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+ - Does Windows slow down Windows?

blackest_k writes: I recently reinstalled windows7 home on a laptop a factory restore minus the shovel ware did all the windows updates and it was reasonably snappy. 4 weeks later its running like a slug and now 34 more updates to install. The system is clear of malware there are very few additional programs other than chrome browser.

It appears that windows slows down windows! Has anyone benchmarked windows7 as installed and then again as updated? Even better has anybody identified any windows update that put the slug into sluggish?

Comment: Re:What is on there already (Score 1) 175 175

not really i used picasa web albums as backup a while back and google synced up a bunch of stuff, mostly junk and now its been gathered together in google photo's.

There is nothing there i am concerned about, other people may have more 'sensitive' private images that they may not want stored on google's servers.

on the other hand people lose phones or have them stolen and mostly they are concerned about the lost photo's of grand children and stuff like that. for them it's a life line they probably didn't know they had.

Comment: Re:What is on there already (Score 1) 175 175

well some of them are picasa web albums , there is also an autoback on android which works in the background. Google has its dropbox folder on each account and thats not picky over what it backs up i think i had a linux distro on one microsd card and most if not all the icons (around 1000) ended up in there.

As another poster said it is a tad awkward to delete on mass the rubbish.

I really don't have 'sensitive' photo's connected to google. though so saying be careful setting up chromecasts particularly for other people as it's very easy to end up sharing your photo's on someone elses chromecast backdrop.

Comment: What is on there already (Score 4, Interesting) 175 175

I just went to the site and Its already got photo's of mine from yesterday to 2009. I'm sure most of those are only good for the bin. However it could be a good thing in some cases. Say you photographed something sensitive like the police using excessive force, well that can't be deleted from your phone now.

on the other hand there are some terrible photo's such as when you accidentally click the shutter..

you might want to check to see what you're sharing with google already.

Comment: Google Executive Dan Fredinburg killed on Everest (Score 1) 114 114

Google executive Dan Fredinburg was among 18 people killed on Mount Everest after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake ravaged Nepal on Saturday.

A woman who identified herself as Fredinburg's younger sister, Megan, said on his Instagram page that he had a major head injury after the avalanche triggered by the quake. He didn't survive.

The catastrophic earthquake Saturday killed more than 1,300 people and leveled ancient buildings in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu. The quake was so strong that it also killed people in nearby India, Bangladesh, and Tibet.

Fredinburg â" who was head of privacy for Google X â" survived last year's deadly avalanche on Mount Everest, according to media reports and his Instagram account.

Comment: Re:That makes sense (Score 2) 178 178

PDF is an output format all the structure that went into the document has been removed pretty much.

While you can get to the elements of a pdf document its very difficult to reformat them. for example say there is text in 2 columns selecting them you get a single column with the left side from column 1 and the right side from column 2 scrambling the sentences to make nonsense. The structure has been left in the word processing document. which is where you must return in order to use a smaller page size for example.

There are a number of formats where you can classify the file as output for example jpeg loses the raw data even an mp3 or audio file which may have had 24 tracks you can't just remove the drums...

The physical world is full of non editable things.
So no you don't need a pdf editor you need the word processor document which the pdf was generated from.

Comment: Re:"Free" with restrictions is not Free! (Score 1) 198 198

The headline was bad, as it doesn't include the qualification.

It is a limited qualified version of free.
Free to learn on, is about it.
If you get good at it and show some talent you might be suitable for hiring by pixar.
I don't think there is anything of interest for programmers there either.

It is kinda cool that they have released this cross platform, but you can see how its a little self serving for pixar. Clearly they seem to want a cut of any profits that might be made from a small independent film maker using this software.

This release basically targets potential recruits that should need less training if pixar finds them talented.
maybe i'm too cynical

Comment: change password before going to NewZealand (Score 1) 200 200

People are stupid on average and would be daft enough to leave incriminating files on laptops and smart phones that's why customs needs an over-reaching power like this.

The problem is really is revealing a password that you use elsewhere. So change it before you go make it 1234 or password or some other trivial thing. Maybe put a fresh copy of windows on before you travel, or would that be suspicious in itself. Customs can give you a hard time already even your butt isn't secure.

New Zealand wouldn't be the first country to make failing to hand over encryption keys illegal, just make sure your laptop is clean and it isn't a problem. It's not like you can't download a file once you are past customs.


I never cheated an honest man, only rascals. They wanted something for nothing. I gave them nothing for something. -- Joseph "Yellow Kid" Weil