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   MeiDei  The Forum's article on Biden's address at West Point had the following come to mind.
Care to see cadets wearing red high heels and the story behind it? Go to:
http://www.redstate.com/streiff/2015/04/21/army-forces-rotc-
cadets-wear-high-heels/
May 21 at 19:56 EST .

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   Tulsa  This tiny url

http://tinyurl.com/gs6l94f

will take you to the list of Win 10 updates downloaded with or without your permission that builds/built the Win. 10 operating system. There are not that many of them (5 ) and the dates they were downloaded are listed, which makes them easy to find. They start 2/9 and go thru 5/10.

I checked our pcs and none have been downloaded. I pray we continue to be delivered from a system we do not want.
May 21 at 17:28 EST .

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   StormCnter  My computer tech told me he never downloads and installs Windows updates unless they are clearly identifiable and he knows what they will do. I have my settings done the same way Mildred described hers. Nothing has downloaded or installed for years unless I give permission.
So far, so good.
May 21 at 18:06 EST .

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   StormCnter  I hope the Restore to an earlier date is successful for those who inadvertently got Win 10 installed. If all else fails, a destructive restore will do the job. That clears everything away and installs only what came on your computer when you bought it. A Gateway tech told me several years ago that she Destructive Restores her personal computer about twice a year, just to clean out any debris. Of course good backups are vital before beginning a DR, so you can replace your files, externals, etc.
May 21 at 18:11 EST .

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   Mildred  I'm not very tech savvy but I do a lot of research when I don't understand a computer problem. I never change the computer unless the 'fix' is easy and easily identified. There are a lot of people on the internet that think they know more than everyone else about fixing problems so we need to be careful. Friends and work associates may not know as much either. Anything I post here I have done on my own computer. I want to thank those who have offered solutions and suggestons. I think I've learned more from L.dotters than from others. As I said, first do the least harm and see if that works. Also, be sure to completely shut down the computer and start it again after every change.
May 21 at 21:28 EST .

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   Tulsa  StormC. I took your advice and Mildred's and changed the settings to view every download before installing.

The thing is, we have MSSE (MS Security Essentials ) virus protection, which is free and very good and there are frequent downloads. They are mixed in the weekly Win 7 updates. It's worth a bit of time to check every download under the circumstances. I never considered doing that until Win. 10.

The way I read this Win. 10 mess, the free offer expires July 25? 26? Hopefully after that MS will cease this pushiness. This stunt is not good business, imo.

Mildred you are correct. My motto on everything is 'When in doubt, don't.' I know my limitations and have no problem calling a tech.

What I know I've learned from watching techs take desktops and laptops out of the box and set them up. Or watching them if I call for a tune up. Learning simple basic maintenance saved us a lot of heartache and service calls.

I truly appreciate the things I've learned here and I thank you both.
May 21 at 23:17 EST .

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   Wetenschapper  Though a long-time Linux user, I still keep one drive in my machine with a copy of Windows on it - mostly so I can run TurboTax when tax time rolls around. I finally decided to allow the upgrade on my computer - but first, I used Clonezilla to make an exact duplicate of my Win 7 system, and only then upgraded the clone with my Win 7 drive safely tucked away in a drawer. I've been using 10 about three weeks now, and once it's been thoroughly decrapified, it's not too bad. I've deleted the files of several "features" such as OneDrive and removed all references to them from the registry. Then I installed Classic Shell, a freeware program which turns your desktop into Windows XP or 7 - your choice - or you can instantly click back to the abomination that is the Windows 10 desktop. Great software!
May 24 at 09:12 EST .

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   RedWhiteBlue  For some reason all of a sudden I was forced onto windows10? Now that I'm wading through it all you apparently have to log on every time you get on the computer! That's annoying all by itself! Is there a fix for this that is easy, simple and quick? Am I asking for too much?
May 19 at 13:37 EST .

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   RedWhiteBlue  Ooooops, I should have posted this on the computer area. Sorry : )
May 19 at 13:38 EST .

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   StormCnter  RWB, I am still using Windows 7, but I did some research for you and found this set of instructions for bypassing the logon screen permanently in Windows 10. I read through the instructions and the steps are clear and simple. Print out the page before you do it, though, so you won't have to flick back and forth.

http://betanews.com/2015/07/29/automate-
login-and-bypass-the-lock-screen-in-wind
ows-10/
May 19 at 15:08 EST .

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   StormCnter  One more tip. When you are typing in (per the instructions ), don't include the apostrophes. They're only there to highlight the instructed type-ins.
May 19 at 15:12 EST .

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   StormCnter  Here are the instructions from CNet. They are basically the same as the above, but give illustrations you can follow:
http://www.cnet.com/how-to/automatically
-log-in-to-your-windows-10-pc/
May 20 at 15:23 EST .

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   Tulsa  StormC is it possible to do a system restore to the day prior to the change? Then redownload all updates but the Win. 10. Otherwise I'd call our tech who makes house calls for $20 an hour and let him do it.

I removed the MS update that would have allowed the change back in July.

Just this week a window popped up saying Win 10 was scheduled to download on Sat. blah, blah. Select ok or no. We selected no

I set the desktop and the laptop to no, then went to 'customize' the tiny up arrow lower right and at GWX (Get Win. X (10 ) I chose hide icons and notifications.

I would be livid if MS changed Win 7 to Win 10. Win 8 was out when we ordered Win 7. We do not want touch.

My goodness, RW&B. I'm so sorry this happened to you.
May 20 at 17:09 EST .

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   RedWhiteBlue  StormCnter - Thank you so much for all that you did for me. I always said that you the best! : )

After I got on the page and printed it out like you said I found not much that resembled what was on that page. LOL. My luck. They assume that we know what they are talking about...like where's the START menu button. And then once I googles that I got no where since nothing really looks and reads like the instructions. I have to study this thing before I make ANY changes. It's a different animal all together. And I'm not sure I want/need all these window things to use. Sigh....I saw nothing wrong with my win 7. I will dig into it though....thank you so much. I'll be back...
May 20 at 20:09 EST .

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   Mildred  RedWhiteBlue. When Win 10 debuted last year, I purposely got a new laptop with Win 7 but decided to let the old laptop install Win 10. Within days I knew I didn't want anything to do with Win 10. I found these instructions. They were easy but be aware that this was last year and Win 10 may have changed. You could also google 'Go Back to Windows 7 or 8.1. If you can't do that in Win 10, borrow someone else's computer!
If you've upgraded to Win 10 (not performed a clean install ) this allows you to to revert to the last version of Windows. Open the Start menu and select Settings. Click the 'Update and security' icon and select 'Recovery'. You should see a 'Go back to Windows 7' or 'Go back to Windows 8.1' option. Click the Get started button and you are good to go. Microsoft may ask why you want to go back.
This works as long as the update was installed within the month. Good luck with whatever you do. I hate Win 10 and may seriously consider a Mac the next time I get a new computer.
May 20 at 21:41 EST .

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   Mildred  RedWhiteBlue. Once you get back to Win 7 you need to change your update schedule. Click Start, then all programs, and Windows Update. When the update window opens, on the left side, click Change Settings. Then choose How Windows Can Install Udates. On the Important Update drop down, Click 'check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them.'
You will need to check 'Windows Update' often and then google the update 'KB####'. If Win 10 is mentioned, uncheck the update before installing any other updates you want. So far, I've been able to stop installing updates to the 'update/install to Win 10.' I keep a list of updates that I have found to be Win 10 related--Microsoft tries to get you to install them even though you've stopped them before. Also, after unchecking the update, right click on the update and click 'hide this update.'
This is really annoying but it is easier than you think
May 20 at 21:50 EST .

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   StormCnter  Thank you, Mildred. My tech savviness (is that a word ) has its limits, but I agree a System Restore to an earlier date ought to work just fine. Good luck, Tulsa and RWB.
May 21 at 05:28 EST .

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   Prudente  Question: why does someone have to release their tax returns? If the IRS has a problem it will be resolved with the IRS. Why should we care what's on the form? Seems like the one reason is to Monday morning quarterback.
May 15 at 09:06 EST .

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   August9  I don't believe that anyone HAS to release their returns, however, IMHO there are two words that explain why the libs want Trump"s return(s ) made public-----Envy and Jealousy.
They want the word "Billions" used as a slur against Trump!

Recall the definition of "rich" ------anyone who makes $100.00 more the you.

Also, Bill & Hill are probably poor as church mice on their tax returns, and one would have to dig through multiple, (hidden ) layers to get to their wealth, (The Clinton Crime Foundation ).
May 16 at 23:52 EST .

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   Verdantheart  It's a rainy Saturday afternoon in Texas, with lots of thunder. Perfect thinking weather. I would estimate that the Good Lord has gifted everybody in my area with water valued at $1,000 since the beginning of the year. What a blessing. Those who are growing veggies need only mulch to keep the weeds under control; Mother Nature is doing the rest.

All this seemed impossible four or five years ago. The drought was so severe, and the sun so intense, that huge swaths of vegetation died. Yet here we are, showered with abundance.

What kept gardeners going when the world seemed so bleak, so hopeless? I think it is the picture we all see in our mind: lush, green, flowers in bud and veggies starting to appear. It was the knowledge that it has happened before and it can happen again.

As we try to discern the wise thing to do in Election 2016, the same concept applies: what will success look like? Where will you be, and what will you be doing that is different from today? Thoughts for a rainy Saturday.
May 14 at 15:13 EST .

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   Fireball27  How is this possible? I'm sure I heard Texas would never get anymore water due to global climate change. Plant, water, harvest. Repeat. Sometimes getting the water might be a little harder than others, but the system works as it was designed. Plant, water, harvest. When water for your garden is in short supply, there are many ways to get the water you normally wouldn't use. Be creative, we are Americans!
May 15 at 16:45 EST .

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   Allsogreat  An old cowboy walks into a barbershop in Red Lodge,
Montana for a shave and a haircut. He tells the barber
he can't get all his whiskers off because his cheeks
are wrinkled from age.

The barber gets a little wooden ball from a cup on the
shelf and tells the old cowboy to put it inside his
cheek to spread out the skin. When he's finished, the
old cowboy tells the barber that was the cleanest shave
he'd had in years, but he wanted to know what would
have happened if he had accidentally swallowed the
little ball. The barber replied, just bring it back in a
couple of days like everyone else does.
May 12 at 14:31 EST .

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   Gram77  What's with all the ads on the main site? Does Lucianne need some support? When I first found this site there were ads but not like this! Kind of distracting if you ask me.
May 11 at 22:40 EST .

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   Tulsa  It's 7:30 am on Thurs. The ads are gone on the homepage. The cartoon is up and ABP is off on the homepage so I can see the cartoon. I sent a complaint and screen shot to ABP yesterday. I have no idea if the ads will be back or not. Mildred and I had a nice back and forth yesterday and Mildred recommended AdFender if this continues here.

The ads were on every page yesterday.
May 12 at 08:32 EST .

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   Mildred  Good morning Tulsa and Gram. It's only 5:45 am here and I decided to see if AdFender is working. It's sorta working. I have one large strip of ads on the Home Page in the middle of the posts. I think I can live with that. When ABP works, it's the better of the two but I got tired on the on again off again problems. I can always switch back to ABP. It's still strange that this is the only site I read that has this problem.
May 12 at 08:49 EST .

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   Mildred  A final note. At first I continued to get ads with AdFender but I went to the main console and clicked on filters. I then checked all the boxes and now I only have a few on Yahoo mail. If an ad appears, I've exited the website and then opened it again. It usually disappears. So far, it's doing what it says it's supposed to do.
May 13 at 15:13 EST .

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   Mildred  Ads are back. AdBlockPlus was able to shut down the one annoying ad or else it just disappeared on its own a few weeks back. I just clicked on the Home Page and I now have hundreds of ads. I'm guessing the hackers have found a way to get onto Lucianne because this is the only site I ever have problems with. So, goodbye Lucianne until someone fixes the problem.
May 10 at 19:04 EST .

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   Tulsa  Mildred. I turned ABP off on the home page in order to see the cartoon of the day. That is why other ads are coming thru, I believe. If you click ABP you can tell it about offending ads, and send a screen shot. But I believe in order to see the cartoon of the day you must turn ABP off. Or! we can turn ABP on and off after viewing the cartoon of the day....or pass on seeing it. We have options.

There are no ads on any other pages. Best wishes.
May 10 at 23:35 EST .

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   Mildred  Thanks Tulsa. I checked this morning and the ads are all over the Home Page. I'll go back to ABP later today and let them know, again. The only thing I can do is disable the ad blocking on the settings which means I get all the ads all the time. I can see the cartoon with or without ABP on/off. This is the only site I have this problem and it is really annoying. I'll let you know if I get any good results.
May 11 at 09:39 EST .

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   Tulsa  Well shoot. I have ads on all pages this morning. But I didn't have the cartoon!? What in the world. ...I did finally get the cartoon of the day to appear.

I went the ABP and re-downloaded/updated ABP for IE and Firefox and rebooted. I still have ads on home page and recent posts pages.

Lucianne needs the revenue to keep the site open and the ads aren't blinking or waving which is uber distracting, so I'll live with it.

Ad companies and ABP have been fighting for a very long time. It appears the consumer lost. I'll check Cnet and another site with geek cyber friends to see if there is a solution and post if I discover anything. Best wishes.
May 11 at 10:20 EST .

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   Tulsa  Cnet has no articles. Several hits on the web that ABP is no longer working, but no solutions that I find.

I did learn ABP will not work until a filter list is chosen. Select only one. Then I came back to Luci homepage and checked ABP. Screen said the filters were not correct. I followed the on screen instructions to correct. I have the correct filters now but the ads still appear. Lots of them. If you or anyone finds info, pls post. Thank you, sincerely.
May 11 at 11:45 EST .

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   Mildred  Tulsa: I can't even change the filter! I left a message at ABP forum pages. If I learn something, I'll be back. Maybe it's time to go back to AdFender?
May 11 at 16:23 EST .

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   Mildred  Tulsa: Received the following at ABP forum.

You need a filter like this:
Code: Select all
||luc.sslimages.com^


It would be easier in chrome / firefox.
In IE you have to wait for an easylist author to add the filter or like I said above use firefox to prepare the filters to push in ABP for IE.
May 11 at 16:44 EST .

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   Mildred  Here's the workaround for internet explorer. Good luck trying this. I'm not a computer nerd and will use a different ad blocker if Lucianne can't fix this or just say goodbye to Lucianne.

ABP for IE for now let you use only easylist (+regional list )
To add some other list or your custom filters, follow these steps:

- prepare your lists in firefox (abp for firefox ) + your custom filters, then export all filters in a file named patterns.ini.
- replace patterns.ini file from ABP for IE with that one prepared in firefox.

You should:
- close IE
- go to ABP for IE folder
- replace patterns.ini in the folder with that created in firefox
- open IE

the folder with patterns.ini is at:
%userprofile%\AppData\LocalLow\Adblock Plus for IE
(%userprofile% is your user profile directory, like "C:\Users\YourUser" )
May 11 at 16:48 EST .

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   Tulsa  You went above and beyond. Thank you. I'm in Firefox and ABP supposedly 'fixed' the prepared list I chose at ABP for me while I was on the Lucianne home page... They said I didn't have the correct things 'checked' Not so. Still have ads.

I deleted and re-downloaded ABP for IE and for Firefox. Then I rebooted. I've sent screen shots to ABP for the ads here.

Firefox is safer for surfing imo, but does not play well with our printer. I use IE if I need to print from the web.

Did not know about Adfender and will check that and for other ad blockers that might help Thank you for all this info and the tip on Adfender too.
May 11 at 17:31 EST .

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   Mildred  Tulsa: Got a snarky reply from ABP when I told them I would find another blocker. I had difficulty uninstalling ABP and had to go to CCleaner Registry and found 3 ABP files and deleted them. Finally I was able to uninstall ABP. I've installed AdFender and the HomePage doesn't have ads at this time. I hope the ads are gone now. Thanks for you input. It's nice to know that I haven't lost my mind completely when the computer acts up!
May 11 at 17:42 EST .

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   Tulsa  Haven't bothered to write ABP and would have been unhappy with a snarky reply (understatement ).

We had CCleaner and our tech said it is actually malware. At least two or three posters here disagree with that. Nevertheless we removed it. History, cookies, internet files, etc. are deleted upon exiting the web and the pcs are set to defrag weekly, so I do not miss the too often updates of CCleaner.

I've watched our tech go into RegEdit often enough to do it myself, tho I have been told it's dangerous.

I truly appreciate your help today and I was happy to offer whatever I could to you and anyone reading.

Lucianne with ads looks like it's badly decorated for Christmas. I do not think I can take it. ABP is not working, so I shall try AdFender. Thank you again for the referral.

I'm sick of politics. I still read headlines, but badly need a break of happiness and light for an extended period. Will check in here after a fashion.
May 11 at 23:25 EST .

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   RedWhiteBlue  Voting for Beanie? Read this!
   May 9 at 00:10 EST .

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   MeiDei  That visit to London - here's a breakdown of some of his staff & equipment - no king has ever had it this good.
http://www.dboysband.com/media/LONDON_PAPER_ABOUT_OBAMAS_VIS
IT.htm
   May 7 at 18:02 EST .

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   Verdantheart  Heartfelt thoughts to all visiting The Connection: There's madness on the web regarding the 2016 election. If you are able to do so, do not engage on this topic, but instead bear in mind there is "a time to mourn, and a time to dance.'

Calling people to unite behind a particular candidate they previously rejected goes against all human nature. Knock it off. The appropriate time for choices will come.

This weekend, if mom is living, wear a red flower and communicate with her. If no longer living, in the Southern manner, pin on a white flower and meditate on mom's great gifts and resolve to live up to her hopes for you.

Offer hospitality as you are able to your nearest and dearest, and give thanks for our great nation. Respectfully, the Verdantheart
   May 6 at 23:00 EST .

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   Calvinesq  Thank you, V and Attercliffe. You state your positions well.

First, I will be wearing a red flower, valuing my mother's continuing life at this point.

Regarding Trump. I may eventually get to your point No. 1, Attercliffe, but as I have said many times, I am not there yet. I believe that Trump can garnish my vote by giving more emphasis to a liberty-loving, patriotic, strict constitution-abiding nature, and play down to some degree his instincts, which are much more authoritarian (rather than loving of liberty ) and nationalistic (rather than patriotic ).

Maybe I and others like me will get there. I hope so! However, I cannot go "all in" and turn off my brain to some of the things he represents, which are just plain wrong. I think I need to remain vigilant, maintaining my conservative, pro-life interests and views, lest he take my vote for granted and move towards the populism of the left.

We have a ways to go.
May 7 at 15:54 EST .

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   Verdantheart  Calvinesq and other dubious voters, here is how I will proceed.

1. Bearing in mind that it is a long way to November, I will be attentive but hopefully, not anxious. A lot can happen in six months, and nailing down positions now might make me feel silly later.
2. When I do gravitate toward a candidate, and it might have to be Green Party or Libertarian this time, my choice will reflect my desire to be as self-sufficient and agreeable in the world as possible. For example, I think some conservative radio talkers are nuts for rejecting green technology. Wouldn't you like to live in a house that runs on solar and wind energy, dependably, with no monthly bills and interference from a 'utility' company? The new intrusive metering systems are scary to any freedom-loving person.
3. It has been a glorious spring in Texas, with fabulous gardening results. Flowers have outdone themselves. The berries were divine. Yesterday, a terrific basket of peaches, first of the season. My take on this is that our Creator wants to shower us with gifts through Mother Nature. There is no other explanation, since previous years have featured drought, deer, grasshoppers and other disappointing interferences.
4. Character matters. It's said the JFK administration had a very high percentage of staff divorces and infidelity. People take their cue from the man at the top and voters have every right to factor character into their decision-making. The rich have far more defenses against the fallout of bad character than do everyday Americans. Think about it.
5. Finally, as a journalist, I believe intense focus on a national election is unhealthy unless that's your job. The process is long and complicated and it is known that open primaries are an opportunity for shenanigans. I have read posts on the main forum in support of DT by people who state they are not Republicans. Then what are they, and why are they voting in GOP primaries? George Will writes that as of today, DT has received the votes of 4.7 percent of America's eligible voters. That's four point seven, not forty-seven. Wow.

So many questions...time to smell the roses. All will be well.
May 9 at 13:17 EST .

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