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June 10, 2020 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
Files UWP is a new app that's currently in beta in the Microsoft Store. It's a nice modern app you can use as an alternative to Windows Explorer.  Thanks to Yarlen for the tip! You can download it here.
June 4, 2020 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
I have a 15" Dell XPS 4K touchscreen laptop that I primarily use for work purposes. Any productivity software I need is bought and used mostly for this machine. Over the years, I've tried out more types of apps than I could probably ever remember or count. Most of them I never stuck with because they ended up not being not very useful for what I needed. Now, of course everyone's view on what is productive for them will vary from person to person, but I wanted to talk about the software I have...
May 28, 2020 by ALMonty on MontyXP
I updated to Windows 2004. This is a big update which means it reinstalls Windows. Everything went smoothly except a couple of things for me: If you changed anything in the registry it will be deleted  All icons will be reset I have a Fence on my third monitor and it keeps jumping back to monitor one. I had Microsoft games installed and this was removed One good thing if you have a dedicated graphics card Task manager shows it's temp. If I find anything else I report it. ...
May 23, 2020 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Saw this article on MakeUseOf (linked above) offering five powerful alternatives to MS's improved Task Manager. Right now I'm trying SysInternals Mark Russinovich's Process Explorer which looks best to me for my needs. If you like Process Explorer, it's landing page is here: . If not, there are four other good ones in the MakeUseOf article.  Thought you'd be interested in this tool which has good explan...
May 20, 2020 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
For the power tool users among us, How To Geek put out a nice update to their prior article about MS's power toys, and a nice explanation about the new ones at the url linked above.  
May 20, 2020 by Tatiora on tatiora
The Coronavirus pandemic has forced a lot of events to cancel or adapt to an online format. Cancellations from GDC, E3, GenCon, and many more have been rolling in since March, and there doesn't seem to be much of a sign of it stopping anytime soon. Microsoft's annual conference, Build, was cancelled and moved to a free online format, which began yesterday. Aimed mostly at software engineers and web developers using Windows, Microsoft Azure, and other Microsoft technologies, Build was first he...
May 18, 2020 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Another problematic update for Windows...with a fix and no, iOS isn't in the cards, just yet. KB4556799 is the problem causer this time.  "TechRadar reports several issues that people have flagged on Microsoft Community and answer posts, including the Blue Screen of Death, white screen flickering, system fonts being replaced, systems switching back to S-mode, and Outlook search issues. Windows Latest adds that some people have audio issues as we...
May 13, 2020 by Tatiora on tatiora
Image credit: EverythingAppleProIf you're looking to get a new phone soon - or if you're just one of those people who like to stay current with the newest tech - new information recently leaked about the iPhone 12 may help inform your next purchase. A couple of prominent leakers have shared new information regarding Apple's newest phones. Although this information could be proven wrong once the phones are released, their track record for correct leaks for other devices in the past suggest tha...
April 22, 2020 by Iben on Iben's blog site
Location - AppData\LocalLow\Microsoft\CryptnetUrlCache\Content I've noticed an increase of data coming into this folder since back in March. 10MB to 18MB per session. The most I saw in the past was 3MB. I have seen it on more than one operating system. Could it be to make the Internet more efficient or something else?     
The first 3 rows are ones I set.  The second 3 rows are just ones MS’s “frequently used” populated.  edit: columns!!! This early, I haven’t used much. These are the apps I first install onto a new PC.  What are the first apps you install?
April 10, 2020 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
This is a great video encoding software that was recommended to me by AzDude. I came across this giveaway and sweepstakes and wanted to share. This is especially useful if you are creating .dream files. Get it here:  
April 8, 2020 by Tatiora on tatiora
As thousands of people adjust to working from home amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, video chatting has surged to the forefront of necessary tools. This unexpected new development has driven many to try Zoom, an enterprise video conferencing platform with real-time messaging and content sharing. Unfortunately, Zoom's infrastructure wasn't prepared for the surge of users that have joined since the pandemic started, and the convenience of the platform comes with a security cost. "Zoombo...
April 2, 2020 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Edge is going to get some excellent new features: 1) Side tabbing and tab grouping which are designed especially for 16:9 displays. 2) Cut and paste grouping by subject in "Collections". 3) Password breach warnings.   For a more detailed description, look here: For a quick peek at how it'll look, go here:
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...