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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
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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.