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Patching Windows 7 can be painfully slow   

Two tech writers suggest four patches to Windows Update.

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Published on May 1, 2016 by Bob Uhlman
Google Patches 9 Security Flaws in New Chrome Browser Build   

Google updated its browser Thursday patching nine security bugs, labeling four as "high" and two as a "medium" risk to computer users. The update was tied to a new Chrome browser build (50.0.2661.94) that fixes the flaws.

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Published on May 1, 2016 by Bob Uhlman
Lxle gives aging hardware a new lease on life   

LXLE is an ideal distro for out-of-the-box functionality to handle your everyday computing needs.

It's a well-oiled lightweight distribution based on Ubuntu's long-term support releases for Debian and Lubuntu Linux from a community originating in the U.S. The latest version is 14.04.4, released last month.

It runs an optimized LXDE, or Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment, that has a comfortable look and feel with plenty of system settings to tailor its performance to your way of working. LXDE shares a close kinship with the appearance and performance of another lightweight desktop environment, Xfce.

However, LXLE -- short for Lubuntu Extra Life Extension -- taps fewer system resources than Xfce, making it just as fast and a bit more compatible with aging hardware.

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Published on April 30, 2016 by Paul Illingworth
Microsoft locks down Cortana: Blocks integration with other browsers, search engines   

Microsoft is tightening control over Cortana. Only its Microsoft Edge browser and Bing search engine will work with searches initiated through Windows 10's digital assistant, the company said Thursday.

Microsoft isn't prohibiting third-party browsers like Opera and Chrome from working with Windows 10, and you can still configure the operating system to launch those browsers by default, when, say, a coworker emails you a link to a Web page. But, if you launch a search via Cortana, only Edge and Bing will be used to complete it, Microsoft said in a blog post.

"Unfortunately, as Windows 10 has grown in adoption and usage, we have seen some software programs circumvent the design of Windows 10 and redirect you to search providers that were not designed to work with Cortana," Ryan Gavin, the general manager of search and Cortana, wrote. "The result is a compromised experience that is less

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Published on April 29, 2016 by Paul Illingworth
CCleaner v5.17, for best-ever browser cleaning!   

In this latest release CCleaner is brought right up to date with the latest version of Firefox to make sure it cleans every last bit of your browser history and cookies.
If you're a Chrome user you'll benefit from improved extension management so you're in complete control of what starts with your browser.

New in v5.17:

- Improved Firefox 45 cleaning and Chrome Extension management
- Improved Windows Store apps Uninstall tool (Windows 8.1 and 10)
- Optimized Startup Items and Browser Plugins detection

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Published on April 27, 2016 by Paul Illingworth
Five of the Best Productivity Tools for Linux   

Operating systems exist so that you can communicate with computer hardware to get things done. On top of the operating system are live applications that make the process of getting things done efficient. That's where productivity tools come in. What are productivity tools? Naturally, the definition will depend on the angle from which you approach the question. Management productivity is very different from standard office productivity, and it's the latter I wish to address.

General office productivity tools are those that enable you to work with documents and files and keep an efficient day-to-day work flow. Some might think these tools would be missing from the Linux ecosystem. I am happy to report, the naysayers are wrong.

Let's take a look at some major productivity tools available for the Linux platform.

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Published on April 25, 2016 by Paul Illingworth
Some Important Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu Linux On Your System   

Ubuntu Linux is one of the popular and most used Linux operating system backed by Canonical.

Requirements vary from person to person, depending upon whether the person is experienced Ubuntu user, a novice user, an artist or a programmer, but most of the things listed here are essential after a clean install of Ubuntu. Without wasting time anymore, let's have a look at must to do things after installing Ubuntu on your system.

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Published on April 23, 2016 by Paul Illingworth
Meet the new Ubuntu: A Linux release tailor-made for enterprises   

Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS is now out, and its extended support makes it particularly suitable for businesses. Here's an overview of what you can expect to find.
Ubuntu 16.04, also known as "Xenial Xerus," made its debut on Thursday, bringing businesses a brand-new option in the operating-system world. It's Canonical's sixth Long-Term Support (LTS) version, meaning enterprises can count on support for a full five years. The ".04" signifies its release in April, not that it's a point upgrade.
Ubuntu 16.04 has a new Snap application package format designed to make the OS easier to use across desktop, server, mobile and the Internet of Things. Intended to live alongside Ubuntu's traditional "Deb" format, Snap aims to make it easier to install software from outside Ubuntu's repositories without compromising security or reliability.

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Published on April 21, 2016 by Paul Illingworth
Windows 10 Upgrade – The Office Watch View   

Windows 10 is really popular?
Of course, Windows 10 has been taken up by a lot of people. It's FREE for heaven's sake!
Microsoft proudly tells us that Windows 10 has the "fastest Windows adoption -ever" and even has a graph to 'prove' it. This 'graph' has no values on the X or Y axis let alone independent auditing of whatever numbers are behind it.
The 'official' deadline for completing the free upgrade to Windows 10 is 29 July 2016.
It's generally thought that Microsoft will start charging for Windows 10 after that date. Wiser heads aren't so sure. It's in Microsoft's interests to get people onto Windows 10 and demanding money for something that was once free is a good way to annoy customers.
The deadline serves more to give a sense of urgency to upgrading.
With any Windows upgrade there's the question of hardware. Is your current computer sufficient to run Windows 10 smoothly ?

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Published on April 21, 2016 by Paul Illingworth
Opera is an attractive option for left-behind Chrome users   

Google announced back in 2015 that the company's Google Chrome web browser would support Microsoft's Windows XP operating throughout 2015 but would drop support shortly thereafter.

It revealed in November 2015 that it made the decision to add Windows Vista, Mac OS X 10.8 and earlier, all 32-bit versions of Linux, Ubuntu 12.04 and Debian 7 to the list of unsupported operating systems.

That time has come, and as of April 2016, all mentioned operating systems are no longer supported by Google Chrome.

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Published on April 21, 2016 by Paul Illingworth
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