Never did the world make a queen of a girl who hides in houses and dreams without traveling. – Roman Payne, The Wanderess

I’ve been whining about the woke culture lately.  I might have to cease and desist that whine.  Turns out there are some benefits to being woke.  I found myself in an airport last week.  The lady in line in front of me was having some problems advancing through the X-Ray machine so the attendant took her off to a private location to “wand” her.  While I waited my turn, the male attendant said they couldn’t put any more women thru the scanner until they finished with the unfortunate soul being frisked.  However, they could put men through the X-Ray machine and they started pulling men to the front of the line.  The attendant was standing directly across from me and I politely asked him if this would be a good time to tell him I was identifying as “male” today?  A woman behind me laughed and said she was feeling very masculine as well!  About 30 seconds later, the attendant muttered something about unclogging the line, ushered 6 women around the X-Ray machine and we proceeded merrily on our way!   Yeah for security!!

Speaking of security, software companies phase out older versions of software so they can focus their attention on keeping the newest versions secure.  Focusing on security is a good thing but sometimes it creates grief for the end user, especially when the end user is locked into an obsolete software.  If you are running your business on obsolete software, consider this your first warning. My Microsoft warehouse informed me Windows 10 will only be available to purchase until October 22 (or when current supplies run out).  After October 22, our only option for operating systems will be Windows 11.  Not that Windows 11 is bad.  Windows 11 is stable, but it might not be compatible with the software you’ve been using for the last 20 years.

What does this mean to those of us still using Windows 10?  While you won’t be able to purchase new computers with Windows 10, Microsoft’s current plan is to provide security updates for Windows 10 until Oct 2025.  For the mathematically challenged, that’s roughly 3+ years .  If you are using Windows 10 and your current hardware supports Windows 11, you can update to Windows 11, for free, any time between now and then.  If your current hardware does not support Windows 11, then you will want to plan to replace the system.  This shouldn’t be a surprise.  The life expectancy for a desktop computer is 4 to 5 years, and for a laptop, 2 to 3 years, so replacement will fit perfectly into the current Windows life cycle. 

If you are using software that doesn’t work with Windows 11, then you have until mid-October to purchase backup hardware.  Stop by and we will help you check that task off of your “To-Do” list. You can check current prices here.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, 

~Queen Janet (I’m really liking my preferred pronoun: Queen)

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