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Hello and Welcome,

Meetings This Week:

Friday Forum - Friday Nov 9th - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - 12 noon

Josephine Wiseman has a few items for discussion:

I have a few programs I have been trying:

  • Speccy
  • Defraggler
  • PhotoPad Image Editor
  • PDF-XChange Editor vs PDFelement 6 vs Libre Office


  • Scams I continue to receive via the website
  • Alert when anyone accesses SPCUG Google account
  • 10 free programs from GIMP
  • How to fix sound if WIN10 update has broken it
  • Reasons to switch to Edge
  • Telstra MODEMs which bypass NBN to maintain home phone
  • Spy chief on Huawei ban

As usual these will be new to some members and well-known to others.

We should also install the Manual for the new Epson if this has not already been done. I could point out a few features if necessary.

Josephine Wiseman

Communications - Friday Nov 9th - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

We can ask "Should we download Windows 10 version 1809 yet?" plus the usual Q&A and other discussions.

Meetings Next Week:

Programming - Tuesday Nov 13th - 5:30 pm (6:00 pm meeting start) - 8:00 pm
Web Design - Saturday Nov 17th - 1:30 pm (2:00 pm meeting start) - 4:00 pm

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John Lucke reports from the ASCCA Conference (Oct 30, 31 2018):

Following discussions at yesterday's ASCCA Conference regarding anti-virus protection, I have included this link to AVTEST which gives lots of impartial information on the performance of many well-known AV products.

Microsoft Windows Defender scores quite high on most test criteria and is probably amply sufficient security for most home computer users without the need for a second AV program. It is important to know that most added AV programs automatically disable parts of Win 10 Windows Defender which may not be in the best interests of the user.

Personally, I have used Bitdefender (free edition) for about 3 years as well as Windows Defender and have never had any problems.

This little gem from Microsoft appeared this morning:

How to enable sandboxing for Windows Defender Antivirus today:

We're in the process of gradually enabling this capability for Windows insiders and continuously analyzing feedback to refine the implementation.

From the beginning, we designed and built Windows Defender Antivirus to be resistant to attacks. In order to inspect the whole system for malicious content and artifacts, it runs with high privileges. This makes it a candidate for attacks.

Security researchers both inside and outside of Microsoft have previously identified ways that an attacker can take advantage of vulnerabilities in Windows Defender Antivirus's content parsers that could enable arbitrary code execution. While we haven't seen attacks in-the-wild actively targeting Windows Defender Antivirus, we take these reports seriously. We immediately fixed potential problems and ramped up our own research and testing to uncover and resolve other possible issues.

Users can also force the sandboxing implementation to be enabled by setting a machine-wide environment variable "setx /M MP_FORCE_USE_SANDBOX 1" and restarting the machine. This is currently supported on Windows 10, version 1703 or later.

For information on the setx command, enter "setx /?" — Ed.

John Lucke

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Tech Tips:

“Windows 10's October 2018 Update Is Almost Back, Just in Time for Halloween”:

See the How-To Geek article by CHRIS HOFFMAN @chrisbhoffman OCTOBER 30, 2018, 3:46PM EDT.

“As Halloween approaches, Microsoft is set to unleash the October 2018 Update on the world once again. This time, Microsoft is sure it won't delete your files. Microsoft has fixed two different data loss bugs in the original "stable" release.

On October 30, 2018, Microsoft released build 17763.104 Windows 10 October 2018 Update to Windows Insiders in the Slow and Release Preview rings. The "Release Preview" ring is the final step that occurs before Microsoft releases the update to everyone, so that means it's almost done. Unless any other show-stopping bugs are found, the October 2018 Update is on the cusp of final release.

This latest build fixes the nasty bug that could result in data loss when working with .zip files. Microsoft has also fixed a few other bugs, including issues with incorrect information being shown in the Task Manager. And, of course, Microsoft has already fixed the huge problem where Windows 10 was deleting folders full of some people's files.


As Ars Technica has argued, the Windows 10 development process is flawed. Big bugs like this shouldn't be making it to average Windows users. Microsoft has laid off or reassigned so many of its internal testers, and so much testing is done by Windows Insiders.

Even worse: Most Windows Insiders would never dare install these builds on their primary PCs. In fact, Microsoft recommends against it. That means new versions of Windows 10 don't get enough real-world testing before they're unleashed on unsuspecting users.

For now, it looks like Microsoft finally fixed the October 2018 Update's problems. But Microsoft should have gotten it right the first time around.”

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“The Next Version of Windows 10 Will Finally Fix Start Menu File Search”:

See the How-To Geek article by CHRIS HOFFMAN @chrisbhoffman OCTOBER 25, 2018, 6:40AM EDT.

“Today, Windows 10's Start menu only searches for files in your libraries and on your desktop. In the next version of Windows, it will search everywhere on your PC. This uses the existing Windows search index.

This change is coming in Windows 10's next update, codenamed 19H1 and scheduled for release around April 2019. It's available today to Windows Insiders — in other words, beta testers — as part of Insider preview build 18267.

The Problem Today

Windows 10's Start menu will search the entire Internet thanks to Bing, but it refuses to search through most locations on your PC. Instead, it only searches for files in your libraries (Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Videos) and on your Desktop.

Want to find a file in another folder on your PC? Too bad — the "Best match" is performing a Bing web search for the name of your file.

What's Improving

In the next version of Windows 10, you'll be able to tell the Start menu to search your entire hard drive. This uses the Windows search indexer, which has been around for a long time but is ignored by the Start menu on Windows 10 — for some reason.

To turn this feature on, you'll head to Settings > Cortana > Searching Windows. Under Find My Files, Select "Enhanced (Recommended)" and the Start menu search — also known as Cortana — will search your entire PC.”

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Or, you could download Everything (highly recommended) which searches through all of your disks Today! — Ed.


“Windows 10's Next Update Brings a "Zoom" Feature to the Console”:

See the How-To Geek article by CHRIS HOFFMAN @chrisbhoffman OCTOBER 31, 2018, 7:26PM EDT.

“The Windows Console will let you quickly zoom in and out in the next release of Windows 10, codenamed 19H1 and expected in April 2019. This is exciting news for anyone using Command Prompt, PowerShell, or even a Linux Bash shell on Windows.

This feature is available today to people using the new Windows 10 Insider Preview build 18272, which also includes redesigned sign-in options for setting up Windows Hello.

Microsoft's own Rich Turner, who works on the Windows command line, highlighted this new feature. Just hold the Ctrl key on your keyboard and scroll with your mouse wheel or trackpad to zoom in and out.

Microsoft's Carmen Crincoli notes that this is implemented nicely. With Microsoft's default Consolas font, the text in the console window scales nicely and doesn't turn pixelated. The aspect ratio of the frame stays the same as you zoom in, which means that text won't overflow onto different lines. Everything just works.

Microsoft has also added a dark scroll bar to the Console window, which will be used automatically if you enable Windows 10's dark theme.

This looks great, and it's one of the many ways Microsoft has polished up the command-line experience lately. For example, Windows 10's Fall Creators Update introduced a new color scheme for the command line, and Microsoft offers a downloadable tool that helps you install other color schemes.”

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Bob Backstrom
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