“Windows Technical Support” scam

At least once a week I get a call from a caller claiming to be “Windows Technical Support.” It’s a scam. The routine is to convince you that your computer is “infected” by dozens of virii. You give a “technician” permission to take control of your computer (!); after a payment of from $100 to $360, the “technician” repairs the alleged damage. …

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Windows 7 System Update, 80246002 error

I’ve been using Windows 7 (SP1, 64-bit). I use it rarely, and keep it very very close to factory-standard state. I use it to run Adobe FrameMaker and nothing else. I frequently run Windows Update. But yesterday, Windows Update failed with an error code 80246002 (which I gather is in hexadecimal). None of the remediation options offered in the Windows …

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Windows Notepad CR, LF

Unicode has managed to replace all of the hundreds of incompatible character codes that were developed in the first 40 years of computing. Over the course of computer history, three file path separator characters were widely used: slash (/, UNIX), backslash (\, Windows), and colon (:, classic Mac). The classic Mac separator has nearly disappeared …

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