DoctorLaptop’s Tips #62
1. KODI Problems? Due to a crackdown on video piracy many of the free Kodi IPTV plug-ins are no longer working and have shut down their websites; the remainder have become unstable and may soon fold. The future of IPTV is either paid subscription services or using .m3u files that must be updated every few days. The .m3u files provide a list of channels/networks from which to choose. Since it is easier to use .m3u files with VLC Player than with Kodi, and many subscription services require their own software (Mobdro for example), the future of Kodi as a format for viewing free IPTV is in doubt. I suggest you either get a paid subscription to FilmOn, Mobdro (Android only), etc., or study up on using .m3u files. I can teach you to use .m3u files, and provide you the required tools, in a single €25 class.
Read more at: http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/814227/Kodi-Box-Download-Crackdown-Shutdown
2. Beware Windows 10-S, a new version of Windows 10. This is Microsoft’s answer to the Google Chromebook. It has severe limitations. Windows 10-S will not allow you to install independent 3rd-party programs. Currently that means no Chrome, no Firefox, no iTunes, numerous games, etc. All software must be downloaded from a very limited selection at the Windows Store. The unchangeable default browser is Edge, and the forced search provider is Bing. Read more at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2017/05/02/windows-10s-windows-10-s-vs-windows-10-whats-the-difference/#3348d8621097
3. The heat has returned and with it laptops will be running hot. In addition, many people now have duo-core and quad-core laptops; more processors means more heat generated. When temps rise above 28C it is advisable to take precautions. Place spacers beneath the laptop to allow air circulation, point a desk fan at your laptop, or use a “cooling tray”. Keep the air vents clean, an old toothbrush can be used for this. If your laptop shuts itself down from overheating, wait a half hour before restarting it to avoid damage. If a laptop is driven to shut itself down repeatedly from overheating the thermal paste on the processor may fail, the RAM can burn out or your hard disk can die. All are expensive repairs best avoided. A full fan and cooling system cleaning is part of my computer clean&tuneup maintenance service, something all laptops need at least annually.
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