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General Discussion / Current HP Computers with Windows 7 offerings.
« on: August 20, 2014, 06:13:28 PM »
Current HP Computers with Windows 7 offerings. (One Desktop includes WIN7 Pro 64)   >>> Please note! The webpage that displays Windows 7 offers has been changed twice since I first posted this information yesterday, August 20th. If WIN7 offerings are not shown, navigating through the website will reach the current WIN7 offering webpage.


General Discussion / When Windows Update Fails, This Is How You Fix It.
« on: August 19, 2014, 07:36:32 PM »
When Windows Update Fails, This Is How You Fix It.

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Microsoft pulls Patch Tuesday kernel update - MS14-045 can cause Blue Screen of Death -

Microsoft has pulled one of its August 2014 Patch Tuesday updates. MS14-045, which fixes various security holes in the Windows kernel, and can cause a Blue Screen of Death (BSoD), thus forcing a reboot.

Sophos - Naked Security

General Discussion / Re: How to test the speed of your USB drives.
« on: August 17, 2014, 11:18:42 PM »
Also available from the above referenced, is a 128 gigabyte USB 3.0 (and 2.0/1.1 compatible) Superspeed Flash Drive for $44.99

General Discussion / How to test the speed of your USB drives.
« on: August 15, 2014, 12:02:21 AM »

General Discussion / Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for August 2014
« on: August 12, 2014, 11:42:11 AM »
Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for August 2014- Published: August 12, 2014
Version: 1.0   There are two critical and seven important bulletins.


General Discussion / Read an extensive explanation of Windows 7 startup.
« on: August 09, 2014, 12:31:57 AM »
Read an extensive explanation of Windows 7 startup.

Windows 7 Startup

Manually Start and Stop Automatic Maintenance in Windows 8.

"What automatic maintenance does is to update your PC, scan for viruses and potentially harmful files, disk defragmentation, system diagnostics, etc. It will usually run when your PC is idle, so it won’t get into your way when you are working. However, there will be times when you might need to manually start or stop the automatic maintenance feature. Here is how you can do so."

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General Discussion / Consider Classic Shell to improve Windows 8.1.
« on: July 24, 2014, 09:17:47 PM »
Consider Classic Shell to improve Windows 8.1.

From the webpage:  "Classic Shell™ is free software that improves your productivity, enhances the usability of Windows and empowers you to use the computer the way you like it. The main features are:

    Highly customizable start menu with multiple styles and skins
    Quick access to recent, frequently-used, or pinned programs
    Find programs, settings, files and documents
    Start button for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
    Toolbar and status bar for Windows Explorer
    Caption and status bar for Internet Explorer

Classic Shell has been in active development for 4 years and has over 15 million downloads."

Classic Shell

Is Microsoft going backwards with the current design of Windows 9?

Windows 9 Update:

Prior posting:

Yes, you read it correctly (almost). :))  The next version of Windows, although no doubt disguised as Windows 9, will actually be WINVista8XP7HomePro8.1-9. Quoted from the article: "Satya Nadella (Microsoft CEO) just confirmed that the company was going to merge all of its major versions of Windows into one huge Windows platform."  This should forever end the squabble over which version of Windows is best......     

     The actual meaning of this merger of systems: "We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes." So, it only applies to Windows 9 and does not include any prior MS versions. The thought was so ridiculous, I simply got carried away....

     Frankly, the idea of producing an operating system for both small screen, portable devices and large desktops doesn't seem to be too sensible an approach, to me anyway, and relegating the user's opportunities to such limited options is obstructive and not beneficial to controlling the PC's operation. The small iPads are well suited to navigation by touchscreen with buttons to push. But poking at a 22" LCD screen with large icons is simply inappropriate when mouse clicking is so much more practical. Likewise, trying to set up an iPad screen to function like a desktop is similarly unrealistic. So, why the same platform for two entirely different applications?

     Hopefully, MS can coordinate all its offerings for the benefit of the user, and not try so hard to control the user's methods of operation. I sincerely hope that Windows 9 can somehow amount to the next Windows 7 in the quality of improvements and intelligence of design. Most desktop users are far more thoughtful, productive and independently creative than the oversimplified and restrictive Windows Metro interface allows for.

Business Insider:

Computer Shopper Reviews the Asus Chromebox (Chrome OS). Interesting and economical way to surf the web.

Computer Shopper

Everything You Need to Know About The “Rosetta” Flash Exploit. Just as one might suspect, this long-existing exploit is now and finally blocked by updating the Adobe flash addition to your browser. Chrome and Internet Explorer (versions 10 and 11) have included this patch in their updates, but Mozilla Firefox users will need to manually have the fix installed (by going to this webpage: ) to update your flash player, if you have it installed.

Quoted from the article:  "For years, the exploit has been out in the open and no one bothered to fix it until now. That fact alone should make you a bit wary of using Flash in the first place."

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Keep track of the drought situation with the North American Drought Monitor map, and numerous other measurements on the NOAA website (National Climatic Data Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).

Updated 8-1-2014:  USA Drought Map dated July 19th.:


NCDC Homepage:


National Drought Mitigation Center:

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