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  • Vote

    Posted on November 5th, 2018 at 16:57 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you’re registered to vote in the USA, and you haven’t already, grab five of your closest friends and

    No excuses. Vote.

  • Hoffman: Win10 version 1803 file associations don’t work right

    Posted on November 5th, 2018 at 15:53 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    How-To Geek Chris Hoffman just published this eye-opener:

    Windows 10 won’t let you make Adobe Photoshop or Notepad++ a default application for images or text files. But you can make other applications, like IrfanView, VLC, or Google Chrome, your defaults…

    our theory is that this stopped working properly when Microsoft released the KB4462919 update on October 9. But we really don’t know.

    I can verify the bug on 1803, and it isn’t broken on 1703 or 1809, as best I can tell. As Hoffman notes, it looks like Photoshop and Notepad++ are the main culprits, but I bet there are others.

    Give it a try and see what happens on your machine.

  • Another Twitter scam: No, Elon Musk is not giving away Bitcoin

    Posted on November 5th, 2018 at 08:03 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Looks like the @PantheonBooks account was compromised. Pantheon Books is a biggie, a division of Random House, with 70,000 followers.

    Goes to show how much you should trust the “verified” blue tick mark — and the first dozen or so responses to the post, all from verified accounts, all saying they’d received Bitcoin.

    See Oliver Hough’s follow-up

    And Kevin Beaumont’s analysis.

  • Born, Brinkmann: Microsoft’s hotfix service is no longer available

    Posted on November 5th, 2018 at 04:13 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’d have a hard time extrapolating to all hotfixes in all situations, but Martin Brinkmann has hit upon a very disturbing trend:

    System administrators and users who attempt to download hotfixes from Microsoft’s website are greeted with a “This hotfix is no longer available message”.

    Günter Born’s Borncity web site has a German language post that, in addition to hotfixes, also decries the imminent death of FixIts.

    I’m not sure what’s going on, but this certainly isn’t good news for Windows 7 users.

    More info as it becomes available.

  • Rescuing data from any machine – ResQstick

    Posted on November 5th, 2018 at 03:56 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I just heard from an old acquaintance, Dan Goodman, who’s been working on an interesting project. ResQstick, as the name implies, is designed to rescue data from any PC, any time, whether it’ll boot or not.

    ResQstick is the first home device to rescue data from dead or unusable computers. It recovers the photos, videos and files you thought were lost forever. Designed for regular people, not computer geeks. Even if your computer hasn’t started in years, just plug in, turn on and let ResQstick automatically rescue your memories. Visit www.ResQstick.com today for special intro pricing: just $34.98 while supplies last.

    I don’t have a dead PC lying around to test, but if you do, you should give it a whirl.