Blog or website

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This site has become more of a blog than a website which is ok. I am busy doing stuff like admin of the Fellows Forum and constructing a Hub for Fellows so….

However I will turn it back into a website – on my todo list, so watch this space, please go have a look at http://pjfb.org my latest offering.

Thanks.

If you want to get in touch: http://pjfb.org/contact or just email  me@pjfb.org  AND I just updated my phone to Windows 10, great stuff.

 

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Smart Phone

newphoneTo complete my technological revolution thought i better get a new phone. I had had my old phone since my daughter broke my Nokia and I subsequently lost it.  It was a good phone and I had had it for about 5 years. Strapped for cash I bought a postfone from the post office which cost €10.  It didn’t do much more than send and receive calls.  So a new phone. I went to the eircom shop in the mall and found a Nokia Lumia 625 which looked pretty good. Went home and researched it, hmmm the Nokia 925 had a wonderful camera.  It takes ordinary pictures with its 8 megapixel camera, takes multiple pictures of the same scene and a panorama, I’ll do a better one outside.

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It also takes excellent videos even of the screens:

Very impressive. The music capabilities are likewise awesome. It connects to my Bluetooth speakers effortlessly. It has great features for making mixes.  Its a Windows phone so its just a question of plugging it in to the computer via a USB and it appears in File Explorer.  I am having problems with Bluetooth connecting to the computer. This is the computers fault.  Been having trouble with connecting Bluetooth devices.

So, I seem to be well set up; tablet, computer, phone. AND I haven’t spent much money with regular affordable repayments.  AND I’ve started going to the gym so will get healthy to  use it all. My next step is getting glasses. Got eye test today and its free. Celebrating my 65th year on this planet and thanks to my UK pension which I get as a right I can afford stuff.  I get my disability and next year this will convert to an Irish pension.  Can I help? As an elder of the village I will use my skills as best I can for free. Use Me!! ( http://UseMe.biz ) It’s not so bad being old  :)))

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Windows 8.1 + Windows 7

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Well first impressions why bother with the new interface? Since windows 98 (yes I am that old lol) I have always had a customised cursor. I hate the pesky little white arrow that has been around since windows 3.1 (hehehe). So I have a customised cursor (CursorFX). This disappears in Win 8, tiles and apps so I have to tab and use arrow keys. There is nothing on the front screen that I need . One thing I don’t like is how when you launch an app it immediately goes into full screen. I have a primary monitor of 27 inches, its daft to have an app full screen. There is definitely a commercial aspect to all these windows apps. If they are free you get stuck  ads. Far too commercial for me. Its my computer and I have bought the software I need  there are over a hundred apps installed I don’t want or need. Mind you pressing the windows key and typing the name of the program e.g Word brings it up instantly.

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and this is just up to Cs. Then click on them and you get full screen. Sticky Notes full screen?

start menuI have all the programs I use on the task bar and half a dozen on the front screen. I won’t give up on the Windows 8 interface but with the Start button back and by right clicking on it… Everything you need for computer management is there.  Then in Windows 7 there were gadgets which I loved and used the BBC radio player daily and a large clock. . The good news is I found a program that puts them back.  So do I regret installing Windows 8.1? By no means its the latest generation of windows. It boots much much faster  and has more security functions. The Task Manager is great and you can see exactly whats going on with the processor and RAM.  I have no problem with two monitors either dragging windows from one to another and I have the task bar on both monitors.  So I like Windows 8 just don’t like Metro or the apps but don’t use them. I like Windows 7  and have it as the interface but under the bonnet its Windows 8.1. I boot straight into the desktop.

 

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So I have the best of both worlds.

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