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Aug 172014

mediamonkeyIt’s a minor update that includes fixes to playback, duplicates when browsing a USB stick, and 2 bugs that can result in data corruption. It is a strongly recommended upgrade.SOURCE
MediaMonkey is a free media manager/player. It used to be music only but now has video supported. This has caused the program to nearly double in size.
You can find the last non-video version here (MediaMonkey

Aug 172014

oopsSome folks are finding that the latest Patch Tuesday updates resulted in bluescreens.
Info is all over the web but the source of the news and the fix are all found in this Microsoft forum thread:
Blue Screen (Stop 0×50) after applying update KB2982791 to Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
The fix is on page 5 of that thread.
Microsoft’s official response, fixes, and recommendation to uninstall up to 4 updates is here:
MS14-045: Description of the security update for kernel-mode drivers: August 12, 2014

Aug 172014

Q – Hi Eric I’m one of your long time readers and just thought i would let you know that UBCD4Win has be discontinued and just wondering if you had any new recommendations.

A – Yeah,the UBCD4Win was given up several years ago. I believe the creator had financial issues and sold the domain too.
You can grab the last image at Major Geeks:

As for an alternative, Hiren’s is good:

If you are looking for something more modern you’ll have to manually create one.
Usually this involves creating a WinPE disk and can be quite involved. See:

Q – Hello i was following your tweak guide for windows 7 and when i got to the regedit tweak i noticed that some of the entries weren’t in that particular folder mentioned for example:
do i just add them as a string or dword or do i just leave it alone? i also dont have an entrie for the 8.3 names and last access.
any help would be highly appreciated thank you

A – Yes, some entries need to be created.
Download the file below, edit it as you see fit, change the file extension from .txt to .reg, double-click to apply, reboot.

Q – As I understand it, power saver can help you get the most from a single battery charge on a laptop. High performance maximizes screen brightness and might increase PC performance so this would be bet for a laptop that is plugged in 24/7? So when would I want to used Balanced if unplugged = power saver and plugged in = high performance?
Also, where do keep your slider bars for “Adjust plan brightness” for each plan?” I didn’t see it in the guide. Mine are all the way up for all three plans for both plugged in and battery. Don’t think they should be.

A – As I said in the Windows 8.1 Tweak Guide, “I use all 3 plans: High Perf on the desktop, Balanced on a laptop, and Power saver on the laptop while traveling.” You can adjust (and save) these plans as you see fit.
As to display brightness. This is personal preference (and will change with age). Obviously, the brighter the display the more you will consume power.
For laptop that is on battery power I would recommend.
High Perf: From the lowest comfortable setting to Max.
Balanced: the lowest comfortable setting.
Power Saver: the lowest usable setting.

Aug 122014

deflep_logoSorry for the lack of updates. I went out of town for a few days.
One of the things I did was attend the Def Leppard / KISS concert in VA Beach.
I’ve put a few pics up in Dropbox if you’re interested.

Time To Run Windows Update
Updates available for all currently supported MS operating systems(and OneNote 2007 SP3).
Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for August 2014
As predicted, the updates for Windows 8.1 Update 2 were minimal.
See: August updates for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2

Adobe Updates
As usual Adobe has rolled out their updates on Patch Tuesday too:
APSB14-19 Security updates available for Adobe Reader and Acrobat
Download Adobe Reader or update from within the program (Help > Check for updates).
APSB14-18 Security updates available for Adobe Flash Player
Download Adobe Flash Player

Flashy Chrome
The Stable Channel has been updated to 36.0.1985.143 for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Because Google Chrome has Flash embedded it gets updated when Flash does. This update also contains other security fixes.
Download or update from within the program.

Sysinternals Freeware Updates
System Monitor is a new program that monitors and logs system activity. I haven’t had time to check it out.
Autoruns 12.01
Coreinfo 3.3
Process Explorer 16.03

iTunes 11.3.1
Mp3tag v2.62
XBMC is now named Kodi

Site Stuff…
My nephew is off to college and needed a laptop. I gave him my Alienware so I’m back to my 6+ year old system. It’s been updated since that first article. See My Computers for the full specs.


Jul 252014

isheep Breaking News! – iSheep exposed

Microsoft Layoffs
Leo, Mary Jo, and Paul discuss the Microsoft layoffs among other things.
See also: Microsoft laid me off after 15 years of service. Life after Microsoft?

One Windows
ArsTechnica – Nadella’s “one operating system” ain’t new and won’t be one OS
Paul Thurrott – Microsoft Muddies the One Windows Waters
I’m not a fan of the direction Microsoft is headed.
Surprisingly this Apple fanboi has some good points related to this “One Windows” crap:
Microsoft still doesn’t get why the iPhone succeeded
You cannot be all things to all people Microsoft, stop it.

Windows 8.1 Update 2 rumored to be Aug. 12.

Interesting Links
Cool article and site:
Today I Found Out – A Japanese Soldier Who Continued Fighting WWII 29 Years After the Japanese Surrendered, Because He Didn’t Know

Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League

Give to a good cause:


Jul 242014

CCleanerCCleaner v4.16 released.
Version History
***Pay attention during install. May attempt to install unwanted programs.

v4.16.4763 (24 Jul 2014)
- Improved Google Chrome 36 cleaning and start-up management.
- Improved Firefox browsing cache cleaning.
- Added Repair option to Uninstall tool.
- Improved 64-bit build architecture on Windows 7 and 8.
- Improved Startup Item tool compatibility.
- Added Teamviewer, Microsoft One Drive, Real VNC 5, Tag & Rename and Tango cleaning.
- Minor GUI Improvements.
- Minor bug fixes.

Jul 162014

onedriveYour OneDrive just got bigger

New and existing personal OneDrive accounts will come with:
15 GB of free storage (up from 7 GB)
1 TB of additional OneDrive storage with an Office 365 Home/Personal/University subscription (up from 20 GB)
The option to buy additional storage at much lower prices, starting at 100 GB for $1.99 per month

Latest Software Releases
Google Chrome 36.0.1985.125 (Windows & Mac). Chrome for Android updated too.
AIMP v3.55 Build 1355
VirtualBox 4.3.14
Ultimate Windows Tweaker for Windows 8

This dude NAILED IT! – Sultans Of Swing (Dire Straits Cover Guitar HD) – Ao vivo São Paulo 2014