Posts tagged ‘windows’

How to Keep a Neat Desktop Program List (All Windows Versions)

Some easy tricks with Windows that only started with the neat Program List.

Continue Reading October 31, 2015 at 1:28 am Leave a comment

The Last Two Silent Weeks

I’ve been working on things.  Primarily it’s been Network Storage.  I have a working Lenovo Iomega ix4-300d as well as a somewhat pretend NAS because it’s 4 TB and not only default but unstoppably RAID 0.  RAID 0 is bad because when your drive fails (either of them, at least) all your data is gone.  For non-intensive use that’s basically all right.  Modern disks (hard drive type) actually don’t have a default spin rate any more, they simply go to rest.  Since you can feel drives spinning, if you’re brave and have a somewhat gentle touch, try it; pick one up while it’s flickering (the drive light, d…arn it) and you’ll find you can feel the drive that said light indicates.  [This tends not to be true of the slower 3600 RPM drives; usual drives are 7200; there are faster-spinning drives available but oddly enough they are more susceptible to shock.  I am never sardonic.  Never lie, either.  You’d be astonished at how perfect I’m not.  I mean, am.]

Partially because of the Netgear pretend-NAS when I was installing the ix4, I had some problems.  There was also something else that was probably the OS (Windows) conflicting with the native OS of the NAS itself.  I would presume.  I explained it in fair detail and they suggested a factory reset when in fact it’s now working fine.  Let sleeping dogs lie where they may and tip toe amongst the dung.

Homegroup finally works, even with a Windows 8.1 among the bunch.  That means I actually have a bunch of computers working as meant, and I can access data pretty well on one if I can’t on another.  A case in point is Kindle, the application, not working on this machine.  It does on others, however.  I’m also finally unlikely to lose any data again; I do after all have that years’–old data saved that I’ve never gone through until now.  It’s been transferred from computer to computer, you see.

So I’m back online to an extent at least.  I am however writing assiduously which means offline a lot; publishers don’t like pre-published writing.

August 3, 2015 at 7:02 pm Leave a comment

Windows 10 and…Other Gripes 8]-

July 30, 2015

I find I have to comment that here I am using Corel WP flaws and all due to familiarity.  However that actually does have relevance.  Windows 8.1 was fine for me.  Then again I fairly quickly wrestled Vista into submission.  It was a matter of stubbornness and doing things (through experience) the [correct] wrong way.

That has nothing to do with the operating system.  I have had 2 encounters with Apple’s, outside of choice.  I disliked Apple because of their first commercials.  I might note too that anything that “everyone has to have” is probably something I’ll decide is definitely something I can do without.  Forever.  For that matter, that’s basically what commercials have done for me.  I hope a lot of companies are pleased to hear that.  Coke.  Red Bull. [Various styles and kinds of clothing, and some kind of…something called “Axe”.] Rich people trying to sell me something so that I can be as classy as they are while not having enough to, well, be what they are (worth precisely all their money, nothing more, nothing less).  Car commercials–all utterly ridiculous.  I like a nice-looking car, sure.  The main concern is how it goes.

Which brings us to Windows 10.  I didn’t like the hoopla.  That’s generally someone spraying deodorant around to cover up someone else’s mistake.  Generally that doesn’t seem to be the case.  The Control Panel is easily available through Settings and anything complicated.  “Computer” has met its final end and you just CLICK ON THE FILES ON THE TASKBAR which does take some getting used to.  You were prepared for this by Windows 8, right?

It looks like Microsoft Edge is pretty much necessary at this point.  It works…OKAY with Firefox, and apparently much more gracefully with Chrome.  However, that makes sense since there are all sorts of Google type things around.  Not Gmail, naturally.

There are tools still to query the Gmail inbox from inside Windows.  That has always struck me as fundamentally insecure.  Then again, I was upset when we went to an always-on Internet connection. [Yes, there are definite exceptions to this rule, and I may well go ahead and implement a schedule.  I have a very advanced router so that I can do things just like that.  It’s also somewhat unlikely that it has a handy backdoor for certain U.S. folks, since it wasn’t built in the U.S.  Or by a U.S. company.

I’m bringing that up because Windows 10 is a partially cloud-based OS by intent.

This means that if you are using more than one computer at home…you’d better keep up on your passwords.  If it’s at a business, you should think carefully about stopping Internet access to your office network outside of hours.

As much as possible use a password manager and use cut-and-paste because…key presses can be detected.  It will be more difficult with the clipboard in most cases.  There are other considerations, of course.

I do not think you can avoid the update!! unless you simply right click the update (by bypassing the offer), going to the update screen itself, and managing to hide that update.  There is supposedly a route back, which I would imagine is actually fairly obvious.

July 30, 2015 at 10:05 pm Leave a comment

This is NOT About the Article; Don’t Download Players

This is about the video player advertised here, and it’s merely an example.  If you go to you’re going to install malware.

Windows Media Player and Iplayer are the two legitimate ones other than ones you pay for.  If you see something like this in an ad start doing research on it first.  Google it.  If Top Ten Freeware dot com reviews it well it’s malware.  PC Mag and are very reliable.  Downloads from Filehippo are generally riskfree.

After you download it, run it through an online virus checker or three.

Then set a restore point, just in case.

Then try installing it.  However if you have something that won’t play unless you install an unknown player, you’re risking your computer (yes, there are viruses now that can overspeed fans and so forth, and there are things like rootkits) in order to hear something unknown.

My advice?  DON’T.

I feel cruddy today so probably my only other blog entry is this but I saw this accidentally and had to post this.

The reason is that I am STILL recovering my wife’s computer from having downloaded one of those damned players (all I have to do is put in a good AV and I have two to choose from–paid for).

June 26, 2015 at 5:40 pm Leave a comment

A Short, Legitimate Question

How, may I ask…with no reboot…no significant [visible] installs…does one computer on a network migrate from the trusted zone to the Internet?  I suppose it’s the same way your Benq dvd-rw drive reverts to a dvd-rom.  The point? Windows XP is no more perfect than any other version.  The complaint that I and many other “old school” users have had first of all is that once you use a fancy platform like Windows, getting down to the meat–the actual drivers, file definitions, stuff like that–becomes an exercise in and of itself.  I hate computers.


August 20, 2008 at 1:43 pm 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

Google apps, a first take (and some other maunderings)

I was waiting, to be honest.  I have nothing in particular to link this to other than our friend which is by now well known.  I’ve used Gmail since a little run-in with Charter.  I’d been deliberating for about a year on the fact that having an ISP-based web address had implicit vulnerabilities.  Like an unanticipated switch.  Some ISPs will store e-mail, I’ve heard.  If you have web-based business, you can’t afford to have an ISP-based address except as backup.  Even if your business isn’t web-based, having that kind of keying (to a specific ISP) is idiotic in this day and age.  It’s about on the level of accepting a mobile phone usage plan.  Get a pay-as-you-go and accept the limitations, or they’ll eventually get their $200 or whatever.  Or pay the money up front.  Unfortunately business is out there solely to make a dollar, and honesty (like honor) is a rarity in this country even in personal relations.  Pity.  We live in a world where “trust” is a synonym for “stupidity”.


Anyway, the apps have one particular surprise.  It had been hinted.  It looks like this is going to include a (full?) anti-badware suite.  That’s a huge step toward a web-based OS and an entirely different approach to information processing.  There are inherent dangers (the 1984 model) but those dangers have existed since at least the mid-1960s when random wire-tapping for keywords started.  I already had the Open Office suite; I’m finding (using it on my other computer) that I actually like it better than 602Text and my antediluvian Office 97 or whatever.  The “AI” doesn’t even drive me crazy.


If I were buying a new computer and it came with a Windows disk, and Windows were installed with crapware…I think I would put the Windows disk in, re-install Windows, get Internet up and install the Google package.  Risk-free and Internet just don’t mix.  Low risk exists, and this may fill the package at truly minimal expense for the home user.


July 1, 2008 at 2:34 pm Leave a comment

Avant Browser, After Some Experience

It would seem to be my new browser.  There are enough features that an exhaustive list would be <ahem> exhausting.  Don’t disable the tooltips on startup.  I am only recommending this for Windows; I intend to go a couple of other places today and freely advertise it.  Its home page is here.  Note that I don’t necessarily recommend this for any Apple product and that I’ve hinted that before in a hundred-word post.  Read any applicable warnings before trying it with a Mac.  Please.  Pretty Please.


June 23, 2008 at 11:52 am Leave a comment


I have, since about 1972.  I’ve gotten Windows set up again.  A Netsky worm hit me, and I couldn’t manage to get it out of the OS, so…


Now I’m setting up ancillary programs from Notepad ++ to demonstar to Office 97.  The backup I tried to do failed because I needed to setup a floppy recovery disk.  I should go read the Windows Knowledge Base on this, because it’s almost certainly a registry setting to make it ‘cd’.  Whatever.  I hate computers.  And if you see a programmer, shoot him for me.


May 30, 2008 at 3:45 pm Leave a comment