Confessions of a former hacker: 5
techniques to make you more secure online
MSI Z370I Gaming Pro Carbon AC
Jason Ward's extreme 2018 tech
predictions: PWA, mobile PCs, and more
2017 is behind us, and 2018 is
stretched before us. What might history scribes remember from the
coming year in tech?
How to Use Your Mac’s Disk Utility to
Partition, Wipe, Repair, Restore, and Copy Drives
The Best Smart Thermostats of 2018
Whether you want to control your home's
heating and cooling with your phone or your voice, these connected
thermostats offer flexibility and can help save you money on
Why cybersecurity in 2018 will be an AI
vs. AI slugfest
Cybercriminals will soon rely on
machine learning and other AI-based attacks to hammer corporate
systems and imitate human behavior, says IBM Security's Caleb
[Windows 10 Tip] Pin Websites to Start
Menu or Taskbar Using Microsoft Edge
CES 2018: New tech you can use this
FREE Download: Grab these free Windows
WHY RASPBERRY PI ISN’T VULNERABLE TO
SPECTRE OR MELTDOWN
Net neutrality suit gains support from
tech’s biggest companies
The internet is suing the FCC.
Microsoft Starts Testing New, Modern
Look for Outlook Calendar on the Web
How to Check Amazon Seller Feedback and
Not Get Scammed
Screen Auto-Rotation not working or
grayed out in Windows 10 Table Mode
Tech Titans Downplay Meltdown And
Spectre Patches' Performance Hits
A look at the evolution of the Windows
8 Start screen
How to Fix Windows Explorer Showing
Drives Twice in the Sidebar
The Best Home Security Cameras of 2018
If you want to keep an eye on what's
happening at home when you're not there, but you don't want to
invest in a full-fledged home security system, a Wi-Fi-connected
camera is worth a look. These are the top performers in our
50 time-saving tips to speed your work
in Microsoft Office (free PDF)
[Software Update] Opera 50 Now
Available for Download
8 Chrome extensions that supercharge
Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides
can be powerful business tools. These extensions for the Chrome
browser help you work smarter with Google Drive and its companion
apps so you can get more done.
Everything you need to know about the
computer chip security mess
THE RASPBERRY PI PISERVER TOOL
Amazon brings Alexa to headphones and
A new kit makes it easier to connect
over Bluetooth to the Alexa service.
Microsoft (Kind Of) Kills Cortana’s
Music Recognition Feature
What Is Microsoft XPS Document Writer
and How Do I Remove It?
Data Detox from Mozilla lets you live a
Balanced Digital Lifestyle
Intel Issues Meltdown, Spectre Patches
For Newer CPUs
Design flaw found in
Intel processors, fix could bring substantial performance hit
How to See What Your Mac Is Loading at
Boot with KnockKnock
Chip Design Flaw Not Limited to Intel,
UPDATE: In a statement, Intel said the
problem isn't unique to Intel products and denied that it would
drag down performance for the average computer user.
Ransomware will have a big impact in
Is This the Answer to Screen Addiction?
Build Yourself a Cardboard-Framed
Raspberry Pi Tablet for Under $60
10 useful Windows 10 features you
probably never use but should
Task List using Raspberry Pi 3 and 7.5"
Surface line gets UEFI update to
mitigate Meltdown and Spectre security bugs
Microsoft releases firmware update to
address security bugs with Intel's processors in its Surface
devices — Here's how to get the update now.
How to Enable or Disable Adobe Flash
Player in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10
7 Weekend Projects for a Better Windows
TLPD is a long file path finder to
detect files with long paths on Windows
RISC-V Foundation Trumpets Open-Source
ISAs In Wake Of Meltdown, Spectre
Chime in: Should Microsoft make another
How to Enable and Use Windows 10’s New
Built-in SSH Commands
How to Protect Your Devices Against
Meltdown, Spectre Bugs
It's not just Intel machines. Here's
everything you need to know about how to protect your PC, Mac, and
mobile device against the chip-level security flaws that were
disclosed this week.
Run, don’t walk, to replace your iPhone
battery for $29
The Best Upgrades for Your Old Computer
Less Than One Month to Data Privacy Day
Be a Part of Something Big
What is sinkholing and how can it
Netgear Brings Mesh Wi-Fi to Your Yard
With Outdoor Orbi
How to keep your PC protected against
Meltdown and Spectre security bugs
Here are details and what you need to
do to protect your PC against the latest processors
How to Move Users Folder to another
Location in Windows 10
Reduce Finder Clutter and Mac Junk With
Aliases, Tags, and More
What is Ethereum cryptocurrency and how
does it work?
Free Phishing Kits Come With A Cost For
Defrost your windshield in seconds with
this weatherman's genius trick
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Update Assistant Download and Store Windows 10 Setup Files?
I had a
"forced upgrade" experience on my NUC in November's MS Updates
patching cycle. So I had to locate and remove these files. The MS
Updates channel is a bit different from the Update Assistant
channel, but the same bits go to the same locations if the update
is rejected, stopped or rolled back. And the same cleanup methods
need to be employed. I recovered more than 2 GB of drive space by
cleaning up after the unwanted upgrade attempt. I also gave
Macrium Reflect Free a workout restoring me to my pre-upgrade
conditions. This experience is why I am dumping Windows 10
completely over the next several months.
Meltdown: Critical CPU Security Flaws Explained
For my Intel
NUC, I already applied the hardware patch. Still waiting on the
Linux patch. Upgraded to kernel 4.13 or 4.13 HWE (rolling release)
to allow kernel patching. (4.09 which I had been using, will not
be patched. 4.4 or 4.04 will be patched, especially if you upgrade
to 4.4 HWE. In Ubuntu 16.04 LTS this should happen
Help Me Tom’s
Guide: How Do I Stream Wirelessly from PC to TV?
I've had good
luck with wireless HDMI, Miracast (where applicable) and soon I'm
going to test Chromecast or Google Cast for my phone. Through the
Chrome Browser, Cast is also available to Linux and Windows. You
can mirror the browser window or the whole desktop in most cases,
but protected (DRM) content may not cast.
Disputes CPU Bug Claims
If they want
to survive as an Enterprise chip maker, Intel had better sooner
than later, stop denying and minimizing, and get busy redesigning
their chip designs. AMD is already redesigning their chips. (This
may be a multi-year process, and processor performance may suffer
in the meantime.)
Flaw Not Limited to Intel, Researchers Say
No, it isn't
unique to Intel processors. But yes, performance will take a hit
for everyone. Most of us do not run Enterprise strength programs
in virtual machine environments, but there will be some
performance hits. These hits will be with us for years to come.
What to Do
When Windows Explorer Crashes in Windows 10
Windows 10 Pro went to version 1703 I had the Shell Extensions
bug, and Windows Explorer liked to crash a lot, especially when a
lot of USB drives were attached. It's gotten better, but recently
the issue showed up again on my tablet, possibly on my NUC. The
bug may be back. The best fix is to use Task Manager and restart
the Explorer process.
Update now installed on more than half of all Windows 10 PCs,
I wonder how
many of those installs were "forced upgrades" or "mistakes"?
How to Watch
Live TV Online
"rebroadcasting" from your own DTV antenna and DVR box is probably
the best way to go. Plex on HD HomeRun has a good reputation,
though using PlexPass this way can be a bit costly. As long as you
aren't sharing or using a cloud server, this is all perfectly
legal. Even away from your Home Network. Second best if you
subscribe already is the Comcast app through the Chrome Browser.
I've used this a lot during my move from Chicago to Boston. When I
had AT&T UVerse, their DVR worked with a Slingbox variant, both on
the Home network and away from home. Don't even bother with Direct
TV Now. Don't bother with paid network apps either -- they don't
have all the local news, and they cost way more than they are
it sold a Google Home device every second since October 19
I guess we'll
have to update P.T. Barnum's saying about suckers.
on a Stick?
If the Intel
Compute Stick CS325 costs in the neighborhood of $340, I can't add
a keyboard, mosuse and monitor for less than my new Chromebook
with similar specs will cost. Adn I bet the Compute Stick will run
a lot hotter and does not do multi-booting with ChromeOS, Android
Apps and full desktop Ubuntu Linux. And attaching external storage
would be a real bear.
anything smaller and less capable than the Intel NUC and its
cousins, would be too small and too few ports to be of much use. A
mini-PC is to me in the NUC size class. For on the go computing, a
small to medium sized Chromebook with Linux will be sufficient.
Updates Will Make Chips “Immune” From New Security Vulnerabilities
Specter will still be out there and is not fully patched by the
Apps to Trim, Cut, or Split a Video Without Installing Anything
resource. I installed a new Linux app (VidCutter) from its link.
I'll see about playing with it whenever I get a chance.
to Virtually Dress You in a Blended Reality Mirror
kids and teens using this, what could possibly go wrong?
How to Use
Vineyard to Run Windows Apps on Linux
I must say, I
have been using Linux since at least as far back as 2014, and I
have never, ever felt the temptation to run Windows applications
on Linux. More often, I have wanted to run Linux apps while inside
Windows, which may now or soon be possible, sort of.
Disable Windows Update Automatic Updates in Windows 10
You should be
careful what you do about this, and how you do it. Older methods
like wushowhide are no longer working. No method stops forced
upgrades or driver updates in some cases. Sometimes, if you turn
off automatic updates and then turn them back on later, Windows
Update gets very confused and has to be repaired. Exactly what
causes these anomalies is not clear at all to me.
Meltdown-Spectre fix: How to check if your AV is blocking
reports of blue screens after installing the patch, all argue for
waiting a month or more before applying this patch to Windows
CPU and OS
makers go on red alert over Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities
remember, for most of us these exploits are strictly theoretical
at this point. No need to panic and rush out to find and install
untested fixes. The one exception is the BIOS update or firmware
update from your device manufacturer or from the chip maker. These
can and should be applied ASAP.
From My Own
its new security updates make PCs ‘immune’ to Meltdown and Spectre
Updates to Protect Systems from Security Exploits
A BIOS Update
is available for my NUC from Jan. 3, 2017. (I won't provide
specific links due to the very specific nature of BIOS update
files and methods.) This is the one for the Specter and Meltdown
exploits recently exposed. Testing to see if Linux has an issue
with this update, and I'll try to find any microcode updates for
my kernel. (I use kernel version 4.9 and would like to update to
kernel 4.13 or 4.14 soon.) This time, the in-BIOS F7 update failed
repeatedly. But the from-boot F7 worked. I recall opposite results
last time I was updating the BIOS in here.
Transformer Book t100tam tablet does not have any new BIOS or
firmware updates, as expected.
Meltdown [Ubuntu kernel update schedule]
date for the kernel patches for Linux is Jan. 9, 2018 (Tuesday).
Automatic Updates shouid arrive shortly thereafter for kernel
versions which will be patched. Not all versions will be patched.
upgraded to the newer 4.13 HWE Ubuntu kernel, as this is
definitely scheduled to get updated. Version 4.09 which I had been
using, is not on the list to be patched. The official 16.04 LTS
kernel to be patched is version 4.4 or 4.4 HWE. (HWE are rolling
update style kernels. There are advantages and disadvantages to a
rolling updates strategy. Generally, if you value stability above
all else, HWE may not be for you. But if you want the latest
features and security updates in a timely manner, HWE is the way
to go. There is always a tradeoff like this.)
laptop batteries due to overheating issues
it sold a Google Home device every second since October 19
wage rises will put more jobs at risk of automation
It's not just
in this country anymore.
think they have found the reason some people are left-handed — and
it has nothing to do with the brain
is launching its own version of Quirky for businesses called Giddy
Comments by -- Joe Nowak
Alexa and Amazon Purchases
Sun Jan 7, 2018 11:37 am (PST)
Many members have Alexa. While it does a lot of things for you,
it might be interesting to discover it also has an influence on
your buying. At least that's what the chart suggests.
Next Big Things in Technology
Mon Jan 8, 2018 1:24 pm (PST)
the next big technology trends going to be during the coming year?