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  1. Pete_C

    sultan_emerr RIP

    So few from the old days remain; and few of us are remembered. It was a great time. We did a lot of good.
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    Just stopping by to see who is still around. Social media really killed the forums.
  3. Well today is Cinquo de Mayo (May 5th the celebration of the victory at the battle of Puebla when General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín - born in Texas- defeated French forces in 1862. Although this only delayed the fall of Mexico City and installation of Maximillian I as Emperor of Mexico by Napoleon III of France, this delay was sufficient to derail the plan to take advantage of the US Civil war to dispute the validity of the Lousianna Purchase by the US and seize the majority of the US west of the Mississippi and return it to French control). So yesterday we had our Cinquo De Mayo get together and cookout. Wonderful weather for it, and all the stores cooperated by having Cinquo De Mayo Weekend sales (Dr Pepper products six pack of half liters for a dollar, Burger and Oscar Mayer weiners for a dollar a pound, brisket for 77 cents a pound, corn on the cob five for a dollar). So I got out the grill and roasted corn, grilled burgers and Oscar Mayers etc. But I decided to try a new approach on the brisket this year. I braised it in the oven. Start with trimming off the fat, then put a double thickness of extra wide aluminum foil big enough to enclose the brisket in a large lasagne pan (we have one of the big 14x16 pans) and place the brisket in it. I used my cajun injector kit to inject it with a marinade of soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, liquid smoke, catsup, brown sugar, spices, garlic oil etc. I poured the balance of the cup of marinade over the top. I sealed the pouch and placed the pan in a 250 degree oven, watching it carefully. As soon as you hear it start to boil (it took almost an hour) lower the temp to between 150 and 175 (fortunately my oven does go down to 150 and maintain it stably as long as I have my pizza stone on the bottom ). The idea here is that the oil aids fat soluble seasonings in penetrating the meat and the long slow cooking in a moist slightly acidic sealed environment converts connective tissue (collagen and gristle) into gelatin and keeps proteins from drawing up and expelling water. If you keep the temp low then the meat never overcooks either (just like poaching fish in one of those electric skillets) . Leave it at least four hours at 150 F and then take it out , drain the pack (you can boil this down for an excellent glaze and dipping sauce) and let the meat rest a half hour before carving. So tender you can eat it with your tongue , no teeth required; and it was moist and delicious. Had diced onions, poblano peppers, jalapenos, tomatoes, cilantro, cheese , pickles, kraft barbeque sauce , etc to go with things and tortillas and buns to make for plate and utensil free eating. We made a "Mexican Pasta Salad" (the only thing really requiring a plate and utensils ) Spiral pasta with black beans, diced onions, cilantro, taco seasoning, diced tomatoes , sour cream (ranch) dressing and lime juice and grated cheddar cheese ( I wanted to add corn too but the OL said no). Coolers full of ice cold Dr Pepper and Orange Sunkist. Had the kids and grandkids over and some neighbors and old friends. Kept it all non alcoholic. Had quite a spread and was on my feet most of the day between prep and cooking but it was lots of fun. Everyone raved about the brisket and it was the first thing to run out . So I think that will be my approach from now on for cuts of meat like that. I have done round roast that way before and it too comes out unbelievably moist and tender. Nice thing was that other than an abundance of bread and buns, and a few hot dogs no leftovers. Memorial day is just around the corner so we will probably have another. weather permitting.
  4. To help protect against ransomware and zero day exploits I used the free version of HitmanPro Alert since it came out. I liked and trusted it and liked that it included Cryptoguard which prevented your drive from being encrypted. But when I upgraded to Windows 10, it caused a crash on reboot and had to be uninstalled. Any attempt to reinstall caused a fatal stop error. I debated trying their new version when it came out, but since it did not appear to have a try before you buy (to make sure it too did not cause a fatal stop error) I have yet to reinstall it. I did however recently learn of Malwarebytes Anti Exploit, designed to protect against such ransom ware. It is lacking in the cryptoguard feature since that is owned by surfright) You choose the free trial download and during install uncheck the "enable free trial of anti exploit premium" and you get the free version. (I prefer this approach to the fourteen day trial of the pro). Not really sure if it is as effective as HitmanPro Alert, but it does work well with minimal resource draw. Also it did not cause any fatal error. http://www.surfright.nl/en/alert https://www.malwarebytes.org/antiexploit/
  5. Pete_C


    Doubt you will see this any time soon. I too stop in only rarely. Howdy Bearskin.
  6. Chuck , sounds like a DNS redirect infection. Spoofed site in place of real one or ransomware.
  7. Insufficient power supply for the graphics card you have or incompatible graphics card for the demands of the game. https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-performance/windows-10-critical-event-41-kernel-power/543373ef-ba0c-462c-b54e-39984c95c010 " This issue may occur because of any software conflict or incompatible / corrupt display or graphic driver " So if you have not done so, download the latest driver for your card and install it. If that does not solve it, you may need to consider replacing your video card to play that game.
  8. Pete_C

    sultan_emerr RIP

    He was a master of the google search. Now that I am old, I look back on the early days and the friends we made nostalgically. We fought the good fight and despite our differences we worked together. We learned a lot and passed it on to the new guys. Kind of like being in the Army; I look back on those days too with a bit of nostalgia.
  9. Note; often when you install an app on windows X it will change from your computer login to your windows live login. If the windows live had a different password, make sure you know it.
  10. Pete_C

    Happy holidays

    Just passing through. Hi yall.
  11. Pete_C

    Windows 10

    Did you try booting to safe mode, shutting down and then booting to normal and seeing if the problem resolved? Did you try safe mode with networking? if the above don't work , try this http://ccm.net/faq/6210-nvidia-nvlddmkm-sys-error-message
  12. Thanks, I will add cryptoprevent. Seems to be a good innoculation.
  13. Pete_C

    sultan_emerr RIP

    It sure has been a long time.
  14. Pete_C

    Microsoft W10

    Possibly related to the update they installed last night. Several people I know reported problems with taskbar icons not showing. I had issues with left click not working on things like sound mixer and start button until I rebooted a second time. I think that is my new standard, if there is something odd or misbehaving about 10, especially if I think there was an update; I restart twice. If that does not solve it I boot to safe mode and then to normal and hope that fixes it. If neither of these work, I go to troubleshooting. I think I know what you are describing and I almost had it do that to me; but I realized what was up and canceled. It had to do with a mouse issue and somehow a right click context menu option got activated and it started searching for and organizing photos. I think it may have been related to a mouse sensitivity issue. I gave up on that one and just got a new mouse. For some reason my mouse became super sensitive and a single click was registering as double click no matter what changes to settings I made. New mouse and adjusting settings solved it, for now. Really annoying I would click a tab in a browser and it would close as if I had double clicked or selected and clicked the x.
  15. I remember when there were complex programs that rarely were stable and hardly functional; yet people kept installing them to get this kind of functionality. Combining the functions of quick launch and task bar into one by adding the pin and unpin feature is actually a pretty good one. Now you don't have two icons when you are running one of your quick launch / pinned programs you have one icon that lets you launch and access. Saves working space and makes it easier to us common tasks.
  16. Did you try going to Start => all apps -> Microsoft edge browser Right click and choose "Pin to taskbar" For future reference, don't delete entries, right click and choose unpin
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    Internet Explorer

    Version 11.63.10586.0 update 11.0.26 Install new versions automatically.
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    Internet Explorer

    IN windows 10 you can still use internet explorer. Just do the start / run and type iexplore and hit enter Should be able to locate it and put a desktop shortcut too (I did, forget how but it was simple). Of course I was an upgrade from Win 7 not clean install.
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    Whiskeyman's Bar

    Gonna have to go buy a bottle of good whiskey and drink a toast to you old friend. Sad to hear you passed.
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    We lost one of our own (TheTerrorist_75)

    RIP, so sad to hear this. Another of the old guard has passed. Not many left.
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    Layout & Design`

    Looks good, had a bit of a problem with signing in. The change made it so my browser did not identify the site and I had to go into my password vault to remember my password.
  22. winver reports me as Windows 10 Version 1511 build 10586.17 Did a windows update a few hours ago and did not freeze up my start menu; so hopefully they fixed that. Not sure what it updated though; went to shutdown and it had updates to install.
  23. No, what they took down was the redistributable download. The release through windows update works. You just can't download it for a clean install.
  24. I agree, the problem looks like it is caused by a bad plugin crashing firefox and taking everything with it. Source of the bad plugin appears to be malware.
  25. What sort of errors? Are they all the same or similar (IE a service failed to start or stopped unexpectedly? Which service) You might want to run the suggested malware scans and post them for chuck to review. In event viewer you can highlight the content of the error and then hit ctrl+c to copy it (if right click copy does not work) and past here like For example I got this notice (information) Windows Update started downloading an update. Then I got this error User Logoff Notification for Customer Experience Improvement Program