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a good reason to abandon Windows period

https://www.zdnet.com/article/window...-clash-widens/


it seems that Win7 which has been relatively stable, all of a sudden is crashing with the release of the April 9, 2019 "Security Update".


my Win7 PC has had all updates blocked for more than 3 years, and it has not had a single problem in that time. AVAST continues to check on things, but it has not come up with anything worse than 'pups'...
and of course, it continues to want to sell me on a "total security package".


I think the best security package is to stay away from Microsoft.



on the flip side, us Linux users can apply updates, when, and IF, we chose to do so.
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it seems that Win7 which has been relatively stable, all of a sudden is crashing with the release of the April 9, 2019 "Security Update".


my Win7 PC has had all updates blocked for more than 3 years, and it has not had a single problem in that time. AVAST continues to check on things, but it has not come up with anything worse than 'pups'...
and of course, it continues to want to sell me on a "total security package".


I think the best security package is to stay away from Microsoft.



on the flip side, us Linux users can apply updates, when, and IF, we chose to do so.
All I use is Appel stuff,NEVER has a security issue but is a Linux base system and their updates are free of charge

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I'm sure you recall I had that happen to me a couple months ago. MS "updated" mine (how I don't know since I have had updates blocked for years) and almost caused a complete crash. Had to restore it to a previous date to get functional again, then went to Linux, a decision I don't regret.
Avast was good for a while then they got pushy like AVG did before them.
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I'm stuck with Windows7Pro as it is the only thing that will run the Pogo game site. For everything else there's Linux.


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I recently set up a new desktop computer.
I'm running Linux Mint 19.1.
So far it has been completely painless and successful.
I still have a laptop with Win7 "just in case I need it".
But this is working so well with Mint that I doubt that
I'll ever go back.
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While I understand the mindset, and have made my own forays into Linux, I think at this point I'd rather make my own bio-diesel than try to inter-operate with my clients using Linux. Printer drivers, scanner drivers, online systems of all kinds, ERP's, wireless network troubleshooting, etc.

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While I understand the mindset, and have made my own forays into Linux, I think at this point I'd rather make my own bio-diesel than try to inter-operate with my clients using Linux. Printer drivers, scanner drivers, online systems of all kinds, ERP's, wireless network troubleshooting, etc.

Linux is no where close to Windows for being able to just "Plug 'n PLay"....
Microsoft has forced all vendors to provide them the correct drivers, or they will not allow them to play on Windows..... and guess who still has the "Every man's desktop" ??


But, for a personal one-on-one PC, for the person who is willing to learn what is under the keyboard, Linux can't be beat for reliability "once it is configured and working".


I just went thru a little "training session" teaching my 'GnuCash' checkbook app how to work with my bank... well, almost work with it, I am downloading the .CSV files for Quicken format and it imports them slicker than snot on that doorknob...... and it ignores Duplicates!!!! hot damn!!!


But, Linux Mint is the closest thing to Plug 'n Play that you will find in the linux world for the 'Everyman' desktop.


Cinnamon emulates the Windows desktop environment down to using the same exact kybd keys for the shortcuts.

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I do love GnuCash, and I have a copy of it here somewhere. But, the accountants all need QuickBooks, or "standard' software.

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I do love GnuCash, and I have a copy of it here somewhere. But, the accountants all need QuickBooks, or "standard' software.

I bought Quicken a couple decades ago, and never updated it.
why? it worked for me, all I needed was a simple checkbook that talked to the bank.


Then two things happened, not sure if they coincided or stacked up together?


The banking system changed the backend protocol, and Quicken quit working for me.


So, off to get a new copy:
oops! it is an Annual Subscription fee now, not a One Time purchase price.


screw that, I quit and used .CSV into a spreadsheet.


but that is messy, not way to exclude dupes except manually.... argh!!!
so, I dropped keeping a checkbook for several years, signed up for Instant SMS texting for every transaction, with email verifications.


I looked, said "that is valid" and life went on.


But, recently, the friggen IRS decided to change up how I file my disclaimers for income, and I needed to be able to SEARCH fast, and the spreadsheet was not giving me the type of results I wanted....


so, enter GnuCash and my learning session with it.


used it just last night to verify that a vendor had not double billed me.
clicked search, and it instantly displayed every debit, all was clean...


that was when I had to download 3 years worth of bank records......
not a fun thing to do with a spreadsheet, setting it all up correctly.


GnuCash stepped me thru the "simple checkbook" 1-2-3 and wallah, it was loaded up, and I started searching, and got the job done.

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