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August 5, 2015
This week’s post is about two very different updates to 2 devices, one of the updates should be available to everyone, the other limited to a slow rollout.
First up is the Microsoft Windows 10 update.
This upgrade is supposed to be “free” to everyone with Windows 7/8. This is a wonderful idea at least in concept. As I and possibly many others have done, they clicked the Windows 10 icon in the system area and set up a reservation awaiting their shiny new operating system.
The problem is that now a week later, I have reserved the update twice and have yet to see any indication that the update is coming anytime soon. As Microsoft states on their website, the update could be coming in the “coming days or weeks”. Who really wants to wait weeks while everyone else is joining the party now? Rumors are that nearly 14 million machines have already been updated with the new software.
As a person who was part of their “Insider” program, I should have been amongst the first to receive the update, but it seemed that I just wasn’t on their list of people at the head of the line.
So my frustration had been building and I went and checked out another page on Microsoft’s website. On that page, it said that I could upgrade now with their “media tool”, which effectively made a DVD version of the software that I could install on multiple machines if wanted. I actually prefer this idea more so that way I have a hard copy in case something goes wrong and I wish to revert back to Windows 7. It is nice that Microsoft is giving its customers a year to decide on the free upgrade as I have heard of some problems with the update. My plan is to update tomorrow to the new OS and I hope all goes well with it. I will report back in a future post with my thoughts on this new toy.
The other update I am waiting for is for my android phone.
When I bought my phone last year, it updated from version 4.3 to 4.4.4 immediately after setting up the phone. However, the phone did have some problems with the update and showed the picture of a “dead android” guy, when I updated. This was scary but resolved after the phone downloaded the update a second time and seemed to repair itself of its own problems.
So now since last November, we have seen the latest version lollipop 5 released. There are a few different releases out there and depending on carrier and phone would determine which version update that phone would receive.
While most carriers throughout the world have received the version 5 update, U.S. carriers have been rather slow at rolling out the update. Mind you, if you buy a shiny new phone, chances are it may have version 5 already on it, but older phones such as mine are still waiting for the update.
In the meantime, Android version M has already been announced for a release this fall. I highly doubt that my phone will ever receive this update as it has yet to receive the current version. I would rather wait now for M then have version 5 given the length of time it has been already.
I expect any update which should have happened at the end of July may not happen until as late as September given the current release pace. I will let you know if and when I receive my long yearned for update.
Overall, it seems that updates should not be difficult. When an update is available, it should be available to all not just a select few or even worse everyone but me.
Stay tuned for updates.
July 22, 2015
It was a little over a year ago when I spoke about Formspring.me.
At that time, the newly reborn spring.me site seemed to work without problems.
That was until the last couple of months, when the site started having a lot of glitches. Among the problems were webpage errors and duplicating questions and answers. It also had problems connecting to Facebook.
However, all those problems seem to be over as the site appears to be dead. Even though it seems to be an operating site, nobody has posted there since last Friday. Apparently the site shut down while still looking like it was up and running.
When I posted a question, why there were no questions in my inbox in 4 days, one lone follower explained that the site was shut down and many had fled to another site. Also, the spring.me site links pointed to a dating application.
Welcome to retrospring.net.
I joined this site on Monday and while it seems somewhat like the old spring.me site, it seemed closer to the now-defunct youreply.net. While I have found some of the old followers from the old site so far, most are still missing. I hope to go through my followers list to get some back. So far there are a little less than 5000 users on the site, but as time goes on I expect this to grow quickly.
While the site seems fairly polished, it still lacks some features that spring.me had. Since I didn’t use any of those features, I don’t have a list of those missing features, but this site seems fairly complete.
Being a new user of this site, I don’t have a lot of details of this site, but I encourage anyone to join this site if you want to have some fun asking questions.
You can find me at https://retrospring.net/louisbrownusa. Hope to see you there. Just a note: I will follow anyone who follows me at least for now.
Hopefully, this site will live longer than the last 2 did.
June 24, 2015
Yes, Hilary Duff has come back into the world of entertainment.
In the 8 years that she has been gone, she has gotten married, had a child, got tattoos (which she said at one time she would NEVER do), and gotten a divorce.
While she has never really been off the radar screen, she has not been doing anything in the entertainment field for quite a while.
However, this doesn’t mean that her return to the entertainment world has been stellar.
In the last few months she has costarred in the TV Land series “Younger”. Honestly I do not like this show at all because it seems to be just a watered down version of shows like “Sex in the City”. I could live without all the sex talk that this show has and this show is not the least bit funny to me. Unfortunately this show will have a second season whether I like it or not. Maybe I am just not the show’s target audience. However, I don’t think that Hilary’s fans are the target audience for this show either. I would have preferred a “Lizzie McGuire” sequel show sort of like what happened to “Boy Meets World”. Well, maybe someday it might happen.
Now we have the release of her new cd that happened in the last week. While I have not heard more than a couple of tracks from the cd, I must admit that she sounds like the same sort of kid style music that she released years ago.
While the lyrics may sound adult, the singing itself sounds like she did 10 years ago. Whether this is a good thing or a bad one depends on your perspective of her. Certainly her audience has matured and so should her music and her voice, but it seems someone is manipulating her voice to sound the same as it did back then
This leads me to the major issue that I have had with a couple of live performances that she has recently been on in the last week. Both “Live with Kelly and Michael” and “The View”, it appeared that she was lip-syncing her song “Sparks”, which she performed on both shows. On both shows, the performance sounded exactly the same with no change in pitch or any other inflections in sound.
However, after the “Live” show, the hosts quickly interviewed her after the performance and it was apparent that the microphone that she was holding was not working because it had a hollow sound when she spoke. Of course, being a live show maybe they thought nobody would ever notice the difference.
While this is not the career-ending type of appearance that Ashlee Simpson made on “SNL” a few years ago, it does however bring up the long-standing question as to whether she lip-syncs her songs or performs them live. I used to be part of yahoo groups that made this a major discussion and the consensus was that she was lip-syncing her live performances.
Quite honestly, I would love for her not to have to resort to this type of behavior, but it seems that this is the way she is always going to perform her music. I will say that I like the song and the bits of other songs that I have heard but I have to give the performances a score of 3.
As far as the cd itself is concerned, I have not had a chance to listen to the whole cd yet I refer fans of hers to buy the deluxe version at Target, which has a couple of bonus songs for the same price as other stores have it at. Just a note, that this edition will probably be available while supplies last only, so if you want it don’t wait until the holidays to buy it as I don’t think it will be around then. So I will not grade this item at the foreseeable future.
Overall, Hilary Duff’s return is a mixed bag. She is trying to perform like she did as a child, but her grownup role just doesn’t work. If only shows like TRL on MTV were still around to make her more relevant to today’s kids. But then again MTV is not relevant anymore either.
However, the early 2000’s are not dead for girl group Dream is reuniting to perform together again. If they sound like they did back then, I think my head is really going to explode not that it hasn’t already done that. Stay tuned.