My thoughts on Windows 10

I’ve used Windows 10 for quite a while, and today a new ‘Insider Build’ was released, which finally re-introduces coloured title bars.  Windows 10 has really made me dislike pure white screens, because there are far too many of those in the OS.  Sure I could have used one of the ‘High Contrast’ themes to get the look that I wanted, but doing that causes other issues in the appearance of the Operating System.

Windows 10 is many times faster than windows 7, and the new task manager, which was introduced in Windows 8, is many times better and more informative than the older one which Windows 7 uses.  The start menu has more features than it did in Windows 7 or 8.1, I’ve managed to pin some document folders to the Windows 10 start menu, which can be very useful.  Cortana appears to be fairly useful too, though I haven’t made much use of that feature.

On the other end, some of the new ‘Universal App’ stuff has made the operating system feel a bit more unstable.  Things like the start menu not appearing when you click on it can be very aggravating.  Also for some reason I’ve had the sound system fail on two different Windows 10 machines in one day.  In the end both times it appears to have been a larger issue at hand, as not too long after the loss of the sound system, other applications began to have errors, requiring a forced restart on both machines.

In the end, Windows 10 is a good operating system, it’s good enough for most people, though it just feels that the new ‘Universal Apps’ can be buggy at times.  I still prefer Linux (Even though I haven’t been posting much about Linux recently…), but I’ll use Windows 10 without any major complaints.

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Windows 95 has turned 10 years old

Windows 95 was released on Aug 24 1995, 20 years ago.  It caused a number of changes in how people used their computers, it introduced the Start menu which many people use almost every day.

I wonder what computers would be like now if the Windows OS never became popular/common, what system would people commonly use now…

If you want to read more, you can read this interesting article about how Windows 95 changed desktop computing.

http://www.techcentral.co.za/windows-95-turns-20/59179/

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Minecraft Windows 10 Edition (And Windows 10) are out.

Well, today is an interesting day, A new version of Minecraft has been released, alongside Microsoft’s new OS.  You can get the Minecraft Windows 10 edition Beta via the Windows store on Windows 10.  If you already have the PC Edition of Minecraft, you can get the Windows 10 edition for free.  You can get the instructions at the Mojang site.

In all honesty, it’s nice getting another version of Minecraft for free, but it isn’t quite as much fun as the PC edition of Minecraft.  Especially since I like playing with a lot of mods and I also like playing on Linux whenever possible. (Sadly the Minecrift mod requires Windows 7 or 8…  10 will be compatible eventually.)

Oh yeah, Also today is the release day for Windows 10.  Everyone that reserved their upgrades will start getting it in the near future.  Otherwise I think that that’s all of the news I have right now.

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Mojang announces new version of Minecraft

Mojang has announced Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta, which will be available through the Windows 10 store on July 29…  A day after Windows 10 is offically released.

You can read the post on the Mojang website.

From what they’re saying, Windows 10 Edition is based off of Minecraft PE, and players on the Windows 10 edition will be able to play multiplayer with both other MCPE and Minecraft XBox one editions.  I do find it strange, both the XBox one and PE versions of minecraft have features which the other one doesn’t have.  I wonder how that’ll work, I guess time will tell.

The new edition will be free to people who already own the PC version of Minecraft, if you don’t have the PC Version, it’ll cost you $10 for the beta version (Eventually the price will go up)

I feel sad that they don’t have Linux on the list of platforms that Minecraft is available on, as I generally play Minecraft on Linux, as it seems to run a bit more smoothly there.  Here’s their list of systems that you can run Minecraft on.

Minecraft is available on Windows, Mac, Windows Phone, iOS, Android, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PS Vita, and now, Windows 10.

Oh and Mojang also showed a preview of the new game – Minecraft: Story Mode, made by Telltale games.

I haven’t played any of their games, but I have heard that Telltale games does make some nice story-driven games. I wonder what their Minecraft story will be like.

Well anyways, have a nice day.

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Samsung to Issue Patch to Fix Microsoft Security Update Issues | LIFARS

Here’s an interesting update on my last post…

Samsung gave in to mounting public criticism by revealing that it will no longer disable Windows’ automatic updates on Samsung-manufactured PCs and laptops and assured customers that it will release a patch within a few days, according to a report in The Verge.

Source: Samsung to Issue Patch to Fix Microsoft Security Update Issues | LIFARS

Well, it looks like Samsung has decided not to block Windows Updates any more,  I wonder what caused them to change their minds, at least this is good news for people with Samsung computers.

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Samsung disables Windows Update on its laptops, wants you to use its own utility instead | Windows Central

Well, looks like I’ll be avoiding Samsung branded computers in the near future…

All Samsung laptops come with a tool called SW Updater that checks for any updates to bloatware that comes pre-installed, along with driver and software updates. While such utilities are available from most vendors, what’s unique about Samsung’s SW Updater is that it was found to disable Windows Update, preventing Microsoft’s default updater tool from finding new updates.

Source: Samsung disables Windows Update on its laptops, wants you to use its own utility instead | Windows Central

It is a bad idea to kill windows updates, even if you don’t like to reboot your computer regularly.  Samsung forcing you to not update is a really bad idea.  I wonder how long it’ll be until they get slammed by Microsoft for screwing with their OS.

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Windows 10 and MS Insiders

From what I’ve been hearing, Microsoft might have been planning to allow insiders to get the final version of Windows 10 for free, but as time passes it appears that they’re starting to think that doing that might be a bad idea.  After their first announcement that Windows 10 would be free to Microsoft Insiders (Beta Testers) They seem to be reversing course and saying that you’ll need a valid Windows 7/8.1 license.  Of course this isn’t a surprise to me.  I got into the Windows 7 and 8 Betas and at the end of each I needed to get a full version of the OS before I could keep on using the computer.  (Also it required a full install, erasing everything on the machine)  Now I’m prepairing for the full release of Windows 10, I currently have two machines running the Tech Preview, they will probably get reset to their original versions of Windows before too long.

It is interesting seeing that Microsoft is planning to allow Windows 7 and 8.1 users to upgrade for free at any time during the first year though.

Also on a side note, I really hope that Microsoft returns window border customization.  The pure white windows are really starting to hurt my eyes.  If I could customize the system more, I’d be so happy.

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Minecraft on Hololens

Earlier today, there Microsoft had a presentation about Minecraft on their Hololens headset…

I have to wonder how close to reality that presentation is, I heard that Microsoft said that some truly epic things could be done with the Kinect, but none of that really happened, at least from what I’ve heard.  They want to make Windows 10 THE OS for VR and AR, seeing that they have a partnership with Oculus/Facebook, and evidently Valve/HTC on their Vive headset, they will probably be quite successful at doing that.

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The new Oculus Rift has been revealed!

I’m happy to see that the Oculus Rift will soon be released to the general public, sadly they put Mac and Linux support ‘on hold’, which means that Windows will be a requirement to use the Rift.  From some of the articles that I’ve been reading, thanks to a partnership with Microsoft (Which is probably the primary reason that Mac/Linux support was put on hold) the Oculus will be natively supported on Windows 10, and it’ll be possible to play XBox games on it.

In the end, I’ve become partial to the HTC Vive headset, it will have similar specs to the Oculus, but is being made with a partnership between HTC and Valve.  I think that Valve will want the Vive to work on their Steam Machines, which hopefully will mean Linux support.

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