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  1. 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.
  2. If you need to share files between two computers, a USB to USB cable is one of the fastest ways to do it. Sometimes, it isn't convenient to get a hub or router to hook up two PCs, so a USB to USB cable comes in very handy. You can even share an Internet connection between the computers. The first step in connecting the two PCs together is of course to get the USB to USB cable. Just make sure to get the type of cable that is 'Bridged'. This means there is a special feature in the cable that allows two PCs to communicate. Once you've obtained the cable, you can hook up the PCs. The first thing you need to do is install any software and drivers that came with the cable. Most cables should offer two modes of connection. In the 'Link Mode' you can freely copy files between the two computers. In the 'Network Mode' you can not only copy files, but you can also share folders, printers and an Internet connection. If you're using the cable under Link Mode, you simply access the transfer program provided by the cable's software. Open up the program and start transferring your files. If you're using the Network Mode, you'll need to follow these steps to enable the Internet connection for both computers: 1. Go to the PC with the Internet access 2. Click on the Start button and select 'Settings->Network Connections' 3. Right-click on your Internet adapter and select 'Properties' 4. Click on the 'Advanced' tab and check the 'Allow other network users to connect through this computer's Internet connection' checkbox 5. Restart your computer and both computers should now have Internet access Bridged USB cables are available from about 10 to 20 USD
  3. Microsoft is now hard at work on the next feature update for Windows 10, codenamed 19H1 and scheduled for release this April. This update is expected to include yet more changes, new features, and further UI refinements and improvements. Development of this release is just about feature complete, meaning we're not expecting this changelog to change too much between now and its official release this spring. If you are interested about proposed changes, you may read this interesting resume: https://www.windowscentral.com/windows-10-19h1-changelog Just let's hope that this new update will run smooth. As Windows 10 users may remember, version 1809, released in October 2019, had to be delayed about 3 month because of serious flaws. According to some reviews, it still has some glitches, though I had not noted any issue since I updated in late December. If you have a computer using Windows 7, results updating to Windows 10 might not be quite satisfactory. Even if your system is 100% compatible and your update goes through without any problem, probably it will slow down. You may note this dramatically at startup or running some applications. I've been using recently an "updated" Windows 10 computer, originally sold for Windows 7 and startup takes more than a minute, while on my Lenovo laptop bought with Windows 10 it takes about 15 seconds. There is some concern among users about security issues regarding Windows 7 once updates won't be available. Let me comment that I installed Windows 7 X64 Ultimate on an older computer in 2014, running it also with Windows XP using dual boot. While I've bee updating Windows XP as POSREADY using a very simple registry hack, I simply couldn't install SP1 for Windows 7 until recently when I found out that it was for a bug in Windows Update and at some moment Microsoft released a patch to solve the issue. In more than 4 years I never had any security issue using standard antivirus and anti malware protection, mainly Avast Free, PC Tools Firewall, Malwarebytes Antimalware and Spybot. So, I expect to continue using Windows 7 past expire date.
  4. luisam

    5 Riddles

    Number 1 and 4 are obvious. Number 2 is CRAZY! To solve number 5 you should be a really good observer!
  5. Some complementary comments: 1. It's somewhat before the 60s but it's one of the most important milestones in computing: In late 1953, John W. Backus submitted a proposal to his superiors at IBM to develop a more practical alternative to assembly language for programming their IBM 704 mainframe computer. Backus' historic FORTRAN team consisted of programmers Richard Goldberg, Sheldon F. Best, Harlan Herrick, Peter Sheridan, Roy Nutt, Robert Nelson, Irving Ziller, Lois Haibt, and David Sayre. Its concepts included easier entry of equations into a computer, an idea developed by J. Halcombe Laning and demonstrated in the Laning and Zierler system of a draft specification for The IBM Mathematical Formula Translating System was completed by November 1954. The first manual for FORTRAN appeared in October 1956, with the first FORTRAN compiler delivered in April 1957. This was the first optimizing compiler, because customers were reluctant to use a high-level programming language unless its compiler could generate code with performance comparable to that of hand-coded assembly language. 2. Another milestone, not mentioned, is Microsoft BASIC, a BASIC interpreter with floating-point capacity, for the MOS Technology 650 developed by Microsoft in 1976. At the time there was no production computer that used it. Upon learning that Apple had a 6502 machine, Microsoft asked if the company were interested in licensing BASIC, but Steve Jobs replied that Apple already had one: integer BASIC, developed by Steve Wozniak. Applesoft was implemented for Apple II by Microsoft later, when APPLE realized that integer Basic caused problems for users attempting to write business applications with it. MS-BASIC was installed for the IBM-PC as part of MS-DOS. 3. While Windows 3.0 was released in 1990, the real Windows Revolution started with Windows 3.1, released in April 1992! 4. By the way, you can read a detailed at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MP3 the description of the development of the MP3 audio codec. While it's not the only audio format for music, it had a decisive influence on the record industry together with the CD-R, released in 1988 by Philips and Sony 5. Finally, probably the most important social media currently is WhatApp. First versions were released for the iPhone in 2009. I couldn't find current statistics of number of users; last numbers are from Q4 2017 stats, WhatsApp was able to boast 1.5 Billion monthly users.
  6. What makes a song considered to be included in the list of "the worst"? A piece of music needs to have been notable, popular, or memorable to be deemed the "worst ever", or it would be unlikely to top all-time public polls a few years after it was released. As such, a piece usually needs to have had a high-profile at the time of its release, such as an unexpected hit that was highly disliked outside of its fanbase, albums with poor material or songs that are most disappointing by artists. Scholarly accounts of the "worst music ever" are rare. Most polls or critical lists are light-hearted in nature, especially in pop music. Magazines reflect the preferences of their readers, and if polls are influenced by too small a group of readers or critics, they provide unreliable results. Most "worst ever" lists do not aim to take into account all music ever created, but are limited to certain time periods, styles of music, and geographical areas. Furthermore, individual tastes can vary widely, to the point where very little consensus on a worst song can be achieved; the winning song in a CNN e-mail poll received less than 5 percent of the total votes cast. You might agree or not with the items listed on "Not in Hall of Fame" - www.notinhalloffame.com - 100 Worst Songs of Modern Pop Culture: I guess that the only "problem" with many of those "blacklisted" songs is some stupid lyrics which might annoy people. I must confess that I don't care much about how deep or intellectual might be the lyrics of a song. I even realized that some of the song listed were not in my discography and found them interesting and worth enough to download. So, I feel it will be fun to browse this webpage: http://www.notinhalloffame.com/rock-and-roll/100-worst-songs-of-modern-pop-culture Definitively it's well documented "worst..." listings. For each song you have the comment of the poster, the link to the YouTube video and comments of registered followers of the website. You even can vote without signing in, selecting if you agree or not with the classification.
  7. luisam

    100 Worst Songs of Modern Pop Culture

    My only reason to post THIS particular listing is because it is linked to the YOUTUBE posts of each one of the songs and it lets you to express your own opinion, classifying the song. To get a worst song listng is quite subjective because it's based on opinions and not facts. Agree with you that vote count on some of these "worst" are rather low and leaves you with the idea that not enough opinions were considered to make the list. I repeat: you can vote without signing in, selecting if you agree or not with the classification. Agree with you- Mr. Roboto is one of the best productions of STYX but I repeat, I posted this listing because of its general interest. Recently I was reading a report about The Reynolds Girls and their one-hit-wonder "I'd Rather Jack". In a public poll conducted by Channel 4 in 2003, it was voted number 91 of a list of the 100 Worst Pop Records of All Time. Curious..., because personally, I like this song (No, I don't jack and I like Fleetwood Mac). According to Channel 4's criteria, all of these records must have been released as a single in the UK, at one time or another, and have entered the official British chart at number 75 or above; so somehow they have it in common that they made it to the Top. Unbelievably, that means that all of these awful musical abominations will forever be recorded as having made it as "hit" singles. Probably you might be interested to have the complete listing so here is the countdown And I bet, you'll say for many of them: I don't agree because I like it. No Title/Artist 1 The Cheeky Song (Touch My b*m) - The Cheeky Girls 2 The Millennium Prayer - Cliff Richard 3 Agadoo - Black Lace 4 Candle In The Wind 1997 - Elton John 5 Fast Food Song - The Fast Food Rockers 6 Mr Blobby - Mr Blobby 7 Because We Want To - Billie 8 Barbie Girl - Aqua 9 Achy Breaky Heart - Billy Ray Cyrus 10 Jenny From The Block - Jennifer Lopez 11 Orville's Song - Keith Harris and Orville 12 Look At Me - Gerri Halliwell 13 Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini - Bombalurina feat. Timmy Mallett 14 (Everything I Do) I Do It For You - Bryan Adams 15 Sacred Trust - One True Voice 16 Against All Odds - Mariah Carey and Westlife 17 Who Let The Dogs Out? - Baha Men 18 5,6,7,8 - Steps 19 Living Next Door To Alice (Who The F**k Is Alice) - Smokie feat. Roy 'Chubby' Brown 20 Anyone Can Fall In Love - Anita Dobson 21 There's No One Quite Like Grandma - St. Winifred's School Choir 22 Teletubbies Say 'Eh-Oh' - The Teletubbies 23 Earth Song - Michael Jackson 24 The Lady In Red - Chris de Burgh 25 My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion 26 No Way No Way - Vanilla 27 Wannabe - The Spice Girls 28 For All Time - Catherine Zeta Jones 29 Mama - Who Da Man? - Richard Blackwood 30 Can I Touch You There? - Michael Bolton 31 The Birdie Song - The Tweets 32 Suspicious Minds - Gareth 33 Diamond Lights - Glenn Hoddle and Chris Waddle 34 Lucky - Britney Spears 35 Long Haired Lover From Liverpool - Little Jimmy Osmond 36 Believe - Cher 37 Macarena - Los Del Rio 38 Boys (Summertime Love) - Sabrina 39 Just Say No - Grange Hill Cast 40 Y Viva Espania - Sylvia 41 Unchained Melody - Robson and Jerome 42 Can We Fix It? - Bob the Builder 43 Fog On The Tyne (Revisited) - Gazza and Lindisfarne 44 Shaddap You Face - Joe Dolce Music Theatre 45 Chick, Chick, Chicken - Natalie Casey 46 Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice 47 Touch Me (I Want Your Body) - Samantha Fox 48 Grandad - Clive Dunn 49 Puppy Love - Donny Osmond 50 Hooray Hooray, It's a Holi-Holiday - Boney M 51 I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston 52 Dick-A-Dum-Dum (King's Road) - Des O'Connor 53 Girl, You Know It's True - Milli Vanilli 54 Out Of Your Mind - Truesteppers and Dane Bowers feat. Victoria Beckham 55 Mysterious Girl - Peter Andre 56 Back Home - England World Cup Squad 57 Every Loser Wins - Nick Berry 58 MmmBop - Hanson 59 Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep - Middle of the Road 60 I Wanna Be A Hippy - Technohead 61 Don't It Make You Feel Good - Stefan Dennis 62 I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) - Meatloaf 63 We All Stand Together - Paul McCartney and the Frog Chorus 64 Star Trekkin - The Firm 65 Perfect Moment - Martine McCutcheon 66 Doop - Doop 67 We Are The World - USA for Africa 68 Give Me Your Body - The Chippendales 69 I Should Be So Lucky - Kylie Minogue 70 Cotton Eye Joe - The Rednex 71 The Floral Dance - Terry Wogan 72 I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper - Sarah Brightman and Hot Gossip 73 We Will Rock You - Five feat. Queen 74 Dirrty - Cristina Aguilera 75 Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler 76 No Limits - 2 Unlimited 77 I Wanna Sex U Up - Color Me Badd 78 The Laughing Gnome - David Bowie 79 Love Is All Around - Wet Wet Wet 80 So Macho - Sinitta 81 American Pie - Madonna 82 Do Ya Think I'm Sexy? - Rod Stewart 83 We Built This City - Starship 84 Let's Get Ready To Rhumble - PJ and Duncan 85 Love And Tears - Naomi Campbell 86 Save Your Love - Rene and Renato 87 Saturday Night - Whigfield 88 Hello - Lionel Richie 89 Remember You're A Womble - The Wombles 90 MacArthur Park - Richard Harris 91 I'd Rather Jack - The Reynolds Girls 92 Vindaloo - Fat Les 93 Ebony And Ivory - Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder 94 My Toot Toot - Denise la Salle 95 Ebeneezer Goode - The Shamen 96 Making Your Mind Up - Bucks Fizz 97 Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid II 98 Rabbit - Chas and Dave 99 C'est la Vie - Bewitched 100 Spaceman - Babylon Zoo Of course, it's question of who makes the poll. You can compare Channel 4's with the 100 worst by VH1, listed about the same time: 1 - Cliff Richard 'Millennium Prayer' 2 - Mr Blobby 'Mr Blobby' 3 - Teletubbies 'Teletubbies Say Eh-oh!' 4 - Aqua 'Barbie Girl' 5 - Eamon 'F**k It (I Don't Want You Back)' 6 - Las Ketchup 'The Ketchup Song (Asereje)' 7 - Blazin' Squad 'Crossroads' 8 - Bob The Builder 'Can We Fix It' 9 - Frankee 'F.U.R.B (F U Right Back)' 10 - Peter Andre 'Mysterious Girl' 11 - Gareth Gates 'Unchained Melody' 12 - Will Young & Gareth Gates 'The Long And Winding Road / Suspicious Minds' 13 - Joe Dolce Music Theatre 'Shuddap You Face' 14 - DJ Otzi 'Hey Baby' 15 - Afroman 'Because I Got High' 16 - Will Young 'Light My Fire' 17 - Mariah Carey & Westlife 'Against All Odds' 18 - Bombalurina 'Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini' 19 - DJ Casper 'Cha Cha Slide' 20 - Busted 'Who's David' 21 - Manchester United 1994 Football Squad 'Come On You Reds' 22 - St Winifred's School Choir 'There's No-one Quite Like Grandma' 23 - Hear'Say 'Pure And Simple' 24 - Vanilla Ice 'Ice Ice Baby' 25 - Vengaboys 'We're Going To Ibiza' 26 - Hanson 'Mmmbop' 27 - Michelle McManus 'All This Time' 28 - Whigfield 'Saturday Night' 29 - Spitting Image 'The Chicken Song' 30 - B*Witched 'C'est La Vie' 31 - Billie 'Because We Want To' 32 - Chris de Burgh 'The Lady In Red' 33 - Kylie Minogue I Should Be So Lucky' 34 - Baz Luhrmann 'Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)' 35 - McFly 'Five Colours In Her Hair' 36 - Vengaboys 'Boom Boom Boom Boom' 37 - 2 Unlimited 'No Limit' 38 - Sam & Mark 'With A Little Help From My Friends / Measure Of A Man' 39 - So Solid Crew '21 Seconds' 40 - Cliff Richard 'Mistletoe & Wine' 41 - The Firm 'Star Trekkin' 42 - Gary Barlow 'Forever Love' 43 - Geri Halliwell 'It's Raining Men' 44 - A1 'Take On Me' 45 - Mr Oizo 'Flat Beat' 46 - Bob The Builder 'Mambo No 5' 47 - Eiffel 65 'Blue (Da Ba Dee)' 48 - Five and Queen 'We Will Rock You' 49 - Girls Aloud 'Sound Of The Underground' 50 - Nick Berry 'Every Loser Wins' 51 - Rednex 'Cotton Eye Joe' 52 - Spice Girls 'Holler' 53 - Steps Tragedy' 54 - Aqua 'Doctor Jones' 55 - Glenn Medeiros 'Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You' 56 - Doop 'Doop' 57 - Geri Halliwell 'Bag It Up' 58 - Robson Green & Jerome Flynn 'Unchained Melody' 59 - Babylon Zoo 'Spaceman' 60 - Lionel Richie 'Hello' 61 - A1 'Same Old Brand New You' 62 - Simpsons 'Do The Bartman' 63 - LMC V U2 'Take Me To The Clouds Above' 64 - Take That featuring Lulu 'Relight my Fire' 65 - Chef 'Chocolate Salty b***s (PS I Love You)' 66 - Cliff Richard 'Saviour's Day' 67 - DJ Pied Piper 'Do You Really Like It' 68 - Europe 'The Final Countdown' 69 - Gina G 'Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit' 70 - Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan 'Especially For You' 71 - Barbra Streisand 'Woman In Love' 72 - Color Me Badd 'I Wanna Sex You Up' 73 - Hale & Pace 'The Stonk' 74 - Martine McCutcheon 'Perfect Moment' 75 - Goombay Dance Band 'Seven Tears' 76 - Shaggy 'Oh Carolina' 77 - Tight Fit 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' 78 - Billie 'Girlfriend' 79 - Bluebells 'Young At Heart' 80 - Emma Bunton 'What Took You So Long' 81 - Nena '99 Red Balloons' 82 - Right Said Fred 'Deeply Dippy' 83 - Steps 'Stomp' 84 - Wamdue Project 'King Of My Castle' 85 - Ace Of Base 'All That She Wants' 86 - David Bowie & mıck Jagger 'Dancing in the Streets' 87 - Enya 'Orinoco Flow' 88 - New Kids On The Block 'You Got It (The Right Stuff)' 89 - Outhere Brothers 'Boom Boom Boom' 90 - O1ide & Neutrino 'Bound 4 Da Reload (Casualty)' 91 - Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder 'Ebony And Ivory' 92 - Spacedust 'Gym & Tonic' 93 - B*Witched 'Blame It On The Weatherman' 94 - Bucks Fizz 'Making Your Mind Up' 95 - Cliff Richard & The Young Ones 'Living Doll' 96 - Falco 'Rock Me Amadeus' 97 - B*Witched 'Rollercoaster' 98 - Tiffany 'I Think We're Alone Now' 99 - Jason Donovan 'Too Many Broken Hearts' 100 - Hear'Say 'The Way To Your Love' I don't mean to discuss and analyze one by one these "nominations" by Channel 4 or VH1, may or may not agree with them, but certainly, I don't feel fair to include Tight Fit's "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". Tight Fit was a band created by record producer Ken Gold in 1981 with the idea of recording medleys and covers of songs, specially from the 60s, with session actors and singers; their covers are identical to the originals. (They reformed in 2008 and currently are active.) Like it or not, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" is just a clone remake of The Tokens' version from 1961, by itself also a rather traditional version of this old African song. So, if someone should be “blamed” for the interminable "wimowehs…", blame it on The Tokens, whose version topped Billboard Nº1 in 1961! They just misunderstood the Zulu word "Uyimbube": which means “You are a lion”. And of course looks they were influenced by Tarzan movies when included in lyrics “In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight”. Today, even kids know that the lion is not a jungle beast. There are no lions in the African jungles! Tight Fit didn't add nor take anything to The Tokens' version but they reached Top 1 in the UK, for 3 weeks in 1982! In late October 2016, British music fan Edward Carter compiled a giant list of 337 nominations for the worst songs of all time from responses he got to a tweet requesting fellow music-fan input. These are the 20 worst songs of all time, according to the readers of The New Yok Post, published in November 4, 2016: John Lennon - Imagine When it comes to debating the merits of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” the world definitely does not live as one. Lennon’s 1971 ballad was mentioned regularly, but Post readers’ opinions were split down the middle. “I thought I was the only one who can’t stand to hear this song,” said Rebecca Reed. “I find it so depressing, and will practically break my leg running to change the radio station when it comes on.” Raymond Smith agreed. “Thought it was great when I was a kid. I listen to it now and it sounds like it was written by a 6-year-old,” he said. But Lennon fans defended “Imagine” with equal fervor. Adam Hendricks praised the “positive sentiment” behind the lyrics, while Deborah Lindo Zingg called it a “prophets [sic] message.” Starship: “We Built This City” When even the co-singer of the song, Grace Slick calls it “the worst song ever” (as she did in a Vanity Fair interview in 2012), it has to be pretty bad. USA for Africa: “We Are the World” The charitable intentions couldn’t hide what a stinker of a song it was. Prince knew it and, despite huge criticism at the time, wisely refused to take part. Barenaked Ladies: “One Week” Reader Heather Pink referred to this simply as the song “about Chinese chicken.” It’s not actually about that, but Barenaked Ladies’ one big hit is so heinously grating, it’s enough to spark eye rolls of recognition all ’round. Bobby McFerrin: “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” Righteously blasted in the lyrics of “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy, McFerrin’s whimsical a cappella hit also attracted withering criticism by reader Dave Richard, who regarded it as a “real steaming pile of c**p.” Terry Jacks: “Seasons in the Sun” Adapted from a Jacques Brel song, Jacks’ wimpy delivery and the cornball lyrics about a man reflecting on his life make it one for the pop morgue. Berlin: “Take My Breath Away” Not everyone likes the soundtrack to Kelly McGillis’ and Tom Cruise’s heat in “Top Gun". For fans of “Top Gun,” it’s the song that signifies the on-screen passion of Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis. For readers like John Farrell, it’s merely “vomit-inducing c**p.” Rick Dees and His Cast of Idiots: “Disco Duck” A novelty No. 1 hit for radio DJ Dees in 1976, this maddeningly irritating hit marks where disco truly did suck. Steve Miller Band: “The Joker” Keeping classic-rock radio stations in business since 1973. Baha Men: “Who Let the Dogs Out” Fun for about two weeks in 2000, when it came out. The bane of music fans the world over in the 16 years since. Piko-Taro: “PPAP” In October, this Japanese comic made chart history when his 45-second viral hit became the shortest song ever on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s still long enough to be massively aggravating. The Hues Corporation: “Rock the Boat” Looking back, this early disco single feels so thin, it’s practically invisible. Eddie Murphy: “Party All the Time” Much mocked, but Murphy’s hit — written and produced by Rick James — is exasperatingly catchy. Nena: “99 Luftballons” Look closely, and “99 Luftballons” actually reveals itself as a song about nuclear apocalypse, but that subtlety was lost under the annoying melody. The Beatles: “Hey Jude” Paul McCartney famously does three-hour live sets these days. But two and a half of them is him singing the “na na na na” part of “Hey Jude.” Bryan Adams: “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” Any marriage is deemed legally null and void without a playing of this song at the wedding. Men Without Hats: “The Safety Dance” This ’80s electro-pop track was always pretty lame — and its case wasn’t helped by the stupid dancing in the video. Los del Río: “Macarena” The dance craze that still rears its ugly head every summer. Billy Ray Cyrus: “Achy Breaky Heart” Cyrus might be cool again, but for many, that doesn’t forgive him this original sin. Europe: “The Final Countdown” The absolute nadir of bombastic ’80s poodle-rock. Now fittingly used in car-insurance commercials. Desiigner: “Panda” The Brooklyn MC’s mumbling No. 1 hit was a target for some confused readers. “The words don’t even make sense,” complained Jennifer Smith. According to Wikipedia's resume, the following songs have been named by critics, broadcasters, composers and listeners as the "worst ever". Examples of sources include VH1's "50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs Ever" and Blender's "Run for Your Life! It's the 50 Worst Songs Ever!". Because of the nature of the pop single that developed in the 20th century, most of these entries are five minutes long or less. "I Want My Baby Back", Jimmy Cross (1965) In 1977, British DJ Kenny Everett named this novelty song as the absolute worst of a bottom-30 song listing done after a public vote. The single was a moderate commercial success but killed the singing career of its vocalist, Jimmy Cross, who failed to achieve any kind of traction with serious work afterwards. A parody of the teenage tragedy song trend which was popular at the time, the lyrics of the song feature a male protagonist lamenting the death of his girlfriend before finally joining her in her coffin. In the book The World's Worst Records: Volume One, music critic Darryl W. Bullock wrote that the track is "routinely considered the worst record of all time". "MacArthur Park", Richard Harris (1968) The Jimmy Webb-penned "MacArthur Park" is popularly held as the worst song ever written. In 1992, Miami Herald journalist Dave Barry conducted a poll among his readers who selected the Harris original as the worst track ever recorded, both in terms of "Worst Lyrics" and "Worst Overall Song". Barry commented: "t's hard to argue with survey respondents who chose it as the worst." This is despite the fact that it topped the music charts in Europe and Australia and also won the 1969 Grammy Award for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s). "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da", The Beatles (1968) "Loathed" by band member John Lennon, this track was voted the worst ever recorded in a listener poll organised by Mars. It also appeared in Blender's "50 Worst Songs Ever". "(You're) Having My Baby", Paul Anka (1974) The No. 1 worst song as voted by CNN.com users in 2006; even at the time of the song's release, it received extensive backlash from feminists for its patronizing celebration of pregnancy. "Dance with Me", Reginald Bosanquet (1980) A disco song with lyrics narrated in the style of a British newscast (Bosanquet was a news anchor for Independent Television News at the time), it was voted number one in the Bottom 30 by listeners of British DJ Kenny Everett in 1980. "The Birdie Song", The Tweets (1981) Voted the most annoying track of all time in a 2000 Dotmusic poll. The Clash guitarist m**k Jones also named it the worst song ever written (along with "Billy Don't Be a Hero" by Paper Lace), as did Simon Burnton in The Guardian. "True", Spandau Ballet (1983) "True" was named the single worst song in history by Guardian journalist Luke Williams and St. Petersburg Times music columnist Sean Daly. Williams had particular derision for Gary Kemp's lyrics, saying: "I mean, 'Why do I find it hard to write the next line?'. It's because you're a c**p songwriter, idiot." Seattle Post-Intelligencer critic Robert Jamieson called it the worst love song of all time. The track has also appeared in unranked lists such as the Houston Press' "10 Songs We Never, Ever Want to Hear Again, Ever", and NME's "50 Worst Pop Lyrics of All Time". "Agadoo", Black Lace (1984) Many newspaper and Internet music critics agree that this song is one of the worst ever. When it was re-released in 2009, many newspapers printed the headline "worst song ever". It was ranked the worst song in pop history in a Guardian newspaper article in 2009. It was banned from being played on BBC Radio 1 for a period because it was not "credible". It was also rated the worst song ever in a 2003 Q magazine poll. "Sussudio", Phil Collins (1985) Critic Michael Saunders in the Sun-Sentinel named "Sussudio" as the worst song of the rock era, describing it as "insipid" and "indefensibly stupid". Guardian journalist Tom Service wrote: "'Sussudio' brings me out in a cold sweat... there's no colder or more superficial sound in popular music." In listing the track as the second-worst ever, Michael Musto in The Village Voice said that it "could have been the theme song for the Third Reich, it was that insidious and evil". Creative Loafing Charlotte writer Matt Brunson called it "the worst song of the 1980s, no question". The track has also been criticised for sounding too similar to Prince's "1999"; Mark Caro in the Chicago Tribune labelled it a "ripoff" "We Built This City", Starship (1985) Despite this single off the group's album Knee Deep in the Hoopla being a No. 1 hit, it ranked No. 1 in "Run for Your Life! It's the 50 Worst Songs Ever!" list in Blender, and "The 10 Worst Songs of the 1980s" in Rolling Stone. Penned by songwriters outside of the band, the track has been disowned by the group's co-lead singer, Grace Slick. "Don't Worry, Be Happy", Bobby McFerrin (1988) This song was named by Village Voice critic Michael Musto as the worst of all time, and it topped Q100 DJ Bert Weiss's list of tracks he would forever ban from radio. In the "50 Worst Songs Ever", Blender said that "it's difficult to think of a song more likely to plunge you into suicidal despondency than this", and also lambasted its "appalling" lyrics. "Ice Ice Baby", Vanilla Ice (1990) This track has garnered the label of the "worst song of all time". Spinner editors ranked it the second-worst track in history, while Blender staff placed it fifth. A Houston Press critic named it as the worst song ever to emanate from the state of Texas, and said it "set back the cause of white people in hip-hop a decade". The track was also said to have "ripped off" the 1981 Queen and David Bowie collaboration "Under Pressure", which Ice initially denied but later admitted to. "Achy Breaky Heart", Billy Ray Cyrus (1992) "Achy Breaky Heart" regularly appears at the top of "worst songs ever" lists. The track was named the worst of all time in The Independent on Saturday, and was ranked second in Blender's "50 Worst Songs Ever". It also placed first in a Sydney Morning Herald reader poll to determine the worst track of the 1990s, and was voted by Chicago Tribune readers as the worst song of 1992. "Could It Be Magic", Take That (1992) This cover of the 1975 Barry Manilow track was voted the worst song in history in a 2004 public poll organised by Diesel. NME reviews editor Anthony Thornton called it "the worst song in the world". "What's Up?", 4 Non Blondes (1993) Composers Carl Barât and Stuart Braithwaite named this track the worst ever. Peer Dean Ween said: "It's as bad as music gets... Everything about the song is so awful that if I sat down and tried to write the worst song ever, I couldn't even make it 10 percent of the reality of how awful that song is." Tara Dublin in The Huffington Post wrote that it is, "without question, the worst song of the 1990s". Gawker journalist Brian Moylan included the track in an unranked list of the "10 Party Songs We Never Ever Want to Hear Again". The infamous "Heyayayayayaya" lyrics in the song later became an Internet meme, usually accompanied with an image of the action-cartoon character He-Man. "Mr Blobby", Mr Blobby (1993) Blobby's self-titled Christmas release is regarded by many as the worst single, and indeed, song, of all time. It has been ranked at, or near, the top of various "worst songs" lists compiled from both journalistic and public opinion. "Barbie Girl", Aqua (1997) Despite being successful, the song is despised by many and appears on many 'worst songs' list, including #1 on Rolling Stone's "Worst Songs of the Nineties" by a reader poll and in NME's unranked list, "32 of the Very Worst UK Number One Singles of All Time". "Life", Des'ree (1998) Although "Life" was Des'ree's biggest hit in Europe ("You Gotta Be" was a bigger hit in North America), the song was widely mocked for its lyrics. The song, and in particular the verse "I don't want to see a ghost/It's the sight that I fear most/I'd rather have a piece of toast/Watch the evening news", has been voted as having the worst lyrics ever in polls by the BBC, The Independent, and the Herald Sun. "Thong Song", Sisqo (2000) Placed first in a Pioneer Press reader poll to determine the worst song in history. The track has also been labelled as sexist. "The Christmas Shoes", NewSong (2000) The song has appeared on various "worst Christmas song" lists. In 2011, the song was named "The Worst Christmas Song Ever" by Gawker.com, following a weeks-long survey of commenter votes. "Who Let the Dogs Out?", Baha Men (2000) Number one on Spinner's "Top 20 Worst Songs Ever". "The Cheeky Song (Touch My b*m)", The Cheeky Girls (2002) Voted the no. 1 "worst pop record" by Channel 4 viewers in a poll broadcast in January 2004. "You're Beautiful", James Blunt Voted by music fans as the most irritating track ever recorded in a OnePoll survey. Spike writer D. Sussman called it "the worst song in the history of mankind", and Gigwise editors placed it first in "The 20 Worst Love Songs Of All Time". It was also ranked first in Heavy.com's recounting of the worst tracks of the 2000s. "My Humps", The Black Eyed Peas (2005) Oakland Tribune music columnist Oliver Wang reported that the track is "considered by most critics as either the worst song of this decade or in all of recorded music history". Writers who named it as the worst track ever include Nathan Rabin in The A.V. Club, Laura Barton in The Guardian, Joseph Kugelmass in PopMatters and Shaun Bruce in The Stranger; Bruce stated that it "may actually represent the nadir of human achievement". The track gained an "overwhelming" first place vote in a Rolling Stone reader poll of the all-time "20 Most Annoying Songs", and its lyrics were voted the worst in the history of dance music in a Global Gathering survey. "Laffy Taffy", D4L (2005) Despite the song's success, many have considered "Laffy Taffy" to be among the worst songs of all time. HipHop365.com rated the song as the worst hip hop song of all time. In 2013, Bennett the Sage of Channel Awesome rated it the worst song to chart No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, criticizing the beat, flow and confusing title metaphor. "Rockstar", Nickelback (2005) Some critics have given it the distinction of the worst song of all time. The song was listed at number 2 in Buzzfeed's list of the 30 worst songs ever written. They said: "If aliens came to Earth and asked why everyone hates Nickelback so much, this song would be a perfect explanation." A 2008 Popjustice poll voted "Rockstar" as the worst single of the year. "Baby", Justin Bieber (2010) The official music video is, as of 2018, the most disliked video on YouTube. The song was also voted worst song ever in a Time Out poll. "Miracles", Insane Clown Posse (2010) CraveOnline deemed it the worst rap song of all time, and the most embarrassing rap moment of all time. The Phoenix deemed it the worst song ever recorded. The lyrics, most notably "fu**ing magnets, how do they work? And I don't wanna talk to a scientist / Y'all motherfu**ers lying, and getting me pis*ed" have been noted as the worst lyrics of all time. "Surrounded by Silence", Design the Skyline (2011) Released on 13 March 2011 onto YouTube by the band and critically panned after the group was signed to Victory Records. Many social sources and magazines credited the band as "the worst band ever" and the song as "the worst song ever", pointing out the song has no musical structure, is badly out of sync, has a lack of any sensible rhythm within their playing, has near-unintelligible vocals consisting of screaming, and the members' physical appearances. It was also voted the second worst song of 2011 behind Rebecca Black's "Friday" on AbsolutePunk's "Worst Song of 2011 (so far)" poll. "Friday", Rebecca Black (2011) "Friday" has been widely described as the worst song ever recorded, attracting derision for its weak lyrical content and excessively auto-tuned vocals. It became an Internet sensation, making it the subject of multiple parodies and ridicule. "Swagger Jagger", Cher Lloyd (2011) Critic Jan Moir described the track as "dire" and "the worst song in the history of pop". Missing Andy singer Alex Greaves also named it the worst track ever, saying: "Just awful. I hope most people bought it for a joke otherwise there's something really wrong." The song appeared in NME's unranked list, "32 of the Very Worst UK Number One Singles of All Time". "Hot Problems", Double Take (2012) Uploaded to YouTube by Drew Garrett and Lauren Willey who make up the group known as Double Take, the song and accompanying music video received highly negative reviews. Many have called it "the worst song ever", with some YouTubers proclaiming it to be worse than Rebecca Black's "Friday". "Chinese Food", Alison Gold (2013) An independent song produced by Patrice Wilson, who also produced Rebecca Black's "Friday". "Chinese Food" has been criticized as the worst song ever created and the worst song of the year by Time magazine. The song and especially the video have also been criticised for being racist due to the heavy Chinese stereotyping present in both. I would like to add my proper selection of the most horrible song ever having reached the top positions, is The Trashmen's Surfin' Bird (Nº 1 in 1963) and Tiny Tim's Tiptoe Through the Tulips which reached, incredibly, a 17th position in 1967!
  8. luisam

    Bad/corrupted DVD media

    Yes, I've experimented the same situation. Isobuster might work or might not. You even can get more tips about applications you might use doing a search for "recover bad CDs". For a similar case, my final solution was testing with several DVD burners and finally I could read and save the bad CD with one of them.
  9. Music lovers always try to get the best quality audio and one of the preferred format is FLAC. With greater download rates widely available, you can get more and more audio stuff in this format. But, is it always really WORTH the trouble? So, you have the latest and best quality audio headphones or speakers and you want to listen the best quality music and you are bored of listening those low quality Bill Haley records from late 50s. And you see the light: a new album in FLAC format form your beloved 50s rock stars! But can you really expect to get that great audio quality from some records from the 50s or the 60s? Those years many records were made after one or two trials and frequently they were released using the first take. Many hits were released in 45 or even 78 rpm and were rather low quality. Even LPs, the latest hi-fi music of the 50s, were quite poor. Frequently a cheaper mono was released together with a quite primitive two channel stereo and "music engineering" was just incipient. Listening both of them, you may even find out the mono sounds better than stereo! Then in the 90s, enter the CD. Disk industry began re-releasing digitized copies of some quiet mediocre originals. But even worse: people started to burn pirated CDs with the 128 kbps files. I have seen even CDs burned with 96 kbps files. Now, what kind of quality do you expect from a FLAC produced form this CD? Off course, just 128 kbps or 96 kbps! So, you had your MP3 oldie in your discography, saved using a modest 128 kbps format and now you replaced it with a loss-less FLAC. Actually all you've achieved was replacing a 3 Mb file with another one of 20 Mb, with zero improvement in quality. The solution to this issue is very simple: you don’t need any sophisticated hardware, just run your audio file with SPEK - a free acoustic spectrum analyzer / spectrogram viewer and you don't need to be a music geek to us it. After running several files you'll learn how to interpret the graphic output. Find SPEK at spek.cc .
  10. XP is not dead yet! Here have a "little" secret. Copy it to a txt file, name it POSREADY REG and run it: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\WPA\PosReady] "Installed"=dword:00000001 Somehow, Microsoft will recognize your computer with that almost 20 years old XP as a point of sale machine and you'll get updates of XP security, even for dead cold Internet Explorer 8 and keep XP updated some more months, until April 2019. Guess that after that date, XP will die, definitively! Some "funny" info here about end-of-support https://cayan.com/insights/2018/when-microsoft-posready-2009-support-ends Edited: Yes, as I wrote it, I'm aware that it would work only for 4 more months but you don't really have to do too much to "customize" it... just input those two reg lines... and you'll get a full updated XP!
  11. You may get your album at music uploads http://www.cyberphoenix.org/forum/topic/668226-mark-knopfler-emmylou-harris-roadrunning-2006/ Please, dont post "Thanks", just press the Thanks button!
  12. luisam

    Apple mini Ipad & Epubs

    Got best results with EPUB_ULTIMATE portable. While application installs on Windows XP, for me it returns error when running. I'm not sure if it's just a personal issue. I use it on Windows 7. By the way, it converts to MOBI too, though I've never used it for that. Converting to PDF, you get better results if you optimize the size of your new PDF files. Size difference might be quite significative!
  13. luisam

    Apple mini Ipad & Epubs

    Why don't you convert EPUB to PDF? Just as easy to read on iPad
  14. luisam

    A victim of scam

    OK. Good to know. So, before letting me to scam, I'll remove ID, driving licence and credit card. Just leavign enough money to justify the scheme...
  15. luisam

    hello oldie but newbie

    I'm really sorry about you personal tragedy. The annoying loss of some data is noting compared to the great personal losses you've suffered and no dogs and birds you may have can replace a daughter! Just hope that visting this forum you may find some sane distraction keeping your thoughts free of sorrow while here. Welcome!
  16. luisam

    Great magazine site

    An absolutely great magazine site. Has got among all, more computer tech magazines then I can ever read. Only should update the URL, to avoid some wait while it is redirectioned. https://downmagaz.com Just should note that novafile.com hoster returns a server error: second link is to turbobit, which somehow, each time I try to get a download, makes me to wait 10 minutes notifying me that "You have reached the limit of connections from your IP range" After I wait the 10 minute countdown... I get the same note again... and again... So after waiting 30 minutes, I got nothing but the same warning again. Actually last time I'd connected succesfully to turbobit was about a week ago and I doubt that there are so much eventual turbobit downloaders from my DNS IP range... so looks this is a particular issue of turbobit is with my ISP.
  17. luisam

    Best fake emailer I have ever seen

    Great FAKER; after at least 10 years, stll works and it got actually through gmail's spam control; at least, for the test I made. Any idea what's the meaning of those codes for Bitcoin Address and Litecoin addres. Characters are not URL address...
  18. Well, I don't understand why I became a "Newbie".  I recognize that I'm not a prolific poster. Made about 300 in 9 years, since I'm member of this forum. But somehow, they disappeared!...

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    2. luisam


      Thanks for your reply. SOMEHOW I SUSPECTED IT... Well, I'm also member of another forum, since about 2006. They've changed board software several times and postcount was never affected. But well, I presume you have more important issues to check than postcounts... At least profile view count was not reset. It's currently on 18,146 profile views.:wub: Quiete a lot, for a Newbie.

    3. Mr Grumpy

      Mr Grumpy

      Funnily enough it is just 3 members that don't start topics like yourself that have this fixation for numbers. None of the uploaders seem to care and the staff certainly don't. If we had it our way those numbers would reflect only live posts and other statistics would only be visible to staff.

    4. luisam


      It's not a "fixation for numbers". As already stated, I can't care less about postcount. I find more important for my own statistics the views of my original posts and "community reputation". I simply find funny to be qualified as a "Newbie" just because the topics where I posted were deleted.

      Also, I only reply when I have something really useful to coment. If you are looking for members with "fixation" for postcounts, look for those who still REPLY "Thank you" or similar, and don't use the "button" without any significative content in their post.

  19. luisam

    How to use WhatsApp on Windows

    As for April 2018, current procedure is: In your computer, paste in the address bar of your browser https://web.whatsapp.com/ You'll get a page with a QR code Open WhatsApp on your smartphone, select WhatsApp Web from Chat menu Click on + (right side, up) Scan the QR code on the screen of your computer Your computer will sync with your smartphone opening WhatsApp
  20. This is a very nice share, great work,and it's never too late to congratulate to the poster for his initiative but i'm really sorry to expermient that only one of these link is stll working, at least for me, a google search for PDF files. So, if possible, please, try to update these really useful and needed links. Thank you SO MUCH!
  21. luisam

    Turbobit - troubled bit?

    I'm not sure where to post this, guess this is the most appropriate section. The idea is just to share my dislike to this "funny" host site called Turbobit. While many hosters are "tricky", hiding the proper download link or delaying times, this TURBOBIT is most annoying, at least for me. I ALWAYS get this message when trying to download: "You've reached the limit of connections from your IP. Try to download again"... and starts a 9 minute countdown. Obviously, I haven't downloaded anything previously from Turbobit and I really don't believe that my IP is so compromised with Turbobit as to be connected and downloading ALL the time from there. The most annoying issue is that when I try to download after this 9 minute countdown, without giving even a second of additional delay, I get the same note and the same countdown again... and again. I don't know if other users have the same issue but if this is a generalized practice I suggest to Forum Administration to BAN links to this hoster. I don't mind to "suffer" some waiting time; I understand that hosters’ real business is to have premium users; but they shouldn't disguise the "only for premium" option as a fake option for "free download". As a side-note, I don't know what is current politics of the forum about posts that only have "ONLY FOR PREMIUM" links, which obviously is against the spirit of real file-sharing.
  22. luisam

    Turbobit - troubled bit?

    Looks they are OK if you PAY a premium account. Real-Debrid looked an interesting option but I registered there and when try to use it says that as a FREE USER I only can dowload at "happy hours". So, I'm not really happy. Any idea WHEN they have a happy hour? As for Alldebrid, they "cheated" at register indicating that I had a FREE option and also cheated me to give them a "like" on Facebook. After I validated, it returns that I can't liberate links without a premium account. So, what use can I give to my "free" account except deleting the "Iike" I gave them on Facebook?
  23. luisam

    Turbobit - troubled bit?

    PD: I checked trying to download with Google Chrome and using Windows 7 and get the same negative result. Turbobit keeps fooling me. So most probably they are blocking my ISP with the whole range of my IP. If most users don't have any important issue with Turbobit,,no way. As for rapidgator, my problem is that they give posters the option to restrict downloads to "only Premium" which should be a particular claim for a given case. Lately, Filefactory had been giving me good download results. Years ago it was a fairly popular hoster but currently has a somewhat reduced number of users.
  24. luisam

    Turbobit - troubled bit?

    I'm using mostly Firexfox directly with Windows XP, without proxy and no VPN. I don't believe my ISP is messing with hosters. Most probably it's Turbobit "blocking" downloads from my ISP. Anyway, I'll try Google Chrome on Windows 7, to check if there is any difference.
  25. I'm afraid that current teen generation WORLDWIDE really doesn't care about Classic Rock and not even for the 80s and 90s.. If you browse '10s and even the '00s decade's top listings you find less and less rock and get mostly pop and hip-hop. 20th Century music is for the Contermporary Adult or even the Oldie category. Do you follow "Pawn Stars"? Corey and Chumlee show a total lack of minimal knowledge abour classic rock and even make fun about Rick when theme arises. This is real, not just a catch. I'm sure those two guys really don't have the least interest about rock music.. By the way, my answer is not a "joke". Actually I have some pesonal experience with youngsters learning good English understanding by following the songs with the lyrics.