* Posts by Cypherdude

6 posts • joined 28 May 2016

Hold on to your aaSes: Yup, Windows 10 'as a service' is incoming


Re: Death of Desktop and Laptops

It depends on what you want to do on the Internet. If you only want to do email and view webpages, then you only need a phone or tablet. If you want to work on something, then you would need a desktop or laptop. If you want to work on something which requires a lot of computing power, then you would need to have a multi-core i7 (or Ryzen), 16GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, multiple monitors etc... Here is my desktop as an example:


I also own a laptop and a smartphone. I use my desktop everyday, my laptop twice a week.

I would like to upgrade to a 10 core Intel i7 7900X. Unfortunately, you can only use it in Windows 10. I still believe Windows 10 has privacy issues. No one wants to use an O/S which sends private information to MSFT. This is why my desktop and laptop still have Windows 7-64 and will probably remain so until January 2020.


Re: Windows 8.1

If I buy Windows 8 Pro - Upgrade, does Microsoft still give the upgrade to 8.1 for free?

Where do you get the batch file along with install_wim_tweak.exe to evict the Windows Store and all of the other apps?


Re: Sending recent activity data to Microsoft

What site can I visit which gives me all the necessary tweaks for Windows 10? I would want to shut off all snooping, i.e. telemetry, advertisements, using my bandwidth to disperse Windows Updates, Cortana, any "apps" which I don't want, everything.

I use Windows 7-64. I'm not sure what the difference is in Windows between an "app" and a program. Is there any difference?


Re: Sending recent activity data to Microsoft

My understanding is that Microsoft's Windows 10 has been tracking your activity and sending it to their servers since day 1, not just recently. See this YouTube video:

"Windows 10 Spying is worse than I ever imagined"


I believe the person in the above video works in PC security in England. He has made other videos regarding this subject.

This is why I still use Windows 7-64, until Jan 2020. After that I don't know what I'll do, Linux Wine perhaps?

Seagate laying off 2,217 employees


No Big Loss Anyway.

It's no big loss anyway. The quality of their drives is crap. They dropped their warranty from 5 years to 2 years in response. I bought 4 of their drives, 2 failed (Reallocated Sector Count errors), and I only got 1 replacement. I stopped buying their drives and bought WD instead.

Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug


Do Your Research Before Buying Anything Expensive

If you are going to spend $4K on a tablet, you'd better do your research. It doesn't matter who is selling it. 5 years ago I bought both my Lenovo 15.6" i5 laptop and another Lenovo 15.6" laptop model for someone else. Neither is giving any problems. Although, they are bit slow since they both have 5400 RPM HDD's. I upgraded both to 8GB RAM. I've been intending to upgrade the HDD on my laptop for some time and I'm glad I waited since SSD's are getting cheaper. For my main desktop PC, I researched every single part which went into it. You can see my PC I use everyday by searching (see first & last 2 minutes): video pwNJto6VWE8

It appears the quality of many products, not just laptops and tablets, has dropped in the last few years. Since you were going to spend $4K on a tablet, which is a large amount for a tablet, you really should have learned everything you could have about the Surface Book.

Personally, I would never spend that much on a tablet, especially since it's something I would only use on the road. Imagine if someone stole it. The most I would spend on a new laptop, and I still like my Lenovo i5, would be on a new Lenovo Flex 3 15.6" i7 16GB. The Flex 3 also has a touchscreen and can fold 2 ways.

Thanks for writing about the Surface Book's sleep/crashing problem though.

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