Activating Photoshop CS6

Posted in How to, Software with tags , , , , on October 31, 2016 by Sirusdark

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Hello!

Another very quick tip to start off the week for those, who like me, prefer normal, standalone versions of their software instead of wonderful monthly membership fee like Adobe’s new CC (Creative Cloud)

I was installing Photoshop CS6 last night and I kept entering the darn license key, but it wouldn’t activate… Until I restarted the application. Only then did Photoshop communicate with Adobe’s licensing servers. lol

Steps

Enter license > close Photoshop > re-open it again > Joy!

Finally, in case someone has other rleated issues, I’ve added a link to Adobe’s help page on its activation process.

Enjoy!

Sirus

References
-https://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/policy-pricing/activation-deactivation-help.html

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Comodo Firewall now compatible with Windows 10!

Posted in Announcement, Free, Security, Software on October 19, 2016 by Sirusdark

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Good news everyone!

Comodo Firewall is now, again, fully compatible with Windows 10! It used to be impossible to install it properly on a fresh install of Windows 10, but now everything got fixed!

Reclaim your privacy and secure your OS today! Make sure you customize the installation (to opt-out of the promo junk) and you’ll lend-up with a free high-end firewall! As usual, should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me!

Enjoy!

Sirus

Reference
-https://www.comodo.com/home/internet-security/firewall.php
-https://forums.comodo.com/install-setup-configuration-help-cis/windows-10-aniversary-build-doesnt-allow-comodo-drivers-to-be-installedsolved-t116322.0.html
-Hidden quote from Futurama… :D

Posted in Computer, Software, Windows with tags , on October 12, 2016 by Sirusdark

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Hello! Quick Photoshop troubleshooting today!

Are you unable to get Adobe Photoshop CS6 to recognize a newly installed font and yet, it’s clearly in your C:\Windows\Fonts folder?

Well here’s two possible solutions!:

a) Install the font in Windows

Once you have your new font, simply right-click it and choose “install“. This will automatically install the font in Windows. Then restart your computer and your new font should be available system wide for every installed applications.

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b) Copy new font directly into Photoshop’s fonts folder

1. Close Photoshop, then copy that new font in Photoshop’s Fonts folder located here:

Program Files (x86) > Common Files > Adobe > Fonts

2. Reopen Photoshop and you should be good to go!

Enjoy!

Sirus

References
-http://seane.deviantart.com/journal/Getting-CS6-to-see-a-font-when-it-refuses-to-do-so-638189432

Fix – Windows 10 update KB3189866 stuck at 45%

Posted in Announcement, Bug, Windows with tags , , , , , on September 17, 2016 by Sirusdark

Hello!

If you’re running Windows 10, it’s yet another sad week. Microsoft messed up again and their latest 400Mb+ update (KB3189866) doesn’t even download properly. Most people (including myself) are stuck with an update progress stuck at 45%…

Fear not! Stop waiting and simply install the update manually in just a few clicks. Here are the direct links to download it (select the appropriate system architecture):

32 bit:
Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1607 for x86-based Systems (KB3189866)
windows10.0-kb3189866-x86_48cc54806747877357a732fee03118eb38e92947.msu

64 bit:
Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1607 for x64-based Systems (KB3189866)
windows10.0-kb3189866-x64_2c3e91a8162269579c8bf26a502c620d41efef0d.msu

Run the installer and after a few restarts, you’ll be good to go again.

For some reason, this identical update when downloaded via the Windows Update Catalog web downloader, uses another filename (adds the prefix: “AMD64-all-“)… It’s strange as the files are IDENTICAL! I double checked for you and and these Checksums proves it:

kb3189866_checksums

Fun fact! The update’s filename contains its own SHA-1 checksum hash! (2c3e91a8162269579c8bf26a502c620d41efef0d)

Enjoy!

Sirus

References
-http://www.ghacks.net/2016/09/14/kb3189866-stuck-at-45-or-95-install-it-manually-instead/
-http://code.kliu.org/hashcheck/
-http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=KB3189866
-http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/ScopedViewRedirect.aspx?updateid=0405fe13-e4d5-4aff-8cf1-0500f5f673f7

My new beast of a PC in stop motion!

Posted in Announcement, Computer with tags , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2016 by Sirusdark

Hey’all!

Finally repaired my dead PC and got help from an unexpected visitor!

Check out the video!

Enjoy!

Sirus

Next post: How to easily create a VLAN in a smart network switch!

Got a reply from heaven

Posted in Social with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2016 by Sirusdark

Hello fellow surfers!

Yesterday, well, a couple of hours ago, I got a reply from heaven!

I was browsing stuff as usual when a unique musical duo grabbed my attention on U-Tube. Wasn’t your typical instrument either.

Never thought I’d ever enjoy listening to HARPS. And, as if it wasn’t peculiar enough, they’re played by two beautiful twins!

Since I was very pleased with the recording, the sound guy in me couldn’t resist asking for a “studio” version. I wasn’t expecting much when I got quite the reply, including technical details. So here it is for your enjoyment!

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– Camille and Kennerly

+Sirusdark ~ Aww. Thank you so much for the sweet comment, compliment, and encouragement!  Sorry, but we do not play or record in a studio. We are much more low tech and we have no extra people or equipment to film ourselves. All of our videos are live sound. If you are interested in our “how we do it” we will post it again below. If not, thank you for checking this out!
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Our videos are self-made samples of music we have arranged ourselves for performances – Only our 2 harp parts – but No backtrack, loops, harp overlays, studio recording, crew, etc. We are really playing when we film, so we can hear ourselves at all times. That is how we are able to play together. :) :)

However, like anyone making a “music video”, we do not use the sound we recorded through our little camera on a tripod – even when playing our electric lever harps or little acoustic harps. There is always too much ambient and environmental noise outdoors (wind, birds, traffic, people, dogs, trains, planes, etc.) plus filming from different directions and distances. When we get home we record ourselves LIVE in our living room. We play together (at the same time) just as you see us doing in the video and add it to the edited video footage.

We also play electric lever harps (Fear of the Dark, The Trooper, Nothing Else Matters, Star Wars) and very small acoustic lever harps (Crazy Train, Zelda Lost Woods, Ice Queen). Unlike other instrumentalists we have not overlayed ourselves by playing adding “extra” harp parts to fill out the sound. What we play is what we can perform ourselves – live. Please listen with headphones for much richer detail.

You might enjoy a little of the feeling from our live performances here: Photos: http://tinyurl.com/qbvl45o  and http://tinyurl.com/neyqr6p and http://tinyurl.com/gsh7qfu

Thank you for visiting. Blessings, x2

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Let me tell you that after a very long day of troubleshooting and attempting to fix people’s problems, it really made my day! :D

Enjoy!

Sirus

References
-Comment’s source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhOhGhq0e54
-Official website: http://harptwins.com/

Windows 10 Update KB 3176938 – It’s da bomb!!

Posted in Announcement, Computer, Windows with tags , , on September 1, 2016 by Sirusdark

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Hello!

Last night I let my laptop’s Windows 10 do its updates and went to bed as it looked like a long one. When I woke up, all I had on screen was a No hard drive found/no boot device black screen error… Typical.

After a hard shutdown (holding power button for 10 seconds), I rebooted, then Windows finished doing its stuff and I shut it down normally. Then, I turned it back on. Oh boy…

Windows 10 now opens and shuts down at least twice as fast!

Unfortunately, Microsoft made it a bit complicated to find this update’s details: you need to go to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update History page (link is on the KB’s page) and click  the “August 31, 2016 — KB3176938 (OS Build 14393.105)” description link.

This update includes quality improvements. No new operating system features are being introduced in this update.

I highly recommend you update to the latest version as this one is pure steroid for Windows! :D

Enjoy!

Sirus

Reference
-https://support.microsoft.com/en-ca/kb/3176938
-https://support.microsoft.com/en-ca/help/12387/windows-10-update-history