Back Among The Interwebs

Well, that was a weekend I hope not to live through for another ten years!

It only took a few hours all told, but first came the removal of the old, the cleaning of accumulated dust dragons from the tops of desks and the underneath-sess of desks where vacuum-cleaners feared to suck.

Then we unboxed …

The Great Unboxing - unboxed

The Great Unboxing – unboxed

… and began …

Useless instructions, a cuppa, and the new toy

Useless instructions, a cuppa, and the new toy

For every set-up stage I completed at least 5 dialogue boxes popped up asking if I wanted to ‘enhance’ my experience, and not inconsequentially, send all my ‘enhance experience’ data through to the Dark Side. Suffice it to say, I always chose the ‘no’ option.

Windows 10 and Microsoft 365 aren’t as horrible as I expected them to be, but why did they have to insert two or more unnecessary, dare I say irrelevant, steps, into every action? I suspect the answer is 42, just as it is the answer to why WordPress decided their Block Editor was the way forward.

Then, we have The Two Towers – not the second Book in The Lord Of The Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien, no, more like the difference a decade of technology makes …

Size does matter - old tower on the left, new tower on the right

Size does matter – old tower on the left, new tower on the right

Finally, there was the light show. I suppose, from a marketing perspective, when you’ve innovated yourself into an evolutionary cul-de-sac, the only thing you can do is add the bling … (I’m actually going to keep on using my ergonomic keyboard and wireless mouse, but I thought you might enjoy this electronic pyrotechnic marvel)



32 comments on “Back Among The Interwebs

  1. Sue Vincent says:

    They can definitely keep the bling 😉

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  2. I doff my cap to you Widders.

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  3. Ellen Hawley says:

    Neon lights. Of course. They’re what’s been missing in your computer experience, enhanced or otherwise.

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  4. Just had my external hard drive fail; another one is coming by tomorrow. We are getting so spoiled!

    Enjoy the new – and remember Nancy Reagan: Just say no!

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  5. catdownunder says:

    I always knew you were a genius – putting all that together just proves it all over again!

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    • Widdershins says:

      It wasn’t all that hard, to be honest … the struggle has been to let go of my almost hard-wired expectations of how the software ‘should’ work after using Windows 7 for so long. My greatest gripe has been, ‘Nothing is where it should be!!!’ 🙂

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  6. TanGental says:

    But why? Did they have a spare string of Christmas lights like Robin Williams and his old piece of turkey neck and thought they shove it in your keyboard?

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    • Widdershins says:

      Because, according to the hype on the useless bits of ‘instruction’ sheet, it will enhance one’s ‘DANGEROUS GAMING PERFORMANCE!!’. (there was a lot of ‘shouting’ in those useless bits of paper)


  7. acflory says:

    -grin- congratulations and commiserations. As they say in the classics, it’s a cow of a job.

    Btw once you’ve settled in, please, /please go through the Windows 10 settings line by line because the c.r.a.p during setup is just the beginning. Check the camera and microphone settings in particular. Also look up Remote Access. It’s purpose is to allow Microsoft technicians to ‘fix’ a software problem without having to physically come to your house. That kind of convenience could also leave your computer open to hacking.
    Apologies if you know all this already.

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    • Widdershins says:

      No apologies necessary, Meeks … I need all the tips and tricks you’ve got. 😀 … when I got my iphone (the only system that would run my hearing aid software) I turned off just about everything. I’m sure Apple isn’t happy about the lack of saleable data coming from it, but life’s full of disappointments! 😀

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      • acflory says:

        -giggles- and why shouldn’t Apple feel some of them, right?
        I’m glad my experience with 10 is useful. Microsoft really did do a stealth job with 10. Hate to think how much data they’re siphoning off for free, but for me, the root problem has always been the ‘leaky’ nature of the software. If ‘they’ can use these spy tools then what’s to stop others from using them as well?

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  8. Setting up a new computer is always a tense experience for me. It seems that you’re doing well. Welcome back to the interwebs. 😀

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  9. Admin says:

    I have that keyboard too! And the answer is Always 42.

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  10. I actually love those lit up keyboards and mice! I wish they made them in ergonomic styles … if they do, I suspect I couldn’t afford them. But I think they’re fun. I totally agree with you on the WordPress block editor, it routinely drives me nuts. Glad you have a sleek new setup, in any case! Congrats and may you enjoy it for — well, until it goes completely obsolete. (Next year?) lol…

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  11. […] new hearing aids, and a new phone, because my trusty old iPhone5 is as much of a dinosaur as my old computer was, and won’t support all the high-falutin’ tech that my new ‘hearables’ require to […]


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