Can anyone shed light on Perry Johnson’s Hosed Windows System . . ?

Yesterday Perry Johnson sent the following to the Omaha Tech Connect board members.  (as you may or may not know, Perry was a former President of Slugo and is still an active member in OTC).

The message is a request for info and ideas about what next steps he might do or check into . . To keep our answers together and thread-able, please use the comments feature and I’ll forward the link back to Perry – thanks.

“Ladies and Gentlemen,
    Based upon the situation described below, if I may, I have two simple questions:  Have I been impaled by a spiral fastening device?  If not, where do I go in Omaha to restore this poor laptop?
    This loyal laptop was chugging along on the free Windows 10.  Before trips I usually back stuff up to an external drive.  I had a much-needed time in the mountains without news during this fall’s trip to Mueller State Park.
    I came back and discovered that a hurricane was threatening Cissie.  So, a day after returning from pine trees and deer, I hopped into another plane to rush to help my bride — without backing up any of the work I had done when talking to the trees.  Tsk!  Tsk!
    A few days later, I turned on the laptop to see the screen below about “Starting Watchdog Installation.”  I unsuccessfully tried to start the laptop several times.  Then, I unwisely started to play with the Function Keys.  I came to an option to redo Windows.  I opted for this with hope.  Unfortunately, the lengthy process reloaded Windows 7.  None of the other software and data files were either visible or accessible.
    Was my goof as bad as I believe it was?
    (I had to spend some time to get far enough to send this email.)
Thank you,
Perry the Unwise”



Canonical Patches Ancient “Dirty COW” Kernel Bug in All Supported Ubuntu OSes

A significant Linux kernel bug has been patched today by Canonical.   Club members running any Ubuntu derived OS (Mint, Elementary, etc.) should manually trigger your OS updater to apply the patch.

If running Android on Tablets/Phones, users may need to check with their OEM as to patch timing.   Club members running Chromebooks will receive the updates automatically from Google in the next day or two.


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