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Oct 222014

nvidiaNow That’s A Mouthful
Nvida Geforce Game Ready WHQL 344.48 Drivers are out.
Release Notes
Newest Linux drivers are 340.46 dated 30SEPT2014.

Anyone Remember LightScribe?
I went searching for LightScribe software and found HP had ended their support for LightScribe last year. I found LightScribe drivers here:

Software Updates
Acronis True Image 2015 build 6055. Log in to your account to download. (Release Notes)
MP3Tag 2.65

Below is a text conversation I had with a friend last night.
This followed a conversation we had earlier. He and his wife bought a Windows 8 laptop. They hate it. I told him I could fix it (make it look/run like win7), or I could find them a Windows 7 laptop. Then I get this:

Oct 142014

windows securityWow, updates wherever you look!

Time To Run Windows Update
Microsoft has whole slew of updates this month:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for October 2014

Firefox 33
Update from within the program: Help > About Firefox > Check for updates
Download (Windows, EN-US)
Release Notes
Download other languages and operating systems
Firefox 33 for Android is available in the Play Store.
openSUSE users, FF 33 is available in the Mozilla Repo.

Google Chrome
The stable channel has been updated to 38.0.2125.104 for Windows, Mac and Linux.
This release contains an update for Adobe Flash as well as a number of other fixes.

Download or update from within the program.

Adobe Flash
Flash has been updated to version
Flash for IE
Flash for other browsers
Main download page
Windows 8 users check Windows Update.

Oct 072014

goodgriefChrome 38.0.2125.101
Download or update from within the program.
Source: Google Chrome Blog

The Chrome team is delighted to announce the promotion of Chrome 38 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux. Chrome 38.0.2125.101 contains a number of fixes and improvements, including:
– A number of new apps/extension APIs
– Lots of under the hood changes for stability and performance

Oh, Good Grief
Dunno what has gotten in to Neowin lately. Is this really a front page news story?
Especially since it was posted last January at WinAero :rolleyes:

Oct 022014

thpinpostlogoGoing Around Your A$$ To Get To Your Elbow
Both Neowin And Betanews posted articles on how to install Win10 from a USB stick. Both posted the hard way. As immediately pointed out by Neowinians, just use the same tool we’ve all been using for Windows 7/8/8.1, the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. It is how I did it.
BTW – I’m going to keep calling it Win10. Remember, you saw it hear first :wink:

Upgrade To Win10
I never do this but after installing Win10 straight up, I decided to see how upgrading to Win10 from Windows 8.1 would go…
I mounted the ISO and clicked setup.exe. 20 minutes later I was done. Event Viewer had a few issues but in general everything went OK. Even Start8 was in place and working. I don’t recommend this however. If you attempt this be sure to make a disk image first.

PCMark got an update today. Below is the text of the email I received:

Hello Editor
We released a minor update for PCMark 8 today that adds a much requested feature.
By default, PCMark 8 runs each test workload three times, using the average to calculate the overall score. We’ve found that this is the best way to smooth out any variance introduced by operating system factors outside of the benchmark itself.
Repeating each test three times, however, does mean that it can take a long time to complete a benchmark run. We know that when troubleshooting or trying to improve performance it would be helpful to run a shorter test that completes in less time.
This update introduces a new command line option to PCMark 8 Professional Edition that allows you to set the number of passes for each test. Set –pass=1 for a quick test running each workload just once. Or set –pass to a higher number to repeat each test multiple times for highly accurate benchmark results.
You can read the complete release notes for this update below. PCMark 8 will prompt you to install the update, or you can download the latest version here: (2.9 GB)
Best wishes,

All you guys using Win10 be sure to leave feedback. I left one for some issues in Event Viewer. The feedback is searchable too. I found the one below and piled on (click Me Too!).

I saw this at Brobible. Had to post it…

Sep 192014

oktoberfestFall officially starts September 22 at 22:29 EDT. I love this time of year, football, MLB pennant races heating up, pumpkin and Oktoberfest style beers, and Oktoberfest celebrations. For those non-U.S. folks, yes, we do have lots of smaller Oktoberfest celebrations here. There are several in my town including one this weekend. They are not as magnificent as the original but the spirit is still there! I do want to attend the Munich Oktoberfest again someday. Anyway, on with the news…

Computer Hardware
Nvidia 344.11 WHQL Drivers (Linux 343.22 drivers too)
[H]ardOCP – NVIDIA Maxwell GPU GeForce GTX 980 Video Card Review

openSUSE 13.2
openSUSE 13.2 is scheduled to be released on November, 4th. The Beta was supposed to be released yesterday but has been pushed back until Monday.
Oh, and for you guys in the aforementioned thread complaining, “We need serious help marketing/spreading the word about openSUSE 13.2“. Get off your high-horse and engage people. I asked for access to the 13.1 GM as soon as it was ready so I could have a review up on release day. My request went ignored. How about getting folks to write articles on actual websites and not in those horrid forum articles section. Sorry, but openSUSE Lizards isn’t much better (horrible format). You need something that looks a little better. Maybe try offering some swag or something to potential writers too.

Firefox 32.0.2. Yes. this is the 3rd update this month :rolleyes:
Ultimate Boot CD 5.3.2

Lots of folks aren’t happy with Acronis TI 2015.
U2 Claims It’s Working With Apple On A New Music Format That ‘Can’t Be Pirated’ :rotfl:

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Sep 162014

ms_mess_analyzerOnce a staple of AOR stations, Twofer Tuesday seems relegated to the Classic Rock stations now. Fear not! I’ve got Two Twofers here :wink:

Windows 8.1 Reliability update. Hit up Windows Update (look in the optional section if you don’t see it).
Microsoft Message Analyzer 1.1 – TechNet blog post here.
Message Analyzer enables you to capture, display, and analyze protocol messaging traffic; and to trace and assess system events and other messages from Windows components.

Adobe Reader updated.
Adobe Acrobat updated.
Security Updates available for Adobe Reader and Acrobat

Sep 152014

thThe Week Ahead
Adobe Reader will be updated tomorrow.
iOS 8 comes out on Wednesday. Speaking of Apple…

Would You Like Some Cheese With That Whine?
Apple has actually created a tool for all the cry babies that don’t want the free U2 album:
Remove iTunes gift album “Songs of Innocence” from your iTunes music library and purchases

Because beating up on Apple/iSheep is fun…
Apple Pay is as safe as your selfies, says PayPal ad
Dear iPhone 6 users, welcome to 2012!
A brief history of Samsung mocking Apple announcements

OCAU has been around for over 12 years now. In that time I’ve seen darn near every tech/computer site that was around back then disappear.
One site that has hung on and still does it old school is Overclockers Australia. I’m glad they are still around.

Google Chrome Software Removal Tool
This is a weird one.
If you notice Chrome behaving strangely (for example, showing you unusual startup pages, toolbars, or pop-up ads you can’t get rid of), it may be due to an unwanted program on your computer.
Well gee wiz. Ya think?
You may be able to fix the problem by downloading and running the Software Removal Tool. Think of this as a “factory reset” of Chrome. It restores Chrome’s original settings and removes programs that affect its behavior.

Windows 9
Microsoft announces ‘Windows 9′ event in San Francisco on September 30th

Firefox 32.0.1

Cool Links
Here are some interesting links that were brought to my attention this week:
How to determine the appropriate page file size for 64-bit versions of Windows
How to easily delete your online accounts

Reader Email
This one was kinda long but the gist of it (as I understood it) was this guy has 2 raided SSD’s and 2 raided 2TB hard drives. He wants some software that will basically make the SSD’s cache for the hard drives. Essentially creating a hybrid setup.
I’ve got no clue on this one. If anyone has a suggestion, let me know.

Sep 102014

avatar-redSept. 10th is the Internet Slowdown

Google probes alleged theft of 5 mln Gmail passwords
OneDrive now supports 10 GB files
Franklin ship discovery solves ‘one of Canada’s great mysteries’

Microsoft Security Essentials
MSE was updated to version 4.6.0305.0. As usual no release notes.
Download it or get it via Windows Update.

VB 4.3.16 is out. “a maintenance release which improve stability and fixes regressions.
Release Notes

BB 1.4 released. “has much better support for Winapp2.ini, Firefox, and Google Chrome plus other improvements.
This program is a CCleaner alternative for Windows and Linux.

iBloatware updated to version 11.4. Updates for iOS 8.
Be sure to see: Ed Bott – The unofficial guide to installing iTunes 10 without bloatware

Sep 092014

microsoft_Knight_shieldTime To Run Windows Update
Updates available for all currently supported operating systems.
Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for September 2014

Adobe Updates
APSB14-21 Security updates available for Adobe Flash Player
Download Adobe Flash Player

Reader will be updated “during the week of September 15, 2014“.
Prenotification Security Advisory for Adobe Reader and Acrobat

Google Chrome Updated
“The stable channel has been updated to 37.0.2062.120 for Windows, Mac and Linux.
This release contains an update for Adobe Flash as well as a number of other fixes.”
Download or update from within the program.

Sep 012014

nottopsecretTop Secret :wink:
Shhhh… Firefox 32 is officially released tomorrow. As usual sites are starting to post the links.
English(U.S.)(windows) is here. Other folks go here, right-click the appropriate file > copy url > paste url > replace 31 with 32 and go.

Social Networks Are Bad For You
Captain Obvious says: Evidence Grows That Online Social Networks Have Insidious Negative Effects
I tried the social networking thing. I just don’t get it.

Still Want Your Stuff In The Cloud?
oh my 8-O

LibreOffice 4.3.1 is out.

Aug 312014

intellogoHaswell- mEh
The new, fastest CPU’s are out. As usual it seems the best bang-for-buck is 2 notches down from the top. It seems most of the gamer/overclocker community are unimpressed with Haswell-E. As someone who is currently stuck on a 6+ year old Core 2 Quad I am absolutely salivating over this thing.

[H]ardOCP – Intel Haswell-E Core i7-5960X CPU & X99 Chipset
With these big CPU launches, the cold hard fact of the matter is that if you primarily use your PC for gaming and overclocking, the Haswell-E is not likely for you…The new Haswell-E processor is a great piece of engineering and technology from Intel. I am extremely happy to see that it did not let the marketing department run off at the mouth this time around as well. Most of Intel’s technology does better at the introduction without a plume of BS being pumped in from behind. However, the most of us would never see an advantage to using it on our normal daily desktops, especially for gaming.

Anandtech – The Intel Haswell-E CPU Review: Core i7-5960X, i7-5930K and i7-5820K Tested
The most promising member of the three CPUs launched today is the i7-5820K, as now the lowest end CPU for the extreme Intel platform has more cores than the highest member of the mainstream platform, the i7-4790K…Most people moving from a Sandy Bridge-E or Ivy Bridge-E will not see a day-to-day adjustment in the speed of their workflow on the new platform, and the real benefit will be for those that are CPU limited.

openSUSE And The Last Great KDE 4 Release
KDE 4.14 is now in the openSUSE Current KDE SC release repos.
KDE Announcement:
The KDE Community announces the latest major updates to KDE Applications delivering primarily improvements and bugfixes. Plasma Workspaces and the KDE Development Platform are frozen and receiving only long term support; those teams are focused on the transition to Plasma 5 and Frameworks 5.