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  • New topic in AskWoody Knowledge Base: Verifying Checksums

    Posted on July 7th, 2017 at 22:50 Kirsty Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    In the last few days, we have added another post to the Askwoody Knowledge Base: AKB1000006 is a primer on Checksum Verification, designed to help those new to using checksums for verify downloaded files.

    While many of our readers are already doing that routinely, there may be some for whom this is all new and mysterious, even though its practice is sometimes mentioned here on AskWoody.com. With the possibility of installing a corrupted, accidentally altered or deliberately tampered-with file, it makes sense to check first where that is possible. The topic also mentions how to check digital signatures on files.

    And like all our Knowledge Base topics, it is included on the Knowledge Base Listing page, for easy reference.

  • List of problematic SMBv1-only hardware, from NedPyle

    Posted on July 7th, 2017 at 19:31 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    No doubt you’ve been following the SMBv1 controversy, where an ancient protocol is exposing lots of machines to WannaCry-class malware. You or your company may well have started disabling it.

    Microsoft’s Ned Pyle (@NerdPyle on Twitter) has compiled a lengthy list of hardware that only works with SMBv1. It’s a sobering list.

  • New Surface Pro 2017 shuts off unexpectedly? Return it while you can

    Posted on July 7th, 2017 at 07:51 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Barb Bowman recommends that you turn in any Surface Pros that die unexpectedly, and take your chances with a new machine.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.