For decades, tech journalists and IT professionals kept telling us to back up our files.
Mostly, we didn’t.
It was just too much hassle.
Now, finally, a more powerful motivator has arisen. Malware. Especially ransomware (even pretend ransomware).
All over the world, millions are backing up their data.
Then, when the media tells us once again that the internet will die, we back it up again. Once. And get back to whatever social media we use.
A small minority will take some thought to the issue of backing up, and decide to use some cloud drive for some important files. Purely for the purpose of being able to stop worrying about backing up files – or because the files are legally important.
However, many of us will just have some old backups that correspond to the time of global ransomware attacks.
Eventually, Windows will not allow installation of .exe apps.
For many Windows users, there will grinding of teeth, and suffering at the hands of change. Yet most users will be unaffected by this change, because they will no longer have any need for .exe apps, and not have any installed.
For security and other reasons, the “sandboxed” app model will fully replace all .exe apps. App developers will all port their .exe apps to store apps. Store apps are called “sandboxed” because they have restricted access to the OS and to other apps – and gain access in a controlled way by requesting “permissions”. However, .exe apps don’t have these restrictions and have the power to do a lot of damage.
Note that Microsoft has NOT officially stated that this will happen – but I am pointing out the steady progress toward this outcome.
The app package model is easier to manage, keep secure, control battery life and things that cost the user money. It has many other advantages over .exe apps.
It will be possible to install apps from outside of the store, but they must be application packages like store apps.
When most popular .exe apps have been ported to the store, Microsoft will likely start pushing the transition to ending .exe app installations. This may take a few years. There are many widely installed apps that are available only as .exe, and this even includes the Microsoft software used for making store apps.
There’s no need to panic. It will take a while to happen – and most people wont be inconvenienced.
People spend incredible amounts of time making their Android home screen just how they want it.
And I will share with you the secret of making a beautiful home screen.
It really is that simple. Icons are just ugly. There’s no avoiding this simple fact.
On the right is my current home screen. Nice, huh? Because its not spoiled by ugly icons.
It only has one widget, the word clock (FiveTime). Most widgets are also pretty ugly, and just cant be on my home screen.
But I still have icons. just a swipe to the left and I have all that ugly stuff. 2 screens of things that I need to access quickly. I don’t mind an extra swipe to open apps – it prevents the trauma of seeing icons when I only want to use the pull down menu.
I used to have the camera icon at the bottom right so that I could open the camera from the lock screen, but it was SO UGLY that I had to get rid of it – and let go of that easier way to open the camera.
Disclaimer: I haven’t really sacrificed much – I have an old windows phone with a dedicated camera button and OIS, and I just use that as my camera. Even when I had the ugly camera icon on my Android home screen, it was still easier to just grab my windows phone and hold the camera button until it is ready to take a photo or video.
There’s no going back to a device without a dedicated camera button, and not forever missing it.