DO NOT Install Any Microsoft Updates


This is from Sue Kayton, our Computer Doctor

There is a major problem with latest update from Microsoft.  See this article:

Turn off automatic updating immediately.

To turn off, do a search in Windows for Services.  You will see a pop-up with a gear and the word Services.  Click on it.


The computer will think for a few seconds, then you will see an alphabetical list of services.  Scroll almost all the way to the bottom to see Windows Updates.  Double click on it.




Change Automatic or Manual to Disabled.






Click on Apply, then on OK.

Reboot the computer and automatic Windows updates will be turned off.

In a few weeks, you’ll want to re-enable the updates once Microsoft has fixed the problem

It Never Stops!

You would think that after some time people would catch on and the scammers would find a new way to entice us. But NO! It seems that what goes around, comes around. Here are two examples I recently received.


An email from Bank of America warning me that my account was locked and I needed to ‘sign in’ to unlock it.

Security Alert_ Unusual Account Activity Detected  (you can click on this)

If you look at the email and simply roll your cursor over the links you will see:

  1. It is addressed to ‘All Recipients’,
  2. Both the sender address and recipient link to ‘’,
  3. The ‘sign-in’ link points to ‘’ and
  4. I don’t have an account at Bank of America!

The classic Nigerian scam – I thought this one died years ago

Garki 11, Garki-Abuja.
Our Ref: FGN/CBN/NIG/011/2018.
Tel/Fax: +234-003 087 5119

Attention: Fund Beneficiary,

I wish to use this medium to inform you that your CONTRACT/INHERITANCE Payment of US$10.5M (Ten Million Fiv Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) from CENTRAL BANK have been RELEASED and APPROVED for onward transfer to you via either bank to bank wire transfer Or through ATM Inter-switch CARD,as a medium to pay you,your long overdue unpaid fund.The approved sum has been programmed to be released to you upon your response to this letter.We have made several attempts to contact and pay you but,all effort failed,this is the 3rd and perhaps the last letter to you in respect to this matter.

I received a letter that your unclaimed approved payment which has been overdue for payment should now be paid to Lawrence R. Larson of
7251 Grove Road, Apt. 160, Brooksville, Florida 34613 U.S.A.In the said letter titled change of beneficiary/ownership. Its clearly stated that you are dead and that he is your next of kin, it went further to say you signed a deed and an agreement with Lawrence R.Larson to become your beneficiary before your untimely death.Officially arrangement had been concluded for the approved funds transfer into the account below.

Bank Address: 6124 S. Staples, Corpus Christi, Texas 78413 U.S.A.
Routing Number: 114914723
Account Number: 909009245
Account Name: Lawrence R. Larson

But because of the elaborate global scam, I decided to contact you first for confirmation before transferring the funds and if after seven working days, no response is received from you, it will be assumed that you are dead and as such authorization and approval will be granted on behalf of Lawrence R. Larson to claim/receive the fund.

But if you are well and alive then confirm this letter and reconfirm your Information and how you want your said fund to be paid to you without further delay.Send your responses to me immediately by email.As we are mandated by World Bank and United Nations{UN},to you pay within the next 72hours upon reconfirmation of your personal and account details.You are therefore advised to reconfirm your following information/Details.

1. Your Full Names………
2. Current Address……….
3. Current Phone Numbers….
4. Gender/Sex………
5. Age…………….
6. Occupation………
7. Copy Of Your Identification…….

I assured you that your fund transfer will be executed within 72hours in receipt of your re-confirmation of your personal details.Therefore kindly reconfirm your details and call me immediately for the transfer to be executed.

I await for your immediate and positive response soonest via Email-

Best Regards.

Mr.Godwin Emefiele.

Executive Governor,
Central Bank Of Nigeria (CBN).
Direct Number:+234-003 087 5119


Meet the judge who codes — and decides tech’s biggest cases

“Judge [William H. ] Alsup would like everyone to know that he doesn’t know Java.

Not very well, anyway. He can, however, definitely code. He’s been coding in BASIC for decades, actually, writing programs for the fun of it: a program to play Bridge, written as a gift for his wife; an automatic solution for the board game Mastermind, which he is immensely fond of; and most ambitiously, a sprawling multifunctional program with a graphical interface that helps him with yet another of his many hobbies, ham radio.

His interests have served him well on the judicial bench, informing his outlook on the multibillion-dollar intellectual property cases that come to him. The fortunes of tech companies can rise or fall depending on his rulings. Oracle v. Google has wide repercussions for big companies and smaller developers alike, to say nothing of the $9 billion at stake. The yet-to-be-totaled billions Alphabet is seeking from Uber in the ongoing Waymo v. Uber suit could make or break Uber as a player in the nascent self-driving car market.”

Read the whole interesting and well-written article by  at

For more about Judge Alsup, search [judge ham radio map court technology san francisco alsup].

“Right to Repair” – Who can fix your software-infested product?

“Following on from his earlier article on US farmers hacking their tractors with Ukrainian pirated software (previously), Jason Koebler has teamed up with Lara Heintz to make a short documentary for Motherboard about some of the people involved: farmers, tractor repairers as well as the politician who introduced a “right to repair bill” (previously).”

Read the full article and the comments at

February 14, 2018 Meeting

A Review of CES 2018
Andy Marken, Marken Communications

CES has grown beyond its consumer electronics roots and today is the largest collection of new, what’s coming next, unique, positively quirky products and services. This year it was an auto show, drone show, VR show, home improvement show, kid care show, entertainment show and yes, even a computer/communications device show.

Andy will be covering:
* What happens in the convention center when the lights go out
* Who has the strongest footing in all markets/applications…right now
* Highlights and options that are coming to the US from auto manufacturers around the globe…and when
* The neatest products at CES that you’ll say “I gotta have that!”
* New toys for your kids/grandkids and their ramifications
* The newest, sexiest TV screens that will take over you living/family room
* Who is delivering streaming entertainment content everywhere and how
* highlights of home technology/smart home products
* the bathroom that handles (almost) everything for you
* Is there anything new in computers and when does the Googleplex take over
* the generation of tomorrow’s content and where will you enjoy it
* what is taking care of the kids – young and old

We’ll be honest with you. This year Andy didn’t make the round of every hall, every booth because he’d still be there when 2019 rolled around if he tried. So this year his update will focus on the key product area highlights (from his perspective), great/unique trend products, outstanding stuff and WTF items. Bring your questions but don’t always expect a straight/honest answer because contrary to
popular belief sometimes even he can’t figure out what they were thinking but he’ll still focus on the future and trends of your computers/communications devices –

The meeting will be held at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. We will be meeting in the Library/Card Room across the hall from the Lodge Room.

For those who enjoy the schmooze, we will have our regular meeting, including coffee and cookies.. And, of course, we will still have the no-host pre-meeting dinner st 5:30PM in the Bistro café on the first floor.

For those of you who have difficulties traveling or for whatever reason can’t join us at the Elks Lodge, the meeting will be broadcast as a live video conference using ZOOM software starting at 7:15 PST. To join the SPAUG meeting, use the following link: