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  1. Anyone else try Windows 10 yet? I just tried it for the first time today. My immediate reaction is definitely a bit of a disappointment. I do not like the interface at all compared to windows 7/8. It will take a while to get used to this new look. More importantly I do not like the new start menu either. I've been using something called start 8 on windows 8 to get a classic start menu and I don't see that changing. The new start menu is too busy/bloated. I get that they are not giving up on modern apps but this is such a crap way to do it. I do like that they open in windows rather than full screen now though. The new web browser looks like chrome but I doubt I'll use it. What do you guys think of windows 10?
  2. Im so excited about this. I have way too much stuff hooked up to my tv. The prospect of not needing my 360 anymore is awesome.
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    New PC

    Thanks guys. That degree was a monster to finish. I'm lucky when it comes to tech purchases. My wife is just as interested in buying computers/gadgets but she is also better with money than I am.
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    New PC

    Windows 8.1 This pc is hooked up to my living room tv and is used to stream tv and play video games(with xbox 360 controller) exclusively.
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    New PC

    So I just finished my masters degree last week. My wife decided that this was enough to allow me to build myself a new gaming pc. My old one was still fast (Fx6300, HD 7870) but I wanted something new for all the games coming out soon. Oh and I think she wanted the old one so she could play the sims 4 better. Here is what I got: Core i5-4590 R9 290x 8gb DDR3 256gb Samsung Evo SSD 1tb Western Digital HD This thing is awesome! I cant wait for Arkham Knight to come out!
  6. I just checked and had 21 optional updates. Windows 8.1 x64 on a laptop. Not sure why some updates were suggested and not others.
  7. To be honest, nothing. I even disable Defender on windows 8 now. I haven't run an AV on my own machines regularly in a few years. I haven't even tried the latest versions of avast, avg, or antivir. I just saw an article about panda and remembered Andavari mentioning it in a recent post and decided to try it. I have one machine that has a lifetime license for malware bytes on it but that isn't my main machine anymore. I don't really see viruses on my own machines, and when I fix them for others now I usually just reformat instead of trying to clean it up, unless its something super easy to fix obviously. Not great advice, sorry. Oh and I already uninstalled Panda off this machine. It has a haswell core i3, with 6 gigs of ram, and a ssd. I felt like my mouse was lagging while panda was installed, which while this isn't a super computer it shouldn't be happening.
  8. Edit: Never mind, I didn't realize I could scroll down on the initial settings page. If you go to the top right and click the 3 lines and then settings you can scroll down and there is an auto update menu. Also I found this post that says if you uncheck the "panda news" box on that page you can disable the upgrade pop up notification. Not sure it works but I'm gonna give it a shot: http://support.pandasecurity.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=84&t=3209 Not super crazy about the interface of this program, but if it works and with no nagging/slow down, it might be a winner.
  9. So, I decided to try this program out. It seems interesting, so far I have only gotten one little pop up about buying the paid one which is no big deal. I'm sure I'll also get tons of emails but thats not a huge concern either. So far the program seems relatively light in regards to memory/cpu usage and its gotten good reviews on a few tech sites, so I decided to try it. I do have one question for those of you who use it though: Where is the update button? I cannot find anywhere in the UI to update the virus definitions manually but I'm sure I'm just missing it. I tried a google search but all I got was adverts for the paid version. Also did anyone else disable the "process monitor". I didn't get any pop ups from it on installation but it just sounded like trouble from the name.(getting flash backs to the old process gaurd/WinPatrol where it nags constantly) Thanks.
  10. Here is mine for the month.
  11. This was a pretty bad move by Lenovo. I usually like their hardware but this would honestly make me think twice about buying a laptop from them in the future. They make some of the best windows laptops on the market right now(thinkpad carbon, yoga) and they sell some pretty expensive machines. I know they are trying to find ways to make money on their cheaper(IE sub $300) computers but this is unacceptable. If you ever want to buy a nice windows computer without the junkware, I suggest you get it from the microsoft store: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/home I bought a dell off there a few weeks ago and it had pretty much noting installed except adobe reader. There was no antivirus trials, no adware filled games, ect. Really nice experience. They call it a microsoft signature version, which means you get the OS the way microsoft intended. In my mind this is one of the real advantages to a Mac, they don't come bogged down with junk software and now you can get the same experience on windows.
  12. Screenshot from my latest toy, a Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12 running Nova Launcher. This thing is pretty awesome if you are in the market for a bigger tablet. I would say its too big to replace my ipad for traditional tablet tasks like reading, browsing, games,ect. but its obviously better for video watching. I got it because I wanted to test out the new Micrsoft Office for Android, because unlike iPad, Android has full mouse support. I think for someone who lives in Word/Powerpoint like I do this could replace a laptop no doubt. Its fast, great screen, and has pretty stellar battery life. It definitely wont replace my iPad for most stuff, but for productive stuff the mouse support is huge.
  13. I used it pretty extensively when I was in college to take notes. Its great because you can put in pictures, sound files, ect wherever you want. Its a lot easier to organize your documents than a traditional word processor because its not linear, you can litterally write anywhere on the page. On top of that it organizes your notes like a traditional notebook with subjects, dates, ect rather than trying to keep it organized yourself with word documents. Now that I'm a teacher rather than a student I use it more like evernote. I use it on my phones, tablets, laptop, to keep up with reminders on things I need to do. I'm pretty entrenched into MS office/Outlook mail as well and one note does a great job integrating into everything I'm already using.
  14. I'm actually pretty excited after today's announcements. Free, possible game streaming with xbox one, return of desktop focus on laptop/desktop computers, cortana looks neat. Overall I'm glad they are dumping windows 8.
  15. Good article and I get the point they are going for but I don't agree with his conclusion. There are a lot of really great free programs and not all of them install the junk mentioned in this article. I don't have a problem with free apps recommending things like chrome, dropbox, ect. If they are trying to install "free registry cleaner/virus scanner" thats different.
  16. I also still have my ps3 hooked up. I have way too many games I haven't finished on it yet. Plus the ps4 doesn't have HBO go yet.
  17. MGS ground zeroes is on ps4 as well as ps3. I think it's actually on sale for less than $10 on psn right now. I have it but haven't played through it yet. I agree the ps4 software looks like crap. It works better though for things like background downloads, auto updates, ect. My biggest gripe with ps4 right now is that the controller battery dies really fast. I have Xbox one and ps4 and I'm pretty sure I would pick the ps4 between them. I like the X1 controller better but that's about it
  18. PS Plus is pretty great if you have been subscribing since the start on PS3. I've got 40+ games from being a member. I agree its lame that you need it on ps4 for multiplayer but I honestly don't mind paying with all that you get for having the service. On the other hand I still pay for xbox live as well and that one always hurts a little since its pretty much just multiplayer. There are "free games" on the 360/x1 but they have been pretty lacking compared to playstation. Congrats on the PS4 Andavari. I like mine a lot. Which games have you got so far?
  19. Out of curiosity I tried this install media on one of my PCs with a windows 8 key. I always thought it was dumb you couldn't go straight to windows 8.1 but this fixes that issue. One bad thing about this though is that it doesn't look like you can use this to do the "refresh" feature in windows 8. Every time I tried to use it, it would crash during the first part and go back to my desktop and say no changes were made. So its worth keeping your old DVD/USB media if you need to do a refresh.
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    Xbox One

    Ok, well I've been playing with the x1 for a few days. Sunset Overdrive is a pretty cool game. This system is buggy as hell though. I have had it crash on me quite a few times in the few days I've had it. Mostly when installing games/demos from the online store. On the plus side MS gave me a "surprise" game in an email. It was one of the launch games called ryse. I haven't downloaded it yet but the reviews say its pretty but a dumb game. Still not bad to get a console, 2 games, for $250 with a old 360 trade in. I'm happy I got it but if I had to choose between the x1 and my ps4, I would have to go with the ps4.
  21. DeskSMS looks interesting. I think the hang up will be my ipad but it would work with my GS5/PC just fine. I recognized the team who made it but I'm not sure I would want to forward all my SMS through their servers, which is how that seems to work. $5 a year is a great price though, so I may give it a shot for a little while. Still not as nice as what Apple has set up. When my wife's phone rings she can answer it on her laptop, ipad, phone. She can send messages from any device and it all works seamlessly. Its pretty cool. I like the idea of plugging in my phone when I get home and using my ipad/computer to handle everything. I can get a new phone in May so maybe I'll switch over or more than likely a cool android will come out.
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    Xbox One

    I've found that with managing my games with steam there is very little fiddling with settings. I use an Xbox 360 controller to play pc games on my big screen. I still buy consoles for their exclusive games and to play with my friends online. For single player games I have been waiting for them to get cheap on pc as you can get 1 year old games for $10 to $15 during sales. I have a decent gaming pc but even then with most games the difference is hard to spot visually sometimes. The games will often run at smoother frame rates which is nice but my biggest incentive is the cheaper cost of the games.
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    Xbox One

    I had no plan to get a xbox one at all. Then I saw that I could get one for pretty cheap if I traded in the spare xbox 360 I had. If I had to pick between the one and the ps4 I would probably pick the 4 just cause I think it will have better games in the long run. However I still think xbox has the better online system/system software. Neither is perfect though.
  24. what do you suggest for managing SMS with multiple devices. I don't hate Windows 8 but it did make me nervous with where MS is going. I don't like the touch functions on my laptop and I don't really use them. With start8 it became a nice OS but there was still some strangeness like having to use the settings app to manage things. I just got back from a MS Store and I now have my eye on a new lenovo thinkpad yoga. Going to wait for windows 10 to make up my mind.
  25. Thats so strange. I've never had it do that before. I have had it say "Streaming additional content" If I used it while it was installing for the first time. It allows you to use it before it is fully installed. But I've never had it do that once it was fully installed.
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