ZEDGE – Tons of free wallpapers, ringtones, notifications, icons and more…

October 20, 2017

Zedge is a smartphone app available for Android, iPhone and Windows that gives you the ability to download and manage tons of free wallpapers, ringtones, notifications, icons and more… Zedge also has a site (see source link below) available where you can preview (and download) wallpapers and ringtones from your computer.

Zedge is one of the biggest and best mobile centric social networking communities in the world. We specialize in phone personalization and offer several unique and creative services through this website. We do currently have over 27 million registered members from all over the world. The Zedge brand and services are owned by Zedge Inc.


SOURCE: Zedge

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Are you stuck trying to install the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update?

October 18, 2017

Yesterday (October 17th) was the rollout date for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Instead of waiting for the update to rollout to my computer, I ended up forcing the install by using the Update Assistant on my laptop to test out the installation experience. In a nutshell, the installation stalled on me on two occasions and spit out an error code (for which I was unable to see what the error code was). In other words, I was stuck.  I ended up going to Google to research further and found this article, “Windows 10 Fall Creators Update common installation problems and fixes” at WindowsCentral.com that helped me punch through the install process. After running the Windows disk cleaning utility (right click start > run > type in: clnmgr > click on “OK”) to delete the temporary install files, I was then successful in completing the installation. In the end, the installation process (which was mostly unattended from my end) took hours.  I then moved to my 2nd computer (desktop) and decided to let the install run during the night. This morning when I checked the desktop, the install process had also failed. I will be working on this computer to narrow down the cause.

From my experience, with these major Windows 10 OS updates, expect problems…


SOURCE: WindowsCentral.com – Windows 10 Fall Creators Update common installation problems and fixes

 


You Can Get The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Now

October 17, 2017

Per MSPowerUser.com – If you want the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update right NOW in three different ways: using the Update Assistantusing the Media Creation tool, or by clean installing using an ISO. Installing with the Update Assistant is probably the better choice as it is easier to use, but you can also get a fresh start by downloading the ISO using the Media Creation Tool and clean installing using the ISO.

You do not have to do any of the above options.  The Fall Creators Update will eventually rollout to your PC. You do have to have Windows 10 on your PC in order to qualify for the update. Typically, what I do is use the “Update Assistant” option on my laptop to see how the install performs and how long it takes, before I install on my main computer. From my experience, these updates can take a considerable amount of time; and, as with any major update (or upgrade) problems can be expected.


SOURCE: MSPowerUser.com – Get the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update right now


Check your internet speed by typing into Google “Internet Speed Test”

October 17, 2017

Did you know that an easy way to determine if your internet speed is up to par is to perform an internet speed test by simply going to Google and typing, “Internet Speed Test”?  Not only does this work on your computer, it will also work on your smartphone and tablet. The test and the results are provided by a company called M-Lab (for which Google has a partnership).

The graphics below and information is courtesy of Google to help you understand how this works and what the results mean. This is a good way to determine if you are getting the bandwidth speed you are paying for.

How the test works:

The test takes about 30 seconds. It figures out your Internet speed by measuring how much data can move through your connection in that time.

Understand the results:

The Internet speed test measures your connection’s download speed, upload speed, and latency. The best Internet connections have high download and upload speeds but low latency.

  • Download speed is how fast information can be transferred to you. It affects things like how long it takes to download large files or display webpages with lots of images. Download speed is measured in megabits per second (Mbps).
  • Upload speed is how fast information can be transferred from you. It affects things like how long it takes to post pictures to social media. Upload speed is measured in megabits per second (Mbps).
  • Latency measures how quickly you get a response from the server. Low response times are important for real-time apps, like video calls and online gaming. Latency is measured in milliseconds (ms).

SOURCE: Google – Internet Speed Test


Any Burn – My Favorite Burning Software Just Got Better

October 16, 2017

Noticed this morning a version upgrade to Any Burn Portable at FreewareFiles. Followed up by checking the official site. Any Burn is my favorite burning software due to its’ simplicity and the fact that there is a portable version that I can carry on my flash drive.

AnyBurn is a light weight but professional CD / DVD / Blu-ray burning software that everyone must have. It provides a free and complete solution for burning and disc imaging.

Features:

  • Portable, no installation needed.
  • Burn image file, directories and files
  • Convert CD / DVD / Blu-ray to ISO or BIN/CUE images
  • Erase rewritable disc
  • Burn Audio CD from mp3/ape/flac…
  • sector by sector copy function

SOURCE: Any Burn


A Hack And Some Other Options To Help Reduce Your Satellite Broadband Data Usage With Windows 10

October 15, 2017

If you are using Windows 10, a “desktop computer” on an ethernet connection, and you are using a Satellite broadband service where there is a cap on your data usage, you may want to try this registry hack (see source link below) to help reduce your data usage. This hack fools a Windows 10 desktop computer into thinking it is on a metered connection. If you have a notebook computer on a wifi connection that is on Satellite broadband, this registry hack does not apply due that you have the option for a notebook computer (in the Windows 10 network settings) to meter the connection.

Also, anytime you go to edit the registry, always back the registry up. Failure to do so can cause your computer to malfunction. It is always best to find someone who is familiar with editing the registry.

Why we tried this registry hack…

When my parents, who have a desktop computer on a Satellite broadband connection, went from Windows 7 to Windows 10, we immediately noticed a dramatic increase in their data usage each month. This was due to Windows 10 capturing privacy data in the background (that can be turned off); due to the option where Windows 10 uses your computer to help update other computers on the internet (that can be turned off); the regular update cycle (that cannot be turned off, but can be set to occur during different hours); and the Windows 10 version updates that have occurred transparently on a regular basis (such as the Creator’s update and now the Fall Creator’s update).

In the end, what we are finding is that Windows 10, a desktop computer and a Satellite broadband connection are not a good mix. Our last option was to trick the desktop into thinking it is on a metered connection, as reflected in the Windows Central article. The downside of this is that not all the Windows updates will come through; except the Security updates. If I find that the connection continues to exceed the data limits, we are planning to look at a Chromebook or Chromebox and get away from Windows altogether.

If you are on a Satellite connection, please let me know your thoughts, suggestions, etc… on how to reduce data usage.


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SyMenu – Download over 1,000 utilities from NirSoft, SysInternals and more

October 15, 2017

TCAT Shelbyville - Technical Blog

SyMenu allows you to download utilities from NirSoft, SysInternals and more.  Download the program from here and check the programs you want.

Once you download the programs, you can use SyMenu to run the many programs  (over 1200) from a flashdrive.  To exit the program, you will need to scroll to the bottom and select exit.

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In order to start in an elevated mode (Administrator), use the  Symenu.Admin.exe.  You will see a small icon icon adjacent to running programs and the time on the right side of the taskbar.  Double click to run SyMenu.

MenuNote:  Some files may identify as viruses or malware.   These are false positives because of what they do.  Make exceptions for these programs.

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