Jim’s WebLetter for 11/4/17

Hi-ya PC users and YouTube viewers!

This week I received the notification to upgrade my Windows 10 laptop to the new Fall Creators edition of the platform from Microsoft. What I didn’t realize is the update would take HOURS to do.  

While watching the circle of dots running round and round on the screen, I did some reading on my iPad about what was going on and discovered a number of complaints about it taking FOREVER for PCs to update. Not good, since I was working on a project at the time and pretty much called it a day while waiting to regain control.

That was the bad news. Here’s the good news. It did finish and rebooted and began a series of text remarks on my screen finally ending with “Let’s Get Started”. Then, my screen came up and almost instantly the Edge browser that comes with Windows 10 loaded up. From that point, every button I clicked created a faster result than before the upgrade.  

I closed the Edge and opened Chrome, then Firefox. Both browsers responded much, much faster than before the update. I typed in a query and the result to the Enter key was almost instant. Fast loading content and photos. It is though everything had been cached and was just waiting to be retrieved.  

I checked my wifi speed and Fast.com showed me nothing had changed. So it wasn’t like the internet speed was driving my search results, it was the Windows 10 update doing the work. In short, it is remarkable.

If you’re about to undergo an update to your Windows 10 device, you may want to first read what you’re about to get from the Microsoft people … https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/features

Then once it’s finally installed, check out what steps to follow according to the Make Use Of experts … http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/do-windows-10-creators-update/

Next, the Google YouTube folks have been busy creating a new area just for kids.  

As you probably know, YouTube has been getting a lot of recognition for the ever growing collection of videos on every subject known to man. It’s amazing what you can find when you explore using the search bar. Doubly so, if you set up an account using your Gmail address. That way you can Subscribe to channels you want to easily explore and come back to on-demand. One of my favorite channels is Rick Steves’ travel channel. Virtually all of his videos, shown on PBS, are available on YouTube. The newer ones are in beautiful 1080p quality. That way, as he says, I can “keep on traveling” right from the comfort of my living room, until we can plan our next trip!  

But there is also some pretty weird stuff in YouTube, too. While nothing is deliberately R rated, some things may be questionable by parents of children who are too young. Hence YouTube Kids.  

The Kids app is part of the general overhaul of YouTube. Within the app, kids can explore, bookmark and even place pass codes on their individual account. Don’t worry, parents, you still have access to everything they see. It’s more for sibling rivalry purposes. Get more details and links in The Verge article “YouTube Kids gets a new design and kid profiles” … https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/2/16599990/youtube-kids-new-design-kid-profiles-update

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iTab Magazine, for tablet owners and wannabe’s. http://iTab.jimonline.com

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That’s it this week. Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.
c-ya!
Jim

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