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Monthly Archives: May 2019

  • Ongoing list of remaining bugs

    Posted on May 26th, 2019 at 16:15 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    After the Great Memorial Day Crash (which happened before Memorial Day, but nevermind) we still have a load of unsolved problems. I’m not talking about old problems. These are new.

    Here are the ones I’m tracking:

    • Site is very slow (and it was once quite spritely)
    • On Replies, under the avatar, AskWoody Loungers are showing as “Subscriber.” That’s a consistent problem: “AskWoody Lounger” no longer exists, as best I can tell. (If that change leads to redesigning the current roles and straightening them out, I’m all for it!)
    • Not-logged-in users cannot post Replies
    • AskWoody Loungers should have a “Select Files” button on the Reply editor. It isn’t there, but an unwanted “Add Media” button is.
    • The “New” tags are cropping up in all sorts of places.
    • We have at least one post that was incorrectly attributed to the wrong poster. (!)

    Add to the list, please!

  • Patch Lady – can’t upgrade if you have…

    Posted on May 25th, 2019 at 13:11 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    So my Lenovo laptop is “throttled” because I have an external usb drive that I am using to upgrade this device.

    So …. this doesn’t bode well for my Acer that only has 32 gigs that I HAVE to attach an external hard drive in order to upgrade it.

  • 16-year U.S. data leakage: KrebsOnSecurity

    Posted on May 24th, 2019 at 18:16 Kirsty Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Security supremo Brian Krebs has published details of a long-standing data leak he stemmed this week:

    The Web site for Fortune 500 real estate title insurance giant First American Financial Corp. leaked hundreds of millions of documents related to mortgage deals going back to 2003, until notified this week by KrebsOnSecurity. The digitized records — including bank account numbers and statements, mortgage and tax records, Social Security numbers, wire transaction receipts, and drivers license images — were available without authentication to anyone with a Web browser.

    I should emphasize that these documents were merely available from First American’s Web site; I do not have any information on whether this fact was known to fraudsters previously, nor do I have any information to suggest the documents were somehow mass-harvested (although a low-and-slow or distributed indexing of this data would not have been difficult for even a novice attacker).

    See Brian’s blogpost “First American Financial Corp. Leaked Hundreds of Millions of Title Insurance Records” for details.

  • We were down – but we’re now back up and limping

    Posted on May 24th, 2019 at 01:55 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    There was a gap of almost seven hours in posts. I still don’t know what happened, for sure – and we’re still missing some important pieces, like the list of most recent posts.

    Patience, please. But in the interim, post away! We’re all still here.

  • Windows Release Health Dashboard now live

    Posted on May 22nd, 2019 at 16:14 joep517 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Some time ago Microsoft announced they would be more transparent about the status of Windows 10 regarding known issues and fixes. With the release of Windows 10 version 1903 aka the Windows 10 May 2019 update, the status pages are now live. In the release announcement, How to get the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, these pages are referred to as the Windows release health dashboard.

    Be aware that the known issues are only the ones Microsoft has acknowledged. There will always be more than what Microsoft confesses to. In any event, these pages have the potential to be an invaluable resource and be one of the first places to check when problems occur.

    Here’s a link to the top level page – Windows 10 release information.

    Here’s a link to the Windows 10 version 1903 status – Windows 10, version 1903 and Windows Server, version 1903.

  • Under Win10 1903, Edge refusing to open HTTPS sites

    Posted on May 22nd, 2019 at 10:58 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’m seeing reports of bugs in Edge. The error messages say:

    SEC7120: [CORS] The origin ‘ms-appx-web://microsoft.microsoftedge’ failed to allow a cross-origin font resource at ‘ms-appx-web:///assets/Fonts/BrowserMDL.ttf#Browser MDL2 Assets’.

    CSS3119: No fonts available for @font-face rule ErrorPageStyles.css (11,7)

  • Remember “Download and install now” – the big reason to upgrade to 1903? Yeah. Not so much.

    Posted on May 22nd, 2019 at 10:45 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I have high hopes for “Download and install now,” the new feature in Win10 version 1903, just out. Six weeks ago I wrote about it, saying:

    By the time Microsoft ships Win10 1903, theoretically in late May, we’re supposed to have the tools necessary to block it. At the very least, you should block it until Microsoft says it’s ready to be deployed on business machines (what used to be called “Current Branch for Business,” then the “Semi-Annual Channel” — and now it doesn’t have a name)…

    If we get what’s been promised, there’ll likely be some new traps to avoid, but life will indeed be better.

    and guess what? We have new traps to avoid.

    I’m still trying to get the “Download and install now” patch on my Win10 1809 machine. So far, no luck. But it’s being added to 1803 right now – KB 4499183 contains the new link:

    Starting with update KB4499183, we are introducing functionality that allows you to decide when to install a feature update. You control when you get a feature update while simultaneously keeping your devices up to date. Feature updates that are available for eligible devices will appear in a separate module on the Windows Update page (Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update). If you would like to get an available update right away, select Download and install now.

    With the May 21 announcement, we found out when Microsoft’s going to start pushing 1903 on Win10 1803 machines:

    Starting this June, we will begin updating devices running the April 2018 Update, and earlier versions of Windows 10, to ensure we can continue to service these devices and provide the latest updates, security updates and improvements. We are starting this machine learning (ML)-based rollout process several months in advance of the end of service date to provide adequate time for a smooth update process.

    Of course, Win10 1803 and then Win10 1809 were both pushed out using new, improved machine learning rollout processes. Look at all the good it did us.

    So the short story is that, if you want to continue to use 1803 until it dies in November, you need to proactively block 1903. Microsoft will take your lack of a block as a signal that you really want 1903. And the “Download and install now” link may or may not work the way you might expect.

    Stay tuned.

  • New forum for Win10 1903

    Posted on May 22nd, 2019 at 09:42 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    With its official release, it’s time to give Win10 version 1903 its own forum.

    Et viola: