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Samsung serves up a Chromebook Pro with an amazing display, and a
Parents lose custody of two kids after abusive YouTube 'pranks'
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left menu bar are nine square dots organized as a square of 3x3,
click it to access the Office on-line apps.)
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Comments by --
Bob Primak --
FYI #911 (Thurs
Brave Is a
Faster, Safer, Non-Google Web Browser Made for Today’s Internet
Chromium based browser making great promises, but having in-app
payments? Pass. I especially didn't like the way their "engineer"
butted into the Comments every time anyone challenged the web
standards, payment methods (bitcoin is the only accepted payment
method) and the security of this browser.
Also, the lack
of extensions and lack of settings flexibility to allow access to
sites which don't work with ad blocking enabled -- all of this is
one hot mess at this time, and not eready for use in a production
environment. Also mentioned (and defended -- poorly -- by the
"Brave Engineer") is their use of Squirrel to spy on users. This
is worse than the ads and trackers this browser pretends to
I use Google
Chrome with ten extensions to remain as free of tracking and
page-slowing ads as possible while allowing such clutter only
where it is absolutely required. Is this private -- not exactly.
Is this good enough -- you betcha!
How To Remove
The Bedep Malware From XHamster
Other than this
article being a thinly veiled ad for Malwarebytes (which is not
certified by any independent testing lab), this article is
not serve up malware if you don't click on any ads posted there.
It's a raunchy site, so I have very little experience with it, but
my only contact with the site is under Linux with heavy
script-blocking in place. So maybe that's why my Windows
(including MSERT -- the stand-alone version of Windows Defender
from Microsoft's site -- and Malwarebytes Free) and Linux virus
scans have always come up free of detection of Bedep or anything
else lately. And yes, I now scan Linux regularly with ClamTK
antivirus -- specifically aimed at Linux malware.
music player app downloaded by thousands of users found in Google
With a name like
"Super Free Music Player", what could possibly go wrong? (sarcasm)
Definition of mass stupidity -- 10,000 maniacs and a rogue app.
How to Record
Over-the-Air TV Without a Cable TV Box DVR
Using a Digital
Converter Box as the base element in a PVR is risky and
inefficient. And it does not get full-HD broadcasts. As a DA
Converter Box, it must downgrade the OTA DTV signal in order to
make an analog output. (All analog outputs in the consumer arena
are SD.) The analog output is designed for use with SDTVs which
lacked ATSC tuners. Or with monitors which have no TV tuners at
Don't even think
about using signal splitters and inline amps with these devices.
This degrades the DTV signal further and causes frequent dropouts,
more so than weather or electrical interference, both of which
plague certain channels even with my outdoor antenna which I use
with my TiVo Roamio OTA. And on windy days -- forget about it!
Channel 50 (CW and local programming) has a frequency exactly the
same as household electricity, so this channel is particularly
challenging for any coax cable run. So Supergirl and The Flash
must be shunted onto a Cable Company DVR most weeks.
TiVo Roamio OTA is an OTA receiver and recording box. It receives
full-HD signals and can record and play them back. It does not
stream without a $99.00 add-on (no additional subscription
required). There was nearly zero user setup. Much easier than the
Home Run or Android TV boxes favored by more hard-core tech
does not come cheap -- it'll take a few years for my $400.00
investment to pay off, and the box already could use a fan
replacement (cheap, but technically a bit difficult). BTW, TiVo is
now a (device) lifetime subscription and is included in the price
of the box.
Re. FYI #912
Passwords In Firefox (this generally applies with slight
variations to all browsers)
I don't store
passwords in browsers, as they are easily uncovered if the device
falls into the wrong hands. So I have saved passwords marked for
cleanup every time I close my browsers.
What Type of
Linux Desktop or Laptop Should You Buy?
prebuilt Linux PC is a waste of money. Installation may be a bit
tricky, but on the right older hardware (obtainable on eBay or
from friends or relatives) Linux runs mostly trouble-free. Even in
a dual-boot, as long as you observe the protocols for coexistence,
Linux and Windows can play nicely side by side. On my Intel NUC,
Ubuntu and Windows 10 don't interfere with each other, and GRUB
boots very fast. Total time to fire up one OS or the other is
comparable to BIOS booting (no Windows Fast Startup allowed here!)
on a pre-UEFI PC. Or maybe a bit faster. And that's with about
five screens to click through to get to the login screen of either
How to Back Up
and Restore Windows 10 from an Image File
Windows 10 has
similar procedures to this tutorial which is about Windows 7.
Third party programs may be easier for many users, myself
included. Being able to restore from a bootable USB stick and an
external drive (even a flash drive, if it's large enough to hold
the backup archive) is ahandy option. Whichever way you do it,
system backup is important. Equally important is actually doing
the restore operation, so as to know how to do it in a stressful
situation where you really have to get it done.
For my tablet,
all I need is the Macrium Reflect WinPE 10 environment on a flash
drive and the image archive on a second flash drive, with a hub to
allow both drives to be used together. This works very well for
travel, as there are no moving parts. My archive drive is so small
I have to put it into a sandwich bag with the WinPE drive (and the
hub) so as not to lose the mini flash drive.
Creators Update: The New Modern Way to Clean Up Your Disk Drive
has been in Windows 10 from the beginning, and therefore is
nothing new. But it is being pushed to the forefront, as Disk
Cleanup is being deprecated. Kind of a shame, as Disk Cleanup gets
at areas not accessed by Storage Sense. Areas like Windows Update
and Error Reporting dumps, which Microsoft would prefer users not
streaming devices are riskier than you think
This is the EU,
not the US. Streaming itself does not constitute downloading, and
cache contents are not copies under US court rulings. Komando is
dead wrong on this. However, boxes loaded with Kodi and containing
certain channels or sources preloaded, are illegal. This is not
because of cache contents. It is because of accessing certain
websites through illegal apps or channels. The sites themselves
are violating US Copyright Laws. That's the reason Amazon was
forced to act.
presence of Kodi on a box is not a violation of anyone's laws.
Unlike the EU, the US does not prosecute people for having a
channel available on their box. In fact, what the EU is doing
would violate the US Constitution and Bill of Rights in many ways,
not to be discussed by a non-lawyer such as myself. Remember, EU
nations do not follow our Constitution and our Bill of Rights.
the EU rulings are just plain factually wrong.