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Apr 072014

ms_logoApril 8th’s Patch Tuesday marks:
The end of official Windows XP support.
See eXPired – The Last Windows XP Guide You’ll Ever Need and other XP articles.
Official support ends for Office 2003 too.
Be sure to update them TOMORROW.

Windows 8.1 Update 1 will also be released.
In some of the Geekier forums some folks have reported issues with this update. I don’t know if it’s the update itself, a bad download, or failure to follow the install order (RTM and MDSN had manual downloads).
I would advise folks to either:
1 – Backup their computer before taking this update.
2 – Wait a few days to see what is being said around the web about this update.

All other currently supported Windows will have a few critical updates:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for April 2014

FYI, Patch Tuesday updates are released around 1300 hrs EST  (1000 hrs PST, 1700 hrs UTC).

In addition, Adobe usually release their security updates on Patch Tuesday.
Tomorrow have a look at:

Mar 182014

mmMarch Madness begins tonight!
I wonder how bad my picks will do this year?

Mozilla Updates
Firefox 28
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Thunderbird 24.4.0
Release Notes
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Somewhere Between Alpha and Gamma
The last non-beta drivers from AMD were version 13.12 released on 18DEC2013.
After several beta releases AMD Catalyst 14.3 Beta V1.0 are available for Windows and Linux.

Microsoft OneNote is now free for everyone.

What I’m Working On
I’m finalizing an End of Support XP guide.
If you’ve got any tips you would like to share drop me a note.

Mar 132014

ponoCloud Storage Wars
No, this isn’t the next horrid Star Wars prequel. Google has price cut the competition severely.
Google Drive – 100GB = $1.99 per month

No Lines
Google has removed underlines from hyperlinks from Google Search.

A Better Portable Music Player?
I’m not much of a Neil Young fan but his kickstarter project has hit $2,000,000 in only 2 days. His product is the Pono Music Player. I’m all for better quality music but the player looks bulky, our phones have largely taken place of separate mp3 players, and everything associated with it seems expensive. An Apple fanboi throw some water on Neil’s fire here.

Benchmark Programs Updated
3DMark 1.2.362 – 5 bugfixes, SystemInfo module updated.
PCMark 8 2.0.228 – 3 bugfixes, SystemInfo module updated
Passmark 8.0.Build 1031 – 2 bugfixes, 2 new features.

Other Software
LibreOffice 4.2.2- Mostly minor bugfixes.
Adobe Shockwave Player – Security fixes.

Mar 092014

cosmosGet Yer Science Geek On
I’ve been waiting for this! COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey starts tonight.

Windows 8.1 Update 1, Spring Update, Or Whatever You Call It
I’ve installed both the 32 and 64-bit versions. One in a VM and one on real hardware. If you love using the desktop and Metro then you may like this update. For everyone else it is most likely going to be one giant “MEH!”
Ars Technica – Windows 8.1 Update 1: More interface concessions that still won’t make people happy

Sysinternals Freeware Updated
Mostly minor updates including Process Explorer, Process Monitor.
See: The Sysinternals Blog

Feb 182014

oringsKinda boring out there this week.

Neowin – Windows 8 UX designer on Metro: “It is the antithesis of a power user”
“Windows 7 couldn’t have existed without the lessons we learned from the mess that was vista. Xp couldn’t have existed without 2000. Hopefully Windows 9 will be a solid refinement on all this” – Miller

HWiNFO32 & HWiNFO64 v4.34 – “Comprehensive Hardware Analysis, Monitoring and Reporting for Windows
CCEnhancer 3.9 – Adds more cleaners to CCleaner (be careful).
TeamViewer 9.0.26297 – Remote control any computer over the internet. “New scaling mode: best fit, Other minor improvements and fixes.

Feb 092014

oringsPaul Thurrott has a great article up entiled What the Heck is Happening to Windows?. Yep, as I’ve said here before the PC is not a phone, tablet, or phablet.
As to fixing Windows 8, 8.1, 8.1 Update 1, as Ron White says, “You can’t fix stupid.
Oh, and the 8.1 Update 1 non-official release date posted around the web is now April 8th.
p.s. – Paul, Neil Young sucks :wink:

Futuremark updated PCMark8 and 3dMark11.

Introducing Mozilla Firefox Accounts

Jan 302014

wintersuxIt was one degree at my house this morning with 3 inches of snow on the ground.
As a former Michigander I ought to be able to deal with this.
But this is Central Virginia and I’m over it.

The [H]ardOCP boys are fawning over the ASRock Z87 KILLER FATAL1TY mobo.
I’m digging the color scheme too :wink:

Speaking of [H]ardOCP. Steve over there is collecting old computer parts for the underprivileged:
I know that a lot of upgrades took place over the holidays and that means there is going to be a lot of “old” PC parts lying around collecting dust. Since the parts you and I consider “old” are 100x better than what most people are using now, I figured this would be a great way to put those “old” parts to good use!
Help him out if you can. Announcement here. Forum post here.

LibreOffice has been updated to version 4.2. Download.

Yes, I’ve ditched all the social media associated with this site. I wasn’t getting anything out of it.

Jan 112014

thApparently this years CES is over. I barely noticed it started.

As I opined nearly a year ago. Microsoft Security Essentials support for XP ends on April 8th too.

Seems that Microsoft finally got the message. We want our desktops and laptops to run like desktops and laptops (a REAL start menu???). Not like phones and tablets.
They ought to announce this on a Jet Airliner.

There are no critical updates scheduled for this months Patch Tuesday. Oracle is also gonna patch a bunch of stuff that day.

Dec 042013

start8logoStart8 1.31 released.

Start8 1.31 Changelog
-Added some additional strings to bundled language files for Windows 8.1
-DisplayFusion fixes
-Hid the advanced option to go to desktop when closing a metro app on Win8.1
-Disabled the option for the user picture to hide the user picture when using a WB skin
-Fixed an issue with custom themes and non English languages where the shutdown button would clip text

Nov 182013

marvinmartianNASA has sent MAVEN on it’s way to Mars. The mission is to “determine the role that loss of atmospheric gas to space played in changing the Martian climate through time. Where did the atmosphere – and the water – go?” I’m putting my money on the blame going to Marvin Martian.

System cleaners System Ninja and Bleachbit have been updated.

In Linux news, openSUSE 13.1 will be released tomorrow and a Canonical (Ubuntu) developer disses Linux Mint.

[H]ardOCP has a Battlefield 4 Video Card Performance and IQ Review. Good info from those folks as always.