A definite drop in divinations of late. It all started with a busy weekend. I had to front load a bunch of work for my weekend comic. Then when I got back, I was a little sick. I must have picked up something. Then, I caught that virus worse than anything: Windows 8!
Heh, I am in the care of an ailing Win 8 machine. Being the resident Windows guru, you get asked these things. In the process of attempting to heal this machine I paved it 3 times and brought it up to Win 8.1. I mean if you're going forward you'd better keep doing it. However, still is ailing and so just before sending it back for service (thankfully it's still under warranty) I decided to attempt to back it up on my home server. Big mistake!!!
Win 8.1 the abomination that it is, is not compatible with Windows Home Server!! So being the forward thinking type I thought to put a patch (2781272) on my server to "upgrade" it. It's a risky move. The pursuit of knowledge is always risky! The result was that it completely slagged my backup capabilities! You should have seen all the red lights lighting up my server dashboard!
Fortunately, I'm bold enough to repave my server too! After much gnashing of teeth and swearing, I went back to an image the day before. And after a few backup false starts, I'm back in business. Say what you will about Win 8. Home Server 2011 is a great product! I wish they'd keep working on it.
Bottom line is Windows 8 is a disaster FROM ALL ANGLES! The UI is a disaster, it doesn't integrate with other windows products (aka Home Server 2011), and new hardware bought with it is just as jinxed! Thanks Lenovo. I sincerely hope Satya Nadella can get M$'s act together because that little fiasco simply has reinforced the issue that I won't be upgrading any of my machines to Win 8 anytime soon!
There is a little sub story here... I lent out my Chromebook in the meantime while I work on the laptop! The Chromebook is able to lift 90% of the load the Windows machine did! Just a few lame "this website is not compatible with your version of chrome" messages, because the site is looking at the underlying OS and getting cold feet! And no Skype compatibility (thanks Microsoft). >_< I knew Skype was doomed the moment M$ bought them out. What happened to that SERVICES part of the devices and services mantra? Wouldn't that be interesting if M$ created a ARM tablet running Android? One can conjecture!
Ah, I miss my Chromebook! It's the only laptop I've ever owned. It's such a hardworking little machine, I love it! Clearly not for everything, but it does do so much!