This is me
The most obvious thing about the new version is the new size app icons; as you can see there are now four sizes and they can be grouped under a title.
This pretty little fish is on the screen whilst I install the latest from Microsoft;
Windows 8.1 is an update to Windows 8 (what else), due for release sometime around October this year. Click this link if you want to try it yourself; BUT BE WARNED : You cannot upgrade from the preview to the release version so you will be doing a clean install of your system in October. For this first release I am running it on a Virtual Machine which I can just scrap although I might decide to install it on my laptop later: it could do with a clear down anyway.
As with Windows 8, I’ll post some details as I go along but for now:
Yes, there it is for those who have been moaning about the loss of the Start Button!! but don’t smile too quickly; all it does is take you back to the Start Screen which you could do with the Windows key or swiping in from the left side on a touch screen.
Right clicking on it brings up the, albeit enhanced, context menu.
I was reading this story on the BBC News and thought most people will take a look; think about it and then ignore it because they don’t realise how easy it is: so this post is intended as a quick guide to being safe online. A much better guide can be found here http://www.getsafeonline.org/ the government sponsored Get Safe Online website.
The first thing to point out is that people who hack computers are criminals so nothing they say can be trusted; an example: www.getsafeonline.org/ looks the same as the link in the first paragraph doesn’t it? Click on it and see what happens: don’t worry it’s safe.
Assuming this site hasn’t been hacked that link will take you to an error page. So how did I do that? it’s easy:
That’s the line of code that does it: the first part is the actual link; the second part, between the >< is what gets displayed on screen. I can put anything I want in there. I have deliberately used web addresses but often you will see a link displayed like this one: Click here to go somewhere nice!!! I hope you weren’t tempted to click it.
OK so how do I know where I’m going: Take a look at these screenshots of a link:
The second picture was captured when I had my mouse hovering over the link; notice the address showing in the browser status bar. Now try it with our example and you will see the true link displayed.
OK I just know you are going to say “it’s too much trouble to do that every time” which is exactly what the hacker is relying on.
So what to do:
Make sure your system is kept up to date
Make sure your Anti-Virus software is kept up to date and running
Get the latest version of your browser – they are more secure; I use Internet Explorer 10 which came out with Windows 8 but it is available for earlier operating systems.
Don’t be tempted by get rich quick links:- if it looks too good to be true it probably isn’t true.
Use Parental Control software to protect your kids if they are browsing (I bet you didn’t check the link )
Just be aware and think before you click.
DO NOT IGNORE the warning box: Read it.
You’re being watched:
Don’t worry too much; my code can’t run unless you let it so when you click a link and a warning box comes up: read it before clicking YES.
- When: 21:27 – 21:42 on Friday 19th July.
- Where: Anywhere on Earth.
- What: Look up in the sky towards Saturn, smile and wave as Cassini takes a photo of Earth.
Yes I know the camera will not be able to see anyone, in fact it will not be able to see anything other than a blue dot, but imagine people all over the world looking up and waving:- it would be a great fun event.
As I was lying around, pondering the problems of the world, I realised that:
.. If walking is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.
.. A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, but is still fat.
.. A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years, while
.. A tortoise doesn’t run and does mostly nothing, yet it lives for 150 years.
And you tell me to exercise?? I don’t think so.
Not sure who penned this but thanks for the smile
I have commented on this guys use of public funds before so I have to give him his due. In this article (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-22583855) he has declared that he will not be claiming for using his own car on official business. Good for him.
OK; now the cynical side of me comes out: The estimated saving is £3,000. I wonder how much his total expense claim will be for the year on top of his £70,000 salary.