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I haven’t been blogging much lately, as I am trying to set up a new home computer (a Dell XPS8700 tower — yes, a very old school, totally non-mobile computing situation) with Windows 8.1. Win 8/8.1 is a terrible operating system, a real clunker. I paid for it, but sooner or later Microsoft will pay, one way or the other, for putting out such a monster. Win 8/8.1 tries to cover both worlds — the desktop world and the mobile world — and winds up combining the worst of both. I hope that MS does better with Windows 9 (already in development, supposedly for release early next year), and that my Win 8.1 becomes a curious anomaly, a clunky transitional footnote between the world-changing Windows95 to Windows 7 series, and some new, highly flexible and intuitive type of personal computer operating system. I’ll be stuck with an Edsel (one of the most famous clunker cars of all time; but you could also say “Corvair” here, to avoid picking on Ford). But there will be enough others in my boat to form a support community such that we will still get some use out of our misbegotten software investments. In every life, you are going to buy something that just doesn’t live up to your expectations; you do your best to make the best of it. (No complaints, though, about the Dell box; seems to be running OK . . . knock on wood).

I’ll be back in a few days with a big essay on modern scholarship regarding consciousness, cosmology, and the deepest nature of reality. And whether God has any part in all of this. I have some big thoughts brewing up, so stay tuned, more to come!! (Hopefully this weekend).

◊   posted by Jim G @ 8:23 pm      

  1. Jim, I am confident that, with your expertise, you will get your system working the way you want it to work.

    It amazes me that these companies can put out such junk. I find myself thinking that they knew from the get-go that it was junk, put it out to make money, and started immediately on the “new, improved” Windows 9. Can’t you already see some version of the “new, improved” idea in the ads for the new Windows when it comes out? Long ago my father said (here I paraphrase) when products say “new and improved”, it means that sales of their previous product went down so far that they simply *had* to do something to improve sales. *But* they don’t improve it to the original level of quality the product had. I never see “new and improved” on any product but I think of what he said. Seems the same applies with modern technology too.

    Still, I have confidence in your expertise. MCS

    Comment by Mary — January 31, 2014 @ 9:47 am

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