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Microsoft, Technology, Windows

When Is Microsoft’s Computer Operating System Windows Seven Support Ending?

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When Is Windows Seven Support Ending?

After January 14, 2020,
Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7.
Extended support for Office 2010 will end on October 13, 2020.

Here’s verything you need to know if you’re still running the Microsoft Operating System Windows Seven.

End Of Life|Windows 7

You can continue to use Windows 7, but once support ends, your PC will become more vulnerable to security risks. Windows will operate but you will stop receiving security and feature updates.

End of support is coming for other products
Know when to upgrade. To find end of support dates for other Microsoft products,

Moving to Windows 10

Before you get caught up with Microsoft, take a minute to review this article written over at How To Geek. It’s something you really need to know before you make the move to Windows 10.

You Can Still Get Windows 10 for Free With a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 Key

There’s still a way to activate Windows 10 with a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 key,
in addition to Microsoft’s accessibility offer.


Wintrol 5 Windows Control Panel Utility +
computers, Freeware, Technologies, Technology, Windows

Wintrol 5 Windows Control Panel Utility +


Wintrol is a free computer software program, designed to utilize Windows Operating Systems Control Panel applets. With wintrol, the stress of dealing with the complexities of windows control panel is minimized.

Wintrol can provide access to Windows control panel applets, services, and tools.
Located at the tools section in Wintrol, there are 6 buttons that are set up to allow you to add your own portable apps. Wintrol provides access to a series Windows 10 tweaks (unfortunately disabled at this time).

Wintrol is able to grab the basic system information about your computer.

With Wintrol you can check the current drive wintrol is running on for errors.
Eject the portable drive wintrol may be running on.

Wintrol can run the System File Checker (SFC.exe) The SFC checks for system files that have changed or modified by 3rd party apps. The sfc.exe will attempt to fix them, place log on the desktop, and restart your computer.

And Wintrol can create a system restore point.

Wintrol was made to be portable, access to Windows control panel can be done from any user administrator account.

Wintrol 5.1.0 Build 200 (Windows Control Panel Utility +)

To learn more about wintrol, use this link to get there –

Learning more about Wintrol over at its main page is worth the look.
Once you get on over there, please leave a comment about your experience with Wintrol.

I’m looking forward to some feed back and in hopes to improve the Wintrol program.

Thank you.

Microsoft, Technology, Windows

How To Update To Windows 10 V1903 Now

Microsoft has released the Windows 10 May Update.

Get it here:

via Install Windows 10 v1903 with Windows 10 Update Assistant

The .iso is available as well.

It is recommended that when you update, unplug all USB devices.
I disconnected all my slave drives as well.
The update process took about 2 hours.

Facebook, Social Media, Technology

How To Actually Get A Friends Post Back In Your Facebook News Feed.

On January 11th, 2018, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook would be changing its News Feed algorithm to prioritize content from “friends, family and groups.”

“As we roll this out,” Zuckerberg wrote, “You’ll see less public content like posts from businesses, brands, and media. And the public content you see more will be held to the same standard—it should encourage meaningful interactions between people.”

There have been a lot of Facebook scams over the years and more than a few hoaxes, too.

“A recently reported double-hoax playoff of changes to Facebook’s algorithms, while also requiring the “copy-paste” behavior to make it spread. Earlier this year, Facebook announced that it would adjust what types of posts and content showed up in your feed to make less relevant, commercially-based posts appear less frequently. It didn’t take long for people to assume Facebook was censoring posts and blocking some of your friends.

The Copy and Paste method does not work. – “This hoax takes that fear to a new level and urges participants to “sneak” into a separate Facebook news feed, accessible only by copying and pasting their message into a new post. The message specifically states that you will be able to “bypass” Facebook’s algorithms and see posts from friends you haven’t heard from in years.”

Unfortunately, it’s not true. There is no secret backdoor Facebook news feed hidden beneath fancy computer code, …”

ast_gms Images *19/Paint3D/Facebook Copy And Paste Method Doesn’t Work

How to (the true way that works) get a friends post back in your Facebook news feed you haven’t seen in a while.

Just go to said friends page, (Timeline) react to a post and comment, do that for multiple posts. You can do this to one or more of your friends you may have not seen in a while.

The change may not be evident immediately -but- the next day you should notice you’ll start seeing them your feed. You can also follow a said person. Provided they are actively posting.

The “Manual Method” (MM) I described works. It did for me.

You can also get friends back in your news feed by sending them a text with Fb Messenger.
If you want to call this a backdoor, then here it is.

Let’s say for instance, you see said friend in your feed, and you don’t react, the changes’s increase you won’t see said friend much.

Everyone knows that.

Source: AST_GMS

Source: Facebook Hoax

Most people don’t know you can set your ad preferences in Facebook.



Live from Apple’s media special event — TechCrunch

You know Apple’s got something big in the works when it went ahead and launched new iPads, iMacs and AirPods in one week with little fanfare. And while this week’s event was a bit of a surprise, Apple’s clearly been working to it for a long time. The company sent out invites for “Show Time”…

via Live from Apple’s media special event — TechCrunch


What About Today’s Technology

Let me tell you something about technology and me.

When I started putting keys to screen you could say I was late coming into the computer technology world. I was granted the privilege to sit at my brother’s Tandy 4000. I was immediately fascinated with that machine. I wanted to know what was going on inside that machine that made it do what it did. So I began my quest to learn how the windows appeared on the screen. When I finally found out a window was made up of image’s I was shocked. (by the way I destroyed the Tandy by wiping the hard drive clean, my brother and I had to take it to a computer repair shop. I never had to take another computer in for repairs. I taught my self how to repair computer’s)

In 1999 the world was still trying to figure out what the internet could do for us as people. Gmail was just a speck in Google’s thought. Juno email was king. Free software was still in its infancy, although there was some really good product’s on the market that would help the performance of a computer. Such as software that would free up RAM and programs that would clean out the junk files on the hard drive to make a system run faster. I began learning about freeware and it was freeware that helped me learn more about computers.  Please keep in mind not all free software is safe. There’s a lot of bad actors that love to build bad software and offer it for free, just so you install onto your computer and spy on you. We call them “Trojan’s”.

I have fallen victim to such program’s many times, however, those bad program’s never had the time to steal any of my personal data.

I’m getting to a point here –but- seem to be off track a little.

Nearly 20 years later we have come a long way with technology.
Better built software, social media, artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality, games, and custom built computer systems.
I too wanted to build a software program, so I did.

I call it Wintrol. Wintrol has the ability to take advantage of the built-in applets of Windows Operating  Systems (OS) control panel and many more Windows tools and services.

The program is safe and free from any unwanted content.

Now some personal opinions.

Today’s technology has come so far and is still advancing at a rate we really can’t keep up with. For example, the social media giant Facebook shut down AI it was working on because it started coding its own language that they didn’t understand. I’m not going to into specifics because that would make this writing to lengthy.

What is this article about you may ask?

Well recently I was asking myself what and where does all this technology have to do with the great book “The Bible.”
You could argue the bible is nothing but a book written by men and is flawed. I’m not going to have that argument with you. I have that argument with God, and that’s enough with-in its own self.

Just the other day, I was reminded of some scripture in the book of Revelations. It talks about the image of the beast. Revelations 13-15

King James Bible
And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

Admittingly I don’t understand it.
And I will never understand it –but- my mind won’t let go that this has something to do with technology.
I could be way off base about this because I don’t know and I have to say no one else does either. A biblical scholar would say they know, but they get bible scripture wrong too.

I for one don’t worship technology, in fact I have thought of deleting my digital presence many times. And it could still happen.
Do we ever really get rid of our digital fingerprint? No.
Who is the beast and who is the image?
Could it be social media? As of now, we can say no. No one is putting you to death because you don’t worship technology.
Will it happen in the future? Maybe. Maybe not.

I do know I won’t be given up my quest to build my own custom computer. It’s a great time to build your own machine.
The lack of funds is keeping me from building my own machine.
Even though the cost of building a great machine is relatively low.
A six hundred dollar machine can be a wonderful build and I long for the day when I can start. I hope I can start purchasing the parts before the cost rises.

After ten years I still want to turn this website into its own dot com so I can start hoping again to make a dollar. A dollar needed for my retirement. That’s why I created Amerisphere Software Technologies.
Actually, I created AST to bring to you the Ingenuity of free software and to express the excitement of technology.

I won’t stop as long as I have a life.

My AST Facebook page needs your support, so would you give some love and head on over to the AST at Facebook and click like if you haven’t done so already, and if you already have liked AST, engage in the post more often by reacting to the post news. Thank you.
AST is on Twitter as well. How’bout a follow, thank you.

You might not be interested in all this technology stuff, and that’s fine and dandy.
I won’t twist your arm or kill you.
However, the news I share or post are of importance to everyone that holds a handheld computer (smart-phone) in their hands. Or sits at a desktop computer.  Thanks for taking a little time of your time and reading this. I love you.

Amerisphere Software Technologies_Gary M. Smith

It’s taken me up to 20 years to write this, and I didn’t even cover everything I could have.

computers, Hardware, Technology

How To: Remember the Santa Cruz N270 Surround Sound 6.1 Speaker System?

Remember this card? Turtle beach’s Santa Cruz Surround Sound Computer Hardware Card N270. 6.1 Speaker/Sub Woofer.

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How To: Remember the Santa Cruz N270 Surround Sound 6.1 Speaker System?

Making a search for the drivers on the web doesn’t reveal any satisfying results as I had anticipated. Over at the software for the N270 has been discontinued.

When you still have the Santa Cruz disc, you can relax you have the drivers.
Extend caution when you land on a website offering the software, but then you have to provide credit card information -don’t do it- these type of site can be considered phishing sites. I’d close that site quickly. That being said, I’ve made available the software for free if you need to grab the drivers. … for the drivers: The Santa Cruz N270 was made for Windows XP Only. I do have the card in slot PCI4 on a M478 socket MOBO Pen4 Dell Optiplex GX260.

Santa Cruz Surround Sound Computer Hardware Card N270

When using Windows 7 the compatibility option for XP uses the card, but at a limited capacity for the equalizer. I haven’t run any test with Windows 10, so I’m unable to provide any information about that at this time.

Here are the drivers (software) if you would like to download the software.


How To: Remember the Santa Cruz N270 Surround Sound 6.1 Speaker System?

The file is in the .iso format so you will need to mount the .iso in order to access the software. Or you can use your favorite zip program to open the .iso file.


Apps, Technology

What Is Headspace?

Headspace is an app that teaches you how to meditate.


Learn to meditate with their free Basics pack, a 10-day beginner’s course that guides you through the essentials of meditation and mindfulness. It’ll give you a solid foundation to build your practice on.

It’s hard to talk about Headspace without talking about Andy Puddicombe. So let’s start there. In his early twenties, Andy cut his Sports Science degree short.

For over 10 years, his meditation training took him across the world …

Andy returned to the UK with the huge-yet-simple goal of teaching meditation and mindfulness to as many people as possible.

Headspace has one mission: to improve the health and happiness of the world. And with millions of users in more than 190 countries, …

You can try Headspace for yourself and learn the essentials of meditation and mindfulness with our free Basics pack. If you enjoy it, then it’s time to SUBSCRIBE.

When I downloaded the app this morning and began my test I choose the meditation for dealing with anxiety. Can I say it helped, well its too early to tell. One meditation test isn’t enough. You’ll have to decide for yourself.

Here’s a list of links for further research:

Learn more about Headspace and Andy P. HERE.

Headspace on the WEB.
Headspace at FACEBOOK.
Headspace at TWITTER.
Headspace iPhone app HERE.
Headspace app for Android HERE.

What Is Headspace?