Windows 10 First Impression

July 31, 2015 8:55 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Like most techy people I’m always excited to try new software especially new operating systems. Sure enough July 29th you can bet I was among the many people to download Windows 10. With the install being about 20GB I expected it to take a while to download and and even longer to install. In reality it only took me about a half an hour to download and install.

Leary of the new software I chose to dual boot my system running Windows 7 primarily and just try out Windows 10. My license key does not work, however I think because I’m dual booting instead of upgrading. Maybe once I upgrade the key will work.

Let’s start with the boot up. I was pretty impressed with the speed of the boot up in comparison to Windows 7. It seems faster and ready to use sooner. I like the look of the start menu better than Windows 8 but I still like my windows 7 start menu the best, it’s not flooded with unnecessary stuff.

Cortana, the Windows Assistant… I haven’t used it yet because I’m in an office with other people and find it strange to talk to my computer. I don’t really see this as useful for the business professional unless you’re in a room all by yourself. Still, kind of strange to me. PS, I barely use Siri on my iPhone for the same reason.

All in all it’s way better than Windows 8, still not sure if I like it better than 7. I will have to install my Adobe Creative Cloud on it to see how that functions before I give it a true review. What happened to Windows 9? Anyone?

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iOS 8.4 ruined the way I use my iPhone

July 29, 2015 2:26 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

iPhone that can't take picturesNothing like when my kids are doing something really cute and I want to take a quick video or photo and can’t because my phone is full. Or recently I was on a ferry ride with my family and we saw dolphins, a lot of dolphins and what was I doing? Deleting the few pictures I had on my phone so I could try to get one of the dolphins. Nope, it didn’t happen. By the time I cleared my photos it was too late, the dolphins were gone. This wasn’t an issue for me until I updated to iOS 8.4.

I should tell you I have a 16GB iPhone, so this may not be an issue for those of you that have the 32GB or even the 64GB iPhone. But for those of us that thought 16GB was plenty of space, think again. I was really excited to update to iOS 8.4 for the new Apple Music service, but I regret it now. The service isn’t all that great and it’s on the pricey side once the trial expires.

Here’s a breakdown of my phone storage space. My 16GB iPhone, which in reality is really only a 12.6GB phone (not sure how they get away with that) is completely full. I’ve removed all apps I don’t use that often, most all of my photos. Turned off Photo Sharing and deleted all my music. After adding up all the storage space that I’m currently using (non-native apps) I’m only using 1.6GB of storage space. This means that the OS is using the rest of the storage space on my phone that’s 11GB!!! What!? This seems crazy. I’m wondering if anyone else is having this issue? Hopefully iOS9 will be a slimmer OS. Thanks for reading my rant. Stay tuned for more.

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Why you should nix Wix

July 28, 2015 8:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

In case you haven’t seen the beautiful Wix ads with catchy slogans like “Create Your Stunning Website. It’s Free.” I know I’ve stumbled across them in my Facebook feed and they always have some cool artistic photo to draw your eye in. I have to hand it to them their marketing is top notch. Their product… not so much, and here’s why.

They advertise their sites are HTML5, however when you view the source it’s all JavaScript. Why is this a problem? Search engines can’t crawl JavaScript effectively, so according to Google the wix site might as well not exist. What’s the point of creating a website no one can find?

The sites are clunky and slow. Wix sites general load a segment at a time with their goofy loading indicators. This is a major problem, if you know anything about bounce rates speed is a huge factor. If your site takes more than 5 seconds to load people are bouncing off to another site that loads faster.

So if your looking to create a “Stunning Website”, don’t go with Wix, hire a professional. Usually if it looks too good to be true it usually is. If you’re looking for a free website try WordPress, they have tons of customizable themes for people who don’t know how to code. You will still need to pay for your domain and hosting of course.

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The Importance of a good CMS

July 28, 2015 1:17 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Recently I converted this website from an HTML site to a WordPress site. What a world of a difference for me. For the user the site still looks the same except for the new blog tab added on the navigation bar. I wanted to keep the same feel but wanted the benefits of a Content Management System. It made adding a JavaScript slideToggle Menu system for the mobile devices really easy. Also if I wanted to allow comments on this blog I’d be scripting for hours on end trying to develop my own system.

Thanks for visiting SheehanWeb, I will continue to post about trending technical topics. Please come back soon for more blog entries.

-Joe Sheehan

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