patent for crazy 2-in-1 laptop design
a wild looking design that may show up in its next laptop.
How to Fix
(Permanently): Hundreds of Cab_XXX Files in C:\Windows\Temp
10-nanometer chip architecture is Ice Lake
How to Turn
Your Windows PC Into a Wi-Fi Hotspot
credit card skimmers with this smartphone trick
What to Expect
From the Xbox One X
Bright review: The quick and easy path to smart lighting
more time downloading the app than installing this smart switch.
Twitter accounts hacked shortly after FC Barcelona account breach
Assistant Heads to More Speakers, Appliances
Assistant-equipped speakers are slated to arrive later this year
in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Germany, and France.
6 Sensors Every
Smart Home Should Have
says for the 'past several years' he has been the victim of
'multiple cyber attacks'
those ungentlemanly comments about Obama’s mom then.
Dot Alternative Is Just $30 Right Now, Plus Three Months of Amazon
Boost Mobile: Which Is Right for You?
The Benefits of
Exploiting Attackers' Favorite Tools
10 Great XFCE
Themes for Linux XFCE Users
beginners: How Audio Works
launches secure Wi-Fi router
Why You Should
Replace Windows’ Default Image Viewer With IrfanView
How to keep
your laptop from overheating
Essential Phone Is Finally Shipping
Sprinkler Controller (Generation 2) review: Watering the lawn gets
irrigation controller ensures the grass truly is greener with
smart and savvy features.
the rise: yet another wake up call for the enterprise
22 Cool Tricks
and Secret Gems Inside Facebook Messenger
Messenger is so
much more than a mere messenger.
How to Use
Evernote to Stay Productive on the Road
deployed in state-sponsored attacks against India and Pakistan
attackers still unclear…
Showdown: Smart Locks vs. “Dumb” Locks
Xbox One X:
Everything You Need to Know
Private and Public Cloud Threat Vectors
moving from a private cloud to a cloud service are unaware of
How to Create
an Encrypted USB with VeraCrypt
Ellp is like
IFTTT but for the Windows desktop
PowerPlay delivers no-compromise wireless gaming mice
What Is YouTube
TV, and Can It Replace Your Cable Subscription?
iPhone apps won't work with iOS 11
Brings Augmented Reality to Android, Minus Tango
720P Smart Camera review: A basic and budget-friendly home
Though short on
advanced features, this less-than-$100 security camera is long on
ease of use.
Emissions: Oversharing Bug Puts Security Vendor Back in Spotlight
How to Set Up a
Second Alexa, Enable Multi-Room Playback
Yep, you can
set up and manage multiple Amazon Echo devices. And even play the
same music on them simultaneously.
Never Go Online
Without a VPN: Here’s Why
Protect Will ID Safe and Stable Android Devices
Cortana & Alexa
Sitting on a Desk - T.A.L.K.I.N.G.
Mobile Security: The Best Android AV App
Spammers' Favorite Day of the Week
most active when their targets are online, with the highest level
of activity on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
How to Create a
Reset Recovery Image in Windows 10
Find out which
sites are slowing Firefox down
designed a phone screen that repairs itself
How to Enable
Auto-Lock for Your Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock
Why now is the
BEST time to sell your old iPhone
AMD’s Vega 56
Hits Store Shelves, Promptly Vanishes
How to use
Miracast to mirror your device's screen wirelessly on your TV—even
As of July
2017, there's even 4K support.
Whistle on Bad Attribution
Don’t fall for
Hurricane Harvey charity scams!
Never Forget to
Check These Excel Document Settings
Amazon are Partnering on Cortana and Alexa Integration (Updated x
How Apple Plans
to Change the Way You Use the Next iPhone
Galaxy Note 8 Is Totally Worth $1,000
Trump Makes US
Cyber Command an Official Combat Arm
Move seen as
step one in spinning off the command from the NSA.
File Managers to Discover This Week
Turn off smart
multi-homed name resolution in Windows
The iPhone 8
launch will leave people furious, but Apple is already working on
This Is the No.
1 Most Hated Industry in America, According to Real Customers
Customer Support Is a Winner
Comments by -- Bob Primak --
BREAKING WINDOWS NEWS:
WARNING: Don’t use Windows 10 to move
data on your Android phone or tablet
German blog site heise.de is running down
a problem that may irreversibly destroy data on the Android
Re. FYI #1009 (Thurs 8/24/2017):
Creators Update now on nearly 66
percent of Windows 10 PCs, according to AdDuplex
"...AdDuplex's numbers are based on a
sampling of 5,000 Windows Store apps that use the AdDuplex SDK."
Hardly a mark of confidence for anyone
wishing to find out the overall penetration of The Creators Update
into the desktop PC market.
Free Disk Space Analyzer software for
It looks like they pretty well covered all
the bases here.
How to move from CrashPlan for Home to
another backup solution
It is indeed disappointing to see
CrashPlan Home go away. It was a good service and was very
[Windows 10 Tip #10] - Make a System
Recovery Drive, NOW
And make a new one when you upgrade, such
as moving from the Anniversary Update to the Spring 2017 Creators
You should have one for the old OS and one
for the new version, just in case.
Get the 4K Dell XPS 12 2-in-1 for Just
For the price, this is a pretty good
2-in-1, but for travel, it's a bit large to fit in a coat pocket.
Note that this device uses the Intel core-m series chipset, which
has some performance issues.
Kolab Now Is a Smooth On-Ramp for
This online office suite is not free. That
violates the principles of Open-Source GNU-GPL licensing. I don't
know how LibreOffice got suckered into throwing its support to
what is just another proprietary, non-free online office suite
which just happens to work with Linux.
Re. FYI #1010 (Fri 8/25/2017):
Detect hidden credit card skimmers with
this smartphone trick
I doubt very much that most credit card
skimmers use Bluetooth. This is false security.
Google Chrome under attack: Have you
used one of these hijacked extensions?
The Extensions themselves were never
hijacked. It was user accounts which were compromised, using
ordinary phishing tactics. You do not have to stop using any
Microsoft Releases Long-Awaited
Security Tool, Sets Linux Preview
From the article, I do not see what this
tool has to do with Linux.
5 tech things that are a waste of money
If you never change ISPs and never move to
another part of the country, buying a modem and router for Cable
Internet Services might make sense. For phone line based ISPs, I
don't think there are any replacement gateways you can buy from
third parties. So whether to rent or buy is still not an open and
Re. FYI #1011 (Sat 8/26/2017):
There’s now one less excuse not to use
a password manager
Even the $1 per month fee for the Pro
version isn't going to break the bank for most folks. But syncing
for free is attractive. Just remember, it is LasPass storing your
synced passwords in their Cloud Servers. They have leaked in the
past and may leak in the future.
How to Fix: No Sound - High Definition
Audio Driver (Code 10)
Basically, this is another case of Windows
Update installing drivers onto machines which have proprietary
hardware. In almost every case, this results in driver conflicts
with the OEM manufacturer supplied drivers. The solution is to
remove the Windows 10 driver, run MS Updates, use wushowhide to
remove these driver updates, and using wushowhide, block these
driver updates from ever downloading again. Then set Windows 10 to
never download drivers from MS Updates. That's the permanent
solution to these issues. I have such an issue with my Intel NUC,
and had to do these steps to end the Windows Updates driver
downloads madness. Once Microsoft is taken out of the equation, go
to the manufacturer's website and download and install the correct
current Windows 10 compatible driver(s). I had to go to Realtek,
whose site is a real mess to navigate.
Take $125 Off the Asus ZenBook UX360CA
I'm late to then party, but this looked
like a good deal. The processor is a full-fledged Intel Core-i5,
which is good. But the graphics are nothing to write home about.
How to Remove Viruses and Malware on
Your Windows PC
It's nice that this article demonstrates a
variety of brands. Most articles of this type only push one brand.
Bitdefender Mobile Security: The Best
Android AV App
This is a good brand, and if you want to
cover all your devices and yout IoT Things, a full retail version
of BitDefender will cover all your devices for one subscription
Edible robot surgeons will cure you
from the inside out
Well, I guess this isn't any worse than
self-dissolving stitches, which are in common use today
Google tests new perma-silence feature
for sites in Chrome
I can think of a few sites I would like to
permanently silence. But I don't use them frequently.
Infographic - How to secure your Wi-Fi
This Infographic has all sorts of
ineffective and downright bad advice in it. While wps and certain
router default settings are insecure and should be changed or
disabled, the rest of the recommendations are mostly myths or
totally outdated strategies.
The Best Weather Apps for Android
DarkSky looks like a really useful app for
bike riders like myself. IT can get wind, rain and temperatures
down to a very local level. Combine this with a free weathwer
radar app, and you would have the info cyclists most often need to
stay safe and comfortable, or to plan for bad weather gear when we
will be needing it. Sever weather notifications are another
feature most weather apps offer.
Facebook blocks insurance company’s
plan to base premiums on your posts
First, this is a British company, nothing
in the US. Second, Facebook cannot legally share the information
requested to any US company. Third, it would never stand American
legal challenges. Among other things, we have the First Amendment
which protects Free Speech. Social media postings are none of any
company's business, and they all should know it.
How to decide between buying a flat or
curved PC monitor
For the viewing distances of PC use, I see
no advantage to a curved monitor. In fact, I don't see any
advantage of curved HDTYVs, but that's another issue.
Best free USB security software &
antivirus for Windows PC
This whole category is snake oil. There is
no software way to prevent infection through USB devices. They can
have hardware modifications and firmware viruses which will
circumvene all software solutions. Save the money and the resource
overhead. All these tools do can be duplicated in Windows 10 Pro's
Re. FYI #1012 (Sun 8/27/2017):
How Secure Boot Works on Windows 8 and
10, and What It Means for Linux
Fact of the matter is, for most distros of
Linux, getting them to boot on Secure Boot Windows machines has
long since been solved. My Ubuntu does not care about my NUC's
Secure Boot or its UEFI firmware instead of BIOS Post. What it
does care about is that to access shared NTFS file systems,
Windows Fast Startup needs to be disabled. With a fast processor
and fast SSD, this is a non-issue from a performance point of
Intel's 8th Gen Core Branding Will
Confuse the Masses
So what else is new? Intel has always
caused confusion over its chipset branding.
Backblaze Personal Backup review
Online storage for files is not backup.
Please keep the terms straight.
Re. FYI #1013 (Mon 8/28/2017):
Wanted: A world where virtual
assistants help (without being asked)
Be VERY careful what you wish for! This
article reminds me of the George Jetson cartoon in which the AI
devices go crazy "anticipating" what he wants. Remember his line?
"Jane! Stop this crazy thing! Jane! Jane!..."
Fox News is Spreading Fake News About
So why should Harvey be any different from
any other "story" Fox News gets their hands on? #MAGA!!!
The 3 Best Ways to Make a Window
Always-on-Top on Windows
In both Windows and Linux, many Apps,
taskbar items and Tray Items have their own controls for toggling
on and off between Always On Top and normal window behaviors. Each
app may do this diffrerently, but it's nice to know there are also
global ways to keep a window of interest always on top.
CrashPlan shutting down Home consumer
backup service (Carbonite might be an alternative)
Carbonite and CrashPlan take very
different approaches to off-site backup and recovery. CrashPlan
avoids storing your data on a Cloud Server, which has limits on
bandwidth, total space allocated and other things. With CrashPlan,
you use (with their permission) a trusted person's server or
computer for your backups. Then if you need to recover from the
backup, either you connect to the sever, or you notify the person
to open up their PC (or turn it on) so you can restore your
system. This whole strategy avoids using third-party
intermediaries, which is important for many CrashPlan users. NAS
like WD MyCloud also can also avoid most third-party intermediary
issues, although WD does spy on their own version of this type of
Personal Cloud tech.
Should You Always Use the Official
Charger for Your Phone?
I don't know about phone chargers, but my
tabelt uses a high current charger, more than standard USB
current. USe the wrong third-party charger on thea tablet, and its
battery actualy discharges. Not good! Also, phones like my Moto G4
which use Turbo Charging, must use compatible chargers, or risk
overheating and battery explosions.
The Robo-Doctor Will See You Now
I once had a robo-doctor -- no wait, he
was a real person. He just would not spend time to answer all my
questions, so I switched. Glad I did. Point is, virtual or actual
assistants cannot always substitute for the real doctor.
Why Those Floating Fire Ant Colonies in
Texas Are Such Bad News (dish soap best exterminator)
As a public service, once they finish
rescuing and helping the humans, authorities should poison those
colonies while they're still floating around. Much easier to find
and kill when they're all above ground!
It took 14 years for this Massachusetts
hospital to detect a data breach
In case you're not a local, Tewksbury is
the main State Mental Hospital still running in Southeastern
Massachusetts. These public hospitals have a long history of
patient abuse, unauthorized experimentation, and general
maltreatment of patients.
(Waltham had one notorious example and two
schools for "incorrigible youth" just up the road from where I
live. Due to asbestos and other contaminants, the place was torn
down and dug up some years ago. (They had a network of underground
tunnels.) The Waltham Land Trust then sold off some of the old
property to condo developers, which did not please some folks
around here. The rest, including a cemetery with unmarked graves,
is preserved as open space. I think one of the schools for special
needs students still operates.)
I think Tewksbury Hospital and the
Commonwealth have much more to fear from a data breach than the
patients or their families in this case. The folks who run and
used to run Tewksbury may be getting just what they deserve.
But taking 14 years to notify anyone of
the breaches? That's crazy, even for a State Institution!
New 3D Printers Can Print Materials as
Strong as Steel
Contrary to popular belief, plastics and
graphene can outperform steel in many applications. So can spider
Beginner's guide to Windows 10
Remember, full bitlocker encryption is
implemented only in Pro or above Windows SKUs. don't fall for the
fake "Bitlocker Encryption" the Home Edition pushes at you. Among
other things, it locks you into using a Microsoft Cloud login and
keeping the account as an Administrator Account.
How To Recover “Lost” USB Space in
Not only USB Flash Drives, but also USB
hard drives, have shown this behavior for me, and also my Dad when
he was alive. While some programs create crazy partitions and
formats in hard drives frormatted to exFAT or FAT32 (Hello,
Acronis Products!) the usual issue is that the files and folders
were marked for deletion, but they went into the external drive
partition's own "recycle bin" and the space was not recovered. It
is possible to turn off the Recycle Bin for external devices, and
in many cases this is a good solution for backup drives. But other
methods, including manually deleting the Recycler and System
Volume Information Folders (you have to work on a drive or
partition when it is not active to do this) can also recover the
"lost" space. Also, unplugging, powering down and replugging the
device or drive can recover the spaces marked for deletion. I
Linux, simply unmounting and remounting a USB device may recover
"lost" spaces. Windows Disk Manager can also "forget" a drive and
then "rediscover it", which is a similar operation.
Re. FYI #1014 (Tues 8/29/2017):
Run Chrome Stable, Beta and Dev
side-by-side on Windows
Chrome Beta works fine for me. Dev tends
to be unstable, and the Main Branch gets Flash Player updates too
Plex drops telemetry opt-out
That's actually only on some of their
Channels and Apps. Generally, Plex has been and remains pretty
good about user privacy.
How to Count the Number of Files in a
Directory in Linux
In my Ubuntu, with Nautilus in GUI Mode,
Properties (right-click menu) shows the Number of Items right
Lane warnings, blind-spot monitors
could prevent 50,000 crashes each year
Like all automatic driver aides, these
would have to be retrofitted to existing cars in order to have
much effect. That process can take 10 years or longer.
Court tells DreamHost to hand over data
on DisruptJ20 visitors, limits scope of gov't request
Any hosting service which hosts The Daily
Stormer site, I would avoid like the plague. Who cares about their
handing over of user data if they host such deplorable content?
10 Windows Store Apps You Didn’t Know
Six of these I already knew about, and the
others are mostly not of interest to me. But it is true that many
folks don't even know Microsoft has a Store, except for the
Google Chrome makes it easy to mute
annoying auto-play audio
Yet another setting or extension is now
needed to deal with the refusal of the advertising industry to
play by existing rules and honor opt-outs. Why does Google put up
with these practices in the first place?
Re. FYI #1015 (Wed 8/30/2017):
USB Disk Security protects your
computer from infected USB drives
Based on what this program claims to do
(virus scanning without paying for subscriptions) I would not
trust this program. They cannot have licenses to genuine databases
for most of the security companies they claim to be accessing. Not
at a cost of free, anyway. What they more likely are doing is
using Virus Total, which has limits on file size and numbers of
files per day, among other severe limitations. Also, with USB, by
the time you can scan the drive, you are already infected.
IT'S GOING TO COURT! YAHOO
MUST FACE DATA BREACH VICTIMS LITIGATION:
The only people who will make any money
off this are the trial lawyers. Even they have a severe uphill
battle ahead of them. The Yahoo management of those years is long
gone, and Verizon has deep pockets to defend itself. Nothing they
can do on either side will restore public trust in Yahoo's
Creating an EaseUS Todo Emergency Disk
Rescue media can also be created with
other backup programs, like Macrium Reflect Free or Aomei Backer
Upper. The point of these environments is to be able to boot the
media when Windows won't boot, and to perform a recovery from a
more limited temporary operating environment. The best examples
use WinPE, but there are also Linux based versions. You need to
update the rescue media when your backup program gets any major
update. And test to make sure your boot setup and rescue media can
boot from USB, before disaster strikes.
AccuWeather Is Tracking You Even When
You Don't Give It Permission [Updated]
I am not surprised to find this out.
However, the app is useful enough and I take enough global
precautions against enabling geolocation, so that I think this
risk is worth knowing about, but not enough to make me switch to
any other weather apps. They all probably use geolocation anyway.
7 Google Habits You Must Adopt for a
These are nice tips to have, but there is
a problem here. Becoming too dependent on any one company is a bad
habit. Break it. Put a little variety in your OS, apps and device
ecosystems. This includes your TV and media ecosystem -- don't
rely solely on one vendor.
How Spammers Hijack Abandoned URLs to
Spread SEO Garbage Across the Internet
I've seen a lot of this when doing Google
The Essential Phone made by the 'Father
of Android' confirms what I've said all along – the best Android
is stock Android
For an "Essential" phone, this thing's
Span & Play video across multiple
monitors on Windows using PotPlayer
Contrary to what the article says, the
company has never released a version for Windows 10, according to
their website download page. Some download sites for this program
are so far out of date that they list only Windows XP.
Driverless Cars of the Future Confront
Rules Written for Drivers
A programmer's nightmare, but a solvable
problem. The main issue seems to be keeping up to date with each
State's Rules of the Road. Massachusetts differs a lot from
Illinois, for example.
Samsung’s new tiny SSD is insanely fast
and incredibly affordable
If you call 4.5 times the price per
Gigabyte of a spinning platter drive "affordable", well I guess
that's your money to throw away.
Re. FYI #1016 (Thurs 8/31/2017):
I think this issue of FYI is almost
completely repeated from yesterday's postings.
From My Own Reading:
The definitive guide to privacy
settings in Windows 10 Creators Update [slideshow]
Microsoft slates September release for
Windows Server's first fast upgrade [Server Version 1709]
Moment Lens Version 2 review: This full
lens suite brings DSLR photography to the iPhone 7
Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller
(Generation 2) review: Watering the lawn gets smart
A bit pricey, but this is another place
IoT devices are going.
23 tips for the care and feeding of
By Woody Leonhard
Alexa and Cortana talking to each other
... and why I don’t care...
[Quote within the post]: "Cortana and
Alexa can talk to each other, but it isn’t really a conversation
or integration — simply a way for one bot to open the other. Yawn."
Is Firefox going into a tailspin?
Other articles confirm my own experience
after Firefox completely changed its extensions system.
Developers still have not converted to the new system. This has
rendered a LOT of old-style but useful (to me, essential) add-ons
useless. Which makes it look like Firefox really messed up big
time on this transition. They really need to get the extensions
developers back onboard. I no longer use Firefox at all in any
Posted on August 30th, 2017 at 13:26 woody
Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
"I’m starting a new series in
Computerworld that specifically deals with problematic patches.
There are so many of the furshlinger things, that I need to put it
all in one place.
Here’s the first one.
If you come up with a new patch
problem, or you know of one that’s been fixed, please post it
I’ll trim off the older posts in this
topic from time to time and put them in the Code Red forum."
Microsoft patch alert: Outstanding
problems with recent updates