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  • Looking for a stash of documents with VBA macros

    Posted on March 20th, 2017 at 07:13 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Vess Bontchev (whom many of you may remember from the early-early days of Word macro malware) is looking for a trove of documents:

    Anybody out there have a bunch of VBA docs that they’re willing to let go?

    Send me email! woody@askwoody.com

  • The reason(s) people are leaving Windows PCs for Apple

    Posted on March 19th, 2017 at 13:22 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just got a great message from WW:

    What is the reason(s) people are leaving Windows personal computers for Apple personal computers, is it because of all of the computer viruses?

    Any of you care to tackle that question? 🙂

  • Dropbox changes the behavior of public folders

    Posted on March 14th, 2017 at 07:10 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    From @Kirsty

    Starting tomorrow

    For Basic/Free users, your current public folder will become a normal secure folder. This means any current links to items in your public folder before the change over this week will no longer work. New shared links will need to be created, to enable sharing to continue.

    Details in AKB 3000004

  • On the web’s 28th birthday, three challenges – from Sir Tim

    Posted on March 12th, 2017 at 14:14 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Good reading.

    Today marks 28 years since I submitted my original proposal for the world wide web. I imagined the web as an open platform that would allow everyone, everywhere to share information, access opportunities and collaborate across geographic and cultural boundaries. In many ways, the web has lived up to this vision, though it has been a recurring battle to keep it open. But over the past 12 months, I’ve become increasingly worried about three new trends, which I believe we must tackle in order for the web to fulfill its true potential as a tool which serves all of humanity.

    Thanks, @Kirsty.

  • Daylight Saving Time

    Posted on March 12th, 2017 at 11:33 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Most of us in the US are one hour ahead of where we were yesterday.

    Did you know that DST was first used in Ontario, in 1908? Germany was the first country to employ DST country-wide, in 1916, during World War I. Ben Franklin was an early proponent.

    Here’s a detailed list of which areas sprang forward.


  • Do you have kids?

    Posted on March 10th, 2017 at 14:22 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If so, you have to watch this video:

    Then read this fabulous analysis from Medium’s Ben Thompson.

  • World-class spamming operation River City Media exposes their OWN data with bad backups

    Posted on March 6th, 2017 at 11:41 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Steve Ragan at CSO has the breaking story:

    Faulty Rsync setup exposes River City Media’s entire operation… Nobody would knowingly give their email address to spammers, so they have to be tricked into it. Usually, there is some kind of offer for a ‘free gift’ in exchange for giving up an email address and personal information. The fine print of these offers allows the company to share their address with their ‘partners’ which ends up also being their partner’s partners, and their partner’s partner’s partners, until every spammer on the planet has their address

    Fascinating, well-reported story of 1.37 billion (with a “b”) leaked records.

    Expect to hear reverberations from this for months.

    Thx to @Microfix

  • Michelangelo virus turns 25 today

    Posted on March 6th, 2017 at 07:49 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you were around 25 years ago, you may recall the Michelangelo virus, which was timed to launch on March 6, 1992.

    It turned into a dud, but started an enormous industry.

    Here’s how I described  it in Windows XP Timesaving Techniques for Dummies, Jan. 2005:

    The first really big virus

    The world changed when John McAfee appeared on the Today Show in March, 1992, and told Bryant Gumbel that the Michelangelo virus infected more than a million PCs. One week later, the PC world was supposed to end. All the major wire services ran alarming predictions — millions of dollars were forecast to be lost in the wake of the largest computer virus of all time.

    The Big Day arrived and . . . nothing. A few thousand systems got clobbered, here and there, but Michelangelo turned into a dud of astonishing proportions. McAfee made millions. The wire services fell silent. We all got huckstered. Does history repeat itself in Internet time?

    Now McAfee is… what is he doing nowadays, anyway?