Geekly Update - 21 November 2018

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Is it finally safe to download the Windows 10 October Update? Which holiday gift items are most likely to invade your privacy? And can you guess the obvious upside of marrying a hologram? Get answers in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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The aborted October Update of Windows 10 (Version 1809) is now rolling out again, after Microsoft fixed problems that resulted in data loss for some users. Run the Winver.exe desktop app to see if you got it. If not, use Windows Update to manually check for updates.

Holiday gifts that may invade your privacy are on The Mozilla Foundation’s “naughty” list. Topping the list in the "Super Creepy" category are Amazon Echo, Dot, Show, and the Fredi Baby Monitor.

This just in from the "What Could Possibly Go Wrong" Department: Yoshitaka Sakurada, recently appointed to oversee cybersecurity preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games, has never used a computer in his life.

Akihiko Kondo, a 35-year-old middle school teacher in Japan, married a hologram modeled after after a virtual reality singer. Bonus, she's upgradeable via software.

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Amazon is splitting its much-hyped second HQ between Long Island City and Arlington, VA, suburb Crystal City.

Stan Lee “Mr. Marvel” has died at age 95, taking the Excelsior right out of us.

A known bug in Adobe Premiere Pro video editing software deleted $250,000 worth of a man’s work irretrievably, according to his class-action lawsuit. Ummm, backups, anyone?

Sprint will deliver your new phone to the Walgreens store nearest you. While there, you can pick up the Tums you always need while setting up a new phone.

Uber Rewards is dizzyingly complicated, especially for something cobbled together in two days to answer Lyft’s announcement of a rewards program.

Verizon has completed its first 5G data transmission over smartphones. The test was completed with a Motorola Moto z3, a 5G-upgradeable smartphone, intended for use on Verizon’s 5G network when service rolls out in 2019.

Google Assistant for Android can now wake you, read aloud your morning news, weather, traffic report, and day’s to-do list, all without a tap or word from you. This could lead to an increase in broken smartphones and divorce filings.

Google is accused of intent to violate medical privacy by taking direct control of the DeepMind app, a UK invention previously condemned for vacuuming up the medical records of 1.6 million Britons without their permission.

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba smashed all records for single-day sales on November 11, with $30 billion in Single's Day orders.

Facebook is going to compete with LinkedIn for the title of “Most Hated Employment Social Network.”

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Posted by:

Ken Mitchell
21 Nov 2018

"Which holiday gift items are most likely to invade your privacy? "

Just remember that the "S" in "IoT" stands for "Security".

Posted by:

21 Nov 2018

My god, shouldn't this have been the default before:

“If we detect that your device may have an issue, such as an application incompatibility, we will not install the update until that issue is resolved, even if you ‘Check for updates,’ so you avoid encountering any related problems,” says Cable of Microsoft.

MS needs a dope slap for this.

Posted by:

21 Nov 2018

Windows 10 re-release: You say "Run the Winver.exe desktop app to see if you got it. If not, use Windows Update to manually check for updates". Common Bob, give people a chance to learn from their mistakes. People who get hit by these bugs are the anxious early adopters. There are already reports of problems with the re-release. Let someone else be the turkey. Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by:

21 Nov 2018

I have a laptop running Win 10. How do I get the Winver.exe app. And once I have it, how do I run it? Does it open up like the apps on my phone?

Sorry for my ignorance.

Posted by:

Ken Mitchell
21 Nov 2018

Ducklady: Press the "Windows" key + "R" or Start, Run. Type "winver.exe", and then Enter.

Posted by:

21 Nov 2018


Go to the Windows desktop screen.
Press the Windows key + R on the keyboard.
Type winver in the text field and press Enter.

Posted by:

21 Nov 2018

I feel for the guy who lost $250,000 of videos and feel any software manufacturer should be held liable for the damage caused by a bug like that. However, I would be surprised if Adobe didn't have a disclaimer that they wouldn't be liable for losses like that. How legal that is will have to be determined in court.

On the flip side, the guy is a total moron for not having multiple backups of his data. A few hundred dollars of backup drives and even a good cloud backup business plan is on heck of a lot less than $250,000 with no hope of recovery. Considering the scope of his business, data insurance might have been worth looking into.

Posted by:

21 Nov 2018


Click the search icon (magnifying glass) in the bottom left corner of the screen.
Type: winver
Click on the first search result.

Posted by:

21 Nov 2018

Anyone who clicks 'Check for Updates' is a fool. I know from experience. I use windows for only one program that I can't find anything similar for Linux. If it wasn't for that one program I would be FREE!

Posted by:

21 Nov 2018

@MyNameBob --
I understand what you mean.
After my attempt to upgrade from 7 to 10 in 2015 bricked my computer, I fired Microsoft. Yes, I'm still using 7, because its slimy tendrils have wormed their way too deeply into my life, but I hear the siren call of Linux (probably Mint).

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21 Nov 2018

I have 6 windows computers, 1 running Insiders version 1809, build 18282.1000, and the other 5 running 1809, build 17763.134 (the latest stable version of 1809). Each of the 5 which run stable versions had 1809 installed at the beginning of October, when it first became available. I downloaded the .iso, placed it on a usb flashdrive, and installed. I had NO problems losing data,but one of the 5 had problems running applications. I did a "reset" on that one and have had no problems since.

So, I had success on 4 of 5 win 10 1809 installations and had to reset the other, which took an hour or so (no heavy lifting) with another hour to reinstall applications removed by the reset. Actually, the whole process was very easy and I lost nothing, but gained a very nice operating system.

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21 Nov 2018

I'm one of the weirdos that have always used the "Check for Updates" link. I have never had trouble with a major Windows update, other than the time it takes to install (4 hours to 2 days - yes, 2 days!). What has wrecked one computer (now running Linux Mint) and given two others big problems are the Cumulative Updates, about one time out of every three, I think. Anyone clever know a reason for this?

Posted by:

Steve Stephenson
22 Nov 2018

Hi, did I read yesterday that there are a number of new problems with this latest version, iCloud users come to mind,also windows will not even start the upgrade process if you are using any of the offending application?

Posted by:

22 Nov 2018

Maybe Still Wait...
BTW, its never a good idea to"check for updates" as there may be a reason why Microsoft is withholding your upgrade. You might still be protected even if you "check for updates", but then again maybe not!
And if you download the iso & force an update, all bets are off.

Windows 10 October Update Breaks iCloud, F5 VPN

Some users of Apple's iCloud software will be unable to get the latest Windows 10 update right now. It's an example of Microsoft blocking the update rather than causing problems with specific applications.

iCloud is the online backup and sync tool for Apple devices such as iPhones and iPads. It's aimed at people who have iOS mobile devices but also use a Windows PC. iCloud lets users access Apple services and data such as their email, photos and calendar on both the mobile device and computer.

Apple and Microsoft are now working together to produce a version of iCloud that works with the updated Windows 10.

VPN Software Also Glitched

It's not the only software compatibility glitch with Windows 10. There's also a problem for users of a virtual private network (VPN) service from a company called F5.

As with the iCloud issue, if Microsoft spots somebody with the F5 VPN installed, it's holding off the automatic Windows 10 update until there's a fix. (Source:

Posted by:

23 Nov 2018

Re the Adobe Premier Pro "bug" - if the guy in this case hadn't changed his cache folder to his main document folder where he saved all finished files, the bug would not have affected him. Yes he should have backed up if his files were truly worth anywhere near what he claims, but come on - using a single folder for finished work AND as the cache for in progress work? That's just asking for problems.

Posted by:

Byron Miller
28 Nov 2018

I finally got tired of fighting with MS Windows 10. I backed up all of my important files to an external 2TB drive, an online storage site, then I wiped the hard drive on my Dell Laptop and install Linux Ubuntu OS. I did the same a while ago on my wife's Dell Laptop and she is very happy with it.
I have not had a problem since with her laptop or mine. I can access all of my files on the external drive and Linux backs up my entire computer each day to the 2TB external drive.
I can access the programs and sites I was using with windows. Got my printers connected via wireless.
So far I am very pleased with the Linux Ubuntu OS. I am not having constant window freezes and unexpected and repeated updates as with MS Win10 which was becoming a nightmare with each update.
All of my older programs work, I can access Google Chrome Web Albums and GDrive. Amazon Prime, Netflix for movies. My wife loves the wide assortment of FREE games.
Goodby MS. Thank you Bob for the articles on Windows that have helped me over the past years to resolve many problems with MS Windows. Especially Win10 which had become more annoying than useful. Could you post more articles about the Linux OS? There are various versions but I like Ubuntu. Mint had a few probs on my old desktop so I decided to stick with Ubuntu when I loaded it on my Dell Laptop. Another bonus, my speed has improved dramatically. Both with the computer itself and the Internet download and upload. Running as smooth as a race car engine. :)

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