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business, enterprise, or even developers.
Walmart Just Gave Shoppers a Big Reason to Drop Amazon
Employment scam targets college students and their bank accounts
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How to remove ransomware
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Windows 10 Cloud is Microsoft’s fresh Chrome OS alternative
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Microsoft gives Windows device makers their 2017 marching orders
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New Dell XPS 13 and 15 now available with fingerprint scanner,
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Like it or not, your PC is susceptible to malware. These videos
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you’re going to use Windows, it makes security sense to use
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Comments by -- Bob Primak --
Re. FYI #828 (Fri 2/3/2017)
Why Can’t I Get Free E-mail Without
For less than the price of ad-free Yahoo
Mail, Fastmail has a Basic Option, although you do have to use
IMAP instead of POP-3 if you have an email client. No Domain at
the basic price, so if you want these features, upgrade to
Standard or better. Right now, as they are eliminating their Guest
Accounts (used to be free), the prices are half-off the listed
prices from the article. Also, storage limits have been raised.
Like Google, Fastmail accounts have some limited storage space for
files. I have a small website set up there.
As for the Comment suggesting using
ad-blocking extensions, good luck getting these to work when
Microsoft and others stop allowing logins if these extensions are
present,even if they're turned off at the login page. (Yahoo Web
Mail does this already for free customers.)
Is your system booting slowly? Here’s
how to flush out clogged startup apps
CCleaner is also useful in flushing out
startups. Process Explorer (Sysinternals) can show in more details
what's using up Windows resources, and the Windows Resource
Monitor gives details beyond the Task Manager. CCleaner can also
fully remove even the built-in Windows Store Apps, which can save
on resource usage. But do NOT remove the Windows Store App itself!
That would need to be reinstalled in a lengthy and risky process
involving a visit to a Microsoft online troubleshooter page.
Amazon's Echo is bringing the eighties
back, and not always in a good way
As yet, no one has put together the Editor
or the Compiler for Echo. If someone does that, it will be a
pleasure to bring back the 80's. As in, we can once again control
our own tech!
How to Disable LibreOffice’s Startup
Splash Screen on Windows and Linux
Not a good idea. The Spalsh is just acting
as a placeholder, showing you that the program is firing up.
Without it, you would never know if it's just taking a long time,
or if it really failed to fire up. In Linux, the difference isn't
How Do I Disable Cortana?
The answer still is, you can't completely
disable Cortana. At least two processes continue to run, no matter
what you do.
New copper catalyst could close the
carbon cycle, making ethanol from atmospheric CO2
Well, I guess that means we'll never run
out of beer!
How to Create and Use Symbolic Links
(aka Symlinks) on Linux
This is a bit different from creating a
desktop launcher shortcut, as we do in Windows. As with Windows,
Ubuntu has both CLI and GUI ways to get things done. I prefer GUI
tools, not the CLI commands used in the article. I did not know at
the time of the ctrl-shift Nautilus option for creating a new
Shortcut (transferrable symlink).
I found out the differences between
symlinks and desktop launcher links the hard way when I loaded
Shotcut into my Ubuntu Linux. The program is self-contained (not
installed), so it does not create a proper launcher with a
transferrable symlink capability. So I had to download a utility,
open the utility, and create a desktop shortcut to the real
program main module, and select an icon for the desktop launcher
shortcut from another download. The icon had to be edited and
converted, and the whole thing hinged upon getting just the right
Launch Command, with the right Location (Directory Path). That
took another hour of Command-Line testing before I got things just
Symlinks are great for what they can do,
but you may need to know a bit more before they can be applied to
a particular issue.
How to solve most of your network
problems with a single button
Because I use Linux a lot, I don't have a
Reset Button like this. That's why I sometimes have to reboot the
modem at the hardware level. But usually, just restarting the PC,
or logging out and back in again, or simply disconnecting and
reconnecting from the network, all can work the same magic. This
seems to be the case in Windows and in Linux. I don't do iOS or
Mac, so I don't know if there's something similar in those OSes.
Re. FYI #829 (Sat 2/4/2017)
The Malwarebytes Report: The 2016
Malware Threat Landscape
This comes from a company which has not
submitted its antivirus products for independent testing in over
Microsoft: Windows 10 will stop a
ransomware epidemic when antivirus fails
This does not apply to Home and Pro
Editions. ATP is only available in Enterprise Editions.
How to Permanently Delete Data From a
"For example, the Gutmann method run 35
different passes over the drive to maximize coverage and ensure
that data is as unrecoverable as possible. It works for HDDs,
SSDs, and USBs. However, it takes a long time to run 35 passes and
is thus overkill for anything but the most sensitive bits of data
(e.g. government secrets)."
This is not true. The article by the way
is a paid ad, and not a real tech article.
SSD and Flash Media are only truly wiped
of their data if they support a special Trim Command, which sends
a small electric charge over every data cell on the media,
effectively writing all-zeros. This can wipe out SSD Firmware,
rendering the drive useless. But on Flash Drives which support
this command, it is the only way to securely and completely erase
data. Most Flash Drives do not support this command, and therefore
must be physically destroyed to completely wipe their data.
Nothing else will render Flash Drive data non-recoverable.
AT&T to Offer 5G in Austin,
Indianapolis This Year
Too little, too late. AT&T will never
catch up with FiOS and Comcast's new Gigabit Internet service
offerings. AT&T is five years behind everyone else. But 5G speeeds
will not guarantee profitability. Google recently dropped further
plans to roll out its own Google Fiber, as costs proved too much
to offer the service nationwide. Comcast may find the same grim
Microsoft's mysterious 'Windows Cloud'
could be the second coming of Windows RT
Why would any sane corporate executive try
to revive a model of Personal Computing which has been
overwhelmingly rejected by consumers? Oh yeah, this is Microsoft.
They still think there's hope for the Windows Phone.
How to Clear Your Cache on Any Browser
Actually, the Click and Clean extension
will do this with one click. You have to select what to clear, but
from then on, just click the icon and everything's gone. Firefox
has a built-in panel which does much the same things.
Delete your antivirus, says ex-Firefox
developer — who claims it’s worthless
This is coming from a tech guy who has
just lost his job. And from someone who has worked for the company
whose browser has fallen the farthest behind of any major browser
in recent years. Whenever some "tech expert" says to remove your
antivirus -- especially if they are saying to only use Microsoft
products -- run the opposite direction!
Chrome 57 Will Permanently Enable DRM
This is designed to bring Netflix to the
Chrome Browser on all platforms. It's not as scary as some people
make it sound.
Workplace AI makes it all too easy to
track you on the job
Who says you have privacy rights on the
job, on the employer's premises?
8 Things That Keep You Coming Back to
Point 1. and Point 2. are hard to argue
with. I agree about people at least knowing of the existence of
Ubuntu (although Red Hat Fedora and SUSE Linux are also familiar
to a lot of folks) and the software availability, in the official
Repositories and elsewhere, is excellent.
3. Ubuntu Is Easy to Troubleshoot
That depends on what your issue is. Like
all of Linux, there is some hardware which is not supported, and
graphics driver troubleshooting is a real mess.
4. More Computers Have Ubuntu PreInstalled
Buyers Beware! Many preinstalled Ubuntu
configurations do not support the full Ubuntu Repositories, and
most are limited in the way they update and upgrade. If you did
not install Ubuntu yourself, wipe it off the PC and instqall the
genuine article from your own download. Dell is a limited edition
of Ubuntu. System76 has a reputation for offering the Real Deal.
5. You Like Unity
Actually, most Windows users will hate
Unity. It isn't anything like Windows 7 or Windows 10, and
programs don't launch the same way. Even those programs which
exist on Windows, like LibreOffice and the GIMP, do not work the
same way in Unity as on the Windows GUI.MacOS users would find the
interface more familiar, but the Launcher is on the right instead
of the bottom or the top. GNOME 2 was a much better interface.
6. You Can’t Function Without the HUD
In the several years and two PCs on which
I've used Ubuntu, I have never once used the Heads Up Display.
This is of use mostly to tablet users looking to make the
transition to Linux.
7. Ubuntu Is on Phones and Tablets
Not really. there has not been even one
successful release of anything using Ubuntu touch anywhere in the
world. China seems to be the only source for such devices, and
they do not use Canonical Linux, but rather, a Chinese knockoff
which does not deserve to be called Ubuntu.
8. You Want Your Phone to Be Your PC
"Convergence" is vaporware, and will
remain so for many years to come. Linux not only does not support
anything like Microsoft Continuum, but it has zero support for
Wireless Display (Miracast) which is a key feature of MS
Continuum. Windows 10 is miles and miles ahead of Ubuntu 16.10 on
this front. Linux support for Bluetooth 4.0 and up is practically
nonexistent, and very unstable even where it does exist.
So what keeps me coming back to
1) Lower maintenance overhead. Less of a
problem on a fast Intel NUC than a slow Toshiba laptop, but still
nice not to have to scan with three AV scanning engines for a
half-day before backing anything up. And backups, while they use
ancient CLI bootable CD media (Clonezilla Live), run faster and
take up less disk space than for Windows 10.
2) I just want to get basic work done. I
don't need the ads and push-notifications which infest Windows 10,
and I don't need the extra lock-screens and account switching
which Windows 10 forces. From boot to desktop is half or less of
the time, and Ubuntu doesn't leave the PC half-on, half-off, with
all the NTFS Partitions locked so that nothing can be changed
without booting up again.
3) Updates and even upgrades are more
stable and much faster with Ubuntu than with Windows. Also, fewer
reboots. And when there's an update-related reboot, there isn't a
lengthy delay while something gets installed or the OS cleans
4) I like the way Ubuntu handles email
clients better. No proprietary .pst files to contend with.
Thunderbird can act as a bridge between Windows and Linux, and any
Linux email client will know what a .MBOX file is and how to
5) I also like the simplicity of the GUIs
of many Linux apps or Linux versions of these apps. Some Windows
users miss the richer Aero Effects, but I like simplicity better.