Upgrading Windows Vista to Windows 7

I upgraded my wife’s Asus F3Sv Core2Duo last night from Vista to Windows 7 last night, using the Family Pack Upgrade 32-bit disk.  Upgrading failed at my first attempt, but it rolled back flawlessly and didn’t change anything which was nice.

The reason it failed, essentially the reason I’m writing this post, is because I chose to get the updates to the install disks live online.  Where it failed is in my inability to put 2+2 together.  The upgrade process first scans your current Windows installation and informs you of things that might have problems, in order of priority.  It gives you a scrollable list (quite nice actually) starting with things that will definitely be broken, might have issues, and then finally things that have updates available, even though the latter won’t be a problem when you upgrade.  The really slick thing is the list also gives you the manufacturer’s links to click on so you can go ahead and grab updates on the fly.

Where I dropped the ball, and my installation failed was fairly easy to see.  When you tell Windows to get the updates live before installing, it lets you know that you need to maintain internet connectivity throughout the installation.  I wasn’t plugged in to the ethernet connection when I upgraded, and my Intel Pro/Wireless connection was in need of an upgrade, too.  So the install got about halfway done, dropped the internet connection, and ultimately failed.  I plugged in to ethernet, restarted the installation, and all went nearly flawlessly.

The only other hiccup I had was getting re-established on my home network. For some reason, Windows connected to my router (I Was still wire-connected at this point) and also added a “Public” network, leaving me connected to two separate networks at the same time.  Weird, but it was an easy fix. I just disabled the ethernet adapter and re-enabled it, by clicking on the connection in the “Network and Sharing Center” window.

iPhone Games Suitable For Young Kids (And Adults Alike)

When I got the iPhone 3G, my daughter was just shy of her second birthday.  My friends and family teased me, asking if she had written any programs on it yet.  I replied, “No, she’s not allowed to touch the iPhone. She already insists on using my Macbook Pro!”  They thought I was kidding, but at the time, she really was navigating around the screen on my laptop.  People have been known to call me a techno-geek, and I suppose they might fear for my little girl’s social acceptance (jokingly, of course), wondering about pocket protectors and GPS tracking when she goes to Pre-K.

I made a promise to my wife that we wouldn’t be the parents whose kid has a $500 phone before she hits Kindergarten, but I may have to bend the rules a bit on that one.  She may not need the phone, but I’m seriously considering getting her an iPod touch for sure.  I have been letting her play with my iPhone basically since she was two years old (and she just turned 3.)  She can now unplug it properly, doesn’t try to dial 911 or some other random number, and actually takes pretty good care to leave it on a table or other acceptable place.  There was definitely a progression to the applications that I downloaded for her to try, and I will review them here, in case you are also blessed with a budding little computer geek of your own.

The first one I ever downloaded for her specifically was TappyTunes.  There are many songs in this app, and you can check out the publisher, Utilitouch, here.  This app is basically a bunch of songs, broken into music snippets. When you tap a tempo on the screen, the song plays.  The faster you tap, the faster the song plays.  The idea is to get it to sound like the song you already know by heart, but for a two-year old, the tempo doesn’t matter much. You can, however, play the song as well, from half speed through double speed.  A nice feature.

The Alphabet Song, for instance, is amazing.  The letters come on the screen as you tap, and they can be “plucked” around the screen, too.  There are a bunch of similar children’s songs, and I’d be willing to say she fell in love with music and my phone because of TappyTunes. Here are some screen shots current as of 10/25/2008:

TappyTunes

TappyTunes

http://utilitouch.com/app/tappytunes/index.html

Categories in TappyTunes

Other Songs

Other Songs

Alphabet Song

Alphabet Song

Another application she was quick to learn and fascinated with is a very, very simple one.  It’s called BubbleWrap and it’s published by Orsome.  There is a Pro version as well, where you can win US $250.00. Here’s a screenshot:

BubbleWrap

BubbleWrap

All-in-all, a good, fun application for kids, and I’m not ashamed at all to say I play it.  Simple, and lots of fun.

If you remember Etch-A-Sketch this next one is similar in looks.  It’s called Pocket Doodle, and has a few things the big bad original didn’t. You draw on it by selecting a pen or marker shape, and slide your finger around on the screen.  I am a little disappointed you can’t shake it to clean the screen, but the slider mechanism at the bottom works well.  You can slide it partially to clear part of the display, if you like.  Nice and easy to use, my daughter still enjoys it:

Pocket Doodle

Pocket Doodle

Those are a few that I had downloaded when my daughter first showed an interest in using the iPhone, and she still enjoys using them over a year later.  I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy them as well.