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Jul 202016

startrekBack from vacation.

Google Chrome 52
Version 52.0.2743.82 is out.

CCleaner Updated
Improved…Optimized…bug fixes…
Download v5.20

Star Trek Beyond
This gets released this week. Am I pumped for this? I’ve already got my tickets to the Thursday, 7:00 P.M. IMAX show. I didn’t know you could actually pick your seats now?! When did that happen?
Critic reviews seem to be good with Rotten Tomatoes having it at 94% as of this writing.

Jul 062016

www_newsNew Nvidia Drivers
Nvidia GeForce Game Ready 368.69 WHQL Drivers. Available for XP-Win10.

Autoruns Updated
Autoruns has been updated several times in a short while. The webpage states 13.52 but this is wrong. The current downloadable version is 13.61.
There is now a 64-bit version but it is broken (see forums). Just use the 32-bit version.
This utility, which has the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup monitor, shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and when you start various built-in Windows applications like Internet Explorer, Explorer and media players. These programs and drivers include ones in your startup folder, Run, RunOnce, and other Registry keys. Autoruns reports Explorer shell extensions, toolbars, browser helper objects, Winlogon notifications, auto-start services, and much more. Autoruns goes way beyond other autostart utilities.

Introducing Windows Information Protection
Windows Information Protection (WIP) – formerly referred to as enterprise data protection (EDP) – will ship in the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update.”

Jun 292016

mad_1As I mentioned back in March I bought 2 Galaxy S7’s via a By One Get One promo. The BOGO involved a $672 rebate. I never got it.

After weeks of getting the runaround I finally got an answer:
your rebate was not processed because the offer requires that you add a new line of service to your existing account

I replied:
As I stated earlier the Verizon Representative stated that my second line was indeed covered by the rebate. I included the the Chat Transcript Reference Number so you could look it up. Had you viewed the chat transcript you would see that what I’m saying is true and that being the case Verizon is legally obligated to honor the rebate.
The chat transcript is below.
I will say this one final time: I should have received my rebate by now and I do not appreciate being lied to.

The rep replied:
I have escalated the record to upper management approval so they can review your information. Please allow 15 days for a resolution.

The 15 days ended yesterday. Not a peep from anyone at Verizon.

Naturally I’m more than a little pissed off. $672 is a lot of money to me. We also have the matter of being lied to and then Verizon being silent on the matter. I’ve been a Verizon Wireless customer for 13 years and I am stunned at their behavior. The internet and their own forums are full of complaints, rants, accusations against Verizon on this matter. “Scam” is the term I see most often applied to this matter.
Frankly I view Verizon as a company without honor.
Since I am not on contract I plan on switching providers, probably to AT&T. I was going to do it July 1 when my billing cycle was up but I’m going on vacation soon and don’t need the hassle. I will do it soon and I will be watching for deals to be had.

Below is the full chat transcript. You can clearly see in the sections in bold that I WAS LIED TO.
Continue reading »

Jun 212016

startrekRIP Chekov
I was saddened to learn of the passing of Anton Yelchin.
I only knew him in the role of Chekov in the latest Star Trek movies. I enjoyed him in the role. He made me laugh and that is a wonderful thing to do for another person.

CCleaner Updated
Improved…Optimized…improvements…bug fixes…”

Yeah, that’s it. Work has got me beat.

Jun 092016

google_playNot much happening out there. I signed in to pass this along.

Led Zeppelin II (Remastered) Free, Others $1
Google Play has this album for free today. Not sure when this expires.
I was never a big Led Zep fan. I do like Whole Lotta Love (rip-off or not) and this is a chance to add a legendary album to my collection for zilch.
Several other albums are only $1: [Deal Alert] Led Zeppelin II Is Free On Google Play Music, Nearly A Dozen Other Albums From Classic Rock/Metal/Country Groups Just A Dollar (US Only)
Neil Young: Harvest
Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day
Van Morrison: Moondance
ZZ Top: Eliminator
Black Sabbath: Master of Reality
The Doobie Brothers: Best of the Doobies
Kid Rock: Born
Zac Brown Band: The Foundation
Blake Shelton: Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton
Hunter Hayes: Storyline
Ashley Monroe: The Blade

Jun 072016

tuxNew Nvidia Drivers
GeForce Game Ready Driver 368.39 WHQL is out.
Release notes

Browser Updates
Firefox 47 and Chrome 51.0.2704.84 have been released.
Download Firefox
Download Chrome

Wise Disk Cleaner 9.25
Changes: Added some third-party software cleaning. Updated various translations. Minor GUI Improvements.

Have the EFF investigate Microsoft for malicious practices regarding Windows 10

Learn Linux
Great site: Linux Journey, “Learn the ways of Linux-fu, for free.”

Video: Metallica plays Star-Spangled Banner

May 252016

goodgriefNow You’re Upset? Really???
The latest chapter in the GWX saga has even Microsoft Fanbois upset. Basically clicking the “X” the in GWX pop-up window results in Win10 being installed. In the last 24 hours I’ve seen the terms used to describe this maneuver:
-Final Straw
-Dirty Trick
Criminy! Where the hell have you been?
Geeks from around the web have been screaming from the rooftops about GWX since this BS started. I’m pretty sure we’ve used all those words above, and, we’ve been doing it for months now.
bang your head metal health will drive you mad

Google Chrome 51
The Chrome team is delighted to announce the promotion of Chrome 51 to the stable channel for Windows and Mac (Linux will ship shortly). Chrome 51.0.2704.63 contains a number of fixes and improvements…This update includes 42 security fixes.
Download or update from within the program.

CCleaner Updated
Version 5.18 released.