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Daily Archives: January 11, 2021

  • MS-DEFCON 2 – Get ready for January updates

    Posted on January 11th, 2021 at 10:33 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Remember it’s time to prepare for January updates by delaying /or pausing updates.  Also I’m ready to give the all clear to 2004 if you want to do it before tomorrow’s patch Tuesday (or later on in the month).

    More in Computerworld.

  • What do you want?

    Posted on January 11th, 2021 at 00:50 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
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    CHANGE

    What do you want?

    Nice to meet you, how do you do?

    Thank you. To the over 4,000 AskWoody newsletter readers who answered our first-ever survey, thank you for taking the time to let us know what you want and don’t want. We were surprised and enormously grateful for the tremendous response.

    The survey is now closed, giving me the opportunity to share some of the results with you.

    Your use of Microsoft operating systems is in line with what the larger Microsoft ecosystem is using. In the larger Microsoft population, nearly 90% are using Windows 10. So, too, are AskWoody readers (91 percent are using Windows 10). The AskWoody readership represents a slightly greater number of users of Windows 7 (12.9 percent) versus the larger population (8.5 percent). Windows 8/8.1 users are in the distinct minority with approximately 3 percent in both the larger Microsoft user base and the AskWoody readership.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.1.0 (2021-01-11).

  • Time to adapt while acknowledging the past

    Posted on January 11th, 2021 at 00:40 Will Fastie Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    CONTINUITY

    Time to adapt while acknowledging the past

    By Will Fastie, Editor

    I’m excited. I’m flattered. I’m honored.

    I have been a subscriber to this newsletter since the beginning, 18 years ago. Last fall I contributed a few articles, then was flattered to be considered for this post. I was honored when I was chosen and am excited to get going. This newsletter has always been a great resource and both Susan and I are committed to making it even better.

    As a long-time subscriber, I deeply understand the importance of continuity. I surely would not
    have read the newsletter for so long without its steady pace and dependable content. That is a past we must acknowledge; the incredible response to our survey makes that plain. Every minute of our planning has respected our loyal audience. You will not be abandoned.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.1.0 (2021-01-11).

  • Stop paying $200 a year for your Internet cable modem

    Posted on January 11th, 2021 at 00:30 Will Fastie Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    PUBLIC DEFENDER

    Stop paying $200 a year for your Internet cable modem

    By Brian Livingston

    If there’s anything I hate, it’s paying $15 or $20 a month for something I don’t want or need.

    Now our political system — such as it is — has done something about it. A law passed by Congress went into effect just a few days ago: December 20, 2020, to be exact. ISPs (Internet service providers) are now prohibited from charging you a monthly “equipment fee” for connection devices you bought and installed yourself.

    ISPs know all about this law, which is called the Television Viewer Protection Act (TVPA). It was supposed to go into effect last year on June 20, but cable and telephone companies pressured the FCC to delay its protections for six months. But now, if you own your own hardware, one call to your ISP should get the charge removed — although it should already have disappeared from your bill.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.1.0 (2021-01-11).

  • Controlling Win10’s sometimes hyperactive security apps

    Posted on January 11th, 2021 at 00:20 Will Fastie Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    LANGALIST

    Controlling Win10’s sometimes hyperactive security apps

    By Fred Langa

    Win10’s built-in security tools offer excellent protection but can be annoying with frequent update cycles and tons of notifications.

    In fact, the amount of activity made one reader wonder whether his security setup was actually broken! Here’s how to tell, and how to make it behave better.

    Plus: More on Win10’s 30 built-in Troubleshooters.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.1.0 (2021-01-11).

  • Freeware spotlight — 3 tiny tech tools for your flash drive

    Posted on January 11th, 2021 at 00:15 Will Fastie Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
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    Best Utilities

    Freeware spotlight — 3 tiny tech tools for your flash drive

    By Deanna McElveen

    Today’s computer service toolbox is less about screwdrivers and wrenches and more about
    handy software utilities tucked into a flash drive.

    Back in the day, I carried a zippered CD holder for all of my tools on service calls . I also had a box of floppy disks, Zip disks, and even SuperDisks (who remembers those?) with tools on them. Today, it’s all about flash drives for computer techs, so I’m going to share a few simple tools to keep on your flash drive — tools that will make your geek life a little easier.

    All these tools are click-to-run (aka zero-install), which means all you need to do is run them. This portability is important; without it, they would not be suitable for your flash drive toolbox.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.1.0 (2021-01-11).