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Daily Archives: January 31, 2019

  • DNS Flag Day: We’re buckled in over here

    Posted on January 31st, 2019 at 19:02 admin Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    February 1 is DNS Flag Day – a day when the people who support the internet’s lookup pages (think phone book — if you’re old enough to remember what those are) start to get rid of decades-old bypasses that are gumming up the works.

    If your connection runs through a Windows Server you may see a complaint that “Minor problems detected” for your connection.

    You don’t need to worry about it. We’re hunkered down here and ready to enter the 21st century.

  • The Windows Update servers are having hiccups

    Posted on January 31st, 2019 at 08:22 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Bogdan Popa at Softpedia has the skinny.

    It looks like many DNS servers are mis-routing Windows Update connections. At this point, it looks like the problem ISN’T with Microsoft.

    Bogdan’s solution is to use the Google DNS server. A bit of irony in that, but hey, if it works….

    Thanks to @b for pointing it out to me:

    I’ve been unable to connect to Windows Update for the last 12 hours via Comcast in US, but I can reach Windows Update after connecting via VPN.

    The method for changing DNS servers varies depending on which version of Windows you’re using, and whether you’re on a wired (Ehternet) or wireless (W-Fi) connection. For Win10 users, do this:

    Step 1. Click Start > Settings > Network & Internet >Ethernet > Change adapter settings. (If you’re connected via Wi-Fi, click Wi-Fi > Change adapter options.)

    Step2. Right-click on your adapter (if you have a Hyper-V virtual switch set up, that’s the one you want), choose Properties, then double-click Internet Protocol Version 4. You see a dialog box like this one:

    Step 3. Depending on which DNS server you trust, enter and to use Cloudflare’s DNS server. Or you can use and for Google’s, or and for OpenDNS’s.

    Step 4. Click OK and, for peace of mind, reboot. (It should work if you just restart your browser, but if you have many browsers open, hey, it won’t hurt.)

    UPDATE: Looks like the problem was solved overnight.

  • If you can’t post on AskWoody, there’s a reason why – and a quick fix

    Posted on January 31st, 2019 at 07:52 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’ve seen reports from several people this morning that they can’t post on AskWoody when they’re logged in. When they log out, no problem, they can post anonymously.

    If that sounds like you, shoot me mail at and tell me your username.

    Ends up the problem is some flipped bits in our user role list. It’s easy to fix, but I have to go in and do it manually. My guess is that we have a mildly munged database – the bane of my existence.