What I Hated the Least Today 112/365: (Almost) All Set Up

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  1. That’s great … that you’re all moved in! Also that the uni hasn’t cut you off. What will you do when they do?

    My husband has Windows, and he bought a new computer (HP) last summer. I went through pretty much all of what you described … uninstalled all the crapware, McAfee and all that. It was painful. I hate it when I have to go and do something there.

    That’s good that you take your Scotch neat — it shouldn’t be diluted.

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    1. Half a year after passing my PhD exam, I still haven’t got my diploma, so considering the state of utter chaos in which my university is, I hope they will not bother to disconnect me from their database. If they do, too bad, it’s not affordable for an individual to pay for access.

      I hope your husband will be forever grateful to you, as you upgraded his computer to a usable state. It’s practically useless the way it comes from the shop.

      While I was drowning my frustration in Scotch, I was only hoping that McAfee wasn’t really Scottish, despite the name. That would spoil the Scotch for me.

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      1. I think McAfee is crazy … he went nuts, and disappeared in some remote island. Google it, it was really interesting — I watched a show about him.

        G. doesn’t like to use his computer all that much nowadays — he’s in love with his tablet, so he’s renewed that one to a newer model. He uses it all the time, and I’m happy for that. He has Android (!) so every time there’s a problem, it’s more confusing for me. But on the other hand, I do get an insight in the Android world too, and that ‘s a good thing.

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        1. Well, thank you for enlightening me, I didn’t realise McAfee was actually a person. No wonder he’s mad, considering he created such a crazy (anti)virus.

          That’s the first time I hear someone prefers Android to desktop OS. Android is OK-ish, but I can’t see myself using it for everything. You’re extremely versatile in managing Mac, Windows and Android! I remember my first encounters with Android were extremely frustrating because I had to clue how to use it.

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          1. He went nuts, and for a while I think he was suspected of murder.

            I don’t think I was very clear … I meant Android on the tablet 🙂

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          2. I find Android so confusing, but that’s because I don’t know anything else but Apple’s iOS (on the iPhone and iPad).

            I did have a BlackBerry first, but that was so weird so I wouldn’t even know where to begin.

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          3. I hear BlackBerries were a huge fashion in their day. I never saw one. It was long before the time of smartphones arrived for me. Owing to the prize of iPhones, I was really choosing only between Android and Windows Phone, so I chose what’s clearly the lesser evil. Android.

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          4. Big corporations are still into BlackBerries for their employees. It’s beyond me why. You could do certain things there, like Facebook and Twitter, but that was about it. It didn’t have apps in the way we know them. On the other hand, I wasn’t fully aware of what I was missing either … but I sensed it was something.

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          5. What? No apps for BlackBerry? That would explain why the BlackBerry fashion is mostly over now.

            It’s somewhat inconvenient to have all the different kinds of operating systems. I use Android on my commute and Windows at home and I constantly find myself looking for navigation elements that are present in one but absent in the other. I also struggle with the slightly different keyboard layout I have on both devices – I type with ten fingers (also on bilingual keyboards) and now I can never find the Home, End and Del keys (and others) without looking 😦

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          6. I think they have [apps] now … they had to change their whole image to keep up. I think it was 2010 I had mine — six years ago, that’s a long time in that world.

            I, too, type with ten fingers. Started typing for a living when I was seventeen, so … The keyboard is what drives me nuts the most, on G’s computer. It feels so screwed up. I bought a separate (Bluetooth) keyboard to my MacBook, because I was beginning to get some serious issues with my neck. Put the laptop on a stand, so that it came up — I was holding my head in a weird position before, and now it’s all fine again. This little keyboard is like a dream to type on … much nicer, actually, than the real one on the computer!

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          7. I remember your post from some time ago when you wrote about your workstation and keyboard setup. Good that you found what works for you! I’ve been using laptops rather than stationary PCs most of my life, so I’m ok with the way the keyboard and the screen are aligned. I have issues with the (very slightly) different slant of the keyboard on my new laptop. It’s a different feel to type on it and I sometimes skip letters because I don’t push them enough. I guess I’ll get used to it though.

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          8. I’ve had it set up the same way all the time too, but it started with this new MacBook. It’s smaller, and I had to keep it closer to me, somehow … something changed in the way I positioned myself. Anyway … it’s all good now.

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  2. Thanks for the uninstalling the Windows 10 pre-loaded software. I am looking at getting a new laptop at some point in the future, and that will come in handy. Those pre-installed programs can sure take up a lot of space, and run in the background and slow down your PC 😦

    I’ve tried McAfree anti-virus software once. Like your experience, I really disliked the popups and it constantly ran at full force in the background despite how much I toggled with the settings. So I went with Norton and it hasn’t given me issues.

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    1. I’m glad you found the link helpful 🙂 For me, it was quite a life-saver. I’m also perversely happy that you had a similar experience with McAfee. It’s not that I rejoice in your frustration, but it’s good to know that it’s not just me being too particular.

      Good luck with choosing (and setting up!) your new laptop 🙂 It’s always a huge change in a blogger’s life…

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      1. To be honest, I bought a new Toshiba ultrabook almost two years ago. Til this day, I’ve only used it for…watching videos and a bit of Internet surfing. I am still using my old laptop – a Compaq Presario – for blogging and most of my writing 😀

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        1. Oh that’s so interesting that you’re poised in between two devices! My old laptop went quite dead and would crash even when I was trying to type a Word document, so I had no real choice but to switch to a new and working one. I use my tablet, and the smartphone, of course, a lot on the go, and I find it confusing enough to switch from one device to another.

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  3. Oh, this is all like some weird unknown language or alien speak to me. I just my friendly computer man to come and do mine. I have no idea what he did, but it seems to be fine as far as I can tell!!

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    1. I’m sorry for my speaking alien! I wish I could promise I won’t do it again, but I just did. Oops. Feel free to ignore, since you have a handy computer man, you have no reason to bog your mind with this! A well working computer is quite a blessing.

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  4. In my world, new computers would never, ever be shipped with all that crap wear on them. this practice should be outlawed. After uninstalling the crap I always felt as though there are hidden traces hiding somewhere doing God knows what. Glad you have your new baby set up. ❤️

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    1. If you make a petition, let me know so I can sign it. I imagine we’re a minority though, as most people (I mean people around me whom I asked) seem to be quite happy to use their computers as they are. I’m the weirdo who always goes to Settings first. It took me a week to set my new laptop up properly, but so far, so good (great, actually!). It was worth it.

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  5. Superduper thanks for the link to “these easy instructions”!!
    I’ll also start using eset. Now I have some other (not McAcrap and not AGV) and it has these huge info warnings about “the internet is full of bloatware” etc, etc…

    Now I have a plan for the evening: get rid of shit.

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    1. Have fun! I so much enjoyed the process (and the result) of cleaning my laptop that I’m currently hunting for some more issues to fix. I use the site with the instructions I linked to as a time-wasting web. I spend there so much time procrastinating. I guess I’m perverse.

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      1. Started reading another Haruki Murakami novel yesterday and forgot all about my computer clean up plan… I’ll try again tonight!
        Your’re not perverse, it’s all the people that don’t clean up their computers that are perverse. They have filthy computers and filthy minds. 😀

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