Windows 11 is bringing me back to blogging

Written by AboKevin on . Posted in Blog, Blogroll, Windows 11

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So, let’s just start by saying that this blog has been in a coma for a while. Obviously. Work and family have kept me busy, and to a certain degree I lost interest in blogging. Windows 10 is in many ways a great operating system. And iteration after iteration of the OS just kept improving on it. But nothing has been exciting for a long time.

Then rumors of Windows 11 began surfacing, a leaked version appeared and June 24 was the official announcement of it. And the excitement is back. Whether it is deserved or not remains to be seen. But so far I like what I see. The underpinnings of the OS is still good old Windows 10. The core is still the same, but the looks and feel have been updated and are more modern and appealing. To me at least.

So I am preparing to install the insider version as soon as it is available. I have downloaded the leaked version, but I have chosen to not install it. It is “stolen” bits, and plenty have been written about that version already. So I am biding my time for the legal and official test version that is going to be released to us insiders next week.

The minimum requirements for the hardware has been bumped up this time around. In order to install Windows 11 you will have to have a machine that meets these requirements;

Processor
1 gigahertz (GHz)?or?faster with 2 or more cores on a?compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)

Memory
4 GB RAM

Storage
64 GB or larger storage device

System firmware
UEFI, Secure Boot capable

TPM
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0

Graphics card
DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x

Display
>9” with HD Resolution (720p)

Internet connection
Microsoft account and internet connectivity required for setup for Windows 11 Home

Certain features require specific hardware, see detailed system requirements.

This means that my Windows Surface Laptop 3 is eligible, but my homemade desktop from 2015 is not. It seems both my processor and the TPM requirements are to blame for that. Too bad, since the desktop has more than enough juice for what I am using it for these days. So I will be testing Windows 11 on my Surface Laptop. I will probably not update the desktop until I have to, which means when something breaks within it.

Well, next week, starting 28 June, I will be installing the bits on this machine and start testing, and posting more of my experience with Windows 11. Hope you will tag along.

New theme on my blog

Written by AboKevin on . Posted in Blog, Personal

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My blog has pretty much looked the same for the last 4 years. I have been using the Atahualpa-theme, which is very customizable, and which I have been very satisfied with. But everything comes to an end, and I felt like trying on something new.

After searching around on the web, I found the theme Subway by yootheme. It has a metro-look and feel to it. After looking at the demo-page I decided to go for it. I think it looks pretty, but it is harder to customize and work with than my previous theme.

Anyway – you see how it looks. What is your thoughts? Feel like offering some feedback?

Have you read more than 6 of these books?

Written by AboKevin on . Posted in Blog, Opinion, Personal

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?Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.

Instructions: Copy this into your notes. Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety,italicise the ones you started but didn’t finish or read an excerpt. Tag other book nerds.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR TolkienThe Lord of the Rings
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zifon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factoy – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

 

So what about you? Have you read more than 6 of these?

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