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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

POBOX Has Gone Berserk

I have been using an email service called pobox.com for four years. It is a purchased service that I began to use to provide a “collection point” for the dozens of email accounts I use with my many websites. It also provided a great email filtering service.

I use a process where I direct all my accounts to their one email address that I use to send (SMTP) and read all the mail from all the accounts at one location.

They use various commercial filtering services which I have noticed add a HUGE amount of header information to all emails. There is a whole […] Continue reading » POBOX Has Gone Berserk

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

Dual Keyboards

Logitech Keyboards

Today is the day I gave the NUC computer keyboard the desirable lower pull-out tray location. It is the lowest and most comfortable keyboard location in my home office. The NUC uses a K800 Logitech wireless keyboard and MX Anywhere 25 mouse so the clutter of the wires on the pull out is gone.

Ironsides (the older, original office Windows computer) uses a wired K740 Logitech keyboard and is now located on the desk surface above the pull-out tray. Still easy access but a bit less comfortable user position. I can move it back and have some front edge desk access.

Ironsides is alive and […] Continue reading » Dual Keyboards