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Aug 212015

beerglassWant the info? Watch the video :wink:
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Aug 192015

beachboyslogoA Well Thought Out And Unbiased Review By An Impartial Person…NOT
Macworld UK was put up what may be the 2nd worst review I’ve ever read.
I mean I could put up a review saying OSX is software used by ignorant, less than savy, Starbucks drinking, non-shower taking, basement dwelling hipsters. You would have no reason to listen to a word I say based on the fact I’ve demonstrated a hostile and perhaps irrational hatred of all things Apple.

The Worst Review I’ve Ever Read
Vista 10 Inherently Broken, Anti-Competitive (Against GNU/Linux and Free Software), Privacy-Infringing, and Definitely Not Secure
I…um… I”m… uh… I’m speechless…

It Doesn’t Sound Like Him
Dr. Hawking’s speech software is now available for free. The first problem is it doesn’t sound like Steve. The second problem is it is buggy as all get out, under Win 7 at least. Could be worse. It doesn’t run on Macs at all.

Hey Morons, Google “Barbara Ann”
Some young cop decided it was necessary to body slam a 61 year old man who was singing Barbara Ann and, from the looks of it, had probably just finished a cocktail or 6. Reporters all over the country repeated the line “he was singing the Beach Boys song Barbara Ann”.
I’m a huge Beach Boys fan. As such I can say with certainty that the Beach Boys WERE NOT the first to sing Barbara Ann.
The song was first recorded by The Regents in 1958, released in 1961, and COVERED by the Beach Boys in 1965.

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Aug 182015

thpinpostlogoI’ve had a few emails this week the gist of which is that I owe it to readers to:
1 – Put out a Win10 tweak guide quickly.
2 – Have comments enabled.
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Aug 172015

thpinpostlogoOK, I get it. Lots of you don’t like Disqus.
Please vote in the new poll to tell me why. – – – > > >

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Aug 162015

th1 – I have a new poll up in the right sidebar. Please vote! – – – – – > > > > >

2 – I increased this sites page width from 1200px to 1300px.
I also moved the search box to the header.
Please contact me if you have any issues.

3 – I’m considering not publishing the Win10 tweak guide until Threshold 2 is released (ETA October). The reason for this is so I don’t have to rewrite the guide so soon. Previous versions of the guide had a lifetime of the OS free upgrades. Since Win10 is “the last version of Windows” this obviously will not be the case. I haven’t worked out if free upgrades will be by the year or maybe by versions. Please don’t be too hard on me. Writing the guides has always been a labor of love. ROI has been pennies per hour.

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Aug 142015

margarita_rocks_saltPaul Thurrott – Update on Windows 10 Field Guide
In his post Paul describes the problems of trying to deliver his Windows books to the public.
Among his issues are (my take):
– People want everything for free. Only a tiny fraction of people are willing to pay…anything.
– Related to above, people steal his guides.
– 99% of people do not give feedback.
– Finding the perfect payment / delivery system is near impossible.
– Life happens and messes with your schedule.

All I can say to all that Paul is, “Ditto”. icon_sad

Ghacks – Comparison of Windows 10 Privacy tools
Earlier this week I made mention of programs (and scripts) that help you tweak Win10 privacy settings.
Ghacks has a comparison of such programs.
Please note it is a “comparison” and not a “review”. This means he shows what they do, not the effects, and not recommendations.

Program Updates
Firefox 40.0.2
iTunes 12.2.2
VirtualBox 5.0.2

Hope y’all have a great weekend!

Aug 132015

www_newsArs Technica – Even when told not to, Windows 10 just can’t stop talking to Microsoft

Windows 10 uses the Internet a lot to support many of its features. The operating system also sports numerous knobs to twiddle that are supposed to disable most of these features and the potentially privacy-compromising connections that go with them.
Unfortunately for privacy advocates, these controls don’t appear to be sufficient to completely prevent the operating system from going online and communicating with Microsoft’s servers.

Ed Bott – Microsoft quietly rewrites its activation rules for Windows 10

Windows activation is alive and well in Windows 10. Microsoft doesn’t like to talk about the inner workings of its anti-piracy software, but it’s clear from testing that Windows 10 included a major change in the way activation works.

New Nvidia Drivers

Just in time for the preview of Ashes of the Singularity, this new GeForce Game Ready driver ensures you’ll have the best possible gaming experience.
Windows 10 Fixed Issues
There were no fixed issues reported for this release.
Windows 8.1/Windows 8/Windows 7/Windows Vista Fixed Issues
There were no fixed issues reported for this release.

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Aug 112015

win10_up_icon_sTime To Run Windows Update
Updates available for all supported Windows versions as well as Office 2007-13 and Flash for IE in Win 8/8.1/10.
Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for August 2015

Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player.
These updates address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected syste
Flash vulnerable? Nooooooooooooowaaaaaaay :roll:
APSB15-19 Security updates available for Adobe Flash Player
Download Flash
Flash for IE in Win 8/8.1/10 via Windows Update.
Latest version of Chrome has it too (see below)

Google Chrome
The stable channel has been updated to 44.0.2403.155 for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Includes above Flash update.
Download or update from within the program.

VeraCrypt Updated
Version 1.13 released. Missed this one, got update on Sunday (Thanks Mike!).
This is a TrueCrypt replacement.

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Aug 052015

intelcorei7Skylake, Meh?
The NDA on Intel’s new Skylake processors has been lifted and the reviews are pouring out.
The gist I’m getting:
– If you are on Sandy Bridge then upgrade.
– If you are on Ivy Bridge, Haswell, or Broadwell then it probably isn’t worth it.
Anandtech – The Intel 6th Gen Skylake Review: Core i7-6700K and i5-6600K Tested
[H]ardOCP – Intel Skylake Core i7-6700K IPC & Overclocking Review

Google Chrome Updated
The stable channel has been updated to 44.0.2403.130 for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Download or update from within the program.

More Win10 Wallpapers I Made
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Jul 302015

thSeveral folks have asked about the comments being disabled or why I don’t have forums.
The simple reason is they take up a lot of time (and in truth is more than I can handle). Folks on the internet seem to lose all sense of decorum and decency behind the veil of the anonymity of the internet. Fanbois, trolls, spammers, and personal attacks tend to be the rule, not the exception. I’ve just lost my taste for that garbage. It’s one of the many reasons I left social media. In an attempt to keep trolls and spammers away I tried to use the Disqus comment system but it wasn’t what I was looking for. I really wanted something where people had to truly be responsible for what they say. Possibly something where the user had to provide, at some level, their real identity. I realize that may seem naive and unrealistic but there it is.
I’ve got some great folks that come by here regularly and I would love to provide y’all something. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.

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Jul 292015

www_newsNvidia Geforce Game Ready 353.62 WHQL Drivers
NVIDIA has been working closely with Microsoft on the development of Windows 10 and DirectX 12. Coinciding with the arrival of Windows 10, this Game Ready driver includes the latest tweaks, bug fixes, and optimizations to ensure you have the best possible gaming experience.

AMD Catalyst 15.7.1 Drivers
-Windows 10 Support -​Virtual Super Resolution ​-Frame Rate Target Control​​ -AMD FreeSync and AMD CrossFire Support -Performance Optimizations​

Google Chrome Updated (supposedly)
The stable channel has been updated to 44.0.2403.125 for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Download or update from within the program.
It isn’t showing up for me.
If you check the comments at the above link, others have the same issue.
*edit 1510hrs – Now showing up.

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