Did Your PC Freeze? Try This Windows Hotkey BEFORE Restarting Your PC…

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In case your Windows PC ever freezes, you actually DON’T have to restart the computer. It turns out that Windows has a generally unknown keyboard shortcut that restarts your video drivers, which is basically what you could try to fix freezes that would otherwise need a forced restart. What this key combination does is restart the graphics subsystem for Windows 10 and Windows 8 computers; no keyboard shortcut for restarting your graphics drivers exists on Windows 7. Continue reading “Did Your PC Freeze? Try This Windows Hotkey BEFORE Restarting Your PC…”

“Cuphead” Is Constantly Punishing Me and I LOVE IT!

This past week saw the release of the long-awaited and highly-anticipated game Cuphead, a classic run-and-gun action game, developed and published by StudioMDHR Entertainment, focused on a “boss rush” style of battle system (i.e., not a lot of “levels with a boss at the end”; with few exceptions, like the “run-and-gun” test levels to hone your skills, you start almost every level by immediately fighting the boss).  What that concept may be interesting, the next eye-grabbing aspect of Cuphead is it’s visual style, being heavily inspired by 1930’s cartoons, with the visuals and audio being painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era, including traditional hand drawn cel animation, watercolor backgrounds, and original jazz recordings.  With Cuphead’s structure and audio/visual style being huge draws to the game, the third element that adds to this game’s charm is its difficulty, which is able to find that fine balance of being challenging without being frustrating. And yeah, Cuphead WILL INDEED test your hand/eye coordination, timing, and muscle-memory.

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André Vicente Gonçalves’ “Doors and Windows Around the World!”

Windows of Burano. Image © Andre Vicente Goncalves

Photographer André Vicente Gonçalves latest project, “Doors of the World,” showcases his documentation of hundreds of from cities around the world. Gonçalves has done a similar type of project by documenting from around the world, called “Windows of the World.” He stated that his interest was sparked by how such a small element of architecture expresses so much about its users and their sense of security. Continue reading “André Vicente Gonçalves’ “Doors and Windows Around the World!””

WOWZERS!! Here’s Windows 95 Running On A New Nintendo 3DS…BECAUSE REASONS!

I enjoy seeing what console hacking enthusiasts put their minds and hard work into to amuse themselves and curious web-surfers like myself.  Recently, GBATemp user Shutterbug2000 demonstrated his hack showing the Windows 95 computer operating system running on a New Nintendo 3DS via NeoGAF. Shutterbug2000 essentially spent time utilizing a RetroArch DOSbox to get Microsoft’s formerly-most common edition of its operating system software running on Nintendo’s latest hardware. Continue reading “WOWZERS!! Here’s Windows 95 Running On A New Nintendo 3DS…BECAUSE REASONS!”

Who Wants These Glass Walls That Slide Around Corners to Disappear From View? ME!!!

Window and door manufacturer Vitrocsa seems to have literally turned a corner (heh-heh-heh) with the concept of vanishing glass walls with its “Turnable” system. As demonstrated in the video above, the “Turnable” system turns the concept of your ordinary sliding door on its head by enabling the panels to actually TURN CORNERS. In other words, the glass panels can be hidden within the nearest solid wall. Vitrocsa’s website explains that the system was “developed to optimize space by completely removing panels from view,” as each panel can slide independently of each other and when moved out of the way can be completely hidden either along or pocketed within a side wall. These panels can freely slide around any number of corners allowing a design opportunity in creating opportunities of optimum exterior views. Continue reading “Who Wants These Glass Walls That Slide Around Corners to Disappear From View? ME!!!”

7 Ways To Free Up Hard Disk Space On Windows

Whether you’re using a solid state drive (SSD) or that classic hard disk drive (HDD), as the get larger and larger, they’re somehow always seeming to fill up. So if you’re hurting for extra space on your hard drive, these seven tricks should help you free up some space for the important files and programs, while trashing any unimportant junk that’s cluttering and hoarding up your hard disk space. Continue reading “7 Ways To Free Up Hard Disk Space On Windows”

CloneApp Backs Up All Your (oft-neglected in fresh installs) Windows Program Settings!

CloneApp Backs Up All Your Windows Program Settings

Should you be migrating from one Windows PC to a new one or doing a clean install, your life (and time) is simpler when you move all your settings and tweaks along for that ride. However, if you don’t want to perform a full backup and restore, CloneApp WILL back up settings for Windows’ most popular programs, allowing you to restore them later. HOORAY!!
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Computers-On-A-Stick – Doc’D #22

In this month’s technology-themed episode (thanks to the encouragement from my buddy Jessica Brown of Allahweh’s Domain) of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the computer-on-a-stick phenomenon.
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Patch My PC Updates Tons of Windows Programs At Once

Patch My PC Updates Tons of Windows Programs At OnceProgram updates keep Windows (and OTHER computers) computers safe and secure in that wide, wild world of technology, the internet and viruses/exploits. However, if you’re unsure as to which programs on your Windows PC need to be updated, the program Patch My PC will check your computer for you and will run just the updates you need.  The Patch My PC Updater is a free program that combines both of those functions, and has around 100 different applications that it supports, and can install or update them automatically, auto-magic-ly. Continue reading “Patch My PC Updates Tons of Windows Programs At Once”

Love PhotoShop? Don’t Have The $$$? Here’s Some Alternatives!

I love using Adobe PhotoShop (my old, er, “classic” CS3 version of it); it allows me to touch-up photos, create graphical designs from scratch or translate them from sketches, and creating presentation images and graphics. However, for most of the population, PhotoShop offers WAY TOO MANY features to explore and wade through, and it costs WAY TOO MUCH money (moolah, cash, coin, duckets, paper, Benjamins) to spend, and is likely too complicated to use for normal, minimal tasks. Well, that’s what you have The PractitioNERD is here for, and we’re going to share my three favorite of the best and powerful (and CHEAP) alternatives to Adobe PhotoShop that still have tons of features. Continue reading “Love PhotoShop? Don’t Have The $$$? Here’s Some Alternatives!”