Before You Upgrade to Windows 10

Image source: http://www.komando.com/happening-now/310826/windows-10-worries-7-things-that-wont-work-after-you-upgrade/all

Image source: http://www.komando.com/happening-now/310826/windows-10-worries-7-things-that-wont-work-after-you-upgrade/all

OK, if you’ve been following this trend….

You may know that you should do a bit of cleanup before and after you upgrade. I’m overdue on writing the post for the post Windows 10 upgrade.

But, here’s a new wrinkle. If you are upgrading from Windows 8, you may have more work to do.

There are a few ways to restore the Start menu in Windows 8. It became almost standard practice to install Classic Shell, or some other form of start menu restoration, to solve one of the biggest complaints about Windows 8 – which was, “Hey, where’s my start menu?!?!?” Insert damning commentary about Microsoft’s lack of understanding of real human beings here.

Microsoft’s insolence aside, if you did find a way to create a start menu with some add-on software, you’ll want to remove it prior to upgrading to Windows 10. In some cases, that add-on feature makes the start menu unusable after the upgrade. I know, it’s sickening, right?

Today, I spent hours trying to recover a computer from the malady that is a Windows 10 upgrade, whether you want it or not! I’ve seen several cases where the software installs itself, even though you’ve repeatedly clicked on the, “No, no, never!” response to Microsoft’s insistence.

Oh, and just in case you don’t follow me faithfully, please, please, PUH-LEASE! Back up your data right now. Back it up to the cloud if you can. But back it up on anything you have…. Your spinning hard drive will die. There’s no doubt about this. And, your Window 10 upgrade, if it makes your computer unusable, is pretty close to a hard drive failure. Just do it. Do it now.

 

Windows 10 Features

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Image source: https://www.braintek.com/

Preparing to write an article on new features I find useful in Windows 10, I had to do a search, first. Here are the results to: “should I upgrade to windows 10”

OK, so I’m partial to Google search – sosumi. Here are results from Cortana/Bing.

While on the phone with GoDaddy support yesterday, it occurred to me that I should record a video to “show and tell” the features I like best. It is always a challenge to think of the handful of things I really like about Windows 10, when I’m trying to tell someone about the value of upgrading. YouTube awaits my next opus.

Here are a few things I’ll cover:

  • Snipping Tool
  • Windows Positioning
  • Recent Items – Windows Explorer
  • Windows Key Updates
  • Quick Access

One More, For Fun

Here’s another embedded Tweet, for your reading pleasure.

Use it or lose it, applies to muscles and brains!

Embedding Tweets

This may be useful, or serve no purpose, depending on your use of Social Media to promote your message, or your business. Below you’ll see an embedded Tweet that came from a post I put on Facebook, with a link back to an article on my personal blog. So, posting this here now, in some ways closes the loop. Perhaps I need a graphic to illustrate this concept?

Recently, my business has seen an increased focus on website and blog creation. I’m pretty sure my blogs would see far less traffic if I did not share my posts on Social Media. If you’d like to have more visitors to your business website, it makes sense to create content that helps people find you. The end result is the KLT value you get by giving prospects the opportunity to see and hear what you are willing to share about your interests. On my personal blog, I talk about anything that moves me (at times, even painful topics) that merely serve my need to continue writing.

Create A Post – Three Easy Steps

Sosumi on Reekes

On creating a new word, to name a sound.

  1. Think of something.
  2. Write a sentence (or a few sentences).
  3. Add an image.

1990 Neology – go ahead, say it out loud.
It’s fun to say, because alliteration is fun.

Attribution: http://reekes.net/sosumi/

Two Ways to Start a Blog

create on wp

  1. Free and Easy!
  2. Inexpensive and not as easy.

There are good reasons for choosing either of these options.

  • With free and easy, you don’t host your content, so you don’t have complete control over its destiny.
  • With free and easy, you don’t pay for hosting and you don’t have as much to learn* about WordPress.
  • Inexpensive and not as easy means you pay a nominal cost to purchase a domain and host your blog – this gives you complete control over your content.
  • Inexpensive and not as easy means you have a few more things to learn about managing your blog.

*You’ll learn WordPress to some degree with either, or both options – it is an imperative.

We are going to explore the 1st option here.

First, let’s oversimplify things.

Here are three steps for starting a blog.
None of these is any easier than the others, and each step depends upon your approach, preconceived notions, and decision making skills.
Leaving creativity out of this process will make things go quickly and get us to our ultimate goal of having a fully functional blog where we can then feel free to express our creative skills.
So, we build the frame, then paint the picture! (Put down your paintbrush and think, “structure.”)

  1. Think of your topic, subject matter, what you plan to present; and name it. (Ex. mygrandkidsphotos or mynovelapproach or cookingwithkate, etc.)
  2. Using that name, create your blog on WordPress.com. (You must be able to log into email to get through this step!)
  3. Customize your blog and modify existing content, or create new content. You are now a blogger!

Seriously, that is all it takes to get started.
These three steps, with details, are shown below.

  1. Think of your topic, subject matter, what you plan to present, and name it.
    1. Realize your name must be unique (in the WordPress world.)
    2. Your name may be a combination of words, like: “mygreatgrandkids.”
    3. WordPress will help with suggestions, if your name is already taken.
  2. Using that name, create your blog on WordPress.com.
    1. Point your browser at: https://wordpress.com/ and click, “Start a Blog.”
    2. Use your email address, your name from step 1, and think of a password.
    3. Log into your email and click to confirm the message from WordPress.
    4. Really, you are done! Your blog is now ready for your content.
  3. Customize your blogsite and modify existing content, or create new content.
    1. Choose a theme.
    2. Edit the page and the post provided by WordPress.
    3. Or, create a new page, or post, or both.
    4. Here we begin to learn how to work with WordPress.
    5. Your blog – the creation of it, was finished at completion of Step 2.

Congratulations!

Wouldn’t It Be Nice

SM stuffIf you had a simple, “add my social media sites” button you could use whenever some new website asks you for these details, would it save you some time?

I’m working on it!

 

Considerations Prior To Your Windows 10 Upgrade

Image source: http://www.komando.com/happening-now/310826/windows-10-worries-7-things-that-wont-work-after-you-upgrade/all

Image source: http://www.komando.com

  1. Is it necessary?
    The simple answer is, no. While that answer assumes you are happy with your current Windows 7 or 8 operating system, the answer is further qualified or disqualified by benefits and the all-important idea – Free (until July of next year), which is a pretty good deal.
  2. What are the benefits?
    Long ago, I learned to use the sage advice of others to answer my questions. It would take several blog posts to fully detail all of the benefits of using the new Windows 10 OS. So, here is a link to several articles others have written. Do your research and decide for yourself. The primary reason for my upgrade is, that’s just how it is with me. I must run Windows 10, so I’ll know how to help you. And, I like it.
  3. What are the drawbacks?

    Advice extracted from this article: “Better the Devil ye ken, than the Devil ye don’t” — those are wise words, born of much pain.

  4. Why not wait?
    If it really doesn’t interest you, or it doesn’t matter in the least, there’s no reason to not simply wait. Watch the dust settle, or just go outside for some fresh air – it’s so nice in the desert, this time of year! Eventually, Microsoft will issue hundreds of patches and probably, “Service Pack 1,” as it has for other versions of Windows. By that time, Windows 10 should be pretty stable. End your waiting prior to July 28, 2016, however, if you want a free Windows 10 upgrade.
  5. Links I’ve used while writing this post:

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Today, I was going to take the plunge with Margaret’s computer. My wife has little interest in the version of Windows running on her computer. When I asked her if she would like me to upgrade to Windows 10, she laughed (the best result I can get….) and said, “You may as well ask me if I want the X11 refrigerator! Does it keep things cold? Then, yes.”

The answer to your question is, yes. I think a Windows 10 upgrade, for most people, should have little impact. For power users, it is definitely a meaningful upgrade.

Kim Komando is a great source for advice about Windows 10. She is far more paranoid about the “security risks” of having Microsoft track your activities than I am, however. Still, her site provides a wealth of information about things worth considering before you make the leap to Windows 10.
http://www.komando.com/happening-now/310826/windows-10-worries-7-things-that-wont-work-after-you-upgrade/all

http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2015/10/16/microsoft-windows-10-free-upgrade-changes/
http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2015/08/02/windows-10-vs-windows-8-vs-windows-7-whats-the-difference/

http://winsupersite.com/windows-10/details-changes-windows-10-activation-threshold-2

Printing and PDF

Recently, a client wrote to ask, “What’s going on here?” The answer is easy, as is the remedy. What happens is, your computer has looked for your default printer and not finding it, has provided this alternative. Before we go fix the sleeping printer problem, let’s talk about, “Save as PDF” and the potential benefit. Suppose you are going to print an email or a recipe, something that warrants yet another bit of paperwork you will manage. If it is something you intend to keep, might it be nice to have a backup copy on your computer? Save as PDF will produce that file for you. Name it well and put it in a folder that makes sense, so you can find it again, when you need it (or, when you lose the hard copy you are about to produce.)

Now, to fix the problem with the printer, you have to make sure it is “awake” and ready to “talk” with your computer. On many modern printers, the energy saving feature lets them go into a “sleep” mode that may interrupt communications. Simply tap the screen, or maybe push the power button for a second and the printer should wake up. Having done this, the computer should recognize that it can send a print job there, but you still have one more step to do before you’ll see the “Print” button where the “Save” button is now.

print to local destinationsRight under “Save as PDF” is a button labelled, “Change.” Click that button, then click on “Manage,” under Local destination in this window and you should see your printer there. If it is not there, you may have to reboot, to get the two machines to talk to each other again.

By the way, if you choose the first option and Save as PDF, you can always print the resulting PDF file to your printer. It does give you a nice preview of what will come out of the printer. Sometimes that preview will show you something you didn’t intend to print at all! That’s a topic for another post.

Enjoy!

Find Your Voice


Think of your blog as a history preservation project! Imagine your grandchildren wanting to know more about what grandma or grandpa was doing or thinking all those years ago, when the Internet was young. Without even trying, you’ll be providing a useful online legacy for future generations to enjoy!

If my daughter’s boys ever stumble upon rouleywrites.com – they will have the opportunity to read about the movies I’ve seen, the music I like, the opinions I’ve shared, and the interests I’ve shown, through the posts I’ve written there. 

On That Subject Line…

This is one of my favorite expressions from Toastmasters – one of their many taglines, mottoes, whatever you call them – it simply speaks to me!
The same is sometimes said about writing, or writers. As in, “With this new novel, he has really found his voice!”
Here’s hoping you’ll find yours. If any part of this newsletter resonates with you, I’d be pleased to receive your comments, feedback, helpful advice, etc.
Send an email: mousehelp@rouzell.com

History Preservation Project

This image is one of my favorites, purchased many years ago, to aid in promoting a cause. Click the image for details on this story. Here are the basics: I’m planning to create a website we can all use to capture and catalog the stories our elders have to tell. Following the theme of this newsletter, it further illustrates the point made in paragraph one. The challenge is getting younger (read, tech-savvy) people on board, perhaps those seeking a career in journalism, to do the writing. Where we live, in Coachella Valley, there is likely an unlimited source of older people with stories to tell. Now, all we have to do is connect the young writers with the story-tellers, scan a few photos, and sell subscriptions to the site to support the whole thing. We are done!

For more information, click here.
If you’ve been to mousehelp.org, or Palm Desert SEO, you may know I’ve been working diligently to be the local SEO expert in Palm Desert. This work is paying off now, as my quest to rise to the top of Google’s search results, has achieved just that result! You may have to scroll past the paid advertising, as I use purely organic SEO techniques to ensure my place on page one of Google’s Search Results!

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