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  • Mark your calendar: SpaceX launch today at 4:30pm Eastern Daylight Time

    Posted on May 27th, 2020 at 08:17 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    From the SpaceX site (where you can watch the launch, live):

    SpaceX is targeting Wednesday, May 27 for Falcon 9’s launch of Crew Dragon’s second demonstration (Demo-2) mission from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This test flight with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on board the Dragon spacecraft will return human spaceflight to the United States.

    The instantaneous launch window opens at 4:33 p.m. EDT, or 20:33 UTC, with backup instantaneous launch opportunities available on Saturday, May 30 at 3:22 p.m. EDT, or 19:22 UTC, and on Sunday, May 31 at 3:00 p.m. EDT, or 19:00 UTC. Tune in here to watch the launch webcast. Coverage will begin about 4 hours before liftoff.

    Demo-2 is the final major test for SpaceX’s human spaceflight system to be certified by NASA for operational crew missions to and from the International Space Station. SpaceX is returning human spaceflight to the United States with one of the safest, most advanced systems ever built, and NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is a turning point for America’s future in space exploration that lays the groundwork for future missions to the MoonMarsand beyond.

    Godspeed, one and all.

  • Welcome to the Build conference

    Posted on May 19th, 2020 at 07:58 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft’s latest developers’ conference is due to kick off at 8 am Pacific Time. Build used to be very expensive. This year, it’s free – and online only.

    At last.

    To see the conference, you need to register.

    Then, starting at 8 am Pacific, you can see the keynote (Seth Juarez and Dona Sarkar as warmup, then Satya Nadella, Scott Hanselman and many more), followed by a plethora of specialized sessions.

    Windows doesn’t seem to be a featured course – more like a tiny side dish. As befits its new status in the Microsoft Pantheon.

    If you see anything that perks your ears, by all means, post it here!

  • Incorrect link in the FREE Newsletter

    Posted on May 12th, 2020 at 08:20 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    For those of you looking for Duplicate Photo Cleaner, which appeared in yesterday’s FREE Newsletter, there’s a bad link.

    You can take advantage of the AskWoody special offer by clicking on this link.

  • Security response at Google Cloud

    Posted on May 9th, 2020 at 10:56 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just saw this posted on Twitter:

    Ezequiel Pereira @epereiralopez

    Today I got a Google Cloud RCE (Remote Code Execution vulnerability) report submitted, triaged, escalated to P0 S0 (their highest warning level), and with a “Nice catch!”, all in under 5 minutes (Thx @sirdarckcat ).

    I’m not saying Google is above reproach. I am saying they run a tight ship – at least in some cases.

  • Adobe license revoked … Hello, Updated Terms

    Posted on May 8th, 2020 at 15:21 Kirsty Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Yesterday, while busy working in Adobe Acrobat Pro (as part of Creative Suite 6), I had an unwelcome pop-up appear while I was in a hurry, telling me that my license had been revoked, and that to continue working on the document that my client was waiting for, I had to re-enter the software’s license number.

    This isn’t a cloud product with a dreaded monthly fee, but one of those where I paid a pretty penny for the software in advance, and don’t owe the company to be able to use it after that purchase.

    Finding the license number slowed me down a little. Then when I entered it, I was advised that a log-in was required or I would be in demo mode for up to 7 days, when it would again fail. I had to waste more time searching out the log in details, and in that log-in process, I received a screen headed Updated Terms – accept or else. I was rushing, and flustered. You can imagine how much time I had to read screeds of legalese.

    Now, this isn’t the first time I’ve had an issue with Adobe needing to have the license number reinstalled to take me out of demo mode for a paid suite, usually at an equally inconvenient moment. But I did wonder if I was the only one getting a license revoked pop up now.

    A little searching led me to find:

    Adobe General Terms of Use

    Published March 16, 2020. Effective as of April 16, 2020. These Terms replace and supersede all prior versions.


    Yes, I have been using the product since April 16th. So why now?! Have you seen this?

    If you’d like to read the new terms, you can find them here

  • Simple ways to receive severe-weather alerts

    Posted on May 4th, 2020 at 01:12 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Nathan Parker

    Over this recent Easter weekend, major storms and tornadoes raged across the United States.

    The southern regions were hit especially hard, incurring massive damage and more than 30 deaths. It was tragic — but not at all rare, and not completely unexpected. Early severe-weather warnings might not reduce the destruction but can reduce fatalities.

    Following the recent storms, I felt the AskWoody community should be informed about some tools for receiving life-saving weather alerts. Many of these services are free or low-cost; others are geared more toward organizations.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.17.0 (2020-05-04).

  • Joseph’s Machines: Pass the Pepper

    Posted on April 27th, 2020 at 15:03 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    OK. I’m going to violate my policy shunning YouTube links on the main blog page. (Yes, I know any YouTube link brings along trackers.)

    Ya gotta see this:


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    Posted on April 19th, 2020 at 16:34 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

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