Day Two – Windows 10

August 1, 2015

Windows 98 was okay, Millennium wasn’t
Windows XP was okay, Vista wasn’t
Windows 7 was okay, Windows 8 was tolerable with modifications

The current early reviews of Windows 1o are that people are pleased.  Yes, there are issues.  It can be cranky trying to do the update.  The WiFi Sense feature is scary, but you can turn it off.  Your apps automatically share your information, but again, you can go in and make adjustments.  But for those who got their hands on Windows 8 and found it sluggish, found it to be foreign, Windows 10 will feel more … comfortable.

The Start Button is back.  It automatically starts in the desktop mode, not the touch screen tablet/phone mode.  When the upgrade was finished, my desktop was basically what I had on the screen when I started, on both of the computers that I upgraded.

And for those of us who go ahead and connect to our Microsoft accounts, there is a new feature that is a lot better than entering your Microsoft account password.  You now use a Pin to unlock your computer.

Now, you really need to go digging around.  You’ll have to reinstall your printer.  If you want to use Edge, you need to go set it up with all the features you like.  You need to go find the settings for your apps sharing your information and make the adjustments you want the system to work with.  And be prepared for Video streaming to be a bit sluggish.

But I’m pleased.  My experience with Windows 10 so far has been good.  I haven’t had any problems with system stability yet.  I haven’t noticed if the Internet has been ‘in and out’, but I’m running both Wifi and Lan.  I’ve run speed test from the system, and the results have been good.  The system performances have not changed all that much, and after the system is completely booted up, I’m not having a lot of lag.

So, now comes the next challenge.  I still have one more laptop that needs to be upgraded.  I have a Dell Business Laptop that I normally use as my field computer.  It’s currently running  Windows 7 Service Pack 2, which upgraded smoothly for me on my Toshiba.

Would I recommend updating to Windows 10?  That would depend on what version you’re on now and how attached you are to some of the older video games.  But if you’re not using your computer to play games, yes, I would.

Windows10The morning of July 29 I was met with two computers that were ready to update to Windows 10.  My plan of attack, knowing that there are generally issues with these things?  Upgrade the spare laptop first.  So, hit the button to start the download and went about my business.

First Upgrade

My spare laptop is a Toshiba Portege business laptop with  Touch Screen and Finger Print Scanning.  It passed all the test for compatibility, had the necessary RAM, the Hard Drive Space, Processor, there was nothing that came up in the compatibility test that would tell me that there would be any problems.  And the installation of the update went without any problems.  The update was a nice smooth process, and when you look at it from the correct angle, that should be a warning.  However, the only problem I found was a problem with the touch screen.  It simply stopped working.

Research time.  I got on the internet and started looking for talk about the touch screen not working.  Yes, it is a bit early for a lot of information to be out regarding Windows 10 upgrades, but what I found was that the problem started in Windows 8, and to date, there is no fix for the issue by Toshiba or Windows.  To be honest, this is an early version of touch screen, and I rarely used the touch screen feature.  So, I have time to sit back and see what people come up with as the bugs are found and fixed.

HP Desk Top

Upgrade number two, and this one was a major headache.  I found the Windows 10 upgrade in the update history, marked as FAILED.  I looked at the error code, looked at the internet and … nada.  When I did finally find some information, I ran the fixes and forced the update to restart.  Four times the update failed.  I ran the Microsoft Update FixIt program, I went into the hard drive and deleted the installation files, to no avail.  Let me save you some time.  Microsoft Media Creation Tool.  Download the version that best fits your system, either 32-bit or 64-bit.  After all the failures that I had, this finally got the upgrade on my computer.

Installation Issues

Now, after the time spent downloading, after the time spent getting the system ready, copying the files and installing the upgrade, some people (such as myself) have had an interesting little issue during the second reboot.  For those of us who are using HD or HDMI connections to our monitors, the reboot can be scary when you get nothing but a black screen and a mouse cursor you can move around the screen.  DO NOT PANIC.  I got around this scare mainly because I have the analaog connection and HD connection both connected to the Screen.  I simply hit the button to select source, changed to Analog and voila’, my screen was back.  After the next reboot I checked my HD source and everything was back to normal.

Do a little Reading on the Internet First

There are some interesting issues that may be a problem in the future or may scare the hell out of some people.  First is this little thing called WIFI Sense.  It allows your friends, those who are in your contacts, your Facebook Page other social media connections to share you WIFI connection by sending them an encrypted router password.  Living out here in the middle of nowhere its not a real issue for me, but you may want to go into Settings – Network Internet – Manage WiFi settings and turn off the option ‘Connect to networks shared by my contacts’.  This will turn off this little feature that is all over the internet right now, some people even over stating the threat.

THE START BUTTON IS BACK!

Yes, for those of us who really wanted the Start Button back when we moved to Windows 8, Microsoft heard our voices.  The start menu looks a little different and you need to do a little looking around to figure out what has changed.  There are features in  Windows 10 that are more attuned to a Windows Cell Phone or Tablet, but over all the OS seems to be working pretty smoothly at the moment.

Check out the system settings.  For those of us who have multiple drives, there is panel were we can specify where you can choose what drive new files are stored on, by type of file.  This will be a major plus on those with Windows cell phones.

More to come later…

 

Gay Adults In Scouting?

May 28, 2015

 

Warning:  I have never been known for sugar-coating my opinions.  I have warned people inside of the upper leadership in Scouting that I do not care about fitting into the political landscape of the Council.  My focus is the youth.  This program is supposed to be focused on the youth.  So, if you are easily offended by people speaking their mind, you may want to stop reading now

Robert M. Gates, the president of the Boy Scouts of America and former secretary of defense, called for an end to the Scouts’ ban on gay adult leaders, warning the group’s executives that “we must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be.”

Speaking at the Boy Scouts’ annual national meeting in Atlanta, Mr. Gates said cascading events — including potential employment discrimination lawsuits and the impending Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, as well as mounting internal dissent over the exclusionary policy — had led him to conclude that the current rules “cannot be sustained.”

If the Boy Scouts do not change on their own, he said, the courts are likely to force them to, and “we must all understand that this will probably happen sooner rather than later.” – NY Times

Be prepared.  The last time the issue of a policy change regarding Gays in Scouting, it was just the policy regarding the Youth.  The number of adult leaders who claimed that it would be the downfall of Scouting and said that they would leave the program, taking their sons with them, was highly verbal.  I had people tell me to my face that they would leave Scouting.  I have yet to see any of them resign their membership in Scouting.  All in all, I have yet to see a change in the landscape of Scouting.  The two youth that I knew who were claiming to be Gay, were already open about it, and I told them when it came up that it was “not my business and not a proper discussion between a Scout and a Leader.”  I did not lose any Scouts or any adults from the Units I was involved in because of the policy change.

Be grateful that this announcement by the President of the Boy Scouts of America came in Mid-May.  In my District, the monthly Roundtables take June and July off.  I will not have to deal with the issue until at least August at a District Level.  The discussion has already reached the units I’m involved in the adults seem pretty disinterested in the issue at this time … mainly because its not an announcement that a vote is coming, just that the Boy Scouts need to look into the matter, and a call to suspend any enforcement of the Policy until the matter can be further discussed.

“I support a policy that accepts and respects our different perspectives and beliefs.  I truly fear that any other alternative will be the end of us as a national movement.”

“Such an approach would allow all churches, which sponsor some 70 percent of our Scout units, to establish leadership standards consistent with their faith.”  “We must, at all costs, preserve the religious freedom of our church partners to do this.”

“If we wait for the courts to act, we could end up with a broad ruling that could forbid any kind of membership standard,”

It is clearly a concern that if the Boy Scouts of America fail to act in a timely matter, the courts, who have been extremely liberal over the past decade, could reach as far as striping away the standards regarding Faith.

Where do I stand on the issue?  I couldn’t care less about the sexual identity or preferences of a Scout or Scouter so long as their actions do not present a danger to one of the Scouts in the Unit.  We are strict about our adherence to the Youth Protection program.  Out leaders are drawn from the Parents of the Scouts involved in the Units, or those who have a history of Scouting.  We check the names of our adults against the Sex Offender’s List for our area.  I do not believe that any change in the policy regarding Gays in Scouting is going to have a major affect on the program itself or the future of Scouting.  As I have told countless people regarding the issue of homosexuality.  Its not my Karma, I am not the one living the lifestyle.  Other than the lifestyle being too much in my face in television, movies and other media, it has no real affect on how I live my life.

So, how about we worry about things that are more pressing within Scouting?  Let’s look at improving our programs.  Let’s look at the issues affecting recruiting of new Scouts, advancement, training, and retention of Scouts.  The recruiting, training and retention of adult Scouters.  These are issues that will have a greater impact on the future of Scouting.

For those who told me once before that you’d leave if Gay Youth were allowed in Scouting, when you come to me complaining about the suspension of enforcement of the policy regarding Gay Adults, I have only one thing to say …  “you’re still here?”