I just started using Windows 8.1. I installed Windows 8 but it has been sitting on my desk so long that 8.1 was out by the time I actually got around to it. I have to say it is relatively annoying. Not intuitive for someone that has been usingÂ Windows since 1.0. It is actually easier goingÂ from Windows 7 to AppleÂ than this transition from Windows 7 to Windows 8. I guess once you discover that theÂ “Start” page is all the stuff that used to be under the “Start” button it sort of makes more sense but there isÂ still the feeling that there are two desktops instead of an area to launch frequently used applications. It seems faster but that could be the solid state drive I installed it on and that I do not haveÂ a million things running in the background yet. I like some of the “Apps” but do not like how IE from the start pageÂ is different from the desktop. It is like two browsers and oneÂ is relatively useless with plugins.
So I seem to be largely negative so far butÂ I am new at this Win8 thing. More to come after a few months of use.
So the Apple announcement was less than stellar. I will not re-hash the general information as you can find that just about anywhere. What is surprising me the most is that people are actually trying to show that these are big deal additions to the tired platform that is the iPhone. Of course this is just my two cents but fingerprint scanning and a new camera that is 50% of the power of the Nokia (Microsoft) camera is not all that innovative. I guess people just canât move on. The Galaxy S4 I am using right now is by far the best device I have used. I wish I could feel that way about Apple but that feeling is just gone. Funny thing is that I cannot live without my iPad. They didn’t touch the iPad in this round and maybe that is a good thing.
It has been a long time since I was on a group ride. A few weeks ago I went out with a group from a local eatery and had a blast. We did 25 miles and with some current and old racers. It was nice to ride next to someone and not see them get all squirrely on me when I was within a few inches. I have been riding my 13 year old USPS Trek (5200 I think) and sort of getting the itch for something new. I am checking into an S-Works SL4 Tarmac at the moment. I am so enamored by the road riding that I got a Burley to cart our son around while I shed some pounds to try and do a little masters racing next year. Should be a fun time and it is good to be riding again on a regular basis again.
Went out for a ride yesterday. 20 miles (19.7 according to map my ride) of mostly trails. It is amazing how many awesome trails are in the middle of the city of Wauwatosa. Kudos to the Metro Mountain Bikers MMB for the upkeep! I am joining today to support the sport and to help keep the trails open to bikes. I met a trail nazi in Hoyt Park who felt her dog was the sole purpose that trails were formed. I guess we do need to continue to protect ourselves from the minority. Every other person I met was kind and appreciative of my willingness to pull over and share the trail.