Po' Smedley's Life And Brain Drippings
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March 8, 2016 by PoSmedley
I downloaded the latest Game Ready Driver yesterday from NVIDIA when the Game Ready App alerted me it was available and fell victim to the BSOD as did thousands of others.

It took me a bit to even discover I was not alone and it was actually not my fault for a change.

I did manage to boot into repair mode and I did a system restore. A lot of people were not even able to do that. I can attest to the fact that constant rebooting only got me the BSOD over and over.

There were several fixes...
November 22, 2014 by PoSmedley
Just caught this

 

via MajorGeeks

 

"Mozilla announced on Wednesday that it will dump Google in favor of Yahoo as its default browser. 




The deal is for five years, but the financial data was not released. Google had been the default browser for Firefox for a decade. But Firefox is now opting for a "a more local and flexible approach to increase choice and innovation on the Web, with new and expanded search partnerships by country," according to the company.
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March 3, 2013 by PoSmedley
One of my favorite apps on PC and phone. Change those passwords.
December 4, 2011 by PoSmedley
 

You have your choice of one of these 5 programs (I went with Burning Studio) . The code is already entered for you on the page. You'll have to register and confirm to get the activation number once you have installed the software. I'm not sure, but it may be possible to download and install them all.

With a lot of folks here already having PSPS or some graphic program, these might be something to install on your kids PC or family, etc.

Just thought I would put it out ther...
August 27, 2011 by PoSmedley
I'm having issues with Thunderbird in WIndows 7. I'm not sure if it's Windowblinds or Windows, but it just doesn't want to skin right. Different areas flash or highlight poorly and the whole thing seems buggy. Updated to latest version and still bad. I have it running on Vista and it's stable. Anyone else running into this?
December 22, 2009 by PoSmedley
I got my free WIndows 7 upgrade. Now I'm afraid to install it.

Anyone wanna walk me through this?
October 26, 2009 by PoSmedley
Microsoft had intended to sponsor a special episode of 'Family Guy' to promote Windows7. However, apparently after a screening of the episode, Microsoft decided to back out. It seems that after 10 years and 120 episodes, Microsoft had no idea that 'Family Guy' was full of 'controversial material'. The episode will still air and is looking for another sponsor. (Hey Brad, ya reading this?)

All that's left of the now defunct partnership is the video below from the WIndows 741 Student site.

&n...
August 5, 2009 by PoSmedley
I'm having an issue with CCleaner. I have always used it and never had a single problem until now. When I run the Registry cleaner, it is showing damn near everything in the registry as a problem.

I unistalled and reinstalled a fresh copy.

I've run Spybot, Avast, and hijackthis to see if there was something else going on, but can find nothing. It still shows a crapload of registry problems. Soem of them look like important items I would not want to delete. It's NEVER shown this many items ...
November 18, 2008 by PoSmedley
Fron Lifehacker : The popular Windows firewall application ZoneAlarm Free has a big brother called ZoneAlarm Pro, which boasts a handful of features not available in the free version—including integrated antivirus. Normally $40, ZoneAlarm Pro will be available Tuesday  (11/18) for the low, low price of free. ZoneAlarm Free was voted one of the five best Windows firewalls by Lifehacker readers, so if you like what you've seen from that, a free upgrade to the Pro version sounds like a w...
August 1, 2008 by PoSmedley
Now it's my wife's laptop.
She has a Toshiba Satellite A105 laptop. No virus' that I know of and has been running fine.
When you start it, the light on the start button comes on. You can hear the cooling fan..but I don't hear the HD doing anything at all and nothing at all is appearing on the screen. I'm thinking the HD is shot. The laptop is about 2 years old. Any thoughts on what the problem might be?
July 9, 2008 by PoSmedley
 I got the July update for my WindopwsXP. I didn't notice anything right away because I hadn't restarted my computer.

 When I got to work, my Wife's PC would not connect to the internet after she got her update. I looked at it and I lowered the firewall on ZA to medium. Bam..connected.

 When I got home tonight I had the same problem on my PC. The only way to connect on FF, IE or in my email was to lower ZA's firewall to medium.

 Anyone else having this problem? Or ca...
March 17, 2008 by PoSmedley
I recently upgraded my memory. I have a very modest computer and finally grew tired of seeing the little pop-up telling me my virtual memory was low while I was in the middle of a Photoshop project. I went from 512MB to 2GB. I'm still getting the low virtual memory message. I know it can be adjusted and I also know if you don't do it right, it can just make the performance worse.
This is what I am working with.





Any help would be appreciated. I know there is probably a standard set...
February 23, 2008 by PoSmedley
In the PM area and now in the forums...when I type a reply or try to write a new forum post,
it's going v e r y  s l o w. I'm a hunt and peck typer, yet I could type the dictionary up to Z
before the word Apple ever appears on the screen. Currently, because it is so slow and will not allow me to
anything else on my PC til the words catch up, I have to type my stuff in notepad first
and paste it here.

 With my PC at work, I don't have this problem at all. On both, I am running th...
March 17, 2007 by PoSmedley
I came across some cool stuff this week. One item in particular was designed for kids 3 and up. It's actually pretty cool, so I thought I would focus my picks this week on stuff for the kids. To be more precise, things to bring out the 'skinner' in the little nose-miners!
First up is Dremples 1.5 WWW Link

The screenshot/gif doesn't begin to do it justice.

'Drempels makes colorful, swirling, hallucinogenic patterns that resemble a hurricane or tornado. It normally runs in your Windows ...
March 11, 2007 by PoSmedley
Recently I've learned of 'Giveaway of the Day'. It's been around a while and it seems strange I haven't learned of it before. You see, I spend quite a bit of time searching the web for 'freeware'. There is lots of it but as you may know, some of it really sucks or is just quite useless.



So, I thought I would offer up a few free apps that I have downloaded and actually used. These are app's I like and found to be relatively useful and or interesting. I just thought I'd share them with y...