Windows 10 is about to be replaced by Windows 11, something Microsoft said they would never do. But then it IS Microsoft so we shouldn't be surprised...

Much to the horror of Windows 7 lovers, in July 2015 Microsoft released a new operating system called Windows 10 and stated that this would only ever be updated, never replaced. Probably something to do with the millions of Windows 7 users who point blank refused to update their systems. Microsoft found a clever way around this by rolling out "important security updates", a ploy that was found to be much more acceptable by it's users.

However, 7 years later and in a post Git-Hub acquirement age, Microsoft is replacing Windows 10 with a soon to be released Windows 11 Operating System are expected to be announcing this in their event taking place tomorrow (Thursday 24th at 11am ET). which is 4pm UK time. They've been posting videos on YouTube like this one below, showcasing new relaxing system sounds.

Support for Windows 7 stopped in January last year, despite this fact - at the time of writing this, I have two client computers in my home office which I have just updated/upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7.

If the leaked version doing the rounds, is to be trusted.. Windows 11 looks to be a very light weight and less clunky version of Windows 10. Said to be a third faster and more powerful with a smoother user experience, rounded corners giving the entire system a cleaner look, almost Mac like with a centred start menu akin to Macs dock. I can honestly say, I'm looking forward to moving onwards and upwards with Windows 11.

image by Tom Warren at The Verge

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A friend sent this quote to me today...

"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!"

It's taken from a book called "On The Road" written by Jack Kerouac in 1951 and published in 1957. It's an autobiographical novel and one I must now read, not only because I instantly and completely fell head over heels in love with the quote and it's author but because when the book was originally released, The New York Times hailed it as "the most beautifully executed, the clearest and the most important utterance yet made by the generation Kerouac himself named years ago as 'beat,' and whose principal avatar he is." Not to mention that in 1998, the Modern Library gave "On the Road" 55th place on the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century list. Also, the novel was picked by Time magazine as one of the 100 best (English) novels from 1923 to 2005.

The quote is simply spectacular, touched my soul and as a book worm, part of a family of book worms with a brother "Stuart Meczes" who is an author - I'm wondering how the hell I managed to live this long without knowing about this quote or book.

So thank you Danny for sending this to me ('lobe you') I'm both ecstatic and mortified at the same time...

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As I'm writing this, Bitcoin has a market value of £128,031,024,655, that's one hundred and twenty-eight billion, thirty-one million and twenty-four thousand six hundred and fifty-five pounds at at this current time 1 BTC = £7,704, not bad considering it never actually existed in the first place. However, once the brain child of Satoshi Nakamoto, to create a form of currency that would be a completely decentralised and therefore anonymous via its use of the blockchain technology, it's worth knowing that every single transaction completed can be fully traced back to the users wallet and therefore them.

The other big contenders, Litecoin (LTC), Ripple (XRP) and Etherium ETH) have all followed suit and now with Litecoin releasing Litepay in a few days time, on or around the 26th February 2018, apart from the appearance of ATM's doling out crypto coins, it's now possible to have a prepaid visa credit cards with any of the above mentioned crypto currencies.

All this may explain why a little known alt coin called Monero (XMR) is quietly moving up through the ranks. Only surfacing in April 2014, in just under 4 years it now has a market value of more than £3.5b and this is probably due to it's incredibly simple but highly intelligent ring signature technology that keeps both the sender and receiver of it's transactions completely anonymous, untraceable and therefore private and un-hackable.

As a lover of all things crypto, simply because it's fun and interesting to trade within such volatile markets, I know which coin I'm going to be betting on.

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