Find Duplicate Images with VisiPics

I’ve been using this utility for years. It scans folders and matches up duplicate images, from a strict match to “similar” matches (such as the same image, but in a lower resolution).

It seems to not have been updated since 2013-02-04, but it works really well with Windows 10 (64-bit)., up to tens of thousands of images.

It does have an upper limit (20,000+), but I have not determined it exactly yet..

http://www.visipics.info/

Samsung NVMe 3.1 Driver

Download Here: Samsung NVMe 3.1 Driver
Password: “Samsung“.

I created this because sometimes the windows executable from Samsung won’t install if a temp folder is not set correctly.

This archive is the 3 files from the official Samsung NVMe 3.1 driver download page with no modifications, just zipped up.

Remember: Always create a Restore Point before you install, and keep your antivirus ENABLED.. just to be on the safe side.

Here are my results before installing this driver.
nvme standard 1GB

And the results after installing this driver.
nvme samsung 1GB

Conclusion: only slightly better than Microsoft’s NVMe driver on this computer.
Both results are within the margin of error of each other.

My new software domain!

Hey, hello there! I’ve just started a new course in life! Promoting Software written by me! (Among other useful software/information I find!)

Head on over to Protiguous.Software to check it out!

Yes, I know I used too many exclamation marks in the previous paragraph. I’m just so excited to do this.. I’ve been using computers since Third Grade and writing software since Sixth Grade.

It’s about time I start sharing my gift with other people on the Internets!

If you have any ideas, or a task you would like to automate on your Windows 10 computer, just let me know!

Thanks!

Solved: Fix Windows 10 intermittently dropping connection on Intel Ethernet in 8 Steps.

So out of the blue, my Intel Ethernet started dropping the connection under Windows 10.

I did the usual checks: cable, router, stapled wires, cat chewed wires, etc.. Nothing was broken. The connection would just stall out then give up and then after ~2 minutes it would start working again all by itself. Very annoying.

The fix for my computer was to simply change the Adaptive-Inter-Frame Spacing to “disabled” and Interrupt Moderation Rate to “Adaptive”. Works like a charm now!

Windows 10 Solution/Fix in 8 Simple Steps:

  1. Make sure you have the latest Intel Ethernet driver installed. I’m using version 12.17.8.7 as of 3/3/2018.
  2. Go to your Device Manager.
  3. Go to Properties on your Ethernet card.
  4. Go to Advanced Adapter Settings.
  5. Scroll down to Performance Options.
  6. Change “Adaptive-Inter-Frame Spacing” to “disabled”.
  7. Change Interrupt Moderation Rate to “Adaptive”.
  8. Click OK.

All done! Enjoy your Internetting!

Fix for “Diagnostics troubleshooting wizard has stopped working” on Windows 10.

Here is a possible fix for when the Windows 10 Troubleshooter stops working: Check to make sure your Temp and Tmp environment variables are pointing to valid fixed drives and folders.

[Note: Last I checked, flash drives and external USB drives did not work as a temp folder. Hopefully a future Windows 10 update will fix this oversight.]

Steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + Pause/Break to bring up the “Control Panel System and Security” page.
  2. Select “Advanced System Settings“.
  3. Select “Environment Variables” at the bottom.
  4. See the “TEMP” and “TMP" user variables”? Edit those to point to a valid folder on a fixed-drive, such as “C:\Temp” or “D:\Temp”.
  5. Do the same for the “TEMP" and “TMP" system variables. (You might have to scroll down to see them.)
All done! A reboot now shouldn’t be required, but it might help!

Is MalwareBytes Premium Worth It? – We Hate Malware

His conclusion: MalwareBytes Premium – The premium version adds a lot more functionality and protection.

Sounds like he approves.. here are his supporting points:

  • Prevents spyware and malware infections – the premium version will stop spyware and malware from installing itself on your computer, whether through a sneak attack, drive by installation, or a “piggyback” installation.
  • Stops Ransomware attacks – probably the most costly and damaging attack, ransomware locks up all of your files behind a very powerful encryption.  You then have to pay the hackers for the “key” to break the encryption and free your files.  Ransomware is almost impossible to remove once it’s on your computer.  However MalwareBytes can stop this before it gets on your computer.
  • Internet Browsing Protection – MalwareBytes will monitor your internet browsing and stop you from visiting or being redirected to a site that is potentially hazardous.  This means you’ll be safe from sneaky redirects that can exist on websites and even in the ads on a website.
  • Automatic protection updates – this means that MalwareBytes is constantly updating its protection algorithms utilizing what they call “machine learning technology”.  Since they have access to millions of malware reports they can stay abreast of all the latest malware technology.  They then automatically update and apply this to your computer’s protection system.
  • Automatic updates of latest definitions – The premium version automatically checks for new malware definition updates and upgrades the software for you.  If you have the free version it will not automatically update the malware definitions for you.  You’ll have to do this manually or re-install the latest version.  This is a lot of effort and most people will miss a step, leaving themselves open to an attack.