Finally, the Land of Misery way out there by Ocean Beach west of San Francisco is getting a little action.
Dude, I remember Windows 3.0. And, after that one, I remember Windows 95, 98, 98SE, Me, XP, Vista, and, of course, Seven.
And I’ll tell you, I wasn’t reverse to using any of them.
I even got a Vista box from Dell, even though many people were (and still are) sticking with XP. I didn’t care.
But Windows 8* is a big no-go.
So, say it now, aloud: “I Will Not Buy Windows 8.”
Again: “No Voy a Comprar Windows Ocho.”
Buying Windows 8 is muy prohibidado. (I wrote that it in Spanish because that’s how exotic and not allowed it is.)
Now here’s everything you need to know about W8:
Well, maybe that’s a bit too much, but how about these primary conclusions:
1. Windows 8 is not Windows, it’s a new operating system with Windows 7 compatibility tacked onto it.
2. Although Windows 8 looks pretty and is great for tablet-style content consumption, I question its benefits for traditional PC productivity tasks.
3. Big OS transitions like this one traditionally cause users to reconsider their OS decision and potentially switch to something else.
4. Microsoft has worsened the risk that people will migrate away from Windows 8, by disabling some key features of Windows 7, and mishandling the consumer “preview” program.
Oh, remember that Farhad Manjoo, that writer who hated the Sunset District so much he just had to move away?
Well, he hates Windows 8 even more than he hates the foggy, foggy Sunset.
So here’s what you do, you get a 16 GB, 2TB ZT Systems from the Costco.com (or from Walmart online or something) for like $600. That’ll come with Windows 7 and that’ll last you a good long time. And then you’ll be ready for Windows 8 Plus or Windows 9 or whatever shakes out.
*Now maybe they’ll offer W8 (rhymes with wait – get it?) on a phone or a tablet or something what uses a touchscreen and maybe that’ll be OK (depending on the price, of course). But if you want to get something done with a PC, then why not just stick with W7?
The kitchen of Michael Mina has more lamps than a Sunset District grow house, it would seem.
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Is there a new cell phone antenna installation in this photo here? Yes, but you probably couldn’t tell by looking.
Is this the kind of thing that San Francisco wants? Apparently.
Anyway, the answer to wireless connectivity is more antennas, IMO. So this is good.
MOAR of this!
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“SUNSET DISTRICT RESIDENTS BENEFIT FROM AT&T NETWORK UPGRADES WITH MORE COVERAGE, MORE CAPACITY
Enhancements Will Improve Connectivity and Performance for
Mobile Voice and Data Network
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 — AT&T* today announced more network upgrades in the Sunset District of San Francisco designed to provide its customers faster speeds, increased reliability and best-in-class wireless service.
AT&T’s network enhancements include a new cell site designed to improve coverage in residential and commercial areas along Sloat Boulevard from Meadowbrook Drive to 39th Avenue, and on Sunset Boulevard from the intersection at Vicente Drive to Morningside Drive.
In addition to expanded coverage from the new cell site, AT&T has added additional capacity to more than 160 cell sites in San Francisco, including several across the Sunset District to help improve overall service.
“Adding more capacity to a cell site is like adding more lanes on the freeway so that voice and data traffic flows faster,” said Terry Stenzel, AT&T Vice President and General Manager for Northern California and Northern Nevada. “Whether customers are talking, texting, e-mailing, surfing the net, streaming music or video, using their favorite apps, or conducting business we want to make sure they have a good mobile broadband experience.”
In addition, AT&T continues upgrading cell sites with fiber optic and Ethernet connections back to the central switching facilities, enabling faster 4G speeds.**
“We’re investing in our network in the Sunset and in San Francisco because we’re committed to providing best-in-class wireless voice and data service to our customers,” said Ken McNeely, AT&T’s California President. “AT&T has invested nearly $775 million in its San Francisco Bay Area wireless and wireline networks from 2008-2010, and we will continue investing and making network improvements.”
AT&T’s mobile broadband network provides several important advantages for customers, including the ability to talk and surf at the same time. For instance, customers can look up directions to an event while still talking on the phone, or browse social media sites will chatting with a friend. AT&T also provides access to voice service in more than 220 countries and data service in more than 200 countries. Business Traveler magazine recently named AT&T as having the “Best Mobile Coverage in the World” – the fourth time AT&T has received the distinction.
In addition, most AT&T customers have access to nearly 27,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hotspots across the country, and nearly 800 across the San Francisco Bay Area at no extra charge. With half of AT&T customers now using smartphones, the popularity of Wi-Fi is soaring. In 2008, there were about 20 million connections to the AT&T Wi-Fi Network. In 2010, that skyrocketed to more than 320 million Wi-Fi connections, and in just the first 6 months of 2011 customers have made more than 443 million connections to the AT&T Wi-Fi Network.”
See what I mean?
Hanging Mario mushrooms about your vehicle is a good and inexpensive way to get pulled over for driving with obstructed windows. Everyone should be aware of California Vehicle Code 26708, Material Obstructing or Reducing Driver’s View. (It’s tough. Tough but fair.) Learn it, know it, live it.
As seen in the Sunset District. Click on photo to Power Up:
To save Princess Toadstool, Mario conquers the eight worlds of the Mushroom Kingdom by going to the castle in each to defeat a minion of King Koopa. To reach each castle, Mario battles through three “sub-worlds” by defeating or avoiding King Koopa’s henchmen. If Mario successfully fights his way through the castle and defeats the minion, a Mushroom Retaineris freed. Inside the eighth castle, Mario has a final fight with King Koopa and frees Princess Toadstool.
Don’t stop believing.