Updates 2020-04-16

It hasn’t even been 50 hours since my last post, so don’t expect me to be too cheery.

It’s not Patch Tuesday, but updates from Apple, Google, Oracle, and others have triggered an out-of-cycle update.

This Month/Week/Day in Technology

It’s been a very busy week for me, so not much news for you.

First and foremost, we’re not under quarantine. I have had a problem with how that word has been used today, and Andy Beshear puts into words the truth of it: this isn’t a quarantine, it’s house arrest.

So what do you do when you’re under house arrest and your options for communicating with the outside world are limited? Apparently, you’re not allowed to share last years photos to Facebook, lest you be fined $3000 for it.

Now for the good news:

Ever thought about learning Latin? As long as you have all that time on your hands, you could learn a 60-year old programming language (COBOL) so you can volunteer to process the unprecendented state unemployment claims. I’ll go ahead and say it: had some of these “reporters” taken the time to learn to code they could have actually helped their unemployed peers right now.

Let’s Get Busy

Apple released an update for Xcode 11.4.1. This is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version.

Important Notes

Everything above this section should be checked by everyone on every computer. Chances are good that close to every single computer you touch will be affected by those updates. This is not the case with the items below, though you should still check each line item below to see if it applies to software you have installed.

Please remember that while I list many different applications within these updates, most people should ONLY install updates for a program if they already have a previous version of that program installed.

It is essential to maintain all the applications you have installed on your computer, but often you can minimize the time investment and the potential for exploitation simply by uninstalling software you do not need.

Also note that using the applications own “check for updates” function, when available, will best preserve your current settings, and often avoid any crapware that might come with a fresh installer. Use this option if it’s available to you.

Finally, if you’re sick of doing this all yourself, let me! Call or email me any time, and we can set you up with subscription SaferPC updates which will be installed each month whenever necessary. Click, call or email for more details:
https://saferpc.info/updates/
209-565-12PD
shawn@12pointdesign.com

Driver Updates

If youโ€™re using this hardware โ€“ these updates are for you.

nVidia 445.87 updates GeForce Experience, game profiles, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Browser Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Google Chrome 81.0.4044.113 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Email Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Mailspring 1.7.5 adds “NOT” exclusion to search as long as there is also a search term, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://getmailspring.com/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PlayStation PS4 7.50 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps4/

Office Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to most people.

LibreOffice Fresh 6.4.3 resolves over 50 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Security Software Updates

One or more of these is likely to be of interest to most people.

uBlock Origin 1.26.2 updates the included EasyList. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MakeMKV 1.15.1 adds support for new encodings, improves tolerance of discs with mastering errors, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?makemkv

PDF Creator 4.0.4 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.pdfforge.org/pdfcreator

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Etcher 1.5.81 adds average speed to display, updates macOS drive recovery command, and uses direct IO for the etcher-sdk. This is not a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

NTLite 1.9.0.7428 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility with Windows 10 v2004. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

PSAppDeploy 3.8.1 resolves several bugs and adds several script value and control blocks. This is not a security update.
https://psappdeploytoolkit.com/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Node.js 13.13.0 adds and improves several APIs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 6.1.6-137129 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

These are likely to be of interest only to web developers.

HumHub 1.5.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Regards,

Shawn K. Hall
https://SaferPC.info/
https://12PointDesign.com/

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