Xenial Xerus . . 1st Maintenance Release


Note to current OTC Ubuntu users . . if you haven’t done so already, be sure to apply your “system updates”.   See official announcements for details:   Release Notes

Also, “Wily Werewolf” (Ubuntu 15.10) reaches EOL (end of life) on Saturday, July 30, 2016.   Please update by then to ensure a smooth upgrade.




URGENT Firefox update . .

I know it looks legit — but this is a scam — don’t fall for it!

Look at the address it is coming from – it is NOT Mozilla.com.  I’ve had several ‘attacks’ pop up  this week – and simply go back a page, but that may not be the best idea – I don’t know.  I have been scanning my system and nothing is found, so I’m feeling OK.  Decided to install an adblocker today – one recommended in several Mozilla forums – so hope that will help.  But wanted to let those who use FireFox browser know there is a false update being pushed by hackers.

Safe Download Sites

You’ve likely heard me grouse about how the old reliable download sites now accompany their freeware with generous sides of other ‘stuff’. The linked article has a list of (at that moment) safer sites, and a smallprint way to avoid the ‘stuff’ on the other sites.

Safe software download sites – Beware of deceptive download links & PUPs

Sometimes, you should leave well enough alone . . .

Hubby’s ASUS tablet has become the grandkid’s game machine.  And repeated game downloads and deletions have slowed it to a crawl.  Time to clean it up – or so I thought.  To speed things along, I decided to erase all data and do a factory reset.  This has worked well on two Samsung tablets, ASUS can’t be too different.  Or so I thought.

When I gave up, I took it to ARN Network Computer at 4273 S. 144th.  I picked it up 10 days later, at $0 charge, and exactly as I had left it.

Two messages stop tablet function — 1. “Unfortunately, Google Play services has stopped” and 2. “Unfortunately, the process com.google.process.gapps has stopped.”  I have tried the majority of the ideas offered by doing a Google search on both problems.

It has been reset numerous times, started with and without an email account but nothing I have tried or the young guys at ARN tried has solved the problem.  Oh – and ‘Play Store’ no longer functions – just a blank screen.  [Makes doing any updates pretty impossible!]

Constructive IDEAS????


MS – Critical Patch Release – All Versions


MS has just released a critical patch for all “supported” versions of Windows.    It is an issue caused by insecure installment of printer drivers from bogus server sites (often “posing” as valid sites).

It turns out, in order to make Windows even easier to use for the low-information user, . . . MS disabled a built in security feature:

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