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  1. What do you like better, Windows or Mac. I would definitely go with Windows.
  2. A presumed pirate with an unusually large appetite for activating Windows 7 has incurred the wrath of Microsoft. In a lawsuit filed at a Washington court, the Seattle-based company said that it logged hundreds of suspicious product activations from a Verizon IP address and is now seeking damages. Due to the fact that one needs to be present on most computers in order for them to work at all, operating systems are among the most pirated types of software around. There can be little doubt that across its range in its 29 year history, Microsoft’s Windows operating systems have been pirated countless millions of times. It’s a practice that on some levels Microsoft has come to accept, with regular consumers largely avoiding the company’s aggression. However, as one or perhaps more pirates are about to find out, the same cannot be said of those pirating the company’s products on a commercial scale. In a lawsuit filed this week at a district court in Seattle, Microsoft targets individuals behind a single Verizon IP address – 74.111.202.30. Who he, she or they are is unknown at this point, but according to Microsoft they’re responsible for some serious Windows pirating. “As part of its cyberforensic methods, Microsoft analyzes product key activation data voluntarily provided by users when they activate Microsoft software, including the IP address from which a given product key is activated,†the lawsuit reads. Microsoft says that its forensic tools allow the company to analyze billions of activations of Microsoft software and identify patterns “that make it more likely than not†that an IP address associated with activations is one through which pirated software is being activated. “Microsoft’s cyberforensics have identified hundreds of product key activations originating from IP address 74.111.202.30…which is presently assigned to Verizon Online LLC. These activations have characteristics that on information and belief, establish that Defendants are using the IP address to activate pirated software.†Microsoft says that the defendant(s) have activated hundreds of copies of Windows 7 using product keys that have been “stolen†from the company’s supply chain or have never been issued with a valid license, or keys used more times than their license allows. In addition to immediate injunctive relief and the impounding of all infringing materials, the company demands profits attributable to the infringements, treble damages and attorney fees or, alternatively, statutory damages. This week’s lawsuit (pdf) follows similar action in December 2014 in which Microsoft targeted the user behind an AT&T account. https://torrentfreak.com/microsoft-logs-ip-addresses-to-catch-windows-7-pirates-150504/
  3. Windows NT 4.0 may be nearly two decades old but that doesn't mean that Microsoft wants its sensitive source code out in public. After ignoring a copy of the partially leaked code for several years, the company recently asked GitHub to take an unauthorized copy offline, with success. In February 2004 large portions of Microsoft’s Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.0 source code leaked onto the Internet. In a statement issued at the time, Microsoft said the breach didn’t come from inside. The company worked closely with the FBI to track down the source but these efforts were fruitless. Hoping to keep the leak under control, Microsoft also started issuing takedown notices to sites and P2P file-sharers, urging them to stop offering the code. However, like anything that leaks onto the Internet it’s pretty much impossible to remove something for good. Even today, several NT 4.0 copies are still floating around in the dark corners of the web. Up until a few days ago there was even a copy hosted on the popular developer platform GitHub. Posted by “njdragonfly†the leaked source code has been available there since 2011. Microsoft initially didn’t spot the infringing copy but it recently took action by sending GitHub a DMCA takedown notice. Microsoft’s takedown notice “We have received information that the domain listed above, which appears to be on servers under your control, is offering unlicensed copies of, or is engaged in other unauthorized activities relating to, copyrighted works published by Microsoft Corporation,†the company writes The notice proved to be successful. A few hours after its arrival the repository was made inaccessible. Those who try to access it now are redirected to GitHub’s standard takedown page. While it’s understandable that Microsoft doesn’t want its source code out in the open, it’s not as much as a security threat as it was a decade ago. Today, more than 10 years after it was first published, pretty much all exploits have been patched. That said, it’s worth nothing that after all these years Microsoft is trying to contain the leak. But perhaps that’s just for sentimental value. Windows NT 4.0 https://torrentfreak.com/microsoft-takes-pirated-windows-nt-4-0-source-code-offline-150415/
  4. Are you located in China, running a pirate version of Windows 7 or Windows 8 but fancy a shiny new version of Windows 10 instead? Well, your luck is in as Microsoft says it will give even the most piratical of Chinese users an upgrade copy of its next operating system for the bargain price of absolutely free. The Chinese are known for duplicating just about anything, from entire Apple stores to some of the world’s most famous cars. Nevertheless and seemingly against the odds, easily copied items are doing well through official channels. China reportedly fueled record global box-office revenues in 2014 and even has official Hollywood movies available online before they air in the United States, ostensibly to beat piracy. And today brings yet more good news for Chinese citizens who prefer not to pay for their content. When it arrives later in the year, Microsoft are going to gift free upgrades of Windows 10 not only to those who purchased Windows 7 and Windows 8, but also to those who pirated them. Speaking from the WinHEC technology conference in Shenzhen, China, Terry Myerson, who runs Microsoft’s operating systems unit, said the plan was aimed at bringing the currently non-paying back on board. “We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10,†Myerson told Reuters. “The plan is to ‘re-engage’ with the hundreds of millions of users of Windows in China,†he said. In January this year Microsoft said it would offer free upgrades of Windows 10 to legitimate users of Windows 7 and Windows 8 but this is the first time that pirates will be given an official free pass. The big question now is how this news will be received in the West. In the United States, for example, pirate users of Windows 7 and 8 will be expected to pay top dollar for Microsoft’s newest OS if they too want to jump aboard the legit train. That may raise hackles. However, the fact that Chinese pirate users will get a free upgrade of Windows 10 could open up avenues for Western pirates to masquerade as their Eastern counterparts in order to avoid paying. Exactly how that will play out will remain to be seen, but it’s more than likely that a ‘pirate’ solution will be found, one way or another. In the meantime many pirates will remain with their current operating system until a stable version of Windows 10 becomes available, whether that hails from China or elsewhere. https://torrentfreak.com/chinese-pirates-to-get-free-windows-10-upgrade-150318/
  5. A leaked build of Windows 10 has revealed that Microsoft may be about to utilize BitTorrent-style tech to deliver updates to its new OS. Deep in the settings is an option to receive updates from multiple sources including Microsoft, local computers and those "on the Internet." Could this be BitTorrent or their own 'Avalanche' system? There once was a time when one could simply throw a disc – floppy or otherwise – into a machine and enjoy software functionality right off the bat. Those days have long gone. Massive complexity, online connectivity and associated cloud features have given way to a culture of almost continual updates with some component or other requiring a ‘fix’ or performance-based software upgrade on an annoyingly regular basis. While huge technology companies have plenty of bandwidth at their disposal, shifting data around doesn’t come free. It is relatively cheap, granted, but those bits and bytes soon cause the dollars to mount up. Much ‘better’ then, is to try and offload some of that load onto consumers. It could be that with its upcoming Windows 10, Microsoft is mulling doing just that. Deep in the settings of a leaked build spotted by Neowin, the company has introduced settings which give users the option of where to obtain updates and apps for their new operating system. DOWNLOAD APPS AND OS UPDATES FROM MULTIPLE SOURCES TO GET THEM MORE QUICKLY Of course, this is where distributed BitTorrent-like systems come into their own, with each user helping to share the load of shifting around data and providing excellent speeds, without any single entity (in this case Microsoft) footing the lion’s share of the bills. If Microsoft did choose BitTorrent, they would be in excellent company. Half a decade ago it was revealed that Twitter had implemented the protocol and in the same year Facebook confirmed deploying its own servers with technology. “It’s ‘superduper’ fast and it allows us to alleviate a lot of scaling concerns we’ve had in the past, where it took forever to get code to the webservers before you could even boot it up and run it,†the company said at the time. But even though Facebook is still having fun with torrent technology to this day, it seems likely that Microsoft has its own, more proprietary tricks up its sleeve. More than a decade ago with BitTorrent in its infancy, Microsoft also began looking at developing P2P distribution. Researcher Christos Gkantsidis published his paper Network Coding for Large Scale Content Distribution which begins with a now very familiar concept. “We propose a new scheme for content distribution of large files that is based on network coding. With network coding, each node of the distribution network is able to generate and transmit encoded blocks of information. The randomization introduced by the coding process eases the scheduling of block propagation, and, thus, makes the distribution more efficient,†the paper’s abstract reads. In 2006, Microsoft published Anatomy of a P2P Content Distribution System with Network Coding but by then the existence of a Microsoft equivalent to BitTorrent was public knowledge – Project Avalanche had been born. Named after traditional avalanches that start small but gain massive momentum as more snow (or peers) get involved, Avalanche claimed it would improve on BitTorrent in a number of ways. At the time, however, BitTorrent’s Bram Cohen criticized the project technically and concluded that it amounted to vaporware. But today in 2015, almost ten years on, things have definitely changed. Although there is no confirmation that Avalanche (or the Microsoft Secure Content Downloader as it was once described) is behind the Windows 10 update process option, there’s little doubt that Microsoft will have sharpened its tools. In addition, Microsoft owns patents (1,2) which describe DRM-protected P2P distribution systems which could potentially help to keep any P2P Windows 10 update system secure, a requirement predicted by Avalanche years before. “The Avalanche model includes strong security to ensure content providers are uniquely identifiable, and to prevent unauthorized parties from offering content for download. The project also ensures content downloaded to each client machine is exactly the same as the content shared by the content provider,†Microsoft said. Only time will tell if Microsoft takes the distributed update route for its eventual release of Windows 10, and whether avalanches or torrents cascade into (and out of) homes worldwide as a result. https://torrentfreak.com/bittorrent-style-updates-revealed-in-leaked-windows-10-150316/
  6. Having battery life problems on your Windows 8.1 laptop? These tips will help you squeeze the most juice out of your battery. You shouldn't have to be tethered to your desk to use your laptop. While battery life is improving, it still isn't perfect. If you've got a Windows 8.1 machine, these tips will help you squeeze the most juice of your computer's battery. Software updates Microsoft routinely issues patches and software updates to fix bugs and add new features to Windows. It's always a good idea that you are on the latest version of Windows. Not only will these updates helpkeep your system more secure, but they can sometimes also improve your battery life. To check for updates, go to the Charms menu by swiping from right to left on the screen or moving your mouse to the lower right corner of the screen. Then, click on Settings, select the "Change PC settings" option, followed by Updates and Recovery, and click the "Check for updates" box. Tweak power settings Microsoft has bundled various power saving options inside of Windows 8.1. These settings can be accessed from the desktop by opening the Control Panel, selecting Hardware and Sound, and clicking on Power options. Here you can choose a power plan from Microsoft or you can create your own. You can tweak things like brightness, when the display will turn off, and when the computer will go to sleep, among other things. Clicking on the "Change advanced power settings" will open the door to even more customization options. Dim the display The display on your laptop uses a ton of energy. When you disconnect the power cord, it's best to dim the brightness down below half or to a level that is suitable for your eyes. This can be done by going to the Charms menu and select Settings. The brightness options are located above the keyboard icon and next to the volume menu. If your laptop includes it, you should also disable the automatic brightness feature, and dim the keyboard backlight. To do this, go to Settings, click on the "Change PC settings" option, tap on PC and Devices, followed by Display, and turn off the "Adjust my screen brightness automatically" slider. To dim the keyboard backlight, open the Charms menu, click on Search, type in "mobility," and select Windows Mobility Center. Turn off Bluetooth Even if you don't have a wireless mouse or speakers connected, having Bluetooth enabled will still draw power from your computer's battery. To disable the Bluetooth radio, go to Settings, click on the "PC and devices" option, and select Bluetooth. Disconnect any dongles As is the case with Bluetooth, a USB-connected device (such as a flash drive) will also drain your battery. If you aren't using the dongle or device, you should unplug it to prevent battery drain. If the power cord is unplugged, charging your smartphone or tablet via a USB port will also reduce your battery life. http://www.cnet.com/how-to/five-ways-to-improve-battery-life-on-windows/
  7. When Microsoft announced earlier this month that Xbox boss Phil Spencer would be a featured speaker atJanuary's Windows 10 consumer event, some wondered why that might be. Now we know, as Spencer says the presentation will include news/reveals that should appeal to Xbox fans. Asked on Twitter if January's Windows 10 event would feature any noteworthy announcements about theXbox One, Spencer replied: "I think what we will show will be interesting to both Windows and Xbox gamers." Spencer will speak at the January 21 event at Microsoft's headquarters alongside Windows executives Terry Myerson and Joe Belfiore. All three are expected to talk about "the Windows 10 consumer experience" during the presentation, which Microsoft is calling "The Next Chapter." Just last week, Spencer strongly suggested that this Windows 10 event would have gaming news, when he said: "It's time for us to talk about gaming on Windows." In his role as Head of Xbox, Spencer not only oversees all Xbox gaming projects, but also everything to do with gaming inside of Microsoft. This includes PC gaming which, despite Microsoft's demonstrable priority focus on Xbox, Spencer has maintained is "incredibly important." When Microsoft announced Windows 10 in September, it described the OS as "one platform" for all of the company's products. However, we still don't know how Windows 10 might impact Xbox One. It's possible Spencer will talk about this during the Windows 10 event next month. Another possibility is that Spencer and company will talk about the rumored new Xbox App for Windows 10 and Cortana voice-recognition integration, both of which were leaked earlier this month. One gaming-related item we're not likely to see at next month's Windows 10 event is Microsoft's secret game-streaming technology, Arcadia. GameSpot sister site Zdnet reported last week that the technology istoo early on in development for an official reveal in January.
  8. Popular sandbox game comes to yet another platform. Microsoft, the new owner and operator of the Minecraft franchise (that's still somewhat weird to write), today released the Windows Phone version of the popular sandbox game. It's available now to download from the Windows Store for $7, the same price as the iOS and Android Pocket Editions. The Windows Phone version of Minecraft comes with everything found in the other mobile versions, including Survival mode, Creative mode, and multiplayer over Wi-Fi. Notably, however, the game is only playable on Windows Phones running 8.1. Microsoft, in one of the biggest game industry news events of the year, acquired Minecraft and developer Mojang in September for $2.5 billion. As part of the deal, three of Mojang's founders, including creator Markus "Notch" Persson, left the studio. With its release today for Windows Phones, Minecraft is now essentially available on all major, modern platforms. The game is already available for PC, Mac, Linux, Raspberry Pi, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, iOS, and Android. For more on the Windows Phone version of Minecraft, check out the image gallery below.
  9. A month after being acquired by Microsoft, Minecraft is coming to Windows Phone. Minecraft: Pocket Edition is headed to Microsoft's Windows Phone device, the game's lead developer at Mojang Jens Bergensten has announced. "Yes, Minecraft: Pocket Edition *is* coming to the Windows Phone!" he said. "The port runs already, but there's still much to do before any release." The day before Microsoft confirmed it was acquiring Minecraft for $2.5 billion, we reported that Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund said that the deal was meant to support Microsoft's mobile business. "We don’t view this acquisition as a signal of Microsoft's intent to double down on Xbox but consider it an attempt to better address mobile on a cross-platform basis," He said. "This also appears to be consistent with (Microsoft) CEO Satya Nadella’s mobile and cloud strategy." Minecraft: Pocket Edition, the mobile version of the game available through the iTunes App Store and Google Play, is indeed tremendously popular. In April, Bergensten revealed that Pocket Edition sold over 21 million copies. Minecraft's PlayStation Vita Edition was also just released despite the Microsoft acquisition. The game should be available at US retailers as of yesterday for $20, and will release in Europe on October 14. Add Rep and Leave a feedback Reputation is the green button in the down right corner on my post
  10. HTC’s press event in which the company will officially debut its HTC One M8 Windows Phone may be set for tomorrow, August 19, but in-store displays have been spotted today. Unsurprisingly, in the digital age where everyone has a camera in their pocket, it’s hard to keep secrets and surprises. In fact, just this month renders of the phone’s final design were leaked from Verizon’s own servers. The photo of the display reveals that the smartphone is keeping its current name and is officially called the “HTC One M8,†with the source of the image allegedly coming from a Verizon Wireless store somewhere in Virginia. The display also supports those aforementioned images of what the Windows Phone will look like, and that Windows and Android models are available to satisfy consumer preferences. Keeping both models similar to one another prevents one version from overtaking the other. As expected, specs for the HTC One (M8) Windows Phone will be exactly the same as the Android counterpart, save for the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system. Leaked specs confirmed those details as well, revealing that internal hardware will still consist of a 2.3 GHz quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801; 32 GB internal storage (with support for micro SD for up to 128 GB); 2 GB of RAM; nano SIM and a 2600 mAH battery. Additional specs also noted a 5-inch, 1080p Full HD display; Duo camera design featuring UltraPixel camera and 5 MP front-facing cameras; and HTC BoomSound. So if you like playing music and videos directly from your phone, the sound will not be an issue for you. The One (M8) can certainly become one of the better Windows branded phones, considering its impressive specs, though it remains to be seen now it will fair against the Android phone that is currently available. The earlier release may certainly give the Android phone a lead, but that doesn’t mean the Windows Phone variant won’t give it some fair, hopefully still friendly competition. HTC’s event will begin early tomorrow at 10 AM in New York City, where the phone will be unveiled and, presumably, launched and priced. However, with both versions of the phone already showing so many similarities, it wouldn’t be too much of stretch to see equal prices. Carriers and subscriptions would still be factored in, of course, but that’s just the nature of buying smartphones. Expect more solid information and further speculation following HTC’s official announcement. There’s little time left for another leak.
  11. Foursquare announced some time ago that the company intended to divide its Foursquare app into two, with the core app being reserved for recommendations to restaurants, landmarks, and other places and the other (the new app called Swarm) for check-ins and searches for friends at local locations. The company recently released the new Foursquare app that now leads Android and iOS users to download the Swarm app, but Windows Phone users finally get to “check-in†on the fun. The new Swarm app has been released for Windows Phone today. “We’re so excited to announce Swarm is now available to download on Windows Phone. It’s the best way to keep up and meet up with your friends, so pin it to your start screen today,†the company announced at The Foursquare Blog. While Swarm, the familiar check-in and social networking app, has been released, Foursquare hasn’t yet released the new Foursquare app. The site announced today that the new Foursquare app should arrive this Fall, so you’ll have to wait until then. For now, however, Windows Phone users have 1 (and soon 2) new social apps to win over your Android and iOS friends to the Windows Phone platform. To get the new Swarm app, head on over to the Windows Phone Store and download it today.
  12. Microsoft is aiming to make a "technology preview" of Windows 9, aka Threshold, available to anyone interested this fall. Microsoft is aiming to deliver a "technology preview" of its Windows "Threshold" operating system by late September or early October, according to multiple sources of mine who asked not to be named. And in a move that signals where Microsoft is heading on the "servicability" front, those who install the tech preview will need to agree to have subsequent monthly updates to it pushed to them automatically, sources added. Threshold is the next major version of Windows that is expected to be christened "Windows 9" when it is made available in the spring of 2015. Threshold is expected to include a number of new features that are aimed at continuing to improve Windows' usability on non-touch devices and by those using mice and keyboards alongside touch. I've asked Microsoft officials for comment. To date, Microsoft execs have declined to comment on what will be in Threshold, when it will be available, how much it will cost, or what it will be named.Among those features -- according to previous leaks -- are anew "mini" Start Menu; windowed Metro-Style applications that can run on the Desktop; virtual desktops; and the elimination of the Charms bar that debuted as part of Windows 8. Cortana integration with Windows Threshold is looking like it could make it into the OS, as well. When Microsoft was working on Windows 8, the company delivered three external "milestones" before making the operating system generally available in October 2012. First there was a Windows 8 developer preview, which Microsoft released on September 13, 2011, followed by a Windows 8 "consumer" preview on February 29, 2012. The operating system was released to manufacturing on August 1, 2012. These days, Microsoft's operating system team is on a more rapid release schedule, so I'd think there won't be five or six months between any Threshold milestone builds Microsoft plans to make available externally. I had heard previously from my contacts that Microsoft was aiming to deliver a public preview of Threshold available to anyone interested toward the end of calendar 2014. I'm not sure if there's still a plan to make a public consumer preview available at that time or if this "technical preview" is the only "preview" Microsoft will release before Threshold is released to manufacturing. Update: One of my contacts who has provided accurate information on Windows in the past said the Threshold tech preview will be public and available to all those interested. http://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-preps-windows-threshold-preview-for-late-september/
  13. There have been many Windows Phone critics who scoff at the third-largest mobile OS in the world because “it doesn’t have enough apps,†or so the saying goes. Android was accused of the same thing, and there was once a time in which all Android gadgets would lose out to the iPhone and iPad because “they don’t have Apple’s app-rich App Store,†it was claimed. Now, Android is catching up to the competition if not there already, and the criticism that was once the hands-down hat tipper to iOS no longer applies. Pretty soon, it may not apply to Windows Phone, either. According to Microsoft PR spokeswoman Julie Morgan’s announcement yesterday, the Windows Phone store has now surpassed 300,000 apps: “Microsoft By the Numbers has the latest: Phone in particular is +300K. I expect universal Windows apps to help,†Morgan posted at Twitter. That’s the addition of 100,000 new apps from December 2013 to June 2014 – a gain of 100,000 apps in just 6 months! Who knows how many apps Windows Phone will have by the end of the year? Within the last eight months, the Windows Phone Store has seen the addition of apps such as developer app #wpdev, Slowly, InstaSize, Anti Mosquito!, Urban Air, ToolKit, Microsoft file manager Files, film simulator Black, cloud manager CloudMesh, cloud media manager Telegram. We’ve also compiled a list of 24 additional apps that have arrived at the Windows Phone Store this year: Badland Hotel Tonight HP AiO Remote BrickVoid VH1 FitBit Uber Nokia Creative Studio Climatology BookViser Reader Swarm Houzz Barclays Pingit Snapcam BBC iPlayer Radio Files&Folders Pro Aviva Drive (for UK users only) Levitagram Bing Food and Drink Bing Health and Fitness Bing Travel OneShot Hello Friends Lock Buster In honor of the Windows Phone Store milestone, head on over to the store and download these apps now. Congrats to the Windows Phone Store on this milestone and we’re sure there’ll be many more app milestones to come.
  14. Facebook for Windows Phone has seen its Beta mode updated with some of the latest features, but these hadn’t yet been brought over to the official Facebook app for Windows Phone. As of yesterday, however, Facebook decided to finally bring these features to its mainstream users, providing a new video upload feature, Facebook Messenger support, along with an updated design. The new Facebook for Windows Phone update puts the version number at 8.3.1.0. It’s likely that Facebook looks to announce the move of messages from the core Facebook app to Facebook Messenger. The Zuckerberg-led company recently started making the announcement about the move of text messages to the Messenger app for Android and iOS users, telling Windows Phone users that they’d have to wait until a later time. With this new Messenger support, however, now may be the time. If so, please feel free to let us know.
  15. BlackBerry announced that the BBM app would make its way to Windows phone devices as far back as February of this year, but this announcement was followed by months of nothing. As of today, however, the waiting period is over. Windows Phone users who love BlackBerry’s Messenger app can now get their hands on the BBM app on their Windows Phone. The BBM for Windows Phone brings a few important factors to the text messaging experience, such as “chats,†“feeds,†and “contacts.†BBM’s “chats†page allows you to start individual or group messaging; “feeds†lets you stay up to date with what’s going on with your contacts, and “contacts†allows you to maintain information about your contacts or add new ones as you meet new people and make new friends. The new “pin†feature allows you to “pin†an interesting IM conversation you’re having to your main screen. You can press the “pin†symbol at the bottom of the chat page, and go to your home screen to find that the chat you just pinned to the start screen is now a Live Tile – that can also be moved around like other Live Tiles on the start screen. This allows you to maintain easy access to a chat that you’re involved with often, and keep up with a friend that’s truly close to you without having to make your way through an app or two to find where you left off in the conversation. While BlackBerry says that this feature is something unique to Windows Phone users that can’t be done on any other platform, the “pin†feature is unique in how it works – but the concept is the same. It’s true that Android and iOS users can’t “pin†a conversation in a text message to their home page for example, but Android widgets allow you to access your favorite contacts and conversations with just the tap of an icon.
  16. ​Whether it's a problem, or just a preventative measure, it's always a good idea to be aware of what devices are connecting to your home network. Sometimes a Wi-Fi password just isn't enough to keep a neighbor or a stranger from stealing your Internet connection. You may notice that websites, videos, or file transfers aren't moving as fast as they used to. The problem may not be theft, but simply a case of too many devices trying to share a slow connection. To get to the root of the issue you can use a free app for Windows. Let's investigate: Step 1: Install a copy of Who Is On My WiFi (henceforth known as WIOMW). Step 2: After opening the app, follow the tutorial steps, which will initiate your first (and likely a second) network scan. You can configure the port range that will be scanned, but if you just want to get started, you don't need to mess with any settings. List of devices currently connected to your network. You'll see a list of IP addresses appear in the app window after a scan. Each will be identified by MACaddress and local IP (the one your router/switch/modem assigned to it). Step 3: Start identifying the different devices on your network. If there are a lot of connections (like in the image above), it might be easiest to turn on Wi-Fi one device at a time so you can label them. To label, just click the Description box on the appropriate line, type a name, and then click Save in the top right-hand corner. If you're savvy with your devices and know where to find their local IP and/or MAC address, you can just use these as references for the labeling process. For example, tapping the currently connected Wi-Fi network on Android will display the local IP. WiFi connection details on an Android device. (Optional) Step 4: If you find out that someone is indeed leeching your Wi-Fi, you should change your wireless password. On a personal wireless router, just login using the credentials you chose when you set it up. When using a modem/router combo from your ISP, the process may become a bit more involved. Search for the make and model of your modem to find the default login (ISPs don't change these often). If you still cannot log in, contact your ISP to help you reset the password. Note that some devices which are hardwired into your network, and as such do not have Wi-Fi support, will show up in the list with "NO" in the Connected column. http://www.cnet.com/how-to/see-who-is-using-your-wifi-on-windows/
  17. Tired of seeing the alert for changing your color scheme when Windows 7 is low on memory? Update: The intention of changing this setting is to stop Windows from interrupting you with a pop-up, not to stop Windows from changing the desktop window manager to Basic (that may still happen). When you're working on a Windows 7 machine, you're likely to come across the following warning: "Do you want to change the color scheme to improve performance?" If you opt to keep the current color scheme and ask Windows to stop showing the message, the computer may not deliver the cooperation that you're expecting. Fortunately, if you want to keep Windows from creating these warnings, there's a quick setting you can adjust to turn them off. Keep in mind: disabling this warning does not mean you are magically freed from the memory restraints of your computer. It's best to know which programs can run before this warning appears -- that way you'll know the limits of your system. Still want to disable it? Here's how: Step 1: Open Start > Control Panel. If you don't see the shortcut for the Control Panel, you can get there another way: Start > Accessories > System Tools > Control Panel. Control Panel Action Center. Step 2: Click on Action Center, then click change Action Center settings on the left. Step 3: Under Maintenance messages, uncheck the box next to Windows Troubleshooting. Now you won't see the warning about changing your color scheme. However, if you are often noticing a large decrease in performance, it might be wise to enable this option again to find out which app is taxing your system. http://www.cnet.com/how-to/turn-off-color-scheme-warnings-on-windows-7/
  18. Curious what time it is on the other side of the globe? Trying to avoid calling someone at an inconvenient hour? Add a quick reference clock to your Windows system tray to see times for three locations at once. When you're working with one company or individual in another time zone, it becomes easy to convert your local time to the current time in their country. However, when doing business with multiple companies or people all over the globe, it's best to have a quick reference to see what their local time is. This can help you avoid calling someone at 7 a.m., and instead making the call at a more reasonable hour, like 10 a.m. Windows allows you to set your local time by default, but also has options for enabling two additional clocks for other time zones. Here's how to add them: Windows time display. Step 1: Click the current time in the system tray, and then click Change time and date settings. Step 2: On the Additional Clocks tab, check one or both of the boxes next to Show this Clock. Windows Time settings. Step 3: Select time zones and assign names to each clock, so you can easily spot which time corresponds to which place. Once you're finished, click OK and your next clocks will be available after clicking the current time in the taskbar. Having multiple clocks at your service is also helpful when you are traveling for business really often. Knowing the local time when you arrive somewhere can determine whether traveler resources will be available to you -- like other ticket counters for trains, places to eat, or even being able to get a taxi. http://www.cnet.com/how-to/add-multiple-time-zones-to-your-clock-on-windows/
  19. I installs and configures Windows Server 2003/2008/2012 on servers type OVH/KIMSUFI. You don't must pay ovh/kimsufi for windows licence every month !!!