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ChrisIB

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  1. Thanks, yes I guess a few extra security scans would be prudent. That is one aspect I find a little unsettling about recent MS updates, are such issues the update or are they say malware. That said some nice improvements, Task manager has had a makeover.
  2. The notification was MSPUB.EXE had been 'Protected folder access blocked' for %userprofiles%\Pictures by Windows security. It was straightforward to allow with a toggle from a link on the notification. The document was just in the Documents folder. Agree, I am using an old version of Publisher (2010) but it had been Windows updated a couple of weeks ago and as I only use it for a couple of documents not really viable to go with an Office subscription. One feature I do like (but which is also apparently not working properly) is a Windows 'Fresh start' that keeps you stuff but gets rid of any manufacturer's bloatware.
  3. There seem to be some issues with it https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2020/05/28/microsoft-windows-10-2004-may-2020-update-free-windows-10-update/#52ee6dcd3596 It took ages on my box and broke my Microsoft Publisher (a few years old) by not letting it save to a protected folder.
  4. E4 have it on weekday evenings at 11pm (the Beeb originally showed it at 6 in the evening) Used to be very popular, seems a bit odd to put it on so late, perhaps they consider the target audience are now in their 30's?
  5. Many thanks for the suggestions. Smart sees it as healthy, tried diskpart with clean, clean all and convert mbr but no luck. Currently trying Aomei partition tool but if that fails Kingston give a 3yr wty so guess it will have to go back.
  6. Recently tried to format a Kingston SSD (64GB V series) in both Windows and using Linux gparted on two different computers. The drive had previously been used in a fresh Windows 10 install for about a month. Both formats show as having deleted the partitions and then reformatted, but then revert back to showing the original two partitions. Tried the Kingston SSD manager but both my computers are fairly old and do not support the BIOS switch it needs. Google says something about SSD's can switch into read only mode when nearing end of life but it's only about a year old with moderate use. Anyone any ideas?
  7. The Gentlemen 8/10 Great cast anchored by McConaughey as the drug kingpin and Hugh Grant as a sleazy reporter
  8. Thanks for the suggestions. Yep, have checked the toilet, gutters were done couple of months ago and have a dehumidifier (which helps but just in single room). Will try the header tank cut off, and if that is ok the damp meter.
  9. Thanks for the replies. Yep, it is lived in with heating but there is little in the way of carpets and so on that might be a cause (replaced with laminate flooring).
  10. I am after some advice on what is probably a hidden water leak in my house. There has been a damp musty smell for months (the house has little in it) It has a water meter ( shows litres) so I checked it before going away for a few days, it hadn't moved when I got back, so no apparent leak on the inbound side. Next, as I have an electric shower and can do basic plumbing, I put in a lever valve from the hot water tank, to take the hot water pipes out of it. There was a 20% decrease in the smell. I also took up a couple of the floorboards to check if the was any damp in the void but it seems fine. So I reckon it must be in the waste piping or the central heating pipes. Any recommends or tips? Is my option now to get a plumber to troubleshoot it?
  11. Bombshell Not what I was expecting, it has zing 8/10
  12. The Epigenetics Revolution by Nessa Carey The dedication: 'For Abi Reynolds, who reprogrammed my life'
  13. Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood Like Brad Pitt but here both he and DiCaprio portray fairly unlikable characters and Tarantino overdoes the retro thing. Surprised it's an oscar contender. 6/10
  14. My aerial points to Emley Moor and have recently retuned. There are two options for region offered, South Yorkshire or Yorkshire. My Sony TV defaulted to Yorkshire but the Youview box to South Yorkshire. The South Yorkshire gives fewer channels (the HD ones in the 100's mainly missing). The signal strength is showing at 80% with signal quality 100% Is there a correct region or is it just use Yorkshire if all the channels are received ok?
  15. Ended up selling it I'm afraid. The Xiaomi global firmware has a lot of features but in hindsight I should have gone with one of their their Android One's The emphasis these days with many Chinese brands seems to be on battery economy. Huawei made the notification LED a setting in the Battery section and Alcatel have taken off the LED repeat entirely, just two flashes. The OLED screen also made the phone unusually heavy (and as you say are more prone than other types to burn in). And as there was also no notch on the screen for the front camera, the earpiece was reduced to just a slit at the top. Stylish but it meant it was necessary to hold it in exactly the right position against your ear.
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