Microsoft Announces Windows
10 Fall Creators Update (Redstone 3) Coming in September 2017
What is Net Neutrality, why
does it matter and how can you fight for it?
Windows 10 Creators Update
fails to install on Intel Atom Clover Trail (this is the CPU chip
in some products. Go to the Start button and right click it for
the alternate menu and click System which display the version of
Windows, the CPU and speed and the amount of memory installed)
6 things you should know
about backing up your PC
Is it time to rethink the
old ways of archiving your data? Maybe all but one of them...
How to Track Sales and
Price Drops on Amazon
PC Market Shipments Slip
Again, Macs Mostly Flat
See Which Mac Antivirus
Protects Best (and Worst)
OneDrive blocks all
With this $7 malware,
anyone can be a hacker for cheap
researchers examined the Ovidiy Stealer malware, which steals
credentials and operates primarily in Russian-speaking regions.
Virgin Media tells 800,000
customers to change passwords after routers found vulnerable to
Ethical hackers carried out
research on the Super Hub 2 router and found it could be used to
take control of Internet of Things devices.
How to find out Windows
Downtime, Uptime and Last Shutdown Time
How to power a music server
for replacing a no-longer-maintained Linux music server distro
How Do I Get a Program to
Auto-start When I Sign in to Windows?
I'll show you how to locate
the Startup folder and put a shortcut to your program there.
Microsoft yanks bad Outlook
patches of patches KB 3191849, 3213654, 401042
If you have Auto Update
turned on, the patches are still doing their dirty work
[SHOCKER] Internet Security
is Getting Worse
How to Change the Name of a
User Profile Folder in Windows 10
Apple's iMac Pro may end up
being even more powerful than we thought
Here's the brutal reality
of online hate
Death threats. Mutilated
animals. Damnation. The victims of online hatred share their
How to Mute (Most) Spam
Accounts and Trolls on Twitter
Sony PlayStation 5 Arriving
in 2019, Linked to 4K TV Adoption: Analyst
How to Get Classic
Solitaire and Minesweeper in Windows 10
Import lists of URLs in
Raspberry Pi: Everything
you need to know
How to get started with
this $35 mini-PC that's beloved by makers and DIY enthusiasts.
As EU's General Data
Protection Regulation (GDPR) looms, tech vendors ready pitches
vendors are lining up automated tools and artificial intelligence
to land customers looking to comply with GDPR by May 25, 2018.
How to update a Shared File
on Dropbox without breaking its link
4 lightweight image viewers
for the Linux desktop
When you need more than a
basic image viewer but less than a full image editor, check out
How Do I Create a Shortcut
that Bypasses UAC to a Program Needing Administrative Access?
User Account Control, or
UAC, requests confirmation when a program needs administrative
access. If you know it's safe, we can bypass UAC with a shortcut.
Microsoft releases 15
Office patches for July, but some June bugs still stink
Embarrassing Office 2010
fix—KB 4011042—doesn’t make the main listing
[WARNING] Five WiFi
How to Add or Remove
Homegroup in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 10
Amazon dreams of putting a
giant drone beehive in your city
For the disability
community, tech is the great equalizer
Welcome to Tech Enabled, a
new series chronicling the role tech plays in providing new kinds
How Try Chrome OS in
VirtualBox Before Buying a Chromebook
[Tip] How to Use Night
Light (Blue Light) Feature in Windows 10
Here's What Microsoft's
Canceled Surface Mini Looked Like
The Complete Guide to
Unrooting an Android Phone or Tablet
DARPA Is Funding
Brain-Computer Interfaces to Treat Blindness, Paralysis and Speech
How to download songs from
Microsoft, Google Back
Strong Net Neutrality Rules
-AT&T, Comcast say
Congress should act to replace FCC rules
-FCC Republicans are
moving toward gutting Obama-era rules
Stop Facebook from
listening to everything you say
Creating a Backup Image
Using Windows’ Built-in Backup
I don't think much of
Windows' backup utility--but any backup is better than no backup.
Let's take a look at how to use it.
Linux for Everyone--All 7.5
Billion of Us
How To Eliminate 94% of
Windows Vulnerabilities Easily
How to Do a Repair Install
of Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade
How to memorialize
someone's Facebook account
Take the reins of your
loved one's memorial page.
How to Get Android Apps to
See External Storage on Chromebooks
Ultimate List of All Kinds
of User Restrictions for Windows
What You Need to Know About
the Net Neutrality 'Day of Action' [Updated]
The Differences Between
Multiverse, Universe, Restricted, and Main Repositories on Ubuntu
Microsoft admits it
disables anti-virus software in response to Kaspersky's EU
Microsoft disables old
anti-virus software 'temporarily'
How to fix Missing DLL
files errors on Windows 10/8/7 PC
Study Suggests Route to
Improving Rechargeable Lithium Batteries
Win10 Creators Update will
not install on some Atom/Clover Trail computers
Listen to Me Cheaply
Ten Stupid Things You Can
Do To Mess Up Your Computer
How to Reset and
Re-register Windows Spotlight in Windows 10
Awful home Wi-Fi? Don’t get
a new router before trying this
For the blind, smart
glasses offer a clear path ahead
New designs and
applications are helping doctors, soldiers and the visually
impaired see the world in unexpected ways.
How Corporate Citizens Can
Do Their Part In The Fight Against IoT Cyberattacks
Comments by -- Bob Primak --
Re. FYI #965
Wants Easy, Secure Software Updates for Your Car
It's about time
someone started thinking about updating auto software and
firmware. But this ahd better come with good security and signing
Which CPU Should
You Buy? Intel Core i5 vs. i7
I have never
felt the need for the extra features and performance gains of the
Intel core-i7 chipsets. Core-i5 has served my needs quite well.
But then, I don't do gaming or a lot of video transcoding.
Google to Stop
Scanning Emails for Advertising Purposes
But they still
have many, many other ways to connect your activities to you.
EMail scanning was only one in their vast array of tracking and
data collecting methods.
Between Multiverse, Universe, Restricted, and Main Repositories on
I've been known
to install apps from any or all of these sources. Drivers, too and
recently, Intel firmware patches.
How to Use Gmail
Like a Desktop Email Client in 7 Simple Steps
Or, you could
just install and set up a real desktop email client. Real clients
have advantages like offline availability and archiving of copies.
Days Limit to Pause Windows Updates Installation
This feature may
already have been severely restricted for Home and Pro users
before the Fall Creators Update was even released.
Re. FYI #966
How to monitor,
measure, and manage your broadband consumption
Tech Postings would be updated once in awhile! Networx has not
been available for Linu8x in a long time, and it has not been free
for Windows for a few years now. That's why I replaced it on my
Windows PCs a long time ago.
installing Windows 10 Creators Update you will need to review your
ShutUp 10 is still working as of the Creators Update. you can just
save their Config file and use this as the baseline for your
upgraded Windows settings.
Intercom Feature to Alexa and Echo
Relief? Here's How to Fight Back
I use NomoRobo
on my Comcast phone line. One ring is all the telescammers get.
Tjhey quickly get the message -- usually. Some then spoof
unblocked numbers. They get dispensed with the old-fashioned way
-- hang up.
New Privacy Interface to Older Windows 10 Versions
I don't need the
hassles of picking my way through the Microsoft "privacy" screens.
One app all in one place -- O&O ShutUp 10. Saves a Config file in
case things get reset somehow. (I'm talking about you, Microsoft
Updates!) I'm thinking about doing the same sor of thing for the
Registry settings for File Type Associations (open with...). Those
keep getting reset too.
What You Need to
Know About WannaCry Infecting Linux
patched SAMBA to overcome the main causes of its own
vulnerabilities. It was this lack of updating which had been
causing some enterprise users of Windows not to disable SMB-1 on
their end of things. Now they can do so safely, in most networking
Photo Slideshow: Part 2
I didn't know
Windows Movie Maker had been revived. Or is this a "sideloading"
project like shoehorning Windows Media Center into Windows 10?
With no security updates from Microsoft, I wonder how wise it is
to do such things? Especially when there are more powerful, but
still fairly easy to use, programs available which are made for
use with Windows 10 and are updated regularly.
want you to buy your next phone
So now they want
to hide the price and make you lease a phone the way you might
lease a car? Unbelievable! And not in a good way.
Emby DVR review: Power to the cord cutter
So they finally
got their DVR App working on Windows 10? Just in time for the next
Tech News This
Morning - Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
That teen did
not die from the phone. She touched a frayed extension cord.
Impact on Our Memories
Yep, AR can play
a role in jogging memory. Maybe even in folks with age related
declines? Who knows -- worth a try, I bet.
Is It Too Late
I think there
will always be a core group of die-hards who will never give up on
Firefox. I say this as a chronic Chrome user.
Automatically Clear Private Data When You Close Your Browser
Firefox lets you
do this natively. Chrome cleanup is best handled with an
extension. IE and Edge aren't very good at cleaning up after
themselves, but CCleaner can be set up to do this job due to the
close integration of the Microsoft browsers with the Windows OS. I
don't use Opera, so cannot advise.
How to detect a
virus on your Android
Komando mention that there is good antivirus for Android and we
should be using it. Bit Defender can cover all your devices for
one subscription. Free Android AV which works well includes
offerings from AVG, Avast, Avira and ESET (the free version). I
even use antivirus on my Ubuntu Linux now (ClamTK).
Companies Boost Anti-Terrorism Collaboration
missing are AOL and Yahoo. Notice that?
Samsung made a
giant 34-foot LED TV for movie theaters (I wonder what tickets
I doubt this
would raise prices much if at all, except if there's a 3D version.
Concerts don't charge extra for JumboTrons, after all, and those
are also giant TV monitors.
How to Make a
New Directory and Change to It with a Single Command in Linux
Of course, most
GUI navigation utilities can do this too.
Re. FYI #967
There's a new
and improved 'dark mode' coming to your iPhone this fall
I have a Dark
Mode on my phone -- when the battery runs out!
XP for Free and Legally, Straight From Microsoft
You have to be
running Windows 7 to do this, and Windows 7 will be End of Life
before we know it. This is not a full version of Windows XP, BTW.
Are you looking
at me? Welcome to the world of facial recognition
To be honest,
short of direct DNA sequencing, this is the best security
management solution. That is, if correctly implemented with 3D
cameras and other safeguards. The cams are less than $70.00 for
home PCs and laptops.
Readers Scan Through Water, Glass, Metal
And they can
even read your fingerprint off a piece of cello-tape.
Why Backup? Here
Are 9 Good Reasons
All good reasons
to do regular backups. If it's true that Macrium Reflect Free is
at a dead end, Aomei BackerUpper looks like the next one to try.
Linear TV is
So, for a
price, you can skip ads. Record the show and watch it later, and
you can skip the ads. How is this new and disruptive?
will want to pay for substandard FOX OTA content, or for CBS
prime-time reruns. As for "dead spaces", there are already things
like CW Seed which are starting to offer shorter episodes and
extras. Ever see a movie in the "Director's Cut" format? It
doesn't add anything to the viewing experience, but it does fill
the extra time.
Of course, when
watching a group of episodes of the same show, it's just as easy
to advance to the next episode. Also, a whole evening of TV shows
can be condensed into about two hours this way.
So, "linear TV"
watching is long-since all but dead. What's the difference now?
Just the subscription prices, which will rise dramatically as
everyone jumps on the bandwagon and the bills actually have to be
paid. This on top of our ever-increasing Cable or Internet Access
Play DVDs in
Windows 10 for free
What's a "video
version" ripoff of a Windows 10 article doing in Mac World anyway?
Just Say No to
Amazon's Echo Show
54, and saving web pages as single files
Chrome has been
doing this natively forever.
Room for Ubuntu at Windows Store
WARNING! This is
NOT the Ubuntu Operating System! It will NOT make Windows capable
of running native Linux apps or native Linux file systems. The
same applies to the other "Linux" Windows Store Apps.
What happened during the July 12 Internet-Wide Day of Action
Funny, I didn't
IoT Fuels Growth
of Linux Malware
Yeah, I can see
this happening. It's all the embedded Linux in there, seldom
updated and insecure from the get-go.
Alexa calls cops
on man allegedly beating his girlfriend
So I'm guessing,
if Alexa is on, yelling "Don't call the police!" will bring the
police in a hurry. Too bad for the bad guys.
Kiwi for Gmail
lets Windows users break free of the browser
If I want to
work with email from any Web source, I do not have to pay a
subscription. I can use an email desktop client, and I can work
offline with the same email. This provides local storage and
backup. Thunderbird for Windows or any of several Linux email
clients will do the job. All are free and fairly easy to set up.
Re. FYI #968
How to Make Your
Taskbar Buttons Always Switch to the Last Active Window
This is one
trick I might try, in spite of having to edit the Widnows Registry
to do it.
to Beam Internet Over TV Frequencies Is So Crazy It Might Work
illustrates terrestrial TV signals incorrectly. They do not curve
to get over hills or other obstacles. UHF signals bounce off the
F-Layers of the atmosphere, where there are charged ions and free
electrons. VHF does a poor job of this, due to its longer
wavelengths and tendency to scatter when reflected. If your
outdoor antenna does not pick up line of sight signals, it maybe
able to pick up signals by angling it at 45 degrees upwards, based
on this principle. Again, only UHF signals behave this way.
But it is NOT
true that TV signals penetrate buildings. I had virtually no
indoors reception at my old location, a steel and concrete
building. Even in my new place, the antenna has to be in a window
or the coat closet, facing the outermost corner towards the
exterior wall in the direction where most of the broadcasts
originate or are repeated. (We have hills, so there are a lot of
Repeaters here. Several nearby hilltops have them. Even with
these, the local NBC affiliate's UHF signal has frequent dropouts.
It's on Channel 60, UHF. This is close to the frequency of
household electrical noise.) Imagine having to do all this
engineering for your WiFi!
has figured out how to overcome all of these limitations, but
Google's use of Gigahertz Band signals looks like a stronger
contender right now. AT&T and Veizon seem to think so too, as do
Comcast/XFinity and Charter/Spectrum. Both want to use this band
for "the last mile" of "cable" or "wireline" TV and Internet
drive up prices so that excpet in "the middle of nowhere" where
conventional phone lines and cables are not competitive, prices
per Mb/sec will not be competitive for the foreseeable future.
That's also a problem for Gigabit Internet services right now in
those few markets where such speeds have been introduced.
How to Install
and Use ZFS on Ubuntu (and Why You’d Want To)
Ubuntu Linux gets Windows Storage Spaces.
Linux System Bit by Bit
basically Secure Erase, not securing the contents of a disk.
As per one
comment, yes, it is best to encrypt the whole disk, then securely
erase using any live-boot utility. (DOS or Linux based work best
Mess Explored: Thermal Paste And Runaway Power
This is a
concern for overclockers, not for the rest of us.
Windows 10 Fall
Creators Update: Limit Windows Update bandwidth
So this is only
one small breadcrumb of appeasement to the problem of Automatic
Updates suddenly taking over all your available bandwidth anytime
it feels like it, and slowing your Internet access to a crawl.
What users want and have been SCREAMING at Microsoft about since
the debut of Windows 10 is that we do not want ANY automatic
updates activity in the background, without our expressed consent
EVERY TIME ANYTHING is downloaded. Microsoft is still NOT
LISTENING to its users!
That said, I
have set up my Windows 10 Pro on my PC and my tablet to allow
updating only when I manually do it. But that's pretty advanced
stuff for home users. And most of the time I'm using Linux anyway,
where the daily or weekly updates don't generally tie up much
bandwidth to begin with. Ironically, I have these updates set up
as Automatic, even though this is not the default in Ubuntu Linux.
Re. FYI #969
How to move
windows across Virtual Desktops on Windows 10
thinking of trying Virtual Desktops, and this might be one useful
thing to try there.
about:config preferences directly
I like the
ability to bookmark preferences or groups of preferences for
toggling and other uses. Chrome operates differently, so this is
less uselful for me.
How to use HTTPS
to improve web security
HTTPS Everywhere into Chrome a longtime ago.
Linux Go Together Like 2 Keys in a Key Pair
I don't like
the term "hacking" being used to describe customizing, tweaking or
reverse-engineering Linux or parts of Linux. This blurring of
definitions makes Linux look shady and criminal. Which is not
conducive to more widespread public acceptance that an OS does not
have to be dictated from within a Walled Garden. And where you
don't have to put up with subscriptions or forced upgrades.
professional Penetration Testing is done on Windows, since this is
the dominant corporate OS for Internet-exposed parts of the
network. Linux in enterprises is mostly confined to back-room
operations. Which of course, makes it a target for criminal
seems to be quite advanced in their concept of protecting all
devices across the entire network. It might be worth buying their
paid suite just for its broad and comprehensive coverage. This
scanner is only a small part of the intended use of this suite.
And it covers unlimited devices, including IoT, all your PCs and
Android mobile devices, for one subscription price.
5 Ways To Get
Internet On A Limited Budget
Program is currently under attack by the new Administration's FCC
chief. Time to complain before this program goes away!
How to Enable
PUA, PUP or Adware Protection in Windows Defender? (don't
bother if you use another AV program)
active third party AV programs disable Windows Defender totally,
so how could we bother?
Gets Better at Preventing Ransomware
And if a
freeware program gets a false-positive, I guess we're just out of
About Jayden K Smith
Boy, I'd hate to
be the real Jayden K. Smith right now! BTW, Jaden Smith (slight
spelling variant, without the K) is actor Will Smith's son, also
an actor. This hoax may originally have been an attempt to deprive
him of Followers.
Feren OS: A
Linux Desktop Game-Changer
As soon as I
read "specialized Repository" I started thinking about the
security updating issues with Mint and Elementary, which also use
unofficial Ubuntu ofr Synaptics repositories. I'd have to see the
long-term track record of FerenOS before trying it myself.
concept flexes like a yoga mat
always been an issue with Flexible Devices. And I'd bet there's
not one serviceable part inside. No way to get the thing open for
Re. FYI #970
off Windows 10 support early for some PCs
really happened: This is just another case where a Windows Upgrade
has (so far) left some devices and platforms without the right
drivers and firmware to support the upgrade. By the time the Fall
Creators Update goes mainstream I expect the manufacturers, the
chip makers and Microsoft will work out these bugs. These devices
will be supported as promised in almost all cases.
How Exactly Do
You Get Rich Off the Hot New Cryptocurrency?
mining is like Day Trading -- only do this if you have money you
can afford to lose.
the UN to provide digital IDs for undocumented people
isn't a ploy by Microsoft to give illegal immigrants in this
What Is Email
Bombing and How to Protect Yourself from It
attempting to do this will get you banned from most major email
providers. They usually catch people who do this sort of thing.
And it's the sending accoutn which gets banned from the sending
service. Some entire domains have been banned from Yahoo and
Google for allowing these practices.
How to Run
Programs Blocked by Avast Hardened Mode (for All Users)
This was one of
the most annoying things about Avast wehn I used to use it. Too
much of my time was taken up making exceptions and tweaking these
settings to make Avast worth the effort. Avira offers some of the
same sorts of protections, without all the false-positives ruining
Echo alerts you
to voice or text messages with a yellow light
I would think an
alert tone would be more useful, especially if you're not in the
The W5 is a
full-blown desktop PC that fits in the palm of your hand
This runs on an
Atom chipset. And it needs a monitor and a keyboadrd and mouse to
work. The other specs are pretty anemic. There are more powerful
nano-PCs out there.
Why Is Everyone Mean?
It's true that
it takes a certain kind of person to easily grasp a new OS, or
even a new program interface for a familiar offering like MS
Office. The Ubuntu Beginner's Forum is a place where someone who
is new to Ubuntu can get answers with only a minimum of
condescending attitudes from more experienced users.
I am not like
most people. I easily adapt to new program and OS interfaces, and
I am very quick to find whatever is available online through
searching sites or searching with Google. It takes a certain
mindset to really get good at drilling down to the key terms,
learn the Linux lingo, and to solve a problem. Some issues I still
haven't solved. A few things Windows can do, Linux simply has
never been able to replicate. But when it comes to tyhpical
beginner issues, like setting up wireless and bluetooth devices,
setting up networked printers and scanners -- stuff like that is
pretty well documented, often down to the brand and model. But
choose the wrong hardware and you may be out of luck -- not
everything is supported in Linux. Once the basic hardware is set
up, things usually get easier.
Microsoft to use
TV Airwaves for Internet 'Super WiFi'
"Super WiFi" is
a vast overreaching. TV signals do NOT penetrate concrete and
steel buldings. And they don't work well in snow, hail, lightning
storms or rain. Even heavy clouds can affect TV signals if your
signal is bounced off the F-layers of the ionosphere, as most UHF
signals are. Solar storms can also wreck havoc. Not much of this
sort of thing affects wired (end to end) WiFi. Gigahertz WiFi
(used by Google and a few other companies now in some markets)
gets through buildings and overcomes a lot of the issues with TV
signals, but it only works in straight line of sight, so is used
for distances of a few miles or less. Usually much less.
Create Virtual Drives for your Folders; Map Cloud Storage as
concept, but I don't know the company which publishes this
software. For me, I have so many physical drives and partitions
that there are no more drive letters left for this sort of Virtual
Drive. So for me it would fail when I need it the most -- during
data and system backup operations. Linux does not suffer from this
issue, as it can use at least 99 different devices or virtual
devices per drive. And at least 99 drives per computer. (This just
about covers me! ;) ) But there are some Windows files which Linux
does not copy well, if at all.
Accused of Working for Russian Spies
unsubstantiated FAKE NEWS.
Features, specifications, and prices for Apple’s affordable
prices, Why is there no pure SSD option? I didn't pay much more to
make my Intel NUC pure solid-state.
Do I Need an
By the time
malware is calling OUT, you are already losing the battle. But
this is something to consider if you don't like Windows or
third-party Telemetry (phoning home).
Defender protection to the highest levels on Windows 10
By all reports,
the best way to harden Windows Defender is to replace it.
internet addiction: How to recognize it and recover from it
Believe it or
not, I don't spend all day, every day at the computer and the TV.
So no one needs to hold an intervention for me. Just in case
anyone was wondering, that is...
by – Joe Nowak
PowerPoint Realtime Translator
Tue Jul 18, 2017
9:47 am (PDT) If you frequently make PowerPoint presentations to multilingual
audiences, you should take a look at this new Microsoft app.
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There have been several parody
commercials like this one created in the past. This is one I
hadn't seen before. The first time I came to a CCS meeting, this
is what it sounded like.