Posts tagged ‘update’

Are the Graphics in your Alchemy Mindworks Update List Postings Invisible?

pictureThe Alchemy Mindworks e-mail update list now includes formatted text and some small graphics to make it easier to read and interact with. It has come to our attention that a few mail readers may be blocking the graphics in these postings by default.

Some mail readers don’t display pictures in e-mail unless you tell them to, either because they’re trying to reduce the amount of bandwidth required to download messages, or because in times past JPEG graphics have theoretically been used to introduce malware into the computers of the unwary.

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Version 4 Updates in 30 Seconds

The process of installing updates to Alchemy Mindworks’ version 4 applications is somewhat more involved than was the case for their ancestors. While doing so will unquestionably entail more clicking than users of our products may be used to – for which we’re suitably contrite – you can minimize the additional work required if you understand what the little man behind the curtain is up to.

Earlier releases of our software used a custom installer that we wrote, and as such, that we were able to nuance into being a fairly effortless installation experience. It was typically done with an installation so quickly as to make describing its activities as an “experience” just this side of pretentious.

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Windows Adjustments: Preventing Automatic Restart after Windows Updates

Microsoft maintains a regular program of security updates and bug fixes for Windows. If you have Automatic Updates enabled – as well you should – they’ll download and install automatically as they’re released.

Once they’re installed, Windows will automatically reboot your computer to complete the installation. If you happen to be in front of it when it tries to do so, it will allow you to defer the restart, but it will nag you incessantly thereafter until you allow it to restart your system.

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