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July Vol. 11 - 2019


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Our Writers

Rodrigo Esperanza / Nomar Shaw

Diane G / Big Poppa

Outside Sources On This Month issue

Barbara Jenkins / Mark Guim

Paul Thurrott / Jon Fingas

4 Pete’s Corner

Our July 2019 Edition

5 Just Say No to Scams

7 Hey Pete! Your Personal DJ!

9 What You Seek Is Knowledge

10 Biz Cards board!! Hey its free

11 How to Buy Hearing Aids

14 My Computer Tech moments - funnies

15 The Road of aftermarket hearing aids!

(Just too good to be true)

17 Portable Charging

19 ON THE GO WITH A LAPTOP!

WHICH ONE?

20 The ultimate guide to Windows 10 keyboard

shortcuts

23 Windows 10 at 3: The Good, the Bad, and

the Ugly

26 Something to enlighten you up!

28 Soldier Dog Of The Month

29 Birthday Card to our nation

Original picture by Samir Mezrahi

https://www.buzzfeed.com/samir

Lake reflection artwork by Peter Nadal

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Pete’s Corner!

On this July, we at CE Magazine wish every American

where ever you are A Happy 4 th of July. Do invite the

veteran you know to celebrate with your family the festivities of the birth of our

nation throughout the month of July. In this month‟s issue, half the issue is about

hearing aids, what is new, inexpensive ones and if they are any good, where can

you go to get one.

In “Hey Pete” how to put together your own “DJ” machine with that old phone so

no matter where you are you can play whatever you want and even have a small

party with Pyle speakers all in one system, check it out.

Here are short cuts, the good, the bad and the ugly of Windows 10, in my opinion

Windows 10 is here to stay and Microsoft© will through updates make it a great

Operating System, a subject to see.

Straight out of New York take a look at Samir Mezrahi web site you will find it

very interesting!

If you have a computer question that you can‟t find an answer to, email us at:

computereas7@gmail.com we have a full staff of computer techs that will find you

an answer and even How-To if need to.

Enjoy!

Thank You for reading CE Magazine…


Just Say No to Scams

Quick tips for protecting yourself from fraud

Savvy consumers can avoid scams! Know how to recognize the signs of a scam,

how to protect yourself, and what tools and resources are available.

The signs of a scam

Scams are as varied as their perpetrators’

imagination, but they all have certain things in

common. Not every scam raises all these warning

signs, but all raise at least one.

* An unexpected contact: If you‟re not expecting a

call, email, text message or visit from a business or

government agency, the communication you receive

might be from an imposter.

* A request for money or personal information:

The goal of most scams is to get you to hand over your

money or your personal information.

If you get an unexpected request for either, it could be

a scam.

* A sense of urgency: Being rushed (to hand over your

money, give personal information or make an

important decision) usually means someone doesn‟t

want to give you time to do some research and make

an informed choice often the sign of a scam.

* A threat or enticing offer: Scammers get their

victims to pay them or give them information by

playing on their emotions—typically fear (threats of

arrest, deportation, loss of account access, etc.) or hope

(promises of easy money, romance, a solution to a

financial problem, etc.).

* Demand for a particular method of payment:

Crooks don‟t want you to be able to get your money

back once you realize you‟ve been scammed, and they

don‟t want police to be able to track them down, so they

typically How request to protect payment in yourself the form of wire transfer,

prepaid card number, gift card or other unrecoverable

method.

You can stop scammers in their tracks by staying

vigilant, maintaining a healthy level of skepticism,

and taking advantage of the tools and resources

available to you. Here are some tips.

* Slow down. Much of scammers‟ success is owed to

victims‟ hasty reactions (responding before verifying).

The more you feel that you must act immediately, the

greater the likelihood you‟re dealing with a scammer.

* Ignore or verify questionable contacts. Typically, if

you ignore a suspicious communication, the scammer

will simply go away and move on to the next target. If

you don‟t want to ignore the communication because

you think it might be legitimate, verify it (for example,

by contacting the supposed sender at a phone number,

website or email address you know to be legitimate).

* Get a second opinion. When faced with

a request (or demand) for money, personal or account

information, or access to your computer, get input

from someone you can trust—a savvy friend or family

member, or an attorney, banker, government agency

employee, etc.

* Pay attention to detail. Scam attempts often reveal

themselves through spelling errors or unnatural (nonnative)

use of English, careless presentation,

convoluted stories and other signs that something is

“off.”

* Use the internet. The internet is a powerful tool for

researching individuals and businesses; verifying facts

and stories; checking ratings


Consumer Action Managing Money Project

www.managing-money.org

and reviews; comparing prices; and accessing

scam-fighting tips and resources. If you don‟t

have online access, get help from someone

who does, or access the internet at your public

library.

* Use a credit card. Credit cards offer strong

consumer protections under federal law—the

right to dispute a fraudulent transaction, for

example, and a $50 limit on your liability for

unauthorized charges—and payments are traceable.

* Stay on top of the latest scams. Reading scamrelated

news helps you not only avoid

new scams, it keeps you on your toes and helps

you develop a “sixth sense” for spotting fraud.

Resources

Just Say No to Scams: A guide to protecting

yourself from liars, cheats and crooks is

available for free download from the Consumer

Action website (https://www.consumeraction.org/english/articles/scams_guide)

Common Scams: Recognizing and avoiding

fraud, a compilation of dozens of common

scams, including advice for avoiding or responding

to each one, is available for free

download from the Consumer Action website

(https://www.consumer-ction.org/english/articles/common_

scams).

About Consumer Action

www.consumer-action.org

Through multilingual consumer education

materials, community outreach and issuefocused

advocacy, Consumer Action empowers

underrepresented consumers

nationwide to assert their rights and financially

prosper.

Consumer advice and assistance: Submit

consumer complaints to:

www.consumer-action.org/hotline/complaint_form/

or 415-777-9635

(Chinese, English and Spanish spoken).

SCAM GRAM is Consumer Action‟s monthly

email alerting you to the dirtiest players in the

world of tech fraud, credit card scams, ID theft

and general con-artistry: https://salsa3.salsalabs.

com/o/50872/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup

Fraud.org alerts help you stay ahead of trending

scams: http://www.fraud.org/alerts.

Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) Scam Tracker

allows you to report a scam and read about

other consumers‟ reported scams, all with the

goal of foiling future attempts: https://www.bbb.

org/scamtracker/us/.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) scam alerts

provide the latest information and practical

tips from the nation‟s consumer protection

agency: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts

IdentityTheft.gov offers a recovery plan for

victims of identity theft: www.identitytheft.gov

Use policy

You may freely reproduce and distribute this

guide for non-commercial educational purposes,

including educational newsletters, nonprofit

website content and presentations.

Consumer Action 2018

A CE Magazine Public Awareness


How do you do that?

Your Personal DJ!

How many times you want a certain type of music in your office, workbench, home or

recreation room? You‟re burned out on your cd‟s, records to old, radio is boring, you got your

cell phone, but, you use it quite a bit especially if it is your business phone, so Pete, what

brainiac idea do you have?

Well, my doubting friend, you know the cell phone that is in the junk draw in the kitchen (or

where ever you saw the last time), meet your own personal DJ! So, let‟s start!

The Picture on the right is iPhone 4S that came with a small lot of

laptops that I pick up. The first thing I do with all cell phones I

check to see if there still working and not locked out, I can say nine

out of ten time they are still in full working order, just no cell

service which is fine.

Now go to settings, then go to Wi-Fi and log in to your wi-fi then

save it. Now go to apps (if android), If iPhone under settings scroll

down towards the bottom and you will see the apps, go through and

delete all aftermarket apps you don‟t need, any apps that came from

factory leave. If you see Dropbox and or 4shared delete them from

the phone as they are not your account. If you are setting up a

iPhone then go to App Store which is on the phone, and install

Dropbox, if on android go to Play Store app (it is in the Apps

button) and install Dropbox, you may want to install Dropbox on

your Computer so you can load up whatever music you want and

play it on your DJ cell. As you can see I have the following apps on

my Dj 4s;

1: Spotify

2: iTunes Store

3: Dropbox

4: 4shared (if you have it already installed in your Computer then put it

on your phone if not don‟t)

5: YT Music (YouTube)

6: Music Choice (Xfinity)

7: Xfinity Remote (well, we all need an extra remote…)

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And the last thing you need is this cable;

The yellow and black are the

phono plugs and if you never

have seen one these plug in

behind the amp, stereo, small

mixers and usually you want to

plug in auxiliary input, the

other end plug into your dj cell

phone ear jack. Now if you‟re a

Grandpa and Grandma and

don‟t have a clue then you‟re

in luck, you have a grandson or

granddaughter who can do this in a jiffy or an old teckie like me you may know.

To save you some money this Pyle

Dual 800 watt speakers system has

everything you need. I highly

recommend Pyle for the price and

durability, I have one of their 2000

watt amplifiers and I can say this

it‟s one of the best investments I

ever made without breaking the

bank. Click on AMAZON for more

details.

Now, you ask, what do you listen the most Peter?

To answer your question “Music Choice (Xfinity)” and sometimes old recordings I have done,

oh then theirs….

From; Rodrigo Esperanza

Ah, sorry, but the Boss just went berserk with his dj system and his dj cell, so speaking for

him, have fun and enjoy it!

For any questions do email us at: computerease7@gmail.com

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https://www.aarphearingcare.com

https://www.hearingaidknow.com/best-hearing-aids-2018

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/hearing-aids/buying-guide/index.htm

https://www.oticon.com/your-hearing/hearing-health/brainhearing-technology

https://www.retirementliving.com/hearing-aid-technology

https://www.consumersadvocate.org/hearing-aids/a/best-hearing-aids?

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Chief Editor Note

As a disable veteran with hearing loss, do read this

And click on the link for more on this important subject!

https://hearinghealthfoundation.org/blogs/how-to-buy-hearing-aids#

September 6, 2018

How to Buy Hearing Aids

Resources

By Barbara Jenkins, Au.D., BCABA

A friend‟s mother needs hearing aids. She has a daughter in the hearing industry, she has insurance to cover

hearing aids, she holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology, and she is still overwhelmed and confused by where to go,

what the options are, and what is best for her.

Sound familiar? There is so much information—and disinformation—available about hearing aids that even

some physicians are confused.

As with any big purchase, selecting a hearing aid can be difficult and confusing if you don‟t have the right

information or know the correct questions to ask. Bring a copy of this checklist with you on your next

appointment, and feel confident in your decision to improve your life through better hearing.

Hearing Healthcare Checklist

1. Where do I go for a hearing test?

Most hearing loss (up to 90 percent) is a result of non-medically treatable issues. But that means as many as one

in 10 people will have a medical issue associated with their hearing loss. If this is your first hearing evaluation it

would be prudent to see your primary care doctor first, then be referred to a specialist for a diagnostic

audiogram (hearing evaluation).

Audiologists have a minimum of seven years of university training (master‟s or doctorate level). Hearing

instrument specialists can perform hearing tests but do not have the medical training to rule out medical

issues—causes for hearing loss such as syndromes, Ménière‟s disease, Usher Syndrome, sudden-onset, genetics,

ototoxic drugs, etc.

If you know that there is no medically treatable issue associated with your hearing loss, either type of provider

should be fine. If you‟re in doubt, ask your physician which professional they recommend. They might refer

you to an ENT (ear, nose, and throat specialist, or otolaryngologist).

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2. Where do I buy my hearing aids?

Typically, once an audiologist or hearing instrument specialist has evaluated your hearing, you should be able to

purchase your hearing aids from them. Requirements differ by state, but generally speaking the professional is

trained in hearing aid selection, fitting, and care.

Make sure you are comfortable with the quality of care and the options offered by the provider. If only one

brand of hearing aid is available, that‟s a red flag. Be sure your provider offers a range of choices, in all styles

and at all price points.

You can also opt to get a second opinion. This will give you additional provider choices, so you can go with the

person with whom you feel most comfortable. After all, you will be starting a relationship that may last for

years.

3. What style of hearing aid is best for me?

A hearing aid‟s style (shape and configuration) is determined by the severity of hearing loss, manual dexterity

and vision ability, comfort, and/or cosmetic appeal. Whether you get a larger, behind-the-ear hearing aid, or one

that is nearly invisible in the ear canal, the cost is roughly the same. Discuss options with your provider and ask

about the benefits and drawbacks to each type of device. Here is a brief overview of hearing aid styles,

categorized from a larger size to smaller:

Behind-the-ear (BTE); receiver-in-canal (RIC) (also known as receiver-in-the-ear, RITE): These are currently

the most popular due to durability, comfort, and cosmetic appeal. They may be a bit more difficult to put in the

ears at first, but since less of the circuitry is inside the ear, they usually offer more natural sound. Also, RICs

can be discreet, with only the speaker wire visible at the top of the outer ear.

In-the-ear (ITE); in-the-canal (ITC): This category is among the best for ease of use. Just one piece goes into the

ear, with a portion of the device visible outside the ear. Many people like ITEs because they are easy to insert

into the ear, and the battery

life is better than that of their smaller, ITC cousins.

Completely-in-the-canal (CIC); invisible-in-the-canal (IIC): These typically fit deeper into the ear and are a

very good choice for people who wear helmets or use stethoscopes. Since they are deep in the canal (making

them less visible), the most common complaint is that they may not feel as comfortable as the BTE styles, and

depending on usage you must change the batteries once or twice a week. (BTEs and RICs often use larger

batteries for more power, and last longer.)

4. Which fidelity level is best for me?

Once you have chosen your preferred style of device, you must choose the fidelity (technology) level of the

computer chip in the hearing aid. This is where the cost differences in hearing aids become apparent.

Most manufacturers have three levels of fidelity in their newest hearing aids as well as in their economy-priced

models. The higher the level of technology, the better and faster the hearing aid can separate noise from speech.

This means the speech and sound information passed to your brain is more accurate. Every level will help oneon-one

conversations in quiet environments; the more advanced chips will boost clarity and noise reduction

even more effectively. In most cases, get the best hearing aid you can afford, but don‟t feel pressured into a

decision. Take advantage of the 30- to 60-day trial period that is required in most states (in some cases paying a

small fee to return the devices).

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5. What other special functions do I need for better hearing?

In the past few years, new features have emerged that have dramatically changed how we can interact with

hearing aids.

Rechargeable batteries: Rechargeable hearing aids are now available, requiring changing the battery only once

every one to three years. These devices are recharged by placing the entire hearing aid unit on its charging dock.

Not having to frequently manipulate the battery door is very helpful if you have vision or dexterity issues or if

you tend to forget your batteries.

Almost waterproof hearing aids: There are now hearing aids that are so waterproof they actually dry themselves

when they get wet. They are also dust- and shock-resistant. These are great for people who frequently spend

time outdoors or who just perspire a lot. While it is not recommended swimming with them, these devices

should survive taking a shower if you forget to take them out.

Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids: Many manufacturers now give you the ability to adjust your hearing aids with

your smartphone, using Bluetooth wireless connectivity. You may even be able to stream sound directly to your

hearing aids without the use of an additional device like a neck loop. If you‟re tech-savvy, this may be for you.

Once you‟ve gone through the items in this checklist, I hope you feel more confident about making decisions

and improving your hearing.

Staff writer Barbara Jenkins, Au.D., BCABA, serves as Colorado’s professional state commissioner for people

with hearing loss and was awarded the 2010 Leo Doerfler Award for Clinical Excellence by the Academy of

Doctors of Audiology. Her office, Advanced Audiology, won the Most Humanitarian Hearing Care Office

Award at the 2015 Signia Aspire Conference. For more, see advancedaudiology.com. This article also

appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of Hearing Health.

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The Road of aftermarket hearing aids!

(Just too good to be true?)

Well, it‟s true on the above title, as a disabled vet, one of my disabilities is hearing loss on one

side of my head, if you guess tinnitus you‟re right which gives me the means to test some of

cheap hearing aids available for backup, as my grandmother would say “Not cheap, but, frugal”.

So, let‟s start with VA hearing aids they give out (if they are still giving the same one I have);

PHONAK Exelia Art micro

I have this hearing device over 7 yrs and it is over the top, for my

understating Phonak donate this model to the VA veterans and that

my reader is quite a gift for many of us who could not hear.

Plus side

Small and very clear, no irritation, very comfortable, mater of fact

so comfortable that…

The minus side

One forgets it‟s there when you jump in the shower.

So, make yourself a little sign that says “HEY YUTS THE HEARING AID!” and hang in the

bathroom where you see it every time you are going to shower.

I got to see if I can sweet talk the VA for a new one!!

Newear is sold on Walmart on line it is a amplifier for your ears which

mean if you got bad hearing, no tinnitus or any buzzing in your hears,

for 25.99 you can give it a try. With my bad ear I was able to adjust

the volume that was comfortable and all I can say was “I found my

backup”. I can now wear this one if going to an activity where I‟m

hesitant that I might lose my Phonak

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Here is their write up;

Now, I have played with Super Ear Tool and it‟s a gas! Being hard of

hearing I tested it out side with no hearing aid just me and my Samson

Galaxy 6 and the verdict is !!

I was hearing bird‟s far way that normally I couldn‟t hear, so, this app

could be extremely… well, let‟s just leave it at your opinion!

For Walmart hearing aids click on this link:

https://www.walmart.com/search/?query=hearing%20aids%20for%20ears&cat_id=976760&typeahead=hear

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Portable Charging

We, the human race, love the great outdoors, but, we love and depend alot on our cell

phones. Now, if you‟re camping with a camping trailer then there is no problem as you

have all the comforts of home, but, what if you‟re hiking and camping with your tent then

these next devices is a must have, starting on top of the list;

1:

WaterLily

Charge with River Power.

WaterLily keeps your gear charged while

you canoe, camp, and explore the

backcountry.

You want to know more then click on the link:

https://www.waterlilyturbine.com/

also on AMAZON

2: Portable Solar Charger

BEARTWO 10000mAh Ultra-Compact

External batteries

With Dual USB Ports, Solar Power Bank with

Flashlight for Camping, Outdoor Activities

You want to know more then click on the link:

AMAZON

3: Sunset

10 Genius Camping Gadgets That Also Charge Your Phone

Click Here

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4: The Best Portable Power Supply for Camping

by Tom Brown | Last updated Jul 16, 2019 | Camping |

https://thriftyoutdoorsman.com/best-portable-power-supply-camping/

5:

The Best Portable Solar Chargers for Camping, Backpacking and Thru-Hiking (Plus Buying Guide)

Click on the logo or click this link: http://momgoescamping.com/best-portable-solar-chargers/

Notes;

When camping plan, to have paper maps as back up, update your cell phone maps, do carry one

the chargers listed in this article and most of all let your loved ones or friends know where

you‟re going and where you are. Carry a „safety flare kit‟ Walmart, Outdoor hunting supplies

stores are some of the places to get some, but, must of all do be SAFE!

Have fun…

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ON THE GO WITH A LAPTOP!

WHICH ONE?

Okay, you‟re going on vacation and you want to take your laptop, hold on partner,

not all laptops lend themselves to be that portable. There are some issues you need

to know like battery life, weight, nothing of great importance, price you paid for

and size, are you getting the picture? But, We at CE think of these things and we

scanned the global internet for the best answer and here are some links to read.

https://www.roadaffair.com/best-travel-laptop/

https://www.desktodirtbag.com/best-travel-laptop/

https://www.indietraveller.co/best-travel-laptops/

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Windows Central

Go faster

The ultimate guide to Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts

More Keyboard shortcuts than you can shake a stick at.

Mark Guim 4 Aug 2015

Turning multiple mouse clicks into a simple press of a key or two may not seem like a lot, but if

you are an avid user of keyboard shortcuts you've likely noticed just how helpful they can be.

Although memorizing which shortcuts do which functions can be a little daunting at first, it's

important to remember not everyone needs to know every shortcut. Learning and using the ones

that are most important to you is a great way to enhance your Windows 10 experience.

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Windows key

Windows key + A

Windows key + C

Windows key + D

Windows key + E

Windows key + G

Windows key + H

Windows key + I

Windows key + K

Windows key + L

Windows key + M

Windows key + R

Windows key + S

Windows key + U

Windows key + X

Keyboard shortcut

Windows key + Number

Windows key + Left arrow key

Windows key + Right arrow key

Windows key + Up arrow key

Windows key + Down arrow key

Windows key + Comma

Windows key + Ctrl +D

Windows key + Ctrl + Left or Right

arrow

Windows key + Ctrl + F4

Windows key + Enter

Windows key + Home

Windows key + PrtScn

Windows key + Shift + Up arrow

Open or close Start Menu.

Open Action center.

Action

Open Cortana in listening mode.

Display and hide the desktop.

Open File Explorer.

Open Game bar when a game is open.

Open the Share charm.

Open Settings.

Open the Connect quick action.

Lock your PC or switch accounts.

Minimize all windows.

Open Run dialog box.

Open Search.

Open Ease of Access Center.

Open Quick Link menu.

Open the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated

by the number.

Snap app windows left.

Snap app windows right.

Maximize app windows.

Minimize app windows.

Temporarily peek at the desktop.

Add a virtual desktop.

Switch between virtual desktops.

Close current virtual desktop.

Open Narrator.

Minimize all but the active desktop window (restores all

windows on second stroke).

Capture a screenshot and save in Screenshots folder.

Stretch the desktop window to the top and bottom of the

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Keyboard shortcut

Action

screen.

Windows key + Tab

Windows key + "+" key

Windows key + "-" key

Ctrl + Shift + Esc

Alt + Tab

Alt + Left arrow key

Alt + Right arrow key

Alt + Page Up

Alt + Page down

Ctrl + Alt +Tab

Ctrl + C

Ctrl + X

Ctrl + V

Ctrl + A

Ctrl + Z

Ctrl + Y

Ctrl + D

Ctrl + Esc

Ctrl + Shift

Open Task view.

Zoom in using the magnifier.

Zoom out using the magnifier.

Open Task Manager.

Switch between open apps.

Go back.

Go foward.

Move up one screen.

Move down one screen.

View open apps

Copy selected items to clipboard.

Cut selected items.

Paste content from clipboard.

Select all content.

Undo an action.

Redo an action.

Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin.

Open the Start Menu.

Switch the keyboard layout.

Ctrl + Shift + Esc Open Task Manager.

Ctrl + F4 Close the active window.

Did we miss anything?

Do you know more keyboard shortcuts? Let us know what we missed in the comments below!

If you think this guide is helpful, we have many more posts like this in our Windows 10 help, tips and tricks

page.

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Windows 10 at 3: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Posted on July 5, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 107 Comments

Three years ago, Microsoft was finalizing the development of the first version of Windows 10.

But today, five versions later, Windows 10 is in a very different place. And while there have

absolutely been some improvements, not everything is rosy.

Let‟s start with what Microsoft has gotten right.

Good

Ease of Setup. This has been true since the initial release of Windows, but it‟s still amazing:

When you install Windows 10 for the first time. set up a new PC, or reset an existing PC, you

no longer need to then install hundreds of additional updates over several reboots. (As is still

the case with Windows 7 and Windows 8.x.) Instead, you‟re pretty much looking at a single

cumulative update and perhaps a few driver updates. It‟s wonderful.

Version upgrade speed. When you upgrade to a new version of Windows 10, most of the

install process happens while the PC is online (e.g. in use), which dramatically lowers the

amount of time that the PC is offline (e.g. installing updates outside of Windows). This, too, is a

minor miracle.

PC-centric design. While Microsoft is still experimenting with mobile user experiences,

Windows 10 represents a nice return to a PC-centric focus after the “touch-first” nonsense of

Windows 8.

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A new focus on productivity. After focusing on the inconsequential—3D, Mixed Reality, faux

privacy improvements—over the past few releases, Microsoft has started focusing on core

productivity enhancements. This one is tentative, but if the April 2018 Update and the coming

Redstone 5 release are part of a trend, Windows 10 is in good shape. New versions of Windows

10 will never be truly exciting. But they will at least be better.

Bad

Windows as a Service. This one barely averted a place in the “ugly” category because

Microsoft seems to be on the right track from a reliability perspective. But the sheer pace of

change that Microsoft is inflicting on its customers both consumer and business is simply

untenable. Windows is a mature platform, it doesn‟t need major upgrades ever six months.

Inconsistent user experiences. Microsoft has trouble finishing the job, and you can see this all

over Windows 10, from the Vista-era icons (Notepad) to the half-assed way it is implementing

Fluent Design System over time to the dueling controls panels. It‟s not a killer, but it‟s irritating

and says a lot about Microsoft‟s culture.

Built-in apps are middling. The UWP/Store platform has never taken off, and the built-in

Windows 10 apps, which should show off what‟s possible with the platform, are almost

universally (pardon the pun) middling. Which is the problem: They do show off what‟s possible

with this platform. And don‟t get me started on Cortana and Microsoft Edge, the flagship apps

that Windows 10 users have to deal with. Embarrassing.

Faux accessibility. Microsoft is all about AI and accessibility these days, and while many of

the accessibility enhancements in Windows 10 are laudable, some are just nonsense. The worst

offender is Cortana jiving at high volume during Windows Setup. Guys, Apple got this right

years ago, and you can be accessible and friendly to the 99 percent of people who don‟t need or

want this functionality.

Ugly

Crapware. Windows 10 Home and Pro ship with crapware. Now go back and think about

Satya Nadella explaining that he wanted customers to “love” Windows 10. This is an affront,

and it‟s unacceptable.

Advertising. I first complained about the “slippery slope” of advertising in Windows way back

in 2012, and as I feared, it‟s only gotten worse since then. Much worse. Compared to macOS

and Linux, neither of which feature in-box advertising, this is rather low-rent.

Windows Insider program. This one pains me because, like so many things, the Insider

program was started for all the right reasons. In this case, a desire to reverse the hyper-secretive

policies of Steven Sinofsky. But the Insider program has failed us: It gives too strong of a voice

to the enthusiasts that would be attracted to this kind of program, thus skewing the focus of the

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product horribly. And this needs to change: Windows should be designed for its most numerous

users, not its loudest users. (To be fair to Microsoft, it did start an Insiders program for

business. But we don‟t hear much about this, and I suspect that engagement is low.)

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Something to enlighten you up

Engadget

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The first text message was sent 25 years ago

A lot has changed in a quarter century.

Jon Fingas, @jonfingas

12.03.17 in Mobile

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Be prepared to feel ancient -- the first text message is 25 years old. Engineer Neil Papworth sent the first SMS

on December 3rd, 1992, when he wrote "merry Christmas" on a computer and sent it to the cellphone of

Vodafone director Richard Jarvis. It was a modest start, but it ultimately changed technology and even social

norms.

It took a long time for SMS to find widespread adoption, both because of the cellular networks themselves

(coverage was far from ubiquitous in 1992) and phones whose buttons revolved around dialing rather than

typing. But then the smartphone arrived. In the US alone, the volume of messages surged from 12.5 billion per

month in 2006 to 45 billion a year later. By June 2017, there were 781 billion messages passing around in the

country. Messaging was suddenly easy, and SMS was ready and waiting to take advantage of that newfound

freedom.

There's little doubt that texting has influenced communication in the years since. Where texting was once seen

as a rarity or even rude, it's frequently the first choice for communication -- how often are you annoyed when

someone calls you instead of sending a brief message? Accordingly, it's entirely common to see services that are

available through SMS, whether it's ordering pizza or getting music recommendations. Twitter's original 140-

character limit (which was just lifted in November) was built around SMS' 160-character ceiling to enable

tweets in an era before the mobile internet was widely available. The effects of SMS haven't always been

positive (they've facilitated spam, for instance), but it's clear there's no going back.

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The question now is whether or not SMS has a healthy long-term future. The combination of smartphones and

near-ubiquitous mobile internet access has led to an explosion of messaging services and social networks that

do much more. WhatsApp by itself was delivering 55 billion messages per day as of July, and that's not

including other heavyweights like Facebook Messenger, Apple's iMessage or Google's Hangouts. SMS will

likely stick around for a long time, as it's the most practical option for anyone who either can't get a smartphone

or doesn't live in an area with reliable, affordable mobile data. However, it's entirely possible that SMS will go

the way of GSM, fading away (it's certainly declining in the UK) as people move to far more sophisticated

technology.

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