I’m going to start this two part post with a little back story from last year, cause I forgot to blog about it. Hang in there, this one might get long.

My wife has been involved in the local community theater in Spencer for a few years now, and so, she has been volunteering doing hair/makeup/costumes, as well as being in a few of the shows. So on weekends, my daughter and I would take some time and go to the show to see her hard work.

Last year, a situation came up where the producers were looking for a backup drummer for The Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash Musical), the last regular show for the season, in case the regular drummer couldn’t make it.  The first weekend of shows went off without a hitch.  The second week of rehearsals went well until Thursday, which is a refresher with all members of the cast and crew before the shows that weekend.  The regular drummer was a no show, and no one could get ahold of him. After rehearsal was over, my wife, who was doing costumes for the show, called me and asked if I knew any drummers that could play the show. At first, I said no, because most of the drummers I know live in Sioux Falls or Sioux City.  Then I said that I could probably do it, I had seen the show the weekend before, although I hadn’t touched a drum set since my sophomore year in high school. So my wife told the producers that I would fill in, just in case the regular drummer couldn’t make it.

So the next day, Friday, the first day of the show for that weekend, I took of work early, and went down to the theater with my wife, and practiced. I practiced for about 2 hours, and hile taking a quick break, the weather had started to get not so nice outside, and then, the tornado sirens start to go off.  So we had to go to the basement of the theater and wait for the storm to pass. At about 5, we were cleared to leave the basement, so my wife and I went to get something to eat before she needed to be back to get ready for the show.

Then came the hour long wait, where I still didn’t know if I was playing or not.  At 7, the regular drummer shows up sick and says he can’t go on, so I’m up, and nervous as hell now, only having 2 hours worth of practice.  My performance seemed to give the performers a bit of boost, which made for an awesome show.  The regular drummer returned for the rest of the shows, and there ended my career as a drummer for the theater, so I thought.

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I have been running the RTM version of Windows 8 now for about 2 weeks at work and at home and have noticed a few things that I thought I would share.

First interesting note, I have not installed any software from Adobe on any of the 4 systems I have installed Windows 8 on. No Adobe Reader, Flash, Shockwave…nothing.

Second…. I have not installed Java, or Quicktime and obviously, your mileage will vary on if you need them or not

Third…while 2 of the machines have touch screens, I have only used touch on a Dell Inspiron Duo, which for a netbook, runs windows 8 very well.  The HP Touchsmart 300 I have at work has too deep of bezels on the screen to use the touch features.

At home, my Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E220s has taught me that using the keyboard and its new shortcuts is the best way to use Windows 8 on a laptop or desktop.  The multi-touch trackpad drivers for my laptop are not quite ready yet, so there is an annoying thing that happens when I move my mouse around the screen, I accidently activate the charms bar, application switcher, and metro context menus. A lot. I just installed Windows 8 on my desktop at home tonight, and so far, so good.

Fouth, the built-in applications still need a little work, or maybe its my very strange Microsoft Account that is the issue.  My Microsoft Account email address ends with @gmail.com, which is causing an issue with the mail app wanting to add my Hotmail account to it, it wants to add it as gmail.  On 3 of the machines, I had an account issue with facebook and twitter not being linked, therefore facebook integration in the people and messaging apps did not work, until I reset the linked accounts and had to remove and reinstall the people/messaging/calendar/mail app package to get this fixed.

The core of Windows 8 is very very stable, and very nice to use, the improvements to everything on the desktop side should be enough to make people at least ponder the idea of installing it.  That said, Microsoft has a goal, and the only way it will work, is to get developers to move their applications to the MetroUI or ModernUI or whatever they are calling it today.


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It is done!!! We have finally finished Alicia’s new room and gotten everything moved back in so it’s livable again.  Here are the pictures of the finished room with and without stuff in it.

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