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Dec 152014
 

thAn interesting blog post was brought to me attention by a reader. Many Geeks will recognize the blogger, Scott Hanselman:
The real and complete story – Does Windows defragment your SSD? (be cure to check out the comments too)
The gist of this post is to tell us we’ve all been wrong and Windows 8.1 does in fact defrag SSD’s.
However, we need to dig a little deeper.
First let’s take this quote, “Storage Optimizer will defrag an SSD once a month if volume snapshots are enabled.
That means System Restore (and File History).
System Restore is one of the very first things I disable, opting instead for system images via Acronis True Image.
As a result I’ve never seen Windows 8.1 defrag an SSD.
So, if you’ve disabled System Restore then your SSD is not subjected to defrag. Defrag / Optimize will still just manually run the trim command. Windows calls this retrim since trim is supposed to be done on the fly.
If you have System Restore (or File History) enabled then your SSD will be defragged monthly via Automatic Maintenance.
You can disable Automatic Maintenance in Task Scheduler but I do not recommend it.
To check if your SSD has been defragged:
Open Event Viewer > Windows Logs > Applications > order the list by Event ID and look for Event ID 258 entries.
To test this I enabled System Restore > Jumped by date ahead more than a month > ran Automatic Maintenance:
win81_defrag_retrim_1

Another way of looking at this situation is that System Restore fubars your file system so much that Microsoft feels SSD’s using it need defragging.
(Reason #4,867 not to use it?!)

It’s sad that so much confusion exists.
Microsoft could clear it up by actually posting some fracking official documentation but nooooooooo. :rolleyes:

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Dec 092014
 

windows securityTime To Run Windows Update
Updates available for all supported Microsoft operating systems.
Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for December 2014

Adobe Flash Player
APSB14-27 Security Updates available for Adobe Flash Player
Flash for IE
Flash for other browsers
Main download page
Windows 8/8.1 users check Windows Update.

Adobe Reader
APSB14-28 Security Updates available for Adobe Reader and Acrobat
Download Adobe Reader or update from within the program (Help > Check for updates).

Google Chrome
The stable channel has been updated to 39.0.2171.95 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.

Dec 092014
 

thpinpostlogoY’all know I’ve no sympathy for folks who don’t backup their computers and info.
This morning I heard “I don’t have anywhere to backup my stuff”.
I have backups of backups. Backups in safes. Backups off site…
Feel free to pass this image on.
backup_locations_1

Dec 092014
 

amdradeonAMD Catalyst Omega 14.12 drivers are out.
Introducing the AMD Catalyst™ Omega driver for Windows, a “Special Edition” driver delivered to enhance the AMD GPU and APU experience. The AMD Catalyst™ Omega driver contains over 20 new features, performance improvements, and significant number of bug fixes and improvements.
Announcment: A Very Special Edition Driver: AMD Catalyst Omega
Download (there are also new AMD chipset drivers)
Release Notes
Linux Drivers

Dec 082014
 

samsung_ssdSamsung has unleashed the 850 Evo SSD.
Although there are lots of reviews out today, Anandtech is the the source I trust.

The 850 EVO is a very competitive drive in performance and features, but neither of these warrants the premium Samsung is charging. As I’ve said before, there are only two main segments in the SSD market that I recognize, which are the value/mainstream and high-end/enthusiast segments.
For the value segment, the key consideration is the price because these are typically users who don’t push their systems to the limits and thus shouldn’t pay a premium for a performance increase that is likely to be negligible for their usage…As for the high-end segment, Samsung already has that one covered by the 850 Pro. The 850 EVO, especially at the smaller capacities, isn’t fast enough under IO intensive workloads to really compete with the 850 Pro and Extreme Pro. Given that the Extreme Pro can be had for about the same cost (depending on the capacity, of course), I would much rather have that if I was looking for a high-end SSD.

also…

Samsung Magician Software Version 4.5 Released
Download & Info

Magician version 4.5 features a number of improvements over version 4.4:
– New model support : 850 EVO
– Improved RAPID v2.1
– Reduce the CPU Utilization during Magician launch
– Enhanced SATA Interface view and Over Provisioning
– Update Magician GUI and Help file

Dec 012014
 

60smusicFoxy Lady
Firefox 34 is out.
New features include Yahoo as default search :rolleyes:
Download (Windows, EN-US)
Release Notes
Download other languages and operating systems
Firefox 34 for Android is available in the Play Store.

Paint It Black
Paint.net 4.0.4 released.
this update greatly improves performance in some key areas
Announcement
Download
Plugins

Cinnamon Girl
Linux Mint 17.1 with Cinnamon and Mate desktops released.

The Times They Are a-Changin’
With TrueCrypt no longer being developed many folks are looking elsewhere for disk encryption software.
VeraCrypt is one alternative and they’ve released version 1.0e.

Nov 262014
 

cornucopiaFlash Ah-Ahh!
Flash has been updated to version 15.0.0.239.
Download:
Flash for IE
Flash for other browsers
Main download page
Windows 8 users check Windows Update.
Of course this means Google Chrome has been updated too…
The stable channel has been updated to 39.0.2171.71 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.

U-G-L-Y You Ain’t Got No Alibi
CCleaner v5 is out. New interface and optimizations.
Download
Version History
***Pay attention during install. May attempt to install unwanted programs.

I wish you all a safe and pleasant Thanksgiving,
Eric

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Nov 242014
 

thpinpostlogoI had a couple of Windows 8.1 computers that would not install KB3000850.
KB3000850 is also called “The November 2014 update rollup for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2.
The specific error code was 80070002.
fix_kb3000850_1

The Windows error logs directed me to C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. There I found complaints about system files.
The cure for that is:
From an ELEVATED command prompt [Command Prompt (Admin) ] > type sfc /scannow and press the Enter key >
Let it do its thing > Reboot and install your update.

fix_kb3000850_2

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Nov 232014
 

thSoftware
BleachBit 1.6
VirtualBox 4.3.20

Detekt
Several privacy outfits have banded together to release Detekt.
Detekt is a free tool that scans your Windows computer for traces of FinFisher and Hacking Team RCS, commercial surveillance spyware that has been identified to be also used to target and monitor human rights defenders and journalists around the world.
It does not work on Windows 8.1 64-bit.

Reader Emails
Q – Does the 8.1 workaround work for systems that came with 8.1 preinstalled? I used ProduKey to find my product key, but when I enter it into the Windows 8 Setup it does not work. Any thoughts? Thanks.

A – Why would you need a workaround for a 8.1 key?
If you don’t have an 8.1 ISO you can make one: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/create-reset-refresh-media
Generic keys are here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj612867.aspx
You may also want to check out: http://forums.mydigitallife.info/forums/42-Windows-8 :wink:

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Q – I loved your article and I enjoy Open Suse 13.2,, but one thing really irks me and that is the software patterns.
I remove all the patterns, yet the system still re-installs unwanted packages everytime i install software ( I even select packages selected by user), yet still I am unable to slim my installation. For me this is the biggest problem that Open Suse has and theefore stops newbies from using it.
Any ideas?

A – That ticked me off too. This behavior did not happen in previous versions of openSUSE. When I mentioned it in the forums they acted like I’ve got a screw loose.
To fix it: YaST > Software Management > Options > check Ignore Recommended Packages for Already Installed Packages.

Nov 182014
 

google chromeThe Chrome team is delighted to announce the promotion of Chrome 39 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux. Chrome 39.0.2171.65 contains a number of fixes and improvements, including:
-64-bit support for Mac
-A number of new apps/extension APIs
-Lots of under the hood changes for stability and performance

Source: Google Chrome Blog
Download or update from within the program.

Nov 182014
 

nvidiaGeForce Game Ready Driver 344.75 WHQL released.
Best gaming experience for Far Cry 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition, The Crew, and World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor.
Download
Release Notes
Newest Linux drivers are v346.16 BETA released on Nov. 13.

Nvidia has been on a roll releasing Windows driver updates these last few months:
Version: 344.75 – Release Date: Tue Nov 18, 2014
Version: 344.65 – Release Date: Mon Nov 10, 2014
Version: 344.60 – Release Date: Tue Nov 04, 2014
Version: 344.48 – Release Date: Wed Oct 22, 2014
Version: 344.16 – Release Date: Tue Sep 23, 2014
Version: 344.11 – Release Date: Thu Sep 18, 2014