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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:  http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/

The drought monitor maps are at a new location:  http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/news/us-drought-monitor-update-december-16-2014

The State of the Climate is a collection of monthly summaries recapping climate-related occurrences on both a global and national scale: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/

The drought related info options webpage:   http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/Drought/


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: https://www.facebook.com/SuspiciousObserversCollective?fref=nf

See also: https://www.facebook.com/SuspiciousObservers

The webpage (not on Facebook): http://www.suspicious0bservers.org/

The Suspicious Observers videos on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/Suspicious0bservers

Spaceweather.com: http://spaceweather.com/

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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 Worldhttp://www.pcworld.com/article/2859120/windows-7-users-urged-to-uninstall-broken-update-that-wreaks-havoc-on-software.html#tk.nl_today


Corrective patch now availablehttp://slobytes.org/smf/index.php?PHPSESSID=d5478hugtqi0vk10a5mk7ujkg2&topic=216.0

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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":  http://www.windows10update.com/2014/12/new-video-shows-cortana-action-windows-10/

Windows 10 Update - Home Pagehttp://www.windows10update.com/   

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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 Updatehttp://www.windows10update.com/

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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.


http://www.eyeonwindows.com/2014/11/24/windows-8-1-now-the-second-most-used-operating-system/

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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Yet another long term, lurking malware to be concerned about: Regin.

Quoted from the Symantec article: "Customizable with an extensive range of capabilities depending on the target, it provides its controllers with a powerful framework for mass surveillance and has been used in spying operations against government organizations, infrastructure operators, businesses, researchers, and private individuals".


CNNhttp://money.cnn.com/2014/11/23/technology/security/regin-malware-symantec/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Symantec: http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/regin-top-tier-espionage-tool-enables-stealthy-surveillance

ZDNethttp://www.zdnet.com/nation-state-spying-malware-revealed-7000036076/ 


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Could this be true? There could well be other unreported vulnerabilities, as well. Why not mention it for such a lengthy time period, and then only because it finally got patched?  Answer: Nobody in the hacker category figured out that the vulnerability was there. So why tell them about it?


http://hackread.com/microsoft-19-yr-security-flaw-in-windows/


Updated 11-15-14: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2846004/microsoft-fixes-severe-19-year-old-windows-bug-found-in-everything-since-windows-95.html#tk.nl_today

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Browse faster—Preview images without leaving your current page or tab. Just mouseover any image and a preview window appears to display the content.

This is especially handy in Facebook as you can briefly mouse-over a clickable webpage heading and see where it leads to and even scroll up and down it without leaving your current page. You can even navigate through URLs from within the viewing window. It works just fine with this BB, as well. A real time and effort saver. There are various settings at the user's discretion within this add-on's options.



Mozilla Firefox Add-on "Cool Previews" add-on page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/coolpreviews/

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General Discussion / Enjoy the XTREE Gold experience with ZTreeWin.
« on: November 01, 2014, 12:28:06 AM »
If the XTreeGold interface was a worthwhile program to you back in the eighties, the experience can be revisited by acquiring ZTreeWin from this website, Zedtek, Inc.: http://www.ztree.com/html/ztreewin.htm  Have a look at the description and give it a free trial.

A thirty-day free trial is offered, after which a license for 1-4 computers is $29.95 each. Greater numbers are for progressively lessor cost each.

I kind of enjoy the sojourn through the past with that easy to view blue screen. Clicking on a file easily activates a viewer or reader program that you might have installed. ZTreeWin is available in two versions: v2 for Windows NT, 2000, XP, Vista, 7 & 8 (in both 32-bit and 64-bit), and v1 for Windows 95, 98 & ME.

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17 obscure Windows tools and tricks too powerful to overlook - PC World


PC World: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2365754/17-obscure-windows-tools-and-tricks-too-powerful-to-overlook.html

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10/28/2014 - Windows 10 in pictures: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2690852/windows-10-in-pictures-see-the-technical-previews-new-features.html


Updated 10-20-14: Windows 10 wish list of what testers would like to see done to improve the new OS -

PC Worldhttp://www.pcworld.com/article/2835218/windows-10-the-top-10-features-users-want-microsoft-to-add.html#tk.nl_today


Added 10-22-14: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2836786/new-windows-10-technical-preview-builds-7000-new-changes-include-notifications.html#tk.nl_today

PC World: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2690776/windows-10-tips-your-first-30-minutes-with-the-tech-preview.html



Prior postings:

Why The Windows 10 Technical Preview Should Not Be Your Main OS, by MakeUseOf.

Here are some significant points on WIN10 Tech Preview. Users opinions and experiences are most welcome.



Make Use of: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/windows-10-technical-preview-trial/


Windows 10 Preview stats: Two-thirds of testers live dangerously - PC World

PC Worldhttp://www.pcworld.com/article/2833462/windows-10-preview-stats-two-thirds-of-testers-live-dangerously.html#tk.nl_today


How to install the Windows 10 Technical Preview: Everything you need to know

PC Worldhttp://www.pcworld.com/article/2690339/how-to-install-the-windows-10-technical-preview-everything-you-need-to-know.html

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Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for October 2014 -

Of the nine Security Bulletins, three are critical, five are important and one is moderate.


The definitions of the Severity ratings are:

Critical   

A vulnerability whose exploitation could allow code execution without user interaction. These scenarios include self-propagating malware (e.g. network worms), or unavoidable common use scenarios where code execution occurs without warnings or prompts. This could mean browsing to a web page or opening email.

Microsoft recommends that customers apply Critical updates immediately.

Important   

A vulnerability whose exploitation could result in compromise of the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of user data, or of the integrity or availability of processing resources. These scenarios include common use scenarios where client is compromised with warnings or prompts regardless of the prompt's provenance, quality, or usability. Sequences of user actions that do not generate prompts or warnings are also covered.

Microsoft recommends that customers apply Important updates at the earliest opportunity.

Moderate   

Impact of the vulnerability is mitigated to a significant degree by factors such as authentication requirements or applicability only to non-default configurations.

Microsoft recommends that customers consider applying the security update.


Low   

Impact of the vulnerability is comprehensively mitigated by the characteristics of the affected component.

Microsoft recommends that customers evaluate whether to apply the security update to the affected systems.


Microsoft Security Tech Centerhttps://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms14-oct

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