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Chrome 74.0

22 May 2019

Google has released Version 74.0.3729.169 of the Chrome browser. This update provides security and bug fixes.

Windows 10 May 2019 Update

22 May 2019

Microsoft has released the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, also known as Windows 10 version 1903. This free major Feature Update is being rolled out gradually, and is currently only available if you manually check for Updates in Windows Update. It provides a range of new features, such as those detailed here. There are also a range of Known Issues in Windows 10 version 1903.

Update: You can manually download the full 1903 Update or create an ISO of it by going here.

Windows 10 Updates

22 May 2019

Microsoft has released a new Cumulative Update for Windows 10 versions 1809 and 1803.

Firefox 67.0

21 May 2019

Mozilla has released Version 67.0 of the Firefox browser. Changes in this major update include improved performance in several areas, new options to block known cryptominers and fingerprinters under Options>Content Blocking, improved security and customization for private browsing, a range of minor feature improvements, along with security and bug fixes. Note that the new WebRender GPU-accelerated 2D engine is disabled by default but will be gradually enabled on Windows 10 systems with Nvidia GPUs over the next two weeks. If you want to forcibly enable WebRender on any system, go to About:Config and set gfx.webrender.all to True.

Windows Updates

20 May 2019

Microsoft has released a new Cumulative Update for Windows 10 which addresses an issue that may prevent access to some websites that donít support HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) when using Internet Explorer 11 or Microsoft Edge.

Opera 60.0

18 May 2019

The Opera browser has been updated to Version 60.0.3255.95. This update provides interface improvements and bug fixes.

Site Update

17 May 2019

I've finally installed an SSL certificate for the site, and you should now be automatically redirected to the secure https:// version when visiting. I have to manually fix some more issues related to SSL and the server certificate, so you may notice some site glitches in the meanwhile. But if you're having major problems accessing the site, let me know.

Intel HD Graphics 26.20

17 May 2019

Intel has released Version of its HD Graphics drivers for the optimal performance of Integrated Graphics Processors on Intel CPUs. This is the recommended driver for A Plague Tale: Innocence, Total War: Three Kingdoms and Conan Unconquered. It improves image quality and performance for Conservative Morphological Anti-Aliasing (CMAA) in DX12 games, reduces OpenCL shader compilation time, and provides other improvements and bug fixes.

Site Update

16 May 2019

Yes, another update: based on reader feedback over the past few months and my own research, the flavor of Linux I've chosen for The Linux Experiment is Linux Mint Cinnamon. It seems the best distro for making Windows users feel more at home. I'll report back in a week or two as to how the experiment is going.

MDS CPU Vulnerabilities

15 May 2019

A new class of Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) Vulnerabilities has been discovered, primarily affecting Intel CPUs, similar to the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. These are known by the aliases Zombieload, RIDL and Fallout. MDS is a hypothetical vulnerability that requires local privileged execution; as with Spectre and Meltdown, no exploits using this method have yet been detected. Intel has released a Security Advisory on MDS, classifying it as a Medium risk. Microcode and OS updates are being released as the primary mitigation; disabling HyperThreading is not always necessary.

Update: Today's Windows patches have begun to address this vulnerability; CPU microcode updates will be available shortly. The performance impact is noted as "limited", but can be more noticeable if you need to disable HyperThreading.

Update 2: To see whether your system is vulnerable and to what extent, download the MDS Tool found on the middle of this page and run the relevant executable. If you get an error, install this Visual C++ Redistributable Update and try again. For reference, my 9th Gen Intel i7 9700K doesn't come with HyperThreading, I've installed all of the current updates, and my MDSTool results look like this at the moment.

Chrome 74.0

15 May 2019

Google has released Version 74.0.3729.157 of the Chrome browser. This update provides security and bug fixes.

CCleaner 5.57

15 May 2019

A new Version 5.57.7182 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. Changes in this version include a new simplified Easy Clean option, with the original cleaner renamed Custom Clean, a new tab in Startup to manage Windows Services, a new Preferred Home Screen setting, updater and installation improvements, as well as bug fixes.

Microsoft Security Updates

15 May 2019

Microsoft has released its monthly set of Windows security updates which you can view here and obtain via Windows Update. This includes the latest Windows 7 Rollup and Windows 8.1 Rollup updates, as well as Windows 10 Cumulative Updates.

Acrobat Reader DC 19

15 May 2019

Adobe has released a new Version 2019.012.20034 of its free software for viewing PDF documents, now known as Acrobat Reader DC. This update provides new features as well as security and bug fixes.

Flash Player 32.0

15 May 2019

Adobe has released Version of the Flash Player plugin for browsers. To download the full offline installer, use these links depending upon your browser: Internet Explorer or Firefox or Opera. Use Windows Update to update the built-in Flash Player in IE11 under Windows 8 and 10, and Edge under Windows 10. Update to the latest version of Chrome to update its built-in Flash Player.

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 19.5.1

14 May 2019

AMD has released the Adrenalin Edition 19.5.1 driver for the HD 7700, HD 8500 series and above on Windows 7 and 10. This driver provides support for the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, improves performance in Rage 2, adds Instruction Tracing for Radeon GPU Profiler 1.5.X, as well as a range of bug fixes.

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