Roy Spencer, PhD.
Climate Change Research Scientist, Author, Former NASA Scientist
Climate Change Research Scientist, Author, Former NASA Scientist
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Yes miracles do happen! From the company that makes upgrades into NEW versions to tap some more of your money comes, A FREE UPGRADE!!! What is happening? Why?
I have no idea. Does anyone else?
This is what the intro says,
Windows 10 is familiar and easy to use. It includes an improved Start menu and is designed to startup and resume fast. Plus, it’s packed with new innovations including Microsoft Edge – an all-new browser. Your personal files and apps you’ve installed will all be waiting for you. We’ve designed the upgrade to be easy and compatible with the hardware and software you already use.
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“Upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8? You will love Windows 10!”
I recommend a download of a disk image (extension .iso) that can be burned to a DVD to use as your installation disk. It can be used on more than one computer and you can always use it to reinstall if it should be necessary.
|DOWNLOAD WINDOWS 10 FREE!|
Hostmonster has a lot going for it. However there are a few irritations as well. I have been starting to find my sites offline there as well as at my last host. This lasted for hours.
I was given several reasons listed below:
1. A huge spike in Additional Traffic. – Have no idea what “huge” is and I did not see any spike.
2. A Dynamic Site without caching. – Huh? I always try to install one of the cache programs in WordPress. So why would my sites be offline when there was no perceptible difference? I find it hard to believe that even without a cache there would be a sudden downtime of all my sites.
3. Extremely Large or non-optimized graphics. – No changes. Same as before. Could a few even large pictures really cause sites to go down?
4. Extremely Large or non-optimized database. – I do optimize but not every day. Again there was no change so why a sudden loss of all my sites?
5. Large amount of external calls.
6. Server issue. – First, the server did go down for several hours. Shouldn’t there be a backup server to cover such an event?
I realize this is just informing me of possible causes. But then how does a newbie about these things do anything about them? Where do you start? Hosting is often advertised as easy. But not when me, a non-webbie has to start somewhere to figure it out.
Also one of the service reps, said there were some large files in certain folders but did not help me pin down where that might be. How can I find large files on their computers? With all their expertise wouldn’t it be possible to run a program which can tell them any files that were unnecessarily large?
That was brought home to me even more when part of the “support document” to help me track down the problem told me about upgrading to PRO hosting.
“If your site is slow it can also mean you are experiencing throttling. The following may greatly help your site performance.”
Okay so why am I throttled? Am I really using more resources than all the others on the same server? No one explained why I was offline. I think that is a bit more than throttling. And even if it was throttling, why could they just not be specific and tell me exactly why?
Okay you may say I am a fussy old codger. But when it says unlimited and I have 10 – 15 sites up, is that really even CLOSE to unlimited? On top of that it is not like most of those sites get a great deal of traffic.
Anyway the support document went on as if I knew exactly what they were talking about and should be able to fix it myself.
I hate changing hosts. I have done it infrequently until last year, 2012, when several of my sites turned up with Google warnings that “it may be distributing malware” but if you went to the next page of the warning, it said that there was no evidence of any of this but that my site may be directing people to a rogue or bad or notorious site where harm could arise. So the host I had been very happy with for several years, that is Bluehost, did give me some help to find out where the problems were. I was very grateful for that.
But when I felt “tricked” into purchasing a “site-locking” program for less than $15, I thought it be the same as the home page of the product said. It turned out that it was not. Then I actually had a service rep tell me that if I asked the credit card company to have them refund the money from the program she would have to turn off all my other sites which were online. That was a shocker. I paid for the hosting and she was going to deprive me of something that I paid for and was NOT abusing?
I felt I had been tricked into buying a product which seemed useless as it told me no more than Google Webmaster tools, in fact a lot less. And the $15 was for ONLY ONE site.
After I decided to move and asked for the balance of my hosting fees back (you could ask anytime and they refund the fees proportionately). I tried several other sites and thought Hostmonster was the one. (owned by the same company as Bluehost, they too give back the balance of the money for the time you have not used if you move). Maybe I am hard to please. But I really do think my sites should be up when I pay for them.
I did learn a few very important things. Do not believe your sites will be up 99% of the time even tho they say it OR do not believe that UNLIMITED actually means UNLIMITED.
The MOST IMPORTANT thing I learned was DO NOT BELIEVE all those Webhost Review sites like “Top 15 Webhosts” I believe it is a ruse to get you to click on any of the links because the site is an AFFILIATE of ALL of them and no matter which one you pick they can get paid $65 in most cases! Just saying! Then you can find different review sites like the name above and they all disagree as to what the top one is. Some even have different sites at the top. I thought I would search this time for reviews of sites which I was interested in. I found a lot of positive reviews about Netfirms. So I am trying them out.
Anyway now again I am very impressed with Netfirms. Even tho I got a bargain basement deal for unlimited bandwidth, domains and space, they even phoned me to ask if I needed help with anything! Now that is impressive!
And so the further adventures of computerdoc start again with a new host. I will report again after having sites there for a while.
I must give credit where it is due. Most of the following freeware I discovered by reading a Maximum PC Guide from MaximumPC.
However the Security section was obtained from an independent testing lab mentioned elsewhere on this site.
|Security||Microsoft Security Essentials||provides real-time system scanning, Windows firewall integration,
and rootkit protection all for the low low price of $0, yes, no charge!
|File Backup||Syncback Freeware||Everyone should be using some form of automatic backup to save
those wonderful photos you prize so much.
|Office Suite||Google Docs||Google Docs has been enhanced and improved since it first came out.
Using GD means that anything you create there, you can leave a copy
there and you will always have it a few mouse clicks away wherever you
|Photo Editor||GIMP||GIMP – a free replacement for Adobe Photoshop with a library of scripts
to add to it if you need them.
|Vector Editor||Inkscape||Vector images can be smoothly scaled to any size, perfect for company
logos, other illustrations.
|Desktop Publishing||Scribus||You can lay all of the docs created in Google Docs and the graphics
formed in GIMP and Inkscape and combine them all here for a
newsletter or any publication you need.
|Video Editing||Lightworks||Microsoft Windows Live Moviemaker is great for quick presentation
creators but if you need something more professional, Lightworks, the
former commercial film-editing software used to create The King’s Speech,
The Departed and Brave Heart to the rescue. Free for WindowS.
|DVD Playback||VLC||To play movies, VLC can handle just about any digital video file as well
as play DVD’s including Blu-Ray. Free MAC version as well.
|Operating System||Ubuntu||Almost all the programs mentioned above started as Linux freeware. Why
not try the real thing, Ubuntu, the most friendly version of Linux. Great for
productivity but does not have equivalents for all your favorite Windows
apps. Enter WINE, the Windows emulator which can run most Windows apps
right from inside Linux.
|?||(What are you favorites?)|
It is interesting how different reviewers can have such widely disparate reviews of internet security software. This could be due to a number of factors including 1) which version was tested, 2) what tests were used, 3) how influenced by financial gain the reviewer is . No I am not accusing anyone of taking bribes. But if an Internet Security provider pays a lot of money to a site or magazine, could that subconsciously play on the reviewers mind to downplay negatives and point out positives? Just saying.
That is why using Indepent Lab results may be the best bet, that is if they are really independent. (Yes sometimes I am skeptical but only in the back of my head. In the frontal lobes I accept their independence until proven otherwise..
This site is well-known for its reviews of Internet Security products: AV-Comparatives at http://www.av-comparatives.org/
They test in three areas: Real World Protection, Performance, and File Detection. Read the blurbs at their site if you do not understand what is meant by those headings.
I am going to list the products which obtained Advanced, or Advanced Plus in all three tests. They also use Standard and Tested as rankings below the above. Also on the award logo, they have a number of stars, up to 3. So 3 stars means BETTER than two stars etc.
Products are listed in alphabetical order. Advanced+ = 3 Stars, Advanced = 2 Stars, Standard = 1 Star. Only products which obtained at least one Advanced+ and no less than Advanced in all categories are listed.
|Product||Real World Protection||Performance||File Detection|
|# of Stars|
|Tencent QQ||3||No Test||3|
As you can see the independent lab ratings came out quite differently than the PCMag or TopTen Reviews ratings. Also interesting, is that only one product, obtained the highest rating in all three tests. You will also see that Norton did not even place because they had only one rating that was 3 star. VERY DIFFERENT than the PCMag and TopTen reviews.
If you want a very visual comparison, go to this page http://chart.av-comparatives.org/chart1.php
Reference: This is the message stating the independence of AV-Comparatives Lab
AV-Comparatives is an independent not-for-profit organization offering systematic testing that checks whether security software, such as PC/Mac-based antivirus products and mobile security solutions, lives up to its promises. Using one of the largest sample collections worldwide, it creates a real-world environment for truly accurate testing. AV-Comparatives offers freely accessible results to individuals, news organizations and scientific institutions. Certification by AV-Comparatives provides an official seal of approval for software performance which is globally recognized. Currently, AV-Comparatives’ Real-World Protection Test is the most comprehensive and complex test available when it comes to evaluating the real-life protection capabilities of antivirus software. Put simply, the test framework replicates the scenario of an everyday user in an everyday online environment – the typical situation that most of us experience when using a computer with an Internet connection. AV-Comparatives works closely with several academic institutions, especially the University of Innsbruck’s Department of Computer Science, to provide innovative scientific testing methods.
If you plan to buy an Anti-Virus, please visit the vendor’s site and evaluate their software by downloading a trial version, as there are also many other features and important things for an Anti-Virus that you should evaluate by yourself. Even if quite important, the data provided in the test reports on this site are just some aspects that you should consider when buying Anti-Virus software.
Tags: internet security, malware, antivirus, virus, protection
I do these blogs for fun. Okay I may monetize them sometime but mainly it is a location for ME to post useful stuff that I find.
I discovered printing it out or copying the pages in the magazine do not work for me. I lose the pages!
Okay I know …. I should file them. Right, but I have limited filing space.
So putting them online helps me and I hope you too!
Comments? Does anyone have a favorite and a reason that it is your favorite? Do you have an opinion on any in this list. Please comment below if any of these questions apply. Thank you!
FREEWARE SITES TO CHECK FOR FREEWARE
FileHippo This is currently our top recommendation as they offer a wide collection of clean software with fast download rates without requiring a proprietary downloader. A unique and useful feature is they offer a full version history of most products.
MajorGeeks This site carries only tech tools and utilities. Guidance is limited to brief reviews and user ratings. However, if you are looking for tech tools this is THE place to go. One of our favorites.
SnapFiles Offers a huge collection, great organization and a refreshingly clean presentation. Products are briefly reviewed and carry site ratings, user rating and user comments.
Softpedia A huge commercial site with an excellent collection organized by platform. It features site and user star ratings for products and user comments. The search engine doesn’t display any ratings and this limits its use when selecting. The real selling point for this site is its “100% clean” guarantee. For many that is a winning feature but remember it easy to claim a 100% guarantee but much harder to achieve it!
FileForum-Betanews Not the largest download collection, but if you’re looking for the very latest products you’ll find them here long before other download sites.
FreewareFiles.com Good collection of software with user ratings and number of downloads listed. Quite a few ads scattered throughout.
Best Free Games
Free Mobile Apps Interact with PC
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With credit to MaximumPC magazine – May 2013
It’s back… and better than ever! The new Commodore 64 is a modern functional PC as close to the original in design and coloring as humanly possible. Futureproof in its design, it houses a modern mini-ITX PC motherboard that can be upgraded simply by switching motherboards. Commodore USA’s new C64x features Intel’s new 2.13Ghz 64-bit Dual Core D2700 Atom processor coupled with the graphics power of an nVidia GeForce GT 520 graphics chipset for improved 3D gaming ability.
The C64x comes with 4Gb of DDR3 memory as standard.
The classic power light is now the power button
The new Commodore 64 can be connected to the latest televisions and monitors, and through the power of its nVidia hardware accellerated video decoding, can deliver 1080p HD quality video playback from either Blu-ray or an internet stream for an excellent home theater experience.
Commodore USA’s custom Linux distribution, called Commodore OS Vision, comes pre-installed on the C64x which will allow you to play all your favorite 8-bit era Commodore games with a single click.
Commodore OS Vision also allows you to boot straight into the included XMBC Media Center allowing you to use the C64x as a home theater system.
Don’t forget that the new Commodore 64 is a fully functional PC compatible, so you can even install and use the latest versions of Windows if you really feel you need to. We provide a beautiful graphical boot menu at start up from which Windows can be selected to run, so you needn’t lose any of the functionality of the new C64’s included operating systems. Commodore OS Vision comes with the WINE compatibility layer pre-installed which is capable of running some Windows software. VirtualBox is also included with Commodore OS Vision, allowing you to install Windows and run Windows software on same screen as Commodore OS Vision seamlessly merging their windows and visual components on the same screen.
Talk about a blast from the past!
Yes, I did. My former host [Jaguarpc.com] had great customer service reps to help you fix stuff. That was great. They helped you with WordPress stuff even tho they did not have to. Even better. However I subscribe to a free Webmonitoring Service which tells me if any of my sites are down and when they are back up. This was the cruncher. If they advertise 99.9% uptime, then that should be fulfilled. I would find some of my sites down for hours, day or night. That is not good for ecommerce. I had to move.
How To Move a WordPress Site So You Do Not Lose any of your posts and pages or even your media library. That was the next problem! I tried Xcloner and could not figure it out. I tried Duplicator and could not make that work. I tried various other backup plugins which had some roadblocks right when you thought everything was going well.
Then DURING THE DAY, I phoned Hostmonster tech support. I got a gentleman who knew exactly how to move a WordPress site. Here it is.
He steered me to Tools / Import / Export in my dashboard of my old site. You simply export all contents and save it on your hard drive.
Then you create the new site. You can do that BEFORE changing your nameservers to the new site by ..
Anyway the long and short of it is you just use the WordPress importer, which you seem to have to add as a plugin. You import the XML file from your hard drive and check to see. You should see your old content loaded up into the new bare fresh WordPress site. It was too easy .. Why hadn’t anyone told me that before on my old hosting site or at any of the numerous other hosting sites where I chatted with a Live Customer Service Rep? But no one did until I moved to Hostmonster…. [not finished.