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Sep 302015

www_newsWin10 Cumulative Update KB3093266 Available
This update includes improvements to enhance the functionality of Windows 10.”
Cumulative update for Windows 10: September 30, 2015

Start10 1.02
My Win10 start menu of choice has been updated. “Bugfixes
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Firefox 41.0.1 On Mirrors
Not officially released yet. U.S version here.
When this version becomes official use the links below.
Download (en-US)
Download other systems and languages
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TrueCrypt Vulnerablities Found, Switch to VeraCrypt
VeraCrypt Patched Against Two Critical TrueCrypt Flaws
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Sep 292015

tinfoilhatA lot has been made of Win10’s supposed privacy issues. On one extreme you’ve got folks claiming Microsoft is outright spying on you and even making claims it is a government spy tool. On the other extreme you have the Microsoft fanbois claiming everything is above-board, harmless, and for your own good. Me. I’m somewhere in between.
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Sep 252015

CCleanerCCleaner 5.10
“Improved”, “Added”, “Optimized”…
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***Pay attention during install. May attempt to install unwanted programs.

Google Chrome Updated, Again
For the second time this week Chrome has been updated. Security fixes.
The stable channel has been updated to 45.0.2454.101 for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Download or update from within the program.

Adobe Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements 14
Adobe has updated the consumer version of Photoshop. While it is the best photo editing software I’m not sure it is worth the $150 asking price.
Freeware alternatives:

Sep 232015

thpinpostlogoI get a few emails a month about dual / multi-booting, hosed bootloaders, “my X hardware doesn’t work with Z operating system”, “my X program doesn’t work with Z operating system”, etc. While I certainly understand there are folks who want direct OS/hardware interaction I believe far too many people choose to dual-boot when they don’t have to. Continue reading »

Sep 212015

THE FLASH comic logoAPSB15-23 Security updates available for Adobe Flash Player
Flash for IE
Flash for other browsers
Main download page
Windows 8/8.1/10 users check Windows Update. Microsoft will get around to updating it…eventually.
Google Chrome users, Flash was updated today with Chrome 45.0.2454.99.

Google Chrome Updated
The stable channel has been updated to 45.0.2454.99 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This release contains a critical update to Adobe Flash Player (
Download or update from within the program.

Sep 132015

nfl2Are You Ready For Some Football?
First Sunday for pro football!

About The GWX Auto Downloads
I’m not sure why all the fuss this week. We Geeks have warned you about this from the inception. Forum members at places like MDL have been shouting about this daily for many months. I first warned about GWX in April. I have a post on blocking this 3 weeks ago. Yes, this is a massively shitty thing for Microsoft to do, yes I think someone should be fired over this, yes I think it calls for lawsuites, but like I said, we Geeks warned you. This isn’t new news and you should be careful about trusting sites/people that act like it is.

Site Polls
The results of the “What Windows OS is your main OS?” poll kinda shocked me. I didn’t think so many of you would jump to Win10 so fast. I’m also a bit disheartened that so many people are still using XP.
I put a new poll up. Let me know what you think of Win10 —>>>

New / Revised Microsoft Win10 Docs
Exploring Windows 10 v2.0
Microsoft Edge v2.0
Cortana v2.0

Your next PC will look like Microsoft Surface – Wanna bet a years wages on that?

Sep 112015

thI didn’t want to have to write this but there is just too much misinformation out there.
I’ve seen multiple posts at websites and forums telling folks how to deal with GWX. Most of them either don’t go far enough, or usually, they go way too far and break stuff.
This applies to Windows 7 ONLY. If someone can provide the appropriate KB’s for Window 8/8.1 I will do one for that.
Why Windows 7 only? I wrote this for my own use. My personal view is that I can’t understand why anyone would replace Windows 7 with Windows 10. On the other hand, the only trace of Windows 8 I have left is one a virtual machine.

This is version 2 of this article (the original now points back here). It includes:
– output correction
– added contents of C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download for deletion.
Here are your options:
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