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General Discussion / Re: Is This Port USB 2.0 or USB 3.0?
« on: September 22, 2014, 08:55:14 PM »
Here are a few more attachments showing USB 3.0 and 2.0 connections.

USB Cable Types

General Discussion / Re: Is This Port USB 2.0 or USB 3.0?
« on: September 20, 2014, 12:59:46 PM »
Hi Ralph,

     The below listed URL leads to a Hewlett Packard webpage that explains that the USB 3.0 ports have the letters "SS", for "super speed", along side the normal USB symbol.


Wikipedia (more info on USB):

Wikipedia on USB 3.0

     There are additional differentiating characteristics that require close scrutiny to identify. The below posted graphics illustrate these observable defining physical forms. It appears that the industry failed to establish arbitrary universal standards for the USB 3.0 identifying characteristics. So, it is a bit hit or miss, at this point. Basically, USB 3.0 has five pins to the USB 2.0 four pins. Just get out your magnifying glass and count'em up.....


General Discussion / Simple Steps To Evaluate a USB Device Failure.
« on: September 18, 2014, 09:43:06 PM »
Simple Steps To Evaluate a USB Device Failure. You might note these procedures just in case a USB port device fails to perform properly.

PC World:

What happens when Microsoft ends Windows 7 mainstream support next year?

Quoted from the article:  "On January 13, 2015, Microsoft will stop mainstream support for Windows 7--which is still an extremely popular operating system. But you'll still be able to use it safely for another five years.

Once mainstream support ends, there will be no more service packs. Microsoft won't redesign the environment or add new features. Without a special extended agreement, you won't get patches for bugs that don't result in a security threat.

But if you like Windows 7, you probably don't really need new service packs, and you certainly don't want a redesigned user interface. As long as Microsoft patches vulnerabilities that could become security risks, Windows 7 remains a safe operating system.

Microsoft doesn't plan to stop fixing security problems in Windows 7 until extended support ends. That's January 14, 2020--five years and a day from the end of mainstream support."

PC World

General Discussion / WD My Passport Wireless review - PC World.
« on: September 04, 2014, 11:19:33 PM »
WD My Passport Wireless review: This hard drive is lightweight and affordable, but short on endurance - PC World. Note also that the article references reviews of other WiFi mobile storage devices at a mouse-click, if you are interested.

PC World

"Windows 9 rumor roundup: Everything we know so far" - PC World

PC World

Prior Postings -

Windows 9 Preview Video added 9-15-14:

PC World offers a few "leaks" about Windows 9.  "Of course, all of these details are subject to change as Microsoft hasn't even released a public beta yet. The leaks likely come from Microsoft partners, who according to Neowin started receiving Windows builds a few weeks ago. A public “Technical Preview” is expected to arrive later this month or early next month."

PC World

Here is a 2:42 minute video ("leaked", I assume) featuring the Windows 9 Start Menu, etc.

Windows9Update (Video): 

Prior postings -

PC World

PC World

PC World   (pardon any redundancies).

PC World

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 (Sept. 16, 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:

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