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Ed Bott's advice: "Windows 10 Spring Creators Update 1803: Act fast to delay this big upgrade."

Evidently, the Home Edition cannot delay the upgrade. The best idea is to be sure that you have backed up your operating system drive c:\ in case there are serious flaws and you need to recover and try to install it again after the upgrade is corrected and finalized. 

Ed Bott:

Microsoft: Switching out of Windows 10 S Mode will be free for all.

Mary Jo Foley:

8 Alternative Search Engines To Find What Google Can’t:

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Update: 3/10/2018

One of my most utilized search engines is DuckDuckGoog (not DuckDuckGo). "Goog" does a much more thorough search than "Go", and includes photos, which "Go" seems to overlook. Give DuckDuckGoog a try and I think you might prefer it to the more commonly used DuckDuckGo.

5 Popular Firefox Extensions You Should Remove:

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If you’re looking for safe and useful add-ons for Firefox, check out this list of the best Firefox add-ons:

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10 Chrome extensions You might consider to uninstall:

Some Chrome extensions to consider: 

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General Discussion / Re: Spectrum Internet Speed
« on: March 07, 2018, 11:18:18 PM »
Here is a snip of my Comcast connection performance in Salem, Oregon. They offer up to 150Mbps.

General Discussion / Re: Any suggestions for a free Windows 10 photoviewer?
« on: February 20, 2018, 08:22:10 PM »
Hi Ralph,

Thanks for the suggestion about Irfanview. Yes, I have had it installed before but found in earlier times that I needed to unload extra programs to make space. Today, I have 16 and 32 Gigabytes of RAM and large drives, so Irfanview is entirely suitable. I installed it from its website and there were no problems (foistware free). It works very well for viewing with some extra features available. I decided to download both the 64 and 32 bit versions.

I still use Ulead's PhotoImpact 8 for tweaking pictures and Panorama Maker 4 for creating panoramas.

Thanks again for your good advice.


The latest "upgrade" for Windows 10 does not offer a basic photo viewer as has been the case up to this point. >>>> (As of 2-24-18, the Windows 10 photo viewer has been restored by a subsequent update.) Does anyone feel that they know of a worthy free photo viewer program to install in the new Windows 10?

General Discussion / How to Repair Corrupted Files in Windows.
« on: January 12, 2018, 09:58:53 PM »
How to Repair Corrupted Files in Windows.

General Discussion / FCC votes to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules.
« on: December 14, 2017, 10:49:41 PM »
FCC votes to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules:

The three Republican members of the commission voted to repeal the net neutrality rules.

By Zack Whittaker for Between the Lines | December 14, 2017

General Discussion / Re: John Waller - November 5,2017 Programs
« on: November 26, 2017, 03:29:21 AM »
With DiskPie gone, you might consider Spacesniffer, a freeware which is mildly entertaining to watch while loading and provides a worthy, detailed display of the contents of a partition.

Uderzo Software Spacesniffer

This one can also be very useful and loads up a lot quicker: Wiz Tree

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