How to package an AHK script as an EXE on Windows 10

Scripts are a lot like little programs; they run a series of commands, and can accept input from a user. They’re mostly used to automate repetitive tasks. AutoHotKey scripts have a wide range of uses. From something basic like remapping keys, to more complex operations like renaming and/or moving files and creating directories, the scripts are quite capable. They don’t stand in for batch scripts but they have their own niche function and are popular on Windows.

Package AHK script as EXE

Convert .ahk to .exe with AutoHotKey

AutoHotKey scripts aren’t hard to run and the app isn’t hard to install but it might be easier to run them as an executable.

  1. Make sure AutoHotKey is installed on your system. Download it here.
  2. Open the Start Menu and go to the Apps’ list.
  3. Go to AutoHotKey in the Apps’ list, and select Convert .ahk to .exe.
  4. In the window that opens, click ‘Browse’ next to the ‘Source (script file)’ field.
  5. Click ‘Browse’ next to the ‘Destination (.exe file)’ and enter a name for the EXE file.
  6. Click Convert.
  7. The script will be converted within a few minutes.

The original script file will be untouched and you will have a new EXE file.

AHK script as EXE – Command Line

You don’t have to use Convert .ahk to .exe to package an AHK script as an EXE. You can use the Command Line but you do still need AutoHotKey installed.

  1. Open Command Prompt.
  2. Enter the following command to move to the compiler tool in the AutoHotKey installation folder.
cd C:\Program Files\AutoHotkey\Compiler
  1. Find the complete path to the AHK script.
  2. Enter the following command to convert the script and replace “MyScript.ahk” with the full path to the script.
Ahk2Exe.exe /in MyScript.ahk

Example

Ahk2Exe.exe /in "C:\Users\fatiw\Desktop\Test Script.ahk"

AutoHotKey has extensive documentation and if you have trouble figuring things out, you can consult it here. You can modify the command and change the icon of the executable file that is generated.

In both the above methods, you’re using the built-in AutoHotKey conversion tool. The difference between them is how you’re using it to convert a script, i.e., via the GUI or the command-line.

Conclusion

Converting a script into an executable doesn’t make it more or less capable. An executable file is supported more widely; automation apps are more likely to be able to run an executable file than a script. AutoHotKey scripts are common but they’re not as common as batch scripts or bash scripts so they’re far less likely to be supported by automation apps.

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7 Best HP Device Monitoring Tools and Software

HP is by far one of the biggest names in enterprise computing. Since its modest beginnings as a maker of test instruments, the company has built a solid reputation for delivering top quality products at competitive prices. HP manufactures everything from computers to printers, network switches and routers, and servers. And just like any equipment from any other manufacturer, HP equipment should be monitored. This is why we’re reviewing the top HP monitoring tools.

HP Device Monitoring Tools

We’ll start off by exploring the monitoring of HP equipment in general and discuss the various type of monitoring that are typically available. And since network monitoring is one of the most popular types of monitoring, we’ll elaborate on the subject. We’ll then be ready to tackle the core of this post and review seven of the best tools we’ve found for monitoring HP equipment and networks.

Monitoring HP Equipment

Given the typical size of today’s IT environments, manually monitoring each and every HP equipment to ensure that all is running smoothly would require an army or administrators. When I first started as a network administrator, the company where I worked had about half a dozen servers and they were all located right next to me, in the same room where my desk was. It was easy for me and my two colleagues to constantly keep a watchful eye on everything. Whenever something went wrong, it wasn’t long before one of us noticed it. Fast forward some twenty-something years and things are very different. Many organizations have dozens if not hundreds of servers.

But HP does not only make servers. Between their servers, networking equipment, and other devices, keeping an eye on all of these means that administrators tend to have their hands full. This is where monitoring tools can come in handy. They sit in the background and become your eyes on every HP device on your network. And whenever something goes wrong or is out of its normal range of operation, alerting kicks in and sends some type of notification. This allows administrators to concentrate on more useful tasks while ensuring that they’ll be able to quickly react in case of trouble.

How About Network Monitoring?

Network traffic is very similar to road traffic. Just like network circuits can be thought of as highways, data transported on networks are like vehicles travelling on that highway. But as opposed to vehicular traffic where you just have to look to see if and what is wrong, keeping track of what’s happening on a network can be tricky. For starters, everything is happening very fast and data transported on a network is invisible to the naked eye.

Network monitoring tools let you “see” exactly what is happening on your network. With them, you’ll be able to measure each circuit’s utilization, analyze who and what is consuming bandwidth and drill down deep into network “conversations” to verify that everything is operating normally.

SNMP Explained

Most network monitoring tools rely on the Simple Network Management Protocol, or SNMP, to poll devices and get the amount of traffic on all–or some–of their interfaces. Every HP networking device does support SNMP. In fact, SNMP is so entrenched within HP devices that the company used to make a very popular SNMP management tool called HP OpenView. Despite its name, it’s not exactly simple, though, and implementing it can prove to be a daunting task. SNMP-enabled devices make a certain number of parameters–called OIDs–available. Some are modifiable configuration parameters, allowing one to change them while others are read-only counters.

When it comes to bandwidth monitoring, we’re specifically interested in two OIDs. They are called bytes in and bytes out. By reading these values at precisely timed intervals, The number of bytes per unit of time–which is exactly what bandwidth is–can be computed. Most networking devices, like switches and routers, have one such set of OIDs for each of their interfaces.

Typically, a network bandwidth utilization monitoring system will poll each device at 5 minutes intervals. It will then subtract the previous value of the counter from the current one to get the number of bytes transferred in five minutes. It will multiply that number by 8 to get the number of bits. And finally, it will divide it by 300 to get the bandwidth in bits per second.

In addition to the bits in and bits out counters, some bandwidth monitoring system will allow one to monitor other parameters. For instance, there are interface input errors and interface output errors OIDs that can be polled to compute the error rate.

Different Tools Are Available

When monitoring your HP equipment, there are different types of tools that network and system administrators can use. First, they need to monitor that the HP systems and/or devices they manage are up and running but also that they are performing within their normal acceptable range. This is what server monitoring tools are all about. At its most basic level, a good server monitoring tool will verify that your HP servers are up and running and that whatever ports which are supposed to be open actually are. For instance, a web server should be responding to requests on port 80. In addition to testing ports, monitoring systems use the Simple Network Management Protocol, or SNMP to read operational parameters from devices. The CPU load or percentage of available memory could be monitored just as CPU core temperature could. Different devices have different operational parameters available via SNMP. The best tools will let administrators which parameter of each device to monitor.

Another type of tool is the network monitoring tool. This type of tool uses SNMP to connect to HP networking equipment and read their bytes in and out counters to then calculate the average bandwidth utilization and typically plot it on a graph depicting its evolution in time. The technique is used to monitor bandwidth utilization of various parts of a network and is particularly useful for watching low-bandwidth circuits.

About Integrated Monitoring Tools

In order to make administrators’ lives easier, a few vendors offer integrated monitoring tools. These are tools that combine several types of monitoring tools. For instance, it is not rare to see tools that can monitor servers and the applications running on them. Some integrated tools will also monitor network traffic in addition to servers and their applications.

There are several advantages to these integrated tools, the main one being having all your monitoring data at the same place. Other advantages include an easier installation and not having to learn to install, configure, and use multiple tools. There’s also a definite cost advantage as integrated tools are often less expensive than purchasing individual tools.

But as nice as integrated tools are, they do have a few drawbacks too. Generally speaking, integrated tools tend to be poorer in terms of available feature. They can often do everything OK but not necessarily amazingly. They typically don’t go as deep in their monitoring. They can also tend to be somewhat counterproductive in larger organizations where different teams manage different types of equipment and each team would benefit from having its own dashboard.

The Top Tools For Monitoring HP Equipment And Networks

Now that you know all there is to know about monitoring HP equipment. The time has come to have a look at the top tools for that purpose. Our list includes a mix of server monitoring tools, network monitoring tools and integrated tools. While most tools are universal and will monitor equipment from any vendor, some include HP-specific monitoring features.

1. SolarWinds Server And Application Monitor (Free Trial)

The SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor is a great example of a rather complete server monitoring tool. The platform provides in-depth monitoring of your HP servers. It will monitor the server’s hardware, the operating system running on it as well as its applications. It’s an all-inclusive server monitoring platform.

SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor Dashboard

This tool was designed to help administrators monitor servers, their operational parameters, their processes, and the applications which are running on them. It can easily scale from very small networks to large ones with hundreds of servers—both physical and virtual—spread over multiple sites. The tool can also monitor cloud-hosted services like those from Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

The SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor is very easy to set up and its initial configuration is just as easily done with the help of its auto-discovery process. It is a two-pass process. The first pass will discover servers, and the second one will find applications. This can take time but can be sped up by supplying the tool with a list of specific applications to look for. Once the tool is up and running, the user-friendly GUI makes using it a breeze. You can choose to display information in either a table or a graphic format.

Prices for the SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor start at $2 995 and vary based on the number of components, nodes, and volumes monitored. A free 30-day trial version is available for download, should you want to try the product before purchasing it.

2. SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (Free Trial)

Our next entry is another tool from SolarWinds, the Network Performance Monitor. This is probably SolarWinds’ best-known product. This one specializes in network monitoring. It will connect to your HP networking devices using SNMP and pull their metrics as well as usage data from their interfaces. The product shares the same Orion platform as the Server and Application Monitor we just reviewed, and they integrate seamlessly to provide a single solution for all your monitoring needs.

SolarWinds NPM - Network Summary

The SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor is a feature-rich professional SNMP monitoring system. It boasts an easy to use web-based dashboard, it is easy to set up and configure and, more importantly, it does a great job. The tool has customizable alerting features that can notify you whenever specific metrics exceed a predefined value.

An interesting advanced feature of this tool is how it can build intelligent maps of your network. It will also show you the critical path between any two points, allowing you to quickly troubleshoot issues. There’s also wireless network monitoring and management built right into the software. This software truly has too many features to be able to mention them all here. You might want to take advantage of the 30-day free trial and see for yourself what this great tool can do for you.

Prices for the It is not an integrated monitoring tool, though. starts at $2 955 and varies according to the number of monitored devices. It is highly scalable and upgrading its capacity in order to add more monitored devices is a simple matter of upgrading the license.

3. SolarWinds ipMonitor (Free Trial)

For smaller organizations that might have a hard time justifying the investment into two different platforms such as those we’ve just reviewed, SolarWinds offers a smaller integrated monitoring solution that goes by the name of ipMonitor. It is a relatively simple integrated tool that offers basic up/down and performance monitoring of HP networks, HP servers, and their applications. It is, of course, not limited to monitoring HP equipment and it uses industry-standard protocols and technologies, making it compatible with most devices.

SolarWinds ipMonitor - Dashboard

The SolarWinds ipMonitor will quickly discover infrastructure and will recommend SmartMonitor settings which are designed to make setup simpler and faster. It also provides an easy-to-use web interface and network maps for clear, at-a-glance views of your environment. The tool can send customizable alerts and reports to help ensure you are the first to know about issues or application failures. In addition to alerts, it also has automated remediation capabilities to minimize downtime.

On the application monitoring front, the system can simulate the end-user experience for web and other applications and it uses standard protocols such as SNMP and WMI for agentless, monitoring of applications and systems. The system includes its own embedded web server and database and it is designed for a simple, integrated installation experience without the need for installing separate components.

The SolarWinds ipMonitor’s web-based interface offers centralized and customizable summary views. It helps provide visibility into the health of your IT infrastructure. The tool supports drag and drop, and is designed to make it easy to add and remove elements from the view and help ensure you have the reports, statistics, and gauges you need—right at your fingertips. Furthermore, its dashboards make it easy to identify problem areas at a glance, letting you resolve issues quickly.

Prices for the SolarWinds ipMonitor start at $1 495 for up to 500 monitors. This one-time cost includes the first year of maintenance. For those who’d prefer to try the tool before purchasing it, a free 14-day trial is available.

4. Zenoss Core

Zenoss Core might not be as well-known as some other monitoring tools on this list but it truly deserves its spot mainly because of its dedicated HP monitoring features. The tool can monitor many things such as bandwidth utilization, traffic flows, or services like HTTP and FTP. It has a clean and simple user interface and its alerting system is excellent. One thing we particularly loved about it its rather unique multiple alerting systems. It allows a second person to be alerted if the first one does not respond within a predefined delay.

Zenoss Core Screenshot

When it comes to monitoring HP equipment, Zenoss Core has several plugins dedicated to monitoring HP devices. There is, for instance, the HP Monitor ZenPack. which collects SNMP data from HP devices. The data it fetches from your HP equipment includes hardware model, hardware serial number, operating system, and CPU information. Also available is the HP Proliant ZenPack. This one is specifically designed for monitoring HP Proliant servers. And there are also other ZenPacks designed for HP devices including the HP-UX Monitoring ZenPack, the HP Temperature Sensors Monitoring ZenPack, the HP Printer Trap Transforms ZenPack and more. Virtually every element of HP infrastructure you can think of is supported by Zenoss Core.

Not all is perfect though. Zenoss Core is one of the most complicated monitoring systems to install and set up. Installation is an entirely command-line driven process. Today’s network administrators are used to GUI installers, configuration wizards and auto-discovery engines. This could make the product’s installation seem a bit archaic. However, there is ample documentation available and the end result makes it worth the installation efforts.

5. PRTG Network Monitor

The PRTG Network Monitor, from Germany-based Paessler AG, is a Windows tool that is ideal for monitoring HP equipment. It is one of the easiest and fastest tools to set up and Paessler claims you could be up and running within minutes. It is true that setting up the product is impressively fast, thanks in part to its auto-discovery feature which scans your network and automatically adds the components it finds.

The user interface (or rather interfaces) is another one of the software’s strong suits. You can choose between a native Windows console, an Ajax-based web interface, or mobile apps for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. One of the unique mobile apps features will let you scan a QR code label affixed to your equipment to quickly view its status.

PRTG Dashboard - Datacenter Monitoring

PRTG can monitor almost anything—not just HP equipment— thanks to its innovative sensor architecture. You can think of sensors are add-ons to the product. However, the sensors are already built into the product. Customized sensors can be used to monitor the critical metrics of your HP servers. Additional sensors are available to monitor the services that are running on the servers. Monitoring data is sent via a secure connection to prevent sensitive information from being compromised during the sending of monitoring data.

The PRTG Network Monitor’s pricing is based on the number of sensors you’re using where a sensor is any parameter or metric you need to monitor. For instance, each HP device interface monitored via SNMP uses up one sensor. Similarly, each HP server uses a sensor. The product is available in a full-featured free version which is limited to monitoring 100 sensors. For more sensors, paid licenses are required. Their price varies according to sensor capacity starting at $1 600 for 500 sensors. A free, sensor-unlimited 30-day trial is available for download.

6. ManageEngine OpManager

The ManageEngine OpManager is another all-in-one package that will monitor your HP servers’ (physical and virtual) vital signs as well as those of your HP networking equipment and alerts you as soon as something is out of its normal operating range. But since this tool is using industry-standard protocols, it will monitor equipment from other vendors just as well. It benefits from an intuitive user interface that will let you easily find the information you need. There is also an excellent reporting engine that comes loaded with pre-built reports while still supporting custom ones. The product’s alerting features are also very complete.

ManageEngine OpManager Dashboard

The tool runs on either Windows or Linux and is loaded with great features. One worth mentioning is its auto-discovery feature that can map your network, giving you a uniquely customized dashboard. The ManageEngine OpManager dashboard is super easy to use and navigate, thanks to its drill-down functionality. For those of you who are into mobile apps, client apps for tablets and smartphones are available, allowing you to access the tool from anywhere.

The ManageEngine OpManager is available in two versions. The Essential edition is intended for small and medium organizations with up to a thousand devices with prices starting at around $700 for 25 devices. For larger organizations, the Enterprise edition can scale up to ten thousand devices. Its price starts at under $20 000 for 500 devices. If you are interested in giving the tool a try, a free 30-day trial is also available.

7. Zabbix

Zabbix is known as one of the best free and open-source system monitoring platforms. This enterprise-grade system can scale from small to very big networks. It can monitor networks based on HP and other equipment as well as HP servers and the services running on them. That makes it a true integrated monitoring platform. Don’t let the fact that it’s free and open-source put you off, though. It would be a mistake as this tool has a lot to offer.

Zabbix Dashboard Screenshot

Zabbix uses SNMP as well as the Intelligent Platform Monitoring Interface (IMPI) for monitoring devices. You can use the software to monitor bandwidth, device CPU and memory utilization, general device health as well as configuration changes. The product also features an impressive and completely customizable alerting system. It will not only send email or SMS alerts but also run local scripts which could be used to fix some issues automatically.

Although Zabbix is free, extra services can be purchased. For instance, you can purchase support services. Five levels of technical support are available. There is also a complete certification training program that can be purchased. This is totally optional, though, as community support is available for free and it is very good. Finally, Zabbix’s alerting features are up to par with other products on our list and so is its reporting engine.

Zabbix has all you can expect in an enterprise-grade integrated monitoring tool except the high price tag. And the only thing you’ll need to spend to put it through a test run is your time.

Wrapping Up

Monitoring HP equipment and networks is no different from monitoring stuff from any vendor. As such, any monitoring tool will monitor HP devices. However, some tools do provide dedicated HP monitoring extensions. Whether these extensions bring any additional value is up for debate and I’ll let you be the judge. Just remember that, in essence, HP devices are just devices and any of the tools we’ve just reviewed—specialized or no—will fit the bill. Picking one will be, more than anything, a matter of personal preference and will largely depend on your specific monitoring needs.

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Chrome Music Lab: How To Make Cool Music & Sounds

Music is something most people love. So, making it a fun learning experience through hands-on experiments will encourage playing with rhyme, sound, and melody.

Google created Chrome Music Lab (CML) in 2016. It is a simple to use online resource for students and music teachers.

Coders and musicians came together working with Chrome and web audio using freely accessible tools that let you use code to create sound.  

The Chrome Music Lab’s goal is to enable visitors to visualize and touch sound to see what sound looks like, learn how melody works, create rhythms, and turn drawings into music.

The CML website has sections called experiments that enable anyone at any age to explore how music works. Each experiment has a different focus, such as piano roll, song maker, harmonics, voice spinner, and sound waves.

How Does Chrome Music Lab Work?

Chrome Music Lab is intuitive and straightforward music software. The bright and colorful features make it approachable and friendly to people of all ages.

CML shares open-source code so musicians and coders can build their own experiments. Anyone across devices can instantly open it up and start playing without waiting for an app to download and install.

The easier it is for anyone to explore music, the more compelling it is for everyone to be curious, creative, and inspired. Many of the experiments can only be used immediately and on the spot. This means that you won’t be able to download, export, or share your work.

Two of the experiments do allow you to share, embed, and download your creations. Those two experiments are Song Maker and Melody Maker.

How To Create a Melody Using Chrome Music Lab

Start by going to the CML website and clicking on the Melody Maker tab. You can see the name of each experiment by putting your cursor inside the block.

Melody maker has a simple interface. Simply click on different boxes. Each box makes a different note. Try clicking a few boxes and then hit Play to hear your melody.

The lower the block, the lower the sound. To change the speed, move the blue ball to the left to make it slower.

Make the music faster by moving the blue ball to the right.  

Play around with the boxes until you create something you like. Click on a sound to delete it. The melody below is the first part of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

The orange button next to the play button repeats the melody you created.

How To Use Chrome Music Lab Song Maker

The Chrome Music Lab Song Maker is the most extensive project with many different options you can use.

The default screen has two octaves. Like Melody Maker, you click on the color-coded boxes to hear the notes associated with each box. 

The heavy blue lines every two boxes represent one beat. Alternating gray and white sections indicate music measures.

Clicking the Marimba icon at the bottom will change the sound to a different instrument.

The additional melody instrument options are piano, strings, woodwind, and synth.

To erase or delete a note, click on it. If you want to delete several at a time, hold the mouse button down and drag over the notes you want to remove.

Or you can use the Undo button on the bottom right-hand side.

With Song Maker, you can play multiple notes at once making it sound like a chord.

Use the blocks tab on the bottom of the screen to change the rhythm sounds. The options are conga, electronic, blocks, and kit.

Change the speed or tempo by moving the blue ball on the bottom.

Try the different options to choose the one you like best. You can also use the microphone icon to record your voice or any other sound you want to add.

When you have finished creating your song, click the Save button in the lower-right corner. You will see a popup showing the link to view your song.

Or you can share your song to Facebook and Twitter, copy the embed code to put on a web page or download a Midi or Wav file.

How To Create Harmony & Chords

If there is something on your canvas and you want to start another project, click Restart in the top right-hand corner of the screen.

Let’s start by holding down the mouse for two-beats and go up the scale as in the screenshot below.

Create harmony in thirds by adding the blocks as seen in the screenshot below. We have added two beats in blocks 2, 3, 4, and 5 below showing intervals of thirds. Listen to the harmony here.

Now let’s create chords from the harmony in Chrome Music Lab. Add a fifth interval to create each of the chords in the screenshot below.

Listen to how the chords sound here.

How To Make Cool Sounds With Chrome Music Lab Oscillators

Start by going to the CML homepage and clicking on Oscillators.

Oscillators make sound by vibrating at a specific frequency at a steady rate. Change frequencies by dragging the widget up or down. Use the arrows to change the type of oscillator.

Try it out, by goingo to https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Oscillators/. Move the oscillators up and down and listen to the sounds they make.

What Does Spectrogram Do?

See the frequencies that make up sound in a colorful picture with Spectrogram.

Compare the Spectrograms of different sounds. Start with choosing an instrument or sound source from the bottom part of the screen. 

The image below shows a visual representation of the frequencies produced by a harp.

You can also use the microphone to record your own sounds or draw on the screen to create abstract funky sounds.

Start Making Music & Sounds With Chrome Music Lab

Are you ready to start playing around with Chrome Music Lab to see what kind of sounds and music you can create? It’s simple to get started. Head on over to the CML website and try some of the experiments.

5 Best Sites To Play Scrabble Online With Friends

Playing games is probably one of the best ways to entertain yourself and to kill hours of time when you need a break. 

While some games are meant to be enjoyed on your own like an old classic Tetris or a highly addictive Angry Birds, others are built for two or more players. If you’re looking to combine all of those things – find a game that’s highly addictive, an all time favorite, and one that you can play with friends – try playing Scrabble online with your friends or family. 

Before Playing Scrabble Online

Winning at Scrabble requires luck, strategic thinking, and a good vocabulary. However, not every game is about winning or losing. Playing board games with friends is mainly about spending quality time together. It doesn’t have to be different when you switch to playing Scrabble online.

Before you go on to one of the sites to play Scrabble, we recommend setting up a video call in one of the popular video conferencing apps. If you’ve never done this before, you can quickly learn how to set up Zoom and how to join a Zoom meeting. That way you’ll set up a space for you and your friends to argue over which words are acceptable to use in the game and which aren’t. 

When you’re all on the same video call, there’s one more thing you might want to do before starting the game. Refresh the game rules and how the points system works. The app will do the counting for you when you’re playing, but it’s still good to discuss these things in advance to avoid any confusion. 

After that, choose the site you like most and play Scrabble online. 

Scrabble Games on Facebook

The easiest option is to head over to Facebook and play one of the Scrabble games that you can find there. If one of the players doesn’t have a Facebook account, the games will require a free registration before you can play. 

The first game is the official online version of Scrabble available on Facebook. It comes with two modes: you can play against 1 to 3 friends, or search for a random opponent. For an advanced level of difficulty, switch on the speed limit for each turn.

Another popular word game that you can play on Facebook is Scrabble Go. This is an updated version of an all-time classic. The game is very straightforward. Load the main page, choose up to 3 other players from the friends list, and start the game. 

Finally, you can choose to play Words With Friends – a Scrabble-like vocabulary game on Facebook. Here you can also start a new game and send an alert to your friends on Facebook, or get randomly paired with someone who’s already using the app.

The main downside of all Scrabble games on Facebook is that they’re littered with ads. Sometimes you get an ad played after every turn. However, there’s an option to pay for an ad-free version of the games. 

Pogo Scrabble

If you’re not a fan of Facebook in general and prefer using a separate site to play Scrabble online, give Pogo a try. This site is a great choice for a smooth Scrabble experience. 

Before entering the game you’ll need to go through a free registration. Alternatively, you can join using your Facebook account. Choose one of the 5 difficulty levels and play Scrabble online with your friends, or against a random online opponent. Opponents are matched by skill level and your experience in the game. 

The game has a reward system in a form of tokens that you can earn as you progress. You can then take part in drawings and win prizes. 

Lexulous

Lexulous might lack a fun-looking interface, but it’s definitely worth a look thanks to all the features it offers.

On Lexulous, you can also play Scrabble online in different modes: practice against the computer, get paired with a random player online, or start a game with your friends. When you choose to play a random opponent, you can even select a specific country. 

There’s a chat room if you want to discuss your game progress with other players. Plus, if any of you aren’t so confident they know how to play Scrabble, Lexulous will offer a quick tutorial when you first join the game. 

Internet Scrabble Club

Internet Scrabble Club is a proper old school option. The game has a nostalgic feel starting from interface, the chat room, and even the sounds. However, this is a great pick for someone who actually wants to improve their Scrabble skills.

The online Scrabble game has a comprehensive rating system. You get awarded scores as you progress and play more rounds. Eventually you can climb up the Scrabble ladder and play real game experts. 

Alternatively, you can just find your friends using their nicknames and play the game together. 

Poki Scrabble Sprint

Poki Scrabble Sprint is actually a single-player Scrabble game. However, it’s a great source for those dedicated Scrabble fans among you who constantly want to progress and improve their skills.

Instead of a turn-based game, here you play against the clock. Even though the format of Poki Scrabble Sprint is slightly different, the goal is still to work your way around the board. Try and come up with more complex words to earn more score points and more time on your timer. 

A few games on this site offer the perfect training you need before facing other experienced Scrabble players online. 

Time To Test Your Vocabulary

Scrabble is one of those games that aren’t just about entertainment but also about education. However, playing the Scrabble online with your friends will not only test your vocabulary but can also test your patience and even your friendship. 

Some Scrabble arguments can get pretty heated. If you need to blow off steam after one, try playing a game of Cards Against Humanity online

Have you ever played Scrabble online before? Do you prefer single or multiplayer games? Share your experience with us in the comments below. 

How to get the Windows 10 May 2020 update

The Windows 10 May 2020 or the 2004 update is now live and users can upgrade to the new feature release. This release is stable so you do not have to be part of the Insider program to get it. Here’s what you need to do.

Get the Windows 10 May 2020 update

There are two methods that you can use to get the Windows 10 May 2020 update; Windows Updates, or an in-place update with the media creation tool. The first method is what you should try first and if it fails, go with the second one. Before you start, make sure your system is ready for the update.

Windows 10 May 2020 update – Windows Updates

In order to get the latest Windows 10 update, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Update and Security.
  3. On the Windows Update tab, click Check for Updates.
  4. Windows Updates will find and begin downloading the feature update.
  5. Once downloaded, it will install outside of active hours, or you can install it right away when it is ready.

Windows 10 May 2020 update – Media Creation tool

Microsoft is blocking the May 2020 update for some users. It’s calling the block a compatibility hold whereby the update is being withheld because the systems have outdated firmware or drivers. You can still force the update.

  1. Visit Microsoft and click Update Now to download the Media Creation tool.
  2. Once downloaded, run the EXE file and click Update Now.
  3. The tool will run a compatibility check on your system. If it passes, you will be able to proceed with the update.
  4. Allow the update to download, and restart the system to begin.
  5. The update can take at least one hour to four hours to finish.

Compatibility issues

To avoid compatibility issues;

  • Install all pending Windows 10 updates before you install the feature update or do an in-place update.
  • Update all your drivers. If you’re trying to stick to an older version of a specific driver, you will have to update it, update Windows 10, and then later roll back the driver update or install the older one. You only need to do this for drivers that appear to trigger the compatibility hold.
  • Make sure your Windows 10 is activated.

Conclusion

The May 2020 update arrived a little later than was expected. It was supposed to be released in early May but a new bug was found that delayed it. The update did still release in May and so far, there aren’t many complaints about the OS being unstable. If you’ve had bad luck with updates in the past, consider waiting a few months to see how stable it is before you update.

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