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  1. Oracle is going to begin charging businesses for commercial use of Java beginning January 2019. Java is used in billions of devices and applications worldwide. According to their website, Java will remain free for consumers for non-commercial use until at least January 2020. Developers will need to either begin paying for a commercial license in 2019 or they will need to make plans to port their software to another platform. Businesses who have developed Java applications in-house may be subject to licensing fees as well. Consumers will be able to continue using Java for free until 2020. However, Java-based games and applications used by consumers will be subject to the commercial licensing fees paid by the developer which may present issues to consumers who rely on these applications at home where the developer has chosen not to pay the licensing fee to keep the application available. The full release notice can be found on Oracle's website.
  2. gtx 960 not used fully

    It's definitely your CPU. A GTX 960 4GB SC with a Ryzen 5 1600 consistently gives me 40-60 fps on High settings for PUBG.
  3. While in Orange County this week for a business trip I decided to stop by Micro Center and see if they had any deals that could get me closer to completing my Ryzen build. As it happens, they had a great deal on a 1600 (which includes the wraith stock cooler), some ram from Crucial and a power cable which I snagged for a spare monitor I already own. I'm flying back home in 2 days and I only have one carry-on bag that is already crammed full and my laptop bag which isn't big enough to accommodate the wraith cooler. Does anyone have any tips on how to take PC parts through airport security without losing or damaging anything? I would really like to avoid having to ship them or buy additional luggage since I've already blown my wad this week on the new parts.
  4. PC Optimizers - Real Fix or Just Snake Oil?

    Interesting, I haven't heard this before but I want to believe it. Any research to back this up? That seems fraudulent if it's true.
  5. PC Optimizers - Real Fix or Just Snake Oil?

    I would love to see someone actually benchmark these programs and compile a list of the ones that are actually helpful. I would love to have an arsenal of tools available to fix software issues and optimize performance on my PC. Currently, with so many options available and with so many of them potentially being hazardous, it's hard to justify. I agree about CCleaner, though. I have been using it for years and it is very transparent about what it does and does exactly what it advertises. Not sure about the registry fixes, though.
  6. PC Optimizers - Real Fix or Just Snake Oil?

    I appreciate your response. I tried the tools you mentioned which seemed legit but I didn't notice any real difference in performance. I'm wondering if there are any benchmarks out there that prove the effectiveness of these tools like memory cleaners. If it is just closing background processes, does that mean that these applications will load slower the next time you open them? Does it work the same way as the 3rd party optimization apps you can download from the Google Play Store on Android? And what background processes are actually being closed? Are these Windows processes? As far as I can tell, there is no log that shows you what it is actually doing. If it is closing unneeded processes that are running in the background, I would rather find out which ones they are and possibly just remove them. The lack of transparency makes me wary of giving them my credit card info to purchase the full program.
  7. PC Optimizers - Real Fix or Just Snake Oil?

    Yeah but what values? It's so vague which is why I don't trust Advanced SystemCare. At least CCleaner tells you what it's doing, like clearing browser cache, and it gives you everything it changed on the log. Advanced SystemCare just gives you a Fix button.
  8. PC Optimizers - Real Fix or Just Snake Oil?

    Thanks I'll take a look
  9. PC Optimizers - Real Fix or Just Snake Oil?

    I am planning to upgrade as soon as I can afford it. I already have everything I need for my new Ryzen 5 1600x build except for the CPU. I'm still saving up. In the meantime, I plan to squeeze every last drop of performance that I can from my old gaming rig before I retire it. I haven't tried Razer Cortex before. I'll give that a try. Thanks for the tip!
  10. PC Optimizers - Real Fix or Just Snake Oil?

    I had heard about the Gaming Mode optimization built into Windows 10. Is that part of the Fall Creators Update or has that been rolled out already?
  11. PC Optimizers - Real Fix or Just Snake Oil?

    I think you're right. I hadn't heard of Advanced SystemCare before but it seemed to be legit. I haven't found that it actually makes much of a difference yet but at least it wasn't trying to install WeatherBug haha
  12. PC Optimizers - Real Fix or Just Snake Oil?

    I recently installed a fresh copy of Windows and at a friend's suggestion I also installed Advanced SystemCare for its Speed Boost option in the hopes that it might squeeze slightly faster framerates from my outdated AMD FX-4300 CPU. I was genuinely surprised when I ran a full system scan and it claimed to have found 9,798 browser security issues and 292 registry errors (see attached). As I said, this was a fresh install of Windows. It only had a few applications and the latest Windows updates installed (Chrome, Firefox, AVG Free, Steam, CCleaner, Advanced SystemCare and a few mainstream games downloaded from Steam). Also, this was after I had just finished running CCleaner and fixed several registry errors that it claimed to have discovered. My theory is that most of these supposed optimizers and speed boosters aren't actually fixing much if anything at all and they are just a ploy to get you to install other bundled bloatware and malware. I did a search to see if I could find any benchmark tests on the various PC optimizers available but came up dry. What are your thoughts on this? Do you use third party optimizing software? If so, which ones and do they honestly make any kind of noticable difference in your computer's performance?
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