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October 25, 2016 by DrJBHL

The new Nvidia driver 375.57 will cause many different issues with W10. Don't, repeat DON'T install it.


"If you run Nvidia's Geforce Experience software, you know that it is the primary tool on many machines to update drivers.

Turns out, the tool is still offering version 375.57 for download, and not the newer version of the driver that fixed the issues that users experienced.

It is unclear why the older driver is still listed in the application and not t...
October 21, 2016 by DrJBHL

Cyber warfare against Dyn is now being investigated by Homeland Security (as well it should be). Twitter, SoundCloud, Spotify, Shopify, and other websites have been inaccessible to many users throughout the day. 

“We are actively in the third flank of this attack,” Dyn’s chief strategy officer Kyle Owen told reporters around 4:30 p.m. ET today. “It’s a very smart attack. As we mitigate, they react.” - Dyn chief strategy officer Kyle Owen...
October 6, 2016 by DrJBHL

There have been several reports of unwanted advertising pop-ups with doubtful site urls being spread via "malvertising" in the free version of Spotify.

"Spotify's ads crossed from nuisance over to outright nasty this week, after the music service’s advertising started serving up malware to users on Wednesday. The malware was able to automatically launch browser tabs on Windows and Mac PCs, according to complaints that surfaced online.

As is typical for this kind of malw...
October 2, 2016 by DrJBHL

The game was his daughter's idea...and Tyson has included folks from JPL, NASA, astronauts, explorers...

There will be missions, a construct your galaxy, etc.

Apparently it'll be multi-player with a community of imaginative players who will interact with real experts...

“We will have holographic tutorials as part of the core game that will prep you for challenges and new facets of gameplay as they are introduced,..Murphy said the gameplay mirrors our univers...
October 1, 2016 by DrJBHL

Huge update: 753 Mb patch. The contents (not all) can be seen here:https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12387/windows-10-update-history

and the files affected here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3194496

It doesn't fix the issue where drives randomly disappear from Windows or the SSD freezing issues that some users are experiencing.


Problems: Some people are reporting that the update appears to be stuck at 45% or 94%. Not really: Just slowed...
September 28, 2016 by DrJBHL

WOM just sent me this...and if you have an HP printer, please take note: "Hewlett-Packard is installing software in its printers that will prevent the machine from printing if it detects anything but an HP brand cartridge, rejecting even refilled HP cartridges." (Link above).

Cory Doctorow (EFF) is leading the fight against this move by HP Doctorow fired off a letter Monday to HP to express his opposition:

“Like many others, we are alarmed by reports that HP has a...
September 25, 2016 by DrJBHL

Worst scenario: You're almost done with work you've been laboring over when Windows starts with the popups to restart your computer, OR, even worse: You had to leave for a minute and return and find that Windows has restarted your computer and your work? Gone. Hell, even Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom save your work at configurable intervals (via Preferences). So why don't the Window and third party apps? Because.

Anyway, MakeUseOf  has put out a great article o...
September 24, 2016 by DrJBHL

Ok...so, MS decided (last month) to have one update model for W7, 8.1 and W10: Cumulative Updates. This new schedule will start on October 11th. If this makes you nervous, well honestly? It should.

You will no longer have the ability to choose which updates you want, and which you don't. "But I don't use Outlook, etc.!" - "Who cares?", MS has replied with this policy change, essentially saying, "After all, it may be your machine, but they're our OS and apps.".

September 22, 2016 by DrJBHL

Just heard this one on the news, Yahoo's been breached to the tune of 200 million accounts.

Not much to say beyond, "If you have an account on Yahoo, best to change your password."

You can do that by signing in and then going to your account.


Update: It looks like the biggest breach in history: 500 million accounts' info breached, not 200 million as reported at first.
September 21, 2016 by DrJBHL

Rule 41 (a Federal Court procedure) if allowed to persist will allow magistrate judges to issue search warrants for the contents of any computer outside their jurisdiction, or multiple computers with a single warrant...so a single warrant for multiple computers in multiple jurisdictions. Efficient, right? Saves leos the trouble of explaining the need for a search warrant for each one. Even overseas.

Well...if it were just against criminals...but it isn't. It appears that they...
September 18, 2016 by DrJBHL

Ghacks just reviewed what appears to be a new productivity tool...new in the sense that it goes way further than prior apps.

There a free and a 'paid' version. You might be interested in taking a look at it here: http://www.ghacks.net/2016/09/12/tidytabs-tabs-for-all-windows-programs/

It's got wide config choices (see the article).

Here's a screenshot of how it would appear on a desktop:

September 17, 2016 by DrJBHL

I don't have to go to any great lengths for folks who have been watching the news and watching just some of the large effects of the hacking and hacktivism...

"Snowden" (the movie) has just come out (my opinion is "not really objective")... But this article deals with the who's who of the groups engaging in this un-organised and organised crime, spying, etc.

Worth the read, imo. The links are worth looking at, as well.

Here: http://www.zdnet.com/article/cybercrime...
September 10, 2016 by DrJBHL

After reading the review in gHacks, I gave FullEventLogView a chance and was pleasantly surprised because of all the filters one can apply via the app. But first, it's portable and is an .exe file. Zero dlls, etc. to add before using it, and essentially zero disc space...it can live on a stick. Also, it displays all events until you apply a time interval to it, which allows you to hone into the problem a lot more quickly.

If you want to load the events from remote computer on yo...
September 1, 2016 by DrJBHL

Just in from Neowin: http://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-has-finally-fixed-the-freezing-issue-in-the-windows-10-anniversary-update 

If after installing this update you still are having a problem, MS has recommended the following:

Option 1: If you have a second administrator account on the PC that you can sign into, please do so and install the latest Windows 10 update, released on August 31st, 2016. After installing the update, reboot the PC and you should be able...
August 28, 2016 by DrJBHL

Something definitely non-tech for your Sunday. How about a 360° tour of five National Parks?

Google is offering this in celebration of the 100 year Anniversary of the National Parks Service.

The parks include: The Kenjai Fjords of Alaska (with climbing and rappelling – stunning beauty!), Hawai'i Volcanoes (a drone over the craters), Carlsbad Caverns, Bryce Canyon and the Dry Tortugas (diving a shipwreck and Fort Jefferson).

It's accessible right from your br...