What Microsoft got wrong with the Xbox One X

Recently, Microsoft unveiled their new gaming console the Xbox One X to be released this November, and it’s supposed to be the most powerful gaming console on the market, but in my humble opinion Microsoft got it wrong.

The specs on this system surpass any regular computer system on the market:

  • 8-core AMD processor, 12 GB of graphics memory with an Ultra HD 4K Drive for movies, along with 8 gigs of internal flash memory and a 1 terabyte harddrive for storage, all for a hefty price tag of $499.  

Additionally, the console runs on a Windows 10 platform, which means that Microsoft isn’t really selling a video game system at all.  

It’s a screaming fast computer that doesn’t come with a monitor, keyboard or mouse, and in this bloggers humble opinion, instead of advertising and marketing this system as just another gaming device with more power and selling it for the price of a new washing machine, Microsoft should have thrown in a wireless keyboard and mouse and advertised this system as a brand new whole home entertainment system that connects to your TV.

After all, who wouldn’t want to consolidate their technology and rid themselves of multiple devices; i.e. old computer, old monitors, old gaming device and old DVD/Blu-ray player, and replace it with one system that connects to their television?

This could have been the One system that set the standard by allowing end users to watch and play true 4k movies and video games.  Surf the web.  Shop Online.  Do their banking. Skype with friends and family in true 4k resolution…(with the optional 4k webcam of course)...and do it all with one system.

In addition Microsoft could offer the full Microsoft Office Suite as a promotion for anyone who exchanges an old gaming system for a new Xbox One X, offering even more incentives for those who exchange a Sony gaming system.

Accordingly, Microsoft could also spend a couple more years designing a smaller “X” device that would be a wireless hub allowing multi-user connections to multiple Microsoft accounts in various rooms of the house.  It could be similar to the Amazon Echo with Cortana’s voice recognition software and a builtin 4K webcam.

This would provide the Xbox One X to provide true “whole home” access while providing flexibility for end users to perform multiple engagements at the same time while using separate televisions in separate rooms of the house. 

For example, the main Xbox One device would be in the family room where one person is streaming a movie, while another family member is sitting in their bedroom playing a video game with an “X” device connected to their television, while yet another family member is working on homework using Microsoft Office with the “X” device connected to a third television in a third room of the house.  

Pathetically, Microsoft failed to create a whole home entertainment system and market it as such, and I firmly believe they missed an opportunity to corner the market on not only the gaming industry, but the home entertainment industry and the home computer industry as well.

Maybe in time Microsoft will figure it out, but for now…they got it wrong with the Xbox One X.

 

I’m a Pathetic Moron…

 

Sooooo….yesterday evening I spent the better part of four hours reinstalling Windows and all my software only to find out that taking ownership of the system folder didn’t cause the PC to hang.

Nope.

I have three harddrives.  One for my operating system and the other two for storage and one of the storage drives was failing and that’s what caused the problem with my PC.

Therefore, I’m a pathetic moron.   But in my defense the PC never gave any indications that the drive was failing until I was trying to restart my PC after changing folder settings, so…ummm…. ya.

Anyway, other than myself, computers are pathetic.

Windows 10 – Change Ownership of Folders_2

 

It turns out that there’s another step to taking ownership of a folder on Windows 10 that I missed.  

I found it on this link:  http://winaero.com/blog/how-to-take-ownership-and-get-full-access-to-files-and-folders-in-windows-10/

Basically, I did everything except the “select a principal” step, and I believe that this messed up my drive.  

I won’t know for certain until after I reinstall Windows and try again…

I’ll keep you posted.

Missing steps can cause a lot of pathetic consequences.  

Windows 10 Doesn’t Like it When You Change Ownership of Folders

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I’ve been in the computer industry for a better part of 20 years and having that experience I’ve had the enjoyment of working with just about every single Windows operating system since Windows 3.1.  

With that said, I’ve never had a problem taking ownership of a folder and making changes that I want to make…that is until Windows 10 came along.  

I found out this weekend that Windows 10 doesn’t play nice when you take ownership of system folders.  Matter of fact…it just stops loading after a reboot and makes you wish you had never made the changes you made.  

Here’s what happened…

I wanted to change the Host file, but when I attempted to save the changes to the directory it gave me an error that I didn’t have permission.  So, I tried to change the permissions on the folder but I kept getting the error that I wan’t the owner and couldn’t make changes, which is totally bogus because I’m the administrator of the PC, but Windows doesn’t agree.  

Anyway, knowing that I needed to be the owner of the directory I tried to change the ownership of the folder where the host file is located and then change permissions; however that didn’t work either, so I took ownership of the parent folder and when that didn’t work, I took ownership of the C:\windows folder and propagated the ownership to all subfolders.

Word of advice…. Don’t do that.  

Once I changed the ownership of that folder, I restarted my PC and it took an hour to boot up and no matter how many times I attempted to “fix” the glitch, the reboot would take longer and longer and longer until I finally decided to shut the PC down, take the harddrive out and reformat it so I could start over with a fresh install of Windows.    

I’m really not sure why Windows 10 doesn’t see me as the Administrator of the PC, after all, I’m the only one using it and Windows 7 recognized me as the Administrator when it was installed.  

In my humble opinion, whatever Microcharmin decided to change in this OS needs to be replaced with Windows 7 functionality.  

I’m finding Windows 10 to be a rather pathetic operating system.