Saturday, April 29, 2017

Saturday Calmer

Something Like This

It has been another frantic week for Marcus and Agata.  But I hope you feel from the character of this posting, that things are still on the up ...   Sent to us in the last week :-))

Photoshoot Complications



And Finally

We hope that we have reset your Saturday Karma ready for the Bank Holiday

Bon Weekend.

Friday, April 28, 2017

An End to Vista

I was neither shocked or surprised to hear that Microsoft Vista support ended on April 11 2017.  Here is the link

The life of Microsoft Vista was between 2007 and 2009.  So if you are using this for productive use today, some 8 years later you are both a terrible cheapskate and a little bit stupid.

Operating Systems develop,  new Security threats are found, so you owe it to yourself to stay at a reasonable current and supported level of software be it at the Operating System or Application level.

But I still use Vista!
Having said that I still use Microsoft Vista. But in a controlled and isolated form.  My excuses are:

- It's running, 32 bit mode inside a Virtual Machine
- It does not need, and has no Internet Access
- I paid for several licenses
- I only use it to run a Cromemco Cromix Emulator,  ZEMU.  It is of course documented here.  And though the emulator can run in many versions of Windows I have a clone-able Vista image I use for testing only.

So what was wrong with Vista?
Personally, and you may quote me, that relative to other Windows Versions, I found Vista quite acceptable.

- Aero interface: was fine
- A Standard Start menu
- 32bit and 64 bit variants
- .NET framework Programming Interface

To me,  as a licensed user with a powerful computer and decent Graphics, nothing was wrong with Vista, either functionally or from a reliability stance.

I mean compare it to the Tiled User Interface and Presentation of Universal Apps of Windows 8 and 10.  Yes well, the mis-step design issues it was famed for IMHO are smaller IMHO than current generation Windows :-)

I will Prove it!

Windows Vista Resource Toolkit

For so many years the Resource Toolkit was an impressively large Technical book and some companion programs to help you understand and make the most of your Windows Operating System. 

And when I bought this Vista Toolkit book in 2007 I realised the quality of the documentation had reached new heights.  At the risk of sending every reader into a coma I have the entire contents to share with you.  Ready to see what is in Vista really?

So if nothing else, if you are still awake, I hope I convinced you that the Resource Kit at least is worth further investigation.

And Resource ToolKits?
The Resource toolkit was always the defacto technical way to dissect a new Windows release.  I suspect it gave the competition too many ideas.  The documentation was just that good.  You could read it and understand Microsoft's intentions in a flash, and then squabble about how it was actually implemented.

Today in 2017, Microsoft has rather given up on this documentation format.  I do note there was a Windows 7 Resource Kit but nothing more.  

And So
Vista, I realise your time for commercial use has been and gone.  If you are reading this Blogpost from an Internet connected Vista PC.  Stop immediately and upgrade :-)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

DeWalt DCD785 Power Tool Made Us Smile

Subtitle:  Happily Screwing

Marcus and Agata are just delighted with our DeWalt compact hammer drill and here is why

It Broke Down
Years ago Agata was presented a toolkit from her father and every time we use it we think fondly on him.   But after years of service the Bosch hammer drill contained within just broke down.

It was time for something new.  So we googled.

We found that these days you can buy a cordless Electric Drill.  And that it can also perform a hammer function.   

Relative Values

We have also owned several Bosch IXO electric compact screwdrivers.  We even got one with a motorised Wine Bottle opener!  We thought there was simply no better electric screwdriver.

But as of today we realised that we were so very very naive

DeWalt DCD785 Compact Hammer Drill Driver

At just over 130 GBP from a DIY store we unpacked our DeWalt DCD785.

There is the unit itself

2 x 1.5Ah Lithium Ion Batteries

A charger

No drill bits or adapters or ends

Yes it is Brilliant!
This device can be used either as a screwdriver or a Drill ( & Hammer Drill).  

There are 2 gears, Forward Reverse, Hammer Off/ On

A progressive on switch allowing you to continuously vary the RPM, necessary for screw-driving

Torque upto 60 Nm   ( much more than other entry level machines)

Able to drill into Concrete, Wood, Metal: basically anything

Compared to the Bosch IXO, there is absolutely no comparison

2 Batteries means 1 can be charging one whilst you use the other

4Ah batteries instead of 1.5Ah can be purchased separately

Torque sensitive chuck that you set between 1 and 14 so that it only screws upto that torque and freewheel ratchets after that.

 Some Sexy Pictures



We have now realised that the IXO is not so great after all, this DeWalt is just a whole new level of screwdriving and drilling.

Considering the price, really recommended.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Bullshit Long Range Speculation

I shall try to make this short, because by discussing the topic I do give it the air of publicity

I have always been critical of the Technical Press citing Fanboy Mockups,  or second or third hand references to new Product Launches.  And all too often without accurate citation.

Here is a recent example:

This is macrumours commenting on micgadgets claim about future iPhones in 2017.  No Really. 

But now an even more pointless, invidious, total WTF waste of time journalism is sprouting

1. Before product announce tech journalists make speculation
2. Even days before MWC (or other) they are still speculating

But worst of all

3. Shortly after announce of Gen n,  they immediately speculate on Gen n+1

Usually before Gen n is even shipping!

I refer you to  20170425 article from Techradar Cameron Faulkner

If only there was a way to edit out / remove such drivel from my automated information feeds that I process daily.

I fail to believe any tech savvy person is interested in seriously discussing the merits of the LG G7 phone when LG G6 is not freely available.

Bullshit journalism.

Please everybody, stop it

Generate new Innovative Content.  Something like articles from Gary Sims

LG G6's 18:9 aspect ratio

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

It's Science

Real People.    They Marched.   We have the Evidence.

Science Works

Not in Our Name