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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

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 12:21
Jacob Steimer
EDGE CEO Reid Dulberger said he was unaware Raymond James had an ownership interest in 1100 Ridgeway Loop but that it wouldn't have made a difference.

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 11:27
Susan Ellis
Long Road Cider will move its facilities from unincorporated Shelby County to Delta Blues Winery in Lakeland, according to a news release. "It was kind of fortuitous. I had reached out to Delta Blues in the past to see about getting some help with meeting the demand [for Long Road cider] and using some of their equipment to raise my production," said Scott Patterson, who founded Long Road in 2013. At one point, Patterson planned to move the Barretville cider business to Cooper Young, but that…

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 07:49
It’s hard to say what the lifespan of a commercial building should be. Some buildings pass the test of time, maintaining their usefulness for decades, even centuries, into the future. Others, less so.

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 06:07
Susan Ellis
Memphis' Oak Hall, the 160-year-old, ultra-chic men's and women's clothing store, recently got an update to its interior space. "They're continually adding various elements that are unique to Memphis, like their whole jewelry collection," Graham Reese of Graham Reese Design Group said of his recently completed work at the East Memphis Oak Hall, in Boyle Investment Co.'s Regalia Shopping Center. Reese said his aim in working with retail is to showcase the items for sale, not necessarily the design…

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 00:00
Sarah Butts: What are current trends in the multifamily industry in Memphis? Lea Heilig: We’re seeing many positive trends, particularly very favorable multifamily fundamentals. The Metro has seen 4.2% effective rent growth in the past 12-month period, and a 94% average occupancy, meaning the rental market is outperforming historical averages.  In downtown, which has historically been the strongest submarket, demand for Class A rentals has pushed average rents to $1.63 per square foot — that’s…


Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 19:47
Harry Domanski

As flagship smartphones from the likes of Apple, Samsung and Google are comfortably cracking the AU$1,000 mark in Australia, we’re seeing a rise in the number of budget and mid-range handsets that promise premium features at less than half the cost.

The latest brand to arrive on the scene, Realme, has launched locally with four new handsets due to become available throughout October, all under AU$500 and packing features that belie their price. Three of them, for instance, sport quad cameras while one even boasts an OLED display.

Realme Australian lineup

Realme has been around for a little over a year now, being founded by former Oppo vice president Sky Li, and already boasts 17 million global users. As the prices may suggest, the brand is targeting younger users that are still looking for “premium functionality, technology, and style”.

All four of the new handsets run on Oppo’s latest ColorOS 6.0, which is based on Android 9, and the brand shares production and supply facilities with Oppo. Research, development, and design teams, though, are independent.

Realme XT

The most premium of the range, the Realme XT (as reviewed by our Indian team), weighs in at only AU$499 and manages to pack in a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display (1,080 x 2,340) with a small “dewdrop notch”. It’s also able to capture images with resolutions up to 9,216 x 6,912 thanks to its “Ultra 64MP” mode and its quad-camera array.

These four cameras include an ultra wide-angle shooter capable of 119-degree photos, the primary 64MP snapper, as well as portrait and macro cameras for depth-effects and detailed close-range shots respectively.

Realme XT

Other standout specs include Gorilla Glass 5, a Snapdragon 712 CPU, Adreno 616 GPU, 8GB of RAM, a 4,000mAh battery and 128GB of storage (expandable by 256GB via microSD).

You can pick this handset up in either Pearl White or Pearl Blue finish options for AU$499 from October 22.

Realme 5 & 5 Pro

The middle two handsets in the range come in the form of the Realme 5 and the Realme 5 Pro (again, reviewed by TechRadar India), although the differences between them are more prominent than their titles may suggest.

Both phones share a similar quad-camera array to the Realme XT, with ultra wide-angle, portrait, and macro lenses, although the primary camera is a 12MP for the regular 5 and 48MP for the 5 Pro, rather than the 64MP one found in the XT.

The Realme 5 is actually the larger of the two handsets, with a 6.5-inch HD+ (720 x 1,600) display and massive 5,000mAh battery that promises almost 30 days of standby battery life.

By comparison, the 5 Pro has a 4,035mAh battery (which is still rather large), a 6.3-inch FHD+ (1,080 x 2,340) display, twice the RAM at 8GB, and bumps up the processor from a Snapdragon 665 to a 712.

The Realme 5 is available in Crystal Blue or Crystal Purple for AU$299 from October 25, while the Realme 5 Pro will land in Crystal Green and Sparkling Blue for AU$399 later on from October 30.

Realme C2

Realme C2

The most affordable of the bunch, the Realme C2, has a 6.1-inch HD+ display (720 x 1,560), a dual 13MP + 2MP camera array, 4,000mAh battery, 3GB of RAm and 64GB of storage (expandable by 256GB via microSD).

The C2 is available in either Diamond Black or Diamond Blue for only AU$199 from October 30.

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 19:12
Stephen Lambrechts

With the highly anticipated PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2 only weeks away from release, it seems like as good a time as any for publisher Rockstar Games to drop a shiny new trailer that illustrates just what we can expect from the port's bump in resolution and frame rate. 

The trailer, which features a stirring voiceover from lead character Arthur Morgan (voiced by Roger Clark), gives us a good look at the PC version's numerous upgrades in fidelity thanks to its 4K resolution.

These include increased draw distances (just look at those open plains), improved shadows and lighting (don't stare too long at those sunsets) and other enhancements, including more realistic fur and grass textures. 

As an added bonus, the trailer can also be viewed at a silky-smooth 60fps – a frame rate that was unavailable on console, even to players of the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro versions of the game. 

Red Dead Redemption 2's PC trailer is available to watch at the YouTube embed below. However, if for some reason you're having trouble playing the 4K/60fps video, you can also check it out at the Rockstar Games website.

As a bonus for those who pre-purchase Red Dead Redemption 2 on the Rockstar Games Launcher before October 22, the publisher is offering "two free PC games, free upgrades to premium editions, bonus game content and more." 

Pre-orders for other storefronts, such as the Epic Games Store and Steam, will open on October 23. Red Dead Redemption 2 releases on PC on November 5.

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 18:47
Sharmishta Sarkar

Samsung's first folding smartphone was announced in February 2019 alongside the Galaxy S10 range, but durability problems sent the Galaxy Fold back to drawing board. 

However, even before its revised version in September was announced, the grapevine began reporting on a second folding phone from the South Korean electronics giant.

We've already heard reports of the yet-to-be named Galaxy Fold 2 coming with a smaller screen size than the current Fold with a clamshell-like design resembling flip phones. Now, it seems Samsung has decided on another change to the Fold 2's display, according to a fresh report from Korean publication ETNews.

It's possible that Samsung might replace the current transparent plastic polyimide (PI) protective layer on the current Fold's display with scratch-resistant ultra-thin glass (UTG) on the second-generation folding phone.

Cost cutting

However, UTG doesn't come cheap. The same ETNews report suggests that the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 will be cheaper, coming in at about $1,500 (around £1,165 / AU$2,197), which is significantly lower than the current Fold's eye-watering $1,980 / £1,800 price tag. If this is true, then Samsung may decide to stick with the PI layer to cut production costs.

Another possible way to bring down the price of the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 would be to offer a model with lesser storage. Currently, the Fold comes in just one 512GB version but, according to SamMobile, Samsung might offer a 256GB option with the Fold 2.

We're definitely hoping Samsung does lower the price of the Fold 2 (or whatever its final moniker might be), making it more accessible to the masses. And while the redesigned Galaxy Fold still has its issues, there's a good chance Samsung would have learnt from the experience and the launch of its next folding phone will go a lot more smoothly.

According to Korean financial publication The Bell, Samsung is expected to announce the Fold 2 (currently codenamed 'Bloom') in April 2020.

  • Chinese phone maker Huawei also has a folding phone called the Mate X incoming

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 18:21
Anthony Spadafora

As the US 2020 election approaches, political campaigns and scammers are trying to capitalize on voters that misspell a candidate's name by taking them to fake and sometimes even malicious sites according to a new report from the cybersecurity firm Digital Shadows.

Typosquatters often target popular sites or keywords and register misspelled domain names in an effort to bring visitors to their own products, scams or even malware.

Researchers from Digital Shadows analyzed over 550 typosquats for the 34 candidates participating in the US 2020 primaries as well as other election-related domains to compile their new report. The firm broke down the typosquats they discovered by placing them into three categories; misconfigured or illegitimate sites, non-malicious and redirects.

Strategy and research analyst at Digital Shadows, Harrison Van Riper explained that not every typosquat the firm investigated led to something interesting, saying:

"Altogether, we detected over 550 typosquats for the 34 candidate- and election-related domains we gathered from open-source research. Not every single one was something interesting; most of the time the typosquatted domain was simply parked and not hosting content. Still, there were some worthwhile areas to dig into deeper." 


Misconfigured or illegitimate typosquat domains are ones that have not been properly configured and instead show directory indexes or HTML error messages.

Non-malicious typosquat domains on the other hand, are not designed to hurt visitors but rather the brand of the political candidate or party. At the same time though, the firm also found non-malicious typosquats that were actually helpful and informed users that they were actually at the wrong domain.

Redirects were found to be the most common type of typosquat and these sites redirect visitors to scam sites, fake Chrome or Firefox browser extensions, fake program updates used to install malware or tech support scams. According to Digital Shadows, 68 percent of redirects bring visitors to sites which promote malicious browser extensions or other unwanted content.

The firm also found it difficult to determine who owns these typosquatting domains due to changes in the WHOIS system following the introduction of GDPR.

To protect against typosquatting domains, Digital Shadow recommends that brands and public figures register similar domains to their actual site, even misspelled ones, before others have a chance to do so. Organizations should also monitor domain registrars for domains that are similar to their own brands. As for voters trying to find out more information on candidates, Digital Shadow suggests that they find the candidate's social media profile first and then use it to find their official website.

Via Bleeping Computer

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 15:28
Mark Knapp

Apple's new iOS 13, which launched alongside the iPhone 11, hasn't even been available for a month, yet the tech giant has confirmed that 50% of iPhones have updated to the new operating system already, showing strong adoption by users.

The data is all the more striking considering how Apple has broken down the adoption rates. While half of virtually all iPhones in the wild have upgraded to the new operating system, considering only iPhones released in the last four years raises that rate to 55% (38% of those remain on iOS 12). So, however it's measured, the adoption is large.

Some older devices aren't eligible to update to iOS 13, so Apple's ability to still drive 50% adoption for all iPhones is a feat.

The new iPadOS is faring a little worse, with only 33% adoption from all iPads. Of iPads released in the last four years, 41% have updated to iPadOS. Part of what may be slowing the updates there is that iPad's aren't on the same upgrade cycle for customers, so there are likely a greater percentage of old devices floating around that can't update to iPadOS. 

Ease of adoption

Apple's iOS 13 adoption rates are certainly helped by the company's strict control of iOS device architecture and release. Compare that to Android: Google can release an update like Android 10, but users can't upgrade until the new OS is customized by device manufacturers and then processed through mobile carriers, causing months - if not the better part of a year - for the new Android version to land on phones.

Plenty of users are updating despite new iOS 13 problems cropping up. In this case, the new features may outweigh the risk of issues. iOS 13 has introduced a dark mode that can benefit users with iPhone X or iPhone XS models with OLED displays, and iOS 13 introduces Apple Arcade. And, of course, all new iPhone 11 models came with iOS 13 baked in.

Now, what remains to be seen is how quickly Apple will move the iOS 13.2 beta that brings Deep Fusion for iPhone 11 cameras into a public release.

Via: 9to5Mac

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