Sunday, July 29, 2012

File Recovery

Just read the latest issue of MaximumPC.  Good little magazine for those of us that like to get into the guts of our personal pc.  They cover hardware and software.

The article of note covered the recovery and restoration of deleted files.  Their program of choice is Piriform Recuva, and it can be found here -  It might be worthwhile to have it loaded on your PC, just in case.  It's free!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Windows 8 Part Deux

I keep trying Windows 8, but still have to revert back to 7 to get anything done.  My advice is do not switch until you have to.  Read here for some comfort -

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Idaho Camping Trip

We just returned from a 11-day rv trip to Northern Idaho.  3,500 miles.  Whew!  Yes, my rear is sore.  But, I think we got some good pictures.  I know we visited some great people.  Too bad it was nearly as hot as home, and the A/C died 5 days into the trip, and it rained .... but a good time.  This is the first picture I'll post.  I believe this was just north of Arco, Idaho.  Click on the picture and you'll link to the album on SmugMug.  I'll keep adding pictures over the coming days.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Windows 8

This article challenged me yesterday to install Windows 8.  So, for several hours last evening, I attempted to do just that.  It took much longer than a I thought, but at about midnight it was accomplished.

This is the second time I've tried Windows 8.  This latest version does work better than my first attempt, but I still have to say Windows 7 is much easier for me.  I think it is a comfort factor.  W8 is STRANGE compared to what we're used to in Windows.  It acts/looks more like an iPad or Android tablet interface.  The functionality is way below Windows 7.

I'll keep playing with it to learn it's "features".

If any of you try this dual-boot process (that's the only way I recommend you try it - do not perform a complete replacement of 7) I'd like to know what you think of it.

Free Android Apps

Many of you bring your tablets to the OCGG meetings.  And many of you use Android (my personal favorite, as well).  This site lists 50 free apps you might consider using.  The apps from the list that I currently use, and recommend, are:

Orbot (secure browsing over wifi)
Pocket (just started using this; taking the place of others like this)
MXPlayer (just seems to work all the time)
Dolphin Browser HD (I've tried most of the browsers - keep coming back to this one)
Go SMSPro (I don't text much, but this make it look nice)
Swype (A real time saver when inputting text)