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Totally screwed THAT up!
The new laptop is in the house. Barely breaking a sweat and it's set up, connected to the internet, receiving my personal email (Outlook comes later for work) and has Firefox up and re-profiled with everything stored in it on here.

Only mistake I made was naming it. I mulled, and meandered, a good ten minutes before deciding on QueenOfToshiba. But Microsoft scheduled the christening too soon in the process- it's one of the first couple of prompts out of the box, and it comes before you've had a chance to realize the full, and completely different, Windows 8 experience.

So now, in hindsight, I know I should have named her, or rather HIM, in honour of my first encounter with the Windows 8 Man:

Tobor.



In fairness, I've found my way round 8 a bit in the past few weeks, helping Eleanor get it set up and running right on hers. And this one does not have a touchscreen as hers does, so it's not as jarring a change at my desk. Many of the differences can be preferenced away; I've already killed the enter-Windows-password-after-every-sleep function, and there apparently is a way to get it to boot to the traditional desktop rather than to the tiley-wiley thing it seems to be in love with. But the start menu, as such, is gone, dead, not coming back, and the Windows Explorer (or whatever they call it now) menus are different.  These will take getting used to.

Tomorrow is for Chrome, and Office, and (i)Tunes. Monday brings my specialty software; I've already tested the oldest and crankiest of those on Eleanor's 8-(wo)Man, and it seems to work there, so I assume it will here, too.  Then I'm away for two days, and Tobor will be staying home.  The still-working Vista machine will be my go-to for everything away from this desk, whether on days in Rochester or for longer shleps like the coming midweek will bring.

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Even more seamless was the replacement for the newer of our two Android tablets; the one Eleanor had used before the new laptop lost its sound and was having some other issues, and my guru simply upgraded me to an even newer and sleeker ASUS model. So new and sleek that I can't find a single thing to plug into it other than the power cord and an earbud jack. But God bless Google, because as soon as I gave it my gmail address, it sync'd through the air with the greatest of ease and all of my apps came on to it without me lifting a finger.  (Cloud-based content such as Kindle also came right with, although library and music content have to be moved manually.) I also discovered a cool (and free) wifi app that I can use to transfer those, and any other, files from any wireless-enabled device in this house onto the n00b.

I haven't named this one yet.  Maybe keep with the missed 8-Man opportunity and go with Professor Genius?

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glenmarshall From: glenmarshall Date: April 19th, 2014 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Tobor" takes me back to my early childhood. when I was space-obsessed and would not miss Captain Video.
oxymoron67 From: oxymoron67 Date: April 20th, 2014 12:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I have a new laptop myself and I cannot stand Windows 8.
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: April 20th, 2014 09:26 am (UTC) (Link)
"Charms?" REALLY?
ellettra From: ellettra Date: April 22nd, 2014 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am not in love with Windows 8, that is for sure. It feels like an OS made for a tablet, and not necessarily compatible with use on non-mobile devices. I think they screwed up with it, honestly, but what can you do? I just sold the 11" touch laptop I bought and ordered a 15" non-touch, with Windows 8.1, so we'll see how different it is.
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: April 22nd, 2014 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm finding apps to make the stupid thing more livable. There's a free one that restores the start menu, boots to the desktop, and kills those stupid charms and cornery things.

Now all I needs is my c:> prompt;)
ellettra From: ellettra Date: April 22nd, 2014 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
What's the name of the app which restores the start menu et al? Because that's what I need! I don't hate the tiles, but they're just dumb.
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: April 23rd, 2014 12:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm away tonight and didn't bring the n00b with me. But here's a link to a bunch of apps that look like they all do the same thing:

http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-get-the-start-menu-back-in-windows-8/
ellettra From: ellettra Date: April 23rd, 2014 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks muchly!!
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