Remove Windows 10 Notifications for Good


I've been getting the "Update to Windows 10" messages for months and I'm tired of seeing them. I have several legacy software packages that I still use quite often on Windows 7 and I'm not certain they will work with Windows 10. I also have older GPS devices that may or may not have Windows 10 drivers. Finally, I've been reading about corporate spyware in Windows 10 that tells Microsoft what I'm up to. None of those things makes me particularly excited about upgrading.

Moving to Amazon S3


Last week I received an invoice from my web host provider, HostMonster. I've used HostMonster since 2009 and they've provided an acceptable level of service. In addition to the web hosting, I bought half a dozen domains through their eCommerce site and several of them are still being renewed. I was spending $200 a year with them between the hosting and the domain registrations.

Evaluating services


Last week a corporate merger occurred that has me rethinking the services we use. AT&T purchased DirecTV, the largest satellite television provider. We've used DirecTV since 1997 and have mostly had trouble-free experience with it. I won't say we love it, but we don't hate it like we hate our AT&T cell phone service.

Day 21. Wrap it up, I'll take it.


We've been home about 36 hours and the jetlag is fading. In a while, I will try my hand at making Dutch pancakes. But first, here are some thoughts on our trip, in no particular order.

Day 20. Homeward bound.


1530 hours, Chicago. The day has been mostly unexciting other than the usual stresses of getting from there to here. We took a taxi to the airport, spending some of our remaining Euro on the fare. European departures are more chaotic than the U.S. because there are people pushing and shoving to get in before everyone else, but they are more relaxed on many of the silly rules that TSA puts in place, ostensibly to keep us safe.