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April 15, 2017 by kona0197 on Kona
Due to the fact that I absolutely hate Contana and the way Microsoft collects data about people, I was curious if there was a good way to remove Cortana without harming the way Windows 10 works? Or should I consider buying a copy of 7? 
April 8, 2017 by DrJBHL on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 27, 2017 by starkers on starkers corner
At long last, after various hold-ups and distractions, days when I felt like crap with vertigo and arthritis, I finally got my AMD FX 8350 in the Thermaltake Level 10 case up and running again.  Admittedly, there were a few things I needed to do to it - like install an AMD GFX card to match the CPU brand-wise, swap out some RAM and HDDS, etc - but that was just one part of a larger project.  I've also been remodelling my desk and reorganising everything so I'm not using as much...
March 18, 2017 by DrJBHL on 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 17, 2017 by Uvah on Uvah's Work Shop
I run MalwareBytes every other day. Today I updated the data-base then ran the scan. When the scan finished MB said it found 705 pups, potentially unwanted programs, 705! Go to details and every file, registry entry, folder etc. that was Advanced System Care had been quarantined! HUH!! Say what!

I ran MB day before yesterday and it did not touch ASC. Now all of a sudden its on MB's hit list. Now I have to reinstall ASC and wonder...if I run MB again will it do the same thing? Suggestions....
March 20, 2017 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
Fences and Start10 are two popular apps from Stardock. Fences is an app that lets you organize your desktop icons into customizable fences. Start10 is an alternative Start menu for Windows 10 that brings additional options over the default Start menu. Both of these are also included with an Object Desktop membership.

One of the great things about having both these apps is they work wonderfully together and Start10 has an integrated feature with Fences which allows you to show your f...
March 16, 2017 by DrJBHL on 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 on 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 on 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/