Microsoft windows 10

Windows 10_with_FHCMicrosoft this week announced its plan to launch Windows 10 operating system which will be a replacement for Windows 8.1, the some reason they’re missing out nine.  One nice thing about 10 is at its reintroduced the familiar ‘start menu’ which was sadly lacking from Windows 8 and it looks at last as if Microsoft has started to listen to its desktop users and introducing an operating system which is suitable for those of us who are not using touchscreens.

 

At Canute we have found the most of our corporate customers have found Windows 8 to be unusable and preferred to stay with Windows 7 pro which is a well proven and stable platform.  On first inspection it does look as if Windows 10 will address many of the deficiencies and add a new range of useful features which will help productivity in the workplace.

Windows undo Microsoft so far the only released a technical preview version of Windows 10 which we have installed and started to evaluate and our customers will be pleased to know that all our software products work seamlessly on this new version.  As we continue our evaluation or keep you posted on our findings and thoughts.

 

Microsoft windows 10 and FHC

Windows 10 and FHC softwareWe have just received our first full version of Microsoft Windows 10 which unlike some other Microsoft upgrades went seamlessly although you do have to allow over an hour for the full install.  We are pleased to say that our FHC (hydraulic calculation software) and Hcalc (hydraulic calculator) performs seamlessly on this new operating system.  We had previously tested our software on the Windows 10 technical preview before the launch date so we were confident that this would be the case but it's reassuring to have it successfully working on the production release.

New BS EN 12845

It has been announced that a new version of the LPC rules which will include BS En 12845:2009 will be published by the FPA.  The new publication will included a number of changes and revisions to a number of technical bulletins. It is also expected that changes will be made to the EN 12845 standard in 2010 and 2001.

NFPA 13 Adopts References to Use of Flexible Hose

For the first time, the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 13: Installation of Sprinkler Systems includes code language that clarifies the use of Flexible Sprinkler Hose Fittings and provides applicable guidelines.

The new language appears in the 2007 edition of NFPA 13. This clarification is welcome news for contractors who want the well-documented advantages of flexible fittings. Such fittings typically are faster and easier to install, making installers more productive and reducing backlogs. They also result in simplified project and materials management, and eliminate the need to use oversized rings in order to meet IBC code requirements in seismic areas.

Although flexible fittings have been approved for use for some time by both UL and FM, the addition of code language in NFPA 13 means that engineers and AHJs now have clear guidelines that simplify the product submittal process.

NFPA 13 now states that Flexible Sprinkler Hose Fittings supported by a suspended ceiling do not have to be independently supported from the building and should be used in accordance with its listings, including installation instructions.

NFPA 13 Adopts References to Use of Flexible Hose (2)

For the first time, the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 13: Installation of Sprinkler Systems includes code language that clarifies the use of Flexible Sprinkler Hose Fittings and provides applicable guidelines.

The new language appears in the 2007 edition of NFPA 13. This clarification is welcome news for contractors who want the well-documented advantages of flexible fittings. Such fittings typically are faster and easier to install, making installers more productive and reducing backlogs. They also result in simplified project and materials management, and eliminate the need to use oversized rings in order to meet IBC code requirements in seismic areas.

Although flexible fittings have been approved for use for some time by both UL and FM, the addition of code language in NFPA 13 means that engineers and AHJs now have clear guidelines that simplify the product submittal process.

NFPA 13 now states that Flexible Sprinkler Hose Fittings supported by a suspended ceiling do not have to be independently supported from the building and should be used in accordance with its listings, including installation instructions.

NFPA ban antifreeze in fire sprinkler systems

The NFPA have issued a safety alert and recommends the residential fire sprinkler systems which are filled with antifreeze should be drain and refilled with water.  This safety alert was issued after an incident with a residential fire sprinkler installation involving a grease fire in a kitchen which resulted in a fatality and one other person been serious injured.

You can read the full article at NFPA 

Pr EN 16925 automatic residential sprinkler systems

CEN have published the draft standard pr EN 16925 fixed firefighting systems – automatic residential sprinkler systems – design, installation and maintenance it’s a long title and a long document at around 70 pages.  The standard covers residential and domestic dwellings from a house, blocks of flats, student accommodation and care homes it also covers small hotels which are up to 4 stories in height.  Is not appear to be any other limit the size of the building so standard can be useful flats to any height even though they only require a single water supply.

Say goodbye to Microsoft XP

You're probably aware that Microsoft is now discontinued support for the XP operating system on 8th of April 2014. Although XP is long the tooth it has been a solid and reliable platform and is still has thousands of users including some very large corporate users. So where are we now and should we upgrade or can we stick with XP? Well with all things this is a complicated question and although you probably do not need to rush into changing your operating system is certainly need to be considering it within the next 12 months. There's the issue that Microsoft will no longer provide patches to any security breaches it finds Microsoft has stopped support for its antivirus software 'Essentials' although many other antivirus software vendors will still provide support certainly in the medium term.

If I have to upgrade what to? My personal preference is to move to Windows 7 it's a solid and stable platform and well supported but if you're a single user you may find it difficult to obtain. It's interesting to see the large computer vendor's which supply SMB to large corporate have a large range of computers which can be readily downgraded to the Windows 7 pro. This can only be because most IT professionals do not want to roll out Windows 8.1 across their network so why can't the individual user make the same choice!

If you do not have a choice and have to move to Windows 8.1 then I would recommend that you install 'Classic Shell'. This is an open source software project which basically turns Windows 8.1 into a Windows 7 or even Windows XP looking computer and manages to makes 8.1 workable. In fact with classic Shell it can be hard to tell the difference.

So what's wrong with Windows 8.1 well it stable, it works and it's well supported but it's interface just does not work on a desktop computer it will be fine on the mobile phone or tablet but the interface in my opinion is just useless in an office. No doubt the time will come when we all have touch screens in our office but until that time it's not worth the bother.

You will find that the FHC hydraulic calculation software will work across Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 so you need not worry when choosing your operating system.  You can be assured that Canute will keep developing hydraulic calculation software to work with Microsoft operating systems for many years to come.

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