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Columbus Neighborhoods: Worthington

Posted on October 5, 2014

I have been privileged with the opportunity to portray the character of Ezra Griswold, an important pioneer that helped plan and settle the town of Worthington in 1803. Worthington is now considered to be a suburb of Columbus, but is it’s own City in own rights.

Ezra Griswold was a good friend with James Kilbourne, the man whom envisioned the settlement of Worthington. Together, with the established Scioto Company, these men created one of my favorite parts of the Columbus area.

I was lucky to be able to attend the private community premiere on this past Wednesday. The episode is one of the best they have done in the series. I suggest that you take a peak at the following extended trailer.

The full episode will premiere on TV tonight at 8pm on WOSU, and will be on rotation thereafter. I hope that they release the full episode online at some point and will share it here if they do.

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Windows 7 Coming Update or Windows 9 Preview?

Posted on April 13, 2014

20140328-214831.jpgNow that the Windows 7 Update 1 has begun to make its rounds, could Microsoft be getting ready to push yet another update with GUI changes?

Engadget reports that Microsoft Asia is working on testing some new ideas with the tiles in the MetroUI interface. Some of the features they are testing include the ability to interact with the tile without having to launch the program. Microsoft Asia is looking at better integration with desktop apps and the interfacing with tiles.

It is unknown if these new ideas will become part of some future release of Windows, either Update 2 for 8.1 or Windows 9. It does add “interesting” to the vocabulary of what might become part of the Windows ecosystem.

Head on over to Engadget to see a few videos on the new ideas.

Engadget – Microsoft tests Live Tiles you can use without leaving the Start screen

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Out With the Old and In With the New

Posted on April 8, 2014

20140328-214831.jpgAs I stated earlier today, Windows XP was retired by Microsoft from receiving any further support or updates. It seems that along with this retirement, there is also a major update to Microsoft’s flagship operating system.

When Microsoft released Windows 8 to the world in October of 2012, it was met with much criticism. A lot of this criticism was based around Microsoft’s major shift from the desktop environment. The idea that their new operating system was designed with touch input as the primary interface scared a lot of people. What Microsoft did next, was wholly based on the criticism that they received. One year later, in October of 2013, Windows 8.1 was released as a free update. Included, was the previously removed start button from the desktop’s task bar as well as a few other changes.

Microsoft did not stop there.

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The Day Has Come.

Posted on April 8, 2014

20140328-215005.jpgToday is the day that Microsoft has cut support for Windows XP. As stated in an earlier post, this means that the operating system will cease to receive patches for both critical and non-critical issues. They will also cut support through their tech support hotline, but expect most 3rd party tech support companies to continue to support it for a little while.

Hopefully, you have already upgraded any workstations to either Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1.

One point that I have not seen overly mentioned, is that if you are running Windows 7 and using XP Mode for a legacy application, the discontinuation of support in XP will also affect it. Hopefully, you have already upgraded any legacy programs from the XP days to a suitable one that is compatible with Windows 7 or 8.

Now that Windows XP is becoming a nostalgic novelty, time to add it to the virtual machine museum.

 

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When Windows XP Ceases to Protect You.

Posted on March 28, 2014

20140328-215005.jpgMicrosoft has announced, to the dismay of many users, that they will be discontinuing support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. The imminent discontinuation of support for the fabled operating system has drummed up a lot of questions from clients. There are various opinions on the subject, but I believe the article at the end of this post does a good job explaining what is happening, and some bad and better ways to handle the situation.

Keep in mind, if you are running XP in a business, I believe that you are at greater risk. Also, if you are running server 2003 or before, it may be wise to upgrade the server to at least 2008, or maybe make the move to the cloud.

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