Security at hotspots and other public venues
My notes for this talk are now online, and there is more information on WiFi and public venues at the new resource page I’ve added in the Security section of this website.
Wintel, Disrupted: Part 2 — Chromebooks
In the February 2, 2014 issue of this occasional tabloid, I wrote about the active disruption that Microsoft and their OEM partners are experiencing in the conventional PC business. One thing I didn’t mention explicitly was Chromebooks.
I did mention that Google’s Android and Chrome OS operating systems were a challenge to Windows, and that Google Apps are a formidable threat to Microsoft Office. There are other challenges to the legacy PC, not the least of which is Microsoft’s Surface Tablets, which compete directly with their long-term OEM partners business.
This confluence of trends triggered a revolt by their OEMs, who are now charting their own future instead of tagging along with the Wintel game plan.
Chromebooks are part of the OEM’s new independence. That is illustrated by Google’s dramatic promotion of an HP Chromebook. PCs were never a consumer appliance, but Chromebooks are. They are simple to learn and use, Google manages updates and security for you, and they do just about anything the average consumer needs done.
Chromebooks aren’t for everybody though. For one thing they have a couple of key limitations. For example, Chromebooks don’t have a straightforward printing solution yet. I’ll be talking about Chromebooks on the 3rd of April. I know that many of you will be long gone by then. But if you’re thinking about a new computer, say to replace your (or a friend’s) old Windows XP notebook, the notes for my Chromebook talk may be worth waiting for.
“To lament that we shall not be alive a hundred years hence, is the same folly as to be sorry we were not alive a hundred years ago.” ~Montaigne
Note: There won’t be any further hangouts/jam sessions this season.
These “Hangouts” started off being called Jam Sessions. I knew there was a better name for them, but I just couldn’t conjure it up. Of course, Hangouts seems like the obvious choice now.
That indicates the casual environment we’re after. We will learn about Windows 8.1 by asking questions, solving problems, and exploring features. Anyone is welcome to drop by.
This is a live page for our hangouts. I’ll post various notes and links here from time to time as the season progresses. Just send me a message if you’d like to be notified when it is updated. Or check back here from time to time.
Links for topics that came up at the hangouts
Update 1: Microsoft evidently included some nice Windows 8.1 tutorials in the newly named OneDrive. You might find them in yours, but here’s the link just in case.
Update 2: The book is too big to load on a Kindle via WiFi, but you can transfer it from your PC using USB.
Books still work (even if they are digital)
I have run into a number of people who are struggling with Windows 8.1, and am beginning to realize that many of them need a good instruction book if they want to get reasonably proficient in using Windows 8.1. There are a few good 8.1 books out there now, but the ones I know about are a bit pricey, and even ignoring that, it’s hard to know which one to pick.
At a talk that I gave a while back I mentioned an online Windows 8.1 book that Paul Thurrott is writing with Rafael Rivera. The book is nearing completion, and the nice thing is that Paul and his co-author are sharing the writing on the Internet. Continue reading