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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

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 16:26
Jacob Steimer
Three major players in City of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland's administration are leaving with the start of his second term in January. Chief legal officer Bruce McMullen and special counsel to the mayor Alan Crone will return to full-time, private legal practice, and chief of staff Lisa Geater will retire from the City after 31 years. “Bruce, Lisa and Alan, have been an integral part of my team, and their work and counsel have had an incredible, positive impact on city government and me personally.…

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 14:47
Corey Davis
A Memphis-based, third-party logistics provider just underwent its first rebrand in the company's 22-year history. Cornerstone Systems Inc., an employee-owned transportation company, is refreshing its brand identity with a new website, logo, and core brand elements. Karen Cacaro, communications director for Cornerstone Systems, said the brand overhaul was inspired by the concept of movement. The company's new vibrant, modernized brand represents the movement of freight, but also the celebration…

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 14:03
Meagan Nichols
Meet First Horizon's Allen Paine, SVP and manager of Trust Real Estate.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 13:38
John Klyce
Sam Landy doesn’t like it when you refer to the Memphis Blues Community, and other UMH Property areas, as trailer parks. “Trailer park is a term that might refer to run-down homes from the seventies,” said Landy, the president of UMH Properties, Inc. “Modern manufactured homes have all the amenities of modern apartments and houses.” Given the number of people hoping to move to the Memphis Blues Community in Frayser, it’s hard to argue with that. On Nov. 16, the all-rental manufactured…

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 10:17
Susan Ellis
Brian Edwards' Everything But the Food doesn't exactly offer everything but the food. It may, in fact, offer area restaurants the most important thing beyond the food.


Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 04:59
Liviu Arsene

Consumers are no longer surprised by data breaches. And, the truth is that large scale data breaches are here to stay. In fact, according to recent research from Bitdefender, six in every ten businesses have suffered a data breach in the last three years. And, by the end of July 2019 almost a quarter of infosec professionals revealed that the company they work for had suffered a data breach in the first six months of the year alone. 

As enterprises continue to embrace technology and IT management increasingly become more digitally sophisticated, the threat landscape and capabilities of attackers continues to grow more complex. What’s more, infosec professionals are also having to contend with tight budgets, as well as a lack of talent and understanding from general employees and senior management. As a result, businesses are facing more cybersecurity risks now than ever before. 

If companies are to truly protect themselves from evolving threats and ultimately protect the future success of their business, it is vital that they understand what issues are at play, go beyond thinking just about firewalls, and what they can do to avoid falling victim to an attack. 

Understanding the stresses and strains

The research found that although over half (57%) of IT professionals rate their cybersecurity as very good or excellent, the risk businesses face from attackers is still very much a reality. In fact, 26% of IT professionals still believe their business could currently be undergoing a breach without even knowing it. With the biggest threats believed to be a phishing or whaling attack (36%) followed by Trojans (29%) and Ransomware (28%). 

But it is not only the increasingly complex threat landscape that IT professionals need to be concerned about. Poor cybersecurity is an undeniable threat to businesses. From squeezed budgets and inadequate training to a lack of talent and resourcing, cybersecurity teams are under a huge amount of strain to ensure their businesses are protected and employees are sufficiently educated. In fact, over half (53%) of security professional have considered leaving their current role due to being under-resourced both financially and in terms of staffing. 

If businesses don’t start investing the time, money and resources into their cybersecurity the consequences they face could be detrimental. In this year alone not only has the number of fines issued under GDPR noticeably increased but so too has the willingness to escalate the value of the fines. Over the summer, for example, we saw the ICO announcing astronomical fines of over 100 million to companies such as British Airways for failing to protect personal data. 

It is not only financial repercussions that businesses need to be prepared for. The two most significant impacts that feared by IT professionals, should their organisation be breached, are business interruptions (43%) and reputational damage (38%). With the media’s continual focus on cybersecurity failures, organisations which are left exposed to an attack, could easily find themselves suffering from all sorts of irrevocable damages. 

A plan of (preventing) attack

With both the threat landscape continuing to increase in complexity and organisations facing significant gaps in terms of their preparation against attacks, there are clearly improvements to be had. For businesses to truly get on top of their cybersecurity, the best place to start is focusing on cybersecurity training and educating employees. Once people are made aware of the threats that could occur and of the, often, simple steps that can be taken to avoid an attack in the first instant, infosecurity professionals are in a much better position to prevent large scale breaches. 

Additionally, some of the main drivers for boosting an organisation's cybersecurity are improving data protection, and faster detection and response capabilities. Speed really is of the essence when it comes to detecting and acting against a cyber threat. The faster an organisation can react the faster you can isolate and remediate against cyber threats. As such, having technologies that will aid in the discovery of threats, such as ‘network traffic analysis’ and antivirus technology, is vital. Interestingly as well, 70% of infosec professionals believe that endpoint security detection and response (EDR) can help prevent future attacks. 

Tactics, tools and talent

Ultimately, organisations need to scrutinise whether their current cybersecurity strategy is fit for purpose. However, to successfully protect themselves against a cyber attack, organisations cannot simply rely on strategy alone. They must not only commit to ensuring their strategy is put into practice but that it is also backed by a combination of the right technology, the right talent and a thorough understanding of the risks their organisation faces from insufficient cybersecurity.


Liviu Arsene is a Global Cybersecurity Researcher at Bitdefender.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 04:52
Brendan Griffiths

The Currys Black Friday sale has kicked off super early this year and the UK store is leading the way for gamers too with a selection of jaw-dropping Nintendo Switch bundles.

You can now order the newest version of the Nintendo Switch (the battery lasts longer than the older launch model), with a FREE copy of either Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield - two of the hottest games of the year on Ninty's super handheld hybrid. An absolute steal at just £279.99.

If you already have a Switch at home or aren't bothered about having the option of playing the games on your TV, then you might have been eyeing up the budget version console that works in handheld mode only, the Nintendo Switch Lite. Well, you're in for a treat too as you can get the game for just an extra £20 on top of the cheaper console's price of £199. 

And seeing as Black Friday isn't rolling around until the end of the month, you might well be feeling a little cautious about diving in this early. Well, Currys hears you and will refund the difference if prices drop the price any lower on Black Friday. We honestly don't see the competition beating these prices though, so Currys will be fairly confident about not having to do that. Nintendo is notorious for not dropping prices much on hardware and the Switch will be the most in-demand console between now and Christmas, so it'll be sticking to its Joy-Cons for sure. 

If you're a little unsure about which version of the game to pick up then check out our article on the Pokemon Sword and Shield differences. Ready to buy now? Then check out the Pokemon Switch deals below. If Pokemon isn't what you're after with your new console though, be sure to keep an eye on our regularly-updated guide to the latest Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals and we'll tell you about all the different bundles for the Lite too with our guide to the latest Nintendo Switch Lite prices.

These Nintendo Switch bundles have just been further improved by Currys as they now come with a free six-month subscription to Spotify Premium.

The hottest Nintendo Switch Pokemon bundles

If the Nintendo Switch bundles haven't convinced you it's time to buy just yet, then maybe you'd be more interested in our roundups of the latest Xbox One deals or cheap PS4 deals.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 04:49
David Lumb

The OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro are out, but we’re already looking at the next models in the series: the yet-to-be-confirmed, but probably-to-be-named OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro.

2019 was an interesting year for OnePlus, which split its lineup between the flagship specs at a mid-range price in the OnePlus 7 and the more polished (and pricey) true budget flagship OnePlus 7 Pro. Those were refined with additional features in the 7T versions later in the year, as follows the phone maker's traditional tick-tock schedule. 

As such, we’re expecting the new phones coming early in 2020 to make a similar tech leap. But what will the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro include? 

We’re pretty early to the game, and haven’t seen too many rumors, aside from one leak suggesting the 8 Pro will abandon its predecessor’s pop-up camera for a more traditional punch-hole for the front-facing camera. 

Aside from that, we can speculate as to what the next generation will introduce. 

Both the 7 Pro and the 7T Pro had 5G versions, so we can expect a OnePlus 8 Pro 5G - especially as those advanced wireless networks start rolling out more coverage.

Update: Leaked sketches show the possible design of both the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro, complete with a punch-hole selfie camera and four rear cameras.

  • What is it? The next OnePlus smartphone line
  • When is it out? Possibly April 2020
  • What will it cost? Likely more than $599 / £549 /  AU$874 for the OnePlus 8

OnePlus 7T

OnePlus 8 / 8 Pro release date and price

Given the release windows OnePlus has followed for years, we can expect the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro to launch in late spring or early summer - the last two non-T versions came out in May 2018 and 2019, respectively, so mid-May 2020 is a good guess. 

We’re expecting two phones, and given the prices for its predecessors, we don’t expect the more affordable OnePlus 8 to cost less than $599  / £549 / AED 1,949 (around AU$868). 

Likewise, we don’t anticipate the OnePlus 8 Pro to cost less than $699 / £699 / AED 2,699 (around AU$1,010).

OnePlus 7T Pro

OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro rumors and leaks

While the OnePlus 7 Pro introduced a pop-up selfie camera that allowed an unblemished front bezel, the OnePlus 7 didn’t - it kept the teardrop notch of its predecessor. 

An early leak suggests the OnePlus 8 will go for a simple punch-hole in the top-left corner for the front-facing camera. That leak also suggested the Pro would shrink from 6.67 inches down to 6.5 inches.

We've seen how the front camera might look in the leaked sketches below, which show both single-lens and dual-lens punch holes, with the dual-lens one likely being the OnePlus 8 Pro.

The images also show minimal screen bezel and a quad-lens rear camera, but as with all leaks we'd take them with a pinch of salt.

That said, another leak similarly supported the punch-hole selfie camera concept. This leak also suggests the OnePlus 8 Pro will introduce a fourth rear camera, introducing a Time of Flight depth sensor to the trio of main, ultra wide and telephoto lenses, which are still vertically aligned in the center

The leak suggests the pop-up camera was removed to make room for other features like wireless charging, but it’s easy to speculate other possible reasons: the pop-up mechanism could have been had reliability issues (not that we’d heard of any). 

That mechanism could’ve also been a vector for water and dust to get in - unlike other phones, OnePlus handsets don’t have an IP dust/water resistance rating, which are often industry standard. 

OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition

OnePlus 8 / 8 Pro: What we want to see 1. Improved cameras

The OnePlus 7 Pro introduced a third ultrawide lens, like many other smartphones released in 2019, and it was good: the extra range makes the phone’s photo suite more versatile. But it can be better.

Specifically, we’d love an improved Nightscape, the company’s night mode - and yes, it’s wholly because the iPhone 11 and Google Pixel 4 raised the bar again this year. Clarity, color vibrancy, and general brightness are being achieved to astonishing degrees, and we’d love to see Nightscape catch up.

So long as we’re asking, we’d also like a few of the modes that come standard in other phones. The new Macro Mode introduced in the OnePlus 7T is neat, but we’d also like standbys such as panorama and slo-mo. Heck, we’d even love slofies.

2. Wireless charging

True, wireless charging still isn’t speedy, but it remains a convenient addition to any phone. Slapping your phone down on one of the best wireless chargers is more convenient than having to plug it in and yank it out every time you need to check something. 

And while it’s not exactly a killer feature, the “reverse wireless charging” capability to lend some of your handset’s capacity to another device is handy (in theory, anyway.)

3. Face unlock

While fingerprint sensing is important, it’s nice not to have to perch your finger in a certain place every time you want to check something quickly on your phone. Given Android 10 enables Face Unlock, it would be great to have the feature in addition to (and not in replacement of, like in the Pixel 4) the fingerprint scanner.

4. 5G in the base OnePlus 8 model

While both generations of OnePlus phones in 2019 had a 5G version - the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G and the rarer OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition - they were both the highest-specced Pro models of the phones. While certainly more affordable than other 5G phones like the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, they were notably pricier compared to the base OnePlus models. 

We'd love to see the 5G revolution come to the masses in what will assuredly be a lower-cost yet high-specced setup that OnePlus is known for. While most 5G phones have been marketed as premium devices, the Moto Z3 and Moto Z4 have still delivered respectable (though not record-breaking) speeds with the 5G Moto Mod; if we could internalize that in the base OnePlus 8, it would go a long way toward bringing 5G to folks who don't want to spend top dollar.

5. A 3.5mm headphone jack

We might sound like a broken record here, but we love the 3.5mm jack in all phones and were sad to see it go with the OnePlus 6T.  While most of the industry has done away with it, we still yearn for the day when we can plug our nice headphones into our phones.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 04:49
Samuel Roberts

The Mandalorian hasn't released in the UK yet, which is a big shame for Star Wars fans. If you're passionate about this universe – and let's face it, there are no shortage of people who can be described as such – it's a shame that you can't watch the first ever live-action Star Wars series at the same time as US viewers.

The main reason for the delay is that the Disney Plus app hasn't launched in the UK yet. The Mandalorian is a major exclusive for that platform. Below, we'll explain when we expect to see The Mandalorian release in the UK, and explore why Disney decided to wait to drop it in this country. 

When is The Mandalorian's release date in the UK?

The Mandalorian is likely to arrive when Disney Plus UK launches in the UK. That date is March 31, 2020. While the episodes are rolling out weekly in the US, it's not clear how they'll be released in the UK – ideally they'll all arrive at once, as Netflix tends to launch its shows, but this isn't clear. All Disney Plus originals launch weekly in the US. 

The official Star Wars account has only addressed a UK release date once for The Mandalorian, in a tweet back in August promising an early 2020 release date. Here it is for reference:

Why didn't Disney release The Mandalorian in the UK in another way?

We can see the bind they were in: sacrifice a big exclusive to a rival broadcaster, or wait until the Disney Plus service was ready to go in the UK? For Star Wars fans, that former option would've been better, absolutely, but unfortunately we're stuck with the latter scenario.

Disney also could've released the show on its existing Disney Life app, although that's being 'rebranded' as Disney Plus when it launches. Still, it would've been a good temporary solution. The staggered launch of The Mandalorian is likely to push people towards piracy, which is a shame, when there are plenty of people in the UK who'd be happy to pay to watch a new Star Wars TV series. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 04:21
Alex Hughes

For many, the iPhone X will seem like the ideal Apple handset this Black Friday. It falls perfectly between the likes of the iPhone 11 in terms of its features and specs and Apple's older devices where price matters. And yet, Black Friday iPhone X deals are severely lacking.

With just one week until the Black Friday weekend kicks in, we've seen price drops and impressive offers across a range of Apple devices - the iPhone 11, iPhone XR, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 and more - but no iPhone X.

Normally, this would seem weird for a phone like this but with the iPhone X it makes sense. No longer sold directly from Apple, dropped from the Three network and disappearing from the physical and virtual shelves of a number of retailers, the iPhone X appears to be a phone we won't be seeing for much longer.

But for those who had their eyes set on a sparkling new iPhone X deal this Black Friday, don't despair there are a number of excellent handsets - both Android and Apple - to replace the iPhone X and the even better news? Many of them are already heavily discounted! We've listed our top five picks below.

  • Heart set on Apple? Compare the best iPhone deals on our dedicated page

TechRadar is scouring every retailer and rounding up all the top deals over the Black Friday period, and we’ve put all the best Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday deals in easy-to-navigate articles to help you find the bargains you’re looking for. 

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