17 February 2015

Install Windows 10 without Microsoft account

Microsoft simply doesn't have luck with user interfaces in the last years. They tried with big change in Windows 8 and users reject it. Then they take a step back and prepare Windows 8.1 with some important changes, but the majority of users are still against them.
We expect Windows 10 to launch in late 2015.
Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users during the first year. If you do not upgrade in the first year, you will be charged. All details are still unknown.
I tried Windows 10 (preview) now and it looks encouraging. But everything isn't just gold. For example - during the Windows 10 installation, you will be asked to sign in to your Microsoft account. What if you don't have one? What if you don't want to use it? What if you are just installing system for someone else? You have to know, that many things are connected to Microsoft account. A downside is that, whenever you log on to your Windows computer, you sign in to Microsoft’s cloud. Many things are synchronized from there - in my case, I installed a Windows 10 preview for my colleague and when I use my Microsoft account, Windows starts to synchronize my OneDrive files with a new Windows installation.
In a corporate environment, it is recommended to use local account and corporate domain, not Microsoft's cloud. If you use local accounts, you can create user accounts in Local Users and Groups.

So, let' look how to skip this annoying signing. I formatted the disk and tried again with bellow described steps to skip using Microsoft account in installation.

Here is simple advice how to install Windows 10 without Microsoft account.

Start installation, follow first steps and stop when setup asks you for your Microsoft account username and password.

You need to click Create a new account.


On the next page, you will find the option to sign in using a local account at the bottom of the page. Click Sign in without a Microsoft account.

You will be able to create a classic Windows local user accounts WITHOUT Microsoft account.

Later I heard that installation without a Microsoft account is also possible if you aren't connected to the internet between setup.

14 February 2015

Predstavitev smučarskega pohodništva (backcountry, nordic backcountry)

Najprej okrog izrazoslovja - obstaja kar nekaj zmede pri izrazih. Še najbolj se je prijelo ime backcountry (tudi nordic backcountry). Uporabljajo pa se tudi izrazi crosscountryfjellski, ski randonnee nordiqueskiwandern.
V slovenščini pa bo verjetno najbolj primeren izraz kar smučarsko pohodništvo.

V nedeljo je gorski vodnik Rado Nadvešnik pripravil predstavitev pohodništva na smučeh na Črnivcu. Rado je gorski vodnik z mednarodno licenco IFMGA od leta 1993. Vsekakor človek z veliko izkušnjam v najtežjih razmerah doma in v tujini.

Smučarsko pohodništvo je šport, ki je nekje med smučarkim tekom, turnim smučanjem in telemark smučanjem. V osnovi ni tekmovalno naravnan, pač pa je prisotna želja ali potreba po premagovanju zasneženih prostranstev.


Za razliko od smučarskega teka se načeloma ne uporablja urejenih površin. Smuči so stabilnejše in omogočajo gibanje po nedotaknjeni površini.
Pri turni smuki se uporabljajo posebne kože (turni psi), da smučka ne zdrsi nazaj, ko naredimo korak navzgor. Slabost tega načina se pokaže, če se gibljemo po valovitem terenu. Gor gre, za spust pa je (skoraj nujno) treba sneti kože. Pri vzpona pa jih spet namestiti ... skratka ne ravno prijetno ustavljanje in ukvarjanje z opremo. Smučarsko pohodništvo uporablja smuči, ki pri spustu drsijo, pri vzponu pa se zanašajo na posebne luske pod vezmi. Luske omogočajo gibanje naprej, ne dovoljujejo pa zdrsa nazaj. Do neke mere seveda, da ne bo nesporazuma. Če je strmina večja, uberemo malo daljšo pot ob pobočju. Zato so smuči za smučarsko pohodništvo precej bolj primerne za gibanje čez drn in strn.
Uporabnost se pokaže na slovenskih planotah (Velika planina, Pokljuka, Soriška planina ...), brez najmanjših zadržkov pa jih lahko uporabimo tudi po dolinah (gibanje po gričevnatih terenih, ravninah ...).
Ker so smuči bolj stabilne, so verjetno primernejše za začetnike. Sam vidim nekaj težav le pri spustih, saj se namesto alpskega (bolj domačega) uporablja telemark način smučanja.

Oprema je silno podobna opremi za tek na smučeh.
Smuči so bolj stabilne, saj so nekoliko širše in težje. Ob strani imajo kovinske robnike, ki omogočajo zaviranje in zavijanje. Glede na to, ali želimo dati več poudarka hoji ali smučanju, obstaja več vrst smuči.
Čevlji so nekoliko močnejši kot pri teku, po obliki pa zelo podobni. Z njimi lahko udobno hodite tudi brez smuči. Obstaja kopica različnih modelov (udobje, vodljivost smuči, trdota, usnje ...) in ni vrag, da vsak ne najde sebi primernega. Podobno kot pri smučarskem teku, je tudi pri smučarskem pohodništvu potrebno paziti na združljivost z vezmi.
Obstajata namreč dva glavna sistema vezi, ki pa zahtevata vsak svoj tip čevlja. Če ste v dvomih, preverite pri prodajalcu ali pa vprašajte poznavalca.
Oblačila naj bodo seveda bolj pohodniška (večplastna, čebulna). Debele bunde, ki so primerne za smučišča, ne bodo najbolj primerne.
Izbire opreme za smučarsko pohodništvo je tudi pri nas kar nekaj, še več pa opreme najdete v tujini.

Skratka - smučarsko pohodništvo je odlična oblika gibanja v naravi. Stran od množic, brez tekmovalnosti in z relativno poceni opremo.
Če želite zadevo preizkusiti, se lahko obrnete na zgoraj omenjenega gorskega vodnika (Rado Nadvešnik, +386 41 774889). Na voljo ima nekaj opreme in z veseljem vam jo bo predstavil in vas popeljal na preizkus.

09 October 2014

GPS road navigation - CoPilot

CoPilot isn't a newcomer in road navigation group. They offer two applications - a free CoPilot with route planning and CoPilot Premium with turn-by-turn navigation. In first two weeks with free CoPilot, you can use turn-by-turn navigation within one country. Just to taste a navigation.


+ Good menus and features (for example: Show POI on display only when stopped).
+ Simple route editing (adding/deleting waypoints, reordering...).
+ Fast application without phone warming.
+ Fast recalculations without stubbornness.
+ CommuteMe feature can be interesting, but I can't try it in Slovenia. It intelligently learning a driver's preferred route to and from work. It automatically scans the route for traffic to avoid delays. Could be interesting in bigger cities.
- Primitive/dull view on navigation (no houses, just some roads ...).
- Bad packages of countries. For Slovenia, I have to download a Balkan package, but I need just Slovenia. In trial version, I can't try navigation in Austria and Italy for example. There can be a lot of differences between maps in mentioned countries.
- Using Navteq/Here maps with many mistakes. It is also interesting that even latest version of CoPilot uses Navteq logo. Navteq was merged into Nokia and their band name is Here since 2012.
- Navteq Traffic is official not available in Slovenia. But I tried it because Here offered it some weeks ago. It shows traffic conditions, but very slow and not so clear as Here Navigation.
- Almost all categories of roads (except the main roads) are shown with the same color and same size. It is hard to orient yourself.
- Car location is usually ahead of real location. It is interesting that many road navigation is late with position, but CoPilot is ahead.
- I didn't find a way to enter a letter if it is a part of house number.
- Recent destinations (history) is available but with one unnecessary click to "My places"+"Recent". It would be better if recent destinations should be available on first level.
- Application sometimes stops. I noticed this several times on the beginning and if GPS connection is lost.


My feelings are a little ambivalence. On one hand CoPilot has very interesting menus structure with many (not very usual) features. On the other hand maps aren't very good and display between navigation is somehow boring.