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Kodi Vs Plex

I have been a great Kodi fan. XBMC when it started. Love the addons and etc. Could download a cool Video Addon that could get me some great content but over the years it has been getting worse. I have used both Kodi and Plex on my old Multi Media PC. The PC where I download TV and Movie content and can play anywhere. For external access used Air Video HD from phones etc to access my media. I bought a small Synology 2 Disk NAS and started it as my Multi Media NAS with Plex. I have now switch fully FROM Kodi to Plex. Have now 2 Roku TV’s that have Plex addon and have never looked back. I am so impressed I bought a Synology 1520+ NAS with 2 8GB NAS harddrives and can and likely will in the future to add more larger hard drives. Synology NAS makes the ultimate multimedia players with Plex. Can play it anywhere. Even on my iPhone that Kodi could never do without jailbrake.

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Excel Could Not See Network Drives After Windows 10 Upgrade

One of my clients I just upgraded their PC from Windows 7 to 10. They have Office 2010 and everything was working except Excel could not see any network drives. All other apps are fine. I Googled it and came across this article. It did not help but let me search in a location that I would not expect. It described if the program is running as Administrator it might not see the network drives. I have came across this before. Usually in an elevated  CMD Prompt. It also mentioned deleting a registry but would affect all Office. So I checked first for the Administrator. That was not the issue. The issue was for some reason the Excel icon was set to run in Windows XP compatible mode. Removed that and everything is back to normal.

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WordPerfect Can’t Print

2. Reset your WordPerfect printer settings:

  • Windows Vista and Windows 7: Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories. Click Run, type “regedit” in the Open Box and click OK.
  • Windows 8: On the keyboard, press Windows key + R. Type “regedit” in the Open Box and click on OK.
  • All other versions of Windows: Go to Start > Run. Type “regedit” in the Open Box and click on OK.

3. In Registry Editor navigate to “PrintEngine” it is located in:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Corel > PrintEngine

4. Right click on the PrintEngine folder > Rename. Rename the folder to “PrintEngineOld”

5. Your printer information will be refreshed on the next launch of WordPerfect X7

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SonicWall Global VPN slows Internet When Connected

Found this here.

Seems like you need to disable RSC

 

Quick way to disable Receive Segment Coalescing (RSC) via Powershell

Open Powershell (Admin)
Get the WiFi adapter’s NAME using
> Get-NetAdapter
Check to see if “Receive Segment Coalesing (RSC)” is on
> Get-NetAdapterRSC
a. True=RSC is enabled | False=disabled
If true use the following command to disable RSC
> Disable-NetAdapterRSC -Name Wi-Fi

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Wordperfect Started To Print To Manual Tray

Found the following HERE.

In the main (home) composition screen, from the top command bar select Format > Page > Page Setup. Select Setup tab. Under Page Definitions, highlight whatever paper size you’re using. Hit the “Edit” button below. Look at the “Source” window in the dialog box that appears. Change it from Manual to Auto Select. Hit OK to back all the way out. Done.

 

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Why I love Firefox as my Favorite Browser

So I have used several browsers over the years. Netscape, IE, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, several IE replacements etc. I always go to Firefox. Customize, Full menu, Best Bookmarks etc. And one of the most secure browser ever. Oh and their add-ons are great.

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Spam

Spam. Everyone gets it. If you have an email address you have all gotten spam. Maybe you have some really obscure address or you started with a spam filter from the beginning of email but that would be the minimal. We all get it. I try to encourage all my business clients to go through some spam hardware device to eliminate most. (Barracuda is a great example that some of my clients go through that eliminate a good percentage) Myself for my business I go through my ISP’s spam filter that is pretty good. Most spam filters have some control to limit spam at different degrees. Not any spam filter can catch everything. As the filters improve the bad guys spammers also improve so its a cat/mouse scenario. So what can you do. First try and go through a hardware spam utility before you even get the emails. That will likely eliminate 80% of the crap. Next is have a decent virus program. Sure I am an IT guy and I know what normally is a spam/scam/virus email. This is for the general public. For the general public they still need a decent virus protection if they do a lot of email. The problem with relying on a good virus protection is again the bad guys know how to get around it so they are usually ahead of the virus protectors so again don’t rely 100% on them. What might be more important  than a good virus protection is knowing the difference between a legit email and a spam/scam/virus/ etc. People need to be educated on what could be real and what is fake. That is the best defense. I also have a Gmail account and they do a great job of filtering also but it does not catch everything. Education I believe is the best filter but not everyone can do it.

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Microsoft DNS Server Security Issue

From Security Now Episode 776

A link to CheckPoint’s detailed write-up is in the show notes for anyone who’s interested. It’s very detailed and wonderful and takes us step-by-step through their process. But I’ll just hit the high points here: For every query type that a DNS server makes there’s a corresponding reply.What the CheckPoint guys found was a classic math result variable sizing mistake in the parsing logic for the reply to a “SIG” (as in signature) query which is part of DNSSEC.They discovered a mishandling of values between the 16-bit fields used by the DNS protocol and the 64-bit register math used by the code compiler. Coders know that if a 64-bit value is calculated to allocate memory, and if the result is larger than 65,535 (the maximum absolute quantity that can be represented by 16-bits), then the least 16-bits of that value will be a small integer — which is the amount of the overflow over 65,535. And if THAT smaller integer 16-bitvalue was then used to allocate memory for a buffer, the resulting buffer will be much too small to hold the larger calculated amount of data. And, of course, that’s exactly what happened.They discovered that by sending a DNS response containing a larger-than-64KB SIG record, they could cause a controlled heap-based buffer overflow of roughly 64KB more than a small allocated buffer. For hackers that’s the golden keys to the server kingdom.CheckPoint concluded their write by noting:This high-severity vulnerability was acknowledged by Microsoft and was assignedCVE-2020-1350.We believe that the likelihood of this vulnerability being exploited is high, as we internally found all of the primitives required to exploit this bug. Due to time constraints, we did not continue to pursue the exploitation of the bug (which includes chaining together all of the exploitation primitives), but we do believe that a determined attacker will be able to exploit it.Successful exploitation of this vulnerability would have a severe impact, as you can often find unpatched Windows Domain environments, especially Domain Controllers. In addition, some Internet Service Providers (ISPs) may even have set up their public DNS servers as WinDNS.We strongly recommend users to patch their affected Windows DNS Servers in order top revent the exploitation of this vulnerability.As a temporary workaround, until the patch is applied, we suggest setting the maximum length of a DNS message (over TCP) to 0xFF00, which should eliminate the vulnerability. You can do so by executing the following commands:

reg add “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\DNS\Parameters” /v “TcpReceivePacketSize” /t REG_DWORD /d 0xFF00 /fnet stop DNS && net start DNS

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Outlook Opens And Then Closes

Got a few calls and clients seem to be having this major issue. Searched and seems there was a MS update that has caused this. Found the following solution:

Run CMD as Administrator (Click start button and type cmd, right click on cmd.exe and run as administrator)

At the command prompt type the following command:

cd “\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ClickToRun”

then:

officec2rclient.exe /update user updatetoversion=16.0.6366.2062

For newer version type this one instead:

officec2rclient.exe /update user updatetoversion=16.0.12527.20880

It will then start download an update that should fix it.

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Windows 10 2004 Update Is Odd

So the new upgrade to the latest Windows 10 is out. Almost. Its not like the last one which I believe was a 30 min normal upgrade of normal security etc stuff. OH NOOO!!!! I have witness upgrading I believe 3 PCs (not the fastest but average) take 2-4 hour upgrade!! Wow!!. Also for my own experience I try and manually install and no go. I try the Windows update and I even try the manual download all files, right click on setup and select run as administrator. Nope. Looking on line there seems to be a lot of print issues with this update and older 1909 updates. Other major issues also. MS own hardware are not getting any updates. Make you think of a company that focus on Software for all their life (50+) and can’t get their Software to work with their own HARDWARE!!. Gee wonder why Apple will kick them in the ass again!!

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