Blacklist of Patches for Windows 7 and Windows 8

Originally posted on Level Whimsicality:

fallout vault boy windows 01For reference, here are a list of Microsoft Windows patches that are best to uninstall/hide.  I keep these KB’s in multiple locations and thought it would be helpful to consolidate them into a single place.

Obviously, know what you’re doing if you do plan to uninstall any Windows patch!

If you have other recommendations of Windows patches to blacklist, let me know and I’ll include them.

  • kb3035583 – This is the annoying nagware reminder to upgrade to Windows 10.
  • The following patches enable “spyware,” allowing Microsoft to collect data about your PC and activities without your knowledge:

Thankfully, we can still control our Windows 7 and Windows 8 experiences.  In Windows 10 you can only delay patching.

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Force integrated Windows 10 apps to use English language

Are you living in a non-English country, but you are using English language in Windows? I absolutely hate localized Windows, because my language simply doesn’t work with computer terminology. However, even when you set Windows to use English language during installation, integrated apps like Calendar, Alarm, Calculator, Music, Video etc that come with Windows 10 automatically gets localized in my native language. Meaning entire Windows OS is in English, but the apps that are integrated in it are in my own native language. You can imagine my OCD going insane. It was like this in Windows 8.1, but I could never really find the solution… until now :)

Changing language of integrated Windows 10 apps to English language:

  • Right click on Start and select Control Panel
  • Click on Add language under Clock, Language, and Region category.
  • Click Add language and search for English.

You’ll find bunch of versions, I personally prefer English (United States), you can pick United Kingdom or even Australia… After you’ve picked the one you like, click Add button below.

There should be two languages listed in your panel…


  • Select English one and click Move up which will force it to be the default language.
  • Click Options on the right (within the English profile) and click Add an input method.

This time, select your own language, so that you’ll have proper support for your local special letters and symbols on your keyboard.

  • Click Add when you’ve found your own language.
  • Click Remove button next to US language entry.
  • Click Save button below.

You’ve set all the necessary things. You can check language of integrated apps by going into Start, clicking All apps and scrolling through the list. If all the integrated apps like Alarm, Calendar, Music etc are in English, you’ve done it right.

To finish it off properly…

  • Go to Control Panel and then Change date, time, or number formats.
  • Select Administrative tab and click Copy Settings… button.
  • Tick both checkboxes below and click OK.


There you go. It looks complicated, but it’s really easy. By doing this last step, you ensure all the future new profiles will use these settings as well as certain locations like Welcome screen that don’t use custom settings by default after you set them.

Noctua NF-A4x10 FLX 40mm and Noiseblocker XM-2 fan review

As I’ve posted not long ago, I’ve bought a new platform based on X99 chipset attached to ASUS Sabertooth X99 motherboard. And this motherboard arrived with special fan that you mount on a VRM segment of the motherboard for additional VRM cooling. Well, the stock fan is PWM and mounted on a special fan header which even when set at lowest speed makes it quite noisy and you can’t force the fan curve any lower. Too noisy considering the rest of the fans are almost dead silent. So, I’ve tossed it out and looked for alternatives…

After lengthy digging after 40mm fans (they really aren’t easy to find), there were few options at 10mm thickness that caught my attention. The Noiseblocker XM-2 that I already had, but is somewhat weak on the air pressure aspect, Gelid 40mm Silent Fan or Noctua NF-A4x10 FLX. I wanted the Noiseblocker BlackSilentPro 40mm but it only comes in 20mm thickness so that fell off my selection list.

I’ve checked bunch of resources and decided to go with Noctua. HalTech reviewed it and gave it very positive review on Youtube. Noctua is also known for high quality products (apart from absolutely terrible skin+diarrhea color scheme) and it has air pressure higher than some larger fans.

I was really enthusiastic about it…


Till I actually got the fan. Yeah, that color scheme… but fine, it sort of fits to desert beige and grey found on Sabertooth X99. Presentation is amazing. High quality box with preview window secured with a Velcro “lock”, bunch of really high quality accessories like amazingly well sleeved cables, anti-vibration holders, slowdown resistor etc. Really top notch, but then again, for almost 15€, I wasn’t expecting any less.

There was immediately a problem with fitting of this fan inside the cooling slot on Sabertooth X99. This damn fan is not standard 40mm size, I had to grind away the pointy parts on the corners in order to even be able to fit this darn thing in the fan slot. After I’ve done that, second problem appeared…

Connected everything, fired up UEFI BIOS and tested this bad boy. And guess what, this fan is TERRIBLE. Considering it’s loaded with anti-vibration, anti-noise, anti-everything with superduper SSO2 150 trillion hours hydro bearings with SCD2 drive and the review from HalTech stating it’s dead silent, this fan is anything but silent. Sure, it’s a 4500 RPM fan, but even when you slow it down, it doesn’t actually get any more silent. Connected the L.N.A. resistor in between to slow it down to 3700 RPM and further slow it down using UEFI BIOS controls and the damn thing was still buzzing and hissing like crazy. There is a third problem with it, if you partially block/obstruct its air intake and that’s exactly what happens since rear exhaust fan partially covers it, Noctua starts making really annoying whining noise.

It’s the noise frequency which is so irritating it makes you think it has 10.000 mosquitoes electrocuted inside the fan and that makes it spin. Even when absolutely slowed down it makes this god damn annoying buzzing noise that was driving me insane.

Yes, the air pressure is phenomenal for such tiny fan and you can properly fell it, but there is no way in hell I’m gonna listen to this buzzing crap. Sorry Noctua, but you failed badly here.

Pros and cons for Noctua NF-A4x10 FLX:

+ high quality packaging and presentation
+ attention for details (quality cable and resistor sleeving)
+ amazing air pressure of 1.21 mmH2O @ 3700 RPM
– motor is emitting super annoying buzzing noise across entire RPM range
– partially restricting air intake creates horrible whining noise
– fan frame is not perfect 40mm standard (holes are, the frame isn’t)
– a bit expensive for a tiny 40mm fan (considering the noise problems)

Alternative? Yeah, I’ve gone back to my all time favorite fan maker, Noiseblocker, more specifically to XM-2 fans that I had for ages but somehow decided to neglect it and give Noctua a try…


I don’t know what kind of witchcraft Noiseblocker is doing, but the XM-2’s that I have are old generation with sleeve bearing and they are dead quiet. At freaking 3800 RPM! New XM-2’s that you can buy now even come with Noiseblocker’s higher grade NB NanoSLI bearings. If their sleeve bearing is this quiet, how freaking quiet is the new generation of XM-2’s then!?

Anyway, XM-2 fits in the Sabertooth X99 directly without any modifications, is absolutely quiet at 3800 RPM meaning I’m running it full speed at all times and restricting its air intake doesn’t really change its acoustic properties. Air pressure is slightly lower as well as air flow, but if I have to trade that for silence, I’d do it any time. And I have.

Pros and cons for Noiseblocker XM-2:

+ attention for details (maybe not Noctua level, but still very good)
+ standard 40mm size
+ amazingly silent at full 3800 RPM
+ pretty color scheme
+ reasonably priced
– slightly lower air pressure and airflow compared to Noctua


If you don’t have to look at the ugly fan and you just need a high performance 40mm fan to cool system chipset or VRM, Noctua is certainly an amazing option. But if you want a high(er) performance 40mm fan that is also really super quiet at 3800 RPM, go with Noiseblocker XM-2. I’ll one day have to check out that Gelid, but for now, XM-2 is still my favorite fan. It’s just a better balanced product compared to Noctua which is amazing in some aspects, but also absolutely terrible in others.

Another mass shooting, blame it on all white men again…


So, there was another mass shooting in the USA recently, I’m not going to write about it, you’ll see it on news anyway since all news media will again overblow it trillion times and repeat it like you’re watching Teletubbies, what I want to point out is again our white man Jonathan McIntosh who blamed the shooting on all men again. Bodies of the deceased haven’t even cooled down yet and he’s already pushing his lame ass agenda again.

I just wonder if he has looked into the mirror recently. I mean, after all, he is a man (presumably). If you’re so engaged into this, then take the responsibility and do something about it as a man. Just saying. After all, you are the most vocal about it. Blaming it on all men and asking why is it only men who do this is not exactly a solution or even a reasonable question.

And there we also have a guest appearance of the Vereen “I’m not racist” Jubbal who immediately had to point it out it was “white men” who always commit shootings. He just conveniently forgot the last big shooting was done by a black dude, execution style live on TV (those two TV reporters). I guess he has a memory of a gold fish…

These motherfuckers are barking at the wrong tree. Well, it’s the right one because they don’t want to solve the issue of men doing the shootings, they just want to push their retarded agendas that only benefit them and no one else.

If most shootings are done by men, you don’t solve the issue by blaming it on ALL men you fucking morons. I’m a man and I’m against this shit and I’m also not going to do any mass killings. So why the fuck are you blaming it on my gender? Is it my fault just because I was born male? It’s not like I had whole lot of options selecting what gender I want to be born into…

If anyone was really interested in solving this issue or at least trying to understand it, they’d be asking criminal psychologists, not fucking Social Justice Warriors, news media and “transformative pop media critics” like McIntosh.

So, McIntosh, if you want to be useful, go and interview a criminal psychologist and make a proper piece on it, not just asking uh oh “why is it always men” in 50 Tweets released in a 15 minute timeframe an hour after shooting was committed…  But I know you won’t do it because you’re an asshole not interested in even virtually solving this issue, you’re just interested in pissing on people because they happen to be of wrong gender. You bigoted fucker.

New major firmware release for ASUS RT-AC87U router!

If you happen to be an ASUS RT-AC87U owner, check out this huge update for this awesome router. It brings security updates as well as really nice connectivity enhancements and tools like Traffic Analyzer to see what apps and protocols occupy available bandwidth as well as bunch of QoS enhancements for fastest possible connection.

ASUS RT-AC87U Firmware version (2015-10-01)

Security Fixes
– Updated TrendMicro security engine.
– Updated OpenSSL library to 1.0.2d
– Fixed CVE-2015-6949 buffer overflow issue, special thanks for Elvis’ contribution.
– Fixed Web server Accept-Language buffer overflow
– Fixed Web server URL handler buffer overflow
– Enhanced router login password and wireless password(WPA2) strength check method to against brute-force attack.
– Reject administrator to set too easy to guess login and wireless password to avoid brute-force attack.

New Features
– RT-AC87U now supports Traffic analyzer.
– Bandwidth Limiter in Adaptive QoS –> QoS. Let administrator easily limit specific client’s upload/ download bandwidth
– Independent mac filter for main wireless network and guest network. Administrator can set white list for main wireless network to only allow trust client connect to main wireless network and share network to guest with guest network
– Modified the network map client status. When chick the client icon, administrator can bind IP, change host name, change icon, block internet access or set time scheduling.
– Added client list view button on network map and help administrator easily monitor all client connection status.
– Time scheduling, Web & App filter, Wireless MAC filter client drop down menu can show offline devices.
– Web history and traffic analyzer can show device name.
– [AiCloud] Show image EXIF info on image player
– [AiCloud] Auto rotate image on image player.
– [AiCloud] Files can be moved and copied.
– [AiCloud] Images can be uploaded to Picasa or Twitter.
– [AiCloud] Share link can be posted on Twitter, Plurk, weibo and QQ in AiCloud.
– [AiCloud] AiCloud can be used in AP/ media bridge mode.
– Added 3G/4G USB modem APN auto detection feature. In most cases, firmware can automatically find the ISP profile and establish link when 3G/4G dongle inserted to router.
– Added Android phone in USB modem/ USB Tethering –> Select USB device.

– Updated the 5G chipset driver to stabilize 5GHz connection.
– Added Meo and Movistar ISP profile.
– Adjusted Guest network mac filter maximum client number to 16
– Allow paste password on login page to fulfil some password management softwares requirement.
– Show current control channel while value is auto.
– Bandwidth limiter can accept decimal point.
– Unnecessary to reboot router after set allow only spcified IP address to enter GUI.
– Adaptive QoS can now be enabled without assigned upload/ download bandwidth.
– Adjusted Adaptive QoS UI and easier to set top priority for gaming, media streaming or web surfing.
– Changed warning page style.
– Changed Cloud sync Dropbox URL encoding from UTF8 to BASE64.

– Fixed media server scanning issue.
– Fixed setup wizard IE11 compatibility issue.
– Fixed Adaptive QoS game mode GUI issue.
– Fixed Traffic Analyzer GUI issue.
– Fixed OpenVPN connection status display error


Help, someone disagreed with me on Twitter!


And link to be sure:

When you think Batshitinsane (TM) levels have already reached critical mass, someone manages to disprove that claim. This time it’s Twitter.

They actually and with all seriousness added option to report users who, wait for it… disagree with you on Twitter. Nope, I’m not kidding. You have a screen capture above as well as link.

Are you people at Twitter fucking insane? Your whole platform is based on communications where people disagree on microsecond basis (daily basis would be an understatement) and you add this to your reporting system. How fucking dumb you have to be to do such a thing!? Now lets just wait for 10 seconds before your whole system implodes because everyone will report everyone for disagreeing with them. I mean LMAO XD

Fix Alien Breed random game crashing

I’ve had Alien Breed trilogy in my Steam library for a very long time and have finally decided to give it a spin. It’s actually pretty interesting game that got a bit ruined by what seems like random crashing. But it wouldn’t be my blog if it wasn’t yet another über bizarre thing. I seem to be the magnet for all the weird shit no one else experiences in games and programs.

How to fix Alien Breed game crashing?

Don’t use keyboard to navigate Intex terminals (saving, weapon/item upgrades etc), use only mouse!

Nope, I’m not kidding. That’s why it seemed like a totally random crashing where it was tied to usage of mouse or keyboard, apparently I use both interchangeably on the Intex terminals and crashes weren’t consistent because of it.

But I’ve figured it out. I can play the game without a single crash for as long as I strictly use mouse on Intex terminals. As soon as I tried to use keyboard arrow keys to navigate Intex terminal purchase/save menu, the game crashed.

So here you go, another game fix from the bizarro land. XD