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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:
-Nagware
-Malware
-Unacceptable
-Indefensible
-Shenanigans
-Final Straw
-Nasty
-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.
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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.
Download

May 232016
 

New Nvidia Drivers
nvidiaGeForce Game Ready Driver 368.22 WHQL is out.
Download
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?
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This Stuff Is Getting Out Of Hand
Think you’re not being tracked? Now websites turn to audio fingerprinting to follow you
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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.)
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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

May 172016
 

www_newsWindows 7 SP2 “ish” Update
Microsoft has released Convenience rollup update for Windows 7 SP1. “This rollup package includes almost all the updates that were released after the release of SP1 for Windows 7“. While technically not a Service Pack, for home users it amounts to the same thing. Though this package does contain some telemetry related updates (like KB3080149), AFAIK it does not contain the GWX update (KB3035583).
TechNet Article
KB Article
Downloads are here (requires Internet Explorer)

New AMD Drivers
AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.5.2.1 Hotfix Driver
Support for: Oculus Rift™ SDK v1.3, HTC Vive™, ​AMD Radeon™ Pro Duo
Resolved issues include fixes for a few games and “Radeon Settings check for software update may not display the latest available driver.”

May 162016
 

thSamsung Magician 4.9.7
Improved stability with some SSD models
SSD management utility. Download

Ultimate Windows Tweaker Updated
We’ve updated Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 to version 4.1.1 to fix “UWTSettings” bug and fix issue with restore point creation.
This version is for Win10 only. Download

Lame
iVerge says Microsoft is adding more ads to the Windows 10 Start menu.
Don’t care. Classic Shell or Start10 FTW.

Cool Vids
Star Wars – Danger Zone
Mr. Robot Season 2 Trailer

May 122016
 

www_newsBecause It Made No Sense
Microsoft is removing the Win10 Wi-Fi Sense feature.
We have removed the Wi-Fi Sense feature that allows you to share Wi-Fi networks with your contacts and to be automatically connected to networks shared by your contacts. The cost of updating the code to keep this feature working combined with low usage and low demand made this not worth further investment.
I had showed how to disable it here. There was “low usage and low demand” because folks thought it was a: a security risk, a privacy risk, useless on a desktop.

Software Updates
Google Chrome 50.0.2661.102. Download
EMDB 2.52

Once Bitten Twice Shy, err, Twice Bitten…
S7 woes. First Verizon released an update that contained what IMHO amounts to malware. Then the once great ES File Explorer did the same. A plague o’ both your houses.

May 082016
 

www_newsGood evening, I’m Chevy Chase, and you’re not.

Windows 10 Stuff…
Microsoft reminded us that the free Win10 upgrade will be over July 29th.
If you are unsure you want to upgrade or want to hedge your bets here is my advice.
– Backup your Windows 7 / 8.1 install using a SYSTEM IMAGE.
– Upgrade or clean install to Win10 and fully update it.
– Backup the Win10 install using a SYSTEM IMAGE.
– Restore your Windows 7 / 8.1 image.

Apparently Microsoft will end the nefarious GWX garbage on that date too.

Ad Block is coming to the Microsoft Edge browser (for the 3 of you that are using it).

Software Updates
Acronis True Image 2016 Update 2 build 6569 (Thanks Arthur!)
AMD Radeon Crimson Edition 16.5.1
Start10 1.11

May 032016
 

firefox_2013Firefox 46.0.1
Bugfixes
Download 32-bit(en-US)
Download 64-bit
Download other systems and languages
Release Notes

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.
Ahem!

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)
Download
Release Notes

Firefox 46
Download (en-US)
Download other systems and languages
Release Notes

CCleaner 5.17
Improved
Download
Release Notes
***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.