Brakes are on


Well its happening again. The computer which started out life nice and zippy like a gazelle in the morning sunshine, joyfully springing across the warm savannah has me wondering what I’ve done to inherit its predictable slow down. More time now is spent watching a little blue circle than is good for anyone

If I were a real cynic I’d think that these things are made to self destruct slow enough for you not to really notice but fast enough for you to buy a new one every few years to keep the silicon industry happy. Still, its a good time to buy a new machine as there’s a sale on…..That’s it no more sarcasm, I promise, honest.

Alex Hill, G7KSE, is a regular contributor to and writes from Cumbria, UK. Contact him at [email protected].

4 Responses to “Brakes are on”

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good morning Alex, last evening I dug up my net book that has not been used for about 3 months. I started it up (Vista is the OS) and no word of a lie it took over 30 mins to get up and running. It had a load of updates to do and start and re-start! My wife ended up finishing with her Mac laptop and I ended up using her machine finishing what I was doing and still the net book was not ready. I think I am going to load Linux on the machine this weekend.

  • Harry K7ZOV:

    My main computer too a dive about a month ago. I got a cheap Gateway at Walmart. Dual core, Win 8. After if found the site that give back the START button and much more, the computer run great. Typical starting and run to run in less the 30 seconds and shuts down in less then 5 seconds. WOW! HOWEVER twice it too upward to 10 minutes to boot while it was loading new updates at boot-up. I have also had it load them at shutdown a lot, then on restarting taking a few minutes to a too many minutes while it was installing the last up dates… So most likely that is what is happening to your computer. At least I hope so.

    de Harry K7ZOV with my 2 cents for today

  • alex, g7kse:

    I’ve borrowed my dads new laptop. Apart from it being that annoying windows 8 thingy its excellent. I can find it in me to buy a mac. £1500 is more than I’ll pay for a computer when a £300 windows 8 machine did the business.

    It gets worse. i down graded my smartphone today as well. The upgrade cost me more money for nothing else. Being 40 is starting to take effect!

  • Cliff kc0sdv:

    Try some of the versions of Linux. Have Ubuntu on a desktop and Linux Mint on 2 laptops…no problems…fast….no crashes……great to be Windowless.



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