Advice for wrestling with Windows

Recently the screen on my laptop went TU (toes up) and I was forced to invest in another computer. Unless you choose an Apple computer, they now come with an operating system of Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.

After attempting to navigate this system, I have developed the firm conviction that making an operating system that is user-friendly is no longer a priority for Microsoft. I have come to the opinion that they hire “computer geeks” whose main interest is loading the system with unique or cool gimmicks and advertising.

A number of years ago, Microsoft introduced a very user friendly system called Windows XP. It was so good that thousands of people and companies still use it. However, Microsoft recently announced that it will no longer support this system, which means that it will not be supplying the patches that are necessary to intercept viruses, etc.

After having the experience of trying to navigate Windows 8.1, I have the following suggestions for anyone in a similar position. Prior to beginning, do the following:

1. If you are not on blood pressure medication, then go to your physician and request some.

2. If you are already taking blood pressure medication, then request that your physician double the dosage.

3. Collect all the hammers in your possession and see that they are locked securely in a safe or heavy metal box.

Bob Barker


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