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Turning your Android phone into a “Windows Phone clone”

microsoft_launcherIn January 2019 (= last year) I upgraded my PC and moved from Windows 7 to Windows 10, an experience I really enjoyed. At that time I was still using a 2nd generation Windows Phone running WP 7.5 and slowly but steadily running into issues.

Several apps weren’t being maintained anymore and even my bank had announced their intention to stop supporting their app after which they would only allow its use for a few more months before pulling the plug. An understandable decision for sure, I realised all too well how outdated things had become, but inconvenient nonetheless.

Because I don’t trust Google I wasn’t keen on using Android, because I think Apple is overpriced I also didn’t bother with them. And then I discovered that Blackberry had also adopted Android, so much for that alternative.

One thing led to another and eventually I bought myself a Medion smartphone powered by Android 6 which I could upgrade to Android 7. And even though I still mistrusted Google I had to admit that this mobile environment was plain out slick; very well designed. Google even gained my respect when I discovered that I could actually change my entire phone into a Microsoft powered environment, see my start screen for a good impression. So here’s my story on how I got myself a “Windows Phone clone”, powered by Android.

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March 26, 2020 Posted by | Microsoft, Security, Tips and tricks, Windows 10 | , , , , | Comments Off on Turning your Android phone into a “Windows Phone clone”

Why I bought MS Office despite Libre & Open–Office being available?

office-365-icon-0When my PC crashed last year I had many administrative tasks on my todo list which were quite important to me. Fortunately I always kept the risk of my PC crashing in mind and maintained a KDE desktop on my FreeBSD server which included Libre Office and that seriously saved my hide. Well, apart from the ability to print, for some reason CUPS didn’t properly support my Samsung multi-function network printer even though it claimed to do so (the driver was even named after it).

Fast forward to the here and now; I got a new PC running Windows 10 and have less administrative tasks to perform. So surely Libre Office would be the perfect candidate, also considering that I’m quite familiar with it, right? Well… no. I ended up getting myself an Office 2016 pro license which only cost me around E 50,-. None of that 365 subscription nonsense: just a license and the desktop applications. And that made some of my friends wonder; why would you want to pay for an Office version when there’s free stuff available? And how did you get Office so cheap, doesn’t that normally cost hundreds of dollars?

Sounds like a good topic for my blog 😉

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March 4, 2019 Posted by | Microsoft Office, TechBlabber | , , , , , | Comments Off on Why I bought MS Office despite Libre & Open–Office being available?

5 programs with an under appreciated interface

CLI vs. GUI

In the early days of the computer everything was done using a command line, also known as a Command Line Interface (CLI). The concept is simple: you type a command followed by carriage return (“enter”) and the computer ‘does’ something in response.

As development progressed computers became more capable of handling graphics and that eventually resulted in the ability to do most of our work on a computer in a graphical environment, also known as the Graphical User Interface (GUI). And just like the CLI the concept is simple, it usually evolves around pointing and clicking with a mouse. And, if you’re writing an article like this, with plenty of typing as well.

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June 13, 2016 Posted by | TechBlabber | , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on 5 programs with an under appreciated interface