O&O ShutUp10 – Making Windows 10 More Private

ShutUp10Windows 10 is a fantastic OS. The sins of Windows 8 are virtually gone and the best of Windows 7 with its long history of progenitors is back. It’s a solid release.

Unfortunately, it’s also privacy nightmare. The breath and depth of what it shares by default, let alone the incredible amount of things in the License Agreement that Microsoft has you sign off on is simply Orwellian. Watch this quick YouTube Video that should open your eyes, even if it does have just a touch of tin-foil-hat narrative by the author, the points about privacy are valid and should concern you.

So, like others, I want to use this spiffy new OS for a variety of reasons. I started researching how to turn off a lot of these spying features. I quickly found a small group of apps that do the heavy lifting for you. After trying them, I settled on O&O ShutUp10. Have a look:

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Look at the above screenshot and the sheer volume of settings it would take to turn off everything that may leak your private details. Oh, and that’s just page one. You have to scroll down to see the 2nd half.

Fortunately, they built-in a feature to Apply all recommend settings – something many of other Apps I tested lacked. It also has a 2nd level of limited recommended settings to further tighten the screws. Finally, it offers to set a System Restore Point before applying the settings so you can always roll back just in case something breaks.

O&O ShutUp10 is free and I highly recommend it for all Windows 10 users.

Maine Vacation 2015

2015-07-24 19.06.17I’ve found some time to get our Maine Vacation pictures up. We went in July and had pretty decent weather.

We stayed at Wild Acres Camp Ground which is where I used to go with my parents. I think that I was about the same age as the girls (11) when I last saw the place. It sure got a lot bigger, but I still recognized a lot of it! It was great seeing the girls reaction to the ocean (their first visit to the coast).

We will be going back – I’m pretty sure Nicole is already in the process of booking the next vacation!

You can see these and our other photos using the Photo Album link at the top of the page to access the menus.

Reset Display Preferences

Reset Display Preferences was created to fix a very peculiar issue we resetdisplaypreferenceswere seeing. Often, users of laptops, would have problems connecting to certain projectors. Options would be missing or display dialogs were stacked and couldn’t be brought forward. I found removing and resetting the local user display preferences would cure it. These were typically our users who would connect to a large variety of projectors. This automated the process of resetting those preferences for the user.

It is available from the Software menu at the top of the page.

Spotlight Reset

SpotlightResetSpotlight Reset is a straight-forward app I wrote to help users reset their Spotlight index easily. Sometimes, for whatever reason, Spotlight will stall and not index a user’s data leaving search results coming up empty or only showing partial results.

When run, Spotlight will force-reset the index on the boot volume only. It currently does not support external volumes.

You can find it on the Software page from the menu at the top.