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Old 01-10-2013, 11:50 AM   #11
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I have used open office and was quite happy with it.

Now that my son works for the "Evil Emperor," cost of software has not been such an issue.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:51 PM   #12
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Oakman, if you just can't get used to the new Windows 8 (I've never tried it myself), you can always install Windows 7 instead. You can still get a Windows 7 Home Premium installation CD at a local computer store and have them install it for you if you're not comfortable doing it yourself.

I just built 2 new PCs with Windows 7 as the operating system. I don't know if I'd like the new Windows 8 "tiles" and I hear the optional old-style desktop isn't great either so I'm sticking with Windows 7 for now. Besides, with Microsoft's reputation, I'd rather wait until Service Pack 1 for Windows 8 is released before trying it.
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Oakman, if you just can't get used to the new Windows 8 (I've never tried it myself), you can always install Windows 7 instead. You can still get a Windows 7 Home Premium installation CD at a local computer store and have them install it for you if you're not comfortable doing it yourself.

I just built 2 new PCs with Windows 7 as the operating system. I don't know if I'd like the new Windows 8 "tiles" and I hear the optional old-style desktop isn't great either so I'm sticking with Windows 7 for now. Besides, with Microsoft's reputation, I'd rather wait until Service Pack 1 for Windows 8 is released before trying it.
My son said to skip Win 8 just like he recommended skipping Millennium and Vista. He has never steered me wrong. Win 9 is just around the corner.
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Again, based on Microsoft's track record, I would tend to agree with your son, Herk.

Ever since Windows 98, MS generally produces one decent OS (after they release SP 1) and the next one is dud. If that trend continues, Windows 8 would be one to avoid. But I could be wrong.

I prefer PCs because I like to tinker with them. My only experience with an Apple computer is the new iPad which I was fortunate enough to win. I like it but the lack of Flash support bugs me. Besides, I just can't justify the price of a new desktop or laptop Mac. Here in Ontario, Canada, I can build a great desktop Windows PC for well under $800 but a Mac will cost over $1100.
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My son said to skip Win 8 just like he recommended skipping Millennium and Vista. He has never steered me wrong. Win 9 is just around the corner.
I have skipped about every other one. Started with 3.1, skipped 95, got 98, skipped Millennium, had XP (still using that on my old computer), skipped Vista, and now have 7.

Doing the count, looks like I have had 4 computers. Started out with a Gateway 2000 that cost $1375 in October 1993......big time bucks for about 1% of the computer you can get now a days for 1/2 that price.
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I have a new laptop with windows 8.It takes some getting used to especially with the tiles idea but I'm beginning to like it. I use the fingerprint reader for login and passwords.
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Thanks for the links. I can't open ome files with my vista set up. This will hopefully help. Also speaking of iPads- quick question. Do you need antiviral programs fr them? DH says no, I say yes. Lets see who's correct. Thanks
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Old 01-10-2013, 04:56 PM   #19
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Thanks for the links. I can't open ome files with my vista set up. This will hopefully help. Also speaking of iPads- quick question. Do you need antiviral programs fr them? DH says no, I say yes. Lets see who's correct. Thanks
More anti-Trojan program than anti-viral. Your data is stored on the smart device and the smart device has access to the internet.

While all apps are screened for malware by Apple prior to being approved for distribution (see Janet's comment on how long it takes for Apple to approve an update release), your email client and internet browser's ability to directly access internet content makes the saved data on your smart device vulnerable to exploitation.

Usernames and Passwords saved to your device may be hacked by malware embedded in email. Saved data (like phone numbers and email addresses) can also be directly accessed by rogue software programmed to exploit smart devices when visiting web sites that contain evil code.

In my opinion, not protecting your smart devices with (in many cases free or very low cost) anti-malware apps is a mistake.
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:36 PM   #20
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I've been using Kingsoft 'Office' software. It's an MS Office clone but is free. Works well for me on Windows 7, all my stuff from work comes in MS Office form, but Kingsoft converts it with no problems. What I create at home in Kingsoft is fully readable at work on MS Office.
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