I signed up for my update a long time before  the July 29 date, and finally got my download this week, but it didn’t come automatically, I had to find it and download it.

We have 3 computers, one laptop, and 2 desk tops jobs we use all the time. My wife got her update long before I got mine, and she is a person who does not do change well, so she has had a few issues to deal with. I on the other hand think that on the issue of staying ahead and moving forward, we cannot stay in one place, and hope things like hacking will get belter.

If you are old enough think back to what a mess we had with OS like the Windows 95, or 98. I go back the the dark days of DOS, followed by win 3, and what was a lot better win 3.1. So, I unlike my wife tend to embrace some of the changes at least. I think one can get use to these changes pretty quickly.

The download and configuring and finally the install took 3-4 hours on a 5 year old desktop, and again on the laptop. Then I was in business. Just about all the old stuff came forward from Win 7 in all cases, even an old calendar program I have used for years that came from Corel. All the files came, and just about all the software. I was pretty pleased.

A few things to note however, Cortana, a new program form Microsoft which is included in the software elsewhere in the world is NOT included in Canada. All the Windows that were carried over were all lacking colour on the Title bar at the top of the window. Some games are gone, but have been replaced with apps. Which brings me to another item. Microsoft has a boatload of apps, some free and some paid for. All of them will require a Microsoft account to access and download. Speaking of download, a lot of apps are not downloaded, they are run on line. You are encouraged at the set up or shortly after to create a password for access to your computer, and when one understands some of the issues it makes sense, Security is obviously a much bigger issue with this OS, than anything I have used before. There is an opportunity to use any MS account such as XBox, and the like. All can be synched with laptop, desktop, phone, tablet, and XBox! All with one username and one password. Also offered is the opportunity to create a pin number, and it can be used the same as a password.

It is a lot faster than anything I have used before, even on my old dinosaurs. It starts up and loads a way faster on all our gear. The Start menu is there like it should be, and it is convertible to a tablet menu if you have a touch screen and prefer to use it. Pretty cool I think. One of the small things I found that was changed was the calculator, which used to be a math thing or a scientific one. This one includes all that but about 8 other functions like money calculator, English / metric and more.

I’ll try to add to this blog as time goes by with some other goodies I find. Happy Computing!Be right back

Unless you have been living under a stone or maybe on the planet of Mars, you will be acutely aware of the conflicts in the world today, and the involvement of the Muslim world in these conflicts.

I got the following from a friend and I thought it very appropriate for us in our world to understand some of he history around this issue. I must confess o being completely ignorant to this link to our past. Read on, about the US Marine anthem, and why it starts of with “From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli”.


If you were not aware of this, please read on!!

Why the Marine Hymn Contains the Verse "To the Shores of Tripoli"Most Americans are unaware of the fact that over two hundred years ago the United States had declared war on Islam and Thomas Jefferson led the charge!

At the height of the eighteenth century, Muslim pirates were the terror of the Mediterranean and a large area of the North Atlantic. They attacked every ship in sight, and held the crews for exorbitant ransoms. Those taken hostage were subjected to barbaric treatment and wrote

heart-breaking letters home, begging their government and family members to pay whatever their Mohammedan captors demanded.

These extortionists of the high seas represented the Islamic nations of Tripoli, Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers – collectively referred to as the Barbary Coast – and presented a dangerous and unprovoked threat to the new American Republic.

Before the Revolutionary War, U.S. merchant ships had been under the protection of Great Britain.      When the U.S. declared its independence and entered into war, the ships of the United States were protected by France. However, once the war was won, America had to protect its own fleets.Thus, the birth of the U.S. Navy.    Beginning in1784, seventeen years before he would become president, Thomas Jefferson became America’s Minister to France.    That same year, the U.S. Congress sought to appease its Muslim adversaries by following in the footsteps of European nations who paid bribes to the Barbary States rather than engaging them in war.

In July of 1785, Algerian pirates captured American ships, and the Dye of Algiers demanded an unheard-of ransom of $60,000.   It was a plain and simple case of extortion, and Thomas Jefferson was vehemently opposed to any further payments.    Instead, he proposed to Congress the formation of a coalition of allied nations who together could force the Islamic states into peace.     A disinterested Congress decided to pay the ransom.

In 1786, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams met with Tripoli’s ambassador to Great Britain to ask by what right his nation attacked American ships and enslaved American citizens, and why Muslims held so much hostility towards America, a nation with which they had no previous contacts.

The two future presidents reported that Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja had answered that Islam "was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Quran that all nations who would not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman (Muslim) who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise."

Despite this stunning admission of premeditated violence on non-Muslim nations, as well as the objections of many notable American leaders, including George Washington, who warned that caving in was both wrong and would only further embolden the enemy, for the following fifteen years the American government paid the Muslims millions of dollars for the safe passage of American ships or the return of American hostages.    The payments in ransom and tribute amounted to over twenty percent of the United States government annual revenues in 1800. Jefferson was disgusted.  

Shortly after his being sworn in as the third President of the United States in 1801, the Pasha of Tripoli sent him a note demanding the immediate payment of $225,000 plus $25,000 a year for every year forthcoming.     That changed everything. Jefferson let the Pasha know, in no uncertain terms, what he could do with his demand.  

The Pasha responded by cutting down the flagpole at the American consulate and declared war on the United States.     Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers immediately followed suit.     Jefferson, until now, had been against America raising a naval force for anything beyond coastal defense, but, having watched his nation be cowed by Islamic thugery for long enough, decided that is was finally time to meet force with force.

He dispatched a squadron of frigates to the Mediterranean and taught the Muslim nations of the Barbary Coast a lesson he hoped they would never forget.    Congress authorized Jefferson to empower U.S. ships to seize all vessels and goods of the Pasha of Tripoli and to “cause to be done all other acts of precaution or hostility as the state of war would justify”.

When Algiers and Tunis, who were both accustomed to American cowardice and acquiescence, saw the newly independent United States had both the will and the right to strike back, they quickly abandoned their allegiance to Tripoli.    The war with Tripoli lasted for four more years, and raged up again in 1815.  

The bravery of the U.S. Marine Corps in these wars led to the line “to the shores of Tripoli” in the Marine Hymn, and they would forever be known as “leathernecks” for the leather collars of their uniforms, designed to prevent their heads from being cut off by the Muslim scimitars
when boarding enemy ships. Islam, and what its Barbary followers justified doing in the name of their prophet and their god, disturbed Jefferson quite deeply.

America had a tradition of religious tolerance, the fact that Jefferson, himself, had co-authored the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, but fundamentalist Islam was like no other religion the world had ever seen.    A religion based on supremacism, whose holy book not only condoned but mandated violence against unbelievers, was unacceptable to him.     His greatest fear was that someday this brand of Islam would return and pose an even greater threat to the United States.

This should bother every American.    That Muslims have brought about women-only classes and swimming times at taxpayer-funded universities and public pools; that Christians, Jews, and Hindus have been banned from serving on juries where Muslim defendants are being judged; Piggy banks and Porky Pig tissue dispensers have been banned from workplaces because they offend Islamist sensibilities; ice cream has been discontinued at certain Burger King locations because the picture on the wrapper looks similar to the Arabic script for Allah;
public schools are pulling pork from their menus; on and on and on and

It’s death by a thousand cuts, or inch-by-inch as some refer to it, and most Americans have no idea that this battle is being waged every day across America.    By not fighting back, by allowing groups to obfuscate what is really happening, and not insisting that the Islamists adapt to our own culture, the United States is cutting its own throat with a politically correct knife, and helping to further the Islamists agenda. Sadly, it appears that today’s America’s leaders would rather be politically correct than victorious!

Any doubts, just "Google Thomas Jefferson vs. the Muslim World."

or The Barbary Coast

Recently we had the opportunity to enjoy a cruise to Alaska. We also managed to take in a ride on the White Pass and Yukon railway rom the town of Skagway. It is a most interesting ride in old refurbished rail cars on a narrow gauge railroad. Unfortunately they were not operating the old steam engines at the time, we were pulled by diesel locomotives. There is a lot of history about this rail line, this is a great sit with video and pictures. Take a peak: White pass Railway.


Some Jewish humour: There is none better!

1. My mother is a typical Jewish mother. Once she was on jury duty. They sent her home. She insisted SHE was guilty.

2. Any time a person goes into a delicatessen and orders pastrami on white bread, somewhere a Jew dies.

3. It was mealtime during a flight on El Al. "Would you like dinner?" the flight attendant asked Moshe, seated in front. "What are my choices?" Moshe asked. "Yes or no," she replied.

4. A rabbi was opening his mail one morning. Taking a single sheet of paper from an envelope he found written on it only one word: "shmuck." At the next Friday night service, the Rabbi announced, "I have known many people who have written letters and forgot to sign their names, but this week I received a letter from someone who signed his name…and forgot to write a letter.

5. Three Jewish women get together for lunch. As they are being seated in the restaurant, one takes a deep breath and gives a long, slow "oy." The second takes a deep breath as well and lets out a long, slow "oy" The third takes a deep breath and says impatiently, "Girls, I thought we agreed that we weren’t going to talk about our children."

6. And one final favourite: A waiter comes over to a table full of Jewish women and asks, "Is anything alright?!"

Have a Great Day, And be nice 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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