Weekly Round-Up: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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Today is Sunday, November 6th: time for the weekly roundup of the good, the bad and the ugly tech news of the week! Plus for those of you who observe Daylight saving time (something we don’t do here in Arizona) time to turn your clocks back an hour if you have forgotten to do so.

The Good

It is always a good thing when people can find new purposes for old technology. Nothing worse then having old computers end up in a landfill. It could be repurposing an old PC to run as a media center for a non-Smart TV or even to run Linux. How about creating a fully functioning electronic accordion from a pair of Commodore 64’s and lots of Floppy Disks?  Add in various electronic components and you have The Commodordion created by a Swedish Software Engineer.

The Bad

Double Feature! This week we have two about Microsoft’s Windows 11:

  • First, we have Microsoft testing a new feature for some English speaking and US based Windows Insiders who have installed the latest Windows 11 Dev build. This new feature has a lot of people scratching their heads and saying ‘WTF Microsoft?!’ This feature is suppose to be a new way to help Windows 11 users get more out of its Windows Search by displaying tip flyouts in the taskbar. As if the taskbar wasn’t cluttered enough and Windows Search has been around since Windows 8.1 way back in 2013.
  • Next we have yet another issue preventing people from updating to Windows 11 22H2. This time around issues with out-of-sync audio and video for user of the Xbox Game Bar Capture on Windows 11 22H2. Microsoft has blocked systems running Xbox Game Bar Capture from being offered the Windows 11 22H2 update. This issue should be fixed in next week’s Patch Tuesday, but why block it now? Windows 11 22H2 was released back on September  20th.

The Ugly

No surprise here…for the second week in a row it is all about Elon Musk (aka Chief Twit) and Twitter. It has been a wild week: from executives leaving to the massive (and illegal) layoffs this past Friday (plus the class-action lawsuit ahead of said layoffs) to numerous (many with deep-pockets) advertisers abandoning ship over concerns about the future of the 16-year old platform.  Plus on the users side we have a verification system that is turning into more of a ‘status symbol’ which will be tied to the premium Twitter Blue which is increasing in price on Monday and will have less features then before. There as has been so much Twitter news in this past week, we had to put it all into its own category just to make it easier to keep it all together.