Microsoft blocks Kaby Lake and Ryzen PCs from Windows 7, 8 updates

So . . what does this mean and should you be concerned?   The link on the next page provides a detailed explanation from PC World Magazine.   (hint:  unless you have a specific reason to do so . . don’t run the older versions of Windows on the very newest Intel (Kaby Lake) and AMD (Rizen) PC’s . . . )

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System76 Isn’t Giving Up On Ubuntu, Plans to Put its Own Spin on GNOME

For our active club members running a System 76 computer, you should be encouraged to read the following update . . . see the link on next page by clicking the “continue reading” tag.

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Addicted to Your Smart Phone (???) . . .

This article has a ring of truth to it . . . think about some of the signs you’ve personally observed.

Anyway – – the article talks about some common sense ways to curb back on this low value behaviour:

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How to install Windows on an “external” drive . . .

Since about 2003 or 2004, one of the “hands-down” best advantages Linux users enjoyed was the capability to run a “Live” OS from a cd/dvd, usb thumb-drive or SSD drive (like the SanDisk 500 Extreme).

Additionally, if run from an SSD, these “Live” OS’s can actually be installed & behave as if the OS was running from the internal drive – – while not making any changes to the PC OS or files at all!   Pull the drive from the usb connection and your PC boots normally as before.

So, beside the fun part of it, running a Live OS has some major pluses (e.g., file recovery & fixing all kinds of issues in a “safe way”).   I’ve been advocating for this kind of capability in Windows for a long time and really wonder why Windows users haven’t demanded MS provide this invaluable tool . .  well, I guess part of the answer is that ONLY MS “owns” the OS (and thus can choose to add a feature . . or not).

Well, things are finally changing for the better.   There’s an app and a method now to run an installed version of Windows 10 (not 7 though) on an external usb drive (need a PC newer than about 2009).

If interested (and who wouldn’t be if fully aware of the pluses) – – click on the read more tag for the full article and how-to.

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