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  1. On 6/10/2019 at 1:33 PM, spookn said:

    Didn't she die from anorexia

    You mean Toni Tennille? No, she well and alive, is about 79 years old. According her bio, she hadn't done much singing since the 90s. The "Captain" died on January, 2019. As for Muskrat Love, has a nice musical score but lyrics are rather stupid. Well,  might sound fabulous a version of "Muskrat love" with Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and George Plant! Just instrumental, please.

    I'm not sure if I understand correcly your post, if you mean to include Leonard Nimoy's The Ballad of Bilbo and Having My Baby among those notoriously worst songs. If so, I agree with the statement but I'm afraid Leonard Nimoy shouldn't classify because that song never charted. Well, he was a great Mr. Spock but as a singer, probably he was mostly on Vulcano's Blues Billboard.

    (You're) Having My Baby, it never was my favorite; it's one of Paul Anka's song I deleted from my discography because somehow I felt it was wasting about 5 Mb of storing space in my 2 Tb drive

    As for Don Johnson, I don't really have any issue with Hearbeat. He also has a fine duet though not on my list of favorites, Barbra Streisand with Don Johnson - Till I Loved You. Might sound blasphemous but I don't like a bit the same song by duet Jennifer Rush and Plácido Domingo

    You're) Having My Bab(You're) Having My Baby


  2. On 6/5/2019 at 1:27 PM, spookn said:

    Guess some forum function is blocking your uploaded file. 'm getting this message: 

    This attachment is not available. It may have been removed or the person who shared it may not have permission to share it to this location.

    Try to upload it as text to https://textuploader.com/

    EDITED:

    On 6/10/2019 at 12:59 PM, spookn said:

    Thanks, but I am outa tries When I go to  https://textuploader.com/      

    it looks like gibberish after I upload it. Its just a Word file..

    It's a TEXT uploader. Copy/paste the text.

     


  3. Would you believe the iPod touch has been updated?

    We have all the iPod touch 7 launch news for 2019, including release date, design, new features, price, specs and more

    ipod_touch_6_lineup.jpg

    Continuing the theme of updating products that it had neglected for years (like the MacBook Air and Mac mini) Apple has updated the iPod Touch for the first time since 2015.

    The new iPod touch - the seventh generation iPod Touch in fact - gains the A10 Fusion chip shared by the iPhone 7, bringing augmented reality gaming and Group FaceTime to the iPod for the first time. There is also a new 256GB capacity option.

    Apple hadn't updated the iPod touch since July 2015 - that's when the sixth-generation model came out. Since then, the company has discontinued all the other iPods - as of July 2017. So we had been expecting that the iPod touch would be next for the cull... at least we were until respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said to expect a new iPod touch.

    Read our iPod buying guide for more information about the iPod.

    new 2019 ipod touch

    The new iPod touch is available now from Apple.

    Price

    Prices are as follows:  £199/$199 for the 32GB model, £299/$299 for the 128GB model and £399/$399 for the 256GB model.

    iPod touch (32GB): £199/$199
    iPod touch (128GB): £299/$299
    iPod touch (256GB): £399/$399
    You can buy the new iPod touch here.

    In July 2017 (when Apple discontinued the other iPods) the iPod touch's price dropped slightly. Prior to the update the prices were as follows:

    iPod touch (32GB): £199/$199
    iPod touch (128GB): £299/$299
    While the iPod touch won't accept a SIM card, it can still join a Wi-Fi network which gives it much of the functionality of the iPhone, including Wi-Fi calling using FaceTime (and now Group Facetime). It seems like a long shot, but could an updated iPod touch be the low-cost iPhone we are all waiting for?

    Design changes

    The new iPod touch is identical to the previous generation. The 7th generation iPod touch comes in Pink, Silver, Space Gray, Gold, Blue and (Product)Red (if you choose that option you will be making a charitable donation to fight HIV and AIDS in Africa).

    If you were hoping it would take on the home-button-lacking design of the 2018 iPhones you'll be disappointed.

    1x1 pixel
    The 7th (like the 6th-generation model) measures 58.6mm by 123.4mm, similar to the now discontinued iPhone 6, 6s and iPhone SE.

    Colour options
    The seventh-gen iPod touch comes in pink, silver, Space Grey, gold, blue and (Product) Red.

    iPod touch 2019 release date, price & specs: Colour options
    Picture shows: 2015 iPod Touch: same colour scheme for 2019.

    New features and tech specs

    The iPod touch (7th generation) uses the A10 fusion chip found in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus (which were introduced in September 2016.) It still has the same 8MB camera as its predecessor and offers just 802.11ac Wi-Fi support and Bluetooth 4.1.

    The iPod touch (6th generation) used the A8 chip and M8 motion coprocessor found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. It had an 8Mp rear camera with slo-mo and burst mode. The top of the range model included 128GB storage.

    The iPod touch doesn't support NFC so you won't be able to use it for Apple Pay.

     

     

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  4. On 5/20/2019 at 10:40 AM, bmo said:

    Have 2 RAR files that require repair.

    Maybe sounds too elementary, but did you check the size of those rar files? Recently I had an issue trying to open a rar file. Then just looked a its size and it was 10 kb. It was supposed to be at least 2 - 3 Mb, so without any doubt, it was just  a corrupt piece of  a file.

    On the other hand, hopefully it's not your case but there are so so called fake uploads of compressed files which actually don't contain anything. Of course there is no way to open these files. Some pirate uploaders do this to increase their upload count in sites where they get rewards for up and downloads.

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  5. 4 hours ago, Tech 425 said:

    The use of certain plastics in these liners has also been a cause of scientific concern, with some research suggesting BPA-lined cans could be linked to health problems.

    The morale: we should drink only natural juices prepared with a blender or a juice extractor, without sugar or very few sugar. Probably it´s cheaper and surely healthier than any canned "soda" .  As for the exercise dissolving an aluminum can, it's a bizarre, funny but potentially dangerous trick and obviously, useless.

    For some reason, reminded me a trick I saw some time ago. A friend showed me an enormous cucumber in a bottle. The age old trick: it grew in the bottle

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  6. Just a comment about installing Windows 10. About 2 years ago Microsoft upgraded my old computer with a Dual Core 4200+ 2.20 GHz processor from Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bits to Windows 10. It was actually a computer sold for Vista but as soon as I got it, downgraded to windows XP and much recently, installed Windows 7 on dual boot. I really have no idea which version of Windows 10 I got but didn't lose any file in the process. After about 2 days I found my computer running too slow, so considering that all my files were backuped, simply made a clean reinstall of Windows 7 using the original Windows 7 installation CD.

    At least 3 friends and relatives are using "enforced" Windows 10 on computers bought for Windows 7 and are having issues with the speed. 

    After this experience for sure I have no intention to install Windows 10 on this computer. I do run Windows 10 Home current version 1809 on a laptop I bought about a year and half ago with Windows 10 installed.

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  7. I really appreciate this post. Actually, website was very easy to find, but it leaves me some doubts:

    16 hours ago, spookn said:

    this is a simple way to clear W7 cache. Temp and permanently.  Also clear DNS cache.

    According to website:

    BitRaser for File is an advanced file eraser software that helps you to permanently erase files & folders from laptop, desktop or any other storage media without leaving any scope for recovery.

    • Manual & Automatic File Erasure Process

    • Erases Files/Folders from Laptop, PC Desktop Computers etc.
    • Wipes Installed Applications’ Traces, System & Internet Activity Traces
    • Erases Files/Folders According to the Schedule Automated Process
    • Option to Wipe Unused Drive Space for Better Hard Drive Optimization

    I guess it's a smart utility (by the way, looks it's not free) but no clue about how to clear with it W7 cache or DNS cache. Maybe the poster has some experience about this?

    FYI, I found this interesting Youtube tutorial about how to clean Windows 7 caches, including the DNS cache.

     

    And sorry... clear cach.rtf whatever it could explain, was deleted


  8. The Windows 10 October 2018 Update cumulative update published on the May 2019 Patch Tuesday installs twice for some users, and Microsoft acknowledged this unexpected behavior earlier this week.

     
    Basically, what happens is that KB4494441 is offered on Windows Update, installs correctly and asks for a reboot, but it is then re-offered via Windows Update for a second time.

    The update doesn’t fail to install, and everything is completed correctly after the second installation.

    The issue is now listed as “resolved” by Microsoft, and the company explains that users don’t need to do anything to get the update, as the problem was correction on its own side.

    “No action is required on your part. The update installation may take longer and may require more than one restart, but will install successfully after all intermediate installation steps have completed. We are working on improving this update experience to ensure the Update history correctly reflects the installation of the latest cumulative update (LCU),” Microsoft explains.Check if the update is installed correctlyIf you want to check if the update installed correctly, you can just check out the update history page, Microsoft says.

    “In certain situations, installing an update requires multiple download and restart steps. In cased where two intermediate steps of the installation complete successfully, the View your Update history page will report that installation completed successfully twice.”

    However, you can also determine if this update installed correctly or not by checking the version number of your Windows 10 installation.

    To do this, click the Start menu and type winver. If the OS build number is 17763.503, cumulative update KB4494441 installed correctly. If it’s any lower than that, you are still running a previous version of Windows 10 and you should check for updates once again because cumulative updates are available for your device.
     
    Source:
    https://news.softpedia.com/news/microsoft-fixes-installation-issues-in-windows-10-cumulative-update-kb4494441-526060.shtml

     

     
    POSTER'S NOTE:

    The issue was not resolved by Microsoft! My computer just finished installing the KB4494441 for the second time. Just as the review says, the first time it was updated correctly but version number remained the same. So I was already kind of warned! Then started to upload the same update. After the restart, now the  build number is 17763.503.

    While not a groundshaking bug, it's another stupid failure of Microsoft

     
     
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  9. About that Windows 7 End-of-Life nag screen: It ain’t working

    Microsoft's Windows 7 end-of-life screen that is pushing "patch" KB 4493132 and telling users to back up their files and prepare for what's next has had zero effect on Windows 7 usage statistics.

    Windows 7 is nearing end of support. That’s an indisputable fact. Many Windows 7 users have been greeted by the cheerful death proclamation shown in the screenshot.

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    We don’t know how many Windows 7 customers have seen that screen, but we do know what effect the death announcement has had on Windows 7 usage so far.

    Zip. Nada.

    According to NetMarketShare, the usage share of Windows 7 has gone from 36.52% in March to 36.43% in April.

    According to StatCounter, the usage share of Windows 7 has gone from 33.41% in March to 33.38% in April.

    Both changes are statistically insignificant.

    I don’t see any Windows 7 customers quaking in their boots. Do you?
    https://www.computerworld.com/article/3391467/about-that-windows-7-end-of-life-nag-screen-it-aint-working.html

     

     

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  10. On 4/24/2019 at 12:41 PM, Rædwulf said:

    im not really sure what ur getting at luisam?? r u just telling us about this crappy problem that happened to ur sisters computer or r u ask for support on it??

    Actually, it's a frequent issue with some older versions of Windows 10. Probably it's some kind of a not documented smurf of version 1603 which might activate depending on some unknown factors! In my case it started when I tried to remove Avast Free after it couldn't be updated and couldn't remove it with any uninstaller! So, I booted from a repair CD and deleted Avast. Problems started when I rebooted again to Windows 10

    It's a really annoying issue because it limits the access of users to Windows 10's configuration and functions. Lots of forums, computer info pages and dozens of Youtube presentations offer solutions. These solutions work for some, doesn't for others.

    None of them worked for me!

    I assumed the radical soution: updating old version of Windows, in my case, from 1603 to 1803. It was not so easy, because Windows Update also was somehow disabled.

    So, the idea of the post is to serve as reference and recordatory for any user who might encounter this issue and offers a fast and radical procedure to solve the bug

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  11. My sister's ASUS A54C (Intel i3) laptop had a really annoying issue: task bar and notificacion bar were disabled, start menu didn't open, search menu didn't work. Couldn't open Edge explorer (ok, not really our favorite, but it should open and it's a great PDF reader!) I tried probably every tip I could find doing google search, including those in Youtube with no result. Couldn't update using the standard update procedure. It's actually an old ASUS laptops, bougt in 2014 but the model was released in 2010. It was sold with Windows 7  64 bit SP1, not sure which edition. One day Microsoft updated it to Windows 10 without any notification. It has the version 1603 and my sister never even understood what happened until I explained her. She never was really happy about this "free" update beacuse she was quite satisfied with her Windows 7 laptop as it was.

    Initially, after those tips failed, I was quite decided to downgrade to Windows 7 SP1 64 bits Ultimate; I have a CD with an OEM version so it's actually a piece of cake but somehow I felt frustrated that this piece of W10 crap could more then me., so...

    Finally I downlaoded the msu upsate file to version 1803, used the independent update feature and it worked. Somehow it still had the original 1603 version; updated to 1803 and I'll try to get 1903 as soon as it's confirmed that it's bug free.

    As for my sister, well, all she uses this laptop for is to get and send her emails, once in a while she gets some Power Point prsentation or a PDF file, stores some family fotos and videos and writes short stories for herself nobody reads (using Office 2003). So really she could go along even with Windows XP!


  12. 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

    Aaah! Just for the record: This section is rather outdated because currently Blackberry is just another brand of an Android smartphone certainly with a quite low share in the market.

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  13. 6 hours ago, uk666 said:

    An incredible photograph shows the moment a remarkably acrobatic cheetah performs a somersault to catch a fleeing impala - dragging the fierce feline with it when in the Masai Mara National Reserve, in Kenya.

    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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  14. On 2/27/2019 at 3:12 AM, SlaveTrainer said:

    what I discovered is the very nice label I put on the DVD after burning it was the problem.

    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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  15. 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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  16. On 12/22/2018 at 2:53 AM, Smooth said:

    Also make sure if using WinRaR that you are using 5.0 or higher

    Recently I came up to this article:

    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:

    57 minutes ago, Rædwulf said:

    solution is just simply use 7-zip.. ;)

    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. :cool:

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  17. 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/

     

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  18. On 4/13/2019 at 10:25 AM, Rædwulf said:

    just go to remove/add programs in the control panel and remove the KB.

    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

     

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  19. 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.


  20. 14 hours ago, Rædwulf said:

    u should use Windscribe - Free VPN and Ad Blocker

    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!

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  21. 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!

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  22. 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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  23. On 4/10/2019 at 2:36 PM, uk666 said:

    Scientists used a global network of telescopes to see and capture the first-ever picture of a black hole, according to an announcement by researchers at the National Science Foundation Wednesday morning. They captured an image of the supermassive black hole and its shadow at the centre of a galaxy known as M87.

    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!

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  24. 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

    1. 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
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