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Exploring Microsoft’s ‘OneDrive’ As A Viable, Long-Term Solution For My Photo Storage.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. Where I stand with my 3TB (RAID 1) Drobo.

Click to access my original post from April 2017.

In 2017 I was not mentally ready to have all the photos I take, on a daily basis, stored offline, in the Cloud.

But, technology, needs and my attitudes do evolve. Having the 1 Gig Internet service, with 400MB uploads, is definitely a factor. Ironically, it was my 3TB Drobo getting jostled around during the 1G installation (on Monday) that got me evaluating my online options again. My Drobo going into ‘Data Protection’ mode for three hours to rebuild its storage image was SCARY. Got me thinking my long-term strategy all over-again. I know that trying to keep my photos local, on the RAID I (i.e., redundant-data/data duplicated) Drobo, is far from ideal. I really need to have the photos stored offline, in the Cloud.

I had looked at Google Drive, Google Photo and even Amazon Photo. There way of storing photos did not meet my needs! I store my pictures in folders per my criteria — NOT just the date on which they were taken. So, when I go on a trip I have a master folder for that trip. Then within that folder I have other folders my day, ‘topic’ AND camera! Yes, I always shoot with at least two cameras and I keep the pictures separate.

So, I need a very flexible folder scheme. OneDrive gives that to I. I tried creating some nested folders and uploading some pictures. Works. It seems viable. I still need to do more research.

I will keep you posted.

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IBM’s Folding Smartphone Reminds Me, Vividly, Of IBM’s Ill-Fated OS/2 Operating System.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access the ‘Digital Trends’ original … Google for more.

Right now this IBM smartwatch with a foldable screen is ONLY a patent — and IBM (as you must know) files a lot of them.

Cute in concept, BUT will there be a demand for it and will it be practical. Making it even somewhat rugged and waterproof could be a challenge. Plus, why would someone want a foldable screen on their wrist when they are BOUND to be carrying around a smartphone (possibly with a folding screen). Just doesn’t look right …

It reminds me of IBM’s ill-fated OS/2 and I know most of you probably have never, ever heard of it. It was IBM’s attempt, mid-1990s, to come up with a BETTER PC operating system to displace Microsoft’s Windows. Well, we know how that went …

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OS/2

Happened to see this the SAME day. Kind of said it all. Click image to access the original.

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Passing Of Microsoft Co-Founder, Paul Allen, At 65, Signifies The End-Of-An-Era; PCs Have Now Reached Old Age.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. Of course, from the U.K. “Daily Mail”.

Click to ENLARGE. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Allen#Personal_life

Wow. This came as a shock. 65. I think that struck a chord. Same age as me but eight-months older.

Never met him and really never knew too much about him. Knew he was the real brains behind Microsoft and that he was a genuine philanthropist. Did NOT realize he never married or had any kids.

He always came across as a decent bloke. Nicer than Bill, I think.

Shame. All that wealth and it couldn’t save him from cancer. Eerily similar to Steve Jobs. What is it with this? Have you given it any thought?

It is the END of an era. PCs, Windows and Microsoft are no longer new or ‘recent’. They have all reached old age..

Paul Gardner Allen (1953 – 2018), RIP

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Microsoft Word 2016 Will NOT Do ‘Autosave’ To Disk — Just To ‘OneDrive’!

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From Microsoft Support Community.

I kid you NOT. I would not kid about something this important. I discovered, to my cost, yesterday! Could not believe it. Had ‘autosave’ set — given I am NO mug. But, nothing autosaved. I thought I was cracking up. Started Googling.

This is beyond the pale. Yes, of course, I can tell it to autosave to OneDrive. But, that doesn’t sit well with me — given that the ‘activation’ of OneDrive says that Microsoft will have access to your search data and content.

So, today, I started saving manually.

IMPORTANT, heads up.

Check your settings.

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Error In MS Excel 2016 — Treats ‘1900’ As A Leap Year, And It Was NOT!

by Anura Guruge

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IF you really were a Year 2000 aficionado and followed all of the Y2K drama you would know that all centurial years are NOT Leap Years.

For centurial years it is NOT enough to be divisible just by 4. It also has to be divisible by 400. This is was another major improvement to the Gregorian calendar to keep the year lengths as close to 365.242199 days as possible.

So, 1700, 1800, 1900 were NOT LEAP YEARS since they are NOT divisible by 400.

But, 2000 was, because it is divisible by 400.

Excel has 1900 as a LEAP YEAR.

Yes, I am probably the ONLY one in the whole world that would NOTICE and CARE.

But, I do a LOT of date span calculations — example when I am working out ICE-OUTS for lakes. In such calculations, being the pedant I am, I take into account Leap Years. Otherwise you are mistating some date spans.

That is how I noticed.

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Do NOT Attempt To Repair Microsoft Office 360 or 2016 Using Microsoft Instructions!

by Anura Guruge


This is from Microsoft. Click on image to access the page at “support.office.com” though I do NOT recommend it.

Do NOT follow the above Microsoft instructions.

At least on Windows 7.

It will automatically result in ALL Office 360/2016 apps, i.e., Word, PowerPoint, Excel etc. being removed from your computer — without you being asked or told.

It is not funny.

It is bloody diabolical.

Satya Nadella is such a bloody FRAUD.

Another scheming, money-grabbing FAKIR of the worst type,
with no shame.

I hate Microsoft. 

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Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 “Wood Type” Template Bears Remarkable Resemblance To The “Turin Shroud”!

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The “Wood Type” template in Microsoft PowerPoint 2016.


That is the background. Just struck me that the resemblance, to one familiar with the Turin Shroud, is uncanny. Click to ENLARGE and stare at. From PowerPoint 2016 — of course.


The back of the “Turin Shroud”.

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The ‘Smooth Typing’ Feature Of Word 2016 Works For Me.

by Anura Guruge

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I, very atypically for me, installed Office 2016 on my main PC, though there were no new features or bug fixes that I required!

That I could, successfully have, both my OLD Office 2007 and the new Office 2016, side-by-side, was a HUGE factor. Yes, I first tried it on my backup PC, yesterday, to be on the safe side.

So this afternoon, while in the midst of writing my latest book (and NO this one is not about orgasms) I installed Office 2016 while Office 2007 was running.

Wow. Microsoft has come a long way. Installation was smooth (and to be fair I had previously installed Office 2016, on 4 different PCs/laptops in the last 48 hours).

Just for the heck of it I closed Word 2007 (which I have been using since 2010) and opened the document I was working on, Chapter 2 of the new book, in Word 2016. Seamless — though it said ‘Compatability Mode’. I started typing and noticed the ‘smooth typing’. It was immediately apparent. Now for all I type, I am neither a touch typist nor a fast typist. I type at my own pace. Yes, I get a lot typed but it is not very fast. Basically type as fast as my brain is going at — and that is ALL I want. It works for I and at 62 I am NOT going to change. Typing faster would NOT help I since I would not have anything to type! I have to know what I want to type and that is why typing at the speed my brain thinks at is good for I.

I like it.

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Fuji X-Pro 2 Firmware Issue — Resetting All Custom Menu Settings …

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Just happened to see this, by chance, when I was browsing through “DPReview” this morning (in my constant quest to try and stay abreast of camera news).

This flaw, which appears not to be an isolated fluke, distresses me. The Fuji X-T2 which I hope to purchase as soon as it is available will share much of the base firmware code from the X-Pro2 (as it should).

Yes, as a software programmer going back to 1969, I fully appreciate that any and all new software will have some bugs. But this, in a very basic and key function, is not acceptable. They had to have seen this during the testing. That is what bugs me? How could a global RESET like this go unnoticed when thousands of folks, inside and outside of Fuji, would have been playing with this camera as it was being developed.

Yes, of course, Fuji will release a Firmware Update to fix it — and I am surprised that they haven’t done so already. Hhhmmm.

Ironically this harks back to one of my pet themes when I was a much more active IT consultant to leading manufacturers. I would argue passionately that for reasons I could not explain the Japanese (and the Chinese) were not that great at creating software — their prowess being hardware. I think that still stands. All the major software companies — Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, eBay, PayPal — are all U.S. That is NOT a coincidence.

I will keep you posted on this X-Pro2 issue.

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