September 6th, 2015

2013, cyd, new

Happy holiday Sunday morning!

Unless you are in another country, in which case, happy Sunday/Monday whatever time it is.

Microsoft is playing with me. They know they have me sucked in, now. I have two laptops legally registered to them, so they think I'm their bitch. They sent me the Windows 10 update . . . to Bollux, my Windows 7 machine, that we have not once considered upgrading. We are quite happy with Win7, thank you kindly. Once Scout is upgraded, if we find that 10 is not completely evil and actually helps the system run more efficiently, maybe, and that's a big maybe, we will toy with the idea of giving up 7 for 10. But 10 is going to have to have many super powers for that to happen.

I've been reading propaganda and critique of Windows 10. And I can say one thing for certainty, at this point, no one has an objective point of view regarding Microsoft/Windows OS, at all. And you will make yourself yearn for an analog life trying to find one, just one. Many claim to be objective, but Microsoft has been a huge part of our lives and lexicon for about 3/4 of a generation now. It has pervaded everything, literature, slang, cinema, television, music, your appliances (with the screaming new Internet of Things that 10 promises to bring us). It is no longer possible to look at it without some bias from some part of your growing up surrounded by it. It just isn't possible. And if it is, I don't want to meet that person, because the isolation they must suffer from is terrifying to me.

My conclusion is that I have to dive into it and roll around in it, and with the help of some friends from both sides of the fence, get to know Windows 10 on my own and form my own opinion based on my specific needs.

Right now, my specific need is that when Doc plays Adobe Flash games on this new machine (with the same specs as the older laptop), things are buggy, jumpy, nothing is smooth. This includes certain war games on and Pot Farm on facebook. This is a roadblock. I need the other lap top for work right now, but he can't play on this one. So, we're at a standoff. The caution tape divides the living room as I search for a solution. I tried to get newer graphics and video drivers, we have the newest ones. This model of laptop is no longer supported, I have to use a similar S/N to get into support and look around on the ASUS site. I anticipated that, so it was the first thing I did. The machine is refurbishes, after all.

I need one of these machines to record audio and video (at a lower quality) without the hops and skips in the video. Anyone know what I would tweak? Intel Graphics. That's all I know.
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Here's what I found out about the glasses

Vintage mid century Georges Briard glass cocktail set. Set of 4 roly poly glasses with silver bands and floral design.

George Briard (born 1917, as Jascha Brojdo in the Ukraine - died July 30, 2005) was a noted, award winning designer in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. He is most well known for his signature dishware and glassware - everything from cups and plates to gold plated serving dishes. Most famous for dishware and glassware, his signature collection was stocked at noted department stores, such as Neiman Marcus and Bonwit Teller.
Born in Russia, he moved to Chicago from Poland in 1937. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago where he earned his MFA, studying there while living in Oak Park with relatives. He served in the U.S. Army throughout World War II as a Russian interpreter. As an Army interpreter fluent in several languages, he served on Gen. George S. Patton's staff. In 1947, he was discharged from the Army and started working in New York with Max Wille, whom he had met in art school. Brojdo began painting metal serving trays for sale, and evidently Wille came up with the name Georges Briard to mark commercial pieces – Brodjo was also a painter and would use his real name on his art pieces, but Georges Briard became his signature as a designer of these commercial articles, which were wildly popular and numerous. His notable designs were produced first by M. Wille Company, and later in a partnership with Philip Stetson.
In 2004, he was awarded the Frank S. Child Lifetime Achievement Award by The Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators, in honor of his extraordinary contributions to the glass and ceramic decorating industry.

Value: about $100 online from Etsy. I only found the one listing, despite the artist's mainstream popularity. I'm keeping them to hand down to my cats when I die.