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Daily Archives: June 3, 2019

  • Patch Lady – do they think this will work?

    Posted on June 3rd, 2019 at 14:54 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Over the weekend here at the office nearly every mailbox (including ones that aren’t public) got “I saw what you did and now send me bitcoin” threatening emails.  The interesting part to me isn’t that I received the emails (phishing and threating emails are pretty common these days), nor honestly was it that I got it to some “non public” mailboxes.  It’s also pretty common for attackers to use enumeration tools that are pretty well known in the attack community to harvest email address. No to me what was surprising was that someone thought someone would fall for this.

    Emails were addressed to a number of names.  Date was in the “foreign” not USA format.  Misspelled words.  And certainly last but not least, merely providing the bitcoin wallet number to your attackees isn’t a good way to ensure you will be paid.

    Seriously attackers, if you want to get me, you need to get better than this.  You need to ensure that the email is plausible and provide an easy way to receive payment.   I guess if you send out enough and some people respond it’s worth it, but really?

    (note I’m not linking the email due to the profanity in the email).

  • A dozen reasons why you don’t want Win10 1903 — yet

    Posted on June 3rd, 2019 at 02:22 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    On May 21, Microsoft officially released the latest version of the last version of Windows.

    The Windows 10 May 2019 Update — formerly known as the Windows 10 April 2019 Update or Version 19H1, and more reliably and consistently referred to as Version 1903 — isn’t getting pushed out in droves just yet. Instead, the “RTM” version is available primarily to beta testers and to people who manually install it in various ways.

    See the full story in the June 3, 2019, AskWoody Plus Newsletter (Issue 16.20.0)

  • Taking the plunge with a new PC

    Posted on June 3rd, 2019 at 02:20 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Buying a new PC was once a fairly simple shop-and-buy process. There wasn’t much to consider beyond memory and drive capacity — and maybe an upgraded video card.

    But recent innovations have made choosing a new machine more complicated. Intel’s Optane technology, for example, claims to make a hard drive as responsive as an SSD!

    See the full story in the June 3, 2019, AskWoody Plus Newsletter (Issue 16.20.0)

  • Windows 1903 gets its first update

    Posted on June 3rd, 2019 at 02:19 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft’s most recent “feature release,” better known as Version 1903, received its very first patch — and it’s optional!

    What’s apparently fixed is the very thing that blocked my initial install of Version 1903. If an external USB device or SD memory card is plugged in, the device is reassigned to an incorrect drive letter during the installation process.

    See the full story in the June 3, 2019, AskWoody Plus Newsletter (Issue 16.20.0)

  • How to fix OneDrive file-synching problems

    Posted on June 3rd, 2019 at 02:17 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Because it’s included with Windows 10, there’s a good chance you’ve used OneDrive as a helpful tool for backing up files and/or synching them between devices.

    But as with any program, you can run into hiccups with OneDrive; files don’t get backed up, synching fails, and so forth.

    See the full story in the June 3, 2019, AskWoody Plus Newsletter (Issue 16.20.0)

  • How to move from 1803 to 1809 — and put off the upgrade to 1903 for a bit longer

    Posted on June 3rd, 2019 at 02:15 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Good question from DMB:

    Was trying to follow your advice and do an incremental update to Win10 1809 rather than leap-frogging from 1803 to 1903.  Seemed like it was working, got most of the monthly updates, but stalled on what I think was the 1809 feature update at 100% complete. Shut down, updates uninstalled and then went to safe mode, restarted and decided to turn my update settings off again. I’m afraid if I leave it on, it’ll go to 1903, which is what I was trying to avoid. 1803 is fine but I’d still like to try and go to 1809 before 1903. Can I do that on Windows Update page? If so, can I trust them to install 1809 at this late stage?

    I’m not one to dwell on “toldja so,” but if you squirreled away a copy of 1809 when it was easy, you’d be in like Flynn right now.

    I’ve tested the upgrade method specifying “Semi-Annual Channel” with 0 days deferral in 1803, and I think it’ll give you 1809 – just stick that in the Upgrade Options box and click Check for updates. The problem is that I’m on the road, and don’t have my usual array of machines at hand. So I’m not 1000% sure it’ll work that way right now.

    Anybody out there running 1803 and want to confirm?

    UPDATE: @teroalhonen tweets: