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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 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

Jun 082014

washmonIt was a slow week tech wise as Computex was a yawner.

Wil Wheaton has a new show on Syfy.

The gang at Windows Weekly discussed the Windows start menu saga.

I went up to D.C. to visit (some of) the Smithsonian museums, the Washington Monument, and Mount Vernon. It was a great experience and one I would recommend.
On a Geek related note…
They are building a new museum and next to it was the dumpster pictured below.
The dumpster is for metal scrap but on first glance that is not what I saw :wink:

May 282014


WARNING: Using TrueCrypt is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues
This page exists only to help migrate existing data encrypted by TrueCrypt.
The development of TrueCrypt was ended in 5/2014 after Microsoft terminated support of Windows XP. Windows 8/7/Vista and later offer integrated support for encrypted disks and virtual disk images. Such integrated support is also available on other platforms (click here for more information). You should migrate any data encrypted by TrueCrypt to encrypted disks or virtual disk images supported on your platform.


May 282014

thXP Update Hack?

Registry Cleaners
Microsoft support policy for the use of registry cleaning utilities

However, serious issues can occur when you modify the registry incorrectly using these types of utilities. These issues might require users to reinstall the operating system due to instability.

10+ year old quote from me:

These programs may be of use to those who know what they are doing to fix problems. The problem is people use this for some sort of a performance tweak (which it isn’t) and then run into problems like Windows or programs becoming unresponsive or not working as expected.

New Middleware Technology Quadruples SSD Speed

Pricing and Details for Intel’s Devil’s Canyon and Unlocked Pentium Leaked Online
Intel Devil’s Canyon and Pentium 20th Anniversary Series CPUZ Shots Leaked – Specifications Confirmed

Good Reading
Everything Is Broken

May 132014

microsoft_Knight_shieldMicrosoft Patch Tuesday includes updates for all supported Operating Systems, Internet Explorers, and Offices:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for May 2014

Adobe gets in on the Patch Tuesday action too:
APSB14-15 Security Updates available for Adobe Reader and Acrobat
APSB14-14 Security Updates available for Adobe Flash Player
Download Adobe Flash Player
Download Adobe Reader or update from within the program (Help > Check for updates).

Google won’t be left out:
The Stable Channel has been updated to 34.0.1847.137 for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Download or update from within the program.

May 092014

firefox_2013Firefox 29.0.1 Is Out
Download (Windows, EN-US)
Release Notes
Download other languages and operating systems
Firefox 29.0.1 for Android is available in the Play Store.

Celebrating 12 years of this month. Another logo from the past in the header.

Unreal? Totally!
New Unreal Tournament in development, and it’ll be absolutely free

The End Is Nigh
Some folks are having issues with Windows 8.1 Update 1. This update is a requirement for future updates.
These ‘future updates’ are this Tuesday. Many folks aren’t happy about that.
We used the term for the end of XP. Can we please stop using the term ‘apocalypse’ for Windows issues?

Hope you have a great weekend!

May 072014

humpdayHappy Hump Day!

Microsoft Security Intelligence Report Volume 16 Regional Threat Assessment
These documents provide specific threat information by region for the time period July to December 2013.
Click the link above. It will take you to a download page.
There you can check off the country or countries of your choice.

Stuff I’m Doing
Installing security cameras using Raspberry Pi for one and my old Droid X for another.
If you’ve done something like this and have some advice, please let me know ( ).

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
Release Notes
Download other languages and operating systems
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Thunderbird 24.4.0
Release Notes
Download other languages and operating systems

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.