Windows 10 is here and it is here to stay and along with it comes the almost forceful push to using a Microsoft Account. When you first buy your new Windows 10 device you are bombarded with the Sign In with your Microsoft Account. You can in fact just login in the old fashion way and login with a simple username and password even though Microsoft would rather you login with a Microsoft account so you can sync all your goodies while also allowing them to track what you do more.

If your Windows 10 user account is currently a Microsoft account (by choice or because you got roped into it) it is easy to revert it back to a local account if you know where to look. Read on as I show you.

Why Do This?

There are benefits to using a Microsoft account as your login but many people prefer to have their Windows login as a totally separate experience and entity from any online accounts they might have.

I have noticed a super annoying way that your local user account is automatically (without your permission) converted into a Microsoft account. Of which is when you first log into the Windows Store on your new Windows 10 PC your local user account (called “Ninja”) gets switched over seamlessly to whatever email address you use for your Microsoft account (say “whatTheHell@gmail.com”). This Microsoft account can be one you created for several reasons. Maybe you have a Hotmail email or you use the Microsoft Office Suite of software.

A scenario that can happen is when someone who isn’t you logs into the Windows Store then it converts your local user account to a Microsoft account with their login credentials. You then will end up needing their password to undo the mess. If the computer is logged off, goodness, you then cannot get into the computer until you get their password. It is a very poor and quite underhanded way to get people to use a Microsoft-style login instead of the old way to login.


Reverting Your Microsoft Account Back to a Local User

If you’ve had a Microsoft account for a while and you want to switch it back to a local user. If you had a crazy and annoying experience where the Windows Store or some other App hijacked your entire user account, the way to reverse everything is pretty easy if you know where to look.

On the Windows 10 PC in question,  goto the Accounts menu. You can do so in alot of ways but the fastest way is to simply type “accounts” in the search box on the Windows 10 start menu and select “Change your account picture or profile settings” as in the screenshot above.

When the Account Settings menu opens you will see in the screenshot to the left the email address of the now active Microsoft Account (top arrow). Below you will find a link saying “Sign in with a local account instead”.

Click on that link.

Confirm the account again and you will also be required to plug in the password. Click “Next”.



Enter a new local username and password (or the old username and password you had before things got all freaky). Click “Next”.



The last box is a confirmation and a reminder of some details you should read for you information. Click “Sign out and finish”. Now I did notice after signing out and going back to a local account didn’t change anything with the Windows Store app and I was still logged in under my Microsoft user account. Why couldn’t Microsoft had just allowed you to login to the Windows Store in the first place???????





Finally Super Mario Run for Android has been released. It seems the game was released a day early. You can download the game via the
Google Play Store now. The game is pretty much the same as the iOS version where you can install the game for free but you will need to purchase the game to unlock all the modes. Nintendo had the placeholder up in the Google Play Store for some time which allowed you to pre-register and you would get notified.  😕    Well….. I never got the notification. Go figure.

Super Mario Run for Android apparently has not reached Nintendo’s expectations. I would assume this is due to the $10 in game purchase to unlock all the modes. Nintendo being the newby in this arena hasn’t learned yet how things go in Android world where open and free are one of its features. Apps or games with high up-front or near up-front purchases do not generally do well. To give you an idea of where Nintendo’s expectations are, the iOS version’s gross revenue hit about $30 million in 2 weeks and they were still not satisfied with that. Now it has only been a few days and Nintendo is already running touting horns is displeasure. I didn’t even know it was out yet so I am sure this is true for others. Nintendo should have done a little more to advertise this release then mainly relying on a Google Play front page ad or even the pre-registration process which failed in my case.


Try in the Google Play Store!…


On another note, Nintendo is not trying to focus on freemium games or apps despite the success of another game they have called Fire Emblem: Heroes. This notion is based on comments made by different Nintendo officials.

Android will allow more people to see the game and so money really can’t be totally the main focus at this point in the game for Nintendo. Of course it is overall the goal but being the newby Nintendo needs to build a larger presence in the smartphone industry. So if Nintendo continues they would be able to make good on claims they have made to use smartphones to introduce their games to a wider audience.

This in turn would in fact open up doors into the next step for Nintendo in their newly released console, the Nintendo Switch, which is doing pretty well it seems so far. If you want the numbers, well approximate numbers now, Superdata and various sources say about $1.5 million consoles worldwide have been sold and get this… 90% are buying Zelda with it. There has been a drop in sales though in the second week of its release so question has arose as to whether the Nintendo Switch will hit mainstream status once…say…the rave over Zelda dies down.

I mention all of this because it is relevant as Super Mario Run is the first step into a new era for Nintendo where portability in gaming becomes a focus. The Switch opens up the door to the next step being portable high-end gaming. Can Nintendo stay on top in this area cause now that the cat is out there will be others in the shadows that will try to copy and improve on their idea.


9 March 2017


Ninja is back with some more windows tips and tricks…


Using the Edge Browser While Shopping

First I would like to mention that you make sure your data is backed up in some way. Windows 10 will at times make some major updates. One example is the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. I have had reports of lost data and broken/lost applications after having this update take place on computers. One part of this update though may prompt you to do your online shopping using the Edge browser instead. See once you open sites like Best Buy or Target Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant, will often give you its 2 cents and offer the use of coupons that it finds automatically. Now that can be very helpful.

I would also like to add in that you can do as Chrome does and add addons or extensions in Edge which also came with the Anniversary update. There are not many just yet that you can install but you may find some useful like AdBlock. You can check out the images to get an idea how to access the shopping suggestions and extensions.

Windows Calendar Update

The taskbar calendar was not so useful before but Microsoft has been hard at work by adding some extra functionality into it. The taskbar calendar is now integrated with Windows 10’s core Calendar so all your dates and events now show. You can click on the events to view or edit them and it will also show your Google events if you have your google email setup in windows 10’s email app. As you can see it is showing my Bizarre Holidays that I have setup in my Google account. This should have been included from day one if you ask me.

Windows Dark Theme

This item here should have also been a part of Windows 10 from day one but Microsoft is learning what its users want. Through the feedback app and forums that Microsoft has setup a lot have requested a way to change from the light theme. the light theme at times makes it hard to distinguish one window from another if you have a lot of windows open. Ever click on the wrong windows trying to get at a certain desired window? Maybe you even minimize or closed the window you wanted by accident. To find the option you goto Settings > Personalization > Colors.

The light theme was so annoying to me at times I changed the theme color manually. I posted on this in my Getting the White Out post while also showing how you can set your colors to update according to your currently set background in the previous Tips and Tricks post. I may have mentioned Dark Mode there too.  🙂 (Yeah I really disliked light theme.)

Windows Audio Sources

Windows 10 volume control has been rather cumbersome if you are an audiophile. Having to change where the audio you want is coming from has always been a task requiring the Control Panel and going into properties of the device in order to change. Now you can change your audio source by clicking on the name of the source. To get to it you look for that speaker icon on the bottom in your taskbar and just click on it. It may show art first only one source but if you look again you will see an arrowhead pointing upward. You just have to click that to open up the other options. What this means is you can switch from your headphones to your speakers to your Roland Aira TR-8 and back again much easier.

All things Galaxy S8

Here we go as usual with the loads of rumors of the next big thing by Samsung and the talk now is Galaxy S8.  So with everything that has happened with the Note 7 just what is Samsung going to do next with this S8 device? I will start by letting you know that it looks like Samsung will be playing it a little safe in the S8 this time. Now some are going as far as saying Samsung will be making the S8 worse than the Note 7 but I think that is a little over dramatic. So let’s get to it shall we?

What about the battery?

There are numerous reports that claimed the S8 will have bigger batteries but it looks like Samsung is playing it safe due to the Note 7 battery fires. Korean sites have stated that the S8 and the S8 Plus will have 3000mAh and 3500mAh batteries respectively which are almost the same capacities used for the Galaxy S7s. Samsung appears to have been talking to New1 Korea as having said:

“After completing a range of tests, Samsung made a final decision to deploy the battery capacity for the two S8 variants”

“We decided to install 3000mAh for the 5.8-inch model and 3500mAh for the 6.2-inch model through various tests on the Galaxy S8 battery,”

Samsung has made a change just as they said they would by replacing battery manufactures SDI and ATL in China with SDI and Murata in Japan. So Samsung will be sticking with their own company and changing their alternate. I would assume keeping their own is a way to pay closer attention to what goes on during manufacturing while kicking ATL to the curb would be justified since they screwed up in the aftermath of the SDI (Samsung) screw up. So Samsung is going with someone else to have their back this time. There are sites stating this change while also saying what they think as Samsung still using ATL but who knows really for sure other than Samsung and its employees. I will contact Samsung for a response to be sure though.

Samsung has started getting the components in large volumes in preparation for mass production of the Galaxy S8.

So what is this new S8 going to be like?

There is always rumor going around for every device before it  launches and it looks like Samsung had a hard than usual time keeping the cat in the bag this time. (or maybe  after the Note 7 issues they may have wanted rumors to spill out this time as a way to hopefully spark interests and subvert skepticism) Some of the rumors this time are a tad interesting.

Release Date:

With all of the rumor going around I had to really go looking to find a consensus and it looks good to say that Samsung will unveil the S8 in March with the device being made available for sale on April 18th. This is apparently a pushed back date from what Samsung had planned. They wanted to take more time in making sure there are no issues to avoid a repeat Note 7 debacle.

Specs:

Pictures work better. Don’t you think?

Keep in mind though that  most of the images are leaks and renders that people have created as their predictions of what the phones will looks like. Some based on eyewitness accounts.

Samsung Galaxy S8

Display: 5.8in Super AMOLED, 1440 x 2650 (2K) Gorilla Glass
• Operating System: Android 7.1 Nougat
• Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 / Samsung Exynos 10-nm
• RAM: 4GB RAM
• Back Camera: 16MP, f/1.7 optics, 4K video, dual-LED flash
• Front-facing camera: 8MP wide-angle lens with f/1.7 optics
• Battery: 3,000mAh
• Internal Storage: 64GB, w/256GB microSD card slot
• Other Features: Fingerprint scanner, Metal frame, Wireless charging, USB-C

Samsung Galaxy S8 (Plus)

Display: 6.2in Super AMOLED, 1440 x 2650 (2K) Gorilla Glass• Operating System: Android 7.1 Nougat
• Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 / Samsung Exynos 10-nm
• RAM: 4GB RAM
• Camera: 16MP, f/1.7 optics, 4K video, dual-LED flash
• Front-facing camera: 8MP wide-angle lens with f/1.7 optics
• Battery: 3,500mAh
• Internal Storage: 64GB, w/256GB microSD card slot
• Other Features: Fingerprint scanner, Metal frame, Wireless charging, USB-C




The specifications have been gathered over the past several weeks from a lot of leaks and insider tips of different varieties so take it with a  few grains of salt. Until Samsung releases their official specs for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, we won’t really know for sure but the leaks over the years for phones have been pretty good as far as accuracy is concerned. Well, as long as you know what leaks to call bull crap cause there are usually a few that are more conceptual in idea.


eGlobal Central link

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge @ eGlobal Central

You are on a project. Doesn’t matter what it is from typing a resume, typing your school report, writing your book, or  creating that life changing presentation. Windows 10 knows but really could care less. Windows 10 will take over, force updates down your throat, and reset on that a$%. Crazy thing though is that once the process has begun, there isn’t much you can do about it except wait. You may have to wait a good while too depending on the circumstances like the speed of your device and the size of the update.

So if you have not saved what you were doing you are pretty much:



It doesn’t look like Microsoft plans to fix this anytime soon and really quite frankly it isn’t really a bug or issue. It’s Windows Update probably making sure your computer is secure. The events that happen due to forced updating though are real unfortunate though. As for these events. Let’s take a look at them, shall we?

As you can see, this has become a real problem for people. But you can avoid this from happening to you. The last tweet may make you skeptical but unless you want this to happen to you maybe you should read on.

Take Control of Windows 10 Updates

To start off in order:

1. Click the Start Button
2. Then Click Settings
3. Click on Update & Security
4. Make sure to select Windows Update
Once selected you will see a window like this  ⇒
In the window, you will see the options related to Windows Update. You can do a manual update by clicking Check for updates. You can check your update history. You can also change when Windows will be allowed to perform updates. You do this by clicking Change active hours under the Update setting heading.

5. Once you click Change active hours you will see a pop-up of sorts with a description of the option. Basically you just tell Windows the hours you use your computer the most or when you do not want it to restart on you and perform updates. It looks like this  ⇒

Responses from Microsoft


I was curious if Microsoft ever responded to the myriad of complaints and found a a good number but most just seemed like programmed responses to me. So I will just show you one response that pretty much sums it all up.

Once a machine is upgraded to Windows 10, it will remain current through Windows Update for the supported lifetime of the device, with safety and security, productivity, and entertainment value over time. This is what we mean when we talk about delivering Windows as a service, and it is one of our core inspirations for Windows 10. We’ll keep listening to our customers, improving the experience month after month. Windows 10 is an operating system that will run on a range of devices — from Xbox to PCs, phones to tablets and tiny gadgets — all of which are connected and kept up-to-date by Windows Update. Both enterprises and consumers benefit. The optimum way to ensure our customers are running the best Windows is to get them the latest updates for Windows 10. Delivering Windows 10 as a service means we can offer ongoing security updates, new features and capabilities – we’d like to make sure people can get access to the latest Windows 10 updates as soon as they are available.

So like I mentioned earlier it is not a bug at all but just a feature I guess. Windows Update has always been around so it is just something everyone should be familiar with. The forced updating though is a bit more aggressive than it has been in the past. I have seen people consider switching to Mac over this but it really is a none issue. I am not trying to minimize the scenarios of people losing sensitive data over the updates. What I am saying is that once it happens you should then take action to avoid it from happening again. Google now a days is the tool to use when you have a question you need answers for. There are numerous rantings and complaints about this which get into taking people’s choice away and performing updates while people are asleep but truth is someone will always find an issue with it no matter what approach is taken. Do nothing and Windows is continually labeled as the less secure system giving Apple OS the praises. Now that Windows is moving into a more secure place now people want to complain.

The forced updating of Windows may have been a small miss step but a solution has been offered for  it. You just have to research, google it, Yahoo It, and Bing It. Or you can just visit Ninja’s site and ask…   😉

Samsung’s Disclosure of Note 7 Explosion Issues


The Galaxy Note 7, a smartphone by Samsung, received huge press and the story we all know by now. Just in case you missed it the phone was recalled Sept 2nd which was only 2 weeks after it release.  By the second week in October, the phone was discontinued following reports of the phone exploding even after replacements were sent out. The issue continued with the replacements… crazy right?

Despite the issues the phone still received good reviews as being the better phone, minus the explosion problem. So millions of phone were sold (about 3 million) and still today there are people holding onto the phone. All this after a large scale recall campaign led by Samsung, mobile carriers, and retailers.

Apparently, Samsung has disclosed the results of an intensive investigation that points to the issue as being a battery defect which led to the heat failure of their Galaxy Note 7s. In the investigation Samsung ruled out numerous causes like Fast Charging, Wireless Charging, tightness of the phone’s design, the Iris Scanner, the USB Type C port, software, and the manufacturing process. Samsung performed their own investigation and enlisted the help of the 3 firms: Exponent, UL, and TUV Rheinland. The final results being the same among all investigation and research performed.

I was curious who the battery suppliers were since Samsung only referred to them as Company A and Company B cause without that detail in my book Samsung is just saying anything. Company A was the initial company used while Company B was used during the recall in an effort to rectify the problem. Now I could get into details of the investigation but that would lose most people who probably would not know what hell was being said (or read).  I am including a gallery of images to help some sort of visualize the problem but the images themselves are still not the easiest to understand without knowledge of how batteries work.



Explaining the Note 7’s battery flaws (with cake)

Like I said earlier I needed to know who these companies are so I went digging and could only find them as being Samsung SDI (Company A) and Amperex Technology. So if this is correct then Samsung technically made the batteries while they went to Amperex after the recall again to fix the problem. After looking over the details it seems everything just went wrong in this whole ordeal or it just feels that way by Samsung. So when Samsung release the Note 7 the batteries they made had defects so they recalled the phone and used Amperex batteries in the recalled models only to still find out that these batteries also had defects. So in Samsung’s haste to fix the issue they only created a reoccurring problem but for different reasons while simply said is the same issue. Question……   Anyone ever cross the negative (Black) and positive (Red) terminals on your car battery while trying to give someone a jump? What happens?

⇐ You can also watch the video by CNET to get an idea of what is being said in this post here.

Well this is what simply happened in both company’s batteries. The design of the batteries did not ensure enough that the positive and negative tabs stayed separated and the flaws found allowed the tabs to touch in both batteries. To make it worse the second company’s batteries, by Amperex, some of the them had no insulator (separator) at all in between the tabs.

Well it seems believable giving how much trouble Samsung went through to find the cause of the Exploding Notes. From all of the stories I have read about the damages to cars, homes, and bodily injury that this has to probably be the most expensive recall made. It took time but we all know how it is when dealing with such or similar matters, or even any matter at all when more than one person or group is involved. Always full of red tape, excuses, and is time consuming. All of this in an effort to save face through the use of transparency.

Samsung also has new policies and procedures being put into place to make sure this never happens again. They talked about improved quality assurance, safety processes, multi-layered safety measures, an 8-point battery safety check, and actually forming a group to oversee all of it. A Battery Advisory Group of sorts. So with all this talk Samsung is showing seriousness in gaining consumer trust and with the Galaxy S8 coming soon, let’s hope it all can be toss to the side along with with myriad of memes out there that this EXPLODING NOTE started.

It should be all over right? Let us know what you think?


Coming soon to a device near you, Google is releasing a new version of its web browser. Version 56 which will apparently flag any website that collects passwords and other sensitive info as “Not Secure.” We just saw an update shoot down that causes Chrome to default to HTML5 for all sites except a good many still around. This move is frankly part of an effort to make the web safer. An effort that has been effected greatly by sites like Letsencrypt, which is mainly a project aimed to make encrypted connections to WWW servers ubiquitous. See building a website is one step while securing that site is another. A process that came/comes with a pretty high cost. Letsencrypt has created a way for anyone with a website whether they make $0 to infinite dollars to secure information they collect.






Chrome version 56 is the start of a long-term game to mark all HTTP sites as not being secure sites. So since users of Chrome were not taking the notifications serious enough Google will change the notification to a red triangle with expanded text. If anyone wants to try out the new version you can find it in the dev channel. Speaking of which I looked through and I find that this new version will also support Web Bluetooth. Web Bluetooth will allow sites to interact with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices on Android, Chrome OS, and Mac. Starting to sound cool and maybe a little crazy depending on how you look at it. So with a few lines of code your browser will be able connect to printers or even LED displays along with Physical Web Beacons to further open up control of more nearby devices. You are gonna have read more on Physical web. Just click the link but to sum it up it allows use of just about anything. I can already see the issues that can arise with being able to control someone’s house using their browser.

So with this new update we could assume other browsers will follow suit but at this moment I cannot find any mention of this. I am sure though that they will and with this I tell anyone that has a website to start migrating your sites to use HTTPS if you do not already.



Physical Web Beacons




Seems there are still a good amount (thousands) of Note 7s out there. Note 7 owners really do not want to get rid of their phones. Even after the previous attempts by companies to urge users to return their device like feature blocking software updates. Oh to be more precise updates to literally kill the phones and stop them from charging. Did they think that would stop all users? A techie person know you can avoid these updates by simply rooting the devices.  You cannot blame them especially since numerous reviews out there say the Note 7 is the best phone despite the occasional 😉  exploding issue. Let’s face it, people are just settling for the next best thing with iPhone 7s and newer LG & HTC handsets being released. How about a new Blackberry with a keyboard?

Well since no one really wants to let go of their cool Note 7s, Verizon has informed Fortune Magazine of its new plan to deal with the (possibly non) issue. Verizon is going to drop people’s accounts (I am saying this way cause it is likely some software setting) into a category that will allow only 911 calls to be made while any other calls made will be directed to customer service so they can urge you to return the phone.  Get this if you don’t return the phone Verizon may even bill you for the full retail cost of the phone. This tactic is sounding like Verizon will literally be placing good standing customers in a negative account status.  Basically if you owe money and don’t pay that bill (under normal circumstances) you will eventually not be able to make calls and your calls will get routed to customer service but still can call 911 if need be.  Are we getting the picture here?  You will probably hear or read this info in more lightly stated ways but I don’t do that here.

Samsung Running Away Far from N7


There is news out of Samsung working to distance themselves and gain public trust. To do that Samsung will be apparently making use of thermal pipes in their new phones this year. This video can give you some idea what heat pipes do.  This idea is also going to be used by LG who have already said they would be using heat pipes inside the G6. Samsung will be using heat pipes in the Galaxy S8.

I wonder why this was not used before but I can only think of the added weight this would cause in any new phones this year. So companies that make these will get business this year. There are numerous rumors about the S8 having a better heat pipe but who knows. It will probably just have the same pipes as the S7. This sounds good to me as face value but then I remember that the Note 7 did have heat pipes also and we all know how that turned out.

All and all Samsung will be announcing the results of its investigation on the Note 7 issue on Monday. I assume Samsung will also talk about what it plans to do next to avoid any further Note 7 fiascoes.



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For all you Super Mario fans you may have wondered how to get that Super Mario addiction under wraps as you are on the go. To get to the point you can do so through the use of game emulators. Wikipedia defines emulator as:

In computing, an emulator is hardware or software that enables one computer system (called the host) to behave like another computer system (called the guest). An emulator typically enables the host system to run software or use peripheral devices designed for the guest system. Emulation refers to the ability of a computer program in an electronic device to emulate (or imitate) another program or device. Many printers, for example, are designed to emulate Hewlett-Packard LaserJet printers because so much software is written for HP printers. If a non-HP printer emulates an HP printer, any software written for a real HP printer will also run in the non-HP printer emulation and produce equivalent printing. In the 2010s, some video game enthusiasts use emulators to play 1980s arcade games using the original 1980s programming code, which is interpreted by a 2010-era system.

There are many emulators out there for your PC and your Android devices. If you wish to see what is available you can visit EMUParadise for quite an extensive list of emulators that you can use to play whatever old school games you want to play. The newer gaming consoles will be harder and less stable when attempting to get games playing with issues in non-smooth play, no audio, slow frames per second, or simply won’t play at all. The communities for these emulators are usually working together to fix issue found but how well that goes depend mostly on popularity.

So in here the topic is getting Super Mario going on your Android device.


What you need….


Here we are setting up playing New Super Mario Bros for the Nintendo DS.  It is one of the newer versions of the game that can still be played pretty easily without having to worry about Mario actions that required some movement or gesture.

First you need only to download 2 items.

DraStic DS Emulator  The demo version limits play time so test it out to make sure it runs well on your phone then consider purchasing the emulator. I suggest this one though because it is one of the best one for the Nintendo DS.

Paid Version    Demo Version

And

the Super Mario Bros file

Once you have downloaded the emulator and the file to your phone/device open the emulator. You should see something like this:



Now you could go into the options and ‘change options’ in the menu like to get better looking video. I would not suggest doing so at this point unless you have a high end Android phone like a Samsung Galaxy Note series phone. So let just tap on ‘load new game’. The emulator is pretty good at finding the file you just downloaded and should show up on the list. If so tap to start it.

From here on watch my video to help you get used to using the drastic emulator…