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.

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.

Why Won t my Chromebook Turn on – Troubleshooting Steps

I had a customer with an Acer Chromebook that would not power on. Here was there question:

"I have an Acer Chromebook 14 that will not turn on. No lights no noise. Just that it was new as of December."

I received a positive rating from this customer from my answer. This means I received compensation for this answer and that my customer found this information productive. Please disconnect the power cable from both the wall outlet and Chromebook.

Then press and hold the power button for 30 seconds. Plug the power cable back into the wall outlet and Chromebook. Now press the power button and see if it will turn on.

You can try this instead. Hold down the "Refresh" key and then press the "Power" button. It may power on.
The Refresh key looks like a half circle with arrow.

You could take out the battery, but I think it is probably under the bottom cover. You could try powering it on without a battery. However, if that Acer Chromebook is still under warranty, I would not recommend taking it apart, as that could void the warranty.

Another possible reason why won t my chromebook turn on is faulty memory. Again if your Acer Chromebook or any other brand Chromebook is still under warranty, I would advise against trying to service it yourself, because of the fact you could void your warranty. Take off the bottom cover and look for one or two possible random access memory modules.

Take them both out and see if your Acer Chromebook will now power on. If it successfully powers on than that means you just needed to reseat the memory, have faulty memory, or faulty memory slot(s). Try powering on that Chromebook with just one memory module at a time.

Also, try powering it on, by testing each different memory slot. You want to try to use the process of elimination.
If under warranty and you think it is a hardware failure you could contact Acer or the place you purchased it, to get it looked at.

These tips were written for an Acer Chromebook 14. However, you could certainly use them as a basis to troubleshoot other brands of Chromebooks.

Computer Won t Connect to Internet – Troubleshooting Tips

I received another question on a third party website where I earn supplemental income answering computer and technology related questions. Here is the original question:

"I have been having problems connecting to the internet for the last couple of days. Yesterday morning it worked. Yesterday evening it did not.

Again this morning it worked, but this evening most of the time it did not. A couple of times it kicked in on one computer but not on another. On the computer that did gain connectivity I could only access some sites.

I again called the provider and they tried re-setting the modem. Now one of the computers has connectivity but the other computer does not. Any idea why the other computer is not able to connect?"

The following is my response. Remember my customer did submit a positive review. What that means is that I helped solve their problem and received compensation for my time.

The following tips may or may not help you solve your own computer won t connect to Internet problem. If you have multiple devices, then you might want to power cycle all of them. For example if you have a broadband modem, wireless router, switch, and a couple of computers you would want to power cycle all those devices.

I would first power cycle the broadband modem router. Then wait like 10 minutes. Now power cycle any other switch, wireless router, etc. that is hooked up to your Internet modem and wait another 10 minutes.

Then I would reboot any computers that you have. Another thing you could look for is loose ethernet cables. Make sure all ethernet cables are tight and none are loose.

Also, you could try flushing the DNS cache on your computers. In windows you open up a command prompt with administrative rights and enter this command:

ipconfig /flushdns

If none of these tips help, you could hook up one computer directly to your broadband modem and see if your Internet connection drops or is slow. You want to bypass any networking device(s) that might be failing or causing problems. You want to try to isolate whether or not the problem is with your Internet service provider, Internet modem, switch, wireless router, or computer, etc.

WordPress Version Latest – 4.9.2 Update

WordPress on January sixteen two thousand eighteen released maintenance and security update 4.9.2. This is an update for all previous versions of WordPress since version 3.7. This update includes one new security vulnerability and twenty one bug fixes.

There was a Cross Site Scripting vulnerability found in the MediaElement files. These files have been removed from this version of WordPress 4.9.2. Here are some of the bug fixes.

* firefox javascript errors prevented saving posts
* get category link and category description restored
* theme restoration will restore previous widgets

You can update your version of WordPress to 4.9.2 by clicking on your "Dashboard" if not already there. Then select "Updates". Finally click on "Update Now".

If your WordPress site was configured with automatic background updates, then you should already be updated to 4.9.2. Also, you can download update 4.9.2 directly from Finally, check out this WordPress 4.9.2 update blog post for more details.

How to Install OS X – Leopard 10.5.4 on G5 PowerPC

I recently acquired three Macintosh G5 PowerPC's. None of them would boot up properly. I was able to install Random Access Memory correctly in these three computers and they all booted up properly.

I am going to describe to you how to install OS X Leopard which is version 10.5.4. First, you will need either a Digital Optical Disc or Universal Serial Bus flash drive. You can install OS X via USB flash drive but it requires more technical knowlegde beyond this blog post.

Apple allows you to buy and sell used Macintosh operating system discs. You can obtain them from websites similar to Craigslist, Amazon, and Ebay. If your missing a hard drive you can install a new or used one and partition it using Mac OS X install DVD.

If you cannot get the DVD optical tray to open you can power on your Macintosh while pressing and holding your left mouse button. USB mice designed for PC's are supported by Macintosh hardware. Also, standard USB keyboards are supported by Macintosh hardware.

You do not have to use official Apple Macintosh keyboard and mice. The G5 PowerPC will eventually boot off of the DVD disc. After you choose your language, you click the right arrow down below at the initial screen to begin the installation.

You will see a welcome screen where you click "Contine". You will then be presented with a software license agreement screen. Click on "Agree" to continue the installation.

If you have a used, refurbished, or new hard disk then you will need to create a partition. If you do NOT create this partition now, the MAC OS X Leopard 10.5.4 install will fail. However, you will not get notified why the install failed.

Many times it is because you have not created a partition yet. To create a partition click on "Utilities" from the top menu and then choose "Disk Utility". From within disk utility you will be able to create a Macintosh partition.

You will see your hard drive on the left hand side. Click on your hard drive and then click on a "Partition" tab. In partition you will be able to create a new partition.

I recommend you create a MAC OS X journaled partition. Also, if you have an existing hard drive with a MAC partition created, you can go ahead and erase this partition instead for a clean install. There are two types of erase options, a quick simple one where your user data is preserved and not written over until that portion of the hard drive is used.

The longer erase is called "Erase Free Space" and can take an hour or more depending on speed of your Apple G5 PowerPC. Once you create a partition you can now exit out of disk utility. You will be asked to select the destination hard drive for your install.

Select whichever hard drive or partition you want MAC OS X Leopard 10.5.4 to reside on and click "Continue". You will be presented with an "Install Summary" screen. Click on Install to begin the installation.

You will see a "Checking Installation DVD" popup window. You can click on "Skip" to skip this step. I recommend you allow the installation to check your installation DVD if it is the first time you are using this particular DVD disc.

It will add possibly another 15 to 20 minutes to the install time. Finall, you will see an installation progress indicator. It took MAC OS X Leopard 10.5.4 approximately one hour to install on this G5 PowerPC.

The installation will automatically reboot the computer. It will not dismount your DVD but will NOT boot off of it. If you see a blank screen during the installation it is most likely the screen saver, so you do not need to panic.

Your keyboard might not get detected so you just need to press two keys to get the operating system to detect it. Follow the instructions on screen to perform this task and click "Continue". You can choose the default keyboard detection or change it and then click "Continue".

You will see a welcome screen with country or region information. Select the default or change it and then press "Continue". Next a "Do you already own a MAC?" will be presented.

You can transfer data from another Macintosh computer, another disc volume on this computer, or from a Time Machine backup or not transfer any data. Click on "Continue" to move along the installation. You will be asked to enter your Apple ID.

You do NOT have to enter your Apple ID to continue with the installation. Click on "Continue". A "Registration Information" screen is displayed.

You do NOT have to enter any registration information in order to continue the installation. Click on "Continue". You will be presented with a "Create Your Account" screen.

You ONLY have to enter in a name and short name fields. You do NOT have to enter a password. You will automatically be logged into your Macintosh OS X Leopard 10.5.4 desktop.

You can create a password for your account later. Click continue to see the last screen titled "Thank You". Click on "Go" to finalize the installation and be taken to the Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.4 desktop. I just described how to install OS X on a PowerPC G5.

Ubuntu Update – Started Update UTMP About System Runlevel Changes

I recently installed a Ubuntu Update on a desktop computer running Ubuntu Linux 16.04. I typed in apt-get install dist-upgrade. These updates caused this Ubuntu desktop to no longer be able to browse a local windows network.

I decided to upgrade this version of Ubuntu Linux 16.04 to 17.04. I used the Ubuntu software updater. After the installation completed, this desktop computer kept hanging at "Started Update UTMP about System Runlevel Changes".

Apparently, this upgrade to Ubuntu Linux 17.04 fucked up the video drivers. I have a dual core desktop computer with integrated Intel video. I found an Ask Ubuntu forum post pertaining to this Ubuntu update problem that had my solution.

When this desktop would hang at this "Started Update UTMP about System Runlevel Changes” I pressed Ctrl + Shift + F1 keys. A command prompt login appeared. I logged in with my linux credentials. I elevated to root privileges.

I went ahead and installed Intel video drivers for linux with this command.

# apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-intel

I rebooted this Ubuntu linux destkop with 17.04 and now X windows loaded properly. The graphical user interface worked normally and I was able to log into my Linux desktop. Also, I was able to successfully access the Windows network computers.

You see I have an old Dell desktop computer with Windows Vista, that I use for a file server. This Ubuntu desktop computer now with 17.04 is my data recovery computer.

How to Install RAM in iMac – G5 With Power Button Blinking Twice

I recently obtained three power pc G5 Apple Macintosh desktop computers. The first one I diagnosed as not posting and booting properly. I noticed that the power button light would flash twice every five to ten seconds or so.

Also, I noticed that this Power PC G5 had only one memory module installed. This computer is compatible with older school DDR 184 pin modules. I am going to describe to you how to install RAM in iMac G5. You must install this memory in pairs.

There are a total of eight random access memory slots in this Power Macintosh computer. There are two sets of memory slots labeld 1-4. You must install at least two memory modules in order to get this machine to boot properly.

Also, you need to use the correct random access memory. PC3200 184 pin double data rate synchronous dynamic random access memory. Install one memory stick in each numbered one slot. You can install up to 8 gigabytes of total memory.

However, they must be in pairs and the same size. For example I installed two 512 Megabytes DDR SDRAM in this computer using both labeled slots 1. I powered on this computer and I heard the proverbial apple chime sound.

Also, I looked up the flash codes for this Power PC G5 Macinstoh and found out that when the power button flashes twice it is generally a random access memory problem. In order to open this system case there is a latch on the rear. You just pull the latch towards you and that releases the system cover.

You do NOT need to fuck with any screws with this older type of Power PC Macintosh computer. Also, the memory is located under neath two fans. The fans are removed by pulling up towards you on a plastic handle.

I was able to salvage this Apple A1047 EMC 2061 power personal computer.

Hewlett Packard Laptops – Warranty Lookup Instructions

As part of my compute repair business, I often receive Hewlett Packard laptops to fix. I often times lookup the warranty status of these notebook computers. Hewlett Packard has a manual warranty lookup tool on their website.

You will need the serial number from your Hewlett Packard laptops. You can find this serial number, usually on the bottom of the laptop, either on a sticker or imprinted. Sometimes this number rubs off.

In that case you might find it in the computer's basic input output system BIOS. Another place you might find the serial number is on the box when you purchased your laptop. Select your "Country of purchase from a drop down list.

Type in your "Serial Number" and then click on "Check Warranty". After a few seconds you should be taken to a screen that displays your warranty status. You will either see "Expired" in red font or "Active" in green font next to "Warranty status details for your product".

You will also be able to view your serial number and product number below this. The start and end date for your Hewlett Packard laptops warranty is shown. You can also view service type and service level for your warranty.

From this page you can click on links to obtain product information as well as software and drivers information pertaining to your exact model of laptop computer. According to this manual warranty lookup tool, if your warranty expires and you call Hewlett Packard for support you will be charged a fee. At the very least you will be able to view the warranty status for your Hewlett Packard laptops.

If you still want paid support for your out of warranty laptop, click on "Contact a support agent". Then click on "Get Phone Number" on the next page. Just remember that you will most likely be charged a fee.

Hewlett Packard Laptops – 15AC121DX Not Working Troubleshooting

Hewlett Packard Laptops

A computer repair customer brought me a Hewlett Packard laptops model 15-AC121DX that will not work. This is actually one of my repeat customers. She claimed that a Windows 10 update was installing and the next thing she knew the laptop no longer booted.

I was able to get this Hewlett Packard laptops 15-AC121DX working again. I tried the inital taking out the laptop battery, disconnecting the AC adapter, and then holding the power button for 30 seconds routine. I took off the bottom cover of this laptop.

There are twelve screws that you will need to remove. Also, there are two screws under the battery. Once I removed the bottom cover, I removed the Random Access Memory.

This Hewlett Packard laptops model 15-AC121DX still would not start the Power on Self Test. I stripped down this laptop to the bare bones. I took out both memory modules, hard drive, optical drive, and even the wireless card.

This laptop still would not power on successfully. I did notice that I finally got an orange light to turn on with just the AC Adapter plugged in. This tells me the laptop battery was charging.

When I removed the laptop battery a solid white light turned on. This tells me that the AC adapter was good and power to the computer was being received. However, each time I pressed the power button, the case fan would not turn on and no other lights would display.

Finally, I tried installing some spare DD3 memory I had. I finally got this laptop computer to at least attempt to power on. I noticed the power button would blink three times.

Also, I noticed a Caps Lock key would blink three times as well. I performed a quick Google search and found that this led blink code meant that this was a Random Access Memory issue. I decided to install the original memory that came with this 15-AC121DX laptop.

Low and behold I was finally able to get this computer to peform the power on self test. I was able to see a message on the laptop display screen. There was a problem with the board ID being incorrect in the Basic Input Output System.

I tested both memory modules in both slots. I narrowed it down to a bad memory module. Also, I had to enable "legacy support" in the BIOS. You press F10 to get into the BIOS on this particular HP laptop.

I was finally able to get Windows 10 to boot successfully. I attempted to upgrade the BIOS to version F.23 but had to run the flash a second time before it succeeded. Also, I was able to finally get the laptop battery to fully charge.

I have one more additional problem. Windows 10 fall creaters update will not install successfully to Windows 10 1709. Once I fix this problem, I can return this laptop to the customer. I may not be able to clear that BIOS error.

However, my customer now has a working HP laptop with Windows 10 operating system. If the battery is bad or only charges intermittently, then they can order a replacement.