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27 November 2015 @ 04:11 pm
new tabtop  

Ted, who has been feeling strongly that I need to replace the Computer That Goes Clunk before it Clunks The Final Time, stopped and bought me a new tabtop last night because it was on sale for something like 30% off thanks to Black Friday sales. I hate that they’re doing Black Friday sales over here because it’s stupid, there’s no Thanksgiving holiday weekend, which is the only reason Black Friday exists in the States…but I can’t say I’m sorry to have a new tabtop.

I am, however, exasperated at the time it takes to set up a new computer. I’m murderously going through everything to find out what Absolutely Cannot Be Removed and getting rid of everything that can. I’m also trying to upgrade to Win10, primarily because the Comixology app for Win8 is no longer being supported and I might as well install the new OS while there’s NOTHING ELSE on the computer. Except last night the computer indicated there wasn’t actually enough room on the hard drive to install Win10, which appears to mean “Win8 is such a resource hog there’s not enough room to manuever and install Win10.”

Anyway, the 3 gig download is going on now and we’ll see if it’ll actually install. I gather there’s some way you can do the install by shuffling some bulk of the OS off onto an SD card, but I don’t know how to do that, nor do I have an SD card of sufficient memory available. Both the knowledge and the card can be acquired if necessary, but I’ll be vaguely irritated if I can’t get the new computer up and running today.

Scrivener, Comixology, some kind of desktop Twitter app maybe, Freedom, LibreOffice, Firefox (altho srsly is there a better choice than Firefox these days?), Photoshop Elements (I hate that program), Semagic, and some kind of PDF reader, altho the Lenovo one is actually fine, so perhaps I should just pay for that instead of downloading Adobe. IDK. Anyway…I think that’s most of what I need, eh? (My computing needs are really *very* limited.)

Dammit, it wants me to attach an external drive with 10 gigs available on it. I need to go look and see if we’ve got one around here…

Oh. This computer I’m typing on has one. But I can’t find a double-ended USB cord, dammit. I know we HAVE one…

No we don’t. Or at least, not where I thought it was. We have a double-ended HDMI cable instead. @.@ But I found a USB stick, so eventually this will be a thing that happens.

God damn it, it’s still saying there’s not enough room to do this, even with the USB stick. This should not be this difficult.

Yeah, this could go on for days so I’ll just post now instead of having yet another half finished post lying around…

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Merlin Of Chaosmerlinofchaos on November 27th, 2015 07:23 pm (UTC)
Windows 10 comes with an acceptable though not great desktop twitter app. Microsoft Edge doesn't suck but I still use Chrome even though I haven't been happy with it lately. Windows 10 comes with a PDF reader now I think, or maybe I've just had acrobat reader installed so long I've forgotten.

Part of why it takes so much space is that it doesn't delete your previous Windows so that you can very easily downgrade back to your old OS; it keeps that old install for a month, and then deletes it. Nice, but a pain if you are low in space.

Though having a new computer with nothing on it that doesn't have enough space to upgrade to Windows 10 suggests it has a ludicrously small disk. It might be worth buying a bigger one, though transferring the primary disk is a pain. :(
kitmizkit on November 27th, 2015 07:46 pm (UTC)
It's a 20 gig hard drive, which is more than sufficient for my needs. It's just insufficient to install Win10, apparently. @.@
Merlin Of Chaosmerlinofchaos on November 27th, 2015 08:20 pm (UTC)
Or at least, windows 10 and windows 8 simultaneously which is what you need to upgrade.

You might go through the Uninstall / Windows components dialogs and see if there are any 'optional' components you can uninstall to clear out some space.
Merlin Of Chaosmerlinofchaos on November 27th, 2015 08:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, one suggestion I read was to turn down the page file to something very small; that will potentially free up a bunch of space. See if this resource helps: http://techgage.com/article/disabling_windows_pagefile_hibernation_to_reclaim_ssd_space/
Autopopeautopope on November 27th, 2015 07:51 pm (UTC)
Comixology have abandoned their Windows app completely, and are pointing people at their web/cloud reader. Which is great, until you get on an airplane/out of range of internet bandwidth.
kitmizkit on November 27th, 2015 09:44 pm (UTC)
oh god damn it. :p
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on November 27th, 2015 08:20 pm (UTC)
This. I just bought a new (refurb) laptop, had everything transferred by the geek guys I bought it from, then had my brother in-law the computer guy come and switch over the stuff they didn't and make things look right...and I'm still using the old one because the touchpad is too twitchy and I can't for the life of me figure out how to de-twitch it (although there should be a way). ARGH.

In short, you have my sympathy. Can't you just remove 8 manually then install 10?
The Green Knight: Peasant Artgreen_knight on November 27th, 2015 09:57 pm (UTC)
If you don't use extensions, Chrome will be fine (though I don't like it); but a lot of seemingly harmless Chrome extensions have a habit of sending your browsing history back to the mothership, so I'd be somewhat cautious. The free Adobe Acrobat Reader will do what you need - almost nobody needs the paid version.

What do you use Photoshop Elements for? I can recommend Manga Studio (aka 'Clip Studio Paint') for image processing: it doesn't have the filters, but it's pretty damn nifty, and a better drawing tool.
VED: Talk Dirty to Meikontinct on December 1st, 2015 02:46 am (UTC)
As far as your browser conundrum... I'd like to recommend Opera. I admit it's not a perfect fit for everyone. It serves me far better than Firefox and Chrome ever have, though, and it still syncs quite nicely with Opera Mini on my phone.

(Also, if you're one for extensions, I'd suggest InstaPaper, which allows you to set up a read-it-later list for when you'll be offline.)
Karenklwilliams on December 1st, 2015 03:56 am (UTC)
I've been a Firefox user for some time, but Chrome is starting to lure me away. For one thing, I can use Google search by default on it. :-) (Yahoo search just doesn't do it for me.)