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Jan 172015
 

p_thurrott_1Thurrott.com
Paul Thurrott has left Winsupersite.com and is now at Thurrott.com.
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 Download.com 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.
– SSD
– < 6GB RAM

Dec 092014
 

windows securityTime To Run Windows Update
Updates available for all supported Microsoft operating systems.
Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for December 2014

Adobe Flash Player
APSB14-27 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.

Adobe Reader
APSB14-28 Security Updates available for Adobe Reader and Acrobat
Download Adobe Reader or update from within the program (Help > Check for updates).

Google Chrome
The stable channel has been updated to 39.0.2171.95 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.

Dec 092014
 

thpinpostlogoY’all know I’ve no sympathy for folks who don’t backup their computers and info.
This morning I heard “I don’t have anywhere to backup my stuff”.
I have backups of backups. Backups in safes. Backups off site…
Feel free to pass this image on.
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Dec 012014
 

60smusicFoxy Lady
Firefox 34 is out.
New features include Yahoo as default search :rolleyes:
Download (Windows, EN-US)
Release Notes
Download other languages and operating systems
Firefox 34 for Android is available in the Play Store.

Paint It Black
Paint.net 4.0.4 released.
this update greatly improves performance in some key areas
Announcement
Download
Plugins

Cinnamon Girl
Linux Mint 17.1 with Cinnamon and Mate desktops released.

The Times They Are a-Changin’
With TrueCrypt no longer being developed many folks are looking elsewhere for disk encryption software.
VeraCrypt is one alternative and they’ve released version 1.0e.

Nov 262014
 

cornucopiaFlash Ah-Ahh!
Flash has been updated to version 15.0.0.239.
Download:
Flash for IE
Flash for other browsers
Main download page
Windows 8 users check Windows Update.
Of course this means Google Chrome has been updated too…
The stable channel has been updated to 39.0.2171.71 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.

U-G-L-Y You Ain’t Got No Alibi
CCleaner v5 is out. New interface and optimizations.
Download
Version History
***Pay attention during install. May attempt to install unwanted programs.

I wish you all a safe and pleasant Thanksgiving,
Eric

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Nov 232014
 

thSoftware
BleachBit 1.6
VirtualBox 4.3.20

Detekt
Several privacy outfits have banded together to release Detekt.
Detekt is a free tool that scans your Windows computer for traces of FinFisher and Hacking Team RCS, commercial surveillance spyware that has been identified to be also used to target and monitor human rights defenders and journalists around the world.
It does not work on Windows 8.1 64-bit.

Reader Emails
Q – Does the 8.1 workaround work for systems that came with 8.1 preinstalled? I used ProduKey to find my product key, but when I enter it into the Windows 8 Setup it does not work. Any thoughts? Thanks.

A – Why would you need a workaround for a 8.1 key?
If you don’t have an 8.1 ISO you can make one: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/create-reset-refresh-media
Generic keys are here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj612867.aspx
You may also want to check out: http://forums.mydigitallife.info/forums/42-Windows-8 :wink:

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Q – I loved your article and I enjoy Open Suse 13.2,, but one thing really irks me and that is the software patterns.
I remove all the patterns, yet the system still re-installs unwanted packages everytime i install software ( I even select packages selected by user), yet still I am unable to slim my installation. For me this is the biggest problem that Open Suse has and theefore stops newbies from using it.
Any ideas?

A – That ticked me off too. This behavior did not happen in previous versions of openSUSE. When I mentioned it in the forums they acted like I’ve got a screw loose.
To fix it: YaST > Software Management > Options > check Ignore Recommended Packages for Already Installed Packages.

Nov 182014
 

google chromeThe Chrome team is delighted to announce the promotion of Chrome 39 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux. Chrome 39.0.2171.65 contains a number of fixes and improvements, including:
-64-bit support for Mac
-A number of new apps/extension APIs
-Lots of under the hood changes for stability and performance

Source: Google Chrome Blog
Download or update from within the program.

Nov 112014
 

windows securityTime To Run Windows Update
As I mentioned this past weekend Microsoft has as many updates as I can remember on a Patch Tuesday.
Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for November 2014

Adobe Flash Player
APSB14-24 Security updates available for Adobe Flash Player
Flash for IE
Flash for other browsers
Main download page
Windows 8 users check Windows Update.

Google Chrome
The stable channel has been updated to 38.0.2125.122 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.

Nov 072014
 

opensusegeekoThe site has been moved to a new server. Hopefully everything is OK.

Firefox 33.0.3 Released
Fixes “black screen” and “startup crashes” 8-O
Update from within the program: Help > About Firefox > Check for updates
Download (Windows, EN-US)
Release Notes
Download other languages and operating systems

openSUSE 13.2 Is Out
Lots of new stuff in it.
Announcement & Details
Download
There are no working proprietary AMD Radeon drivers.
This is a show stopper on one of my systems. See FGLRX – Warning openSUSE 13.2 / Tumbleweed
Also, I am mot using the new default BTRFS.

Nvidia Drivers
Nvida Geforce Game Ready WHQL 344.48 Drivers are out.
Best gaming experience for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Download
Release Notes
Linux 340.58 dated 11/5 are also out. Download

Nov 042014
 

Web host having hardware issues………………