Category Archives: Windows Vista

Some Apple Experiences

My first PC was an Apple II. I loved it. It started the PC revolution. However, Bill Gates landed the contract to provide the operation system for IBM and my work required my migrating to the Microsoft environment. My second PC was an IBM.

Once parts started becoming available, I built all of my PCs. I could build a higher quality system than you could buy from a vendor. The same is still true. Dell, HP and others are caught up in the commodity market and that tends to drive quality down to have competitive prices.

When Jobs returned to Apple, I liked Apple’s equipment, but I could never justify paying more than it would cost me to build an equivalent system.

My last Microsoft system was a Gateway, because I found a very good deal. It was well built and a screamer. Once I moved it from Windows Vista to Windows 7, it was a fine PC. Windows 7 is the best OS Microsoft ever built in my opinion. I know there are still XP advocates, but I liked 7 much better. However, it required a lot of power to run 7 and many stayed with XP because it ran on older hardware. Continue reading Some Apple Experiences

Saved My Butt Again

This morning I was updating part of my contacts and accidentally deleted a contact I needed. Since I have iCloud active, it immediately deleted it on all Apple devices.

Panic set in until I remembered that Time Machine continually backs up my system.

I went to the iMac that has Time Machine activated and looked for the previous entry. I restored that contact and my heart rate went back to normal.

Once again, Time Machine has saved my butt.

When I was on Windows 7, I used Altaro Oops!Backup. It did the equivalent, but cost $37. I see that Windows 8 has a builtin Time Machine Feature. That by itself would make me upgrade from Vista or Windows 7 to Windows 8, if I were still on a Microsoft environment.


Anti Virus Side-note

I have refused to buy an anti virus for the one PC that has Microsoft Vista . I have always kept it covered by a Microsoft endorsed product.

There are so many products out there, that I am convinced that you can use the commercial products and not have to use the freebies that are OK but not quite as good in my estimation. Most of the products provide a 30 to 90 day trial. A day before the trial period is over I remove the current product and install the next.

It also gives me a good test of the different products and if I like one well enough, I could decide to buy it.

That brings me to the reason for this post. I have never really had any problems with Microsoft Vista. I run it on a powerful PC and that may make the difference. However, over the last month, I started having some problems. When I would plug in a USB device, I would not get a notification. Sometimes I would have to reboot to have the device recognized.

This was irritating me. I was to the point that I have been considering upgrading to Windows 7. The current AV I was using was G Data, which had pretty good reviews. I had noticed that my PC would slow down at times and when this was going on, the AV indicated that it was updating and running a scan at the same time.

I had about a week to go on the trial, but I decided to switch it out and removed it and installed Rising.  With that change all of my Vista problems left. All USB devices are recognized when they are plugged in or removed. The PC has sped up and all is right with in my PC world.

As you can see from the THIS PAGE, there are enough trial versions to allow you to test for over a year. By the time you get to the end of the list the next version will be available and you can start the process over again. Yes it does cause a little work, but when you live in Panama all you have is time and using 15 minutes a month to change software is almost entertainment.

To this point G Data is the only product that has caused me a problem. If I try it next year, I will not wait as long to replace it if problems arise.

Whew! Two Days Gone but Forever Remembered

Well, I have almost gotten everything back up and running. It was not as easy as I had hoped, but I guess any good learning experience is time well spent.

I started this process because of the failed hard drive that contained Windows Vista. I had been running just with Linux, but there was some things I wanted to do and I could not get it to work in Linux.

My starting environment was a dual boot system with Windows Vista and openSUSE 11.2 KDE and a backup system with Windows XP and openSUSE 11.2. The first system is the powerhouse with a quad processor and the backup is no slouch with a dual AMD Athlon processor.

When the Vista system disk failed, I had moved all work to Linux. One problem with that environment was that with the failed HD, the system took a long time to come up because the bios was trying to activate the drive. While that annoyed me, it wasn’t the show stopper. I was perfectly happy with Linux and in fact still prefer it for my blogging environment. Continue reading Whew! Two Days Gone but Forever Remembered

Hard Drive Failure

I have had a major hard drive failure on my primary PC. It appears that the disk that contained the Microsoft OS Vista has died. Unfortunately, that disk contained the boot-loader for my Linux system and I am unable to boot into Linux.

I was able to boot up a live CD Linux system and backup all files, documents and photos off the Linux system, so now the problem will be determining the best approach to rebuild the Primary PC.

Currently, I have moved to my backup PC. Until I get the primary PC back on the air, there will be minimal posts.

UPDATE: Reinstalled boot loader and the system is back up. Takes for ever to come up, but I think that is the BIOS detecting the failed drive. It should speed up when I have a chance to remove that drive from the system.

Replacing Windows 7 with openSUSE 11.2

The title is not exactly correct. What I have done is to replace Windows 7 RC (the last free down loadable Release Candidate of Windows 7) with openSUSE 11.2.

I had been running Windows 7 RC in a dual boot configuration with Windows Vista for a few months. Windows Vista with all of the latest upgrades is fine for me and I am tired of testing Windows 7. While Windows 7 improved some things, it does not look good enough to invest $$ to buy a commercial version. With Windows 8 expected in 2012, I will stick with Vista.

Also with the way that Linux is improving, by the time Windows 8 is ready, there won’t be any need of my considering it.

I have been running openSUSE 11.2 on my second PC since its release. The upgrade to the KDE 4.3 desktop has been a tremendous improvement. openSUSE is using the KDE desktop as its default desktop, but Gnome is offered as an option. I prefer KDE over Gnome, but I could use both and switch at log-in time. Continue reading Replacing Windows 7 with openSUSE 11.2

Windows Vista vs. Windows 7

While I still have more PCs running Linux than any other OS, I became a Windows Vista user because it was installed on the new PC.

With Windows 7 approaching release, there are a lot of questions being asked about the wisdom of upgrading.

Today I read an article in InfoWorld, which tells me that staying with Vista is the best for me at this time. Maybe two years from now, I will reevaluate it.

Technology Update

It has been a while since I have written about my recent hardware upgrade. I have it pretty well setup like I like now. The purchase has been a great success. I could not have touched what I bought for less than $2,000 and I got it for less than half that including upgrading to 9 GB of memory, adding a 1TB hard drive and paying extra baggage expenses. My extreme thanks to the individual who brought it down for me ( you know who you are).

After adding the extra memory and HD, I did have a scare, which Micro Technology took care of. Since then it has been running like a charm. It is by far the nicest PC I have ever used.

I am currently running Microsoft Vista with SP2 installed. I have had zero problems and it has been the most stable Microsoft OS I have run. I like it much better than Windows XP. I am a late adopter, so that may explain why I have had no problems. Continue reading Technology Update