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Daily Archives: October 14, 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 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


    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


    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


    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


    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).