Windows 7 and the Future

As a quick follow up to my previous entry, a very timely YouTube video was uploaded today.  It is by Christopher Barnatt, who has made many interesting videos on his channel ExplainingComputers.  Here he discusses the future timeline of Windows 7 and what it means for users.

As I stated before, I am looking to make the transition to Linux.  However, I have applications that will not work with Linux.  These are my video and audio applications.  Even though there are many video/audio programs for Linux, none have the list of features that compare with what I currently have.  This will be a problem I will need to solve by the time Windows 7 is no longer supported.

Move Away from the Windows

It was about a year ago when I was experimenting with the Microsoft’s new Windows 10 Community Technology Preview as a part of the Microsoft Insiders Program.  I wanted to see Microsoft’s vision of their future operating system and decide if it was worth the move.  They were offering it for free, but I knew the cost of upgrading operating systems.  Just because there was no monetary cost it did not mean there was a cost in time and frustration with updated user interfaces.

For years, I have used Windows 7 as my “production” operating system.  I never upgraded to Windows 8 because I did not like its interface.  When I previewed it, it was difficult to find features and settings I was used to because everything was reorganized.  I also found many online complaints about software not working correctly in the new version because not all software vendors had not made necessary changes to their programming.

Another factor was the fact the process of “upgrading” to a new version of a Windows operating system was a gamble.  Most of my tech support friends recommended never do an upgrade to a new OS.  Always install a fresh version.  Since I did not want to reinstall all of my software again, I held off on moving up.  Everything was working fine, so why take the chance?

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Cooking with a Solar Oven

Global Sun Oven

For quite awhile now, I have known about solar ovens, but have never really thought about them much.  I had the opportunity to see several models at the Self Reliance Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah.  There are numerous videos on the internet about their use, but they always seemed more of a novelty item.  However, their usefulness became apparent as I used the oven.  It turned out to be very useful to have on hand, especially during the summer months when you could cook and not heat up the house with the regular oven.  As a bonus, it uses no electricity, so there was energy savings, also.  It can help you extend any stored fuel supplies (wood, charcoal, LP, etc.) and allow you to prepare a delicious meal using only the energy of the sun.

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