Uninstall and hide these updates from Windows 7, 7.1, 8 and 8.1 versions

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Uninstall and hide these updates from some Windows 7 & 8 versions. Don’t know about 10.
Some might be present, others not.
Why? – google them …

KB2990214
KB3021917
KB3068708
KB2952664
KB3022345
KB3068708
KB3022345
KB3075249
KB3080149

Run CMD as administrator.
Type wusa /uninstall /kb:KB2990214 /quiet /norestart
Repeat with the rest.
Run windows update.
Unselect and hide each one when they reappear.

League of Legends NA account for sale

Got a LoL account on NA servers which I will not use. It’s level 30, not ranked, clean.
Three rune pages:
Ability (screen shot);
Attack-Defence (screen shot);
Attack (screen shot).
17 champions: Alistar, Ashe, Caitlyn, Cho’Gath, Fiddlesticks, Garen, Kayle, Leona, Miss Fortune, Morgana, Nami, Sona, Soraka, Taric, Thresh, Tristana, Warwick (screen shot)
One skin – Guqin Sona (screen shot).
170 Riot points and 3795 Influence points (screen shot).
I am selling it for 5 $ (five USD).
If you are interested please write a comment or send me an email: contact (at) assenoff.net

A few DayZ (Arma II mod) screenshots and minor bragging

My First DayZ Vehicle 01

DayZ Škoda

DayZ Guba Bay

The last screen-shot: behind me, in the forest is the Ural – closest thing to tank in DayZ. Crashes down trees without taking damage :).

At a certain point in a moderately populated UK server I with a few friends controlled all available choppers! Two Hueys, two Mi-17, one Little Bird. This lasted about two weeks until the base was discovered but was a heart-warming sight … You want a heli – well, just pick one! Some days I felt like piloting the fast flying brick, next day took the agile little lady, etc. I also had total control over most important boats – the PBX and the Fishing boat.

After spending quite some time messing around and trying different approaches, I decided to go extremely peaceful – did not use any guns. Did not carry guns. Did not do PvP. And my longest period of survival was over a month, before I finally decided to quit playing.

Favourite operational locations – Skalisty island, the whole coast line, wide Berezino – Krasno – Guba bay area. Avoided places – Stary / Novi Sobor, Cherno, Electro, NWAF – especially during most populated hours.

Did not even remember how many land vehicles I used, but my favourite were the bicycle and UAZ. All over in my storage boat, tents and stashes I always had several pieces of each necessary gear for a fresh start, advanced survival and parts for vehicle repairs. Like antibacterial whipes, bandages, blood bags, antibiotics, morphine, hatchets, maps, compass, NVGs, GPS, matches, water bottles, cans, hunting knifes, wheels, engines, rotors, windscreen glasses and many more. NO guns. Also had camo and ghillie, but never wore them because they tend to scare people off.

Saw footage and game-play from the standalone and felt disappointed. Too early Alpha, tons of bugs and glitches which completely destroy the experience. Also quite expensive for its poor quality.

Finally – comfrey:

Comfrey Leaves 01

Comfrey Leaves 02

Amazon’s Kindle for PC fail

Recently I decided to download and use Kindle for PC. Started fine except that the installer did not ask me where to install the application. I think there is no need to explain why choosing the installation directory / drive is normal and expected for PC users. I mean – come on, we are not in the middle ages, and the PC is not a smart-phone/book-reader/whatever modern device.

Started a chat with the support. The first „helper“ Soundar(CSA) said that when installing for first time Kindle for PC will ask me for drive/directory. Which only showed how incompetent he is – the installer did not ask anything at all.

Then I was transferred to another Kindle specialist. Waited. Was told that I will be transferred again to another specialist.

Waited some more. Transferred again.

And again.

And again.

Finally someone named Bala(CSA) was brave enough to say directly, quoted „I’m sorry, you won’t be able to select a drive to install the application to your computer.“

That is that. I ended up uninstalling the crappy Kindle for PC, did not bother to register and link it with my Amazon account, did not even start it once. Will buy e-books form other places and will use other reader software.

My experience with Ubisoft’s Uplay support

guest-bDFV0A4w9 (that’s me) /11/2013 7:41:45 AM:
Hello. December last year I bought a DLC for ANNO 2070: The Financial Crisis Complete Pack from a sale on Amazon.com. By that time I did not have the core game. I just got ANNO 2070 yesterday and installed it via Uplay. When tried to activate the DLC it said „the code is invalid“. I contacted Amazon.com and they told me the code is for a Steam activation – not for Uplay. Also I was advised to contact your support and ask you for help. Can you please provide me with a code for ANNO 2070: The Financial Crisis Complete Pack which can be activated via Uplay? Because I already bought the DLC. Sending a screenshot for my Amazon.com transaction. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding. Yours: Mario Asenov

Peter 9/11/2013 8:39:43 AM
Hello there, Thank you for contacting Ubisoft Technical Support. In order to respond to this email, please update this incident (Please do not create a new incident). Could you please send me a digital image of: 1) Your activation key. When we receive these image we will be able to help you further. Thank you for your time and understanding. Kind Regards, Peter Ubisoft Technical Support.

guest-bDFV0A4w 9/11/2013 12:36:12 PM
Hello again. I’m sending a printscreen from my Amazon.com account, my games and software library. As you can see the first one is „ANNO 2070 – The Financial Crisis Complete Pack [Online Game Code]“ and the Activation Key is clearly visible. I hope the information will be sufficient to resolve my issue. Or if you want me to use a camera to take a photo of the screen while logged in my Amazon.com account – please say so. Thank you in advance. Have a great day! Asenov

Peter 9/13/2013 4:43:12 PM
Hello there, Thank you for contacting Ubisoft Technical Support. In order to respond to this email, please update this incident (Please do not create a new incident). Could you please confirm if you already try steps in link below : https://support.ubi.com/en-gb/FAQ.aspx?platformid=9&brandid=15&productid=3272&faqid=kA030000000eYlKCAU If you have any further queries or issues please do not hesitate to contact us again and we will assist you further. Kind Regards, Peter Ubisoft Technical Support.

guest-bDFV0A4w 9/15/2013 2:10:45 PM
Hello. I have tried the steps described in the link. I still got „This CD Key or Activation Code is not valid. Please try again.“ message. Please help me resolve this issue. Thank you. Yours: Asenov

Peter 9/16/2013 1:49:39 PM
Hello there, Thank you for contacting Ubisoft Technical Support. In order to respond to this email, please update this incident (Please do not create a new incident). In order to investigate this case we would need to test it your game in our testing centre. Please change your Uplay password to the one you can send us in this incident. For example „Ubi00722262“ If you have any further queries or issues please do not hesitate to contact us again and we will assist you further. Kind Regards, Peter Ubisoft Technical Support.

guest-bDFV0A4w 9/16/2013 2:46:55 PM
Hello. I appreciate your effort and time you put in trying to resolve my issue. However you suggestion is unacceptable. Password change and sending the new one to you seems a bit suspicious. If you cannot help me, please escalate the incident to the next level of support. Thank you. Yours: Asenov

Peter 9/16/2013 4:08:29 PM
Hello there, Thank you for contacting Ubisoft Technical Support. In order to respond to this email, please update this incident (Please do not create a new incident). Your case has been escalated to the corrected department for a further look at your issue. Thank you for understanding. If you have any further queries or issues please do not hesitate to contact us again and we will assist you further. Kind Regards, Peter Ubisoft Technical Support.

guest-bDFV0A4w 9/17/2013 6:09:47 AM
Hello. Thank you for the information. I wait further instructions. Yours: Asenov

After a month I contacted Amazon.com again and described my issue. They gave me for free another code for that DLC. Sadly the new code was invalid too. In further emails they explained, that Ubisoft gives them only Steam codes for this DLC, which are not compatible with Uplay. I gave up, when suddenly got ticket update:

Peter 10/30/2013 2:15:47 PM
Apologize for late response. Unfortunately there is nothing we will be able to do as we can provide a Steam cd-key of Anno 2070 so you can use the DLC content and we will not exchange the Steam DLC content for a Uplay version.

guest-bDFV0A4w 11/12/2013 1:05:38 PM
Hello. Your apology is irrelevant. Lets summarize:

1. You provide and sell Anno 2070 for Uplay.
2. Uplay is your own platform.
3. You do not provide DLC content for Anno 2070 for Uplay. You cannot exchange Steam DLC content for Uplay version simply because you do not have a Uplay version for it.
4. You ask users to change their password and send you the new password.
5. You need months to answer that a simple support issue cannot be unresolved.
6. I (and many others) can go on with further flaws in your support, attitude, system stability, pricing, etc.

Please be so kind to answer me, before I close the ticket: Do you think that I am satisfied? What would be my overall customer experience as a user? Excellent probably? Thank you in advance for your detailed, professional, most helpful and quick response. Yours: Asenov

Peter11/12/2013 3:31:51 PM
Thank you for your feedback. Please find your new activation key for your game ANNO 2070 Activation – (some random code) Deep Ocean- (some random code) DLC1- (some random code) DLC 2- (some random code) DLC 3- (some random code) Please activated your game on oyur Uplay account

Well, that’s it. Uplay says either „You already own this game“ (which is true for core ANNO 2070) or „This CD Key or Activation Code is not valid. Please try again.“ for the rest of the new codes.

Uncool.

ARMA II: Combined Operations (NON-STEAM) & DayZ install instuctions

I got mine from GMG. This guide is for their version only. Steam users have tons of useful info on their forums. Tested on Win XP 32 bit and Win 7 64 bit.

ArmA2: Combined Operations includes core Arma2 (A2) and Operation Arrowhead (OA). I asked greenmanganing support about DayZ compatibility and received negative answer; also was advised to contact the mod’s moderators.Yeah, right … If I want something done right – better do it myself. After some experimenting, trials and errors – this worked for me.

Install A2 first. Then OA – it will tell (wrong) that is already installed. Just let it do everything – DirectX, BattleEye, build-in patches, etc. Now both games are version: A2 = 1.09, OA = 1.59.

From the official A2 site download 1.60 patch and launch it. Now game versions are: A2 = 1.11, OA = 1.60.

Download 1.62 patch and launch it. Now the versions are: A2 = 1.11, OA = 1.62.

/Optional: Download Arma 2: Army of the Czech Republic DLC (compatibility MP patch, or ACR lite) and install it.

From the official A2 beta patch site download the latest one and install it. At the moment of writing: build 108074.

Run both games (core A2, then OA) for a minute or two. Just start at boot camp and wonder around for several seconds while actually in-game.
Do not skip this step! It is very important, will prevent most common DayZ error and is mandatory for ALL Arma2 versions.

Download, install and launch DayZ Commander, an excellent unofficial third party application for DayZ mod.
/Optional: Donate a few bucks.

Go to „install/update“. Update Arma2 and install DayZ to their respective latest stable version. Later you may install other popular maps/mods – Epoch, Takistan, etc. However main DayZ is still the most populated and played.

You may want to use some filters on the left to narrow the results matching your personal preferences.
I set max ping to 150, mark hide unresponsive, also check locked, unofficial, wrong Arma2 version and wrong mod version. After a week of testing you will probably stick to just a handful of preferable servers.

Some public servers heavily modify and greatly override various default DayZ settings. Others use „whitelists“ and have special requirements in order to join and play there, usually posted in details on their sites/forums. DayZ Commander lists private servers too. Sometimes they have password protected login or some other kind of restrictions.

My best pings from Bulgaria are to Germany – DE servers. Some FR, RU and US servers have good connectivity too.

Pay attention to how much players are currently in and to other general information in server names.

LAST! If you have custom (too strict) firewall rules make sure that A2, OA and DayZ executables are allowed to receive and send data over the internet.

Most important – have fun and try to survive while waiting for the standalone!

How to disable uTorrent’s annoying „Featured torrent“ and Remote Access error message when trying to change any setting

In Options / preferences / advanced / offers.sponsored_torrent_offer_enable set the value to false. Restart utorrent.
They may change this in the future so use the filter search for similar word that would disable the add.

„Please enter a computer name“ error may appear when the default playback device is changed to something other than it’s built-in player. A dull but effective solution is to type something completely random in the text boxes, then later disable the remote access setting.

I still remember the times when uTorrent was a very small and lightning fast torrent software, a simple .exe file. The increasingly bloated commercial add-filled check-box cluttered crap steadily drives me to the point that I will switch to some other client.

3-D secure (Verified by Visa) sucks

Once in a while I shop online – mostly games, software and services – when there are huge promotions and discounts. In the last year and a half I’ve purchased digital items from several sites and portals. None of them supports 3-D secure (Verified by Visa):

Amazon.com
Store.steampowered.com
GoG.com
Desura.com
G2PLAY.net
Pulsar.bg

In theory this XML-based protocol is supposed to improve security of online transaction. But practice has proven that it’s counterproductive garbage.

In my personal opinion, implementing it hurts both companies and consumers, and only benefits the banks themselves. It causes issues, which impacts sales. While fraud is more difficult with 3DSecure in place, all liability in case of fraud rests upon me as the consumer. To my knowledge banks get the best out of the deal, but sell this as a security feature. It does provide security, but not sharing my card details and login information does (objectively) the same thing. And if someone steals my card information, they can just use the card on a non-3DS service to steal and launder my money.

Basically 3DS is not secure. It has some issues (Wikipedia). It’s useless and hurts both customers and sellers/traders.

HP Pavilion wireless problem (orange LED light) solved

A neighbour in the upper floor laboratory has several years old HP Pavilion. Recently she came to me with a problem – the wireless suddenly went dead. The led indicator was constantly orange – meaning that no matter how she positioned the switch, the wireless network card was permanently off line. Looked in the device manager and found found only LAN network adapter – nothing more.

I ran a variety of tests, did a lot of diagnostics – primary software since I had to make sure it’s not a driver or operating system issue. Disabled all power saving features, removed HP wireless assistant, tried to do thing manually, etc. Even updated the BIOS but nothing seemed to help. It is a widespread and quite known issue – a motherboard-wireless problematic connection and lack of power supply to the wireless network card in a lot of HP notebooks/laptops. After some serious Internet digging finally found on Techspot’s forums the only solution that worked for me:
I fixed orange light HP/Compaq wireless problem

The basic idea is that rising the temperature inside the machine to the risky 80C for 10 minutes somehow „repairs“ the broken power link between the wireless adapter and other chipset components. The guy in the forum post achieved this using software stability test that stresses the CPU/GPU, covering the vents and thus generating enough heat inside the machine. Having in mind the high potential damage this overheat procedure might cause I borrowed from the laboratory above their temperature measuring device with silicon sensors and off-chip processing (a kind of advanced thermometer). Disconnected all cables, removed the battery, disassembled the notebook, positioned the thermometer sensors, and gradually started heating specific areas inside the laptop by a hair dryer with narrow airflow concentrator.

The first several attempts were unsuccessful because I do not feel comfortable sustaining high temperatures in a computer for a long time. Started with small steps – 70C for a minute, 75 for 2 minutes, etc. A time consuming process since I paused after each try to let the system cool down, reconnect, power up and wait to see if something new happens. Finally when I kept the temperature at 80C for 4 minutes, reconnected and started the notebook, the device manager greeted me with „new hardware found“ – the wireless was live!

Actually I am amazed that this solution worked at all! The bad news is that if the computer is turned off and cooled down to room temperature, most of the time the wireless adapter will be lost again. Repeating the heating procedure (no matter how it’s achieved) usually does it’s magic, but it’s not a permanent solution. Leaving it constantly on, working non-stop 24/7 is always an option – still it’s just avoiding the problem, not final resolution.

Best advice – actually two of them :)
1. Buy external USB Wireless adapter – it should be no more than 20$.
2. Avoid giving money for HP / Compaq portable products!