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Been a busy few weeks here on the farm. We had some late frosts and cold weather so everything is behind schedule. Last week we started to combat the buttercups in the pastures and yard. They look like sweet, innocent yellow flowers but overtake everything and don't allow the grass to grow. After getting the lawn mower to stay running, the sprayer to keep spraying, and moving the animals off each lot, we sprayed and sprayed. Last week they promised it would rain most of this week. This herbicide smells horrible and were expecting the rain to wash it away after a few days. Well, we have had no rain and there is no rain in the forecast anymore. Nothing like smelling herbicide all day, everyday. We bought another gallon of the stuff to do where we missed, so it will smell the remainder of May but it has to be done.

We started with the annual goat stuff, shearing the angoras, pedicures, worming, and vaccinations. We only have 12 goats, but they only fall for the "want a treat" for the first few, then we have to chase them down. Got the hardest one today and will try for the last goat later. By the time we catch them, we are already tired. Plus it's now summer weather. We always seem to go from cold to hot, with a day or two of spring.

We took the cover off the pool really early to catch the spring rains. Well, that didn't really work so now we will have to fill it ourselves. Been looking for chlorine pucks everywhere, but they are gone. I got some bleach from Staples a few months ago, a 6 pack of the big bottles for quite a deal. Those are now gone and the pool is starting to turn green. I guess I will have to buy more liquid bleach to tide us over until the supply is back up and the scalpers are done.

Oh, let me tell you about my snake incident. A couple days ago I was taking cereal out to the goats to see if I could catch anyone. I hear birds sqawking loudly like they were fighting. I looked over and a huge snake was trying to eat their eggs or babies in a birdhouse right by the gate. I grab a long metal piece and try to get the snake to drop. Instead he goes in the hole as I am trying to wrap his body around the metal piece, from a 6 foot distance because I don't like snakes. He comes out the little vent between the roof and hole and is trying to bite the metal. Finally he drops off as I am screaming. I didn't want to harm or kill the snake as we need them to keep the rats away, but it isn't going to eat the baby birds in front of me. The mommy bird is still there, so it didn't get anything yet. But I'm sure we will meet again this summer.
 

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Ran into the snake again. Different day, different birdhouse, but same scenario. This time I broke the roof trying to get the snake out. It popped out with a baby bird in it's mouth but dropped it when it fell to the ground. The bird was still alive and I put it back in it's house. Like any good southerner, I duck taped the roof back together as I couldn't take it down to repair it with baby birds inside. In hindsight, I should have picked a different color duck tape than shiny black, which was the color of the snake. It took the parent birds an hour and a half to get brave enough to check on the babies. I went to get some natural snake repellant, but it's gone from all the stores in town and another of the items that is on order but they have no idea when it will show up. In the meantime, I sprinkled some essential oil around the area, hoping to keep it at bay.
 

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I spent today cheating on Marina -- twice.

The first time was the result of a 7 a.m. wake-up call from my daughter. She told me that she will be visiting me on Saturday and wants me to pick up a load of different creams, ointments, and OTC meds from a pharmacy for her. Never mind that the closest pharmacy is about 30 kilometers from my house and that she has a branch of the same company roughly 10 kilometers from where she lives. As she will be presenting me with my first grandchild in August, how could I refuse?

However, the pharmacy is in Marina's favorite strip mall, so I consider going there without her as cheating on her.

I bought what my daughter wanted, returned home, spotted Margarita, and started talking with her. This, in itself, is a major achievement. Margarita moved to Israel from Russia two months ago, speaks no English at all, and has an extremely limited Hebrew vocabulary. Normally, she would have been attending Hebrew classes since arriving here, but because of the pandemic, her classes were canceled. I had noticed that her daughter (age 9) is always walking when all of the other children are on bikes. I asked Margarita if her daughter has a bicycle and she told me that she has a second-hand one that keeps breaking down.

I knew that like all new immigrants from Russia, Margarita's family is in poor financial shape and that she could not afford a better bike. I asked what time her daughter finishes school, she told me at 3 pm, and I said that I want the daughter and one parent (either Margarita or her husband, Maxim) to meet me in the parking lot and I would take them to buy a new bicycle, under the sole condition that she not tell anyone that I paid for it.

She was, to say the least, very surprised but agreed. At 3 pm, Maxim was still working but Margarita and her daughter showed up. We drove back to that same strip mall, went to its bicycle shop, and it took her daughter (I think her name is Sonia but I am not certain) about three minutes to fall in love with one of the more expensive bicycles. I guess I could have insisted on getting a cheaper one, but I didn't have the heart to disappoint her. The salesman put the bike into my car and then I really upped my cheating on Marina by taking Margarita and Sonia to Marina's favorite cafe for double scoops of ice cream, smothered in hot fudge.

Sonia asked me if I do this for everyone, and I told her I don't.

"Why me?" she asked.

"Because you are the most beautiful girl on the kibbutz," I told her. That really put a big smile on her face.

When we arrived home, Maxim took the bike out of the car and Sonia looked like the Queen Of The World when she got on it and started riding it.

Of course, not being a complete cad, I phoned Marina and confessed to my cheating. Actually, I had no choice as I had forgotten to buy a lock for the bicycle and will have to do so on Sunday when I take Marina back to that same mall.
 

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Yesterday we went to see the new Idaho State Gold Star Families Memorial which was dedicated Friday. We were really impressed as it is extremely well thought out and will be a nice addition to our city. It is constructed of the same black granite as the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC. This is a photo of some of the families as they streamed by to lay flowers at the dedication.

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From there we headed to our Field of Heroes at the opposite end of town, which is a one-of-a-kind, temporary memorial that is constructed each year for Memorial Day and contains a marker for every American soldier who has fallen in Iraq/Afghanistan since the beginning of the war. It covers the entire soccer field of one of our high schools and keeps expanding each year. This year they added a section dedicated to the K9s who have been killed in action, as well. We try to make the trip to see it every Memorial Day Weekend.

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And, as we went out this afternoon, we pulled into traffic only to realize there was a police escorted honor guard a distance behind us in traffic. DH immediately pulled off into a parking lot where we got to watch the POW/MIA Thunder Run (motorcycle honor guard) pass by with a full police escort with lights flashing.

We have a very active POW/MIA Awareness motorcycle guard here which makes a point of traveling all over to accompany soldiers killed in action when their remains are returned.

Each year for Memorial Day they make a circuit beginning around 8 a.m. They start at the Field of Heroes, and make a loop through the downtowns of several neighboring communities before returning here in the afternoon to circle the state veterans home before returning to the Field of Heroes.

Wish we'd had our camera.
 

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I think the snake situation is solved. He (or she) ate most of the baby birds around the house. I fought with it until 2 days ago. It is now relocated a few miles away in a wild area. It may have a few lumps on the head, but it was alive when I shook it out of the bag. We put up some restored bird houses and the birds have already moved in for the second batch of eggs.

Got the pool open. Still some work, but the dog is happy. Still looking for chlorine. There is some about 4 hours away, near my nieces. They may get a visit soon, 2 birds with one stone.
 

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@mtka My husband found chlorine in early May for a friend here on our island. It was at a local pool supply place not far from my other house. Our friend was told there is no chlorine anywhere to be purchased, but 50 miles away Crankie found a large bucket for them. The factory in Lousiana was destroyed in a explosion , has not been rebuilt and they were the main supplier of chlorine tabs in the US. Who would have thought this would happen? Also explains why bleach shelves are usually empty.
 

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@mtka My husband found chlorine in early May for a friend here on our island. It was at a local pool supply place not far from my other house. Our friend was told there is no chlorine anywhere to be purchased, but 50 miles away Crankie found a large bucket for them. The factory in Lousiana was destroyed in a explosion , has not been rebuilt and they were the main supplier of chlorine tabs in the US. Who would have thought this would happen? Also explains why bleach shelves are usually empty.
I think I found some chlorine pucks. Sam's club let me order it for shipping today, will see if it actually ships.
 

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I admit it -- until today I had never even heard of an air fryer. I was reading about them on another bulletin board and all those who had them were praising them to the sky. Everybody's first choice was one from Ninja, but the others seemed to be very good as well.

During lunch, I asked Marina if she had ever heard of them, but she had no idea of what I was talking about. I googled "air fryer" and she translated the article into Russian and suddenly her eyes lit up. She told me has wanted one for a long time but doesn't know if they are available in Israel. We went to a shopping mall and they recommended Ninja and DiLongi, but Ninja had no instructions, except safety procedures, in Russian and DiLongi had no Russian at all.

We went to a different store and found only one (Redmond) which had not only an instruction booklet in Russian but also a book full of recipes in that language. I figured that as soon as she got home she would cook a late lunch for the two girls in it but when I called her a few hours later, she told me she hadn't even opened the box. She was afraid that she would destroy it and was waiting for her husband to finish work and come home to set it up.

Meanwhile, Margarita told me that her parents are sending me a gift from Russia to thank me for buying her daughter a bicycle. I told her that I just hope that they are not sending me borscht!
 

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Computer is back from the repair shop. We'll see if it is FINALLY fixed -- or if the next Microsoft update will mess things up AGAIN.

The fellow who greeted us first tried to claim that the problem was simply a lot of dust inside. I'm getting pretty cynical and didn't buy that since the thermal shutdowns started up again two weeks after they replaced the fan last autumn. If they didn't clean out the dust then, why bother?

When I explained that couldn't have been a problem he said he remembered that our problem was the "thermal paste" was old and needed to be replaced. I said that didn't make much sense when it happened to this computer when it was brand new and he claimed that if they use old thermal paste on a brand new computer it will cause problems. He said it is such a common problem that they sell tubes of thermal paste under the counter and showed us the tubes/syringes under the glass in a display case. He said when the paste starts to degenerate it won't conduct electricity and when the connections don't meet the computer overheats.

The story sounds plausible, but we'll wait and see if the computer stops shutting down. It was absolutely unbearable (and actually overheating) when we were in Boise, however, when we got home again, the computer didn't seem hot when it shutdown. This past weekend was a NIGHTMARE after Microsoft installed a huge Cumulative update and two other large updates all at once. Once again it seemed to be getting hot when it shut down and that is why we made the appointment for the shop.

IF that is the problem, why did it take four years, two computers and two different repair shops to get to the bottom of it? And IF that is the problem WHY are computer manufacturers using OLD thermal paste to build brand new computers? Why was the repairman who had the computer open last autumn to replace the fan unable to see that the thermal paste was shot at that time?

Lots of questions for which we'll never get answers ...
 
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Well, computer is not "fixed," so apparently "thermal paste" wasn't the problem either.

Microsoft started a bunch of huge updates over the weekend again and I've been having thermal shutdowns ever since. One within 24 to 36 hours of getting out of the shop, a couple after that and three within 12-hours today -- a couple only an hour apart from each other. Between the shutdowns, the computer was a nightmare and I had to keep shutting it down myself because it was totally unresponsive.

Microsoft seems to have laid off the updates for a few hours and the computer has been fine this evening, no unresponsiveness and no shutdowns. However, I've still got to get in and undo the damage it did with the latest "updates." They've now got my screen font set to white -- where I can't read it when the background color or the slideshow is light. I don't even like the pastel background slideshow that came with the computer all that well, but they "broke" my personal photo slideshow with an update a few months ago and I didn't feel like messing with putting a new one in.

Microsoft used to change my sign-on photos each time I logged onto the computer, but several months ago they got stuck on a photo of what I suspect is Positano, Italy. I'm getting rather tired of the photo, but haven't bothered to complain because I've got much bigger problems than that. DH checked last week and it looks like you have to download a separate slideshow program for that now.

I tried clicking a "slideshow" button that would have rotated between four or five nature photos that came with the computer, but it was still stuck on Positano. Instead I just chose one of an arch on a beach that looks like it could be the Southern Oregon coast. However, within a few hours, Microsoft had changed my default BACK to the same photo of Positano again! It is like this isn't my computer and I'm not allowed to personalize it, only OTHER people are allowed to do that.

Frankly, I'm fed up! However, Microsoft still has ANOTHER cumulative update it now wants me to install. Downloading that is apparently what has been wreaking havoc most recently. The three huge updates it did over the weekend along with the one that seemed to be making such a mess of things today weren't enough!

DH still hasn't been able to get the wireless connection working for the printer since we got the computer back home. It was working fine last Monday morning when we took it into the shop and we NEED my printer since DH's USB ports went out after a Microsoft update a couple months ago and he can't get his printer working at all now. They want him to hook it up by USB to create a new connection. Meanwhile, I have no choice but to use USB after the computer returned from the shop. ARGH!

Guess it will have to go back to the shop tomorrow which will leave DH and I sharing a computer for several more days with no ability to print, but neither this shop, nor the one before it have been able to get to the bottom of the problems on this computer or the ones Microsoft broke before it. This new computer was supposed to be the "solution."
 
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@Gardencook , I am amazed at the major issues these updates are still causing. With the cost of all the fixes and repairs, you could have purchased an apple computer and gotten away from numerous updates. Now, I know apple does some updates and the last with the security patches just happened to coincide with the identity theft I went through. Freezing my credit seems to have worked. I will not bother with Identity guard again since they never contacted me about the identity theft that happened after I joined. They did contact me to update my card....they one that was compromised. You can contact the credit bureaus yourself and save the money.
I now have a chromebook and it is not my favorite, but it was new and free. I still have my work computer, a chromebook from ACER. My only complaint is that none of my coupon prints will credit on swagbucks. LOL.
My job has been driving me nuts and I cannot wait until this school year is done. You would be amazed at how many people are calling in sick still and I am losing subs that are not being replaced. My stress level is at an all time high and I was in tears yesterday when someone did not show up. A couple of strong emails were sent by me with my signoff dictating how many days I have left as sub dispatcher. Administration just turns a blind eye and I am losing respect for a number of people. It will be someone else's problem next year.

Luckily, pre k 3 just showed up to brighten my day!!!!!
 

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The problem we run into here @jastwins is that we don't have a decent place to buy an Apple. Boise and Salt Lake were the closest when they had their own stores, Staples closed and we don't have a place like a Best Buy.

When it comes to buying a computer our only options are OfficeMax, Walmart and Amazon. I think Fred Meyer sells a few, but it has a very small electronics department. When I checked Walmart this morning, most of the Apples are refurbished and we generally have to order most electronics online and have them delivered to the store.

Last week we tried to buy a tower fan like the one we like so well from Walmart. The store a half hour away and the two an hour away had them in stock, but our store didn't have any. You have to buy a fan when it is still snowing here to get one, it seems.

The website came up with a banner that claimed they would deliver the fan free if we spent a bit more, so I found some beet powder to reach the threshold. Then when I got to check-out it said it would send the beet powder, but we still had to drive to the next town to get the fan! We just opted to delete the beet powder and drive for the fan since the beet powder was just a filler to save gas anyway.

It seems the other stores always have stock, but either they don't order enough here or we are so short of competition everything sells out. I don't know how many times we've had to drive a half hour to the next Walmart to buy something we SHOULD have been able to get here! And Walmart is pretty much the ONLY option they have there. That's been going on for decades. The one town has only slightly more than 10,000 population, but the city an hour away has a larger population than we do now and two Walmarts, OfficeMax, Staples, Best Buy ... basically, corporate America is turning our city into an urban dessert expecting us to drive two what it has deemed the "hub" for the entire eastern side of the state.

Everyone used to rave about Dell computers, which is why we both bought one last time around. They turned out to be the biggest lemons in all our years of buying computers so we went back to HP last time around. Mine started acting up during the warranty period, however, when we called HP tech support we learned that you can't use the warranty without paying for tech support to diagnose the problem over the phone. The warranty was a COMPLETE sham -- it was worthless.

If you buy an extended warranty from Walmart, you must mail the computer away for weeks on end before you get it back, so that isn't an option either.
 

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@Gardencook, my daughters ordered their computers online directly from Apple and they were delivered to our home. If they computers need any repair, we would have to take it to an approved Apple place or an Apple store, 2 hours away. The twins have never had a problem or needed a repair in the 4 years they have have their computers, that cost $850 each. D3 upgraded her computer and took out the warranty ( she has bad luck with electronics) but has not had to use it.
We have had bad luck with dell and HP worked for about 3 years and the fan broke, computer overheated and it did not work again. My chromebook was a gift from my bank job and it has served me well in the 5 months I have had it. I feel like microsoft owes you a new computer.
 

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@Gardencook, I feel like microsoft owes you a new computer.
I just wish you could convince them of that. All we ever get from Microsoft is excuses blaming everyone BUT Microsoft.

Microsoft technicians are not in the U.S. and when they can't fix a problem they simply hang up on you. Many of the men also have little respect for women, so when I've challenged them on discrepancies in what they were telling us they've also hung up. My husband has to be on and do most of the talking to get any results -- which always amounts to giving you the runaround, acting like they're doing something while accomplishing NOTHING in the end.

We've been computer owners since Windows 95 and never had problems until the last five or six exasperating years. We've never been hard on computers either. Before the Dell and HPs, I had a Toshiba and DH had another brand (can't remember which brand now). They didn't last any time at all, but we explained them away as "lemons" at the time since they were brands we'd never used before. Now I'm beginning to wonder if "six months and get a new computer" is what Microsoft is aiming at in all its machines.

We worked at Macs at newspapers through the years so aren't afraid of them. However, newspaper pagination causes a LOT of technical difficulties. It seemed like the newspaper computers were always breaking down when the technicians had to do updates. I don't have a clue which technicians would be "authorized" around here, so I suspect we'd just end up with the two shops we've used here in the past -- even if that meant voiding the warranty.
 

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Can the women on this site help me to understand the biggest mystery facing men: women.

I have posted here many times about Marina and her family. If I have not made it clear before, let me do so now -- our relationship is purely platonic. She is very happily married, faithful to her husband, even younger than my daughter, and I am certain that if I even tried to kiss her on the lips, she would refuse to ever see me again, so jealousy cannot explain what happened last night.

There is another Russian family who recently moved into my village. The mother (Margarita) is even younger than Marina. This family's financial condition is not as bad as Marina's, but they still could not afford to buy a bicycle for their daughter. I bought it for her. I am planning on taking Margarita and her daughter on Monday to a strip mall near Marina's house to introduce them to Belgian waffles.

I am meeting Marina today for lunch, and when we made our plans on the phone last night, I told her about Margarita and the waffles. I asked Marina if she would like to join us, as the only language either one of them is truly fluent in is Russian. I was certain that they would both enjoy chatting and might become good friends.

Marina flat-out refused. She wouldn't tell me why, other than to say that she doesn't want to meet Margarita. Can any of you guess why? I certainly cannot.
 

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@Fillies Fan , have they met before and maybe do not get along? Is Marina afraid Margarita will steal all your money? LOL
Sometimes, if they are from different parts of Russia, there may be an unspoken rivalry between the 2 cities. Just like sports fans..
 

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@Fillies Fan , have they met before and maybe do not get along? Is Marina afraid Margarita will steal all your money? LOL
Sometimes, if they are from different parts of Russia, there may be an unspoken rivalry between the 2 cities. Just like sports fans..

No, they have never met and neither has any idea of what part of Russia the other is from.

It is strange as Marina is usually a very warm and friendly person.
 

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Hadn't heard anything from the shop on my computer since we took it in on Tuesday so DH called around lunch time today. He was told, "Oh sorry, we thought we notified you that the computer was ready." So apparently we've been struggling along trying to share a computer all week when they hadn't worked on it since Tuesday -- at least that is when the last Microsoft update was installed -- and I don't have that particular update number listed on my personal diary so I think it was done in the shop. Considering that Microsoft does a multitude of updates on my computer every single day and it has done at least two or three since I got the computer home late this afternoon, I don't believe they've had the computer turned on since Tuesday.

When we picked it up last time they claimed they had left it on in the shop all night long and it hadn't shutdown, so they certainly didn't do that this time or Microsoft would have done updates.

The latest explanation is a certain Microsoft update won't install properly on "this particular model." (What about all the previous updates on this and the previous computer?) They installed a new tool on my desktop that appears to be related to my driver. Then they had to remove the update and reinstall it using the tool.

I see a new icon on my screen, so assume that is the "tool" they are talking about, but when I signed into my computer the "tool" already had an arrow indicating it needed to be updated and now I'm getting notifications every 15 minutes that I should do that. I don't even know what the thing is and certainly don't want to make things worse by updating it. Why wasn't the tool update done at the shop?

The result? My computer is now worse than EVER! It is constantly unresponsive instead of waiting until I've used it for a half hour to 45 minutes before it starts acting up. I was forced to reboot three times in the first hour and half and each time Microsoft did another update on sign-in. Who knows how many "updates" the computer is now behind?

Both computers that have been destroyed have been the same story. I keep saying it is Microsoft updates causing the problems, none of the technicians believe me and in the end it turns out to be Microsoft updates at the root of the problems. Frankly, I'm getting quite tired of being my own detective when the so-called experts don't have a clue what to do. All I can do is supply them with the evidence I've collected and report my suspicions about the cause. I have no interest in training to fix computers, as well. That's what we're paying THEM to do.

They didn't charge us anything for this shop visit, because they didn't fix the problem we brought it in and paid for a week ago. However, we brought it in for the same problem last autumn and paid for a new fan that didn't fix the problem then, either. It just wasn't as bad after the new fan, but the problem got consistently worse just like the last computer.

After three visits to the shop in a little more than six months for the same problem my computer will no longer connect to the printer (DH's computer won't print at all after a Microsoft update appeared to destroy his USB ports and disconnected his wireless printer connection at the same time.)

Youtube plays fine on our Roku device (not a Microsoft product). It also runs fine on DH's computer now that it is FINALLY warmed up, but it takes forever to load and constantly buffers on my computer. The fact that we have no trouble streaming video on Roku rules out our Internet provider as the root cause for the sluggishness and the fact that it will run on DH's computer points directly back at my computer, again. It is obviously a problem with the computer, NOT the signal.

I can no longer type ANYTHING on my computer due to a constant "unresponsive" wheel spinning. You type a sentence, there is a long lag time and finally a few of the letters show up on the screen in a messy scramble that is completely illegible.

I didn't have any of those problems before the most recent shop visits. The computer has NEVER been as sluggish as it is right now -- after the latest Microsoft update is supposedly now successfully "fixed." Meanwhile, I still can't get any work accomplished. If anything, constant "unresponsive" wheels are even worse than constant shutdowns warning my CPU was overheating.

I had to give up and am now typing on DH's computer while he is outside mowing the lawn. I could barely get any time on his computer yesterday, because he was busy doing an interview and writing up a news story -- which was far more important -- but that is why we have two computers!

I was actually envious of DH when he got his computer a few months after mine. It had a lot more power, memory and should be a lot faster. However, after a Microsoft update at least a year ago, his has slowed a snail's pace. It takes at least an hour to get going after he turns it on and no one seems to have a solution. The helpful fellow at Walmart who tested his USB ports said he was a certified Microsoft tech and he couldn't believe how ridiculously slow DH's computer was running. He gave him a site to use that supposedly cleans up computers and makes them run faster, but it didn't work on DH's, nor did it figure out what was wrong with mine.

I've left my computer running while I'm typing this to see if it shuts down again. It seems that "fixing" the shutdown problem has now rendered the computer completely unusable -- and not surprisingly, the problems point straight back at Microsoft updates -- just as I've been saying for the past four years.

Of course, this is one of only two highly rated computer repair shops in town. We gave up on the other one when they couldn't fix the last computer Microsoft destroyed with its constant updates.

Somewhere several months ago I read that Windows 10 has been the total disaster that independent technicians warned it would be before they ever rolled it out. I know some people bought Windows 7 computers right before they rolled out Windows 10, because they knew it would be this way. However, I couldn't see buying technology that I knew Microsoft would quit servicing -- which is exactly what it did quite a while back. We've got friends with Windows 7 computers who are in that boat now that Microsoft is no longer fixing holes that can allow hackers to steal their personal information.

Besides that, the CPU on my last Toshiba Windows 7 computer worked like a dream for a few months before Windows 10 rolled out, then suddenly one day the computer was gone. DH had an Acer(?) do virtually the same thing shortly afterward. At the time, we thought it was simply lemon computers, but after three nightmare Windows 10 computers we're beginning to wonder if Microsoft updates were at the root of those computer problems, as well.

We'd had no problems with Microsoft updates before that, so the thought never crossed our minds. I think we only went through about three Windows personal computers during our first 20 years -- and technically our Windows 95 desktop was still running when we last booted it up. We simply switched to laptops when we needed to travel so much -- our Windows 98 laptop lasted so long I believe we skipped right over Windows Millennium to Windows XP -- and we shared all those computers. Now in the past six years or seven years when our computers didn't have to do double duty, we've gone through five computers made by four different manufacturers -- two of them Windows 7 and three Windows 10 -- four if you count DH's which has a myriad of problems but still runs if he waits an hour or so after boot-up. But how long can he get along without USB ports?

Microsoft is supposedly rebuilding the entire framework and getting rid of the Windows 10 format -- starting from the ground up, but meanwhile there is NO WAY I'm buying another Windows 10 only to have them destroy the next one, as well. Four years, two computers, two repair shops and a myriad of rude Microsoft technicians who refuse to admit Microsoft has any part in this have shot ANY credibility for a program we used with few problems for more than 20 years before this nightmare.
 
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