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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Garden stuff and miscellaneous chatter

Posted Wednesday, August 5, 2015, at 10:28 AM
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  • It probably does not matter to the hummingbirds but I "refurbished" one of the feeders using red nail polish. Let is dry for about an hour to get rid of smell more than anything, but they are using again, so it did not hurt anything.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Aug 3, 2015, at 1:36 PM
  • Wow, a near hit with AVG virus software. I've used their free program for years and decided to upgrade to see what else they do. After a check up and fix of broken links, and file cleanup it suggested a full scan of my C: drive.

    Oops! It stalled at 11% and I could not get it to move except to shut the machine off. Problem is that when it started back up, it also started the scan and locked again. I called "advanced" tech support.

    Apparently I was not authorized to call this level of support and the fellow was surprised I had the number. Now I guess I am surprised too, but I needed more than basic support, my computer was locked in start-up mode.

    Took an hour or more, but through shutdown, F12 start-up and a few more steps I was able to restore to the point before I loaded their "helping" software. I will probably go back to the free version but for now Windows Defender is stepping in.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Aug 4, 2015, at 7:20 AM
  • Something has demolished the tops of my beets I suspect it might be a rabbit...I've got a lovely rabbit pair I have seen lately.... I say let them eat if it makes them happier....the fatter the tastier when I catch them...Oh how I love rabbit!

    Been there done that with AVG....I swear by Advanced System Care Free by Iobit for general clean up..you just have to watch when loading the software that you skip the search and toolbar prompt...for virus protection I use two programs, first Spybot Search and Destroy and if it don't catch it I run my Malware Bytes...they are both free as well...Its amazing what Majorgeeks.com has available on their site and their forums have solved many issues for me. I update, clean, and scan once a week and rarely have an issue..but then again I'm not a heavy surfer other then Facebook, Youtube, and Amazon!

    AVG always slowed my computers down!...and, Norton is the worst!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, Aug 5, 2015, at 2:51 PM
  • The way Norton seems to always be loaded on new computers and so darned hard to get out, I see it as a virus threat all its' own.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Aug 5, 2015, at 3:41 PM
  • Amazing! I need the rain right, so as I watch the radar in motion, the clouds with rain dissipate as I watch it get right over my corner of Bedford County. Poof! Gone.

    Glad I did some watering today anyway.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Aug 5, 2015, at 5:54 PM
  • The rain missed me too! It was a hurricane north of me though...

    Steve, I've always wanted to ask you how you get internet where you live. Satellite? Also, what browser do you use. I'm running XP still and chrome has been constantly crashing...

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Thu, Aug 6, 2015, at 6:42 AM
  • Because of business, we have two ISP. One is satellite Wildblue/Exede and the other is Verizon.

    Our primary is Wildblue but occasionally WHEN WE DO GET RAIN, it can get blocked so I shift over to Verizon.

    I have tethered my phone but currently use their jetpack. A little slower but still does well.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Aug 6, 2015, at 8:02 AM
  • The new updates for Chrome and what they are calling Chromium has made it near impossible for anything before Windows 7...which is also tricky...I had to switch back to using the new Mozilla Firefox....so far its great! I found a theme extension for it that's pretty cool its a red and black marble look with many features that let you even set a view later area and reminders that pop up if you need them....don't ask me the extension name I've lost it somewhere Ha!

    BTW,...Norton requires a removal tool to get rid of it completely...you can find it at Majorgeeks.com as well, it very thorough! The uninstaller for that Advanced System Care Free which has been made into a separate entity also from the main app, gets most of it.

    WooHoo,....Rain, Rain, Rain,...Bring it on down...pour a mighty drench and soak that ground, when your done with that, bring another round, and I'll be happy, happy all-around!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, Aug 6, 2015, at 2:21 PM
  • Thanks for reminding me that there was a second part to espoontoon's question. Trying to do too many things.

    I primarily use Firefox most everything and use Internet Explorer for eBay things. I can't recall any issue with Firefox. I don't use their email but that is only because I have Outlook and been using that for many many years.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Aug 6, 2015, at 3:16 PM
  • I loved XP and would probably still be using it but getting new computers forced the issue. All machines are on 8.1 now and I am considering 10, but waiting for more feedback.

    I have a CRM system that I do not want to lose or find out after the fact that it does not work. I refused going to the "cloud" so all support is long gone. If an operating system changes screws it up, I'm done.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Aug 6, 2015, at 3:20 PM
  • I was, also, going to suggest that espoontoon try Firefox; I tried Chrome on my XP machine and didn't like it, and went to Firefox. I loved XP, also; stayed with it until the big M stopped supporting it; still have it on an old laptop. I wish they had put a bunch of XP into 7. I'm going to keep one computer on 7, if I can ever get migrated to 10. I even have a computer running 98 as one can't run full-screen programs on anything later.

    Steve, if you want to know more about 10, ask Mr. Carney; better yet, go to the MS Windows10 community forum.

    -- Posted by Tyger on Fri, Aug 7, 2015, at 8:05 AM
  • I'll bookmark the MS page now Tyger, thanks.

    My biggest concern will be the Maximizer database CRM software I use. The only way I know to do that is to bite the bullet and go, but I have it on two computers so I have a small safety net.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Aug 7, 2015, at 8:19 AM
  • Thanks everyone for the advice. Chrome started out being excellent, but constantly crashes now. I thought it was ISP at first but I'm pretty sure now that it's chrome. I may try Firefox-hopefully I won't lose much info....

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Fri, Aug 7, 2015, at 11:41 AM
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