Recent Articles In Personal Computing
November 18, 2019 by BigDogBigFeet on BDBF's Pound
I recently upgraded my Lenovo computer with a new larger PSU and graphics card. So, I have now a genuine just over 1 year old Lenovo PSU 400 watts, 80+ certified platinum.  It has proprietary mobo connector 10 pin nine wired, also 6 pin PCIE/Graphix and 4 pin CPU power connectors.  So Lenovo only use. The graphics card is GTX 960 2 GB card. They are in need of a good home. PM me for details.
I love my Surface Pro.  It doesn't always love me.  This Summer, a firmware update caused the keyboard cover connector to not work anymore which forced me to use the Surface truly as a tablet.  It wasn't...a good experience. While I wasn't a fan of Windows 8, it was a pretty decent touch OS.  Windows 10...not so much.  A big part of the reason Windows 10 isn't good for touch is that it doesn't use the screen edges well. Windows 10, by default, has these touch-based...
October 19, 2019 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Windows Defender is an excellent antivirus and antispyware. On my machine, I use it and Malwarebytes Premium. I also try to use common sense as to where I visit, and what I open. Advanced Threat Detection was added to Defender (MS) as a voluntary service. It was originally part of Enterprise solutions. I opted to add it to my system. I've had to remove it, since I didn't want to roll back the update and wait hopefully for a bug fix which would break something else. "Microsoft Defender ATP ...
September 29, 2019 by admiralWillyWilber on michaelwhittaker71
All I could find is a magazine that showed what the best hardware for your pc. is. First a magazine needs to use the average american pc. I don't want to maximise the cost I want a magazine that will show me how to maximise my pc with what I have.
September 28, 2019 by Frogboy on Brad Wardell - Skinning the frog
What an adventure... So I built "Frog-2019" and this time I bought a Fractal Design case that has a USB-C port on the front!  Great.  Well, my first motherboard, an ASROCK X299 Tachi said it had a USB-C front panel on it but when I got it, the actual header on the motherboard was missing. Ok.  That gets swapped out with an ASUS and now Windows 10 wants activation.  And this was a ridiculous situation. It said I needed to reactivate. Ah but there's a link that ...
September 26, 2019 by RedneckDude on redneckdude
Hey guys, do any of you have a WD MyCloud EX2?   I have all kinds of issues with mine and Google gets me nowhere.   Seems most of the software is outdated, and things don't work like they should.   I would appreciate any info you may have.
September 11, 2019 by Frogboy on Brad Wardell - Skinning the frog
One recent feature of Groupy that I appreciate is that I can now specify how long I keep one window on top of another to group them.  Originally, this was instant but I found myself often grouping windows when I didn't mean to.  I think I'll request a half second option just to be difficult. www.stardock.com/products/groupy   
September 3, 2019 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Yet again insiders warned of processor spike and shortened battery life only to be ignored. This time your bluetooth connection can be broken, as well all due to a botched update to Cortana. https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2019/09/01/microsoft-windows-10-update-problem-cpu-performance-warning-upgrade-windows-10/amp/  
August 16, 2019 by RedneckDude on redneckdude
Hey guys, there are 3 free softwares at BitDuJour today only!  Smart Defrag Pro, VideoProc (Win/Mac), and All My Notes organizer.   Just sharing the news!   https://www.bitsdujour.com/pc-download      
Stardock will be releasing Start10 v1.75 today which, amongst other things, adds dark mode support.  Start10 is designed to bring the Windows 10 start menu the full power it traditionally had. I won't pretend to understand the UX team at Microsoft.  It will come as no surprise to those who have been following Microsoft and Stardock for the past twenty years that we've been pursuing often parallel visions of where the Windows desktop should go. When our visions diverge they tend to d...
I started out with BBSes back in the 80s. Fidonet and Usenet in the 90s. Forums and later Reddit. My first BBS was for the Commodore 64.   Where did you start?
July 19, 2019 by ALMonty on MontyXP
My laptop is running 8.1 and recently with all this hot weather in my area I went to use the Windows weather app and it told me that the app is currently unavailable. I know some the skinners have a triple boot, I would like to know if it's the same for everyone using 8.1. Works fine on 10 did they just remove it from 8? And where did they move?
July 12, 2019 by Uvah on Uvah's Work Shop
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One of my favorite features of my work machine is how silent it is.  I mean, silent.  Even  under pretty heavy loads it is really quiet. This means no overclocking but I know from experience that overclocking only presents modest improvements and frankly, I'd rather just buy slightly faster hardware that I run at spec (or even below) for quieter day to day operation. The key features I have going are: Corsair RM1000i power supply. I love this thing.A big heat sink (instead o...
So I recently got a 4K projector for my home theater.  It's a Epson Cinema 4010 and on paper, it's a 4K HDR projector.  I have connected it to my Apple TV 4K and that's when I started to realize that HDR is still not fully ready for prime time for most people. Here's some background: Color TV is in color...but barely.  We are used to it but it's actually pretty crappy.  Luckily, we don't realize how crappy it is until we see something like HDR which stands for High Dyna...