One of the expectations I raised in my video about the forthcoming SiliCon with Adam Savage (8/28-29/2021) was mask wearing (yes) and proof of vaccination (maybe). This week the San Jose City Council voted to require proof of vaccination for city run facilities like the SAP Center, the San Jose Convention Center, and the San Jose Center of Performing Arts. The mandate would not go into effect immediately to give venues time to prepare. No proof of vaccination for SiliCon with Adam Savage. Nearby restaurants may require proof of vaccination for indoor seating. Yes, you still need to wear a mask.
One of the worse smells that I’ve ever dealt with while working at a local hospital was replacing a PC inside a maternity room. The nurse told me the room was ready. It wasn’t. I walked inside and it smelled like a slaughterhouse. It was that bad.
On February 24, 2021, Fry’s Electronics shut down after nearly 36 years. Including the Webster, TX, store (outside of Houston) that had a full-sized mockup of the International Space Station (ISS). This short video is a montage of pictures taken from inside the store.
The be quiet! ultimate screwdriver is a must have tool for any PC builder. Designed for hard to reach mounting screws on air coolers. Available for $90 USD. For a limited time, includes the Dark Rock Pro 4 air cooler for free (requires a big ass case).
NOTE: This short video is a parody ad. When you buy the be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 air cooler, the screwdriver is included. Considering how useful the screwdriver is after installing the air cooler, it’s more valuable than the air cooler itself.
Chef Tom Colicchio demonstrates his simple recipe for roasted sweet garlic at the Gilroy Garlic Festival 2019. Peeled garlic on foil, a lot of sugar, a little bit of water, in a 300-degree oven for 45 minutes. Sugar turns into liquid and cooks garlic all the way through. Nice and sweet. Check out the original video.
WhyNotWin11 is a detection script to help identify why your PC isn’t Windows 11 compatible. A detailed alternative to the Microsoft PC Health Check Windows 11 app. Since the script is unsigned, Windows 10 makes it very hard to download and run the script. Once the script is running, you can see at a glance what area of your PC isn’t Windows 11 ready. In this short video, I’ll go through the steps of downloading and running the script.
When Microsoft released the PC Health Check app for users to check if their PC can run the forthcoming Windows 11, it wasn’t very informative about which system requirement had failed to pass. Microsoft updated the app to display an informative message when something fails. In this short video, I have the screens and the solutions for TPM 2.0 NOT ENABLED and PROCESSOR NOT SUPPORTED.
A new requirement for the forthcoming Microsoft Windows 11 is the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0. Most prebuilt PCs and laptop have this feature enabled already. PC builders have two choices for enabling this feature: a hard-to-find component to plug into their motherboard or the TPM setting (AMD fTPM or Intel PTT) in the BIOS. This short video demonstrates the PC Health Check app and how to enable the AMD fTPM in the BIOS for Windows 11 combability.
NOTE: Different motherboard companies have different locations and names in the BIOS to enable the AMD fTPM. The example presented here is for the Asrock AMD AM4 motherboards.
UPDATE 6/25/2021: Microsoft updated the PC Health Check app to provide a detailed message for why a system isn’t Windows 11 compatible. Download and run the updated version.
I recently updated my Windows 10 PC and discovered that the taskbar had a new widget called News and Interests. Needless to say, I didn’t need or want the weather forecast in my taskbar. Here are the steps to remove the widget from the taskbar.
- Right click on taskbar.
- Highlight “News and Interests” in menu.
- Click “Turn Off” in submenu.
- Bye-bye widget