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  • Try to fix one thing, break another

    Posted on February 24th, 2021 at 20:33 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Long story short we were trying to fix an issue with a duplicating post and ended up causing issues with the replies. You may not see any replies, or you’ll see some of them. <sigh> It’s an indexing issue.

    We have someone looking at it overnight (pacific time) so bear with us.

    As always thank you for your understanding.

  • Frys electronics is closing

    Posted on February 24th, 2021 at 00:08 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    (USA centric post)

    Well the news has it that Frys Electronics, a place that before Amazon came into our lives, was THE place where us geeks on the West Coast would go to check out computer equipment that we really didn’t need, but positively HAD to have. In my various geek conference travels, if there was a Frys in the close vicinity of where I was at, we’d organize a trip to the location. I’ve been to one in Las Vegas, several in the bay area, several in the Los Angeles area and one that was close to Redmond Washington. Yes, I was up in Redmond for a Microsoft conference and we just HAD to go to the local Frys. Imagine a group of geeks from around the world being let loose in what we all considered a near candy store. And unique about the locations, each one had a “theme”.

    The smell of the store as you walked in the doors had a…. it’s hard to explain it…… similar to how the Pep Boys had a distinctive rubber smell throughout the store, Frys had a smell of electronics and cardboard boxes.  You’d stop in the doorway and breathe in that geek computer smell.  The smell would make us geeks giddy.

    Rumor had it that the stores still listed itself in the Standard Industrial Classification code as a grocery store even though it long got out of the business of groceries. Reportedly that’s how it started out – as a grocery store. We’d always call the checkout line as running the “gauntlet” as there was all sorts of snacks, geek things you just had to have and all sorts of things to entice you as you checked out. And never go into the store wearing black slacks and a white shirt – shoppers would think you worked for the store. Many a fellow geek would talk about how they’d go into Fry’s and help their fellow shoppers out by advising them on what to buy.

    I’m positive there are still hard drives, memory chips, and old dvds I have around my house that came from Frys.

    Ah, good memories, good times.

  • The latest vulnerabilities in the network stack

    Posted on February 22nd, 2021 at 01:02 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    PATCH WATCH

    The latest vulnerabilities in the network stack

    By Susan Bradley

    Focusing on business risk

    For this week’s security focus, I’m going to home in on the impact of three security vulnerabilities considered by Microsoft the most critical security issues of the month and on their impact on businesses. Microsoft even released a specific blog post to focus on these risks; it urges installation as soon as possible. But I disagree with that assessment. I urge you to test first, ensure there are no issues with your systems, then patch as normal. I’m not yet ready to give the go-ahead for consumers to patch just yet.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.7.0 (2021-02-22).

  • Changes to policies

    Posted on February 21st, 2021 at 12:05 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    “We are trying to build a gentler, kinder society, and if we all pitch in just a little bit, we are going to get there.”

    Alex Trebek said that in his final episode and it’s encouraged me to ask everyone here to make a slight change in the Lounge/Forum.

    I wanted to update you on a slight change in the policies on the venue.

    Posts and Privacy

    I’ve made a change to item number 3:

    3.  No politics and religion.

    So why are we changing this policy?  As a person in business for many years, the topics of politics and religion have been always considered to be something personal and not suited to be discussed on a site intended to be more technical than social.  Because these topics tend to cause topic drift I feel that at least for the foreseeable future I would prefer that this is a “free zone” where we all can come together and know that these topics won’t be causing a lack of civility.

    Sometimes we will have articles that deal with real-life issues that affect us all, such as the intersection of law and technology. Such topics can easily slip into a political discussion but we ask that your commentary remains polite, respectful, unbiased, and factual.  That sort of commentary is to be encouraged

    Anyone violating the terms of the Posts and Privacy rules will be dealt with accordingly.

    I want to thank everyone participating on the site for encouraging, embracing and enhancing our educational and technical topics on this site.  Rants (complaints) forum about technology will still allow you to complain about technology.  However I will suggest that taking a hammer to your old hard drive not only to ensure that it’s properly destroyed for security purposes, will also make you feel better than ranting.  Seriously, I can confirm this after many years working with computers.  The Fun Stuff venues are still available for your use to also relax after dealing with annoying technology.

    Also be aware in regards to 8. Before posting a link or question, search the site first

    There are two new boxes on the side of the site. One searches the postings on the site. I called it searching the “newsletters” as it will let you search for past newsletter stubs as well as the blog posts.  I’m going to be working on getting a more advanced search that will allow you to target *just* the posts or *just* the newsletters, but this is a short term workaround that I hope you’ll accept until I get a long term solution in place. The second search box allows you to search the forums/lounge. Because the site is in reality three parts – the “blog posts”, the newsletter posts and the forum/lounge we have to have multiple search tools. I’m hoping long term to get a unified search but again, hopefully this is a good compromise for now?

    Thank you to everyone and thank you all for your expertise and sharing of information.

  • Tasks for the weekend – February 20, 2021 – it’s Squirrel away time

    Posted on February 21st, 2021 at 00:27 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    (Youtube video here)

    Microsoft just announced 21h1 is in the final testing. That’s a sign to me that I need to “squirrel away” a copy of the current ISO from the Microsoft download page.

    It’s also a sign to me to check for updated drivers from my computer vendors application – or if I’ve built my own computer – I go to the vendor page and see if they have a tool to review for new drivers. I also check to see if I have enough hard drive space. I’m not going to install the new version just yet, rather this is a sign to me to ensure that I’m prepared.

    So have you already squirreled away a copy of the 20H2 even though you may not have installed it yet?

  • Can you check your user name?

    Posted on February 19th, 2021 at 20:33 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Can you do me a huge favor? For those of you that frequent the forums, I need you to make sure that your user profile name is not your email address. If it is, email me at sb@askwoody.com and I’l change it for you.

    To check it easiest way is to hover over your name in upper right.  If you see your name or a word, then you are set.  If you see your email address up there, we need to get it changed.

    I think everyone that actively comes here have been fixed, but if you would be so kind to double check?  If you DO see an email address up there, remember to send me an email and we’ll get you fixed up.  This is to ensure that your email address is protected better from anyone trying to harvest info from the site.

    P.S. Another way to check is to go here and see what the Username field has.

  • Bleeping computer reports Flash patch force installed

    Posted on February 17th, 2021 at 10:56 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Sigh.

    https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/microsoft-force-installs-windows-10-update-to-remove-flash-player/

    Now hopefully by now Askwoody readers did this task manually a few weeks ago, but if you didn’t….. well apparently Microsoft feels that you should do it NOW.  Barb Bowman reports that it also kicks a reboot.

  • Mary Jo Foley indicates 21H1 will be smaller update

    Posted on February 17th, 2021 at 00:08 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    In today’s ZDnet report – Mary Jo Foley indicates that rumors are that the 21H1 release will be a smaller update similar to how the fall updates have been in the past.

    Rumors are that the fall release will be larger in terms of changes. It will be nice to not have any major headaches in the spring release. Looks like the Pandemic is still impacting patching releases.