Vivaldi May Be The Real Chrome-Killer
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There's more to setting up a virtual
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Our guide can help you get the most from this critical privacy and
Watch your home for cheap with this
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Amazon Fire TV Stick vs. Google
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How to install a VPN on Amazon Fire TV
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Get the most out of your Fire device
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The Market of Stolen Code-Signing
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How to opt out of Facebook data sharing
Facebook and other companies often buy
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ad space on their platforms. Here's how to keep your data safe.
Netflix isn't chasing the competition
into sports or live TV
CEO Reed Hastings says the company is
better off not following what others do.
How to Use an Xbox One Controller on a
Connecting your Xbox One gamepad to
your Windows 10 PC is almost as easy as connecting it to your Xbox
Ring Video Doorbell 2
Ring's Video Doorbell 2 is a solid
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DirecTV vs. DirecTV Now: What’s the
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How to properly set up a used Windows
Did you get a used PC? In this guide,
we'll help you to set it up the right way to have a piece of mind
and keep your information secure.
Alexa is randomly laughing, and it's
creepy as hell (updated)
Mercifully, Amazon is fixing it.
The Best Mac Antivirus Protection of
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Apple computer isn't immune to malware. We test the top Mac AV
programs to find the ones that will keep you the safest.
Office Q&A: After-the-fact captions and
easy counts using a PivotTable
This month, Susan Harkins helps readers
learn how to add captions to multiple images and how to count
items in a group.
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Coldroot RAT Still Undetectable Despite
Being Uploaded on GitHub Two Years Ago
Cumulative update fixes USB device
issues for Fall Creators Update PCs
Microsoft has rolled out another small
cumulative update for Fall Creators Update PCs, bringing a single
fix related to USB devices.
Windows 10's next major update includes
an AI platform
Windows apps could lean on AI for help.
8 Nvidia GeForce Experience Tips for PC
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improve your PC gaming sessions.
Millennials are bigger victims of fraud
than senior citizens, FTC finds
A report from the FTC reveals that
millennials are more likely to lose money to fraud, a fact that
should alarm cybersecurity professionals.
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CBS plans more All Access shows to
compete with Netflix
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year, its COO said in a conference.
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family photos, scores of documents for tax time, or even just the
occasional business card, there's a scanner designed for the task.
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Comments by -- Bob Primak --
an error in the date posted for this FYI entry at the CCS site.
Note: I have finished setting up Fedora 27 Xfce spin on my
Chromebook. It works, with much system tweaking. I installed and
configured RedShift for day and night color-temperature shifts. I
had to delve pretty deeply into various config areas, but now I
have all necessary sound (HDMI with audio, USB-C digital sound
output, which requires and adapter with a DAC to get analog --
audible -- sound out), key mapping to give the Chromebook keyboard
a forward-delete and caps lock, among other things, and a hotkey
script to insert date and time in my favorite format into any
application which can use such an insert. There are other quirks,
such as calendars set to make Sunday, not Monday the first day of
the week as displayed. Overall, Fedora-X does work in the
Chromebook, and the RPM Package Manager makes updating and adding
or removing packages relatively easy. I think I'll keep it.)
Better: Shutting Off Your PC or Putting It to Sleep?
shut my PCs off when not in use. Even the Chromebook. This means
going into full shutdown, not just closing the lid. Sleep has one
big disadvantage -- if you lose power, the session will be lost.
You'd better be saving current session data frequently if you
choose this option.
announces tool to detect and block extremist videos
could easily dodge the UK's AI-powered propaganda blockade
AI to automatically block Isis propaganda will have an impact on
its spread – but thousands of videos will slip through
need to understand how encryption works,’ admits UK Home Secretary
AMBER RUDD IS
FED UP WITH "SNEERING" AND "PATRONISING" TECHNOLOGY EXPERTS.
government people like her in America. They are frequently
pilloried in the popular and tech press. And they represent real
dangers to free speech. Remember, Britain does not have a Bill of
Rights. They do not guarantee free speech the way we do. Tech
ignorance by the Government or the Courts or our Congress is not
bliss! We do not need a sanitized Internet, "sealed for your
This Is How
Your Browser Compromises Your Privacy
Extensions You Should Uninstall Right Now
is among these. So is HoverZoom. Not surprisingly, so are all
antivirus browser plugins.
Extensions you should install right now (in my opinion) -- Click
and Clean, NoScript and Privacy Badger. Also, cull out your unused
Bookmarks. (Click and Clean may have its own tracking issues.) I
do not store passwords in my browser. I have autofill turned off.
How to see
what’s taking up space on a hard drive on Windows 10
looks good. Not as graphical as some third-party apps I've seen,
but good enough.
releases more Meltdown/Spectre firmware fixes, Microsoft feints an
updated firmware (BIOS) update for my Intel NUC. There was
something for my Chromebook, and I applied it last week, with no
apparent difficulties. The Chromebook Powerwash involved in this
firmware update didn't even make me reinstall my Fedora 27
installation, which I had backed up just in case. I'm on Windows
10 version 1703, so there is no Microsoft Update Catalog update
for Intel Skylake firmware for me.
How to Turn
On or Off Pause Updates in Windows 10
pause updates until AskWoody gives a DEFCON-3 or better status.
The disadvantage of doing this is, once you release the Pause,
wushowhide cannot be used proactively to prevent specified updates
from downloading and installing. This means as soon as the
connection is released from Metered, updates will begin, including
forced Feature Upgrades. You have no control over this if you have
Paused Updates. (But I did recently succeed in running wushowhide
by un-Pausing the updates, leaving the connection Metered, and
waiting for the available updates to list, then running wushowhide
as usual before un-Metering the connection.)
What a lot of
hoops to jump through, just to avoid getting our Windows 10 PCs
borked! This is one more reason I rarely run anything in Windows
anymore. Linux can get almost any job done with very much less
hassle, once Linux has been set up and configured for the job.
Whether it's cleanup, updating or antivirus scanning, Linux does
everything faster and with fewer errors than Windows. And many,
many fewer instability concerns. (Although in all fairness, Fedora
did have instabilities on my Chromebook. I did have to roll back
after one of these disasters and start over from a previous stable
condition.) If you can't do something in Linux or Chrome OS, it
probably isn't worth doing.
Galaxy S9 vs.
iPhone X: Which Flagship Should You Buy?
are overpriced for what features they add. I am happy with my Moto
G4, except it still hasn't gotten the latest Android security
HOW TO ENABLE
AND USE CHROME EXPERIMENTAL FEATURES
mentions using the Beta Channel to get some Chrome features before
they make it into the Stable Channel. I've been using the Beta
Channel for my Chrome browsers in Linux, because at one point,
this was the only way under Ubuntu to get the latest Flash Player
updates in a timely manner. That issue is less of a problem with
Component Updating, so there's less need to run Chrome Beta under
Ubuntu. But I remain in the Beta Channel. I am phasing out my use
of Windows, so I don't care about anything except keeping things
up to date. There I use the Chrome Stable channel. Component
Updating keeps Flash Player up to date under Windows.
companion is the fastest way to bring your Android photos to
Good to know
about this, but I'm on Linux. I can manage my photos with my
Google Drive and a photo manager developed for Linux like Fotoxx.
I edit photos with The GIMP or Pinta. Both Ubuntu and Fedora have
all these apps.
Thoughts on the Government Forcing Tech Companies to Unlock Phones
It is clear
from this article that if Gates' comments were not taken out of
context, he does not appreciate the difference between a properly
warranted search and a fishing expedition. It is because the
government has been demanding to be able to engage in warrantless
searches of devices for no apparent legal reason, that Apple and
other tech companies have been refusing to cooperate. And they
will continue to refuse. This is because in spite of what the
current and past administrations at the FBI have been saying, the
Fourth and Sixth Amendments to the US Constitution have not become
obsolete in the 21st Century.
Windows 10 Upgrade: is Recovery Drive Upgraded as well?
I do know
that a WIMBoot device will upgrade its base WIM image, which is
irreversible. Also, the Recovery Image in a Recovery Partition may
get upgraded, which is also irreversible. But a separate Recovery
Drive can be disconnected, which should leave the recovery options
of the PC able to recover to an unaltered OEM recovery image. To
stay on the safe side, never assume any OEM recovery scheme will
work after a system or OS upgrade. Always use some sort of backup
utility to make an external archive of the system state before
doing any OS upgrade. I use Macrium Relflect Free, and
I test the Rescue Media
before and after the upgrade, to make sure I can roll back to the
pre-upgrade condition if necessary.
frets it could face fallout if Microsoft case erodes privacy
This is a
thorny issue. I will not offer any legal advice or opinion. But
the best route for the US to go in this matter seems to be to
allow the Congress to clarify the conditions under which a company
can be compelled to turn over evidence stored on servers located
in non-US locations. Let the Congress do its job, because the
Courts are not supposed to legislate.
and Bash as a Windows Program!
Yes, this is
the BASH Shell. No, it is not Ubuntu Linux. And no, it is not a
Program. It is much deeper than that. It is only a different shell
operating on the Windows system kernel. That does not in any way
make this the equivalent of Linux operating within Windows. Proof
of this is how many Linux programs will not run under the BASH
within Windows scheme. And there are a lot of these programs.
Install Charging Stations for Free at Your Workplace
In the Boston
are, charging stations in general are starting to show up at shops
and businesses, as well as some luxury apartment buildings. This
is definitely going to spread.
could be getting containers for running Linux VMs
Why make this
part of Chrome OS itself, other than to remove the requirement to
put the Chromebook into Developer Mode and void the warranty? That
seems to be the main advantage over Crouton, which already exists
but does void the Chromebook warranty. Changing the Chromebook's
firmware, as happens when chrx is used to produce an autonomous
Linux install (which I did on my ASUS Flip c302 Chromebook) will
still void the Chromebook warranty. To run any VM or container
(Child Root System) on a Chromebook will require some rather
high-end hardware, as Chromebooks go, to get any speed or
responsiveness out of the guest OS.
antivirus? The top 12 tools
The fact is,
if you stick with Google Play as an app source, you don't need any
antivirus in Android. Google Play has its own app validator.
MicroSD Cards Are Too Fast for Your Phone
So we'll have
to wait another year or two for the phone hardware to catch up
with the speed of the SD Card storage expansion. Well, it will
probably be worth the wait. I'll hang onto my Moto G4 for a while
longer in that case.
Disable a User Account in Windows 10
I did not
know you could do this. While I have no use for this feature, it
could be very useful for many families.
for Google Images extension for Firefox and Chrome
this, and it works fine. I haven't noticed any unusual
side-effects, and it usually works.
I am running Chrome 65 Beta under Ubuntu Linux.
quietly laying the groundwork for Android’s demise?
It will be a
few years, but Android and Chrome OS are heading toward some sort
of unification someday.
to collect more diagnostic data
isn't any opt-out, and if they actually do this, I might have to
consider converting my NUC to run Fedora. Not that Red Hat doesn't
do its own telemetry. But it isn't this intrusive or commercially
driven. Canonical has been getting too corporate lately for my
taste. Again, not that Red Hat isn't a corporation -- they are.
for 100 years, electricity demand is flat. Utilities are freaking
I don't trust
Vox as a news source. But if this report is Real News, then I am
not very surprised. I know that just trading in my CFL light bulbs
for LEDs and making some minor leak-filling insulation changes
around my patio doors, has reduced my electricity costs by a
significant amount. I have done a few other things, but lighting
and dish washing (and laundry) practices seem to be my main cost
Considered to Fix the Fake News Problem
This is not
going to work. And it may block a lot of Real News in the process.
Smaller operations can't afford the time or the money to keep
batting down Facebook's AI decisions to label content as Fake News
and possibly censor it.
install optional updates on Windows 10
are overwhelmingly drivers, I would recommend using your
manufacturer's web site for downloads. I have only rarely found
the Microsoft Update drivers to be better or more stable than the
OEM manufacturer drivers. In fact, after Feature Updates, my ASUS
Transformer Book tablet has always needed its SoC and touchpad
drivers reinstalled from ASUS downloads. The Microsoft drivers
simply get it all wrong. So do the Drivermax suggestions.
How to Create
and Restore a System Image Backup with Macrium Reflect
Nice job of
screen-scraping from the Macrium Reflect web site's own tutorials,
which are excellent. I hope TenForums paid the royalties for the
images they scraped.
Disable Facebook's Facial Recognition Feature
some users are seeing this setting, while others are not.
to clean up your browser’s cookies, tracks and more
three Windows programs I use. CCleaner with a few extra
checkmarks. Glary Utilities without checking off Wipe Free Space.
And the Chrome extension, Click and Clean. Firefox has an Eraser
extension which works pretty much the same. In Linux, Stacer (at
least in Ubuntu) and Bleachbit (as User and Root) work well. And
the browser extensions work in Linux.
How to Enable
or Disable Including Driver Updates in Windows Update in Windows
Updates (aka Optional Updates) are one thing, but totally
disabling the Windows Update mechanism in Windows 10 is reckless.
I do not have to do these things. All I use is Defer Feature
Updates (Pro version) for 365 days, and Pause Updates (Pro
Version) for 35 days. When unpausing the updates, make sure to
leave the metered connection setting on until you prescreen the
updates with wushowhide. Then unmeter the connection, and let the
updates you want to allow download and install. Do not mess with
services, the Registry or other crazy scripts. You will wreck your
Windows installation and have to reset or reinstall.
Tip] Enable “Controlled Folder Access” Protection in Windows
This is used
mostly to provide ransomware protections.
Free tool to
edit PDF files
You can get
more comprehensive editing capabilities with Nitro PDF. In Linux,
I use Master PDF 4. (The free version of Master PDF may leave ugly
watermarks on the output. This may or may not be correctable
without paying for the upgrade product version.)
Best Buy Is
Closing All 250 Mobile Stores on May 31
still doing a lot of phone and carrier plan sales within their
full retail stores.
Savings 2018: When do US clocks go forward and why do we have it?
around all my devices reset themselves to DST. My analog clocks
still had to be reset by hand. Except for one Atomic Clock which
still works. The other Atomic clock apparently is too old to work
Stylus Completely Eliminate the Need for a Mouse?
experience, no. These two input methods (and the touchpad and
fingers on a touchscreen) all serve different purposes. You still
should choose the right tool for the right job. Sometimes even the
arrow keys are better for the job at hand.
are basically killing satellite TV
killing satellite TV is that it's unreliable. Weather, including
solar flares, can wreak havoc with these signals.
5 Things You
Should Know When Switching to Linux
can be selected to make sure its components are likely to work
under the Linux distro you choose. This is why I paid extra to
have an Intel based Chromebook with enough onboard storage for
Linux. When choosing Linux software, you can go outside the
repositories or package managers which come with your distro, But
you do need to research carefully any outside software, and make
sure it should be compatible with your distro and your version. I
still use the package managers to install outside software. This
screens for conflicts, bad installer packages and missing
dependencies before the software gets fully installed. I also back
up my system with Clonezilla Live before messing around with
anything unfamiliar or untested.
Get Rid of
the Annoying Microsoft OneDrive Sign In Popup
Well, this is
one less Windows annoyance to deal with. But only one.
The HDMI 2.1
low-down: Don't dump your legacy cables
Well, this is
good to know, but the cables will have to be tested. Many will
pass muster and work, but not all by any means. You don't have to
go out and buy expensive Monster Cables just to have the new
Helping Intel Distribute its Firmware Updates
for my Skylake based Intel NUC.
ecommerce sites fail to protect consumers from phishing attacks
It is not the
job of these sites to prevent people from doing something
voluntary which will result in their devices or identities being
compromised. People have to learn to recognize and not respond to
Can Be Determined by Google Algorithm
remain very skeptical of this technology. It will take a lot of
testing and field trials to determine whether this is really a
good substitute, or adds any new benefits, compared with existing
Deliveries Are Being Photographed
This is a
good idea. But the photo needs to include a clear view of the
house or unit number. My apartment community looks exactly the
same on most porches, so without the number, there's still no
proof the Amazon Logistics driver delivered my package to the
How to Fix
the MBR (Master Boot Record) in Windows 10
MBR is no
longer a part of modern hard drives. Those with capacities over
2TB use GPT formatting, which does not have a single MBR or or
Partition Table. MBR died out along with Legacy Boot (BIOS POST).
(All my Linux installations do use Legacy Boot, but BIOS POST is
not a part of the process. My NUC simulates BIOS POST, but does
not actually do the steps. My Chromebook doesn't even pretend to
do a BIOS POST. Last I read, Linux still has issues with UEFI Fast
How to find
your motherboard's Spectre CPU fix
also Linux tools for finding motherboard and other hardware
details, some with nice GUIs and HTML Reports which can be viewed
in a web browser.
dove into the Release Notes for the Skylake and other Intel NUC
BIOS updates which deal with the same reported security advisory
issue. My NUC got the January BIOS Update, and now there are some
NUCs which are getting a February BIOS Update. The Release Notes
all reference the exact same Security Advisory, which was
originally issued in January 2018. The same Intel posting has been
updated several times since then, but it refers to the exact same
security issue (the same Intel ID Number -- INTEL-SA-00088 -- ).
So it appears the January BIOS Update was not found to be buggy
for my NUC's processor, and the BIOS version has not been changed
for this reason. The February updates for some Intel processors do
not offer any additional security protections vs. the January
updates. They only have stability improvements for those chips
which were adversely affected by the original January updates.
enough yet? But wait, there's (probably) more...
How to Set
Your Default Linux Distribution on Windows 10
Let me one
more time try to explain this. There is no such thing as running
the Linux kernel inside of the Windows Operating System. You are
running the Windows 10 kernel with a Linux shell. This does not
allow Linux programs to run the way they run on the Linux kernel.
So, many programs do not run properly in this environment. It is a
shell platform designed for use primarily by developers, not for
use by ordinary desktop end users.
If you want
to run Linux inside of Windows, run Windows 10 Pro with Hyper-V or
VM Ware, and run Linux as a Virtual Machine. This still does not
let you run the Linux kernel with all its features, but it at
least does run Linux as an Operating System, not just a shell
within the Windows Operating System. I still use dual-boot to
allow Linux its full range of features, independently of Windows.
It is for
similar reasons that I went to the trouble of using chrx in my
Chromebook, not Crouton. Crouton does not allow Linux its full
range of features, as it's only a Child Root inside a container
within Chrome OS. The running kernel is still Chrome OS. While not
a true dual-boot, chrx does allow the Linux Operating System to
run independently of the Chrome OS kernel. There are drivers to
find and other quirks to iron out, but having a true Linux OS
running with all its features is well worth the effort in my
are begging for this toothbrush
My last two
dentists have told me never to use an electric toothbrush. They
say these brushes do much more harm than good, as they can easily
damage your gums, and their brushing actions are usually
incorrect. I know on my teeth the misalignments are so severe that
only the tip of a conventional toothbrush can reach some surfaces,
and then only with special brushing techniques. I am not the only
person with tooth alignment issues. So now you've been warned --
talk to your dentist or oral hygienist about the benefits and
risks of using an electric toothbrush.
HP Spectre 13
what an unfortunate name for a PC these days! (But this brand name
actually preceded the malware name by quite a few years.)
Customer: "So should I be patching my Spectre (laptop) for Spectre
(malware)?" Technician rolls eyes.
Android OS Updates? Here’s How Google Is Updating Your Device
addresses feature updates, but not security updates. The OS must
be updated in some cases to get the security updates. But these
are not full version upgrades.
5 Linux Tools
to Help Recover Data from Corrupted Drives
Of course, if
you had backed up your data twice (and frequently), you would not
be in these dire straits.
Graphene-based edible electronics will let you make cereal
I sure hope
graphene has been tested for its potential as a carcinogen.
Graphite, another form of structured carbon, is carcinogenic.
Stop Selling Nest Products, Still Isn’t Selling Chromecasts
So what --
Best Buy has thousands of them.
How to stop
annoying robocalls on your iPhone or Android phone
I don't get
any of these on my phone. What am I doing wrong?
I Need Norton Identity Protection and Similar Services?
I am not
aware of a single benefit of this service which cannot be had for
& the Digital Wild West
this tactic will only escalate the problem.
How Long Does
Email Delivery Take?
but I have had emails delayed for up to two days from places which
are doing things like trying to send me verification codes. Yahoo
is much worse about this than Google. (I have free accounts with
Facebook Survey Asks: Is Pedophilia OK?
seem to come under the heading What were they thinking?
Windows 10 Telling Me “There Is a Problem with Your Microsoft
I ignore this
sort of message. My accounts are all local logins. I have no
issues updating my Store Apps or using them. Maybe Store Apps get
lonely when we neglect them? Deal with it, Microsoft!
Updates Goes Where Microsoft Fears to Tread
a bad reputation for taking its best free products and turning
them into paid products. I also don't trust Stardock not to
include spyware and adware in their free offerings.
launches a low-cost version of Prime for Medicaid recipients
are only allowed at physical POS locations. There are good reasons
not to allow LINK to be used online, fraud prevention and cost
containment being the top two reasons. Retailers are allowed to
require proof of identity such as a State ID card in addition to
the LINK Card. Whole Foods which is owned by Amazon, does accept
staff 'paid by FBI' to flag illegal imagery
You know, if
anyone, not just Geek Squad, finds evidence of criminal activity
on a hard drive, we are all required by law to report these crimes
to the authorities. Failure to do so makes us accessories to the
crime. No one should have to pay any technician to contact law
enforcement if they see this sort of stuff on a hard drive. The
fact that Best Buy did not even mention to their Geeks this legal
requirement is the real shocker in this article.
Is This the Future of Computing – A Virtual PC to Run on Any
subscription pricing: $50.00/mo = $600.00/year. I paid that much
for my entire NUC setup. It runs Linux. Equally, I paid less than
this for my Chromebook, which also runs Fedora Linux. Both setups
will last about six years before they may become slightly
obsolescent. So where's the cost advantage in this virtual PC?
Crostini: Chrome OS to Support Containerized Linux Apps
the wheel? Crouton already exists for all Chromebooks. So does
chrx for full Linux support on an Intel-based Chromebook.
removes ‘unused’ location feature that tracked cinema-goers’
CEO was caught saying in public just makes me wonder what kind of
a reality distortion field he has been living in. His arrogance
was simply stunning. And unfortunately, not an isolated case in
Neutrality Now State vs Federal, but Will it Last?
someone invokes the Commerce Clause, the State with the most
restrictive Net Neutrality laws will set ISP policies nationwide.
No ISP will want to set up separate systems in different States --
it would not be cost-effective to do so.
When You Right-Click on Desktop, Context Menu Freezes or Takes
Longer Time to Display
I've had the
entire Windows 10 File Explorer shell crash with one right-click.
And it takes forever to recognize my USB devices.
How To Set Up
my Chromecast to my Comcast Gateway (Ethernet). That made setup a
lot easier. There's an Android App (Google Home) which makes it
Kali Linux distros for Windows 10 now in the Microsoft Store
is not real Linux!
Percent of US Homes Vulnerable to Attack
could be a much higher percentage. If you are really serious about
protecting your IoT Things, get a security appliance and a
subscription, like BitDefender offers.
Version 1803 to be Called the Spring Creators Update
Well, now we
know. Wake me in about six months, when it's ready for business.
Why 5G is
coming to the US faster than expected
What do they
mean, fast? South Korea has had this for years.
Why (and how)
Windows 10 PCs with LTE and eSIM will change the game
Soon having a
PC that's always connected to the internet via a cellular network
will be the new normal. And that change starts now.
Like hell if
that will be the new normal. Normal now is that more than half of
American households don't even have decent broadband Internet
service at home. Uh, waiter, Reality Check please!
Cards Cut Down Counterfeit Card Fraud in the US by 70%
Well, so far,
so good. Until someone hacks the blockchain networks.
bullet-proof police protection gear that you can get too
Oh great. As
if we weren't threatened enough by gun violence, now Kim Komando
is showing criminals how to survive getting shot by police. Great
public service, this is (NOT)!
Websites for Downloading Windows Software
Major Geeks, Softpedia -- these top my list of safe places with
very little adware or unexpected installer piggybacking. CNET
downloads has installed Avast Antivirus onto my NUC
silently and without any opt-out on two occasions lately.
Irfanview uses CNET as its exclusive download partner now. I use
Geek Uninstaller to get rid of little monsters like that, but it
should never be allowed to happen in the first place. Getting rid
of Avast requires a system restart, which disrupts my updating
tool for Windows 10
Komando finally got her hands on O&O Shut Up 10. Too bad she
hasn't shed any light on who actually owns that company. (Who are
the actual people, and what are their backgrounds?)
Best Mini PCs
OK, so why
are all the comments from about 2015? Nice to see an Intel NUC
mentioned in there.
Firefox Extensions You Should Remove Right Now
Not being a
fan of ad blocking is different from pointing out that adblock
plus, and any blacklisting service for that matter, will slow down
browsing. Better to block popups, popovers and GIFs and maybe by
default scripts and certainly Flash content. None of these steps
will slow down anything. Relax script blocking only when on a page
which needs scripts, and only release specific scripts until the
page works. Once you get to know your favorite sites, this can
become quite automatic. BTW, if your blocking is not based on
specific blacklitstings, the malvertising tactic of changing
domains (the DGA algorithms) may not be so effective anymore. That
would be a bonus if it's true.
What you need
to complete your PC when buying an Intel NUC
DDR4 RAM is
recommended, not DDR3. The EVO series M.2 form factor SSDs work
very well in NUCs. 8GB RAM is fine for Windows, but Linux can use
RAM to cache data during transfers, which can speed up the
transfers, especially between two or more USB drives. I have 16GB
RAM in my NUC, which is probably a bit of overkill. No one seems
to need 32GB RAM, which is the max for the NUC PCs. A Bluetooth
keyboard and mouse worked well for me, but I now use a wired
keyboard and mouse. You will also need a monitor. I use an HDMI
cable and a switch to connect to my bedroom HDTV. My NUC can also
use WiDi/Miracast or Chromecast. For Windows, I would opt for the
full retail $199.00 Pro license. I bought this on a USB stick from
the Microsoft Store. I also wanted two more USB ports for the
keyboard and mouse, so I added a GoRite lid. (The NUC internal USB
port is tricky to hook up, but it's worth the effort.)
Should Stop Using Facebook in 2018
after posting this article, CCS is still planning to move their
presence to Facebook? Maybe some rethinking is in order, guys!
US wants to
force Microsoft to break EU data protection laws in landmark case
The courts in
this country don't have the right to legislate. If new laws are
needed, it is up to our Congress to pass new laws. Which the
Congress is in the process of doing right now. The conditions
under which evidence stored on servers overseas could be
subpoenaed by US law enforcement or US courts are being worked out
in pending legislation which will resolve this case one way or the
other. The US Supreme Court has no authority to override pending
legislation in the way the Government is asking.
How to Test
Your Web Browser’s Cryptojacking Protection
right extensions, Chrome and Firefox easily pass these tests.
Chime in: Do
'computer glasses' really work?
– not the kind which are popular with millennials these days. But
as for prescription eyewear:
I have a
visual-motor dysfunction and the usual effects of aging eyes. So I
use glasses for reading and for distance, and neither pair works
well at the normal distance for a desktop PC monitor. So yes, for
me computer glasses with the intermediary prescription are
essential for long sessions at the PC. For folks with progressive
myopia, computer glasses might even save their eyesight. They
certainly reduce eye strain for a lot of people, even those who
normally don't use glasses.
It has been
speculated that some folks like myself with autism spectrum
disorders are adversely affected by certain colors of light and
should tune our monitors to filter out some wavelengths (shift the
Gamma). RedShift for Linux and the Windows 10 Night Light feature
can be adapted to these needs. Without some adjustments, I have
near-dyslexia with many monitors, especially smaller ones like my
Chromebook and my tablet. So for me, the effects of screens using
the standard default Gamma go way beyond fatigue and headaches.
Glasses alone will not correct this issue, but they help.
How to Back
Up Your Gmail Account to YOUR Hard Drive
For all this
jumping through hoops, you might as well set up Thunderbird or
some other desktop email client, and back up the Profile or the
mailboxes to a couple of external data backup drives. (This nearly
certainly excludes Outlook as your desktop client.) In Linux I use
Claws Mail and back up my Home Directory regularly. (Select in
View to show hidden files, as ./claws-mail and ./cache are parts
of the Claws Mail storage system.) The User Home directory
contains almost all your personal data in Linux, so backing it up
will capture the email at the same time as all your other data are
being backed up.
Measures Blood Pressure While You Hold Your Phone
recommended to use if the caller is a telemarketer -- unless you
like excessively high blood pressure readings.
remote drone-tracking system for the FAA
automaker's affordable solution: Have UAVs flash their ID using
concept! This might also be useful in avoiding drones hitting each
other or planes or people on the ground. Definitely a way for
authorities to seize control of a rogue drone.
Hands on: How
one mouse can control multiple PCs with Microsoft's Mouse Without
seamlessly from one PC to the next, cut and paste between PCs and
more. And it's free!
What’s new in
Google’s Flutter mobile dev framework
beta release is now available for Android and iOS developers
budget computer speakers: Surprisingly sound choices for $50 or
vulnerabilities in 7-Zip. Get it updated now!
protection settings recommendation
Oculus’s Rift headsets have stopped working due to an expired
lawmaker introduces 'right to repair' bill
wants to measure how Twitter affects society
his mother’s iPhone for 48 YEARS after repeatedly entering the
This is why I
back up everything on my phone. Not necessarily this exact reason,
but anything can happen to a phone.
Or any device
for that matter, especially tablets, Chromebooks and other stuff
which travels with us.
randomly laughing, and it's creepy as hell (updated)
least this isn't the device that lets you get clothing advice.
wants to let law enforcement disable civilian drones
The new face of unbridled data greed
horrific "hold my beer" moment with our personal data.
Facebook-owned Onavo quietly launches Bolt App Lock, a
data-tracking app that locks other apps
'blocks' an encrypted email service: Yet another reminder why net
ACLU sues TSA
over electronic device searches
its bid to reject data breach lawsuit
Chromebook Flip (C101PA) review: Is this convertible the future of
the ARM architecture and running Chrome OS with Android Apps, this
little tablet reminds me of my ASUS TransformerBook which ran
(most recently) Windows 10 Pro (32-bits). I'll soon get my tablet
ready to hand off to a family member or friend, as my new ASUS
Flip c302 Chromebook is now fully ready for use.
sets May kill date for OWA apps on iOS, Android
riles enterprise users who still rely on older apps to access
email because Outlook apps don't cut it for them.
autonomous cars won’t be autonomous
The truth is
that artificial intelligence is neither artificial nor
intelligent. A.I. is made out of people.
Chromium browser explained
Chrome is the
most popular browser in the world, but there would be no Chrome
without Chromium, the open source project that underpins it.
Here's what Chromium is, where you can download it and how it
shapes your online experience. [And, if you hate it, here's how to
get rid of it.]
Comments by -- Joe Nowak
Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:08 pm (PDT)
computer becomes a victim of ransomware, paying the ransom doesn't
necessarily mean you'll recover your data.
Baby Boomers and Technology
Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:48 pm (PDT)
Americans, and baby boomers more specifically, have finally
started to embrace technology.