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    • in reply to: Google Search Index #1858639

      Cybertooth
      AskWoody Lounger

      Some years back I bought into the myth of privacy at DuckDuckGo.

      This is concerning. DuckDuckGo doesn’t quite do what it claims? How did you find out? It might be time to find a new search engine!

       

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    • Cybertooth
      AskWoody Lounger

      It’s possible that the SATA dock itself (that is, the connectors) has developed a problem.

      I have a Sabrent SATA-to-USB adapter that I use to connect hard-disk drives that I want to examine but without the bother of opening the PC case to install them. It used to work fine, but lately every HDD that I connect to it is listed as “RAW” in Disk Management. However, if I connect the same HDDs using a different adapter, they show up as formatted fine with all their data intact.

      You might want to try connecting the same Western Digital disk to the PC some other way–either with a different dock or with an adapter like I have, or else directly inside the PC–and then see what the computer tells you about the disk.

       

    • in reply to: PowerShell – Useful one-liners (maybe two…) #1853876

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      AskWoody Lounger

      Rick, which version of PowerShell are these commands for? I tried a sampling of the ones above on my Windows 7 PC using copy-and-paste from your posts, and got errors for Get-disk, Get-NetIPAddress, and Get-MpThreat.

      My version of PowerShell is 3.0. On each of those commands, it returned a series of lines starting with the statement that the term is not recognized.

      The commands that did work, however, were very cool. Let’s have more!  🙂

       

    • in reply to: Alternatives to Outlook #1851706

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      AskWoody Lounger

      My wife runs Office 2007 on her Windows 10 machine. It must run fine because if it didn’t, I’d be the next to know it.  🙂

      The unpatched vulnerabilities in Office 2007 don’t concern you?

      (I’d not worry much if it were installed on a machine that never touches the outside world, but if she’s using Outlook, that’s about as outward-facing as you can get.)

      https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=Office+2007

      In any case, she ended up using Outlook from Office 2016. It’s Word and Excel from Office 2007 that she much prefers.

      Remember, I was responding to the question by @alphacharlie as to whether Windows 10 allows older versions of Office to run on it. The answer, of course, is in the affirmative.

       

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    • Cybertooth
      AskWoody Lounger

      Excellent piece by Woody, one of the best I’ve ever seen on the topic of OS security patching.

      With respect to the probabilities of getting infected by various threats, does anybody here know if there’s anything in the Windows world comparable in detail to this report by Google on their Android operating system?

       

    • in reply to: Windows Update for Windows 7 after 1-2020 #1845475

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      AskWoody Lounger

      I emphasize the need for PLUS R DVD blanks. Do not use the more common MINUS R DVD blanks.

      In terms of this thread, what is the difference between -R and +R DVD’s?

       


    • Cybertooth
      AskWoody Lounger

      Ernie Ball, manufacturer of guitar strings, switched to Linux after BSA (Business Software Alliance, founded by Microsoft) operatives “audited” them and found what they consider to be violations of their arcane, Byzantine licensing requirements, coerced a settlement out of them (would you want to go to court against Microsoft lawyers if you were a relatively small company like Ernie Ball?), then chose to name and shame the company to make an example of them in their advertising.

      This is one of the reasons that I read every EULA for every piece of software that I install on any of my computers: if it contains the word “audit” in it, the software is immediately disqualified from consideration.

      It’s a mystery to me why these audit clauses are included even in supposedly free (non-paid) versions of software; the first time I ran across one of these Audit Clause critters was for VMware Player. There was no exception in their EULA for the free Player. I tried calling them to ask why they would demand that I keep records of my usage of the software, and that I let them audit such usage, if I had not even been required to pay for the software. The first couple of secretaries or whatever that I reached, insisted that they would not audit a user of their Player. But then I would ask why they don’t state that unequivocally in the EULA for the Player, and all I got was further reassurance not backed up by anything.

      I tried to reach a variety of VMware sales and other offices; eventually they stopped answering the phone, even new VMware offices I was trying to reach in different parts of the country. It’s as if they had placed a company-wide block on my phone number.

      A reasonable question would be why they would want to audit the user of a free product; my response to that question would be to ask why they would put an audit clause in the EULA for a free product in the first place.

       

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    • in reply to: How to format a 'cleaned' USB stick #1842710

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      AskWoody Lounger

      If you can see the unformatted USB stick in your Disk Management console, you should be able to right-click on its listing there and create the new volume.

      In Windows 7, the fastest way to reach this console is to click on the Start menu, then type “Disk Management” (without the quotation marks) in the search window.

       

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    • in reply to: Black screen with blinking cursor #1860415

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      AskWoody Lounger

      Given that your HDD is 8 years old, it might be worth checking it with HD Tune. A couple of times, this program has served to tell me that a drive was in trouble even though the S.M.A.R.T. data seemed to show it was OK.

      Unless you want the trial of their Pro version, I suggest you download the free version, which is a little down the page, just above their Drive Power Manager.

       


    • Cybertooth
      AskWoody Lounger

      I just checked, and it does feature SSE2 among other things. (Not really sure what SSE2 means or does, but it does have it.) The CPU is an Intel Pentium Dual E2200.

       

    • in reply to: Alternatives to Outlook #1853900

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      AskWoody Lounger

      No, wife hasn’t reported any strangeness like that.

      In the beginning (about thee years ago now), she did notice that the entries for “Word,” “Excel”, etc. in the Windows 10 Start menu insisted on opening the trial versions of Office 2016 that came with her PC, instead of the 2007 versions that we installed manually. But eventually we got the default programs sorted out (I forget what we did, sorry), and AFAIK there haven’t been any cases of default confusion like that since then.

       

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      AskWoody Lounger

      Whoa, could somebody please improve the contrast on the AKB2000003 page:

      Woody-low-contrast
      This is not unrelated to the topic, as from a practical standpoint the poor contrast between text and background makes the page really hard to use.

      Maybe there’s something I can do on my browser to improve matters?

       

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    • in reply to: Alternatives to Outlook #1851020

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      AskWoody Lounger

      My wife runs Office 2007 on her Windows 10 machine. It must run fine because if it didn’t, I’d be the next to know it.  🙂

       

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    • in reply to: Firefox Gets Wider Scope #1848750

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      AskWoody Lounger

      Extremely informative post, @ascaris. I learned that you’re doing things with Waterfox that I didn’t even know were possible with any browser!

      IIRC, you also have some experience with Pale Moon. Assuming that you do, how would you compare WF to PM? PM is my go-to browser at the moment but I’m always open to bigger and better things.

      Now, lest this thread become purely a Firefox bashfest, let me put in one good word for them. Go to page 15 of these notes from Steve Gibson’s “Security Now!” podcast for the discussion of “ping tracking”:

      What’s “ping” tracking? It’s part of what has become the HTML5 standard which has been around for at least 11 years. It never really took hold because it’s so clearly designed for tracking. Unlike URL redirection (which is arguably being abused in the way similar to 3rd-party cookies), where URL redirection has many valid non-tracking purposes, “ping” tracking has no other purpose other than tracking. So for many years the purists doing the web engine development held out and kept “ping” tracking marginalized and not something that could be relied upon as being present.
      But today, as with so many other skirmishes, that war is being lost. In today’s Chrome 73, it is enabled by default but there is an option flag to disable it. But that option flag has been removed from 74 and 75. Apple’s Safari has is stuck on, as does Opera. The Firefox and Brave browsers, as the holdouts, still have it disabled by default …

      Presumably this FF advantage is also still held by WF and PM, but it’s reassuring to know that Mozilla hasn’t succumbed to this particular trend… yet.

       

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    • in reply to: Alternatives to Outlook #1843956

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      AskWoody Lounger

      In my own transition from Windows and Office products  to Linux and alternative software, I made a decision to leave the Outlook 2007 .PST file “as is” on the Windows system and then start fresh with Thunderbird on the Linux system.

      The transition will be made simpler by the adoption of a new email address that will be used exclusively for Thunderbird. The email associated with Outlook will stay there and I’ll tell most everyone on the contacts list to use the new address. If I ever need to reference something in an old email, it will still be there and if necessary I can forward it to my new address.

      In any case, I’m not sure that Thunderbird could handle a .PST file containing 24K emails, and that was another factor in the decision to simply start with a clean slate on the new computer.

      Just some things for the OP to ponder as he considers his switch away from Outlook.

       

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