Google flexed its muscles with new
ad-blocking rules, and some smaller players are concerned about
- Google's Chrome browser will
now block all advertising on websites that serve particularly
annoying ads, like autoplay videos with sound or full-page
- However, the company's
dominance of the online ads business in conjunction with the
dominance of its Chrome browser also raises some thorny questions.
How to Set Up Offline Gmail on Your
New Intel Graphics Drivers Add
Automatic Game Configuration Feature
3D-printed smartphone microscope is
good enough for scientists
The clip-on device magnifies up to
1/200th of a millimeter.
How to record phone calls on your
iPhone or Android
Stop Windows 10 from deleting Thumbnail
This Pocket PC Could Replace Your
The Ockel Sirius B runs Windows 10 and
fits in any standard pocket.
Most Android Security Scares Are
Windows 10 'Redstone 4:' The 5 best new
features and changes
The latest version of Windows, Windows
10 "Redstone 4," is coming this spring as a free update, with a
bunch of new features and changes. Here's a list of our top five.
These are the sneaky ways apps like
Instagram, Facebook, Tinder lure you in and get you 'addicted'
Skype Is Vulnerable to a Nasty Exploit:
Switch to the Windows Store Version
How to Get Old Snapchat Back (There’s a
How to Protect Yourself From Extortion
Scammers Abuse Google Ads to Steal
Millions in Bitcoin
The cybercriminals used Google Ads to
promote fake Blockchain.info pages that were designed to steal
victims' login credentials.
Microsoft removing Windows Apps with
"Windows" in name is a mistake
How to Snap Windows in Chrome OS
Gaming On The Couch: Corsair's Next-Gen
Wireless Peripherals, Hands On
Samsung has the world's largest SSD,
again, at 30TB
Packed full of 512GB 3D V-NAND chips,
it has twice the capacity and speed of its predecessor.
Everyday essential shortcuts for your
How to Backup & Restore BCD file in
ACER CHROMEBOOK 15 (2017) REVIEW:
BIGGER DOESN’T MEAN BETTER
California city to test universal basic
Why Microsoft needs to unify the many
faces of Cortana
Microsoft's Cortana is now in more
places than ever, but it needs to start looking the part of a
future-driven A.I. personal assistant.
Unlocked phones vs. locked phones: Why
you should care
In this edition of Ask Maggie, CNET's
Marguerite Reardon breaks down what you need to know about the
carrier practice of locking phones.
How to Change the Speed of (or Disable)
Windows’ Taskbar Thumbnail Previews
Guess What? Sonos One Speakers Also
10 Best Android Apps for Slow Internet
or Bad Network Connectivity
The Best Photo Printers of 2018
Your photos deserve more than a mere
digital existence. Here's what you need to know to pick the right
photo printer based on your output needs.
Patch My PC Updater 4.0 review
How to Quickly Transfer Images from an
iPad to a PC
Intel Docs Confirm Dual-Core Cannon
Lake CPUs With And Without iGPUs
Google found another bug in Microsoft’s
The Edge team at Microsoft is probably
not very happy right now.
Home protection you never knew you
How to project your Windows computer
screen to a TV
How to Add Safe Mode to Boot Options in
Dell XPS 13 9370 (early 2018) Review:
Redesign Of The Original MacBook Air 'Killer'
Don't buy a graphics card right now
unless you really have to
Rising costs and availability issues
are linked firmly to the boom in cryptocurrency mining right now.
And PC gamers are the ones feeling the effects.
New patent reveals Microsoft’s intent
to kill the mouse with its Surface Pen
Researchers find fresh Meltdown,
Spectre exploits in modern CPUs
Hardware design changes are needed to
squash the new bugs
How to Close Apps on the iPhone X
How to Encrypt Files and Folders in
Looking for Love? Delete Those Dating
Tinder and Hinge aren't the
only place to find a soul mate (or hookup). These people were
struck by Cupid's arrow on Twitter, YouTube, and even Twitch.
Encrypt your DNS traffic with Simple
DNSCrypt for Windows
How to Get Android Apps, Google Play
Store on a Chromebook
Zotac Zbox Magnus EN1060K-U Barebones
Mini PC Review
Chrome cleans up messy URLs when you
share from your phone
The folks in your group chats will
Fitness tracker vs. smartwatch, which
is better for you?
SEC_ERROR_UNKNOWN_ISSUER warning in
How to Move Users Folder to another
Location in Windows 10
How to answer 10 common net neutrality
questions from users and executives
The end of net neutrality is bound to
produce some questions from users and executives. Here are some
typical ones you should expect, along with suggested answers you
Why I'm sticking with Surface Laptop
instead of Surface Book 2
I am a Surface user who prefers the
Laptop over the popular Book 2. Here's why.
Chris Messina: Alexa leads the ‘god
bot’ wars because Amazon gets the most interest from developers
Skype security flaw 'ignored' by
Microsoft could let hackers into your computer
If exploited by an attacker, the flaw
could give a local unprivileged user full access to the system
Best Phones of 2018
How to Stop Facebook Friends or Pages
From Taking Over Your Feed
Porsche Is 3D Printing Classic Car
It's cheaper and much more efficient to
print spare parts for increasingly rare classic cars.
CopyQ is an advanced Clipboard Manager
Windows 10 Will Show You Everything
Microsoft Has On You
Comments by -- Bob Primak --
phase of Google's Chrome OS takeover
As the lines
continue to blur between Chrome OS and Android, some
once-crazy-sounding concepts are about to shake up mobile
computing as we know it.
out (TV ad): You Chromebook | If you’re over the old way of
Count 0:05 of
Frame says, "If you wish computers were more like phones..."
(...you Chromebook.") I do not wish this. And I do not Chromebook.
I Linuxbook (use a Chromebook for its great hardware, but
dual-boot and use Linux most of the time, except for fun and
How to Run
Windows Software on a Chromebook
about as well as running Linux programs inside of Windows 10. Not
a real substitute for actual Windows or Linux. But in a pinch...
to Update Your Drivers? (I have seen problems disappear after
driver updates, just not everything)
I agree with
both of you. I've seen real disasters from updating drivers from
the wrong sources. But I've also solved vexing Windows and Linux
issues with driver updates from the right sources. Just be careful
the drivers you download are specific to your
hardware (and SoC firmware if present).
flickering in ubuntu 16.04 LTS (you'll have to keep watching
for added posts)
My Intel NUC
and (modified GalliumOS) Chromebook do not have this issue. Both
are Skylake based, and do have sound driver and shutdown issues.
bypasses Windows 10 anti-ransomware protection with this trick
something like this. Protections can't be as simple as changing a
few file and folder permissions, otherwise we wouldn't have any
Cheap Cell Phone Plans You've Never Heard Of
(Not to be confused with US Cellular or T-Mobile) works for me,
and you aren't limited to a TracPhone. I use a Moto G4, not the
one from Amazon.
Microsoft Replacing Windows 10 S with 'S Mode'
Microsoft to add new Windows 10 Home editions to its line-up
Microsoft to drop Windows 10 S as a stand-alone product
Microsoft tees up Windows 10 support of Progressive Web Apps
what they're trying to do is make every copy of Windows a copy of
Windows S, which is a total Microsoft Store lockdown. This is why
I am abandoning Windows 10 forever. And one reason I added Linux
to my Chromebook. (I am switching over to Fedora, Red Hat’s free
edition, because it stays more up to date, including kernel level
security improvements, than Ubuntu and Gallium OS.)
secretly building Polaris, a slimmer, more modern version of
is about abandoning legacy software and hardware. Nice folks in
Redmond, aren't they!
Why Linux is
better than Windows or macOS for security
Yep, it's all
about the Permissions. A pain to run up against when copying files
between two hard drives (as I just encountered yesterday) but a
blessing when avoiding malware attacks. There are also kernel
differences, and the absence in Linux of a Registry. Programs in
Linux seldom run as Root (Admin).
Chrome users: Tech-support scams try new trick to freeze your
ad-blocker if you want to dodge tech-support scammers' latest
Or, just get
your tech support from the Microsoft Store or your friendly
neighborhood tech person (one you can trust).
Location-Tagged Photos Really a Privacy Concern?
been stalked and murdered from this metadata. Enough said.
Update Released to Fix High CPU & Memory Usage in Mbamservice.exe
Now if only
they would submit their product to independent lab testing... but
that would be too revealing, apparently.
for Seniors in 2018 (do you know any seniors?)
visual-motor skills issues, so I can benefit from this advice too.
And yes, in my neighborhood I found three or four groups of
seniors who use and understand tech. (Boston is full of tech
industry veterans!) They would love this advice.
popular VPN service reveals user location and Wi-Fi name
telling folks, don't trust free VPN services! Now will they
Why ISPs Like
Verizon Are Likely Ripping Off Your Older Parents
XFinity is the same way, especially if you do not own your DVR and
Gateway. My price creep this year is about 31%, just like the
Verizon second-year creep. So far, this is not enough to justify a
downgrade from what I have to a lower speed and fewer Cable
channels (and then subscribe to a few that I would lose with paid
ala carte upgrades, which is possible now). But in the third and
fourth years ... We'll see how the OTA Broadcast ATSC-3 conversion
affects all of this math. (I may need to replace my TiVo.)
smart glasses that you might want to wear
laser beams images into your eye.
I sure hope
they know what they're doing with those lasers!
Demonstrates Amazon Key Vulnerability
Is this a new
vulnerability, or a recycled old article?
Why a Big
Utility Is Embracing Wind and Solar
utility conglomerate is into some form of alternate generation
these days. This is nothing new. Exelon, ComEd's chief supplier,
has been doing wind energy downstate for years. Xcel is in the
best part of North America for wind energy.
Wireless Efforts to Lose $1.2 Billion in First 18 Months
a profit soon enough, I'm pretty sure.
may gain an upper hand with carriers thanks to 'Always Connected'
on public acceptance of having Microsoft looking over our
shoulders every time we log in, to the time we log out. Again,
this is one reason I am abandoning Windows and have not taken up
Chrome OS in its place.
How Do I Shut
Down a Machine with No Display?
This is why
power supplies should have externally visible LED indicators. And
why laptop indicator LEDs are hooked into the power supply, not
the drive or anything to do with the OS. The power button, if held
down for a few seconds, should shut down the device cold. If not,
it's time to replace the device or the power supply.
What is POP?
Or POP3? And what about IMAP and SMTP?
IMAP is used
more and more because of its ability to allow syncing across
multiple devices from a single account. I am slowly converting
most of my services, except GMail, to IMAP. But I copy important
messages into Local Folders just in case something goes wrong in
the IMAP download process. You only get one chance to archive a
message in IMAP before it can disappear forever.
What to Do
When Your Hard Drive Fails
you will have backups of your system(s) and data. And hopefully,
your backup software or rescue environment will not fail you when
you need it the most. A second and third copy of the drive will
also lessen anxiety about this type of disaster.
Spectre Updates Will Affect Your PC
been able to apply fixes, performance is not affected fo what I do
with my PC and other devices. But some, including my Chromebook
(for its autonomous Linux environment), do not offer hardware BIOS
or firmware updates. They remain vulnerable.
Reports: Your smart TV is tracking you and so are hackers
vulnerability is a 'feature,' not a 'risk'
So, I won't
be buying anything from Roku anytime soon...
Get ready for more PCs that only run Microsoft Store apps by
Or, buy a kit
and run Linux on it.
How to Rid a
New PC of Crapware
Store Signature Editions are generally free of crapware.
Releases Fixed Spectre Patch For Skylake CPUs
No one can
download these patches yet. At least my Itnel NUC can't. No Intel
download site for the patches.
VLC 3.0 adds
Chromecast support and more as the best free media player gets
Windows installer, but nowhere have I seen a Linux way to get this
upgrade. Ubuntu it turns out, has added it to their Software
Center, as has the GNOME Software Center. There are other
downloads for Debian and other distros, but you really have to
search for them. Anyway, I ended up getting hooked into the
Nightly Builds for Ubuntu 16.04, so my VLC Player version in
Ubuntu Linux is up to 4.x. It works, even if it's a RC version.
That Spied on Me
read, must have been even creepier to live through this
How Do I
Disable Windows Updates in Windows 10 Home?
While you can
do this, I would not recommend it. The end result is that when the
updates are enabled again, Windows Update gets very messed up.
Eventually you end up; having to run the repair diagnostic, and
even that plus Disk Cleanup doesn't always restore full updates
functionality. And stopping Windows Defender updates and
definition updates is a big DO NOt DO THIS.
Should Try Switching Linux Operating Systems
switching my Chromebook's Linux from GalliumOs to Fedora if that
will work in there. It's about staying ujp to date on the OS, the
kernel, security and programs. GalliumOs is simply too far behind
the mainstream for my taste.
Antivirus Software and Apps 2018
Rubenking of PC Mag usually does a separate review of free AV
offerings, a week or more after the review of paid AV offerings.
Wait a little while and this should appear for 2018.
self-destructing electronics can turn your data to dust on command
In my mind
I'm replaying the beginning scenes from the old Mission:
Impossible TV show. "This device will self-destruct in five
seconds. Good luck, Jim."
How to Reset
Your Phone or Tablet
I also have
learned how to reset or Powerwash my Chromebook, just in case.
4 U.S. States
(Representing 1/5th of the Country’s Population) Have Passed
Measures Protecting Net Neutrality
As with the
EU data privacy breach laws, this may be all it takes to restore
Net Neutrality practices to the entire country. If these laws
withstand court challenges, companies with nationwide or
multistate service areas would have to make their services
everywhere conform to the most restrictive States if they wanted
to stay in business. Maintaining different parallel
infrastructures in different States just makes zero economic
sense, and these Companies know it.
Take Down ‘Pirate’ VLC With Five Million Downloads
outed on Reddit, Google Play has now removed the app. I won't name
the app, as it is no longer up there.
I would never
buy any tablet in this price range. They are usually good at one
thing only -- making you shell out money for paid content and paid
apps or in-app purchases.
Releases Safe-to-Install Spectre Patches
I can't find the versions for my Intel Skylake NUC anywhere.
Amazon to Roll Out UPS-Like Delivery Service
experiences recently with Amazon's existing in-house delivery
system, Amazon Logistics. I can tell you, their drivers especially
when delivering on Sundays, can't read house numbers, can't
deliver packages undamaged, and scan packages as delivered up to
two days before they actually arrive (if they arrive at all).
Phone support and ordering package resends is a nightmare from
(specific geographic reference deleted -- a portal to Hell). This
does not bode well for any bigger rollout by Amazon of any
delivery services. I would never use this service even if they
paid me to use it.
3 Best Cheap
Linux Laptops to Buy in 2018
These are all
overpriced, and several contain Linux which is not GNU/Linux. In
other words, not FOSS. Why buy something specially built for a
non-free Linux distro when you can find used or refurbished
laptops for half or less the price, and install your choice of
truly FOSS GNU/Linux distros (I recommend Fedora or Ubuntu, or
their lightweight X-spins) on the laptop? Why become dependent on
a hardware vendor for OS support and limit your software choices,
when there are Linux forums and (in some places) user groups and
independent techs who work with Linux conversions all the time?
None of these Linux laptops will make learning and using Linux any
or forgotten Outlook PST Password with free password recovery
upgraded Outlook since 2016, these tools no longer work. Even then
(2016) they were unreliable at best. As with any encrypted data,
it is best to have one unencrypted current backup stored somewhere
Fends Off Ransomware, Comes With Cloud Storage
Acronis Beta products tend to become non-free very fast. Second,
this product duplicates a feature incorporated into all editions
of Windows 10 Pro 1709 Fall Creators Update. Exactly the same
functionality, executed exactly the same way. Microsoft should be
suing for patent infringement.
Tests 'Downvote' Option for Flagging Abusive Comments
Unfortunately, this sort of crowdsourced policing often results in
vendettas among competing products and services, so that the whole
system becomes subverted. This happened to McAfee Site Advisor.
We Want These
Privacy Sliders In Any Gadget With a Webcam
I'd like to
see a single product with global restrictions or filtering which
would apply to all our IoT Things. But that would require "illegal
collusion" among all sorts of diverse companies which make these
review: Make your dumb garage door smart
all those garage door openers were hacked? Want to see this happen
again? Just start buying these things.
face-off: Raspberry Pi thin client vs modern laptop
I think these
guys have been inhaling too much of their own solder.
dilly-dallying. Block all ads on YouTube
Google star banning ad blockers altogether, unless you pay them
for the Premium version. Mark my words, this will happen
useful security settings
Microsoft, why should we have to go searching over several web
pages (whose addresses are not listed in any central location)
just to opt out from things Google should never have opted us into
in the first place? This company like Microsoft, does not have
consumers' best interests anywhere on their radar.
to Leverage Optane to Eliminate Local PC Storage Altogether
this concept could absolutely work for some specific use-cases
like education and businesses where local storage needs are small
and security is paramount, it’s a terrible idea for the general
A secure web
is here to stay
Web is inherently insecure. No way around this.
How to mirror
your smartphone or tablet on your TV
and Miracast have worked just fine for me on those devices which
support them. I may have less use for Miracast now that I'm
dumping Windows out of my life.
How to Turn
Off Ads on Amazon Fire Tablets
just lose a lawsuit over these exact same practices regarding
their unlocked smartphones?
will help protect your Eyes and maintain Eye Health when using the
medical claims and are entirely unsupported. Thus, these products
violate the Us FDA regulations for false advertising. I find
Windows 10's Nightlight and Redshift for Linux to be perfectly
adequate. Both can be adjusted to suit your own particular
preferences. Just don't make medical claims about screen
adjustments or reminders.
12 duster cans for $40
As used by
most people, compressed air does more damage than good to the
internals of most PCs and laptops. And $40.00 seems a lot to pay
for a can of compressed air.
How to Use
ReactOS, the Open-Source Windows Clone
Last I knew,
React OS had been dead for years, since it was based on piracy of
Microsoft Windows code, obtained by illegal reverse-engineering.
Who Makes the
Most Reliable Hard Drives?
drives have historically has issue, and this continues to be the
case. I also don't see any data on Toshiba branded drives. I
usually go for WD Elements or other simple drives which ship
without security or backup software preinstalled. Then I reformat
and partition the drives myself with third-party tools.
Chromebox Review: Chrome OS Goes Desktop
apps are so cloud-dependent, and local RAM and storage so unfit
for even lightweight Linux dual-booting or Crouton Container
running, I am surprised anyone is recommending Chrome boxes for
anything other than media streaming. (This design doesn't even
support Android Apps.) With 4k video not working on these earlier
designs, I'd scrap even that as a use case. The desktop is a place
for real Linux on a capable PC or mini-PC, not for an
always-connected mobile platform like Chrome OS.
Chrome OS 64
Arrives: Here Are the New Features
getting this update on my (brand new) Chromebook.
What to Do
When Your Hard Drive Fails
First step --
verify your backup drive(s). Oh, you didn't do that step in
disaster preparedness? Too bad. (/sarc)
Mini PC Is a Pint-Sized VR Powerhouse
Skull Canyon NUC. Wow. (rolleyes) Too bad this thing is stuck with
the same microcode issues which Meltdown and Spectre can exploit.
The patches will probably cost this VR rig over 30 percent in
performance. Plus, every new Intel NUC design seems to come with
firmware flaws which require several BIOS updates before the NUCs
become usable. So I hear from bleeding-edge NUC enthusiasts. But
if these issues get addressed, the NUC concept is still one of the
best in the small form-factor market niche I've seen. The most
feature-packed versions are always pretty pricey.
10 on a Raspberry Pi thin client: Here's how it compares with a
Like I said,
these guys seem to need to ventilate their soldering rooms better.
Android Know a Wi-Fi Network Is Fast or Slow Before I Connect?
Oh joy, more
Is there a
drawback to using Wi-Fi Calling on an iPhone?
I can think
of one -- Wi-Fi is hackable. Much more so than cell phone
communications, which are protected by US laws against
6 Windows 10
Registry Hacks to Optimize Your Windows 10 Experience
deleting the pagefiles at shutdown -- does nothing to enhance
privacy or security, and can lead to significant system slowdowns
and booting issues.
How to delete
collected telemetry data on Windows 10
proves to be true, this is one fewer reason to hate Microsoft. But
they are reducing all consumer level Windows versions to the S
versions, so this gesture is totally empty and meaningless.
ransomware attacks were so powerful in 2017
Malwarebytes has a product to sell you. Windows 10 version 1709
has introduced ransomware protections available through the
Security Center. But these preventions have been hacked, so the
arms race is on.
Windows 10 is
getting its own effortless Bluetooth pairing for devices
Bluetooth pairing is already pretty straight-forward. Linux
pairing could use some simplification, but that's a different
Install Linux on a Chromebook
the only method which works on the ARM Chromebooks. On Intel
Chromebooks (like mine) there's also a dual-boot option. (Crouton
only gives a VM-like Chroot option. You are still running Chrome
OS with a child root of Linux within it, which is more limited
than a true dual-boot.) Chrx is the other method, if your hardware
supports it. This method requires altering the Chromebook firmware
to allow Legacy Boot and USB boot, but it produces a true Linux
user experience, almost like a true dual-boot. (Make sure you know
how to Powerwash your Chromebook and make your Recovery Media
before starting this project!) While you're at it, create a
bootable Clonezilla Live USb environment to handle backup and
restore operations. (And use gParted from a Live Linux USB drive
to examine how the partitions on a Chromebook are named, and get
to know how many there are and what they do from online articles.)
about how a Chromebook is typically partitioned and what each
partition is meant to do. See the Heading "Drive Partitions". My
Chromebook's partitions in gParted showed up in a different order,
but they were the same in total number and they had labels which
indicated similar functions. The physical locations looked like
emmc blocks (/dev/mmcblkxx).)
How to Handle
Meltdown and Spectre on Linux Ubuntu
I've done the
best I can currently, and both my hardare and my software and OS
test vulnerable to all Meltwdown and Spectre variants according to
the recommended testing script. There simply are no effective
patches or firmware updates at this time, if there will ever be
any. Complete chipset redesign is the only realistic answer.
Ford Wants to
Sell You a Mileage Plan Instead of New Car
I don't see
many people falling for this obvious scam.
Are We Secure
From Spectre and Meltdown Yet?
replacing all our Intel chips with new ones which haven't even
been designed yet, no we will never be safe from these classes of
Chromebook hacks that give your laptop surprising new talents
I cringe at
people referring to Chromebooks as laptops. They don't even run
full-fledged desktop applications. (The Linux I have on my
Chromebook does this, but that's added on.) Their ads talk about
using your laptop like a phone as if that were a good thing. It is
not! (Attention, Chromebook ad producers -- Chromebook is not a
verb! Neither is Google.)
Update Supports HDR10, Chromecast Streaming
I still have
to test this with my Chromecast.
your needs, Chromebooks can come very cheaply with good
performance, as long as you aren't trying to use them for offline
desktop applications. For that purpose, a more capable (and
costlier) Chromebook like my ASUS flip c302 should be better. Mine
runs Linux (converting to Fedora) alongside of Chrome OS.
Windows 10 Apps
I can tell
you one thing about VLC Player -- the Windows Store version is
organizing and editing program not mentioned is Fotoxx:
This is used
by several members of the Natick (MA) FOSS user group.
16.04.4 LTS Planned For Release 1 March
This is about
the same time Ubuntu 18.04 will come out. But since a lot of us
will wait a few months for the bugs to shake out, 16.04.4 is a
nice update to see coming.
cover Windows 7 with advanced threat service
feature is only available in Enterprise Editions.
How to Set Up
Google Print on Your Chromebook
really the only practical way to use compatible printers with a
How to Export
Chrome Browsing History to HTML, CSV, or TXT
This is one
way to continue working on a project across devices or OSes.I use
this feature and the one for Chrome Bookmarks occasionally. It
works best if you can clone your Chrome launcher shortcut or
create a new Chrome profile for each project. Then you have only
the History and Bookmarks you really need.
Top Sites Can Be Impersonated Using Non-Latin Alphabet
browser is up to date, these attacks shouldn't work.
Password Changes Actually Good for Your Security?
It turns out,
changing passwords frequently does little to reduce hacking,
hijacking and impersonation.
Slice Review: Mighty and Modular Mini PC
Toto bad they
didn't include any Intel NUCs in this teasting. That would have
been a useful comparison.
extensions you didn't know about but should be using
Best Google Chrome Extensions
collections include most of my favorites. Just don't install too
many extensions into any browser. This can slow performance.
Many ID-Protection Services Fail Basic Security
Why does this
not surprise me?
AMP for email
is a terrible idea
like yet another attempt to hold Gmail users captive inside
Google's walled garden. Downvote!
Chrome Flags You Should Enable
I have Chrome
65 Beta. Half these flags don't exist.
Best Mini PCs
I think they
need a new category -- For Home Users Who Want to Ge Actual Work
Done. Atom processors just don't cut it for those of us in this
Windows 10 is
adding an Ultimate Performance mode for pros
This is not
available for laptops or tablets. It comes with a price tag, as
Windows Workstation is an upgrade from Pro.
NOISE-CANCELLING HEADPHONES ARE HALF-OFF RIGHT NOW
The price has
dropped again, and they are perfectly good for Android or Apple
phones (the ones at Amazon).
Spectre-resistant chips are on the way, promises AMD CEO
This is going
to be a cat and mouse game for a long time to come. Just buckle up
and expect a bumpy ride.
Anti-ransomware protects your Windows against ransomware attacks
As of Windows
10 version 1709, you do not need separate third-party ransomware
discover new ways to abuse Meltdown and Spectre flaws
chipmakers' hardware changes won't be enough to protect against
I think we
all kind of expected this to happen.
Foundation releases LibreOffice 6.0 with improved GUI, file format
I upgraded in
Linux, and I'm still evaluating the changes. But so far it looks
pretty good. There's already been a minor update.
Windows 10 Mini PCs to buy
pretty much covers the bases.
found an easy way to kill the flu virus
I'll be sure
to carry a UV lamp in my vest pocket from now on until spring.
From My Own
free analytics service sniffs out Meltdown, Spectre patch status
enterprise level servers, not home PCs or workstations.
Top FBI, CIA,
and NSA officials all agree: Stay away from Huawei phones
product line of Trojan horses, apparently. Avoid Huawei products
at all costs. And this one in the article is very expensive for a
piece of Chinese spyware.
intelligence agencies are still warning against buying Huawei and
Add ZTE to
built-in ad blocker will work when it goes live tomorrow
for aliens is struggling thanks to cryptocurrency mania
SETI? Well, the crypto-miners are taking over the computer
resources SETI has depended on for a long time. Can this
crypto-mania get any worse?
backs away from crypto payments, Coin base offers a new solution
the crypto-mania can get worse.
activate the anti-ransomware protection in your Windows 10 Fall
Creators Update PC.
Creators Update provides next-gen ransomware protection
references about Windows 10 ransomware protections, apply both to
consumer level editions with Windows Defender and enterprise
editions with Windows Advance Threat Protection (ATP).
cover Windows 7 with advanced threat service
While this is
of interest mainly to corporate network administrators, it does
indicate jsut how strongly people and businesses are sticking with
What’s new in
Windows 10 security features: The anti-ransomware edition
you need to know about each security update to Windows 10 as they
roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for 1709, Fall Creators
Bradley's advice for IT professionals in corporate environments.
She leads with a synopsis of what Microsoft is doing with Windows
Defender to protect users from ransomware. Some of these defenses
may find their way downward into consumer editions in some form or
Windows 10 is
adding an Ultimate Performance mode for pros
for no-compromise work.
passwords in Windows 10 S is one of 7 big changes in Windows 10
drone is never quite sure where it is
helps it avoid hitting trees.
Believe it or
not, this is also how the most proficient human navigators
operate. It's sort of "fuzzy logic" which sacrifices certainty
about position for better ability to pay attention to only those
landmarks and hazards which are truly important.
live news listings to TV app on iOS and Apple TV
each channel's respective apps to watch.
As far as I
know, it would be possible to add the channels for local news
stations, if they have apps.
Mind-Blowing Implications of Driverless Cars and Trucks
Larry W. of Lexington (MA) Computer Group for this link.)
readers to pick their poison: ads or crypto mining
not my kind of content to begin with. They can keep their content
behind a paywall for all I care. Just Say No to online bullies.
The 6 best
Android lite apps for saving data, space and time on your device
Apps aren't apps at all. They are APIs in the Chrome Mobile
Browser, and include all the risks and issues associated with
doing everything from within browser windows. Otherwise, these
little applets might actually help save space and resources on
refunding Prime phone buyers who paid to remove ads
Now that it's
dropped the ads, many users paid as much as $50 for nothing.
I don't have
one of those phones -- mine was bought from Jet.com because of
this premium for ad-free.
on Tinder to fix a security flaw that lets randos snoop through
The app does
not encrypt data transmitted.
makes dirty water drinkable in a single step
Alexa Skills Developer Console gets its biggest redesign since
buy a Ryzen APU, and who shouldn't
The Ryzen APU
is the best game in town, and possibly the only game, but not for
Accelerated Processing Unit [APU]
removes ‘View Image’ button from image search
It’s part of
its settlement with Getty Images.
Well, this is
going to cause problems for some of us.
Re. FYI#1177 (Sun 2/18/2017):
literally shocks you into taking 'good' photos
tells Engadget how his device, like Instagram, can turn us into
And this is
good ... How??
Stop: Disable Windows Updates on Windows 10/8/7 with a click of
I would like
to know exactly how this utility is doing its magic before
downloading and using it. Some methods of disabling Windows
Updates prevent Windows Defender from being updated, and other
methods mess up Windows Updates something fierce, often showing
the damages only after several months of blocking automatic
updates. Repairs short of completely reinstalling Windows are
difficult to impossible in some cases.
numerous problems with TAILS or any Live Linux. One is how to
store data you want to keep, and how to keep your settings up to
date. Others include how to make sure you have an up to date Linux
installation. Whenever Live Linux uses Persistence to store data
and settings, any changes involving Linux system files require
rewriting the entire Linux file system. This fills up the Flash
Drive very fast, and there is no remedy. (And the drive will no
longer boot.) You'd have to recreate the whole live installation
each time you need to update it, losing all saved data and
settings and having to reinstall all programs each time. This just
isn't practical. Most public computers block all software from
running off a USB device, so this will not work on most public
computers. USB Boot will not work on most public computers.
How to Mount
an SD Card on Your Android Device
I use an SD
card in my Android phone for extra storage. But it isn't getting
filled. I offload photos to my Google Drive and then delete them
from the phone. My offline archives are run from Google Drive
through my NUC into external hard drives. Those fill up.
What Is a
Phone “Port-Out” Scam, and How Can I Protect Myself?
something to really think about. Making this change seems simple
enough and would be a good idea.
How to make a
bootable USB Drive using CMD or free software
Those are all
good ways. Linux has other ways, and with Linux, you can make and
use several partitions on a USB drive. But only one partition can
be used to boot.
install LibreOffice 6 on Linux
It took a
little effort, but I manage to get this onto my Ubuntu Linux. The
main issue was it took a while for LO 6 to show up in the software