I was trying to place a freeze on my credit, in Tennessee there is a fee to place a freeze to protect yourself from what Equifax did.
The Equifax Data Breach – What About Me?
The most surprising piece of information to come from the Equifax Data Breach is learning how many people had no idea who or what Equifax was and that they felt it did not involve them. The second thing that took me by surprise was some of those who understood who Equifax was or after learning who they are have a complacent “oh well” attitude about the data breach.
So just how can the data breach affect you? Before we answer, let’s first understand what was taken that belongs to you?
So back to the question about the effect on you; first the obvious, if your information is used a person can open up new credit accounts in your name, buy a car, house, computer, whatever. In turn the bill is sent to you and the purchase goes on your report. At this point you have to prove it was not you, which can cost a lot of money and will cost a lot of time. But more can happen with the above information that Equifax allowed to be stolen. If you are getting a Social Security check for retirement or disability a person can have the check redirected to another bank, they can cause problems with your mortgage, get into your online accounts like PayPal, eBay, banking, Amazon and others. The information stolen is considered the gold mine, mother lode of information and in no way should be taken lightly. This is a life changing breach.
When my son was 14 he had his Social Security Number and address stolen, within days over $30,000 in credit was acquired. I had to clean it up and it took over 6 months and in the process I discovered who did it and learned it was done by someone I knew “as a joke, to see if they could”. But that experience taught me that prevention is easier than clean up.
So what can you do?
You have a Dell Venue 5055 and have somehow bricked it, meaning it's worthless and will not boot. Recently my friend Kerry was asked to repair a Dell Venue that was in a non-boot loop. It would flash in a millisecond the TPM error. I looked at it and we both studied many forums, all said it was toasted. This is the error where the TPM is not allowing you to get to BIOS or install any OS. No attached keyboard, nothing will allow you in. The TPM was created to prevent a theft from reinstalling the OS and using the tablet. Well, Kerry found a way.
There is a serious disclaimer from him, read it, you are seriously doing this at your own risk.
Disclaimer: This repair involves advanced micro-soldering techniques. And you could run the risk of destroying your Bios chip. Perform this repair at your own risk.
1. Remove back cover and unplug the battery.
2. Remove the shield covering the processor and memory.
3. Locate the Bios chip in the smaller field under the shield.
4. The bios will be marked: Winbond 25Q64FW1G
5. Solder a 26 or 28-gauge wire to pin 6 of the Bios chip.
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Plug the battery back in hook up a USB Keyboard, and power on the tablet. When the dell logo comes on, short the wire to pins 3,2,1 in that order while pressing F2 repeatedly.
- After you have shorted all three pins, the tablet should boot into bios.
6. Once in Bios, go to Intel PTT settings in Security and turn it off. That is TPM2 settings.
Be sure you have it set for legacy boot and not UEFI.
8. Restart tablet and reinstall OS.
9. Be sure to desolder wire and then re-assemble.
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This article covers the topic of reinstalling Microsoft Outlook after receiving the .pst file error.
You have installed Microsoft Outlook, either 2003, 2007, 2010, or newer and something went wrong after you have been using it for years. Nothing major enough to do an OSRI, Operating System reinstall, but perhaps a Microsoft product was being typical Microsoft and your copy of Outlook had to be removed and reinstalled.
So you uninstall it and then clean out all remaining files, you delete the files in the <User> Appdata folder and then deleted the Outlook folder in the <User> Documents. You then run a cleaner to ensure all fragments of Outlook are removed in hopes of removing the error that caused you to uninstall the program.
So now you reinstall Outlook and once its installed you click to open it but NNNOOOO! its looking for the former .pst folder. The .pst folder is the folder that was created when you first installed Outlook that stored your user information. There are several .pst folders, one is in your <User> name Documents folder and some are in the <User> appdata folder. But even if you leave these fodlers intact you may still encounter the error that Outlook can’t find the .pst data folder. It is totally annoying and you will not find a direct answer on Microsoft’s website or most forums. What you will find is a bunch of useless ramblings against Microsoft and crying about how the folder is structured. It drove me crazy that not one forum I read and not one post on Microsoft had the answer. So being a brave IT dude I decided to explore and test. What I’m about to tell you WILL fix the problem but you must follow these steps, regardless of the threats that you see on your screen from Microsoft.
Apple, Android or Windows 10; when buying a tablet primarily used for Theocratic purposes it can be difficult to know what the best option is. In the beginning there were only two choices, Android or Apple and both had their good and bad features. But then in 2016 Microsoft got it right with Windows 10, which is now running “Creator” and soon the much anticipated Redstone. So if you are one of Jehovah’s Witnesses making the choice can be a challenge. This article will look at all three options and I will attempt to present a natural approach to each.
ANDROID: In the beginning most chose Android, Samsung was the brand that most migrated to. A Samsung running Android was cheaper than an Apple and it had far more options for apps. Android runs the JW App well and is quick and they are still far more affordable than an Apple. However that may be changing. Recently Samsung changed their naming method and when considering both the 8” and 10” there are a possible 98 different Samsung tablet names to choose from. In many of them the only difference is in what limits are placed on the OS. There are some lower priced Samsung tablets that do not have a rotation option if you go from horizontal to vertical. Some of the differences are hardware and then a combination of hardware and software features. When I was using Samsung I went from a Tab 2, to a Tab 4 to a 2013 Note. Each of those was a fully featured Samsung tablet in its time. The Tab 4 was my favorite, however to get those same features today will cost far more than I paid several years ago. Samsung has made their own tablet field so complicated that many give up and buy the most costly just because they believe they will get the entire package. In short Samsung has now become as costly as Apple. But using an Android for Theocratic reasons come down to will it run the JW App? Yes, so if you want an affordable tablet to run o nly the JW App a cheap Android will do.
APPLE: To start I am not a fan of Apple products, but only because they are locked into their own restrictions and Apple will charge you your first born child for those restrictions. (I am not speaking of any systems that have been jailbroke.) Apple tablets are costly and beyond the reach of many on budgets. They also do not have a large built in storage system so much of your personal data remains on the cloud. Another drawback is when Apple does a major OS update you will not be able to migrate all of your data to the new OS or a new tablet. I am aware of several who have older Apple tablets and used the provided ePub software to make notes and now they have learned they can’t migrate their notes to the latest Apple OS. These ones are at a loss. For a serious student this can be a very daunting and disappointing occurrence, in effect you lose all your personal study data. Also recently Apple lost their patient lawsuit against Android so the door is open to both Android and Windows to create similar versions of the same apps. Also Apple recently announced that they are requesting from the government to disallow owners or techs that are not Apple Certified to work on their own systems. If this request is granted than for every aspect that requires any work on an Apple device one would have to call a certified Apple tech. The cost can reach unaffordable quickly. However Apple products appear to be very easy for the elderly and tech challenged to manage easier. I have seen ones try to use an Android or Windows system and was unable to “catch on”. But when given an Apple device they were able to manage quickly. So it appears that Apple tablets are easy enough to learn that they work well for the elderly and challenged.
WINDOWS 10: As I mentioned above I started out on an Android system, but sooner or later we must give up the toys or go from milk to meat. I currently use a 11” Dell Venue. It runs Windows 10 Creator and Windows has come a long way with 10. It is as if Microsoft finally got it right. Windows 10 Creator is a fully functional OS, no RT or Windows S, it has the full features of a desktop OS. With the Creator update it has some toys that Apple has and Redstone will have more. Windows 10 has the same hardware features as a laptop so if you shop for one have the same mental attitude as if shopping for a laptop, because you can do far more with a Windows 10 tablet then you can with Android, also the last benchmarks between Apple and Windows, Windows based systems can out preform Apple in the hardware department. Windows 10 runs the JW App and very quickly, the response time is fast for opening, however in a recent update to all versions of the JW App, the App looks for an Internet connection when loading. This added feature causes a delay in all versions but if you attempt to tap anything in the App while it is looking for the connection it may crash. I am hoping this feature will be removed. Windows 10 also runs the full DVD version of the Watchtower Library that is the DVD disc with everything on it. So you get the JW App and the WT Lib all on one tablet. So when you study you can copy can paste notes straight from the WT Lib to the JW App, it makes studying so much more entertaining.
So in short
Windows 10 Anniversary Update Mail Update:
This one has really gotten under my skin. After I ran the Anniversary Update I had several app update to run, one being the Mail. I installed it, fully trusting Microsoft. Well it’s broke.
THE ISSUE: After opening it , it hangs and does not load a message, after a few minutes it crashes. It will do this 4 or 5 times. When I try to create a new message I can’t get the curser to go into the message field. Typically it has to crash several times before it works properly.
DON’T: If you encounter this issue do not uninstall the Mail app, even if Microsoft advises it, why? The mail app is tied directly in with the Calendar app and thee People App. Currently the People App after the Anniversary Update has sync issues. If it is working properly and you alter it in any way the sync feature may stop. The only fix for this is a clean install (see previous post here). Microsoft’s catch all fix is to remove and reinstall but I do not believe Microsoft’s staff is fully aware of the cross integration of their own apps. Removing one app will cause issues across the entire Windows 10 install. So if you remove the mail app you may create more problems and Microsoft will not care. My suggestion is to wait it out. Microsoft is aware of the Mail app issues and hopefully will issue a fix.
DeWayne Watts: I started out writing short stories and poetry. Some of which was published in the 1980's. I have parts of 5 novels written and have completed 2 novels. I have been married over 25 years and raised 2 wonderful sons who have been a great addition to the human family.
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