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Monthly Archives: January 2021

  • Excess heat during laptop recharging?

    Posted on January 25th, 2021 at 01:30 FredLanga Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    Excess heat during laptop recharging?

    By Fred Langa

    A reader is concerned: His laptop’s CPU temperature rises during battery-charging sessions. Why would the CPU heat up?

    Relatedly, what are normal CPU temperatures, anyway? What’s a safe temperature rise?

    Plus: A tiny freeware app that prevents PC overheating!

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.3.0 (2021-01-25).

  • Hackers are running your smart home

    Posted on January 25th, 2021 at 01:25 Brian Livingston Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    Hackers are running your smart home

    By Brian Livingston

    I never thought it would get this bad. But it has.

    There are now more Internet of Things (IoT) devices than there are people on the planet. And the vast majority of those IoT gadgets are wide open, easily taken over by malicious hackers and used against you, your community, and the world.

    Almost half of all technology managers have let IoT gizmos — printers, HVAC systems, protocol gateways, etc. — into their corporate networks without changing the default passwords, according to a ForeScout survey.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.3.0 (2021-01-25).

  • Freeware Spotlight – Immunet 7

    Posted on January 25th, 2021 at 01:20 Deanna McElveen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Best Utilities

    Freeware Spotlight — Immunet 7

    By Deanna McElveen

    Where did the good, free antivirus programs go?

    Remember how great the little AVG and Avast Antivirus companies from the Czech Republic once were? Well, they got big — real big — and then they merged back in 2016, as is often the case with small tech companies. Unfortunately, many use their free versions as a loss leader for their paid versions, which sadly means the free versions act like adware, popping up ads to nag users.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.3.0 (2021-01-25).

  • Schrödinger’s Bill

    Posted on January 25th, 2021 at 01:15 Max Stul Oppenheimer Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Legal Brief

    Schrödinger’s Bill

    By Max Stul Oppenheimer, Esq.

    The recently passed Consolidated Appropriations Act includes provisions that should be of interest to those involved in e-commerce or whose use of the Internet involves copyrights.

    In March 2010, when House Speaker Pelosi told the National Association of Counties that we needed to pass the Affordable Care Act in order to find out what’s in it, few saw the humorous reference to one of the most famous parables of modern physics: Schrödinger’s cat.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.3.0 (2021-01-25).

  • Tasks for the Weekend – January 23, 2021

    Posted on January 23rd, 2021 at 23:07 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Youtube video here

    This question came up the other day when I discussed Microsoft Defender.  If you are using a third party antivirus instead of Defender, your version information may show a version of

    This is perfectly fine and is just showcasing that Defender is not active and your third party antivirus is the controlling antivirus on your machine.

    Now if you THOUGHT you were using Defender, you might want to investigate what third party security program has been installed on your machine.

    There is a specific setting I show in the Video where Malwarebytes knows to take over the role as your main antivirus and register itself as your default antivirus.


  • Slow file copy

    Posted on January 22nd, 2021 at 22:32 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’m setting up a new Server 2019 with HyperV and I’m reminded of something I did on the LAST Server 2019 that I set up.

    I disable RSS on the server  by typing into PowerShell the following command:  netsh int tcp set global RSS=Disabled

    And then Disable-NetAdapterRsc -Name (and then you put in the name of your Ethernet connection)

    Now for that second command you need to make it easy on yourself by renaming the name of the Ethernet connection so you don’t have to type a huge line into the command. When I went googling for the exact command I realized that while I don’t do this command on my workstations, I DO indeed do this command on my servers. There is a detailed write up on this blog about this command and it walks you through the process of identifying if your network connection is impacted by RSC.

    So what is RSC?  A technology that is SUPPOSED to make things better/faster.  I’ve found that at least when your server is supposed to do file sharing, it does better when it’s off.

    The underlying issue (as I understand it) comes down to drivers. For me, I needed to turn this off. On desktops running the latest Windows 10 and reasonably up to date drivers I have not needed to use this command to impact wifi  speed on my workstations.

  • This should be the best patching experience

    Posted on January 21st, 2021 at 23:10 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    So many of you know that I have several computing devices.  My favorite desktop computers are HP’s with SSD drivers (mind you with new style SSD drives now days), my favorite “normal” sized laptop is my Lenovo Thinkpad X1 carbon, and my go to travel laptop when I really want portability  is a Surface Go with cellular.  BUT and here’s the but… unlike my prior Surface small travel device the Surface Go has a slightly smaller keyboard.  It’s just small enough to make me mistype words.  Which is REALLY annoying.  So the other day when they announced the new Surface Pro 7 plus with cellular (only available for business/not consumers unfortunately) I tried out the Surface Pro keyboard to see if it was a smidge bigger so that it would type easier and I wouldn’t be mistyping quite so much.

    Now while I’m a geek, I’m a cheap geek so I look for ways to get Surface devices in a price tag that is more palatable.  The thing about Surface devices is that you can’t upgrade them and often they have the LOUSIEST patching and servicing experiences EVER.  You would think they get feature releases first.  They don’t.  You would think that they would be blocked from feature updates that cause issues (they weren’t on one feature release number that I can’t remember off the top of my head and I’m a bit tired to go google for it), and they often are offered drivers that aren’t for their systems.

    Surface devices should have the absolutely BEST patching experience EVER.

    So, Microsoft, I’m giving you another shot.  I’ve just ordered a Surface Pro 7 plus with LTE Cellular.  Given that this device is touted for business, it should have the BEST patching experience ever.  As an aside, I’m a fan of the (US only I believe?) subscription site of that allows you to subscribe to purchase a Surface and get the ability to trade up/replace with another version later on.

    I’ll keep you posted as to how well it behaves on Patch Tuesday.

  • So I opened up an HP and where’s the hard drive?

    Posted on January 19th, 2021 at 22:35 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We just got two new workstations and opened one of them up and went… uh… where’s the hard drive?

    I had to call the vendor I bought them from and ask… okay I see that that’s probably the hard drive but how does one change it should it die (SSDs do die, plan on it)

    “It is a chip that comes out. That is a NVME SSD. Those are super-fast compared to the older SSD drives.  There is one screw holding it in. Take the screw out the chip then comes out”  (The screw location is circled in red above)

    The view of the entire motherboard is here.

    Who knew.

    I do know that one can’t image a “normal” SSD and restore it to this drive style.

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