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Given my computer away because I am so very disappointed.

  1. #21


    Nobody can force me to use a tablet but I'll take one as a Christmas present.

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  2. #22


    There is hope for the older generation .... I went from Win XP to Win7 to Win8 to Win8.1 with no "teething" issues. I am 63 now, and my 94 year-old Dad bought himself a HP Laptop with Win 8 a year or so ago, and he is now running Win 8.1
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  3. #23


    Quote Originally Posted by md2lgyk View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    What a bunch of . . . I am Seventy years old and have had three strokes. Now I can't walk worth a darn, can't drive my any more (state took my License away, but I still can use a computer without any problem though my typing is sometime a major problem. So instead of complaining why not set your butt down in the chair and learn how to us it or just load windows XP, Vista, or Win 7 and enjoy your computer instead of coming where complaining about how bad everything is for you. Oh, and there is Linux (not my choose, albeit it is another way to go.
    Right on! I'm "only" 67, but couldn't agree more. You stop learning, you stop living. I wasn't all that hot on Win 8 (or 8.1) at first, but with a little investment in my time, there's no longer a problem.

    Too many people these days are hung up on having things exactly their way. Well, most of my working life was spent in the military, operating and maintaining things from nuclear reactors on down to radios. You can't make such things adapt to your whims; you deal with them as they are designed. Two old expressions come to mind: "It is what it is." And "You don't have to like it, you just have to do it." <rant mode off>
    I like the bolded part
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  4. #24


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there

    You are only as old as you feel -- the trick is for YOU to control technology - not the other way around.

    When I see people these days walking around with bits of mobile phone strapped into their ears I think -- didn't we abolish slavery several centuries ago -- these "tethering machines" simply extend your working hours to 24 hours a day (usually without extra pay) and make YOU dependent on SOMEBODY ELSE.


    If you don't like a modern computer you don't have to use one - although if you were to insrall windows 8.1 (or even better the FREE trial versions of W10) the machine would function much more to your liking (windows 7) together supporting modern hardware.

    I LIKE technology - but I choose to use it -- most people don't seem to realize than mobile phones etc have an OFF switch which they CAN use !!!.

    Plenty of decent technology around for older people -- for example KINDLES -- these really make reading loads of books easy even in the most unlikely of places --such as standing in line at a busy Supermarket checkout. Saves also taking loads of heavy books around when travelling (which I assume as you are older you might do more often --more time).

    I am really looking forward to the driverless cars -- great to have INDIVIDUAL personalized transport where I wouldn't have to worry about the state of the roads or finding somewhere to park - or even trying to use one of those really tiny Sat Nav screens. I could also sit quite comfortably in the back drinking Champagne and not having to even worry who or what else is on the roads.

    The whole point about technology is to choose what YOU like and CONTROL IT - not the other way around. (Especially if you are past or near retirement - as you don't have to buy in to all the modern Corporate B/S either).

    The other great thing about technology and getting older is that the oldsters can criticise it at will -- the days of working long hours for little money in some stinking overcrowded lab / office developing stuff which might or might not work or be a success in the market are long over -- so ENJOY !!!!!!.

    However if you have any more computers TO GIVE AWAY I'll PM you an address to ship them to !!!!!!.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  5. #25


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Nobody can force me to use a tablet but I'll take one as a Christmas present.
    don't really like them myself ,
    I purchased a acer 8 inck screen,with android OS, last week ,used it for a few days ,went to visit my daughter on the weekend and she asked if she could borrow it to see if she would like one ,so I lent it to her ,but like it or not she is getting a slightly used tablet for Christmas gift from papa
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  6. #26


    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Nobody can force me to use a tablet but I'll take one as a Christmas present.
    don't really like them myself ,
    I purchased a acer 8 inck screen,with android OS, last week ,used it for a few days ,went to visit my daughter on the weekend and she asked if she could borrow it to see if she would like one ,so I lent it to her ,but like it or not she is getting a slightly used tablet for Christmas gift from papa
    Oh you old Scrooge !!!!
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    just like me ,it was to small ,if I was to buy one again it will have to be at least a 10" one,and it will have windows OS ,
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  8. #28


    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Nobody can force me to use a tablet but I'll take one as a Christmas present.
    Me too! I could always use it as a drinks coaster .

    I've hated every new OS from Win 3.1 upwards, but once the initial reaction was over and I had time to find my way around again, I calmed down and got on with it. There will always be features I don't like (usually ones that I don't want or need to use).

    And I will avoid smart phones as long as I can find a simple push button model in my local shop (though a built-in camera would be a nice new feature for me).

    It's a good job we don't all like the same things or there would be nothing to talk about .
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  9. #29


    Quote Originally Posted by SaggyMaggyPoo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Nobody can force me to use a tablet but I'll take one as a Christmas present.

    It's a good job we don't all like the same things or there would be nothing to talk about .
    Niah, we could always make up some rumors about Kardashians or Madona.
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  10. #30


    Quote Originally Posted by SpainHighlander View Post
    Windows Vista was 'iffy', but continued the education.... Windows 7 is great.

    My kids urged me to buy a new laptop... as did the saleslady at Currys... so I invested in a new laptop with Windows 8.

    My laptop with Win8 has given me such aggravation, even with simple things, like switching off, switching on, airplane mode (now referred to 'Flight Mode') , things appearing at the side, searches being presented in a weird manner,....I could recite 100's so that finally today I cleaned it....inside and out.... and gave it to a local school.

    I don't know quite what Windows 9 has in store, but whoever came up with the concept Windows 8 should have his or her arse kicked. Die quietly, Die peacefully...but just DIE !
    I have jumped right to the end....pardon me! But there is NOT and Never will be a Windows 9.
    Windows 10 is out in Beta version for testing.

    But I have to ask, , , "was it something in the computer, that was at fault, like it had a hardware problem, or was it just Windows 8 itself that had you bamboozled?"

    I was involved in Beta Testing the very first releases of Windows 8, all the way up to the Final Release of Windows 8.1, and throughout the entire process, I've been using what was readily available to make Windows 8 or 8.1 look and act like either Windows XP or Windows 7. I settled on the "Classic Shell" (latest version) as my savior.

    I'm a 71 year old Computer Tech, still working in my own business, and I have many OLD customers, all the way up into their 90's, and after I set up a new PC for them, with Windows 8.1 and the Classic Shell, they hardly even know that they are not still running Windows XP or 7.
    I find Windows 8.1 very malleable and it does come with a really GREAT hardware driver package, for installing the OS into older PC's. The oldest PC that I've successfully installed Windows 8.1/32 on is now 9 years old, with an AMD Athlon, X2, 5200+, cpu.

    I look at PC's like cars...... If I bought a really great car, that had ugly wheels on it, I'd change the wheels, not drive the car over a cliff. Unfortunately, not everyone looks at things like I do.
    You just can't expect something as programmable as a PC, to come out of the box exactly the way you want it.

    Good Luck and Happy Holidays!
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