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  • Problems accessing Time servers on Win 8.1 and Win10 1607

    Posted on January 22nd, 2017 at 07:21 woody 13 comments

    I have a series of messages from CT:

    Have you noticed any problems accessing MS or NIST Time Servers. I run in to this problem here in Calgary, AB, Canada Friday. when I was trying to Upgrade to 15014.

    I usually have my PC’s and NAS on time-nw.nist.gov but it always gives a TimeOut error NOW.

    The only one that works MOST of the time is time.nist.gov ON W 8.1 & W 10 14393.693 1607 BUT NONE work on W 10 14986 or higher. I have had to change all my Time Sync Sites to keep my Network accessible.

    Flaky ones or don’t work at all:

    time-a.nist.gov (occasionally)
    time-b.nist.gov (varies)
    time.windows.com (has been problematic for years and not recommended even by MS)

    As far as my Upgrade is concerned, ‘Update’ just rolls it’s marbles. NO Progress Bar, nothing more…… I am starting to wonder if this is the Time Sync Problem????

    Anything that you can add would be much appreciated.

    We went through the usual Time Sync solutions, and nothing worked. Sure enough, the Internet Time Settings dialog shows “An error occurred getting the status of the last synchronization. Access is denied.”

    Any suggestions?

  • InfoWorld and IDG being bought by China Oceanwide

    Posted on January 19th, 2017 at 10:40 woody 12 comments

    It’s a complex arrangement, but the bottom line is that privately-held China Oceanwide Holdings Group and the Chinese venture capital branch of IDG (“IDG Capital”)  are buying the original US-based IDG.

    IDG includes InfoWorld, Computerworld, MacWorld, PCWorld, and CIO. It’s also the parent company for IDC, which you likely know for its hardware and software predictions.


  • Qi Lu moves to Baidu, becomes COO

    Posted on January 16th, 2017 at 21:26 woody 2 comments

    One of the most respected Microsoft execs ever, Qi Lu, has joined Baidu, according to Bloomberg.

    Almost four months ago, Lu left Microsoft, and the scuttlebutt had him departing for health reasons. Kara Swisher and Ina Fried at Recode said his health issues:

    “arose from a bicycle accident that took place several months ago, according to sources.”

    I posted at the time:

    The sources aren’t identified, and I haven’t found independent confirmation.

    He’s a helluva catch for Baidu.

    He fell off a bicycle in Seattle, and landed in Beijing. Details in InfoWorld Woody on Windows.

  • ETA for the AskWoody Lounge: Sunday night

    Posted on January 15th, 2017 at 10:30 woody 29 comments

    UPDATE: We’re slowing down the pace, to make sure all of the “i”s are dotted and the “x”s crossed. Look for a gradual rollout over the coming couple of weeks.

    I’m not saying it’s perfect, but I am saying it’s much better.

    Looks like the AskWoody Lounge will go live over the next week or two. I hope.

    This blog – the part you see right now – won’t change much. But the Lounge appendage will add all sorts of new capabilities.

    Anonymous comments will always be welcome and encouraged – and they’ll be individually moderated (reviewed) to my stuck-in-the-mud criteria (no personal attacks, no swearing, no politics/religion).

    If you’re willing to register, though, there are several distinct advantages to AskWoody Loungers: Your replies will be published directly (although they’ll be subject to review by the moderators), there’s all sorts of new tools (including the ability to upload GIFs and JPGs in your reply), and it’ll be easier to do things like sign up for email notifications on new posts.

    At the same time, slowly, we’re going to grow out the content on the site. There will be forums specifically for asking questions about Windows, Office, and other platforms (including, yes, Linux for Windows users, macOS, iOS, ChromeOS and Android). The AskWoody Knowledge Base will hold answers that don’t necessarily agree with what Microsoft wants you to believe. I hope to archive some of the discussions we’ve had here. And everything will be much, much easier to search.

    We’re very fortunate to have several of the luminaries here at AskWoody signed up as AskWoody MVPs. They’re people you know and trust – even if they don’t agree with me!

    Most of all, I hope the AskWoody Lounge will bring out the best discussions of Microsoft-related hardware and software, unhampered by the Microsoft Party Line, for guru and Dummy alike.

    Let’s make it work….

  • Updates from Adobe

    Posted on January 11th, 2017 at 21:54 woody 22 comments

    This just in from ER –

    I read these recent Adobe security bulletins for January 2017 that mention new Flash Player and Acrobat Reader security updates.

    Adobe security bulletin APSB17-01 features new updates for Acrobat & Acrobat Reader:

    Adobe security bulletin APSB17-02 features new updates for Flash Player 24
    https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/flash-player/apsb17-02.html and a bonus for Linux users, they can finally update to the new version 24 of flash since Adobe had been issuing flash player 11.2 security updates to linux users  for several years.

  • AskWoody Lounge beta test continues

    Posted on January 6th, 2017 at 14:40 woody 5 comments

    Calling all testers. I know it ain’t perfect, but I’ve made a few tweaks and would appreciate it if you could log in and respond to the first post…

    Unless I have to throw out bbPress altogether, we’re close to converting the site over – to growing the appendage.

  • Back in the saddle again

    Posted on January 5th, 2017 at 22:06 woody 12 comments

    It was an interesting, very short vacation. My six-year-old dropped my beloved XPS-15 just before we left. Didn’t hurt the screen, but there’s an ugly bump on the corner. It worked fine for several days but Monday morning, while on the road, it just refused to start. I had neither the time, the inclination nor the patience to buy a new machine. So for the past three days I’ve been limping along, using my Nexus 6P (great phone!) to keep things going here.

    Thanks to all of you who helped hold the fort down in my near-complete absence. I hope the move to the AskWoody Lounge will ameliorate this kind of problem in the not-too-distant future.

  • Keep Win7 running for the long haul

    Posted on January 2nd, 2017 at 07:24 woody 247 comments

    A series of steps you can take now, to keep Win7 in top shape.

    Includes details on installing a fresh copy.

    InfoWorld Woody on Windows