Firefox Software Updater – Mozilla Version 58.0.1

Mozilla Corporation on January twenty nine two thousand eighteen officially released Mozilla web browser version 58.0.1 which they have named Quantum. This latest version includes one security fix via Firefox software updater. There is one security fix released with Mozilla Firefox version 58.0.1.

Security Fix

* firefox failed to load web pages with some security policies

Known Issues

* no audio running Firefox over remote desktop connection because of security
* performance issues using some screen readers

This version of Mozilla Firefox includes multiple operating system processes, which is supposed to increase speed of this web browser. You can install Mozilla FireFox 58 manually by selecting “Help” then select “About Firefox”. In about Mozilla Firefox you will either see that your web browser is up to date or click on an “Update to 58.0.1” button.

You can download and install Mozilla FireFox version 58.0.1 Quantum. Another way to upgrade Mozilla FireFox is with automatic updates. Click on “Tools” then select “Options”.

Click on “Advanced” tab. Select an “Update” tab. In update you have three options:

* Automatically install updates
* Check for updates
* Never check for updates

Ths brand new Mozilla Firefox Quantum web browser version 58.0.1 was developed for Microsoft Windows, Apple MACintosh, Linux, Google Android, and Apple iOS operating systems.

Computer Equipment Recycling – Worth The Time and Effort?

Is computer equipment recycling worth your time and effort? Originally, I was not going to write this blog post, but then I had second thoughts. As a part time computer repair technician with my own business, I started recycling computer equipment a few years ago.

I am just a small recycler at this point. However, I normally receive computer equipment that is in relatively good condition. I try to resell any computer equipment that I receive, that is obviously functional and not missing any parts.

I generally receive items such as desktop computers, laptop computers, liquid crystal display monitors, printers, and cables. I do NOT accept old cathode ray tube computer monitors and televisions. Also, on occasion I receive liquid crystal display televisions.

Most printers I receive do NOT work at all or have some type of problemw with them. Normally, I do NOT even try reselling printers, as they are not very valuable. All you have to do is browse the free section of Craigslist and your bound to find free printers.

As of the date of this blog post creation, I sell all personal computers that are Pentium 4 or newer. Also, I resell older Macintosh computers ie. G5’s. Generally, Macintosh hardware retains more of its value as they age, compared to personal computers.

If a Microsoft Windows certificate of authenticity sticker is attached to a computer then I load whatever operating system that license is good for. If personal computers are missing certificate of authenticity stickers, usually I install Linux operating systems on them. Macintosh computers, I install whatever the newest Apple Macintosh OS X is compatible with that particular hardware.

Overall, I would say that computer equipment recycling is worth my time and effort. I have recycled computer equipment from non-profits and small businesses. Actually, I have made a decent profit off of reselling pre-owned computer equipment.

I never charge a fee for drop off or pickup of computer equipment. I generally require at least 10 items or more for pickup. Since I do NOT own a truck then I end up renting a Uhaul truck.

However, I am still able to receive a nice profit for my time and labor, as well as the expense of renting a truck. You might be surprised how large of a demand there actually is for pre-owned computer equipment.

Thunderbird Email Program – Version 52.6 Released

Thunderbird email program version 52.6 has been released. This update was released to the public on January twenty fifth two thousand eighteen. No new features are included in this Thunderbird email program version 52.6.

Four major categories of issues have been fixed. Eleven total security issues have been fixed. Two of them critical, eight high, and one moderate.

* message body searching
* defective messages not viewable in internet message access protocol
* numlock causes calendar task deletion
* eleven security issues fixed

You can update Mozilla Thunderbird email program to version 52.6 via automatic updates. Also, you can configure your email program to notify you instead. Click on “Tools” from main menu and then choose “Options”.

Then you want to click on an “Advanced” tab. Click on an “Update” tab. Choose “Check for updates, but let me choose whether to install them”.

Finally, click on “OK” to save these settings. You must be using Microsoft Windows XP service pack 3 or later, Windows server 2003 or later, Apple Macintosh OS X 10.9 or later, and Linux GTK+ 3.4 or higher. You can always download and manually install Mozilla Thunderbird email program version 52.6.

Thunderbird email program is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP service pack 3, Vista, 7, 8, 10, server 2003 service pack one, server 2003 release two, server 2008, and server 2008 release two.

Google Chrome Support – Release Version 64.0.3282.119

Google on January twenty four two thousand eighteen, officially released Chrome web browser version 64.0.3282.119. This latest version of google chrome includes 53 bug fixes and improvements. This latest version of Google Chrome affects Google Chrome web browser on Linux, MAC, and Microsoft Windows platforms.

The Google Chrome support team released a statement that I am not familiar with. They claim that they will keep information restricted pertaining to bug fixes until enough of their users have been updated. Also, they claim they reserve the right to keep bug(s) information restricted if that bug(s) has not been fixed yet.

Note: Access to bug details and links may be kept restricted until a majority of users are updated with a fix. We will also retain restrictions if the bug exists in a third party library that other projects similarly depend on, but haven’t yet fixed.

This information is new to me. Perhaps they released this statement after they did NOT release any information about the previous Google Chrome update? Who kows, I do NOT know.

By default Chrome is supposed to automatically update. You can install Google Chrome version 64.0.3282.119 manually by selecting “Help” then select “About Google Chrome”. In about Google Chrome, if an update is available, that update will begin downloading.

You will need to relaunch Chrome for that update to install. You can download instead and install Google Chrome version 64.0.3282.119. chrome://settings has a new look.

Firefox Software Updater – Mozilla Version 58

Mozilla Corporation on January twenty third two thousand eighteen officially released Mozilla web browser version 58 which they have named Quantum. This latest version includes one security fix via Firefox software updater. There are some new features and improvements with Mozilla Firefox version 58.

Security Fix

* non standard blank fonts in Linux

Changes

* user profiles created in 58 or later are not backwards compatible
* symantec certificate authority warning

New Features

* off main thread painting Windows graphics rendering
* faster loading pages
* copy and paste screenshot via clipboard
* screenshots work in private mode
* Nepali local added

Known Issues

* no audio running Firefox over remote desktop connection because of security
* performance issues using some screen readers

This version of Mozilla Firefox includes multiple operating system processes, which is supposed to increase speed of this web browser. You can install Mozilla FireFox 58 manually by selecting “Help” then select “About Firefox”. In about Mozilla Firefox you will either see that your web browser is up to date or click on an “Update to 58” button.

You can download and install Mozilla FireFox version 58 Quantum. Another way to upgrade Mozilla FireFox is with automatic updates. Click on “Tools” then select “Options”.

Click on “Advanced” tab. Select an “Update” tab. In update you have three options:

* Automatically install updates
* Check for updates
* Never check for updates

Ths brand new Mozilla Firefox Quantum web browser version 58 was developed for Microsoft Windows, Apple MACintosh, Linux, Google Android, and Apple iOS operating systems.

Open Source Broadcaster – OBS Studio 21.0.1 Released

Open source broadcaster software maker Open Broadcaster Software have released version OBS Studio 20.0.1. I use exclusively Open Broadcaster Software’s OBS studio for my Youtube live streams and videos. I successfully installed this update without any issues.

OBS Studio now has an automatic update service. You will get prompted whenever there is a software update. You are given three choices.

* update now
* remind me later
* skip version

In order to update your OBS Studio software, click on “Update Now”. This software will check for and download an available update. Eventually, you will see that this process has completed.

You will now be given an option to open Open Broadcaster Software OBS Studio. I have tried selecting the “Remind me Later” option. However, it does not seem to remind me.

I am not sure how long this software waits until you are reminded to install any updates. You can always choose “Help” from the main menu. Now select “Check For Updates”. This version of OBS Studio 21.0.1 hotfix includes three bug fixes, eight changes, and eleven new features.

* stinger transition crash
* audio and video not output from hauppauge and live gamer portable
* lock on startup

You can always download and install the latest version of Open Broadcaster Software OBS Studio. You can download a full version installer, zip file, and from torrent.

Hard Drive Failure – Possible Fix by Cleaning Contacts

As a computer repair technician that has years of data recovery experience, with a hard drive failure, I thought I would share a possible fix. This fix may NOT be permanent. However, at the very least this tip may give you enough time to get that all important data off of your hard drive.

Many times mechanical hard drives start failing, even though you cannot hear any noises that may indicate a failing hard drive. You will most likely need a hexadecimal tool as most desktop mechanical drives have hexadecimal screws. These screws are also known as star screws.

What you want to do is remove the circuit board from your hard drive. I had a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 80 gigabyte mechanical hard drive that started failing. I could NOT fix Windows 10 installation on it.

Windows 10 would NOT boot properly. Also, I tried wiping this hard drive with Darik’s Boot and Nuke program, but that program failed pretty quickly. I thought I would try to clean the contacts that the circuit board connects to the hard drive.

You are NOT working on heads, platters, etc. so you do NOT need a cleaning room for this tip. Once you get the circuit board removed then look for the connections on the board. Match them up with the hard drive.

You will want to either use a pencil eraser and or rubbing alcohol, which is also known as isopropyl alcohol. I would recommend 99 percent isopropyl alcohol. You can purchase this type of alcohol at grocery, hardware, and other retail stores.

I would NOT use any kind of liquid cleaning agents. Clean the gold contacts that connect the circuit board to the rest of the hard drive. You will notice that these contacts get dirty and look brownish.

Even just an eraser will clean off this grime. On some hard drives these contacts will be silver instead of gold. You want to rub enough to remove off this oxidated buildup.

Make the gold and or silver contacts shiny again. Now just connect the circuit board back properly and tighten all screws. Some contacts are more like a slot where by small pins snap into them.

These contacts can just be metal on metal contacts. Just try to line up the circuit board to the screw holes and press down making sure the board is flush with the hard drive. You can try this trick with mechanical laptop hard drives as well.

Now you can go ahead and try to boot off of this hard drive and or try to access date from it. This trick does NOT always work, but I have experienced enough successful tries, that it is worth trying. Again at the very least you might be able to access your data, have a still failing hard drive, or one that will last a little while longer.

The Seagate hard drive I mentioned earlier in this blog post, actually now works and I was able to install Windows 10 on it. This tip is in case you need to get data off your hard drive, not necessarily as a permanent fix.

Cloud Data Storage – Upload Tool Cyberduck 6.3.5

Cloud data storage file upload utility Cyberduck version 6.3.5 has been released on January ten two thousand eighteen. This version includes one bug fix. Cyberduck allows you to upload files to cloud data storage providers like BackBlaze, Amazon S3, Dropbox etc.

* windows crash with updater check on launch

Cloud data storage file upload tool Cyberduck is FREE and open source software. This software supports both x86 32 bit and x64 64 bit platforms. Also, this cloud data storage upload tool supports Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh, and Linux operating systems.

Linux is only supported with the command line version. Apple Macintosh operating system OS X 10.2 Jaguar or newer is compatible. Microsoft Windows Vista x86 32 bit or x64 64 bit version or newer is compatible.

In order to use this cloud data storage software on older operating systems you may need to install an older version of Cyberduck. Cyberduck 6.3.5 also includes a downloadable .exe and .msi installer. Cyberduck supports the following cloud data storage services.

* amazon s3
* backblaze b2
* microsoft azure
* microsoft onedrive
* google drive
* dropbox

You can upgrade this software by browsing to “Help” then selecting “Check for Update…”. Also, you can browse to “Help” then choose “About” which has a “Check for Update…” button. You will be notified that either your Cyberduck software is up to date or that a newer version is available.

Finally, you can use this software as a stand alone file transfer protocol utility to upload files to an FTP, web server, etc. Secure or secure shell file transfer protocol is also supported. You can always download the most recent version of Cyberduck cloud data storage upload tool via their homepage.

Install Java Update – Java Runtime Environment 8.0.1610.12

A new version of Java is now available. You may want to install Java update Java Runtime Environment 8.0.1610.12. I do NOT recommend using Java as it is quite bloated and historically full of security risks.

However, there are one or two software programs I use that require Java, otherwise I would NOT install Java on any of my computers. That being said, if you do install Java, it is highly recommended you install updates as they are released. Version 8.0.1610.12 of Java Runtime Environment has three new features, nine changes, and fourteen bug fixes.

* support for 8192 Diffie Hellman Ephemerality bits and 3072 Digital Signature Algorithm bits
* Rivest Shamir Adleman public key validation
* restrict dsa keys to less than 1024 bits
* generated keys stricter
* java virtual machine crashes

Java Runtime Environment is the version of Java that you would install on a laptop or desktop machine. This is NOT the developer version. You can always install Java update from a static download link.

Java is entirely free to use on Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10, Macintosh OS 10.7.3 Lion, Linux distributions, and Sun Solaris operating systems. Java has many uses which include chat programs, video games, financial softare, etc.

WordPress Version Latest – 4.9.2 Update

WordPress on January sixteen two thousand eighteen released maintenance and security update 4.9.2. This is an update for all previous versions of WordPress since version 3.7. This update includes one new security vulnerability and twenty one bug fixes.

There was a Cross Site Scripting vulnerability found in the MediaElement files. These files have been removed from this version of WordPress 4.9.2. Here are some of the bug fixes.

* firefox javascript errors prevented saving posts
* get category link and category description restored
* theme restoration will restore previous widgets

You can update your version of WordPress to 4.9.2 by clicking on your “Dashboard” if not already there. Then select “Updates”. Finally click on “Update Now”.

If your WordPress site was configured with automatic background updates, then you should already be updated to 4.9.2. Also, you can download update 4.9.2 directly from WordPress.org. Finally, check out this WordPress 4.9.2 update blog post for more details.