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  • Unconscious bias and hiring



    Unconscious bias and hiring

    Amy Babinchak

    By Amy Babinchak

    One effect of the protests that followed the death of George Floyd is that the term “unconscious bias” is now pasted into the consciousness of most people.

    This includes your clients. Last week, a client called me out after I used the terms “whitelist” and “blacklist” in a blog post about changes to email quarantine that we were rolling out.

    My use of those terms was in no way racially motivated, yet she was right to draw my attention to it. It’s one of many cases where white is used to represent good, and black is bad. We don’t mean it in a racial sense when we use those terms, but that’s where the unconscious part of unconscious bias comes in.

    But what I really want to talk about is how bias affects hiring. I served on the CompTIA Advancing Women in Technology board for four years, and during that time, I was awakened to the bias that causes women to not apply for job openings, to be passed over for interviews, and to leave IT for some other career.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.27.0 (2020-07-013).

  • Patching printers


    Patching printers

    The June bugs in Windows 10 that caused all of my PCL 5 printers to not print reminded me that there are several ways that printers need updating. The days when we could install a printer and never worry about it again are over.

    Susan BradleyBy Susan Bradley

    If you haven’t updated your printer lately, the first thing to review its printer driver. The older the printer, the more likely you will need something like a universal PCL 6 driver in order to have it work with Windows 10.

    Last and certainly not least, even in a home setting, I often have very good luck by setting up the printer on the wireless or wired network to determine the IP address assigned to the printer.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.27.0 (2020-07-013).

  • ‘Moving house is great fun,’ said no one ever


    ‘Moving house is great fun,’ said no one ever

    Fred LangaBy Fred Langa

    The Langas’ home and office relocation hits some snags, including fatal damage to 5TB of backup files.

    But after some detours involving both high and low tech, things are finally getting back to normal.

    Testing, testing … is this thing on? Aha, it is!

    Moving mishaps are inevitable, but I didn’t expect this: the destruction of my 5TB, daily-use, primary backup drive — a three-year-old, spinning-platter, external Seagate unit that was stuffed to the gills with incremental backups, my Win10 File History files, my software archive, and gigs and gigs of family photos.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.27.0 (2020-07-013).

  • Freeware Spotlight — Jarte Plus


    Freeware Spotlight — Jarte Plus

    Deanna McElveen

    By Deanna McElveen

    Word processor request

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.27.0 (2020-07-013).

  • Tech insights from relocating home and office



    Tech insights from relocating home and office

    Fred Langa

    By Fred Langa

    We Langas are midway through a major relocation. Here are a few things I’ve learned from tearing down, moving, and rebuilding my office and home computer setups.

    Among them: another reason to love solid-state drives, and 5G is for real.

    Moving home and office is never fun …

    … but it can let you see some things in a new light.

    We just relocated home and office 48 hours ago and are still awash in boxes. I’m sitting here in a straight-backed dining-room chair, waiting for the Verizon tech to arrive to get us back online with a dedicated private connection, and typing this column in Gmail on my underpowered, emergency-use-only Chromebook because I haven’t yet found the box my Win10/Office laptop is in, and my standing desk and office chair are buried in unpacked stuff. Yikes!

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.26.0 (2020-07-06).

  • What’s the best way to lock your Android phone?

    Android security

    Security vs. convenience: What’s the best way to lock your Android phone?

    Lincoln SpectorBy Lincoln Spector

    You want your smartphone to be locked down so that no one but you can find your secrets. But you want to unlock your phone quickly and easily.

    You can’t have the best of both worlds. You must choose between the best security and the easiest entry. But with the right precautions, you can have reasonable security without constant annoyance.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.26.0 (2020-07-06).

  • Getting the perfect domain name


    Getting the perfect domain name

    Will Fastie

    By Will Fastie

    Visit a registrar, buy a domain name, and you’re done, right?

    Not quite. Those are the last steps.

    Before getting to that point, it’s important to understand what you are buying, whom you should buy it from, why domain-name registrars are important, what you need from a registrar, and — most important — what your brand will be. Your domain name will be with you for (hopefully) a long time, and giving the decision the time and thought it deserves can pay dividends into the future.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.26.0 (2020-07-06).

  • Buying a refurbished computer can save you money


    What to look for in a new-but-old computer

    You have to look closely at the offerings, and they aren’t ideal for every use case, but refurbished machines can be the way to go.

    Susan BradleyBy Susan Bradley

    Unless we have a specific need for an overpowered gaming computer, most of us can get along just fine with a machine that is a few years old. But one thing we should always look for is ample hard-drive space.

    A recent article from Ars Technica showcases what I’ve said for years: never purchase a laptop that has a super-small hard drive; you will immediately and forever regret the decision and fight with that small hard drive for the rest of the time you have it. For example, when I want to upgrade my 32GB ASUS laptop, I have to attach an external USB hard drive. It will still not do a proper feature-release install without it.

    But you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for a decent computer. Machines that the vendors call “refurbished” can be perfectly fine for what you and I do on a regular basis. Furthermore, if you don’t mind a bulky machine, you can get what I consider to be a bargain with an old-fashioned desktop computer.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.26.0 (2020-07-06).