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Windows 10 Update makes computers crash.

It can happen to you. Windows 10 Update can lock up your personal computer.

You need to have a backup plan if you use automatic updates. Microsft is now using customers computers to test things that have not been fully tested in the laboratory.

Yes, it is true. Microsft, the company that created Windows, is no letting home users test out new features taht have the potential to lock up you computer. If this happens to you, you hve to restore your system from a backup you had made earlier.

It is a good idea to mkadea backup at least once a week.  And  backup your dailt work to a remote storage thing. Wither a clound service or a portable device lyu have.

What can you do to stop this from happening? AFor one, hyou can turn off the auto-update feature in Windows 10.

Just now I found pthis:

Interestingly, there is a simple option in Wi-Fi settings, which if enabled, stops your Windows 10 computer from downloading automatic updates. To do that, search for Change Wi-Fi settings in Start Menu or Cortana. Click Advanced Options, and enable the toggle below Set as metered connection.Aug 14, 2015
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Of course, eventually you will want to insll the updates, but only after you have made backups and set restore options on you system. Truning off the updates gives you time to do your work and gfinish your backups.

A New Silicon Surprise – AMD and INTEL together!

INTEL and AMD  are rivals. Not anymore.

Hard to believe.But They both have said they have a new product that will impact how we use personal computers for entertainment.

For the first time ever, soon you can get a personal computer that has the beet Intel CPU  and the best AMD graphics. Really? How?

Earlier this year the California based chip maker did  announce cw some new research into how chips can communicate without the need for motherboard wires.  It is a method of interconnect via he silicon substrate.

Think of a woman gibing birth to twins. The might be identical. Or not. That is sort of like the new silicon design troll Intel has invented.  For the first time two silicon chips that are not identical can be created on the samde silicon base material. And the work independently, yet can transfer data via the silicon base material.

OK.  That is just too simple. But you get the idea. Intel says that the two  different chips can be down with different trace size. The chips are separate, but are created at the same time and on the same base materiel. They have the ability to transfer data directly without the need for external wires.

If this is true, speed will increase and price will go down. Sometime next year expect to see some kind of home computer that is really fast with action games and can run high definition without an jerks or delays.

Here is a picture from Intel.

On the left are the chips needed to connect the main processor to the graphics interface often found on high speed gaming computers. On the right is the new design from Intel and AMD.

Small size can mean better results. You can expect  Better speed, lower cost. Potentially it could make it possible to build a tablet PC with the speed needed for action games and movies.

How to enlarge the image above.

Put  the mouse  over image. Right click, then select the ‘view image’ item. The will make the image go full screen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why the Price of Gold will go Down.

Really? Do you believe in Gold?

Sooner or later Gold will drop in price. Slowly or quickly, it will fall. Do you know why?

Because  Gold is one of those things that has limited value. You can’t eat it. You can burn it for fuel.  Neither can you use it for clothing or shelter.  Well, you might build a barn out of gold, but it would not be any better than other materails.

What about being a good electrical conductor. The role is already taken by copper, which is widely used. Of course gold is much more resistant to oxidation. But a very thin layer of gold will make something rust proof. And other metals could be used instead.

So then, Why is gold prices\d so much higher that other metals? It is due the idea people have about its value. That think it is valuable and that makes it valuable. people think it is valuable.  When a large number of people start selling their gold for something needed, the price  will drop.

But what about the geld needed for electronics?  That need is very small compared to the amount of gold available.  Besides, other metals and alloys  can be used if needed.

Today, the greatest use of gold is in jewellery.  And even so the idea that it is beautiful and valuable is a product of out  imagination. There are metals that look as good and sell for a fraction of the price of gold.

Try this: Go to eBay and look for ‘fake gold jewelry’ and see lots of cheap snuff that looks good. The is not real need to own real gold jewelry.

When a large number of people start using practical thinking, the price will drop.

This kind of reasoning has been presented elsewhere. It it not real news at all. In time, it will happen. Gold will drop like a dead bird.

Meanwhile,  don’t listen to anyone telling you to buy gold. It is not a good idea at all.

 

 

Why Passwords Ar Needed. Why Not.

You must use a password. But it is not enough.

Let me explain what I mean. Without a password anybody could have access to your computer and all the information you have stored on it. Having a password makes it more difficult for most people to get into your computer. However, individuals who have spent any time learning about computers know how to get around your password protection. It’s not as hard as you might think. To someone that has pursued this course of action, it can be done in less than 30 min.
So, when somebody tells you that you should change your password every month, go ahead and do that if you wish, but there is no reason to feel good just because you did not. How often do you change the keys to your house? Or do you go out every month or two and get a new set of keys for your car? Of course not. Likewise, there is no substance to the idea that changing your password regularly makes it more secure. It does not.
Put it this way. If somebody has compromised your password and note how to get into your account, they’re not going to take to three weeks to go ahead and help themselves to your data. They can get the data off your computer in a matter of minutes or even an hour. Just because you change your password doesn’t mean they will not get into your account. If they found your password once, they’ll do it again.
I was going to give an example of a very important government agency that had their network compromised by a foreign agency. But before I could get all the details posted, something happened to my post and it just disappeared. Really. I’m not making that up, so I’m not going into any more detail about what I was thinking about. But the point is this: even very powerful institutions have found that there network security is not as good as it should be.

And by the way, and she was not really about passwords all. It was something else which we will not discuss here.

– Kohn

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Oroville Flood Alert Given.

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What do ou know about Methane Gas?

Methane Gas is making news headlines. Maybe your next automobile will have a tank of methane gas. Do you care?

Things you need to know:

  • Methan is also called natural gas and is used as a heating fuel and  is both man-man and natural.
  • Methane is among the most abundant fuels on the planet
  • Methane  is CH4 and is a climate change gas.
  • It is helping people live longer.

You can look up methane on the Internet. You will find many articlethat support the four statements listed above. Some articles  yu find have strong politicalbias. My purpose here is not to endorse any politicl view above another. The facts show that methane is often used in a good way. And sad to say, methane is is implicated in in human deaths.

Now here is an example of how methane improves the live of meny people every day.

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Expensive Anti-Virus. Worth it?

Do You Get What You Pay For? Maybe Not.

A recent article form PC Mag had this to say about a Software Product:

Pros
In testing, eliminated active malware and malware that launches at startup, as promised. Integrated HelpDesk remote remediation tool. Installs and runs in Safe Mode. Bootable recovery environment available. Free scan available. Certified by one testing lab.

Cons
Missed many malware samples in tests. Failed to remove executable traces of detected samples. No significant real-time protection. Expensive.

Bottom Line
Enigma SpyHunter 4 does what it promises, eliminating active malware and killing malware that launches at startup. But competitors deliver much more.
Hey!, I didn’t say that! They dis. Bear in mind that PC Mag makes money off advertisers and it looks like that are not helping a growing company. Why wold they do that? Judge for yourself.

Read the whole story here:
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,1523245,00.asp

Of course, you need a good anti-virus program to protect your computer. Some of the good ones have special coffers. You can find them by doing a search for ‘Free AV Software‘ and find at least five or six good ones. Each offers a better version for a nominal price.

Yahoo Lost 500 million E-mail Passwords.

Up to 500 million e-mail passwords have been stolen from Yahoo and is the biggest ever snafu.

If you have e-mail with yahoo, read this article from USA Today.

Yahoo user, what you need to know.

More details are still to come. For more information, search for keywords Yahoo Data Breach on Google or Bing.

How a computer virus can hide in any electronic device.

At the e risk of being called paranoid, I want to tell everybody that a computer virus can hide almost anywhere . A computer virus is some kind of program that deliberately alters your computer to do something you did not want. Such programs often have distributive names to identify the mode of infection. Malware,   Root kit,   Trojan,  Virus or Worm, you don’t want them in your PC, Tablet or Smartphone.   Too many names to remember. Let’s just call it Malware.

Here are some places such evil programs may hide.Registry of the System.

  • Free apps you downloaded.
  • Hidden areas of a hard drive.
  • Driver for a  old printer or scanner. **
  • E-mail from a friend.

Prevention is much better that a cure. Before you add anything to your Desktop, laptop or tablet, check it for the possibility of some kind of Malware.

Warning: Some planes on the Internet offer ‘;free’ help and you wind up paying a lot of money to ‘fix’ a problem they create. Watch bout!

** Yes, if you get a printer river from a source other than OEM., you run the risk of getting some kind of malware.

How I became a password cracker.

How I became a password cracker.

No, not I.
It was Nate Anderson.
He wrote a post on 25 March 2013.

Here is part of it.
At the beginning of a sunny Monday morning earlier this month, I had never cracked a password. By the end of the day, I had cracked 8,000. Even though I knew password cracking was easy, I didn’t know it was ridiculously easy — well, ridiculously easy once I overcame the urge to bash my laptop with a sledgehammer and finally figured out what I was doing...

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So, make sure you have a good password.