Keeping up with your own changes

I spend probably more than enough time ‘fixing my machine’.   It doesn’t get any cheaper,  but its supposed to go faster or better.  Its been a hobby since my first ‘IBM compatible’  countless years ago.

Always I have been a fan of  ‘clustering’  adding one thing that does several things and software that expidites getting things done (GTD for those of you who insist on writing initials instead of real words).

Just before this post,  I got rid of a bar at the top of my screen Rocket Dock.  A free piece of sofware that allowed you to pin your software to it.  Much like the dock on the Mac.  I used to work support for Mac and got used to it on the Mac machine I had.  I often wondered why Windows never came with it,  and in fact came with a bloated menu system and a notification system that takes up far too much screen space.

If you like Windows 10 due to these features,  please find another article somewhere.  I would rather wear a tin foil hat than call these features good.  Windows 10 came with my machine,  and frankly I did not want to afford the Mac.  I could have,  but Mac is just as  just as quirky.

Therefore before you start hot rodding your machine to go faster or add software to it,  best you leave breadcrumbs for yourself.  People get busy with other things,  and frankly I cannot remember why (other than the desire to have a cool looking dock) why Rocketdock was such a mainstay of my systems for years.  It may reappear,  who knows.

The decision I just made is due to Windows 10 apps,  not being applicable to this bar. You can add Windows apps other than what is available through the Microsoft Store.  I feel this is MS leading customers by the nose (how Apple like).

Its just got to the point where I am using these apps,  I have an Office 365 subscription,  use Onedrive, etc.  The steerage to ‘new MS apps’  for Windows 10 is working.  For now.

I have a subscription to Dell support for another year or so.  After that point,  maybe this will be a Linux Machine.  Linux is very close to Mac OS,  in fact it is the same,  excepting that Mac OS is hardened against users getting at the root of it,  as easy as some versions of Linux.  The core and the principles to run it are the same.  This is getting deep however.

Lets suffice to say,  try and make yourself a map of your system,  what you did and why. Below are some tools/places to drop the crumbs.

  1.  If your on a Windows system (and lets assume you are)  you can easily use OneNote. https://www.onenote.com/?404&public=1
  2.  Not interested in Brother MS having even a shot at looking at your notes?  Try any of the following.
    1. https://simplenote.com/
    2. http://www.mynoteskeeper.com/
    3. https://www.google.com/keep/
    4. https://evernote.com/

The list could be huge,  there are many freeware,  shareware,  or public domain options.  The point that is imperitive is when it comes to your system you will pay yourself if months in advance you wrote down why your system changes and any links to research you did on it.

Generally I remember where I was when I get the brillant idea to begin changing myself,  usually,   I am trying to change something on the system to speed it up or the system has been changed not to my taste.  Windows 10 is on thin ice with me because of the way it upgrades.  I am Nancy Regan when it comes to forced upgrades “Just say no!”   Its more complicated to do so each year.

Therefore backtracking,  is just as important as improving.  Leave breadcrumbs.