We need to save up more money before we can start anything.

    Please post pics along the way so we can follow the progress!

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    • You were smart to go with a Mac. One of the main reasons that I stayed with Windows was that I didn’t want downtime getting used to the Mac…boy what a mistake! Win8 is so totally different that I could have gotten everything on a Mac & back up & running by now.
      Now see, my renovation started with replacing the floor…and since I hated that island & knew the footprint would be different that was all I was going to do. But then once you do counters…yes, projects do take on a life of their own. I should ask Mary if she does long distance consults.

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  2. Sorry, Diane. I’d had my fill with Gates & Crew and went Mac.
    Love the plans for your new kitchen. Heck! One look at mine and you’d probably be much happier with your current one. 🙂 Seating at the island is a great idea. Most times when entertaining, guests stand around the kitchen anyway. At least now they’ll have seats. Besides, when I come visit to give you ravioli making lessons, you can sit and watch me make some and then we’ll switch. 🙂

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    • If I could have a do-over I’d be in the Apple store.
      I have a feeling that you could cook over a campfire and still put out a better meal than me.
      I love what Mary’s come up with for the kitchen, especially the seating. The way it’s currently set up there’s just no way to comfortably chat with people while cooking. BUT I promise you the best seat in the house if you come out to demonstrate your ravioli making! Of course I’ll probably pull a Tom Sawyer on you…”Ok John, I think I’ve almost got it – could you just make 4 dozen more just to be sure?”

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  3. My person had to put Windows 8 on her laptop. It was either that or throw out the computer because Vista totally froze up. She says Microsoft probably figures if they make everybody unhappy with their operating system they’ll all want the next one when it comes out. On the other paw, it’s really exciting about your new kitchen. Are you going to have a special dinner for Lola and all her dog friends when it’s done?

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  4. I have never understood why there always has to be new releases from Microsoft – plus it seems all the new releases come with more problems than what they are worth! Good to hear they are listening but like you say, the next release will have its own set of gremlins.
    Now, about your kitchen… I love your current kitchen (I would love half your amount of space) but love your new kitchen even more! What a fun and exciting project!
    Have a beautiful weekend Diane.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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    • Ah Mandy, this latest Windows release was specifically for their touch screen tablets & they just ditched their other users. They say they’re listening but frankly most of what I’ve seen of the new release is like putting lipstick on a pig.
      I will say that my current kitchen has served me well & the cabinets are actually in pretty good shape. I almost want to look into these salvage yards where they come take them out for you. I like the idea of recycling.
      But you know this house is a little too big for us now & we’re thinking in the future of selling to get something smaller. For resale the kitchen is really important but I’d like to be able to enjoy it myself for a few years.

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  5. I always say “I’m all about change – unless of course it impacts me!” LOL! I want to buy a new computer, but can’t get to buy into the W8 thing, either…think I’ll wait. Love the new kitchen. Of course, you didn’t show us the wine storage, cookbook shelves, and cabinet to hide all of your little appliances…keep the pics coming, and we’ll all have an opinion, for sure. I’m happy to come help “break it in” once you have the ribbon cutting ceremony.

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    • Susan, definitely wait until they’ve worked out the kinds if you’re planning to stick with Windows. I’ll let you know if 8.1 addresses the problems.
      I have to hide my cookbooks in the pantry because they’re falling apart & duct taped & that’s where most of the small appliances land too. I’m already trying to envision where I’m going to put everything.
      And of course we’ll have to do a kitchen warming party – it could be perfect timing too if it gets completely by the fall. You come up for the foliage & come prep all the party food with me – plenty of room now for everyone.

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      • That puppy pic of Lola really was just after she ate the section of floor she’s standing on. I thought she was sleeping & was upstairs folding laundry…she was the kind of pup you couldn’t turn your back on for a minute!

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  6. So painful with computers sometimes. That’s just too much for a normal person like us to go through. Let’s hope the new puter makes you happier. The kitchen plans are surreal. Can you believe it; you’r actually doing it. Will be so exciting. Now to keep Lola at bay.

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    • Judy, one of these days I’ll get the computer figured out but it’ll probably be just about when they come out with a new release.
      Isn’t unbelievable that the kitchen is going to happen? How long have I been saying we’re going to do it? You know I wanted to get rid of that floor even before Lola ate it which is why I wasn’t all that mad at her.
      But we had some good parties here didn’t we.

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      • I love your home.. but now it will be tremendous after the remodel. I think you will end up sleeping in your kitchen at first… and you’ll be cooking up a storm.

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      • Aw thanks Judy, I don’t know about sleeping in the kitchen…matter of fact I’m not even sure about cooking in it. I’m afraid I’ll make a big mess – you know how I forget things on the stove, and drop things…like that. Maybe we’ll just sit & drink coffee until we’re used to it.

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  7. I’m soo glad I don’t have Windows 8….. and I’ve been advised to just “buy a Mac”! About your new kitchen…. I’d be a BIG liar if I said I was jealous. In fact, I’d settle for your “old” kitchen ! That being said, I am happy with my newly redone little kitchen, which now is reminiscent of kitchen in Provence! (Check it out at my blog, if you feel like it Karen.) And – BELIEVE me…. your kitchen has no clutter while my kitchen usually looks like a bomb went off !! (I removed all the clutter before I took my photos!!)

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    • I’d agree with anyone who tells you to buy a Mac. I have to say, my old kitchen has served me well but we’re thinking of downsizing at some point in the future & the kitchen can make or break a sale around here. If I have to update the kitchen I’d just as soon make some use of it myself. In our old house we ended up re-doing a lot of things just to help it sell fast & we never got to appreciate any of the renovations.

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      • I totally agree. When we lived in Philadelphia I redecorated our bedroom. Some people thought I was crazy BUT I figured I’d enjoy it for our last year there, and, as you said, improving anything (exp. a kitchen) really add value to your home. Can’t wait to see your new kitchen!

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    • This will definitely be our last time dealing with Microsoft – Apple all the way. It was pretty pathetic that within 2 hours of getting the new computer & having it lock up on me that I had to use my IPad to figure out how to square things away.
      I will be so happy to have the new kitchen though.

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  8. Wow — what a beautiful kitchen you have on the horizon! It looks like it will be a pleasure to cook in, and a pleasure just to hang out in.
    I know your Windows 8 frustrations well! We had to replace our computer recently are we are not Mac users. It took me awhile to realize that Windows 8 is designed to be like a big smart phone with apps — especially since I don’t have a smart phone at all. Change is not necessarily improvement: that’s for sure!

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    • Thank you. It will be a while before we have everything all finalized on the kitchen & then a few months for the cabinets to be made up but I can’t wait to have it done.
      We finally got the new computer & Office Max was terrific. For 1/2 of what they normally charge we had them remove all of the ads & pop ups, then put our own security on there, switch Office over from the other one to this one. They were just terrific BUT as of today, we’re still having problems w/explorer locking up & some other definite bugs. I think you’re right though about thinking of it as a big smart phone & because I have an IPhone & IPad I could sort of catch on to what was going on but there are definitely some bugs in this system when it’s slapped onto a pc.

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  9. Hello Diane, I am a mac girl and I just love it. I was a PC girl during all of my work years and I realised this was all the source of all my frustration. I’m sorry you had to go through all of that struggle. However, I love your kitchen preview, it is going to be both functional and beautiful. When will you be starting the renovation project?
    Oh lucky me, they have started jackhammering-renovating right above our heads in my apartment and they will be jackhammering taking down some walls for over a month. I have already put something a little extra in my OJ this morning to get me through the days. Take Care, BAM

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    • The designer has the subcontractors coming out next week to give us a cost estimate. Then we need to finalize the layout and pick the cabinets to get them ordered. Then granite yard,tile showroom, and finding a new sink for the downstairs bath. I think they can start demolition at the beginning of fall and get the cabinets in fairly quickly after that. We need to have it done before the snow flies since we’ll be relying on the grill and my washer/dryer will be sitting on the back porch until the floor goes in. Geez, I think I’m going to join you for some of that special morning orange juice once this all starts- mimosas are fine in the morning right? I feel your pain though especially since the noise has no benefit to you.

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  10. WHOA! After my PC died 5+ years ago I bought a MacBook and never looked back. By the way, you can install Windows on your Mac in the very unlikely event you need it (very rare) or if you miss it (even more rare). I partitioned 20GB of my Mac for Windows (I have whatever version it was 5 years ago) and only use it to paste multiple adobe files into one file … that’s it.

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  11. Believe me, the next time I’m going with a Mac and there’s no way I’m putting Windows on that! I’m just thinking that when I used to be in the business, I’d have been out looking for a job if I ever released something like Win8. But then again Microsoft’s arrogance knows no bounds.

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  12. Wow, I love your new kitchen and design. I have space issue and need a lot more storage space to hide my junks! too bad i won’t be having a kitchen renovation any time soon. I can’t wait to see your new kitchen comes to live! 🙂 Have fun.

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    • Thank you Amy. I’m very excited to have this kitchen complete & am very lucky to have lots of room to be creative. The nicest thing that I currently have is a large pantry where I can store all of the food & small appliances to keep them out of the way. Somehow over the years though, I’ve collected way too much & it will be good to clear out the current cabinets to do away with the things I just don’t use.

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  13. Diane your proposed kitchen looks fabulous. How is it going? Your old kitchen must be gone by now and the new one taking shape. I hope it looks as good as the proposal. I also got a computer with a pre installed bug. Geez, how hard can it be?

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    • Oh Glenda, I’m really happy that we’re starting this. We’re only into day 3 of the demolition but all of the cabinets are gone, no kitchen sink & the fridge is going into the dining room. I’m still trying to remember where I put the necessities (boxes everywhere). I’ve got 1 plumber, 2 electricians & the cabinet guy today. We’ve got a wall & the soffets up by the ceiling coming down today – little bit noisy.
      As for Windows – if I had it to do over again I would have gone w/Apple. The only reason I stayed with Windows was that I ‘thought’ I’d have a quicker learner curve. Only to find out that Windows 8 is completely foreign (and bug ridden AND filled with pre-loaded advertising).

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      • Diane, I have a problem with Apple. I don’t like the way they try to make you use all their products by intertwining them so I guess I am sticking with Windows 😦

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