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Computer Hell

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by pcarl, Aug 25, 2019.

  1. pcarl

    pcarl Well-Known Member

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    I was recently informed that Microsoft would no long support Windows seven. The very next day I was all done.
    The culprit came during the night and left me with an unsuccessful reboot. Realizing my predicament I grudgingly bought a new computer with Windows ten. Never did I realize how intimidating this process was going to be. I had saved all my documents of Microsoft Word, and was informed that also is no longer supported, I would have to buy Microsoft Office in order to retrieve whatever I had saved. Fortunately my daughter has it and it is good for 5 computers. The one bright spot is the amazing help I got from Staples, and of course my husband who somehow made it all work. I sure I'm probably not the only person so unpleasantly surprised.
     
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    The only thing I really use Windows for these days, Windows 10, is music mixing.
     
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    When I saw the thread title, I was not surprised because so many people are sent there these days. When I read about Microsoft, I was even more not surprised given how often they are the cause. When I read that the cure was spending money, I was still more not surprised.

    I write this as a retired IT guy with decades of experience of computer hell of one sort or another where I needed to find a road out of where I had landed.

    That's the reason that there are so many images like this floating around the internet

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  4. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    Forget word, download open office for free, it will open your old .doc documents.
     
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    I sympathize with you. I write Fiction, and windows 10 has made keeping track of my files a Hell. After lots of different solutions that did not seem to work, I finally have a USB Solid State Hard Drive where I put anything that I am working on, or have worked on in the last year. I have to be careful that the software does not change where the files I save are going. This I have to watch very carefully.

    Linux seemed appealing for a while but I am a writer, not a geek and do no wish to become one...
     
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  6. Ellen Brown

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    When I got my first Computer back in the early 90s, I used Word Perfect and loved it. Because of my Engineering work, when Symphony came out it was very good, though in those days, the memory made lots of errors.
     
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    I find LibreOffice better and with more updates. I stopped using MS Word when it became bloatware with ribbons
     
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  8. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    We had WP at the office for a while. Then moved over to linux and started with Ted before adopting open office
     
  9. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    We had been on OpenOffice for 10 years before LibreOffice came on the scene, so like teaching old dogs new tricks we stuck with OO

    I understand it will open .doc files too
     
  10. Rival

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    They're basically the same. I just prefer the more frequent updates and aesthetic.
     
  11. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    I can understand the aesthetic, but why does it need lots of updates? My thinking, if updates are needed there is a problem.
     
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    It is an open software as with OO and the developers are very responsive to user comments; rather than there being anything wrong, it's just trying to improve upon what already works, as with any software I guess.
     
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  13. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    Horses for courses.
     
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    Revoltingest Greased up & ready for action!
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    You think you gots problems...
    I'm still running Windows 98.
    I need a DOS kernel environment to run my main operating system,
    BOS7, which is an obsolete British system I've had since 1986.
    Try getting support for either of those!
     
  15. pcarl

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    I remember that, it was my first computer. Had much fewer problems.
     
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    My daughter works in systems and has always used Apple.
     
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    I'm really liking Linux. I also seem to be seeing less background processes and RAM usage under certain versions of it, over Windows 10.
     
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    Parenthetical aside...
    DOS based operating systems (eg, Win 98) were horribly
    inefficient & slow. I was only able to switch BOS from native
    mode to a DOS application when computers reached the 486
    stage. Then the DOS speed penalty became insignificant.
     
  19. Ellen Brown

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    For purely personal reasons, I do not use Apple. I think they are predatory toward their users.
     
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