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August 14, 2018 by DrJBHL
Read this on a few sources and figured you'd want to know.

https://www.ghacks.net/2018/08/13/google-may-track-your-location-even-if-you-disable-location-tracking/?_m=3n%2e0038%2e2193%2ehj0ao01hy5%2e2acb

 

 
August 2, 2018 by DrJBHL
 

I was perusing ghacks when I found this article.

Since so many of us use the app, I thought you should read Martin Brinkmann's advice.

 

Source:

https://www.ghacks.net/2018/08/01/ccleaner-5-45-dont-install/?_m=3n%2e0038%2e2188%2ehj0ao01hy5%2e2a5x

 

 
July 15, 2018 by DrJBHL
Was cruising the net and found this unhappy piece of news...Chrome's always been a RAM pig, but this? Ridiculous.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2018/07/14/google-chrome-ram-memory-consumption-spectre-security-upgrade-windows-mac-linux-chromeos/#3cb8f1e17777
July 7, 2018 by DrJBHL
Was going through my ridiculous email and came across this...which is not so ridiculous.    

The second tool is portable...a definite plus for those of us with computer illiterate family...the ones who call at 9 p.m. with "HELP! My computer doesn't work!"

So enjoy...hope this helps.

 

Source:

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-free-tools-fix-problem-windows-10/ 

 
May 5, 2018 by DrJBHL
I don't know this from personal experience, but Martin Brinkmann tends to know what he's talking about, and he did the update...

You should read the article linked and, if possible, defer this update. He describes a method for W10 Home, as well, using the metered charge option.

Source:

https://www.ghacks.net/2018/05/05/here-is-why-you-may-want-to-skip-this-months-windows-updates/

 
May 4, 2018 by DrJBHL
A friend and contributor on WC asked me to clear up a question for him:

"If possible please do a post about the difference between UHD and 4K resolutions. We are few here a little confused about this subject and no one is better than you making clear the things."

I'll do my best to clear things up...but I don't generally succeed in doing that (lol).

 

From the linked article:

"The term “4K” originally derives from the Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI), a consortium...
February 8, 2018 by DrJBHL
 

Hey folks...saw this and am now sitting opposite the TV armed to the teeth, and stationed a sentry on the washer-dryer.

Google and Nest are now reuniting and pushing for AI on all your gadgets. Good luck with that...soon we'll all be "The Truman Show".

Anyway, I've moved to Israel and have developed an arthritis so, soon I'll be starting a biologic treatment for it...hope it works.

Thanks for the note, Daiwa...it was much appreciated.

 

Sources:

https://www.usato...
December 5, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

If you're getting error 80248015 when updating Windows 7, and if you're seeing:

"A check for updates returns the error message "Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer".  The error 80248015 is displayed, but anything you try to resolve the issue on your end fails...Woody on Computerworld suggests that Microsoft broke updating on Windows 7. He suggests, based on a user report on his...
December 2, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

I was cruising around and found this not-so-new item, but one which does not portend well.

Not about net neutrality which looks like it's moribund, no, this one is about Russia having plans for an alternate internet involving China, Brazil, India and South Africa.

This is allegedly to insure everyone involved against NSA hacking. Sometimes you have to laugh from irony, though.

"Brazil is set to finalize a 34,000-kilometre undersea fiber-optic cable by 2015 that will run from V...
October 8, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

Where have we gotten? Seriously. Bravo HP Enterprise. Darwin Award of the century goes to you, hands down.

"Last year, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) allowed a Russian defense agency to analyze the source code of a cybersecurity software used by the Pentagon, Reuters reports. The software, a product called ArcSight, is an important piece of cyber defense for the Army, Air Force and Navy and works by alerting users to suspicious activity -- such as a high number of f...
October 7, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

Spy vs. Spy vs. Spy. "Who's on first?"...one's tempted to ask.

How did it all get started? This incendiary piece. Summary:

"The unnamed contractor removed the material from the NSA and stored it on a home computer that ran a version of Kaspersky AV. The material, according to the unnamed sources, included "details about how the NSA penetrates foreign computer networks, the computer code it uses for such spying, and how it defends networks inside the US." Sometime in 2015,...
September 18, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

"A version of CCleaner downloaded in August included remote administration tools that tried to connect to several unregistered web pages, presumably to download additional unauthorized programs, security researchers at Cisco’s Talos unit said.Talos researcher Craig Williams said it was a sophisticated attack because it penetrated an established and trusted supplier in a manner similar to June’s “NotPetya” attack on companies that downloaded infected Ukraini...
September 16, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

More on the saga of Equifax, or, "How not to do IT".

So, more has come out on how the debacle that is Equifax IT came about. First, what went wrong, and then the who.

The chronology can be read here. In addition to that, the basic problem is noted:

"The software problem was detected in March and a recommended software patch was released shortly afterward. Equifax said the database intrusion began in May and continued until July.

Security experts said Equifax had more than e...
September 8, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

Not good news, folks.

Equifax was breached...and potentially, the financial data of 143 million folks...

"While the massive breach that Yahoo revealed last year involved more accounts, topping 1 billion, that intrusion exposed people's phone numbers and passwords. Equifax said its breach includes “names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers.” 

The company added that credit card num...
September 2, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

No, Gordon [Gekko]: Greed is not good. Google really should learn this...and be responsible as to just who and what come up as valid search results, especially when they get first place result because of advertising dollars.

"Darknetmarkets.org, for all intents and purposes, is a "real" website. Its logo looks to be made of chopped-up cocaine, and the site is filled with legitimate-seeming resources for anybody looking to buy drugs on the darknet. News articles populate its hom...