The EFI system partition (ESP) is a partition on a data storage device (usually a hard disk drive or solid-state drive) that is used by computers adhering to the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI).
An ESP contains the boot loaders or kernel images for all installed operating systems (which are contained in other partitions), device driver files for hardware devices present in a computer and used by the firmware at boot time, system utility programs that are intended to be run before an operating system is booted, and data files such as error logs ref. An EFI system partition is usually protected and locked by the Windows operating systems to prevent and avoid accidental deletion of these partitions. That’s why you can’t delete EFI partition using Disk Management tool. Continue reading Deleting an EFI System Partition on Windows
With the upcoming release of the Better Together this summer, Mojang will unify the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One with mobile and Windows 10 PC versions of the game under the Bedrock Engine family. (excluding Java Minecraft which will continue to be supported as an independent version) Continue reading Minecraft Is Getting Cross-Play On Multiple Platforms
Logged into my Linux computer today and got this error as I tried to start Chrome. Tried the basics and it did not work, searched Google and saw many others having this same issue so I decided to document the process of fixing this issue here. I’ll start with the basic stuff first then will get into the more detailed steps. Continue reading Google Chrome – Your Preferences cannot be read
I’ve been hearing people are having issues with their computers randomly powering on after a shutdown was issued and displays being dimmed and not being able to get the brightness back. Here are ways to fix those.
Was stumbling on the webs earlier and came across an article saying that Microsoft is forcing people to upgrade to Windows 10. I am not a huge MS fan but I had to see for myself and it’s garbage. I installed Windows7 on my laptop and got the familiar icon to upgrade but when I clicked on it I did not get the forced upgrade but instead got this:
Notice it doesn’t say what others like InfoWorld are saying, which would insinuate a forced upgrade, according to the article in the link, the screen I have above has the following two options only:
Upgrade now or Upgrade tonight
Not sure exactly what these publishers are gunning for but it’s a bad game to play if they are not verifying this and only blindly repeating what others are saying.
Now, I’m not saying people are not getting that window. I’m saying that I did not get it and that publishers need to verify for themselves instead of just blindly regurgitating what they heard.
Most people connect to the internet via their ISP’s DNS servers which more than likely are not the best and more than likely is slowing down your browsing. Using a 3rd party service not only speeds up your experience online. A while ago we wrote about OpenDNS, today we’re going over Google’s DNS service.
Make sure to write down your ISP’s DNS servers.
Google Public DNS IP addresses
IPv4 addresses are as follows:
IPv6 addresses are as follows:
Making the changes
Start the Network and Sharing Center (this process varies by windows version)
Click Change adadpter settings
Right-click Local Area Connection or Wireless Network Connection slelect Properties
Type in your administrator password if you are promted for it.
Click the Networking tab
Under the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) or Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) and click Properties
Click Advanced and select the DNS tab, write down any IP’s that are listed here for future reference in case you want to revert later on.
Select Use the following DNS server addresses
Enter the IP’s from above
Restart your computer
Click the Apple menu ()
Click System Preferences and click the Network logo.
Select the connection you want to configure (Thunderbolt Ethernet or Wi-Fi or Display Ethernet) then click Advanced
Select the DNS tab
Click the + icon to enter the IP Addresses (repeat for each address)
Click Apply then click OK
I will go over doing this in Ubuntu since that is one of the more common flavors.
Start System Preferences and click Network Connections
Select the connection you want to configure Wired or Wireless tab, then select the appropriate network.
Click Edit, and in the window that appears, select the IPv4 Settings or IPv6 Settings tab.
If the selected method is Automatic (DHCP), open the dropdown and select Automatic (STATIC) addresses only instead.
If the method is set to something else, do not change it.
In the DNS servers field, enter the IP addresses, separated by a space:
If you are prompted for a password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
If your distribution doesn’t use Network Manager, your DNS settings are specified in /etc/resolv.conf.
sudo vi /etc/resolv.conf
If any nameserver lines appear, write down the IP addresses for future reference. Replace or add, the following lines:
Every router uses a different user interface for configuring DNS server settings; we provide only a generic procedure below. For more information, please consult your router documentation.
Some ISPs hard-code their DNS servers into the equipment they provide; if you are using such a device, you will not be able to configure it. Instead, you can configure each of the computers connected to the router, as described above.
In your browser, enter the IP address to access the router’s administration console.
When prompted, enter the password to access network settings.
Find the screen in which DNS server settings are specified.
If there are IP addresses specified in the fields for the primary and seconday DNS servers, write them down for future reference.
Replace those addresses with the IP addresses from above
If you’ve ever used a Mac computer you quickly start getting a feel for the natural scrolling system that makes it more natural, scroll up to move the page up and scroll down to move the page down just as you would if you were moving piece of paper on your desk.
Back when the mouse was king, scrolling down to move the page up made sense because the scroll-bar would move down; basically it mimicked the movement of the marker in the bar. With the advent of touch screens and two finger scrolling on Macs, it made perfect sense to move toward natural scrolling; but many complain that on a computer it doesn’t make sense nor does it feel natural. I personally beg to differ, it feels quite natural to me; I think of the scroll pad as a flat version of the screen, like with the dual screens on a Nintendo DS or having a small tablet surface. Now that I have been using natural scrolling for a while I can see how the old way is actually counter-intuitive and needs to change.
I’ve gotten so used to it at work that I had to change my mouse wheel scroll settings in Windows to be the same and now I’m sharing it with you so you can start to be more natural with your scrolling.
Open Notepad, Notepad++, or any other text editor. No, Microsoft Word will not work.
Type in the following lines for Windows 7:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Type in the following lines for Windows 10:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Click File → Save As
Choose Desktop as the location to save and name the file InvertMouse.reg
Go to your desktop and double-click the InvertMouse.reg file to make the entry into the registry then restart your computer.
Now if mice makers would start to use the Magic Mouse technology or Apple would allow their mice to be used on other OS systems.