5 Useful Tools to Help You Spot Fake News
[NEW]: KnowBe4 Just Released A Massive Improvement
Of Vishing Security Tests
How to Uninstall Kodi Repos
HP EX920 SSD Review: Affordable And Fast Mainstream
The UK's ultimatum to Zuckerberg: Answer MPs or
14 Biggest New Android P Features
Best Buy Memorial Day deals on MacBooks, iPads and
Here's a look at some of the top deals at Best Buy
during its annual four-day sale.
17 Amazon Alexa tricks that you will use time and
Windows 10 Redstone 5 (version 1809): All the new
features and changes
UPDATED 5/28: Windows 10 Redstone 5 (version 1809)
is expected to rollout in October 2018, and here are all the new
features and changes thus far Microsoft has added to the new
Apple and Valve, which run two of the world's
biggest stores for buying video games, are feuding with each other
— and iPhone users could end up losing out
The Best Graphics Cards for 1080p Gaming of 2018
Don't buy more (or less) pixel power than you need.
Here's how to shop for a graphics card for 1080p gameplay, along
with the top-rated cards in our testing.
How to Free Up Disk Space on Windows 10 with
FastStone Image Viewer 6.5 supports video import
How to Use Sets in Windows 10 to Organize Apps Into
DEFINITELY ABSOLUTELY NOT PREDICTABLE.
13 Kodi Repos You Need to Uninstall and Why
Adata Reveals New Industrial 3D NAND SSDs
Meet North Korea's AV tool: SiliVaccine
Smart TVs: Everything You Need to Know
iPhone beats Samsung in court, but Apple has to pay
Your juiciest iPhone news this week.
With this operating system you can have privacy and
Weekly Digest: Windows 10 updates, Variant 4, tech
In case you missed it, Microsoft fixes problem with
Intel and Toshiba SSDs for Windows 10 version 1803, Variant 4 CPU
flaw disclosed, Redstone 5 preview rolls out to testers, and more
tech tips to get the most out of your PC.
Here's what it means when an item is marked
'Google One' Simplifies Internet Storage With New
Google is moving paying Google Drive customers to
the upcoming Google One, which will offer perks like credits on
Google Play or deals on select hotels found in Google Search.
Yamaha ATS-1060-R Sound Bar, Factory Recertified
Refurbished, for $70 Off
Spectre Next Generation vulnerabilities affect
The Best Hidden iPhone 3D Touch Tips You Might Not
Police Dept Loses 10 Months of Work to Ransomware.
Gets Infected a Second Time!
3 Reasons Why You Should Be Using a VPN With Kodi
Zotac Announces Passively Cooled Zbox CI329 Nano
Net Neutrality comes to an end on 11 June
Got $4,500? This Solar-Powered Case Includes an
How to Rename Groups of Tabs Set Aside in Microsoft
Edge in Windows 10
11 useful ways to repurpose your old cellphone
How to fix microphone and camera after upgrading to
Windows 10 version 1803
If you're not able to use your microphone or camera
after installing the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, then use this
guide to fix this issue.
OnePlus 6 Reportedly Has Exciting Feature Turned
Dragos' Adversary Groups
Read the latest details about threat groups the
Dragos Intel Team tracks (7 articles)
Email Encryption With PGP May Have a Serious Flaw
A team of researchers in Europe uncovered a way to
pull the plain text from emails secured with PGP and S/MIME
encryption. But not everyone agrees on the severity of the threat.
How to Fix the No Sound Issue in Ubuntu
FreeFileSync 10.0 updates removes ads from
How to Share Large Files Over the Internet
What Is The Reason Why The Ransomware Threat Is Not
Going Away Any Time Soon?
How to Set Up and Use Kodi: For Beginners
What's The Difference Between USB 3.1 Gen 1 And USB
3.1 Gen 2?
Review: The C64 Mini
iPhone X Clones: All the Notch Phones Coming This
How to Create and Restore a System Image Backup
with Macrium Reflect
New Vega Stealer shines brightly in targeted
How to delete Windows 10 settings synced to a
It's possible to delete those Windows 10 settings
that have been uploaded to your Microsoft account, and here's how
to do it.
The Little Black Book of Billionaire Secrets
Latest Microsoft Leak Reveals Mysterious New
Google Staffers Resign Over Work on
Pentagon AI Project
Some employees want Google to end its
involvement with Project Maven, a Pentagon effort to use AI
systems to analyze footage taken from aerial drones.
How to Rotate a Video in VLC (And Save
Windows 10 version 1803: removed or
11 Tips to Make Instagram Work Better
[Heads-up] New Attack Blindsides
Microsoft Office 365 Anti-Phishing Filter And Blacklists
Sony Plans to Move Away From ‘Gadgets.’
What’s That Mean for the PS5?
Useful Tips to Speed Up Windows
Comments by -- Bob Primak --
Re. Recent FYI Postings: Week of May
Re. FYI #1268 (Sun 5/20/2017):
The Digital Vigilantes Who Hack Back
American companies that fall victim to
data breaches want to retaliate against the culprits. But can they
do so without breaking the law?
This is not a good idea. It only stirs up
the hive -- it does nothing to kill the bees. Same with trying to
"fight back" at telemarketers. Don't be tempted!
Among other places, this means Yahoo.
[Heads-up] New Exploit Hacks LinkedIn
2-factor Auth. See This Kevin Mitnick VIDEO
For this to do anything, you still need to
fall for a phishing attack. This exploit simply makes the phishing
attack more dangerous.
Like the New Gmail? 5 Other Google Tools
You Might Not Know About
No, I don't. And no thanks.
Crisis management expert: Here's what
Google should do about '60 Minutes'
Google should treat that 60 Minutes
"expose" the same way most companies treat that show's
sensationalistic Ratings Sweeps Month stories -- ignore it. It's
nothing new or newsworthy. Just huff and puff to try to inflate
the show's sagging ratings.
Listen to These Auditory Illusions When
You’re Bored With Laurel and Yanny
Or maybe just get a real life. We all know
how unreliable human auditory perception can be. Our visual
perceptions are not much harder to fool. Magicians make a living
using deception to entertain us and take our money.
Mobile AR is evolving faster than you
Except for one demo at West Side by
Sanford, I have yet to see hid nor hair of mobile AR in my world.
The Moto Z and X devices have not gotten me into a buying mood
Review: HP Spectre 13-AF008TU ultrabook
They really ought to change that name!
Cybercriminals taking over email accounts
and scamming contacts
Actually, they don't take over the
account. You can still access and use the account. It's not a
front-end (user facing) hack. It's a back end (server side)
attack. And it's still working even after years of efforts by
service providers to stop it.
Fancy that, Fancy Bear: LoJack anti-laptop
theft tool caught phoning home to the Kremlin
Stolen PC locator plays double agent, say
First Kaspersky, now Lojack -- what will
show up next? And what is a good Lojack alternative?
How to Back Up Your Data When Your Windows
PC Won’t Boot
That is not the time to be backing up your
data. Data like the system, needs regular, disciplined backup. Or
automate data backups to the cloud and to your local network. Then
make offline copies (disconnect from your network and from the
Internet when not making backups or restoring data). In a disaster
you should only need to recover the last few hours or days of file
Stop Throwing Cellphone Batteries in the
Trash, You're Firebombing Garbage Trucks
While not considered hazardous waste,
LiIon batteries can cause serious damages if disposed of
improperly. Most household hazardous waste facilities will take
these batteries, except the very smallest ones.
86% Of Passwords Are Terrible And
Employees Reuse Them All The Time
Makes FIDO look pretty good, doesn't this?
Paranoid much?? If I were this worried,
I'd just quit Facebook altogether. But wait -- I never joined.
Chrome, Firefox browsers are targeted by
new 'Vega Stealer' malware
This is the MS Word Macro attack -- it is
being patched this month or next month. Edge seems unaffected.
Google Duplex is the first real AI game
Not the first, not the last. For better
and for worse. This needs some sort of regulations.
THE NOT-SO-SECRET LIFE OF BOARDING PASSES
The things people post on Instagram!!
What's next, your driver’s license and social security card? I've
seen postings where people complaining about utility bills or
cable bills will post pictures of their bills. (Headslap) OY!!
Windows vs Mac vs Chrome
...vs. Linux! Never leave Linux out of
AT&T's Dash-like smart button doesn't need
Once again, AT&T positions itself in a
niche for which there is very little demand, and stays out of the
mainstream of the consumer market.
Apple to Disable USB Connection on iPhones
Left Locked for a Week or More
This is not really a bad thing. The
feature should be left off when not in active use.
Windows 10 version 1803 does not play nice
with some Solid State Drives (SSD)
There's a patch in the works.
8 Vital Google Sheets Add-Ons for Better
As with add-ons for all the Google apps,
these add-ons can't be used while offline.
Firefox Quantum 60 released
I have this in my Ubuntu Linux, but I
don't use Firefox, so I can't say how good or bad this version is.
Re. FYI#1269 (Mon 5/21/2017):
(ALERT: if you own an iPhone X, don't drop
it as you may have problems getting it repaired!)
We Dropped $18,000 Worth of Phones, and
These Are the Toughest (and Weakest)
I presume we're talking about reports like
Don't drop it! Shocking repair prices for
the iPhone X
(NBC News report)
Actually, no price Apple charges for
anything shocks me anymore. I jsut don't choose to pay their
The Best High Speed Internet Providers
How We Found The Best High Speed Internet
While this is a noble effort, it does not
cover all areas of the country or all aspects of customer service.
AT&T was awful toward me when I had billing questions. They kept
billing me for months after I left Chicago, then sent the check
for the refund to the wrong address. But if you have any technical
issues, don't ask Comcast reps for help. They are worse than
useless unless you stick strictly with their default configuration
of equipment and use only Windows 10 with Edge Browser. The others
are not available where I ahve lived, except Verizon FiOS. I have
no experiences with Verizon.
Here's how Google is using AI to make your
Android smartphone battery last longer
DeepMind for Google and Android have
joined forces to pioneer AI that can anticipate what app you'll
Isn't it this sort of speculative
processing which led to the Meltdown and Spectre issues with Intel
CPU chips? In any event, this type of predictive preloading works
best for folks who have very consistent app usage habits. I don't
even have consistent use of my phone at all on any given day.
Office 365 defences vulnerable to
Microsoft's Office 365 has been found
vulnerable to attack methodology that enables malicious links to
sneak past most of the product's cyber-security defences by
splitting off the dangerous part of the link to it is not spotted.
Presumably Microsoft is working on a fix.
Since this is a Cloud Service type of product, the fix could go in
online at any time. I don't think Office 365 has any installed
components other than a small app which basically just signs you
into your Microsoft Cloud Account and goes to the app's server.
Maybe there's more, so a Patch Tuesday update may be in the
offing. (Again, Office isn't patched on Patch Tuesday, so this
will be some other time in May or June.) My point is, this will
get patched pretty soon.
Mozilla is working on Firefox multi-tab
You mean, like Chrome has had for a long
IS MASS MEDIA GOOD OR BAD FOR YOU AND YOUR
That depends on how you use your media
choices, which choices you make and how often and for how long you
use mass media in general. We need to limit ourselves. The social
media world will keep turning without us for a while.
5 must-do spy hacks you need to use now
So dramatic! And the urgency is elevated
by the need we have to buy the Kim Komando Overpriced Web Cam
Cover RIGHT NOW!! Seriously, there are some good tricks in there,
between the piles of hype.
12 Simple Things You Can Do to Be More
A lot of good points in there. And a few
which are not so good.
But there's a lot more wrong with the
How to Crack a Password
This article has no date on it, but it is
severely out of date. Nothing about Windows 10 password security.
But many of these tools (the ones which still exist) are still
effective unless Bitlocker has been used. And the Linux Boot Media
(Linux Live Media) tricks still work. Linux can still modify
Windows files and folders in any account -- even the Read-Only and
Hidden ones, and Windows 10 is none the wiser. Use this info
Chrome, Firefox browsers are targeted by
new 'Vega Stealer' malware
I use these browsers under Linux and
Windows. For Windows, Microsoft is releasing a patch for Office to
put a stop to this type of attack -- at least for now. Linux does
not run MS Office or Word macros, so I stay safe that way.
And these attacks are not widespread,
unless you're a high-value corporate user.
With Gmail Implementing More Smart
Features, Will You Still Stick with It?
As long as I can still get a clean view of
my entire Inbox on one screen, I have no issues. Even if I did, I
have an email client on my desktop which can solve most of the
problems web mail's ever-changing features and interface layouts
can cause. GMail may not be the most private means of
communication, but it has good reliability and I know how to use
it (once I learn to turn off the new features). Yahoo on the other
hand, would be gone from my life if I didn't belong to 2 user
groups which use Yahoo Groups (although West Side and CCS may be
moving off of Yahoo Groups last I heard).
iOS 11.4 will block data sent on USB
connections if the phone is locked for 7 days
In a change possibly targeted at law
enforcement, Apple is changing iOS to disable the USB port after a
device is idle for seven days, and only a user unlock can reverse
This feature should be off all the time
when not actively in use. It's a security risk if nothing else.
How to erase things from the internet
First, this is an ad for a costly service.
Second, like Lifelink, this service cannot force the removal of
anything. It can only report what has happened and where, not even
anything exact about when the info was first posted nor by whom.
Nothing posted online ever really goes away. People download, make
copies and back up everything.
How to Download & Install Linux (Ubuntu)
Actually, you are only preparing bootable
install (live) media in Windows. These methods will either replace
Windows or create a Ubuntu virtual machine inside of Windows.
Dual-booting seems to have been beyond the scope of this article.
And to be fair, not many people dual-boot or run Windows as a VM
inside of Linux these days. That's a shame, because both of those
methods are more private and more secure than running Linux as a
VM inside of Windows.
Linux Apps Are Coming to Chromebooks
Actually, they're already here on my
Chromebook. I am not excited about this, because I don't find
Android apps appealing. So I use Fedora Linux on the Chromebook
most of the time, with its full-scale desktop applications. Most
applications run smoothly and do not strain the Chromebook's
resources too much. (This is an Intel core-i5 based Chromebook
with plenty of RAM and storage.)
Mastercard partners with Microsoft to make
Well if it's all going to be based on
apps, the Cloud and subscriptions, we have to have some way to let
all those payments get silently added to our credit cards. Best
not to let us see how much we are paying in real time -- that
might spoil the fun.
HOW TO GET READY FOR THE MAY 25TH GDPR
A DEADLINE IS LOOMING.
Many companies, including Facebook, will
not be extending the EU protections to users outside of the Euro
Zone. Users should not expect to see changes in the US.
Chrome Now Blocks Sound in Classic Web
Comparing Safari to Chrome is ridiculous.
But it appears the Chrome mute feature has been taken out again.
Maybe try again in Chrome 70 this fall.
How the GDPR could spark a lean data
revolution and help companies control data costs
Then again, none of this will happen,
because no company has to follow EU rules outside of the EU.
Intel won't patch new Spectre-like chip
vulnerabilities for another 12 days
First, there are no in the wild exploits
based on Meltdown or Spectre. Second, it's better to wait and get
things right than to rush in with a half-baked "solution" which
later has to be removed.
Trace blocks multiple tracking techniques
in Firefox and Chrome
Chrome version (may not be as effective
because well, it's Chrome):
Turn your refrigerator into a smart home
IoT device using computer vision and voice
So no you don't even have to get up from
your easy chair to know what's in the fridge? Can this ting be
trained to make dinner as well? It may benefit from a weatherproof
NATUREBYTES’ WEATHERPROOF PI AND CAMERA
(as posted in this FYI installment)
The solo traveler's guide to keep you and
your cards safe
Start by assessing your credit cards. Are
they the best ones for where you are going?
This is a question I bet not many people
ask while packing for a trip.
Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 (9575)
Not every laptop needs to have a tablet
mode. Carrying around a 15.6-in "tablet" is mightily inconvenient!
So how do you type on such a tiny
Microsoft Finally Fixes Notepad After 20
Years of Inadequacy
This is why I can't read my Ubuntu Linux
Text Files in notepad undo Windows. I always wondered about that
quirk. Now that I know, it's being fixed. Why do I feel a bit of a
letdown? Seriously, fixing this incompatibility is yet another
step toward becoming a bit more Linux friendly.
How to set up Livepatch and the
information gathering tool in Ubuntu 18.04
What this means is, you can now do kernel
level patching without restarting the PC. Very useful, but I
wonder if this has an impact on being able to clean up old
garbage, old kernels, etc.; and what is the effect on overall
stability and system size on the disk.
Digital Media Bremen
Looks a lot like another Google Glass
knockoff. Why not invent something original?
Re. FYI#1270 (Tues 5/22/2018):
Details on AT&T's newly revamped streaming
Cloud DVR and wireless bundle deals make
DirecTV Now a lot more interesting.
Still crippled by lack of programming and
need to get high-speed Internet service from someone else in most
areas of the country. Also, by lousy customer service.
Ericsson's CTO on What Really Goes Into
Rolling Out 5G
The emphasis on Edge Computing and
real-time processing are two keys not only to cell phone and AR/VR
applications, but also with logistics, self-driving cars and IoT
devices. All pointing to a very interesting future, if things
don't get stalled by companies fighting each other over turf or
excessive or inadequate regulations and standards.
OnePlus 6 vs. iPhone X: Can the Flagship
Killer Steal Apple's Crown?
This actually looks pretty interesting.
It's a mid-priced phone with near-stock Android.
Did Google’s Duplex AI Demo Just Pass the
Turing Test? [Update]
They are coming close, very close. Which
is both encouraging and a bit creepy.
Kaspersky Lab plays Swiss gambit in
attempt to assuage Russian spying fears
Calling themselves Swiss does not make
Microsoft: Here's our 4 step plan for
getting rid of passwords forever
This is largely a step in the right
direction. But Microsoft is tying these changes to forcing users
to sign in with Administrator Microsoft Cloud Account logins. That
would be totally unacceptable. (There's no technical reason these
login types need such a close tie-in to Microsoft Cloud accounts
or Administrator level privileges at login.) I suspect this will
get rolled out in such a way that local accounts and limited user
accounts also will get some of these features, but Microsoft is
not advertising how that will work.
5 best gadgets to keep criminals from
stealing your information
Instead of a roller, if I have to dispose
of anything with personal info on it, I tear off the info
containing parts and shred them with a diamond-shredder. The rest
is harmless and can be recycled. Sometimes a whole piece of junk
mail has to be shredded -- mail spammers are that bad about
spewing out your personal data all over their mailings. And from
those mailings they expect to get my business? Pffft! PIN
protected storage -- what could possibly go wrong? Try resetting
your PIN if you forget it. RFID protective phone cases are
anywhere from worthless because they don't work, to unnecessary
because nothing ifs being actively transmitted from phones. RFID
is near-field, meaning it only operates at centimeter or less
"contact" distances. No one is going to steal anything from your
phone unless your payment app is open and they actually brush up
against your phone. So
save your money on that one. Chip credit cards also do not "leak"
Google Is Overhauling Google News With AI
Curation and Built In Subscriptions
As always, who determines how AI filters
the news? The built-in subscriptions are of course yet another
monetizing technique, and these added costs make Google and its
services less and less appealing to me.
Wi-Fi Alliance’s Wi-Fi EasyMesh
certification aims to standardize mesh networks
The new certification program will ensure
that wireless mesh network routers, gateways, and access points
from different manufacturers will all work together.
This standard could seriously impact the
Hulu Live vs. YouTube TV vs. Sling vs. Vue
vs. DirecTV Now: Face-Off!
Nothing to get excited about with any of
these streaming services. Although, Hulu Live is getting more and
more local TV news onboard. Our NBC affiliate in Boston just
Four-million Facebook users’ data wide
open for anyone to download for years
DATA SCOOPED UP BY PERSONALITY APP, LEFT
ON A WEBSITE WITH A PUBLIC PASSWORD.
Sadly, this isn't the last time we'll be
hearing about stuff like this.
A look at Scribus – Open-Source Desktop
Publisher on GNU/Linux
Interesting, but it will take awhile to
learn to use this. Also, to get the latest version I downloaded
the AppImage version. This AppImage, unlike Krits (another
AppImage I recently downloaded) totally lacks Ubuntu Unity Desktop
integration. I can't get it into the Unity Launcher or the Unity
Dash as a working application launcher. And it won't launch from
the Command Line Interface. The only alternative is to stick with
an older version until I can upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04. Then I stand
a chance of getting the latest version as a desktop application.
Ubuntu is getting more and more like Windows (impossible to
manage) every day.
The State of Microsoft's AI
Between them, Microsoft, Google and Amazon
are changing the way we interact with the machines and things in
our lives. I call out the claims of "emotional AI" as
overreaching, and "empathy" it certainly is not, but it is getting
so that except for complex emotions, AI chat-bots are getting
nearly impossible to distinguish from human phone reps (in fact,
sometimes the bots seem more human than the live reps!). This is
aimed at allowing us to use our natural language to interact with
out Things and with support services more naturally than is
currently the case. That is actually a good thing so far -- these
machines and this AI is still under human control.
Industry collaboration was the "silver
lining" of Spectre & Meltdown, says Red Hat
This is a form of collaboration which the
open source community has known about since its beginnings. Nice
to see the Closed Source world starting to catch up. Just as long
as collaboration doesn't degenerate into collusion, which would
limit our choices.
This Is Your Last Chance To Save Net
Actually, this bill still has to clear the
House (unlikely) and get our President's signature (very unlikely)
to become law. Good luck with all of that.
Chinese School Piloting Face-Recognition
Software to Make Sure Students Pay Attention in Class
And if they catch you not smiling in the
halls, you get sent to reprogramming -- er, counseling -- classes
immediately. It's already happening in one US school, I think
somewhere in Tennessee.
How secure or private is Gmail's new
Your messages sit unencrypted on a Google
server. Google reads the messages. The data gets sold to
advertisers. Business as usual at Google. So whom do you trust
Free alternative to Adobe Lightroom
The problem with Adobe products is that no
matter how good any alternative is, the file formats will remain
incompatible. So no professional shop will touch free
alternatives. They need Adobe format compatibility. Other than
that, I haven't used Dark Table, so I don't know how well it
stacks up technically.
Why is My Amazon Echo Blinking Yellow,
Red, or Green?
So, they have a nonverbal language as
How to change the Google Assistant voice
People often do prefer one voice over
another, and not everyone likes the same voice. So this is a good
feature to have.
PC Makers are Embracing Alexa
Well, Alexa might just as well join Siri
and Cortana on the devices we use.
Comcast is (update: was) leaking the names
and passwords of customers’ wireless routers
It's very bad that this was happening.
It's good that they have fixed this. But there's probably more to
Oh Good, a Former Lawyer for Facebook and
Equifax Is Now in Charge of Investigating Them
If this lawyer was dissatisfied with these
companies, this could be a good thing. Otherwise, I am not at all
surprised that it comes down to this.
Free check to see if your router has been
hacked by criminals
F-Secure Router Checker
My router (Comcast Gateway) checks out
just fine, although it can be identified.
From Joe Nowak:
12 Apps to Carry with you at all times
The article and the comments have some
good suggestions. You could also carry a full Linux operating
environment on today's big flash drives. If you've ever gotten
locked out of a Windows partition or PC, a Linux Live drive can
sometimes get you back in business.
Re. FYI#1271 (Wed 5/23/2018):
Windows 10 'Lean' is a smaller edition of
Windows 10 for devices with 16GB of storage
Windows 10 Lean is Windows 10 on a diet.
Featuring a much smaller footprint, Windows 10 Lean is designed
for devices with 16GB of storage and ensures those devices can
remain up to date.
This is a glimpse of what Microsoft seems
to want the future of Windows to be. Not the current "S Mode" but
a leaner, more modular Windows, which gets its more advanced
featurwes and snap-ins through web-centric subscription services.
One day, if this trend continues, we will be logging in on our
devices, but our desktops will be in then Cloud. (Think Chromebook
for a current example.)
Windows 10 April 2018 Update reportedly
breaking some critical PC features
Avast antivirus has become one of the
impacted programs. Third-party antivirus is causing problems due
to undocumented ways of injecting their drivers inside the Windows
Microsoft and these AV vendors have been
at war ever since Vista's "patch guard". Patch Guard also gave
rise to most of the SysWOW64 and WinSxS expansions which kept
filling up hard drives and SSDs. Since Vista these expansions have
been trimmed considerably, but it's still a problem.
At the AskWoody.com blog, Susan
Bradley (former Windows Secrets "Patch Lady") is now recommending
not using third-party active antivirus programs anymore, and using
Windows Defender alone now. This is partly due to these update
issues, which are increasingly severe.
Richard Hay of Windows Secrets Newsletter
(paid content) is still recommending Windows Defender plus
Malwarebytes Antimalware paid edition, which has anti-exploit
(ransomware protections) built in.
Windows 10 Pro also has these protections,
but with many unwanted prerequisites. Other third-party AV
products, mostly paid, also offer anti-ransomware features, but
again these programs may interfere with Windows 10 feature
So the AV Wars rage on.
I haven't yet upgraded my Windows 10 Pro
which uses Avira Free as its active AV product. I do not use any
specific anti-ransomware measures. I use Malwarebytes Free as a
Also, check this out:
How To Scan Your Computer For Malware With
This second-opinion online scanner is from
ESET. It is not just for malware, so do not treat its findings as
infections or PUP/PUA. This is more like the cleanup module inside
of Glary Utilities than an actual antimalware scanner. I haven't
tried this tool, but may do so next time I'm doing AV scans in
Windows. Right now, I'm in Linux, as usual. Chrome for Linux does
not have this feature.
A very early look at the Cloud Clipboard
experience in Windows 10
This is another example of moving Windows
features up into the Cloud. It also allows the Continuum
Experience, so that something clipped on one device can be pasted
into a place on another device. Potentially very powerful.
How to Manage Startup Programs in Windows
10’s Settings App
This isn't as convenient as the old
Control Panel way of managing Startups, and CCleaner has a tab
which makes things even easier. But at least Windows has a way of
managing certain resource-hogging and unnecessary Startup Items.
Useful Shortcut Keys in Ubuntu
Bookmarked for future download.
Turn Your Phone Into a Powerful PC
It is impractical to type extensively into
a phone. Just as I do not want a PC to act or look like a phone, I
do not want to try to use a phone as a desktop PC. I believe in
using the right tool and size factor for the right job. In between
the PC and the phone sits the Chromebook (Chrome OS and Linux).
Chromebooks are just right for meetings and travel.
Windows 10 quick tips: 10 ways to speed up
The old advice still holds up. With a few
Google Duplex Is Classist: Here's How to
With Duplex, the Google Assistant can
trick people into thinking it's human. It's cool, but ultimately
turns service workers into inconvenient interfaces.
Google can do better.
Or maybe they can't. Let's face it -- call
center workers are the army of clerks which data entry specialists
once were. Their jobs were ripe for automation, and now it's
finally happening. Progress cannot be stopped. All workers can do
is adapt and upgrade your skills. I've had a few conversations
with bots, and they do better than overseas call center reps for
Google Declares Victory for HTTPS in
Chrome 69 [Nice]
Yes, nice. And long overdue.
Extract email addresses and other data
from files on Windows
This is still beta, but it fills a niche I
haven't seen anything else "address" (so to speak).
The 10 Best Free Movie Streaming Sites
Veoh and Vudu are not entirely free, and
when you sign up, you grant them access to a credit card or bank
account. Popcorn has been accused of violating US copyright laws
(though this was some time ago). How Pluto TV can offer live TV
legally, I don't know. Maybe it's not US TV content.
How to Upgrade to the Latest Version of
Those of us on the LTS version of Ubuntu
16.04 will be waiting for the "dot-one" version of Ubuntu 18.04,
due out in July or August. I'd just as soon wait, or at least get
the latest news from the open-source user groups I attend around
Boston. I'll probably do this as a clean install, even though this
means a lot of time spent customizing and tweaking to make
everything work properly, then loading up the non-repository
software I really want to add. This will be an ongoing project for
some time to come.
What Is a PPA in Ubuntu, and How Do You
This is how I will get most of the
non-repository software I will be using in Ubuntu 18.04.
One new addition is AppImage software.
This is the Linux version of stand alone programs, containing all
necessary dependencies in one package. AppImage software packages
are also distro-agnostic, at least within the same family of Linux
distros. (Debian is the family of Fedora and Ubuntu.) But getting
full desktop integration (Search, Dash and Launcher functions)
from an AppImage is still not standardized. It's very much hit or
The Strangest Social Security Benefit You
The burial benefit is not strange -- it's
just anachronistic. And small, and not available to those with
much else by way of financial resources.
Fuchsia and the future of Android
Google's mysterious new operating system
is assumed to be a replacement for Android and Chrome OS — but
what if the situation isn't actually so simple?
I'm guessing things may not be so simple.
If you look into the partition structure of any recent Chromebook,
you will see extra partitions for a third copy of an operating
system (the "C" System and User Data partitions). "OS C" could
well turn out to become Fuchsia. (The only limit to how many
partitions can be put onto GPT solid state media is how much room
each OS and user data space needs.) I also have Fedora in my
Chromebook, but there are still two "OS C" spaces reserved.
Android devices (and some low-end Chromebooks) would need more
than a simple firmware upgrade to run Fuchsia.
"Perhaps Fuchsia could instead end up
becoming a new underlying structure for one or both platforms
while still leaving the original outward-facing identities intact."
Congress Releases 3,500 Russian-Made
The ads show how easy it was for trolls to
ape activist causes to rile up Americans.
Spygate: How Right-Wing Media Creates a
Conspiracy Theory Out of Thin Air
Please read this not for the politics, but
for the analysis of how Fake News is created and spreads across
all media, not just social media. We all need this sort of
education to be protected against having another Election
subverted by Fake News from any direction. Left-wing sites and
media outlets have done many of the same things.
Notepad gets extended line endings support
in Windows 10
This is significant beyond programmers
writing lines of code. In Linux, text files use the same kind of
line ending encoding, and up until now, Notepad could not render
these files correctly. Now there should be better handling of
Linux generated text files. I run into this frustration all the
time between Ubuntu and Windows 10 on my Intel NUC, and also with
files like meeting notes from my Chromebook's Fedora programs.
The 3 Types of Antivirus Scans and When to
Use Each One
We all don't have the time to run full AV
scans in the normal course of using our PCs and devices. So this
is a useful guide as to when to run the full scans, and when less
time-consuming scans will suffice. I run quick scans weekly and
full scans once or twice a month, when doing other updates and
maintenance, including making system backups. (Data backups are a
once-weekly task now, as I have come to distrust the updating
process both in Windows and in (Ubuntu and Fedora) Linux lately.
Facebook is asking users worldwide to
review their privacy settings
We should have been doing this all along,
Ring Doorbell Doesn’t Keep You Safe After
From the Comments:
"The Ring vulnerability is an example of
how IoT device manufacturers operate. In the haste to be the
firstest with the mostest to the market, Q/A and security get a
I couldn't have said it better. I don't
know what makes this flaw so difficult to patch. Maybe it's
connected with how credentials are stored in a Cloud Account? That
latency should be easy to fix.
Windows 10 tip: How to turn on System
Protection and create System Restore points
I'm not sure why Microsoft disabled this
feature by default, but I think it was meant to conserve storage
space on devices with limited onboard storage. Anyway, it should
be turned on where space is available, though not necessarily on a
smaller System SSD.
What is Reddit? A beginner’s guide to
using the front page of the internet
This is info I haven't had time to review
until now. When I have a particularly weird looking Linux issue,
often there is a Reddit or sub-Reddit about that particular issue.
At least then I know it's not just me.
Google Assistant Will Soon Make Calls on
Your Behalf (Really)
Yeah, really. One more feature to turn
off. Some people might find a use case for this, but I don't care
Microsoft plans to change Alt-Tab behavior
on Windows 10
I agree with the Comment which suggested
using Alt+ Windows Key for this feature when applied to a window,
and Alt+Tab for a tab. Less confusing. But this is Microsoft,
How to Convert a PDF to PowerPoint
Too bad there aren't any free programs
which will do this.
Box expands Zones to manage content in
I'm not clear on the legalities involved,
but recently proposed US laws and regulations might make storing
data offshore less attractive. GDPR would make storing data in the
EU more attractive. So this may or may not be useful, depending on
the specific use case.
Gmail’s Smart Compose Basically Writes
Emails For You And It’s Live Right Now
This is something to disable if possible
Okta's Chrome plug-in tells you when
hackers have your password
So now all you have to do is change your
passwords every time the extension issues an alert. I feel safer
The best Chromebooks
This is the article I said before is out
of date. The models have mostly been updated with newer models,
like the flip c302 instead of the flip c202.
Windows 10 April 2018 Update problems:
Users struggle with mystery 'black screen'
Is third-party antivirus to blame for the
latest Windows 10 update issues?
The issue seems to be that these AV
companies have reacted to Windows Patch Guard by using
undocumented ways to inject drivers inside the Windows 10 kernel.
Users are now paying the price for this cat and mouse game between
Windows Patch Guard and third party AV vendors. I guess more
lawsuits will be forthcoming from AV vendors.
Tired of Waiting, Apple Cancels $1B Irish
Originally announced in February 2015,
Apple is giving up on trying to build the new facility.
The story here is that an Irish ecology
group was fighting over the fate of a grove of trees. Draw your
Nest Devices Went Offline Last Night,
Disabling Some Key Features
This is another issue with IoT devices --
you need a failsafe plan if the servers (or networks) you are
depending on go offline for some reason.
At Build 2018, Microsoft will continue to
form the foundation for ubiquitous computing's future
If you blink, you may just miss how the
world of computing is changing right now.
This is the Cloud Computing and
Intelligent Edge paradigm which is driving the IoT future of the
Internet and 5G data (and cell phone) communications. The main
ideas include pushing AI out to the edge of the network, so that
latency is reduced and real time processing can be done more
reliably. Also, if one piece of the Edge goes down or loses
contact with the Cloud (the network's hub, so to speak) another
Edge node can be activated, within certain limits.
This gives the Internet in IoT systems
more redundancy and reliability. Very necessary for things like
self-driving cars and delivery logistics, as well as power
Re. FYI#1272 (Thurs. 5/24/2018):
Malwarebytes acquires Windows Firewall
control firm BiniSoft
The startup develops Windows Firewall
Control management tools for network endpoints.
Most of us using individual PCs and home
networks won't be using these firewall controls. I think
Malwarebytes would be better served to develop a more complete
This watch uses a built-in projector to
turn your arm int...
That idea has been around for a long time.
It never worked, and has yet to find its way into a real product.
5 reasons to upgrade to Windows 10 pro
Also, Group Policies, better ransomware
protections, ability to control the regular Windows Updates and
Future iPhones Could Scan the Veins
Beneath Your Face, Apple Patent Suggests
I'm not sure how much practical use this
would be. Medical applications are not many, and not well proven.
Firefox 60.0 release overview
Firefox 60 has already arrived in my
Ubuntu Linux. Nice to have a guide to its new and changed
5G Is on the Horizon. How’s It Shaping Up?
5G is not just about better and faster
cell data communication. It's also about the future of home
Interne services. Imagine not having to get a technician to come
over to set up and turn on your service. With 5G for the last few
hundred feet, this is possible. Just buy or rent the gateway from
a nearby store (or online) and plug it in, connect your equipment
and turn on the service. Some equipment will not even need to be
connected, as it's wireless. TV services can be distributed this
way as well, even those not (yet) requiring Internet service.
Microsoft and Publicis unveil Marcel, an
AI-based productivity platform for the ad giant
One key point is creating business apps
which closely resemble consumer apps. This reduces training time
and employee learning curves, allowing new hires to hit the ground
running faster and more efficiently. Ultimately however, this will
create further pressures to cut jobs. That's a worrisome aspect.
With Android P, Google Stops Playing
Catch-Up on Security
What is being referenced here is that
Google is taking a more centralized role in making sure vendors
keep their Android devices up to date with the latest security
updates. My own phone vendor, Moto (Lenovo) has been very slow
bringing security updates to my Moto G4, even when this was a
well-supported model. Sadly, the phone will never get Android P.
Microsoft Adds a Dark Theme to File
Explorer in the Latest Windows 10 Update
Frankly, I'm not a fan of Dark Themes.
They originated with the gaming crowd, and hacve infected
everything ever since.
Not Good: Alexa Records and Shares Woman's
Private Conversation (Update)
Was it a bug? Or a feature? No one knows,
and Amazon isn't saying.
How to connect an Android smartphone to
Microsoft Windows 10
5 things you need to know about
Microsoft's 'Your Phone' for Windows 10
Making a phone and a PC share a common
launcher and common interface compromises the unique strengths of
both devices. But this is a way to continue work across these two
platforms. So some folks might need this feature. I don't. And
this feature isn't here yet. It's coming with the Fall 2018
How to: Use Windows XP securely
Windows XP, even in a virtual machine, is
simply not secure. Period. It also doesn't work with the modern
A Shady Company Offering Police Cellphone
Location Data Was Reportedly Just Hacked
It's too bad that it often takes a leak
like this to reveal how far law enforcement has gone to violate
the principles of individual liberty and the rule of law. In all
fairness, most of the time, law enforcement does not go to these
lengths, as far as we know.
Windows 10 update KB4103714 (build
It may be too soon to apply this update,
if you can postpone it a bit longer.
How to Download Your Passwords in Google
This probably can be hacked. Yet another
reason not to store passwords in your browser. Get a password
manager app, and don't leave yourself open to such hacking.
Amazon Map Tracking Lets You Follow
Packages in Real Time
So now you can see in real time where they
misbelieved the package? So helpful. Also helpful to thieves if
they ever hack into this.
How to set your Firefox homepage to your
New Tab page
If you do this, you probably will want to
to turn off the suggestions and ads on the New Tab page.
Here's What's Next in the Fight to Save
Very unlikely this will get through the
House,, let alone get our President's signature.
Google experiments with new Chrome New Tab
I like the ability to set a background on
the New Tab page.
How to extend the period to uninstall a
Windows 10 upgrade
If you really can make this happen and
stick, this would be a nice thing to be able to do. Even nicer
would be to allow everyone, even Home users, to defer the upgrade
for up to 90 days.
Hackers can bypass Windows Meltdown patch,
and early builds may be at risk
We will be seeing this sort of cat and
mouse game over these vulnerabilities and the patches for some
time yet to come. This is not a reason to apply the April MS
Updates patches just yet. There are still no exploits of Meltdown
or Spectre reported in the wild. None.
Is it nearly time to dump Windows for
Google shows Microsoft how it's done with
OS updates, but there's still one thing missing.
Local storage vs. Cloud storage vs.
Android storage is a problem when running Android apps under
Chrome OS. But I find I can do without Windows very well, as long
as I also have Linux to work with offline. Trying to get files to
transfer and to work well in all the environments (Chrome OS,
Android and Linux) is a challenge sometimes, but the power of
being able to work online, offline, mobile or desktop, all without
the hassles of Windows updating, for me overrides the issues of
trying to manage files between three different operating systems
and storage environments.
How to Add Security Questions to Windows
10 Local User Accounts
How to enable reset local account password
on Windows 10 April 2018 Update
This article shows the actual security
questions you can choose from. Like all such systems, all the
questions can be answered by a Google Search or knowledge of your
social media posts. So unless you make up lies and can remember
your lies, these security questions will destroy the value of pass
word protecting an account in the first place. I would not enable
this feature on my PC. Better to use other password reset methods
which are more secure.
Re. FYI#1273 (Fri 5/25/2018):
Google Autocomplete Could Breach Court
It appears that autocomplete circumvents
some of the filters and algorithms used by Search. This should be
corrected globally, but instead, Google is addressing individual
complaints on a case by case basis. This probably violates much
more than British laws.
Google Accidentally Reveals Names of Rape
Victims Despite Law
What is Hulu with Live TV, and Can It
Replace Your Cable Subscription?
In the Boston area, they lack the CW
network. Combined with the instant-fail interface and no live TV
guide, why bother? With the enhanced DVR and just one other add-on
(name any) you aren't beating bundled Cable TV on pricing either.
And Hulu Live is one of the best cord-cutting options. So cord
cutting is not really a thing.
Microsoft publishes Windows Command Line
Probably the second-most-useful thing I've
seen posted here in FYI ever. (The most-useful is the Linux CLI
TL;DR reference.) I downloaded this and put it into my Windows
Inside Relay, the Anti-Smartphone for Kids
I think the idea is, don't give kids a
choice. So the lure of an iPhone is a non-issue for parents who
will be choosing this phone for their kids.
Why Does My Microsoft Word Document
Display Differently on Different Computers?
Format issues and display driver
differences are one reason the printing industry does not use
Office formats. Their preference for PDF formatting is rooted in
problems like this one.
How to opt out of most internet
advertising: Jeff Rossen demonstrates
I prefer to use browser extensions and
block everything. If I run into a page or a logon which requires
loosening up these blocks, I can remove just what needs to be
removed, then switch back. Much easier than the often-ignored
opt-out lists, which often require retaining cookies in your
Hands on with Acer's premium Chromebooks
and Helios 500
We also got a brief glimpse at a Swift 5
These are all Intel based, not ARM
Chromebooks. That fact alone nearly doubles their price. Unless
you are dual-booting Linux like I am, you really do not need an
Intel based Chromebook. (Even my needs do not require these
premium configurations.) There are some nice, much more modestly
priced Chromebooks with the ARM processors.
She sold phony $100 bills to an undercover
cop. Then she offered something else phony.
What else phony did she offer? The article
Is Microsoft avoiding the Win 10 (1803)
upgrade on PCs running Avast?
First, if Avast is even installed, the
upgrade should not be offered. Same with some other third-party
antivirus vendors. I would remove the AV program or suite
entirely, then do then upgrade, then reinstall the AV if desired.
The problem is, according to Susan Bradley
writing in the AskWoody.com blog (
) when you reinstall the antivirus, it may cause
crashes or other instabilities in Windows 10 version 1803 even
after an otherwise successful upgrade.
The issue (according to several other
online sources) is that third-party antivirus programs have been
using undocumented APIs to inject their drivers inside the Windows
kernel. This is not sanctioned by Microsoft. Recent security
improvements in versions 1709 and 1803 are clamping down on the
kernel "patch guard". The anti-ransomware feature in Windows 10 is
designed to prevent unauthorized changes in critical system files,
and to prevent injection of new files inside the Windows kernel,
among other protections.
This may be bringing back the old
antivirus wars, in which third-party companies claimed that
Microsoft was deliberately sabotaging third-party products to
force users to rely on the built-in Windows Defender alone. I
can't verify such a scenario, but if this turns out to be a
widespread issue, there may well be a new round of lawsuits
against Microsoft by third-party antivirus vendors.
In the meantime, choose your AV products
wisely. I haven't upgraded yet, so I can't say which products work
or don't work for me. In version 1709, I've already had to dump
several on-demand scanners because they violate Microsoft's new
security requirements regarding ASLR. (Windows 10 Pro does not
flag 7-ZIP, which also has no ASLR protections, but these scanners
are flagged for some reason(s).)
Avast update fixes Windows 10 version 1803
Is Microsoft avoiding the Win10 (1803)
upgrade on PCs running Avast?
Documented / Undocumented API – Why Should
I care? – Part 1
Part 2 - What would YOU do?
Part 3 - How to identify 3rd party
products using undocumented program internal intefaces
Undocumented APIs 
They (Avast and others) were warned!
Privacy Possum is Privacy Badger on
Testing this now on Chrome Beta in Ubuntu
Linux. Will report any issues. This replaces Privacy Badger in my
Firefox. PB had already been removed from my Chrome Beta (I don't
How to stop Facebook, Google and Amazon
from tracking you
Don't depend on the EU rules to protect
your privacy if you do not live in the EU. Facebook in particular
is not applying the EU rules worldwide. Use a privacy extension in
your browser instead.
Acer's Chromebook Spin 13 Could Be the
Most Well-Rounded Chrome OS Laptop On the Market
It's certainly one of the most expensive.
And needlessly so.
Windows 10 is Changing How Alt+Tab Works,
Here’s What You Need to Know
This is coming in the Fall 2018 update.
More and more emphasis on Sets -- big mistake!
A look at FocusWriter distraction free
text editor on GNU/Linux
I see nothing to recommend this app over
myriads of other text editors for GNU/Linux. I use gEdit or
Notepad most of the time.
People in New York were lining up around a
city block to buy this $530 Android phone
It's a good phone. A bit too fancy for my
taste, but a good phone.
How to Automatically Create System Restore
Point on Schedule in Windows 10
If you're already going into the Registry,
why not just change the DWORD value to something which matches the
frequency you want? Or is this not a recognized variable anymore?
Ahh! The linked article tells why not in the Comments:
How to Change System Restore Point
Creation Frequency in Windows 10
Apparently Windows Update keeps reverting
the DWORD or removing the entry. Dear darling Microsoft!
Microsoft is reportedly working on a new
lightweight version of Windows 10
Windows 10 Lean is aimed at low-end
devices with only 16GB storage, according to reports.
This is where Windows is headed in the
future for everyone not using Pro or Enterprise versions. A
lightweight Windows Core OS on our devices connects to a Cloud
based virtual desktop, where all of our subscriptions are located.
Modules or apps are added or deactivated as we pay or don't pay
for these upgraded features. Our documents are saved to our
Microsoft Cloud Accounts. The device is always connected to the
Internet when in use. And all of that which follows. Like a
Chromebook with Chrome OS. Or you can start using Linux now and
not have the issues which happen when you lose your Internet
access under this scheme. Just don't choose Ubuntu -- they're
heading in the same direction.
Apple's Reputation Tested by Latest
Which reputation is this? Apple has had a
long history of shipping products broken or having software
issues. All of this notwithstanding Apple's lousy track record on
Using Windows 10’s New Clipboard: History
and Cloud Sync
Interesting features. Just remember that
this means your clipboard and its history may be retained on
Microsoft's servers -- unencrypted. Remember this when you are
preparing a sensitive document and you use copy/paste. I don't
know how you will be able to clear the clipboard sync and history,
but once something is out on MS servers through sync, it is not
going to be easily deleted by the user. I would have preferred a
separate app for clipboard sync and history.
Fix Google Chrome's font looking off
My Google fonts don't look "off". Never
have. I have Chrome set to use my (default) System Font.
The new Gmail steals some great ideas and
invents some fresh ones
Gmail's redesign borrows heavily from
other apps. Now it's their turn to push email forward again.
Well, at least I still have Fastmail. They
don't do crazy interfaces or bloatware features which further
erode what's left of our privacy.
How to Add or Remove Ultimate Performance
Power Plan in Windows 10
While this probably will not improve
performance for most non-workstation PCs, I may try it on my NUC
How to: Stop your browser freezing
I can't remember when the last time was my
browser froze or crashed. Even in Linux this is rare for me. And I
sometimes really pound on the browser's capabilities.
Apple Knew iPhone 6 Would Bend Before Its
See? It's not a bug -- it's a feature.
Alexa Can Hear Commands You Can’t, Which
Hackers Could Exploit
That's the trouble with electronics --
they can detect "sounds" people can't hear. There is a Mute
Button, you know.
Re. FYI#1274 (Sat. 5/26/2018):
Gmail's Creepy New Smart Compose Will
Write Emails for You
I don't find this creepy. It's just for me
unnecessary, and a privacy and security risk I don't want to
expose myself to. These new features should be opt-in, not opt-out
AirTV’s new tuner carries broadcast TV
on—and beyond—your home network
Dual tuners let you distribute two
channels within your home, and you can stream one channel outside
The second channel is more than my
SlingBox Mini could do with my AT&T DVR, but otherwise, this is
much the same type of box, with many of the same restrictions. I
have these features with my Comcast gateway and DVR, so I don't
need this box.
7 Essential Privacy Tips for When You
Bad VPN advice. Hotspot Shield was singled
out as leaking personal information and keeping logs on users. No
free VPN service should be trusted. Also, not mentioned, consider
using your own travel router, such as the TP-Link N300 Wireless
Wi-Fi Nano Travel Router:
For $33.00 plus change, this is a
precaution you can afford to take with you.
What Are Travel Routers & How Do You Set
You can also use the router for streaming
or screen mirroring if you can get a Chromecast dongle to work
with the hotel's TV. Just remember, smart TVs can be bugged or
Nanowires could hold the key to safer,
less flammable Lithium-ion batteries
This is just one of the new technologies
for better, safer batteries. Nova recently had a whole program on
Nova Search for the Super Battery [video]
(Mike Zimmerman segment. Mark 4, @31 min.)
Especially interesting is the Solid State
Electrolyte Battery, which has a plastic (solid) electrolyte. This
actually inhibits fire, and these batteries cannot form dendrites
and short themselves internally. Punctures and tears are also
incapable of setting these batteries on fire. They produce twice
the power of conventional Li Ion batteries, because one strip in
the ribbon can be Lithium Metal, which cannot be used in
conventional Li Ion cells due to the dendrite issue. I am not sure
I agree that solid state electrolyte batteries cannot be scaled up
Google Sued $4B for 'Secretly Tracking
I don't consider Google tracking of users
to be a secret. What they did was to bypass iPhone security, which
is a great big no-no. Class Action suits like this one are no
longer possible in the US after the very recent Supreme Court
ruling that consumers have no automatic right to enter into class
action lawsuits over privacy breaches. Arbitration is mandatory
now in the US, and class actions are no longer permitted.
Dual Boot vs. Virtual Machine: Which One
Is Right for You?
The one thing they said in this article
which I question is whether any malware operating on say, Windows
as a virtual machine inside a Linux host, could cause the Linux
host OS to become infected. In Windows we have pretty well
established ways to tell if this sort of thing might happen, but
with Linux, detection and remediation might be more difficult, and
the signs of an infection might not be immediately obvious.
I have an SSD in my Intel NUC, and the
storage on my Chromebook is solid state, so I don't get bothered
by the transition times when moving from Windows or Chrome OS into
Linux and back. I also don't make that transition during most
sessions, so there isn't that issue for me. Dual-booting in a
Chromebook is known to reduce the security of a normal Chromebook,
but GNU/Linux has pretty good security itself, so I don't worry
about that. On a conventional PC like my NUC, this isn't an issue
at all, though Linux has better security than Windows 10, last I
How to Bring Back Nautilus ‘Type-Ahead
Search’ in Ubuntu 18.04
I'm sure I'll find a lot of things this
upgrade (to Ubuntu 18.04) will break. Workarounds or substitutions
will have to be found, so it's nice to see one instance where
someone has simply added back the functionality without the need
to recompile an app or the Linux kernel using Source materials.
New Microsoft Edge security features were
just bypassed, opening door for exploits
This sort of thing is always happening in
all browsers. For the Spring Update (1803) I'd use Edge if I were
stuck with Microsoft products only. Otherwise, Chrome looks strong
for the foreseeable future.
Streaming TV on vacation: What you need to
Not all streaming bundles work the same
way when you're away from home. Here's a rundown of the
restrictions and workarounds.
There certainly are a lot of restrictions!
These come from legitimate content protections, but the whole
process of trying to stream content outside of the home network is
made unnecessarily onerous by the major ISPs. This seems to me to
be deliberate -- and very annoying.
Net Neutrality, Cambridge Analytica
Scandal Fuel VPN Use
How sad that people didn't and don't
understand that due to how Cambridge Analytica conducted its
misuse of user data, a VPN would have offered zero protections.
People really need to learn what a VPN can -- and cannot -- do for
personal privacy. Do not depend on a VPN to preserve your privacy.
Like active antivirus, it has a lot of limitations. And in the
long run, these products can lead to worse problems than the
purport to protect against.
Firefox: Downloads highlighted on New Tab
This is another annoying monetization
feature I could live without. Mozilla Foundation has sold out to
Secret Windows Hotkey Instantly Makes Your
Start Menu Bigger
A great giant Start Menu with blocky tiles
-- isn't this what many of us rejected before with the Windows 8.0
How to Check If Your Online Accounts Have
Have I Been Pwned has serious credibility
issues with me. I checked my Yahoo email address, and it was
involved in three listed breaches, but the two Yahoo breaches were
not listed. But my GMail address, which I used to sign up for
Disqus, which was involved in a breach, was cleared as not found
in any breaches. This result does not make any sense. And it is
not the only example of very weird results from this and other
sites which purport to be listing where and when your information
may have been breached. My passwords never show up as involved in
a breach, even though they were used at many of the compromised
sites. Again, this is not a credible result.
Lenovo launches full Windows 10 laptops
that are cheaper than some Chromebooks
Lenovo has used cheap parts in these
laptops. They underperform even low-end Chromebooks on most tasks.
Definitely not worth the cost savings vs. Chromebooks or
better-built Windows laptops.
6 Cool Things in the Windows 10 April 2018
These are not improvements. This is not
how I want to use my PC.
Future of Windows is all about
collaboration — for businesses and consumers
For consumers, what does "collaboration"
even mean? I am the only user of my PC and its data.
How Do You Feel About Syncing Your
Clipboard to the Cloud?
It's one part convenience, four parts
privacy risk, and six parts security risk. Why would I want all my
clipboard data stored, even temporarily, unencrypted, on
Microsoft's cloud servers? Hint: I do not need to sync anything
among different Windows devices.
Walmart's next healthcare move: Using data
to identify bad doctors
And who is deciding what "evidence" to
base their judgments on? This has a lot of very malicious
potential, and seems aimed at destroying alternative medicine. I
do not want any corporation to stand between me and my doctor when
deciding a medical diagnosis or course of treatment.
Poor password hygiene still rules
We still need authentication methods which
do not depend on remembering passwords or phrases. People simply
do not remember strong passwords, which results in poor password
practices. I don't do any better at this than anyone else. While
it can get misplaced or corrupted, a hardware key makes a far
better first factor than a password. Combined with just about any
second factor, this is the way to go if you ask me.
Google reveals how well Chrome's
autoplay-blocking feature works
They call a half-effective tool good??
What if we apply this standard to antivirus? Or to preventing car
crashes? In my experience, the success rate is about 75%, but this
is still not good enough for me, especially late at night or early
in the morning.
Intel Finds New Spectre Derivative
Here we go again. More patches, more
firmware updates, and still the problem is not solved. And there
are still no known exploits in the wild.
How to See and Delete the Data Windows 10
Collects and Sends to Microsoft
This tool does not show everything
Microsoft collects. And it is a very serious pain to use. It also
does not prevent the data from being collected, copied and shared
with third parties. The only privacy protections I'm interested in
are ones which prevent data collection in the first place. Once
something's up in the cloud, it's everywhere in no time. O&O
ShutUp 10 helps, but does not eliminate Microsoft's spyware
problems. I mean, telemetry features. (No I don't.)
5 things Microsoft should do to further
integrate Windows 10 and Android
Many of Microsoft's apps are available on
both Windows 10 and Android, but there are still limitations when
it comes to connecting your devices.
While it's nice to have any cross-platform
continuity, don't expect smooth and full integration of Microsoft
and Google (or Apple, or Linux) products. I like to be able to
sync settings and share data, but I don't feel a need to start a
session inside an Android app and finish the same session inside a
Windows desktop program. That's asking a lot -- too much if you
ask me. Running Android apps within Windows could be nice, but
most would not render well. The UWP (universal apps which work on
different platforms) paradigm seems to hold some promise, but I
don't need anything more.
Why native advertising and branded content
In an interview with TechRepublic,
Adweek's Josh Sternberg talked about the blending of editorial and
advertising content as a tactic to capture more consumer
Maybe it's time to write off all CBS
Interactive web sites as advertiser platforms, not serious sources
for accurate journalism about technology and other news. I've
already written off ABC News and Yahoo over this same issue.
Other names for this are advertorials,
Fake News and some words which are unprintable here at FYI.
This is the ultimate in corruption of
information and news media. The scenario is that a pure
advertisement is rewritten or reformatted to look just like
a real news or feature story. But it is nothing more or
less than an advertisement. The driving force behind this
corruption of content is to get "more eyeballs", not to improve
the quality of information.
Kim Komando does this constantly, and
frankly it's one reason I no longer trust her postings. More and
more tech publications are doing this, and it hurts their
credibility as news and information sources. I dropped Windows
Secrets Newsletter over a similar dispute.
Whatever you call it, "native advertising"
is unethical and further prime’s people to think uncritically
about Fake News. This is anathema to democracy and an educated
electorate. It creates a "reality distortion field" which only
serves the interests of the advertisers. They are and represent
the One Percenters, not the general public. And all which follows
from allowing that kind of reality distortion to rule our lives.
People who allow this kind of garbage to
serve as their primary sources of news and information will get
exactly the governments which they deserve. Unfortunately, they
will drag down the rest of us with them. Most of us do not deserve
to be mistreated this way.
Tripp Lite TLP1008TEL review: Good
protection for 10 outlets at a bargain price
This is the right choice for a 10-outlet
surge protector with spacing that allows maximum deployment of
A surge protector without battery backup
(UPS) is as dangerous as no protection at all. Under voltage or
unexpected shutdowns can be just as damaging to electronics as
23 Best TV Shows to Stream This Summer
Was this a compilation of paid ads? Some
of these might be decent shows, but most are either really poorly
produced or else are absolute garbage (GLOW = women's pro
wrestling -- how low can you sink??). Tom's Guide used to be a
reliable and well-presented web site for tech info and reviews.
Now it's a complete sellout to advertisers.
How to set up Livepatch and the
information gathering tool in Ubuntu 18.04
Ubuntu 18.04 includes some very
interesting new features, two of which reveal themselves in the
first-run wizard. Jack Wallen explains what they are and how to
set them up.
These are two very different features
which are being added to Ubuntu. LivePatch allows the kernel to be
patched without the need to reboot. That is a good thing. But the
information gathering tool is pure telemetry, Windows 10 style. It
serves little development purpose, and only makes Ubuntu look and
feel more and more like commercial spyware. The telemetry can be
turned off before it relays anything to Canonical, and this is
better than Windows 10's behaviors. But not good enough. Telemetry
needs to be opt-in, not opt-out to satisfy my sense of personal
privacy. Today it's nonpersonal data, but tomorrow...??? Maybe
time to find a new distro.
From My Own Reading:
Notice to people who were using Pixlr
with Cloud Storage:
I received an email message which says
that Pixlr is no longer offering Cloud Storage for its graphics
editors (offline or online). This is in response to the GDPR (EU
retained data privacy) rules. If you have been using Pixlr Cloud
Storage, it will be removed as of July 31, 2018. I killed my Pixlr
account altogether, as this is one more Cloud Service I signed up
for a long time ago and forgot I even had the account. I haven't
been using Pixlr.
Microsoft acquires Semantic Machines,
advancing the state of conversational AI
The Theranos deception
How a company with a blood-testing machine
that could never perform as touted went from billion-dollar baby
to complete bust
A "60 Minutes" expose with new details.
AirTV’s new tuner carries broadcast TV
on—and beyond—your home network
Using SlingTV as its protocol, this device
gives live TV its own channels and its own app. Can be set up to
record. Two tuners. One stream outside the home network, just like
a Sling Box. Can connect to existing Sling, Roku and FireTV
devices. No AppleTV app yet.
How the Un-premium OnePlus 6 could shake
up the entire Android landscape
FBI seizes domain Russia allegedly used to
infect 500,000 consumer routers
The sinkholing is a major coup but doesn't
automatically kill VPNFilter infections.
Amazon's Map Tracking feature lets you
stalk your delivery driver
It shows you how many deliveries the
driver has left before arriving at your place.
And they will still mark the package as
delivered hours before they arrive, if not days. And the package
will still mysteriously not show up, but will be at a different
address several houses away. All mapped out for you in glorious
detail in real time. Amazing! How about fixing the real issues,
Bitcoin Falls 7% -- Why Are
You should have been out months ago. This
bubble has burst.
Apple offers $50 credit if you paid full
price for an iPhone battery replacement last year
Check your email for instructions.
Amazon Echo recorded a conversation and
sent it to a random contact
Audio files of a family chat was sent to
the husband's employee without warning.
Which still leaves open the question --
How exactly did this behavior get triggered? I know there's a
"drop in" feature in the Echo these days. Did that feature
T-Mobile bug let anyone see any customer's
A second-grader said they wish cellphones
didn't exist because their parents are on them all the time — and
it's going viral
FBI warns consumers about malware aimed at
Everything you knew about Chromebooks is
To clarify, Chromebooks do not run Windows
Apps natively. Not yet anyway. UWP is not yet on Chromebooks, but
it may be coming. Everything else in this article is pretty
accurate. I run Linux on my Chromebook, and I like it that way.
Due to limitations on using extensions and add-ons offline, I do
not agree that you can do much with a Chromebook running nothing
but Chrome OS and apps when not connected.