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May 032016

firefox_2013Firefox 46.0.1
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Samsung Magician 4.9.6
Although this surfaced on the web last week I held off posting this until it appeared on the official site.
I prefer to do this so I know “What’s What” before passing it along.
Magician version 4.9.6 features a number of improvements over version 4.9.5:
– Improved stability with some SSD models
– Minor bug fixes

Official Download
Get it at Major Geeks if links not working.

Nvidia GeForce Game Ready 365.10 WHQL Drivers
Bugfixes and support for new/upcoming games. Download

Hail To The Victors Valiant! Hail To The Conquering Heroes!
Cybersecurity researchers at the University of Michigan were able to hack into the leading “smart home” automation system and essentially get the PIN code to a home’s front door.

Site News
So I’ve been looking at backup software to possibly replace Acronis True Image. I came across Macrium Reflect.
There are 2 editions for home users, Free and Home. Home has the features I require and then I looked at the price…
$70? Seriously? For one fracking computer? WTF? Does this program go on sale?
I would pay $70 but for that I want 3-5 computers. They want $140 for a 4 pack.
Reckon I’ll keep looking.

Apr 272016

www_newsRadeon Software Crimson Edition Graphics Driver 16.4.2 (Hotfix)
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Firefox 46
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CCleaner 5.17
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***Pay attention during install. May attempt to install unwanted programs.

Kodi 16.1
Fixes“.Download. I use it and love it.

Kodi (formerly known as XBMC) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media center for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more. Kodi runs on Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet.

Cinnamon 3.0
The Linux desktop environment Cinnamon has been updated.

Apr 222016

thIMHO it has been a boring month or so for computer related news.

Why Would Anyone Be Using This Anyway?
I ignored the news of it’s death and calls for uninstall because I thought everyone knew that QuickTime (which was never quick) was a steaming pile?

Windows Phone To Android
Mary Jo Foley details her journey. I never trusted Microsoft in the phone department nor wanted Windows on my phone. Don’t know why exactly.
Many Microsoft employees no longer use Windows Phones (and not just in the name of “research”). If few Softies believe in the platform, why should the rest of us?

[H]ard Case
Steve over at [H]ardOCP takes a look at a $330 PC case. I felt bad for dropping a buck ninety on my case.
If you want to build the biggest baddest system around, the Thermaltake Core W100 would be an awesome foundation for that build.

My Darling Clementine
The cross-platform Clementine Music Player has gotten two updates in less than a week. This after not having an update in two and a half years.
openSUSE users can find it here: openSUSE > Software > Show other versions > use arrow to choose your vesrion and click “Show unstable packages”

Software Updates
Google Chrome 50.0.2661.87 – Looks like bugfixes.
VMware player 12.1.1-3770994 – “maintenance release

Off Topic
Jason Bourne – Official Trailer

Apr 102016

thSorry for the lack of posting. It isn’t that I’ve been busier than usual it’s just that I haven’t seen much that I was interested in out there.
Lately many of the Windows type sites I frequent seem to be bashing Linux more than usual. Keep underestimating it guys, it worked so well with Apple/iOS.
Windows 10 now has a Roadmap. Not seeing much I’m excited about.
Some versions of Microsoft Office will now be updated the 1st Tuesday of the month instead of the 2nd (Patch Tuesday).

Off Topic / Sports
My Philly Flyers made the playoffs. Now they have the task of playing, IMHO, the best team in hockey. I hope they don’t get swept. I’ve never had the chance to see the Washington Caps play and I would really like to see Ovechkin play in person at least once. So, if the timing and finances are right I may try and see a game.
My all-time favorite VCU basketball player was Briante Weber. He plays with hustle, hard work, and grit. He missed the end of his Senior season after blowing out his knee and has spent this year in the NBA D-League. He just got signed by the Miami Heat and will wear #12! Way to go!
Snow, rain, and cold has postponed the Detroit Tigers game. Boy I don’t miss that. I was looking forward to seeing Justin Verlanders 2nd start. Hopefully tomorrow will be a slow day at work.

Mar 282016

www_newsGoogle Chrome Updated
“The stable channel has been updated to 49.0.2623.110 for Windows, Mac, and Linux.”
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Nvidia GeForce Game Ready 364.72 WHQL Drivers
Full support for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, optimizations and enhancements for virtual reality games such as EVE: Valkyrie, Chronos, and Elite Dangerous, and the latest support for NVIDIA VRWorks.

Mar 202016

mmAs I site here my bracket is all but a goner thanks to Michigan State. Still is has been exciting to watch thus far. I love watching those “little guys” like Middle Tennessee State, Hawaii, Wichita State, Stephen F. Austin, Gonzaga, and Northern Iowa remind us all what “heart” is. After I write this I’m gonna settle in to watch #11 VCU try to take down #2 Oklahoma. I’m rooting for ’em even though I didn’t pick ’em.

I think you have to be 8 different kinds of stupid to put your house or car on a network.” – TweakHound
I maintain there is no valid reason for your car to EVER be connected to the internet.

Hey Ed. You Shoulda Followed My Guide
Ed Bott has found that updating Windows 7 has become a PITA. If you check out my guide Installing Windows 7 you will see I recommend downloading and installing KB3102810 before running any Windows Updates. He has come to this conclusion now too.

Off Topic
Mysterious new dwarf human species probed after scientists find 3 million year old skull in cave
Longer inter-set rest periods enhance muscle strength and hypertrophy in resistance-trained men

Mar 102016

THE FLASH comic logoFlash
Flash a-ah, Savior of the Universe!
APSB16-08 Security updates available for Adobe Flash Player
Flash for IE
Flash for other browsers
Main download page
Flash a-ah, He’ll save every one of us!
Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for March 2016 Issued: March 10, 2016 (Critical Security Bulletin (added to summary on March 10))
Flash for IE updated for Windows 8.1 and Win10.

Nvidia 364.51 WHQL’s
Optimal experience for Tom Clancy’s The Division, Hitman, Need for Speed, Ashes of the Singularity, and Rise of the Tomb Raider”

Tails 2.2 released.
Tails is a live operating system, that you can start on almost any computer from a DVD, USB stick, or SD card. It aims at preserving your privacy and anonymity, and helps you to:
– use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship;
– all connections to the Internet are forced to go through the Tor network;
– leave no trace on the computer you are using unless you ask it explicitly;
– use state-of-the-art cryptographic tools to encrypt your files, emails and instant messaging.

Mar 082016

firefox_redfoxUpdates Galore!
Updates available for all supported OSs and MS Office editions.
Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for March 2016

Read This
Adobe Reader updated: APSB16-09 Security updates available for Adobe Acrobat and Reader
Download Adobe Reader or update from within the program (Help > Check for updates).

Firefoxy 45
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Back In The Saddle
AnyDVD is back!A little more than a week after the closure of owner SlySoft, controversial ripping tool AnyDVD is back. Now operating under the RedFox banner, AnyDVD and friends have skipped to Belize while offering a brand new release.

Abbott Labs Sucks
Abbott Labs, a global healthcare company, is laying off about 180 IT employees after signing an agreement with Wipro, a major India-based IT services firm, to take over some IT services… The workers are expecting to train their replacements, possibly workers on H-1B and other temporary visas.

Mac Bashing. Fun For Everyone!
When asked if there would ever be Mac support for the Rift, Palmer responds by saying “That is up to Apple. If they ever release a good computer, we will do it.”

Feb 282016

www_newsConfigure telemetry and other settings in your organization
Updated on February 25th, 2016. “Learn about the telemetry that Microsoft gathers, the network connections that Windows components make to Microsoft, and also the privacy settings that affect data that is shared with either Microsoft or apps and how they can be managed by an IT Pro.

SSD Reliability
A new study says age is a bigger factor in SSD reliability than usage. This “means that over-provisioning for fear of flash wearout is not needed.” Full study here: Flash Reliability in Production: The Expected and the Unexpected

“Where’s my phone?”
Got Android? Got help!

Horrible Bosses
Your jobs have been given over to a foreign workforce,” Perrero recalled the executive saying. “In the meantime you will be training your replacements until your jobs are 100 percent transferred over to them and if you don’t cooperate you will not receive any severance pay.

Don’t Go In The Water
Wireshark 2.0.2 is out there. Bugfixes.

Headed To The NHL?
This high school kid scored a sweet goal for an overtime win! I say sign him now.

Site News
I had to switch to a new caching plugin because W3 Total Cache is causing issues and seems all but abandoned. Now trying WP Fastest Cache. Please let me know if you are having issues.

Feb 242016

www_newsWho’da Thunk It?
Advertising companies don’t like ad blockers? Really? I can’t imagine why not?

I don’t think polls are the way to judge the righteousness of something. That said Reuters has polled the public over the Apple v. FBI issue:
46% side with Apple
35% side with the FBI
I know a lot of you have made up your mind on this but I’ll be damned if I can see through all the B.S. on both sides.
When asked if the government should be able to look at smart phones “to protect against terror threats”:
46% agree
42% disagree
I’m curious what will happen to those numbers when the next attack happens?

Blu-ray ripper AnyDVD has been shut down. Check the comments for alternatives.

A buddy of mine suggested a program called Zipware as an alternative to 7-Zip. It seems to be an OK program but I would really like to find out more about the individual behind it before I recommend it. Near as I can tell he/she/they/it are in Australia?
Have a wonderful day!