Ask Leo! #743 – Is There a Real Alternative to Windows?

Hello from the snowy Pacific Northwest! 9 inches on the ground as I type this. Yes, I know, for some of you it's no big deal, and for others its unimaginable. I'll put it this way, Seattle is the northern-most major city in the continental United States, and yet a half-inch can bring this place to a crawl. Nine inches qualifies as an "event". Smile

Fortunately my wife, the Corgis and I are all safe, sound, and warm with nowhere to go for a couple of days. And yes, I stocked up on coffee beans prior to what many are (facetiously and not) referring to as the "snowpocalypse".


It's a question for the ages -- at least recent ages: Windows alternatives. And the answer really, REALLY, depends on so many things that there's not really a single response. I mean, what does it really mean to be an alternative to Windows?

My new machine arrived, and the very first thing I did is probably exactly what you'd expect. The twist? It's probably not how you might expect I'd do it.

So much email. So much to delete! Deleting a lot without deleting all can be ... interesting.

Take care, stay warm,


Is There a Real Alternative to Windows?

Is there a real, complete and reliable equivalent to Windows? Other than that Apple stuff.

That's a question I received not long ago. Particularly given the publicity around some of the issues with Windows 10 and its updates, I think many frustrated users are wondering if there isn't something else they could or should be using.

The answer is my most common: it depends.

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The Journey to My New Computer: The First Thing I Do

My new laptop is here, and I'm ready to start playing with it.

The first thing I'll do probably won't surprise you, but how I do it almost certainly will.

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How Do I Delete Multiple Emails When I Have a Lot to Delete?

I have over 15,000 emails. How do I delete multiple emails without having to delete them one at a time?

Deleting multiple emails can be easy, or it can be really, really cumbersome.

Two factors determine which it's going to be: your criteria for which emails you want to delete, and the capabilities of your email program.

While I can't show you what works in every email program or interface, I'll review a couple of common techniques that will make this easier. Those techniques are useful for more than just deleting email, and they work in arenas other than email as well.

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