Why you may not like Apple MacBook

The recently launched apple Macbook may be futuristic with USB C Ports, but We have found some reasons why you may not like the new Apple MacBook laptop.

Before I get to the new Apple MacBook, Let me clarify one thing –I am not an apple hater and also I am not a Microsoft fan boy. in my previous articles I have pointed out what according to me Microsoft is doing wrong. You may or may not agree with me on all the things I am saying here.

Why you may not like Apple MacBook

THE SHINY NEW MACBOOK

On a recent event apple launched its new MacBook, apple’s flagship laptop. It costs a whopping $1299 and has many new features: a more comfortable keyboard with wider keys, better battery life. Completely redesigned outer shell are to name a few. The new MacBook is notably a lot thinner piece of hardware then the earlier MacBook and the new MacBook looks a lot classier than its predecessors.

The change you may find really hard to digest is the addition of a new USB type C connecter and the removal of all other ports form the laptop. Yes-for those who don’t are not informed of that – The new MacBook lacks power port, a display port, and Ethernet port even normal USB ports. In place of keeping these ports apple desired to add a new USB C type port and remove all the other ports form the laptop. The results? The new MacBook is a lot thinner and looks a lot better, but it is the point where things may go wrong. Is looking cool all that matters? What about usability and flexibility, the USB C type port is not even compatible with older USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 ports. Just to make the device pretty it is not good to drop important ports. On that price you can’t even add two USB Disks at once. Dropping an Optical Disk drive is OK now a days also I do agree that we don’t always need to have a VGA port on laptops now, but removing all other ports and giving only one USB port is bad … really bad for me.

Why you may not like Apple MacBook

Honestly, if USB C port was introduced in iPad or iPhone that will be a welcomed and loved that feature. MacBook are supposed to be a perfect powerhouse where we can serve our other devises –can charge them, backup them, even diagnose them. If you’re MacBook will have to run for external help just to add more than one USB that will be awkward. Some users who live most of their digital life just under a Web browser maybe can live with that; but not everyone. For some of us lives who carry a USB Flash disk on our pocket, use USB gaming headphones or use external mouse, it is a big bummer. I personally think that apple could at least add a few USB C type ports so that at least we could not be complain about lack of connectivity ports. If it is going to be the future of Laptops, I am going to stick with my current laptop for a few more years.

To remove the annoyance apple has presented a compromise – you can add an adapter to add other peripherals to the laptop.  At first the idea sounds OK, but thinking beyond that you may realize that it is quite annoying. You will have to buy adapters to plug an external displays. Even when going anywhere we will have to carry that adapter.

Look at a situation: If you are running out of battery you can plug the charger in USB port and can continue to work, that sounds good. What if you are listening music from A USB pen drive attached to the ONLY USB Port? Thinking ahead what if you want to take printout of a word document from a Pen drive. You will have to copy the document to your local storage and then you will attach the printer to the only USB port or you will have to attach an adapter on MacBook and then add both the things to that. Currently there are chances you can do the task at once. I personally find that hard to speak as an upgrade.

Also apple is not giving you a single adapter free. Instead you will have to shell cash for that (Hint: they are not cheap either).

And about the competition

Recently, just after Apple launched the MacBook, Google launched its Chromebook Pixel. Pricing $999 the chromebook packs 8GB RAM and 2 USB type C ports also 2 USB ports. That is much better than the MacBook. We always will have the ability to add more than one device on Chromebook.

Wireless computing may be the future, but don’t folks at apple think that taking these kind of steps is too futuristic.

Windows 7 is no longer in mainstream support : Should you worry ?

Windows 7, one of the best OS made by Microsoft has recently gone out of mainstream support, and a lot of people may be worried about it. Should you be? Let’s find out.

Windows 7, one of the best OS made by Microsoft has recently gone out of mainstream support, and a lot of people may be worried about it. Should you be? Let’s find out.

THE SUPPORT SYSTEM

Microsoft has a 10 year software support system for its Operating System. For the first 5 years it is called mainstream support and after that period Windows undergoes to Extended period of support which is also is of 5 years.
In 2014 the extended support for Windows XP was finished. Windows 7 was released in 2009 and now it is the time for Windows 7 is to go to extended support.

SHOULD YOU WORRY?

Absolutely not. Windows 7 will keep running but you will not get the Phone Assistance and Non-Security updates. In mainstream support system Microsoft provides Fixes for Bugs and adds performance enhancements if possible. You are not going to get Non-Security updates anymore. Microsoft will continue to provide Security updates and protection against zero day threats.
Keep running Windows 7 and you will only need to care on January of 2020 when Microsoft will discontinue providing security updates for windows 7

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How To Record your Steps using PSR.EXE

Whenever your PC is  in trouble or you just need to record your clicks and keystrokes, or you have to help anyone about his PC by phone or social media you would have noticed that it is very cumbersome. especially helping someone just by listening on phone or over Facebook. Of course remote desktop is a solution but you need a professional version of windows or any other remote desktop software to do that, luckily every version of windows includes a utility to record your clicks with detailed screenshots. But due to unknown reason Microsoft didn’t publicized this utility, In this article we will guide you through the “Steps Recorder” commonly known as “PSR.exe“. It is an inbuilt application so you don’t have to download anything from internet.

Lets begin: –

  1. On your keyboard press “WINDOWS+R” key or open the run command from start screen.psr.exe
  2. On the dialog box, you need to type “psr.exe” without quotes and hit enter.

You will see the following window pop out-

psr.exe

From here you can simply create new record, during your recording you can add a comment with a screenshot of an area specified by you.

And after stopping the recording you will be asked to name the recording, it is good that the utility saves the recording in a zip archive in a MHTML document, you will need Opera or  internet explorer to open these documents.

It can be very handy to send these records by e-mail.