The first half of October was a busy time for the Technology Giants. Microsoft announced Windows 11, the first new version in over six years; Apple released their annual new line of iPhones, followed by a second event announcing a completely redesigned MacBook Pro, powered by faster processors than we could have ever imagined; and Google, playing catch-up to Apple and Microsoft, finally released their own silicon processor line in the new Pixel 6 phones. With everyone now making their own processors and AMD offering competitive processors for much less, this isn’t a good time for Intel Corporation.
In all this news, probably the most impactful for Windows 10 users is should you upgrade to Windows 11. The answer is different for everyone. If you’re buying a new PC, there is no choice – it will come with Windows 11 pre-installed. If you want to have the latest and greatest, then you’ll need to make the switch now. But if you’re content (at least for now) with Windows 10, we recommend you simply tread water for a while longer. Like every new operating system, Windows 11 has already had a series of patches and updates and more will surely arrive in the next few weeks. There is very little that has functionally changed, but I’ll admit Windows 11 is a lot more aesthetically pleasing. Gone is the sharp, square look, replaced by softly rounded corners with the Start Menu more prominently positioned.
If your old computer is compatible, we feel you should eventually upgrade – but give Windows 11 a few more weeks (or longer) to get all the early issues resolved. Additionally, not all older computers are compatible with Windows 11. To check your computer’s compatibility, go to this Microsoft webpage for the minimum requirements and to download a small app that will automatically check if your PC is compatible.
Technology Access Program. One of the busiest places in Tellico Village is our TAP office. Here, a group of dedicated, and exceptionally talented volunteers can always be found, refurbishing donated computers to be repurposed to needy youth in our surrounding counties. To date, TAP had helped 13,266 children have access to the internet with a computer in their home.
Membership Committee. 2022 dues must be paid before January to continue your family membership. In addition to our usual method of accepting dues payment by credit card on TellicoLife, we are once again accepting dues payment by check. If you prefer to pay by check, please print out the invoice generated from TellicoLife at the end of the JOIN/RENEW process. Drop off or mail your check (and invoice) to the TVCUC TAP office at 244 Lakeside Plaza, Loudon, TN 37774.
We currently have 1211 members in the TVCUC, and our goal is to increase this number before 2022. Your $20 membership affords your entire family with unlimited FLS support, access to our Help & Resources on the website, and much more! If you know someone who isn’t a member but could benefit from some helpful technology assistance, please let them know they can join by going to the Membership Section of the TVCUC website.
Education Committee. This committee is slowly morphing into Help & Resources to provide our members with pertinent information about the daily technology issues they encounter. We’ve tailored the Help & Resources content to address the types of problems we hear about every day from folks here in Tellico Village. Take a few minutes to check out these self-help resources. If you feel any topical areas are missing, email us your suggestions.
First Level Support. Our knowledgeable and dedicated FLS team continues to solve our members’ technology issues remotely, and in many cases, we’re getting back to making house calls, depending on the nature of the call and if everyone involved is amenable. The level of support calls has remained steady throughout the continuing pandemic, and if you’re facing technology issues with any of your devices, we’re here to help. You can initiate a support request here.
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Windows 11 Full Review. Windows 11 has arrived, and with it comes Microsoft’s vision for the future of personal computing. This is a softer, more rounded Windows, one that puts the Start menu front and center while doing away with some of the cruft that cluttered up Windows 10. But while Windows 11 does introduce some welcome improvements, many are so subtle you probably won’t notice them unless you’re specifically looking. Read the full review.
Larry McJunkin, President