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.
I was browsing the Apple App Store the other night, and I came across an application called “Kindle” for the Mac. And, it’s free. So, I downloaded the application and installed it. Amazon recently made the “Kindle Apps” available to anyone with a smartphone and a computer. You don’t need a Kindle device.
Kindle Apps will work on the PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android, Blackberry and the Windows 7 phone. If you own a Kindle, you can synch any of the Kindle Apps to work in conjunction with your Kindle device. So, Kindle owners are now able to read the books they’ve purchased, not only in the Kindle devices, but also on their computers and smartphones.
The Kindle app for the Mac comes empty. There are no books. You will need to download the books from Amazon’s website. To download, just click on the “Shop in Kindle Store” link on the top hand right corner of the window. You can purchase thousands of books, including the latest releases, as well as download all the free public domain books that are available.
If you already own a Kindle, you just have to register the application with your Amazon credentials. To synch the books you’ve already purchased, you just login and the application will download all your books. It will also remember the last page you’ve read as well as synch any annotations you have created on your Kindle device.
I downloaded two free books, the Art of War by Sunzi and The Adventures of Sherlock Homes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I can see reading on the Kindle can be an expensive hobby. Reading electronically does have it’s distinct advantages. At least, you don’t have to lug around a book everywhere you go.
Microsoft just unvieled several smartphones based on Windows 7 mobile phone operating sysyem. Three new phones will be available at AT&T on November 8 for about $200. Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile will follow in 2011.
Microsoft latest entry in the highly competitive smartphone market with the Android, Blackberry and the iPhone already entrenched. Microsoft will have to rely on features to entice users to buy a Windows 7 based smartphone.
Integration of social networks, messaging and the Microsoft Xbox are standard as well a smartphone version of the Powerpoint presentation. The smartphones will also include Office Hub, which offers a free integration with Microsoft’s One Note software which shares documents online. In addition, AT&T customers will have Uverse TV service added.
In my opinion, I just don’t see Microsoft making any significant gains or dent in this competitive market. The new Microsoft smartphones just doesn’t have enough of anything to make people switch.
Even with Apple’s marketing and loyal fans, the iPhone manages to come third behind the Android and the Blackberry.
I’m not sure why it is so difficult to make Windows and Grub to co-exist. Oh, they do work. They work like a charm. The issue surfaces each time there is a new iteration of the latest Windows OS, in this case Windows 7. It blows off the Grub configuration and makes it unusable. It rewrites the Master Boot Record deeming your Grub configuration unusable.
How rude it is for Microsoft to assume that Windows is the only operating system available on a computer. One more thing, if you are going to have a dual boot system, it is advisable to install Windows first. If you install Windows last, it will rewrite the MBR making it impossible for you to get to your Linux distro. It’s not really gone. Windows just screwed up Grub and overwritten the MBR. You have to boot from a Linux CD and restore Grub.
I just wished Windows would behave well and co-exist with Linux. It’s this kind of provocation that alienates Linux users even more.
A recent article from CNNMoney stated that as many as 31% of Windows users have reported problems upgrading to Windows 7. Most of the problems are with the installation and migration of data.
One common gripe, experienced by 9% of installers, is that the half-hour to an hour-long upgrade process gets to the “62% completed” point and then freezes. It’s a problem that Microsoft is aware of, and can be fixed by rebooting the computer, going into advanced settings, and typing in a code that instructs the computer to ignore plug-ins.
Here’s the top 10 list of common problems:
- Problems with installation – 31%
- Missing applets or components – 26%
- Aero theme is not running – 14%
- DVD drive not found – 8%
- Hidden extensions – 6%
- Too many minidumps – 6%
- Aero snap problems – 3%
- iPhone won’t sync with Windows 7 – 2%
- Custom icons get changed with new theme – 2%
- Taskbar problems – 1%
If you are thinking of using Windows 7, you are better off not upgrading. The ideal is to get a system that already has Windows 7 installed. If you have Windows Vista now, opt for a clean installation. Backup all your data to a USB hard drive, install, and restore your applications and documents.