New laptop

mike wilson m.9.wilson at ntlworld.com
Thu Mar 1 02:39:40 EST 2018


> On 28 February 2018 at 22:40 John <sessomsj at earthlink.net> wrote:
> 
> 
> On 2/28/2018 00:37, mike wilson wrote:
> >> On 28 February 2018 at 04:34 John <sessomsj at earthlink.net> wrote:
> >> 
> >> 
> >> On 2/27/2018 14:28, John Francis wrote:
> >>> On Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 02:04:12PM -0500, John wrote:
> >>>> My new laptop just arrived. I finally broke down and ordered a 
> >>>> refurbished HP Elitebook from Newegg. Intel i5, 16GB RAM, 512GB
> >>>> SSD, DVD??RW, Windoze7 PRO 64-bit.
> >>>> 
> >>>> Replaces my 11 year old Toshiba. I expect I'll finally be able
> >>>> to run Photoshop CS6 Extended on a laptop.
> >>> 
> >>> This might be a good time to reconsider your position on Windows
> >>> 10. You've got two years left before Microsoft drop all support
> >>> for W7. That means there won't even be any security updates after
> >>> Jan 2020.
> >>> 
> >>> 
> >> 
> >> F*** 'em. I'll figure out how to install Linux ... or maybe turn
> >> it into a Hackintosh.
> > 
> > UBUNTU is an easy install.  Download the file and write it to a DVD -
> > maybe a memory stick by now, shove it in the machine and follow
> > instructions.  Automatically installs Firefox and Thunderbird.
> > (Windows) problems fixed, permanently.
> > 
> 
> For now I'm sticking with Windoze7, at least until Micro$oft murders it.
> 
> But, yes, most likely Ubuntu when my paranoia level at the lack of
> security updates after Jan 2020.
> 
> I am pretty much removing ALL of the pre-installed "software" to make
> room for the programs *I* use. The trial versions of Word Perfect and
> Quatro Pro are going bye-bye; so is "BullGuard".
> 
> Open Office, here I come.

Forgot to mention that UBUNTU installs LibreOffice automatically.  You can set the default file save to MS Office standards and names.  I've had a few, minor hiccups when swapping files between suites but they are mainly formatting issues and easily dealt with.  The only exception is the equivalent of Publisher but that doesn't even talk to different versions of itself.  

> 
> Antivirus software? How does Windoze Defender compare to aftermarket
> products?
> 
> None of the reviews (PC Magazine, PC World, TopTen) even list it. But
> I'm not sure how much faith I can put in them, because some of them
> rate Norton highest (and the others recommend it highly).
> 
> My previous experience with Norton is why I'm using AVG currently.
> Recently AVG has begun exhibiting the same behavior that pissed me off
> against Norton.
> 
> Definitely not going with Kaspersky. Maybe Bitdefender or Avast?
> 
> Or is Windoze Defender good enough?
> 
> 
> 
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