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About Marilynx

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  1. Thanks to all for your comments. It gives me a bit to think about. (I suspect this thread could be closed now, since this Forum IS about PDN, not Windows.)
  2. I'm using a laptop because it was handy when my last desktop's motherboard died. I have my favorite ergonomic keyboard and touchpad mouse hooked up to it. If I had the room, I'd have rather larger than the current 19" monitor.
  3. I've actually been kicking around here for about two years. My experience with computers dates back to punch cards. On an IBM 1130. My first home computer was an Osborne One, a C/PM machine. 64K of RAM, two 183K 5.25 floppy discs, and a 52 character B&W CRT screen. Yes, we're here to discuss PDN -- and that's the basis of my question. Rick is actually the only person I've encountered who says "Everyone should upgrade to Win 10." So I was wondering why. With the exception of a DOS word processor which I keep around to access old files because I keep finding ones I need to access, everything I do is Windows based. The Mac really doesn't have anything which interests me, except Scrivener, and now that there's a Windows version of Scrivener, even that is a non-starter. I honestly can't speak to how far PDN has come. I've only been using it for two years. And then, you say that Win 10 is the only way to go. I have 16 GB of memory, 250 GB free on the current drive. A two terabyte solid state drive would be nice (although I haven't come across any larger than 500 GB), but do I actually need one?
  4. And mine says I have 101, of which 25-30 are ones I need regularly -- the rest have to do with running printers or scanners, or Flash, or Adobe Acrobat... which I again need on a regular basis. When you've got a project due is NOT the time to be trying to get the scanner to scan, the printer to print, or to be fighting to transfer notes taken on a phone to the main computer. Plus, MS decides something I use regularly isn't necessary (like Card File) and makes it not work under a new version -- and I have to find a substitute and transfer years of data to it. To use the car analogy, my computer is a means of doing things. I expect it to do what the program says. I am not a mechanic, and I have no interest in tinkering under the hood, even though I am capable of doing so. (Yes, I've edited the register a time or two, but I don't like it.). I simply want to get in the car, stick the key in the ignition, start it, and drive. There needs to be a compelling reason for me to change vehicles. (Like having an idiot rear-end my perfectly good car and total it, as happened six weeks ago.)
  5. Well, never had a black screen of death from previous editions of Windows on updates. Yet my co-author has been offline for two weeks because of a failed update which really screwed things up -- and she's not ignorant when it comes to a computer, being an IT person for an international company. Several other people I know had similar debacles. That's reason enough to be cautious, IMO, if you have a stable system under Win 7, not to go leaping for Win 10.
  6. Yes, I will be reading over that excellent post from Josh Lamusga a few times, as well. I have known three people in the last couple of weeks who have had an update for Win 10 "black screen of death" their machine. One person's machine was down for two weeks. That's not something I can afford to have happen, which is another reason for hesitation. The other reason, of course, is all the time it takes to set up a new machine. I don't NEED a new machine, as such; this one is only four years old. I do regular critical backups. But I am not happy with the drop in productivity that getting a new machine entails. That's why I was wondering what the reasoning behind "everyone ought to upgrade to Win 10" was.
  7. I would still be using an XP lap top if the video card hadn't died -- there's a piece of software which does not run under Win 7 or 10 which I miss. (Although the fact that a much-loved graphics program ALSO didn't work under Win 7 is what led me to search for something else, and it's how I found PDN, which does soooo much more than my old one.) Heck, if Word 6 could have handled long file names, I'd still be using it, because there were things I could do with it which cannot be done in later versions. I'll tell him. Whether he'll remember is another matter. He's a design engineer, used to having an IT department to "do that for him." As an IT department, I'm better than he is, but I'm not a programmer. That, for me, would be a reason for moving to Win 10, if only so I know what the heck he's snarling about when he has a problem -- I can tell him, "Click this, find that, then click the other item." What I hate is having to make a list of everything on a current computer, and then find the discs or files for them, and reinstall everything before the new machine works the way the old one did.
  8. Those are valid points -- using modern hardware. The modern software... eh, they keep putting in bells and whistles which I don't need and which I'm not allowed to turn off or get rid of to give ME more space and speed. (Like my phone -- 3 GB of 16 taken up with a bunch of apps and "features" which I have no use for.) I sometimes think OS developers should be obliged to program for "640 K of RAM -- who could ever need more?" before being allowed to work with modern systems. Learn economy of programming, and not unnecessarily use memory and disc space just because they CAN. (One reason, I admit, I like PDN -- it does a bunch of really cool stuff without taking over tons of resources.) Security, I admit, is always a concern.
  9. I get that you like Win 10 and don't want to switch back. Linux is of interest, but none of the programs I'm interested in run under it. It's basically irrelevant to this discussion. I don't like the ribbons in things like Word or WordPad. My husband spent three hours tonight swearing at his Win 10 machine because he can't find the settings the way he did on every other Win machine we've had. (My home computing dates back to an Osborne One with 64K of RAM and TWO 183K 5.25" floppy disc drives, plus a 52 character B&W CRT monitor.) I admit that better hardware support for modern computers is a very valuable plus. I also admit that MS's attempt to force Win 10 installations down everyone's throat really didn't impress me. (And I read about too many tragedies with the attempt destroying someone's previously properly running machine.) I'm potentially interested in Win 10, but only as a new installation on a new machine.
  10. I'm wondering why you think Win 10 is easier to use than Win 7. It's cluttered over with all kinds of "Where do we want you to go today" garbage and very few ways to customize it to the way I, personally, work, the way I've done with Win 7.
  11. Well, I am currently running Paint Dot Net under Win 7 Pro, and it works well. My current machine cannot upgrade to Win 10 which is a reason why I am considering a new machine. My question is -- what "bells and whistles" does it have that makes it desirable?
  12. So. I am about due to get myself a new computer. Every writer I know hates Windows 10. My husband (who has a new computer with it) hates it. I've played with his computer, and I don't like the awkward interface. Yet I saw that PDN's creator thinks everyone should upgrade to it. And I'm wondering what the reasoning on this is -- pros and cons.
  13. Marilynx

    Print to JPG?

    Harper is an AKC conformation Champion, working on his Grand Championship. He is also a Barn Hunt Champion, which required 10 runs like the one in the video, on all sorts of different courses. Neither he nor I know how many rats are on the course -- it is up to him to search it, find them, show them to me, and then, somehow, tell me, "Hey, Missy, I found them all!" as he did in this video by running to the gate. So, he's got Beauty, Brains, and a Nose!
  14. Marilynx

    Print to JPG?

    If anyone would like to see what these "Barn Hunt" maps are about, here is a video of my Harper Dachs' Rat Champion Excellent (First Q of Ten needed) run. All that straw is in three layers, plus leaners, and I use PDN to create the course maps for a judge so that s/he can have course builders do the heavy lifting. Then there are the Blind layers -- the places where the Judge will be hiding the rats for each group of Hunters. My husband is NOT a videographer. And you may ignore the handler. Just pay attention to the handsome Dachshund.
  15. Marilynx

    Print to JPG?

    I believe I will try this! I am always paranoid about overwriting a file and really, REALLY screwing things up. (Lost about 4 hours work doing that once, years ago. Not something you forget.) (Later) OK, THIS worked perfectly. Thank you very much. I did my two most complex (and multipage) files in half the time it took me to do one of the least complex files.