TechWorks, Now!

If you’re familiar with MikeRoweWorks you might be supportive and hopeful the initiative will continue to get traction and have success in the trades.

I have ‘written’ them a few times encouraging consideration for similar focus on technical training. Nadda, zero, zed, zip, zilch.

OK, I get it, Mike understands hammers, shovels, reptile sperm and pooh bags. Stick with what you know. Car clubs and welded lawn art.

While we have Maker and amateur radio and RC hackers, etc. there isn’t yet a focus on basic to advanced technical training – the kind we had in shop class and could get in some local tech colleges (I doubt anyone at De Anza or Mission or West Valley even know how to solder?)

So, I float this out there, and my friend Gordon Kraft craft will slap his forehead and exclaim I finally get it…

I want to do a “MikeRoweWorks” for tech, not 9 year olds writing Python code, 9 year olds learning to measure, wire, solder, scope, probe, crimp, assemble, test, identify, fix, verify… the basics of AC, DC, audio, RF, coax versus twisted, cellular versus 2-way, SCADA sensors, alarm loops, inverters vs chargers…

This has been my “punch drunk angst” for decades. When I realized my life, high school and job experiences somehow gave me as much or more than tech school or Navy A school. Even more when I realized that my PC mentor and I had gone through a tremendous teaching/learning experience not yet ever documented at the time and started writing books for others.

Here’s my ‘ask’. I need a good name for the initiative – TechWorks, TechFuture….

I need a collaborator (well, maybe I am that insecure)/muse to help form up the message and the mission – toward a GoFundMe/Kickstarter, etc. Some Board people and seed to get it legit on-record. Some tech companies with “shop people” and exposure. Might want to touch-base with to align partner/class/equipment access.

We’ll need ‘librarians’ to scout on-line tech lessons and be able to lead to practical opportunities.

Probably need “less institutional” (creative/flexible) curriculum assistance eventually.

If not this – then who is going to fix all those self-service fast-food kiosk machines displacing workers who won’t get $15/hr? Better let’s setup new-tech workers to make a legit functional $25/hr.

How did you get YOUR tech job? Who’s going to do as good a job as you when you retire? Let’s create those people now while we can!


The End of Windows

… as we know it.


Nagging Windows 10… (something not political/meme-ish for a change!)
There may be a way to stop this – for awhile…  the obscure text below will tell Windows 8.1 and some versions prior not to nag you.
Until Microsoft INSISTS on bothering the crap out of you to take the upgrade – which is not necessarily a bad thing on many ‘current’ systems.
Windows 10 is the end-of-the-line for Windows OSes as we know them. There probably won’t be a “Windows 11” as such.  MS is ramping up to make operating-system-as-a-service the new model. 
Rather than play the Service Pack game for larger feature and function enhancements,

OS upgrades will be rendered incrementally almost whenever Microsoft sees-fit, but generally expected to be part of the monthly “Patch Tuesday” cycle. 
The different news about this is that at some point Microsoft will have to charge you for ‘Windows’ somehow. If they do that the way they are rendering “Office 365” (who wants to be in the office 365?) they will eventually require you to subscribe to the operating system.  After all big corporations DO have to make money – their executives and high-level employees depend on their stock grants and options…
Who knows if the subscription will be by the month, or year, per family pack, etc. 
If Microsoft could have gotten as much operating system revenue out of PC sales as Apple does by iOS and Mac sales, things might be different.  But that the likes of Dell, HP, Lenovo, et al can sell devices without an OS, piracy is still a thing.   That could be one reason they are pushing on “Surface-land”. 
The Surface devices have evolved quite nicely from awkward ‘pad’ wanna-bes.  They won’t replace hard-core gaming and computationally-intense workstations – yet.  (Hmmmm… a full touch-screen Linux tablet convertible… why not?)   OSx on a Surface or similar – that would be nice (and affordable!)
So, there – one of my first “technical writing” pieces in a LONG time…
Now on to some short-term peace-of-mind:
—- copy from line below…
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
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Save as plain text file named NoWin10Nag.REG (be aware to not let it be saved just as NoWin10Nag.REG.txt or NoWin10Nag.txt – it must have ONLY the .REG extension.   ‘Explorer’ to it, double-click and import to your Windows Registry.