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Web News / Re: Facebook copied 1.5m users' email contacts
« on: April 19, 2019, 12:00:22 PM »
BBC News 18-04-2019

Facebook "unintentionally" uploaded the email contacts of more than 1.5 million users without asking permission to do so, the social network has admitted.
The data harvesting happened via a system used to verify the identity of new members. Facebook asked new users to supply the password for their email account, and took a copy of their contacts. Facebook said it had now changed the way it handled new users to stop contacts being uploaded.

Data losses

All those users whose contacts were taken would be notified and all the contacts it had grabbed without consent would be deleted, it said. The information grabbed is believed to have been used by Facebook to help map social and personal connections between users.

Full story:


It should say we will delete the contacts we grabbed since we have already sold them.

If you feel that you have to clone it. I would put it online and run all of the updates, to make sure you have at least the latest Version of Win 10. The reason it is running so slow, it's trying to run updates.
What we are saying is in a few years, the Win 10 Operating system you have now would be behind around six Win 10 feature upgrades. If it's a barebone Windows 10 OS now, then it would be better to just do a clean install later if needed.

The only reason I would see to do a clone is if it has other important software already installed.

My recommendation, put it online and run all your updates and use it.

If it has Windows 10 and it is activated, it has a digital license. If you have to reinstall the Win 10 OS it will reactivate once you are back online, pretty much automatic. Regardless of where you bought the computer. Once it is activated, win 10 will reactivate for the life of the system, even if you have to replace the hard drive and reinstall Win 10.

Honestly, I wouldn't bother cloning the the base OS system. It would be just as easy to download a WIN 10 installation media and burn it to a disk. The only reason would be maybe if you bought extra software for it. Even then if it has a registration, you can download and reinstall it.

I would clone a system if you have a bunch of documents, pictures, music, etc., but like I said a base system is just the base OS Win 10, with probably some unneeded add on by the manufacture.

Considering that version 66.0 was release on March 19, updated on March 22 and again on March 27 perhaps they aren't testing as well as they should be.

Add another update, Version 66.0.3 Was released 10 April 2019. It looks like more of a bug fix, no  security issues.

Web News / Re: Microsoft Store Books Category is Closing
« on: April 02, 2019, 08:14:54 PM »
I hate to say it, but this is why Microsoft has so much trouble breaking into new areas. Many customers over the years have gotten frustrated because of abandonment of devices or other things. It hurt them with the surface when it first launched, customers were afraid to invest in something that may be abandoned once again. Microsoft has been notorious to do this over many years.

There customers are loyal to there OS, but have felt cheated in other areas.

i.e. a Ipod still works, a Zune is pretty much a brick.

This seems to be a pretty buggy release. The changes to the tab overflow creates crashes. Firefox just hasn't been handling multiple tabs to well in last few releases.

Web News / Re: Daylight Saving Time Arrives Sunday in the States
« on: March 16, 2019, 11:58:46 PM »
I just live in the wrong time, I always hate the change, maybe i need to move a couple over ;D

Another year since the anniversary of FL first going on line and I'm happy that some of the same friends from those years are still around.

Maybe a few years ;)

Did the old hard drive fail when it was still running Windows 7? If it wasn't upgraded to Windows 10 when it could have been done for free, then it can't be done now. If it was previously upgraded and they created a Microsoft account, then they have to login into there Microsoft account and the Win 10 will reactivate. It will show the system was previously activated in the account.

My guess is a video driver problem, either an old one or a setting within PowerPoint ...

First, I'd try looking to see if there is a newer video driver available from the computer manufacturer.

Then go into PowerPoint, File>Options>Advanced ... go to the Display section, and tick the box for Disable Slide Show hardware graphics acceleration and OK your way out.

That may solve the diagonal "mirror" image problem.

As I was reading through the topic, I was thinking it's a video problem as you were. I am swaying more to the aspect ratio setting for the video, than the driver. I would check the Win 10 settings to system video and make sure no one has increased the "scale and layout" for text, apps and other items. I would also check to make sure the resolution is set to the recommended setting as well as the proper orientation.

Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / Re: Need monitor help
« on: January 30, 2019, 06:00:48 PM »
A typical monitor flat panel will have buttons normally on the side or bottom, by the power button. On a Samsung monitor you need to change it to PC and not AV (Audio Video HDMI). If you can find the model number, then I'm sure there is a manual available for it.

It's a trial and error normally the button on the top are furthest to the left gets you to the settings. the next two are used to move up and down, then the last fourth button is to get in the specific settings.

When done the top most or left button is to exit.

I hope they didn't design it to only work from a remote control, that you may not have.

Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / Re: Blocking ads
« on: January 01, 2019, 04:18:01 PM »
Another question, I have a cannon printer that I wanted to add to computer. When I found the disc that came with the printer it would not fit into the slot because the printer disc is a round hole & the slot on the computer has a round disc with 3 tabs so it does not fit. I had to go to cannon to install it. I also have quite a few older disc for card making that don't fit. Are they all no good on 10? Hope I have explained this right.

I have Dell Optiplex 9030. On the side where the power button is there are 3 more buttons which I don't know what they are for & I can't find a answer anywhere.

Again thank you. 10 is very different but I guess I am getting it.

The three buttons on the right side are to adjust your on screen display. You can change the brightness, contrast, etc. with them manually. If the screen looks fine to you, just best to leave it alone.

The disc is a for Cd or DVD. You are used to a free floating disc, just drop it in. Because it is all in one thinner and sets sideways it uses a lock feature for the disc, like a laptop. The three tabs are to hold the disc in place. When you put the disc in the round hole in the center, gently push it down to lock it on the tabs. It doesn't take much pressure. You will hear a slight clicking sound. This holds the disc in place. To remove it lightly press on the tabs and lift out.

The other disc for card making, may or not be compatible with Win 10. You will not know until you try installing it.

I guess now I am a little bit confused.

The 1803 is the last build before the 1809 build was stopped.

In your Windows update, is it offering you a 1809 Features update or like 2018-10 cumulative update, i.e? There is a big difference. One is the major upgrade the other is part of the monthly security updates.

The monthly patches should be installed regardless of which Win 10 version you are running.

Is there a way to ditch the partially installed update and download it again without the restart that installs it?

I've backed up my documents/picture folders manually. I had tried to use the Windows backup to update one I made previously, but it failed, so I did it manually.  I don't know how to make a re-installation disk.  The information I searched out indicates its already built into Windows 10.  I've used the creator tool once when I had trouble with updates.  Is that not enough?

I was actually answering this question. What you decide to do is up to you. Many of us are advanced users, so we usually keep important files backed up and just go for it. We are willing to accept the risk. You have the files backed up, that you know you don't want to lose. You will not get the update again until Microsoft releases it again.

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