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  1. The consumer version of BlackBerry Messenger is closing down at the end of May. "Though we are sad to say goodbye, the time has come to sunset the BBM consumer service, and for us to move on," the company said in a statement published on its Facebook page. BBM announced that it will be shutting down one of the most loved instant messaging applications on May 31, 2019. "The technology industry however, is very fluid, and in spite of our substantial efforts, users have moved on to other platforms, while new users proved difficult to sign on," BBM stated. The company said this comes three years after efforts of setting out to reinvigorate BBM consumer service as a cross platform service where users can chat, share life experiences and also consume content and use payment services. According to its website, Blackberry Ltd. partnered with Emtek in 2016 to develop new and exciting features, services and content of the BMM to the global consumer market. The company thanked the support of its users, partners and employees for being part of the BBM consumer service journey. "We hope you will cherish many fond memories of BBM consumer service that helped shape messenger platforms to become what they are today," it stated. https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/04/19/19/bye-bye-bbm-blackberry-messenger-to-shut-down-in-may
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    Head over heels for you

    This cheetah got a really well deserved meal for this amazing jump! Hope he could enjoy it! There are always those hyenas, lions and other predators fighting for a bit and a bite!
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    Bad/corrupted DVD media

    Certainly, I've been checking this issue and found an interesting reference about it in the book "PCs For Dummies" by Dan Gookin - 2011- Page 334: Do not use a sticky label on your CD/DVD-R. You should use a label only if it specifically says that it's chemically safe for a CD/DVD-R. Otherwise the chemicals in the standard type of sticky labels may damage the disc and render the information that's written to it unreadable after only a few months. Also there is some more information you may read about the problem with sticky labels: https://club.myce.com/t/sticky-paper-labels-on-dvd-r-discs-beware/157315
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    My New Computer

    A fabulous system Raedwulf. You have an impressive storing space in hard drives and that 500 Gb SSD looks great, presume it's for the OS. You don't mention but I guess you are running Windows 7 X64 SP2. I understand you are a Windows 7 hardcore fan. Now, just my opinion, but SSD runs better and safer under Windoes 10! Your waterproof keyboard is a "must have" ... presume it's also coffee-proof! I know too many computer users who "killed" or "drowned" the keyboard with coffee, beer or whiskey
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    Corrupted RAR files?

    Recently I came up to this article: Posted March 14 19-year-old code-execution flaw exploited within days of being disclosed. Malicious hackers wasted no time exploiting a nasty code-execution vulnerability recently disclosed in WinRAR, a Windows file-compression program with 500 million users worldwide. The in-the-wild attacks install malware that, at the time this post was going live, was undetected by the vast majority of antivirus product. The flaw, disclosed last month by Check Point Research, garnered instant mass attention because it made it possible for attackers to surreptitiously install persistent malicious applications when a target opened a compressed ZIP file using any version of WinRAR released over the past 19 years. The absolute path traversal made it possible for archive files to extract to the Windows startup folder (or any other folder of the archive creator’s choosing) without generating a warning. From there, malicious payloads would automatically be run the next time the computer rebooted. On Thursday, a researcher at McAfee reported that the security firm identified “100 unique exploits and counting” in the first week since the vulnerability was disclosed. So far, most of the initial targets were located in the US. “One recent example piggybacks on a bootlegged copy of Ariana Grande’s hit album Thank U, Next with a file name of ‘Ariana_Grande-thank_u,_next(2019)_[320].rar,’” McAfee Research Architect Craig Schmugar wrote in the post. “When a vulnerable version of WinRAR is used to extract the contents of this archive, a malicious payload is created in the Startup folder behind the scenes. User Access Control (UAC) is bypassed, so no alert is displayed to the user. The next time the system restarts, the malware is run.” Screenshots included in the post show that the malicious file extracts benign MP3 files to the target’s download folder. Under the hood, however, the RAR file also extracted a file titled “hi.exe” to the startup folder. Once the computer was rebooted, it installed a generic trojan that, according to the Google-owned VirusTotal service, was detected by just nine AV providers. Schmugar didn’t say if all 100 exploits McAfee identified install the same malware. Web searches such as this one show that an Ariana Grande RAR file with the same title identified by McAfee is currently circulating on BitTorrent download services. They’re also being advertised on Twitter. People should be reflexively suspicious of any file offered for download online. WinRAR users should ensure at once they are using version 5.70. Any other version is vulnerable to these attacks. Another solution is to switch to 7zip. So, the solution looks easy enough: update to Winrar 5.70 or higher! Your current key should work for this latest version. Currently Winrar 5.71 beta 2 is available from rarlabs.com website. EDITED: Yes, it is a great solution, but a problem might have several solutions. Having an updated Winrar 5.70 or over for free is just another valid solution.
  6. Guess that this comment by now is "old news" but nevertheless, it worths a post Windows 10 Sets feature has “no ETA” Oct 25, 2018 at 19:29 GMT Sets was a somewhat controversial Windows 10 feature which would extend the browser tab user interface to all Windows 10 Apps, allowing users to cluster apps together like browser windows, and take a task-based approach to their apps. First introduced with Windows 10 RS5, the feature was removed for further polishing in June this year, with Microsoft writing: "Thank you for your continued support of testing Sets. We continue to receive valuable feedback from you as we develop this feature helping to ensure we deliver the best possible experience once it’s ready for release. Starting with this build, we’re taking Sets offline to continue making it great. Based on your feedback, some of the things we’re focusing on include improvements to the visual design and continuing to better integrate Office and Microsoft Edge into Sets to enhance workflow. If you have been testing Sets, you will no longer see it as of today’s build, however, Sets will return in a future WIP flight. Thanks again for your feedback." https://mspoweruser.com/microsoft-kills-their-most-ambitious-ui-experiment-for-windows-10-rs5/ The feature had its detractors, but also its fans, one of whom asked Brandon LeBlanc of the Windows 10 Insider team when it will be coming back, answer was: "No ETA unfortunately". So, for now, you won't have to worry about how to manage "SETS" in Windows 10. We have called the feature Microsoft’s most ambitious UI experiment in years, but with demands that Microsoft spend more time testing and fixing bugs rather than introducing new features we wonder if RS6 would be a bit too early for such a radical new technology. https://mspoweruser.com/windows-10-sets-feature-has-no-eta/
  7. Actualy, you don't have the option to remove Windows 10 cumulative updates using the remove/add option of Control Panel; should be done through Windows "Update & Security" This link gives you the detailed information, with screenshots, about the procedure to remove these specific files: https://www.groovypost.com/howto/uninstall-a-windows-10-cumulative-update/ Strangely (or maybe not so strangley ??? ) Microsoft hadn't acknowledged this specific bug, in spite of numerous claims of users. Looks that the issue is somehow related to some specific antivirus, Avira and Avast among the mentioned. I felt this slowdown the day after I installed this update but strangely haven't felt it again. So, still have the update installed. Additionally, Microsoft offers a solution to prevent an unwanted update from being reinstalled if you had decided to remove it because it was causing system crashes or instability and Windows was operating correctly prior to that change. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/3183922/how-to-temporarily-prevent-a-windows-update-from-reinstalling-in-windo
  8. I won't bore forum members copy/pasting this article. If you are really interested about Blackberry, just access this link https://www.androidauthority.com/blackberry-tcl-2019-946818/ By the way, I believe this section has lost it's meaning. The original "Blackberry" is DEAD. Blackberry Limited still owns the brand, but it no longer builds hardware, licensing out its name to partners TCL and India-based Optiemus Infracom. This new Blackberry is just another Android phone with some original touch, trying to make a difference. One or two models try to keep the "original" Blackberry concept featuring a physical key. Some users might like it, some doesn't really care. That's all.
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    Is Your VPN Leaking?

    Thanks for the tip. Installed it and looks it works. It's free though limited to 10 Gb monthly. Looks to me rather enough because, as wrote before, main use is to bypass ILLEGAL censorship of news and opinion channels by the government. Free Avira VPN is limited to monthly 500 Mb; that's really not enough for any practical purpose because to open and browse most pages might take several megabytes. The strange issue with downloading and signing in was that windscibe.com webpage was blocked! Presume by the proper official censorship so I accessed it with HOXX! As for Adblocking, problem is with sites detecting the process of blocking ads and don't let users access. They adduce that it harms their business! Might be right but to get flooded by popups, popunders, spam and some stupid XXX publicity harms users!
  10. OK... once more I regained "Member" status, after some system update removed most of my previous posts and after about 8 years of membership downgraded me to "newbie". Well, good luck!

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    Is Your VPN Leaking?

    I use HOXX VPN, a Google Chrome complement. According to experts it is possibly one of the worst. Probably it's best attribute is that it's FREE. So why I use it? Obviously my best incentive is that it's FREE. My second reason is that it let's me outwit government's illegal blocking of information sites and it looks quite efficient doing it! So, probably it leaks but I really don't mind!
  12. Users are now reporting issues with Windows 10 cumulative update KB4493509, which was published on April 9 as the Patch Tuesday release for version 1809 (October 2018 Update). While Microsoft has only acknowledged two different issues in this cumulative update, I’m seeing various reports of substantial PC slowdowns, freezes, and system hangs after installing KB4493509. Several Windows 10 users complain that this cumulative update made their computers unresponsive especially on the first boot after the install. Others say they experience occasional freezes, with certain features like the right-click context menu on the desktop apparently broken down. A post on Microsoft Community forums, as well as several messages on TenForums indicate that KB4493509 sometimes causes occasional freezes despite a seemingly successful installation. “After a few hours of use after the update, the entire machine locked up, mouse & all. Could not enter Task Manager, held power button until it shut off. Event Viewer indicates many DCOM errors,” one use explains, with another one adding the following: “Exactly what happened to me too. I pushed reset button and after boot the computer freezes on the windows login screen. I was able to boot up in safe mode, uninstalled this update, booted normally and everything is working again.”Removing the update fixes everythingI’m also seeing some isolated reports of issues caused with various antivirus software, but in this case, the problems don’t seem to be as widespread as the ones mentioned above. Earlier today, Microsoft acknowledged similar system freezes caused by Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 monthly rollups, but no word has been said on a bug hitting Windows 10 cumulative updates. The only workaround available at this point is to completely remove the update from Safe Mode and then hide it to avoid it from being reoffered to the system. Microsoft hasn’t acknowledged the bugs just yet, so it’s not yet exactly clear what is causing these issues and whether a fix would be shipped. https://news.softpedia.com/news/windows-10-cumulative-update-kb4493509-causing-system-slowdowns-other-issues-525644.shtml
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    first-Ever Image Of A Black Hole

    Funny: just as I imagined a black hole: a doughnut in a cup of black coffee! Ok. Now, let's have a look, how the universe looks from inside of a black hole toward outside!
  14. Windows Installer Directory When applications are installed and updated on the Windows Operating System a hidden directory "c:\Windows\Installer" is used to store the installer (.msi) files and the patch (.msp) files. Generally these files are important as during updating, patching or uninstalling software it will use the .msi/.msp files. If you blanketly delete all the files in this folder, you will find yourself needing to rebuild windows. Over time as your computer is patched and patched again, these installer files become outdated and orphaned. They are no longer required, but they can take up many gigabytes of data, PatchCleaner PatchCleaner identifies these redundant/orphaned files and allows you to either: (Recommended) Move them to another location, prefaibly to another drive. If you want to play it safe, just move them to another location, and you can always copy them back. If you are SURE about what you are doing, you can delete them. How it works HomeDev has had many queries about how PatchCleaner works and if it can be trusted to do the right thing. Its pretty simple. The windows operating system holds a list of current installers and patches, that can be accessed via WMI calls, (Windows Management Instrumentation ). PatchCleaner obtains this list of the known msi/msp files and compares that against all the msi/msp files that are found in the "c:\Windows\Installer" directory. Anything that is in the folder but not on the windows provided list is considered an orphaned file and is tagged to be moved or deleted. HomeDev cannot warrant that PatchCleaner will not find a false positive and delete a required patch which is why we have added the filter feature to filter and recommend using the move function, that way you can always copy the patches back if required. Please see the Known Issues List at the bottom of the page CLI - Command Line Interface As of verison 1.3, patch cleaner implements a CLI, (Command Line Interface). The application can now be run from the command line with the following switches: /d - This will execute with the delete action. /m - This will execute the move action with the default location as stored in your local app configuration. /m [FilePath] - This will execute the move action, where [FilePath] is the location you wish to move the files to. The process will write the output to the console window and also logs the messages to the windows event log. Malware After 200,000+ downloads, there is some feedback that a few users are having problems where PatchCleaner is being detected as Malware. The author reassures that there is no Malware contained within PatchCleaner. To stop PatchCleaner from being detected as malware he would require purchase of an SSL certificate and digitally signing the software but given this is 100% free software, it cannot justify the expense in doing this, so he does apologise for any extra clicks you may have to do to install PatchCleaner. The application has a 100% clean Softpedia rating. You can find PatchCleaner at http://www.homedev.com.au/free/patchcleaner Known Issues Adobe Reader patcches are detected incorrectly as orphaned files. As of verson 1.4, PatchCleaner now has an exclusion filter that allows you to filter out the Adobe Acrobat patch files so they can be excluded from the set of orphaned files. The exclusion filters are configurable Requirements Windows 7 / 8 or 10, x64 or x86 (not compatible with windows XP) .Net framework 4.5.2 Also, runs on Windows Server, Confirmed on Server 2008 R2 x64 and Server 2012 R2 64
  15. Killing Off Windows 7 Won’t Be Easy, New Data Shows Windows 7 is projected to be retired in January 2020, but all the data seems to indicate that doing this won’t be easy for Microsoft. Last month, for example, instead of going down, Windows 7 actually increased its market share, getting closer to leader Windows 10, which still struggles nearly four years after launch. January 2019 numbers provided by NetMarketShare indicate that Windows 10 remained the number one desktop operating system last month with a share of 40.30%, while Windows 7 was the runner-up with 38.41%. While at first glance this is good news for Windows 10, it actually isn’t, as it dropped from 40.90% in January, while Windows 7 improved from 37.19%.The Windows 10 struggleBy the looks of things, customers aren’t very keen on leaving Windows 7 behind, and the next 12 months will be critical for Microsoft. The bigger problem for the software giant isn’t necessarily the fact that people refuse to upgrade from Windows 7, but that the latest Windows 10 updates do little to convince them to switch sides. The October 2018 Update, also known as version 1809, became Microsoft’s buggiest release in a long time, with the company itself pulling the update shortly after the original release due to a bug potentially causing the removal of user files. With such buggy releases, it’s pretty clear that some users, including here both consumers and enterprise, delay the migration from Windows 7 to Windows 10 as much as possible in order to avoid having to deal with any critical issues. Microsoft, however, has already started the offensive, and the company claims that enterprises should have little to worry about when it comes to the transition to Windows 10. Most apps on Windows 7 should run without any issue on Windows 10 as well, and Microsoft is offering tech assistance to companies that might come across compatibility struggles when upgrading their devices. https://news.softpedia.com/news/killing-off-windows-7-won-t-be-easy-new-data-shows-525144.shtm Now, I may a add some personal ideas about this: I'm not a Windows 10 defender but "at first glance" I believe this is a statistical error. While we already know that almost 80% of Windows 10 users still haven't updated to latest version, there is no reason for any Windows 10 user to downgrade to Windows 7. On the other hand, each day more computers are sold using Windows10. Again, no reason that people buying a NEW computer, should remove Windows 10, after almost 4 years it was introduced, to install Windows 7. I agree, about 4 - 5 years ago still new computer users sometimes downgraded from Windows 8 but not now! Finally, of course users are slowly but surely, upgrading from Windows 7 to 10. So I simply don't believe these numbers. Now, even if these statistical numbers are no correct, be sure that killing off Windows 7 won’t be easy! After almost 5 years after Microsoft decreed the death of Windows XP, statistics still acknowledge the 3.35% of user and again, I feel that this statistics is not correct and number iof Windows XP users is somewhat higher.