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April 29, 2021 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
Microsoft has commissioned five new custom fonts that could be the new default font going forward.  "Calibri has been the default font for all things Microsoft since 2007, when it stepped in to replace Times New Roman across Microsoft Office. It has served us all well, but we believe it’s time to evolve. To help us set a new direction, we’ve commissioned five original, custom fonts to eventually replace Calibri as the default. We’re excited to share these brand-new font...
April 28, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
I haven't been looking into building a new computer or upgrading the one I have recently, but that doesn't mean I haven't been hearing the buzz about all of the hard-to-find CPUs that have hit the market over the last year or so. I know, for instance, that AMD's Ryzen 5000 series has been fairly impossible to find. A few of my friends have been looking and the only luck they've had locating it is with a pretty inflated price tag attached. These processors have been around for a little while n...
So I keep my Mac and PC next to each other. Broadly speaking, even taking multiple monitors out of the picture, I find the PC more productive.  This is primarily a difference in how Windows and Mac work.  This wasn't always the case but over time, Microsoft has added a lot of nice little short-cuts and tweaks that just don't seem to exist on the Mac. Even little things in the Mac seem needlessly complicated. For instance, on Windows 10, I can hit Windows Key - Shift S to take...
March 31, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
I've been a Windows user for a long time.  Admittedly, that's rather by default - Windows was what came with my family's first PC and is the most accessible OS for most consumers, so it's obviously a fairly natural choice. It's been interesting to see Windows evolve over the years, although I, like many others, abhorred some of the changes (let's just ignore Windows Vista, shall we?). Back in October, Microsoft announced a new "Device Usage" feature they were working on for a future W...
March 26, 2021 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
I've been using Microsoft Edge as my main browser for quite a while now, and I've been quite happy with it. I really like the Collections feature and I really haven't had any issues with the browser overall. A new feature that came out earlier in the month I believe is vertical tabs. It's a simple idea but for those of us who have been using "regular" tabs for years, might be not so sure about it. That's where I am with it. Using tabs in a browser is just natural now, and I don't even think a...
March 10, 2021 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
I receive Ghacks updates routinely. Today I received one which while nothing out of the ordinary for MS, caused me some concern regarding the March 2021 Cumulative Update issued on Patch Tuesday (yesterday). "The updates patch security issues, all with the second-highest severity rating of important. One of the additional issues that these updates patch is a printing to FILE ports vulnerability. The issue is patched in updates for all versions of Windows, from Windows 7 to Windows 10...Accord...
February 13, 2021 by kona0197 on Kona
So I have Office 2007 installed cuz I bought it way back in the day when I was a student. Still works, even on Windows 10. I made the mistake of allowing Windows to update it, but I don't like Office being updated. Works fine without updates. So I went in and removed as many updates as I could, but there are 4 that refuse to be removed. Please tell me there's an easy way, without reinstalling Windows or Office, to remove the updates?
February 9, 2021 by admiralWillyWilber on michaelwhittaker71
My new Labtop is a asus gaming. Processor is a I7 9950. A 500 gb ssd drive. 1 tb hard drive. My graphics is a nvidia 1660. My memory is 16 gb dimm 4’s. 
January 31, 2021 by kona0197 on Kona
So I bought  myself my first AMD Ryzen notebook. It's a far cry better then my old Pentium setup. Only issue I am having is that after the PC goes to sleep, when I wake it up it gets stuck on the lock screen. I have turned off hibernate and I can't find where to turn off hybrid sleep, it's not listed under the power management options so I guess this PC does not support it. I am running the latest version of Windows 10 and every driver is updated to the latest version. However I am not runn...
January 29, 2021 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
I'm using Brave as my default, but am looking at Opera and Edge, and I'm wondering which extensions you guys use and if they slow you down. I might also take a look at Vivaldi with its stacked tabs.
February 3, 2021 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
I recently picked up a new 4K monitor for my PC as I gave my current ultrawide to my wife for her work at home setup. I realized I had purchased that monitor in 2016 for this PC which means it was even older. Looking back at my receipts and my previous blog on my PC build, I was a bit surprised that I built it in 2015. I've updated a few things over the years with the last upgrade being a GTX 1660 Super video card, but otherwise it was mostly the same. It has worked very well over the years, but...
January 20, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
CES was alive and active this year, even if the format was just a little bit different. Completely virtual for 2021, the Consumer Electronics Show lived up to its name by showcasing many of the top names in tech - not to mention more than a few startups! - and playing host to plenty of exciting product launch announcements. There's obviously so much for me to cover here so that I'll barely scratch the surface, but let's take a look at some of the things I thought were pretty cool that popped ...
January 13, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
Have you ever tried Augmented Reality before? To some extent, I think we've all had some exposure to it whether we've realized it or not; things like Pokemon Go, online vehicle demos, online store tours, and so much more, augmented reality has begun to permeate many different parts of our daily lives. Still, as active as we are as consumers, the market for higher tech AR seems to be in enterprise. This week is the annual CES conference, an influential tech event where companies tend to ann...
January 11, 2021 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Came across this article which caught my eye since the net seems to have an inordinate hunger for info about what you look at, wear, sites you visit, your health and more. So, the authors offered six browser extensions to leave slimmer pickins on the net...in the link above.
Given recent events, I was thinking that maybe there's an opportunity to rethink social media platforms entirely. The current leaders like Twitter and Facebook are actually fairly primitive from a technical point of view.  Not their fault. They were built when they were built. If you were to create a new social media site today you wouldn't be able to get away with being like those sites because the distributors of the social media apps (Apple, Google) won't tolerate the growing pains...