X Yosemite 10.10.3

Finally, Apple unveiled its latest operating system version 10.10.3 for Mac computers which is called X Yosemite operating system. And as far as the computer industry is concern, this operating system has a lot more to offer and is quite a pretty huge one compared to other operating system versions. The big revelation is just in perfect timing for Apple’s 12-inch Macbook.

For starters, the X Yosemite version 10.10.3 operating system features a new photo app that replaces the clunky and old iPhone at the same time, enables you to browse images by location and time in numerous new views. Storing photos to your iCloud library with original resolution and format is also possible with this latest version and you can also access all of them using any kind of Apple device.

It’s not a consolation to present Lightroom users and former Aperture user for this matter, but its Photo app introduces some consumer-level, and indigenous tweaking for images based on the slider adjustments similar to iOS 8.2 as well.

This newest desktop also Look Up Spotlight suggestions, improved connection reliability for Bluetooth, and Safari privacy and stability updates. There are numerous listed fixes for widely known problems included in the Yosemite OS as well. Wireless stability fixes are good example for this. Aside from that, Apple Yosemite version 10.10.3 also performs the following:

  • Enhances compatibility with Wi-Fi network environment
  • Enhances Wi-Fi connectivity and performance in several usage scenarios

There are plenty of reports surrounding the Internet today regarding user’s complaints on the Wi-Fi stability and performance of most Apple devices using both Yosemite versions 10.10.1 and 10.10.2 that includes unspecified Wi-Fi fix.

However, the version 10.10.3 of X Yosemite operating system also repairs a specific problem that makes Mac computers unable to response during start-up, and has few enterprise-level upgrades as well.

If you want to upgrade to this latest operating system version, you can use the Updates option from the App Store of your Macs to gain access to the latest OS X version, along with some other software upgrades available. You may also visit Apple’s Support Downloads to get copy of the installer needed. But be sure to have a backup for the operating system so that in case something wrong happens on the process, you can always start again by restoring its previous OS version. Mac computers tend to slow down just like any other Windows machine out there, that’s why it is very important to clean and install updates sometime in order to avoid problems that could harm your system and also your computer device.


A Click To Keep You Safe

Every day we are peppered with the television advertisements stating that one click loads a software program that tests your slow computer for viruses and spyware. It then speeds it up by removing them. These tests are free, but the removal and speed up is not. The true question is how effective is this virus removal?

It is possible for a computer program downloaded from the Internet to detect viruses and spyware. Internet downloads to detect and/or remove viruses have been provided by Trend Micro, Panda Software, and others for years. These to me are 2nd Opinion Virus Scans. If you primary virus/spyware scanning software Symantec, McAfee, AVG, Avast or others seems not to work, then using an Internet virus scanner that has the latest virus signatures is an effective way to check for and to catch virus and spyware escapees.

One definite fact illustrated to me every day is that no one virus detection and removal program detects and removes all viruses. You can run one program, then another and several more, only to find that the last program still detects and removes some viruses or spyware. Each program has its own plan of attack on how to do the best job. However, some viruses and spyware are always missed. So the $50 or $139 question is can one click PC repair programs catch enough viruses and spyware for your computer to be fully repaired. It is likely that the computer is repaired for that day, but probably not for that year.

Viruses and spyware tend to party in your computer. They invite all their virus and spyware friends into your computer for a giant beer keg party. Over time the computer in-perceptively slows down until it needs to be repaired. Once a virus and spyware has made its home in your computer it builds defences against detection and removal.

The first virus that prevented removal I encountered was the log-in to Windows and then Windows immediately logs you out removal prevention virus. It is like a log-in then log-out revolving door. Since you cannot log-in to Windows, you are unable to remove the virus or spyware. This trick is easy to repair. The trick has now all but disappeared only to be replaced by others like the virus that blocks EXE files from running. When EXE files are blocked, the error messages Windows displays are highly misleading lies. They are like politicians lying to their constituents to get re-elected rather than telling them the hard truth. Not only can you never trust a politician but you also can never trust a Windows error message. How does one click Internet virus removal software protect you from or fix this? One click Internet virus removal software could run because they are mostly Java and ActiveX scripts and not EXE files.

Windows corruption can easily be caused by simple changes to the Windows Registry (the primary control mechanism in Windows for Windows and all other programs). Such changes can cause severe dementia to Windows. Other configuration changes can block Internet access or prevent your computer from going to specific sites.

Some viruses are root kits that load into a computer’s memory at the start of the initial boot up process. Some root kits install themselves in the Master Boot Record (MBR). The MBR is the first information that is read from the disk drive when the computer is turned on. Can a one click Internet computer repair program detect this? It is possible. Can a one click Internet computer program repair this?


Backup Software For Free- Not From Microsoft

The ideal backup routine should be reasonably easy to set up and as automated as possible. Windows 7 offers a reasonable backup tool, and Win8 has a much better one; but there are also non-Microsoft backup apps that are both more powerful and easier to use. Here are three good options.

Of course, you also need to know that your backup system is completely reliable. I recommend considering the three backup apps discussed below because they’re more versatile. Two of them have more flexible scheduling options than Windows backup tools, and all of them give more control over where you store backups. They can all create incremental image backups, which let you use one backup for both Windows and data. Moreover, they include filters that can control which files are regularly backed up.

Of course, no backup is truly free. You’ll want an external hard drive, connected via USB or your network. But that’s a small price compared to what a data-recovery service, described in the May 9, 2013, “Hard-drive crash! A tour of a data-recovery lab” Briefing Session will charge to restore data from a crashed drive — if they can restore the data at all.

There’s one problem that virtually all backup programs have when working with external drives. They assume that the drive will be connected to the PC 24/7. That’s certainly the most convenient way to keep your data safe — you simply set a schedule, and your data is archived automatically. Unfortunately, a backup drive that’s always plugged in isn’t completely secure. For example, the same power surge or ransomware that destroyed your original data might also take out the backups.

Cloud-based backup services solve that problem — it’s a solution I recommend for people who just won’t back up (say, a certain teenager). But cloud-based backup is usually slow and, in the long run, expensive. So the focus for this article is on local backups to an external hard drive. I’ll also note how scheduled backups work when the external drive isn’t available.

Causes Of Windows Problems Associated With Windows Shutdown

Most computer users often complained for Windows problems that usually occur any time of the day. And among the most common complained issue is the shutdown problem of Windows XP operating system. All of the Windows problems out there, it is among all other problems that most users don’t worry that much because they thought that it’s just a simple thing and they just turn the system off thinking that everything will be okay soon after they turn it on again. Unfortunately, they’re wrong. This shutdown problem in Windows XP operating system will just keep on coming back not unless you pay attention to the issue, find out what really causes it and use some software programs to resolve the problem.

This simple shutdown problem in Windows XP may occur because of another bigger problem that’s happening inside this system that you’re not aware of. Taking this simple issue for granted can also lead to a more serious issue that can even affect your entire computer system. So it is recommended that when you noticed some unusual activities in any component of your system, just like this shutdown issue, then you have to do something to manage it and lessen down all other risks.

Here are some of the possible Windows problems that can be the primary cause of this shutdown issue to take place.


The hardware component of any computer system is one of the most common causes of Windows problems that can also trigger shutdown issues to occur. If in case you own the latest version of computer drivers, then you’re more likely safer to be affected with this kind of Windows problems than those that don’t have the updated driver. However, during the installation of the new computer hardware and also during the process of updating the drivers, it’s not possible that you can damage some of the other programs inside and you have to re-install your latest drivers once again.

You can perform this procedure manually by simply visiting the main website of the manufacturer and from that site; you have to download the latest version of the program. You can also purchase the newest version available that can provide you more feature to manage the issue.


Software is also another thing that can cause this shutdown issue to arise. While you are on the process of installing any of your software, there are some instances that you cannot play it well together with the other software that’s already installed in your system. You can also encounter problems when closing the software application causing Windows problems like XP shutdown issues to arise, or it can also slow down some of other processes that take place inside your computer system.

Registry Database

Another thing that can cause this Windows shutdown issue to occur is the registry error. If your registry database gets damage, most probably, it can affect all other components of your computer device because the registry section is the most vital component of your system. It works as the brain that stores almost all that’s inside your computer system, and any damage can definitely ruin the entire operating function of the device.


Managing E-tailers And Mailing Lists

Did you have any idea as to how many online accounts and mailing lists used from your old email address? If not, then here are some tips on how to manage e-tailers, mailing lists, and others.

There are 2 main ways for you to locate them, and it’s best if you will use both. For both ways, you need to have a choice, whether to keep that certain contact or to let go. In most instances, letting go of a contact is easier because you don’t need to do anything. If you choose to keep your contacts, you have to go to the account page of the site and then change the settings to your new email address.

At the start, I thought the process would be so slow that I have to spend couple of minutes daily for few weeks more. After all, signing to the site, locating your own profile page, and editing your email address is never that difficult.

For instance, when I signed in to the AAA (auto club) site, I couldn’t find a place to change my email address. I did find a Web-based complaint form — and complained. I never heard back from them (it’s been more than two weeks), but surprisingly I did start getting their mailings to the new address. That would be great, except that I now can’t sign in to the site at all — from either address.

Simple, free mailing lists are easier. Occasionally, they’ll have links at the bottom of their emails for changing your settings. And sometimes, those links even work. But you really don’t need them. Just set up a new subscription with your new address. You can probably successfully unsubscribe to the old address, but if that fails, it’s no big deal; you’ll stop getting the messages from the old subscription when you close that account.



Setting Up Old Email Address And New Email Address

I will assume that you already have a new address to replace the old one. I’ll also assume that you’re using the same mail client for both of them, with all your mail going into the same mailbox.

That’s certainly the convenient way to do it — unless you’re planning to get rid of the old address. In which case, you need to separate them within the email client so you can see how each message comes to you.

How you make this split depends on your mail client. A Gmail user, I set up this task with a filter. Here’s how:

  • In the Gmail window, click the tool icon in the upper-right corner and select Settings.
  • Select the Filters section and then click theCreate a new filter link at the bottom of the Filters page.
  • In the dialog box that opens, enter the old (unwanted) address into theTo field and then click the Create filter with this search link at the bottom of the dialog box.
  • In the next dialog box, check Skip the inbox (Archive it) and Apply the label.
  • In “Apply the label,” select theChoose label dropdown box and click New label. Give the new label a name that’ll make sense to you — something like “Old Address.”
  • Click the Create button.

You’ll now have essentially two inboxes: a regular inbox that will receive only mail sent to the new address plus the new folder — in this example, “Old Address” — which will contain only emails sent to the to-be-eliminated address.

Yes, checking them both will be a hassle, but it will show you who needs to be informed of the new address — and who doesn’t. Ultimately, the goal is to have no mail in Old Address that you consider important. (It will, of course, continue to get lots of junk mail until the day you kill that address.)



Tips On How To Connect Laptops And Computers Wirelessly

Need to quickly connect up to another laptop wirelessly so you can transfer some data without a router or Internet connection? Without an Internet connection, you can’t use syncing services like Dropbox to share data between devices easily. If you have a networking device like a router, hub or switch, you can get the computers to talk to each other, but it requires quite a bit of additional work (file sharing, permissions, firewall configurations, etc).

However, if you have a laptop or computer that has a wireless card and so does your buddy, you can use the cards to make a wireless connection between the two computers. Once they are connected wirelessly (also called a peer-to-peer ad-hoc wireless network), you can easily share data between the computers.

You can create an ad-hoc network in Windows or in OS X and in this article I’ll explain the steps for creating the network for each OS. It’s important to note that ad-hoc networks in general have certain limitations that make them only useful for certain situations. Firstly, the speed of an ad-hoc network is normally less than that of a normal infrastructure network. Ad-hoc network specs only require a max speed of 11Mbps, which is way slower than b/g/n/ac max speeds.

Secondly, you can’t monitor signal strength of ad-hoc networks, so you have to make sure the computers are fairly close to each other and don’t move around a lot. Lastly, ad-hoc networks don’t support all the security features of normal infrastructure networks, so they can be more easily hacked.

Setting Up an ad hoc Network

This tutorial will be written for Windows 7, but you can follow the same instructions for Windows 8 and Windows Vista. To get started, open the Control Panel and click on Network and Sharing Center.

  • On the next dialog, click on the Setup a new connection or network link towards the bottom.
  • In the new connection dialog, scroll down till you see the Setup a wireless ad hoc (computer-to-computer) network option.
  • On the next screen, it will explain what a ad hoc wireless network is and will let you know that if you’re currently connected to a wireless network, you’ll probably get disconnected. Go ahead and click Next.

Now you have to give the network a name, choose a security type and give it a security key. For the security key, you can choose from only three options: no authentication, WEP or WPA2-Personal. The default is WPA2-Personal, which is the strongest. Click next and then you’ll get a screen showing you that the network has been setup.

How To Make Sure That Your VPN Is Encrypted?

I recently subscribed to a VPN service for my personal use so that my Internet connection from home is completely encrypted. With all the spying and hacking revelations going on these days, I don’t mind having a little bit of extra security on my side just in case. Once I had installed the software on computer and connected to the VPN, it seemed to be working fine as far as I could tell.

However, being a techie person myself, I couldn’t just accept that everything was working without actually verifying that the encryption was enabled. So even though I hadn’t played around with a packet sniffer and protocol analyzer, I went ahead and downloaded a network utility that let me actually see the data being transferred back and forth from my computer.

I checked the connection when not connected to the VPN and captured some packets and then did the same thing when connected. Easily, I was able to see that the data being transferred was actually encrypted when being sent to the VPN. In this article, I’ll show you how you can verify if your connection is encrypted also.

If you don’t have any technical expertise, don’t really worry. All you need to do is press a record button, scroll through a list and check some text. You can ignore everything else as it’ll mostly be gibberish unless you know something about computers and networking. On the Mac we’re going to use CocoaPacketAnalyzer and on the PC we’re going to useWireshark.

Verify Encryption on a Mac

Firstly, go ahead and download CocoaPacketAnalyzer on your Mac and run it. You should see the startup screen with four large buttons.

Capturing is what you’ll click on to start a capture of network traffic. If you save a capture session, it’s called a trace file and you can open those again later on using the second button. However, for our purposes, we just want to see the data is encrypted and won’t really be saving any of these captures.

Before we perform a capture, go ahead and click on Preferences to set up how we are going to capture the data. Click on Capture at the top and the only setting we need to check here is Capture Interface.

First, be sure to press the little Refresh button that is located to the right of the list box. When you click on the box, you’ll see a couple of options, all of which look confusing as heck. The only ones you’ll need to choose from are the ones that have IPv4 listed with some numbers after it. You don’t need to pick the one that has You’ll want to pick the one that has the IP address for the connection you’re currently using. You can figure this out by going to System Preferences and then clicking on Network.

Click on the connection that has the green dot in the list box on the left and then check the IP address field on the right-hand section. As you can see, it says 192.168.1.x, so that matches the en0 – IP4 – option in the dropdown list in the program.

Go ahead and click on Capturing and you’ll now see a new dialog pop up where you can pick a few settings and then start the capture.

What Is Sonic Manager?

Here’s another technical walk-through on how to fix a pesky little problem that is caused by computer manufacturers such as Dell and HP! Basically, they load too much crap onto your PC when you buy it and you get lots of junk software installed, one being Sonic Update Manager. Make sure to read my other post on removing junkware from your computer automatically.

What is Sonic Update Manager?

Sonic Update Manager is not even a full software application; it’s a secondary application or service that runs with the Sonic RecordNow software. Sonic RecordNow lets you create CDs and DVDs, so you don’t need to necessarily remove that from your machine. However, you may notice that every time you startup your computer, you get a wonderful message from Sonic Update Manager to enter the Sonic CD, which you don’t have since Dell didn’t give it to you, and then pressing Cancel only seems to infuriate the software more because it keeps popping up over and over again and won’t go away! How annoying!

How to Remove or Uninstall Sonic Update Manager?

There are a couple of ways you can fix the problems associated with Sonic Update Manager and I’ll go through them here one by one. The first and the simplest method, if possible, is to go into the Control Panel and then Add/Remove Programs. Look for Sonic Update Manager and if you’re lucky, you can just click Remove to get rid of it.

Remember; don’t get rid of Sonic RecordNow as that is the software you use to record CDs and DVDs. The second method is to disable the Sonic Update service that starts up when you computer starts. You can do this by going to Start, click on Run, typing inMSCONFIG and then pressing Enter.

Also, if you see isuspm or issch, go ahead and uncheck those also as they are culprits for this issue as well. You may also see something called “UpdateService” or “InstallShield” in the command column, make sure to uncheck those only if the command path has Sonic somewhere in it. If you see the path is to a Windows system directory like C:\Windows\System32, then don’t uncheck it as it can make your system unstable.

How To Open Files Without Extensions?

Have you ever run into the scenario where you end up with a file that has no extension? How do you go about opening it? One way it so simply guesses and try to change the file extension to different file types and try to open the file. That sometimes works if someone says they are emailing you a Word document, but for some reason the file has no extension. Obviously, you could just try a .doc or .docx extension and it’ll probably open.

But if you have no idea what type of file it is, trying a bunch of different extensions is a waste of time. Additionally, you may not have the program installed that the file type is associated with, so even if you changed it to the right one, it still may not open. For example, if the file actually has a PSD file extension and you try to open it without having Photoshop installed; you may incorrectly deduce that it’s not the correct file extension.

In this article, I’ll show you a quick and more accurate way to determine the type of file you may have. In order to do this, I created a couple of test files and then removed the file extensions. I created a Word document, a PDF file and an image file for demonstration purposes. Obviously, your file could be of a different type, but the procedure will be the same for any type of file.

Install a HEX Editor

Yes, a HEX editor may sound insanely geeky and technical, but it’s really not that bad. There is a freeware program called XVI32, which you don’t even have to install to use. You can just download it and run the EXE file! Here’s what the main interface looks like once you open it.

On the left side is the hex viewer and the right side is the data inspector, which basically converts the hex values into actual data values. It’s pretty much impossible to understand anything on the hex side, so don’t even worry about it. Most of the data on the data side will also not make sense, but there will usually be a few key pieces of text that will tell you what kind of file you are working with.