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DANGER: Fake 30 TB USB 3.1 Portable SSD!

Yet another ‘if it sounds too good to be true’ deal (such as the Free Microsoft Office Professional Plus in the UK). This time around we have a 30 TB ‘Portable SSD’ for the incredible low price of $39 USD. First red flag besides being unbranded is the $39 price. If this were real you would be spending around $4000 USD for that amount of space. This ‘deal’ appeared on AliExpress as well as WalMart.com (third-party seller). A too good to be true 30 TB SSD Twitter user @RayRedacted (Ray) opted to purchase this ‘deal’ just out curiosity to see…

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Microsoft’s BIGGEST Software Release

Back in my day when we want to buy software we had to go to a ‘brick-and-mortar’ store to purchase a physical copy of the software on floppy disks; then lug it back home and spend the rest of the day installing said software. Around 30-years ago Microsoft released C/C++ Compiler version 7.0 which holds the record for Microsoft’s ‘biggest’ (in terms of both size and weight) software release. The retail presentation box (yes the software and paper manuals were inside a box on the retailer’s shelf) which came in around 40 to 44 pounds and almost 2-feet tall contained:…

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There Ain’t No Such Things as a Free Microsoft Office

You’ve heard the expression ‘There Ain’t No Such Thing as a Free Lunch!’, well the same can also apply to Microsoft Office. Seems this scam so far is only in the UK, but not to stay it won’t be expanded into the US or our scammers here will start copying this scam. People in the UK are getting a package in the mail unsolicited which contains a ‘free’ Microsoft Office Professional Plus (retail $150 USD (£119.99)) on an engraved USB flash drive. There is also legitimate looking activation key sticker on the packaging. “If it sounds too good to be true…”…

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The ‘Tech Support’ and ‘Refund’ Scams

Today I am going to cover something a little different, yet still tech related. This from the ‘dark or evil’ side of tech, the ‘Tech Support’ and ‘Refund’ or ‘Gift Card’ Scams.  Both of these while having a different ‘hook’ end the same, hours later the victim is handing over large sums of money (sometimes their entire savings) to the scammer and the scammer has complete access to their computer and/or phone. You may have heard about these and even wondered how they work and for that matter why do people fall for them. At the end of this post…

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Google Sued Over Private Browsing

Found this absurd pending class-action lawsuit this morning via Linkedin news feeds. Google has been sued in a proposed class-action lawsuit that alleges it violated wiretap laws by collecting information about user behavior on the internet without permission while users were in “private browsing,” or incognito mode. Um…apparently these plaintiff’s don’t understand how “private browsing” or incognito mode is supposed to work. Simply put incognito mode prevents someone else who is also sharing the same device (PC, phone, tablet, etc.) as the user from being able to view your browsing/search history that occurred while in incognito mode. This is done by opening…

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Microsoft Issues Internet Explorer Upgrade Warning

Long article short, Microsoft is telling people to stop using Internet Explorer. It is old, outdated, doesn’t have the functionality of newer browsers (Chrome, Firefox, etc.) and they have no interest in updating Internet Explorer. Yet, there are many companies (including the one I work for) that seem to be “stuck” on Internet Explorer. In our case, it is not because they can’t find someone to update the coding in the web application to work with a more “modern” browser, rather they don’t want to. When I ran into some issues last month when I was forced to switch over…

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Microsoft Blames Latest Windows 10 PC Issues on AMD

With the recent panic around Meltdown and Spectre, Microsoft MSFT 246,79 -2,41 -0,97% was quick to release Security Updates to address these vulnerabilities. For many users with AMD AMD 58,44 -9,41 -13,87% powered computers running WIndows 10, they no longer have to worry about these vulnerabilities thanks to the forced security updates pushed out by Microsoft this past week. The bad news is for these users is their device is now an over-priced paperweight. The updates have caused these devices are now unbootable (BSOD on boot-up) Again since non-enterprise users can not stop these updates it is very much Microsoft’s fault…

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What Happen to ‘9’?

Is ‘9’ suddenly an unlucky number in the tech world? Microsoft released Windows 10 after Windows 8/8.1. Apple recently released the iPhone 8 and announced the forthcoming iPhone X. In the past couple days, has come word of Samsung announcing the successor of the Galaxy S8, the Galaxy X Folding Phone. Apple and Samsung both are skipping version ‘9’ of their flagship phones. So, what gives? Well, we have Microsoft to thank (or blame) for skipping 9. It was Microsoft that two years ago, started with releasing Windows 10. They even were the first one to represent ‘10’ with the…

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Old Computer Hardware = No More Windows 10 Support

Microsoft MSFT 246,79 -2,41 -0,97% has said in the past they would cut off support for Windows 7 and 8.1 for computers running the latest processors in 2016. These included  ‘Kaby Lake’ (Intel), ‘Bristol Ridge’ (AMD) and Qualcomm’s ‘8996’. There reasoning was these processors work better and were designed for Windows 10.  So what if you had upgraded (willing or unwilling) to Windows 10 with an older PC? There is a chance you could stop getting Windows 10 upgrades before the October 2020 date Microsoft had promised in the past. Speaking to PC World, Microsoft said that despite pledging Windows 10 feature updates until October…

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Paint (sort of) Going Away in Next Windows 10

Microsoft MSFT 246,79 -2,41 -0,97%  announced Monday, Paint is going to be deprecated application in the Fall Creators Update of Windows 10 slated for release later this year. Paint which has been around since first being introduced in Windows 1.0 back in 1985 is not totally going away. The technology giant said the 32-year-old sketching app “isn’t going anywhere” despite appearing on a list of software that was to be “deprecated” from the next Windows 10 update. The app will instead be moved to the Windows Store, where Windows users will be able to download it for free, the company said. But,…

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