On Wednesday, June 15, 2022, Microsoft officially ended support for its once-dominant web browser, Internet Explorer. I remember first seeing it in its 2.0 version and I used it for a few years after it adopted Java and Animated gifs. MSIE put a hurting on then-dominant browser Netscape, which I still have nostalgia for.
The Internet changed because of Microsoft. Developers made websites to work with it forcing people to use it over alternatives.
Competition finally began to eat into the market share dominance it once enjoyed. IE has been replaced by Edge, an excellent cross-platform browser that can be used on Windows and Linux.
The joke I have heard today is it’s the best browser to download Google’s Chrome. Well, I guess we will have to use alternatives now. Rest in Pixels Internet Explorer.
I have been running Microsoft Windows exclusively on my home desktop computer since I got it several months ago. Windows has served me well at work and at home but I got the itch to dual boot operating systems on my computer so I installed Ubuntu Budgie which is an open source Linux based operating system that works a lot like Windows and looks a little like the Mac OSX.
Both OS’s have their strong points but like Hannah Montana I wanted the best of both worlds. Linux is much more customizable because it is open source. Windows has a rich application platform and I need it for home productivity and there are things that it runs that Ubuntu Budgie does not.
In a way it allows me to have two somewhat different computers in one. This is going to give me flexibility and a little bit of fun. As a matter of fact I am writing this post on Ubuntu Budgie.
I am a minimalist when it comes to my computer desktop. There are no icons on it other than those on the lower taskbar on Windows 10. The desktop depicted on the right in the above illustration would drive me nuts and I don’t know how people find things with it that chaotic. To me in this situation less is more.
Connections that are virtual are as real as they can get right now. I am grateful for them. Sometimes we take our connections for granted. Now is the time to value them as being something that will keep us going. Let no one feel alone at this time. We need each other now more than ever.
Anyone using Microsoft stuff like Outlook, Office 360, etc for home/personal use? I kinda like using a lot of stuff that comes with the operating system to make things as seamless as possible. What do you think?
By the way I am trying to use WordPress Blocks in composing my blog posts now. I guess its time to stretch the old noggin.
I bought a new computer this past week and it came with Microsoft Windows 10 Professional. This is the first time I have used Windows at home on a regular basis in quite some time. Like anything, there is a learning curve that goes along with it. I am getting to know it and there are some things I like and others I don’t. For over 10 years I used one Linux distro or another and have enjoyed it. But it’s OK to try something different, something old and familiar with some new polish. isn’t it?
Almost everyone uses Microsoft’s or Apple’s operating system to power their machines so this is as much a social experiment as anything. This new system I have is the most powerful machine I have owned and yes I am going to stick to using Windows 10 so I can be more fluent in it. As a matter of fact, I am writing this post on the native Edge web browser.
Let’s see what happens. It’s going to be an adventure to be sure.
I am struggling to come up with clever titles for these posts about my time in exile from Facebook. At some point, I feel I will need to go back and say hi to my connections and do some massive surgery on my presence there. In the meantime, it’s all good for me not being in that space. Next week it will have been two months which is surprising. Thanks for your support in this time away from that all-consuming and controversial spot on the Interweb.
One screen is good. Two screens are better. I added another monitor to my nerd corner to enjoy it twice as much. Each monitor will do different things and that sort of thing. I am really going to enjoy this setup.