In recent years I’ve come to fear marketing speak. Phrases such as ‘innovative software initiative’ send chills down my back and tend to make me break out in a cold sweat.
Back in January I posted about the upcoming retirement of Windows 8.1, and announced that I intended to migrate to a Unix-based OS. Further consideration, prompted largely by the comment thread that post elicited, persuaded me against going down that road. The main reason is that my employer uses Windows, and, working from home, I need to be able to interface with their systems. There’s also the reality that the learning curve to make the switch from Windows 8.1 to 10 will be less steep than grappling with an OS with which I have only a passing familiarity.
As the old saying goes, “The first hit’s free.”
So, instead, I bought a Windows 10 installation disk a few months ago, and that has been taunting me from my desk ever since. (I bought it from eBuyer.com; yes, it would have been – slightly – cheaper to get it direct from micro$haft, but they only offer a download installation and I like to have disks available against the day that a hardware failure forces a PC replacement.)
As 10Jan2023 looms ever closer, the time has come to bite this bullet. I’ve been assured that the software switch itself should be seamless, but there will be a fair amount of struggling with the latest round of ‘enhancements to the user experience’; of that I have no doubt.
Long story short: I may be offline for a while. We’ll see. Wish me luck?