7 March 2023 | Computers, Gizmos, Spare Me! |
Windows 12 has been in the news lately.
Specifically, rumors are swirling that not only will there be a Windows 12, but it will be “AI-powered”.
Of course, this requires support preferably from Intel’s next 14th-gen processors as well as from AMD’s equivalent offerings.
That means Windows 12 will probably have even tighter hardware requirements than Windows 11, sadly…
But hang on, does anyone even use Windows anymore?!
14 February 2023 | Computers |
About 2.5 years ago, I wrote an article entitled Thunderbird 78: Change is in the air, but don’t panic!.
At that time, Tbird was in a state of flux as it moved from a Mozilla project to community-driven (more or less) and then into essentially its own company.
Well, fast forward to today: In July of this year, the Thunderbird team is supposed to take the wrap off of a whole new bird dubbed ‘Supernova’.
And if the blue bird’s design manager’s video is anything to go by, it’s gonna be pretty awesome!
29 November 2022 | Computers, How to, Video |
Most people are NOT power users.
We all still need to get stuff done…
After many years of watching eyeballs widen when I do something on a Windows PC, my wife suggested it was time to make this video!
Without further ado, these are 20 time-saving tips and tricks so that you can get the most out of your puter time – and maybe even save your sanity in the process!
15 November 2022 | Computers, How to, Video |
When you need a color printout, it’s nice when the colors on paper look the same as those on your screen.
Most of the time, however, that’s not the case.
Fortunately, there’s a quick cheat you can use to get MUCH better print colors…
And it only takes a few seconds!
25 October 2022 | Computers, How to |
The Windows 11 22H2 feature release is out in the wild. Unfortunately, there are a few problems with it…
On my modern laptop, I upgraded to 22H2 and everything seemed to be going well…
Until I did a hard reboot a few hours after the upgrade was complete.
I got a Blue Screen before Windows even loaded with the message that my PC/Device needs to be repaired: The Boot Configuration Data file doesn’t contain valid information for an operating system.
Well, golly gee whiz Mr. Johnson, that’s just swell!! What to do now??
18 October 2022 | Computers, Gizmos, How to, Video |
VLC media player is free, popular, and just awesome. It’ll play just about any audio or video file you throw at it.
For video quality, there’s an easy fix for choppy vids in VLC.
But what about audio? How do you fix choppy AUDIO in VLC media player?
Believe it or not, the fix is even easier than with choppy video…
15 September 2022 | Computers |
Well, this is a fun one.
One day, you go to run some application. Instead of loading like normal, you get this weird error stating that code execution cannot proceed because VCRUNTIME140_1.dll was not found.
The error message may have a slightly different name, but VCRUNTIME gives us a clue as to how to fix it – and fast!
Let’s take a peek…
23 August 2022 | Computers, How to, Video |
These days, updating Windows is like playing Russian Roulette.
Microsoft keeps breaking things, and I have to continually figure out how to fix them.
I recently had ANOTHER problem with Windows Update.
After trying everything, this is the solution that finally worked for me!
Don’t worry: they’ll break it again soon enough!
16 August 2022 | Computers, How to |
If you have an 11th generation or newer Intel processor, your system might be using Intel VMD.
VMD, or Volume Management Device, is a server-ish bit of technology where your processor more or less “hijacks” the management of NVMe disk drives in your puter.
When VMD is enabled, you MUST use Intel’s RST drivers – even just to do a clean install of Windows 11.
Well, what happens if you got your puter and it’s using VMD, but you want to remove it?
26 July 2022 | Computers, How to |
So, this one is fun. All of a sudden, when you lock your puter, the “currently playing” video appears with playback controls on the lock screen.
Now, this might be a useful feature, except that in many cases it’s rather broken.
Both Chrome and Firefox on my puter will show the most recently played video on my lock screen – not one I’m currently watching.
This is pretty annoying because A) I don’t watch vids when my puter is locked and B) I don’t need the rest of the world to see what I’ve watched recently.
Fortunately, you can turn it off!