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June 2014



Windows Updates

27 June 2014


Microsoft is releasing an Update to Windows Update itself for Windows 7 SP1, and the original Windows 8 - Windows 8.1 Update 1 already includes this update. The update is designed to improve the security of Windows Update.



CCleaner 4.15

26 June 2014


A new Version 4.15.4725 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. Changes include support for Chrome 64-bit, improved memory management, improved Wipe Free Space, along with a range of minor improvements and bug fixes.



AMD Catalyst 14.6 RC

25 June 2014


AMD has released the Catalyst 14.6 RC graphics driver for the HD 5000 series and above on Windows 7 and 8.1. This beta improves performance in Plants vs. Zombies, 3DMark Sky Diver and Wildstar, improves CrossFire frame pacing for Watch Dogs, and adds CrossFire profiles for Grid Auto Sport and Battlefield Hardline Beta.



Site Update

24 June 2014


It's been fairly quiet in terms of genuine news items over the past week, hence the lack of front page posts. Rest assured however that I check the news several times each and every day, so if you don't see any news items here, it's not for lack of effort.



Opera 22.0

18 June 2014


The Opera browser has been updated to Version 22.0.1471.70. The changes in this version include updating Chromium, stability improvements, and security and bug fixes.



Nvidia GeForce 340.43 Beta

17 June 2014


Nvidia has released the 340.43 Beta graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 8 and higher graphics cards under Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8. It is the recommended driver for GRID: Autosport, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare and Battlefield: Hardline beta. It also contains updated SLI and 3D Vision profiles along with bug fixes. The driver package incorporates the 9.13.1220 PhysX drivers and GeForce Experience 2.1.



Site Update

15 June 2014


Courtesy of EuroVPS, the site has been moved to a new server on a new IP address. It's a good time to note that I've been with EuroVPS since 2006, when the owner bailed me out of the constant nightmare of having to find reliable hosting. It's been nothing but a professional, positive experience since then. So a big thanks to EuroVPS.



3DMark 1.3

12 June 2014


Futuremark has released a 1.3.708 Patch for the latest version of the 3DMark benchmark. The patch adds a new DirectX 11 Sky Diver benchmark test.



WinRAR 5.10

11 June 2014


The archival utility WinRAR has been updated to Version 5.10. Changes include extraction support for ZIP and ZIPX archives using BZIP2, LZMA and PPMd compression, support for 7z split archives, improved performance, along with bug fixes.



Chrome 35.0

11 June 2014


Google has released Version 35.0.1916.153 of the Chrome browser. Changes in this version include an update to Flash Player, as well as security and bug fixes.



Firefox Tweak Guide

11 June 2014


The major overhaul of the Firefox Tweak Guide is complete. The guide has been significantly rewritten to update, refine and expand the descriptions, tweaks and recommendations. And yes, there are a range of options in the guide for changing the way Firefox looks if you don't like the new Australis theme. This is a good opportunity to do a clean reinstallation of Firefox and follow the guide to get things looking and working optimally.



Firefox 30.0

11 June 2014


Mozilla has released Version 30.0 of the Firefox browser. The most significant changes in this version include a new Sidebars button, support for GStreamer multimedia, and bug fixes.



Microsoft Security Updates

11 June 2014


Microsoft has released its monthly set of Windows security updates which you can download individually from here or get through Windows Update.



Flash Player 14.0

11 June 2014


Adobe has released Version 14.0.0.125 of the Flash Player plugin for browsers. Use Windows Update to update the built-in Flash Player in IE11 under Windows 8.



Site Update

10 June 2014


The big news for PC gamers today is that Rockstar Games has officially announced that Grand Theft Auto V is coming to PC around September-November 2014. The game is supposed to have "across-the-board graphical and technical improvements" for PC, but we'll have to wait and see how that translates into reality. In any case, GTA V, along with Watch Dogs - if it is ever properly patched - might just get me interested again in gaming. I'll also have a good reason to finally upgrade my system. It's true that most open world games have cliched storylines, but the beauty of a game like GTA is that the main storyline isn't the key; you can spend countless hours just exploring and interacting with the game world in a variety of ways. I did just that in GTA IV, so I'm hoping for more of the same from GTA V.



SetPoint 6.65

4 June 2014


Logitech has released Version 6.65.62 of the SetPoint software for mice and keyboards.



Opera 22.0

3 June 2014


The Opera browser has been updated to Version 22.0.1471.50. The changes in this version include updating Chromium and providing new themes, a new silent update mechanism, along with stability improvements and bug fixes.



Shockwave 12.1

3 June 2014


Adobe has released Version 12.1.2.152 of the Shockwave player plugin for browsers.



Site Update

2 June 2014


A quick update on the overhauled Firefox Tweak Guide. It's almost complete, but I'll wait until Firefox 30 is released on 10 June before finalizing and releasing the refreshed guide.