The Linux kernel 3.11.6 is out and has brought a few changes and bug fixes along with it. Even if you don’t find any difficulties with your system, you might as well upgrade just to stay current.
Every version of Windows, since Vista, have severely crippled installation of unsigned drivers that haven’t been WHQL verified. I’ve discussed this at length in an earlier post. Unsigned drivers couldn’t be installed, until the administrator account forced it. Windows 8 took it one notch further and made it impossible to install drivers in a usual run. It doesn’t mean you need revert back to an earlier Windows version. Your developer electronic projects can still be cradled on a Windows 8 system.
Windows 8 introduced the Start Screen, as it did many other things – full screen Windows 8 style apps, Charms, a more intensive touch based interface, the Store, XBOX games for Windows, etc. To me, that’s everything I could do in one package. It, in addition, does what no other touch OS can do – viewing two apps at a time. Of course, Windows 8.1 now changes that to allow a maximum of four apps per screen without any possible disadvantage of the side view. Still, until the latest update gets to it’s full release, most users would have got used to, if not already, the side-snapped view.
The most recent Microsoft Build conference happened a few days ago and to be honest, we were waiting for this day ever since we realised Windows 8 is not yet done amazing us. We’re quite predictable, unlike Microsoft of course, that way and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next. Windows 8.1 preview has been made publicly available and after a day of using it we love it more than would to have a stable internet connection; seriously, this post should have been up days ago.
Chrome – apparently the best browser known to humankind. It’s so awesome, Google is in the works to turn it into a full operating system – Chrome OS. I won’t argue that; after all, majority wins even though they’re wrong most of the time, especially here. I’m actually starting to love the fact that people are moving away from Windows Internet Explorer; I actually like to have it all to myself. Thing is, it actually does take a special skill to stick to Windows IE.