Recent Articles In Personal Computing
November 15, 2017 by Daiwa on daiwa
Perhaps it's just me.  Within the past week, msn.com has started refusing to load the home page graphic interface when it detects an ad-blocker.  Same browser, but 2 different rigs.  Access to the graphic interface is immediately restored by disabling ad-blocking, even though the site doesn't say that's the problem, just gives a generic comment about some plugin or extension 'interfering' with msn.com.

Not big whup.  MSN exists only so I can study how the other h...
November 7, 2017 by Tatiora on tatiora
Between work and gaming at home, I spend a lot of time on my computers. Because of this, I like to personalize my PCs to suit my style, both organizationally and aesthetically. There are tons of awesome apps for both in the Object Desktop Suite, but I want to focus on aesthetics for today. So, let’s talk about how to get the most out of DeskScapes!

Get DeskScapes here.

Tip #1: Visit WinCustomize

You can actually create your own “Dreams” and wallpapers with DeskScapes (...
November 2, 2017 by KarmaGirl on When Coffee Goes Bad
Stardock Software's Store just got an upgrade!  
Stardock Software Store

We are happy to announce that we are adding new, useful, products that were created by fellow software developers.  But, don't worry!  We are hand-picking products that we feel benefit our customers, so the store isn't going to be flooded with random software.

As an example, we have added WinOptimizer 15 by Ashampoo.  If you were a fan of our Tweak products, then this is a...
October 31, 2017 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
Fences is one of our most popular desktop apps for Windows! It allows you to sort and organize your icons and folders into customizable “fences” on the desktop. Some of the coolest things about Fences are the customization features you can apply to make your fences look and function how you want them to.

Get Fences here.

In this guide, I'll show you some common customizations and how you can adjust and apply them to your fences.


Adjusting color and...
October 24, 2017 by Tatiora on tatiora
If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time at a computer every day. Whether it’s for work or for hobbies (in my case, it’s both), having an efficiently organized and productive desktop for your PC can cut down on the amount of time we spend hunting for documents or trying to remember where we put something.

Object Desktop contains over a dozen PC productivity, customization, and optimization apps that can keep your desktop a flawless and fun place to work. 

Fences
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October 8, 2017 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

Where have we gotten? Seriously. Bravo HP Enterprise. Darwin Award of the century goes to you, hands down.

"Last year, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) allowed a Russian defense agency to analyze the source code of a cybersecurity software used by the Pentagon, Reuters reports. The software, a product called ArcSight, is an important piece of cyber defense for the Army, Air Force and Navy and works by alerting users to suspicious activity -- such as a high number of f...
October 7, 2017 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

Spy vs. Spy vs. Spy. "Who's on first?"...one's tempted to ask.

How did it all get started? This incendiary piece. Summary:

"The unnamed contractor removed the material from the NSA and stored it on a home computer that ran a version of Kaspersky AV. The material, according to the unnamed sources, included "details about how the NSA penetrates foreign computer networks, the computer code it uses for such spying, and how it defends networks inside the US." Sometime in 2015,...
September 18, 2017 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

"A version of CCleaner downloaded in August included remote administration tools that tried to connect to several unregistered web pages, presumably to download additional unauthorized programs, security researchers at Cisco’s Talos unit said.Talos researcher Craig Williams said it was a sophisticated attack because it penetrated an established and trusted supplier in a manner similar to June’s “NotPetya” attack on companies that downloaded infected Ukraini...
September 16, 2017 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

More on the saga of Equifax, or, "How not to do IT".

So, more has come out on how the debacle that is Equifax IT came about. First, what went wrong, and then the who.

The chronology can be read here. In addition to that, the basic problem is noted:

"The software problem was detected in March and a recommended software patch was released shortly afterward. Equifax said the database intrusion began in May and continued until July.

Security experts said Equifax had more than e...
September 13, 2017 by BigDogBigFeet on BDBF's Pound
Well I sent feedback to MS today.  Edge is 100% broken on my laptop after the latest update.  All common remedies fail reboots, browser cleaning, and re-setting.  Nothing works.  Edge can no longer even display webpages I use.

 

Gotta love MS and forced updates. 

I told them I'm now forced to use Google Chrome.  I do not like it but I now have no other choice.

Well, now it is 09/14/2017 and Edge is working again.  I did not find any fresh updat...
September 8, 2017 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

Not good news, folks.

Equifax was breached...and potentially, the financial data of 143 million folks...

"While the massive breach that Yahoo revealed last year involved more accounts, topping 1 billion, that intrusion exposed people's phone numbers and passwords. Equifax said its breach includes “names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers.” 

The company added that credit card num...
With the increasing evidence that Google operates with an open political agenda, it is not surprising that its employees feel comfortable using their privileged position at Google to smite those guilty of wrong-think.

Take the case of Google employee Tab Atkins Jr.  After a Twitter spat with Zoe Quinn, Atkins decided that social justice needed to be served and wrote a libelous smear of me on his blog with the title "Brad Wardell is a douchebag"...three years ago.

As a se...
September 2, 2017 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

No, Gordon [Gekko]: Greed is not good. Google really should learn this...and be responsible as to just who and what come up as valid search results, especially when they get first place result because of advertising dollars.

"Darknetmarkets.org, for all intents and purposes, is a "real" website. Its logo looks to be made of chopped-up cocaine, and the site is filled with legitimate-seeming resources for anybody looking to buy drugs on the darknet. News articles populate its hom...
August 24, 2017 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

The first sentence in Ben Tarnoff's article pretty much says it all... "What if a cold drink cost more on a hot day?".

So, Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods has gone through. I promise you, Amazon will be a disruptor there, too. It's called "surge pricing". In other words, instant supply and demand determining pricing of what you eat and drink...even better, you have to believe them and trust they all aren't colluding. Because they're just so honest. and it'll...
August 23, 2017 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
If you read any of our software blogs or keep up with our news, you probably see a lot of discussion about Object Desktop. So, what is Object Desktop? I'm going to detail what's in the suite, plus some of the benefits of a membership. 

For starters, Object Desktop is a suite of over a dozen of our most popular Windows desktop applications that customize your PC. Its yearly membership includes apps that organize your desktop with Fences, create a customized Start experience with...