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Tech 425

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#719771 Windows 10 tip: Find your PC's original product key

Posted by Tech 425 on Yesterday, 11:43 PM

Windows 10 tip: Find your PC's original product key
If you've purchased a new PC with Windows pre-installed in the past few years, chances are it has a product key embedded in its BIOS. With a little PowerShell wizardry, you can find that well-hidden key and learn more about your current licensing status.
If you've purchased a new PC with Windows pre-installed in the past few years, you might have noticed a few changes on the outside of the device.
The biggest change is the absence of a product key, which was included on the holographic Certificate of Authenticity (COA) sticker with PCs that came pre-installed with Windows 7 or earlier versions.
Beginning with Windows 8, that information is no longer on a COA but is instead embedded in the BIOS. If you re-install the same version of Windows that came with your PC, it should activate automatically.
If you want to record that product key so that you can restore Windows later, it's easy enough to do. Open a PowerShell window and issue this command: (Get-WmiObject -query 'select * from SoftwareLicensingService').OA3xOriginalProductKey
If you see no output, that means your system does not include the Windows key in the BIOS, as is often the case with home-built PCs, devices built by a System Builder OEM, or those that were originally sold with a Windows 10 license.
Network administrators who manage licensing using Key Management Services can get details about PCs on the network using a different set of options for the same PowerShell command. To view all details about a machine's current licensing status, use this command:
Get-WMIObject -Class SoftwareLicensingService | Select-Object -Property *
(Be sure to include the asterisk at the end of that command.)
To save the key, click in the PowerShell window, drag the mouse pointer across the entire 25-character key, and then right-click. Although nothing appears to happen, your selection has actually been copied to the Clipboard. Paste it into a text file and save it in a safe place.

#719769 Windows 10 tip: Turn off Cortana completely

Posted by Tech 425 on Yesterday, 11:33 PM

Windows 10 tip: Turn off Cortana completely
In the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, version 1607, Microsoft removed Cortana's on-off switch. But it's still there, if you know where to look. Use this tweak to make Windows search strictly local.
In the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, version 1607, Microsoft removed the on-off switch for Cortana. But the setting is still available if you know where to look.
As with most things Windows, you can remove the search button or box completely if you're really convinced you won't use it. Right-click the taskbar and then click Cortana > Hidden.
With that option set, there's no search box or icon on the taskbar, but you can still access Cortana's full feature set by tapping the Windows key and typing. If you want to turn off all of Cortana's features, leaving only the ability to search for local apps, files, and settings, you need to make a simple registry edit.
On a system running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise edition, you can use Group Policy to apply this setting across multiple machines in an enterprise network. On a single PC, use the local Group Policy Editor, gpedit.msc, to open the policy Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search > Allow Cortana and set it to Disabled.
On a system running Windows 10 Home, you need to make a manual edit to the registry. Find the key HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search (you might need to create this key if it doesn't exist), and then create the DWORD value AllowCortana and set it to 0.
In either case, this change applies to all user accounts on the PC you're configuring. Sign out and sign back in and you'll notice that the text in the search box has changed from "Ask me anything" to "Search Windows." Clicking in the search box displays only a simple prompt. In addition, Cortana's Notebook is unavailable, only a few settings are available when you click the gear icon, and there's no option to search the web from the search box.

#719756 This electric jet can take off vertically and Goes 190mph

Posted by Tech 425 on Yesterday, 10:59 PM

This electric jet can take off vertically and travel almost 190 miles per hour - and it's already being prototyped
  • Lillium is developing a five-seat electric aircraft that can take off and land vertically.
  • The company envisions using the aircraft like an Uber, hailing it from your phone to take you around the city, avoiding traffic.
  • Lillium says it will start rolling out the technology by 2025.
Move over, Elon Musk. A German startup developing an electric, car-sized aircraft that can take off and land vertically just received a prestigious award — and the technology is seriously impressive.
Founded by a group of entrepreneurs in 2015, Lillium is developing the aircraft as a new form of sustainable urban transportation. The idea is to "revolutionize the way people move in and around the world's cities," Patrick Nathen, one of Lillium's co-founder said in a statement.
Cleantech Group (CTG), an industry research firm for sustainable innovation companies, gave Lillium the Early Stage Company of the Year award in January, as part of CTG's Cleantech 100 awards.
Richard Youngman, CTG's chief executive, said Lillium's technology has the potential to "make the dream of zero emissions mass-transportation a reality."
How the Lillium Jet works
Lillium, which raised $90 million in September, tested a prototype of its jet last year in Munich. Similar to a quadrocopter drone, Lillium's jet is capable of taking off and landing vertically. Using fans embedded in the wings, the aircraft can hover, land, and take-off on the spot, using minimal energy.
Once airborne, the fans fold back into the wings — into a horizontal position — and that lift is transformed into acceleration. At that point, Lillium's jet can fly like a regular small airplane, reaching speeds of around 190 miles per hour) — all without generating harmful emissions.
The jet's electric engines, which function like traditional turbofans in a regular passenger jet, are designed to be much quieter and vibrate less than regular gas engines. This makes the jet suitable for use in dense urban areas, (where Lillium's founders see the aircraft being used, according to the company's website).
It's also highly nimble, meaning it can traverse corridors between buildings or bridges safely.
Like Uber, but for the sky
Lillium's founders envision hailing a jet from your phone, like hailing an Uber. Once hailed, you'll be able to meet your ride on a rooftop landing port, and take the jet anywhere you want between a network of landing ports — without getting stuck in traffic.
The plane, which is capable of flying for up to an hour on the single charge, will also be able to take short trips between cities. According to the company's website, the jet will be able to travel over 40 miles in around 15 minutes. The jet's total range will be around around 190 miles, making it possible to travel between Boston and New York City in about an hour.
While the jet is still in prototype phase, Lillium hopes to test it with a pilot as early as next year. By 2025, the company hopes to roll out the technology to the public.

#719730 Motivational posters

Posted by Tech 425 on Yesterday, 08:54 PM


#719701 [req] Eric Clapton Life in 12 Bars [Completed]

Posted by Tech 425 on Yesterday, 05:26 PM

You are Very Welcomed :)

#719656 Blu-Ray Playback, Green Screen

Posted by Tech 425 on Yesterday, 03:59 PM

Good Me and Mr Grumpy are very happy you figured it out :)

#719616 Motivational posters

Posted by Tech 425 on Yesterday, 01:54 PM


#719497 Blu-Ray Playback, Green Screen

Posted by Tech 425 on 17 February 2018 - 09:10 PM

Could be  :pirate:



I wish I could help more, But I don't think I will get a 4k until around Christmas time (Costs should be nice and low by then, At least I hope as I want an 80inch)

#719492 Facebook's New 'Onavo Protect' VPN is a Spyware Application

Posted by Tech 425 on 17 February 2018 - 08:50 PM

Y'all are Very Welcomed and yes VPN Unlimited is the way to go


#719491 Blu-Ray Playback, Green Screen

Posted by Tech 425 on 17 February 2018 - 08:48 PM

I did a little research on the Raspberry Pi 3 playing 4k and it will but not at 60hz, But I found info on Asus board that say it will do 4k


Again I'm sorry all I can do is search to find info as I don't have a 4k TV yet - I can tell you anything about 1080p as I have an Awesome 1080p TV that is very fast





#719487 Blu-Ray Playback, Green Screen

Posted by Tech 425 on 17 February 2018 - 08:37 PM

Ok - My other system is Windows 10 64bit and I have VLC 64bit version on it and I have no problem with it, So it could be the cable and/or converter (But like I said I'm not sure about 4k, But I don't have a problem doing 1080p at full speed)


I'm not sure why you can't run the 64bit version of VLC - I didn't have any problems installing or running it



Personally I stopped using my Computer to run/stream movies - I use a Raspberry Pi 3 now (I have a 8TB drive and a Blu-ray drive hooked to it)



As far as the cable it might do, But I don't want to say Yes and be wrong

#719357 Samsung Experience 9.0 makes emojis on Galaxy devices less awful

Posted by Tech 425 on 17 February 2018 - 04:29 PM

Samsung Experience 9.0 makes emojis on Galaxy devices less awful
Seriously, what was going on with that grimacing face?
Depending on what phone you have, chances are the emoji on your handset look slightly different when compared to the ones on your friends and family members' phones. A lot of companies have their own unique art style when it comes to emojis, and Samsung is one of them that tended to abuse this trend.
The Samsung Experience 9.0 / Android Oreo update is now rolling out to the Galaxy S8 and S8+, and along with all of the new features and performance optimizations, you'll also find that the emojis for the phones have received a visual overhaul.
Samsung's emojis have always featured a very distinct look, and while beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, stark differences between Samsung's design and the look used by most other companies could often lead to mixed signals when sending messages. For example, Samsung's eye-rolling emoji:
While all of the emojis from Apple, Google, Microsft, etc. have the same general design, the one from Samsung Experience 8.5 looks completely different. In Samsung Experience 9.0, it's much more in line with the norm.
There are changes to a lot of other emojis as well, including kissing, smiling, grimacing ones, and more.
Lastly, in addition to updates to existing emoji, Samsung Experience 9.0 also adds a heap of new ones. Some of the highlights include barfing, head-exploding, and start-struck emojis.
The new emoji style will be available on the Galaxy S8/S8+ as part of the Android Oreo and Samsung Experience 9.0 update, and we'll likely see them make an appearance on the Galaxy S9 out-of-the-box following its debut at MWC 2018 later this month.

#719348 Facebook's New 'Onavo Protect' VPN is a Spyware Application

Posted by Tech 425 on 17 February 2018 - 04:05 PM

Facebook's New 'Onavo Protect' VPN is a Spyware Application
Security is a major concern in computing, particularly in mobile devices and the Internet of Things. Over the past few years, overall usage of VPN services has increased, and consumers often see these programs as a way to avoid having one's traffic snooped on. Well and good. But Facebook's new VPN service, which has now rolled out for iOS devices, is fundamentally different than any standard service.
Unlike a typical VPN, Onavo Protect (from a company Facebook purchased in 2013) explicitly gives itself permission to mine your data. Buried underneath the “Read More” link, you'll find the following:

As part of this process, Onavo collects your mobile data traffic. This helps us improve and operate the Onavo service by analyzing your use of websites, apps and data. Because we're part of Facebook, we also use this info to improve Facebook products and services, gain insights into the products and services people value, and build better experiences.
Think about the implications of this. In the name of providing safety, Facebook gets to analyze which apps you use, which websites you visit, and how those trends change over time. If a new app starts to become popular, FB will know about it based on data harvested from user devices. Are you watching YouTube instead of Facebook Video? FB gets to know. While this feature is integrated into Facebook's iOS app, the application also states that it provides an additional level of security to all your mobile traffic.
Onavo may well function as an effective VPN and offer an additional layer of security, but Facebook isn't doing this out of the goodness of its heart. Onavo is a deliberate attempt to head off competition before it can even get started. Facebook has taken heat before for co-opting the features of other services into its own product, but this goes a step further. Businesses, generally speaking, quickly copy something that's working. If iOS deploys new features that others like, you tend to see similar options popping up in Android. When Player Unknown's Battlegrounds became a hit, developers like Epic Games started building a Battle Royale mode into Fortnite.
But this isn't Facebook seeing a successful company and just copying its work. This is Facebook trying to find out where its next competitor is going to come from by mining your life to do it. The irony is staggering, given that many people use VPNs to increase privacy and security. It's literally baked into the acronym — Virtual Private Network. Facebook is removing the “privacy” portion of that equation and hoping nobody notices.
We Noticed.

#719281 Blu-Ray Playback, Green Screen

Posted by Tech 425 on 17 February 2018 - 12:24 PM

I did a search for CyberLink PowerDVD 17 (If this is the software you are talking about)



#719277 Blu-Ray Playback, Green Screen

Posted by Tech 425 on 17 February 2018 - 12:04 PM

Can you give me the link to the software you are talking about - I looked at CyberLink website and I don't see CyberLink 12


(If you are talking about CyberLink PowerDVD 12 there is problems with 12 running 4k @ 60hz - CyberLink PowerDVD 17 will play it)



Also have you tried VLC - It plays everything I throw at it (Not sure about 4k as I haven't moved up to it yet)


I did a quick Google search on VLC and 4k - It said it can

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