Windows 7 End of Support / Beginning of Journal

Windows 7 End of Support / Beginning of Journal

Howdy! Today is the end-of-life day for Windows 7. Hope all you high-tech Luddites who long for a life-long-gone are amped-up for your transition to Windows 10, or something else equally gotcha-burdened. The world's not perfect, and if you want to get on with your life, being on the best hardware, able to play the most modern games, and generally fluent in the platform that you have to be proficient in (yes, still) is Windows. And as of today, it's Windows 10. But there's good news. Windows 10 isn't the evil-abode that lots of fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) mongering partisans would have you believe. No indeed, Windows 10 is a very fine platform. It's time to switch.

And that's so-says someone for whom the old Amiga Computer from Commodore, says so. Microsoft-as-an-enemy goes back to Windows 3.1 for me, the first mass-market-acceptable version of Windows, which everyone was sort of waiting for since the Macintosh came out in 1984 and altered everybody's expectations of what a computer could and should be.

I was of the frustrated few who lived the future some 30 years ago in another life and on another platform. Most of what folks are so infatuated with today is so old-hat to me that I yawn. Yes, even augmented reality. I owned and used an Amiga Mandela that mixed interactive computer graphics and reality on-screen. It just wasn't on your mobile phone as part of a big, fast network. It was however 1990, and doing such advanced things back then on a platform nobody really acknowledged as a "real" computer was terribly frustrating. It gave you a great underdog syndrome, and really positioned both Microsoft and Apple as the enemy in my mind.

And here I am won-over by not only Windows 10, but Microsoft hardware in general. And the stuff from HP, Lenovo and all the other convertible manufacturers isn't too shabby, either. I just bought the Lenovo Yoga C740 for her, and yes, cheap, well-integrated touch-screen makes a big difference no matter what those who still advocate Mac laptops would have you believe.

I've got to get to my work today, and I do that on my Microsoft Powerbook 2 that I carry around all the time, both as my work-from-home machine, and as the machine I bring to the office to continue working on, even though I actually have an office-provided Lenovo laptop. I just like being on awesome hardware, and having my muscle-memory develop on the same keyboard I'm working on all the time. I don't want to be working on different keyboards all the time, and I especially don't want my Control and Alt-keys needlessly switched on me, throwing off my muscle-memory, every time I switch between a Mac and PC.

Next step, comes publishing this stuff easily and daily. I've written too much that stays here locked-up in my personal journal on a private repository that never sees the light of day. But this one should be published right along with my Microsoft Sun-setting Windows 7 Support video, which I'll be pushing out momentarily. I've always been keen to have 2 text-files always loaded all the time as a part of my personal journal-writing process. I used to like to advocate (to myself in my own mind, primarily) that 1-and-only-1 text-file is best for journaling with for-life, and that's because fixed locations.

However, when arises the issue of actually publishing some of this stuff, suddenly there has to be the concepts of separate and sanitized spaces. The place I write for eventual low-friction publishing needs to be actually somewhere it belongs and with nothing in there that doesn't belong. And so that means the physical fire-wall between systems that separate (2-different) text-files can provide. And so... and so... we bring a brand-new textfile online. Or is that bring an old one back online. Yes, yes! I have this in place already-- a way to publish first into the Pipulate repository.

1, 2, 3... 1? Go Right! I am always on the left-most virtual desktop on my ribbon of about 7 Windows virtual desktops. That left-most desktop ALWAYS has my daily personal journal in vim in a full-screen Unix-like terminal. It used to be, which is a Unix/Linux terminal built on Chrome Electron (like VSCode, Slack, Atom, etc.), but today is the "standard" Microsoft Terminal available now in the Microsoft Store. Just like on Mac when I use Unix-term, I use the built-in Terminal program, and so shall it be on the other big mainstream platform. Microsoft tools are not too shabby, and if they're promoting a unified tabbed-shell for a COM prompt, Powershell or Linux terminal, then I'm using it.

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