Recent Articles In Personal Computing
January 24, 2022 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Got this little gem in my email. I can't tell you how many times my screen has frozen and I resorted to Restart (losing all the work I did up to the freeze). Had I known this trick, the air in the room would have had a far less blue tint. So much for cliff hangers... "To reset your graphics drivers when your computer is frozen, press the following key combination:    Win + Ctrl + Shift + B ." - MUO What's so great about this command is that all the apps currently open ...
January 13, 2022 by Daiwa on daiwa
There are 3 or 4 Twitter accounts that I follow via browser just for entertainment purposes.  One in particular I find particularly entertaining because his sick sense of humor is so much like mine. For a few months now, there has appeared a popup dialog on opening of the web page of each offering the opportunity to Log In or Sign Up.  A little annoying but it always had a convenient X to dismiss the dialog & go on about surfing. That was until today.  Now the dialog can...
January 5, 2022 by kona0197 on Kona
So I have this strange issue. I go into settings and choose a custom picture for my lock screen. The next time I wake the computer up from sleeping it still shows a different picture, usually one of the stock photos that come with Windows 10. So I go back into settings and change it again, make sure it's all set, yet the picture never shows up. I've tried this with several pictures, none of them work, it always reverts to one of the stock photos. Not sure what to search for on Google so I though...
January 5, 2022 by Tatiora on tatiora
CES 2022 starts today, but we've already heard some major announcements from some big players in the tech game earlier this week. Samsung, for example, debuted its new TVs, and some of them will let you play games from the cloud, no console required! The platforms they've integrated into their televisions so far are Google Stadia, Nvidia GeForce Now, and Utomik. According to Samsung, "select" 2022 TV models will give you direct access to GeForce Now, Stadia, and Utomik cloud gaming services v...
December 28, 2021 by Daiwa on daiwa
This was the subject of a reply of mine to Tatiora's October post on Windows 11 Updates that I think merits a separate thread.I've been advised by my tech support company to not install Windows 11 under any circumstances.  A major reason for that is that I (and my office network) deal with protected health information and Windows 11 is not only not HIPAA compliant but opens your computer to all kinds of background third party access.  MS has decided to go the way of Facebook and make y...
December 18, 2021 by Daiwa on daiwa
I have owned Acrobat 9 for 5-6 years and have used it for .pdf document manipulation at least several times a month.  Of course, Acrobat Reader DC has been around for a while now, too, and has a function that I use almost daily - Fill & Sign.  These two applications, with different features & uses, co-existed on my rigs quite happily until about 3 weeks ago. Upon launching Reader DC one day, I was greeted with a message that my version had been automatically 'upgraded' to th...
December 4, 2021 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
We know the Christmas and Winter holiday season is one of most popular times of year for themes and skinning. WinCustomize has a huge amount of holiday skins available and finding them all can get a bit tricky. So, we wanted to ask what's your favorite holiday skins and themes to use? Whether you created them yourself or just a fan of the theme, post the link in the comments so we can get some of them featured for others to see!  
November 26, 2021 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Hi, folks. Happy Thanksgiving from Israel, here in the Galilee!   I saw the article linked above, and thought how you power users might like enabling all those tools from a desktop link (in an appropriate fence). Link:  https://www.reviewgeek.com/103171/windows-11-has-a-god-mode-too-heres-how-to-activate-it/
October 2, 2021 by c242 on c242
Hi, is anyone in contact with him? Seems he has vanished. No website nor software updates, invalid certificate. That is uncommon.
September 22, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
If you're thinking of moving to Windows 11 when it releases on October 5th, then you'll want to know about Microsoft's updates to its Health Check app.  This app will test your PC to see if it can adequately handle running Windows 11. The updated tool is available all the way at the bottom of Microsoft's Windows 11 page here. The user interface hasn't changed any from its previous version, but the results regarding your PC's eligibility should be much more accurate than before. One of...
August 29, 2021 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Not about "my browser can beat up yours".  This is about the endless privacy invasions by Chrome, and Google selling info and your security without a second thought (see external link above). Enough is enough!  Here are four good ones and four to ditch asap.  https://privacyaustralia.net/best-secure-browser/  
August 25, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
Another day, another data leak. This time, it comes courtesy of a popular development platform called Power Apps. This Microsoft web tool allows organizations to quickly create web apps and has an abundance of tools for public facing websites and back-end data management. In spite of the tool's usefulness, it comes with its dangers: incorrectly configuring the product can leave huge segments of private data visible to the public.  Cybersecurity firm UpGuard recently discovered that as...
August 23, 2021 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Make sure to update your browsers, if you use Chrome or any of the browsers using Chrome's engine. Google has issued "high" security warnings regarding possible points of code compromise, but hasn't given a lot of information about the vulnerabilities in order to allow users of the world's most popular browsers time to update before hackers can utilize the vulnerabilities.   Thanks, Hank. 👍
August 22, 2021 by kona0197 on Kona
This has been driving me nuts. On my main computer I run the latest version of Windows 10. I run a solid black taskbar. No transparency. The taskbar is a good solid true black color with crisp, detailed icons. On the test computer running Windows 11 I use the same settings. Call me crazy, but on 11 the black is not as black as it should be and the icons are not as crisp and detailed. Both machines are the same model, so it's not a hardware or software issue. Has anyone else noticed this? Or is i...
August 11, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
A few years ago, I built my first ever PC. I've had PCs before, of course, but this was the first one I'd ever built for myself from scratch - though I definitely had supervision! It was a nerve wracking experience, but I genuinely enjoyed learning all the in's and out's of PC building. Would I do it again, though? Hell no! That was too stressful. I get why people love building PCs, but I'd just rather have one of my enthusiast friends build it for me because it's something they love. I...