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Sat 7/29/17 983
Fri 7/28/17 982
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Wed 7/26/17 980
Tue 7/25/17 979
Mon 7/24/17 978
Sun 7/23/17 977

Sat 983  7/29/2017

How a Citadel Trojan Developer Got Busted



How to Add or Remove 'Run as administrator' Context Menu in Windows 10



Google’s ‘PAIR’ project wants AI and humans to get along



How to Erase and Format a Drive in Windows



5 ways to share files that are too big to email



How to Use Your iPhone or iPad to Help You See Better
The Magnify and Zoom features on iOS can help you better see real objects and your screen.



PDF Expert 2.2 for Mac, the 2015 App of the Year



OneDrive's version history now works with all file types
One of the most highly requested features is finally coming to OneDrive.



10 tips for removing a program that won't uninstall
The easiest, most effective ways to remove unwanted apps from your PC



Ecobee3 smart thermostat review: It’s all about that sensor
The Ecobee3 works differently than the rest, which is its greatest strength.



7 Reasons to Trash Your Fax Machine



Hacking Factory Robot Arms for Sabotage, Fun & Profit
Black Hat talk will discuss how hackers could take over robotic arms, create micro-defects in products, and open up a new world of subtle blackmail.



How To Build Your Own PC



Lenovo Miix 320 Review



How to fix Overheating and Noisy Laptop Fan issues



Extract text from a cell with Excel's FIND and MID functions when you don't know the start point



Twitter lets you avoid trolls by muting new users and strangers



How Try Chrome OS in VirtualBox Before Buying a Chromebook



The latest threats in cybersecurity you need to know right now



How to Stop Gadget Blue Light From Disturbing Your Sleep
Blue light emitted by your iOS, Android, or Windows 10 device can trick your brain into thinking it's daytime even when it's not. Here's how to filter out the blue light.



How to Fix Memory Leaks in Windows 10



These are the cheapest data plans you can buy in the U.S.
Have a carrier in mind or just looking for a cheap plan? Here are the cheapest plans you can get from every one.



How to download music from YouTube for free
Discover, rip, and convert songs from videos



Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd generation review: The choice for style-conscious homeowners
The product that made thermostats cool is not without its flaws.



[Windows 10 Tip #6] - Security Settings



Half of Ransomware Victims Suffer Repeat Attacks
Half of ransomware victims are likely to get hit again as threat actors change their strategies to target servers and accelerate the spread of ransomware.



How Does Emulation Work and Why Is It So Slow?



Take $225 Off the All-Purpose Lenovo Flex 5



List of iPhone apps from Microsoft



How to use Excel's conditional formatting to highlight the same row and column as the active cell
Highlighting the row and column that are common to the active cell requires a simple VBA event procedure and two conditional formatting rules. Here's an illustrated walk-through to demonstrate.



Intel has 'most to lose' from 'tectonic shift in computing': Jefferies



How to Install Chrome OS on Any PC and Turn It Into a Chromebook



Nasty Mac malware can control your webcam and record everything you type



Fake AMD Ryzen Chips Appear for Sale on Amazon/eBay
Be careful who you buy from, as that Ryzen processor might just be a re-badged Intel Celeron chip rather than the bargain you thought it was.



What Are the Differences Between Binary, Decimal and Hexadecimal?



How to apply Windows 10 Local Group Policy settings to specific users
On Windows 10, it's possible to configure Local Group Policy settings for one particular user or group. Here's how to do it.



Adobe Plans to Stop Distributing Flash Service at End of 2020



Emerson Sensi thermostat review: A traditional thermostat with some smart features
The Sensi is like your old thermostat with the addition of some excellent Wi-Fi features.



Top 10 DIY Miracles You Can Accomplish with Sugru



IoT Security Incidents Rampant and Costly
New research offers details about the hidden - and not so hidden - costs of defending the Internet of Things.



How to Use Google Keep for Simple Project Management



6 Reasons to Buy the Dell XPS 13, and 2 Reasons to Skip



Windows 10 Connectivity issues with Hotspots and Wi-Fi adapters



Use Excel's LEFT, RIGHT, and MID string functions to extract text from a cell



AI vision can determine why neighborhoods thrive



How to Control Multiple PCs With One Keyboard Using Synergy



How to rent gadgets before you buy them



Windows 10 Getting New 'Fluent' Look With Fall Creators Update
At Build, Microsoft revealed details about its fall Windows 10 Creators Update and mixed reality gear from partners, including new motion controllers.



6 of the Best Google Play Alternatives for Android



Watch how easy it is to switch from Windows 10 S to Pro on the Surface Laptop



Microsoft Paint Receives a Reprieve and will Remain Available in the Windows Store



How to play DVDs in Windows 10 for free
Windows 10 won't play DVDs natively, and Windows Media Center is gone.



Adobe Is Finally Killing Flash (For Real, This Time)



Voter Registration Data from 9 States Available for Sale on Dark Web
Nearly 10 million voter records sold for just $4 over last few days, according to LookingGlass Cyber Solutions.



7 Simple Windows Scripts to Save You Time and Effort



7 Reasons to Buy the HP Spectre x360, 2 Reasons to Skip



It looks like someone else might be using your account: Outlook, SkyDrive, Xbox



Raspberry Pi: Build your own turbo-charged cluster with OctaPi
The OctaPi is a Pi-powered cluster designed to carry out tasks in parallel in a fraction of the time it would take one of the tiny $35 boards.



HP Spectre X2 review (2017): A more refined Surface clone



WannaCry ransomware attack: A look at other major cyber breaches, hackings



Two-factor authentication is a mess
It was supposed to be a one-stop security fix. What happened?



All about Debian 9 'Stretch,' the Linux distro that just works
Linux users who want stability will want to learn more about Debian 9.



Windows 10: Microsoft Garage Mouse without Borders 


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Fri 982  7/28/2017

Apple replacing old MacBooks with brand-new models due to spare parts shortage



What are Cryptocurrencies and Cryptocurrency Mining?



Hacking the State of the ISIS Cyber Caliphate
Researchers say Islamic State's United Cyber Caliphate remains in its infancy when it comes to cyberattack expertise.



How to delete iOS apps
Here are the best ways to delete unwanted iPhone and iPad apps from your device.



How to Use Text-to-Columns in Excel



How to convert YouTube videos to MP3 files



How to Check Which Windows Version is Installed in My Computer?



How to record your iPhone and iPad screens with iOS 11
Recording the screen of your iPad or iPhone is easy in iOS 11. You might use this hidden feature to show off an app's capability, or to record software bugs. Here's how to use it.



Simple Geek’s Guide to Preserving Your Cellphone Battery



Giphy's Mobile Web Tool Turns Your Phone's Videos and Photos Into GIFs



Geekly Update - 20 Jul 2017


7 Ways to View Google Calendar on Your Windows Desktop



Outlook.com gets Family Calendar support, improved sharing and more
Sharing calendars and scheduling meetings just got a little easier with updates to Outlook.com.



New work from home opportunity from Hertz



How to Install (or Move) Apps to Another Drive on Windows 10



Nvidia is set to dominate the '4th tectonic shift' in computing



How to Run sfc /scannow System File Checker on External Drives



The Growing Danger of IP Theft and Cyber Extortion
The recent hacks of Disney and Netflix show the jeopardy that intellectual property and company secrets are in, fueled by cheap hacking tools and cryptocurrencies.



Mingis on Tech: How linguistics can help catch cyberattackers
When it comes to tracking down the bad actors behind malware and ransomware, cybersecurity firms are turning to linguists.



The Best VR-Ready Laptops



How to sell your PS4: The best way to get a great deal on your PlayStation
Maximise your money when you decide to move on



[Review] Download and Installation of Windows 10 Creators Update via Windows Update



This beefy Raspberry Pi challenger supports Windows 10, SSDs, USB 3.0 and up to 8GB memory

Gigabyte has announced a new board that sits somewhere between the Pi and a typical PC, both in size and upgradeability.



11 Robots That Are Going to Steal Your Jobs, Man



Use Instagram on Any Computer Like You Would on a Smartphone



[HOWTO] Create a WiFi Hotspot


What’s the Best Soundbar for Your Home Media Center or Computer?



How to use multiple desktops on Windows 10



Slow computer? 9 ways to make it run faster



How (and Why) to Disable 2.4GHz Wi-Fi on Your Network



Oculus cuts price of virtual reality set



How to extract Email Headers & Track the IP from where the email was sent



Exclusive: Dutch Cops on AlphaBay ‘Refugees’



The 15 worst data security breaches of the 21st century
Some of the largest companies in the U.S. have been targets of hackers, including Yahoo, JP Morgan Chase and TJX. Watch as we detail the top 15 breaches and their overall impact on customers or employees.



6 Cheap External Hard Drives (Under $60), Ranked Best to Worst



How to clone your hard drive with Clonezilla (I've use this)



How to Run SFC Command to Repair System Files in Windows 10



How to reinstall App Store apps on Macs and iOS devices
Mac and iOS users needing to install previously purchased Apple App Store programs just need to know where to look. Here's how to reload such apps on new and reformatted Macs, iPhones, and iPads.



Hidden Tricks Inside Windows 10
Even if you think you know it all, you don't.



Hands On: HP Spectre x360 15 Product Shots and Initial Impressions



Deal Alert: Top Selling 50-Mile HD Antenna Now Just $20



40+ Most Used Linux Terminal Commands



Microsoft is tweaking the Windows 10 upgrade process to reduce downtime
The update process in the Fall Creators Update will have you waiting around less and using your PC more. Here's how.



Better alternative to the Windows Task Manager



What Does Twitter’s “Quality Filter” Do?



The Q5 earbuds are basically AirPods that cost $30 and take 2 days to ship instead of 6 weeks



Block Canvas Fingerprinting in Chrome with Canvas Defender



After AlphaBay’s Demise, Customers Flocked to Dark Market Run by Dutch Police



How to monitor, measure, and manage your broadband consumption
Dealing with a data cap? Tired of getting dinged for busting through it? Learn how to identify the hogs on your network and how to make sure your ISP is delivering everything you’re paying for.



Microsoft Smashes Windows 10 Support for These CPUs
It's official: Microsoft has ended Windows 10 support for PCs with older Intel Atom Clover Trail CPUs. Specifically, machines with those chips can't upgrade to the Creators Update.



macOS High Sierra tips and tricks



How to Add Safe Mode to Desktop Context Menu in Windows 10



Windows 10 power tips: Secret shortcuts to your favorite settings



PlayStation 5 Launch Expected in 2019
Analyst Michael Patcher believes Sony will wait for the 4K TV market to hit 50 percent in the US and then launch.



Paint to be Deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update but Paint 3D is Ready to Take its Place



Surprise! Windows Defender Doesn't Suck in Latest AV Tests



6 Possible Signs Your Cell Phone May Be Tapped



Best Surface Pro Alternatives



Common security risks every smartphone user should know about



What Is the AppData Folder in Windows?



Best Buy is getting whacked as Amazon goes after its key advantage



Stress Kills: Wisdom Labs Wants to Help
Healthy employees can help a company's bottom line, but how best to encourage work-life balance? Startups like Wisdom Labs think they have the solution.


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Thur 981  7/27/2017

Keep Your Aging Mac Mini Alive With a Few Clever Upgrades (I've done upgrades like these to laptops)



Turns out we've all been charging our phones wrong this whole time



How to Control Your Smarthome Products with the Amazon Echo



RunPE Detector: Detect Memory-resident malware, RATs, Backdoors Crypters, Packers



[Did You Know] WSReset Command to Clear Windows Store Cache in Windows 8 and Later



LG Smart Security Wireless Camera review: DIY security backed by ADT professional monitoring
This all-in-one home monitor increases security with an extra set of eyes.



Apple sued by State Farm over alleged iPhone fire
Commentary: The insurer and one of its customers jointly sue Apple, claiming a battery defect led to a fire at her home.



Geekly Update - 12 Jul 2017



How To: Using Windows File Explorer as an FTP Client



How to sell your iPad: get the most for your Apple tablet
Is it time to say goodbye to your iPad?



Exclusive: Dutch Cops on AlphaBay ‘Refugees’



Trump endorses FCC's plan to roll back net neutrality
And the FCC says it won’t release 47,000 net neutrality complaints it has received.



Open Source Flaw 'Devil's Ivy' Puts Millions of IoT Devices at Risk



Microsoft's Surface Diagnostic Toolkit now on the Windows Store



Desperately Seeking Security: 6 Skills Most In Demand
When people say there's a security skills gap, this is what they really mean.



Should I Buy a Chromebook? Buying Guide and Advice



Using Safe Mode on Windows 10



How to Make a Tabletop Studio for Perfect eBay or Craigslist Sale Photos



Krita is a free Painting software for Illustrators and Texture Artists



Canary review: A sophisticated home-security system packed inside a camera
This cloud-based security system delivers features galore, but our in-depth review reveals its flaws.



How to Disable New One-Click Search Bar and Restore Classic Search Box in Mozilla Firefox?



Asus ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490UA review:
A sexy laptop that fits more screen into less space



[Windows 10 Tip #5] - The Windows Store



Google Fight Over Right to Be Forgotten Is EU Case of Deja Vu



The 50 best Mac tips, tricks and timesavers
All the awesome things you forgot your Mac could do



After AlphaBay’s Demise, Customers Flocked to Dark Market Run by Dutch Police



Twitch will stream the '80s arcade gaming show 'Starcade'
The video platform will marathon digitized versions of the original master tapes. 



SharkLinux OS Is Destined for Success



Grab a certified refurbished Surface Book from Microsoft for as low as $883
Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with some great deals on certified refurbished Surface Books from Microsoft directly!



NotPetya: How to Prep and Respond if You're Hit
Security pros share practices to prepare and handle advanced malware attacks like NotPetya.



Apple: Latest Mac Malware Won't Hurt You If You Update Your OS



These smartwatches let you use Alexa anywhere, and they work with Android or iPhone



How to Properly Test 911 Services on Your Cell Phone



Your device is at risk because it’s out of date & missing important security & quality updates



[Windows 10 Tip] Change Maximum Days Limit to Pause Windows Updates Installation



Play DVDs in Windows 10 for free
Windows 10 won't play DVDs natively, and Windows Media Center is gone. Here are your options.



How iOS 11’s Notification Center has changed
Notification Center is now called Cover Sheet, but it looks more like the lock screen. Got it?



Online criminals clone UK university's website to phish for cash
Personal information also targeted…



REVIEW: Microsoft's newest laptop delivers a knockout punch to the MacBook — so long as you perform one simple step



How to download YouTube videos for free
Save videos for offline viewing



13 Top Features of Android O



IRS to Launch Educational Phishing Series
The Internal Revenue Service is preparing to launch an educational series on phishing attacks and related warning signs.



Best Surface Pro Alternatives



How to add cable service to a second TV without paying for another box



How to Properly Thread Tweets for Your Tweetstorms



How to add Password to Zip file in Windows 10/8/7



[Fix] Pause Updates Option Changed from 35 Days to 7 Days in Windows 10



How to bulk delete iPhone photos
Here are the fastest and easiest ways to bulk delete photos from your iPhone.



How to Change Exploit Protection Settings from Windows Defender Security Center in Windows 10



18-year-old arrested after reporting dumb bug in public transport e-ticket system
45,000 users rail against Budapest transport authority, giving it a one star rating on Facebook.



All the changes coming to Apple's App Store in iOS 11



How to sell your tablet: when, where and what you need to know
Everything you need to know when selling your tablet



Lego Boost Review: The Best Robot Kit for Kids



Yes, Microsoft is still working on a 'Halo' TV series
And Steven Spielberg remains at the helm.



Five ways to improve your Wi-Fi performance
Want to get the most from your Wi-Fi? Here's how to do it.



Lenovo Yoga Book getting brighter, coming in white and red from September



Telecom Hacker Sentenced for Laundering Millions
Pakistani man sentenced to prison for hacking into PBX systems and generating millions of dollars via bogus premium phone calls and laundering the money.



The Best Refurbished Laptop Deals Right Now



Apple files patents that could transform AirPods



How to Put Together the Perfect In-Car Setup for Your Phone



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

FYI #980 (Wed 7/26/2017)

Researchers create a 'battery-free' mobile phone

So, you need a nearby cell tower to power this device? Well, this makes sense if you think that without nearby cell towers you have no signals anyway on any phone. But needing sunlight to supplement the power? What about indoors, in a car or truck, or on a rainy day, or at night? I'd keep a spare battery pack around, and an adapter and power cord. These phones would need a power connector and the internal circuitry to run off external power supplies to sell well. Base Stations attached to cell towers would have a nearby source of backup power, by definition.


Fix Windows Update Problems Using Automatic Reset Script

There are also troubleshooters. One is inside Windows 10, and the other is a downloaded diagnostic cabinet from a Microsoft site page.


How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns

For Chrome, I would use Click And Clean Extension for cookie and tracker management. Also, NoFlash and some sort of HTML5 autoplay blocker. (None is perfect, so choose your own.) Note that as of Chrome 60, some of the settings described are already active.

Comodo Ice Dragon has been severely criticized in the tech press for not living up to its reputation. Comodo DNS has had its own security and privacy issues.

Firefox can be set up to clean up after itself from within the browser. HTML5 autoplay blocking is useful in Firefox. Agent Switching is necessary for some sites where Firefox + No Script or + Ghostery is fingerprinted and makes the site inaccessible. Firefox 54 has many of the settings in the article built in by default now.

I don't use Opera, so can't comment on it.

The whole article and especially the comments, is from 2014-2015. A lot has changed since then, but not the basic steps to take to make web browsing more secure.

For banking, a Live Linux setup might be the best security and privacy insurance. Without Persistence or use of the host machine for any caching or temp files.


Stream 'Glee,' 'NYPD Blue' and older Fox shows on Hulu

It even includes cult titles like 'Dollhouse.'

I am cursed with a memory so detailed that these reruns of older shows have little appeal to me. So, without current shows the same week they aired, I am greatly underwhelmed with what's available in the TV sections of any of the online streaming sites or services. I am better served by Comcast On Demand.


Best home security camera: Our favorite tools for keeping an eye on the home front

Just read enough to know how to secure are the Internet communications going to and from your surveillance devices, especially web cams in private areas of your home. Remember the question, "Who's watching the Watchers?".


Ever-changing memory could lead to faster processors

The main breakthroughs in PC memory are things akin to Intel's Optane, which enhance SSD and hybrid drive performance.


Firefox’s blazing speed with huge numbers of tabs leaves Chrome in the dust

I'll remember this if I ever have huge numbers of unmuted tabs open at the same time. Which is like, never. 

Chrome can mute and pause tabs not currently in use, as well as group tabs. This narrows the speed gap with Firefox. Extensions also can make a big difference, as can overall PC system resources, like number of available CPU hypethreads and amount of system RAM available for caching. Also to some degree, the speed of a SSD or hard drive when reading and writing to and from disk caches. Neither browser runs circles around the other in all configurations and all use cases.


Forcing Windows 10 to Always Notify Before Downloading Updates

Works for Win 10 Pro through the AU -- not sure of the Fall Creators Update. Comments indicate the Registry Edits do nothing for the Home Edition.

A tool called wushowhide is better for Home users:


Works through the Spring 2017 Creators update. Not sure about the Fall 2017 Creators Update.


Spiderman pleads guilty to knocking 900,000 German broadband routers offline

I told you the Mirai "white hat" hacking tool would be used for something mailcious!


Nest’s overpriced IQ camera highlights the faults of facial recognition

The problem as noted, is not entirely with the cam, which is relatively cheap for a facial recognition device. It's in the software, which is not tuned correctly to exclude fals positives. Also, Windows Hello cams are actually two cams in one housing, so that a 3D image of a face is recognized, very unlike the Nest Cam's 2D setup. 3D cams are not fooled by TVs or other 2D images of faces. It is up to the software to detect Andy Warhol spoofs.


Intel lets slip Core i9 12-core clock speed and it ain't pretty

Clock Speed is not the deciding factor anymore. The number of cores is rapidly outstripping the speeds of the cores as the determing factor in CPU performance. And the manufacturers know this. They just want consumers to get confused as their competitors zoom ahead of them. Yes, I am talking about AMD and its tech press shills.


AT&T Loses Record Number of Traditional TV Subscribers in Q2, Drops 156,000 DirecTV Satellite Customers

I have posted at length about my experiences with AT&T products and services. Their worst service issue is their billing practices. I would never go back, even if I could.


US Voters Consider Russia the Largest Security Risk to Elections

Let's not forget other threats, most of them within our own borders. The US still has some of the best hackers on earth, and they do not like to be ignored.


Asus unleashes Google Wifi rival specializing in security

Out of Stock at NewEgg. But this may be because the product includes seciryt form TrendMicro. ASUS + TrendMicro looks like a real improvement in security. But there must be a subscription fee for the TrendMicro software and updates. I wonder how much that adds per month?

B&H Photo has the same product in stock for the same price:



Kaspersky now offers a free antivirus for PC, but do you need it?

I was not aware that Windows Defender had improved its testing score so much at AV-Test. But I still would not use WD on Windows 10 for other reasons, best left to other postings. 

It is interesting that Kaspersky is offering a free product. I do wonder whether this product will test as well as their paid product. Something must be missing. I would follow How To Geek's advice and supplement Kaspersky Free with additional protections. 

And remember, this product would need to be removed and reinstalled to upgrade to the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Which will hit US and West European consumers about the same time as the Kaspersky Free product. I would wait awhile on both before installing on production PCs.


What to do about the 'Windows 10 is no longer supported on this PC' error

It seems unlikely that Clover Trail Atom processors will be able to make the transition to future feature upgrade of Windows 10 at all. They simply do not have the hardware capabilities to handle the new features. 

Bay trail may be next, with the 2018 Spring Update, whatever that may be called. This would retire my ASUS tablet to only receiving security updates. 

Good! I see nothing in all of Windows 10 since the 1511 update which interested me at all, and each new upgrade broke something on that tablet. 

In Linux, we call security-only updating an LTS or a Long Term Stability release. Microsoft has LTSB for businesses, but nonesuch for consumers. Then everyone acts so surprised that PC sales are falling or not growing.

I guess Marketing 101 -- Stand By Your Products -- does not apply to tech companies.


7 Cheap USB Flash Drives (Under $10), Ranked Best to Worst

If I were doing something truly important, like making a Recovery drive or a Windows installer, I would not use any Flash Drive this cheap, no matter what its ratings. 


Fusion5 Lapbook review: A $200 PC that delivers genuine bang for your buck

Atom Procesor, low memory and storage, so no, not good bang for the buck. Too big for a tablet and too small for a laptop screen size. Probably not internally repairable either.

[Fix] “This Connection is Untrusted” Problem with Google and Other HTTPS Websites in Mozilla Firefox

I use both Chrome and Firefox under Linux, and still get these error screens. So Kaspersky is not the source of all of these errors.


Self-driving cars could hit US roads before federal laws are in place

Accidents are possible as the vast majority of cars have drivers now. This actually makes autonomoous vehicles more dangerous than if all cars and commercial vehicles were self-driving. Self-driving vehicles can anticipate the things other self-drivers would do, but not the vastly more diverse things real human drivers have done. Just drive around the Boston area for a few days and tell me this is a good idea around here!


Best Buy is currently selling the HDHomeRun Connect for $70

I just posted bout this. No, they are not. It's back up to $99.00. And that price does not set up the apps to make even a Guide available.


Increase Windows security by Tweaking Avast Antivirus Settings

Again, this is something about which I ahve posted several times before. Avast is not fixable. But it is replaceable. 


From My Own Reading:

Microsoft will save Microsoft Paint, making it a downloadable app

Paint and Paint 3D will continue to live in peace.


Further discussion here:



A Couple of Other Tech Topics

Google Kills Instant Search

Google is killing a 7-year-old feature that gave instant search results while you typed (GOOG)


Can't die soon enough for me. I hate Predictive Search. 


Comcast's 'Instant TV' service for cord cutters could launch by year-end


If true, a lot of questions remain. Does this mean Comcast will start charging existing customers extra for XFinity Stream? How many channels, which ones, and how recent will the content be? Will there be Premium Channel options within this App? Will local channels be included, as they are (with restrictions) in XFinity Stream now? And many more details. 


Comments by – Joe Nowak

iRobot May be Picking up More than Dust

Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:37 pm (PDT)

The Roomba iRobot may be picking up more than just dust. And what it picks up is not going in the trash but to the highest bidder.

iRobot: Yet Another Disturbing Smart Home Tale



Photographing the Eclipse

Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:47 am (PDT)

Nearly everyone is looking forward to the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. Photographing this event cold be tricky. Fountain Public Library will have a workshop/seminar about this topic on August 10.


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Wed 980 7/26/2017

Increase Windows security by Tweaking Avast Antivirus Settings



100 awesome Android apps that will turn your phone into a jack-of-all-trades



Best Buy is currently selling the HDHomeRun Connect for $70
If you want a TV tuner for cord cutting, today's a good day to pick one up.



Self-driving cars could hit US roads before federal laws are in place
A House panel approved a measure that would exempt tens of thousands of autonomous cars from state regulations.



Windows 10 Health Report is not available



Trump Hotels Hit By 3rd Card Breach in 2 Years



This Startup Wants to Replace Your Office With 3D Holograms



Office 365: A guide to the updates
What you need to know about each feature, bug fix and security update to Microsoft Office 365 for Windows.



A reality check for virtual headsets
VR has been more about hype than substance. Will that change?



[Fix] “This Connection is Untrusted” Problem with Google and Other HTTPS Websites in Mozilla Firefox



IoT Fuels Growth of Linux Malware



Did You Know Your Smartphone Could Do This?



Fusion5 Lapbook review: A $200 PC that delivers genuine bang for your buck

The Fusion5 Lapbook is a low-cost, $200 full-size Windows 10 laptop with a Full HD screen. That sounds great, but surely it's cutting corners in some areas, right? Read our full review for answers.



7 Cheap USB Flash Drives (Under $10), Ranked Best to Worst



Hundreds of companies spilling data via Google Groups configuration mistakes



Study: Backdoors Found on 73% of Compromised Websites
No such thing as 'too small to hack,' according to research from SMB security provider SiteLock.



Web gets built-in copy protection hooks with a few key flaws



Cord cutting is easier and better than ever, but it’s not the right choice for every TV fan
Cable and satellite TV can be expensive, but don’t feel guilty if you want to keep it.



Google's safeguard against rogue Android apps is now available
Play Protect scans your apps to prevent malware from getting through.



How to convert JPEG and PNG image files to PDF in Windows 10



Experts in Lather Over ‘gSOAP’ Security Flaw



Microsofts' Windows Community Site - Learning About Windows 10 From the Team Building It



What to do about the 'Windows 10 is no longer supported on this PC' error
Windows PCs with Intel's Clover Trail Atom chips can't upgrade to the Windows 10 Creators Update.



Jim Cramer on the Jobs Report, Apple, Qualcomm, Facebook, Palo Alto Networks, Mondelez and Berkshire Hathaway



[DPI Scaling Fix] Bold, Blurry or Hard to Read Font Problem in Windows 8.1 / 10



Kaspersky now offers a free antivirus for PC, but do you need it?



[Windows 10 Tip #7] - Task View & Virtual Desktops



Surface Pro 4 firmware update adds power control slider to the system tray
The Surface Pro 4 has added a new slider to its power performance settings, echoing the Surface Laptop and new Surface Pro.



Asus ZenScreen MB16AC Review



Asus unleashes Google Wifi rival specializing in security
AiProtection can help to defend your smart home gadgets



US Voters Consider Russia the Largest Security Risk to Elections
Nearly half of US voters believe Russia is the largest security risk for elections in the nation, according to a survey.



AT&T Loses Record Number of Traditional TV Subscribers in Q2, Drops 156,000 DirecTV Satellite Customers



Intel lets slip Core i9 12-core clock speed and it ain't pretty
Intel hasn't announced clock speeds for the Core i9 7920X, but we found them in the price list.



Nest’s overpriced IQ camera highlights the faults of facial recognition
The Nest Cam IQ reminds us that facial recognition still needs work.



Printer will not print, User Intervention Required problem in Windows 10/8/7



How to Turn On or Off Narrator in Windows 10



Delete your old phone number from Facebook immediately!



The Vi Headphones Put an AI Running Coach in Your Ears



Spiderman pleads guilty to knocking 900,000 German broadband routers offline



Forcing Windows 10 to Always Notify Before Downloading Updates



10 ways to harden the security on your Android phone



IBM boosts security testing for IoT, connected cars with new services from X-Force Red
IBM's new security testing services will help businesses find vulnerabilities in their automotive endeavors and Internet of Things deployments.



Where to buy a replacement Xbox One power brick



Best Laptop Deals of Today: Save on Tablets, 2-in-1s, More



Firefox’s blazing speed with huge numbers of tabs leaves Chrome in the dust
New beta of Mozilla’s browser is a power user’s dream



Verizon Suffers Cloud Data Leak Exposing Data on Millions of Customers
Six million of Verizon's US customers had their personal and account information exposed, including PIN numbers.



Ever-changing memory could lead to faster processors



Best home security camera: Our favorite tools for keeping an eye on the home front
A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.



Stream 'Glee,' 'NYPD Blue' and older Fox shows on Hulu
It even includes cult titles like 'Dollhouse.'



How to boot Windows 10 directly to Advanced Startup Options screen



Windows 10: Hyper-V - Native Boot VHD



5 extremely useful Alexa skills to help you in the kitchen



Oomi Smart Home Review: A Pricey, Worthless Smart Home System



How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns



Fix Windows Update Problems Using Automatic Reset Script



What to Do If You're Worried Your Kid's Toy Is Spying on You



Video: How to jumpstart your cybersecurity career



Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (2017) review: Take a good thing and make it convertible



Chromebook Eve Rumors: What to Expect from Google's New Laptop



What is Apple Clips? Plus we teach you how to use it
The next big photo editing app has received its first big update



IoT Devices Plagued by Lesser-Known Security Hole
Internet of Things devices are security-challenged enough, but they're also being massively exposed on the public Internet - this time via MQTT communications, a researcher will show at Black Hat USA.



Google Maps now lets users add wheelchair accessibility details for locations



What other things do I need to use Google Home?
You probably have everything you need to use Google Home.



Researchers create a 'battery-free' mobile phone



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

General Note: Sometimes articles post Permalinks below the article. These will not change until the article is taken down, if even then. Permalinks are much more stable than the Location Bar Address, which can change depending on where you are coming from when you read the post.

I don't know what has happened at the Worldstart site, but I can no longer access its Domain under Linux in Firefox or Chrome. I have to resort to using Google cached pages to see these articles now.


Re. FYI #973 (Wed 7/19/2017):

Avast Free Antivirus settings you need to change now

My advice is to change AV vendors -- NOW. Avira does not bloat up your PC, does not block legitimate program activity with its default settings, does offer adequate protections, and does not spy on users. There are other free and lightweight AV programs as well. Avast is not my first, or even fourth, choice among free offerings.


Bitdefender Home Scanner scans your Home Network for vulnerabilities

I've been impressed with this feature ever since it first was announced. But without the entire BitDefender suite, this one app won't buy you much security, even if it is free.


AR iPhone App Rapidly Takes Photos and Leaves Them Hanging in the Air

Cute little app. Not sure it's worth the investment or the privacy risks. What if everyone could see who took pictures at any location you can name? Then you could build up a database of who passed by there and when, as well as who frequents the place(s) and at what times. Pretty useful if you are tryingto learn someone's daily or weekly routines. A stalker's or terrorist's best friend. Thanks, developer!


Does a Lapsed Anti-malware Tool Leave an Open Door for Malware?

As the Symantec security hole proved, leaving obsolete and not updated lapsed paid antivirus software on a PC is worse than having no security at all. Windows Defender may or may not automatically kick back in when your subscription lapses. Some security products are notoriously difficult to completely remove, which increases your risk if not either fully updating them or fully removing every trace of them, using the vendor's own removal tools.


Scan your LAN with Slitheris Network Discovery for Windows

The tool here does not appear to do much more than established free tools, like Acrylic WiFi:


As I have posted many times before, I do not trust The Windows Club when it offers software from previously unknown sources.


How iOS 11 Brings Steve Jobs's Vision for the iPad to Life

iPad gets a real File System -- will wonders never cease?


What File System Should I Use for My USB Drive?

My only NTFS Flash Drives are the ones containing copies of system backups for my tablet. Everything else fits into FAT32 formatting. Except for my WinPE 10 Recovery Drive, which is created by MAcrium Reflect Free. That may have a version of NTFS, but possibly not. A Windows Recovery Drive may also be NTFS, as might be a Windows Installer drive. 

For all my external hard drives, even though they get used under Linux,  NTFS is the way to go. Drives used only with Linux (for backup and data) are Linux ext4 formatted, and cannot be read by Windows. Ubuntu Linux can read from and write to NTFS disks, with some exceptions such as Windows metadata. 


Fix Bluetooth LE Devices connectivity issues on Windows 10

With Bluetooth issues in Windows, the fix involves resetting the Bluetooth Stack after the upgrade, by simply shutting down all the way (bypassing Windows Fast Startup) and restarting the system. Then go after the Bluetooth Pairing -- tell Windows to Forget the device and then go through the Pairing routine all over again. Driver updating or removal and replacement with the same driver mostly depends on resetting the Bluetooth Stack. This happens automatically during removal and reinstalling the driver(s).


Never Trust Yellow Fruit

I think there are ways to distinguish between being on your own router vs. being hijacked by a Pineapple Router. If you check your assigned ip address once in awhile, it may have changed before the current lease has expired. And other subtle clues. At $100.00 to $200.00 per unit, I doubt that anyone would use these routers for casual stealing of WiFi. The software however, could be used the same way Wireshark and other tools can be used, for penetration testing. But even this is over my head. If I thought something phishy was going on in my home network, I would pay Comcast to send someone over here to check it out. They have tools way more robust than these devices.


My Windows 10 Beefs  and  

No Cursor movement, Mouse Cursor moves erratically or slowly on Windows 10/8/7

Most likely, these issues happened due to Windows 10 adding its own driver and overwriting the OEM driver. Adding a trackball will overcome the symptoms, but the underlying issue of bad driver replacements will only multiply until the entire device may become unusable. 

The best solution is to dig around until you find the setting which says "never download drivers from Microsoft Updates". This will stop most, but not all, MS Updates driver overwriting issues. 

Then go to your PC support web site (manufacturer site) and input your exact model, and download and install the OEM driver for the touchpad or whatever else controls the pointer. Maybe also restore the USB bus drivers. 

Since we have already told Windows Update never to overwrite drivers anymore, this OEM restoration may stick for awhile.

No thanks to Microsoft, of course!


Explained: Most 'PC Support' Contracts Are Scams

AppleCare and the MS Store support plan are often a good deal, especially if you anticipate needing something set up or fixed (not hardware repairs necessarily) within the contract period. Which with Windows updating at least, is highly likely, IMHO. 


Can a Smart Headband Cure Depression?

Not if it really is clinical depression. Depression is a group of biochemical medical disorders, not a behavioral aberration. You cannot be trained (or conditioned) to be "not depressed". 


Google wants you to stop using its SMS two-factor sign-in

I have no argument with this change. It's the right way to go.


Teaching Your Computer

Now if only my computer could teach me to be able to follow the code and logic in this article!


How to Use Emojis in Linux

I applied all those little ad-ons, and the combination is pretty impressive. You don't have to restart or log out to start up the appindicator. Just follow the instructions or do it through a Search on the Launcher in Ubuntu. 

Not quick enough to compose a whole string of emojis, but good enough for the occasional pictorial interjection. 

Google taught A.I. to make pro-level photos out of Street View panoramas — check out the results

This had better be after they have gotten signed releases for anything not in the public domain which they captured. There have been numerous complaints without this new service.


Some Windows 10 PCs Could Lose Security Updates

No, they did not lose security updates. Only feature upgrades. Try to keep up.


Why Pay For Malware Protection?

It appears that the entire Worldstart domain has gone offline. No longer reachable. Don't know what went wrong. Google could not provide valid links either.

But the article was cached. The article was pure garbage anyway. Malwarebytes Paid is not antivirus -- it is anti-malware (the article actually did a good job of explaining the difference -- don't pay attention to the comments below the article). So why pay for protections you are not getting? Avira is free and highly effective active antivirus protection. And there are others. Why pay for the cow when you can get the milk for free? 

In Google Search results, if you can't reach a site, there often appears a blue button to see a cached copy of the page. That's what I used. And this time it worked -- I have not always had such luck.


Feds continue crackdown on annoying robocalls

But they allow direct-to-text and direct-to voicemail cell phone robocalls. They give with one hand and take with two others.


How to use Google to store all your important files in case your computer dies

Not what I would do with my important files. Not exclusively anyway. Always keep a local backup or two, and NOT in a Safe Deposit Box. (Who's going to be able to access the Box after you die? For some indefinite period while your estate is being settled, likely no one! And if your PC dies on a Sunday or a holiday, you are plain and simple out of luck. If you rely solely on Cloud Backup, what do you do until your new rig is up and running and able to connect? Sometimes you need your files at a time or place when you can't or shouldn't connect -- like after or during a virus cleanup, or when traveling with your device.) Definitely do not store System Backups online!

Crashplan and similar services operate differently. There you can safely rely on Remote Access to get your system restored.


Re. FYI #974 (Thurs 7/20/2017):

Disabling hyperthreading may be the best way to avoid newly discovered Intel bug

No, it's not. There's a firmware patch which works well for all but the most demanding users.I have this installed into my NUC, and all is well, both in Windows 10 Pro and in Linux. Turning off errant firmware features is never a good answer.


Avast hardening mode for new users virus scanner

This "hardened mode" was one reason I dumped Avast a few years ago. It caused so much slowdown and other trouble that it made the whole program look bad.


How to Disable Windows Defender SmartScreen Filter in Windows 10

I personally find SmartScreen Filter to be too intrusive for my downloading habits. Free software too often won't install if the Filter is on. Maybe this is just me, but I don't think so.


Gigabyte Responds To Intel ME Updates With New Motherboard BIOS

AMT is not a part of most consumer level PCs. So this is for most of us a non-issue. But at least some hardware vendors are responding to the issue where it occurs.


All Your Accounts Are Belong to Us

I doubt that Verizon made any changes based on just a name. There were other questions which the person trying to steal the account must have guessed. This does illustrate how stupid and insecure "security questions" really are. And yet, every bank I have ever used uses them for their primary security for online logins. Often with no other options for real two-factor authentication.


New Ransomware Threatens to Send Your Internet History & Private Pics to All Your Friends

My history gets erase. My pictures they can have. And I have very few contacts.


Surge Protectors vs. UPS: Do You Really Need a Battery Backup for Your PC?

Without backup power, I guarantee my NUC would not be stable upon restarting. But it is a dual-boot, and the issues are mostly on the Linux/GRUB side.


7 Chrome Flags You Should Enable for a Better Browsing Experience

This article is out of date. And I have commented on it before.


Developer uses code to get revenge on tech support and IRS scammers

"[W]hat Project Mayhem is doing could violate some laws here in the U.S., so it might be wise to avoid conducting a DoS against a call center."


Can GIFs help save net neutrality? Reddit’s going to find out

Again, on that day, I did not notice anything different about any site on the Internet. Except Worldstart, whose domain is now not accessible. Mere coincidence, I'd guess.


Honolulu May Soon Ban Texting While Crossing the Street Like a Dumbass

I just witnessed a rush-hour example of this stupid behavior in the Boston area. The idiot had the volume so cranked she couldn't even hear the tweet-tweet of the Walk Signal (part of our local charm in Boston). As if the drivers and the street signs (what street signs?) weren't crazy enough! Hint: Laws like these do not make for better behaviors.


Re. FYI #975 (Fri 7/21/2017):

Protect your computer’s Master Boot Record with MBR Filter

I would not use any third-party program which messes with the MBR on an old-style hard drive. (I've seen Boot Sector protection schemes go horribly wrong, making the disk unusable.) This is a moot point for modern drives, as they are GPT, and have no MBR to protect.


How to Remove All Built-in Apps in Windows 10

Except for the Windows Store, removing these apps is reversible. CCleaner can remove Store Apps directly. But it cannot restore what you remove, so choose carefully!


How to Reinstall All Default Built-in Apps in Windows 10

Now that we've removed them, we should know how to put them back. Except for the Widnows Store itself. Remove that and you're looking at a Windows Reinstall.

How can I have a Very secure Ubuntu Desktop system [closed]

Why is a reference to an out of date and low-quality thread on Ubuntu security posted at FYI? 


The Internet of Cars Will Ruin the Roads

So, can a self-driving car become distracted while driving itself by other self-driving cars? And what would they be chatting about anyway? Of course, they do have to communicate to avoid hitting each other, but beyond that...? Would they be Keeping Up With the Car-dashians? (And all sorts of bad jokes about what's in their trunks...)


How to Fix: Windows 10 Disable Password Expiration

Oh lovely! Microsoft finds another way to lock us out of our PCs. Why do we put up with this Company??


Windows Error Codes: Definitions For All 16,000 Of Them



MIT's new drones switch between flying and driving for optimal urban transport

As if the current drivers in Boston weren't enough of a distraction! Now we have to watch out for drones landing in our midst? Just keep them off of the "teeny-walk"!

Ubuntu Kylin, a Linux Distribution with a Microsoft Windows Experience

The next time I see a reference to an article on making Linux look and feel "just like Windows", I swear I am going to scream loudly enough to be heard all the way back to Chicago. Enough, already! Let Linux be Linux -- learn it or don't use it.


Re. FYI #976 (Sat 7/22/2017):

Man Arrested For Posting Movie On Facebook

No, it is not a crime to watch pirated content from within the US. However, you can lose your Internet Access permanently for repeat violations under your ISP's Terms of Service. But uploading did get this guy arrested. And rightfully so. He infringed on a copyright.


[Windows 10 Tip] Disable Automatic Driver Updates Installation via Windows Update

During setup, there used to be an option to implement this block from the beginning of the Windows 10 first boot onward. I'm guessing this option has been pushed deeper to prevent folks from finding it. I never let automatic driver updates happen in Windows. 


Network Television Stations Speed Up TV Shows to Fit in More Ads

That's true of almost all older, syndicated TV shows. New content has simply been trimmed for time to cram in more ads. And all the stations are still losing money. Go figure.

Got Robocalled? Don’t Get Mad; Get Busy.

The best solution I've found on both Comcast and AT&T (UVerse) land lines (VOIP) is to use Nomorobo. Some scammers will then spoof other numbers to work around the call dead-ending which Nomorobo does. But most of the callers just move on to other, lower hanging fruit. Nomorobo is free and effective. Quick and easy to set up. Test once and you're good.


How to Get a Notification When Caps Lock or Num Lock Is Enabled in Ubuntu

If this weren't almost as much trouble as watching the light on my keyboard, I might go for this appindicator. But for those without a keyboard indicator light, this might be useful.


Re. FYI #977 (Sun 7/23/2017):

Easiest way to find lost product keys needed to install software

Magic Jelly Bean works on a lot of software, but not on MS Office and a few other products people often have installed. Other similar programs, including Nir Soft ProduKey, can help here as well, but not for all products.


Your Prescription Drugs May Stay Effective Well Beyond the Expiration Date

I wouldn't take a gamble on this possibility. Some medications turn toxic when they expire. I don't even like to keep a 90 day supply around for my med.


.Net Core 2.0 to extend coding optimizations to Linux

For the same reasons it is not wise to run Linux code inside of Windows, it is not wise to try to run .NET Framework under Linux. The benefits are far outweighed by the risks. Among the risks is increased instability in the Linux OS.


3 of the Best Desktop Printers Under $50

For those who do very little printing, free would not be cheap enough as long as the inks keep drying up on us.


You Could Soon Be Wearing A Health Tracker – Like It Or Not

This is far-fetched. I don't see this as a trend even in workplaces in the near future. Just think of the administrative costs alone. Someone has to collect and monitor all that data.

Did You Register Your Drone? You Could Get Your Money Back

It would be even more cool if you could fly your drone into the office to deliver your application for a refund, and fly the drone back home after your refund check is attached to it. 


Don’t Make This Mistake

Don't make the second mistake made by the author. She then used a Flash Drive to make backup copies of files she wanted to store long-term. Not recommended! Use a USB hard drive instead. (BTW, the Worldstart site is still not being resolved by my DNS. I am having to use Google cached pages to see this site's content.


Re. FYI #978 (Mon 7/24/2017):

How to Turn Your Used Electronics Into Cash

Craigslist is till considered by many to be risky. The sites supported by online or brick and mortar retailers don't offer much incentive, but they are safer. I personally would draw a line and not use Craigslist for anything someone could walk away with or hijack from you. My safety comes before a big cash payout in my book.


Microsoft's AI chatbot says Windows is 'spyware'

Like many Millennials, AI still parrots back more than it "learns". There's a difference, but modern education has yet to get this point across.


Best Buy is currently selling the HDHomeRun Connect for $70

Yet another "flash sale" which has expired by the time we read FYI postings. Still, not a bad deal at $99.00 -- although to do anything with it, double that price due to subscriptions on services which can be installed on this device. By itself, HomeRun is difficult to even configure for a guide service without shelling out cash.

Hulu adds over 3,000 episodes of hit shows you'll love

And not one of them is a show I may have missed within the past week.


Why You Shouldn’t Use “Anti-Spying” Tools for Windows 10

Article -- "We recommend changing privacy settings using the normal options in Windows. These invasive tools can break things and cause a variety of system problems you may not notice until later, with no indication that the problem was caused by the tool."

This can happen with any Windows 10 tweaks. Manual editing of the Windows Registry or mistakes in setting up Group Policies are much more likely to cause these damages than using a tool which at least has been vetted by a team of developers.

Comment -- "What a lazy article. It lumps together several apps yet only shows problems with one or two of them. At least provide actual examples for each app. I use Anti-Beacon, and I have blocked all recommended entries except for the ones that may disrupt the use of Bing and Mail. Tell me, which of those other entries might break my system?

Alarmist and sloppy."

This comment pretty much sums up my opinion. But that said, how much do we know about the people behind such utilities as O&O ShutUp 10? There are not enough details available to say for sure that these tools are not a front for something else -- true Trojan Horses, and not just because of Open Candy installers.


How to Replace Your Loyalty Cards With an App

And if someone steals your phone, they will now exactly how to hack into your personal information and possibly track your movements and buying habits across every place where you spend money. 


Cord cutting is easier and better than ever, but it’s not the right choice for every TV fan

I actually could get by on OTA TV where I live. But having On Demand and a wired signal source can come in handy sometimes. A basic cable package can often cost less than just the Internet service when the service is sold separately.


What if everyone knew what you liked and disliked the instant they saw you?

Well, for years some folks have openly wished I came with an "owners manual" or "user instructions". But I am a particularly difficult person to just read in a typical way.  


Amazon's discount policy is being investigated by the FTC

It's not just them. Kohl's brick and mortar stores often sell merchandise at "sale" prices with percent reductions listed in the displays. Trouble is, many of these items have NEVER sold even ONE ITEM at the "original prices". I just go by price comparisons with similar items currently listed at other retailers, then go shopping.


Re. FYI #979 (Tues 7/25/2017):

Is Your VPN Leaking?

The better (and generally more expensive) ones do not leak, by most reports.


[Fix] “One or More Network Protocols are Missing on This Computer” Error in Windows

If this happens after a fresh install or major feature update, simply restarting without Windows Fast Start enabled may solve the issue, according to several reports I've read.


The Disk structure is corrupted and unreadable on Windows

I've seen this most often when an SD Card has been used on more than one Windows PC, or on a PC and a Smart Phone, like an Android phone. Sometimes these steps will rescue the card. Other times I've had to reformat the card and start over.


[Fix] “Secure Connection Failed” Problem in Mozilla Firefox Web Browser

These steps would work with nearly any security product, once we determine that it was that issue, not the driver and networking stack issues discussed in another FYI posting.


HDHomeRun and Emby DVR review: Power to the cord cutter

Here's another HD HomeRun interface which costs a subscription fee to get much use out of it. This one like several others, will add $100.00 to the cost of your HomeRun box. 


What I Use - Microsoft Apps on Android

Only 100 Apps have made the transition, over the three or four years since Windows 10 first appeared? That is a very small number. This does not bode well for Microsoft's future in the mobile market.


Android O release date and beta features

I don't see much new that I would call "must-have" features. As long as security updates are offered, Android N looks good for awhile longer for me.


[Windows 10 Tip] Use “Network Reset” Feature to Fix Common Internet Connection Issues

What gets me peeved sometimes is especially late at night, my Comcast Gateway will spontaneously reboot, and wreck an Internet session I may have spent hours working on. Resetting the network stack is necessary sometimes, even in Linux, but having to do so because the TV schedule has updated or some similar ridiculous reason, and without warning to the user (me) is totally unreasonable. It's the one thing above all else about Comcast Internet which I really do not like. 


Other Postings:

Turbo Encapslator 

This turns out to be the Turbo Encabulator. And this is how I still feel when someone presents at a computer club meeting about any topic with which I am totally unfamiliar. Like Social Media. Or advanced Home Networking. It's funny because it's true.


Amazon Considers Giving App Developers Transcripts of Audio Recordings

Made by Its Devices

Well, I can't say I am surprised by this. But it is a bit chilling to think about, isn't it?

Snapchat has a new map locator feature that has parents concerned.

Snapchat’s New ‘Snap Map’ Location Sharing Raises Concerns for Parents

This is about as creepy as Amazon Show taking video of girls changing their outfits and sharing the whole thing live.


My Own Reading:

5 free screen-recording apps for Linux


I use Simple Screen Recorder. But the table in this article makes comparisons and selection of the right tool for the right job much easier.


Your next company computer may be a 2-in-1 laptop


Mobile and hybrid hardware seems definitely to be the way companies are going these days.


Comments by – Joe Nowak

Social Security Scam

Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:00 pm (PDT)

This comes from the AARP Florida website but is a trend around the country. Beware!

New Scam Targets Your Social Security Benefit


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Tue 979 7/25/2017

Microsoft wants to bring AI to Raspberry Pi and other tiny devices

Squirrels beware: Microsoft shows off progress it's making moving machine learning to the Internet of Things.



Palmer Luckey donates to software that breaks Oculus exclusivity



Major Online Criminal Marketplaces AlphaBay and Hansa Shut Down

International law enforcement operations result in AlphaBay, the largest online marketplace for selling illegal goods from malware to herion, and Hansa, going dark.



Windows 10 Start Menu always opening up after Sleep or Hibernate



[Windows 10 Tip] Use “Network Reset” Feature to Fix Common Internet Connection Issues



Fake messaging app can secretly record you and steal your information



It's a trap! Marcher banking trojan masquerades as Adobe Flash Player for Android

Not the first malware that’s tried to fool Android users this way…



HP Elite Slice Review: Mighty and Modular Mini PC



Geekly Update - 06 Jul 2017



Android O release date and beta features



What I Use - Microsoft Apps on Android



Apple's macOS Sierra update hints successor is on schedule

The current pace of releases indicates macOS High Sierra will likely arrive the third week in September.



HP EliteBook x360 G2 Review



10 Third-Party Apps All SmartThings Owners Should Be Using



Microsoft is waging a quiet war against elite Russian hackers

The company is using trademark law to counter cyberespionage.



HDHomeRun and Emby DVR review: Power to the cord cutter

This do-it-yourself DVR packs plenty of features if you have the right hardware.



Toyota completes first in-home Human Support Robot trial in North America



BEC Attacks Far More Lucrative than Ransomware over Past 3 Years

BEC fraud netted cyberthieves five times more profit than ransomware over a three-year period, according to Cisco's midyear report released today.



Deseat.me will help in deleting your Internet presence, footprint & history



[Fix] “Secure Connection Failed” Problem in Mozilla Firefox Web Browser



Bet you didn't know your Mac can do all this!



Malware installs Signal as part of scheme to steal Mac users' banking credentials

A harbinger of ported threats to come for Mac users?



How to Protect Your Identity, Personal Data and Property



[HOWTO] Detect and Remove Keyloggers



Windows 10 to dump Paint and Outlook Express in the recycle bin

Fall Creators Update cuts a number of features



Popular Mac Image Editing Software Luminar Coming to Windows 10



Best Buy is selling a 2-in-1 Chromebook for $220

Not only does this model offer a convertible form factor, it also supports Android apps.



HP Spectre x2 vs Surface Pro: Which 2-in-1 Wins?



Free Up Your Hands With Speech-to-Text on Android



Twitter says everyone, even Trump, has to follow the rules

“The rules are the rules,” said a Twitter VP.



How—and why—you should use a VPN any time you hop on the internet

Surfing the web through a virtual private network ensures that your online activities are both private and secure.



A ruling against Google in Canada could affect free speech around the world



Microsoft Office 365 Users Targeted in Brute Force Attacks

Attackers leveraged popular cloud service platforms to conduct persistent - and stealthy - login attempts on corporate Office 365 accounts.



Invalid System Disk, Replace the disk and then press any key



[Fix] Windows 7 Keeps Checking for Updates for Hours



10 incredible things you didn't know your Android could do



Porn Spam Botnet Has Evil Twitter Twin



Hoping for a small Mac mini revival



How to Turn On or Off 'Shortcut' Name Extension for New Shortcuts in Windows 10



A lesson on why accessibility features are so important



The Best Smart Home Security Systems of 2017

No matter your budget or installation skill level, these smart alarm and surveillance packages will keep you safe and let you monitor what's happening at home from afar.



Windows 10 is making too many PCs obsolete

Windows 10 will be supported until Oct. 14, 2025 -- unless your computer has a Clover Trail CPU. Then, you’re out of luck.



Video: What happens at the government when a cybersecurity threat is identified?



Twitter says its safety updates are stamping out abuse

Its targeting ten times as many abusive accounts per day over last year.



6 Amazon Echo (Dot) Alternatives With Better Features



39% off Exploring Raspberry Pi: Interfacing to the Real World with Embedded Linux, Paperback - Deal Alert



What you need to know about the new ransomware that's hit the US



50,000 Machines Remain Vulnerable to EternalBlue Attacks

Researcher's free scanner tool finds many systems remain at risk of EternalBlue-based attacks like WannaCry and NotPetya.



The Disk structure is corrupted and unreadable on Windows



[Fix] “One or More Network Protocols are Missing on This Computer” Error in Windows



Microsoft Monday: Goodbye Microsoft Paint, GLAS Smart Thermostat, LinkedIn App For Windows 10



Thieves Used Infrared to Pull Data from ATM ‘Insert Skimmers’



How to create a Windows 10 ISO image for clean, in-place upgrade and repair install



Chromebooks look set to ditch 'OK Google' – is Google Assistant on the way?

Old voice command making way for new assistant?



Is Your VPN Leaking?

Check your virtual private network of choice to see if it's truly private, or if that VPN's middle name is just a suggestion.



“Perverse” malware infecting hundreds of Macs remained undetected for years

Surveillance malware dubbed Fruitfly was easy to spot but flew under the radar anyway.



How to improve your Mac notebook's battery life for free with Chargeberry

Mac batteries don't last forever. Fortunately, the free Chargeberry app simplifies monitoring and improving battery performance.



Mac Users: Where Should You Put Your Dock?



Apple is working on a major change for future iPhones, and Samsung is in trouble



Intel reportedly killed its wearables division

Intel apparently let 80 of the division go back in November 2016.



How to Back Up and Transfer your Stuff to a New Android Phone

Getting your data from an old Android phone to a new one isn't hard, but you'll want to follow these steps.



Sorry, but Apple probably won’t release an iPhone 8, 7s, or 7s Plus this year



Comments by – Joe Nowak

Latest edition of CyberHeistNes

Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:58 pm (PDT) .

CyberheistNews Vol 7 #29 CEO Fraud Attacks Were Far More Lucrative Than Ransomware Over the Past 3 Years


Anatomy of a Ransomware Attack

Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:01 am (PDT) .

An interesting video exploring how a ransomware attack is created and the results of falling victim to such an attack.

Links to several Vipre Security News

Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:43 pm (PDT) .

Snapchat has a new map locator feature that has parents concerned.
Snapchat’s New ‘Snap Map’ Location Sharing Raises Concerns for Parents

Have you been to Hard Rock Casino/Hotels or Loew's Hotel lately?
Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos, Loews Hotels Hit By Same Security Breach

Be careful what you say at home. Someone is listening. It's Alexa and Echo.
Amazon Considers Giving App Developers Transcripts of Audio Recordings
Made by Its Devices

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Mon 978 7/24//2017

How to Turn Your Used Electronics Into Cash



Microsoft's AI chatbot says Windows is 'spyware'



KKR confirms it will buy WebMD for $2.8B in cash



How to Upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit Version of Windows 10



Mobile customers claim Verizon capped Netflix and YouTube speeds

The telecom admitted it ran "optimization tests" that capped speeds, but that they were temporary.



Lenovo's folding tablet hybrid strongly resembles Microsoft's 'Surface Phone' patents

The mythical Surface Phone is widely expected to be a unique take on what a "phone" truly is, and perhaps this Lenovo concept tablet is offering us a little taste.



Best Buy is currently selling the HDHomeRun Connect for $70

If you want a TV tuner for cord cutting, today's a good day to pick one up.



Creepy 'FruitFly' Surveillance Malware Hits American Apple Macs



This site is not secure message in Edge, IE, Chrome or Firefox



How to Change Your Browser’s User Agent Without Installing Any Extensions



11 Coolest Things Bixby Voice Can Do on the Galaxy S8



Hands On: Surface Diagnostic Toolkit AppJul 21, 2017



Healthcare Industry Lacks Awareness of IoT Threat, Survey Says

Three-quarters of IT decision makers report they are "confident" or "very confident" that portable and connected medical devices are secure on their networks.



10 Easy Excel Timesavers You Might Have Forgotten



Hulu adds over 3,000 episodes of hit shows you'll love



Amazon Patent Tips Underwater Storage Facilities

Why only store things on land when there's an abundance of underwater locations available for a fully-automated (waterproof) storage facility?



Why You Shouldn’t Use “Anti-Spying” Tools for Windows 10



How the CIA hacks computers that aren’t even connected to the internet



5 Must-Have Security Tools for Your Linux PC



Plastic-plucking robots are the future of recycling

At least until we can chemically engineer better biodegradables.



Hey Windows phone fans — Microsoft doesn't need you for 'Surface phone' to succeed



7 AMD Ryzen tips and tricks to maximize your PC's performance

Ryzen chips offer killer performance out of the box, but these tweaks push the processors even further.



Samsung 'Confirms' Galaxy Note 8 Is Massive



StorURL: Cross-browser Bookmark Manager for Windows



What Is 4G LTE?



25 Cheap Tech Products That Make Life Easier



Hands On: Unboxing the NuVision Solo 10 Draw Windows 10 Tablet with Pen



US Banks Targeted with Trickbot Trojan

Necurs botnet spreads Trickbot malware to US financial institutions, while new Emotet banking Trojan attacks discovered - signalling increasingly complex attacks on the industry.



Which Linux Desktop Environment Best Suits Your Personality?



How many of these tech struggles do you remember?



How to Replace Your Loyalty Cards With an App

Instead of lugging around a dozen loyalty or rewards cards for your favorite merchants, why not carry them in one single, convenient mobile app?



How to Reset Any Mac App to Its Default Settings



Turn your Chromebook into a killer workstation with the best Android apps on Chrome OS



10 Tips to Easily Speed Up Your Virtual Machine



Spotify hit with two new lawsuits over unlicensed songs

A music company accused it of "willful infringement on a staggering scale."



Microsoft is deprecating "Sync Your Settings" and other features in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Sync Your Settings, a popular Windows 10 feature that allows syncing settings across devices is being deprecated, along with other features, in the Fall Creators Update.



Cord cutting is easier and better than ever, but it’s not the right choice for every TV fan

Cable and satellite TV can be expensive, but don’t feel guilty if you want to keep it.



Apple iOS 10.3.3 Has A Great Secret Feature






Spyware abuses Telegram messaging app to target Iranian Android users

Poor attacker security means ANYONE can view a victim’s information…



Is PC Gaming Really Worth the Hassle?



Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: Microsoft chops these old features, gets ready to dump Paint

Microsoft has put its Paint app on the chopping block, and it's goodbye to Outlook Express and EMET in the Fall Creators Update.



Self-Service Food Kiosk Vendor Avanti Hacked



Manage Email Like Bill Gates: The Two-Screen Technique



What if everyone knew what you liked and disliked the instant they saw you?



Fleet Eyes Nanosatellites to Keep Your IoT Gadgets Online

The Internet of Things explosion will require robust connectivity; Fleet Space Technologies wants to make that happen with nanosatellites.



How Do You Change Windows’ Default Download Path?



Big Cable broke its promise and you're paying for it



How to Recover Android Settings and Data with Google Backup



Amazon's discount policy is being investigated by the FTC

The commission is responding to a letter from Consumer Watchdog.



Does the Surface Pro have light-bleed issues?



Microsoft's Office sales soar and Windows Phone fades in cloud-happy earnings call

Alcatel, HP, and others will now carry the Windows Phone torch.



Why Microsoft's 'Confirmed' Surface Phone Shouldn't Be A Phone



Printer icon not showing in Devices and Printers in Windows 10



How I tried to get Microsoft to turn me away from MacBooks

Commentary: How is Microsoft selling its new laptop? I went to a couple of Microsoft stores to see whether they could persuade me to give up my MacBook.



Serious Flaw Lets Strangers Hijack Your Security Cam



Firefox can open over 1,500 tabs in 15 seconds

If you're a tab hoarder, then the latest Firefox builds might be the browser for you.



B&B Theatres Hit in 2-Year Credit Card Breach



How to move your phone over to another carrier



Your Palatial Mansion Needs This 262-inch 4K TV



Uninstalling Fonts Probably Won’t Speed Up Your PC or Mac



Some of your apps will stop working when you install iOS 11 – here’s how to see which ones



Problems with Surface Pro 4/Surface Book firmware update

Microsoft releases new round of firmware and driver updates for the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4. There’s no documentation and plenty of complaints.


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Fall Creators Update Feature Focus: OneDrive Files On-Demand



Here's How Amazon's Alexa Hooks You

A four-step model explains the psychology behind what makes the technology so habit-forming.



Update: As Yahoo's partnership with AT&T unwinds, users need to switch email addresses



One essential step to prevent identity theft



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



Wi-Fi security when Traveling – Tips & Precautions to take



Threadripper Competition Emerges As Intel Lets Core i9-7920X Details Slip



Microsoft Rolls Out AI-based Security Risk Detection Tool

Microsoft Security Risk Detection leverages artificial intelligence to root out bugs in software before it's released.



Publication of NukeBot trojan's source code leads to new 'operational' samples



Firefox Gets New Updated UI for Options (About:Preferences) Page



Surface Laptop vs. Surface Pro 4: We compare prices, features and more

We look at price, CPU, graphics, the display, and more.



Download Audio and Videos in High Quality with 4K Video Downloader (Windows, Mac & Linux and I think its open source so it should be free or cheep)



9 Best Pi Programming Resources to Put Your Raspberry Pi to Use



What Is Web Literacy?



The Best Kids' Tablets of 2017

Can't get your hands on your own iPad? Check out our top tablet picks to keep your kids educated and entertained.



Nokia phones are coming back to the US with a $229 device arriving next month



Easiest way to find lost product keys needed to install software



How to Change the Default File Format in LibreOffice



Fix Microsoft Security Essentials Windows Update error 0x80248014



Intel Plays Defense: Inside Its EPYC Slide Deck



Russian National Receives 5 Years In Jail For Role In 'Citadel' Attacks

Mark Vartanyan is the second individual to be sent to prison in connection with Citadel.



Your Prescription Drugs May Stay Effective Well Beyond the Expiration Date



[Windows 10 Fix] Text in Files and Folders Names Aligned to the Left Instead of Center



.Net Core 2.0 to extend coding optimizations to Linux

The next version of Microsoft's open source, cross-platform runtime will make native code run faster on Linux as well as Windows



3 of the Best Desktop Printers Under $50 (cheap is not always best, ink is the most expensive liquid you pay for and 6 mos of the year, dry air will dry up the print heads and you either must learn to clean them properly or buy new ones throwing out the balance of the old one.  Laser printers don't dry out, cost more up front and cartridges seem more expensive until you take into account the likely number of pages printed. Watch Amazon for refurbished laser printers.)



Search Excel Spreadsheets Faster: Replace VLOOKUP With INDEX and MATCH



You Could Soon Be Wearing A Health Tracker – Like It Or Not



The Best Password Managers of 2017

A password like "123456" or "monkey" is easy to remember, but it's also easy to crack. With the help of a password manager, you can have a unique and strong password for every secure website. We've evaluated two dozen to help you choose.



Samsung Building New Plant In The US?



Hackers use hotel Wi-Fi to spy on guests and steal data



How to Play Xbox 360 Games on Your Xbox One



What are Honeypots and how can they secure computer systems



Plextor M8Se NVMe SSD Review



Who is the GovRAT Author and Mirai Botmaster ‘Bestbuy’?



How to Create a Recovery Image used to Reset Windows 10



[Tip] How to Deactivate/Remove “Retail Demo Mode” in Windows 10



Windows 10 Creators Update: A Guide to Upgrading Using the Windows 10 Update Assistant



How to Block a Website in Windows 10 without Third Party Software



The A-Z of Kodi: Everything You Need to Know



Stop Windows 10 Apps From Draining Battery Power



Did You Register Your Drone? You Could Get Your Money Back

It turns out the FAA isn't actually allowed to have a drone registry, so the agency is offering to refund your money and expunge your data from the record.



Samsung Pay finally works with your Discover card



One mistake you should never make with your apps when trying to save battery power



What Are Layers and Masks in Photoshop?



Cannot guarantee authenticity of the domain to which encrypted connection is established



Buyer Beware! Reports Of Fake Ryzen CPUs Popping Up On Retail Sites



Is it Time to Can the CAN-SPAM Act?



How to Add or Remove Wireless Network from Allowed or Blocked Filter List in Windows 10



[Fix] Start Menu and Taskbar Icons Not Working in Windows 10



Windows 10 Creators Update: 10 Things To Do After Your Upgrade



Subtitles Malware: What It Is, and How to Avoid It



Why You Should Stop Using a Raspberry Pi for Everything



Don’t Make This Mistake



17 Android Apps Actually Worth Paying For

Traditionally, Android users haven't been willing to buy apps, but they should reconsider.



Bug-zapping laser will only kill bad insects



Raspberry Pi Competitor Rock64 Debuts With Lower Price, 4K HDR



[Windows 10 Explorer Fix] Windows cannot Find, Make Sure You Typed the Name Correctly, and Then Try Again



ISC17: HPC Embraces Diversity As AMD & ARM Up The Ante Vs. Intel, IBM And NVIDIA



The European Union could slap Google with a big fine this week


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