Reverting to the Hard Drive

Six months ago, I installed a SSD drive on my Mac Mini. The speed of the SSD drive was a welcome addition. System boot up was cut in half. Access to applications were almost instant. It was all fun until I started having problems with SSD drive. Constant hangs and constant reboots for several weeks took its toll. Thanks to Time Machine, I’m now restoring my entire drive back to my original hard drive which is not in use. The restore process should take a couple of hours or so. I expect my computer to be slower with the hard drive, but it should be more stable than my current SSD.

Classic Yahoo Mail

Am I the only person who has switched back to Yahoo Mail Classic? What is up with all the bugs with the newer Yahoo Mail.  Attachments don’t want to attach, mails refuse to be sent, mails don’t want to move, select boxes can’t be selected, and many, many more bugs. I usually end up refreshing the page just to fix it. After a few of these, and the whole exercise gets to be really annoying? Today, I was crafting an email and Yahoo mail refused to send it. If I leave the page, I lose my mail. I ended up saving it to a text file. So frustrated.

Electric Skateboard

Skateboards are fun. There’s no doubt. It’s fun if you don’t have to work so hard. Enter Electric skateboards. There are 3 different kinds on the video. There’s Onewheel, where you just lean forward to move forward, and lean back to slow down. Then, there’s Zboard with a top speed of 18mph. There are two pads on the board that you have to step on for going forwards and backwards. You may have to dance a little to put your weight on the control buttons. Lastly, there’s Boosted board, a hand-controlled electric board. It’s much faster than the Zboard. It’s fast enough to go uphill. All these boards are built for just cruising, you can’t do a ollie or a kickflip.

Heartbleed is going to be painful

Security experts are bracing for the impact of Heartbleed. It’s going to be painful for both companies and users alike. No one knows for sure how much data was compromised. The list of potential sites affected is long and distinguished. Any site using OpenSSL is vulnerable. Some security experts are saying to wait before changing passwords until security admins have patched their servers. You don’t want to change passwords twice. Like it or not, we may be forced to change passwords sooner than we think.

Comcast Needs To Be Bigger to Compete

Just saw the headline that says, ‘Comcast needs to be bigger to compete.’ Now that’s an interesting thought. Come again. Comcast needs to be bigger to compete. To compete with what? By itself? In some part of the US, Comcast has the sole possession of the cable internet market. Cox and others that may give Comcast a run for their money, but seriously it’s not really a race. And then there’s always a threat of Google becoming a major competitor, but that’s years down the line if it comes to fruition. So the argument saying Comcast needs to be bigger to compete. It’s not much of a competition at this point in time.

Google Glass and Livestream

You can now Livestream an event using Google Glass. How cool is that! Except that Google Glass sucks. At the moment, yes. Maybe, Google can make it better and affordable. By the way, Livestream now has apps for iOS, Android and now Glass.

Windows XP Is Orphaned

Today is the day Windows XP is going to be orphaned. It won’t get anymore security updates from Microsoft. Zilch. Nada. Of course, Windows XP users can still use their machines, with maybe some annoying popup message saying it’s no longer supported and please upgrade. I’m sure users will find ways to disable the popup reminder. Windows XP is probably the best operating system Microsoft has ever had followed by Windows 7. And there were many flops before and after. The famous one of all is, of course Vista. Windows 8 seems to be following in the footsteps of Vista. It’s getting lots of user resistance. Some users still look for the previous version of Windows 7. Windows XP is officially retired, except that it’s still runs for a little while longer.

Back To Windows 7

The love affair with Windows 8 didn’t last long. I’m back with Windows 7. I don’t think it’s the difficulty of getting around Windows 8 that was the trouble. It’s just that Windows 7 just works for most people and it certainly did for me. I don’t know why Microsoft decided to change the entire look and feel of a product when people were just getting comfortable to it. Why change a successful product? Beats me. Another misstep from Redmond.

Dual Boot Ubuntu and Windows 8.1

It has been close to a decade since my last Windows machine. We are talking about during the days when Windows XP ruled the world. I just finished installing Windows 8.1 on an older PC that was running Ubuntu Linux server. It’s still runs Ubuntu on its own hard drive. I found an old 60GB IDE hard drive that was collecting dust.

So, I decided to add it on my PC. So, now I have two hard drives. I ended up installing Windows 8.1 on it. I can still boot to either OS. I just have to enter the BIOS setup each time, when I want to switch OS, and select the appropriate drive as primary. The Windows 8.1 installation took a while. The setup also took some time to finish. The first order of business was install Google Chrome. The second was to install Avast Antivirus.

I don’t know what the fuss is all about with Windows 8. I took me a few seconds to get to the original desktop. I heard from a lot of people that Windows 7 was better. I don’t have much an opinion for or against Windows 8. So far, so good. The only gripe I have is, I wished that old 60GB drive was quieter, but that is not Windows fault. With much ado, here’s my first post from Windows 8.1.

Office 365 Personal for $7 a month

Microsoft is offering Office 365 Personal for $7 per month. Essentially, you’ll have access to Word, Excel and Powerpoint. As a bonus Microsoft is including 60 minutes of free Skype calls and 20GB of additional OneDrive. And you’ll always get the current version of Office because it’s cloud-based. In addition, there’s also the Office 365 Home Premium for $99 per year or about $8.25 per month.