PC sales are down 14 percent this quarter, is Microsoft to blame? Or is it just the obvious evolution of one form factor replacing another. Apple rumored to be releasing a new Mac Pro, is navigation technology really distracted driving, and our how to tip of the week.
This week Join Host Josh Windisch and Brian Burgess discuss what’s annoying them in the world of tech and tech journalism. IDC reports that PC sales are down 14% this quarter, and all headlines read it’s Microsoft and Windows 8’s fault. A few weeks ago we talked about all tech journalism reporting that Apple is doomed. This is all link bait folks, and to get the real story you have to really research several sources to get the real story. Sometimes when you read a headline on a major tech news site and the story, you can trace it back to an uncorroborated rumor. Sometimes something someone said in a forum. By the way, what is a PC anymore? Now we have gadgets we can wear on our wrists, stick in pockets, wear on our heads, and hybrid laptop / tablets that do yoga flips. Also, our how to tip of the week shows how to get rid of the annoying new right-click menu in Google Chrome.
TechGroove 32 Show Notes
Sensationalized Link Bait Articles About PC Sales (two examples, there are hundreds more):
- PC Industry Implodes via Business Insider
- PCs Hit Ugly Quarterly Drop, Windows 8 Flops via Cnet
- RUMOR: Apple to Release New Mac Pro this Month
- Distracted Driving Tickets for Using Mobile Phone Maps and GPS
How To Tip of the Week
Get Rid of the Annoying New Google Chrome Right Click Menu
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I don’t know about anyone else, but I need a new computer and I refuse to “upgrade” to Windows 8 when I just love Win7. From what I understand, you can make Windows 8 look “just like” Windows 7, but then, what’s the point? I’m at the end of my PC’s life where I have to unplug and plug my HP desktop every morning just to start it, but I’m going to hold on for as long as possible to avoid Windows 8 and its silly touch screen interface, obviously not made for desktops.
I guess I’m just old, but after supporting the PC industry by buying new computers every three or four years since 1990, I’m on hold now for something I want and not just what Microsoft wants me to buy.
For your system shutting down like that, I would first crack open the case and make sure there isn’t anything like dust and cat hair blocking the air flow for cooling. Also, might want to swap out a power supply.
Then again, if you’re the type to just buy a new system, you could always get a new one with Win8. Ghost your current Win7 disc, format the Win8 machine, and stick your Win7 image on it. Or a dual boot system could be an option. Then you can play with Win8 if you feel like it.
We have most articles on how to do all of that on the site here.
But, you’re right, it shouldn’t be that hard for a consumer. Not everyone enjoys the geekery involved like us :-)
Thanks for the tips. Actually, it’s been doing this for three months and has been in and out of the shop and I’ve had the PSU changed out and I’ve Googled and questioned at tech sites until I’m blue in the face, and it’s still performing flawlessly. I just have to unplug it for a few minutes then re-plug it in order for the power button to work (just enough time to feed the cat, lol). I know that Win7 desktops are still available (I’ve configured about 100 of them now!) but am hesitant to take the buying step yet, am hoping MS smacks themselves in their heads and realize they’ve alienated a bunch of us and will correct Win8 with an update soon. Dual booting IS an option, we’ll see.
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