These are things I'm pondering that ARE computer related but, don't need to be in the computer forums necessarily... mostly spitting out my thoughts and frustrations...
1. I've said this a million times in a millions places... I HATE decisions. They're tough for me... honestly.
I've been wrestling with the idea of building a new pc for several years now... have started a few conversations about it on here... started a parts list a few times... sometimes I'm just picky(and poor)... and, money does get in the way. When money seems less certain I back out of big decisions a bit... and building a new pc is a bit of a big decision for us. Lately, I've been going back and forth over pc vs laptop. I know if I start a discussion on that in the proper forums I'm going to get some strong opinions on the matter. What you get for your money, a desktop seems preferred... lots more options, customizing, power, etc... But some of those guys can get pretty dead set in their opinions... since a desktop is "the best", some of these guys will TELL you that you NEED it.
I love the idea of a desktop... it's what I'm familiar with... I can't stand a latpop keyboard... or mouse... and, honestly I'd love to custom build a desktop and put in some colorful fans, tower with a window, etc... even if it's not a top of the line machine. It would be fun and "cool."
On the other hand...... laptops are portable. Once in a while we go on vacation, travel 1500+ miles away to visit family... I end up using one of the kids' laptops while on vacation but, having my own would be handy...And, I'm mostly doing general browsing with only some light gaming. So, what is a "need" anyway?
And, laptop AND desktop for myself is definitely not an option.
I've been thinking about this more... once again... because this machine I'm on is still aging... and something newer sure would be nice.
I'll make a decision... some day.
2. AV programs and other software... what's the best? I've even gone so far as to ask people before... I know how varying the opinions can be AND, I know how things change from year to year, often. A long time ago, AVG seemed THE AV to use... it worked well for me. Then, eh... started bothering me in one way or another... switched to Avast... haven't had problems with it but I will say that like others... I HATE what they do to promote their paid version... every time there's a big update... there are HUGE green buttons everywhere saying "try free" or something... and the "no thanks" or to continue to the free version... TINY grayed out text. Tricky... underhanded even... and I do hate it. And how they, and SO many other programs out there, PUSH chrome. Why? Are they getting paid to push it? Why would one program ask me to install another company's program SO often? Drives me nuts. Nope, don't want chrome... and hate that I need to uncheck that box every time or it will go in there automatically. Not cool.
Now with all that said... this is running through my head tonight because of a discussion I had on FB where someone was telling me that he wasn't an amateur... I asked a question and didn't want amateur responses... then he told me if I didn't hear anything else from him to get rid of Avast... it's horrible... Defender is the way to go... said he's been on defender from the beginning... (defender sure hasn't always been spectacular as far as I recall)
He told me I have no idea what avast is doing to my computer and since it's difficult to remove, well then it HAS to go.
I hate when people actually know a lot about computers and then think they actually know all there is.
Avast still gets great ratings from all the big tech companies as well as the AV testing sites. It's not THE best by any means but, I haven't seen anything out there suggesting I better get rid of it RIGHT AWAY...
and speaking of that guy and how that conversation started... maybe, if anyone is reading this, someone can tell me if this is a topic worth starting somewhere and, where exactly.
I've been playing this game called Star Trek: Alien Domain.
I started on FB but now play using FB gameroom... as well as an account I use on Firefox, IE, and now puffin. Why I have 4 accounts isn't important and, not that exciting... but, I bring it up because it's relevant. At least a couple times a day something happens and it will say "disconnected from server, attempting to reconnect" and I have to hit the okay button to get it to refresh. This will happen on gameroom, firefox, and IE. On puffin, sometimes it disconnects but often it just sort of hiccups without disconnecting. When this happens, it happens to all 4 accounts at the same time... different programs...
At first I figured it was the game... it is buggy. Then I started thinking it was on my end... and with all 4 at the same time, maybe it was my connection...
Then the other day, I had my son's laptop open with the same game open. He has his own account. On my desktop, this machine, all 4 accounts hiccuped again but, his(over wifi) did not.
So, what would be happening on my pc that would cause a disruption in the game I play?
Someone suggested my internet card or something... and, my AV got brought up which is how that discussion got started.
This daily hiccup is a minor nuisance... but, I do believe it's something on MY computer. The question is how to troubleshoot it...
Is that worth creating an actual "help" topic in one of the forums? Hardware maybe?
Lots of thoughts... I'll check back after some sleep.