Windows 7 mystery shut-downs 

Good Morning,  !

Today is Wednesday, July 9.

Windows 9 will be released this fall.
Apparently Microsoft has realized that Windows 8 
belongs on the same shelf as Vista and DOS 4.

According to NetMarketShare, the combined market share of 
Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 is just 12.54 percent, more than 
Apple’s Mac OS share, but far less than the 25.31 percent 
held by Windows XP, or the 50.55 percent share held by 
Windows 7. Those are actual user numbers, not claimed "sales"
which include donations to foreign countries by the 
Bill&Melinda foundation.

What I find significant is the 25.31% XP. Considering the
difficulty in getting XP CDs, that is a really solid
one finger salute to Microsoft.

Those figures don't include Linux. "That's industrial, 
commercial and professional users."
If all the made-for-XP and newer machines, that are 
running Linux were included, then the Windows 8/8.1 
share would be way less than 1%.
For these stats they just use home users.

Is Microsoft taking a hint, that people would rather have 
something funtional like XP, instead of hysterical changes 
of the user interface and different ways of getting the 
same old work done? 
Currently the only "sales" of Windows 8/8.1 are pre-installed 
in new machines, without giving the buyer a choice. 

So, what is Microsoft doing about that? 
Is Windows 9 getting back towards XP ?

It seems that they are going to drive even more people 
to Linux and Mac. They are going to have their computer
building companies in China pre-install Windows 9, 
but require the victims to visit the Microsoft online 
store to buy a license. 
I have a hunch, many will stop on the way and get a 
free Linux instead.

Currently, the only real problem with Linux is that there 
are so many different "flavors", and the fans of each getting
rather religious about THEIR chosen flavor.

In the industry we just laugh about that and use CentOS, the
free version of RedHat Linux. CentOS is the same as RedHat,
just without tech support. If you have seen pictures of big
server "farms", with a Million or more computers, that are 
just blades on racks, those all use CentOS Linux, 
not any kind of Windows.

Microsoft instead is frantically chasing the cloud. They 
want you to "lease" Microsoft Office, with the program sitting
on THEIR servers, "the cloud", instead of in your computer.
You simply pay your monthly lease for Microsoft Office, and 
your corner of a cloud to store your files. 
While that is handy if you just one-finger-poke at a thin 
phone, it is not what big-screen computer users want.

If you managed to hang on to an XP, treat it gently and
vacuum out the dust bunnies, It's that time of the year, 
when they tend to overheat. 
The same of course goes for W7 machines. Vacuum them out!
Maybe Windows 10 will be better, or maybe by then you will 
be ready for Linux or Mac?

Have FUN!

Today's International Bonehead Award goes to a Drunk Alabama woman rode stolen horse to rob a store Details at Boneheads From the History section at the bottom: Today, in 1878 The corncob pipe was patented by Henry Tibbe.
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An INTERNATIONAL BONEHEAD AWARD goes to Christine Saunders, 45, DeKalb County, Alabama Drunk Alabama woman rode stolen horse to rob a store An Alabama woman was arrested on Friday after police say she drunkenly stole a horse and rode it to a store to steal some merchandise. Christine Saunders, 45, was initially only hit with alcohol-related charges, but police say more charges could be on the way, according to Authorities responded after receiving a call about an intoxicated woman causing a disturbance at a store in DeKalb County on Saturday evening. According to Sheriff Jimmy Harris, Saunders had a horse, that she was believed to be riding, tied up outside of the store. Officers recovered three cans of Keystone Light in a Walmart bag that was tied to the saddle horn. The horse was returned to its owner, who did not press charges. Saunders was charged with public intoxication and illegal possession of a prohibited beverage. Apparently, in Alabama, unopened cans of beer are not allowed in a shopping bag tied to a saddle horn. Tech Support Pits From: Mary Re: Mysterious Windows Shut-downs Dear Webby, How are you feeling after all the eye injections? I hope this finds you feeling much better. I am having a big problem and windows seem to be ignorant of why their product doesn't work right. I have a window 7 and it just closes for no apparent reason. Do you have any suggestion on how I might be able to fix it? Thank you so much for all your wonderful emails. Mary Dear Mary The next injections are due July 30. The left eye cataract operation is on July 15. Yes, Microsoft is rather clueless about that sort of thing. However, in your case, it might be simply overheating. Some computers give you a warning and reduce processor speed, others just "pull the plug", which is rather stupid, since that shuts down the fans, while heat is still migrating from the inside of components. If the mystery shut-downs happen during afternoon or evening, but not during cool mornings, then I would recommend opening the case, vacuuming the dust bunnies out and cleaning the heat sinks. The heat sinks are those high-tech looking aluminum fins. Clean those and the fans with a Q-tip dipped in window cleaner. Please let me know if that solves the problem. Have FUN! DearWebby
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Here is a seven year old report, timely again with the US Govt considering getting involved in Iraq again. Regardless of where you stand on the issue of the U. S. involvement in Iraq, here's a sobering statistic: There has been a monthly average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq theater of operations during the last 22 months, and a total of 2,112 deaths. That gives a violent death rate of 60 per 100,000 soldiers. The violent death rate in Washington D. C. is 80.6 per 100,000 persons for the same period. That means that you are about 25% more likely to be shot or knifed and killed in the U. S. Capital than you are in Iraq. Conclusion: The U. S. should pull out of Washington.

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Today in 
0118 Hadrian, Rome's new emperor, made his entry into the city.
0455 Avitus, the Roman military commander in Gaul, became Emperor 
 of the West.
1540 England's King Henry VIII had his 6-month-old marriage to 
 his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, annulled.
1609 In a letter to the crown, the emperor Rudolf II granted 
 Bohemia freedom of worship.
1790 The Swedish navy captured one third of the Russian fleet 
 at the naval battle of Svensksund in the Baltic Sea.
1808 The leather-splitting machine was patented by Samuel Parker.
1816 Argentina declared independence from Spain.
1847 A 10-hour work day was established for workers in the 
 state of New Hampshire.
1872 The doughnut cutter was patented by John F. Blondel.
1877 Alexander Graham Bell, Gardiner Greene Hubbard, Thomas 
 Sanders and Thomas Watson formed the Bell Telephone Company.
1878 The corncob pipe was patented by Henry Tibbe.
1900 The Commonwealth of Australia was established by an act 
 of the British Parliament, uniting the separate colonies 
 under a federal government.
1943 American and British forces made an amphibious landing on Sicily.
1947 The engagement of Britain's Princess Elizabeth to Lt. Philip 
 Mountbatten was announced.
1951 U.S. President Truman asked Congress to formally end the 
state of war between the United States and Germany.
1953 New York Airways began the first commuter passenger service 
 by helicopter.
1971 The United States turned over complete responsibility 
 of the Demilitarized Zone to South Vietnamese units.
1997 Mike Tyson was banned from the boxing ring and fined 
 $3 million for biting the ear of opponent Evander Holyfield.
2005 Danny Way, a daredevil skateboarder, rolled down a 
 large ramp and jumped across the Great Wall of China. He 
 was the first person to clear the wall without motorized aid.
2014  smiled.

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