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Foot Shot

Big bang theory

Windows10 slipped in a new malware feature.

I discovered I couldn’t save documents or any output from my applications to my desktop. I was trying to do “save as…” within the application to put say… an Aspire G-Code file on my desktop. The “save as” would “act” like a “search command” and report to me that the document name couldn’t be found.

A totally ambiguous response.

Six months ago, Windows10 added a new “protection” to save users from “Ransomeware.” It blocks “save” access to all what it considers “critical” Windows directories including the desktop, where some evil-doer may place a Ransomeware file. Evil-doers […] Continue reading » Foot Shot

Broken Threads

Emails that are like a conversation and are exchanged back and forth, with each participant adding their comments above or below existing text is called threading. It lets each participant read the complete conversation as parts are added.

That threading on my email servers was broken without my knowledge. I was responding to friends and customers as I usually do by adding my text and pushing reply.

Customers were telling me they were not hearing back from me, but there was no indication of undelivered email. No bounce, nothing. Most of my send / received email was working just fine.

I had trouble with my email about the first […] Continue reading » Broken Threads

Junque Plastic

My Plastic Junque Collection

My creative efforts (making tangible art and thingies) are expanding through the world of three-dimensional printing. It’s a new-age process of additive manufacturing. If you don’t yet know what that is, you have been under your rock too long… Ha! Excuse me while I holster my plastic gun…

Three-dimensional printing at my budget level is mostly Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) which means hot plastic is extruded through a tiny nozzle and drawn (deposited) as a line, one thin layer at a time on top of the last layer. I also do DLP (Digital Light Processing) which prints a full solid layer rather than […] Continue reading » Junque Plastic

Just “Ironsides” Now

Yipes! What a mess…

I am not going to get all computer nerd technical here. I want to say I just finished that upgrade to my oldest office computer I call “Ironsides”. It was named “Old Ironsides” before I did the upgrade.

Almost all new computers are using solid state drives (SSD). All our cell phones and hand-held tablets all use a form of solid-state drive. They have no moving parts and are very dependable. Price has come way down, and sizes (capacity) has increased. Multi-Terabyte drives are available today.

That’s as technical as I will get.

I bought a new 500 GB drive I installed as […] Continue reading » Just “Ironsides” Now

Solid State Data Retention

I can’t seem to get away from playing with my computers. Hardware as well as software. Computers are somewhat a curse for me as well as something on which I spend way too much time. Well… it is what it is. Better than some other addictions.

I just ordered a new /C: drive for “Old Ironsides”. That is my primary and oldest (in use) personal computer. I am planning to drop the “old” designation as the new drive is a 500GB SSD (solid state drive) and should give some improved startup and operational performance for the new “Ironsides”.

Ironsides has three 1TB magnetic hard drives (1 currently /C: ) […] Continue reading » Solid State Data Retention