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Oct 072015

okgoogleComputers & Speech
I was listening to the radio and this came on: Hey Siri, What Did You Say? Why Computers Still Mispronounce Names
I found it interesting. At one point they interview Susan Bennett, the original voice of Siri. Kinda freaky to hear her not coming from a phone.

It Never Ends
They just won’t let up. Every online entity seems to want to know all about us.
Dear advertisers, I’m boring and I couldn’t afford your product even if I wanted it. Satisfied?
Be Afraid: Verizon’s Supercookies to Merge With AOL’s Ad-Tracking Network
If you’re a Verizon customer be sure to login to your account and opt out of the supercookie. Guide here.

New Nvidia Drivers
This new GeForce Game Ready driver ensures you’ll have the best possible gaming experience in the Star Wars: Battlefront Open Beta.
Download Nvidia Geforce Game Ready 358.50 WHQL Drivers
Linux drivers not updated since 8/28.

VeraCrypt v1.16
Disk Encryption tool VeraCrypt updated.
Download & Info
Release Notes

Oct 062015

gwxbackUninstalled, not installed, hidden, doesn’t matter. It’s baaaack!
Reader Tim let me know that KB3035583, the update that brought us GWX is back, BUT, this time it is actually optional (at least on all my rigs). Before it was installing automatically.
Is this a change of heart from Microsoft?
So be warned, hide it to save yourself the agony of GWX!

Oct 052015

win10_logon_logoI was going to do a poll on this topic but I thought any answers might be too limiting. So I thought I would give this a shot.
I’m genuinely curious as to why folks have jumped to Win10.
I brought back comments as a way to get feedback but I’ve gotten very little. Please leave a reply.

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
Version history

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
Release Notes

TrueCrypt Vulnerablities Found, Switch to VeraCrypt
VeraCrypt Patched Against Two Critical TrueCrypt Flaws
Download VeraCrypt

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.
Continue reading »

Sep 252015

CCleanerCCleaner 5.10
“Improved”, “Added”, “Optimized”…
Version History
***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:

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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.