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Android Users, Beware.

We’ve started seeing some almost believable malware, popping up on our Android devices. Remember never to click on ANYTHING that pops up while you’re browsing the web, no matter how much it looks like it came from your operating system or phone vendor.

We got the scary virus warning below clicking on an article on a political website (repeatedly, alternating with another dubious click-hole). It references a “hacking event” with yesterday’s date, and there’s even a 3 minute countdown-to-disaster timer. (HURRY! You better click NOW!) They even throw in the phone model for good measure, and it looks like it could be from Samsung, or a notice of an Android update. Yeah. Could be. But…It isn’t.

Don’t be fooled. Never click on pop ups. When in doubt, just hit BACK.

How to Update Windows Right Now to Fix PrintNightmare | Digital Trends

Run Windows Update and Reboot to make sure the latest patches are installed.

No matter what version of Windows you are running, you need to update NOW. If you are truly paranoid, shutdown your Print Spooler service, and set it to Manual start. You’ll need to start it to print to a network printer, but you will protect your system and network from this serious threat. Check out the article from Digital Trends below.

To Our Customers: If your servers are managed by Proactive Computing, they are already protected from the PrintNightmare threat. But please follow the instructions below to update your Windows PCs and Laptops today.

How to Update Windows Right Now to Fix PrintNightmare | Digital Trends

DJI Mini First Spring Flight. GPS glitches. FPV Not Working…SOLVED

So I pulled my 2 year old DJI Mini (original version) out of the hanger for the first flight of the season today. I updated everything recently, and was expecting a normal flight. Never trust in your expectations.

I powered up hopefully, and opened up the Android flight app. Immediately a notification screamed that the GPS not working. OK. No idea why, but before I spent too much time worrying about it, the drone decided that it needed to calibrate it’s compass.

‘Ahh…THAT must be it’. I figured that could fix the GPS issue, so I proceeded to calibrate…but calibration failed. Wait, what?

DJI Mini App Black Screen FPV Camera View #BugReport

After a frustrating couple of tries, I noticed a recommendation to calibrate at 1.5 m height…so, took 3 steps down, off the deck and SUCCESS! Prepare for takeoff!

Everything powered on. GPS lock. Home point updated and map position verified…but where’s the camera image? It records, takes photos, gimbal moves up and down but just a black screen and blank screen videos and pics. WTF?!?

Powered down. Rebooted everything. Cleared the cache. Nothing. There aren’t any updates and resetting the camera defaults failed. Finally in desperation, I tried uninstalling the Android app and reinstalling. BINGO! Back in business.

After resetting safety settings and a quick pre-flight, check, I took off from the picnic table, and had a perfect flight after that. But for awhile there I was sure some mysterious hardware failure had occurred during its winter in storage, and was freaking out that my drone might be broken. Luckily it was just a software glitch.

Footage from DJI Mini Drone (compressed)

Just goes to prove the Tech Support Credo: If rebooting doesn’t fix it, reinstalling it will.

Hope this helps some other pilots out there who might be in the same hell-bound boat. ~Jamie

DearPCH3lp – Is Microsoft Punishing Me Again? -V01C01


Windows wanted to do update so I said OK and ended up with Microsoft Edge.  What is it and did I do a bad thing? ~S in Woodstock

Dear S,

No, Microsoft isn’t punishing you for your obedience…for a change. Microsoft Edge is a worthy browser, like Google’s Chrome browser and Mozilla’s Firefox. All do the same thing…they let you type in an internet address and view the webpage. All of them just do it a little differently.

If you were already using Edge, the Internet may look a little different after the update. If you weren’t using Edge before, nothing should really change. However, if during the update you somehow switched to Edge as your ‘default browser’ (there are several scenarios where this could happen) your favorites could be missing and things could look VERY different.

If everything looks OK, I suggest trying Edge by clicking on the big, usually blue E in your start menu or task bar. You don’t have to set it as your default browser to use it!

Edge Chrome Firefox Opera

Hope this helped!

~ #PCH3lp💻🛠️

How to enable and configure Dark mode in Office 365 on Windows 10

Dark Mode is beautiful. The popular feature in most apps and operating systems turns off the lights and brightness and makes things easier to understand and read. But, did you know that each of the Office apps has its own Dark Mode too? Well, in this guide, we’ll explain how you can enable Dark Mode in Office 365 in Windows 10.

To get started with enabling dark mode, you’ll need to first launch either a new document in Word, a presentation in PowerPoint, or a spreadsheet in Excel. Once done, you need to click on the File tab along the top of the open window….

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