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Monthly Archives: March 2021

  • Tasks for the weekend – March 20, 2021 – Ease of Access tweaks

    Posted on March 20th, 2021 at 22:36 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Youtube video here

    Have you ever checked out the options you have to assist you if you are colorblind? What about changing the overall size of fonts on the computer?  Have you changed the contrast settings?

    You can drill into these tweaks in Windows 10 by going to Start, then Settings, then Ease of Access. From here there are several adjustments you can make:

    For Vision you get the following adjustments:
    Display
    Mouse Pointer
    Text Cursor
    Magnifier
    Color filters
    High contrast
    Narrator
    Color Filters

    For Hearing you get:

    Audio
    Closed captions

    And finally for Interaction this gives you options for:

    Speech
    Keyboard
    Mouse
    Eye control

    So do you make any tweaks to make it easier for you to view your computer?

  • Let’s get Mikey to try it

    Posted on March 19th, 2021 at 00:13 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Do you remember that old commercial that had two little boys who didn’t want to eat cereal that was supposed to be good for you?  The two little boys slid the cereal bowl over to their little brother and said “Let’s get Mikey to try it…”

    … so who wants to be Mikey tonight?

    Microsoft halts rollout of Windows 10 KB5001649 emergency update (bleepingcomputer.com)

    Apparently even Mikey doesn’t want it now.

    From the Update portal

    For those of you with Dymo label printers, this might fix your issue:

    Microsoft identified an issue that affects Windows 10 devices which applied the March 2021 security update released March 9, 2021 and the out-of-band updates released March 15, 2021, and a resolution has been expedited. Affected devices might receive unexpected results when printing from some apps or to some printers. Issues might include missing or solid color graphics, misalignment/formatting issues, or printing of blank pages/labels. An out-of-band optional update is now available on the Microsoft Update Catalog and on Windows Update.
    We recommend you only install this update if you are affected by this issue. For more information, see the known issues section for your version of Windows 10 or see the links below:
    • Windows 10, version 20H2 and Windows Server, version 20H2 (KB5001649)
    • Windows 10, version 2004 and Windows Server, version 2004 (KB5001649)
    • Windows 10, version 1909 and Windows Server, version 1909 (KB5001648)
    • Windows 10, version 1809 and Windows Server 2019 (KB5001638)
    • Windows 10, version 1803 (KB5001634)
    • Windows 10, version 1607 and Windows Server 2016 (KB5001633)
    • Windows 10, version 1507 (KB5001631)
    Note Updates for the remaining affected versions of Windows will be released in the coming days.
  • Woody Leonhard – A new life in paradise

    Posted on March 15th, 2021 at 01:08 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
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    ISSUE 18.10 • 2021-03-15

    PROFILES

    Chris Husted

    By Chris Husted

    Is he having fun yet?

    Late last year, after 28 years of publishing everything everyone needed to know about Windows, esteemed AskWoody founder Woody Leonhard retired. He disappeared from our screens, but never drifted far from our thoughts. That voice we had grown accustomed to, calling out Windows for its shortfalls – sometimes with a roar, sometimes a grumble, but never a whimper – had gone.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.10.0 (2021-03-15).
    This story also appears in the AskWoody Free Newsletter 18.10.F (2021-03-15).

  • Windows’ semi-secret “back door” still exists!

    Posted on March 15th, 2021 at 01:06 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    LANGALIST

    Fred Langa

    By Fred Langa

    All current Windows, including Win10 20H2, contain an old, sneaky workaround that lets you log in to a PC even if the usernames and passwords are scrambled, unknown, or forgotten.

    You can even use this method to create a new administrator account on a PC that doesn’t have one and then use that new account to log on and perform recovery or repair operations.

    Plus: Win8/10’s free, automated, Robust File CopyRobocopy — to the rescue!

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.10.0 (2021-03-15).

  • Windows and Linux Interoperability

    Posted on March 15th, 2021 at 01:04 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    LINUX

    Sandra Henry-Stocker

    By Sandra Henry-Stocker

    If you, like me, have both Windows and Linux systems on your network, you don’t have to walk from one desk to another to work on each of them in an isolated fashion.

    Instead, there are some very useful options for Windows-Linux interoperability. They allow you to move files between the systems, log in from one system to the other, and mount file shares so that you can use Linux files on Windows or vice versa. You can even run commands remotely between the systems. In this article, we’ll take a quick look at these options.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.10.0 (2021-03-15).

  • A $1,000 hot technology? It’s quite a steal.

    Posted on March 15th, 2021 at 01:02 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    PUBLIC DEFENDER

    Brian Livingston

    By Brian Livingston

    Every technology has unintended consequences, but this is ridiculous.

    Essential elements in the devices we use every day — lithium, platinum, palladium, rhodium, basic semiconductors — are soaring in price as demand outstrips the facilities we humans have built to extract and produce them.

    It’s gotten so bad that common street thieves are stripping tech parts from autos and trucks simply to fence the “hot” components, which are literally worth more than their weight in gold.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.10.0 (2021-03-15).

  • March madness drives printers to blue screen

    Posted on March 15th, 2021 at 01:00 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    PATCH WATCH

    Susan Bradley

    By Susan Bradley

    The month of March is not starting off well for those of us who patch Windows 10 machines.

    Patchers who have installed the March Windows 10 updates are reporting that upon printing to various printers, they receive a blue screen of death (BSOD), thus crashing their machines. While it doesn’t appear to impact every Windows machine/printer combination, it is widespread enough that Microsoft pulled these particular updates while it investigates.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.10.0 (2021-03-15).

  • Tasks for the weekend – March 13 – what security scanner do you use?

    Posted on March 13th, 2021 at 22:59 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    You tube video here

    Do you have a deep security scanning tool that you use when you want to do a deep scan of your computer? I was reminded of this when Microsoft talked about their Microsoft Safety scanner tool. But there are others such as Kaspersky’s “boot under the OS” tool, and even Malware bytes clean up tool.

    Do you have a goto scanner for when your machine is misbehaving and you just want to make sure that everything is all right with the machine? What do you use?

     

  • Getting better feedback

    Posted on March 13th, 2021 at 00:03 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I hope you’ll indulge me in a bit of an off-topic post tonight that I do not intend to make political in any way.

    Many of you know that I have a 92 year old Dad. He’s always inspired me in how he takes on new challenges. I thought he wouldn’t like Windows 10 after using Windows 7 for years and after I made sure I built a short cut for Solitaire on the desktop he’s migrated just fine. This past year he moved from a desktop application that he used to an online version. One thing I noticed that software vendors don’t take into consideration is the older generation. They often build web sites with a lack of contrast, or buttons that aren’t in obvious locations. I always wonder where web sites get their feedback when designing web sites, clearly they don’t take into account that many older users still use desktop applications.

    I’ve seen a similar situation in all of the web sites used to sign up for vaccines. I personally have helped several people (including my Dad) to sign up for vaccines. I’m not alone in helping people get signed up and expressing a bit of frustration in a process that needed to be geared towards the older crowd that we want to get vaccinated as soon as possible.  I helped out one person remotely by having her take pictures of her insurance card with her phone, email the images to me, and then I remoted into her computer, transferred the images to her computer remotely and then uploaded the images of the insurance card to the insurance portal to get her signed up. My girlfriend has been helping her Aunt who only has a flip phone, can’t see well to dial the phone and doesn’t have a computer to get signed up.

    If you are in a position to help others to get signed up, I urge the AskWoody readership to help out anyone who is not as tech savvy as you are.

    (Dad received the Pfizer shot and other than normal soreness in his arm as a result of the shot, had no side effects)

     

  • MS-DEFCON 1 – Blue screens of death triggered by patches

    Posted on March 10th, 2021 at 17:23 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    ISSUE 18.9.2 • 2021-03-10

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    PATCH WATCH

    Susan Bradley

    By Susan Bradley

    Don’t patch!

    I’ve moved the patching alert status to DEFCON 1.

    I don’t do this lightly but we are seeing issues with printing after the March updates are installed. Ghacks reports blue screens of death (BSOD) are being triggered after printing. At the moment, it is unclear whether this is the result of the March operating system updates or just the Windows 10 versions, but for sure the Windows 10 releases are triggering these blue screens of death.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Alert 18.9.2 (2021-03-10).
    Learn more about MS-DEFCON!

  • March patching madness begins

    Posted on March 9th, 2021 at 14:19 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    EDIT 3/10/2021:  We are seeing issues with printing after the March updates. Ghacks reports BSODs are  being triggered after printing. It’s unclear if it’s all of the March operating system updates or just the Windows 10 versions.  The Windows 10 updates include this fix:

    Addresses an elevation of privilege security vulnerability documented in CVE-2021-1640 related to print jobs submitted to “FILE:” ports. After installing Windows updates from March 9, 2021 and later, print jobs that are in a pending state before restarting the print spooler service or restarting the OS will remain in an error state. Manually delete the affected print jobs and resubmit them to the print queue when the print spooler service is online.

    Note it appears that Microsoft has pulled the updates from Windows update but NOT from WSUS or the catalog site.

    It’s that time of the month that I take a quick look at the patches that are released to see if there are any that I think we need to quickly act on. I used to joke that there were times that I would slam my Mountain Dew can on my desk and run screaming to the server to patch. These days I can just take remote control of systems and patch remotely.

    Nothing in the March security updates (besides the Exchange ones released last week) is causing me to want to urge you to go running to your machines and patch at this time. That said if I change my mind I will let you know.  A full “Askwoody-ized” analysis of the updates will be in the Plus newsletter. Until then if you are a small business running an on premises Microsoft Exchange email server, you can use this site to check to see if you are vulnerable.

    For those of you that want a bit of early reading here are various sites that I turn to:

    Zero Day blog

    Ghacks blog

    Zdnet

    Security week

    Bleepingcomputer

    Remember for those of you that don’t want to read, just stay tuned and we’ll do the research and reading on your behalf and will let you know of any side effects we spot.

  • MS-DEFCON 2 — It’s time to defer March updates

    Posted on March 8th, 2021 at 14:45 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    ISSUE 18.9.1 • 2021-03-08

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    Susan Bradley

    By Susan Bradley

    It’s the start of the patching week.

    We are a day away from the official start of patching season. While Microsoft started the March patching madness early, with a critical patch needed for its mail servers, we have yet to see what’s in store for those of us that merely use their Windows as workstations.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Alert 18.9.1 (2021-03-08).
    Learn more about MS-DEFCON!