Open Source Broadcaster – OBS Studio 21.1 Released

Open source broadcaster software maker Open Broadcaster Software has released the latest version of OBS Studio 21.1. I use exclusively Open Broadcaster Software's OBS studio for my Youtube live streams and videos. I successfully installed this update without any issues.

OBS Studio now has an automatic update service. You will get prompted whenever there is a software update. You are given three choices.

* update now
* remind me later
* skip version

In order to update your OBS Studio software, click on "Update Now". This software will check for and download an available update. Eventually, you will see that this process has completed.

You will now be given an option to open Open Broadcaster Software OBS Studio. I have tried selecting the "Remind me Later" option. However, it does not seem to remind me.

I am not sure how long this software waits until you are reminded to install any updates. You can always choose "Help" from the main menu. Now select "Check For Updates".

This version of OBS Studio 21.1 hotfix includes seven bug fixes and five changes. No new features are included in OBS Studio 21.1.


* browser source now chromium 63
* dockable windows nested
* microsoft visual studio 2017 used
* log file uploading uses hastebin
* amd encoder now viewable

Bugs Fixed

* import scene duplicate name
* windows audio recording glitch
* startup crash
* scripting crashes
* blank replay buffer
* stuck slideshow source
* audio only sources rectangles not drawn

You can always download and install the latest version of Open Broadcaster Software OBS Studio. You can download a full version installer, zip file, and from torrent.

Google Chrome Support – Release Version 65.0.3325.181

Google on March twenty first two thousand eighteen, officially released Chrome web browser version 65.0.3325.181. 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.

I was NOT able to find out the exact security fix that was released in this version of Google Chrome web browser. 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.

In a response to a comment on this blog post, I found out that Google Chrome support team keeps information about bugs a secret for fourteen weeks after a bug is marked "fixed".

"Hi David, that just means all the bugs are currently restricted. By default they are opened up 14 weeks after the bug has been marked as fixed."

Andrew Whalley

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 knows, I do NOT know.

By default Chrome is supposed to automatically update. You can install Google Chrome version 65.0.3325.181 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 65.0.3325.181. chrome://settings has a new look.

Skype App For Windows – Version Released

The Microsoft Skype app for Windows version has been released. For the third Skype update in a row, there are no documented changes for this version of Skype, as of this blog post creation. This version was released on March twenty two thousand eighteen.

However, I could not find out any details from an official Skype support page listing their version releases. I was NOT able to upgrade Skype by checking for updates, as Skype version has disabled a manual "Check for updates" feature. I have read out on the Internet, that beginning with Skype version there are automatic updates that you cannot disable.

I recently decided to remove all versions of Skype software from all my computers. I no longer use Skype. I had one last Skype account that was not attached to a Microsoft account.

I was not able to permanently delete this account. I decided to abandon this account and hopefully it will get deleted automatically due to dormancy. I finally rid myself of another Microsoft product.

When I did keep trying to update Skype, I kept getting this message:

"Please install Skype from the Microsoft Store for the best expierence"

Why the fuck is Microsoft blocking the ability to install this software standalone? Why even bother allowing people to download the latest version of Microsoft Skyp3 if they then disable the installer? In my opinion Microsoft is trying to force endusers to use the Windows Store version of Skype.

There is a huge difference to me between the Windows Store version and the standalone version. I do NOT like any applications from the Windows Store quite frankly. I was able to install Skype by setting compatibility mode to Windows 8 before running the installer.

I do NOT use Microsoft Skype that often. However, this still irritates me the hoops you have to go through to just upgrade Microsoft software. Microsoft Skype is a free audio, chat, and video application that allows you to communicate with friends, family, business associates, etc. over the Internet.

Skype app for windows has a built in automatic updates, that will download and upgrade Skype, if an update is available. Microsoft has disabled the ability to choose "Check For Updates" from the top menu. If there is a new version available, you will be prompted to either download it now or decide later.

You will get notified if there is a Skype update but you get to choose whether or not you want to install. You can always get the most current version of Microsoft Skype App for windows from this static link. I am seriously considering closing my Skype account and removing what I consider now garbage software, from all my computers.

Best Tech Podcasts – Reality PC Archives Now Available

The Reality PC podcast archives are now available. Initially, the Reality PC podcast was created in 2012. However, after recording 10 to 20 episodes, I became distracted with trying to create a full time computer repair business.

In early two thousand seventeen, I brought back the Reality PC podcast and recorded a total of 62 episodes. Once again I became distracted trying to formulate a full time income with computer repair. All episodes of the Reality PC podcast will become available for FREE.

You will be able to listen to them with a built in html5 player. Also, you will be able to download them to your computer, for later listening. I plan on recording a weekly Reality PC podcast beginning in April.

These podcasts are supported with on page advertisements. I do NOT plan on including on air advertisements. I do NOT boast that the Reality PC is the best tech podcasts. It was a decent keyword I found when performing search engine optimization for this blog post.

The Reality PC podcast will discuss technology related topics. I may or may NOT answer listener questions. As we speak I have incorporated a live radio show feature into this website.

I may replay each Reality PC episode via my radio station feature. Also, I may perform the Reality PC podcast live. As far as performing a livestream of the Reality PC, I am debating whether or not to livestream on Youtube or on this website.

The Reality PC podcast covers computer and technology related subjects with real free speech. No political correctness, music, or on air commercials. Just straight talk radio, the way nature intended.

For now you will have access to every Reality PC podcast ever recorded, entirely FREE of charge. Tired of looking at advertisements? Purchase a members only subscription for just $5 per month, and gain access to the podcast archives advertisement free.

Firefox Software Updater – Mozilla Version 59 and 59.0.1

Mozilla Corporation on March thirteen and sixteen two thousand eighteen officially released Mozilla web browser version 59 and 59.0.1 which they have named Quantum. This latest version 59 includes eighteen security vulnerability fixes via Firefox software updater. There is one issue fix released with Mozilla Firefox version 59.0.1.

Version 59.0.1

* out of bounds memory write

In Mozilla Firefox 59, two vulnerabilities marked critical, four marked high, seven marked moderate, and five marked low.

Version 59

* buffer overflow
* use after free
* parameter validation
* mismatched real time transport protocol
* incorrect fetch cache
* webextension access to private data
* android tab processing spoof
* push notifications denial of service attack
* memory safety bugs

This version of Mozilla Firefox includes multiple operating system processes, which is supposed to increase speed of this web browser. You can install Mozilla FireFox 59 and 59.0.1 manually by selecting "Help" then select "About Firefox". In about Mozilla Firefox you will either see that your web browser is up to date or click on an "Update to 59.0.1" button.

You can download and install Mozilla FireFox version 59.0.1 Quantum. Another way to upgrade Mozilla FireFox is with automatic updates. Click on "Tools" then select "Options".

Click on "Advanced" tab. Select an "Update" tab. In update you have three options:

* Automatically install updates
* Check for updates
* Never check for updates

Ths brand new Mozilla Firefox Quantum web browser version 59.0.1 was developed for Microsoft Windows, Apple MACintosh, Linux, Google Android, and Apple iOS operating systems.

Antivirus and Security Software – Missing From Your Computer?

I received another positive rating from a customer, on a third party website, where I answer computer and technology related questions. Here is there question:

I have a Panda 2015 lifetime license. I had problems with my computer and did a safe start. Now Panda seems to have been deleted.

When I try to open it nothing happens. What do I do?

This customer had a computer with Windows 10. They tried restarting their computer but Panda did not open. The following is my answer.

If you booted your computer into safe mode than sometimes antivirus software is disabled, when running windows in safe mode. You could try to boot your Windows 10 computer into normal mode. If you already booted into normal mode and Panda is missing or not working properly, you could try one of two procedures.

Right click the Windows 10 start icon and choose "Apps and Features". Look for your Panda software.
Select this software by clicking on it.

Look to see if there is a repair option. Run a repair and see if that fixes your problem. Another procedure you could try is performing a Windows system restore.

A system restore will restore your Windows 10 operating system back to the date you choose. You want to pick a restore point before you were having problems with Panda. Click on the "Cortana" search icon.

Type in "System Restore" in a search box. Choose "Create a restore point". You should have been taken to a window with "System Protection" tab selected.

In this tab click on "System Restore...". Click "Next" on "Restore system files and settings". Choose a restore point by clicking on one, then click "Next".

Try to choose a restore point back to before you were having this problem. Click on "Finish" to confirm your restore point. Windows 10 system restore will need to restart your computer and can take awhile to run. Eventually Windows 10 will boot normal.

Hopefully, this will fix your problem with Panda. If none of these fix your problem I can search for a Panda install download. I would need to know the exact version of Panda you purchased.

Computer Wont Turn Off – Troubleshooting Steps

Another customer question from a third party website, I earn supplemental income. There computer will not shutdown properly. Here is the question:

T100 notebook PC when powering off, the device goes to "shutting down" mode and has stayed their for 48hrs. No keys or buttons are functional. Help!

This individual has a computer with Microsoft Windows 8.1 installed. They have no DVD and no flash drive backup. Nothing works or is recognized when in "shut down" mode!

Here is my answer to this question. Are you able to boot that computer into Windows successfully? Have you tried just rebooting the computer and see if it has the same problem?

If you are able to boot it successfully into normal Windows 8.1 mode then I suggest booting into safe mode. Microsoft disabled the F8 advanced boot options safe mode. However, you can boot into safe mode from within windows.

I can walk you through the process of booting into the advanced boot options menu. There are some tools from this menu that can potentially fix this problem. You could try to disconnect any devices ie. USB flash drive, external hard drive, printer etc.

If you think that computer will never shutdown properly then you can perform a cold boot. Press and hold the power button for 30 seconds to a minute. See if it now powers off.

If it still does not power off then you can disconnect the power cable from the back of the computer. Again a cold boot is only recommended if that computer will never shutdown. Some computers when you press the power button for only a few seconds will put the computer into hybernation mode.

If you press the power button again for a second or two it will wake up from hybernation. Also, some computers have a reset button. The reset switch will forcibly reboot the computer instead of shutting off power.

Since you are using a laptop, you may need to pull the battery out of it.

Boot Device Not Found HP Laptop – Troubleshooting Steps

I received another positive rating, on a third party website where I earn supplementary income answering computer related questions. The customer question is below:

I have an HP Pavilion G7 Notebook PC and it uses a Windows 7 operating system. I have not used the Notebook in three years. I need to reinstall a operating system, which I don't have the Hard Disk.

Can I purchase a Hard Disk? All I get on my screen is Hard Disk Not Exist. I can't even connect to my wireless internet.

My answer is as follows. Please disconnect the power cable from both the back of that laptop and wall outlet. Also, take out the battery.

Press the power button for 30 seconds. Now plug the power cable to laptop and wall outlet. Make sure that you do not have any other devices attached ie external hard drive, USB flash drive, printer, etc.

Press the power button and see if it will boot successfully now. If you still receive that error, you can enter the BIOS and look to see if the hard drive is being detected. If the BIOS does not detect that hard drive, then you can take out the hard drive and reinsert it.

Sometimes just reseating a laptop hard drive will clear up errors like that. If you need more detailed information on how to enter the BIOS and or take out the hard drive I can give you instructions. Entering the computer's BIOS depends on the manufacturer.

Generally, you can enter the Basic Input Output System on Hewlett Packard computers by pressing the F10 key as soon as that computer powers on. On older notebook and laptop computers the hard drive will be underneath a small cover either on the bottom or side. Newer laptops hard drives are located under the bottom cover.

All you have to do is once you remove the hard drive cover, is to disconnect the hard drive and then reconnect it.

Microsoft Security Updates – For Windows 10 Version KB4088776

Microsoft Corporation released cumulative update KB4088776 on March thirteen two thousand eighteen. This update includes twelve quality improvements. This update does NOT include any new features.

* internet explorer stops working f12 developer
* internet explorer and microsoft edge xml printing
* legacy document mode
* internet explorer pinch and zoom
* internet explorer browser helper not responsive
* graphics drivers upgrading causes not responsive applications
* "Check your account, you don't own this content” error
* cannot access server message block after installing previous microsoft updates
* active directory file server issue causes database problem after restart
* march 2018 antivirus compatibility check lifted
* security updates for other microsoft applications

There are two known issues after this update according to Microsoft. KB4054517 failed to install because of error 0x80070643. This is a false positive.

This prior Microsoft security updates actually installed successfully. Microsoft is aware that Windows Update incorrectly reports this as a failed install. Windows 10 1709 Delta enterprise customers may have February and March windows update failures.

These three knowledge bases have been expired:

KB4056892 january 2018

KB4074588 february 2018

KB4088776 March 2018

Microsoft recommends removing the previous Microsoft security updates and just install the full March 2018 KB4088776 instead. If you have been keeping up to date with Microsoft Windows 10 security updates then this will become the 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 Microsoft update applies to Windows 10 and Windows 10 version 1709 operating system. This update does NOT replace any previous update. Your Windows 10 operating system build number will now be 16299.309 after installing this update.

Teamviewer Remote Desktop – Version 13.1.1548 Available

Teamviewer remote desktop software version 13.1.1548 has been released. It looks as if TeamViewer has three new features according to a changelog.

* active directory connector
* servicecamp reports
* single window interface

Teamviewer remote desktop is a free software program that allows you to control a computer remotely. This software supports Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh, Linux, Google Android, and Apple iOS operating systems. I have never used this program on a dumb device, I mean smart device.

Teamviewer can be a handy tool for computer repair technicians, whom want to provide remote support. The free version is only for home use and not for commercial use. There are portable versions of this Teamviewer remote desktop software.

Also, there is a quick support version designed for support technicians. Your customers don't need to install anything, they just download the standalone quick support version. You can download the newest version of Teamviewer remote desktop from this static link.

Teamviewer remote desktop software has an automatic update notifier, that makes upgrading this software simple. You can update your version of Teamviewer remote desktop application by manually downloading the most current version as well.