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Tomos, I recently had a similar (if not the same) problem with 'runaway' cpu usage slowing my system down considerably. 

This page let me find the offending svchost.exe and it was indeed Windows Update.  I've had the autoupdates turned off for a long time, asking for notice of their availability, but WU still must have been running wild.


Using that showed the offender within the specific svchost instance was "wuauserv". Turned it off and the system was immediately back to normal and has remained that way.  It does mean Updates are off but I suppose one could turn wuauserv on occasionally, as mentioned, to get the latest updates then turn it back off.

This page also addresses the issue and mentions a couple of "KB" fixes but I haven't looked into that.

Also a google of "wuauserv" shows a lot of apparently pertinent info, although I also haven't checked those.

Mike S.

General Software Discussion / Re: Computer blogs that you read?
« on: February 20, 2016, 10:36 PM »
Shades, thanks for those, especially techrepublic and raymondcc. 

The two I mentioned - ghacks and Rick's - are literally the only quality blogs I've known about and Rick's only for the last couple of weeks.  I've read Ghacks for a long, long time. 

So you and MilesAhead have added to my bookmarks significantly.


Mike S.

General Software Discussion / Re: Computer blogs that you read?
« on: February 20, 2016, 06:42 PM »
Those look interesting as well, many thanks. 

General Software Discussion / Re: Computer blogs that you read?
« on: February 20, 2016, 12:37 PM »
Thanks MilesAhead, that looks like a good site.

General Software Discussion / Computer blogs that you read?
« on: February 20, 2016, 10:49 AM »
Apparently I don't have enough to read now, so I'm looking for suggestions for more.   :)

What I'm really looking for are blogs such as ghacks and Rick's Daily Tips that are aimed at ordinary computer users.

Any suggestions?

Mike S

N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck
« on: February 17, 2015, 02:38 PM »
Amusing video on time and timezones.  :)

N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck
« on: February 15, 2015, 04:35 PM »
Like dallas7, I can report that is working fine. :)

N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck
« on: January 25, 2015, 08:12 PM »
Jody, you're right about using Series view to check on the dates of a given show.  It is somewhat slower than seeing all that day's shows in one place.  For example, I have 8 shows on Sundays and it would be nice to see them all in one place, but it's certainly not that important.  :)

N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck
« on: January 25, 2015, 07:35 PM »
Thanks for responding Jodie.  :)

N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck
« on: January 25, 2015, 03:41 PM »
Jody, I've had no issues at all with

In looking at the new Monthly view, I wonder if a option could be added.  Right now, my Monthly view shows the daily programming for 5 weeks.  This is of limited use to me because a maximum of only 3 episodes of each day's programming is in view without scrolling and I have four days each week when I have 5 or more shows on those particular days.  IOW, a lot of scrolling is necessary if, for example, I wanted to verify that episodes of 'Revenge' are scheduled for the next few weeks.

What if the space in the Monthly view could be toggled to show a single day's schedule for the next few weeks?  All the space would be available for viewing Sunday's shows for the entire month.  Then I could see at a glance if 'Revenge' was going to skip a Sunday.

Of course, this can already be done in the Weekly view but one has to scroll down through all the days of the week to get to the desired next Sunday, etc.  

Anyway, just a thought.  


N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck
« on: November 13, 2014, 03:59 PM »
That seems to have fixed the disappearing checks.   :)

N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck
« on: November 13, 2014, 02:32 PM »
Hold on...

If I have the beta open to the Weekly view and I check off an episode(s) and then hit 'Refresh view' (bottom right corner) the check(s) I just made are erased.

But, if I make the checks and then close epCheck and re-open, the checks are there.

Ok, more to consider: if I check an episode and then go to the Series view and then immediately come back to the Weekly view and hit 'Refresh view' the check holds.  I don't have to go to the specific show in the Series list for the check to hold, I only have to click on the Series tab.

I assume a 'save' is not being made unless I leave the Weekly view, either by closing epCheck or by going to the Series tab.  Going from the Weekly view to another tab - Monthly, Search, or Options - seems to sometimes save the check and sometimes not.


N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck
« on: November 12, 2014, 06:17 PM »
Jody, I'm happy to report that the latest beta has fixed all the issues I mentioned.


Mike S.

N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck
« on: November 12, 2014, 04:03 AM »
One more:  on the Monthly Options, I can only choose 5 or 6 weeks.  The changelog says "...configurable to show between four and six weeks."

Mike S.

N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck
« on: November 12, 2014, 03:56 AM »
Jody, thanks for the fix!  And the Monthly view is a terrific addition.

Looks like I'm having one problem with the beta - in the Weekly tab, marking new shows as 'viewed' does not stick - closing epCheck and then re-opening finds the shows now unchecked.  

Also it looks like previously checked episodes (from v1.1.5.1) become unchecked if I increase the 'number of past days to show' and those shows then become included in the new Weekly view.

Another odd thing: several shows now have their entire history of checkoffs missing from the Series view; others still show the checks I had previously done.


Mike S.

N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck
« on: November 11, 2014, 09:20 PM »
Jodie, sorry if this issue has been addressed in the previous 8 pages!

Looking at tonight's shows in the Weekly tab and was surprised to see no "Selfie S01E07" (yeah, I'm the one watching it lol).  Checked the Series tab and it is there.   

Had the opposite problem a couple of months ago where a program showed up in the Weekly view but not the Series.

Then, I found and deleted the show's data folder (with epCheck closed), re-opened epCheck, and added it back and both tabs showed it. 

Tried likewise deleting the 'Selfie' folder and re-opened epCheck but the problem persists.  Also tried deleting 'Selfie' from the Series view, closing epCheck, made sure the data folder was gone, re-opened epCheck, added 'Selfie' back but still no Weekly view.

Not a huge issue for this incredibly useful program but maybe you have a suggestion?

Mike S.

Skwire Empire / Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« on: August 24, 2014, 10:49 PM »
ghacks today (8/24) has a review of 9 desktop weather apps and Martin gives sWeather the top recommendation.


Mike S.

I agree with Xennon, this update is great, skwire.  The root folder option and the path options worked perfectly with my new age songs.  I also made a playlist of my collection of pop and rock songs, which I'd never done before, for whatever reason.

The new help file is nicely done, very complete and more informative than the previous one.


I'd like to endorse vital's request for the option to create 1 playlist in the root folder for all the songs in the sub-folders.  This would seem to be the logical next improvement of an already terrific app.

For example, I have my New Age music collection, approximately 1000 songs, in subfolders according to the artist name, 116 artists.  If I drop the New Age folder onto the app it's going to create 116 m3u's in their respective folders, which is great - very useful. 

But I'd also like to, as would vital & Xennon, be able to create one playlist in the root folder that has all 1000 songs.  I do have a current m3u that has all those songs but I had to create it by copying each artist's songs into one big all-inclusive folder and then making the playlist.  Having sPlaylistMaker do that would have been an elegant solution and saved a lot of time.


N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck
« on: May 20, 2014, 12:02 PM »
Also want to agree with TaoPhoenix re interim fixes.   :)

N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck
« on: May 20, 2014, 11:59 AM »
Just now seeing build 56 - this is a very nice update!  I especially like the Air time, Network, and Status additions.   I probably won't use Profiles but I can see that they would be valuable to others.

epCheck is a terrific little program and has become one of my essential apps (worth every penny of my small donation!)

Thanks skwire.   :Thmbsup:

N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck
« on: January 30, 2014, 07:51 PM »
I'm using it with no issues so far.   :)

Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Skinny Paste
« on: September 20, 2010, 12:04 AM »
@msteph: I'm not sure what the issue could be on your system.  I downloaded Metapad and it seems to work fine here.  That being said, I did increase the clipboard wait period in this latest build.  Could you please clear your cache, redownload, and try again?  You'll know you have the newer version if the tray menu only shows two entries now.  Please let me know how it goes.  Thanks.

skwire, downloaded the new .exe, cleared the cache and ran it.  It now does show the two entries in the tray as you mention ("Reload clips" and "Exit") but it still doesn't pick up the item I click on, just whatever's on the clipboard.  If the clipboard is blank/empty (via CCleaner) then nothing is pasted.


In any case, thank you very much (and pulphero) for responding so quickly to my post!

Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Skinny Paste
« on: September 19, 2010, 11:56 PM »
>When I run the executable I don't see that option, either.

pulphero, when you run the executable, either the old one or the brand new one, does the app actually work?

Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Skinny Paste
« on: September 19, 2010, 04:43 PM »
skwire, this looks like a very handy little app but I must be doing something wrong (wouldn't be the first time) because it doesn't work for me as it does for pulphero.

I created the clips.txt file. ran SkinnyPaste.exe, pressed CONTROL SHIFT Q to bring up the list but when I click on one of the items, that text is not pasted into metapad (my active application) but rather whatever is already on the clipboard is pasted.

IOW, for some reason SkinnyPaste is not reading the chosen item to the clipboard for it to then be pasted.

Also you say "If you make changes to the clips.txt file, simply right-click the tray icon and choose reload."

If I right-click the tray icon, the only choices I see are "Suspend Hotkeys", "Pause Script" and "Exit", no 'reload' option.

What am I doing wrong?

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