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Mon 11/21/2016 775
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Sat 780  11/26/2016

Ten Stupid Things You Can Do To Mess Up Your Computer

http://askbobrankin.com/ten_stupid_things_you_can_do_to_mess_up_your_computer.html

 

How to Create Family Profiles with Eero to Limit Internet Access (if interested, Google and others have competing products to look at)

http://www.howtogeek.com/280764/how-to-create-family-profiles-with-eero-to-limit-internet-access/

 

Ask toolbar updater compromised to deliver malware

http://news.thewindowsclub.com/ask-toolbar-updater-compromised-deliver-malware-87309/

 

Griffin BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable review: (great that someone is supporting a good standard to reduce hardware damage that Apple pioneered, but for the new computers to have to get such a third party device is now an added cost along with all the adapters one needs to do all but basic use of the computer.)

https://www.cnet.com/products/griffin-breaksafe-magnetic-usb-c-power-cable/review/

 

Apple captures record 91 percent of global smartphone profits: Research

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/11/23/apple-captures-record-91-percent-of-global-smartphone-profits-research.html

 

Facebook said to create censorship tool to enter China again (it was this or no market access, what would you have done differently)

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3144353/internet/facebook-said-to-create-censorship-tool-to-enter-china-again.html

 

The 50 Free Apps We're Most Thankful For

https://lifehacker.com/the-50-free-apps-were-most-thankful-for-5962588

 

Selfie deaths are slowly rising around the world

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/11/21/selfie-deaths-are-slowly-rising-around-world.html

 

Taking a Closer Look at Cortana's New List Creation Skill

http://winsupersite.com/windows-10/taking-closer-look-cortanas-new-list-creation-skill#slide-0-field_images-80461

 

How to use 3D Builder on Windows 10

http://www.windowscentral.com/how-use-3d-builder-windows-10

 

European Regulator Probes Yahoo’s 2015 Secret Email Scan

http://www.darkreading.com/cloud/european-regulator-probes-yahoos-2015-secret-email-scan/d/d-id/1327561?

 

M-cli Simplifies macOS’ Best Terminal Commands for Beginners

http://www.howtogeek.com/281432/m-cli-simplifies-macos-best-terminal-commands-for-beginners/

 

New WinPlock ransomware uses Fax messages to infect your PC

http://news.thewindowsclub.com/winplock-ransomware-fax-messages-87194/

 

What's real news, what's an ad? Students can't tell, study shows

https://www.cnet.com/news/students-real-news-fake-news-ad-stanford-study/

 

Radio Silence 2 review: Set it and forget it Mac firewall for outgoing connections

http://www.macworld.com/article/3143072/security/radio-silence-2-review-set-it-and-forget-it-mac-firewall-for-outgoing-connections.html

 

Don't let yourself be targeted by cybercriminals: Here are 6 tips for safe holiday shopping

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/dont-let-yourself-be-targeted-by-cybercriminals-here-are-6-tips-for-safe-holiday-shopping/

 

Scalpers try to cash in on MacBook Pro shortage

http://www.techconnect.com/article/3142932/apple-mac/scalpers-try-to-cash-in-on-macbook-pro-shortage.html

 

Volume Scheduler Automatically Changes Your Phone’s Volume Depending on the Time of Day

https://lifehacker.com/volume-scheduler-automatically-changes-your-phone-s-vol-1789278113

 

App Tour: Wunderlist To-Do Lists & TasksNov 23, 2016

http://winsupersite.com/windows-10/app-tour-wunderlist-do-lists-tasks#slide-0-field_images-80471

 

Best Xbox One Controller

http://www.windowscentral.com/best-xbox-one-controllers

 

Atlanta Attorney’s Office Gets Cybercrime Unit

http://www.darkreading.com/operations/atlanta-attorneys-office-gets-cybercrime-unit/d/d-id/1327562?

 

How to Disable Your Webcam (and Why You Should)

http://www.howtogeek.com/210921/how-to-disable-your-webcam-and-why-you-should/

 

eBay Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals loaded with laptops, TVs and drone

https://www.cnet.com/news/ebay-black-friday-and-cyber-monday-deals-loaded-with-laptops-tvs-and-drones/

 

Botnet Tracker lets you track activity of live Botnets worldwide

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/botnet-tracker

 

Upgraded to Photos? Here’s what you can do with that old iPhoto library

http://www.macworld.com/article/3140344/photography/you-wont-lose-photos-if-you-delete-your-outdated-iphoto-library.html

 

Millennials are twice as bored at work as baby boomers, report says

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/millennials-are-twice-as-bored-at-work-as-baby-boomers-report-says/

 

The best graphics cards for PC gaming

http://www.techconnect.com/article/3106426/components-graphics/the-best-graphics-cards-for-pc-gaming.html

 

A $33 Tablet Might Just Be Black Friday's Best Deal

https://deals.kinja.com/amazons-black-friday-tablet-deals-are-live-starting-at-1789325303

 

Q. Is Data Safe in Sleep/Standby/Suspend Mode?

http://winsupersite.com/windows-10/q-data-safe-sleepstandbysuspend-mode

 

How to disable Taskbar thumbnail preview on Windows 10

http://www.windowscentral.com/how-disable-taskbar-thumbnail-preview-windows-10

 

Researchers Demo Method For Turning A PC Into An Eavesdropping Device

http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/researchers-demo-method-for-turning-a-pc-into-an-eavesdropping-device-/d/d-id/1327567?

 

How to Fix Hard Drive Problems with Chkdsk in Windows 7, 8, and 10

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/guide-to-using-check-disk-in-windows-vista/

 

NPointer: Control your computer using Gestures and Voice Commands

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/npointer-gesture-voice-control-software

 

Cheap TV deals of Black Friday 2016 (plus our favorite picks)

https://www.cnet.com/pictures/black-friday-2016-cheap-tv-deals-our-picks/

 

How to create the inverse of a Smart Album’s selections in Photos

http://www.macworld.com/article/3141615/photography/how-to-create-the-inverse-of-a-smart-albums-selections-in-photos.html

 

Google DeepMind AI destroys human expert in lip reading competition

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/google-deepmind-ai-destroys-human-expert-in-lip-reading-competition/

 

Computerworld's holiday gift guide 2016: Nifty tech for $35 to $150

http://www.techconnect.com/article/3142423/personal-technology/computerworlds-holiday-gift-guide-2016-nifty-tech-for-35-to-150.html

 

M-Cli Adds Plain Language Controls to Your Mac's Command Line

https://lifehacker.com/m-cli-adds-plain-language-controls-to-your-macs-command-1789316538

 

Windows 10 annoyances and solutions

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3143973/microsoft-windows/windows-10-annoyances-and-solutions.html

 

Buying a PC on Black Friday? Here are five trends to watch out for

http://www.zdnet.com/article/5-top-trends-if-youre-buying-a-pc-on-black-friday-2016/

 

Security Experts Call For Regulation On IoT Cybersecurity

http://www.darkreading.com/iot/security-experts-call-for-regulation-on-iot-cybersecurity/d/d-id/1327505

 

How to Fix Windows Update When It Gets Stuck

http://www.howtogeek.com/247380/how-to-fix-windows-update-when-it-gets-stuck/

 

Geekly Update - 22 November 2016

http://askbobrankin.com/geekly_update_22_november_2016.html

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Comments by -- Bob Primak --

Our favorite next-gen home Wi-Fi system arrives...

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/favorite-next-gen-home-wi-fi-system-arrives-185222778.html

 

How Wi-Fi mesh networks work

http://www.androidcentral.com/how-wifi-mesh-networks-work

The dropping prices for fairly capable gear were what made me look twice at this pair of articles. 

 

Eero is another company which has been experimenting with mesh networking in the home router segment.

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/futuristic-starry-station-home-wi-fi-router-gets-215228181.html

 

Follow the links and go to the manufacturer's site for more details on how eero implements mesh networking.

Re. FYI# 779 (Fri 11/25/2016)

 

What If Cameras Stopped Telling the Truth?

If this irks enough young people, they will hack their way through or around it. Let the arms race begin. 

 

Are your headphones spying on you? (everyone should read)

 

I thought this would turn out to be another WiFi Man In The Middle attack (these also can affect headphones which don't use Bluetooth or strong encryption). But this is yet another malware attack on the PC itself. In that regard, it's not anything really new, but a good reason to keep your antivirus up to date and scan frequently. 

 

How to Run Linux Commands From Outside the Bash Shell on Windows 10

For gosh sakes, if you're going to these extremes, just set up a VM or a dual-boot on a second drive and be done with it! (Linux can even be run from an external second drive.)

 

MICROSOFT SAYS YOUR OLD PC WASTES UP TO A DAY OF YOUR TIME PER YEAR JUST TO BOOT

And all Windows PCs waste about two days per month all told, updating and restarting. But what can you do? Seriously. We need answers.

 

RESEARCHER WRITES CODELESS EXPLOIT THAT BYPASSES LINUX SECURITY MEASURES

My Ubuntu Linux (same family as Fedora, but a different distro -- and not currently vulnerable to this particular exploit) got security updates for gStreamer and the kernel components recently, after this vulnerability was announced. One more reason Linux does need to be patched weekly.

 

Re. FYI #778  (Thur 11/24/2016)

Is Linux Finally Good Enough to Replace Windows?

It depends on what you want to do with your PC or device. Linux is not ready for media applications like Miracast, streaming boxes, or that sort of networking. Linux does not handle touch yet. Hence, no tablet or phone applications worth investing in. Linux doesn't do Bluetooth 4.0 worth anything. And there is still no Photoshop for Linux, and no exact compatibility with Microsoft Office formats, especially PowerPoint. (Or the newer Sway.) So, as with any non-Windows OS, choose your OS to fit your intended use of your devices and your networks. Save us Linux users a lot of grief -- don't choose Linux for "political" reasons. ("I don't like Windows 10." or "I'm mad at Microsoft over these changes.")

 

Having trouble getting sound from your sound bar? Try this.

I have a low-end soundbar for my living room TV. It has four inputs, and three types of cables, not counting the obsolete RCA connectors. Optical is my usual connection from the HDTV, and Bluetooth works well with my tablet and my NUC. There's HDMI input for things like my ScreenBeam Miracast Receiver (via the TV). 

I do have to make sure I select the right Source when turning on the soundbar, and make sure the Mute button isn't on. There are also three output modes plus Bass Enhancement. 

Mainly, the soundbar replaces the awful speakers native to the HDTV. Dialog is totally lost without some sort of center channel, which even low-end soundbars will have. I don't use other speakers, as in an apartment noise should be kept to a reasonable level. 

 

How to install a text-based password manager for Linux, Mac, or FreeBSD users

Well, isn't it easier just to use a cross-platform password manager with a GUI, like KeePassX? Anyway, it doesn't matter how you use it -- a password manager helps with online security any way you use it. 

 

How to Fix: Windows 10 Laptop Screen Fades (too dark)

My aging laptop screen has the opposite problem -- colors are washed out and contrast is fading. I have adjusted the Gamma downward to 0.8 or 0.7, and I turned up color saturation way high, but the time to put the laptop out to pasture is fast approaching, I have to say. The problem is how the pixels of a LCD or LED display interact with a fading LED backlight, and how LCD colors fade over time anyway. 

 

RIP AirPort? Apple may abandon wireless routers and Time Capsule 

and 

Apple is reportedly going to stop making wireless routers

 

To be clear, I commented previously about this topic in the belief that the entire Apple Networking standard may be abandoned, not just the Air Play hubs and related devices from Apple. It still reads to me as though this is exactly what Apple has in store for the near future.

 

Pin the Control Panel to Your Taskbar for Quicker Access to Your Most-Used Windows Tools

Way ahead of you -- did that within the first two weeks of building my NUC PC. In fact, I pinned the so-called godmode control panel there. 

 

4 basic security facts everyone should know

Also helpful is to follow the link to the new feature in Process Explorer which allows all running processes and the components which have spawned them to be run past VirusTotal's 57 antimalware engines at one time:

http://www.infoworld.com/article/3014323/security/a-free-almost-foolproof-way-to-check-for-malware.html

While not a substitute for real antivirus, this procedure is quick and easy to install and run, and it's free for individuals to use. Be nice though, and only use it once a month or so, unless something suspicious has already happened on your device.

 

How to enable the hibernation power option in Windows 10

Due to the way Windows 8 and Windows 10 "shuts down" on battery-powered devices and PCs, most folks will never need to use Hibernate at all. Suspend and "shut down" will do the job just fine. But there are a few of us, including those who dual-boot, who must use Hibernate as we have had to disable Fast Startup for system stability reasons. If your PC supports it (not all do) this is one more tool for your Windows toolbox.

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Recovery Scammers Fraud

This is kind of an interesting double whammy scam. They actually scam the victim two times.

Follow-Up Fraud: Recovery Scammers Target Victims Twice
http://bit.ly/2gw36cR

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Fri 779  11/25/2016

What If Cameras Stopped Telling the Truth? (this will erk younger generations)

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/07/what-if-cameras-stopped-telling-the-truth/491150/?utm_source=howtogeek&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

 

New long-lasting 'battery' can charge in seconds, doesn't degrade (how many decades to get it engineered to market and compete with Lithium-Ion)

http://www.zdnet.com/article/new-long-lasting-battery-can-charge-in-seconds-doesnt-degrade/

 

How to Sync OneNote 2016 Notebooks to Your OneDrive Account and Access them Anywhere

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/21406/sync-onenote-2010-notebooks-to-office-live-and-edit-them-anywhere/

 

Annoying iMessage spam: What is it and how to kill it

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/annoying-imessage-spam-kill-153000216.html

 

5 Ways Apple Has Broken Steve Jobs’s Product Design Rules

http://www.cheatsheet.com/technology/5-ways-apple-has-broken-steve-jobss-product-design-rules.html/?ref=YF&yptr=yahoo

 

Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

http://androidandme.com/2016/11/applications/fresh-meat-10-new-android-apps-worth-checking-out-178/

 

INTEL VS. AMD: WHICH BRAND OF CPU SHOULD YOU CHOOSE WHEN BUILDING A PC?

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/here-we-explain-the-basic-differences-between-intel-and-amd-cpus/

 

Can Software Virtualization Bridge The Increasing Gap Between Devices And Technologies? (with most of us using devices beyond just PC's with Windows, trying to understand the issues why is can be difficult to get them playing together nicely is a headache.  Read a bit about this issue)

http://www.forbes.com/sites/haroldstark/2016/11/24/can-software-virtualization-bridge-the-increasing-gap-between-devices-and-technologies/#277a879940f0

 

Vicinity of obscurity! Fareit trojan spread via uncommon file type

https://www.grahamcluley.com/vicinity-obscurity-fareit-trojan-spreading-uncommon-file-type/

 

How to Set an Ethernet Connection as Metered in Windows 8 and 10

http://www.howtogeek.com/262477/how-to-set-an-ethernet-connection-as-metered-in-windows-8-and-10/

 

Next year’s 4.7-inch iPhone 8 might come with a big surprise

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/next-4-7-inch-iphone-8-might-come-164430436.html

 

Samsung Chromebook Pro Might Be Getting Google Assistant

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/samsung-chromebook-pro-might-getting-015249447.html

 

Tweets aren't tools for surveillance: Twitter pushes back against law enforcement

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/tweets-arent-tools-for-surveillance-twitter-pushes-back-against-law-enforcement/

 

MACBOOK PRO 13-INCH WITH TOUCH BAR REVIEW (if your a Mac user, you might want to read)

http://www.digitaltrends.com/laptop-reviews/apple-macbook-pro-13-inch-touch-bar-review/

 

Two Major iPhone 8 Leaks Reveal Groundbreaking New Features

http://www.forbes.com/sites/amitchowdhry/2016/11/23/iphone-8-dual-ois-wireless-charging/#2fda407d5688

 

Are your headphones spying on you? (everyone should read)

https://www.grahamcluley.com/headphones-spying/

 

How to Run Linux Commands From Outside the Bash Shell on Windows 10

http://www.howtogeek.com/262086/how-to-run-linux-commands-from-outside-the-bash-shell-on-windows-10/

 

Authorities Warn of Recalled and Counterfeit Toys Ahead of Holiday Season

https://gma.yahoo.com/video/authorities-warn-recalled-counterfeit-toys-123638759.html

 

iPhone 8 Encased in Glass for Wireless Charging

http://www.pcmag.com/news/349843/iphone-8-encased-in-glass-for-wireless-charging

 

Gov't Wants Phone Makers to Lock Out Most Apps for Drivers

https://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/US-Driver-Distraction/2016/11/23/id/760442/

 

MICROSOFT SAYS YOUR OLD PC WASTES UP TO A DAY OF YOUR TIME PER YEAR JUST TO BOOT

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/microsoft-old-pc-boot-times/

 

Five Easy Ways To Build Security Into The Internet Of Things

http://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2016/11/23/five-easy-ways-to-build-security-into-the-internet-of-things/#6ea1ba4c5e49

 

Ask toolbar updates hijacked by attackers to install suspicious code (unless you really use these tool bars, get rid of them)

https://www.grahamcluley.com/ask-toolbar-updates-hijacked-attackers-install-suspicious-code/

 

How to Unify Your PC and Android Phone for Seamless Notifications, Sharing, and More

http://www.howtogeek.com/262367/how-to-unify-your-pc-and-android-phone-for-seamless-notifications-sharing-and-more/

 

Microsoft is working on the 'ultimate mobile device,' says CEO Satya Nadella

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/microsoft-next-phone-could-ultimate-215044102.html

 

Speakers Become Latest Threat to Your Digital Security

http://www.pcmag.com/news/349859/speakers-become-latest-threat-to-your-digital-security

 

Even Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wants to get his hands on this startup's $1399 Surface Pro-killer (sounds impressive, but until its in the hands of lots of people we have to wait and see if some of the ills of Surface Pro 3 & 4 plague this unit)\

https://amp.businessinsider.com/intel-backed-eve-v-project-challenging-microsoft-surface-pro-2016-11

 

RESEARCHER WRITES CODELESS EXPLOIT THAT BYPASSES LINUX SECURITY MEASURES

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/linux-researcher-releases-linux-exploit-attacks-fedora/

 

How to stop animated GIFs in Chrome and Firefox

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3143574/software/how-to-stop-animated-gifs-in-chrome-and-firefox.html

 

Best microSD Cards For Galaxy S7

http://www.androidcentral.com/best-galaxy-s7-microsd-cards

 

How to Save Articles for Reading Later with Pocket

http://www.howtogeek.com/260850/how-to-save-articles-for-reading-later-with-pocket/

 

Raspberry Pi helps build strong brains

https://www.cnet.com/news/raspberry-pi-computer-helps-kids-learn-computer-science/

 

New Bill Would Make Revenge Porn a Federal Crime

http://www.pcmag.com/news/346141/new-bill-would-make-revenge-porn-a-federal-crime?mailing_id=1971294&mailing=SecurityWatch&mailingID=060B61E827841E831450E80923BFF945

 

Make, Send, & Track Invoices Quickly & Easily with Invoicely

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/make-send-track-invoices-quickly-easily-invoicely/

 

'Lazy' Ransomware Deletes Every File in Sight

https://www.infopackets.com/news/9893/lazy-ransomware-deletes-every-file-sight

 

5 burning questions about AMD's next-gen Zen processors (could be worth watching)

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3144377/computers/5-burning-questions-about-amds-zen-chip.html

 

SD 5.1 spec will help you identify if your card can handle apps with new 'A1' badge

http://amp.androidcentral.com/latest-sd-spec-will-help-you-identify-if-your-card-can-store-apps

 

How to See What’s Taking Up Space on Your Chromebook

http://www.howtogeek.com/262546/how-to-see-how-much-space-is-left-on-your-chromebook/

 

Colibri is a browser that thinks life is better without tabs (odd, but perhaps people who do one thing at a time and don't use tabs might be comfortable with this browser.  We will have to wait for further articles as to problems or deficiencies.)

http://thenextweb.com/apps/2016/11/24/tabless-browser/

 

Speculation is mounting that Jony Ive has checked out at Apple

http://www.businessinsider.com/jony-ive-in-back-seat-at-apple-2016-11?r=UK&IR=T

 

A FEW GREAT DEALS ON ACCESSORIES FOR IPAD, IPHONE, AND APPLE WATCH

http://www.digitaltrends.com/dtdeals/apple-accessories-deals/

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Phone Scams Explained and Described

In the last 72 hours, I've seen 3 friends fall victim to scam artists.

Some scams are perpetrated on social media while others occur with an unsolicited phone call. This article discusses the latter. Don't get scammed.

PSA: If a Company Is Calling You Unsolicited, It’s Probably a Scam

http://bit.ly/2gqh7cb

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Thur 778  11/24/2016

(Everyone have a happy and safe Thanksgiving particularly if your traveling.)

 

Black Friday is dying a slow death

http://www.businessinsider.com/black-friday-is-dying-a-slow-death-2016-11

 

Symantec to acquire LifeLock for $2.3B

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/11/21/symantec-acquire-lifelock-23b/94208924/

 

How to Make All Your Past Facebook Posts More Private

http://www.howtogeek.com/262430/how-to-make-all-your-past-facebook-posts-more-private/

 

Report: Amazon wants to add live sports streams to Prime

http://arstechnica.com/business/2016/11/report-amazon-wants-to-add-live-sports-streams-to-prime/

 

Is Linux Finally Good Enough to Replace Windows?

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/linux-finally-good-enough-replace-windows/

 

Intel announces major AI push with upcoming Knights Mill Xeon Phi, custom silicon

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/239768-intel-announces-major-new-ai-push-upcoming-knights-mill-xeon-phi-custom-silicon

 

Best HP Laptop Deals for November 2016

http://www.windowscentral.com/best-hp-laptop-deals

 

WindTalker Attack Finds New Vulnerabilities in Wi-Fi Networks

http://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities---threats/windtalker-attack-finds-new-vulnerabilities-in-wi-fi-networks/d/d-id/1327545?

 

10 sneaky holiday phishing scams to watch out for

http://www.macworld.com/article/3143570/security/10-sneaky-holiday-phishing-scams-to-watch-out-for.html

 

How to: Upgrade Windows 10 32-bit to 64-bit - Step by Step

https://www.infopackets.com/news/9897/how-upgrade-windows-10-32-bit-64-bit-step-step

 

Having trouble getting sound from your sound bar? Try this.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/having-trouble-getting-sound-from-your-sound-bar-try-this/

 

Is Static Electricity Damage Still a Huge Problem with Electronics?

http://www.howtogeek.com/262313/is-static-electricity-damage-still-a-huge-problem-with-electronics/

 

Tor phone is antidote to Google “hostility” over Android, says developer

http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/11/tor-phone-prototype-google-hostility-android-open-source/

 

7 Tips for Taking Better Notes in Google Keep for Android

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/7-tips-taking-better-notes-google-keep-android/

 

How to install a text-based password manager for Linux, Mac, or FreeBSD users

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-install-a-text-based-password-manager-for-linux-mac-or-freebsd-users/

 

These are the minimum PC specs you'll need to power Windows 10 VR headsets

http://www.windowscentral.com/these-are-minimum-pc-specs-youll-need-power-windows-10-vr-headsets

 

Quick Tip: Add an Item to the Microsoft Edge Reading List

http://winsupersite.com/windows-10/quick-tip-add-item-microsoft-edge-reading-list

 

A USB dongle can hijack all your Web accounts and router in 30 seconds, even if your computer is locked

http://www.macworld.com/article/3143187/security/a-usb-dongle-can-hijack-all-your-web-accounts-and-router-in-30-seconds.html

 

The biggest tech turkeys of 2016

https://www.cnet.com/news/the-biggest-tech-turkeys-of-2016/

 

How to Fix: Windows 10 Laptop Screen Fades (too dark)

https://www.infopackets.com/news/9896/how-fix-windows-10-laptop-screen-fades-too-dark

 

How to Block Robocalls and Telemarketers

http://www.howtogeek.com/281300/how-to-block-robocalls-and-telemarketers/

 

Your Next Printer: Inkjet, Laser, or All-In-One?

http://askbobrankin.com/your_next_printer_inkjet_laser_or_allinone.html

 

What I learned playing prey to Windows scammers

http://www.infoworld.com/article/3091857/security/what-i-learned-playing-prey-to-windows-scammers.html?token=%23tk.IFWNLE_nlt_infoworld_sec_rpt_2016-07-19&idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=InfoWorld%20Security%20Report%202016-07-19&utm_term=infoworld_sec_rpt#tk.IFW_nlt_infoworld_sec_rpt_2016-07-19

 

13 Best Chrome Extensions and Apps to Work Offline

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/13-best-chrome-extensions-apps-work-offline/

 

Apple faces decade of uncertainty after next year’s iPhone

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/apple-faces-decade-of-uncertainty-after-next-years-iphone-2016-11-21?siteid=yhoof2&yptr=yahoo

 

Laptop Buying Guide: 8 Essential Tips

http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/laptop-buying-guide

 

Fight Wrist Pain with These Simple Stretches You Can Do at the Office

https://lifehacker.com/fight-wrist-pain-with-these-simple-stretches-you-can-do-1789147793

 

RIP AirPort? Apple may abandon wireless routers and Time Capsule

http://www.macworld.com/article/3143604/network-router/rip-airport-apple-may-abandon-wireless-routers-and-time-capsule.html

 

Apple responds to criticism over 16GB memory limit on latest MacBook Pro

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/apple-responds-criticism-over-16gb-184431505.html

 

Pin the Control Panel to Your Taskbar for Quicker Access to Your Most-Used Windows Tools

http://www.howtogeek.com/281328/pin-the-control-panel-to-your-taskbar-for-quicker-access-to-your-most-used-windows-tools/

 

[HOWTO] Send a Fax From Your Computer

http://askbobrankin.com/howto_send_a_fax_from_your_computer.html

 

4 basic security facts everyone should know

http://www.infoworld.com/article/3096952/security/4-basic-security-facts-everyone-should-know.html?token=%23tk.IFWNLE_nlt_infoworld_sec_rpt_2016-07-19&idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=InfoWorld%20Security%20Report%202016-07-19&utm_term=infoworld_sec_rpt#tk.IFW_nlt_infoworld_sec_rpt_2016-07-19

 

How to enable the hibernation power option in Windows 10

https://www.pcmech.com/article/how-to-configure-hibernation-settings-in-windows-10/

 

Facebook Messenger Spreads Feared Ransomware

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/facebook-messenger-locky-ransomware,news-23890.html

 

Chromebooks vs. Windows 10 Laptops: What Should You Buy?

http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/chromebooks-vs-windows

 

iPhones Are Crashing After Playing 3-Second Prank Video

http://www.pcmag.com/news/349795/iphones-are-crashing-after-playing-3-second-prank-video

 

Over half of world's population does not use internet: UN

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/over-half-worlds-population-does-not-internet-un-153237734.html

 

Windows 10 PC owners are getting treated to 4K Netflix content (finally)

http://www.techradar.com/news/windows-10-pc-owners-are-getting-treated-to-4k-netflix-content-finally

 

How to Use the Keyboard to Control the Mouse Cursor in Windows

http://www.howtogeek.com/281305/how-to-use-the-keyboard-to-control-the-mouse-cursor-in-windows/

 

Apple is reportedly going to stop making wireless routers

http://qz.com/842615/apple-aapl-is-reportedly-going-to-stop-making-airport-wireless-routers/

 

The best Black Friday Deals from Microsoft

http://news.thewindowsclub.com/black-friday-deals-microsoft-87170/

 

Apple announces a one-day sale for Black Friday

http://www.macworld.com/article/3143881/macs/apple-announces-one-day-sale-for-black-friday.html

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Re. FYI#776 (Tues. 11/22/2016)

This new Ubuntu Linux laptop has a 4K screen and Nvidia Pascal GPU

Even without the 4KHD grpahics, this is a vastly overpriced laptop. I can build a Ubuntu and Windows 10 dual-boot or VM laptop with comparably specs for far less using a name-brand Widnows laptop as my base machine. 

 

What to consider when buying RAM for your build

I still  have a 8GB RAM module from my NUC build for sale at a discount. Detailed specs available on request. This is essentially DDR-4 laptop RAM. 

 

Microsoft partners with D-Link to deliver speedier Wi-Fi in rural regions

Unfortunately, none of this looks like it's being planned for anywhere in the US.

 

Re. FYI #777 (Wed. 11/23/2016)

There is no IoT

If you play enough word games, you can make any concept disappear. It's called the Philosophy of Semantics. And it is pure nonsense (to clean up my language quite a bit). An IoT by any other name is still a subset of The IoT. Yes, it's all interconnected by the same Internet (except for military and some utilities). So it is all one Internet, and therefore one IoT. The recent DYN DDoS hack proved this point abundantly. 

 

Apple says Wi-Fi isn’t interesting anymore

The abandonment of Apple-specific networking standards is going to upset a LOT of people with Smart TV and streaming devices! Installers and technicians aren't going to be very pleased either. A lot of money is going to have to be spent retrofitting home network equipment to the standards used by Windows networking. And MacOS and iOS aren't going to be adapted to include these standards at the OS level. I foresee one heck of a mess coming up for Apple users, including people who were using Apple Networking with their iPads and iPhones!

 

Google Locks Account of User Who Moved Cities

Key sentence: "So unless you update all of your details on your Google account as soon as your living arrangements change, you are risking losing access to your account permanently."

This is true of a lot of services which we may take for granted. Change of address notifications, and notifying subscription services when you change smartphones and/or carriers, are critical to maintaining access to these services. Most people don't include things like these in our moving plans, but we can't afford to overlook such details. My own list of folks to notify keeps growing. 

A Verify To Unlock feature should be provided, but not every service has such conveniences.

 

Apple could lose billions on Progressive Web Apps, but it has no choice

I was unaware of the term Progressive Web Apps,a nd I am still terribly unclear as to how they work, but with Google pushing this standard and Microsoft pushing its own Universal Web Apps standards, cross-platform App development is beginning to look complicated and confusing. Which is what these cross-platform standards were supposed to prevent. No wonder Apple is having trouble adapting. Not to mention the potential of losing their stranglehold over their own App Store. 

 

LIKE YOUR CHROMEBOOK, BUT NEED OFFICE? TRY INSTALLING WINDOWS ON IT

I wouldn't do this. Chromebooks don't have enough hardware resources to run Windows, even compressed as a WIM, at anything approaching a usable speed. 

 

Google Shops Open in Best Buy Stores

Well, if Google was going to start selling phones, why not sell them at Best Buy? It's not like the Apple Store of the Microsoft Store would carry them. 

 

Could One Person Take Down the Internet?

Good to know that one person can't do this. (Sorry, Hollywood!) But not so comforting is the fact that a small but organized group could possibly carry this out, at least on the civilian side.

 

Windows Defender Actually Plays Nice with Third Party Security Software Products

It depends on the product. But why use a second-rate primary defense tool (Windows Defender) at all? You could combine a couple or three robust third-party AV products and get better results. I use Avira Free with Malwarebytes Free on my Win 10 PCs. 

 

Your car will be recalled in 2017 thanks to poor open-source security

While the headline is complete balderdash, car companies like IoT companies, need to improve their software and firmware patching practices. Like, yesterday.

 

TIVO

This is for folks who might consider any TiVo product, but the instructions I found are specific to my TiVo Roamio OTA.

All of this began when after a power failure (TiVo is not on UPS/Battery Backup) my TiVo Roamio OTA began to get very noisy. I immediately suspected either the hard drive or the cooling fan was having an issue. 

I don't use the TiVo much, but it runs constantly, and this puts a strain on a fan inside the device. The original TiVo fans are cheap junk, and fail within three to six months routinely, according to comments below the You Tube instructional video on the teardown of a TiVo Roamio OTA to look at its fan. So lubricating and cleaning the fan is useless in the long run.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Fk4cN3EXoY

A Look Inside #8 - TiVo Roamio Noise Fix

 

A company called WeaKnees offers replacement fans for TiVo and has free shipping. Torx Tools for case and fan disassembly and reassembly are included, all for $39.99.

https://www.weaknees.com/cart/TiVo-Roamio-and-Roamio-OTA-Replacement-Fan-and-Tools.html

 

WeaKnees Support https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VhrSp5RMh0 

WeaKnees TiVo Roamio Fan Installation

So, armed with the part, the tools and the instruction videos, I should have peace and quiet restored by this time two weeks from now. Maybe sooner. 

 

Note that due to the sudden appearance of the noise, in my case the fan bushings may have gotten fried when the power came on, or if there was a transient event during the initial outage. These are common events in power outages. And a good reason to put all my electronics on the UPS. (And one more, smaller UPS for the bedroom area where an AT&T wireless receiver and my NUC are the main vulnerable components.) 

 

This TiVo fan replacement is a lot of effort to go through to correct yet another tech company's poor design choices, but once completed, this repair should last awhile, and it can be repeated with a reasonable investment. Actually, if the power and other specs are right, and the size is about right, any good PC cooling fan should do the trick the next time around. And there probably will be a next time, given that a TiVo fan tends to run nearly full-time. 

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Wed 777  11/23/2016

Malicious images on Facebook lead to Locky Ransomware

http://www.csoonline.com/article/3143173/security/malicious-images-on-facebook-lead-to-locky-ransomware.html

 

Apple has decided to stop making wireless routers to focus on products that generate the most revenue for the company.

http://www.investors.com/stock-lists/sector-leaders/apple-quits-wireless-router-business-report/

 

The PiDrive Foundation Edition Makes Installing Multiple Operating Systems on Your Pi Easy

https://lifehacker.com/the-pidrive-foundation-edition-is-an-external-hard-driv-1789145353

 

Your car will be recalled in 2017 thanks to poor open-source security

http://www.zdnet.com/article/2017-the-year-hacking-will-force-your-car-to-be-recalled/

 

Q. I Upgraded to Windows 10. Where Are My Hibernate & Sleep Options?

http://winsupersite.com/windows-10/q-i-upgraded-windows-10-where-are-my-hibernate-sleep-options

 

[HOWTO] Send a Fax From Your Computer

http://askbobrankin.com/howto_send_a_fax_from_your_computer.html

 

Is Windows 10 Pro worth it?

http://www.windowscentral.com/windows-10-pro-worth-it

 

Microsoft's $300 Windows 10 VR headsets will run on surprisingly modest PCs

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3143181/windows/microsofts-300-windows-10-vr-headsets-will-run-on-surprisingly-modest-pcs.html

 

Is Apple Moving iPhone Production to the U.S.?

http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/apple-moving-iphone-production-u-s-n685786

 

Save 62 Percent on 1080p Touch-Screen Dell Latitude 14 7000

http://www.pcmag.com/article/349759/save-62-percent-on-1080p-touch-screen-dell-latitude-14-7000

 

How to Stop Windows 10 From Syncing Themes Between Computers

https://lifehacker.com/how-to-stop-windows-10-from-syncing-themes-between-comp-1789131639

 

Poor smartphone signal, battery life? This breakthrough antenna could be the answer

http://www.zdnet.com/article/smartphone-signal-data-and-battery-life-boosted-by-finnish-breakthrough/

 

Windows Defender Actually Plays Nice with Third Party Security Software Products

http://winsupersite.com/windows-10/windows-defender-actually-plays-nice-third-party-security-software-products

 

Securing Your Internet of Things

http://askbobrankin.com/securing_your_internet_of_things.html

 

Todoist Smart Schedule is adding AI smarts to your task lists

http://www.windowscentral.com/todoist-smart-schedule-adding-ai-smarts-your-task-lists

 

20 tips and tricks that make Windows 10 more tolerable

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3143183/windows/20-tips-and-tricks-that-make-windows-10-more-tolerable.html

 

Could One Person Take Down the Internet?

http://www.nbcnews.com/mach/technology/could-person-take-down-internet-n684096

 

Google Shops Open in Best Buy Stores

http://www.pcmag.com/news/349756/google-shops-open-in-best-buy-stores

 

Keep the Windows 10 Taskbar Visible While Using the On-Screen Keyboard

https://lifehacker.com/keep-the-windows-10-taskbar-visible-while-using-the-on-1789083497

 

MacBook Pro Touch Bar review in one word: Meh

http://www.zdnet.com/article/touch-bar-review-in-one-word-meh/

 

Are YOU addicted to Wi-Fi? Almost half of us crave internet access more than chocolate, alcohol and sex

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3944782/Are-addicted-Wi-Fi-half-crave-internet-access-chocolate-alcohol-sex.html

 

LIKE YOUR CHROMEBOOK, BUT NEED OFFICE? TRY INSTALLING WINDOWS ON IT

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-to-install-windows-chromebook/

 

These are the best laptops that support Windows Hello

http://www.windowscentral.com/these-are-best-laptops-support-windows-hello

 

Apple could lose billions on Progressive Web Apps, but it has no choice

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/apple-could-lose-billions-on-progressive-web-apps-but-it-has-no-choice/

 

SpaceX Wants to Launch 4,425 Satellites into Space to Bring Internet to the World

http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/spacex-wants-launch-4-425-satellites-space-bring-internet-world-n685226

 

Google Locks Account of User Who Moved Cities

http://www.pcmag.com/news/349754/google-locks-account-of-user-who-moved-cities

 

Touché Lets You Test Drive the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar

https://lifehacker.com/touche-lets-your-test-drive-the-macbook-pros-touch-bar-1789111453

 

Apple says Wi-Fi isn’t interesting anymore

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3143534/apple-mac/apple-says-wi-fi-isn-t-interesting-anymore.html

 

Human drivers will BULLY robot cars unless the vehicles are programmed to be more aggressive, warns Mercedes-Benz CEO

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3941156/Human-drivers-BULLY-robot-cars-unless-vehicles-aggressive-warns-Mercedes-Benz-CEO.html

 

THE BEST GAME CONSOLE YOU CAN BUY

http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/best-video-game-consoles/

 

There is no IoT

https://techcrunch.com/2016/11/20/there-is-no-iot/

 

iPhone 6S Shutting Down Randomly? Apple Will Fix It

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/iphone-6s-shutting-down-randomly-115201286.html

 

Five ways Wi-Fi rules the world

http://mashable.com/2016/11/21/wifi-of-everything/

 

How to Fix Windows PC Problems Via a Restore Point

http://www.pcmag.com/news/349746/how-to-fix-windows-pc-problems-via-a-restore-point

 

This 3D Touch Shortcut Lets You See Every Notification in Your iPhone Folder

https://lifehacker.com/this-3d-touch-shortcut-lets-you-see-every-notification-1789115217

 

The 3 gadgets that will be hardest to find this holiday season

http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-airpods-nes-classic-edition-snapchat-spectacles-availability-2016-11/#snapchat-spectacles-1

 

3 things not to buy this Christmas

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/11/19/3-things-not-to-buy-this-christmas.html

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Tue 776 11/22/2016

Enjoy your malware, sucker!

http://www.csoonline.com/article/3143076/security/enjoy-your-malware-sucker.html

 

Microsoft partners with D-Link to deliver speedier Wi-Fi in rural regions

http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-partners-with-d-link-to-deliver-speedier-wi-fi-in-rural-regions/

 

Here’s how all the major web browsers are tightening up web security

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/major-browsers-calling-time-sha-010925439.html

 

How to completely remove the 3D Builder app from Windows 10

http://www.windowscentral.com/how-completely-remove-3d-builder-app-windows-10

 

How to Recover Software Product Keys From Any Computer, Even a Broken One

http://www.howtogeek.com/64600/how-to-recover-windows-and-software-keys-from-a-broken-computer/

 

Geekly Update - 16 November 2016

http://askbobrankin.com/geekly_update_16_november_2016.html

 

How hackers steal EHR data and sell it on the Dark Web

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-hackers-steal-ehr-data-and-sell-it-on-the-dark-web/

 

How to save even more cash on Black Friday by buying refurbished gadgets

http://www.techradar.com/how-to/how-to-save-even-more-cash-on-black-friday-by-buying-refurbished-gadgets

 

Cybercriminals pretending to be IC3 are tricking consumers for sensitive information

http://news.thewindowsclub.com/cybercriminals-pretending-to-be-ic3-87281/

 

HOW TO SEND FREE TEXT MESSAGES FROM YOUR PC

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-to-send-free-text-messages-online/

 

What to consider when buying RAM for your build

https://www.pcmech.com/article/best-ram-for-your-build/

 

This new Ubuntu Linux laptop has a 4K screen and Nvidia Pascal GPU

http://www.techconnect.com/article/3143068/linux/this-new-ubuntu-linux-laptop-has-a-4k-screen-and-nvidia-pascal-gpu.html

 

How to relocate Cortana search box to the top on Windows 10

http://www.windowscentral.com/how-relocate-cortana-search-box-top-windows-10

 

How to Delete Your Gmail or Google Account

http://www.howtogeek.com/280361/how-to-delete-your-gmail-or-google-account/

 

A Hemisphere of (YOUR) Information

http://askbobrankin.com/a_hemisphere_of_your_information.html

 

Five ways to maintain your privacy on your smartphone, no downloads required

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/five-ways-to-maintain-your-privacy-on-your-smartphone-no-downloads-required/

 

How to speed up your Wi-Fi

http://www.techradar.com/how-to/how-to-speed-up-your-wi-fi

 

What is MOM.exe? Is it a virus? How to fix MOM.exe application error?

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/mom-exe-windows

 

MICROSOFT SAYS EDGE IS SAFER THAN CHROME OR FIREFOX

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/microsoft-plugs-edge-as-safer-browser/

 

What to consider when buying a graphics card for your build

https://www.pcmech.com/article/consider-buying-graphics-card-build/

 

How hackers steal EHR data and sell it on the Dark Web

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-hackers-steal-ehr-data-and-sell-it-on-the-dark-web/

 

Does the power supply inside your the PC provide enough juice?

http://www.windowscentral.com/does-power-supply-inside-your-pc-provide-enough-juice

 

How to Pin Folders to the Windows Taskbar

http://www.howtogeek.com/281048/how-to-pin-folders-to-the-windows-taskbar/

 

Check Out This Free Windows Clone

http://askbobrankin.com/check_out_this_free_windows_clone.html

 

66% of organizations won't recover after cyberattack, study says

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/66-of-organizations-wont-recover-after-cyberattack-study-says/

 

Adobe Fined $1M in Multistate Suit Over 2013 Breach; No Jail for Spamhaus Attacker

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2016/11/adobe-fined-1m-in-multistate-suit-over-2013-breach-no-jail-for-spamhaus-attacker/

 

Set an Auto Expiration Date for your Google Drive files & folders

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/set-auto-expiration-date-google-drive-folders

 

HERE’S HOW ALL THE MAJOR WEB BROWSERS ARE TIGHTENING UP WEB SECURITY

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/major-browsers-sha-1-end/

 

Got graphics card problems? Here are 6+ signs it might be dying

https://www.pcmech.com/article/six-signs-graphics-card-might-dying/

 

This jaw-dropping all-AMD custom gaming PC looks like an M134 minigun

http://www.techconnect.com/article/3142777/computers/this-jaw-dropping-all-amd-custom-gaming-pc-looks-like-an-m134-minigun.html

 

How to transfer photos from iPhone and iPad to your Windows 10 PC

http://www.windowscentral.com/how-transfer-photos-iphone-and-ipad-your-windows-10-pc

 

ET deals: Save $20 on an Amazon Prime membership

https://www.extremetech.com/deals/214904-et-deals-save-on-amazon-prime

 

Apple saves iPhone call history to iCloud, but barely mentions it

http://www.macworld.com/article/3142400/data-center-cloud/apple-saves-iphone-call-history-to-icloud-but-barely-mentions-it.html

 

Google Shop marks company’s first serious steps into the world of physical retail

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/google-takes-retail-more-seriously-121421049.html

 

Chinese IoT Firm Siphoned Text Messages, Call Records

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2016/11/chinese-iot-firm-siphoned-text-messages-call-records/

 

How to install Microsoft Office Picture Manager in Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/microsoft-office-picture-manager-windows-10

 

The time is right to update Windows and Office

http://www.infoworld.com/article/3142903/microsoft-windows/the-time-is-right-to-update-windows-and-office.html

 

5 Things You Need to Do After Buying a New Computer

http://www.cheatsheet.com/gear-style/things-you-need-to-do-after-buying-a-new-computer.html/?ref=YF&yptr=yahoo

 

Samsung SmartCam PT review: This pan-and-tilt camera lets you peer into blind spots

http://www.techconnect.com/article/3140853/security-cameras/samsung-smartcam-pt-review-this-pan-and-tilt-camera-lets-you-peer-into-blind-spots.html

 

The crowd-developed Eve V tablet will launch in 3 configurations

http://www.windowscentral.com/crowd-developed-eve-v-tablet-will-launch-3-configurations

 

New smartwatch powered by body heat never needs charging

http://www.technobuffalo.com/2016/11/20/smartwatch-powered-by-body-heat/

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Comments by -- Joe Nowak

Stopping, or at least reducing, Robocalls
We have all had our share of robocalls these past few months. One way of reducing those calls is through the Do Not Call Registry (DNCR).
But that's not 100% protection against them. There is i nothing that will stop all of them but there are some additional things you can do to reduce those that manage to bypass the DNCR. You guessed it. There are apps for that.
How to Block Robocalls and Telemarketers
http://bit.ly/2gvLikV


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Mon 775 11/21/2016

How 5G will change the way we use the web

http://thenextweb.com/entrepreneur/2016/11/20/5g-will-change-way-use-web/

 

Weekend tech reading: PowerShell replaces CMD in Win10, Q3 2016 HDD stats, Kaspersky OS announced

http://www.techspot.com/news/67112-weekend-tech-reading-win10-replacing-cmd-powershell-eve-online-free-q3-2016-hdd-stats-whatcd-shutter.html

 

OK, GOOGLE, WHAT CAN YOU DO? TIPS AND TRICKS FOR THE GOOGLE HOME

http://www.digitaltrends.com/home/google-home-tips-and-tricks/

 

Save $150 on the Lenovo Yoga 910 2-in-1 notebook

http://www.windowscentral.com/save-150-lenovo-yoga-910-2-1-notebook

 

How to enable the hibernation power option in Windows 10

https://www.pcmech.com/article/how-to-configure-hibernation-settings-in-windows-10/

 

NSA Chief Says DNC Email Leak Was Deliberate Act

http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/nsa-chief-says-dnc-email-leak-was-deliberate-act/d/d-id/1327534?

 

Facebook, Google Crack Down on Fake News Advertising

http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/facebook-google-crack-down-fake-news-advertising-n684101

 

How Facebook plans to crack down on fake news

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2016/11/19/how-facebook-plans-crack-down-fake-news/94123842/

 

Qualcomm's next chip means a slimmer, longer-lasting phone (this could be in your new phones starting next year)

https://www.cnet.com/news/qualcomm-snapdragon-835-processor/

 

6 Reasons You Shouldn’t Buy AppleCare+ for Your iPhone

http://www.cheatsheet.com/gear-style/reasons-you-shouldnt-buy-applecare-for-your-iphone.html/?ref=YF&yptr=yahoo

 

Block at First Sight protection in Windows Defender on Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/block-first-sight-protection-windows-defender

 

WANT TO PLAY OLD GAMES ON YOUR PC? THESE EMULATORS MAKE IT EASY

http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/best-emulators/

 

HP's new Z2 Mini Workstation is a miniature beast

http://www.windowscentral.com/hps-new-z2-mini-workstation-miniature-beast

 

How to solve most of your network problems with a single button

https://www.pcmech.com/article/how-to-solve-network-problems/

 

Insider Threat: The Domestic Cyber Terrorist

http://www.darkreading.com/operations/insider-threat-the-domestic-cyber-terrorist/a/d-id/1327517?

 

How to use Preview on Mac

http://www.imore.com/how-use-preview-mac

 

A Facebook timeout? Some say they need a break

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/2016/11/16/facebook-timeout-some-say-they-need-break/93803378/

 

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Someone in China could be reading your texts

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Comments by -- Bob Primak --

Re. FYI #774 (Sun. 11/20/2016)

Stop Windows 10 from resetting default apps with Stop Resetting My Apps

   I am suspicious of this program. The site and the ad copy at the Windows Club site do not inspire confidence. The owners of the utility are unknown to me, and I have seen no legitimate reviews of this software. I am concerned that this is just a come-on to introduce spyware onto users' PCs. O&O ShutUp 10 suffers from a similar problem, in that its authors are not forthcoming about who they are or what exactly their software is doing when it makes changes in Windows 10 settings. 

It is becoming increasingly urgent that users of Windows 10 learn to take the settings into our own hands, as third parties are actively exploiting end-user confusion to introduce shady products of dubious value onto users' PCs. All in the name of simplifying the Windows 10 settings. 

   No one should have to put up with the kind of obfuscation which Microsoft is engaging in with Windows 10 settings, and this is getting worse with every build. (Try to open the Command Window after Spring of 2017, and you will be in for a very deep chase.) But this is no reason to run into the waiting arms of shady third parties promising to simplify the process of taking back control of our PCs. You could be losing control all over again.

 

Re. FYI #7732 (Sat., Nov. 19, 2016)

Holding down the Enter key can smash through Linux's defenses

   The article speaks to encrypted Linux volumes. I don't know if this exploit even happens if LUKS encryption isn't used.  

But there is a way to work around this issue. 

http://hmarco.org/bugs/CVE-2016-4484/CVE-2016-4484_cryptsetup_initrd_shell.html#fix

    This patch does reduce the variety of rescue methods available, but in this case, security must trump convenience. I can think of very few situations where I would trigger the sequence of events where the vulnerability happens through my own errors or rescue attempts. 

 

How to Fix: Cannot Create Partition: No Free MBR Slots

    I am amazed and dismayed that a new HP PC would ever use the old MBR disk formatting, and then fill up the available Primary Partitions with their OEM garbage. They should get with the program and use the modern GPT-GUID scheme, in which case this issue would never arise. UEFI Fast-Boot and Windows Secure Boot require GPT formatting, so what HP has done here seems doubly stupid. Maybe this is actually a much older PC, and the person asking the question is just now getting around to messing with the Partitions for some (probably crazy) reason? BTW, the suggestion to make the OEM file system "hidden" is very stupid, as it can cause the very same failures which switching from a Primary Partition to a Logical Partition can cause. If the Recovery or BIOS boot environment needs to find the files, it may not be able to do so if they are hidden. Best not to mess at all with a PC which is so badly misconfigured from the get-go. 

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