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Daily Archives: April 29, 2019

  • vpnMentor reports a data breach identifying 80 million US households

    Posted on April 29th, 2019 at 13:28 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I can’t verify this independently, but if it’s confirmed, we have one whale of a breach on our hands.

    vpnMentor’s blog says:

    The 24 GB database includes the number of people living in each household with their full names, their marital status, income bracket, age, and more…

    Full addresses, too, including zip codes, longitude, latitude.

    Apparently the list is indexed by households, not by individuals.

    vpnMentor says it’s looking for the owner of the database.

    Let’s see how this pans out.

    Thx Günter Born.

  • AskWoody is slow, but it’ll get better

    Posted on April 29th, 2019 at 11:11 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Real Soon Now (TM).

    We’re still processing those 1,000,000-plus replies from Windows Secrets – and the devs have identified an additional slowdown source that should be fixed shortly. I hope.

    Hang in there. Rest assured that those of us plunking away behind the scenes are even more frustrated than you….

  • How much junk will you get on a clean install of Win10 1903?

    Posted on April 29th, 2019 at 10:36 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Short answer: It’s a crap shoot.

    I posted a couple of weeks ago about the fine array of crapapps that appeared when I clean installed Win10 1903.

    Ends up that my install wasn’t exactly clean — I clean installed 1809 to a local account, went into the Release Preview Ring using an Insider account, installed the update (using a local account), then did one round of cumulative updates —  although at the time it was the best I could do.

    Since then, MS has released clean ISO versions to MSDN (which is now called MSDN Visual Studio Professional). They also released a test Enterprise version, which expires in 30 days, but I see the download links no longer work. Both of those clean copies are, uh, cleaner than the one I tested.

    Tero Alhonen installed a clean MSDN copy of Win10 Home and didn’t see the junk. Others have had different experiences. This from Martin Geuss:

    Paul Thurrott just went through the paces with Win10 Pro and got this:

    ‘Softie Michael Neihaus notes, quite correctly, that “Targeted apps can vary by region.”

    UPDATE: Michael clarifies, in reference to his post from a year ago:


    But you have to wonder… What will you see on your Start menu? If you sign in with a Microsoft Account, or upgrade from an older version of Windows, of course you’ll see vestiges of your old Start entries. With a Local account, if you install from Timbuktu I guess you’ll get Candy Crush Timbuk. My favorite is still “Seekers Notes: Hidden Mystery” in the Productivity section.

    I wonder if anybody at Microsoft has a more-or-less definitive answer? This is getting ridiculous. And 1903 isn’t that far away.

  • Where we stand with the April 2019 patches

    Posted on April 29th, 2019 at 08:22 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    With the six dirty Windows patches knocking out five different companies’ antivirus packages, things have been a bit rocky. There’s an update, but it’s not a simple one.

    We still don’t have an “optional non-security” patch for Win10 1809, but that’s OK, you wouldn’t want it anyway.

    Details in Computerworld Woody on Windows.

  • Reminder: No AskWoody Plus Newsletter this morning

    Posted on April 29th, 2019 at 06:12 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    For those of you accustomed to devouring the latest with your Monday cuppa joe… this is a bye week for the Newsletter. We’ll be back again next Monday with Fred, Susan, Deanna, Tracey, me and the crew — and we’ll have a couple of surprises of particular interest to Loungers.