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Specs For The New PC I Am Hoping To Have Built.

by Anura Guruge


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My current (main) PC is old. Very old. I won’t even say how old it is because I do not want to jinx myself. It is way old.

I was, this time last year, working on getting a new PC when I busted my knee. The PC fell by the wayside.

But, I am back to specing a new one out.

MAIN change is that — after our horrible experience with them — I have ditched the ASUS motherboard in favor of ‘Gigabyte’. I am told that their motherboards are solid.

Yes, it is way, way over-speced! SMILE.

No, I do NOT game. Never have, never will. Computer gaming has never had any appeal for I. Do not see what folks see in it.

This PC is for Web research, blogging, WRITING, stock trading and posting pictures! SMILE.

Yes, it is at least 8x more powerful than it needs to be, BUT I believe in over-speced PCs.

My current PC was similarly over-speced. Hence its longevity.

This new PC could very well be MY last PC!

Looking back, given the amount of work I do on them, 7-days a week, I haven’t had that many PCs. In a way it is scary.

But, before I get this built, I have to finish my latest book. SMILE.

I will keep you posted.


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‘Hotstar USA’, On Roku, Is But A Disgraceful Indian HORROR Show.

by Anura Guruge




The ‘Hotstar’ APP for the Roku is full of bugs!

For a start it lacks an account management option. I kid YOU not. Everything has to be done through your Roku account.

This means that renewals do NOT work! It is an unmitigated disaster. A typical Indian horror show.

It might be fine on a PC or phone, BUT NOT on Roku. Trust me on this.

Plus, watching the Vivo IPL on ‘Hotstar’ is near impossible.

‘Hotstar’ is for Indian kids with ADHD.

I am DONE!


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The Cynic I Am, I Can’t Help Wondering Whether PC Security Companies Had A Hand In The Ransomware Attacks.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access this BBC article. Google for many more.


A recent Ad., with ‘ransomware’ featured, by a security company that advertises aggressively on TV. Click to ENLARGE and read here.


Yes, yes, yes … I know that this is an old chestnut and that there are plenty of posts, including determinations by ‘Snopes‘, that antivirus companies are SO ETHICAL (and atypical) that they would never even dream of doing anything so underhand.

But, I am an out-and-out cynic and I have been involved with computers for 48-years.

Yes, I could be wrong — totally wrong.

This, however, is something that has crossed my mind.

It would be so easy to do — surreptitiously. All ‘you’ would have to do is find a few hackers, on the ‘Dark Web’, on the quiet.

Let’s hope I am WRONG.

But, I have long maintained that security software that we install on our PCs represents the BIGGEST malware we have on our PCs! We give them carte blanche to see everything we do, communicate with impunity with a ‘mothership’ and install updates willy nilly!

Just something to think about. Being a cynic does have advantages.


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Replacing Intel i7-920 CPU Stock Fan With A Zalman CNPS9500A Cooler Fan.

by Anura Guruge


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The old Intel i7 stock/kit fan.


My workhorse computer, which I used for all my daily work, is over 7 years old!

I had it built to run Windows 7 and it was built on the day that Windows 7 was made generally available, viz. October 22, 2009. I had pre-ordered Windows 7 Professional from Microsoft and received a DVD the day prior to the G.A.

I hate to jinx it but this PC has done well by me. In addition to the 10,000 or more posts I have done with it, I have written (and published) 20 books on it. Yes, 20 books.

It was a top-end PC when I had it built, i.e., Intel i7-920 (4-core), 12GB of memory etc., and it is plenty fast enough for what I do.

So I am not motivated at all to upgrade.

But, over the last few years it has required work. The power-supply blew, quite spectacularly, about 4-years ago. I put in a new EVGA GeForce GT 740 4GB graphics card last year. I now clone and replace the ‘C’-drive twice a year.

Though it has 7 fans, yes, 7 — heating has always been a concern. But, until 2 weeks I never had a real heating issue.

But, one morning the CPU heat hit max. and the PC shutdown! That was scary. It started to run hot. My computer guy, who I trust, Shane Selling, recommended that I ditch the stock cooling fan that came with the Intel i7 and get an upmarket one. For $45 for the cooler it was crazy to refuse.

So, on Wednesday, Shane installed this bronze work-of-art on my PC. Wow. Quite the cooler.

It has made a HUGE difference. The PC is running at 1/2 the temperature! Wow.

Just wanted to share this with you. I will keep you posted.


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My “Brain Meditation” Book, For “True Productivity & Serenity” Is Now Available On Amazon.

by Anura Guruge


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It was up on Amazon within 40 minutes of me hitting the “Proof Approved” button!

Always a nice feeling to see it appear on Amazon.

Kindle version (priced at $2 and readable on a Web browser, PC, iPhone/iPad, Android, etc. etc.) also now available.

Thanks. 


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‘WordPress Theme Detector’ — Real Cool When It Can Find The WP Theme.

by Anura Guruge


My friend Shane Selling, the drone master and PC whiz was here last night to clone and replace my c-drive — something I now do about every 18 months (both for resilience, potential added reliability and backup). As always we talked and looked at a bunch of stuff ranging from cars to e-mail servers. In the process he showed me this tool. Cool. Check it out. Alas it does not work on ALL WordPress sites — including most of mine!

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Click image to access WPTD.


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Network (Wi-Fi/Ethernet) Speed/Bandwidth Test For Roku With “Speed Test” App.

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Other Related posts:
>> Roku 4 has nothing for me.
>> ‘My Feed’
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>> No sound on Roku.
>> Beyond pleased with Roku 3.

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This APP really should be a built-in standard feature within the Roku System menu. It is not.

Roku, in its ‘Network’ menu, does NOT provide a speed test/bandwidth test — and one really is handy if you are having loading or image quality issues (as can often be the case with say Sling). I had been using an external speed test whilst promising myself that I will check to see if I can get a Roku ‘App’ [actually a channel].

It is easy enough to find IF you Google it.

It is a PRIVATE channel. So it has to be installed from a PC. You need to be able to logon to your Roku account — i.e., you need to know your password.

Other than that it is easy enough. On the Roku, on the System menu, click ‘Check UPDATES’ to force the Roku to download and install the App.

You will love it.


Gene Amdahl, Of IBM Mainframe Fame — Video From 1984 Talking About PCs.

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>> Hursley’s John Fairclough …

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Gene Amdhal
(16 November 1922 – 10 November 2015)

obituary post.


1984 video of Gene Amdahl.

Click to access 1984 video of Gene Amdahl.


I had hoped to find quite a few videos on YouTube that I would be able to share with you. This was the only one I managed to locate so far.

Good video. IF you have never met the great man this video will give you a very good feel as to his personality. As you will hear he was very soft spoken with a noticeable Scandinavian accent though he was born in South Dakota. He was also a very gentle man albeit with an iron resolve which you could sometimes clearly see in his eyes. Always very deliberate and thoughtful in what he says.

1984. Watch the video. He got the PC architecture part 100% right! Wow.

Now listen to Lore Harp at the 3:13 mark. Listen to what she has to say about PC CLONE vendors. Wow, talking about getting something WRONG. Great contrast here. Gene gets it right and she is dead wrong. Funny.

I, as you can see, as is my wont, is trying to pull together as much media of Gene in one place for future reference. IF you have any photos or videos of Gene that you would like to SHARE please let me know. I will work with you. Thank you.


Shane Selling QAV250 Quadcopter Exploits — In Laconia, N.H.

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Related posts:
1/ Shane Laconia Airport Open House 2014 — June 20, 2014.
2/
Shane Selling QAV250 Quadcopter flips — Apr. 15, 2014.

3/ Us at Halfmoon Lake from Shane’s Hexacopter
July 26, 2013.

4/ Aerial pictures of our house by Shane Selling — July 25, 2013.

5/ Shane Selling’s amazing hexacopter at the Laconia Airport Open House
>>June 8, 2013.

5/ Aerial pictures from Shane’s hexacopter of the Laconia Airport
>>Open House … — June 8, 2013.
6/ YouTube video of Shane Selling’s hexacopter at the Laconia Airport
>>Open House — June 17, 2013.


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Click to access YouTube video.

He sent me this link, a couple of days ago, along with the stills he took
at the 2014 Laconia Airport Open Day.

Loved the video. Flying through this ‘dog run’ and then through some goal posts is way cool.

Park in Laconia. Not sure which one. He lives on Opechee so this could be that. Will have to ask him’

Enjoy.

P.S., Shane, of course, being the IT guru that he is,
has his own YouTube ‘channel’. This video
is on that channel. So you are already there.