Windows 8 - See Ya!

I wanted to give Windows 8 on a desktop a fair shot, so I have been using the Consumer Preview for the past 3 weeks or so.  I am now back on Windows 7 Ultimate.  Based on my disposable income (funny phrase) and the price, I don't envision a Surface Tablet in my future, a Nexus 7; maybe.

As many before have stated: Win8 is designed for touch and when it comes to a non-touch desktop is is not so much lacking but more trouble than its worth.  During this trial I also have been testing the new Office 2013.  Now this is a different story all together and my current configuration is as I said Win7 with Office 2013.

I will admit that beside the Metro Interface, there are some nice upgrades in Win8 that I found useful.  I really like the close integration with cloud services, the ability to open .iso files without burning to disk, and the improvements with local search and libraries.  The plain fact of the matter is that many of these improvements can be integrated into Win7 via 3rd party applications for free or a minimal cost.

Here are some of the apps that I have been playing with since I rolled back to Win7:

  • Virtual Clone Drive:  Virtual CloneDrive works and behaves just like a physical CD/DVD drive, however it exists only virtually. Image files generated with CloneDVD or CloneCD can be mounted onto a virtual drive from your hard-disk or from a network drive and used in the same manner as inserting them into a normal CD/DVD drive.
  • AllWay Sync: Synchronize your data between desktop PCs, laptops, USB drives, remote FTP/SFTP servers, different online data storages and more.
  • Team ViewerRemote control any computer or Mac over the internet within seconds or use TeamViewer for online meetings.
  • SkyDrive AppWhen you install the free SkyDrive app on your computer, you can access your photos and files from almost anywhere, store them, and securely share them. Put the SkyDrive app on all your computers.
  • Google Drive App In Google Drive, you can create new documents, spreadsheets and presentations instantly. Work together at the same time, on the same doc, and see changes as they appear.
  • Google Apps (Free): This is more difficult to find, but still available for free up to 10 users.  


Add Free 50GB Box To Win Libraries

One of the big sought after solutions today seems to be: How do I access all of my free cloud storage in one place.  I have recently tested SMEStorage, which is a nice solution, but being on the F side of Frugal I didnt really want to pay to access Free.

Windows 8 is like having a Search OS, in that it relies on search for just about everything.  So to have a WebDav folder that doesnt get indexed presents its own set of issues.

The storage; Microsoft SkyDrive (25GB) and Google Drive (5GB) both have their own desktop applications so it is very easy to add those to a Windows Library.  The one I really wanted was my Free 50GB from Box.Net.  Box also has a desktop application, but you need to upgrade your account to be able to use it; Not nice Box.

I set up a WebDav connection to Box.Net which is easy and you can find the instructions at: http://techie-buzz.com/tech-news/mount-boxnet-account-in-windows-explorer.html.  The issue here is that this a mirror of your web storage and therefor you cant access offline or add it to a Library.  

Enter AllWay Sync http://allwaysync.com.
It uses innovative synchronization algorithms to synchronize your data between desktop PCs, laptops, USB drives, remote FTP/SFTP servers, different online data storages and more. Encrypted archives are supported. Allway Sync combines bulletproof reliability with extremely easy-to-use interface.
Now you can sync your Box.net folder to a folder on your local machine which then can be indexed  and added to a Windows 8 Library.  One of the nice things about this freeware is that you can connect to just about any type of service.  Of course this solution does nothing for the file size limitation with Box.net, but then we are getting what we are paying for.


Craigslist Scam - Almost Hooked!

I almost fell for it.  Who would have thought, me being so wise in the ways of the Internet.  So here is the story, maybe it will save someone else.

It started when I posted a View Sonic Projector to Craigslist. I was thrilled when I got the following Email within 48 hours of being online:
Jul 9 (1 day ago)

to 7tz28-31234483.

do you still have it available ? best offer..and consider its sold to me...
Notice that there is no mention of the item.  I responded and then received the Hook:

    Thanks for the response .I am Paul Brigages and am  cool with the
price and conditions of the item.I would have been happy if we can
meet before making any plans,but I'm so busy with work and i have to
take a good care of her.. 
Also,i am going to add $50 to the price for you to take down the
advert from Craigslist..I will need the following information to have
my Personal assistant issue out the payment to you as i am very busy
right now..Your  Full name as it will be on the payment and your
Physical Address also your phone number will be needed for the payment
to be made.So I will have my shipper come to pick up the item as soon
as the payment has been made to you..So the payment for the Shiping
Fee will be included with the payment coming to you for the item,You
will just deduct yours and send the rest to the shipper so that they
can come over and have the item picked up on time and the payment will
be made inform of a Cashier's Check.Hope you can understand me
perfectly? .I really appreciate you selling the item to me and please
kindly take the advert  off Craigslist now and if you have additional
pictures of the item,kindly attached with your response so that i can
show it to Michelle so i will be waiting to hear from you later
Paul Brigages..
Again no mention of the item, just that he wants and is willing to pay over asking price.  Needless to say I got suspicious and goggled 'Paul Brigages' and he is well known to say the least.

Here is the scam:  You will receive a certified check and money to ship the item.  Of course the check is no good, but the bank will cash it and then a couple of weeks latter you will be notified that you are responsible for the fraudulent funds. Of course you will also be out whatever you were selling as well.

I emailed Mr. Brigages back and told him that I would be happy to do business with him but would require cash.  I haven't heard from him since.

Thanks Google!

UPDATE: Check out ScamBook.com for other nastiness by this guy: http://www.scambook.com/company/view/68181/Paul-Brigages