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Windows 10

November 13, 2014  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

On the latest segment of Rothman Tech-Tips (#RTT), I interviewed Jason Yates, Live Learning Instructor at Skillsoft. Jason works with an old friend of mine, Michael “MJ” Murphy, and together we did vlogs on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. If you haven’t seen either of those vlogs, check them out. Warning: MJ is quite opinionated on Windows 8 and he’s not shy about expressing his feelings.

For this #RTT, though, Jason and I talked about Windows 10, which is Microsoft’s new operating system (OS); that is, it hasn’t even been released, but since Jason signed up to be part of the Windows 10 Technical Preview, he was able to download Windows 10 before its public unveiling. “Windows 10 takes us back to the core of Windows”, is how Jason described the new operating system. “It’s a mashup of what was good with Windows 8, and what was good with Windows 7”, while referencing his liking of the touch-screen functionality available on Windows 8. The one feature he highlighted on Windows 10 is the comeback of the Start button, which had been previously available on Windows 7 and all other previous versions of Windows. Given the reemergence of the Start button, it will surely have an overwhelmingly positive effect on core corporate desktop users, who were all up in arms about Windows 8 and the lack of the Start button. In a few months, Jason and I will be getting together for another vlog after Windows 10 is released to the general public so we can discuss the differences between the soon-to-be-released version and the Technical Preview version Jason showed on the vlog.

For the #idontcook portion of this vlog, I asked Jason for a restaurant recommendation in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. He mentioned an authentic Thai restaurant named Pok Pok — he’s not the only one who likes this restaurant as it was featured on the popular Food Network show “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.”  On the show, Guy Fieri highlighted their Vietnamese-style Chicken Wings, but Jason mentioned his favorite dish is the Boar Collar.  One quote that Jason used to describe Pok Pok really stood out: “If you like Thai food, not just American Thai food, but street Thai food, Pok Pok is a great place to go.”  As us foodies know, that’s the type of top-notch restaurant recommendation we are looking for here at #idontcook!

 

Windows 8.1

July 1, 2013  |  Uncategorized  |  1 Comment

On the latest segment of Rothman Tech-Tips (#RTT), I interviewed Michael “MJ” Murphy, a Technical Instructor at Skillsoft.  This vlog was done over the internet using Adobe Connect, which is a web conferencing platform for web meetings, eLearning, and webinars.

Back in October of 2012, MJ and I talked about Windows 8, so we decided to record a follow-up vlog on the upcoming release/update called Windows 8.1 Code Named Blue.  If you followed news about Windows 8, the overall consensus was not positive.  MJ pointed out that last quarter PC sales were down 14%, the biggest single quarter drop in PC sales. He thinks a lot of the blame has to do with the Windows 8 operating system, and he thinks PC sales will continue to slide.  “We are certainly living in the post PC age, and more and more we are going to see devices, handheld devices, tablets, smartphones, and a panoply of new devices come to market.  Windows 8 is Microsoft’s offering for the touch screen,  tablet, smartphone space. The problem for many is that the touch screen interface doesn’t translate well to the desktop and server.”  So now we have the new release, Windows 8.1 Code Blue, that MJ thinks will bring back options to make Windows 8 more appealing for the desktop / server users e.g the start button, option to use standard desktop mode.  The new release was just made available by Microsoft, please download it and tell us what you think.

For the #idontcook portion of this vlog, we talked about options in MJ’s hometown of Scranton, PA. His latest restaurant recommendation is a great place right outside Scranton in Clarks Summit, PA called Formosa.  Formosa is an Asian Fusion restaurant with some French influence, “The place is incredible, the food is incredible!!”.  Now the great thing about this specific #idontcook segment, is that MJ tells us about an off the menu item that requires you to bring a granny smith apple to the restaurant with you.  Michael the chef (I guess MJ is on a 1st name basis with the chef) used to make an apple and crispy duck salad that they don’t offer anymore, but they always are happy to make if for you if you bring your own apple.  Wow, BYOA is the type of off the menu recommendation that Rothman Tech-Tips #idontcook is all about!!