Update Windows Update

Steve Gibson makes the point that if you are having trouble updating a Windows 7 machine, you may need the latest version of Windows Update.

Here’s the link to download the latest version of Windows Update for a Windows 7, 8 or 8.1

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/949104

 

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Doxie One versus Doxie Go

doxieone-doxiego-800Since I have had a pile of hundreds of old pictures sitting around for years, I decided to try out a Doxie One Scanner. The advantage of this scanner is that it is used separately from a computer. You simply slide your picture in and it saves it to a 4 gb SD card which is included in the package.

The Doxie One default is to save the picture as a low quality jpg file, which is one of my main complaints. Why doesn’t Doxie save the pictures as Best Quality as the Default? Drive space is cheap.

I also tested a Doxie Go Plus which is their upgraded model. Here’s a comparison.

doxie-one-doxie-go

One big difference I noticed was a white vertical line in the Doxie One which is not present in the Doxie Go. I have not noticed this before, but makes the point that you need to check your scans before you throw away the originals. To my eye the Doxie Go at 600 dpi has more color and more definition, plus it doesn’t have the white line which the Doxie One has.

Below is a chart of the differences.

Doxie One Doxie Go Plus
Amazon Price $128 $178
Power Electric/batteries Electric/Rechargeable
Jpg Quality Size 300 dpi 174 kb 473 kb
 Jpg Quality Size 600 dpi  Not Available  1094 kb
 Extras  Save to thumb drive, scan legal size documents, save to memory.

I also scanned this picture with my CanoScan flatbed scanner at 600 dpi. I saved it at Maximum jpg resolution and the size was 6452 kb. Here’s a comparison of the CanonScan with the other scans.

doxie-one-doxie-go-canoscan

Both of the Doxie scanners skew the colors toward red and more contrast to the colors. In general, I’d suggest keeping the Doxie originals and if you change anything, then save that as a new file.

Here’s more information I received via email from Doxie. “If you make no changes to your scans in Doxie’s software, further JPEG compression will *not* be applied upon JPEG export. If you have made changes and wish to export in JPEG, it’s important to be sure that your JPEG quality is set to “10” in Doxie’s Image Preferences (Doxie/Edit>Preferences>Images)

While you can certainly use the Doxie software to manipulate the scanned jpg files, you could also use any software to work with the files. One nice feature is that you can change the scanned files into pdfs and then “Staple”them together into one file.

Another tip is to change the Preferences so that if you do change the file in any way, you save it with Maximum resolution – see the picture below. Notice also that I turn off Contrast Boost. All of the pictures automatically have quite a bit of contrast when they are scanned.

doxie-preferences

My conclusion is this – If you don’t have the time or inclination to use a flatbed scanner, then buy the Doxie Go Plus and use 600 dpi. It’s worth the extra $50 and is probably good enough for most old photos.

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QuickTime – Time to Remove

According to numerous sources, Apple’s QuickTime not only has security problems, but is not being updated. As a result it’s being recommended that people uninstall QuickTime.

I haven’t used QuickTime in quite a while, so it’s not a big loss.

Here’s a good article by Engaget.

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Adobe Illustrator – Can’t Open a File From a Newer Version

illustrator-cant-open

This has happened to me twice in the last month, so here is a free solution.

I’m trying to get a newer Illustrator EPS file to open in my CS3 Version.

  1. Start Adobe Illustrator CS3.
  2. File – New.
  3. Select – Drag and Drop your newer Illustrator EPS file  into Illustrator.
  4. Now you can do a Save As and save your file in your older Illustrator version.

Here’s a YouTube video with the solution.

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LastPass – Multifactor Problems

On one computer, I have recently found that LP asks for multi-factor authentication every day even though I say to trust it for 30 days. I asked the LP support team for a solution and they sent me the below.

Before I had a chance to try it out on that particular computer the problem went away. I’d like to know why, but don’t have a solution. Here’s one thing I noticed.

Under my list of trusted devices, the ones which seemed to be ok all had just letters and no dashes. I started to use the date to try and keep track and if I ran it all together like april132016desktop then this last attempt seemed to work. I’m not sure if that had anything to the solution, but now the problem seems to have gone away.

Here’s the LP solution.

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lastpass-multifactor

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Stopping Windows 10 Installation

Steve Gibson of GRC has created a program that will stop Windows 10 from installing on your Windows 7 or 8, 8.1 computer.

Here’s the link.
https://www.grc.com/never10.htm

never-windows-10

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Safety of Shortened Links

One of the problems of Bitly shortened URL inks or others created by Google or TinyUrl, is that you really don’t know what site they are sending you to.

One way I have found around this is with the Google Extension Unshorten.link. When you click on the shortened link, it takes you to a page which shows you the real URL link and then you can decide if it is safe to go to. One of the problems I have had with this is that when I want to create my own link, this app won’t allow that and I have to disable the app to create the link and then turn it back on.

Brian Krebs talks about this topic on one of his latest postings.

Here’s what the app looks like on the Chrome Store.

unshorten

Here’s the link to the Unshorten.it website.
http://unshorten.it/

 

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