Friday, August 23, 2019

[UPDATED] Windows? Really?


Has it really come full circle? ALL the way around?

It started maybe a month ago. I was getting less and less enthused with my Amazon Fire Stick trying to watch Movies/TV Shows. The user interface on the Fire Stick leaves a lot to be desired. And, my other apps weren't working as well as they used to.

I remembered when I used to watch Amazon Prime stuff on a computer, it was much better.

But, (read the whole article here )

So, I ended up using Windows.

That's fine for Amazon Prime, but what about my other shows I watch using other apps?

It turns out that my VPN may suck (read "COMPLETELY unusable") on a Fire Stick (article here ), but it works like a dream in Windows 10.

So, with a VPN, now, what about my apps?

Oh yes! One of them has an app for Windows! Not Linux, but Windows!

Who'da thunk it!

So, am I really going to have to use Windows 10 on my home theater PC to watch Movies and TV Shows?

Yep. And it works extremely well.

Then, just yesterday, I was working on some 12-year old laptops (Dell Lattitude D630). To my great dismay they were EXTREMELY slow to boot any Linux distribution I tried to install.

I did a Windows 10 install and it ran fine.


Research showed that there is a known bug in the linux kernel iteself that involves the Intel Graphics chips in these older laptops. This bug is maybe 3 years old. 3 YEARS OLD! And nobody has fixed this?!

There are a couple of workarounds, but they didn't seem to completely remedy the issue.


But Windows 10 works.

Was there a shift in the space/time continuum or something?

Windows 10 Pro version 1903 seems to be meeting my needs better overall than Linux distributions?


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