Can it really be spring yet? I hope so, and the calendar tells me it is so, and beyond that it got to 71° F a couple of days ago! That seemed to be enough to cause our Hawthorne trees to start to bud. These trees have buds form that contain leaves and also minute flower buds that form within the new leaves just after the leaves are out. Kind of a bang, the leaves are out, bang there’s the flowers!
The downside of this is that we can get a lot colder in March and April, well below freezing, and even thought the Hawthorne is a very hardy tree, damage cane be done to the new growth.
This is coming on top of the damage that was done to all our trees last September by nearly a foot of wet snow that downed whole trees and broke a lot of branches from the rest. We removed 32 trees that were damaged beyond saving in our condo complex. The entire city lost thousands of mature trees.

I think I mentioned this earlier on, but I thought it worth mentioning it again. Microsoft is coming out with a new operating system, ( yes again ) to replace the current one Windows 8.1. They are going to skip Windows 9, likely feeling that 8.1 was like 9. The version 8 was the touch screen version, and it was not popular with some business people. Anyway, I have been led to believe that when it is introduced in the fall, Microsoft will offer it for free to users of Windows 7, 8, and 8.1. Not sure how it will all work, but likely it will be a download thing. Stay tuned!
For years now I have enjoyed my computer, and one of the reasons is that I took the time to learn what what the features were of each new operating system. Once Windows got past DOS, and just after that Windows 3, and 3.1, they introduced a Windows 95. There were quantum leaps in improvements to that system, System crashes be came rarer, stability, speed, security, and storage improved hugely over the years. I think that Windows finest hour was likely Windows 7. If you are new to any of this or if you would like a refresher on how all this comes together, and makes the games you play happen, and the letters you write come out so good, take a peak at a free tutorial program on Windows 7.

I will pass on the link below, but you should know if you already didn’t that nearly all the newer versions will operate from an interface point of view ( Read Desktop ) in a very similar manner. Some details differ as to which icon you need to click to get what you want, but all the file saving, structure, creating, picture software is still managed the same way and is easy to pick up on and understand. The point here is that if you have a good handle on Win 7, you can take a look at just about an older Windows computer, and work it as well. I understand that the new Win 10 will look more like Win 7 than Win 8.

Check this link to look at a very good free program on running and using Windows 7. Included in the site are tips, internet usage, Windows basics, and finally simple computer basics. Click the link: Windows tutorial

I have used Microsoft Office since the beginning, and it has been good, and in recent years it became available to us single users but it still carried a hefty price tag. Mind you it also included One Note, and Excel. But if you only need a robust word processing program, consider this one. It is free to download and use. I also understand that it shares all the features of MS Word. It has supposedly been downloaded some 100 million times! I’m going to dig into it a bit more and see what other features it may offer. Stay tuned. Open office

For me, I have always looked at stuff and wondered about the machinery that made it. If you share the view, check this out for some slick machinery. Machines
I was fortunate enough to work a a great company for most of my working life. The company was General Motors of Canada. I caught this short article the other day on just what the General is doing with regard to the female executive issue. I was happy to read how much they are doing, and I thought you may like it too.
Click the link: GM Women Execs

In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. - Abraham Lincoln

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Have a Great Day, and be kind to one another!

Ross Smile


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Older type, enjoys computer, cruising, photography, fishing, travel, good food and movies

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