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Feb 092016

win10_logoHoly cow! We bitched and Microsoft has caved. Win10 will now have release notes for updates.
In response to this feedback, we’re providing more details about the Windows 10 updates we deliver through Windows Update. You’ll see a summary of important product developments included in each update, with links to more details. This page will be regularly refreshed, as new updates are released.
Mary Jo Foley – Microsoft starts providing release notes for Windows 10 updates
Windows 10 update history

Feb 092016

windows securityTime To Run Windows Update
Updates available for all supported operating systems and MS Office versions.
Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for February 2016

Flash Updated
APSB16-04 Security updates available for Adobe Flash Player
These updates address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.
Main Download Page
Flash for IE
Flash for Firefox
Windows 8/8.1/10 users check Windows Update. Microsoft will get around to updating it…eventually.
Google Chrome users, ditto.

*update 14:58hrs

Google Chrome Updated
The stable channel has been updated to 48.0.2564.109 for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Download or update from within the program.

Feb 082016

firefox_2013Firefox 44.0.1
Download 32-bit (en-US)
Download 64-bit (en-US)
Download other systems and languages
Release Notes

Super Bowl
Were anyone’s predictions worse than mine?!
IMHO he big game was just OK. The D’s played well. The QB’s didn’t deliver. I didn’t watch the 1/2 time show because I’m not remotely interested in any of the acts.
Lady Gaga did a FANTASTIC National Anthem.
Most of the commercials fell somewhere between lame and horrible. The commercials I liked:
Doritos -Ultrasound
Heinz – Wiener Stampede
Favorite: Kevin Hart – First Date / Hyundai

Feb 072016

nfl2Killing time before the Super Bowl edition.

As I had done in September, someone fired up Wireshark and watched in horror as Win10 blasted out his private info to the free world.
Well, OK, maybe not in “horror”, and maybe not “blasted”, but the results are interesting. Slashdot even picked it up.

Adblock Plus Preparing To Sell Us Out?
Adblock is “reaching out to its adversaries to find an “acceptable” level and form of advertising on the net.
Good grief.

Did You Pack Your Makeup?
Apparently Astronaut Sally Ride had to put up with some sexist B.S. from reporters back around 1983. Hopefully we have all grown up a little since then.
For those who don’t know, Sally Ride was the first U.S. woman in space. The first woman in space was Russian Valentina Tereshkova 20 years earlier.
It is my belief that mankind’s future is out there somewhere. I also believe that time is of the essence. All of the Astronauts and members of the various space programs around the world are heroes to me. To all the folks toiling in the backrooms of NASA, Roscosmos, and all the other space agencies, I salute you.

Reader Ed wrote to let me know his backup scheme and I like it!

Recently I performed a Clone that many of your followers might be interested in doing: I did with W10.
The participants: Samsung SSD……one an 840, the other an 850 (My current C:\)………both 120GB (I never use My Documents on these because I have a large, conventional, internal back up hard drive that I save to…….beyond that is an external that the internal back up is backed up to, and stored in a locked shed, away from the house!). With that said, I rarely exceed 50% on the 120’s.
Cleaned the 850 with all the cleaners you have recommended and ran Spyware/Malware programs as well.
My internal DVD burner is also SATA III………thus the same connectors as the SSD.
Disconnected the DVD connectors and plugged them into the 840.
Formatted the 840, then, using Macrium Reflect, I cloned the 850 to the 840. (then a sticky note attached with the date, so I’ll know when, in a year or so, to Clone again)
When finished I put the 840 back in the box it came in and it too is stored in the shed.
NOW: ANYTHING GO BAD WITH MY C:\ (rare with Samsung SSD)…….I simply unplug the 850 and plug in the 840 and I am back in business.

Feb 032016

clonezillaClonezilla live (2.4.5-20) released.
*This release of Clonezilla live (2.4.5-20) includes major enhancements and bug fixes.*
Clonezilla is a partition and disk imaging/cloning program similar to True Image® or Norton Ghost®. It helps you to do system deployment, bare metal backup and recovery.
Someone really needs to hook them up with a new logo.

Feb 022016

www_newsWin10 Now A “Recommended Update”
Mary Jo has the scoop. Turn off Recommended Updates: Windows Update > Change settings

Win10 Passes Windows XP
WooHoo! Really? You’re celebrating the fact that a new, free, aggressively pushed operating system surpassed an OS that has been unsupported for almost 2 years?

I use Eric’s Movie Database to catalog my DVD collection. It isn’t very big but it keeps me organized, tracks loan-outs, and provides proof for insurance purposes if need be.
You can export the list. Mine is here: TweakHound’s Movie Database
BTW – This program works just fine using Linux/Wine.
FYI – Though our names are the same I’m not connected to the program in any way. I can’t even get the guy to answer an email.

Interesting Links
Hackaday – Is Your Cat 6 Ethernet Cable Cat 6? Probably Not.
Cat6 everywhere in my house, throughput as advertised.

New Republic – Why the iPad Is Going Extinct
Um, because you can’t get any work done on them?

CBC – Some fitness trackers vulnerable to monitoring, U of T study finds
I’m shocked! Shocked I tell you!

Off Topic
A Guy Like Me
NHL All-Star MVP. More here.

Wisconsin women’s basketball coach goes on rant
You can’t nap your way to being a great shooter and Facebooking and all these things that teenagers do. You need to put the phones down. Stop facetiming, stop tweeting, and get your butt in the gym.” Damn straight.

Master List of Logical Fallacies
Some folks really need to read this.

Jan 292016

linux1I know most of you don’t read the Linux stuff I put up but it interests me so I’m going to start posting more Linux related news.

Tails 2.0 Released
Tails is a live operating system, that you can start on almost any computer from a DVD, USB stick, or SD card. It aims at preserving your privacy and anonymity

Cracks In The Linux Foundation?
Many in the Linux community are ticked off that the Linux Foundation has turned its back on the average user. They did this by allowing only those people with deep pockets to elect board members. While I find the news disheartening I do not find it surprising. Companies are involved in the Linux movement because they see a way to profit off of it. Altruism isn’t a factor. Why do you think so many distros got everyone to basically beta-test a server file system? (I’m talking BTRFS)
More: Controversy at the Linux Foundation

Cool Links
Hacking your Linux computer for a better listening experience