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  • Microsoft re-releases snooping patches KB 2952664 (for Win7), KB 2976978 (Win 8.1)

    Posted on February 9th, 2017 at 15:14 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    What’s going on?

    InfoWorld Woody on Windows

    UPDATE: The replies here are getting thick and uninformative. Opinions are great, but they belong in the Rants forum, not here.

    I sealed off the replies, and point you to this comment by Mr. Brian:

    I think we have a decent idea of what KB2952664 does (at least the older version that I tested). KB2952664 adds task Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser. Task Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser is a gatherer of information that is sent to Microsoft by service Diagnostics Tracking Service.

    Detailed KB2952664 (older version) test results: https://www.askwoody.com/forums/topic/care-to-join-a-win7-snooping-test/#post-21407.

    Method of listing the telemetry data that Diagnostics Tracking Service sends to Microsoft: https://www.askwoody.com/forums/topic/care-to-join-a-win7-snooping-test/#post-21414.

    I will test the newer version of KB2952664 when time permits.


    I’ll update this as definitive information arrives.

  • The system’s going up and down

    Posted on February 9th, 2017 at 14:53 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Apologies if you get horrible response times or 503 “Service Unavailable” errors. It’s happening to me, too.

    Will keep you posted.

    UPDATE: The web site hosting company has reviewed our domain, and all looks well. I have a direct number in case things head south again.

    Apologies! No idea about the cause of the problem, but access to the site has grown considerably in the past month.

  • The dangers of home “smart” devices

    Posted on February 9th, 2017 at 08:13 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Good overview in the IoT forum, from MrJimPhelps.

    Read it twice before you install a new smart thermostat – or light bulb….