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April 22, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

It's no secret that Elon Musk (and others) are afraid of the huge, possible pitfalls of AI. And yes, usually what happens is something we never considered, sort of along the lines of "No one expects the Spanish Inquisition.", not that I think the Inquisition was at all like a Monty Python skit, but there are reasons to fear both "minded" or "mindless" machines. The irony is that they can be both simultaneously, thanks to AI.

So, Musk has come (it appears) to have come to Dr. Str...
April 8, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

F.Lux 4 is a new, beta version of the blue light filtering application for Windows. It introduces presets, and options to whitelist programs.

You can download it here: https://justgetflux.com/flux-setup4.exe 

Read more about it here: http://www.ghacks.net/2017/04/05/f-lux-4-brings-presets-and-program-whitelist-2/ 

What's new?

Bedtime mode: warmer light before bed gets you ready for sleep, and works with all kinds of schedulesDisable by app (so you do...
April 5, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

MS has finally revealed what data it collects from you (if you're using W10). I'm sure they collected data from earlier OSs, but they haven't revealed just what in which OS.

There's a good general picture in the linked article, but if you want the nitty gritty, go here: https://technet.microsoft.com/itpro/windows/configure/basic-level-windows-diagnostic-events-and-fields 

and here: https://technet.microsoft.com/itpro/windows/configure/windows-diagno...
April 2, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

This just in from an early updater to the north of us (me, anyway)...

"Microsoft may have talked up the creativity aspects of the Windows 10 Creators Update, but some of the best things about Windows’ major releases are all the little conveniences that fly under the radar.

Some of these are truly new additions—USB Audio 2.0 support, for example—while others are once-buried features that have gained new prominence, like the family options breakout within Windows ...
April 2, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

I enjoy reading articles in TechRepublic...I found this one very informative as to possible borking with the Creator Update.

Mind you, I know folks who opted for early update and it has gone just fine for them, without problems at all.

 

On the other hand, MS's big updates have a penchant for problems, so you might wish to wait with this one to see reports of problems before implementing the update.

This article discusses how: http://www.techrepublic.com/artic...
April 1, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

Well, SJ34 passed. That little gem can be read here.

"Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services”.Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Congress disapproves the rule submitted by...
March 30, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

For people updating the usual way, the target date is 4/11/17.

If you can't wait until then, Then you'll be able to download it on 4/5/17 (per Neowin):

"The method will be the same as it was with the Anniversary Update; you'll be using the Update Assistant application, which you'll be able to download here. The only steps necessary are to install it and run it, and the Creators Update will begin downloading." - Neowin

Those participating in the Windows Ins...
March 28, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

Well here's a first...gHacks (Martin Brinkmann) gave an app a five star rating.

"Bandizip 6.0 is offered as a portable version for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows, and as an installer. The latest version is not compatible with Windows XP. Only option that you have is to keep on using Bandizip 5.x on devices running the operating system. Installation is straightforward. Please note that the option to send usage statistics and crash reports is enabled when you install the pr...
March 18, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

"Adguard is a third-party web service that allows you to download Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office ISO images from Microsoft services directly....One of the better options to get those is provided by the Windows ISO Downloader program for Windows. You may use the program to grab ISO images of Windows or Office versions or editions straight from Microsoft servers....The Adguard website offers an alternative. If's biggest advantage over Windows ISO Downloader is ...
March 16, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

The easiest way to get rid of the adds in the W10 Start Menu is with Start10.

But say you haven't gotten Start 10 (not here!), there are other places it will appear: Your desktop and file explorer.

Here's a quicky video tutorial from TechRepublic on how to rid yourself of the nuisances: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/windows-10-gets-even-more-ads-heres-how-to-disable-them-all/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=23906934820265111040450294515746 

 

Enjoy! An...
March 15, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

More meanderings and a really good find for the photographers among us.

Lightroom (Adobe) is a great piece of software for image improvement.

The article linked gives five alternatives which are free. I'm playing with two of them at the moment, and they are: RawTherapee and LightZone.

 

You can read about them on their sites. There are screen shots as well as help pages. Steep learning curves, but really good software.

 

 

Download links:
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March 14, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

Wow! Adobe KnowHow has a ton of courses (on its software, of course)...some are free some are paid.

However, there's a programming course for absolute beginners...free...

Anyway, won't cost you anything to take a look.

Here: https://www.adobeknowhow.com/

 
March 5, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

Stumbled across this quite by accident...so, here it is.

The catalog can be found here: https://software.nasa.gov/NASA_Software_Catalog_2017-18.pdf 

It's far too long to quote, but there's just about anything you could want or need...

 "The NASA catalog also contains some super software which can help ordinary computer users. Here are some of the popular tools that have been open sourced by NASA:

Worldview Satellite Imagery Browsing and Downloading To...
March 4, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

Still no real "super winner"...each has pluses and minuses.

There are those who use Windows' included firewall and Defender and are happy with them. Others prefer to add one of the 'free' antivirals like Avast (it has a 'paid' version as well). 

There are sites like The Top 10  and Tom's Guides which review software...and express their opinions, but it comes down to what works best on your system and what you can afford.

How can you know ...
February 25, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

Before dealing with how this sucks and doesn't, download another browser (Vivaldi, Chrome, Brave...etc.) and use it until the Edge/IE vulnerability is fixed. And...last week Google revealed a Windows vulnerability, as well.

You can read about the Edge/IE vulnerability here, if you're of a mind to do so: https://bugs.chromium.org/p/project-zero/issues/detail?id=1011

 

"It is Google's policy to disclose any vulnerability after 90 days if the notified compan...