Google Chrome Support – Release Version 64.0.3282.186

Google on February twenty second two thousand eighteen, officially released Chrome web browser version 64.0.3282.186. This latest version of google chrome includes two bug fixes. This latest version of Google Chrome affects Google Chrome web browser on Linux, MAC, and Microsoft Windows platforms. According to the log for this latest version of Google Chrome web browser, these two fixes actually possibly revert changes.

* remove child process messages
* precachefont releasecachedfonts windows IPC

The Google Chrome support team claim that they will keep information restricted pertaining to bug fixes until enough of their users have been updated. Also, they claim they reserve the right to keep bug(s) information restricted if that bug(s) has not been fixed yet.

Note: Access to bug details and links may be kept restricted until a majority of users are updated with a fix. We will also retain restrictions if the bug exists in a third party library that other projects similarly depend on, but haven’t yet fixed.

This information is new to me. Perhaps they released this statement after they did NOT release any information about a more recent Google Chrome update? Who kows, I do NOT know.

By default Chrome is supposed to automatically update. You can install Google Chrome version 64.0.3282.186 manually by selecting "Help" then select "About Google Chrome". In about Google Chrome, if an update is available, that update will begin downloading.

You will need to relaunch Chrome for that update to install. You can download instead and install Google Chrome version 64.0.3282.186. chrome://settings has a new look.

Open Source Recording Software – Audacity 2.2.2 Released

Open source recording software developer Audacity has released version 2.2.2. This Audacity 2.2.2 version includes thirty bug fixes, two new features, and some changes. This latest version of Audacity 2.2.2 was released on February twenty two thousand eighteen.

* new dropout detection feature
* zooming has been improved
* new extra menu
* theme tweaked
* 30 bugs fixed
* 3 features disabled

You can upgrade Audacity open source recording software by either downloading the most current version from a static link or by checking for updates. To check for updates in Audacity, click on "Help" in top menu and choose "Check for Updates". You will be taken to a web page that will notify you if your Audacity software is outdated and that a new version is available.

You will be able to download the newest version of Audacity for Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh, and Linux operating systems. Currently, Audacity supports Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, macOS 10.6 or later, and a source code version for Linux.

Point of Sales – Installation Not Correct Check Your PHP.INI File

I recently received a request for a receipt from one of my customers, whom puchased a used computer. I do NOT normally print out receipts. The only time I give a receipt to a customer, is if they pay by credit card.

I have never had any major problems by not giving out a printed receipt. I have on occasion received a request for a printed receipt. I decided to look for an open source point of sales software that I could install on my virtual private server.

I found Open Source Point of Sale, which is entirely free. This software requires PHP, a sequential database like MYSQL, and webserver software ie. Apache or Nginx. The installation went smoothly until I received this error upon attempting to login as admin.

The installation is not correct, check your php.ini file.

A quick google research revealed different possible solutions. I was able to resolve this error by installing a missing PHP-INTL module. Also, I had to enable this module within the PHP configuration.

This requires that PHP gets recompiled on your webserver. I use Centos Web Control Panel. I browsed to "PHP Version Switcher" under "PHP Settings".

Under "PHP version:" you want to select your current version of PHP and then scroll down until you see "intl" in a list of modules. Place a check box next to "intl" to enable this module. Now you want to click on "Build".

PHP will be rebuilt with the PHP-INTL module enabled. This took around 5 minutes to complete on my virtual private web server. This could take longer to complete.

I was able to monitor the PHP being recompiled by viewing the log file real time with the tail command. Once PHP was rebuilt then I was able to successfully login to Open Source Point of Sales software.

Teamviewer Remote Desktop – Portable Version

Teamviewer remote desktop is one of my preferred remote desktop connection software. There is actually a portable version of Teamviewer available for free. This software functions similar to the desktop version.

I prefer to keep my Microsoft Windows 10 machine as clutter free as possible. I removed Teamviwer 11 and now exclusively use Teamviwer remote desktop portable version after testing this software. This software takes up close to 80 megabytes of disk space.

You can run Teamviewer remote desktop portable version off of a Universal Serial Bus drive or Compact Disc Read Only Memory disk. I have not tried running this off of a network drive, but I think it would be possible. According to the official Teamviewer website, this portable version "...comprises all the features of the full version of TeamViewer..."

This is good news for me as I do NOT like having to install countless pieces of software cluttering up this Windows 10 machine. All you have to do is download Teamviewer portable and burn it to CD-ROM or USB flash drive. Then just open up TeamViewer.exe.

This software supports Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh, Linux, Google Android, and Apple iOS operating systems. You can download the newest version of Teamviewer remote desktop from this static link. You do NOT and will NOT be able to update this portable version.

You would need to browse to Teamviewer's download area to download the most recent portable version of this remote desktop connection software. I have been satisfied with this portable version of Teamviewer. Also, 80 megabytes of disk space is sufficient enough reason for me to rely on this portable version.

Any time I can keep my Microsoft Winblows machine clutter free, I am a happy technology camper.

Antivirus and Security Software – Avast Version 18.1.3800

Antivirus and security software Avast version 18.1.3800 has been released. I could NOT find out specific information about this version of Avast directly from this company. I guess I could have investigated using a computer that I have Avast antivirus and security software installed on.

Avast is one of two anti-virus software programs, I use for my computer repair business. I am an Avast affiliate marketer. I use this software for my computer repair business and also upsell it to my customers.

You can always download the latest version of Avast antivirus and security software from a static link. Avast antivirus is compatible with Apple Macintosh, Microsoft Windows, and Linux operating systems.

Avast free anti-virus is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP service pack three, Vista, 7, 8, and 10 operating systems. Avast supports both 32 bit x86 and 64 bit x64 architecture. I was NOT able to find out what exact versions of Apple Macintosh operating system and Linux distributions are supported.

Debian Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Linux Mint, etc. are supported. Red Hat Enterprise and SUSE Linux are supported.

Microsoft Security Updates – For Windows 7 Version KB2952664

Microsoft Corporation released cumulative update KB2952664 on February fourteen two thousand eighteen for Windows 7 operating system. Actually, this KB2952664 update was released on October thirty first two thousand seventeen as an optional update. I have no idea why Microsoft changed this from optional to recommended.

This update does NOT include any bug and or security fixes. This update does not include any new features. According to Microsoft this is what this update provides:

"This update performs diagnostics on the Windows systems that participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program. The diagnostics evaluate the compatibility status of the Windows ecosystem, and help Microsoft to ensure application and device compatibility for all updates to Windows. There is no GWX or upgrade functionality contained in this update."

Some clown at Microsoft

If you have been keeping up to date with Microsoft Windows 7 security updates, then this will become only update available for install. However, if you have gotten behind or skipped some updates, those updates will also be installed. You can obtain this update via Microsoft Windows update or Microsoft Update Catalog website.

This update applies to Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2008 release 2 Service Pack 1. Microsoft corporation is not aware of any issues after installing this update. You will need to reboot your computer in order for this update to completely install.

Google Chrome Support – Release Version 64.0.3282.167

Google on February thirteen two thousand eighteen, officially released Chrome web browser version 64.0.3282.167/168. This latest version of google chrome includes one security fix. This latest version of Google Chrome affects Google Chrome web browser on Linux, MAC, and Microsoft Windows platforms.

There are two Google Chrome versions for Windows operating systems, 64.0.3282.167 and 64.0.3282.168. I have no idea why there are two versions. Also, I do NOT know if there is any significant differences between the two Google Chrome browsers.

* wrong derived class instance

The Google Chrome support team claim that they will keep information restricted pertaining to bug fixes until enough of their users have been updated. Also, they claim they reserve the right to keep bug(s) information restricted if that bug(s) has not been fixed yet.

Note: Access to bug details and links may be kept restricted until a majority of users are updated with a fix. We will also retain restrictions if the bug exists in a third party library that other projects similarly depend on, but haven’t yet fixed.

This information is new to me. Perhaps they released this statement after they did NOT release any information about a more recent Google Chrome update? Who kows, I do NOT know.

By default Chrome is supposed to automatically update. You can install Google Chrome version 64.0.3282.167/168 manually by selecting "Help" then select "About Google Chrome". In about Google Chrome, if an update is available, that update will begin downloading.

You will need to relaunch Chrome for that update to install. You can download instead and install Google Chrome version 64.0.3282.167/168. chrome://settings has a new look.

Open Source Office Suite – LibreOffice Version 6.0.1 Available

Open source office suite libreoffice version 6.0.1 is now available. This newest version of libreoffice was released on February nine two thousand eighteen. I was not able to ascertain what new features if any were deployed in LibreOffce version 6.0.1.

It looks like 69 bugs were fixed in 5.4.5 and 75 in 6.0.1. The document foundation released version 5.4.5 of LibreOffice as well. However, I was not able to update to this version using either automatic updates or manual "check for updates".

LibreOffice is an entirely FREE open source office suite comparable to Microsoft Office. I have been using open source office suite software for over a decade now. LibreOffice is my office suite of choice, for at least five years now.

You can open up many types of Microsoft office documents within libreoffice. Also, you can open up many types of libreoffice documents with Microsoft office suite. LibreOffice has an automatic update notifier.

However, on this Microsoft Windows 10 Professional x64 64 bit operating system computer I am using, LibreOffices' automatic update installer no longer works. Also, when I manually "Check for updates" this software claims I am already using the most current version 5.4.4 of LibreOffice. I am not sure if that is just exclusive to this computer or a known bug issue with Libreoffice.

However, other than that this open source office suite works as intended.

You can always manually download the most current version of LibreOffice suite. LibreOffice is compatible with Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh, and Linux operating systems. Microsoft Windows XP service pack 3, Vista, 7, 8, 10, server 2008, and server 2010 operating systems are supported. Apple Macintosh operating system 10.8 mountain lion or newer are supported.

Linux operating system distributions with Linux kernel version 2.6.18 or newer, glibc2 version 2.5 or newer, and gtk version 2.10.4 or newer are supported. Also, there is an open source office suite libreoffice suite viewer version for the Google Android operating system, which I have never tried before. Finally, there is a portable version of LibreOffice that will work on a Universal Serial Bus device, cloud, or local drive.

I have not tested out this portable version yet. However, I plan on testing it out and if I have no major problems I plan on removing the stand alone application from this computer. I prefer having a computer with the least amount of software installed.

VLC Open Source – Media Player 3 Released

VLC open source media player version 3 has been released on February ten two thousand eighteen. This latest version of VLC open source media player is a major release called Vetinari with quite a few new features. VideoLAN VLC media player is compatible with Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh, and Linux operating systems.

* 4k and 8k video supported
* 10 bits and high dynamic range
* 360 video and 3definition audo
* chromecast streaming
* blu-ray java menus playable
* browse local network and network attached storage

I was not able to use VLC's "check for updates" feature nor did the automatic updates detect version 3. You can download VLC media player version 3 and install this software update manually. VLC media player is free and open source.

This software is available in both x86 32 bit and x64 64 bit versions. The current version of VLC open source media player is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP service pack 3, vista, 7, 8, and 10. There are basically three different ways to update VLC open source media player.

You can enable updates notifier. VLC open source media player will check for updates and notify you when one is available. A second way to update VLC media player is to download the most recent version from a static link at videolan.org.

Finally, you can update VLC by clicking on "Help" from top menu and then choosing "Check for Updates...". If an update is available you will be prompted to download and install it. You will need to restart VLC media player for this update to complete.

Samsung Hybrid Laptop – Notebook Spin 7 NP740U3L Screen Removal

I received a Samsung hybrid laptop with a cracked screen for repair. This laptop is actually a Samsung Notebook Spin 7 model number NP740U3L-L02US. I could only find one full replacement screen on eBay for $250.

I doubt my customer will pay that much for that screen. Also, this type of screen has fused glass similar to what Apple iPhone, Google Android, and some table computers. What this means is that the Liquid Crystal Display and glass are fused together.

If you have ever removed broken glass from a dumb device, I mean smart device you know that you have to take a heat gun and heat up the rubber glue so that you can seperate the glass from the LCD. Some notebook and laptop computers are designed so that the glass and LCD are not glued together and are seperate. This makes it much easier to fix laptop screens in my opinion.

I will still describe to you what it takes to take the screen apart from the rest of this Samsung hybrid laptop. There are ten total screws that hold the bottom cover on. Underneath the cover there are two bezels one on each side of this computer both held down by two screws.

You will need to remove all fourteen screws. There are two cables from the LCD screen connected to the motherboard. Remove these cables and then you can lift the bezel attached to the screen from the rest of this laptop.

I found out that this type of screen is hard to find. If you can find a full replacement piece, you would then just line up the bezel connections and tighten down the four screws. Now all you have to do is tighten down the remaining 10 screws for the bottom cover.

Finally, I was able to find replacement LCD screens for this Samsung Notebook 7 spin NP740U3L-L02US. However, I could not find any replacement glass. This replacement glass would have to be fused on top of the LCD, which to me is a huge pain in the ass.