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  • A way to mediate the telemetry gathering in Win7 and 8.1

    Posted on February 10th, 2017 at 22:02 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Windows guru Günter Born has just posted an English-language article on his web site about KB 2952664 and KB 2976978, the re-issued snooping patches for Win7 and 8.1 (see entry below).  His article includes a detailed description of how one might cut off the telemetry in those patches.

    The question is “why Microsoft re-releases those updates, although they has been installed on many machines, and why as a extraordinary update on a Thursday?” Microsoft kb articles doesn’t give a clue what’s in.

    He goes through a series of steps to take down a program called compattelrunner.exe, a telemetry data gathering routine that “has been known as a trouble maker driving many systems CPU and RAM load to 100%.” Born admonishes:

    But note, I haven’t tested it – so you are at your own risk – and we don’t know how long this trick will work. But it’s maybe helpful.

    He also includes a list of telemetry related patches that many of you will find interesting.

    Check it out.

  • Surface Pro 4 driver updates?

    Posted on February 10th, 2017 at 14:08 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Poster GregSEdwards on Thurrott.com reports that he’s received a bunch of updates for his Surface Pro 4:

    Required a couple of reboots and got the “Surface is applying updates” message on the Surface boot-up screen.

    I haven’t seen the updates yet, and the official Update Page says nothing, but that’s par for the course.

    Edwards’ list includes new UEFI, HD Graphics 520, Display, and other driver updates.

    Let me know if you see anything…

  • Massive credit card breach at Arby’s

    Posted on February 10th, 2017 at 11:38 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Brian Krebs has the details on an alert that 355,000 credit and debit cards may have been compromised at Arby’s stores.

  • AskWoody Lounge hits 500 registered users

    Posted on February 10th, 2017 at 08:03 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Hard to believe. The Lounge went up on Jan. 31. Ten days later, we’ve hit 500 registered Loungers.

    There have been a few rocky times, with the site bobbing up and down, but we’re reinforced, back, and ready to start building out Phase 2. Direct messaging, upvotes, reply counts on the blog links, a better forum navigation list, improved reply editor, better searching, and more.

    And I’m starting to collect ideas for Phase 3.

    I still need to find experienced people to help build out the forums for Security/Patching, Admins, and Office, and I’m always interested in suggestions for fiddling with the superstructure that’s in place.

    Many, many thanks to the MVPs who have made it all possible, with special thanks to @Kirsty and @PKCano, who have taken on much of the moderation burden.

    Also, thanks to those who have donated their time and money to keep the site going. Your donations are going right back into the site, to build it out and keep it running.