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Windows 10 and the stress of Windows 8

Those of you who know me or follow our company's social media may know that I had to recently purchase a new laptop and was forced into using Windows 8.    And if you look at the amount of social media and company blogs that have been written, you can tell this happened in early August since there are very few blogs and other posts.    My laptop is a vital tool for what I do.     It's like the handyman who carries a tool box - we need these tools to get the job done. Yes, we have thought of going backwards to Windows 7 since that actually worked, but the new operating system and having to reload has caused software problems.    Some stuff is missing and we can't find the disk or some crazy software company has said we could only have one install despite the fact that we purchased the program and own the darn disk.     It's nothing but nightmares.    I hate reloading the laptop, which also causes nothing but nightmares.    Yes, I can hear someone out there saying to store stuff on the cloud and use software on the cloud.     That's okay for people who don't write novels and want to protect their property and people who don't use software like Photoshop and ACAD software.    These programs need to be on the hard drive and not relying on some Internet connectivity to make it work correctly.    Work can be too easily lost.     And being an artist - we don't react well to losing hours of work and then losing the zen moment of creativity that is lost by malfunctioning tools.    Having to be connected to the Internet to do anything removes one's

Windows 8 – A danger to losing productivity

I am pretty good on a computer. I may not be an expert but I can do all the normal expected tasks on a computer that any employer would require such as using office type software, design software, browsers, adding software and hardware to a setup, and can change settings to customize the desktop for pictures, fonts, and screen sizes.   I don’t have any problems attaching files to emails and so forth and know how to update or add software like Adobe Acrobat to be able to look at pdfs files.   My first computer was an Atari with an ultra clear black and white screen with no actual hard drive.   We used the 3.5 floppy disks with software on them and relied on the ram D drive, which was like virtual or cache memory.   This all sounds very primitive now, but it was amazing to have for writing college papers and my own personal manuscripts.   I played a few games, but the computer was a vital tool for me for my education and my creative outlet, which was writing. Now I am faced with an unpleasant situation.   I have this beautiful Lenovo Ultrabook that is an i7, but I can barely make it work for the things I need to do.   I just got through having a Toshibi i7 that came with a faulty keyboard and a used hard drive, and no, it was not refurbished but brand new.   This last Toshiba was also the cause for the NetObjects software to not run correctly nor the Wacom tablet, and countless other odd problems that I have had to endure over the past years.   So I decided to never buy a Toshiba laptop ever again after

Jelastic – The Most interesting Developer

Being the person in charge of the social media is often time consuming especially when one starts surfing through the web getting caught up in other people's social media.  It was a couple of months ago that I found myself caught up in a Tweet from Jelastic.  It was basically an invitation to help them find the world's most interesting software developer.  And my mind started buzzing with the fact that our Bill Sikkens was a pretty interesting and unusual software programmer with a very wide background of experiences and interests.  So I courageously dived in with the notion that my friend should be the most interesting developer in the world! Okay, maybe I am getting carried away here, but he does have a pretty interesting background and knowledge base.  So I wrote up a quick submission to Jelastic and warned Bill of my submission for him to be considered.  And guess what? He has been named one of the Most Interesting Developers for the month of August.  To read their article about him just follow the link below. http://blog.jelastic.com/2014/09/09/meet-william-sikkens-one-of-augusts-most-interesting-developers/ Who knows where this will lead, but it has been good fun while getting caught up in the wave of social media.

Questions about Digital Storage

While the User Friendly Team decides on if they want to do any more episodes for this season of the radio show, we have some questions from our website and social media that Bill Sikkens, our Technology Expert, had planned on answering. The first one was from Gary Lanson of Nashville, TN: – Should USB drives be used for storing files? There is a wide variety of USB drives available, and as time goes on larger drives are becoming more affordable. And Bill Answers: - USB Memory sticks are designed for temporary storage and transfer of files. These devices can be easily lost or damaged and as such are not recommended for long term storage or archival purposes. Bill makes a very good point, but I have to admit that I keep a good many files on USB drives for quick and easy access just because I don’t have my backup drives sitting around at arms reach. These drives tend to house the same files for many years. I am pretty good about not losing items, but some of these drives can be incredibly small. So if you are a person likely to lose stuff, perhaps it would be wise to select a drive that is more colorful and bulky. Our next question is from Betty in Atlanta, GA: - I have a number of CD’s with personal information. How do I destroy them so they can’t be stolen out of the trash? Can they be erased? Bill’s response: - CD’s, DVD’s, and Blu-ray media created is in most cases permanent to the disc once written (there are some exceptions to this, but for this purpose rewriteable media works the same way). For

User Friendly to air for an hour

A special treat today – User Friendly is going to an hour long format! Yes indeed, we have been asked to make it an hour long show so that other stations will be able to fit it into their programming schedule. This is exciting news for us, and we are very proud of our team members that have worked so hard to make this all happen. Tune in live at 10AM Pacific Time at FM 101.3 or online at http://renegaderadio.org/listen/ If you don’t have time this morning then you can listen online by going to the We Are Technology website under the News Desk to find User Friendly or just click on this link https://wearetechnology.com/news-desk/user-friendly/ The show also airs on America Matters radio 99.1FM, check their website for times. And don’t forget if you have questions or would like to suggest a topic or interview, you may do so by going to the following: https://twitter.com/1UserFriendly https://www.facebook.com/cumulustechnology https://www.facebook.com/pages/User-Friendly Or simply click onto the Ask Your Question tab on the right hand side of the We Are Technology website and send your question or comment that way. G. Winkler – Technology Artist © 2014 Cumulus Technology – the “We Are Technology” people

Custom Software Solution

So why should anyone consider a custom software solution when the market place has so many of the “in the box” software applications that might solve their business software needs? This question has been pondered, no doubt, countless times in boardroom meetings and planning sessions amongst professional teams. Old and long trusted responses have been that custom software is too expensive, not necessary, or that a box software solution will work for awhile and then one can always upgrade. And then the final nail in the coffin on this discussion would be that if custom software was decided upon – who would write it? Great reason for a custom software solution. So custom software is too expensive – is that really true? In some cases custom software may indeed be very expensive, after all the software has to be designed, coded, and then debugged. And the initial cost and effort may seem daunting to some boardroom committees that may baulk at the prospect of bringing such a request to the finance department. But is the custom software solution really more expensive in the long run? How will custom software affect the company in the years to come? Will productivity go up because employees are no longer wasting time fighting with in box solutions that may require extra steps and time? Giving company professionals time to be creative or allowing them to focus on what they are really good at instead of fighting software systems that don’t compliment the company’s focus can prove to be very beneficial. Survival of a business requires the leadership to look at the so called “big picture” and see if one aspect of a company’s infrastructure can change productivity.

User Friendly the Radio Show

Yes, the We Are Technology Team has developed it's first technology radio show called User Friendly.  The original concept was for a TV Technology show that was brain stormed by the California We Are Technology Team, but since Bill Sikkens appearance on live radio had been  well received, a decision was made to first put together a radio show and then consider the TV show project. Today will be the first airing of the User Friendly Radio Show with Bill Sikkens as the host and several We Are Technology Team members filling the roles as co-host and interviewer.  Bill Sikkens has become well known for his appearances on Tech Tuesdays with host Dan Mason on KKOH on 780 AM radio.   The User Friendly Radio Show is currently set to air on Tuesday mornings at 10 AM PT on Fox radio 101.3FM and will be played on Fox Stations throughout the US.  If you can't get a chance to listen to the show on the radio, go to our Media Library page to find the YouTube links to the various appearances. Media library - click here. G. Winkler - Technology Artist - (c) 2014 Cumulus Technology - the "We Are Technology" people

Can Technology halt Climate Change?

Climate change and concern for the environment has been a topic ever since the Industrial Age began with massive coal fueled factories used to create large quantities of goods for a growing global population. It was obvious as technology progressed that a balance needed to be found. This has been expressed in literature and film starting with early thinkers like Jules Verne and more recently with writers like Dr. Seuss and Star Trek episode writers to name just a few. Regardless of what side of the fence one sits upon in regards to whether global warming is a reality or not – it still makes sense to not pollute or destroy the environment. Interesting map showing how the average temperatures in the U.S. have changed over the years. A couple of days ago various news sources addressed the topic of US climate change and they gave examples of situations throughout the US where changes in the weather has had a profound affect upon the population.   I found one of these articles and have included the link from the New York Times here. So what efforts have been made to curb the damage that is being done?   Reclamation laws for the mining industry, scrubbers for factory emissions, and recycle programs for residential waste to name a few, but obviously these efforts have not been enough. I think reducing pollution is like losing weight – one has to change their habits and make wiser choices and cut down on excesses. So what super awesome technology has come out that is assisting Humanity to change their habits and realize their goals of saving the environment and still being able to feed, clothe, house, and move the

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