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Aug 172014

Q – Hi Eric I’m one of your long time readers and just thought i would let you know that UBCD4Win has be discontinued and just wondering if you had any new recommendations.

A – Yeah,the UBCD4Win was given up several years ago. I believe the creator had financial issues and sold the domain too.
You can grab the last image at Major Geeks:

As for an alternative, Hiren’s is good:

If you are looking for something more modern you’ll have to manually create one.
Usually this involves creating a WinPE disk and can be quite involved. See:

Q – Hello i was following your tweak guide for windows 7 and when i got to the regedit tweak i noticed that some of the entries weren’t in that particular folder mentioned for example:
do i just add them as a string or dword or do i just leave it alone? i also dont have an entrie for the 8.3 names and last access.
any help would be highly appreciated thank you

A – Yes, some entries need to be created.
Download the file below, edit it as you see fit, change the file extension from .txt to .reg, double-click to apply, reboot.

Q – As I understand it, power saver can help you get the most from a single battery charge on a laptop. High performance maximizes screen brightness and might increase PC performance so this would be bet for a laptop that is plugged in 24/7? So when would I want to used Balanced if unplugged = power saver and plugged in = high performance?
Also, where do keep your slider bars for “Adjust plan brightness” for each plan?” I didn’t see it in the guide. Mine are all the way up for all three plans for both plugged in and battery. Don’t think they should be.

A – As I said in the Windows 8.1 Tweak Guide, “I use all 3 plans: High Perf on the desktop, Balanced on a laptop, and Power saver on the laptop while traveling.” You can adjust (and save) these plans as you see fit.
As to display brightness. This is personal preference (and will change with age). Obviously, the brighter the display the more you will consume power.
For laptop that is on battery power I would recommend.
High Perf: From the lowest comfortable setting to Max.
Balanced: the lowest comfortable setting.
Power Saver: the lowest usable setting.

Aug 122014

deflep_logoSorry for the lack of updates. I went out of town for a few days.
One of the things I did was attend the Def Leppard / KISS concert in VA Beach.
I’ve put a few pics up in Dropbox if you’re interested.

Time To Run Windows Update
Updates available for all currently supported MS operating systems(and OneNote 2007 SP3).
Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for August 2014
As predicted, the updates for Windows 8.1 Update 2 were minimal.
See: August updates for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2

Adobe Updates
As usual Adobe has rolled out their updates on Patch Tuesday too:
APSB14-19 Security updates available for Adobe Reader and Acrobat
Download Adobe Reader or update from within the program (Help > Check for updates).
APSB14-18 Security updates available for Adobe Flash Player
Download Adobe Flash Player

Flashy Chrome
The Stable Channel has been updated to 36.0.1985.143 for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Because Google Chrome has Flash embedded it gets updated when Flash does. This update also contains other security fixes.
Download or update from within the program.

Sysinternals Freeware Updates
System Monitor is a new program that monitors and logs system activity. I haven’t had time to check it out.
Autoruns 12.01
Coreinfo 3.3
Process Explorer 16.03

iTunes 11.3.1
Mp3tag v2.62
XBMC is now named Kodi

Site Stuff…
My nephew is off to college and needed a laptop. I gave him my Alienware so I’m back to my 6+ year old system. It’s been updated since that first article. See My Computers for the full specs.


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 252014

thNo, I haven’t gone anywhere. Just not much happening out there.

CCleaner has been updated to v4.15. Minor update. Download here.
p.s. – Pay attention during install, may install unwanted stuff.
p.p.s. – You know there is a CCleaner for Android now too? has finally gotten to version 4.0. Download. Changelog.
FYI – “Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows.

Mp3tag v2.60 released.

My favorite music/ripper converter has been updated to version 15.1.
dBpoweramp Music Converter home page (release notes).

Linux Mint 17 KDE is out. This is a LTE release (long term support).

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 ( ).