Leaving Windows 7 Behind

If you love your Windows 7 computer and have been putting off taking the leap to Windows 10, you’re not alone.  According to the website netmarketshare.com, Windows 7 still has a 40.9% share of all desktop computers, while Windows 10 only has a 37.4% share.  Windows 10 was released about 3 years ago and while it has been steadily making gains, some people have been reluctant to let go of Windows 7. The worry about upgrading is understandable.  You may have older software that you use and might have concerns about its compatibility with a newer operating system.  Your PC might be older and might not meet the minimum recommended specifications to run Windows 10.  Or you may have heard rumors that Windows 10 has problems and just isn’t as good as Windows 7. While the first two are valid points to consider, the last one is not.  There are definite cosmetic changes between Windows 7 and Windows 10 but after a period of adjustment you will be able to navigate the new user interface just as well as you could the old one.  Microsoft is constantly testing Windows 10 and releasing feature updates, improvements, and bug fixes.  It is the best and most secure version of Windows that you can currently run.  The same cannot be said of Windows 7, which is the number one reason to consider an upgrade. Microsoft ended mainstream support of Windows 7 in 2015.  That means that they no longer release feature updates or bug fixes unless there is a security concern.  In January of 2020 they will end extended support of Windows...

Virtual Reality

I was first introduced to Virtual Reality (VR) about 2 years ago when my family and I took a trip to Minneapolis and spent a day at the Mall of America. My wife and daughter, who was 6 at the time, went shopping while my 5-year-old son and I wandered off to entertain ourselves. We made our way to the Microsoft store where my son immediately sat down at a gaming PC with Minecraft and three 24-inch monitors. He was in heaven! My attention was drawn to the 3 VR stations that they had setup within the store. I kept 1 eye on my son playing Minecraft and my other eye on the closest VR station watching people experience different things. Some people chose the Home Run Derby simulation, others tried their luck with virtual fishing, and some chose to be artistic by painting things in a virtual 3D space. Whenever somebody’s time was up, and they removed the headgear it was easy to see that these people had just experienced something in a new and exciting way. I immediately began to wonder what was possible with VR outside of the world of gaming. I will cover a few of the uses that I found most interesting. Travel: Soon you will be able to be virtually transported to many popular tourist destinations. Imagine clicking a button and finding yourself at the Rome Colosseum, the Louvre in Paris, or my personal favorite, Graceland! Sports: Many of the 2018 Winter Olympic events were filmed in 180 degrees and 360 degree VR. The NBA on TNT has also started a VR broadcast...