Monthly Archives: November 2022

  • Gourmet Recipe Manager — Organizing your stolen recipes


    Deanna McElveen

    By Deanna McElveen

    First of all, I’m not a cook. That’s my husband’s job.

    The few things I do cook or bake are from recipes that I nab at family gatherings from my older relatives. I decided I needed to move these recipes out of their old card file boxes, so I went looking for some free software — because I’m cheap that way.

    I tried a few recipe organizers before I found an old program. Released in 2014, Gourmet Recipe Manager by Tom Hinkle may not have had any updates in quite a while, but it was exactly what I was looking for. I went ahead and tested it on Windows 7, 10, and 11; all seems fine.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (19.47.0, 2022-11-21).

  • Printers are a pain

    Reading one of the “known issues” in Windows 11 22H2 and the side effects with certain printer drivers reminds me of how I have a love hate relationship with printers.

    In the known issues section….while the issue with IPP printers has been resolved and the block from Windows 11 22H2 has been removed, it reminds me that printers can drive us crazy. So here’s some of my tips:

    1. Don’t get so tied to a printer that you aren’t willing to chuck it out the window or send it to e-waste. Often you can buy a new printer that will work with a new computer easier than the hassle of trying to get a really old printer to work.  These days I tend to buy Lexmark printers and Brother printers.  But now that I’ve said “gee buy new”, I’ve also seen where it’s been hard to find printers of a certain type and style. There have been times I’ve purchased refurbished printers on ebay because I couldn’t find it any other way.
    2. Don’t buy inkjet printers. If you don’t print on a regular basis, that ink will get dry and the printer won’t work. Better to stick with a laser jet printer.
    3. If you get stuck, remember you can use the built in “Microsoft print to PDF” and can print something to a pdf in a pinch.
    4. When trying to get a print out of a web site, sometimes you just have to use snipping tool and cut and paste the image to word to get a USEABLE version of the web site. I’ve even tried the “print” button on a web site and it still doesn’t print.
    5. I personally find that connecting a printer via ethernet rather than wireless connection works better. I also make it a point to assign the printer a static IP address (this can normally be done in the setup section) and that works the best.
    6. Always be prepared to turn off and then turn back on a printer. Often they will go “asleep” and turning it back on reconnects it.

    What about you?  What tips and tricks do you recommend for dealing with printers?

  • Business patchers alert: Out of band patch expected to fix Domain controller issues

    What is it?  A heads up to business patchers.

    Does it impact consumers?  No. This is only an issue being seen on domain controllers 

    What is it about?  In the November 8th updates (which I haven’t approved yet) installing the updates on your domain controllers could cause authentication issues.

    There will be an out of band update released later on this week to fix issues caused by the November updates on domain controllers.

    If you have been impacted by these updates and have had to roll back the patches on your domain controllers, hang tight.  Help is on the way.  I will update the Master Patch list once this update has been released.

    See also KB5021131 and KB5020805

    Update: Out of band released

    Microsoft is releasing Out-of-band (OOB) security updates today, November 17, 2022 for installation on all the Domain Controllers (DCs) in affected environments. This update addresses a known issue which might cause sign in failures or other Kerberos authentication issues. You do not need to install any update or make any changes to other servers or client devices in your environment to resolve this issue. If you used any workaround or mitigations for this issue, they are no longer needed, and we recommend you remove them.
    To get the standalone package for these out-of-band updates, search for the KB number in the Microsoft Update Catalog. You can manually import these updates into Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager. For WSUS instructions, see WSUS and the Catalog Site. For Configuration Manger instructions, see Import updates from the Microsoft Update CatalogNote The below updates are not available from Windows Update and will not install automatically.
    Cumulative updates:
    Note: You do not need to apply any previous update before installing these cumulative updates. If you have already installed updates released November 8, 2022, you do not need to uninstall the affected updates before installing any later updates including the updates listed above.
    Standalone Updates:
    Note: If you are using security only updates for these versions of Windows Server, you only need to install these standalone updates for the month of November 2022. Security only updates are not cumulative, and you will also need to install all previous Security only updates to be fully up to date. Monthly rollup updates are cumulative and include security and all quality updates. If you are using Monthly rollup updates, you will need to install both the standalone updates listed above to resolve this issue, and install the Monthly rollups released November 8, 2022 to receive the quality updates for November 2022. If you have already installed updates released November 8, 2022, you do not need to uninstall the affected updates before installing any later updates including the updates listed above.
  • Does an old personal computer become useless?

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    ISSUE 19.46 • 2022-11-14


    Ben Myers

    By Ben Myers

    Come take a ride in my souped-up DeLorean for an adventure in the days before Windows.

    You see an old computer and ask, “Why hasn’t it been scrapped?” But don’t look at just the PC — look at what it does within some total system. That’s what this story is about.

    The ride takes many twists and turns on the path to where we are today. Progress over the last 20-plus years is hard to believe.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (19.46.0, 2022-11-14).
    This story also appears in our public Newsletter.

  • Resolved!


    Susan Bradley

    By Susan Bradley

    We’ve added a much-requested enhancement to the forums.

    Our forums exist not only because technology is annoying at times, but also because it can be very difficult to find the solution to a particular problem.

    We’ve been lacking a feature to guide you in the right direction, and now we’ve added it — the ability to post a response in a forum to indicate that the answer to your question has been found.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (19.46.0, 2022-11-14).
    This story also appears in our public Newsletter.

  • Windows 11 22H2: Which new features stand out?

    WINDOWS 11

    Lance Whitney

    By Lance Whitney

    Microsoft has beefed up Windows 11 with its first major update. Among all the changes, which ones are worth the upgrade?

    Since its debut in October 2021, Windows 11 has proven to be a controversial addition to Microsoft’s lineup. Though it boasts several improvements over its predecessor, the new operating system has turned off many people with its strict hardware requirements, its dumbing-down of the Start menu, and its lack of flexibility and customization.

    With Windows 11 finally sneaking past the one-year mark, Microsoft has released its first major update for the OS. Known as Windows 11 22H2, the annual update offers a bevy of incremental changes and enhancements. Though no single change is earth-shattering by itself, collectively the improvements beef up the new version in subtle but useful ways.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (19.46.0, 2022-11-14).

  • The Council of Truth and Wide Diversity


    Max Oppenheimer

    By Max Stul Oppenheimer, Esq.

    Elon Musk now owns Twitter and has announced that it will return to being a platform for free speech.

    With exceptions, of course.

    While the Twitterverse was all atwitter about the acquisition, Musk explained what he meant.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (19.46.0, 2022-11-14).

  • 22H2 not ready for consumers


    Susan Bradley

    By Susan Bradley

    I don’t like to be an alarmist. Nor do I like to base my technology decisions on one anecdote.

    But when a friend of mine who owns a Windows 11 computer called to tell me about issues he experienced with Windows 11 22H2, I got concerned.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (19.46.0, 2022-11-14).

  • Getting rid of a pending download

    So the other day I had a computer that had a pending update that I DIDN’T want to install.  While you can use the tools at Blockapatch to block a pending update, if something has already been downloaded and is ready to install when you reboot, what can you do?

    Plenty.  Remember the Knowledge base section for “how to clear the queue”.

    I like to be even more surgical and I do the following:

    First I click in the search box and type in Services:

    I look for the Windows update services and stop and then turn it to disabled while I do this. You’ll go back in later and reset it to Manual.

    Next open up File Explorer and Find the Windows folder, then find the folder called Software distribution

    I delete all of the folders under this folder. You may need to provide “administrator” approval in order to do this. These folders will all recreate when the Windows update service is turned back on.

    Now go back into Services and turn the Windows update service back to manual

    You can watch a video here about the process.

  • Master Patch List as of November 8, 2022


    I’ve updated the Master Patch List for Tuesday’s releases.

    It’s too soon at this time for consumers to be making recommendations, I’m still watching for issues.

    For businesses, the impact to look out for and keep an eye on are the Kerberos related patches.  Already seeing potential issues reported “but we’re seeing reports where certain auths are failing when users have their msDS-SupportedEncryptionTypes attribute explicitly being set to AES only (decimal 24, hex 0x18).”  You may want to do a specific query on your domain controllers to see if you will see impacted — see this KB. Bottom line, be sure you do tests and be aware of authentication issues.

    As always, thank you all for supporting the cause! Remember a donation will give you access and if you donate $50 or more you’ll get a special code to enable text messages sent to your phone each time the Master Patch List gets updated and when I change the MS-DEFCON level.

  • New updates out for iOS and iPadOS 16.1.1

    ⚒️ FIXED IN iOS and iPadOS 16.1.1 ⚒️

    New updates out for iOS and iPadOS today

    Both bugs from “Google project zero” researchers.  No details as to what is being fixed in the bugs.

  • November updates are here

    It’s DefCon Tuesday again.

    We are still waiting to hear how we are going to control the Windows 10/11 ‘moment’ releases – those incremental dribble updates.

    Links below as they go public…..

    Listing of vulnerabilities

    Dustin Child’s zero day blog


    SANS Internet Storm Center

    Known issues include:

    Windows 11 22H2 (2022 whatever you want to call it) still has the file copy bug: “Copying large multiple gigabyte (GB) files might take longer than expected to finish on Windows 11, version 22H2. You are more likely to experience this issue copying files to Windows 11, version 22H2 from a network share via Server Message Block (SMB) but local file copy might also be affected.Windows devices used by consumers in their home or small offices are not likely to be affected by this issue”

    Exchange is FINALLY being patched for it’s zero day from a month ago.

    A print spooler patch – aka we watch for printer issues.