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Consider the effects of a system restore before using it.

I might also add that system restore can begin downloading gigabytes of files with each shutting down requiring a user to delete the bulky files and shut off system restore until they can figure out what is causing the malfunction.

Item under review:

Here's the info on the latest WOW.Slider v. 7.4 photo program.


My HP Desktop came up with 34.666 Mbps on Comcast (Salem, Oregon).

Interestingly, a Comcast broadband speed test displayed:
     Download Speed: 59.38 Mbps
     Upload Speed:  12.12 Mbps
     Latentcy: 10 ms

The GEEK Squad test:

     Download Speed:  10.94 Mbps
     Upload Speed:  10.28 Mbps           (quite a difference). ?????


     Download Speed:  59.34 Mbps
     Upload Speed:  12.03  Mbps
     Latency:  18 ms

Charter Communications

      Download Speed:  59.44 Mbps
      Upload Speed:  12.06  Mbps
      Latency:  25 ms

General Discussion / Re: Windows 7 exodus - need help
« on: January 14, 2015, 08:30:55 PM »
You might as well contact Lenovo support and/or the dealer you bought the laptop from, and determine what they might offer as an upgrade from Windows 7 to a customer. Its at least worth a try.   ::)

Lenovo Support:

Lenovo Forums:

Lenovo Upgrade to 8.1 advisory:

Lenovo Upgrade to 8.1 FAQ:

Here is an eBay offer of a Windows 8 "Lenovo Windows 8 Pro/App Drivers Recovery Disc set/Upgrade to 8.1 (13355-402D". If you could somehow install this over Windows 7, you might then be able to get a free upgrade to Windows 8.1. Probably a bit chancy though. Can't guarantee results but the cost is $14.99 plus $3.84 shipping. You might check with Alan on this.

Updated 1/14/2015 - Sophos-Naked Security summarizes the January updates (not patches):

Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for January 2015 - Note the change info below regarding advance notifications. There are seven important bulletins and one critical one.

Please note the announced change(s) in the advanced notification service. The Security Bulletin Summary appears to be basically unchanged.

New offering> My Bulletins (contoured to your personal needs):

The two partition directory contents programs that I use when wondering what is inside a given partition, are Wiztree and Spacesniffer. Recently, I noticed that my primary drive C:\ partition was growing daily by 1.9 Gigabytes! That was too much for me to fathom. So, I brought up Spacesniffer and clicked for the screen display to include both open space and unknown, not yet scanned space, and the 21 Gigabytes of mysterious extra files was revealed as being in the second category, meaning that the file(s) was/were hidden and access was being denied. I wondered what sinister content was thus being revealed. I was already aware that the system volume information sub-directory was inexplicably bloated, and by the approximate amount of the mysterious 21 Gigabytes.

The next step was to bring up Wiztree, and after a very quick scan of drive C:\, the culprit files turned out to be "system restore" files that were being added to with every shutting down of the computer. So, I followed the procedure to "delete files" under disk cleanup and the 21 Gigs were gone.

I think that both of these programs were posted previously on the Slo Bytes BB, but they come in so handy that I thought I would remind the readers about them.



General Discussion / Did the browser wars finally end in 2014?
« on: December 20, 2014, 12:51:32 PM »
Did the browser wars finally end in 2014?

ZDNet's Ed Bott summarizes the state of the browser nation:

Additional analysis:


A browser market share chart can be observed for logged-in members by either mouse clicking the thumbnail or placing a cursor over it, if you have Cool Previews installed:

National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center Website forecasts an improvement in the Southern California drought condition. These sites update the previously posted locations and have a lot of information if you choose to search for it.

National Climatic Data Center:

The drought monitor maps are at a new location:

The State of the Climate is a collection of monthly summaries recapping climate-related occurrences on both a global and national scale:

The drought related info options webpage:

Learn some interesting scientific hypotheses about the Sun and Earth's inter-relativity by viewing the daily video reports. The webpage has a lot of intriguing concepts and evolving realities:

See also:

The webpage (not on Facebook):

The Suspicious Observers videos on YouTube:

Windows 7 users urged to uninstall broken update that wreaks havoc on software.

Quoted from the article:  "Microsoft has confirmed that the KB3004394 update it issued on December 10 can cause various problems. What's worse is that it may also prevent users from installing newer updates. The problems are reportedly limited to Windows 7 machines, and don't affect users running Windows 8 or newer".

"Microsoft has now issued a patch that will remove the faulty update from Windows 7 machines. Users can also remove the update manually by going to Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features > View Installed Updates, right-clicking on KB3004394 and selecting Uninstall. This will require a restart."

PC World

Corrective patch now available

General Discussion / Lots of Information on Windows 10.
« on: December 07, 2014, 06:45:34 PM »
The Windows 10 Update webpage has lots of articles. Take note of the talking female voice Cortana, that assists you by responding to your voice instructions and queries.

Windows 10 Update "Cortana":

Windows 10 Update - Home Page   

General Discussion / Some short articles on Windows 10
« on: November 25, 2014, 10:57:23 AM »
A number of articles on Windows 10 from Windows Update.

Windows Update

Windows 8.1 has finally crossed paths with the now rapidly declining Windows XP. The chart still shows Windows 7 to be way ahead.

Windows 7 is still gaining, now at over 55%, as significant numbers of former XP users opt for WIN7, rather than 8.1.

Incidentally, if you have installed Cool Previews, all you would have to do is mouse over the below image to view it enlarged. The settings will also allow you to use the cool previews icon to mouse over for a viewing window. This method gives you greater control over when a new viewing screen will be opened.

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