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  1. You're right, according to Dell Support, which I...

    You're right, according to Dell Support, which I contacted on Monday morning. The external drive would hold backup files, in case I wanted to undo the update. I think he was quoting from some...
  2. Yes, thank you. That was exactly what I was...

    Yes, thank you. That was exactly what I was looking for. I did gain about 1GB of HD space.
  3. Can I remove lots of Windows components (Xbox, Sports, Weather, Money, etc.)?

    I bought a low-end Dell laptop (Inspiron 14) mainly for Skyping, although I expected to surf the web, create the occasional document, and do simple things like that. Stupidly, I was so excited at the...
  4. latest update to Windows 10 -- yes, it can get worse

    I've regretted upgrading from Windows 7 Pro to Windows 10 ever since I did it about 10 weeks ago. Because of what seem to be driver problems, I can no longer record sound (very important!), the...
  5. I agree. Mea culpa. Still, I wasn't just lazy. I...

    I agree. Mea culpa. Still, I wasn't just lazy. I used to keep regular backups until I began having trouble with them, first because I didn't have hard drive space, then because I had trouble saving...
  6. I can't say I saw the warnings to create a full...

    I can't say I saw the warnings to create a full external image. I do have my data backed up. Image backups have always been a problem for me, so I don't have one. Mine is not an OEM machine, so...
  7. Let's see, what did they say? Your 1st link:...

    Let's see, what did they say?

    Your 1st link: "Conclusion: So far, this is turning out to be an almost painless upgrade. Not perfect, but very, very good!"

    Your 2nd link: "My experience was...
  8. Beware Windows 10 upgrade -- may be worse than people are saying

    When Windows 10 was offered as a free upgrade to my Window 7 home desktop, I looked to tech writers for advice, especially the Windows Secrets columnists, and I did what they suggested was the...
  9. I agree that Steve Gibson's commentary on the...

    I agree that Steve Gibson's commentary on the current Truecrypt situation at https://www.grc.com/misc/truecrypt/truecrypt.htm is excellent, much better than the panicky, "Run for the hills!" approach...
  10. According to the Windows Secrets article,...

    According to the Windows Secrets article, Truecrypt is less reliable than it used to be because it's no longer in active development and because we shouldn't rely on open source to vet a program. I'm...
  11. I'm puzzled why the article recommended...

    I'm puzzled why the article recommended encryption applications (DiskCryptor, Cryptainer LE) without any claim that they are more secure than Truecrypt, that their developers are trustworthy and not...
  12. A very important fact, it it is a fact. Do you...

    A very important fact, it it is a fact. Do you have any evidence for the claim? When is this open disclosure coming?

    Starting such an alarming statement with LOL undermines your credibility a...
  13. I'm surprised the article didn't mention what...

    I'm surprised the article didn't mention what seems to me a very plausible explanation for events, namely, that the authors of TrueCrypt have been pressured by representative of the U.S. government...
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    Judging from the number of times my friends have...

    Judging from the number of times my friends have had their email accounts taken over by spammers, I'd say password breaking is extremely common.

    Yes, I agree that serious sites need passwords that...
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    Yes, I did realize that I can go to my LastPass...

    Yes, I did realize that I can go to my LastPass online "vault" and get the password there, then go back to the webpage and enter it manually. In fact, that's what I did. But at that point I began to...
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    Password managers can let you down

    I've long been puzzled by the enthusiasm many people have for password managers such as LastPass, which is my choice. Every once in a while I come across a situation in which I breathe a great sigh...
  17. why is Windows Search (Win 7) suddenly very slow?

    One of the handiest features of Windows 7 for me is the ability to launch a program by clicking on the Windows orb, typing a few characters of the name of the program I want, then clicking on its...
  18. Can I track the amount of data I download from my ISP?

    Is there some way to keep track of how much data I am downloading from my ISP to my computer? Sometimes my ISP sends me a warning with about 10 days left in the month telling me I have used 75% of my...
  19. I don't agree. Although I use LastPass, I re-use...

    I don't agree. Although I use LastPass, I re-use a small handful of passwords many times over. Thank goodness. Even worse would be to allow LastPass to create a unique and complicated password for...
  20. Are there real advantages to docx over doc?

    I've been saving all my Word files in the old .doc format as a matter of course on the grounds that I'll run into less chance of problems if I have to sharer the files with someone using a different...
  21. JPEGmini is an interesting option, probably...

    JPEGmini is an interesting option, probably useful for many purposes, but I'd say it's going a little too far to describe its cost as "a minor, nearly imperceptible loss in color tone." In the...
  22. Mp3Jam (feedback on article "Apps for building and organizing a music libr"

    The article entitled "Apps for building and organizing a music library" (Windows Secrets Newsletter Issue 384 2013-05-02) interested me, especially the recommendation of mp3jam, which enables...
  23. changing the format of all lines that begin with a given string

    After reading a book on my Kindle and keeping a lot of "notes" on it--in effect, saving passages as text on the Kindle--I've pasted them into Word.But the format is distracting. A single note looks...
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    USB ports cause system crash

    My USB ports can do something yours can't. They can cause my computer (Windows 7 Ultimate) to crash.

    Here's my story. The computer I bought over 5 years ago came with a set of 2 USB 1.0 ports at...
  25. I may try deleting all the USB drivers (if I can...

    I may try deleting all the USB drivers (if I can find how to do that). Event Viewer is pretty opaque to me. It says the Event ID is 41, Source is Kernel-Power, the Task Category is (63), and reports...
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