How a hacker could take
down the electric grid
This is not a drill: Amazon
has Apple AirPods listed at MSRP for the first time ever
Windows 10 Pro for
Google Pixel 2: Everything
we know about the launch date, specs and price
We all have a natural human
tendency to trust... Be prepared! Download VASCO's "Social
PayPal Comes to the New
Why Apple's rumored $1,000
iPhone would be good for Microsoft
Blast! Another Galaxy Note
Is Having Battery Issues
Employees Pose Bigger
Threat to Cybersecurity Than Hackers (insiders have an advantage)
How to Fix: Remove CPX,
SVCVMX and CT.EXE Malware (SmartService Rootkit)
Black Hat 2017: The Best
(and Scariest) Hacks
Black Hat brings together the best minds
in security to terrify the pants off each other.
iPhone Home Button Broken?
This Quick Fix Should Solve Your Problem
Every WhatsApp User Must
Know These Features
Wednesday Apple Rumors:
Photos of Possible 60-Inch Apple TV Leak
Win10Clean: Windows 10
Nokia 6 review:
on a budget
Disney slammed with
class-action complaint for unlawfully exfiltrating kids' personal
Happiest Place on Earth owner accused of “highly
offensive” privacy intrusions…
Command Prompt is Getting a
Color Upgrade in the Fall Creators Update
Allo: Everything you need
to know (Update: read comments)
Everything you need to know to
get started with Google's messaging service.
Get These Sweat-Resistant,
Bluetooth Earbuds for Just $17
PHISHING TREND REPORT HOW
MODERN EMAIL PHISHING ATTACKS HAVE ORGANIZATIONS ON THE HOOK
Report: Facebook likened to
Addictive Drugs, for Sake of Ads
Fake Vodafone Bill Spreads
Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch
(2017, Touch Bar)
How to Low Level Format (Or
Zero-Fill) Your Hard Disk
The Ultimate Netflix Guide:
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Netflix
Microsoft’s minimal Modern
mouse and keyboard are now available
Kaspersky with upcoming antivirus changes
Lenovo ThinkPad 13 (2017)
All the laptop you need -- and nothing more
Microsoft Offers One
Sign-In Experience to Rule Them All
How to Switch to a
Microsoft Account from a Local Account in Windows 10
MICROSOFT WIRELESS DISPLAY
Microsoft's Wireless Display Adapter is an easy
way to turn your TV into a plus-sized
Here's the New iPhone 8
JS_POWMET malware is
100% fileless, from infection to payload
The paranoid Android
traveler’s data-protection checklist
When you’re going overseas
with your Android hardware, make sure corporate data is secure
when crossing the border.
22 iOS Apps Worth Paying
Many of the apps in Apple's App Store are free, but these
are the ones worth a few bucks.
How to Play Blu-Ray on
6 Ways You Can Use
Microsoft Office Without Paying for It
A behind-the-scenes look at
how Intel broadcasts live baseball in VR
Manage Windows 10 Search
Red Hydrogen: What we know
about the $1,200 'holographic' phone
Attack on Ireland’s
state-owned power provider blamed on state-sponsored hackers
Edge of 17(09): Microsoft’s
Browser Edges Forward
How to Join a Homegroup in
CPU Preview! AMD's Ryzen
Threadripper Processors Decloaked, Detailed
Lots more details
just went public about Ryzen Threadripper, AMD's new high-end
desktop CPU family...including a new, previously undisclosed third
chip. Here's the skinny.
N3v$r M1^d password rules.
Get a password manager to generate and remember your passwords
Tips for generating passwords simply fail to scale. (I
use LastPass for years that does all this)
Smartwatch Buying Guide:
Everything You Need to Know
Win10 machines with 'Defer
feature updates' now getting Creators Update
There’s a reason
why your Win10 1607 PC with 'Defer feature updates' is getting
pushed onto 1703 — and you aren’t going to like it. Fortunately, a
partial solution exists.
The Best Mac Antivirus
Protection of 2017
Despite what you may have heard, your Apple
computer isn't immune to malware. We tested the top programs to
find the ones that will keep your Mac the safest.
Check for Bad Drivers in
Windows with Driver Verifier
Are These 10 Lightroom
Mistakes Ruining Your Photos?
Stanford built a '4D'
camera for cars, robots and VR
Android Candy: My World, in
a Lock Screen
HP Z2 Mini G3 Review: A
Mighty Mini Workstation
You Are Being Brainwashed
If you watch the news, you
may think that the world is becoming less safe. You may be
pleasantly surprised when you look at the real facts.
Comments by -- Bob Primak --
Re. FYI #998
improves accessibility features (browser based on Chrome)
Vivaldi is based
on open-source Chromium, not closed-source Google Chrome. There
are many differences.
Tablets so good
you don't need a stylus, but they have one anyway
This article is
just an ad for overpriced and underperforming 2-in-1s and tablets.
How to Disable
SMBv1 in Windows
It's also safe
now to disable similar features in Linux. Samba no longer needs
How to save
money on ink jet cartridges for your printer
Be careful with
refills and third-party ink sites. If you misjudge, you could end
up needing to replace your print heads.
How to Easily
Back Up and Migrate Your Browser Bookmarks
I placed this
story into my bookmarks in Chrome under Linux. Now I can export
it, then transfer the bookmarks to any of my Windows browsers on
my PC or tablet. Very handy!
Blu phones back
on sale at Amazon after suspension over privacy
I tried a couple
of Blu phones and found they had hardware deficiencies as well as
the now-publicized security issues.
Safely Stores All Your Home Deliveries
Well, if this
ever shows up in my place, I'll post my impressions.
We all have a
natural human tendency to trust... Be prepared! Download VASCO's
"Social Engineering" eBook
Well, there are
just a few of us who lack that "natural human tendency". Lessons
learned from early childhood experiences with bullying onward
throughout life. But if you were never bullied, I guess you would
to Get Ad-Blocker (many sites will block you from seeing any
content when a ad-blocker is on)
Which is why I
choose third-party ad-blocking extensions. If the site won't load,
it's easy to suspend an extension. Baked-in ad blocking -- eh, not
Do You Use Beta
Software or Wait for a Stable Release?
I use Chrome
Beta, but not on my tablet in Windows. I do not twest pre-release
or non-stable channels for most other software. I prefer my OS
upgrades to be on a Slow Track, so no betas for me in that area. I
value stability over having the latest features.
How to Fix:
Constant Spinning Cursor (Circle) in Windows
site's DNS Lookup failed with no cached page options. The site
seems to be out of business.
mirroring explained: How to beam your phone or PC screen to the TV
If you have to
resort to screen mirroring, Miracast or WiDi works as well as or
better than this Chromecast feature.
Re. FYI #999
Claim Was Reportedly Used to Stop Ad Blocking, But It's
points up yet another reason not to use blacklists to avoid ads
and trackers and other annoyances on web pages. Other methods,
like those used by Ghostery, Blur (Abine), No Script and a host of
other extensions, do not depend on blacklists. So no advertiser
could pull the DMCA out of his hat like a magician's rabbit and
harass these other companies into allowing a domain to throw up
popup ads at visitors.
More to the
point of sites which have copyrighted materials (video streams
being among these materials): I have never encountered a site with
such content where I could leave my ad and script blockers active.
The content simply will not load without the ads. So the complaint
in the AdBlock list case is moot. The ads would not be blocked if
the content could only be viewed when the ads are allowed. That's
what legitimate advertisers and legitimate sites do. No specious
copyright act arguments are needed. (BTW, I expect that if AdBlock
would have fought this takedown notice into the Courts, the
takedown would not have been allowed under DMCA. Rua's
interpretation of DMCA is legally too broad.)
Update] CCleaner 5.33 Now Available for Download
And there will
be a newer version next week. This software is always issuing new
versions, none of which include new features. Just new
push-advertising in the installers.
Networking Gear Running While the Power's Out For Just $41
This won't work
for my Comcast equipment, even without the DVR. I have an APS unit
with much more juice, and a price tag three times this unit.
Oh, boy. Just
what we need. Another edition of Windows 10, WTFCUPFWP.
I cannot find a
translation of WTFCUPFWP. Maybe another form of COVFEFE? Nope, it
turns out to be Woody Leonhard's personal shorthand for Windows 10
Fall Creators Update Pro for Workstation PCs, which most of us
will never encounter anyway. And here I was thinking maybe this
was a profanity-laced acronym in the WTF family. I am sincerely
testing new log-in experience in public preview
So they are
changing the login screen again. Yawn. Better than making our
local account passwords expire without telling people.
intelligence is not as smart as you (or Elon Musk) think
I have never
thought AI was very intelligent. Maybe someday, but it has a long,
long way to go.
Why Does Linux
Allow Users to Remove the Root Directory?
when used as intended, does not let you do this by accident. The
OP with that question had set himself up to always run as Root,
which most distros don't allow users to do. This is one more
reason not to mess with this safeguard.
How to Enable or
Disable Fast Boot in UEFI Firmware Settings for Windows
systems, I see very little need to disable Fast Boot (UEFI
Startup). Fast Startup is an entirely different Windows feature,
and in dual-boot systems, it is best to disable Fast Startup. But
not Fast Boot. BIOS Post is very out of date.
plugins may compromise your personal security
If you install
illegal channels, you can expect bad things to happen. Maybe not
to everyone all the time, but the risks are great. I would think
everyone would know this by now.
How to Watch
Live TV Online
As I posted some
time ago, currently those wanting to stream live network and local
channels are not going to find much joy. But if you prefer some
other channels, there's a lot out there. Remmber, stand-alone
Internet service capable of handling streaming media is often more
costly than a limited cable company bundle.
with KB 4034658 August cumulative update for Win10 1607/Server
New reports of
broken WSUS connections and deleted Restore Points, plus Microsoft
confirms bugs in the August cumulative update for Win10
references reports of the August Cumulative Update wiping out
Update History, which can make Windows Update take a very long
time to run the next time it's invoked.
VPN accused of violating users' privacy
It's a free
product, so the product is YOU. Still true after all these years.
How to make
Windows 10 more secure by using a standard user account
Standard User Account is not a very strong security measure by
itself. Second, you should always have an available Administrator
Account (a local login account) in Windows. Not everything can be
done without full and continuous Admin. privileges.
FYI # 1000 (Tues 8/15/2017):
discussion: iPhone 8 is rumored to have Face ID — want or not
If handled well,
face recognition is a very good thing. But this implementation is
not sensitive enough, and can be fooled by two-dimensional photos.
Windows Hello and other good implementations need special 3D
cameras which can differentiate between a live face and a photo.
The webcams aren't expensive (ca. $70.00 for a decent aftermarket
model) but putting a competent 3D cam into a phone has proven
problems with putting microchips in employees
They missed a
couple of issues -- skin reactions and possible infections from
Turn off smart
multi-homed name resolution in Windows
This is for
those who use VPNs for privacy. Also noteworthy is that it appears
Windows 10 Home users do not have any way to make the necessary
changes. There is no Registry solution anymore, and the Group
Policy Snap-In does not exist in Windows 10 Home (and cannot be
You can control
your PC with your eyes with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
While I am not
dyslexic, my eyes don't point consistently at near-point. This
feature might fail for me because of this condition.
Recorder: All-in-One Software for Screencasting, Game Recording,
and Live Streaming on Windows
At $30.00 for a
lifetime (per device, no doubt) license, this would not be bad to
own. The free trial makes testing easy.
How Can I Tell
If a Website is Safe?
Both Norton and
WoT have credibility issues. McAffee seems to no longer offer Site
Adviser. I would never trust crowd sourcing of a site's safety.
Too much chance someone with an axe to grind might load up the
results with their personally or politically motivated hogwash,
knocking down the reputations of sites they disagree with.
Competing companies have already been doing this to each others'
product pages. Norton has a similar issue, as it relies in part on
how frequently people visit a site, and how often their AV
software flags site content, which may include unrelated
third-party ads. Even Google makes mistakes when sites become
infected with malvertising and are then cleaned up. The sites
remain blacklisted for far too long.
How to detect a
virus on your Android
and How to
properly secure your Android to keep snoops out
articles about dealing with Android malware, and not one mention
of Android antivirus or the new Google security settings. Then ads
for iDrive. Lame!
want AI regulated now before it's too late
and Killer Robot Drones are Coming to a Military Near You
If even the
current Congress is considering regulating AI in the form of
self-driving cars, it is probably time to get moving on other
applications. Stateshave traditionally been more proactive than
the Federal Government in things like road safety, and other areas
of AI might be ebst regulated by the States. Things like drones,
on the other hand, have fallen under Federal regulations. The
military is a separate issue.
free emergency system repair
This is a
toolkit which has been known for awhile as one of the good rescue
environments. I'm not sure about the effectiveness of its malware
removal, but on a system which cannot or should not be booted,
this would be one toolkit to consider.
Files in OneDrive
If you're using
OneDrive for your regular work, its Recycle Bin provides an extra
layer of backup and protection.
This is one more
layer of protection against accidental permanent deletion of
files, borrowed from the Windows Desktop environment. Other online
(cloud) storage systems may or may not allow recovery of items
from their Trash before permanent deletion happens.
Why the world's
biggest search engine has to pay for traffic to its site
So, because this
is Yahoo Finance, they make no mention of Yahoo's own TAC, which
is substantially more of their revenues than Google. Baidu is more
difficult to determine, but they also pay a surprisingly high rate
to drive traffic to their search services.
How to start
protecting your privacy with Ghostery for Microsoft Edge
Nice to see this
extension finally making its way into a Microsoft browser.
How to Transfer
ROMs to RetroPie Via USB
The legality of
even creating transferable game ROMs is questionable. Just a word
to the wise.
Recuva: a Free,
Easy Undelete and File Recovery Tool
I have NEVER had to recover accidentally deleted files. (Restore
from backups, yes. But never had to resort to file recovery
utilities.) Where this sort of thing does happen is when users
have SD cards which they do not back up to other media, and the
cards become corrupted. Recuva is sometimes successful in
recovering some files (photos) from such disasters. Flash Drives
are a bit more iffy, but they too can yield recoverable files if
they become corrupted but not totally fried electronically.
Windows 10 1607
cumulative update KB 4034658 wipes out Update History
Within the next
week or two we should be again directed to apply Windows Update
patches. Patience, grasshopper.
should be happy that Flash is finally dying
I can't wait for
the TV network streaming sites to convert away from Flash. That
would leave the plugin as almost exclusively in the domain of
pirate sites. Then would be a good time to remove it entirely from
all my browsers.
Cars Could Turn NYC's Mean Streets Into Parks
Without buybacks and retrofits, it will take at least fifteen
years after the widespread use of self-driving cars just to get
the manual cars off the roads. Possibly much longer. No, this
Utopia will not be achieved in NYC, or even in smaller cities like
Can this really
stop malicious apps in the Google Play store?
catches up with the new security regime at Google Play. But no,.
even this will not entirely stop rogue apps from appearing. You
still need to remain vigilant.
Overload: What If the Sun Were Blocked for Years?
activity has done this in some places during historic times. The
results were not pretty. Northwest Eurpoe had literally a "dark
age" during the 500's AD. (https://phys.org/news/2016-04-volcanoes-trigger-crises-late-antiquity.html)
1258, not one of the Black Death plague years, saw another event
in the British Isles. (https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/aug/05/medieval-volcano-disaster-london-graves)
And again, a suffocating cloud from Iceland in 1783-84 caused
famine and death. (https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2015/06/08/this-1783-volcanic-eruption-changed-the-course-of-history/#4d5bbb4953c8)
As we saw in 2010, these things can happen again. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_eruptions_of_Eyjafjallaj%C3%B6kull)
Then there's the specter of Nuclear Winter. (http://science.howstuffworks.com/nuclear-winter.htm)
It’s time to
check your Windows machines and temporarily turn off Automatic
are for advanced home users and professionals who don't mind
taknig some time and effort to manage our Windows devices. Anyone
who would rather turn on the PC and it "just works" had best stick
with automatic updates, and fix the issues as they arise.
This is how SSDs
work and what you can do to make yours last longer
stuff in there. Linux in my NUC does not swap much and has no
"superfetch". This probably helps preserve my SSD.
These are the
best ways to print to PDF in Windows
I do a lot of
printing to PDF (also useful as a Save To File format) in Windows
and in Linux. In both OSes, my favorite tool is the Chrome
Browser's Print menu. It makes decent PDF downloads most of the
time, and I don't have to mess with extra tools or OS features to
get the job done. Print to PDF is also klnown as Save To File.
How to enable or
disable Firefox’s new Screenshot tool
Screenshot is my
other go-to download tool for web pages. I use a third-party
utility for this. Since this is Linux where I do most of my web
browsing, the tool is a Linux tool, called (not surprisingly)
Screenshot. But Windows has its own tools.
review: The best-looking $200 laptop available
I would take a
pass on this one. For $389.00 I could have the current Transformer
Book Mini (https://www.amazon.com/Transformer-T102HA-D4-GR-Touchscreen-Quad-Core-keyboard/dp/B01K1JW7RS)
which is a more robust 2-in-1 based on the same design as my own
tablet, but updated to specs better than the model featured in
this article. Sometimes it is possible to go too cheap with
Total Linux Convergence Dream
following in M icrosoft's ill-advised footsteps, Canonical should
be taking care of Ubuntu's core features. This means video
drivers, support for Miracast or WiDi, and fixing their buggy
Bluetooth Stack, among other basic features.
How to Turn On
or Off Windows Defender Antivirus in Windows 10
Last I knew, if
you use most third-party Windows Antivirus programs, Windows
Defender is turned off.
The case against
Windows Automatic Update
Note that this
choice, to turn off automatic updating, carries with it the
responsibility to manually update every month. And not to hide
cumulative updates forever. Updating is still necessary, and this
approach puts the burden of remembering to do updates onto the
Welcome to the
Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 515
Well, it looks
like there's a newer Ubuntu kernel (4.10) than my current version
(4.09). Not a big deal, but here's something I could consider
upgrading next time I feel adventurous. My NUC possibly could
benefit if there are new features or improvements on older
features. But a lot of settings and some third-party software tend
to break with each kernel upgrade, plus my scanner under XSANE has
not been detected well. So these things make me pause before
trying the kernel upgrade.
From My Own
rendered dumb by automatic update fail
How to use
Miracast to mirror your device's screen wirelessly on your TV—even
As of July 2017,
there's even 4K support.
The Linux WiDi
implementation last I knew was not working on most PC hardware. I
was disappointed to find that Android has dropped Miracast support
in favor of Chromecast. But both of my Windows 10 Pro devices do
supportm Miracast. ScreenBeam receivers can be used with Android
devcies newer than those with native support for Miracast last I
knew. Android Cast should still work, but I can't guarantee this
right now. I haven't had the time yet to set up and test my
Screenbeam and try it with my devices here.
Android upgrade you probably didn't notice
How to back up
Android devices: The complete guide
LAUNCHED ITS 600MHZ NETWORK, BUT NO PHONE CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT
It won't be long
before the TV spectrum is widely used for Wireless Communications
and Internet services of all kinds.
Roku cracks down
on private channels
Newton is the
rare email app that works great on both Windows and Mac
Not to mention
iOS, Android, Apple Watch, Android Wear...
removable wheel and pedals for future autonomous cars
back 'Kiss' high-speed wireless transfer tech
Future Of Work: A Collaboration Of Humans And AI
polymers make for tougher soft robots
bikes look like abstract art
impoundment lot shows how not to do bike sharing.
An iOS 11
feature can quickly disable Touch ID
fictional scenes out of real-life photos
Lean back and
watch the eclipse...from your Volvo
Well, at least
Deck review: A streamer's best friend
streamer does in software, you can do on the Stream Deck with one
selling a Miracast dongle for $20
I use Miracast
to see my tablet's screen larger. That's a handy thign to be able
to do sometimes. BTW, I was not entirely correct about Android no
longer supporting Miracast. The feature was restored this summer
in Android 7.1.1. My phone has yet to receive that update, but it