Intel Chipset Device Software 10.0.13
Cloud 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
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.
Get 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
Kinda 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.“
Paul 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
It 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
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.
Yes, I’ve ditched all the social media associated with this site. I wasn’t getting anything out of it.
Apparently this years CES is over. I barely noticed it started.
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.
Start8 1.31 Changelog
-Added some additional strings to bundled language files for Windows 8.1
-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
The guys over at MajorGeeks have some Geeked out T-shirts on sale.
I just Picked up the Geek Lightning Bolt (AC/DC-ish) shirt.
MajorGeeks Black T-Shirt Sale! Save 30% on all designs until 12/7.
NASA 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.
[H]ardOCP has a Battlefield 4 Video Card Performance and IQ Review. Good info from those folks as always.
A few articles from the Windows Blog today:
This is for my fellow Geeks.
This is for advanced users only.
BACKUP before using tweaks.
As I said, this is for advanced users only.
No “how to use”, no support, no whining.