Author Archive | Martin Brinkmann

Depending on when you started PC gaming, you may have never played the classic StarCraft real-time strategy game or its expansion Brood War. Blizzard released the classic game for free for both Windows and Mac computer systems yesterday. Even better, downloads are direct and don't require a Battlenet account or registration, and that is also […]

microsoft to-do

Microsoft launched a preview of To-Do, a new cross-platform task management service the other day that is "designed to make it easy to plan and manage your day". My first reaction to the announcement was meh, another task management service. Did not Microsoft buy Wunderlist a couple of years ago exactly for that purpose? Wunderlist […]

windows update mini tool wrapper script

Windows Update Mini Tool Wrapper Script, or short WUMT Wrapper Script, is a free script for Windows 10 to control Windows Updates. Microsoft seems to tinker with the Windows Update service with every release of Windows 10. It introduced and removed options to block Windows Update from several editions of Windows 10, added pause and […]

The April rollup update patches KB4015552 and KB4015553 have been released on Tuesday 18, 2017 for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 Microsoft releases update previews on the third Tuesday of every month for the company's operating system's Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. These previews are then released on the next Patch Day, the second Tuesday […] is a download site first and foremost with a strong focus on free software for Microsoft's Windows operating system. That does not mean that you won't find shareware or commercial software listed on the site, or the occasional program or application for a non-Windows operating system. Download portals, most of them anyway, have a […]

edge full screen

Windows 10 applications like Edge, Netflix or the Paint 3D ship with window controls to minimize, maximize and close the application window. Some applications, games mostly, may run in fullscreen mode right away, but others seemingly don't have that option at all. What if you want to run a fullscreen application in window mode, or […]

network http referer

The official release date of Firefox 53.0 is April 19th, 2017. Mozilla will release Firefox 53 on that day on its website, and through Firefox's automatic update system. The new Firefox 53.0 release is important for a number of reasons. First, because it does not support a number of operating systems anymore. Second, because of […]

windows 10 power throttling

Microsoft's work on a new power saving technology called Power Throttling continues in the latest Windows Insider builds. The feature is designed to improve the power consumption of a battery-powered device running Windows 10 by handling the power consumption of background tasks better. Note: Power Throttling is a temporary name for the feature. The current […]

unsupported hardware

Microsoft blocked the delivery of Windows Updates recently to Windows 7 and 8.1 devices powered by a next-generation processor. The company announced the support change in January 2017. Broken down to the essentials, it means that Intel Kaby Lake and AMD Bristol Ridge processors are only support by Windows 10, and not older versions of […]

new google earth

Google unveiled a redesigned version of Google Earth today which, unlike its predecessor, is a web application. While that sounds good on first glance, as you may run Google Earth now without having to install software or an application first, the new version is limited to Google Chrome currently on the desktop. The desktop version […]


MyCortana is a free program for devices running Windows 10 that enables you to change Hey Cortana to a different command to interact with Cortana. There are a couple of reasons why you may not want to Cortana to listen to your commands when you se the default command word. The recent Burger King TV […]

CompTIA-IT Certification Career Advancement Bundle preps you to earn five CompTIA certifications. The massive eLearning bundle preps you to pass the newest CompTIA exam versions by teaching you all you need to ace the tests. Here are the certifications that you are prepped for: CompTIA A+ 220-901 And 220-902 CompTIA Cloud Essentials CLO-001 CompTIA Cloud+ […]

please wait uninstalling error

Please wait until the current program is finished uninstalling or being changed. Most Windows users have probably experienced this prompt or similar prompts on Windows machines when they ran installations or uninstallations of programs on a Windows computer. Basically, what it means is that Windows blocks the simultaneous installation or uninstallation of software programs. Probably […]


Unpaywall is a free browser extension for Firefox and Chrome that allows you to read research papers behind paywalls for free legally. The extension works identical in both browsers. Whenever you hit a research paper paywall on the web that asks you to pay up to read the whole paper, a query is run in […]