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Monthly Archives: October 2019

  • Patch Lady – did Xfinity go too far?

    Posted on October 14th, 2019 at 15:13 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    So this weekend I was channel surfing and an old movie I remember watching was on Turner Classic Movies…. and those of you that are Xfinity customers can probably already guess at what I’m about to say next …. and it prompted me to subscribe to the channel.  Mind you it was part of my 261+ channels just days ago.

    The cord cutting wars are heating up and Xfinity may have gone too far this time.  Already there’s a 17 plus page complaint thread on the Xfinity forums, there’s a change.org petition, and there’s numerous twitter feeds complaining about moving TCM out of the main line up to a “Sports and Entertainment package” at an additional $9.99 a month fee in addition to the price for the basic service.

    Disney has a new streaming service.  Apple is coming online with theirs.  Netflix stock price is down.  And the biggest loser?  Us.  Us and simplicity.  Instead we’re getting higher prices and complexity.

    The other day my Sister (whom I share a house and the technology with) joked that she needed to die first because if I went first there would be no way for her to just “watch” something.   You need umpteen remotes, you need a strong internet that every now and then need rebooting because some update to your ISP provider router messes it up every now and then.  Want to know what you need to launch to watch THAT?  You need a manual to list where what streaming service is located where.

    And it’s not cheaper.  And our need for speed just keeps increasing every year with more things cloud only, patches larger, and our requirement for always on world.

    So I’ll be calling Xfinity to join my fellow users in complaining about this decision, asking for a rebundling, demanding better pricing.  I won’t get any of it, but it will make me feel slightly better.

    Venting about it here helps too.  What about your ISP and entertainment options?  Are they getting better or worse for you?

  • Happy Thanksgiving, eh?

    Posted on October 14th, 2019 at 09:50 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I nearly missed it. Apologies to all Plusers of the Canadian persuasion. Excuse me. Sorry. My bad.

  • Easily back up all your PC’s current drivers

    Posted on October 14th, 2019 at 01:15 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    LANGALIST

    By Fred Langa

    Free tools, including Win10’s built-in export-driver command, make backing up your device drivers simple.

    Plus: Free security info from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. And, do new laptops really require a 100 percent initial charge?

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.37.0 (2019-10-14).

  • October’s updates look promising; however …

    Posted on October 14th, 2019 at 01:10 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    PATCH WATCH

    By Susan Bradley

    First, a mea culpa: I said I was comfortable with installing the out-of-band Internet Explorer update released October 3. I have to take that back.

    The update was designed to block the new IE vulnerability CVE-2019-1367. The October 3 release was the third time Microsoft sent out essentially the same fix, but it’s the only one I’ve called a true out-of-band update. Unlike the two previous attempts, Microsoft pushed this patch out to everyone via the usual channels: Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and Windows Update.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.37.0 (2019-10-14).

  • Using the ipconfig command to troubleshoot network problems

    Posted on October 14th, 2019 at 01:05 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    NETWORK TROUBLESHOOTING

    By Lance Whitney

    When you’re having trouble connecting to a network, Windows’ command-line option IP Configuration can reveal helpful information.

    Network-connection problems can crop up anywhere and in various ways: at home, at a hotel, connecting to a network printer, opening webpages, and so forth. Connection issues can be relatively simple or complex. For example, you might have an IP-address conflict, where two devices are trying to use the same address — and the solution is a quick IP refresh. Or your system could have trouble resolving addresses: you can connect to a site or server via its IP address but not through its name. That might require some deeper digging.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.37.0 (2019-10-14).

  • Freeware Spotlight — Windows Registry Recovery

    Posted on October 14th, 2019 at 01:00 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    BEST UTILITIES

    By Deanna McElveen

    So your computer died, and you want to build a new one. With the right tools, moving your data to the new machine can be relatively easy.

    But what about your settings and Windows ID? In some settings, retrieving that information can be helpful for both setting up a new system and diagnosing a machine that simply won’t boot. There’s a ton of configuration data stored in the Windows registry. One handy utility for digging deep into the registry on an inactive system drive is MiTeC’s Windows Registry Recovery (WRR).

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.37.0 (2019-10-14).

  • Win10 version 1903 cumulative update bug and stuttering ASUS sound cards

    Posted on October 13th, 2019 at 07:18 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    This one’s been brewing under my radar for quite some time, it seems. I remember the “Audio in games is quiet or different than expected” bug introduced by one of the September cumulative updates (and since, apparently, fixed). But this one’s different.

    btarunr at TechPowerUp has a refreshingly direct take on the problem:

    Windows 10 May 2019 Update (version 1903) is the pinnacle of neglect and contempt Microsoft has shown towards the all-important audio subsystem of the modern PC. With it, Redmond has one-upped its last big move against audio, by killing the DirectSound hardware pipeline and mongrelizing PC audio under Intel’s lousy and fundamentally anti-competitive Azalia specification that solves common audio compatibility problems under a scorched-earth guiding principle – “kill any feature that could possibly lick our aftersales support budget, by dumping every aspect of audio onto a very restrictive host-signal processing (HSP) architecture, let people come up with their own soft DSPs, because CPUs can handle them.” Windows 1903 proves how this approach wasn’t a silver bullet against PC audio problems, and is fallible…

    He goes on to explain in give-em-both-barrels style how Win10 1903 had a stuttering problem (likely with ASUS cards) that was supposed to be fixed in the second July cumulative update, KB 4505903. But it wasn’t. Those of you who have been hanging out here for a while certainly know that tune.

    I just received an anonymous email from a reader who has an interesting take:

    I’m writing this email because i might have possibly found a workaround solution for those with asus sound cards running under windows 10 v1903. (mine specifially is Xonar AE but as far as i can tell this problem affects many more sound cards from asus).

    Basically the whole thing started with this.  If you dig around, there are many more threads on both asus forums and other places that discuss this problem. I’ve posted my finding on some forums, mailed both asus and microsoft about this, don’t know if they will care enough to fix this.

    Would be great if this was published on your website because you cover a much bigger audience and perhaps posting it would force either microsoft or asus to take action.

    So here’s the solution that works for me:

    Thinking that it might have something to do with latency (as per having read numerous threads about it), i’ve fired up LatencyMon in the hopes of finding what is causing the audio stuttering issue. For some bizarre reason while LatencyMon is running and monitoring latency i’ve had zero audio stuttering for over 5 hours of non stop music listening.

    I’m really not sure how or why running LatencyMon fixes the audio stuttering issue.

    Anybody else in the crowd have the problem? Any idea why running a monitor fixes the stuttering?

  • Update no update

    Posted on October 13th, 2019 at 06:52 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Saw this posted by DavidGman on Reddit. I’ll just drop it here and back away slowly….