Daily Prompt: Windows 10 amongst other things.

Today is your lucky day. You get three wishes, granted to you by The Daily Post. What are your three wishes and why?

Echinacea - purple coneflowers

At the moment I feel a bit like his flower in my garden. I think it is called Echinacea.but not sure. I am certain someone will correct me if I am wrong. Anyhow it is a bit rough at the edges like me. Otherwise life at the villa Angloswiss is not very inspiring at the moment.

Windows 10 or not, that is the question? Actually not an urgent question for me, because I am an Apple person. Of course, it is always nice to be able to upgrade a Windows computer when it costs nothing, but my Windows computer is suffering from the dreaded Acer problem. I think a gremlin or bad karma has infected its inside. On the other hand, when you have a problem you go for a wander in Internet and discover that many others have the same problem, and you do not feel so alone and abandoned.

It all began about a year ago when I noticed that certain letters on the keyboard refused to work: generally in the morning when I switched it on. I consulted with Mr. Swiss, who bought his Acer about week before I did, and he said his computer was suffering from the same symptoms. In the meanwhile he has replaced it. However, I continued ignoring the missing “i’s” and “o’s” and a few others and discovered that with patience, five minutes later they again appeared. Consulting in Internet I discovered that my problem was a minor one, as other users of the Acer computers were suffering with lost alphabets and number keys that were printing letters. I continued regardless and really the symptom disappeared after I had issued a few curses over the computer and cleaned the keys, which were somewhat stained from breakfast cereal. Perhaps my Acer computer had an allergy to milk and cornflakes? Who knows? Eventually my Acer was again healthy and I forgot the problem.

It was then that Mr. Swiss brought a smaller Apple macbook home at a special offer (for me to use as well he said). The result was I got infected, and the Apple was the answer to my fruity dreams. How could I have manage without an Apple computer? This was so much the fact that I treated myself to the best Macbook available and have been using it since, although not in the morning. I did not want my new Macbook to be covered with memories of breakfast. I got used to “pages” instead of Word, although I have not yet got so much acquainted with “numbers” instead of “Excel”. but I rarely use the programme. Up to when I retired I was doing the complete accounts for our local first aid group in Excel, but I decided when retired I no longer needed more work than I already have. Retirement is not such an easy job sometimes, and a certain logistic plan has to be made. The day revolved on getting enough sleep.

If ever life gets boring I will try to get to grips with numbers. My only problem, which is not a problem, are photographs. Windows have such a nice little programme for doing basics to uploaded photos. My general size from the camera is 4000×3000 (I think in pixels, but again am not sure – am certain someone will correct me if this is not the case). Anyhow I generally chop my photos to 2000×1500 before saving, as such a large photo is not necessary on my computer and half the size saves space. I am still saving my photos on my Acer and am searching for a free, simple resizing programme on my Apple, which I have not yet found.

In the meanwhile I was away from my Acer computer for five days in Germany and when I returned I realised the dreaded missing letters syndrome had returned and it takes at least 30 minutes daily until they appear. Today it only took 10 minutes, so things are getting better. I am convinced that my Acer felt neglected and forgotten and has now realised I am back to stay (for a while) and will improve its behaviour.

In the meanwhile I am still thinking about converting my Acer to Windows 10, although it is really not necessary at the moment. I have now been spoilt by having an Apple and a Windows machine. I love my Apple and would never part with it. On the other hand it is always useful to have a Windows as a side line. Perhaps I will wait until the new computers arrive with integrated Windows 10 and think it over.

Appreciate any constructive ideas about my dilemma. Not bad or someone who did not know what to write.

Daily Prompt: “Windows 10 amongst other things

11 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Windows 10 amongst other things.

  1. Strange, I wanted to cross post this blog on Facebook but it says “Warning: This Message Contains Blocked Content: Your message couldn’t be sent because it includes content that other people on Facebook have reported as abusive.”. I don’t find anything abusive and I am sure no-one would report this. Colleagues in Facebook have now told me it is probably a glitch in Facebook as it has been acting stupid all day.

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  2. I haven’t made up my mind about Windows 10 yet … and all my computers are Windows (tablets are Android). I gave my iPad to my granddaughter because hers was pretty beat up. I’m going to wait and see before I do anything drastic with my computers. It usually take Microsoft a while to get the kinks out and I’m very okay with Windows 7, so there’s no hurry right now.

    As for a good little graphics program for the Apple, I know there are many. I don’t use them, so I forget the names, but a visit to your Apple app store might enlighten you and I can see if I can ask one of my many photograph Apple-using friends what the use (other than Photoshop). I’m sure there is more than one which is free and would do the simple stuff you are asking of it. Let me know!

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    • I havn’t made up my mind either about Windows 10. It seems to me everyone is showing how good it looks (in Facebook), but I was never one to go with the masses and do what everyone else does. I just need a good new computer for my photos, but have time. As I said Acer seems to have good days at the moment, so will wait and see.

      I don’t really need a super photo programme on my Apple, just something where I can cut down 50% of the photo size with no problem. Windows 7 have a handy little programme I always use for that. I can always use Ribbit for the fancy stuff.


      • When I want to resize a photo (I use a MacBook Pro) I use “Preview” which comes with all Macs. I might export a photo from iPhoto and then choose resize in Preview. Both Preview and iPhoto offer some editing options. But I’m not very serious about the pictures I take.

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  3. To reduce the size of your pictures on a Mac, put the picture on your desktop, open it, go up to “Tools” in the bar at the top and choose “Adjust Size.” Type in the measurement you wish (I substitute 1000 for the largest size and the other pixel size adjusts to keep the pic. in the same ratio.) Hit OK. Then click on the red circle in the upper left hand side of the picture and hit “save” in the popup that asks if you want to save it. The pic will go back to being a thumbnail on your desktop. Rename it and put it wherever you wish to.

    This is the process I use in the new Mac “Photos” that replaced “iPhoto” which I prefer, but alas it is no more. In iPhoto the easiest way to change size was to mail the pictures to yourself and it gave you the option of small, medium, large and original size..As I recall, you couldn’t pick the exact pixel size, though. Hope this works for you! Judy http://judydykstrabrown.com/2015/08/02/epiphany/

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    • Thanks for the tip. I also noticed there is a new photo programme. I will try it out. At the moment I use the resizing programme in Windows, but one day I might have to change.


      • I had no choice…They asked me to update and when I did, they’d erased iPhoto and put in the new one–and told me they were phasing out iPhoto. If you are forced to change and need help, I’m yer gurl!!!

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        • Thanks for the offer, I may well come back on it. At the moment my windows acer seems to have made a remarkable recovery. My basic problem is when I have a photo with 2Mg, I just want to reduce it to 1Mg (the half) for storage on the hard disk of the computer.


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