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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.

***EDIT – August 30, 2016
Happy ending! I got the rebate today.
Submitted: March 23
Received: July 30
Promised prior to rebate: “8-10 weeks”
Promised after submitting rebate info: “after 45 days of service”
It took 129 days, or 18 weeks and 3 days… and 3 “escalations”… and 2 forum posts… and 1 site post.

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 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.

May 232016

New Nvidia Drivers
nvidiaGeForce Game Ready Driver 368.22 WHQL is out.
Release notes

Ewe Need Faster RAM?
TechSpot examines whether faster RAM makes much difference. I expect synthetic benchmarks to show a difference and they did. For gaming it looks like it depends on the game but some extra FPS can be had. Good article and a quick read.

AS SSD Benchmark Updated
Adds Win10 support and a bugfix. Download and Info.

Independence Day: Resurgence | Extended HD Trailer #3 | 2016

May 222016

thThat Would Be A Big Fat “No”
iVerge’s Thomas Ricker asks “Do you trust Google to always be listening inside your Home?

This Stuff Is Getting Out Of Hand
Think you’re not being tracked? Now websites turn to audio fingerprinting to follow you

It’s Kinda Funny When It Isn’t Happening To You
I watched PT’s twitter feed in twisted amusement as he found out what so many of us have known for so long. For Windows 7, Windows Update is “broken”. It is the opinion of a great many Geeks, myself included, that Microsoft is deliberately sabotaging Windows 7 Windows Update. He wrote the following article in the aftermath:
The Convenience Rollup Makes a Big Difference, But Windows 7 Updating is Still Broken
(Please notice I said opinion.)

7-Zip 16.02
Version 16 got a couple of minor updates since it’s release a couple of weeks ago.

Star Trek Beyond Trailer #2 (2016) – Paramount Pictures