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Nov 252015

win10_logoWhy TH2 Was Pulled
Betanews reports TH2 was pulled because of a bug where “Some settings may not have been retained when applying the November update“. In the KB Microsoft mentions that “a few settings preferences may have inadvertently not been retained for advertising ID, Background apps, SmartScreen Filter, and Sync with devices.” It was and is way more settings than that but whatever.

TH2 ISOs Are Back
Official Threshold 2 ISOs are now back and downloadable via the Media Creation Tool.
Guide here.

Win10 Uninstalling Programs?
From Reddit / Reddit via Betanews via Ghacks. Some users report Win10 is uninstalling some programs with consent.

Nov 242015

My post on DiagTrack was picked up by a number of places including Forbes, Betanews, and Softpedia.
Paul Thurrott seems to be rather upset about “articles like this”. I’m honored!
I wonder what he thinks about this?!
I should note, again, that I did not make this discovery alone. I had help from a reader.

CCleaner Monthly Update
Release Notes
***Pay attention during install. May attempt to install unwanted programs.
FYI – I use the portable version.

Release Notes v5.12.5431 (24 Nov 2015)
– Improved Firefox 42 Cache cleaning.
– Improved Google Chrome Download History cleaning.
– Improved Skip UAC on Windows 10.
– Improved detection and cleaning of portable browsers.
– Optimized cleaning rules loading routine.
– Improved localization and language support.
– Minor GUI Improvements.
– Minor bug fixes.

Aw man, I want one.
Star Trek Communicator prototype was a final frontier too far for Google

Lucas Out
George Lucas is done with Star Wars. He gave us episodes 4,5, and 6 but he also gave us episodes 1,2, and 3, and, Jar Jar Binks. Still, that’s too bad.

Nov 232015

www_newsPlaying a little catch-up today!

DWS Lite 1.6
Destroy Windows Spying updated.
FINAL VERSION Spy fully functional blocks at the moment. For the program will be released only bug fixes, and minor changes after this release.

My go-to Swiss army knife of file extractors has released its 1st non-beta in 5 years!
(Thanks to David M. for the heads up!)

Samsung 850 EVO 1TB Firmware
User A.G. reports that he just got a notification that firmware version EMT02B6Q was available for his drive despite the fact it was reported released in September.
A quick Google search shows a few other folks asking about it this week too. If you have one of these you may want to fire up the latest SSD Magician and check.

Stuff From Around The Web…
TrueCrypt is safer than previously reported, detailed analysis concludes
Administrative Tools in Windows 10
Fedora 23 Xfce review
Windows 10 pilot rollouts will surge in early 2016, says Gartner
Comcast injects copyright warnings into browsers, raising privacy concerns

Nov 232015

thI’ve been doing this site for quite a while. If you haven’t been coming here for years you may not know this site hasn’t always been done in WordPress. I used to do it in Frontpage, then Expression Web and by hand. Since I’ve got better things to do than coding a website by hand I switched to WordPress.
Anywho, take a gander at the old site and my first experience with Linux:
TweakHound Reviews Mandrake 9.0 A “Newbie”ginning posted 11-19-02
Old Main Page*/

Nov 222015

win10_logoMicrosoft has pulled the new Threshold 2 ISO’s. Ed Bott has the full story.
Note: They have not pulled TH2, just the ISOs. TH2 is still available via Windows Update.
Bottom line there is a bug or bugs in the ISOs. Rather than find it and fix it Microsoft wants you to install the first Win10 build ISO and then download and reinstall another 2-4 gigs of files and update. Is Win10 becoming a tragic comedy?
Where to get TH2 ISOs and ESDs:
2: Torrents:

Authors note: This story appeared all over the web overnight. As near as I can figure Ed Bott is the original source. “Journalists” often don’t source or barely source their information anymore. Many of them choose to just rewrite the original article without adding anything and post it as their own work. Disgusting.

Nov 182015

win10_logoJust released.
*Edit 1811hrs* KB is up now:
This update includes improvements to enhance the functionality of Windows 10 Version 1511.
Boy that is helpful.
Description from update:
Install this update to resolve issues in Windows. For a complete listing of the issues that are included in this update, see the associated Microsoft Knowledge Base article for more information. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

Nov 162015

thI still do computer work as a side job. One of my pet peeves is seeing stuff stored on the desktop. I’m not talking a couple of files for a few days, I’m talking docs, pics, pdfs, mp3s, videos, etc. I see dozens and dozens flooding the desktop. It’s chaotic and ugly. It makes backups harder too. Need to use System Restore? All the files on your desktop will be gone!
Put your stuff in the folders they belong in!
bang your head metal health will drive you mad