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General Discussion / Re: Black Friday Sale
« on: November 27, 2015, 08:52:22 PM »
I finally went back and checked the availability. There were local Office Depot/Max stores that had it in stock, so I bought one online and will pick it up next week. This way there is no 5:00 a.m. frantic rush with a three hour wait in line. Not a bad deal. Thanks for your input.  Doug.   

General Discussion / Re: Black Friday Sale
« on: November 27, 2015, 01:49:32 PM »
Bob, I found the listing, but it appears to be out-of-stock, as there is no response to mouse clicking on it. There is, however, another brand offered for $29.99, a Lexar 128 GB Flashdrive. Why it didn't appear on my search is unknown, but I assume that the $24.99 offering was very popular and is sold out. Both are nice deals.  Thanks for your info.  Doug

General Discussion / Re: Black Friday Sale
« on: November 27, 2015, 01:12:46 AM »
Although there are quite a few flash drives available for online purchase from Home/Office Depot, according to the ad that I accessed online, the SanDisk Ultra® USB 3.0 Flash Drive, 128GB, Item # 287652, is checked for " Sold in stores only." Take a look at the ad and see for yourself:  (Scroll just about halfway down).

I am sorry to see this as I customarily avoid the frantic stampede on Friday morning. The store would probably be sold out by the time I got there. I will, however, buy a few of their flash drives that are available online, such as the tiny 32 gigabyte PNY MicroMetal Attaché USB 2.0 Flash Drive, Item #  853309. There are several 64 gigabyte flash drives for around $15.00, as well.

Thanks for the heads up though, it is still worth the effort to check things out. 


General Discussion / Guide to Mute Browser Tabs for Various Browsers
« on: November 27, 2015, 12:36:02 AM »
Guide to Mute Browser Tabs for Various Browsers. Sometimes one of your tabs in a browser will host a video that starts playing while you are busy in another tab. Instead of having to open each tab and search for the errant video, this article will point out how you can turn it off without departing from what you are involved in.

Make Tech Easier

Update: 11-27-2015: The reason for backing off and then coming back at it again begins to reveal itself. Microsoft's WIN10 "Upgrade" takes it upon itself to uninstall programs that the user has installed and replaces them with the WIN10 "Upgrade".

Leave it to Microsoft for pure brazen gall:

Windows 10 users need to be aware of this. Not sure what it means (?):

Update: 11-25-2015


General Discussion / Windows 7 is now just under 50%, WIN10 is 9.8%
« on: November 17, 2015, 11:14:08 PM »

General Discussion / Re: creating more free space
« on: November 15, 2015, 06:49:55 PM »
One of the most conveniently effective methods of searching your drives for files that could possibly be removed is to use a (free) program, such as Wiz Tree. This program will search your drive and display each identified folder and its contents by size and name. You can navigate around the file folder tree and locate unusually large files that might be movable, or removable. Once I noticed that the room on a C:\ partition kept getting smaller, on a daily basis. Both Wiz Tree and SpaceSniffer revealed a collection of huge restore files suddenly being saved in the System Volume Information folder. I accessed Backup and Restore and turned off the backup program, which automatically deleted all the backed up restoration files. Then, you can turn it back on again. If it continues to gobble up OS partition space, you can set a limitation on the amount of space that Windows will be allowed to accumulate making back up files.

There could be other files, such as email Inbox compilations. Some files don't need to reside on drive C:\ and could possibly be copied to another partition, or external hard drive. You might also reinstall programs to another partition.

Wiz Tree


Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for November 2015   Published: November 10, 2015,  Updated: November 11, 2015,  v. 1.1

There are four critical and eight important security updates.

Please note concerns about update flaw(s):



Update 11-12

Windows 10 November 2015 Threshold 2 Upgrade:

General Discussion / RAMMap v. 1.4 Reveals What is Loaded into RAM
« on: November 08, 2015, 01:50:18 AM »
Take a closer look at what is loaded into your Random Access Memory (RAM). You can locate the folder for each file in the file summary and file details tabs. The program is an ".exe" file and the icon can be copied to your desktop for instant activation. Every now and then it helps to know what is causing all the hard drive commotion. 

MS Tech Support

RAMMap v. 1.4 (Download site):

Check out the Microsoft TechNet library for useful info and programs:

This is truly impressive, at least for its size. The cost can't be beat either. You have to add a usb hub to connect both a mouse and keyboard, but the PC itself can be slipped into your jacket pocket and carried around from location to location. It has battery powered capabilities, as well.  Pretty nifty, I would say. Voyo-V2 Mini PC

Buy it here (?): >>> Please note that this vender has an "unsatisfactory" WOT rating for "poor customer experience".

General Discussion / Global webcam network.
« on: November 03, 2015, 11:40:25 AM »
Here is a collection of world wide webcams.

Global Webcam Network

Locate and print shortcut command lists for most popular programs.

General Discussion / How to Reset Windows 10 to Default Factory Settings
« on: October 27, 2015, 07:41:47 PM »
How to Reset Windows 10 to Default Factory Settings.
This could be a convenient way to avoid having to reinstall Windows 10 if things get sluggish.

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