Take Me Somewhere Else
First, lets just state the obvious…I am not a technological genius. I pretty much know the difference between “hardware” and “software”. But don’t ask me how to get the Bluetooth keyboard to work on my tablet. Just when I get used to the word “group” they go and change the word to “hub” on me. What used to be an “icon’ on my desktop awaiting my click is now a “live tile” wanting some attention. And it pretty much gets it with all the moving and flipping it does.
I’m used to the Windows system since I’ve been using the Windows Phone for a while now. So the switch from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 wasn’t that much of a leap. I’m here to tell you though…it’s different than the last system. And, in all honesty, it does take a little getting used to since my brain is washed to work the other way on my computer. But since I have Windows on my HP Pavillion 23 and my tablet and my phone, I figured – what the hell – lets do this upgrade on all of the techy stuff. Gone are the days of the little icons on your desktop cluttering up the pretty desktop picture you spend about 10 minutes to choose. (You can still use the icons if you WANT to, but why have a tile AND an icon?) Now there are apps everywhere. You can go onto the old fashioned browser if you want, or you can just open the app. I opted to download the “Google Chrome” app from the Microsoft Store and use that. I cannot survive if I don’t have 20 tabs open while I’m doing research or writing. I wouldn’t know how to get through my day. You’re not stuck with the fancy EDGE (which is Internet Explorer in a new suit).
The main problem is that I’m so used to running around my computer in one way for so many years, and now I have to learn another way. That sort of makes me an idiot. It’s not like I didn’t have to go through this before when we got the Mac. I had to learn how to do everything backwards on that machine. But I did it. And I’m sure I’ll learn how to do it on Windows 10. Get used to things you’re doing hiding behind the tiles. It’ll take a day or two for you figure out where the damned page went. You’ll have to stop and remember to look behind the other stuff. You’ll also learn to not have so many things going at the same time.
The reason I dropped the rating is because to get any app in the Microsoft Store, you have to be signed up with a Microsoft ID. And then, once registered, they send you a code which then you have to go to your email (which is another app…where the fuck did it go??) to get the code to enter and verify yourself. That process took us a good 20 minutes to get through. I don’t think it should’ve taken that long. I will warn you – if you use more than one device on Windows, have all of your devices under the SAME Microsoft ID. Don’t go trying to confuse everyone with multiple IDs unless you don’t want your devices to sync correctly.
Other than that one issue, Windows 10 is like playing with a smartphone but on your computer. The very same screen I have on my Windows Phone is what I have on my computer is what I have on my tablet. Is it faster? I don’t know. It doesn’t seem any slower to me. I’m not gauging it to see. I just pop open an app and there it is. I don’t time it to see how long it took. Does it take up memory? Again, I’m not sure since I use an external harddrive that I save everything on. Every program that I’ve used before (MS Word, Photoshop, my broadcasters for the radio station, SugarSync) they all work like they did yesterday. So I’m happy. I just don’t minimize anything because I’ll lose the sonuvabitch.
A SPECIAL thanks to Tim for doing all the upgrading and showing me how to use the computer. I seriously felt like a caveman in 25th century. You’re the best!!