Happy Birthday Tom. I hope this year is a great as the last one.
I have heard a rumour that you cannot install legacy applications without going through the app store in Windows 8. So I decided to try and install Microsoft Office 2007 on my test machine. I knew that I would have to install .NET Framework 3.5 as it is a prerequisite. I decided to see if I would have any problems if I just chose to install it without installing .NET Framework 3.5. I was surprised when Windows 8 asked me if I wanted to have the Windows Installer download and install the prerequisites (that were from Microsoft) from their website. I chose yes and I got .NET Framework 3.0 along with 3.5.
The installation completed with no problems and everything works just fine. The rumor that you cannot install legacy applications is false.
I finally got a job local to where I live at Shoppers Drug Mart. I believe it is a full time job.
Congratulations for graduating highschool Emily.
I have been looking through the Xbox Live Games App that comes with Windows 8 for a few days to see what I thought about it. The layout looks nice. The option to look through games that you can buy on the xbox is an okay feature. I clicked on a game in Game Activity that I bought (Halo Reach) and a box popped up giving a brief description, beacon status, and 4 things I could do: First off is buy the game (Funny I thought I bought it from Xbox Live already), Second see game details, third Play on Xbox, and Fourth play a trailer. While all of those things are nice to see, I find the first thing on the list is buy it when Xbox should know I have already bought it from them since I was signed in to my account is a little alarming.
I found the app to be a little slow as well. It shows your last 3 friends that are online which for me is 2 people who were online less than 12 hours ago and one who hasn’t been online for a very long time as it says offline. What really slows it down is when you go to look at the achievements. I guess it takes a long time to download them all since I have over 500, (first being from Halo ODST and 500th being from Halo 3.)
The Windows game market place in the app is coming soon so I really cannot comment on that piece of the app.
Over all I really do like this app. Since this is only the App Preview I expect it to get better. I believe that the Xbox team and the Windows Team are doing a really good job of integration between them as from rumours I hear is that the Xbox may become an entertainment device that can play games along with the usual movies and music.
I will continue to use this and see if the updates make it more useful.
I am continuing to get the Xbox Companion app to work. Until I do get it to work I will probably be trying to find something else to post about.
I have played around with Windows 8 Release Preview for a few days now. I thought I would share some thoughts on how it works plus some pros and cons.
- Runs smoothly on vmware workstation with 1GB of ram.
- Installation was easy to use. Easier to install than Windows 7.
- Hasn’t crashed on me once! (Should tell you the reason of no “First Impressions of Windows 8 Consumer Preview” or “First Impressions of Windows 8 Developer Preview.)
- Desktop has a smoother feel.
- Most of the installed apps do not crash even though they are preview apps.
- Location is pretty good.
- Metro (detailed later)
- App store does not have a search feature
- Doesn’t install correctly in latest Virtual Box from May 22nd 2012.
- Start button is completely gone so it is difficult for a normal user to get to Metro.
- Customization feature after install not very friendly to non IT.
I have finished working at Staples and will be volunteering again until I can find another job.
I got a job as a temporaty associate that started on April 15th to setup a staples store that opens this coming Saturday May 5th. It has been lots of work, but also lots of fun.
I had 3 interviews and some contract work. Still looking for a job. Not much else.
I am still looking for a job. I have had a couple of interviews. I am working at the local food bank as a volunteer and giving back to my community. I have also started as a volunteer as a online computer teacher and I am happy about that.
My dog also has turned 2 and a half this month. On March 1st I will have had my Cat for 11 years, he is an outdoor cat and a fighter. We got him as an adult cat who was at least 3 years old.
That is just the summary of my month and I am hoping next month is better than this month.