I haz a new toy, Part 371…

I came to computers late in life, well into my 40s before I dipped my toe in the geekish waters.

Part of the reason is that, while I was still able to work, my company was busy computerising itself. But that was in the days of the horrendous MS-DOS, where each piece of software had its own codes/keystrokes for identical operations, which meant that you needed a phenomenal memory – or lots of overlays for the Function keys.

OK, I had a phenomenal memory – then. I carried a decade’s worth of information in my head – if my boss, in 1980, wanted to know how much we paid for an item in 1972, and where we got the best deal, I could tell him in seconds – but when it came to DOS my brain refused to co-operate. It completely put me off computers.

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Should government provide computers and broadband?

Yesterday afternoon I spotted this gem:-

“Government should do more to get ‘marginalised’ older people online.”

To which I should like to respond with a few questions:-

What business is it of government?

Who decides they’re “marginalised”? This isn’t simply a function of ageing. Nor, indeed, is it necessarily much to do with not being online – marginalisation can take many forms.

And who says they want to be online in the first place?

I know many people older than me who have been involved with PCs since the dark days of MS-DOS,** and earlier (and whether you think Bill Gates is a saint or a sinner, there’s no denying Continue reading

Removing items from Windows Update…

An item from my search-engine pile “rejecting an item from Windows Update”.

Ah – an easy one. Simply uncheck the box next to it which, by default, arrives checked, and continue with the ones you actually want/need. You’ll be asked to confirm that you don’t want to be told about it again; confirm that.

You’re done.

See also this post on the subject of Windows Update.