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Windows 8/8.1 combined finally surpass WINXP in market share %. Note that XP has dropped considerably since its overall extinction and WIN8 still retains 7.35% in spite of the availability of WIN8.1, which holds 8.2%. Note also that Windows 7 appears to have continued to rise, up to around 56%+.

Eye On Windows

Click on graphic below to see the comparison chart:

This one remains to be seen, but here is a hypothetical prototype of a desktop computer housed in several pen-sized, highly portable devices. I apologize in advance if this technological marvel is a hoax...

General Discussion / Diehard WINXP devotee carries on.
« on: August 27, 2014, 08:02:47 PM »
Diehard WINXP devotee carries on.  Care for a homespun service pack 4, for XP?

PC World

General Discussion / Re: Computer Hardware Chart
« on: August 26, 2014, 07:58:37 PM »
Hi Ralph,

     The source webpage turns out to be a Russian website. The site is available in two locations: and .  The ".ru" stands for Russia and the webpage is in the Russian language (as it was interpreted to be by Google Translate). The chart was located by a DuckDuckGoog search for "computer connection charts", located under "images for computer connection charts". Click this and you will be at the same point I reached when searching. Interestingly, the chart referenced in my posting no longer appears under these images.

If you search for: "computer hardware charts 2014", the first option to appear is for, and that webpage is in English. The posted chart appears on this page:

Also, if you search for "computer hardware charts 2013", the chart showing the USB3 connection shows up as the first image, under "images, etc.".


General Discussion / Re: Computer Hardware Chart
« on: August 25, 2014, 08:33:07 PM »
Hi Ralph,

     Here is the same approximate chart with at least the USB 3 port added:


General Discussion / Current Drought Map for the United States.
« on: August 24, 2014, 01:52:47 PM »
U. S. Drought Monitor - Current Drought Map for the United States (August 19, 2014).

U.S. Drought Monitor:

Use the comparison chart for a prior week's map and the current week

Choose various informational map options:

8-26-14 Update:

The same website, "", also assisted me with the removal of the mysterious, sudden appearance on my HP laptop of "Fast Search by Surf Canyon" (Surfcanyon.A), an unsolicited adware. It helps you out with your Google searches, after making Google your search engine. Since it was an add-on to Firefox, the "search reset" option from Mozilla did the trick. I ran malwarebytes and the junkware removal tool, as well.

Prior post:

After being duped into inadvertently letting the "Free YouTube Downloader" program installation of the latest upgrade, foist install one of the most insidiously tenacious malwares I have yet encountered, the Mozilla Firefox website's Firefox Search Reset saved the day after all else failed. Each time I tried to open a new tab, it tried to log onto the "" website. NoScript would not allow it to access the webpage and the Web of Trust (WOT) program alerted me to the undesirability of the website, but I simply could not open a new tab unless I deleted the URL from the URL line and typed in or pasted an alternate destination. Upon reading about on the net, I noticed that others had their home pages changed and their search engine changed to Such was not my problem. A search engine can be readily deleted in "manage search engines", and the homepage can be easily reset to the previous setting by going to "tools", "options, "general", and then saving the desired webpage as homepage. This was simply that each and every attempt to open a new tab sent me to

So, I installed malwarebytes and the Junkware Removal Tool ( available here ). That was worth the effort in both cases, as my desktop PC was inundated with way more malware than I ever imagined ( Iobit anti-malware and Microsoft Security Essentials were oblivious to all of it ). Everything seemed to be back in order. Internet Explorer and Chrome were without a problem, but when I tried to open a new tab in Firefox, that blasted pest was still there.

I went to Mozilla Firefox Support and searched for and read the concerns of several other Firefox users. The recommended solution was to temporarily install the Firefox Search Reset add-on, which resets the search engines to their default setting and then uninstalls itself. That finally did the trick, and that pesky was gone. I must admit that the clean-up was sorely needed, so the time taken up was not lost. Learning about how cleverly the Free YouTube Downloader concealed its devious method of cajoling approval for the install was also an eye-opener. It used a pop-up window to obscure what was happening and getting the window closed allowed the foistware to be accepted for installation. You might consider to keep the below search reset webpage bookmarked in case you should happen to encounter a similar experience using Firefox.

Firefox Search Reset

Mozilla Firefox Support ( mouse-click on > "Fix slowness, crashing, error messages and other problems" ): - Search page:

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

Make use Of

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.


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