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Monthly Archives: May 2020

  • Mark your calendar: SpaceX launch today at 4:30pm Eastern Daylight Time

    Posted on May 27th, 2020 at 08:17 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    From the SpaceX site (where you can watch the launch, live):

    SpaceX is targeting Wednesday, May 27 for Falcon 9’s launch of Crew Dragon’s second demonstration (Demo-2) mission from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This test flight with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on board the Dragon spacecraft will return human spaceflight to the United States.

    The instantaneous launch window opens at 4:33 p.m. EDT, or 20:33 UTC, with backup instantaneous launch opportunities available on Saturday, May 30 at 3:22 p.m. EDT, or 19:22 UTC, and on Sunday, May 31 at 3:00 p.m. EDT, or 19:00 UTC. Tune in here to watch the launch webcast. Coverage will begin about 4 hours before liftoff.

    Demo-2 is the final major test for SpaceX’s human spaceflight system to be certified by NASA for operational crew missions to and from the International Space Station. SpaceX is returning human spaceflight to the United States with one of the safest, most advanced systems ever built, and NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is a turning point for America’s future in space exploration that lays the groundwork for future missions to the MoonMarsand beyond.

    Godspeed, one and all.

  • Having audio problems on your Win10 PC?

    Posted on May 26th, 2020 at 07:12 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    @SwiftOnSecurity is asking:


    Has AUDIO on your WINDOWS PC started having any kind of issues?

    When, what version of Win10, and the name of your audio devices, anything you’ve tried that worked?

    Trying to diagnose an uptick in our audio issues recently and see if they’re connected somehow.

    Some interesting responses in the Twitter thread, e.g.:

    Last week my master audio control stopped working. Win10 v2004 but latest update fixed it.

    Headphones only work on my Dell Inspiron 7555 laptop if they are plugged in when I boot up. If I plug in after boot, no dice, speakers work. If I boot up with headphones plugged in, headphones work. Then unplug headphones, speakers come alive. Win 1909 and Realtek audio device.. I dual boot Ubuntu and Windows. Headphones work correctly on Ubuntu. Also, I imaged my SSD over to another laptop, Dell Inspiron 15 5000 series. Same issue on another laptop. So it is clearly driver related.

    Win10 Pro 10.0 18363 I use HDMI audio/video to an AV Receiver and then forward the video on to an HDMI display. After hibernating the PC or sleeping the display, the system thinks everything is fine but no audio actually plays until I power down/up the AVR. Last couple weeks… NVidia RTX 2080 Super is my audio device.

    So how about it? Can anybody here shed any light?

  • How to avoid installing the upgrade to Win10 version 2004

    Posted on May 25th, 2020 at 10:51 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    It took Microsoft more than four years to give us the tools to fend off unwanted upgrades. But we have them now, and they’re working. Just curtail your clicking finger and you can stay on Win10 version 1903 or 1909 for many more months.

    For those of you chomping at the bit to install Win10 version 2004 (due out this week) — I have to ask. Why?

    I understand the allure of a bright and shiny new version of the old cash cow. But Win10 version 2004 seems to be completely bereft of compelling new features. Is it worth intentionally putting yourself in the second wave of beta testers, when the benefits are so minuscule?

    Full details in Computerworld Woody on Windows.

  • Cheap Windows 10 product keys — Are they legit?

    Posted on May 25th, 2020 at 01:15 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    WINDOWS 10

    By Richard Hay

    No. Nope. Not even on Fridays.

    That could be the end of the discussion, but I wouldn’t want to leave you hanging. So let’s dive into this weird phenomenon of cheap Windows 10 product keys — and shine some light on the issue.

    In addition, I’ll share with you a legit and legal avenue for upgrading to Windows 10.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.20.0 (2020-05-25).

  • Security risks: Wired Ethernet vs. Wi-Fi

    Posted on May 25th, 2020 at 01:10 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Fred Langa

    Fundamental differences in wired and wireless networking mean that neither can provide the same level of data security. Here’s why.

    Plus: Win10 has a hidden “packet-sniffer” tool for examining raw network traffic. Also, can you install Win10 via USB from an Android phone?

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.20.0 (2020-05-25).

  • Setting up a new PC: The first steps

    Posted on May 25th, 2020 at 01:05 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Susan Bradley

    Many Windows 7 users are upgrading to Win10 by simply purchasing a new PC.

    And that makes good sense. Not only are you moving to a more secure OS, you’re matching it with the latest PC hardware technology.

    So now that you have your shiny new system, what’s next? Here are the steps I typically take to get a new PC fully up and running, ready for work.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.20.0 (2020-05-25).

  • Security basics for small-business websites

    Posted on May 25th, 2020 at 01:00 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Nathan Segal

    Your company website is truly the digital front door to your business. It’s often potential customers’ first impression.

    If you’re building an online presence, security is a top priority; here are some tips for keeping both your website and your business safe.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.20.0 (2020-05-25).

  • OMG! Run for the hills! FIVE new Windows zero-days published

    Posted on May 24th, 2020 at 14:13 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I love the headlines these days. “Microsoft warns meeeeelions of customers that the world is coming to an end!” “New zero-days announced and you better get patched NOW!” “Microsoft says your computer is at risk from Snidely Whiplash or somebody who looks just like him.”

    I just read a tweet from Catalin Cimpanu — the ZDNet security guy — that puts a refreshing spin on things.

    Seems that late last week the Trend Micro Zero Defense Intiative, ZDI, published descriptions of five new Windows zero-days. Four of the five are Privilege Escalation Vulnerabilities. (OMG! Those are the WORST KIND.) Microsoft (those scoundrels!) didn’t patch them quickly enough, so ZDI acted according to its conventions – waited four months to give Microsoft time to fix the hole – and then published “a limited advisory.” I can read the Forbes headline already: More than a billion Windows users at risk and there’s no fix. Take THAT, you languid Windows lizards!


    The five zero-days aren’t very interesting. Microsoft told ZDI they wouldn’t be patching them any time soon. ZDI has a policy of disclosing what they’ve found if a particular security hole isn’t fixed in 120 days. Thus, the post.

    Here’s what Cimpanu says:

    These appear to be the most harmless 0-days in the history of 0-days, so no need to panic… and most likely the reason MSFT didn’t hurry to patch them

    And that seems, to me, to describe the situation perfectly.