Windows 7 Reaches End of Life in precisely 6 months as of today. This means Microsoft will no longer patch Windows 7. Without Security Patches it will become vulnerable and more susceptible to Malicious software. Obviously with the large market share of Operating System, it is a prime time for hackers to target in order to steal bank details etc when users use online banking or to install randsomware “pay us if you want to access your files again”. In addition to Microsoft not supporting Windows 7, hardware vendors such as Intel have dropped support for Windows 7. This means that newer computers do not have Windows 7 drivers and thus Windows 7 will not run on newer hardware they produce. This is likely to become more and more prevalent as there is little incentive for hardware manufacturers to spend resources supporting a legacy Operating System. Other software companies especially those who make internet browsers such as Mozilla, Google may also drop Windows 7 support soon, which will once again make it even less secure.
Fortunately the free upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 still works as I demonstrated a few moments ago.
Article 13 is an act by the Federalist European Superstate to censor the internet. It allows legislation to deliberately give a monopoly to pro-EU companies and pro-EU media and allows political persecution against any dissidents. Jan Krohn author of Heidoc.net writes an article in more detail here:
This is likely the build which will be released to mainstream Windows 10 users. Windows 10 Version 1903, not watermarked and with no expiry date. This means it will likely be tested for 1-2 weeks before a new Media Creation Tool is created, likely sometime in the first 10 days of April.
I have put together some new installation guides which instruct in the slipstreaming of Dell System Drivers and in the case of Windows 7 Updates into Windows 10 and Windows 7 Installation Media Respectively:
This can be both be used to leave the system in a state which is very similar to a Factory Image.
These guides are only applicable to Dell Business Models such as the Dell OptiPlex, Latitude, Precision and XPS ranges. Dell Driver Packs are not available for the Home Models such as the Inspiron or Vostro Ranges. The Windows 10 guide can possibly be modified for other OEMs such as Lenovo using the Lenovo SCCM Driver Packs.
I will create a video on updating the firmware of a Crucial SSD via the UEFI BIOS – a video has already been released.
An Introduction to Scientific Programming
I have spent quite some time learning how to use Octave/MATLAB. I am still learning and put together some videos but found some better ways of doing things. So at present am working on writing written guides before remaking the video tutorials:
This is not available for mainstream Windows 10 users yet.
In the Latest Windows 10 Insider Preview of Windows 10 build 18267, Microsoft have updated the Touchscreen keyboard in Windows 10 to make it easy to access, commonly used symbols such as currency symbols, mathematical symbols, arrow like symbols and Greek letters.
I left Windows feedback for Microsoft to make a modern character map last week based on their emoji panel. It may be coincidence but it seems like they took this feedback and instead applied it to the touchscreen keyboard:
The touchscreen keyboard can still be accessed on non-touch systems by right clicking an empty area on the taskbar and selecting show touch keyboard:
Once this is done you will see the touchscreen keyboard icon beside the system clock. You can open it by left clicking with the mouse:
In the Windows 10 Insider Preview build, press &123 to access the numbers and symbols:
Press the Ω key to access the new symbols:
Some screenshots of the new layout (the video above shows more details):
Microsoft are improving the keyboard and input methods with Windows 10. Let’s hope they release a modern updated character map with keyboard shortcut [Windows] and [ c ] in the next build of Windows 10.
Clipboard – Windows 10 Version 1809
Microsoft have created a Windows 10 Clipboard which allows you to Copy and Paste multiple items.
Press [Windows] and [ v ] to open the Windows Clipboard. This will allow you to paste not only the last text you have copied but all text before hand.
If it doesn’t work for you. First check you have Windows 10 Version 1809. To do this right click the start button and select System:
Under Windows Specification, check Windows Specification to see you have Windows 10 Version 1809. If you have Windows 10 Version 1803, then note Windows 10 Version 1809 has been released and revoked because a minority of users lost files during an upgrade install. It will likely be updated to fix to this bug and re-released soon. See Windows OEM FAQs and Downloads for more information.
If you have Windows 10 Version 1809, then to the bottom left select Clipboard:
Ensure Clipboard History is Enabled:
Emoji Panel – Windows 10 Version 1803
Press [Windows] and [ . ]
Feedback – Implement a New Character Map with Shortcut Symbol Windows and [ c ]
Please up vote my Windows Feedback for this so it is brought to Microsoft’s attention. To do this press [Windows] and [ f ] to open the Windows Feedback App and sign into the feedback app, if you aren’t already signed into a Microsoft Account. Then select the Feedback Hub:
Search for character map and upvote please. Leave an optional comment if you’ve got additional ideas: