Recent Articles In Personal Computing
With our state on lockdown, our offices are empty.  This gives me a rare opportunity to give a little tour of our offices with almost no one here.  A little bit about Stardock So I started Stardock from my dorm room back in 1991 and incorporated it in 1993.  The building we’re in now, we bought in 2005.  We own it, so we are able to do whatever we want with it.  It’s about 20,000 square feet and we’ve had the opportunity to try out various worki...
March 26, 2020 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Seems as if all we do is about viruses, anymore, eh? Well, there's a new zero day vulnerability in Windows and you really should fix it as you could end up infected with ransom ware as a result of its exploitation. MS has found two cases of that, and now that they have described the exploit, chances are much higher of getting hit by it. To get a good description of the problem, check the linked article. If you wish to read the original MS notification, it's here. "On 23rd March, Micro...
March 25, 2020 by Tatiora on tatiora
Over the last few months, the Covid-19 Pandemic has changed the way of life for millions of people around the world. Recently in the United States, schools have been closing across the country, prompting educators to do their best to get resources up online so that all learning doesn’t stagnate.   As children and their parents adjust to this temporary new normal, teachers have been working on setting up remote classrooms and teleconference lessons. To help, Google and YouTube ...
March 17, 2020 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
We always posts screenshots of our desktops, but lets take it a bit further and post images of your desktop setups!  
March 14, 2020 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
This spring, Windows10 v. 2004 or 2020 first half year update (code named 20H1) will be coming and it's feature heavy, with some meaningful changes such as those in Cortana  and notepad, Windows subsystem for Linux (WSL 2), Windows explorer with much better local search and tied to OneDrive, sandbox and virtual desktops, and a beefed up Task manager. There are more, and I suggest reading up on them in the link above. And have a good weekend! 😉
February 28, 2020 by starkers on starkers corner
It doesn't matter which conversion program I use, my PC freezes up during conversions,  Sometimes it is very early in the piece and sometimes as much as 60% to 70% has completed, which is really annoying because none of it appears in the conversion folder until 100% has completed, meaning the time and effort was wasted. If anyone can suggest what and why this may be happening I'd be most pleased as I have family awaiting their videos. TIA, Mark.  
February 26, 2020 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Ghacks is an excellent tech website. It was recently sold, however, the tech content has remained in Martin Brinkmann's extremely capable hands.  So, I was perusing there, as I really didn't want to do an article about MS killing the useless Live Tiles in W10, because Start10 beats anything MS has offered with W8 onward, nor about new icons coming to W10 as I think the icons created here beat them hands down, and always have. So, Brinkmann discusses the findings of this study, which l...
We’ve had some great discussions on Hard drive speeds over the years. One of my favorites was the one about whether SSDs was worth it. I’ve also been benchmarking my PC’s for a very, very long time: https://forums.wincustomize.com/168111 Here is a brief recap: ...
February 15, 2020 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
The external link is a really useful explanation of how to add some power to the W10 context (right click) menu by Brady Gavin at How to Geek. I won't waste your time with copying exactly how to do a registry edit, but I will reproduce the universal warning about editing the Windows registry: "The Registry Editor is a powerful tool and, if it’s misused, it can render your system unstable or even inoperable." A useful link: https://www.howtogeek.com/school/using-windows-a...
February 13, 2020 by admiralWillyWilber on michaelwhittaker71
I remember doing this two years ago. I just tried to play the movie Red Rose off a DVD on my computer. I used to use Windows Media Player that didn't work it would only play off my hard drive. Why would I save a movie I'm only going to watch once. I even tried to auto play. Neither windows media player, or the free version of real player play it. That is what the computer said. O.K. according to the computer windows media player which used to do it. Real player wants to charge me to play DVD'...
February 2, 2020 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Razvan Serea wrote a good review of Windows Ultimate Tweaker 4.7 over at Neowin, including the change log. There are more than two hundred new tweaks, and most pertinently new ones in the privacy and security sections...nice for the folks who are new to W10 from W7 and who are (rightfully) concerned about the former. The full list of the tweaks are here: https://www.thewindowsclub.com/list-of-tweaks-available-in-uwt4 . Here's a screenie showing privacy tweaks. The red arrow si...
January 29, 2020 by Tatiora on tatiora
Earlier this month at CES, AMD declared that 2020 was the year for “gamers and creators.” Chief Executive Officer Dr. Lisa Su took to the stage during a press conference and announced that AMD’s 3rd generation processors for laptops have officially arrived.  According to Dr. Su, the new Ryzen 4000 series of chips based on the company’s 7nm Zen 2 architecture are the “best laptop processor(s) ever built.” By incorporating the right technology elements, ...
January 28, 2020 by starkers on starkers corner
After moving interstate from Queensland to Tasmania, it came to pass that my primary PC wouldn't start.  I tried all sorts of things and no go, it was dead in the water.... or so I thought.  Upon removing some of the components to make way for a new build, I inadvertently touched the Start button on the motherboard and the machine started.  Turns out it was a faulty hard-drive, that once removed the machine started without issue.  Thing is, I had already set my heart on an AM...
January 23, 2020 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Jafo made the remark on a post of mine recently that he does no banking on his phone. There's an excellent reason not to. I'd heard it wasn't wise because of the vulnerability of phones, and public networks (man in the middle attacks), though not because of SIM swap fraud! So, I have to admit, this one's a new one for me. SIM swap fraud. Turns out they’re easy pickings for hackers. So, what’s SIM swap fraud? "SIM swapping occurs when someone contacts your wireless carrier and i...
January 20, 2020 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
The new Edge is here, promising more extensions and a far better search engine, based on Chromium, the same engine powering Google's Chrome browser. This makes it more compatible with websites other, less popular browsers have problems with.  This also means that after granting Edge permission, it can use Chrome extensions from the Google Playstore, which has far more than Microsoft's.  Downloading and installing are explained in the linked article, above. You don't have to unins...