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    • in reply to: Being legal, supported, and secure #2538389

      Assume that I have the inclination (and time) to read an EULA, where do I find them?  As far as I know, this is a standard plain vanilla software installation.

      I have Win10Pro and Microsoft 365.  Yes, I did purchase direct from Microsoft of the 365 subscription  (~$69/year)

    • in reply to: Excel with Microsoft 365 #2535697

      Thanks for the answers

    • in reply to: Saving history #2524396

      Archival DVD’s have been mentioned.

      What about ordinary run-of-the-mill DVD’s purchased at a regular place (Best Buy, Walmart, etc, avoiding Amazon because of unknown product quality) and written on a garden variety DVD writer such as might installed in your common pc?

      If not using a DVD, what about CD-R’s, (not CD-RW’s which were notoriously undependable).

      What about making several copies and storing them in different geographical locations to avoid seasonal problems with heat/cold, low/high humidity, environmental/climate change issues?  Would having a number of copies help the long term storage issue? They’re not all going to go bad, are they?

      Are CD’s and DVD’s going out of style in the future? I hated to put a time-frame on that last question.  That would have started a whole ‘nuther conversation.  Yes, many current pc’s do not have an optical drive, but are they really going away?



    • in reply to: Saving history #2524014

      My brother spent a LOT f time digitizing family photos, slides and black and white negatives.  Dad was a photography buff did some of his developing of film, and  4×5 and 6×9 negatives.  Dad did not have the equipment to print his photos.  I’m not sure how or where that was done.


      The brother digitized over a 1000 images, and meticulously named the subjects, where possible.  My/our generation was fairly easy, since we were still alive.  Our parents and grandparents were another story.  By the time he started on this project, all the family members of that generation were deceased.

      He collected all the pictures after our mother died in 2007.  She was the last of that generation (aunts, uncles on both sides).  We had a limited contact with my fathers side of the family. Cousins on mom’s side were still around and we had kept in touch with them and were available to ask questions.  Dad’s brothers, he was one of six, all scattered from southern Indiana to Chicago, Grand Rapids, Rochester, and one ended up working with the Indians in southern California.  Hard to keep track of that group.  Again, mom was the last of that group to die.

      I have thanked by brother for spending the time and energy to take on the task of preserving our family history.


      QUESTION:  Is it a good idea to save all this information to the cloud?  For the most part these images are jpg’s.  I’m not too concerned with file formats, especially jpg’s but the stability of the various cloud storage providers (Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, and others).  There is an associated cost to this method of preservation, but I don’t think it is too expensive.  Our collection of family photos is about 2.3GB.  Not a lot of required space, but the files still needs to be saved.  Apple charges me about $1/month for 50GB of storage.

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    • Oh, I think we know the answer to that question.

    • in reply to: So when do you decide to update? #2509734

      Do you have any recommendations for iPhone updates?  My phone tells me that iOS16.1.2 is available.

    • in reply to: The “Intel Processor” #2482600

      I am overwhelmed at the amount of design that went into the “new” logo.  Ten minutes with Photoshop or Visio.  It probably took longer for the “team” to assemble during the “design” process.

      A third grader could have come up with a better “new and improved” logo.

    • in reply to: Got a cell phone? Are you getting more spam calls? #2466918

      I don’t have my iPhone blocking calls.  So, I do get a number of calls that ATT has decided it is a “Spam Risk” and I ignore it.  Other calls with numbers that I don’t recognize are ignored.

      I recently helped a friend with some out-patient surgery where they required a driver be present to release her.  Because I don’t pick up unknown calls, I had the facility tell me their phone number and I entered it in my phone.  I then received the ‘take her home’ call and everything went smoothly.

      If I get an unknown call, I figure that if its important, there will be voice mail left and I then return the call.  If it’s someone important, then I enter them in my contacts.

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    • in reply to: How many business IT professionals.. #2444944

      Brian Krebs (Krebs on Security) mentions AskWoody on a fairly regular basis. Granted, his column is geared to security issues. He tries to stay out of the more technical issues. He does comment on “Patch Tuesday” and encourages his readers to comment on their experience with the patches. I usually read Susan’s comments, then Brians and then wait for two weeks before actually updating.

      IT Pro’s vs the home user:

      The pro is supporting many, many users. The recent print nightmare fiasco was geared specifically to the corporate user. Most home users don’t have the network setup that a corporation has. Yes, many home users are using their ‘home’ computers for business applications and can run into some of the same problems the pro. They have a duty to their operation to get and keep their computer system working as expected. Sometimes the the suggested fixes for the pro’s, help the small business operation.

      BTW, I put $20 toward Ask Woody early last month. I like getting the entire story.

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    • I wrote the message starting out with “Why would anyone…”

      I misread the intent of the article.  I thought the idea was to move the HDD to another computer while keeping it spinning.  I thought there may be a problem with getting the drive to physically spin and then you were trying to recover files.


      I have moved many computers with spinning drives.  Like the article says, avoid quick, sharp movements, drops of almost any distance.  My opinion is that the newer physically smaller drive have a lot less spinning momentum and might actually be more robust than the older larger drives.


      I’m sorry about my interpretation of the original question…

    • Why would anyone need to move a spinning disk?  Assume that you were successful in actually moving it (USB external drive?), would the operating system recognize it and read the directory and set it up for use?

      A current drive is SATA and uses a pretty small connector for the data stream.

      My opinion is that this action is fraught with danger, both physical and data.

      I would then suggest, if you really want to do this, to practice on an expendable drive.  Personally, I don’t think you will be successful.

      Good luck…

    • in reply to: Win11 Home never completely lets go #2401933

      While you were/are having issues with this upgrade from W11 Home to Pro, was there any contact with/from Microsoft concerning your issues?

      This site, as far as I’m concerned, is a respected sounding board for computer related issues.  One would think that ‘someone’ reads these comments and problems and addresses them with what I will call ‘the upgrade group’.  From the article,, it seems that there was no person-to-person contact with anybody at Microsoft.   Surely you are not the only person/organization that is having this problem.  Maybe I’m not aware of all the communication channels available to/from Microsoft.


      If the knowledgeable members of this staff is having problems, what is the common user doing with the problems.  Granted the common user isn’t trying to change from one version (Home) to another version (Pro).  They would probably call their geek friend and hand off the issue to them.  They would then proceed to tear their hair out trying to fix a potentially un-fixable problem.


      my 2 cents worth…

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    • in reply to: The first Google search result often leads to a virus #2395261

      I just assume that the ads at the top of the search results are sketchy.  I don’t click on them.  I will scroll down past the ads to find what appears to be a real url for a real company that at least seems to be related to my search.  I still hover over the address to check that it matches what I think it should be.  May not be foolproof but it seems to work.


      As far as the ads are concerned, I don’t feel like contributing to an advertising campaign, that might not be what it appears to be.

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    • in reply to: Do we need firmware and software updates forever? #2391782

      To continue with my previous post…

      Would you like to be the programmer assigned to support a dead product?  Would the newer programmers be put to the test to see how they react to this potentially career limiting assignment?  Maybe six or eight months in the ‘dead product’ support group before being turned loose on the latest and greatest.  Could be a way to learn from the ‘mistakes’ and how to avoid them in the future.

      What kind of issues would be appropriate to fix?  Drivers for current operating systems?  Security fixes? That would seem to be a black hole of problems.  Would there be a selling price below which updates would not be provided (cheap products get no continued support)?

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    • in reply to: Do we need firmware and software updates forever? #2391706

      Another issue with long support times is the availability of “knowledgeable” programmers.  I would hazard a guess that many of today’s programmers are not familiar with the various software tools used maybe ten years ago.  There are enough differences  between C$, C, and C++ to confuse someone not intimately involved with any or all of the versions.

      You also have the situation where the originating personnel have retired or passed on.  Remember Y2K and the call for COBOL and FORTRAN programmers?

      Companies go out of business.  Their assets may be scattered among many other competing entities.  What happens to all the documentation that should have been saved.  Source code?

      Even building a product with a LONG life cycle (geosynchronous communication satellites, and Mars rovers for example).    The original set of engineers have moved to other companies or retired.  Any (bio)medical product has requirements for long-term support.

      For a regular consumer product, ten years from end of production would seem reasonable.

      Even if you can get the manufacturers to support up to ten years, whats to keep an auxiliary process updated?  Look what happened when Adobe killed Flash.  Granted, it was a nightmare to keep up-to-date, but it broke the scanning function of my (admittedly very old, vintage 2006) HP printer-scanner.  Printer works fine.  I found a workaround for the scanner, it’s just not as convenient as the original setup.  HP doesn’t have a fix for the scanner function.  They have kept the drivers updated so things seem to work okay on W10 for the printer functions.


      What about SaaS?  I think it was Quickbooks is going to a subscription model.  Your old versions won’t work anymore.  I understand that every 3-5 years QB would obsolete the old versions causing the user to buy the latest and greatest.


      My 2 cents worth

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