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Windows 10's Two Browsers (Edge and IE11) Explained. Internet Explorer is still on the road to extinction.

General Discussion / Re: Quadcopter Videos
« on: June 27, 2015, 02:49:37 PM »
Hilarious tree encounters. Here's a few notions on the drone delivery subject:

Example of a typical drone delivery:

Problems with the concept:

One of the multitude of problems confronting drones:

Microsoft clears up some questions about who gets Windows 10 for free. This might clarify the "free" upgrade issue for some. 

Updated 6-27-2015 -

More Info. on WIN10 upgrades

For some reason, according to HP, MS refused to patch a vulnerability reported to MS by HP. So, HP released the exploit code info to the public (hackers included). MS has now got the ball in this who is spiting who contest. Meanwhile, watch for a cascade display on your windows 7/8.1 screen (32 bit systems only), if that is what happens.


Fire season looms ahead. Here are a few informational websites that can provide up-to-date data on fires that could be of immediate concern. The fire near Big Bear Lake is cited as an example. Note the extent of the details being made available. The CAL FIRE webpages comprise a very impressive informational website.


Incident Information System - (Lake fire):

Incident Information System (updated 6-28-2015):

Large map of the fire area   
Updated 6-28-2015.

Cal Fire List of fires

Google Maps fire information

Forestry Service

General Discussion / Re: Get Windows 10 Finally Appears in Taskbar
« on: June 20, 2015, 06:07:31 PM »
Hi Ralph,

The below article suggests that PC operators waiting in anticipation of the July 29th., release  date, might actually receive their downloaded upgrade to Windows 10 up to a week earlier. Note the quotation below from that article. This could let persons who have already committed to the upgrade (ie. having installed the "Get Windows 10" button) receive it sooner than the 29th., and avoid the congestion of 200 million frantic Windows 7/8.1 users trying to pull ahead into the desired new upgrade within the same approximate time frame.

Quoted from the article:  "  Several days before the 29th, there is discussion about pushing out or pre-downloading bits of the Windows 10 RTM on PC’s registered for the Windows 10 update.

The idea is to begin a gradual download days before the actual “RTM date” so there is less to do on the actual date.

These updates would run in the background and may or may not be an actual “process” that users need to actually approve or kick off.

So word to the wise, keep your PC’s on a few days before the 29th. It might help your RTM upgrade process a lot quicker.  "


I have noticed that when I chip in five or ten dollars every now and then for "freeware" programs, that they sometimes suddenly improve their performance. This does not mean the annual charge for the "pro" versions of some programs, but simply responding to a request from a freeware geek for a modest amount of support, which is completely legitimate to ask for considering the efforts software programmers go to to create and update their creations. My YouTube video downloader program was greatly improved after a ten dollar donation. I gave another five later after installing an upgrade. The improvement in download speed was phenomenal and I am no longer getting "not available for download messages" on numerous posted videos. It clearly pays to, well, pay, even if is only a relatively small amount, to garner the appreciation of the freeware's author.

Several sites that offer previous versions of programs for download.
Every now and then, this could prove to be useful, albeit temporarily, in most cases. A new upgrade might cause problems and a newer version could have unwanted mandatory features or no longer have desired ones.

Make Tech Easier

Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for June 2015 - There are two critical and six important security patches.

MS Security


General Discussion / A Brief Overview of Three Windows 10 Components.
« on: June 05, 2015, 10:26:10 PM »
A Brief Overview of Three Windows 10 Components. From Windows 10 Update.

The Start Menu

The Microsoft Edge Browser


General Discussion / Re: Posting URL's on the BB
« on: May 28, 2015, 11:14:35 PM »
Interesting!  The below websites discuss the topic of the maximum length of a URL (Uniform Resource Locator), and the URL query string, plus the types of characters and punctuation:         


Alan, I am curious as to the function of the URL string beyond the "?" question mark and "/" slash separators? Since these are not apparently needed to access the URLs intended location, what other purposes might be served by the additional string, or "excess stuff"? I am guessing that it identifies the source of the web surfer's origin and quite possibly could lead to the placement of tracking cookies (?). 



General Discussion / How to Find & Replace Outdated Windows Drivers
« on: May 28, 2015, 10:33:02 PM »
How to Find & Replace Outdated Windows Drivers

Make Use Of:

This photo consists of a stitching of 70,000 individual photos. Navigate into and around it for very sharp details.


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