Random Weekend Stuff…

darkaudacity_logoWindows 10 AnniUpdate Woes
I gotta tell ya, I’m not a fan of the Win10 AnniUpdate. Less so by the day.
For many (including myself) the entire Win10 AnniUpdate experience seems to be a PITA…
– “Rolling Out”. You’ll get in when you get it. Maybe. This is a Win10 thing. That never happened previously. When a Service Pack was released, everyone got it. Also, ever since the AnniUpdate when updates do appear they have often been slow to download. So slow it often appears that Windows Update is frozen.
– It reinstalled apps you had uninstalled.
– Group policy settings removed.
– Power Shell broken.
– It has major hardware issues that still are not fixed as of this writing. Folks reporting broken webcams, mice acting strangely, “broken” or unbootable computers, and “freezing”. On my main rig (7/10 dual-boot) I get sporadic mini-freezes resulting in Win10 being utterly unusable. And no, I’m not going to try fixing it. Microsoft broke it, they can fix it. I’m happily using Windows 7 and doing my internet stuff in an openSUSE VM.

Win10 has more Alpha and Beta testers than ever and Microsoft just can’t seem to get things right. What is the point of the Insider Program if it doesn’t help detect problems before release?

There is now a dark version of Audacity. Windows only unfortunately. Check out the DarkAudacity website to get all the info and differences.

The program I use as a “CCleaner like” app in Linux is in the news. Apparently a certain Presidential candidate’s IT staff used it to wipe info.
The folks at Bleachbit are rather proud of the attention they are getting.
(NOTE – As the “About Comments” note states, “NO POLITICS”. I will delete any political comments. Take it somewhere else.)

Other Computer News
Anandtech – Intel Launches 3D NAND SSDs For Client And Enterprise
CNN – MIT scientists think they can make your WiFi 10x faster

Off Topic
One more reason not to eat vegetables
The Macaroni in ‘Yankee Doodle’ is Not What You Think

Thursday Random Stuff…

uwtUltimate Windows Tweaker 4.2
Download & Info (This version is for Win10 only)

Change log for v 4.2. 18.08.2016
1. “Apply Tweaks” button now applies tweaks only to the currently viewing section.
2. Support for Windows 10 Anniversary Update: Modified incompatible tweaks and added new tweaks.
3. When tweaks use sliders to change values, you can now directly change the values from box present in front of sliders.
4. New Tweaks:
– Use Increased Taskbar Transparency
– Change Inactive Title Bar Color
– Disable Quick Action Buttons In Action Center
– Change Microsoft Edge Download Location
– Disable Edge Tab Preview
– Adjust Edge Tab Preview Show/Hide Delay Time
– Disable App Access To Location
– Disable App Access To Calendar
– Disable App Access To Messages
– Disable App Access To Microphone
– Disable App Access To Camera
– Disable App Access To User Account Info
5. Several bug fixes and improvements

Firefox 48.0.1
Bunch of fixes.
Download 32-bit(en-US)
Download 64-bit(en-US)
Download other systems and languages
Release Notes

VeraCrypt 1.18
VeraCrypt is a free disk encryption software based on TrueCrypt 7.1a.
Download & Info

Thursday Random Stuff…

oringsO&O ShutUp10 Updated
Compatibility with Windows 10 Anniversary…various bug fixes…
Download & Info
O&O ShutUp10 means you have full control over which comfort functions under Windows 10 you wish to use, and you decide when the passing on of your data goes too far…O&O ShutUp10 is entirely free and does not have to be installed – it can be simply run directly and immediately on your PC. And it will not install or download retrospectively unwanted or unnecessary software, like so many other programs do these days!

Skylake Support Extended
We listened to this feedback and today are sharing an update to our 6th Gen Intel Core (Skylake) support policy.* We have extended the support period from July 17, 2018 to the end of support dates for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1; and we will provide all applicable security updates.
More info here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/11675/windows-7-windows-8-1-skylake-systems-supported
Headlines are saying “Microsoft backs down”, or “Microsoft caves in” like it’s a bad thing.
They did the right thing for a change y’all. Cut’em some slack.

Linux News
4 alternatives to Ghost for disk cloning
18-Way GPU Linux Benchmarks, Including The Radeon RX 460 & RX 470 On Open-Source

Off Topic
AdBlock Plus blocks Facebook’s ad-blocker buster: It’s a block party! – I don’t understand why anyone uses F-book but this should be good news for ya.
In A New Bid To Push H-1B Program, Microsoft Manufactures Claim U.S. Students Can’t Hack It In Tech

Help Needed, Win10 Disable Lock Screen

qmarkWin10 AnniUpdate removed the ability to disable the lock screen via Group Policy.
I’ve been getting lots of questions on this issue and in my search for answers I cannot see where anyone has come up with a solution that works for everyone.
I’m having an issue helping with this because I never see the lock screen.
– My desktop is set to auto login ( bottom of page: https://tweakhound.com/2015/12/09/tweaking-windows-10/4/ )
– All my power plans disable all power saving when plugged in.
– If I’m going to be away from my computer for more than 10-15 minutes I shut it down. So. even unplugged it never hits the Sleep threshold.

As I said above. I’ve not seen a single solution that seems to work for everyone and survives reboots.
Well, there seems to be one. BUT, I am unsure of the cost of this tweak (aside from the obvious error logs). It is:
Rename the folder C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.LockApp_cw5n1h2txyewy .
I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS. I haven’t had time to research it.
***UpdateReader Koos says this did not work. Can anyone confirm this?

Has anyone found a solution?

Monday Random Stuff…

Win10 AnniUpdate may not be sensational but some of the headlines about it are:
Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere ( I love these guys old-school reporter writing style. )
Windows 10 Anniversary Update causing big problems for many users
Windows 10 Anniversary Update woes continue
and by the same guy
The case against Windows 10 Anniversary Update grows
Have your say on the Win10 AnniUpdate by voting in the poll in the right sidebar and spouting off here.

dBpoweramp Updated
My long time favorite CD ripper / music converter has been updated. I’ve been using this program for at least a dozen years.

I think you have to be 8 different kinds of stupid to put your house or car on a network.” – TweakHound
Hackers Make the First-Ever Ransomware for Smart Thermostats
75 Percent of Bluetooth Smart Locks Can Be Hacked

Some reporters are trying to act like the sky is falling over the latest reported Android vulnerability. Android Central seems to be the only outlet to report this matter accurately: QuadRooter vulnerability: 5 things to know about this Android security scare

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I haven’t watched any of this seasons Mr. Robot and they are stacking up in the DVR. Time for some binge watching. Speaking of which, if you Netflix and you haven’t caught it yet, Stranger Things is awesome.

New Poll Up

thpinpostlogoI’ve got a new poll up in the right sidebar.
What is your opinion of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update?
Please vote.
I stopped using polls because either they don’t support WordPress caching, or caching doesn’t support the widget, or something like that.
Anyhow we will see how it goes. It is more important to me that the site is fast for you than to have the polls.