Moving the taskbar around

Normally I keep the Windows taskbar at the bottom of the screen. Yesterday, I switched it up and put the taskbar at the top of the screen on all my devices. This change may or may not have had some type of innate benefit to my productivity and joy. Earlier today I was listening to Mark Cuban talk about how we arbitrage our time. It was one of those interesting debates where the intersection of how we buy away boredom and the value of our time were both discussed.

A lot of daily routines involves working and then watching something (television or streaming) and then going to sleep. In those instances it seemed like the argument was being made that we buy away our boredom to feel like we used that time or at least we eased the passage of time. Within the same conversation the inherent value of time was discussed. It really made me think about the ultimate question that I ask myself every day when I wake up based on an axiom from the life and times of Steve Jobs.

Every day I ask myself about how I’m going to go about making a dent in the universe or more to the point what I’m going to do with the time I have today to strive forward toward the edge of what is possible. That might seem like an outrageous objective for a daily mantra, but it really is the necessary first step in figuring out meaningful paths to fill the day. Deriving the nature and definition of a meaningful path might take the rest of the day and may very well be a good use of my time today, but that is probably not going to happen.

Accepting the path

A writer writes. That has to happen. My writing output needs to improve. I expect more from myself. Today is the right day to accept getting on the right path. You have to start by accepting who you are. You have to know where you are going. In the end, it is all about being the best medium for creativity you can be. To that end you have to move forward by never accepting distractions as an excuse. The simple act of writing is enough to conquer most distractions.

My upgrade to the Windows 10 Pro Technical Preview evaluation copy build 9926 from 9841 went really smoothly. After a few strongly worded system warnings, I elected to complete the upgrade during the Kentucky vs. Wisconsin final four game. All of my files were retained during the upgrade. That made it a pretty seamless transition. Some design elements changed between 9841 and 9926. A search option showed up in the menu bar and some of the icons appear to have changed.

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Windows 10 and 8K video drivers

A recent Microsoft driver announcement related to Windows 10 8K video support just changed the game. You read that correctly. A driver announcement slide just metaphorically reached out and knocked on the sky. It did not make a dent in the universe Steve Jobs style, but it may have helped influence the future of technology. Based on that announcement, a major technology related decision was made within this household. I’m going to skip 4K technology. If the Microsoft team in Redmond, Washington is confident enough to include drivers for 8k video, then I’m confident enough to wait for an 8K resolution monitor. I was sold on acquiring the EVGA GeForce GTX 960 4GB and a Samsung 28-Inch Ultra High Definition LED Monitor (U28D590D). The decision is twofold. I’m going to wait to purchase both an 8K resolution computer monitor and an 8K resolution television.

DAL to DEN Thursday Traveling

After a recent upgrade on my HP Envy X2 computer, the system is running Windows Technical Preview Evaluation Copy Build 9860. I’m hopeful that this build does not have power problems. The last couple of weeks have been challenging. The HP Envy X2 normally only has to be charged a couple times a week. I have been charging it almost every day. I was surprised when the update took about an hour to complete. I’m pretty sure that a new build was downloaded and then updates were applied to the build. Other than the power discharge problems, I generally like Windows 10. The new Microsoft operating system seems to work.

I just downloaded episode 274 of This Week in Google (TWIG) to watch during the flight. Based on the promo it should be an entertaining episode.

The Samsung earbuds that came with my Galaxy 4 phone broke yesterday. Getting caught on a door handle devastated them on impact. One of the wires stretched and that was the end of the earbuds. My Bose Quietcomfort headphones are now my primary audio listening device. The earbuds at the airport were very expensive. Scanning a barcode with the Amazon Android app is pretty easy. Paying a massive markup on earbuds at the airport was not going to happen today.

 

HP Envy X2 with Windows 10

18 days ago… on launch day the Windows 10 Technical Preview became available to download.  A clean install of the new operating system occurred on my ASUS Eee PC hard drive. That machine has been stable. This morning I downloaded a 32bit version of Windows 10 Technical Preview evaluation copy build 9841. That version was moved to an 8 gigabyte USB drive via the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool. My HP Envy X2 is now sporting the Windows 10 Technical Preview. The install occurred without having to wipe out my files or settings. Everything seems to be going well so far.