Recent Articles In Personal Computing
March 4, 2024 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Moment 5's now available for download. Neowin published a great guide at the external link above for W11 systems fulfilling MS's official requirements as well as those which don't. They also provided a link to explain M5's new features . When it comes to updates, I've learned to be shall we say...cautious. I'm not advocating "force updating" simply because I figure there will be many changes and "hiccups" before the mandatory update appears...and even then I tend to put things off a bit t...
February 17, 2024 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
For a deep dive into the expected changes to Windows 11, here's an excellent article sent to me by my trusty source Hankers of the Frozen North. Thanks, buddy. You've inspired me in many ways, and have been a great mentor. I expanded on your tip because of the appearance of subsequent additional important articles quoted here. The Windows 11's 24H2 Update will require hardware that supports POPCNT (SSE4.2 or SSE4a) . I remember predicting in a prior article regarding W12, just this kind ...
January 23, 2024 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
I wish I could say I'm surprised, but I can't. I don't know if it's true, but I expected this. Just like W11...which W12 will be, or 24H2, Hudson Valley or Next Valley...a rose by any other name.  New chip and RAM requirements. Apparently 16 GBs of RAM for your CoPilot, a new keyboard with a CoPilot key, Lunar Lake chips as Meteor Lake chips have too few operations per second for AI: "For reference, the current Intel Meteor Lake CPUs run at 34 TOPS, making them ineligible to power...
January 21, 2024 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Happy Sunday, SD and WC! For your viewing pleasure...another rather slick video by concept creator AR 4789: And you might be interested in the accompanying article and screenies at betanews .
January 18, 2024 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Hankers sent me a link...that's my "get busy, slacker" from the frozen north... It'd be well worth your while to check out the article, as this looks like the likely future 9since Panos Panay has departed) slated for September 2014 (grain of salt, here). Actually, Bowden's article at Windows Central was quite interesting and informative. "Unlike version 23H2 from last year, version 24H2 is expected to be a much larger OS update based on a new version of the Windows platform that brin...
September 9, 2023 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Happy Saturday, all. I was checking out stuff to bore you with, and found the English translation an article which originally appeared in German on pcwelt.de (as you can tell from the screenshots which as jpegs or pngs weren't translated) with all these sundry proggies to help you when and if. After all, there's nothing like having the right hammer for that stubborn screw.     The article is well organized : TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. Windows installation, updates, and...
August 28, 2023 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Hi, folks. Meant to post this over the weekend, but other stuff came up and I forgot (hey, Giz made me a Charter Member of Club Al). So, here the tools are for your perusal:  https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-free-tools-fix-problem-windows-10/ Undoubtedly there are additional tools, and possibly better ones, but these are free and come recommended by MakeUseOf.com, a site that is pretty reliable, all in all. Feel free to add yours. There's also a link to antiviral/malware security sof...
August 23, 2023 by Anthony R on Comrade TonyR
Had a HDD go down a couple days ago and its been a pain. At first my windows installation went corrupt after it couldn't boot with that drive, but that was easily fixed with system restore. So I've been trying to fish the unbacked data off the failed drive and I'm still at it. The closest I came to mounting it in Linux was with Linux Puppy, but the files were read only and I couldn't copy them. Basically I don't care much about the drive, just the data on it. I was hoping I could fish the files ...
August 8, 2023 by Iben on Iben's blog site
I use Firefox, Opera, Vivaldi and Maxthon browsers. Firefox works good, I like the way it updates and it is reliable. Vivaldi is the best fastest browser I have used and it has a lot of settings. Opera is the second fastest browser I have used. Maxthon is one I have been testing since June 2023. I like it so far and I have had no problems with it.  
June 30, 2023 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
  I saw this and thought I just have to write about it...then I looked up what Tom's hardware had to say. There's no question that this is a huge step forward, but it's specs are limited at the moment. Tom's hardware takes a more exacting look at this machine, and it's worth reading both the NoCamels (enthusiastic and less exacting) and the Tom's Hardware (realistic, if negative and a tad harsh) articles to get a balanced view. Specs: CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 - Kryo ...
June 2, 2023 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
A spyware/malware module (Rilide -  designed to syphon off sensitive user data) has been inserted in several Android apps per the Tom's Guide article linked above.  These are the apps to remove if you have one or more: Noizz: video editor with music  - 100 million downloads Zapya - File Transfer, Share  - 100 million downloads vFly: video editor&video maker  - 50 million downloads MVBit - MV video status maker  - 50 million downloads Biugo - vid...
May 30, 2023 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
MS has made an announcement stating that AI (Windows Copilot) is to become part of their new OS, just like Edge and their Office apps (also to have their own AI assistants). You can read more at the article linked. I'm thinking maybe call it Clippy AI-nstein ? What could possibly go wrong?
May 20, 2023 by BigDogBigFeet on BDBF's Pound
It's gonna be a speed beast. AMD Ryzen 7900x ddr5 memory AMD Ryzen 7900xtx Graphics card.
May 19, 2023 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
For whatever reason, databases become corrupted. In Windows File Explorer, the thumbnails displayed are a convenient link to files you've been working on, recently. When the database becomes corrupted, these pictures display incorrectly. Hankers forwarded me the link to this article on Windows Central which describes 3 ways to fix the problem and recreate the information using the Disk Cleanup legacy tool and Command Prompt. Not going to scrape the article ( linked above ) which is...
May 18, 2023 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Was cruising and saw this summary (on Neowin ) of what you can expect in W11's Moment 3. There appear to be some good changes, but as in the case of widgets, they don't go far enough: They sadly won't be enabled for use on the desktop.  There'll be more "Recommended for you" links stuck on the start menu, so get Stardock's Start11 , and remain the boss of your start menu. Head to the linked article for the article, and screenies...and have a good day, people!