Maybe I’m the only one, but I spent decades collecting CDs, and while some of my stuff is as common and ordinary as it gets, some of it isn’t on any of the streaming services and probably never will be because there were exactly two other people alive who liked it.
I ripped most of them with Windows Media Player and stored them on my PC with the biggest drive. But that’s not necessarily where I want to listen to music from. Media Player can stream between multiple PCs, but it can also stream to an Android phone or tablet, which, in many cases, is even more convenient.
Continue reading Stream media from Windows Media Player to Android
Windows 10 is out today. Of course I’ve been getting questions about whether to upgrade from Windows 7 to 10, and I’ve been seeing mixed advice on upgrading, though some of that mixed advice is regarding Microsoft history that isn’t completely relevant today.
My advice is to upgrade immediately if you’re running Windows 8 or 8.1, and to wait, perhaps six months, if you’re running Windows 7, but I still think you should do it. I’ll explain.
Continue reading Windows 10 is out. I say you should upgrade, just not necessarily right now.
A longtime friend asked me at church on Sunday about Windows 10. My answer was fairly succinct: Windows 7 has five years left in it, so we’ll probably all end up running it at some point.
Microsoft made a number of announcements last week, so here’s what you need to know about it.
Continue reading Why you need to be planning for Windows 10
Late last week, Home Depot finally released a statement about its data breach. At least they had the decency to call the attack “custom” and not spin it as “advanced” or “sophisticated.” Even “custom” is really a euphemism, as the attack wasn’t all that different from what other retailers experienced earlier in the year. It may have been as simple as recompressing the BlackPOS malware using a different compression algorithm or compression ratio to evade antivirus.
The breach involves about 56 million cards, making it a bigger breach than Target. Continue reading More Home Depot details emerge
I picked up some various Windows 9 rumors from across the Web yesterday.
In no particular order: Continue reading Windows 9 rumors
I installed Windows Vista last week. I need a legal copy of a supported version of Windows to use to VPN in to work and run the corporate Citrix client. Vista fit the bill. It’s better than 8.1, and it’s supported until April 2017. I always hated Vista, but 8 and 8.1 made me realize it could have been a lot worse, and on recent hardware Vista does OK. It still prompts you for admin rights too much and too slowly and makes you work too hard to click yes, but at least you can find stuff. Continue reading Windows Vista’s market share is growing. After seeing 8.1, I know why
Vuescan is a third-party scanning tool for most versions of Windows, OS X, and Linux. It supports hundreds of scanners, including those abandoned by manufacturers. It’s probably better than what came with your scanner. The pro edition probably costs as much as your scanner too, but comes with lifetime free updates, so you know you’ll be able to use your scanner for as long as it continues to operate, rather than rolling the dice on manufacturer-provided drivers working with your next upgrade. And you can run it on up to four computers at a time, which is nice.
Full disclosure: I bought this software myself. I was not provided a copy for review, nor am I receiving anything in exchange for writing this review. I just want to get that out of the way, and I don’t want you to have to guess about my motives. Continue reading Vuescan: A review from a non-photographer’s perspective
Years ago I heard a joke that reminds me of the situation Microsoft found itself in last week with its latest IE vulnerability:
If a man is alone in a forest, and there’s no woman there to hear him, is he still wrong?
I was as shocked as anyone when Microsoft released just one last Internet Explorer patch for Windows XP on May 1. I can argue either side of the issue, but I don’t think I can argue either side convincingly enough to get a simple 50.1% majority of people to agree with me, because I’m not sure I can argue either side of the issue convincingly enough that Iwould agree with myself.
I think it’s important that 26% of all web traffic is still coming from Windows XP today, nearly three weeks after it went end of life. That likely played into the decision. Microsoft was in a no-win situation here, and they had to decide whether they wanted to lose 1-0 or 24-1. So I don’t think it matters all that much, but here are the pros and cons of each side, as I see them. Continue reading Microsoft was wrong whether it patched XP this time or let it burn
Last week, rumors started flying that Microsoft was going to make upgrades to a cut-down version of Windows 8.1 either free or very inexpensive for Windows 7 owners.
That’s not necessarily a bad idea, but the target is wrong. Here’s a great idea: Microsoft needs to be dangling the freebie in front of Windows XP owners. Continue reading Free Windows 8.1 upgrades: Right idea, wrong target
Ars Technica has some harrowing speculation about the Nest, and why Google is interested in it.
I wanted a Nest, but haven’t bought one because I have a Carrier Infinity furnace that’s incompatible with it. Continue reading Why you may not want a Nest