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Jan 282015

thQ – I’ve followed your freeware guides for years. Thanks! What programs do you use that aren’t free?
A – You’re most welcome. Though I’ve used many over the years, here are the non-free programs I currently use:
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Jan 262015

FF updated to 35.0.1. Bugfixes.
Download (Windows, EN-US)
Release Notes
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v5.02 is out.
Version History
***Pay attention during install. May attempt to install unwanted programs.

Flash (again)
v16.0.0.296 released.APSA15-01 Security Advisory for Adobe Flash Player
Flash for IE
Flash for other browsers
Main download page
Windows 8 users check Windows Update, AFAIK it has not been updated as of this post.
Google Chrome users, AFAIK it has not been updated as of this post.

Jan 212015

majorgeeksGoogle Chrome Updated
The Chrome team is delighted to announce the promotion of Chrome 40 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux. Chrome 40.0.2214.91 contains a number of fixes and improvements, including:
-Updated info dialog for Chrome app on Windows and Linux.
-A new clock behind/ahead error message.
This update includes 62 security fixes

Download or update from within the program.

Crapware, The Saga Continues
How-To Geeks rant against crapware/foistware/adware/bundleware just got turned up a notch.
IMHO calling out every download site seems like shooting the messenger.
FWIW, I like, trust, and use

Windows 10
The Win10 release is still a ways off but there is plenty of news. Free upgrades, no subscription…
I’ll post links to the consumer preview when available.
The Verge – The 9 biggest announcements from Microsoft’s Windows 10 event
Paul Thurrott
Mary Jo Foley

Jan 202015

1 – This site has been moved to a new hosting company.
2 – This site has gone SSL. Please Update your bookmarks:

Jan 172015
Paul Thurrott has left and is now at
Good luck Paul!

Interesting Reads
Six Colors – How I rip DVDs and Blu-rays
How-To Geek – Here’s What Happens When You Install the Top 10 Apps

Reader Emails

Q – Is there a free alternative to True Image?
A – Several. I recommend Clonezilla.

Q – What happened to your Twitter page?
A – I briefly tried the Social Media thing. I honestly don’t get it.

Q – I’m looking for a notebook. Do you have any recommendations?
A – My baseline currently would be:
– Intel Core I5 or I7.
– < 6GB RAM

Jan 132015

windows securityTime To Run Windows Update
Updates available for all currently supported versions of Windows.
Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for January 2015

Adobe Flash Updated
APSB15-01 Security updates available for Adobe Flash Player
Flash for IE
Flash for other browsers
Main download page
Windows 8/8.1 users check Windows Update.

Google Chrome Updated Too
The stable channel has been updated to 39.0.2171.99 for Windows, Mac and Linux.
This release contains an update for Adobe Flash as well as a number of other fixes.

Download or update from within the program.