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I just got my new PC set up.  First new one in 3 years and it's a monster.



I mostly got it for the Core i9 which has 18 cores.  The reason for this is, basically, I compile a lot.  Most of my programming involves AI coding and that means doing lots of recompiling and running.  I highly recommend 18 cores for most people as it's wasted.

The other reason I wanted so many cores is for Nitrous/Cider work which is Stardock's new engine.  I want to make sure that Ash...
January 10, 2018 by Tatiora on tatiora
The Intro

Let me start with a very, very important disclaimer:

I hate computers.

Well, more specifically, computers hate me. Within a week of joining the team here at Stardock, the guys in IT already knew my name and had to come down to fix computer issues multiple times. I also had a motherboard burst into flames on me once (STILL trying to figure that one out) and smoked a power supply (these occurred within months of each other), so I’m pretty sure our PC overlords have it out ...
December 28, 2017 by RedneckDude on redneckdude
Hey guys. Who is into VR?

 

I recently set up 2 rigs for VR. One with Oculus Rift, the other with the HTC Vive.

 

I'd be interested in any talk, info, discussion on either system, or maybe any other options for VR.

 

Pros, cons, what have you.  Got anything to say?
December 23, 2017 by RedneckDude on redneckdude
I have 8 ram slots, and a quad channel board. I can't get the system to boot with any more than 2 ram sticks installed.  6 empty ram slots just bothers me to no end.
How's that for a dramatic headline?

Groupy is a new program from Stardock that does something so simple that, in hindsight, seems like it should have always been part of the OS.  It allows users to drag windows together and create a single tabbed window.

Like so:



A few years ago at CES, I showed a prototype of it to Mary Jo Foley, Paul Thurrott, Brad Sams and others.  The motivation to create Groupy came from the frustrating of having lots of windows open (a very f...
December 10, 2017 by teddybearcholla on Teddybearcholla
 1) I have been having issues with Chrome not showing videos correctly. On any site that has videos, Facebook also. 

2) My FireFox looks corrupted.  I uninstalled it, downloaded a new one, installed it and it was fine. Turned off my pc to go to Menards... when I was back, and turned on pc, FireFox was corrupted again. 

3) Videos that I have on my pc work fine.  Skype video works fine.

4) Now I am using Slimjet... everything works fine.  Any ideas?
December 19, 2017 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
We've introduced a new app: Groupy! I think PC users are going to find the ability to group their apps into tabbed windows very useful in their daily workflow. Groupy works similarly to how you use tabs in web browsers, but now you can do the same with applications like Explorer windows, Excel spreadsheets, Adobe apps, and just about anything else.

It’s really easy to setup and use Groupy, so here’s a quick guide on how to get started!

Get Groupy for $9...
PLYMOUTH, MI.  December 6, 2017 -- Stardock announced today that nearly 30 year Microsoft veteran Kevin Unangst has joined the company as Vice President to head Stardock's global marketing and partnership group.Mr. Unangst spent nearly three decades helping to lead Microsoft's Windows and Xbox marketing efforts, including leading Windows XP consumer marketing, head of marketing for Microsoft Studios, and most recently global director of Windows gaming marketing at Microsoft.

"Kevin has a...
December 5, 2017 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

If you're getting error 80248015 when updating Windows 7, and if you're seeing:

"A check for updates returns the error message "Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer".  The error 80248015 is displayed, but anything you try to resolve the issue on your end fails...Woody on Computerworld suggests that Microsoft broke updating on Windows 7. He suggests, based on a user report on his...
December 2, 2017 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

I was cruising around and found this not-so-new item, but one which does not portend well.

Not about net neutrality which looks like it's moribund, no, this one is about Russia having plans for an alternate internet involving China, Brazil, India and South Africa.

This is allegedly to insure everyone involved against NSA hacking. Sometimes you have to laugh from irony, though.

"Brazil is set to finalize a 34,000-kilometre undersea fiber-optic cable by 2015 that will run from V...
December 1, 2017 by starkers on starkers corner
Couldn't wait 'til after Christmas, which apart from Christmas Dinner and Christmas Pud is just another day for me these days. We'll just have a quiet dinner and day here among ourselves, and maybe visit or get a visit from my sister.  Other than that it'll be fairly non-eventful, which suits me fine.

So anyway, I've been wanting to rebuild for a while now, and earlier this evening I decided to bite the bullet and order the parts I want:

Asus ROG Crosshair Hero VI/AMD Ryzen 1700 bundl...
December 5, 2017 by Tatiora on tatiora
I’m one of those people. Yep, I’m the kind of person who starts getting all excited for the holiday season well before it even arrives. I’ve got the carols blaring on the radio and the decorations up before Thanksgiving dinner hits the table. My sister always used to say that if it could be decorated for the holidays, then I’d have it decked out and bleeding red and green.

...She’s not wrong, and let me just say that my cat also doesn’t appreciate my enthus...
November 28, 2017 by Tatiora on tatiora
It’s said that “too much of a good thing” can be bad for you. Well, we believe that’s a bunch of nonsense! Even though yesterday was Cyber Monday, we’ve got software sales going all week long for some of our most popular apps. Read on to learn more about them!

Organize, customize, and optimize your Windows experience. Shop our “Cyber Monday” sales here.

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November 21, 2017 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
Start10 is a popular choice for Windows 10 users who appreciate the look and feel of the classic Windows 7 Start menu. Its range of customizations and options make it an ideal choice to install with the OS. I wanted to focus on one feature in particular today, which is using custom images for the Start button. Start10 already includes several options for you to choose from, and there are many more available for download at WinCustomize. 

Get Start10 for $4.99

Changing t...
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...