Tech Talk: Windows 11
When Tech Talk hosts Mr. Stefan Gearhart and Josh Rutledge approached The debriefing about making a series of shows, the pitch was simple: we’ll go through the latest, best and most advanced technologies on the market and put together a series of shows that basically echo the futuristic approach to the news site. For the most part, the guys have been successful, delivering shows on the Top 21st Century Weapons, Night Vision, UFO Hunting Gear and a range of other exciting topics.
Now they’re diving deep into the murky waters of humanity’s ongoing technological transformation by breaking down a product that’s about as futuristic as ever… Microsoft Windows?
All kidding aside, Microsoft hasn’t released a new Windows operating system in 7 years, which makes this latest version definitely worth checking out. Also, for the first time in the history of Debriefings Tech Talk, the guys analysis is essentially error free. (Full disclosure: their analysis of Windows 11 may actually be full of holes and factual inaccuracies. But unlike previous shows on things like space telescopes, I have no idea if what they say is accurate or not. true. I mean, it’s Windows.)
To open up their analysis, the software hardheads break down the hardware needed to run Windows 11. This includes an overview of processors approved for upgrade. As if foreshadowing the high level of excitement, anticipation, and suspense surrounding the incredibly original Windows features the guys reveal as the show unfolds, Josh and Stefan note that the platforms Custom PCs they both own could not support the upgrade.
For Rutledge, his high-performance gaming machine’s CPU just isn’t on the Windows 11 list. On the other hand, Gearhart has a high-performance PC he built himself, which also has a chip that doesn’t not on the Windows upgrade list. (See what I said about suspense? You pick which humble boastful nerd is most cringe-worthy.)
So since neither can upgrade to Windows 11, the guys skip the OS review and spend the rest of the show talking about the time Stefan had a mustache. (No they don’t)
In truth, tech walkie-talkies are stepping forward, highlighting how Android phones can sync with Windows. Bam! They also note how the new operating system includes emulators of older versions of Windows. This means that your old programs will still work, or whatever. Bazinga!
Luckily for the more loyal TT viewer, Rutledge and Gearhart really turn up the heat in the next segment, focusing like a laser on the new taskbar at the bottom of the Windows screen. BOOM! The two are excited about the change, with Gearhart even stating that he wants to marry the new taskbar (no, he doesn’t).
(By the way, at this point you’re not even halfway through the show, even though you already feel like you’ve spent your entire Saturday in traffic school.)
After a captivating exchange about how Windows 11 lets you use panels if you’re “limited to one monitor” (we get it, nerds, you’ve got the gear), the pernicious pair take a detour to talk about the three types of computer users; Apple fans, PC users and a third group of “weirds” who work on Linux.
“I can’t,” Gearhart said, sharing the universal reaction to people still using the PC. (I actually think it was a Linux joke. But then again, who could tell?)
“Oh my God. Gaming on the Windows 11 machine is amazing,” Rutledge shouts at one point, waking me from a dream where Linus finally kicks the football. “The gaming experience within the Microsoft Game Bar or other places Windows 11 is far beyond any computer gaming experience from a PC you can go buy off the shelf has been able to offer in the past.”
It seemed significant. I will read this quote again.
Yeah. It was.
After completing a scan of the insanely impossible new components of Windows 11, the guys quickly ran through some of the minor but noticeable improvements. The “accounts”, Rutledge calls them. (Or I just wrote it down in my notes. I won’t check.) This list includes nice touches like acrylic context menus and the ability to copy and paste GIFs.
“Jif is a peanut butter; The GIF is an animated image,” Gearhart says, agreeing with his co-host that they pronounce GIFs with a hard G. (Really? Even though it’s a GIF of a spinning Geoffrey giraffe?)
The guys also point out that Windows users will no longer be greeted with a blue screen of death in the event of a catastrophic failure. Instead, users will now receive a similar system failure message only on a black screen. A black screen of death, if you will. According to research, this change is unrelated to the #screenofdeathsoblue movement of 2017.
Ultimately, the two hosts talk about the aspects of the new Windows that they liked and seemed to support the new operating system as a whole. However, their final review may be the best part of the show, involving a point-by-point breakdown of aspects of WIndows 11 they liked and things they wish they had included. It starts at around 30 minutes and is hands down the best 7 or 8 minutes of the entire episode.
IT’S AN APP!
As happens with every show, Rutledge and Gearhart close the show by reviewing an application. This time they take a closer look at an APP called Radio Garden.
In short, Radio Garden offers live radio streams from over eight thousand stations around the world. Sounds cool, and so does the review. Look at this.
Overall, the time-wasting Tech Talk titans do a good job of guiding potential users through the ups and downs of Windows 11, even if it’s not exactly the most gripping of all topics. Stay tuned for their next show, where the guys will break down another cutting-edge piece of futuristic technology: the light bulb. (No, they won’t)
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