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April 2017

A first look at 7-Zip 17.0 Beta

Igor Pavlov, the developer of the archive program 7-Zip for Microsoft Windows, released 7-Zip 17.0 Beta to the public on April 29, 2017.

The new version of the program ships with a couple of changes, but the most important aspect of its release is that 7-Zip development continues.

If you look back, you will notice that only a few new stable version have been released in the past six or so years. The last releases, 15.x in 2015 and 16.x in 2016 were the first non-beta releases in years.

Firefox Nightly marks Legacy Add-ons

The most recent version of Firefox Nightly, the browser's cutting edge version, highlights the add-ons that are not WebExtensions with the Legacy tag.

One of the concerns that Firefox users who run one or multiple add-ons in the browser have currently is whether their add-ons will make the cut when Firefox 57 comes along.

It is in this version of Firefox, out November 2017, that Mozilla plans to drop support for so-called legacy add-ons.

Ubuntu founder retakes the CEO throne, many employees gone

Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Canonincal has once again returned to his positition of CEO, as Jane Silber, the previous CEO now heads to the Board of Directors; and big changes happen to the staff lineup as a result.

Installing VeraCrypt in GNU/Linux

For those of you unfamiliar with it, Veracrypt is the successor to the encryption software Truecrypt. Truecrypt was suddenly abandonded by the creators, and others decided to take up the responsibility by forking the application and creating Veracrypt.

All Kelly’s Corner Scripts download

Kelly's Korner was a popular site when Windows XP reigned supreme in the world of operating systems. Created by Kelly Theriot, a Microsoft MVP, it offered hundreds of scripts, Registry files, and executable files to repair, tweak, or improve the Windows operating system.

While most of those were designed for Windows XP, part of them work fine in newer versions of the Windows operating system as well.

Windows 10 Taskbar not hiding? Here is the fix!

The Windows 10 taskbar is probably displayed on most users systems all the time. The core reason for that is likely that many are unaware that the taskbar can be hidden, and that others prefer a less dynamic interface.

Hiding the taskbar makes room for a tiny bit of extra space on the desktop that application windows may use, and if you like your desktop clean and tidy, you may find that it looks better as well.

Windows 10 Social Update? My People and Gmail experience in latest Insider build

Microsoft released a new build for Windows Insider systems on the Fast Ring channel that brings the version to 16184 on PC.

Microsoft needs to stop blocking updates on Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs

Microsoft's decision to block security and non-security updates on customer PCs running Windows 7 or 8.1 (or the server variants) with "next-generation silicon" is as customer unfriendly as it gets.

What makes this all the more problematic is the fact that Microsoft's detection routines, those that identify the processor of a PC to determine whether updates will be blocked or allowed, is flawed.

If Firefox 57 would be released today, 2273 add-ons would be compatible

The Firefox web browser is in a bit of a moving state right now in regards to the browser's add-on system and add-ons that are available for it.

Mozilla plans to make Firefox 57 the first version of the browser that supports only WebExtensions. WebExtensions in plain old English are very similar to Google Chrome extensions, only that the Firefox version supports more powerful add-ons than Google Chrome does once Mozilla reaches feature parity with Chrome.

Disable the annoying Set up OneDrive popup on Windows 10

If you have upgraded a Windows PC already to the Windows 10 Creators Update, or installed this version on a PC, you may have noticed quite a few changes that come with it.

One of these is that you may get a "Set up OneDrive" popup when you open save or load file dialogs, or click on the OneDrive icon in File Explorer directly.

This is obviously only an issue if you don't use OneDrive, and have no desire to use it. Anyone who uses the built-in file synchronization service may fill out the requested authentication information once to be done with that.

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