Sunday, March 18, 2018

Windows 10 Spring Creators Update Review

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Windows 10 Spring Creators Update
Although as of the writing of this blog post, it's currently in the insider preview stage but there's not many new changes in it for RS4 as Microsoft is finishing it up and of course fixing bugs which should be finished somewhere this month. Anyways, let's dive into this and see what new toys they are.

Installation Process

The installation process is pretty much the same as before, but just a little tweaked out of box experience setup. Nothing really changed much, it's just mostly the same as Fall Creators Update, but with more bug fixes and of course new toys in it.

The Desktop

The Desktop, fresh install.
Pretty much looks the same as the Fall Creators update at first glance, but there's a little bit more things "fixed" I guess...
Bloatware apps pre-installed, as usual.
Looks like Microsoft is trying to bring back the Aero Glass blur in the taskbar from Windows 7.

Say hello to the new Timeline!

The new Timeline feature on the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update
Yes, incase if you forgot what you were doing a few days ago or whatever day. This should come in handy, especially for the boss to check on the employee's "work". Pretty cool feature, but if you don't like it or have the use for it, you can disable it in Windows Settings.

Goodbye HomeGroup


If you still use the HomeGroup feature in Windows 10 then you shouldn't consider updating to the Spring Creators Update, but Microsoft might be pushing an update to the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to remove the HomeGroup functionally from it, but the Windows 10 Creators Update and older isn't affected (includes Windows 7, 8, and 8.1). Also, the HomeGroup link is still in Security and Maintenance page but clicking on it does nothing at all.

Easier signing in! (Windows 10 S Only)

You can now sign into your Windows 10 S device with your smartphone meaning that all you have to do is download the Microsoft Authenticator app for your Android phone or iPhone and set up Windows Hello to use it as a sign-in method. If you don't have your phone for whatever reason then you'll sign in with your pin code you added to your account. Nice feature, but of course requires Windows 10 S.

Goodbye Paint in future update...

Of course, downloading apps from the Microsoft Store requires a Microsoft Account.

File Explorer

This PC - File Explorer
Same as usual, nothing really has changed and of course there's still this useless extra space in "This PC". Also, the UWP app isn't still updated and is still mostly the same from the Windows 10 Creators Update.

Settings

Windows Settings Home
Well it still looks like a mess, but I guess they're trying to tidy things up at least? Still prefer the classic Control Panel tho. Would be nice if there was a view all option.
I don't get the naming "Focus Assist".
Why does "Phone" have to be a separate page if there's no subpages?
New Startup page under Apps, neat page I guess.

Microsoft Edge

Getting better, and better slowly... But I doubt it will stop people from downloading other web browsers with Edge.
Well, finally... compact menus for Mouse and Keyboard users.
Well here's something neat that Google Chrome can't do... FULL SCREEN WITH NAVIGATION CONTROLS!

More transparency!


Not talking about the graphical user interface transparency, but as in what things are actually going on of what's being sent to Microsoft. You can view the diagnostic data of what gets sent to Microsoft by using the diagnostic viewer from the Microsoft Store to view what was sent to Microsoft please note that the Diagnostic data viewer has to be enabled in Settings which may take up to 1 GB of hard disk space.

Some more Linux commands

These new commands that are from Linux should help for developers who mostly use Linux. These new commands include curl and wget. Also in built-in SSH is there too since the Windows 10 fall creators update.

Much better emoji design

Finally much better design and better looking too than ever before, at least it's not like the samsung crackers emoji *cough*, Here's a comparison.

Before


After


Conclusion

The Windows 10 Spring Creators Update really shapes up Windows 10 than the previous Windows 10 major feature updates released and should of been like that since day 1 of the release of  Windows 10. Should you update? Well, that's entirely your choice if you want to update to it or not when the Spring Creators update comes out. Also, don't forget more emojis for the latest Unicode, and of course they're redesigned too! Sadly, the new touch keyboard that's in Windows 10 since the fall creators update is still too small. Please note that the older Windows 10 versions which includes 1607 and 1703 unless you're using the education/enterprise edition which you'll have six months extended from the end of life date or if you're using Windows 10 LTSB then you'll have 10 years of support.

Are you going to update to the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update when it gets released?

Sunday, January 28, 2018

iPhone SE 2 thoughts

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What will the next iPhone SE look like if it gets released next year in 2018? πŸ“±

Here's my thoughts on what it will be...

What will be changed:
- The all new A11 chip found in the iPhone 8 (Plus), and the iPhone X.
- Maybe more memory (3 GB) πŸ‘
- The all new camera found in the iPhone 7 πŸ“·
- Most likely the new 2nd generation TouchID found in the iPhone 6S πŸ–
- Probably headphone jack removal😞 

What will not be changed:
- The most of main shell (Most likely not gonna include Wireless charging due to costs) and looking similar to the iPhone 5S/SE.

What are your thoughts on the iPhone SE 2? πŸ€”

Windows operating system results with RineTech VPS

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These results show of what Windows operating systems work with RineTech
Operating System Status Description
MS-DOS/FreeDOS Working Works out of the box without any issues
Windows 9x Not Working Locks up after setup
Windows NT 3.x/4.x Not Working BSOD on Setup
Windows 2000 Not Working Random BSOD (unable to complete setup)
Windows XP/Server 2003 (RTM) Not Working Random mostly BSOD unless updated to sp2 (will mostly solve the bsod)
Windows XP/Server 2003 (SP2) Partial Setup completes, but sometimes BSOD (unless USB Controller is disabled)
Windows Vista/Server 2008 Working Works out of the box without any issues
Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 Working Works out of the box without any issues
Windows 8/Server 2012 Working Works out of the box without any issues
Windows 10/Server 2016 ? Not Tested yet