Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Superantispyware: Program updated today


It now shows more information while it is doing its thing...

Today's Top Ten....


Windows 10: Another add-on...




After you install it, it adds an item to your right-click menu, so that you can use it to resize any image or batch of images (using "select all") in your folder. And if this seems familiar, it is - it's based on the Image Resizer Powertoy from XP, and it has been improved and still works great.

Windows 10: Windows Update


As previously mentioned, in Windows 10, Windows Update is no longer found in the Control Panel listings. As shown above, it is now in Settings > Update and Recovery > Windows Update.

Windows and Keyloggers: A solution

Recently, on one of those sites where experts find problems with Windows, they mentioned that keyloggers have found a vulnerability in Windows. So I got looking for an answer, and here's what I found.


And since we're now testing Windows 10, I'm pleased to report it works on here, and I'd even go one step further and suggest Microsoft talk to these folks, and see if this could be included as a part of Windows. You should try it.
 

Windows 10 with its own Theme...


Monday, January 26, 2015

Students fight to expose Koch influence / Nick Confessore, Elections, K...

More Windows 10: Cortana Search Box on Taskbar

Are you in a region where you cannot use the Cortana feature, because it isn't yet available? Would you like to change or remove that big box on the Taskbar?
Here's how..... and it's really easy.



If you look at my Taskbar in the second image above, you'll see it works fine!
 

Windows 10: More fine-tuning...

If your screen suddenly goes black, and you haven't done anything, that's the problem right there - you haven't done anything, and Power Options has turned out the lights on you.

So go into Control Panel, to Power Options, and configure it to stay on...


And right after a fresh install of the system and some of your own programs, the drive will be fragmented, and you should use a program like Auslogics Disk Defrag to connect all the pieces again. I hasten to add that lately, that program comes with a bloatware installer which adds other stuff from an outfit called 'Spigot' and you need to be careful to uncheck some boxes and choose the Custom Install to be able to prevent all that from taking over. But the Disk Defrag itself does a great job.....


...and it found 1,971 fragmented files in my newly-installed Windows 10 - and that's why you need to do this. These portions of files need to be reconnected with their main parts if the system is to function properly. And as you notice, this program will look at and defrag any operating system on your drive, and you can select that by adding or removing the checks in front of each listing.
I like to do one at a time, but if you left all of them checked, it would start with the first, and go through the list one after another until finished. And it's fast.
 
 

Windows 10 Security: Purchased programs...


This one (above) didn't find any problems, but this one (below) did....




And now you know why I have more than one security program. These above scans are the first on this system since its installation last evening, so it shows what came with it, "right out of the box", so to speak.


Windows Defender returned a clean scan.


Windows 10: How good is it running older programs?


And the answer is: "Very!" This is my favorite old photo-editing program from 2003, which I also need for accessing the Canon Scanner, and it's still very much 'alive and well' in Windows 10. So is Winroll, the little program that will roll up a window into its title bar, also from 2003. Look at the yellow title bar near the top of this next image - it's a collapsed version of Internet Explorer to demonstrate how this works....


And when I right-click on that yellow bar, it restores Internet Explorer's window again, and you can see the full window about Winroll. This is a real 'keeper'.



This next isn't an older program - Irfan keeps it right up to date - but it's also one of my favorites, because it does a lot of things with images and some of those might surprise you...


Suppose I would like to edit this image.... What choices are there? ....



Plenty! Here's the list. And under 'color corrections' for example, you can even adjust the gamma for more or less light. This is a wonderful program, and you can find it right here, and you should.

More about Windows 10...

I was a little disappointed Cortana isn't working in my region, because my region is only 150 miles as the crow flies from Microsoft's main campus in Redmond, Washington - but there's a border in between us, and it's only working in the USA yet, apparently.  So I'll have to wait....

And if you're looking in Control Panel for the familiar Windows Updates, and not finding them there....


...that's because they are now found under Settings.....


And if you'd like to change the colors or fonts in Windows Powershell ( Think: CMD Prompt), then click on the little icon at the left of the Title Bar, and choose 'Properties' from the dropdown, and that presents you with this screen...


There's probably going to be more of these little discoveries, but first, it's time for my coffee, and finishing waking up....( it's only 8:00 a.m. here on the west coast!)

Now that I'm waking up... Are you having trouble installing the Adobe plug-in for Firefox? Do a search for "Adobe Flash Player plug-in for Firefox download"
and click on the heading from Mozilla Support, and scroll down the page.....


Look at the bottom couple of lines above, and download the full player from Adobe's main site. The problem is fixed as soon as you install it.
 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Windows Insiders: Installing Windows 10 on multi-boot systems...


If you have a multiple-boot or dual-boot hard-drive, you must be logged into the partition (O/S) that you wish to replace, before you start to install Windows 10 Technical Preview, because, unlike some previous beta versions, this will not show you a screen on which you can choose which partition you wish to have the new system installed into. It replaces whatever O/S you are using when you begin the installation. And afterward, it will still be showing that system's name in the Disk Management window instead of its own. So you should probably download EasyBCD 2.2 so that you can correct that.

And if you like tweaking things, you should probably go into Control Panel, to Programs and Features, and open "Turn on Windows features" and then check the first item, ".NET Framework 3.5 and 2.0 and 3.0" because some older tweaking programs will need it, such as Ultimate Windows Tweaker for removing those ugly arrows from desktop shortcuts.


And now, if you'll excuse me, I'll get back to fluffing up Build 9926 to make it a bit more comfortable to use. How do I like it so far? Better than 9879 for sure, but ask me after I've installed a few more of my favorite programs and used it for a while... I'm hoping it's a winner, because I wiped out my treasured old Windows 7 to put it on here. But back in 2009, that's how all this began, when I started testing Windows 7 beta. If this can match that, we've got a winner!


Here's why it might be nice if we were asked where we would like the install to go - just so it got to the partition we wanted it on, rather than elsewhere. I was lucky, and outguessed it this time, but it could easily have gone wrong and wiped out something I planned to keep.

About free and open-source software...


Free and open-source software, like Unix-derived PC-BSD or Linux works well, and there's lots of programs for it, but it doesn't integrate worth a damn with a system on which you're dual or triple-booting with one or more Windows systems, because the boot loader for the open-source system isn't designed to work well with a Windows Master Boot Record and its Boot Sector. If you aren't careful during the install, your open-source Grub boot loader will take over the whole thing, and then you can't boot your Windows on the same drive. You have to go into the Bios and set it to boot from disc, and then use a Windows install disc to do a repair of the boot sector.

And when you are dual or triple booting with the two kinds of systems, the Windows systems can't 'see' or read the Unix-based ones, because they use entirely different formatting for their partition on the drive. There are special programs meant to allow the programs from one system to work on the other, but quite frankly, they don't work worth a shit. And if you're in PC-BSD for example, you can't read Windows partitions, again because of the formatting. So, unlike two Windows systems on a drive, you can't exchange files or folders between them. It's like the other isn't there. To access files on the other, you have to reboot into it, and email yourself the file you want, and then reboot into the other system to read that email and use the file in it. Convenient, it isn't.

So don't rush into something you may have reason to regret later. However, if you install a system like the Unix-derived PC-BSD on a computer on its own, it will work very nicely, and there are enough free programs to allow you to do everything on it that you would usually want to do on a Windows-based system, and you won't feel particularly deprived while doing so. You can use popular browsers, and a free and complete office suite (LibreOffice) derived from the original OpenOffice begun by Sun Microsystems, and it will integrate with features from Microsoft's Office, such as files from Word, etc.

Something entirely different: A new Windows Theme


What's so different about this? This is perhaps the world's most beautiful pornstar, and she's got all her clothes on, and still looks wonderful, and I've waited a long time to find a picture like this of her that could be shown here.
She's now retired and one of the richest young ladies around. 

'Silvia Saint'