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Nov 232014
 

thSoftware
BleachBit 1.6
VirtualBox 4.3.20

Detekt
Several privacy outfits have banded together to release Detekt.
Detekt is a free tool that scans your Windows computer for traces of FinFisher and Hacking Team RCS, commercial surveillance spyware that has been identified to be also used to target and monitor human rights defenders and journalists around the world.
It does not work on Windows 8.1 64-bit.

Reader Emails
Q – Does the 8.1 workaround work for systems that came with 8.1 preinstalled? I used ProduKey to find my product key, but when I enter it into the Windows 8 Setup it does not work. Any thoughts? Thanks.

A – Why would you need a workaround for a 8.1 key?
If you don’t have an 8.1 ISO you can make one: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/create-reset-refresh-media
Generic keys are here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj612867.aspx
You may also want to check out: http://forums.mydigitallife.info/forums/42-Windows-8 :wink:

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Q – I loved your article and I enjoy Open Suse 13.2,, but one thing really irks me and that is the software patterns.
I remove all the patterns, yet the system still re-installs unwanted packages everytime i install software ( I even select packages selected by user), yet still I am unable to slim my installation. For me this is the biggest problem that Open Suse has and theefore stops newbies from using it.
Any ideas?

A – That ticked me off too. This behavior did not happen in previous versions of openSUSE. When I mentioned it in the forums they acted like I’ve got a screw loose.
To fix it: YaST > Software Management > Options > check Ignore Recommended Packages for Already Installed Packages.

Nov 072014
 

opensusegeekoThe site has been moved to a new server. Hopefully everything is OK.

Firefox 33.0.3 Released
Fixes “black screen” and “startup crashes” 8-O
Update from within the program: Help > About Firefox > Check for updates
Download (Windows, EN-US)
Release Notes
Download other languages and operating systems

openSUSE 13.2 Is Out
Lots of new stuff in it.
Announcement & Details
Download
There are no working proprietary AMD Radeon drivers.
This is a show stopper on one of my systems. See FGLRX – Warning openSUSE 13.2 / Tumbleweed
Also, I am mot using the new default BTRFS.

Nvidia Drivers
Nvida Geforce Game Ready WHQL 344.48 Drivers are out.
Best gaming experience for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Download
Release Notes
Linux 340.58 dated 11/5 are also out. Download

Oct 272014
 

intelcorei7Just a few updates. Installing Windows 7 on my new/used computer.

Samsung SSD 840 EVO Performance Restoration Software v1.1

CCleaner v4.19

Chrome
The stable channel has been updated to 38.0.2125.111 for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Download or update from within the program.

Firefox 33.0.1
Update from within the program: Help > About Firefox > Check for updates
Download (Windows, EN-US)
Release Notes
Download other languages and operating systems

Oct 222014
 

nvidiaNow That’s A Mouthful
Nvida Geforce Game Ready WHQL 344.48 Drivers are out.
Download
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: http://www.pawtec.com/lightscribe/

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

*Sigh*
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:
sigh_win8

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 15.0.0.189.
Download:
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.

Quickie
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: http://www.futuremark.com/downloads/pcmark8.zip (2.9 GB)
Best wishes,
Oliver

Feedback
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!).
win10_white_text

I saw this at Brobible. Had to post it…
isheep

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.

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

Etc.
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:

Microsoft
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
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…
:evil:

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
:bigcry:

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
:mrgreen:

OCAU
TweakHound.com 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.
:clink:

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.
Um…OK…

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

Software
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

Headlines
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.

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

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

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