It’s your turn! [EN]

bgamesgrandsAlmost 5 years ago i’ve watched a review of a board game on the Internet. It seemed interesting, so i started looking for more videos. I’ve also found a few shops selling board games. One week later i’ve bought very simple, little card game (“Saboteur”). Tried it with my father and brother. Then i brought it to office and showed to my colleagues. And so it began 🙂 I’ve started buying more games, looking on the Internet about which games are considered the best, about newly released. Once per week after the working hours we were playing with my colleagues one or two games. Although, a few years later it all calmed down a bit (work, families, kids). But then a few new colleagues came to our unit and we recalled our tradition, so once in a while we organize gaming evenings. Also trying to interest co-workers from other units.

Even when our gaming group was broken up for some time, i haven’t lost interest in the modern board games industry. From the very beginning i liked Tom Vasel’s channel about games on the Youtube page – The Dice Tower. I try to watch every his video (game reviews, top’s, game plays, videos from games conferences). Also i have quickly found a site, which is the main portal for all board game fans – www.boardgamegeek.com. You can find information about a particular game, discuss it in the forums with other gamers from all over the world, rate games in the catalog. I always try to rate on this page every new game i’ve played, add to the list of games in my profile if i purchase new one (a link into my collection (without the expansions)). Read More

Tell me, tell me, MS Office [EN]

excel-2016Newest version of Microsoft Office has been released yesterday – 2016. The look has changed a bit, added a bunch of new features. But! One thing first jumps into your eyes when you launch one of the Office 2016 applications. It’s “Tell me” search field, which sits above the tools ribbon. It seems, such a simple thing, but when you try it, you realize that it’s really useful and was needed for a long time. No matter how hard Microsoft tried to advertise new “ribbon” user interface since the Office 2007 release, people are still having hard time finding in there tools they need. And now you can just enter into the search field what you want to do (e.g. “insert table”) and you will be provided with the corresponding tools and selections. Simple and.. genius? 🙂 Of course, one who have used Office with such help will have a hard time doing anything when he sits in front of an older Office version. Still, just this one new feature is making me consider upgrading to this version in the office. We have a subscription contract for Office allowing us to freely install newest version after all.

/yes-no: Windows 10 [EN]

yes-no-win10Yes-No is a category in which I will list 3 traits and characteristics I like and dislike about a particular matter. Will start with already mentioned in the last post new Windows version. It is contrasting enough to be liked and hated.

 

 

Like:

  • Return of Start Menu. I understand that Microsoft tried to do something innovative with Windows 8. But the absence of good old known Start menu in a new Windows version was a very negative thing for simple users. Even for me, working for a long time in IT field and often trying out new stuff, it was a bit uncomfortable and inconvenient, when you had to catch screen corners with a mouse cursor or press Win button. I often paused for a bit after pushing the mouse cursor to the Start button and thought how should i do, what i need to do. In other words, this wasn’t a natural usage. Maybe i needed to get used to it, but in truth, i didn’t even wanted to get used. It’s no surprise that third-party programs providing Start menu replacement have become very popular. Though Windows 10 menu is not perfect, and is not a Windows 7 menu comeback for sure, but it is a step for Microsoft into people’s needs and habits understanding.
  • Virtual desktops function, which can be accessed with the Task View button (or on the Alt+Tab screen). Programs providing such possibility in Windows environment have existed for a long time. But you had to download them, install and run. And with Windows 10 this is part of the system, which is there already and always for your disposal, and besides is very simple and elegant. Not a new thing for sure (Linux systems have this for a long time), but handy.
  • Windows placement help (“windows snapping”). It may be odd, that this is one of the important improvements. But i can’t count how many times i have used Windows 7 Aero Snap function for a quick placement of two windows one besides other. And Windows 10 improves even more this, rather simple, but very useful function. Indeed i thought sometimes, that it would be convenient to automatically place more windows together. Now it is possible to place no only 2, but 4. And even Apple in its new Mac OS X version is introducing similar option 🙂

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windows 8+2? windows 10 [EN]

One OS for every deviceWindows 10 topic is getting lots of buzz in the IT world currently. This freshly arrived new version of Windows operating system symbolizes a new step in Microsoft history. Even though, this could’ve been another Windows 8 update (e.g. Windows 8.2), but it seems that Microsoft tries to shy away from that version, which haven’t reached wide popularity, also skipping the 9. This way they want to emphasize Windows 10 importance in the new idealogy “windows as a service”. Although this principle looks suspicious so far. Maybe there going to be monthly or yearly fee introduced at some point? But after watching Windows 10 presentations it becomes clear that the biggest company’s goal is to attract developers and users into the application store (“Windows Store”) which is expected to generate a revenue. Of course there is no abandoning of OS selling to hardware manufacturers market. Free upgrade from Windows 7 and 8 is valid only for one year (for now, who knows whether it will be extended, if this move justifies itself). When buying a new computer, OS cost will be already included. Also big companies still be paying yearly fees for the ability to use any OS version they need, along with Windows 10 (“Software Assurance” program). The thing that free upgrade was offered and the offering and distrubution method shows that Microsoft is hoping for the biggest and fastest impact. Windows 10 campaign was interesting and even a bit aggressive, when it wasn’t limited to events and ads only. Windows 10 users received a message to their computers with an offer to upgrade, and it looks like many did agree. Based on Microsoft data Windows 10 spread after the final release is really huge. Of course, the question is how many people were surprised to see a significant change on their computers’ screens after “some update”. Well, not as significant as in the Windows 8 case. Microsoft admitted after all that not just mobile users exist and that many requires a desktop and.. yes – Start menu. Microsoft’s privacy policy settings in the new Windows versions were widely discussed. On one hand, this is natural to be able to provide a user the most personalized experience (“Corana” assistant, which is learning your habits, so it could help you better; typing errors fixing tool). Also they want to provide the same experience in all user’s devices. That’s why usage information is sent to Microsoft servers, along with other telemetry information about the system state, usage patterns, etc. Some are too paranoid making huge deal out of it. The others close their eyes on this. Personally, i do not consider Microsoft being an embodiment of evil, but i question the need to send this information, if i’m not using all these services. Also this can be a question of security and trust in the manufacturer in the case of companies. Read More

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[LT] Taigi, po daugiau nei 8 metų, kai turiu šį domeną, nutariau kažką su juo padaryt. Nes iki šiol naudojau jį tik asmeniniam paštui ir kaip talpyklą. Idėja pradėt blog’ą buvo kilusi seniai, bet vis neprisiruošdavau tuo užsiimt. Kol kas neturiu konkrečių minčių apie ką būtent rašysiu. Tikriausiai po truputį apie viską. Planuoju kiekvieną įrašą skelbt lietuvių ir anglų kalbomis, jei netingėsiu 🙂

 

[EN] So, after more than 8 years of having this domain, i’ve decided to do something with it. So far i was using it for my personal email and file hosting. An idea to start a blog has come to me long ago, but i couldn’t make myself finally do it. Not sure what i will write about. Probably a little bit about everything. I plan to post in both Lithuanian and English, if i won’t be too lazy 🙂