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Sep 152014

thThe Week Ahead
Adobe Reader will be updated tomorrow.
iOS 8 comes out on Wednesday. Speaking of Apple…

Would You Like Some Cheese With That Whine?
Apple has actually created a tool for all the cry babies that don’t want the free U2 album:
Remove iTunes gift album “Songs of Innocence” from your iTunes music library and purchases

Because beating up on Apple/iSheep is fun…
Apple Pay is as safe as your selfies, says PayPal ad
Dear iPhone 6 users, welcome to 2012!
A brief history of Samsung mocking Apple announcements

OCAU has been around for over 12 years now. In that time I’ve seen darn near every tech/computer site that was around back then disappear.
One site that has hung on and still does it old school is Overclockers Australia. I’m glad they are still around.

Google Chrome Software Removal Tool
This is a weird one.
If you notice Chrome behaving strangely (for example, showing you unusual startup pages, toolbars, or pop-up ads you can’t get rid of), it may be due to an unwanted program on your computer.
Well gee wiz. Ya think?
You may be able to fix the problem by downloading and running the Software Removal Tool. Think of this as a “factory reset” of Chrome. It restores Chrome’s original settings and removes programs that affect its behavior.

Windows 9
Microsoft announces ‘Windows 9′ event in San Francisco on September 30th

Firefox 32.0.1

Cool Links
Here are some interesting links that were brought to my attention this week:
How to determine the appropriate page file size for 64-bit versions of Windows
How to easily delete your online accounts

Reader Email
This one was kinda long but the gist of it (as I understood it) was this guy has 2 raided SSD’s and 2 raided 2TB hard drives. He wants some software that will basically make the SSD’s cache for the hard drives. Essentially creating a hybrid setup.
I’ve got no clue on this one. If anyone has a suggestion, let me know.

Sep 102014

avatar-redSept. 10th is the Internet Slowdown

Google probes alleged theft of 5 mln Gmail passwords
OneDrive now supports 10 GB files
Franklin ship discovery solves ‘one of Canada’s great mysteries’

Microsoft Security Essentials
MSE was updated to version 4.6.0305.0. As usual no release notes.
Download it or get it via Windows Update.

VB 4.3.16 is out. “a maintenance release which improve stability and fixes regressions.
Release Notes

BB 1.4 released. “has much better support for Winapp2.ini, Firefox, and Google Chrome plus other improvements.
This program is a CCleaner alternative for Windows and Linux.

iBloatware updated to version 11.4. Updates for iOS 8.
Be sure to see: Ed Bott – The unofficial guide to installing iTunes 10 without bloatware

Sep 092014

microsoft_Knight_shieldTime To Run Windows Update
Updates available for all currently supported operating systems.
Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for September 2014

Adobe Updates
APSB14-21 Security updates available for Adobe Flash Player
Download Adobe Flash Player

Reader will be updated “during the week of September 15, 2014“.
Prenotification Security Advisory for Adobe Reader and Acrobat

Google Chrome Updated
“The stable channel has been updated to 37.0.2062.120 for Windows, Mac and Linux.
This release contains an update for Adobe Flash as well as a number of other fixes.”
Download or update from within the program.

Sep 012014

nottopsecretTop Secret :wink:
Shhhh… Firefox 32 is officially released tomorrow. As usual sites are starting to post the links.
English(U.S.)(windows) is here. Other folks go here, right-click the appropriate file > copy url > paste url > replace 31 with 32 and go.

Social Networks Are Bad For You
Captain Obvious says: Evidence Grows That Online Social Networks Have Insidious Negative Effects
I tried the social networking thing. I just don’t get it.

Still Want Your Stuff In The Cloud?
oh my 8-O

LibreOffice 4.3.1 is out.

Aug 312014

intellogoHaswell- mEh
The new, fastest CPU’s are out. As usual it seems the best bang-for-buck is 2 notches down from the top. It seems most of the gamer/overclocker community are unimpressed with Haswell-E. As someone who is currently stuck on a 6+ year old Core 2 Quad I am absolutely salivating over this thing.

[H]ardOCP – Intel Haswell-E Core i7-5960X CPU & X99 Chipset
With these big CPU launches, the cold hard fact of the matter is that if you primarily use your PC for gaming and overclocking, the Haswell-E is not likely for you…The new Haswell-E processor is a great piece of engineering and technology from Intel. I am extremely happy to see that it did not let the marketing department run off at the mouth this time around as well. Most of Intel’s technology does better at the introduction without a plume of BS being pumped in from behind. However, the most of us would never see an advantage to using it on our normal daily desktops, especially for gaming.

Anandtech – The Intel Haswell-E CPU Review: Core i7-5960X, i7-5930K and i7-5820K Tested
The most promising member of the three CPUs launched today is the i7-5820K, as now the lowest end CPU for the extreme Intel platform has more cores than the highest member of the mainstream platform, the i7-4790K…Most people moving from a Sandy Bridge-E or Ivy Bridge-E will not see a day-to-day adjustment in the speed of their workflow on the new platform, and the real benefit will be for those that are CPU limited.

openSUSE And The Last Great KDE 4 Release
KDE 4.14 is now in the openSUSE Current KDE SC release repos.
KDE Announcement:
The KDE Community announces the latest major updates to KDE Applications delivering primarily improvements and bugfixes. Plasma Workspaces and the KDE Development Platform are frozen and receiving only long term support; those teams are focused on the transition to Plasma 5 and Frameworks 5.

Aug 312014

freeware baby!Site Stuff…
All the Freeware Machine articles have been updated:
The Windows 8 Freeware Machine
The Windows 7 Freeware Machine
The Freeware XP Machine
If you got a suggestion for these guides. let me know.

A Legend Moves On
Website owner/editor and Geek legend Anand Lal Shimpi is signing off.
Sad to see him go.
Update - Now we know why: Veteran Tech Journalist Anand Shimpi Headed to Apple

Beautiful Alien
The new Alienware Area 51 case looks awesome.

Aug 262014

nfl2Good Reads
Paul Thurrott – Putting the Win in Windows 9
Ars Technica System Guide: August 2014 (Re: Budget Box, Friends don’t let friends buy AMD CPU’s.) :wink:
Pressy Review: I Had No Clue Something Could Suck This Badly – “I’m going to keep this short and sweet: Pressy is the worst product I’ve ever reviewed. I generally find some redeeming quality about even the worst products, but Pressy doesn’t have one. It is, without question, complete garbage and a waste of money.

CCleaner Updated
Download it here. Release notes here.
***Pay attention during install. May attempt to install unwanted programs.

Google Chrome
Chrome has been updated to version 37.0.2062.94 for Windows, Linux, and those poor souls using Macs.
Download or update within the program.
Optionally you can install the now stable 64-bit version of Chrome. Just look for “Windows 64-bit” under the download button at the link above.
Read about it here: Chromium Blog: 64 bits of awesome: 64-bit Windows Support, now in Stable!

Site Stuff
I forgot to mention there was a fantastic contribution by an expert about the useplatformclock tweak.

The links for my music collection in the article Cataloging Your Music Collection have been updated:
Discogs page:
HTML page:
Starts here:

Reader Email
QWhen I have two folders open next to each other in 8.1 and I select a bunch of files from the left folder and I drag / drop them to the right folder, it copies the files. Is there any way that you know of to set the default Windows action to CUT these files? I never copy. According to two forum posts I made, the answer is no, but I don’t buy it.
To use move instead of copy, press and hold SHIFT key > click, hold, and drag files.
App to change default behavior:

Aug 242014

ra_bigx Not As Easy As It Looks
SpaceX found out that it ain’t easy trying be like NASA.

Looking Good
Neowin has gotten to a new look. Too bad their lead article is lame. Still, Neowin, You Look Marvelous!

God Speed Big X
Famed actor/director/producer Richard Attenborough passed away today.
A Bridge Too Far and The Great Escape are among my all-time favs.
Wikipedia – Richard Attenborough

Shame On You
The freeware screen recorder CamStudio now contains foistware and/or malware. It is even being discussed in their forums.
As of this writing, the old version at Major Geeks is still good. Version CamStudio_2.7_r316_setup.exe is what you are looking for. DO NOT update after installing.
The once great zip utility IZarc apparently is guilty of the same thing. I moved on to 7-Zip long ago.
I will be updating the freeware guides this week to reflect the change.

Acronis TI 2014 Update 3 build 6688. Log in to your account for the update.

Reader Email
Q: In windows 7 you showed us how to avoid the 100MB partition during a clean install using diskpart. Is this necessary to do in win 8/8.1? Could you still do the clean command and partition creation and format? Or is it better just to install it to an unallocated space?

My Answer:
Short answer is that you can use the same procedure you used for Windows 7.*
That little partition works a little different on Windows 8/8.1 than it did on Windows 7 and is usually larger than 100mb.
My advice:
1 – Before partitioning and installing, disconnect all drives except the drive you wish to install Windows on.
2 – If your computer uses UEFI instead of BIOS I highly suggest you use a blank drive and let Windows 8/8.1 handle the partitioning.
3 – If you are an advanced user see:
See TechNet – Hard Drives and Partitions Hard Drives and Partitions
Configure UEFI/GPT-Based Hard Drive Partitions
Sample: Configure UEFI/GPT-Based Hard Drive Partitions by Using Windows Setup
Sample: Configure UEFI/GPT-Based Hard Drive Partitions by Using Windows PE and DiskPart


Configure BIOS/MBR-Based Hard Drive Partitions
Sample: Configure BIOS/MBR-Based Hard Drive Partitions by Using Windows Setup
Sample: Configure BIOS/MBR-Based Hard Disk Partitions by Using Windows PE and DiskPart

DiskPart Commands

*I should note that I currently do not use UEFI on any of my computers.