Saturday, June 06, 2015

Windows 10: a subscription-based service

Hi! This is an emergency! Time for no jokes or intros now!

Microsoft became so generous to people, isn't it? It is acting like angel and goody-goody.

With Microsoft wanting everyone to jump on from their Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 to Windows 10 like crazy, for FREE (yes FREE!), people are BLINDLY UPDATING their genuine preloaded Windows laptops, OEM desktops and purchased Windows discs.

So strictly, if you do not want to pay on a monthly or annual or bi-annual basis to run Windows 10 (and from now on till.. FOREVER), DO NOT UPDATE WINDOWS 7 OR 8 OR 8.1 TO WINDOWS 10.

So people will ask:

  • How do you know Windows will be a paid service from now on?
  • What are the solutions for Windows 7 users after 2020?
  • What are the solutions for Windows 8/8.1 users after 2023?
  • What are the solutions for gamers or those who forcibly need Windows due to few programs not available on Linux or Mac?

How do you know Windows will be a paid service from now on?


This link will help you understand:
(http://www.designntrend.com/articles/30070/20141211/microsoft-suggests-windows-10-subscription-based-service-rumor.htm)
This site refers to a recent interview with Microsoft COO Kevin Turner hinting that since Windows 10 is the "last version of Windows" (see this link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2015/05/08/microsoft-windows-10-last-windows/) , they will certainly monetise it in a different way which leads to Windows becoming one of your DTH-like subscriptions. Microsoft CANNOT self-destruct its business, obviously!

What are the solutions for Windows 7 users after 2020?


Get the very last of updates when its end-of-life occurs, just like it happened to Windows XP on April 8, 2014 and make complete backup image of the OS.

What are the solutions for Windows 8/8.1 users after 2023?


Get the very last of updates when its end-of-life occurs, just like it happened to Windows XP on April 8, 2014 and make complete backup image of the OS. (no typo)

What are the solutions for gamers or those who forcibly need Windows due to few programs not available on Linux or Mac?


1) Get the Windows 10 Technical Preview (both normal and Enterprise versions, both 32 bit and 64 bit) with their activation keys from official Microsoft download site now!
Reason: On end of support life for Windows 8.1 (i.e. year 2023), there would be some programs that you would want to hold on to Windows but those programs will only support the newer Windows 10 (then Windows subscription-based) and you would forcibly crib about it and leave those programs and change to Linux-based OS or something else. But this way you could run those programs offline seperately while carrying out your daily life work on Linux.

2) Get Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows 8.1 Pro (both 32-bit and 64 bit) ISOs and keep them secure.

3) When (in either case of Windows 7 or 8/8.1) you encounter end-of-life support for Windows 7 or 8/8.1, make a complete backup image out of your OS and save them for future, as there will be no Windows to migrate to.


Do all this. Trust me. You would pay me a dollar or euro or 1000 rupees for this then (or whatever is worth 1 gm of gold ;)

Comments are open, and talking to me is in your best interest to know all about this sudden conspiracy plan by Microsoft.

Monday, June 01, 2015

Android M: details (name and info)

*UPDATED - September 5, 2015*

Hi! I am back after a long (REALLY LONG) time. I feel really guilty of not coming back and posting in April or May, as I had promised. (SORRY!!! ONCE AGAIN.)

But do not worry. I know many of the geeks (and non-geeks alike) are following news about Android M, the successor to Android Lollipop. The news is everywhere (not the graffiti or poster on your wall definitely ;) ) but all over tech sites and blogs. I am able to gather all the info besides what is available for you. So what are you waiting for? Read on.

Android M Name

The names predicted for it are Marshmallow, Maltesers, Mars and Milky Way

*UPDATE* Marshmallow is the confirmed name

Android M Features


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Well don't zoom into this picture as a lot of it won't be understandable for most people, and no descriptions to predict what all that will be. But I am expert enough to do that. Eased up some work for you, my dear readers. Read on! (And not zoom on!)

1. Unlimited photo and video storage by Google

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YES! YYYEEESSSSS!!! (Sorry I got too excited.) This one is for those who love (not like) to flaunt their "cameraphones". (And f course how could I forget teen girls and college fashionistas.)

There are conditions on this one, which apparently won't affect most people out there. One of the conditions is that the resolution of the photo must be equal to or less than 16 megapixels. And other known one is that videos uploaded must be having equal to or less than Full HD 1080i resolution. Other conditions may be known later as I track progress of the whole thing err... the Android conferences and leaks.

2. Fingerprint sensor support

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I know this one is something not many people have, but as hardware costs and companies' greed gets lower, we will get this in the low-end phones in a few years from 2015 (for the record). And this is useful because the uniqueness of your fingerprint is yet to be matched by any other human body part (except the eye).

3. Finer app permission granting

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Now it would not be a problem installing those sneaky apps as you would not have to accept all-or-nothing app permissions. For example, you install an app which ethically does not require GPS (navigation) but will use it. When this app tries to use GPS for the first time in Android M, you can allow or deny only the permission for GPS. Much like the way iOS handles permissions.

4. Doze (app standby)

Yes you people who run a thousand apps and forget closing them can be put on standby which NEARLY DOUBLES STANDBY TIME for your phone. (Remember standby only not the actual battery backup.) You can also turn it on/off for each app.

5. USB type C charging port

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This one is to be introduced first into Google Nexus series, Moto flagships, HTC and Samsung flagships, since Sony has just released the Xperia Z4. LG might introduce this later on (maybe in G6). It has risen in popularity because of Apple's new MacBook which has only one port. It helps in charging your device much faster than the microUSB and can be inserted into any way (upside or downside doesn't matter anymore).

6. Unified app settings

While some of the per app settings may make a common user go crazy, there is this feature that truly gives you the power of customisability and simplicity together.

7. (Five GHz) 5 GHz WiFi frequency support and hosting ability

Your phone may soon be a 5 GHz hotspot instead of the 2.7 GHz frequency, or your phone will be able to connect with a 5 GHz WiFi hotspot with Android M.

8. VPN apps in settings

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Gosh! This one is an iOS killer (not just iPhone killer). Google will be providing its own secure VPN tunnels for open WiFi hotspot connectivity, making sure your email/other accounts do not get hacked just because a maniac neighbour decided to hack a restaurant's WiFi hotspot and access hundreds of Facebook accounts.

9. Google Now on tap

This one is supposed to make it a bit easier to use voice recognition with Android M.

10. BlueTooth 4.2

This one is a boon as we find ourselves using this thing 40% of the time when we share or take some file or photo with some college student/office colleague/family member. This upgrade promises a lot more easy going on the battery while increasing transfer rates by about 250%.

11. Hotspot 2.0

A tech geek could have got some clue out of number 7 discussed above, but nevertheless it's best for every type of person to know it all clear. This upgrade into WiFi firmware promises a lot more easy going on the battery with 5 GHz support.

12. Power improvements in WiFi scanning

Your battery is really tortured through those moments scanning for WiFi signals nearby into some hotspot or hotel (or neighbour *hehe*). Now it won't be the same. Also, your phone may not get as much heated up during this process.

13. Stylus support

Yes the grand old stylus may make a comeback with business Android devices.

14. IMAP sign-in

Okay this one is for those concerned with their official (work) email accounts. This email protocol has been seen a lot on the computer and with Android M, this will be there for your email giving you that bit of security.

15. Seamless certificate installation for Enterprise

Companies (especially the tech types) require you to be secure with your work accounts (those with which you communicate with the seniors and bosses). This will come as a boon to their IT security admins.

Are you running away from this article? Wait. The "Company" stuff is over. Now useful stuff for you.

16. Android Pay

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I know (why so late mention etc.). It's because there is so much to cover on the Android M. *PHEW!* This combined with the fingerprint security is gonna give you a lot more security, while being easy at the interface of this system's app.

17. Battery historian 2.0



This one is gonna help those who like to find and install RAM managers onto their phones. Guess that's enough to get the hint.

18. App link verification

Yes the apps in Google PlayStore which required connecting to other servers will now require verification for the in-app links.

19. Google Family PlayStore

There will be a seperate PlayStore for children and family. Hope that won't make you earn a bad reputation for finding apps in the traditional PlayStore.

20. Text selection, floating clipboard

The word selection will be a lot more easier and of course, the floating clipboard is sure to give you a hint of what it is.

21. MIDI support

The music and ringtone enthusiasts (and old TV console game tune obsessed people) will love this. Every mid-range and pro keyboard (electronic piano) creates tunes in MIDI format, and a lot less MIDI to MP3 conversion will be needed with this awesome feature, though some would doubt the usefulness of this feature.



I guess I have covered more than what you want to know, and much more than what other tech sites have stumbled upon.