Microsoft has released the first major update to Windows 10

I already have applied the update to all but one of my Windows 10 machines, and I can say that this update has returned a feature that I really wanted to have back.  Window border colors are back, of course you could have had them in the offical release of Windows 10 before, but it required some messing around with system files, and was generally a bit too difficult to re-add a minimal level of customization.  I really wish that they’d add a simple way to customize the OS a bit more without special software, but at least they’ve returned some level of that.  Also Microsoft has brought in some more ways for Businesses to manage Windows 10 machines.  Thanks to the new ‘Universal Apps’ it has become a bit more difficult to manage Windows 8/8.1/10 as there aren’t as many controls put on those for IT Admins to work with.  I hope to see more of these features rolled out in the future.

Here’s Microsofts’ blog post about the new upgrade: http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2015/11/12/first-major-update-for-windows-10-available-today/

In other news, it sounds like Microsoft released a botched windows update to Windows 7/8/8.1 machines on Tuesday.  I haven’t seen anything come of it yet myself… From what I’ve read, a large number of people on Reddit appear to have been having issues with MS Outlook, and network logins since the update was applied on their machines.  I hope that MS fixes those issues quickly, and that this doesn’t become the norm for older versions of Windows.

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Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void

Well, it’s finally been released, I find it strange that I randomly found it at Target, I thought that it’d be a little while longer, but its already here.  I’m looking forward to a chance to play it, along with Fallout 4.  Also, most of you will already know this, but Fallout 4 was released yesterday too.

Also I’m planning to build a new computer in the near future, there might be a new post about that soon.  For now, have a nice day, and that you had a nice Veterans Day as well.

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Microsoft is planning on reducing Onedrive Storage limits

Well, here’s another post about Microsoft doing … strange things.  They really did seem to be on an upswing during the Windows 10 Tech previews, but now…

Microsoft is going to remove the unlimited storage for Office 365 users, reducing it to 1TB of storage, Which could be a decent idea, some people will put a lot up if they get that ability, but they are also reducing free storage. Their free storage will be dropping from 15GB to 5 GB, and they’re removing the 15 GB bonus for using OneDrive for your ‘Camera Roll’.  From what they’re saying all of those will take effect in 2016 for all users.

They’re also going to be removing their paid 100 and 200GB Plans for new users, reducing the maximum one to 50 GB.  People who are currently on the 200 and 100GB Plans will be able to keep their storage.  Which is good, I guess.

It’s possible that they’re having issues with making a profit off of OneDrive, similar to Canonicals’ Ubuntu One cloud file storage which shut down back in 2014 which appears to be because it didn’t make enough money.  This is also a good reason against using cloud storage, as it could just go away at any time. From what I’ve heard in the past, some cloud storage have providers just vanished.  For now, I’m going to stick with my ownCloud, which I can run off of my own server, which I have full control over.  I’ve also been hearing some people talking about ‘Syncthing‘, which I might take a look at soon as well.

That’s it for today, have a nice day.

If you want to read more about the changes to OneDrive, you can read it on the OneDrive Blog.

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Windows 10 will be a ‘Reccomended’ update in 2016

A few days ago, another article about those random Windows 10 Autoupdates came up, this time saying that there was a mistake which caused some peoples machines to upgrade to Windows 10.  From what they’re saying it did need some level of human interaction before the machine would restart to do the upgrade.  Now they’re saying that at some point next year they’re going to change it from ‘Optional’ to ‘Reccomended’, which will cause machines that have Windows Update set up with the default settings to download and attempt to install Windows 10.  They say that it’ll still need the owner of the machine to click through a few prompts first.  Part of me wonders if they’ll set Windows 10 to be an important or critical update before their ‘upgrade for free during the first year’ time is over, it looks like they may go that way… I wonder how many people would get angry if they did that.

Here’s some other interesting articles that I’ve found on this subject…

https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2015/10/29/making-it-easier-to-upgrade-to-windows-10/

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/10/windows-10-will-be-made-an-automatic-recommended-update-early-next-year/

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/10/windows-10-upgrade-installing-automatically-on-some-windows-7-8-systems/

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RPG Maker MV Release Day

Last night RPG Maker MV was released to people who preordered via the website last night.  Needless to say…  I have been having a bit of fun with the new character generator.  Too bad they don’t allow making taller ‘RPG Maker XP’ style characters, though the new sprites do look better than the ones in VX/Ace.

Today, it’ll be released to everyone at 10:00 AM PST, I’m looking forward to seeing what people make with it. (and seeing what I can make too)

Well, that’s all for now, Have a nice day.

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Microsoft appears to be forcing Windows 10 Upgrades

Evidently, Microsoft has started making Windows 7/8.1 machines upgrade to Windows 10 without any input from the user, even showing the update on domain-connected computers, according to one redditor (As far as I know, this hasn’t appeared on any machines at my workplace, so I’m not going to say anything about that…)

Part of me thinks that Microsoft is pushing Windows 10 onto people who have disabled or removed the ‘GWX.exe’ which displays the ads for Windows 10, as those people appear to be the ones getting the forced upgrades.  If that is the case, I wonder if Windows 10 will be pushed on everyone around the time that the ‘Free Year’ is up.

From what I’ve seen, Microsoft *REALLY* wants everyone on Windows 10, the messages on my Windows 8 laptop have been becoming a bit more… pushy?…  essentially telling me that I have to upgrade soon, but so far it hasn’t forced anything on me.  The constant ‘Upgrade now!” messages have begun to leave a bad taste in my mouth though.

For now, I plan on keeping Windows 7 and 8 around, as both are still useful.  Also I miss some of the customization options that Windows 7 (and older) had.  No decent transparency, and no color customization beyond titlebars isn’t nice.  At least Windows 10 will have titlebar customization again soon… yay…  At least the windows won’t need to be pure white any more.

Click here to see an interesting article about this issue.

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Google Chrome AdBlock has been Bought out

It appears that someone has purchased the AdBlock extension for Google Chrome from its original owners.  There are some articles that have popped up that say that it has been purchased by the owners of the AdBlock Plus extension, which seems to be the likely case, as there is a link to the ‘Acceptable Ads Program’ page on the AdBlock Plus site.  I personally don’t have any issues with ‘Acceptable Ads’, even though I do run adblockers.  If your site doesn’t have annoying ads I will generally disable adblock.  If I end up being redirected to a different site, or am subjected to an ad that plays audio, I will make sure that adblock is enabled on sites where things like that happen.

Oh, and if you want to see the prompt that shows up in Chrome, you can see it in the image below.

Acceptable Ads

If you click on the ‘Want more details?’ link, this’ll pop up.Acceptable Ads1

That’s all for now, have a nice day.

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Oculus Rift ‘Should Include Ads’ says Facebook Exec | Attack of the Fanboy

Well, this isn’t really all that surprising…  Facebook makes most of its money from ads, so of course their director of Ads wants ads on all of their products.  It’s just sad that they want to push them into the faces of people that want to use the Oculus.

The Oculus Rift was pretty much a consumer darling since its inception. Launching on Kickstarter, fans quickly rallied around the device and the company that was trying to make it. However, upon the news that Facebook had purchased Oculus, that love turned to fear and sometimes anger.

Source: Oculus Rift ‘Should Include Ads’ says Facebook Exec | Attack of the Fanboy

I’m still sure that I’ll get the Oculus CV1, though I’ll also probably take a good hard look at the Vive, both look interesting, I just hope that games will have cross-device compatibility.

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Windows 95 has turned 10 years old

Windows 95 was released on Aug 24 1995, 20 years ago.  It caused a number of changes in how people used their computers, it introduced the Start menu which many people use almost every day.

I wonder what computers would be like now if the Windows OS never became popular/common, what system would people commonly use now…

If you want to read more, you can read this interesting article about how Windows 95 changed desktop computing.

http://www.techcentral.co.za/windows-95-turns-20/59179/

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Windows 10 Won’t Run Games Using SafeDisc Or Securom DRM | Rock, Paper, Shotgun

Well… This is interesting…

Windows 10 won’t run games that employ SafeDisc or certain versions of Securom DRM, rendering hundreds of old disc-based games potentially unplayable without complex workarounds.

Source: Windows 10 Won’t Run Games Using SafeDisc Or Securom DRM | Rock, Paper, Shotgun

Their reasons appear to be good, many of those old DRM schemes were a bit … dodgy.  It does suck that older games will be rendered unplayable, unless the person knows how to work around the issues presented by the old DRM.

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