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Don’t Do This To Your Computer Number 6743

TweetYou Don’t Need A Bunch of Add-Ons For Your Browser Ever Yesterday a client brought me a computer that from the description had the browser hijacked. Well that was just the tip of the iceberg. This poor computer took 5 minutes to load.  It is a Dell Inspiron 23 all-in-one running Windoze 10.  It’s an Continue Reading

Why We Moved Away From Network Solutions

TweetA long time ago and far far away… At the dawn of the Internet there was InterNic The godfather of domain name registration When I first began coding websites in 1995, InterNic was the only domain name registrar on the planet.  They were competent.  You could reach someone who knew their job and they were Continue Reading

Windoze Ten Update From Hell – Redux

TweetTales From The Trenches March 16, 2019 Windoze Update Does It Again The latest Windoze 10 update (version 1809) has been wreaking havoc all week. I’ve had 3 machines in as many days that went casters up after the latest update. No Boot Scenarios. Different for each machine but clearly the result of an update. Continue Reading

Windows Server DDOS IP Addresses

TweetJust as a PSA I am publishing a more or less complete list of IP addresses I found attempting a Terminal Services access to one of my client’s servers. This is a remotely hosted Windows 2008 R2 server It was being slammed by remote access failed logins (one day I documented 40,000 failed logins in Continue Reading

New Smishing and Phishing Scams on the Rise

TweetThere’s a new scam every fifteen seconds Or at least that’s the way it seems. I have recently become far more proactive about blacklisting IP addresses that overload my inbox with scams.  You know the ones: From: <your email address> Subject:  Security Notice.  Someone have access to your system Body: Hi! As you may have Continue Reading

Your Network Should NOT Look Like a Rat’s Nest

Tweet Network Installations Should be CLEAN – and NEAT I’ve been doing large scale wiring projects for almost 50 years. My first introduction to precision wiring was in my first year college Electronics Fabrication classes. Our instructor was a stickler for precision. If your project didn’t look like the inside of a Tektronix Oscilloscope it Continue Reading

Today’s Windoze Ten Trainwreck

TweetTales from the Trenches # 1803 Windoze Ten Strikes Again As anyone who has every read any of my posts knows by now, I consider Windoze Ten to be right up there with Millennium and Vista in terms of absolutely horrible OSes. So it should come to no one as a surprise that I have Continue Reading

WiFi Coverage in Your Home or Office

TweetWiFi is a funny thing. Not funny HaHa More like funny What the Hell! Remember these two important rules when dealing with Wifi Your mileage may vary Everything interferes with WiFi On the Everything list: Walls Windows Doors Microwave ovens Cordless phones Big Screen TVs Other WiFi networks (your neighbors) The phase of the moon Continue Reading

Fake Flash Player Update Latest Example

TweetThis morning I was searching for a local business to find an event to attend. I Googled the business, determined the URL looked appropriate and clicked on the link. Firefox immediately issued a redirect warning, something I always take seriously and evaluate. The next thing I know there is a Flash Player Update alert with Continue Reading

What You Don’t Know About Windows 10 Updates

TweetWindows 10 Updates May Not Be What They Seem One of my major pet peeves about Windoze Ten is the update process. You cannot stop it. You cannot override the update process. You cannot disable the updates. Updates can wreck the OS. It may choose to do a full reinstall in the middle of the Continue Reading