FFmpeg is a powerful command line tool for manipulating your media files. Here are some of the FFmpeg commands you should know for media conversions.
Microsoft hates it when its customers wish to install Linux or other operating systems on its PCs. A Redditor has expressed concern over his inability to install Linux on a Yoga 900 ISK2 Ultrabook
Source: Warning: Microsoft Doesn’t Want You To Install Linux On Its “Signature PCs” (Fossbytes)
100% Disk Usage is a problem that’s affected users across Windows 7, 8, and 10. Here are some of the ways to stop 100% disk usage problems in Windows.
Source: 5 Ways to Stop ‘100% Disk Usage’ Problems on Windows – Make Tech Easier (Make Tech Easier)
It can be annoying if Windows never stops installing the same update. Here is how you can stop Windows from installing the same update over and over again.
The newly remodeled Active Hours functionality prevents automatic restarts during a defined time, after updating Windows 10.
Source: How to Use Active Hours to Prevent Automatic Restart in Windows 10 (TechNorms)
Very often Windows 10 users complain that their PC is using tons of data and what should they do about it. Being an operating system that’s designed to stay connected to the internet, Windows 10 consumes tons of data.
Source: My Windows 10 PC Is Using Lots Of Data. What Should I Do? (fossBytes)
With plenty of password managers out there, it can be difficult to choose the best one for you. Here is a list comparing free password managers.
Source: Free Password Managers Compared: Which One is the Best for you? (Make Tech Easier)
Windows XP has been dead and gone for over two years now, but it sadly won’t be completely gone for a long time. Many businesses are stuck using XP due to laziness or forced compatibility with some ancient website or software.
Most home users should upgrade to a modern version of Windows (like Windows 10) or switch to Mac OS, Linux, or even a Chromebook. However, if you’re bent on using XP until it collapses, here’s how to tweak the OS to get even more life out of it.
Source: How to Keep Getting Windows XP Updates for Years to Come (MakeUseOf)
On its website, last month, Microsoft mentioned a new tool that would allow Windows 10 users to refresh their Windows installation and perform a clean installation. This tool has now leaked and you can download it here to give it a try.
Source: Microsoft’s Refresh Windows Tool — A New Tool To Clean-Install Windows 10 (fossBytes)
NOTE: The article referenced below is about the Linux version, but the program itself is cross-platform, with Linux, Mac, and Windows versions available.
Making live USB disks on Linux has always been hit or miss. You could use dd and the command line, and it’s mostly a good tool, but a lot of times the dd tool can destroy a drive. Other GUI tools like Unetbootin or Gnome disks are good too, but they’re mostly hit or miss, and sometimes the flashing gets messed up.
This is why Etcher is such a great tool. It’s elegant, so anyone can use it easily, and it doesn’t mess up when you flash an image. There is no more making a bootable flash drive with Unetbootin only to find out that a .c32 menu file is missing or some other error.
The thing we like most about this software, besides the fact that it’s free, is that it is smart enough to try to prevent you from accidentally overwriting one of your hard drives by mistake! And also, we like the fact that the Linux version is packaged as an AppImage, which means it should just run on whatever Linux distribution you use, once you have set permissions. At the worst you may need to install FUSE, if it’s not already installed in your distribution. That only applies to the Linux version; the OS X and Windows versions are installed just like any normal software package for those platforms.
We can think of several other Linux applications that we wish were packaged like this, particularly ones that have a higher than usual risk of breakage any time you apply an update. But, that’s a whole other article for another time.