Deadline looms for free Windows 10 upgrade

windows-upgradeIf you have been holding off on upgrading to Windows 10, you are almost out of time to get the free upgrade. The deadline for reserving your copy is July 29, 2016. You are supposed to be able to reserve a copy, even if you don’t install it.(Here’s how to do it.) After the 29th, the upgrade will set you back $120.

A lot of people have been put off by Microsoft’s aggressive (and sneaky) push to get users to install the new version. Some computer experts likened Microsoft’s deceptive actions to malware. I know it took over and installed itself on my husband’s laptop, without permission. We had to roll back immediately because much of his specialized music software would not work on Windows 10.

When my computer hard drive died on me last month, I bought a new Windows 10 machine as replacement. Much of the software I’d been running on the old machine would not work on Windows 10. I am still scrounging for replacements for voice recognition, photo and video editing software. I am still trying to get one of my scanners to work properly. So your choice to upgrade may be strongly influenced by the software and peripherals you use.

Be aware that the new OS is also a privacy nightmare. Thanks to Microsoft’s new freemium model, I found out that you can’t even play a game of solitaire on the new system without being logged in and tracked. 😦

If you do upgrade, or if you already have, you should also note that Microsoft is making some changes to Windows 10 with its upcoming Anniversary update. One of the most disturbing changes is that you lose the ability to turn Cortana off. Since I prefer Google to Bing as a search default, this is probably going to be a big deal for me.

If you have decided not to upgrade your present computer, the good news is that after July 29th, Microsoft has promised that it will turn off the update nag screens (and presumably the sneaky installs). Microsoft has promised that this is the last version of Windows, making it a sure thing that if you buy another Windows machine, sooner or later, you’ll be running Windows 10.

Daily Links and Deals: Spotify Starts Selling Your Fan Data Out Their Back Door

daily_links_1Today, news that Spotify is selling the identifiable information of its freemium members. Also, Google Play Family Library allows sharing, Reddit will start allowing brands to sponsor posts and more. In deals, savings on Lenovo Flex laptops.

Daily Links for Wednesday, July 27, 2016:

Reddit will let brands sponsor posts from regular users (The Verge) I have a feeling that this will not go over well.

Google Play Family Library allows content sharing between six accounts (ZD Net) You can now create a Family library with up to six people. This allow you to share purchase of books, music, games and videos.

How to Get Extra Space on Any USB Drive (Gizmodo) A tweak to get more out of your storage drives.

Spotify Starts Selling Your Fan Data Out Their Back Door (Hypebot) Huh? They are selling user identifiable information from freemium level customers to advertisers?

Deals of the Day: 

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Haunted Destiny (Krewe of Hunters) by Heather Graham and The Rook:  (The Rook Files Book 1) by Daniel O’Malley.

In Today’s Deals, savings on select Lenovo Flex Laptops. Also, M*A*S*H: The Complete Series + Movie complete bundle on

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan. The Romance Daily Find is Calling It by Jen Doyle.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Rook (The Rook Files, Book 1) by Daniel O’Malley. The Extra Daily Deal is The Color of Heaven Series Boxed Set (Books 1-3) by Julianne MacLean.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The New Indian Slow Cooker by Neela Paniz.

Google Books has a selection of Exciting E-Originals: Digital-only reads for under $3 each.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)

Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.