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    Reasons why i might not be upgrading to windows 11!

    Yes, here also for about 8 days. It runs on my singular computer efficiently and quickly. The novelty of the new appearances of the various apps wore off pretty fast. Now it's "just" an operating system, with a few little quirks that wil be ironed out hopefully soon. Hope it stays stable...
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    Is your PC Windows 11 ready according to PC Health Check?

    At first, I couldn't find the firmware TPM in my BIOS so I jumped the gun and ordered a physical chip from Newegg. It was like 16 bucks. Then after that, someone very helpfully pointed out where the TPM is in my ASUS BIOS (Advanced settings--PCH/FW) yet it never showed in any searches. Talk...
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    Is it safe to use the WEB e-mail?

    I don't like Google per se. That wasn't exactly clear in my initial post, sorry. :peace: Phishing, smishing, and other means of attack via email are getting more sophisticated and clever, but as a general comment, it's more targeted toward Enterprise. You know this Bill_Bright, in fact...
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    Is it safe to use the WEB e-mail?

    I'll be a hypocrite when it comes to Google but I've found gmail to be pretty decent with its spam filters and image blocking. I think it's riskier in Enterprise situations, esp. when regular employees have access to emails and can open them. These are the situations that can result in...
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    How are you all coping with increasing PC hardware and tech prices around the world?

    Can't be helped, I feel very blessed to have my gtx 1080 still. No viable alternatives out there at the moment. I'm on the EVGA wait-list for several months now. My cheap Corsair keyboard is typing double letters now and then so I'm in the market for a new one. I'm looking at the Glorious PC...
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    Windows Defender

    I think, within the past few years when Microsoft joined the various test organizations, you know, that signaled a willingness on its part to improve Defender to where it can (in theory, at least) compete with the top tier brands (Kaspersky, ESET, BitDefender, etc). I use it but I also bolster...
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    How many reads/writes does your NVMe SSD('s) have

    The only drive in this system, it's been running fine for seven months now. I got the latest Samsung firmware update today, thanks to alert members in the "Getting slow NVME write speeds" thread--version 3B2QGXA7 via Magician. It definitely feels faster now but I haven't formally tested it yet.
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    How can I free up space on a 30GB laptop?

    Oh wow, sorry the machine is malfunctioning. So, this is for theory and not practice. I had a small drive one time but not THAT small. What I did was remove the Reserved portion Windows set aside for updates via the registry. I got back about 7 GB but I had way more GBs as a buffer. The...
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    Microsoft Preparing Updated Windows Store Application

    I hardly ever shop the Store, it was like shopping in Sears when it was still open and in Chapter 11--sort of there but empty of goodies. Remember when the Store's Live Tile worked in the Start Menu? Mine hasn't flipped in years. Maybe the re-do will bring back the Store live tile. That's...
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    How are you all coping with increasing PC hardware and tech prices around the world?

    Because someone is bound to snatch it up! Although, I did check Micro Center just now, and there is still one in stock for 349.99 USD. Just one. I remember the good old days when there were 10 or more in stock of the gpu of your choice. Nowadays, I have spotted a very fine layer of dust on...
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    Computer giant Acer hit by $50 million ransomware attack

    Reading this interview, it shows a glimpse of a real person behind the ransomware facade and to me, it's both fascinating and creepy as all get-out. I thought I would share this here for maybe some who haven't read it yet...
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    How are you all coping with increasing PC hardware and tech prices around the world?

    I used to scoff (lol) at the 1030 and GT710 cards; now they're looking pretty good as I coax my somewhat aging GTX 1080 along. That's pretty much all my area Micro Center has right now--placeholders. Oh and one PowerColor Radeon RX 570 which prob. won't last the day. It's nuts.
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    Ghetto Mods

    I especially like the "Features at-a-glance" feature on the front. So cutely misleading yet genuine. :love:
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    Lung cell images show how intense a coronavirus infection can be

    Those electron micrograph photos are taken of human lung cells in a lab? I shudder to think what an actual lung looks like in someone who is struggling to survive on a ventilator. I guess we have to make the intuitive leap and say that the images would be similar, if not identical...
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    UserBenchmark.com mini benchmark competition

    Here's my modest build. My graphics card will be replaced soon (I hope) but until then, it's performing OK at stock clocks with a slight undervolt and custom fan curve via Afterburner. https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/37152152