The last month has been….

I know I have not posted in a while but the last month has been rough , not on a personal level or anything, but on a computer point. So I buy one of the high end joysticks that the friends I play with have, and that is where the fun starts.

X-56 joystick by Saitek was the stick that I ordered and it was not cheap, 103 key combo’s times 3 so you have almost unlimited set ups for air and ground . This was a Amazon buy from ¬†a seller I had not used before. I connected the new stick and it seemed that everything was working fine on the new computer .

First off the software can be programmed to do keyboard commands with the touch of a button. This should work out great, till days go by and I find out nothing I’m programmed worked. After looking up fixes and trial and error I reinstalled the software and now the programming is working.

So during all of this on the new gaming rig I just built I’m playing a shooter game with the grandson and the system locks up hard. I almost couldn’t get Windows to restart it was that bad, found out it was The onboard sound card ( I should have known better) had died.

Fine I say and replace the sound card with one from my old rig. Plug the Saitek and continue programming, and now everything is pulling to the right on takeoff. After some advice from a friend and more testing ( and by testing I mean drunken raints) 3 weeks in I send it back for the “new version” of the stick.

Now a week with the new sick that had the same software problem, I’m back to game programming…wish me luck.

Meltdown and Spectre info

Everyone has been hearing about the new Intel and other chips having a vulnerability that could cause you’re computer to be exposed on the internet. Let’s set the record straight, it’s like the post it notes you leave on the desk. If at any one given time someone walk’s in they can see those notes. Same thing with you’re computer, depending on what you have been doing with it in the last few hours that’s what they can see.

Now this can be a problem if you leave you’re computer on 24/7 , if you shut it off after you use it it should be good “depending on what you were doing “. A simple restart¬† of the computer will clear the cache “sticky notes”.

Well that’s all and good Eric what the hell can I do ? Microsoft and Apple have taken it upon themselves to “patch” these problems and “one” of the two are almost fixed. The fix should already be installed in the computer,came out last week.

The problem is the older you’re computer the slower the fix will make it . I found a way to check the computer to see if it is SAFE and this is where it gets technical. This link will send you to a program that will tell if you are fixed for one of the 2¬†vulnerability’s like most computers. But it will tell you IF the fix slowed you’re computer down. DON’T trust a email that said we can “fix” you’re computer.

Steve Gibson

The link above is a trusted link to “InSpectre” and a small ( less then 1 MB ) file that will let you know how the patch did on you’re computer. The site should look like this ..

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If You have anymore questions feel free to email

Windows Fall Update is here

Well it’s here and it’s not much different from the preview I was running on a laptop and an older desktop. There are some new apps that will help higher end computers with AR and VR, one of the updates I was looking forward to was the one drive files on demand.

That app/service is not working as Microsoft intended as of just yet, seems the option is on some of the installs. If not you have to download the “one drive” newest program and run it to even see the option for files on demand. Even then not all the folders are showing up correctly . I hope they fix this soon .

It has slowed the system a bit , have not tried it on the gaming computer. I will try “gaming” this weekend and report back.

Waiting on the fall update

Been waiting for the Windows 10 fall creators update for a month or so , in the preview program it should be out by now. I have loaded the latest preview a number of times and all it keeps doing is crashing the computer ( 16251 iso ) . Its to the point where I don’t want to load it because I don’t think it will move on to the next update with out freezing up.

Just for the hell of it I loaded Windows S on the system ( you need Pro to try it ) and It would have been great if it was a “lite” version of windows but its not . It just windows Pro without anyway to run exe files. I created a account for my grandson to play with and asked him to see if he could brake it . No luck so far , it would be a great OS for those who don’t know anything about computers or kids.