What’s a Portable App & Why Does it Matter? . . .

Interesting article for Windows & Linux users alike.   Each Operating System has “Portable Apps” which have several differences when compared to standard “Installed Apps” . . . so see the write up at HTG’s website for details – including pros & cons.

OTG article re Portable Apps

The End of App Stores is Rapidly Approaching . . . . (?)

Interesting article in the link below.   The premise is that a newer type of webapp is coming to the fore . . PWA’s (Progressive Web Apps).

At this time, I’m somewhat skeptical that App Stores can be replaced that easily.   It’s more likely there will be a hybrid combo of methods to install and manage apps.

End of Apps Stores?

Yet more “Linux” capability being added to Windows & ChromeOS . .

Every few months now, Google and Microsoft continue to add Linux features and capabilities to allow developers AND users to take advantage of Linux features (like built in superior networking tools and vastly improved security from malware, etc.).

Also, Malware management & risk of hacking inside corporations/govt’s is becoming one of the main drivers to switch away from old legacy Windows code.  In fact, Windows maintenance is such MS is no longer even trying to maintain and update many areas of the Windows code base.

Most IT pros are now predicting MS will either do their own Linux distro (to completely replace Windows) . . . or . . . will buy Suse, Redhat or Canonical and leave the main OS to them, while MS builds tools to allow users to seamlessly run either OS or cross platform programs.

Link to OTC blog about Linux growth

Visual Studio Code . . . Revised Post (April 12, 2019)

Note:   a 100% “Open Source” version of  Visual Studio Code is now available.    User tracking has been removed . . otherwise it’s identical.

See here:  Article re Visual Studio Code – Open Source Version

Original post is below:

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One of our current club members asked me about this app a couple months ago.   Here is some updated info on it in case it’s still needed:

Visual Studio Code . . . Update Article

HP’s Instant Ink Program – Still a Good Deal?

At our usage rate . . . not so sure I would enroll in this program again.

We print infrequently and mostly text.   And as more and more business/govt vendors send PDF files or links, less hard-copy scanning needed.

But this article is interesting – – I didn’t know HP can send a “suspend print” command to your print server if you bail-out of the program.  They can also cancel your warranty if you load 3rd party ink.

HTG Article re Instan Ink Program Pitfalls