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Martin Luther King, Jr.
As we celebrate the life, times and dreams of Martin Luther King, let me start by going back a few years to when John F. Kennedy was killed. Every year for a long time on each anniversary of JFK’s death, the media would ask if you remembered where your where when you heard the news that Kennedy was killed. My answer is yes, I can still remember where I was driving in my car and most likely can still mark the spot on the road to within a few feet when I heard the news on the car radio.
I have never heard this question asked about MLK’s death. I can not remember where I was at the time of his death, but I can remember with perfect clarity what went through my mind when I heard the news.
Imagine if you will a room with no furniture. In the center on the room towards the back wall is a single candle, the bright light illuminating the walls and ceiling. Slowly the flame starts to go out, its light receding back towards the candle, the walls nearest you slowly getting darker as the flame grows smaller.
Smaller and smaller the flame becomes, as if in slow motion the light in the room seams to be going inward toward the candle as the walls get darker. The flame finally goes out and the room is now totally dark, with nothing visible to your eyes.
That was the moment in time when I heard that Martin Luther King, Jr. had died.
I did not date this article as the date is not important to me; it’s what happened before, then and afterwards that is important.
Windows 7 end of support life date is less than a year away
January 14th, 2020 is the day the support / Windows Update come to an end for Windows 7. On this date the last set of Windows Updates will become available. Read More ----->
Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows 10 - How to delete a write protected drive partition
Here is an easy way to delete a write protected partition on a disk drive ----->
History of PC performance - What money can buy
By J W Stuart Each year in the late October to early November time frame I check the prices for a wide range of Personal Computers and add the current makes and models to my price list which goes all the way back to the 1960's to see what your money can buy.
Windows 7 updates stopped working You will no longer receive Windows Updates for your computer if you fail to install SHA-2 code signing support before the April 2019 “Patch Tuesday” security and the cumulative Monthly Rollup (March 2019 patch Tuesday update includes SHA-2 code sign support). Read More ----->
Windows 10 October 2018 Update has been re-released The patched version of the flawed original release has been re-released on November 13th.
How to get the Windows 10 October 2018 Update now Microsoft has released the October 2018 Update, but you could end up waiting many weeks before it is installed on your computer. Here is how you can get the update now.
New features in the Windows 10 October or late September of 2018 Update (version 1809) Are you ready for the next Microsoft Windows 10 major update (version 1809) and new features included in the late September or October of 2018 release of Windows 10.
Windows 10 External USB 3.0 Hard Drive Keeps Disconnecting and Reconnecting Trying to store data or create an image backup and before you can start the external USB drive disconnects and File Explorer closes. Then a short time later the USB drive connects and File Explorer opens.
Hard Disk Drives versus Solid State Drives Benchmarks and Test software March 09 2018 - Before I put any newly purchased hard drive into service I perform benchmarks and about 9 hours of testing for a 1TB hard drive. SSD drives take considerably less time.- Part 3
How to extend the useful life of your Windows 7 computer Feb 5, 2018
How to protect and extend the useful life of your Windows 7 based computer beyond January 14, 2020 which is when Microsoft drops all support for Windows 7. In this series of articles I will show you how to protect and extend the service life of your Windows 7 computer. ----->
How long is my version of Windows 10 good for? Feb 4, 2018 – Originally when Windows 10 was first released as a free upgrade the end of support was listed by Microsoft as the year 2025, but this has all changed with each new major upgrade.
Here is how you can open the Control Panel in Windows 10 and make it easy to access when you need it. Read More ----->
Windows 10 Korner
How long is my version of Windows 10 good for? Feb 4, 2018 – Originally when Windows 10 was first released as a free upgrade the end of support was listed by Microsoft as the year 2025, but this has all changed with each new major upgrade. Read More ----->
Windows 10 Control Panel Here is how you can open the Control Panel in Windows 10 and make it easy to access when you need it. Read More ----->
Windows 7 and Intel Skylake processors -----> April 23rd, 2016 By: J W Stuart
Why Microsoft may have extended the drop dead date for systems that use Intel’s Skylake processors.
How to create an Image Backup of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 to an External USB Drive -----> by J W Stuart March 16th, 2016
Upgrading to Windows 10; then create a disk and partition image backup, not to be confused with a “System Backup” of your current version of Windows before you do. The built in Windows 10 Roll Back / Restore previous version of Windows don’t always work leaving you with a nonfunctional or incomplete restoration of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 A disk and partition backup includes and will restore all the partitions on your drive and not just the Windows partition.
Create your own ISO file from a Windows 7 installation DVD October 20th, 2015 How to use your or a friends “Retail” version (Upgrade or Full product) of the Windows 7 installation media to create an ISO file which can be used to create a multi-version Windows 7 installation DVD.----->
Microsoft has pulled the plug on the Digital River Windows 7 .ISO file downloads -----> February 6, 2015
Windows 7 enters the Extended Support phase on January 13th, 2015 January 8th, 2015
What this means is that Microsoft will not accept requests for warranty support, design changes, or new features during the Extended Support phase.
What about Windows Updates: The monthly security updates will continue until Jan. 14, 2020, currently Microsoft’s "End of extended support" date.
How to move from a smaller SSD to a larger SSD September 26th, 2014
If you find that your old SSD is running out of space here is how to migrate to a larger Solid State Drive now or in the future. For this article I’m using my 128GB SSD with Windows 7 installed and moving to a larger 500GB SSD. If you have Windows 8 or 8.1 the concepts and steps are the same. ----->
Windows 7 Mainstream support August 8th, 2014 Updated October 31st, 2014
Sales of computers to consumers with Windows 7 and 8.0 (not 8.1) pre-installed by OEM PC manufacturers such as Dell, HP, Acer, Toshiba, Etc. ends on October 31st of 2014.
Mainstream support for Windows 7 ends January 13th, 2015 and enters the “Extended Support” phase. The long goodbye begins: “Every Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it's no longer supported. Knowing key dates in this lifecycle helps you make informed decisions about when to upgrade or make other changes to your software. Here are the rights and limits of the Windows lifecycle.” ----->
Windows 7 Availability
July 10th, 2014
Windows 7 has another problem. Want to purchase a version of Windows 7 (Upgrade or Full retail), all I can say is good luck on finding a copy. ----->
Windows 7 - How to delete outdated Windows updates
November 20, 2013
Microsoft recently released a Disk Cleanup Wizard addon / plugin / hot fix that allows users to
delete outdated Windows updates on computers with Windows 7 SP1 installed.----->
Uninstall Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 from a Windows 10 dual boot computer -----> By: J W Stuart September 1st, 2016
You have upgraded or performed a clean install of Windows 10 and afterwards installed Windows 7 or 8.1. Later you decide that you no longer need Windows 7 or 8.1. Here is how you can uninstall Windows 7 (or 8.1) and still keep Windows 10.
How to dual boot Windows 10 and Windows 7 February 6th, 2016 By J W Stuart You have upgraded or performed a clean install of Windows 10 and find that you need Windows 7 for some of your applications. Here is how you can reinstall Windows 7 (or 8.1) and still keep Windows 10. ----->