OK, here's to prove my point: I had a paragraph of whines composed on this blog about Windows 8 and then, presto, piffle, the blankety-blank thing just disappeared. Gone. Now I have to start all over again, wondering if it's (it being an indefinite antecedent) is even worth the trouble.
I had to face up to buying a new computer in February. My old one was clogged within 30 G of being totally full. So now I have this razzle-dazzle HP whatever it's called (HP couldn't bother to put the name of the model anywhere where you can see it) with 1 Terrabyte. So far I have only filled up one-third of the new computer's hard drive.
The problem is, the new computer came installed with Windows 8. Windows 8! Glory be! A new vision of tomorrow's computing geniuses! My usual philosophy is to fiddle around with things and figure them out as I go along. My guidance comes from a sign at the University of Michigan's class registration line in the 1950s which said "When all else fails, read the instructions." I have shelves full of outdated computer manuals. Every six months software and computer folks, having nothing else to do, come out with new hardware and software. The old manuals are kaput. Worthless. As a general rule, I have never read page 50 in a manual of any kind.
But then comes Windows 8. Windows 8 comes with nary a shred of instructions. True, there is a piddling amount of stuff on the internet in bits and pieces. I thought I could use my usual learning method and just punch keys and see what happened until I figured it out. Only partly true. After living in frustration for six months, I ordered a manual on how to fiddle with Windows 8. The manual is 900 pages long. It cost 35 bucks. It is thick and foreboding or forbidding, whatever. The cover implies that this is the manual that should have come with Windows 8 and didn't. Due to what reason? That Microsoft didn't want to bother the manual industry and it was too busy starting to figure out Windows 9, 10, and 11. So far I have read 5 pages. I am working on page 6. If I live to be 110, I will make it to page 50, my usual limit. But I don't want to get too far ahead, because by Christmas I'll need to buy a manual for Windows 9 and lay out a couple hundred more bucks to update my operating system.
Welcome to the joys and excitement of the cyber world. Have a nice day. The Curmudgeonly Professor