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  1. Thanks, Lincoln. I appreciate the summary for...

    Thanks, Lincoln. I appreciate the summary for when I eventually take the plunge.

    I fully agree with separating data from OS/Programs. My current PC uses an SSD drive for the OS and a platter...
  2. I do something similar during the setup phase,...

    I do something similar during the setup phase, listing links to much of the software, etc. Can't say I maintain it throughout the life of the PC but it still serves as a good platform for preparing...
  3. I'm on Win8.1. I've followed Patch Watch for some...

    I'm on Win8.1. I've followed Patch Watch for some years and have thus avoided a few problems.
    However, lately, I'm noticing an increasing number of patch numbers not covered in the column. This is...
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    The issues you describe where with use of...

    The issues you describe where with use of technology, not Flash itself. If you use the Ad Blocker browser plugin, it will block most third-party ads but you can still play videos and other Flash...
  5. Ditto on 3098777

    Ditto on 3098777
  6. On browsers, I know there is a lot of opinions...

    On browsers, I know there is a lot of opinions out there. I know Chrome is fast. But I use Firefox as my default because I support the approach of Mozilla. Google has become pushy and invasive and...
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    Thanks for this. I expect to upgrade to Win10 at...

    Thanks for this. I expect to upgrade to Win10 at some point but it will take some doing to tune it and adjust privacy issues after. No rush for that. Thanks for mentioned GWX Control Panel. I...
  8. I signed, adding I wouldn't be upgrading to Win10...

    I signed, adding I wouldn't be upgrading to Win10 until this addressed.

    Bravo for doing this. My first impressions where a seeming acceptance of this foolishness by Win Secrets.

    Even Android...
  9. One of the barriers to old programs can be...

    One of the barriers to old programs can be installation. While they can run in Compatibility Mode, they're not able to be installed in the first place. A couple of times, I've found doing a manual...
  10. With the corporate buyout, I can't say I'm...

    With the corporate buyout, I can't say I'm surprised. Windows Secrets itself has grown by merging in other newsletters like Fred's. And now it's being absorbed into something else.
    I also...
  11. Fred - good advice on file unlocking but the...

    Fred - good advice on file unlocking but the suggested sequence surprises me.
    Like Mark, I also use Unlocker. If the file is in use, it will usually tell you by what. Otherwise, it lets you unlock...
  12. I'll just raise a couple of points about...

    I'll just raise a couple of points about encrypted volumes.

    I used TrueCrypt for awhile back in the day, but then one day it wouldn't open. The container has been corrupted. This was not a...
  13. On Powerline - fully agree, Fred. I attached my...

    On Powerline - fully agree, Fred. I attached my TV to the network with Powerline. It's much more reliable than wireless and securing it is just one extra step. I use a NAS for sharing video, photos...
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    I agree with eikelein here. I've been using...

    I agree with eikelein here. I've been using Firefox as my primary browser for quite some time. It is well tweaked to suit my work and workflow.

    a) you need to do a little maintenance once in...
  15. I've also gotten offered the above mentioned...

    I've also gotten offered the above mentioned patches, as well as about 10 others not listed. Seems these are the ones from last month you suggested we give a pass to.

    The current approach to...
  16. Great article. Some commonality in Canada too....

    Great article. Some commonality in Canada too. There's another aspect of history here. Places where the infrastructure is all copper face a considerable upgrade costs to shift to fiber - and not just...
  17. Well Fred, you give a good example of why I Don't...

    Well Fred, you give a good example of why I Don't use the Win8 imaging tool for a backup solution. I did use it once early on in the Win8 build and have backed up that image. But I moved on quickly...
  18. LibreOffice Base database using Java broken by latest Java update

    I've been using Java in Base for an external JDBC and thus more reliable database.
    The recent Java update broke access to it. LO reports it as "defective".
    I checked online and LO indicates there...
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    Blur

    I don't want more than one password manager - thats the point. I want the other features of Blur but NOT the password manager. The site indicates that feature can be turned off but I wanted to find...
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    A question about Blur. I already use a Password...

    A question about Blur.
    I already use a Password Manager I like.
    I see you can turn Blur's password manager off for all web sites
    https://dnt.abine.com/#help/faq/faq-passwordManagementSettings2
    ...
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    On OpenDNS, yes, it seems a typo crept into the...

    On OpenDNS, yes, it seems a typo crept into the title and was repeated in the article. The Oracle example was confused with Cisco.
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    Eric I agree with the auto-forward other than...

    Eric
    I agree with the auto-forward other than Paul's caveat. You can add a filter (like his gmail example) to mark those ones as distinct in one mailbox. If you use an email client like Thunderbird,...
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    Great tip on Blur, Lincoln. Will check it out.

    Great tip on Blur, Lincoln. Will check it out.
  24. I experimented a little with my IP after the...

    I experimented a little with my IP after the first article. It soon became apparent that my cable IP is on a long lease. In fact, the IP has not changed in a couple of years. Disconnecting my router...
  25. Nope. OpenDNS allows you too use alternate DNS...

    Nope. OpenDNS allows you too use alternate DNS servers for finding web sites faster, etc. They also reduce tracking that may be done by your ISPs DNS servers, etc.
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