Each Tuesday, pleasureinlearning brings you Tech Tuesday. Come back each week for more ways to become efficient and effective in your use of technology.
This is the second part of a series on Windows 8.1. You’ve got to make the transition sometime!
Last week I showed you how to change your desktop in Windows 8.1. Hopefully, in doing so, you have recovered some of your inner peace. This week my offering is even simpler: reconsider your opinion of Windows 8.1.
Pleasure in learning Windows 8.1 is a choice. Will you choose to do the following?
- Enjoy the new look and feel. (sensual pleasure)
- Delight in discovering new features. (surprise)
- Laugh when you can’t figure it out. (humor)
- Have faith that you can learn this new system. (achievable challenge)
- Know that you’re not alone. (belonging to a group)
- Recognize the power of your Windows 8.1 ninja skills. (owning something of value)
- Revel in every occasion where you can figure it out. (autonomy)
And now for a story of encouragement.
I have a friend who is the managing editor for a large military spouse blog. She once described her job to me as “poking readers with a big stick”. Her reference was to the sensationalism and controversy she had to proffer in order to increase readership and commenting. In the blogosphere, readership and commenting are directly proportional to the amount of money that advertisers spend on your site. This is the unfortunate reality for my friend.
Technology bloggers have the same challenge. They must produce content that gains them readership and comments. Over the years, this has turned into a feeding frenzy over every new Microsoft product. Whether the product is good or bad, the media industry has found that it can rally users with Microsoft hate speech. It is my firm belief that this has happened yet again with Windows 8. In my opinion, Windows 8.1 is a fabulous innovation in merging the tablet and laptop industries, in driving the touch screen industry forward, in standardizing printer drivers and in many other areas. (Disclaimer: Windows 8 was not perfect. Neither is Windows 8.1. A lot of the hate speech regarding Windows 8 did have an element of truth to it. Many of the concerns about Windows 8 were addressed in Windows 8.1.)
Make your choice to rise above the frenzy and enjoy this new learning experience.