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This is a Microsoft check for updates on keyboard/mouse drivers.  It’s allowable and not dangerous, and shouldn’t slow things down particularly.  A short diagnostic explanation is here.


December 10, 2008 at 9:49 pm Leave a comment

The Worm Mentioned Earlier

Is just that.  Once the infection arrives, it can be spread with no user intervention;  that is, a trojan that morphs into a worm. [*you should arrive at *–my part in combatting some things that have been going on with links posted, although I tend not to have truly enormous amounts of readers.]  If you read the article, you can see researchers are also worried about this one.  Any for that matter, anything that manages to add something even temporarily to the Start folder with an *.exe type format…is a worm.  The article is interesting and short.  Name of file dropped is basesvc.dll, in case you don’t have the time–it would be a fun thing to do to search for it on your computer.  Dll files generally reside in Windows, of course, System and System32.  This doesn’t mean that a dynamic linked library cannot reside outside these folders.


December 10, 2008 at 9:46 pm Leave a comment

Out-of-cycle “Tuesday” patch

You may have noticed it.  I did.  Here’s why.  For Vista it’s just important.  For XP it’s critical.  In a nutshell, there’s a wormhole involving remote exploits (wormhole; this concept could be used–no in-the-wild proof of concepts as yet found–to distribute a worm, which would be an actual self-replicating virus without user intervention).  Get the patch.  If you don’t update automatically, go to Microsoft’s site and get the patch.  Get the patch.  I almost sound repetitive.


October 24, 2008 at 2:33 pm Leave a comment

Windows 7 and Mikerosoft Promotions

Actually, I can spell.  If you can watch the video here, you’re a lot tougher than I am.  I did make it almost half way through, though.



October 9, 2008 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

A Couple of Notes…mostly about OS software (and Ballmer Was Not Responsible)

Remember the ‘Vista Capable‘ bit on machines (with 512 meg of memory, no less)?  If you bought one, you should read that article.  These were basically the machines released before Vista was…oddly enough, there was a backlog (an inventory) on them too.  So they could only run Vista Basic. even has quite a few of those machines left [I’m noting this because if you ignore the warranty, open the case, and add the memory, they’ll do just fine; the minimum is a gig, sweet spot starts at at least two gigs).  They could only run Vista Basic pretty sluggishly, too (although it speeds up a lot once the eye-candy is stripped).  Anyway, you’ll be pleased to know Steve Ballmer wasn’t involved.  No, didn’t know anything about it, he means.  He means, it was somebody’s–anybody’s–fault but his own.  Hell, it must be the janitor (it was the first link).

Second, and a big second.  When the new Windows OS comes out, DON’T BUY IT.  Wait for at least six months, generally at least a year.  This lets everyone get drivers actually updated and for the true final stage of beta testing to be complete.  Stay with your old one.  Remember Tiger Direct because you can get an old OEM Operating System (you can still buy Windows XP out of the box, legally, from here).


October 7, 2008 at 11:29 am Leave a comment

Vista: A Conspiracy

That’s right.  I finally figured it out.  It’s a conspiracy.

I mean, I know I’m old.  Not really old; that’s twice my age.  When I was five years old, though, by god, someone fifty-five years old got a little respect.  Now they tell me how young I am.  That really makes me eager to fumble out my reading glasses, you understand. 


As my readers know, I recently lost two computers.  One had XP Pro (64-bit), the other XP Home.  This one is Vista Home Ultimate (32 bit).  Those idiots at Microsoft have lost their ever-loving minds.  Having finally thought to change everything back to Windows Classic I can actually read the ***** font without reading glasses or a magnifying glass.  It all runs faster, too.  Just like that deactivation just prior to this in the Startup folder.  Which reminds me; thus, I’m terminating this entry.  Those who already read it and are reading this; the deactivation would be in the startup folder.  Don’t deactivate an exec file.  Theoretically you don’t know how to do it, and you don’t need to; you only need the reference to it deactivated, which is what “deactivating” (most) entries in the Startup folder means.


P.S.  As an added bonus as with every other Microsoft special that isn’t necessary…once removed, your computer runs faster.  Aero to Basic, and Classic View on everything you can find, particularly Folders in Control Panel and personalize on a right click on the desk top.

September 13, 2008 at 1:12 am Leave a comment

Vista and No Screensaver, Dell

It happens because of your Microsoft wireless keyboard and mouse, version 3–hardware version, mind you–of the sending unit.  If you disable C:\Windows\system32\igfxtray.exe, it works.  Even Psych, my favorite screensaver…works.  In fact, it even goes into ‘sleep’ mode or whatever you want to call the reduced-power mode.  [the name of the file was edited.  What you disable it in is the startup folder.  Probably the easiest way to do this is to just get CCleaner and install it; trust me, the other tools will be immediately useful.  Works with Vista and XP, and I bet it still works with 2000, even ME.  Just disable, don’t delete it (although you could; it is not necessary to run on startup, doesn’t noticeably affect performance except in negative ways, and disables the screensaver at least on the Inspirons]


September 12, 2008 at 3:21 pm 3 comments

“Tuesday” Patches–Critical

Those annoying monthly updates are back, and all of them critical, apparently.  To preach, do the monthly updates.  The Adobe patches are invariably critical, incidentally.


September 6, 2008 at 3:25 am Leave a comment

Windows Internal Processes, presented by…

Microsoft, the company everyone loves to hate.  I myself like to use Autoruns.  I saw that MS had acquired it and left out tools that were of use primarily for programmers, supposedly.  Knowledgeable users can do a hell of a lot more than was expected when I was a kid.  I, of course, did none of that.  That site I linked to is hard to find and has enormously valuable tools.  Process explorer and process monitor under utilities from the ‘sysinternals process utilities’ can be uniquely useful at times, for instance.


And here is an index that’s a lot more handy, actually.  I also returned again to write this.  I can’t overemphasize that if you decide to stop a process you’d better know what you’re doing.  This is a library of very powerful programs that could easily destabilize a copy of Windows past repair.   The system.ini and autorun.bat were things that established the parameters of the given system, something you expect your GUI (your nice shiny platform like Windows, Mac/Leopard, Linux or any of at least 20 OS’s) to do these days.  If you blew it, you could type them in again.  Watching processes is fine.  Look for some information before doing anything, and Google really is a good place to start.  There’s also ZDNet, PCMag and eWeek that have expert help, especially the ZDNet forums.


As far as a download site, I class this as secure as it gets.

August 10, 2008 at 1:12 pm Leave a comment

Microsoft and the Web

Here is one of the classic rants I’ve ever read about installing stuff from Microsoft (sometimes:  sometimes it’s smooth).  The supposed transition to Windows Live, the great experience, wiped out to the best of my knowledge.  I’d only had the address for over ten years.  You’ve gotta read that link if you’ve ever been frustrated with Windows, the Web and particularly Microsoft.


July 8, 2008 at 11:12 am Leave a comment

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