Recent Articles In Personal Computing
February 1, 2023 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
MS is at it again. The "it" is deceptive advertising regarding the upgrade from W10 to W11.The upper picture is the upgrade screen as it appears on the W10 screen, a "full-screen Windows 11 ad offering to upgrade to the latest operating system. And in typical Microsoft fashion, available options are as head-scratching as it gets: two buttons, and both mean "I agree." - Taras Buria, NeowinThe blue and white buttons (red arrows) both mean to "upgrade". The yellow arrow points to the microscop...
January 28, 2023 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Everything toolbar and search replace W10, and now W11 search function handily, as well. gHacks also notes it will be supported by W12 when it comes, too. "Windows users may also notice that the search app supports automatic light and dark modes as well as accent colors. The interface should apply these automatically based on the system settings. Another helpful feature is that users may right-click on search results to access the Windows context menu. Useful to run copy, open with or dele...
January 20, 2023 by Daiwa on daiwa
The January 13th update to LastPass appears to be bug-ridden & has broken several things it was previously doing flawlessly on both my rigs.  Anyone else using LastPass having issues since the new version was rolled out?  There is no meaningful/useful support at LastPass - just FAQ's.
January 17, 2023 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Well, MS did it again...an update which sabotages your computer."Last Friday was a rather unlucky day for Windows users and system administrators worldwide. According to multiple reports, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint turned into a shortcut and file "killer" that fateful day, after the security suite began to delete application shortcuts from the Windows Taskbar and Start Menu, sometimes even removing the linked program files from disk. The issue was experienced by multiple system admins on...
December 17, 2022 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Hi, folks...just reminding folks that along with shopping, deals and your holiday plans for good times with friends and family come no goodniks who are looking for a way into your finances with email, online scams and texts, which are worst at this time of year. Reviewgeek published a good list of the most common methods of fraud here. The several types are: Delivery confirmation text scamsThe fake calls from Amazon, Apple, or Walmart, etc."Secret Sister" and Secret Santa Gift exchanges...
December 14, 2022 by Tatiora on tatiora
It's easy to take a lot of things for granted when they are part of our everyday lives - like the Internet, for example! Although I do remember a time before the Internet was in my home, it wasn't a huge period; I definitely had online access as early as middle or high school. I don't often stop to think about what an amazing thing it is, but on the occasions where I do it's definitely one of those "whoa" moments. Recently, a team from the Technical University of Denmark and Sweden's Chalmers...
December 6, 2022 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Every year, Sophos puts out an expected threat profile based on events, etc. I won't bother summerizing their report, as it's available for free at the external link above, and it's quite interesting to read. From the linked page: "The gloves came off in 2022. While Russia-based threat actor groups spread misinformation and launched multiple cyberattacks against Ukraine, China-based (and likely sponsored) threat actor groups attacked hardware security products made by nearly every company ...
November 28, 2022 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Not paranoia...the United Kingdom's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), with a subject's consent (lol), will be scanning computers for vulnerabilities...all in the interest of security, of course. This sort of thing generated our Fourth Amendment. "The scan is the work of the United Kingdom's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). It says its looking for zero-day vulnerabilities, meaning security holes that hackers are actively exploiting before a fix is available." - John Lister How so...
November 17, 2022 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
You can make your W11 or W10 look like XP with Windowblinds and Start10 or Start11...or, you can actually run good old Windows XP on your W11 or W10 computer using a virtual machine. Take a peek at MakeUseOf's article on how to here: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/download-windows-xp-for-free-and-legally-straight-from-microsoft-si/?utm_source=MUO-NL-RP&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=MUO-NL-CP And by the way, it's perfectly legal. This post is dedicated to my old fri...
November 9, 2022 by Tatiora on tatiora
If you recall the sounds of your PC from back in 'the olden days,' you might remember the sounds of the whirring fans, the chime-like booting sound, and an incessant - but merry! - continuous clicking of an overnight defrag. Ah, the good old days. If you have any fondness for ASMR, this might just be the pick-me-up you're looking for at the end of a rough week. A little device called the HDD Clicker will let you enjoy the sounds of a spinning platter amidst the twilight age of the hard disk d...
October 16, 2022 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
You might well have thought Windows 12 was a joke of sorts, but no...I wasn't pulling your leg here. Windows 12 (MS Project Next Valley) is real...and it's being predicted for 2024.  You can read more in the linked article under this article's title, with more at Tom's Hardware and at XDA. Have a good Sunday, oh...and... A very happy birthday to a certain RedneckDude known as Jim in these here parts!  🥳 🎂  
October 2, 2022 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Who says magic is dead? Just the other day, Spotify got installed on my computer with neither my consent or knowledge. After boot, a splash screen popup appeared just like the one in the article linked. Not to make a short story long, this happened after a Windows update...but MS isn't talking about whether this was due to some bizarre planetary conjunction, or whether it was some deal Spotify made with MS...who knows, maybe booting up will become a new ad opportunity for income for MS, and a...
September 8, 2022 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Just a 'headsup' for you power users...  Microsoft has updated PowerToys to 0.62 and has added three new tools to the existing ones: New utility: Screen Ruler is a quick and easy way to measure pixels on your screen.New utility: Quick Accent is an easy way to write letters with accents.New utility: Text Extractor works like Snipping Tool, but copies the text out of the selected region using OCR and puts it on the clipboard.PowerToy Run ships with a new Plugin letting you search in pas...
August 26, 2022 by Tatiora on tatiora
Recently, Nvidia found itself having to deal with an excess of RTX 3000 GPU stock. Since the launch of the next-gen Lovelace graphics card is looming, they need to sell this stock off ahead of it - which means some price cuts along with it. All of this is based on comments made by CEO Jensen Huang on a conference call regarding Nvidia's Q2 fiscal results and was reported on by The Verge. "We found ourselves with excess inventory," said Huang. "Our strategy is to sell-in well below the current...
August 26, 2022 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Preston Gralla is an expert. His CV per Computer World (where he's a Contributing Editor) goes like this: "Preston Gralla is a contributing editor for Computerworld, a blogger for ITworld, and the author of more than 45 books, including NOOK Tablet: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly 2012) and How the Internet Works (Que, 2006)." He wrote two really good articles recently: 1. Windows 10 Insider Previews: A guide to the builds. and 2. Windows 11: A guide to the...