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  1. I was going to guess that it's owned by Popeye's nemesis, Barnacle Bill the Sailor.
  2. Hello @ DennisD - I've watched that video several times and it never fails to impress me. These guys are going very, very fast. And if you look to the sides there are hedges, stone walls, cobblestone curbs, concrete sidewalks, stone buildings, metal lamp posts, trees, etc. all flying by in a continuous blur. That's scary enough. But the thing I find most disconcerting are the transitions from brilliant sunlight to very deep shade on some portions of the course. To me, it looks like you're running into a black hole. That's disturbing enough even when the course continues straight on. But imagine thinking to yourself "I'm hurtling into this black hole, and somewhere inside this particular black hole there's a left-hand corner that I take at 140 m.p.h." Terrifying.
  3. @Augeas - I hate to admit it, but it looks like you're correct about his time being passed. I came across an article that was published just today (6/3/2017) stating that he's a good 8 mph off the pace set by Michael Dunlop during Superbike qualifying. At that pace, over the course of the 6 lap race he'd probably end up a third of a lap behind. Read the last paragraph in this link: http://www.newsletter.co.uk/sport/motorcycling/tt-2017-michael-dunlop-ups-tempo-with-blistering-131mph-lap-1-7991884 BTW, Michael Dunlop is riding a Suzuki for 2017.
  4. I'd like to see Guy Martin win it this year. He's placed second or third so many times in the past. Hopefully, teaming up with John McGuinness this year and switching from a Suzuki to a Honda will give him the edge he needs.
  5. Hello Pauleduc and welcome to the Piriform community forums. I would be extremely cautious here. There is a reason this folder is kept hidden. Microsoft does not want you to mess with it. If you delete anything in AppData, you might find that Internet Explorer no longer works. Or Firefox. Or any of the other applications you have installed. If you have a large number of applications installed, then it stands to reason that the size of the AppData folder will also be large. It's size will change as you install or uninstall any applications/programs. That being said, there is one very specific folder in AppData whose contents are safe to delete. It lies in the path C:\Users\<your username>\AppData\Local\Temp. Just be sure to delete only the contents of this folder and not the folder itself.
  6. It took a while, but I finally trained my dog.
  7. Here's what I do to consolidate all of my files as much as possible and minimize the gaps. 1.) Right-click and open the Command Prompt as Administrator and run "sfc /scannow". If it reports there are no missing/corrupted system files***, close the Command Prompt, go into your settings for system recovery (Control Panel>All>Recovery>Configure System Restore>Configure) and delete all of your system restore points. ***If you find there are missing/corrupted system files, DO NOT delete your system restore points, you just might need them to fix the problem! Fix this problem first before proceeding any further. 2.) Open the Command Prompt as Administrator again and enter "powerconfig /hibernate off". This will delete the system file (hiberfil.sys) that's used for hibernation. 3.) Go into your settings for Virtual Memory (Control Panel>All>System>Advanced System Settings>Advanced tab>Performance>Settings>Advanced tab>Virtual Memory) and select "No paging file". After doing this, you will be prompted to reboot. This will delete the system file (pagefie.sys) that's used for swapping memory to disk. 4.) After reboot, do a complete defrag using Defraggler. This should place all of your files in one contiguous block. If not, you'll have to use the defrag freespace feature to do so. 5.) Once you get your files arranged the way you want them, open the Command Prompt as Administrator and enter "powerconfig /hibernate on". Then go back into your settings for virtual memory and select "Automatically manage paging file size for all drives". This will re-create both hiberfil.sys and pagefie.sys on the disk. Then go back into your settings for recovery and create a new system restore point.
  8. I've got a similar issue with Ccleaner v. 5.23.5808. Besides taking a long time to analyze, there are times when the analysis will show 10MB, 20MB, or more of files to be removed. But when I ask it to clean these files, only 1-2MB of files are actually removed. This doesn't happen every time, just once in a while.
  9. Hello Tas - If your machine uses AMD's Radeon graphics, don't be too quick to jump. One drawback in Ubuntu 16.04 is that support for AMD's proprietary fglrx drivers has been dropped, leaving users with no choice but to use the open-source radeon drivers. More on this here: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2016/03/ubuntu-drops-amd-catalyst-fglrx-driver-16-04 Here's a benchmark comparison of Ubuntu 16.04 using radeon drivers vs. Ubuntu 14.04 using fglrx drivers from the Phoronix website: http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=ubuntu-1604-amd&num=1 Putting that one issue aside, here's a good summary of all the new features and improvements in Ubuntu 16.04: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2016/04/ubuntu-16-04-download-new-features
  10. Hello MarkusK83 - There is one disk utility I trust to resize, move, or split Windows NTFS partitions without the risk of data loss: MiniTool Partition Wizard. I suggest downloading/using the bootable CD version in order to work from "outside" the installed OS: http://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html You can either burn the .iso to CD or DVD, or create a bootable USB flash drive using Rufus: https://rufus.akeo.ie/ Instructions on how to split a partition: http://www.partitionwizard.com/help/split-partition.html Instructions on how to move/resize a partition: http://www.partitionwizard.com/help/resize-partition.html Make sure to read the instructions before proceeding!
  11. The blog is still up: http://blog.linuxmint.com/ And Clem posted this yesterday: It was confirmed that the forums database was compromised during the attack led against us yesterday and that the attackers acquired a copy of it. If you have an account on forums.linuxmint.com, please change your password on all sensitive websites as soon as possible. The database contains the following sensitive information: Your forums username An encrypted copy of your forums password Your email address Any personal information you might have put in your signature/profile/etc… Any personal information you might written on the forums (including private topics and private messages) People primarily at risk are people whose forums password is the same as their email password or as the password they use on popular or sensitive websites. Although the passwords cannot be decrypted, they can be brute-forced (found by trial) if they are simple enough or guessed if they relate to personal information. Out of precaution we recommend all forums users change their passwords. While changing your passwords, please start with your email password and do not use the same password on different websites.
  12. Just a warning to anyone who downloaded a Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon .iso file yesterday (Feb. 20,2016). Users were unknowingly redirected to another site and downloaded an .iso that was altered. It contains a backdoor to allow unauthorized access by hackers. http://news.softpedia.com/news/linux-mint-website-hacked-users-pointed-to-download-isos-with-backdoors-in-them-500707.shtml http://news.softpedia.com/news/linux-mint-website-hack-a-timeline-of-events-500719.shtml 1.) Delete the .iso and do not use it. 2.) If you did use the .iso to install the OS, then you should erase the disk using Ccleaner's disk wipe function or some other utility that does a sector-by-sector disk wipe.
  13. Today is Feb. 9th, 2016 (a.k.a. Update Tuesday for this month). I began checking for updates to Windows 7 at 1:37PM and the list of 12 available updates did not appear until 2:59PM. Then download and installation took until 3:12PM. So that's a total of 1 hour and 35 minutes for 12 updates! That confirms it as far as I'm concerned: Microsoft is deliberately making this process as slow and agonizing as possible for Windows 7 users in order to encourage them to upgrade to Windows 10.
  14. Based upon an experience I had just recently, I truly believe that Microsoft is deliberately trying to discourage people from using Windows 7 and upgrade to Windows 10 instead. Just after Thanksgiving I created a backup image of Windows 7 using Macrium Reflect, then used the machine for test installs of several Linux and BSD operating systems I've been meaning to try. Last week I decided to put Windows 7 back on the machine. Naturally, two months had passed and everything needed updating, including Firefox, Avira, Malwarebytes, and CCleaner just to name a few. I saved the Windows system updates for last, and that's where the fun began. After clicking "Check for updates", I had to wait 50 minutes for it to come back and list the 23 updates that were available: 20 important and 3 optional. All were left unchecked with the exception of the very last optional update: Install Windows 10. I thought that was being a bit sneaky, since the optional updates are listed on their own separate page, and if you're not paying attention, you could unintentionally install Windows 10. So I unchecked that one, checked everything else, then proceeded to download and install. That took just over an hour! So in all, it took me about 2 hours to download 22 updates and install them, which is simply ridiculous as far as I'm concerned. I'm waiting for January's update Tuesday to see if this "agony of waiting" repeats itself. ---> See my follow-up to this post below!
  15. Hello @ nergal and mta - I've tried letting Windows 10 install what it thinks is the correct driver for the fingerprint scanner, and I've also installed the driver that's available from HP's website manually. In both cases, the Device Manager shows the driver is installed and the scanner hardware is working correctly. The real problem is re-registering my fingerprint with Windows, because it seems to have forgotten it since the TH2 update. When I go to the "Sign in options" under my account settings, the option to enter a PIN number in order to login is still shown, but the option to register my fingerpint using "Windows Hello" has disappeared from the list. I don't know what the fix for this is, short of re-installing Windows, so for now I'm living with it. Hello @ Corona - Submitting a blood sample and a retina scan for login would probably be easier than trying to fix this mess.
  16. I had two issues related to the TH2 update. The minor one was that Skype no longer worked. I thought that uninstalling/reinstalling Skype would fix the issue, but found that it was just a 50% fix: I had video but no sound. Eventually I discovered that my Skype audio settings had been re-configured to those similar to a desktop using external speakers. I have a laptop. Once I reset it to use inernal speakers, all was well. The bigger issue, and still unresolved, is that I lost the use of my fingerprint scanner in order to login to Windows. I'm back to entering my password at system boot and the option to enter my pin number and setup Windows Hello once again has completely disappeared. No amount of fiddling on my part has worked, including uninstalling/reinstalling the driver and even setting up a new administrator account for myself. I'm living with it for now, and very disappointed that Microsoft has once again broken something that was working fine prior to their update.
  17. Hello trium - NEVER delete any of the files in the WinSxS folder manually!!! You could do some very serious damage to your system files and probably have to re-install Windows as a result. A much safer aproach is to use Windows Disk Cleanup and select the option to "Cleanup System Files". After it has finished scanning and has generated a list of items to delete, go through the list and find the line that's related to Windows Update files. Doing this will clean out any old updates that have been superceded by newer updates. And in the case where you might have upgraded your machine from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 8.1, you may also see another line offering to delete the Windows.old folder. Just keep in mind that by deleting Windows.old you will not be able to "roll back" to the previous version of Windows afterwards. See this link: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/delete-files-using-disk-cleanup#delete-files-using-disk-cleanup=windows-8 Another option in Windows 8.1 is to use the dism command as described here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn251565.aspx Dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup
  18. I came across this procedure on another website and tried it on my own machine that had Windows 7 Pro installed in order to verify that it works. This allows you to do a clean installation of Windows 10 using one of the .iso files available from Microsoft, skipping the upgrade process entirely, and ending up with a clean installation of Windows 10 that is activated as soon as you go online. 1.) In order to do this, your current Windows 7/8/8.1 installation must have a valid activation status. No ifs, ands, or buts. 2.) Before proceeding, you must run Windows Update and make sure your system is completely up to date. 3.) Before proceeding, I suggest running sfc /scannow and chkdsk c: in order to verify that there are no corrupted/missing system files and no corruption of the filesystem. 3.) Before proceeding, I suggest creating a backup image of your current system just in case things go wrong, or if you decide that Windows 10 is not really for you and want to go back to using your previous Windows OS. 4.) Go here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO and download the Windows 10 .iso that you will use to create your installation media. It's up to you to choose the correct version that corresponds to your current Windows 7/8/8.1 installation. 5.) You can either burn the image to a DVD or create a bootable USB flash drive using Rufus. 6.) Here is the first vital step: After you've created your installation media, there is a file you must copy from there to your current installation and use it to transfer your activation status between systems. Open your installation media using File Explorer, find the folder "Sources", then locate the file "gatherosstate.exe". Copy this file from there to either the Desktop or the Downloads folder of your currently installed system. Now right click gatherosstate.exe and run it as Administrator. Doing this will generate a new file "GenuineTicket.xml". Save this file to either a SDHC card or a USB flash drive. This is the file that will activate your new installation of Windows 10. 7.) Now use your installation media to install Windows 10. There are two things you must not do: > DO NOT ENTER an activation key when prompted to do so. This will occur twice during the installation. Just click "Skip this step". > DO NOT make an internet connection when prompted to do so. Just click "Skip this step". Once installation has completed, don't do anything. Just reboot the machine. 8.) Here is the second vital step: Open File Explorer and check the box "Show hidden items". Now copy the file GenuineTicket.xml from where you saved it to the folder "GenuineTicket" found in this path: C:\Program Data\Microsoft\Windows\Clipsvc\GenuineTicket After doing this, reboot the machine once more. 9.) After rebooting, make your internet connection, then check the activation status. If you did everything right, Windows 10 will be activated. BTW - I did this purely as an excercise and to verify that it works. Afterwards, I restored Windows 7 Pro from a backup image.
  19. . . . which is why I'll be upgrading on the 29th . . . of December. At the earliest!
  20. Hello Helix123 - I recently performed a SATA secure erase on a 1TB hard drive, which is basically a single pass which writes zeroes to all of the disk's sectors, and it took 3 hours and 45 minutes to complete. Using that as a reference, if you were to perform a wipe on the same disk using the Gutmann method, it would take about 5.5 days to complete!
  21. I find this news disturbing: 1.) Candy Crush Saga will be installed on Windows 10 replacing the traditional Windows games: http://www.theverge.com/2015/5/14/8606925/candy-crush-saga-windows-10 2.) Candy Crush Saga is considered by many sources to be a form of spyware: http://www.sfgate.com/technology/article/Leaked-docs-NSA-uses-Candy-Crush-Angry-5186801.php http://www.dailytech.com/NSA+Uses+Angry+Birds+Candy+Crush+to+Spy+on+Americans/article34211.htm http://smartphones.wonderhowto.com/inspiration/government-is-stealing-your-data-from-angry-birds-candy-crush-facebook-other-mobile-apps-0150742/ It will be interesting to see just how easy or difficult Microsoft makes it to uninstall Candy Crush Saga after installing Windows 10. I remember in particular the difficulties I went through when I uninstalled Wild Tangent games from my HP laptop after purchasing it, and I certainly hope Candy Crush Saga doesn't prove to be as difficult.
  22. Hello to hazelnut and everyone else - If the claims made by this person Andre Ca Costa turn out to be true, then it means upgrading to Windows 10 will be a one-way street, and once you go down it, there's no turning around and coming back. Not at all encouraging. I was planning on upgrading my Windows 8.1 machine and leaving the Windows 7 machine as-is, but now I doubt I'll even be doing that. There's one big "If" that has been troubling me all along, and that no one seems to be able to answer: Will Microsoft ever release installation .iso's for Windows 10 after the one year offer to upgrade comes to an end? The reasoning behind this and why it concerns me: 1.) You decide to upgrade to Windows 10. 2.) The one year offer to upgrade for free expires. 3.) No .iso's for Windows 10 are released at this point in time. 4.) You have a big problem, such as hard drive failure or a massive virus/malware issue. 5.) You try to re-install either Windows 7 or 8.1, since no .iso's for Windows 10 are available. 6.) Based on Andre Da Costa's claim you're locked out, since you can only activate Windows 10 on your machine at that point. What can you do except to buy Windows 10? (Or install Linux? )
  23. Hello BrianH123 and welcome to the forum. The best advice I can give you is to tell your friend to hire an attorney who specializes in unfair/unjust terminations and makes it perfectly clear to the company that he has done so during his appeal process. This puts the ball in their court. If they have the slightest doubt that they weren't 100% justified in firing him, or if they don't want to face the time and the money involved with a legal action, they could very well drop the whole thing.
  24. Hello djf863000 - hazelnut is correct, the WD tools are on Hiren's Boot CD, you just have to go to "DOS Programs" > "#6 - Hard Drive Tools", then use "#8 - More . . ." to get to the second page where they're located. I have Hiren's on both a CD and a USB flash drive, and it's a very handy collection of little utilities to have available when things go wrong.
  25. Hello eL_PuSHeR - Thank you for providing us with his little gem. For months now I've been having problems with I.E. 11 randomly freezing and/or crashing, and the usual fixes haven't solved anything. During that time, I was running regular scans with Avast, Malwarebytes, and Trend Micro Housecall. Each of them reported no problems with regard to viruses or malware being present on the system. The first time I ran ZHP Cleaner, it reported a browser hijacker had been installed to the Windows registry and quarantined it. Since then, no more problems with I.E. 11. Thanks again. - Derek
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