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Printer issue - WSD port

At some point in life in the past several weeks something happened to my printer and it started having issues printing. The printer is an HP Deskjet 2600 series. The issue was print jobs would get jammed in the queue and I was unable to delete them. The process was:

wsd printer port I would print something

Conveyed Concept

Conveyed concept

concept12 years ago (2007) I wrote this article and placed it on Wikipedia. 10 years later they decide they don't like it and deleted it. 10 years! It went through a peer review and countless other revisions and checks. So, I'm cleaning it up and publishing on my site 2 years after they deleted.


ZombieLoad - A new but not so new threat

The latest threat to computers is the Zombieload vulnerability.

So many of the known threats to computer devices are because of how the software or hardware was created. The exploits and vulnerabilities we discover are flaws in how the system or code was constructed. Is it possible that we just didn’t have the tools we needed to test for security flaws?

zombieload exploit

What is Server-less

Cloud = server on the Web

I recently completed a project where I successfully moved a company from a server environment to one that is "serverless".

NYT- Technology

Memphis Business Journal

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 14:04
Jacob Steimer
In Shelby County, the number of new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations has been increasing during the last week. For most of May, the county's seven-day moving average of new cases had stayed below 80, but recent data has pushed it above 90 for the first time. The rise in active hospitalizations that almost delayed phase two of the local back-to-business plan continued through at least May 20 — the most recent day the City of Memphis has given data for. Shelby County Health Department director…

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 13:52
John Klyce
AutoZone's sales had declined. Then, federal stimulus checks gave it a boost.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 13:28
Andrew Schrack
For contractors and subcontractors, late payments can be an all-too-familiar part of the construction industry. Many assume the best of intentions — maybe the check is still in the mail? Maybe there was an emergency around-the-clock project? When it eventually becomes clear there is a problem, many will still try to work it out themselves. But all the while, the deadlines for establishing liens on the project rapidly approach. Mechanics’ liens allow contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and…

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 11:54
Susan Ellis
Fibrenew offers leather, vinyl, and plastic repairs. Cox sees opportunity in the COVID-19 pandemic, where worn seating is just not going to fly with a wary public.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 11:37
Sean Ryan
A $1.7B loan backed by 17 Great Wolf Resorts Inc. hotels and water parks was flagged for concerns after the borrower said the pandemic could create cash flow challenges. The chain has been planning a Jackson, Tennessee, location.


Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 18:20
Anthony Spadafora

When users visit eBay's website from a Windows PC, the site runs a script that performs a local port scan of the device to detect if any remote support or remote access applications are running.

As reported by BleepingComputer, many of the ports scanned by the online auction site are used for remote access and remote support tools including Windows Remote Desktop, VNC, TeamViewer and more. Upon further testing, the news outlet discovered that eBay is performing a local port scan of 14 different point when users visit its site.

The scan is conducted by a check.js script on the website that attempts WebSocket connections to a number of ports such as 3389 (Microsoft remote desktop, 5931 (Ammy Admin remote desktop), 6333 (VNC remote connection 7070 (real Audio and Apple QuickTime streaming) and more.

Oddly enough, the port scans do not occur when a user running Linux visits eBay's website, though the programs being scanned for are all Windows remote access tools.

Fighting fraud

As it turns out, eBay is conducting port scans of Windows PCs in order to detect if a compromised computer is being used to make fraudulent purchases on the site.

Back in 2016, multiple reports emerged revealing that cybercriminals were taking over users' computers through TeamViewer to make fraudulent purchases on eBay. Since many of the site's users use cookies to automatically login, the attackers were able to control their computers remotely and access eBay to make purchases.

In a blog post, Dan Nemec explained how he discovered that the script being used for fraud detection is actually from a product called ThreatMetrix which is owned by LexisNexis. While the programs eBay scans for when users visit its site are all legitimate, some of them have previously been used as RATs in phishing campaigns.

Fighting fraud is very important for eBay but at the same time, port scanning is still intrusive for its users. TechRadar Pro reached out to the company for a statement regarding the matter but we did not hear back at the time of writing.

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Via BleepingComputer

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 15:25
David Lumb

Almost 100 more Apple Stores are reopening in the US this week, but in most locations, they still won’t let you walk inside: instead, they’re offering curbside or storefront service only.

Apple Stores began reopening in early May with a four-state rollout, which expanded to 11 states later in the month. The next wave of openings will enlarge that list to 28 states, with the majority of locations located in Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, and Texas, according to 9to5Mac

It’s not totally clear why some locations are permitting in-store service while others aren’t, but it likely depends on local laws in various state, which have had different approaches to reopening public spaces as the coronavirus outbreak continues. Most of the Apple Stores reopening this week are restricted to curbside and storefront service only, but those that allow in-store service are almost all located in California, Florida, and Texas.

It’s also not clear when locations that only offer storefront and curbside service will open further to allow customers inside, but in the meantime, they’ll still permit order pick-ups (say, if you order an iPhone 11 for in-store pickup) and Genius Bar appointments so long as folks engage in state-required protective measures, like wearing masks and/or submitting to temperature checks.

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Apple Store reopenings: a different case in different countries

Following the course of the coronavirus outbreak, Apple Stores in China closed in February and began reopening in March right as the company confirmed that US stores would be closed ‘until further notice.’

While that seemed indefinite, a leaked internal memo revealed Apple had set a target of early May for reopening US stores, and has followed that projected window. Given the company has safely reopened Apple Stores across countries recovering from the Covid-19 outbreak, we’ll likely see more US locations turn their lights back on in the coming weeks. 

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 15:15
Mackenzie Frazier

Building a Sonos multi-room music system for your home could be very pricey, so to help you and your wallet, we've rounded up the best Sonos deals and sales that are available online. 

Sonos speaker systems offer a broad range of wireless connectivity options to get your music pumping throughout your home, tapping into your personal collection of MP3s as well as streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. From soundbars to subwoofers, there are Sonos speakers for all occasions – though if you don't pick them up within sales seasons, be prepared for premium pricing.

We have hot deals for the whole line-up, including not just the Sonos One, Play:3, and Play:5 but also the Sonos Playbar, Sub, Sonos Beam, Sonos Playbase and Connect as well. 

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So what’s a good deal for Sonos speakers?

Good deals are subjective, obviously. But if we were in your shoes, we’d wait for at least a $50/£35/AU$75-off sale. These happen around the holidays, mostly, but do happen sporadically  throughout the year as well. 

If you’re looking for a recommendation, your best bet is to start your Sonos system with a Play:5, the big brother of the bunch, and work your way down. We also have a soft spot in our heart for the Playbar (it’s on our best soundbar list, after all) and a Play One is a great pick for kitchens, bedrooms and studies.

 If you want the latest and greatest from Sonos, check out the brand-new Sonos Playbase – it's a speaker and TV stand all in one package. OK, without further ado, here are the best Sonos deals we’ve found today.

Sonos One deals

Sonos and Alexa, Amazon's smart personal assistant, are a perfect match for one another - it's almost a wonder it's taken this long for the two of them to meet. Regardless, the Sonos One is here now and it combines the best of both worlds. The One is able to call upon Alexa to answer basic inquiries, adjust appointments on your calendar and, for Amazon Prime members, voice access to Amazon's expansive Music Unlimited library.  

Read our full review: Sonos One

It was a long time coming, but the Sonos Beam was finally a Sonos soundbar worth waiting for. With a design small enough to match most TVs, it's equipped with smart features, innovation and exquisite sound that impresses. There are a few issues worth pointing out (the lack of Dolby Atmos at the price disappoints), but the way the speaker fits in with the rest of the Sonos eco-system makes it a must-have for those that have invested in other Sonos devices.

Providing you've got a HDMI-ARC compatible TV (which most modern ones are) it's easy to set-up and, if you've got other compatible Sonos speakers, it's a simple way to get wireless surround sound for your movies, too.

Read our review: Sonos Beam 

1 deals

The Sonos Play:1 is the alpha in Sonos' alphabet. It's not the most powerful of the bunch, but it definitely knows how to get the job done. It's 6.36 x 4.69 x 4.69 inches (161.45 x 119.7 x 119.7 mm) and 4.08 lbs (1.85 kg) but it can really kick. It comes in two colors – white with light metallic grille and black with graphite grille – and works with standard wall mounts and speaker stands. We love how easy it is to setup and its awesome sound quality, but thought that its low end could use a bit of oomph. Still, if you're looking to start a Sonos system without spending a lot, the Sonos Play:1 is the place to start.

Read our review: Sonos Play:1 

3 deals

The Sonos Play:3 is the middle child of the bunch. It's more powerful than the puny Play:1, but doesn't have the same room-filling audio that you get from the Play:5. For some people, though, it's just right. So how big is it? The Play:3 is 5.2 x 10.6 x 6.3 inches (132 x 268 x 160 mm) and weighs 5.71 lbs. (2.6 kg). It comes in two colors – white with light metallic grille and black with graphite grille – and works with standard wall mounts and speaker stands. It has three Class-D amplifiers, one tweeter, two mid-woofers and a bass radiator. Again, here you'll find great audio quality and a pretty easy setup.

Read our review: Sonos Play: 3

5 deals

Here it is, the grand kahuna of the Sonos systems. The Sonos Play:5 is everything you can want in a network speaker. It gets loud, but also sounds crystal clear at top volumes. It's obviously a bigger than its brethren, however, so keep that in mind before you try stuffing one into a one-room apartment. So how big is it? It's 8.03 x 14.33 x 6.06 inches (203 x 364 x 154 mm) and weighs 14 lbs. (6.36 kg). It comes in two colors – white or black matte enclosure with graphite grille – and contains two built-in microphones that can tune it for your space. Unlike the Play:3 it has five Class-D amplifiers, three tweeters, three mid-woofers and a phased speaker array that separates sound into its three channels – left, right and center. Good sound doesn't come cheap, but once you hear a Sonos Play:5 speaker you won't want anything else.

Read our review: Sonos Play:5

Sonos Playbar deals

TVs might look great, but most of them definitely don't sound all that good. That's why Sonos made the Playbar, a soundbar that can produce top-tier audio quality while simultaneously syncing up to your other multi-room speakers. It's definitely expensive, no doubt about it, but there's no other soundbar this well-connected. Here are some specs: First off, it's 3.35 x 35.43 x 5.51 inches (85 x 900 x 140 mm) and weighs 11.9 lbs. (5.4kg). It only comes in one color and requires a separate mounting kit if you want to mount it beneath your screen. Unlike the Play:5, it has nine Class-D amplifiers, three tweeters and six mid-woofers – that can put out a ton of noise. 

Read our review: Sonos Playbar

Sonos Playbase deals

Three years after the company released its first ever soundbar, the Playbar, Sonos has created the Playbase, a unique form factor sound system that combines a stable pedestal for your TV with an audio cabinet. 

Why did Sonos create a second home entertainment device? The team did extensive research into how people used their Playbar at home and found that most people didn’t wall mount their televisions or Playbars. To that end, the Playbase was created to allow people to set their televisions right on top of the speaker, allowing for a compact home theater solution. 

Overall, the Sonos Playbase is a good-sounding speaker for those who don’t want to fumble with a surround sound system or simply don’t have the room for one. There’s no need for a receiver, making it truly plug-and-play. Sonos’ philosophy of making music enjoyment as frictionless as possible continues with the Playbase – the Sonos app is easy to use and the integrated universal search across music services is something we wished every speaker had. 

Read our review: Sonos Playbase

Sonos Sub deals

Sonos systems are great. Like seriously great. We want to call them perfect, and yet without some sort of low-end support they just aren't. For that you need the Sonos Sub, the additional audio piece that adds a hefty amount of bass to your favorite music genres. The design here is a bit funky, we'll admit, but hey, if you were looking for a conversation starter (and ender) at your next house party, this is it. That said, it's 15.3 x 15.8 x 6.2 inches (389 x 402 x 158 mm) and weighs 36.3 lbs (16 kg). It's available in two colors – premium white gloss and premium black gloss – that can match either your Playbar or Play:5 speaker. Inside you'll find two Class-D amplifiers, two force-cancelling speaker drivers and dual acoustic ports that help the Sub reach a low frequency of about 25Hz. 

Read our hands on review: Sonos Sub

Sonos Connect deals

There's nothing wrong with your old audio equipment. You've invested years in setting up and tuning your system, and there's no reason to let any of that go to waste. For anyone interested in keeping the equipment they already own but add on a streaming or mutil-room audio component, Sonos Connect is your solution. While it's not exactly a player in its own right, Sonos Connect allows you to send or receive audio streams. That means you can hook it up to your receiver to send out your favorite CD over the airwaves in your home, or set it up with your old floor speakers to bring them into the 21st century. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 15:01
John Loeffler

Minecraft Dungeons, Majong's highly-anticipated dungeon crawler, is now available for PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.

The Diablo-style hack-and-slash is a familiar sight for Minecraft fans, using the same voxel aesthetics as Majong's There is no mining or crafting in Minecraft Dungeons, however, just hacking, slashing, looting, and repeating. 

While there might not be too much here for dungeon-crawling veterans, fans of Minecraft are sure to enjoy a new take on one of the most popular games in history. 

Here how can you can get Minecraft Dungeons on your respective platforms:

The game is your basic good-versus-evil fare, with a silent hero wading through hordes of baddies in different levels with different terrain to ultimately fight the boss at the end. Along the way, you'll pick up better weapons and armor that let you take on bigger and badder enemies that drop better and more powerful loot, and so on.

The game runs a little over 8-9 hours, making it much shorter than other titles in the genre, but it isn't meant to be more than that. Besides, where else are you going to find a light romp through an evil dungeon nowadays without having your six-year-old asking "what's a succubus?"

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 14:33
Anthony Spadafora

HP has unveiled a number of new business-grade monitors which have been reimagined with the aim of helping remote workers connect and collaborate while also supporting their well being.

The company's E-Series monitors are the world's first ergonomic monitor series with always-on low blue light to reduce potential eye damage and improve sleep quality. HP Eye Ease addresses blue light without affecting color accuracy or introducing any yellow shift. HP's E-Series monitors are also the first monitor series to receive the TUV Low Blue Light Hardware Solution certification.

President of Personal Systems at HP Inc., Alex Cho explained in a press release how the company's new products can benefit employees working from home, saying:

“As we experience a new normal that blurs reality between life and work, it’s clear that the PC is essential – allowing us to work, live, learn, collaborate, and create regardless of distance. Today’s line-up of innovative products, our largest commercial product launch ever, including the next generation of Elite PCs and desktops, the world’s first ergonomic monitors with always-on low blue-light, and the world’s brightest 14-inch mobile workstation, along with dedicated services to improve remote employee experiences, reinforces HP’s commitment to equipping workers with the right tools, power, and performance for the ultimate work from home experience.” 

Portable and wireless monitors

In addition to its new E-Series monitors, HP also unveiled a new portable monitor as well as a wireless monitor to help boost productivity.

The HP E14 G4 Portable Monitor provides users with the freedom to work from anywhere with the power of dual-screen productivity. The device is also the world's brightest 14-inch portable monitor and weights only 640 g and is less than 4.75 mm thin. The HP E14 G4 Portable Monitor features two USB-C ports and the display can easily be connected to any laptop over USB-C.

The HP U27 4K Wireless Monitor is the world's first 4K wireless sharing PC monitor. The device allows users to seamlessly connect it to their PC with the HP Quick Pair Bluetooth App or by pressing the Windows Key + K on their keyboard.

HP's E-Series monitors will arrive in August starting at $159 (£128), the E14 Portable Monitor will cost $249 (£200) and ship in September and the U27 Wireless Monitor will be available in June for $479 (£387).

Via Engadget

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