Tech – for Everyone

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

A few interesting items…

* An inside look at Internet Explorer 10’s mysterious Flash whitelist

In Windows 8 and especially on Windows RT, your ability to run Flash programs hosted on the web depends on whether a site is included on Microsoft’s Compatibility View list. So what does it take to get added to that list? And what can you do if a favorite Flash-based site won’t work?” Read more

* Nine changes to the default Word 2013 settings (short slideshow)

Some of the default settings in Word 2013 just don’t work for him, so before he does anything else Mark Kaelin changes them.View on site

A lot of you had your Yahoo! Mail accounts hacked (and everyone in your Contacts list received an email containing a dangerous link…). If you haven’t done so in a while, you probably want to change your password. (And yes, you have to be suspicious. Just because a link seems to come from a friend, doesn’t mean they really sent it to you..)

* Yahoo Mail users hit by widespread hacking, XSS exploit seemingly to blame (Update: Fixed)

Late last night reports started coming in suggesting that Yahoo Mail users have had their accounts hacked. While “hacked” is a very broad term nowadays, it does appear that Yahoo email accounts are being compromised after users click on a malicious link they receive in their inboxes.Read more..

* Java zero-day infections pick up steam

An exploit that takes advantage of a gaping hole in Java has exploded across the globe, according to security firm Kaspersky Labs.Read more..

Related: Remove Java (+ A Friday Fun Video )

And this article seems a bit late to the game to me..

* Ditch the problem router and move to Wireless-N

If you’ve been having problems with your Wireless-G Wi-Fi, it might be time to consider an inexpensive upgrade to Wireless-N.” Read more..

Well, I’m out of time. Have a great day, everybody!

Today’s quote:What I just said is the fundamental, end-all, final, not-subject-to-opinion absolute truth, depending on where you’re standing.” ~ Steve Martin

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January 14, 2013 - Posted by | computers, cyber crime, Internet, News, tech | , , , , , , ,


  1. Speaking of “Steam” although I know that wasn’t the article subject matter, I can no longer play any Steam game. I get an error message that states “ERROR: Steam.exe (main exception). To run Steam, you must first connect to the Internet.”

    I know darned well I have an Internet connection. I even temporarily disabled my firewall and other Internet program limiting software. And I updated my nvidia drivers. I have been sending support messages to Steam for 9 days now with no reply. I paid a lot of money for those games and now they’re useless. Did I mention how much I HATE Steam???


    Comment by balmy33 | January 14, 2013 | Reply

    • balmy33,
      When I google that exact error message, I find that you are far from alone. Most of the ‘hits’ took me to the Steam forums (which is where I would have started looking anyway) and the consensus seems to be that there’s (once again) a problem with Steam’s code (updater/installer). But.. the steps to try are outlined in the course of this thread:

      On, someone answered: “To fix steam, you need to restart it every now and then or delete its configurations. This includes the favorite servers and games that you have downloaded in the past.

      But I’m afraid keeping after the children at Steam, and thoroughly searching the Steam User Forum are your best bets. Me? I will never buy another “Powered by Steam” game again, and have even abandoned my favorite series (Call of Duty) because they climbed into bed with Steam. (So you see, I HATE Steam too.)


      Comment by techpaul | January 14, 2013 | Reply

  2. While I shake my head reading this post..(thinking)…”here we go again”… this info. is valuable.

    Thanks Paul


    Comment by Gaia | January 15, 2013 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      I have been doing this a long time, and I assure you that “here we go again” has popped into my head many, many (thousands of) times. I’m glad you found the referenced articles informative.


      Comment by techpaul | January 15, 2013 | Reply

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