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  1. ubuysa

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST The new Windows Admin Center

    It's actually not that new, the preview (which is all that's available right now) was announced over a year ago, but I've only just come across it in relation to the Windows Performance Monitor so I thought it worth mentioning here. This tool also explains why the existing Performance Monitor is...
  2. ubuysa

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Need help with a Performance Monitor issue

    On both my PCS desktop and laptop, both now upgraded to Windows 10 2004 (one via upgrade in place and the other via clean install) I'm having the same issue with the Windows Performance Monitor. The Run command perfmon /report should start the System Diagnostics data gatherer which runs for 60...
  3. ubuysa

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Deja Vu - again

    I've just been reading this article from TechRadar. It's about the advantages/disadvantages of cloud computing and edge computing, the byline is Rethinking remote working infrastructure. Really? I remember having exactly the same arguments several decades ago about the advantages/disadvantages...
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    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST How to safely upgrade to a new version of Windows 10

    There are two ways of getting the newest version of Windows 10: clean installing from bootable media, or upgrading the existing Windows 10 system. The best way to upgrade is to clean install each new version of Windows 10 from bootable media. This gives you a clean and stable system, free of...
  5. ubuysa

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Windows 10 May 2020 Update

    I've no news on exactly when the May upgrade of Windows 10 will be released to the public. I do know that it's essentially been in a bug fix status since last November and that I will clean install it - as I do with all upgrades. I've been keeping an eye on what's going to be new in the May...
  6. ubuysa

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Illuminated USB keyboard request

    My current keyboard is an Asus Cerberus, and whilst it's generally pretty good the keys are kind of wobbly, enough so that if I only press the edge of the key rather than the centre, it sort of jams instead of going down and the letter is skipped (the left shift and the keys on the left suffer...
  7. ubuysa

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Not a good day...

  8. ubuysa

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Improving WiFi reception

    With everyone stuck at home at this time I know that good Internet access is essential. I also know from past experience myself that getting a good WiFi signal from any distance can be a bit hit and miss, and that's really down to your antenna. Hopefully my long experience in networking can help...
  9. ubuysa

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST AMD now has their own CPU flaw

    AMD CPU's level 1 cache predictor feature on chips from 2011 to 2019 have a memory leak vulnerability it would seem, known as Take-A-Way. See https://www.engadget.com/2020/03/08/amd-cpu-take-a-way-data-leak-security-flaw/ Whitepaper at https://mlq.me/download/takeaway.pdf
  10. ubuysa

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Ubuysa's rules

    Partly tongue-in-cheek and with a nod to Jethro Gibbs of NCIS, my rules of troubleshooting. Has anyone got any better ones? 🤓 1. If it's not broken then don't fix it 2. It won't get better on it's own 3. RTFM 4. Backup NOW! 5. Always suspect software until proven otherwise 6. If it's software...
  11. ubuysa

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Studying Crows

    When I lived in Bournemouth several decades ago there was a constant problem of dead crows on the fast dual-carriageway into Bournemouth from the A23. There's a lot of road-kill on that road of course and it's lined by tall fir trees so it's no surprise that it attracts a sizeable crow...
  12. ubuysa

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Gambling grandpa

    The IRS decided to audit Grandpa, and summoned him to the IRS office. The IRS auditor was not surprised when Grandpa showed up with his attorney. The auditor said, “Well, sir, you have an extravagant lifestyle and no full-time employment, which you explain by saying that you win money gambling...
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    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Aussie culture

    A little bit of Aussie culture..... LOG ON: Adding wood to make the BBQ hotter. LOG OFF: Not adding any more wood to the barbie. MONITOR: Keeping an eye on the barbie. DOWNLOAD: Getting the firewood off the Ute. HARD DRIVE: Making the trip back home without any beer. KEYBOARD: Where you...
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    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST The danger of 2020

    We're in the habit when writing dates on forms, contracts, payment slips, etc. etc. of abbreviating the date into the last two digits; 25/12/19 for Christmas Day last year for example. This might be a dangerous thing to do with 2020. If you make a contract with someone who is less than...
  15. ubuysa

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST An interesting problem...

    I've spent the last couple of days chasing a really strange problem and for the life of me I've no idea why it's happening. The problem is that Windows will turn off the display, the screen goes blank and the backlight turns off, but the monitor (Asus ProArt) doesn't go into standby (the light...
  16. ubuysa

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST SMBv1 in Windows 10 1909

    We all remember that SMBv1 contained the vulnerability which the WannaCrypt ransomware malware from a year or so ago exploited. At the time Microsoft issued several patches and recommended that SMBv1 be disabled since it's only now used by legacy applications. A Microsoft advisory explained in...
  17. ubuysa

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST USB 3.0 PCIe card question [SOLVED]

    Hardware is not my forte, as you know, hence this question. :) I have an Asus Z170-E motherboard which has two USB3.0 Gen1 Type-A ports on the board. I also had PCS install an additional PCIe card with two USB3.0 Gen1 Type-A ports. Since I've had the PC my 3TB external HDD (USB3.0) has been...
  18. ubuysa

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST The Task Scheduler and clock changes

    When I installed Windows 10 1903 back in May I setup all my regular tasks (mostly related to auto backup) in the Task Scheduler. For reasons that I can't explain (or just because I'm stupid) when I set the time trigger for my tasks I checked the 'Synchronise across time zones' box. All my tasks...
  19. ubuysa

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Windows 10 September 2019 Update (1909)

    It would seem from what I'm reading that Microsoft are making some significant changes to the way Windows 10 upgrades are delivered. The September 1909 update (and I use the word update deliberately) is effectively what we used to call a service pack. It delivers updated functionality to some...
  20. ubuysa

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Ransomware help

    I came across this on the BBC news website this morning https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-49096991 and for anyone who has been infected the related website (https://www.nomoreransom.org/) looks like it might be useful. It's backed by the Europol Cybercrime Agency and the Dutch police...
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