I mentioned last time about how I managed to get lost (I mean, take an unusual and more interesting route) on the way home the other day. And it sparked an email from a reader with what I think it a brilliant idea if you use a Sat Nav.
He explained it perfectly, so here’s what he said:
I have a “Home” destination permanently set on my SatNav so, no matter where I am I just press “Home”, as easy as that. Except that that is not exactly true.
My “Home” destination is a supermarket car park some five miles from my actual house. Of course I know my way from there. But the real reason for choosing a location away from my actual “Home” is security. If my car is broken into, all the thief needs to do is activate the SN, select “Home” and follow instructions, knowing that I am stranded and he should have an empty house to rifle through, except in this case he will just end up in a car park with a good chance of the local law waiting for him if I spot the loss in good time.
Others that I know have programmed the local police station as their “Home”.
I think it’s a great idea – and I’m now doing the same thing!
Windows 10 – can you escape?
There’s no doubt about it, if you have Windows 7 or 8, Microsoft want you to upgrade to Windows 10. They’ve made it free (for now – if you leave it until July it won’t be free any more) to do the upgrade to encourage people. And they’ve been running all sorts of promotions to get people to make the switch.
I’m in two minds about it – I quite like Windows 10 and think it’s better designed than earlier versions. I think it’s fundamentally easier to use. But on the other hand actually performing the upgrade sometimes runs smoothly… or sometimes very much doesn’t.
And even though I think once you’ve got it done, Windows 10 is an improvement, other people don’t get on with it. And I certainly understand the idea that if you’ve got the hang of an earlier version, you might not want to start learning again.
I’ve even known people who found after they did the upgrade, some features didn’t work properly until they were fixed – in fact my sister even went to the extreme of doing the upgrade, deciding she couldn’t get on with it and putting Windows 7 back. (No, I didn’t offer to help – she lives in Australia so it’s a bit of a long way to help sort a PC!)
So my advice is generally that I think Windows 10 is better and most people will get on better with it – but as always, it’s up to you – I’m not the kind of techie who says “you must do it this way” even if the way you’ve been doing things all along works fine for you. If you like an older system, you might want to stick with it and that’s fine.
But Microsoft may not agree.
They’ve gradually increased how much a PC running Windows 7 or 8 will nag you about upgrading to Windows 10. And now they’ve made a change that isn’t obvious, but is really significant.
You can choose to update to Windows 10 by using the built in “Windows Updates”. That’s a good thing as it’s much easier than downloading a file and installing it “by hand”.
But now they’re making the Windows 10 upgrade into a “Recommended” update. It doesn’t sound like any big deal, but it means that if your PC is set to automatically install recommended updates, which some are, it’ll automatically start upgrading to Windows 10.
It’ll still give you the option to say no, but it might keep on starting again every so often, so you’ll either have to keep on saying no, agree to upgrade or turn off automatically installing recommended updates.
You can check what your PC is set to by going into the start menu, finding Windows Updates (you can get to it directly or through control panel or type Windows update (with no s on the end) into the search box) and clicking on “Change Settings” – if it is set to automatically install recommended updates and you don’t want Windows 10 (or don’t want it yet) you might want to untick the box.
If fact, you might also find that when you turn your PC on you get a box prompting you to upgrade. It might have been doing this for a while but now you might only get two options: Upgrade now or upgrade tonight, which makes it sound like you can’t escape. But if you click the cross in the top right hand corner of that box, it’ll close it down and won’t upgrade for now, so you can avoid it.
Of course, if you want to upgrade to Windows 10 (or you already have) then you don’t have to worry about this!
Well, next time will be just after April Fools day and I’ve got something that isn’t exactly an April Fools in mind for it…