It is a good idea to keep your system as lean as possible by installing only the software you really need and do in fact use regurarly. This is all good in theory, but what can you do with the crap that comes preinstalled with your operating system?
As of the writing of this post, Windows 10 version 2004 is the latest release of Windows 10 dubbed as the 2020 May update. While it was available to some through Windows Update since May, many still only see a notification that it will be available soon.
Your first Java project finally runs from the command line and you want to share it with your friends to show the spectacular progress you made. All you need to do is to create a compressed jar file and send it to them, right? Not quite as in case they have no Java Runtime Environment (JRE) installed or have a different version from the one you used, all they will get is a criptic error message.
By now, the sound coming out from a computer should be a trivial issue. Ever since soundcards integrated on PC motherboards appeared, all you had to do was to plug in your speakers or headphone in the green stereo audio-out port and everything worked like magic. At least that is how it should work.
Though the MacBook Pro hardware is simply put amazing, I could not learn to love macOS in the last 3 months and its quirks started to greatly impede my productivity. By no means am I enamored of Windows, but it fits my usual workflow way better than macOS ever did. I’m a linux fan in my heart, but for work I am often required to use MS Office products so this need for seamless compatibility left only one option.
Outdated software is the single biggest security risk you face every day if you own a Windows PC or laptop. Smart people find vulnerabilities all the time and the software companies are pretty good at fixing these, but you will be safe only if you apply the updates they provide. Windows Update does take care of the operating system and some programs like Google Chrome do update themselves, but what about the rest?
Installing Windows and Ubuntu on the same computer can cause a myriad of problems. GRUB can go crazy and prohibit you from launching Windows or the Windows installation could overwrite GRUB, so you won't be able to boot into Ubuntu...
Out of nowhere, Viber started displaying ads at the bottom of the contact list of the Viber window. I understand that Viber must make a living, but in my case the ads covered one third of the contact list and this really frustrated me. Luckily it turns out you can disable these ads without any side effects...
From time to time I make a list of all the software I'm regularly using, so if I ever have to reinstall my computer I can do it really fast with a list in my hand. In this post I compiled the list for Windows 10 for January of 2018.