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Daily Archives: February 17, 2020

  • RIP FTP: There’s a better way to share files

    Posted on February 17th, 2020 at 01:15 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    SMALL BUSINESS

    By Amy Babinchak

    Back in June of last year, I wrote about how Microsoft finally got its OneDrive cloud-storage service right.

    Today, I’m happy to report on the death of the classic, if somewhat cumbersome, File Transfer Protocol (FTP) — and how its end came at the hands of OneDrive for Business’s new Request Files feature. Let’s have a moment of silence for the ancient FTP’s passing.

    Fortunately, we might be able to put the last nail in FTP’s coffin — and rely instead on the new Receive files feature in OneDrive for Business (more info).

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.7.0 (2020-02-17).

  • The trials and tribulations of Windows 7

    Posted on February 17th, 2020 at 01:10 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    PATCH WATCH

    By Susan Bradley

    We’re starting the Windows 7 extended-support era … with more than our fair share of confusion.

    Before I shed some light on making Extended Security Updates (ESUs) work, here’s a bit of good news for all Win7 users.

    You might recall that the final free Win7 updates (January’s) included a bug that broke the “Stretch” wallpaper setting. Some systems ended up with black backgrounds. The easy fix was to use another “Choose a fit” option. But if “Stretch” is important to you — or you’d just like your Win7 copy to be as bug-free as possible — Microsoft released KB 4539601 to fix the flaw. Currently, however, you must manually download and install the patch.

    The February launch of extended-support updates got off to a shaky start.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.7.0 (2020-02-17).

  • Making an old PC virtually immortal

    Posted on February 17th, 2020 at 01:05 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    VIRTUAL PCS

    By TB Capen

    If you’ve spent years building, repairing, and managing PCs, you’ve probably accumulated a veritable junkyard of old PCs and parts — some still working, some not so much.

    For most of my computing career, my standard practice for disposing of obsolete (at least to me) machines has been to remove the hard drive and donate or recycle everything else. Then, once I’ve gone through the drive and archived important information elsewhere, I’ll typically wipe it and add it to my pile of empty-but-still-functional drives.

    Occasionally, I’ll attach a spare drive to a PC via a USB-to-hard drive connector (more info) to archive files or move really big chunks of data from machine to machine.

    Sometimes, however, I prefer to keep a system as it was originally intended — with a working operation system, applications, and data. And the best way I know to do that without having a bunch of boxes sitting by my desk is to transfer the full setups into virtual machines.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.7.0 (2020-02-17).

  • Freeware Spotlight — eToolz

    Posted on February 17th, 2020 at 01:00 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    BEST UTILITIES

    By Deanna McElveen

    If you’re a relatively young computer tech or system administrator, you’re living in wonderful times.

    The ability to show up at a worksite with all your tools on a flash drive was the stuff of dreams for us floppy-totin’ grayhairs.

    To your many portable tools, I suggest adding Austrian developer Werner Rumpeltesz’s eToolz. It’s your go-to app for everything network-related.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.7.0 (2020-02-17).