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    • in reply to: It’s official 20H2 is now out #2305741
      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      And do not forget important article by well known and respected authors concerning the shiny new 20H2 Windows 10 feature update.

      How to block the Windows 10 October 2020 Update, version 20H2, from installing

      By Susan Bradley and Woody Leonhard – Computerworld – OCT 12, 2020

      My Favorite Authors! (along with Microfix, PKCano, Rick Corbett, and all MVP’s)

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      in reply to: Blacklight Website Privacy Inspector #2304974
      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      Just a few more random ideas concerning Privacy, Security, and Websites that might spark some educational discussion ideas about Best Practices, and general internet safety.

      Remember to hover cursor pointer over links, and read the address, usually in lower left, sometimes eleswhere. If link url = Uniform Resource Locator address looks suspicious, then be safe and avoid, or copy – paste into the VirusTotal url scanner or one of the scanners in the Free Tools article referenced below.
      Also consider using a browser extension that shows a flag in or near the url address bar that indicates the website server location. You should want to learn what the flags of North Korea, Iran, Communist China, and Russia look like, you know, just to be aware. Check the Attachment: Flag Test.jpg for a Quiz, no answers given, but you should know – before the Final Exam.

      For Firefox consider: Flagfox

      For Chromium based browsers, Chrome, Edge, Brave, Opera, consider:
      Country Flags & IP WHOIS

      Following is more for use by the website owners as opposed to those visiting the website, the information is interesting though, and I hope Woody will not be upset that I ran a Vulnerability Test from the Pentest Tools website. I attached a PDF report that has some notes to read.

      11 Online Free Tools to Scan Website Security Vulnerabilities & Malware

      By Chandan Kumar on March 21, 2020

      “There were many questions about how to scan for website security, mobile app vulnerabilities, so here you go. In this article, I will list out some of the best tools to scan your site for security vulnerabilities, malware, and online threats.”

      Website Vulnerability Scanner from Pentest-Tools

      “The Light version of the Website Vulnerability Scanner performs a passive web security scan in order to detect issues like: outdated server software, insecure HTTP headers, insecure cookie settings and a few others (see the complete list of tests below).”

      Note that at the Pentest Tools website, I need to decrease the Zoom of the browser to 80% so that the actual test window displays properly, and the box to scan works ok.

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      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      “Don’t have money to spare? You can still elevate artists and the organizations that fund them by spreading the word about opportunities to support them.”

      5 simple ways to help support performing artists during the pandemic

      “The following organizations are providing frequently updated news and resources for artists and arts organizations.”

      COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations

      Thanks Kathy, every little bit helps.

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      in reply to: Dear Microsoft, could you make Edge a little more obnoxious? #2299093
      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      Here is some older news from July 2, 2020 that may be worth a re-read:

      With Edge, Microsoft’s forced Windows updates just sank to a new low

      “… I’m surprised Microsoft would shoot itself in the foot by stooping so low, using tactics I’ve only ever seen from purveyors of adware, spyware, and ransomware.”

      Yikes! Far from Welcome to the New Chredge, Resistance is Futile, you will be assimilated. With Windows 10, I think MS Owns us. Did I say Yikes?

      Chredge-Vacuum

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      in reply to: What’s new in Windows 10 version 20H2 #2298861
      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      “Windows 10’s October 2020 Update, also known as the 20H2 update, is coming soon. This update is focused on bug and performance fixes, but it has some larger changes—like the removal of the System Control Panel.”

      Chris Hoffman How-To Geek
      UPDATED SEPTEMBER 22, 2020, 1:36PM EDT

      What’s New in Windows 10’s October 2020 Update (20H2)

      Sorry to see the changes to the Control Panel, but I guess they want everything in the Settings App. Following links may be helpful.

      Windows 10 release information

      Windows 10 update history

       

       

      in reply to: Smartphone Survey #2298144
      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      Amateur Radio rules, got my first license in 1980 as a Technician class. 2M 144 MHz.
      While we are here with everybody having barrels of fun, let’s consider an additional item to the survey, as proposed by the Android Police website:

      Weekend Poll What Price Do You Consider A Budget Phone?

      There are some lower priced super economy budget smartphones if you search around enough. If you just need a vehicle emergency phone to call AAA Auto Club when you are on the side of the road, this works great, and plays the mellow, tranquility inducing, habit forming and very fun Alto’s Odyssey endless runner game while you patiently wait for a tow truck to arrive. BTDT. Been There Done That. I need to spell it out because I am still learning my acronyms. I may be very old and slow, but I am still trying to learn stuff. P.S. in Alto’s Odyssey, the Zen Mode does not keep score or end turns, so it is just pure carefree playing. Zen is good for you 🙂

      https://www.imore.com/altos-odyssey-tips-and-tricks-help-you-escape-lemurs-ride-walls-over-chasms-and-more

      The Kinks – Low Budget (from One For The Road) 6 minutes Live 1980

       

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      in reply to: Smartphone Survey #2297611
      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      Are we having Fun yet? This is the Fun Stuff Forum isn’t it?

      Embrace the future technology era, you will be assimilated. Has it arrived already? I must have been sleeping. I had to unwillingly give up my most beloved vintage 2003 Nokia 5180 cell phone when Tracfone informed me that they were no longer going to support that older generation cell phone technology. Yes, it was a dumb phone, but it was very lovable, and served me well for 17 years. I had to move to some new fangled thing a ma jig called 4G LTE. Long Term Evolution? Oh good grief, who comes up with this silly marketing advertising nomenclature? I did keep and will never give up my faithful Black Lab Buddy dog, I don’t care what others are doing to keep their smartphones. Although, I am still mulling over that idea concerning the sig other. Only joking Honey, never again, Yes Dear!

      Dumb2Smart

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      in reply to: Automatic Thunderbird upgrade to version 78.x has started #2296875
      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      It might be a good idea to disable the automatic update for awhile, I do not like that the legacy add-ons no longer work. It may take awhile for developers to upgrade the add-on extensions.

      tanstaafl Moderator Posted July 17th, 2020, 10:01 am (Mozillazine org)

      “Version 78.0 is available as a download from thunderbird.net. Its not available as a update. They plan on making it available as a update with 78.2. Based on past experience, I recommend most people wait until at least version 78.4 to update. Let somebody else discover all of the bugs, and give them time to port more add-ons. ALL support for legacy add-ons is totally gone, it only supports MailExtensions.”

      http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=3063033

      Let somebody else discover all of the bugs, = Good Advice, where have we heard that type of warning before? oh yeah, hear at AskWoody !
      Follow ghacks instructions to go to Options / Advanced / Update and uncheck Automatically install updates, choose instead – Check but let me choose … (Like good old Windows 7).

      See ghacks screenshot picture.
      Hopefully others will post here if it is safe to download update, or discuss if we should wait for version 78.4 ? I am staying on 68.12.0 for awhile.

      in reply to: IBM System/370 on a… Raspberry Pi #2294088
      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      Computing at the start of our lives and here closer to the end of them is incredibly different.

      Right on Will, in 50 years we would not recognize this world …

      Tech-Kids

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      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      Read, re-read, comprehend, repeat:

      “Moral of the story: It’s very, very rare that you need to patch immediately. Wait and see what problems crop up before you install the latest fare from Microsoft.”

      Consequences of Failure to Obey AskWoody:

      Sky-Falling

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      in reply to: Mint upgrade 19.3 to 20 — Timeshift mandatory? #2279738
      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      Thank you Ascaris, I have not tried the following, above my skill set, maybe you can experiment with the following ?  Some instructions and information from:

      https://linuxmint-user-guide.readthedocs.io/en/latest/upgrade-to-mint-20.html

      Skipping the timeshift requirement:

      If you’re using another snapshot tool and would rather not use Timeshift, you can skip the Timeshift requirement with the following command:

      sudo touch /etc/timeshift.json

      Don’t forget to remove that file after the upgrade if you want Timeshift to work properly.

      I have not attempted the above sudo command, I use Timeshift, just sharing some information for some that are more competent than me.  Thanks for your education!

      in reply to: What’s the best way to lock your Android phone? #2278039
      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      Thank you for this information, I have just recently been dragged, kicking and screaming into the 21st century against my will because my 2003 Tracfone 2G dumb phone will not be supported by Tracfone after December 31, 2020. I bought the budget, entry-level Tracfone LG Rebel 4 smartphone with Android and am now learning all about it. Currently using PIN for the lock screen. Here are two links with some more information that may be useful for some:

      https://www.androidauthority.com/best-android-lock-screen-apps-lock-screen-replacement-apps-565514/

      https://www.reviewgeek.com/45834/icydk-keep-your-android-phone-unlocked-in-specific-situations-with-smart-lock/

      in reply to: Adblocker Review and Warning #2276617
      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      Thanks Microfix, here is a reminder / or notice, that Chris Hoffman at How-to Geek website has updated his article about browser extensions:

      Browser Extensions Are a Privacy Nightmare: Stop Using So Many of Them
      Chris Hoffman
      @chrisbhoffman
      Updated June 29, 2020, 1:33pm EDT

      https://www.howtogeek.com/188346/why-browser-extensions-can-be-dangerous-and-how-to-protect-yourself/

      Adblockers

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      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      Here is a little more information from an interesting NASA website:

      “Behnken and Hurley were among the first astronauts to begin working and training on SpaceX’s next-generation human space vehicle and were selected for their extensive test pilot and flight experience, including several missions on the space shuttle.”

      https://www.nasa.gov/specials/dm2/

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      in reply to: Share menu problem in Win10 when using Open with #2265211
      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      Has anyone any ideas on how to get rid of the “Share” option?

      I have used the Winaero Tweaker utility / tool to remove 4 unwanted and un-needed Right Click Context Menu items that I never used, they were: Cast to device, Edit with Paint 3D, Share, and Give access to.

      Recently Sergey Tkachenko has released version 0.17.1 of Winaero Tweaker:

      https://winaero.com/blog/winaero-tweaker-0-17-1-is-here-with-2-fixes-and-1-new-feature/

      Check out these attached pictures and maybe this will work for you:

      Context-Menu-Changes
      Context-Menu-Tweaker

       

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