Tech – for Everyone

Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

Patch Tuesday, Stuck Printers, etc.

Yesterday was the second Tuesday of the month, aka “Patch Tuesday” – the day Microsoft releases the majority of its new Updates and “hotfixes”. This time around there was three “critical” patches released, and a known attack was “plugged” (“patched”.. “fixed”). Folks, I repeat: you want updates, and having to reboot to apply them is a trivial inconvenience. Please read, What’s With All These Updates?!

For a review of yesterday’s Updates (and to see what they are and what they fix) click here.

I came across a small, free utility which can help clear ‘stuck’ print jobs from your printer que. This for when you have tried the proper method (see, The print job won’t stop printing) and you cannot “delete” the file from the list. (Or, cannot “Cancel all documents”.)

The tool is called Stalled Printer Repair. It is “portable”, meaning it does not need to be installed, only “run”. You can get it here.

There is a new website in town: Bookmark4Techs
Bookmarks4Techs is the largest repository of listed tech sites currently available on the internet. If you have the desire to learn about computers and information technology, then Bookmarks4Techs is your place to start!“

** My Latest Software License Giveaway Drawing **

Sandboxie’s creator, Ronen Tzur, has graciously and generously donated five licenses to me, to award to my readers. I sincerely thank him for that. So I am going to do a random drawing contest from folks who “enter” my drawing. The contest will end midnight Thursday, July 15th, and the winners announced Friday the 16th.
A “registration” license is “lifetime” and can be used on as many computers as you own.

Put plain and simply, Sandboxie gives me a secure feeling when traveling around the Web, and I feel ‘naked’ without it. For the details (such as how to enter), click here.

Act now! Deadline nears…

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  1. “Bookmarks4Tech”,,, now that’s an wonderful thing….
    Many many thank you Paul for letting us know..


    Comment by Ranjan | July 14, 2010 | Reply

  2. Ranjan,
    This new site was put up by my friend and fellow blogger Rick Robinette, and those sites have been vetted by him personally. A wonderful compilation, with something for everybody.


    Comment by techpaul | July 14, 2010 | Reply

  3. Hi Paul,
    Wow, what a great site, thanks for sharing. It is like a geeks paradise. This will keep me busy for a long time.


    Comment by Cappydawg | July 15, 2010 | Reply

    • Cappydawg,
      It does give one a better idea of just how much information is out there. A free education is there for those who seek it.
      (.. and a better idea of how much competition tech bloggers have..)


      Comment by techpaul | July 15, 2010 | Reply

    • Cappydawg,

      Thanks for the comment about Bookmarks4Techs. I know you make your rounds out there and if you see a site that I do not have listed, please let me know.



      Comment by Ramblinrick | July 15, 2010 | Reply

  4. Paul,
    Your remark is completely true all the way around. Lots of info out there to learn from. That is how I try to stay on top if it and keep my skills fresh in the hopes to return to IT. And how true, about blogging, a lot of work goes into it and it very competitive. When you have a good blog and good info to share that is half the battle. Like your blog. I always enjoy a few times a day.


    Comment by Cappydawg | July 15, 2010 | Reply

    • Cappydawg,
      It is comments like these that “charge my blogger’s batteries”, and keep me at it. I – indeed – thank you for your support!


      Comment by techpaul | July 15, 2010 | Reply

  5. TechPaul,

    Thanks for the “Stalled Print Job” utility. I actually have a need for this where I work.



    Comment by Ramblinrick | July 15, 2010 | Reply

    • Rick,
      You are supposed to simply be able to cancel a file’s print job.. and not have to power-cycle the printer and PC to clear a que.

      I keep it on my “thumbdrive toolkit” for those “Windows Moments”. Thanks for the support!


      Comment by techpaul | July 15, 2010 | Reply

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