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March 15, 2017 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

More meanderings and a really good find for the photographers among us.

Lightroom (Adobe) is a great piece of software for image improvement.

The article linked gives five alternatives which are free. I'm playing with two of them at the moment, and they are: RawTherapee and LightZone.

 

You can read about them on their sites. There are screen shots as well as help pages. Steep learning curves, but really good software.

 

 

Download links:
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March 14, 2017 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

Wow! Adobe KnowHow has a ton of courses (on its software, of course)...some are free some are paid.

However, there's a programming course for absolute beginners...free...

Anyway, won't cost you anything to take a look.

Here: https://www.adobeknowhow.com/

 
March 11, 2017 by kona0197 on Kona
Got me a Lenovo laptop here. Not sure of the model, I know it's an IdeaPad 110, but they have many 110 models. This one has the Intel Core I3 with 6 GB of DDR4 memory and a 1 TB hard drive. Anyhow, I'm running Windows 10 and have it set to turn off the display after 2 minutes and sleep after 5 on both plugged in and battery. Now I don't have any programs stopping it from sleeping that I know of. I created a sleep button for my taskbar that works fine, but I would prefer the machine t...
March 8, 2017 by Uvah on Uvah's Work Shop
Recently updated Flash player for Chrome because the plugins would not load and that temporarily fixed the problem. Now its doing the same thing. Using TinyPic for image hosting instead of photobucket (too much of a hassle getting it work right). Installed FireFox and it loads the plugin on TinyPic but not here. Chrome won't load any plugins at all. Both the browse for preview and file are blank, no plugin loaded. What the blank can I do to correct this. No sense making skins if I can't ...
March 5, 2017 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

Stumbled across this quite by accident...so, here it is.

The catalog can be found here: https://software.nasa.gov/NASA_Software_Catalog_2017-18.pdf 

It's far too long to quote, but there's just about anything you could want or need...

 "The NASA catalog also contains some super software which can help ordinary computer users. Here are some of the popular tools that have been open sourced by NASA:

Worldview Satellite Imagery Browsing and Downloading To...
March 4, 2017 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

Still no real "super winner"...each has pluses and minuses.

There are those who use Windows' included firewall and Defender and are happy with them. Others prefer to add one of the 'free' antivirals like Avast (it has a 'paid' version as well). 

There are sites like The Top 10  and Tom's Guides which review software...and express their opinions, but it comes down to what works best on your system and what you can afford.

How can you know ...
March 6, 2017 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
This is a question that gets asked quite frequently, so with the help of Zubaz I wanted to put together this quick how-to on backup and restore your Fences layouts.

You can restore your snapshots if you are having issues with your current layout, or want to move them to another PC.

Layout snapshots

In the Fences configuration you can see your snapshot settings and a display of your current snapshots. You can also set Fences to take daily snapshots or manually take one.



Snapshots ...
February 28, 2017 by Uvah on Uvah's Work Shop
Another woe for MS. A bug found in its browsers, IE11 and Edge, gives hackers access to your browser and you're along for the ride. 
February 25, 2017 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

Before dealing with how this sucks and doesn't, download another browser (Vivaldi, Chrome, Brave...etc.) and use it until the Edge/IE vulnerability is fixed. And...last week Google revealed a Windows vulnerability, as well.

You can read about the Edge/IE vulnerability here, if you're of a mind to do so: https://bugs.chromium.org/p/project-zero/issues/detail?id=1011

 

"It is Google's policy to disclose any vulnerability after 90 days if the notified compan...
February 24, 2017 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
If you are a Windows 10 user, we have a great set of apps that can help you customize and enhance your user experience. The best part is, this can be done for under $10 each!

Below is a quick overview of each app and what it can do to improve your Windows 10 experience.


Fences
Fences lets you organize your icons and shortcuts by placing them into fences, which are customizable shaded areas located on your desktop. You can even create folder portals, which gives you easy access to freque...
February 23, 2017 by Anthony R on TonyR
Yesterday, my rig kept cutting out on me after like 5 or 10 minutes of use. I was trying not to panic! It was so simple that it was funny. The PSU power cord wasn't seated firmly anymore. Cracks me up how the mind can race away with all kinds of crazy scenarios before checking the simplest first.
February 22, 2017 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

Neowin reports that MS has released a Critical Update for Flash earlier than its March "Patch Tuesday" for multiple Windows platforms (Ext. link).

You can read about the update itself here: 

https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms17-feb?ranMID=24542&ranEAID=TnL5HPStwNw&ranSiteID=TnL5HPStwNw-QClJXhxHeYdSrnWUFLmyYQ&tduid=(4bbadb17428544e57e0af542ab6f0be2)(256380)(2459594)(TnL5HPStwNw-QClJXhxHeYdSrnWUFLmyYQ)()

 

"...the update "resolves vulnerab...
February 17, 2017 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
Fences, Stardock’s desktop organization app, has become quite a fan favorite since it was first released. The app lets you automatically organize your desktop icons and shortcuts into fences to keep your desktop area clean and organized. The latest version, Fences 3, added several new features, including compatibility with Windows 10.

Get Fences here.

Fences has lots of cool features to help you organize your desktop just the way you want it. I’m going to share my top 3 ti...
February 16, 2017 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

This just in via our Canadian correspondent Hankers:

Yahoo has been contacting some of its users to warn them that their accounts have been compromised using "forged cookies". It's the latest security embarrassment for the company, which revealed in September that it had suffered a data breach two years earlier that affected 500 million user accounts; and admitted in October that a second security incident had affected around a billion accounts...

"The investigation...
February 14, 2017 by Daiwa on daiwa
This is a follow-up to Brad's linked post which is locked, recommending setting the processor power on battery setting to 99%.

The one thing his post didn't indicate is what the default processor power setting on battery was before he set it to 99%.  My rig has it defaulted to 50%.  My simple brain thinks setting it to 99% would increase power consumption and reduce battery life.  If the default on his Surface Pro 4 was 100%, setting it at 99% would make sense to increa...