Fun and games

Have some fun this week!

  Just for Fun

Have you seen the website DrawStickman? (http://www.drawastickman.com/) You draw a stickman and the site guides your stickman through adventures. It’s wonderful. The creators have taken this to another level, creating apps for Android, iOS, Windows 8, Kindle and Steam.

Addictive game warning: If you are easily hooked on games, whatever you do don’t start playing the game called 2048, here: http://2048.com/. It’s a puzzle game, and if you find that once you start you can’t quit until you solve the puzzle, for heaven’s sake, don’t go here and read the rules: http://2048.com/2048-game.html. You can play in web browsers or mobile apps. There’s even a Windows 8 app for 2048. Don’t even think of looking at the game here: http://gabrielecirulli.github.io/2048/.


Where are the games in Windows 7 Professional?

Business owners who have been using Windows XP need to upgrade to a modern version of Windows unless there is a compelling reason not to. And by “compelling” I mean there is proprietary software that simply will not run on a more modern version of windows. I don’t mean upgrading is expensive or scary, because having your data compromised is more expensive and scarier.

Businesses not ready for Windows 8 should be looking at Windows 7 Professional. You can still get a computer with Windows 7 on it if you have it custom built or if you order it from a manufacturer’s website. Windows 7 Professional offers features not available in the Home Premium version (http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/do-you-need-more-than-windows-7-home-premium/1128), but…Where are the games?!?

No worries. You can still play Mahjong Tiles, the best ever game-to-play-while-on-hold-listening-to-the-hits-of-the-80s. The games are there, you just have to enable them.

  • Click on Start
  • In the Start Search box, type features
  • Click on Turn Windows Features on and off. The very first “feature” is Games! Could that be a coincidence?
  • If you want all the games, put a check in the box. If you only want some games, click on the plus sign and put a check in the box for every game you want.
  • OK your way out

If you own your business, go for it. If you don’t, your employer might have a policy against playing games on the job. If so, try to own your own business in the near future.

If you don’t want your clients (or your boss) to see shortcuts to FreeCell on your Desktop, you can restore the Games item to the Windows 7 Start Menu.

  • Right-click on the Start orb
  • Click on Properties | Start Menu
  • Click on Customize
  • Scroll down to Games and place a check in the appropriate box
  • OK your way out



The April 14 column on Castanet contained an error. When printing something from an app in Windows 8 the correct key combination is WinKey + PrintScreen. WinKey + E opens a new File Explorer window. I corrected the error on the version of the column that appears on my own website (http://rlis.com/columns/column452.htm), but didn’t correct the version that I sent to Castanet. The error was completely mine, and I apologize for the resulting confusion. Thank you to the many readers who pointed this out.


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The Technology Shaman, Cate Eales, has been helping people make online computing safe, accessible, and fun for over 30 years.

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