Mum: can I switch my computer off while I’m away?
Wendy: yes, there’s a button on the side…
Mum: No, I mean can I just pull the plug out of the wall, I want to use the socket for a timer and side light?
Wendy: Yes, that should work
Mum: can I switch my computer off while I’m away?
Wendy: yes, there’s a button on the side…
Mum: No, I mean can I just pull the plug out of the wall, I want to use the socket for a timer and side light?
Wendy: Yes, that should work
I wont be downloading windows 10 on my 2nd surface. I want to savour the excellent tablet oriented design of Windows 8. Design that didn’t assume that a physical keyboard was attached. That’s how I use my surfaces. I’ll miss Windows 8. It looks like Microsoft has focussed the design of Windows 10 on the assumption of a keyboard attached as the primary use context. Not designed for me, or people that enjoy the tablet form factor (without they keyboard). Ho hum
Here are a few moments I went through with the windows 10 upgrade process, rated on a scale of 0 thru 5 where 0 s atrocious and 5 is excellent, followed by a description of what I’ve rated
5* It downloaded in the background
2* It has completed downloading – now install – message not displayed on tablet UI, I missed it for a couple of weeks
5* I liked be able to set when to install. I choose midnight, when I’d be asleep
0* It actually start installing until when I wanted to use my computer in the morning, not at midnight. A significant, unexpected, disruption to my planned use time
0* I had to reset my preferred colour scheme and desktop background after installing. Come on! These are personal settings that should be migrated!
2* After install was set-up. Just when you think you’ve finished, you have to do something else
2* Set-up encouraged accepting default options that included sharing information with advertisers to tailor advertising to me. I used the option to review and set all the options rather than accepting defaults to remove this default, and the automated sharing of location information. I was unsure what some of the options really meant, for example the automated connect to networks. It offered to automatically connect to my contacts networks. Interesting, but I opted out of this, I want to know what networks I’m connecting to and approve that connection
2* Very new UI that gives prominence to the “Desktop” interface, is not immediately intuitive, takes time to learn. M experience of everyday use MAY be better once I’ve learned it. But the first experience of the new UI is not inspiring or encouraging
1* The “start menu” is back. Undoubtedly a crowd pleaser, but the way they’ve constructed it is to move (downgrade) the tablet selection UI and ‘squeeze’ live-tiles into a space within the start menu space, effectively making what was once “All programs” into a group, scrollable, tile selection. Leaving the left hand side of the stat menu a a traditional work list. it’s a strikingly conservative design. They’ve got lots of old crowd pleasers in the start menu like “file explorer” the power menu, and settings. And they’ve ‘forced’ a grouping on the live tiles rather than re-using my groupings. They’ve added things tracking the stock market! What does that say about the product development team! Hah. I’ve been ‘un-pinning’ these personally irrelevant things from the menu and trying to regroup everything and rename it back to my original arrangement. The live tiles have lost a lot of functionality, e.g. for showing summaries of their contents
0* Had to trawl through virtually all the PC settings to find out how to ‘get back’ some of my windows 8 positive experiences. Glad to be able to set the menu as full screen tiles. Disappointed windows didn’t detect my lack of keyboard and set this as default that could be offered for adjustment when a keyboard is first attached
0* Keyboard auto-arrival is SO MUCH WORSE. I have to manually open and close the virtual keyboard
0* inconsistent and rare screen reformatting when virtual keyboard is opened, much worse than windows 8. I’m often unable to see key instructions or entry fields on my screen because they are obscured by the keyboard, previously this was not a problem
3* It hook quite a lot pf use o work out how to move between my Apps an desktops. The new multitasking navigation model. This could be god for on going use. I’m still not confident I fully understand it
3* Resetting passwords for things that Windows didn’t already know my passwords for – it’s gathering knowledge of all my passwords. I’m not overly happy with the forced linking of all that knowledge about me. I can see this is a step towards being able to upgrade without having to reset all the passwords, but its a standard pain in the upgrade process and I wasn’t expecting it this time round
*1 Skype asking me to install an update again, feels like about 4 in the last month, but I may not of completed them to the software’s expectations because the process was so convoluted and unintuitive. Maybe I’ve only done this 2 times. I hope this second time has re-instated the effective use lf my tablet camera. I doubt it given all the other enhancements have been a step backward for tablet users
0* I got so frustrated on the first hour after installing that I rebooted the surface – just out of learning from past experience, mot any help or advice from windows or it’s apps. It installed updates! I guess the settings changes I made required rebooting. They should have advised me. But maybe it was something else… the update was from Microsoft, within an hour of a Microsoft update, so I feel justified in directing my anger and frustration towards them
5* The ability to roll back to windows 8 within 4 weeks. But the fear of facing equal resetting pain after the roll back is a blocker… not yet sure whether to roll back..
Very excited about my first trip to India (Bangalore). I’ve got a ‘Tripit’ account because it leverages other corporate software systems for travel. Tripit’s got an App on my iPhone (work supplied, OBVIOUSLY!) and my personal windows phone and…..
I made the technology-ignorant assumption that if I could use an App on my Windows phone, there would be an equivalent for my windows surface…. they’re both windows mobile devices….
Must remember that technology rarely meets use expectations of the technically naïve
So I’ll be sat at the airport during icky layovers (New Jersey on the way out, Mumbai on the way back) using my surface to read and surf the nets for pleasure but my tripit notifications will be coming through whichever phone I’ve decided to turn on
Since September 2013 I’ve been using a surface pro 1
4 frowns (NO! It’s just wrong) 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 Rating scale explained
In 20yrs of buying computers, this computer ranks as my single worst computer purchase. Expensive and ‘unfinished’. The Microsoft surface range is already on Version3 and the company no longer manufactures compatible power-cables – that fail within 8 months anyway. My current power cable has just died. This means I either have to get a new PC or try another power cable made by someone other than Microsoft. The last non-Microsoft produced power cable I tried lasted all of 2 months.
Furious, I was
When I first got the thing the software was all buggy, it took nearly a year of updates to get that working smoothly.
During skype-calls with mum, progressively we encountered problems where she could hear me, I couldn’t hear here her. Rebooting my surface solved the problem. Sigh.
The top volume has always been a bit too quiet for listening to music or watching films. I’ve been using a jambox to get a better volume but the sound keeps cutting-out, even when the Jambox is physically connected to the surface. It gives the impression that the hardware was too poor quality for sound production.
What to do now?
Microsoft will give me (up to) $150 trade-in on my current surface if I can take the risk that they’ve actually acted to change all the problems with the surface 1. I’ll get a year’s free subscription to office 365 and free upgrade to windows 10 when it’s released. Windows upgrades are not something that I enjoy spending half my weekend doing… I’m not sure $150 will cover the inconvenience because I have to mail them my old surface for them to assess if I’m entitled. That means…
Oddly, there is still a risk I might buy a surface pro 3. I call this risk ‘optimism’ and a belief that Microsoft learns quickly from it’s mistakes..
Really, I don’t want a sensible plan, I want a new computer NOW!
What documents and technology should I:
I’m sorting through my paper files today. Obviously I’ll carry my Surface, and the internet, provide access to much of the critical information. But not all. While thinking about what documents are critical I decided to backup my Surface, it’s got useful documents stored locally – photographs, resumes, a blog back-up etc
I looked for the “Windows Easy File Transfer”, this had helped me transfer some of my windows content from my last PC to this one. Discovered that it only allows you to transfer stuff ONTO the surface, not for use as backup or a way of transferring stuff to a new Surface. Explored the backup options and they all use the ‘Sky Drive’. Looks like the Skydive saves all my computer settings but not any files I’ve stored locally. Pain in butt.
Now I’m using what looks like the old windows backup to ‘copy’ all my files on an external drive.
Replacing this surface with another one *should* be relatively easy. Moving between service providers, for example from Microsoft to Apple would be painful by comparison.
We wandered around the computer displays.
Wendy: which one do you like mum?
Mumsie: I can only choose based on how they look dear
Wendy: They’ll all work for what we want them to do, so that’s an ok way to choose
Mumsie: This one has a big space-bar, I want a big space bar. Why is that one [an Apple] so expensive?
Wendy: It’s for people who like showing off that they can pay a lot for their computer, I can’t help you with using that one, I can help you using with all the others.
The large store was very busy in January. We asked for an assistant and were put in a notional queue, we browsed while we waited for an assistant.
Assistant: How can I help you?
Mumsie: I don’t know, we want a computer with a keyboard
Wendy: Mumsie wants to do emailing, share her digital pictures, use Facebook and write the WI minutes. And I don’t want to push her into getting anything she doesn’t feel comfortable with
Mumsie: Oh, is that what we want?!
Assistant: You want a Surface RT, it comes with Microsoft Office installed for writing your minutes
Mumsie: Wendy, is that the ‘Word’ thing that I use? I just copy last month’s minutes and make small changes each month
Wendy: Yes mumsie [turns to assistant] Do any of the others have a version of word installed, and how much would it cost to add Word [annoyed because my surface pro didn’t come with any version of Office, just the option to purchase the full version]?
Assistant: Only the surface comes with Office installed, it is a reduced version but should be sufficient for your Mum’s needs. You’d have to buy and install it on other Windows8 machines
He started talking about Bluetooth and other technical features at this point and I could see mumsie getting disengaged.
Wendy: can mum have a go with it?
He took us to see three Surfaces, each with a different coloured keyboard. Mumsie really liked the keyboard because it had a decent space-bar, but mostly because it was backlit so the letters on the keys were really easy to see. We bought the surface because the value for money and enabling mum to keep using word was important. Then on with the shopping, we wandered off to look at the winter coats. Mumsie carried the surface easily around the store as we continued browsing. Nice. It was like buying a computer had become just another thing you buy on a shopping trip. A bit scary for mum, but it was my money so it all went smoothly. The package even fitted under the table in John Lewis’s café as we stopped to treat ourselves to coffee and cheesecake. Mum doesn’t use a walking stick, but if she did she would have been able to carry the surface easily around John Lewis’s. Well done.
I was a bit scared about how right the Surface RT would be for her, I would soon find out, but that’s another blog post…
In early September 2013 I bought a Microsoft surface. The box is firm, strong and its easy to both see and feel what to do next, pull the white box out from the darker gray box. It’s a tight fit, but smoothly pulls out revealing a continuation of the simple branding, without the typical set of legal, feature, geeky must-know information. Nice.
The white box is opened by a lid, again it’s obvious and easily turned back to open. No latch or catch used because it’s not needed with the sleeve design lf the gray box. Pleasingly simple, it feels like playing pass the parcel with myself, and I’m almost at the prize… The inside of the lid is the same bright blue as the logo on the outside.
The surface is right there, wrapped in a shiny cellophane wrapper, not necessary but I loved being able to see it and having yet another level of the present unwrapping feeling. The power cable was wrapped in the same shiny cellophane, given the same gift status as the actual surface. They were Out Of the Box (OOBE) and plugged in within the minute.
At first I barely noticed the paper user-guide and electronic pen placed under the surface. I didn’t need to notice. The power cable had ‘snapped’ into position on the surface, there was only one place it could go and they were literally magnetically attracted, no need for me to be dextrously precise in placing it. Ooh! NICE! Only 2 buttons on the Surface, one looks like volume so the other must be power. I pressed both as I reached for what I presumed was either a user manual or quick start guide. It turned out to be a 3 page, concertinaed quick start guide labelling all the external hardware features. Easily digested, superfluous yet comforting.
I turned away from the packaging and logged into the surface using my ancient Hotmail account, it was so smooth, quick and immersive that I didn’t take any photographs and was finished in a couple of minutes, relaxed in my comfy chair, exploring the possibilities
There were some minor demo’s of interactions that showed how to find the side controls and search, the bottom of screen controls and the stuff on the right. Possibly some more, I can no longer remember if I was told about or discovered the pinches, flicks, pulls and long-presses. They’re not intuitively discoverable so someone, sometime must have shown them to me.. It wasn’t long until I white screened, while loading my thousands of photographs up to the SkyDrive, which couldn’t cope.
I twitted about this and then got into a frustrating bug-diagnosis discussion with the surface twitter feed. Oh dear, a great start, packaging, went down hill dramatically quickly as the expensive device demonstrated poor usability performance and ill thought-out social media use which merely inflamed my situation. I didn’t learn, over the next few weeks. I had several frustrating interactions with Surface twitter who asked me questions I wasn’t able to answer, making me feel stupid, and not making any noticeable progress to solving my problem. Compiling the anti-climax of my first experience.
Alas, Mumsies experience this January went downhill from when we turned the power on, but that’s another blog post…
Wendy: You can ‘Save’ it in an address book on your computer. Can you see anything here that suggests ‘save’ or ‘keep’?
I look at the symbol of the floppy disk and wonder what dipstick in the Microsoft visual design icon set development team thought that a floppy disk would be meaningful to youngsters who’ve never seen one and oldies like mum who’ve never used one. While I can’t imagine a universal symbol for ‘save’, ‘keep’ or ‘store’, this symbol clearly misses the mark now and will miss the mark even more with the younger generations to come.
Wendy: What does that look like?
Mumsie: the car driving over the football?
Wendy: Yes! Brilliant, that’s exactly what it looks like, a ‘hummer’!
Mumsie: What’s a ‘hummer’? Someone in a choir who’s forgotten the words?
She’s quickly learnt the symbol now I’ve told her that it means ‘save’, the car saving the goal strike. Mumsie is very bright. Gotta love her and question who was recruited by the windows 8 user testing team to test the legibility of this icon.
The default (Microsoft) App for
Surface shipped too soon. I’m not a Beta tester, I paid full price for this half-baked product. Those are bugs that should have been found during the internal use, before even going to Beta testing or Preview. I’m Furious and want to return the machine and get my money back. Meanwhile, @surface behaves as if my anger is an opportunity to uncover the bug reproduction steps, to waste my time on something they should already know because its such a consistent behaviour. How to make a furious Wendy fume even more!
Several friends experience similar messages after their updates. What’s an ordinal? Do I care? Dynamic link library? Seriously?!
What were the windows update test team doing when they let these error messages slip through before releasing?
Just in case you thought that all my story blog posts mean that I’m neglecting my role of publicising details of software failures, I thought I’d throw this little message in the pot.
Arriving at work to discover that my computer had ‘shutdown unexpectedly’ or some such phrase that completely ignores the emotional impact of a computer crash. I do like that Microsoft wants to know about these events so they can diagnose their causes and work with partners to reduce their occurrence. I’d rather they used this messaging opportunity to:
Eventually these things may well happen, but I’m getting impatient, come-on already!
This Rolex store in Wilmslow appears to be based in what was once a movie theatre. The tall coloured windows are something I associate with UK movie theatre architecture.
Late in the evening the coloured windows provide light, warmth, colour and a smile to the cold, dark, windy street. The colourful light made me smile. The colours are the colours of the Microsoft windows logo.
Without directly promoting products this Rolex store has promoted good spirit in a way that anyone, irrespective of income, can share.
The Blue flash of colonel panic is not a military award, one of the X-men, X-women, a Transformer, or other superhero.
The file dump from Windows 7 “Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD)” happens so quickly that we rush to capture an digital image for posterity because maybe there will be a generation of computer users that have never see a blue screen. I hope so.
You can see the blue screen paparazzi in the reflection on an old Lenovo laptop. The windows 7 message is already teasing the user with more text than they can possibly read in the time it’s displayed! Squinting at the photograph I saw the phrase “BIOS updates” – a phrase that produces a mild form of the gagging reflex.
Windows 8 is succinct, readable, understandable and less SCARY!
The message has changed for Windows 8, it looks like a more graceful failure message because it has larger, more readable, and understandable text. It looks like they’ve actually written it for the normal people that will see it rather than for the developers. They no longer mention “Caching and shadowing”, “removing or disabling components” or the gaggable “Bios updates”. I wonder whether it’s still a ‘Blue Flash’. Excellent user experience enhancements.
The sender of this email agreed to let me publish it because he’s entertaining and talking about buying a PC from PC world:
My Dad just bought a new computer, without asking me first *facepalm*.
He went to PC World and some jackanape sold him a win 8 machine. Apparently it’s ‘in the cloud’ and ‘blazingly fast’, something my dad doesn’t understand but was convinced is a good thing.
To cut a long story short, my dad has come to visit and is begging me to put win 7 on it.
He said ‘it took me 45 minutes to find the control panel on it and i’ve been deleting stuff but noting makes that f*cking screen go away’.
Thanks MS. Thanks PC World.
Sent from my phone
The UK advertising campaign is my main source of thinking it’s not meant for me. For example, in an advertising email Microsoft appears to be suggesting that Windows 8 has been designed for either:
I am neither of these things – but I can afford a decent personal computer, unlike many of the young people who can’t afford to leave home let-alone have a kiddy.
The promotional picture of the UK Windows 8 upgrade website is equally excluding me from its focus. Below we see what looks like a young family, a beardyman wearing pink corduroy flares, a woman with a strappy dress and a child with a big smile. They are all bravely ignoring the wind storm that is about to take down the palm trees in the background. Is this the Windows 8 user-group or representing their aspirations. I am very far from being either of these. I wonder if it’s Microsoft’s imagination of what they aspire to have their users be like. Tush. I can see I’m a disappointment to them – too old with insufficient babies.
Looks like my next computer will be the Nexus 7. Ironically, a friend who’s a recent mother is raving about how she can feed the baby with one arm while using the Nexus with the other….
I LOVE my plan.
Gosh, I’ve gone and gotten all happy and I haven’t even spent a penny yet!
I know which of the in-store laptops were most appealing and an online search found that even the manufacturers refurbished version was £200 more than the instore model I’d seen, and that was BEFORE the £150 cash-back trade-in on my ‘old’ laptop.
All the online versions were not only more expensive, they were quoting a 3 week delivery period, what’s up with that?! Walking out of a store with a laptop under my arm is the cheapest and quickest option! Thomas and I roll up at PC world who are selling the Acer Aspire 3 for near £200 less than thier ‘Currys’ store. Oddly, Currys had a price match promise – but why buy more expensive and have to claim the money back in a price match within the same company – BONKERS!
Ever since the Cupboard’s face got smashed in I’ve been asking friends and colleagues for advice on what I should do – what sort of computer I should get and when.
My UK friends give diverse advice which naturally mirrors their own preferences. Though the IT professionals quickly get side-tracked onto talking about virtual machines – getting terribly excited at the thought. They seem to run substantial Apples with dual-boot from which they control lots of virutal machines. Not really for me.
I’ve also been popping into local shops that sell computers – Currys, PC world, Comet, John Lewis . In these stores I get the pleasure of chatting to young handsome fellows who’re very excited about the prospect of being able to save up for an Apple iPad. Cute, but not actually too helpful for me – they aren’t good at ucovering my criteria and herding me towards one of their products. I’ve got wads of dosh in my pocket for something special, yet no-one’s selling to me. They’re selling to themselves. Most bizarre.
On the day that Windows 8 released I pootled along to Currys to play with a copy on their display machines. Everything started well:
I wandered over to the windows 8 laptops that looked about the right size and design funkiness. Oh, a small blue one with ripples on the lid (Acer Aspire One). My first experience of Windows 8 was a message that says:
“Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC“
Oh how I laughed!
A young assistant noticed my standing looking at the computer, giggling, he swooped in and offered his help.
wendy: is this manufacturer installed windows 8 or a windows 7 machine that’s been upgraded in the store?
assistant: it came from the manufacturer with windows 8 on it
wendy: it’s not working, that’s not good on a demo machine is it?
assistant: it just means it didn’t shutdown properly, that’s all, I’ll just reboot it
In my research for replacing my home laptop I’m stumbling across a lot of scathing press on windows 8. I’ve not seen or used a copy so this is all speculation based on rumour and such-like. I’m hearing that Windows 8 will alienate:
I suspect Microsoft are trying to apply an approach that has worked well with the Office Ribbon. They deliberately chose to accept the initial backlash that comes when the first-use experience not optimised because they knew that once learned it the experience is significantly better for regular use. One suite of products, one release, one core user-group – Corporations. The Office user experience team undertook a lot of high quality research to make sure they knew the impact of introducing the Ribbon on ongoing productivity.
Does this strategy work for an operating system across multiple form-factors (phone, tablets, laptops, Desktops)? Once Windows 8 has been on the market for 5 or more years will most of the use problems fade into distant memory? Assuming that Windows customers stick with Windows and undergo the pain while everyone adapts to the new interface, this could happen:
The big risk that Microsoft is taking appears to be that in this time period many customers may have researched, learned, built, commitments to other operating systems (Mac, Android etc) and not be prepared to move ‘back’. It’s a huge, brave, bet by Microsoft. I hope they’ve done their groundwork research to know this is going to work.
I’m buying a computer in the next couple of weeks. Will it run Windows 8? What’s your guess?
While standing in the isle of a FGW commuter train from London Paddington I watched the young man seated beside me using his Blackberry phone. It looked like a mini Windows 95 – text-menu list overload! My gut reaction was yuck! The young man navigated the text-heavy grey menu with impressive speed. Clearly an experienced user.
Some of the things I love about my Android HTC desire are the way the designers have managed to
According to wikipedia Brian Eno said of this piece
The idea came up at the time when I was completely bereft of ideas. I’d been working on my own music for a while and was quite lost, actually. And I really appreciated someone coming along and saying, “Here’s a specific problem — solve it.”
The thing from the agency said, “We want a piece of music that is inspiring, universal, blah- blah, da-da-da, optimistic, futuristic, sentimental, emotional,” this whole list of adjectives, and then at the bottom it said “and it must be 31/4 seconds long.”
I thought this was so funny and an amazing thought to actually try to make a little piece of music. It’s like making a tiny little jewel.
In fact, I made 84 pieces. I got completely into this world of tiny, tiny little pieces of music. I was so sensitive to microseconds at the end of this that it really broke a logjam in my own work. Then when I’d finished that and I went back to working with pieces that were like three minutes long, it seemed like oceans of time.
Brian Eno’s 3 1/4 sec piece for Windows 95
How to get rid of an unused program on Windows 7 Starter
Large and bold, that’s how I felt. That’s what I wanted the button to say. This was no accidental uninstall.
I wonder how often people do accidentally select something to uninstall, click ‘No’ on this dialog. If it is a genuine problem then fixing should happen before this point, improve the users ability to select the program initially, more information with larger clickable target rather than questioning the users ability to be ‘sure’.
This reminded me of the XP shut down process where you have to choose shutdown at least 2 times before it will actually do what you’ve asked, and only then if some programs haven’t objected to your wishes. Luckily Windows 7 Starter simply shuts down when I ask
Shutdown Control Hoorah!
Earlier I mentioned that my first impressions of Windows 7 Starter reminded me of XP. It’s the little things, like having
There are some ways that Windows 7 starter is definitely not like my old XP Pro. These are defintiely not little things, for example,
A quick look at the questions and answers on this forum for super users implies that they would rather have XP on their Netbooks than Windows 7 Starter. On balance, for me, Windows 7 starter is working well enough with the exception of not being allowed technically or legally to change the desktop background.
I will probably find more differences as I start to fully use the Cupboard, for now these are the immediately noticable differences.
Here we see Neverland having dinner with Matrix and I in a farmhouse style restaruant that tolerates ladies with laptops on their tables. That was
Once you’re up and running with your new, budget, computer, what do you do next? I change the desktop background to that gorgeous picture of Matrix.
When I used the fabulous easy transfer migration wizardy thing to move my files and preferred settings from Neverland, this desktop background picture didn’t move. For a fleeting second I thought this was odd but not a big problem because its so easy to pick a picture and I do enjoy picking and changing the picture.
Can you hear it coming? Can you?
Windows 7 starter does not let you change the desktop background !!!!
Apparantly ‘Starter’ means we’ll take away the frivolous fun and your ability to personalise the desktop. The available colour schemes for the desktop are the ‘Classic’ which mean make it look like Windows 2000 and the high-contrast schemes that make it easier for people with vision defects to use the computer. I can live without personalising the colour scheme but being forced to look at the windows logo on a blue background is a bad decision. Everyone I know enjoys chaning their deskop background. At work they have to have dull corporate or business backgrounds, but on their own machines and phone’s they can make it personal, put their own picture as a Background. Even cheap phones let you change the background picture, but not windows 7 starter. That was a big suprise and a major disappointment. It’s a mean not user-focussed decision, that’s just
Neverland has retired. Hardware failure due to wear and tear. She will be donating her organs to my home network. Screwdrivers at the ready!
Please welcome Neverland’s replacement, Cupboard. Neverland was a top of the range Sony Viao TT with fab processor, delicious styling, lightweight gorgeousness. She was yummy. Cupboard is a cheap Windows 7 starter Netbook, smaller and heavier than neverland. Another Sony Viao, I’m a bit of a brand loyalist. Lets hope the cheaper hardware is more robust.
Differences I noticed before purchasing when I tried the Netbook in the Sony store:
So EXCITED about getting to use the CUPBOARD, what little suprises will she have IN STORE for me!
Which of this weeks ‘errors’ do you think should win my error of the week award, and why?
Words of wisdom from an almost stranger*. in this case Windows Network Diagnostics:
When planning your party make sure you employ communicative DNS servers to hand-out the canopes and if your host is being a bit remote, just ping him a bit and he’ll deliver cuddles all round.
At least I get diversity from my regular doses of reactionary software, it’s like the early 1970’s all over again, retro-chic software on a 3 day week working to rule. Your guess is as good as mine over what rule it will work to.
At least Windows is acting as an arbitrator, looking for a solution on my behalf, this is on top of the 169 problems it recently investigated on my behalf.
Windows Vista provides problem reports and solutions. That is helpful for people who want to try and fix something now, cheaply. We don’t have to pay for a service specialist or spend hours fiddling in the depths of the control panel. This is quite nice of them. Or is it?
All Neverland’s 169 reported problems are atribbuted to Windows rather than other applications. Should I be alarmed by Windows? Or, iIs this because other programs don’t use the Windows problem reporting system or is it because Windows has an infinitely higher problem rate?
On planet wendy there are no problem reportsbecause the program causing the problem would receive the report, fix it then make me a cup of tea and compliment me on my choice of frock.