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Daily Archives: October 4, 2020

  • How to use Chrome Remote Desktop

    Posted on October 4th, 2020 at 21:08 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Lance Whitney

    There are plenty of apps for connecting two devices. Google’s Chrome Remote Desktop offers a simple, free, and no-frills approach to remote access.

    As you might expect, Chrome Remote Desktop (CRD) is cross-platform; there are versions for Windows, Mac, and Linux. You can also connect to a “host” system from an iPhone, iPad, or Android device via mobile apps. Use the app to remotely access your home or work machine, or to provide someone else with support and/or troubleshooting help.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.39.0 (2020-10-05).

  • Updated: A textbook-perfect Win10 reinstall

    Posted on October 4th, 2020 at 21:05 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Fred Langa

    Here’s a fresh look at a from-scratch, “down to bare metal,” manual reinstall that goes far beyond Win10’s built-in Reset options.

    In fact, it’s the best way to virtually guarantee that your Windows setup is 100 percent pristine and as close to perfect as possible.

    That’s because this reinstall method can in no way carry over existing and potential problems from your current setup — no errors, no misconfigurations, no malware, and no junk.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.39.0 (2020-10-05).

  • An audio problem in Win10, a forgotten app, and a Dropbox update

    Posted on October 4th, 2020 at 21:00 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By TB Capen

    Controlling audio in Windows has always been one of those things that should be really simple — but aren’t.

    Recently, I ran into another audio problem that really had me flummoxed. When I was watching a Netflix movie on my PC, inside a Firefox tab, audio came through just fine on my USB headphones. But if I unplugged them, there was no audio from the speakers attached to the machine’s audio-out port.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.39.0 (2020-10-05).

  • If you have an avatar (a picture) here on AskWoody, make sure Gravatar doesn’t have any personal data

    Posted on October 4th, 2020 at 10:20 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Ax Sharma at BleepingComputer published an article that shows how a sufficiently motivated cracker can scan all of the entries at and pick up personal information there.

    If you have an avatar here on AskWoody (or on any other WordPress-based site), you have an entry in the Gravatar database. That’s where WordPress (and other sites) pick up your picture. Your picture is indexed by email address – your username on AskWoody doesn’t make any difference. The picture gets picked up by matching the email address you have associated with your AskWoody account, with an email address in the Gravatar database.

    Gravatar is owned by WordPress.

    Since this new scraping technique can pull data from Gravatar, you might want to double-check and make sure you don’t have any sensitive info stored over there. It’s easy.

    Step 1. Go to

    Step 2. In the upper right, click Sign In. Enter your email address and your Gravatar password (not your AskWoody password). Click Continue and Sign In.

    Step 3. Click My Profile. You see the settings in the screenshot.


    Step 4. Work through the entries on the right side and make sure there’s absolutely nothing there that you want to have snooped.

    Step 5. If you changed anything, click Save Profile.

    To be clear, this hack has nothing to do with WordPress itself, nor with AskWoody. But if you’ve set up an avatar for use on AskWoody or any other WordPress site, you should make the effort now to ensure that there’s nothing in the Gravatar database that you don’t want scarfed up for posterity.

    A reminder that AskWoody maintains the absolute minimum amount of information necessary to keep the site going — your username, the email address you used to create the account, your Plus membership status, and any additional info you may have stored, including your signature if you created one. Your password is stored in a one-way salted hash, which means that anyone reading the AskWoody database wouldn’t be able to figure out your password.

    Of course, we don’t store any payment information on, or anything else worthy of tracking.

    Thx @Microfix, @Kirsty, @PKCano…

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