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  • Third party patches for May

    Posted on May 30th, 2015 at 06:38 woody No comments

    This just in from Randy the Tech Professor:

    More patches everyone! As always Adobe Flash and Reader programs are popular targets for drive by downloads and spear phishing attacks. There are patches for Apple Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox which all have potential arbitrary code execution vulnerabilities. Finally, apply the patch for Mozilla Thunderbird if this is the email client that is being used.

    Link: Randy the Tech Professor

  • Windows 10 Insider Preview build 10130 now available

    Posted on May 29th, 2015 at 19:02 woody No comments

    And it’s the real thing.

    Fast Ring only (no ISOs yet).

  • Hunkered down

    Posted on May 29th, 2015 at 07:19 woody 4 comments

    Apologies for not posting about the latest Windows shenanigans. I’m watching things very closely – but I’m hunkered down with Windows 10 all-In-One For Dummies

    1,000 pages and it has to be out about the same time we all get Win10. Oh boy. 16-hour days and 7-day weeks.

    Rest assured: No earth-shattering revelations about Win10 this week, no major new bugs.

  • “Resource Limit is Reached” no more — I hope

    Posted on May 26th, 2015 at 10:31 woody 12 comments

    David has shaken the site ten ways from Tuesday, we’ve spruced up and streamlined WordPress (the system for posting things here), tucked and trimmed, and… when the post-holiday rush hit, everything came crashing down again. “Resource Limit is Reached.”

    My guess is that it’s just traffic. Webalyzer stats say the number of hits this month is almost 50% higher than last month – and that after a growth of 15% a month or so since we switched to GreenGeeks in February.

    So I’m bumping us up to the ultra-snazzy package, with the hope that “Resource Limit”s no longer dog us. At least, not for now.

    If you hit a “Resource Limit” message, email me. (I know that advice doesn’t do you much good if you can’t get on the site, but keep it in the back of your mind.) All of you know how to email me, right? woody at ask woody dot com.

    Let’s see how this shakes out. Changes should be taking place momentarily.

  • Microsoft confirms patch KB 3022345 breaks SFC /scannow

    Posted on May 26th, 2015 at 10:18 woody No comments

    Even though SFC /scannow reports corrupt system files, in fact, the files aren’t corrupt at all. It’s just that Microsoft’s file scanner gets confused by Microsoft’s files.


    InfoWorld Tech Watch

  • Leaked Windows 10 build 10125 shows Start menu improvements and more

    Posted on May 26th, 2015 at 08:02 woody 6 comments

    There are quite a few improvements – surprisingly, given that the last build was 10122.

    InfoWorld Tech Watch

  • Digging into the Win10 licensing info Microsoft yanked from its Partner Network Blog

    Posted on May 22nd, 2015 at 14:48 woody No comments

    I still don’t know why MS pulled the post, but it was quite a let-down.

    InfoWorld Tech Watch

  • “Resource Limit is Reached”

    Posted on May 22nd, 2015 at 14:46 woody 10 comments

    If you’ve been having trouble getting onto the site, seeing the notification “Resource limit is reached,” you aren’t alone. I’ve been locked out several times, too.

    My web guru is looking into it. I’m guessing that some miscreant is putting us through a Denial of Service attack. Whether it’s intentional and directed at the site, or unintentional and a byproduct of some bot gone amok, is hard to say. 

    The site’s still OK. You just may have trouble getting here, until we can figure out how to work around it.

    (There’s another possibility: AskWoody page views have been going up almost 10% a month since early this year. I don’t think that’s the cause of the lockout, though.)

    Anyway, thanks for making it this far. We’ll try to get things under control over the Memorial Day Weekend….

    UPDATE: David took a look over Memorial Day weekend (thanks, David!) and could find nothing borked inside the site. GreenGeeks got back to me and said, basically, AskWoody is generating a hell of a lot of traffic. Looking at the logs, our hits have increased 10% to 15% a month, every month, since February. If we hadn’t tripped out on the “Resource Limit is Reached” stumbler, this month’s growth would be considerably more.

    So the first approach is to get WordPress working more efficiently. That’s going to take some time.  

    On a related note, ever since I pulled Google Ads, the site’s been generating essentially no income. (My PageRank has also dropped from 4 to 3. Ouch.) If any of you have a suggestion for “monetizing” the site in a way that doesn’t make me feel slimy, I’m all ears.