Identify Your iPad Model

If you’re having a little trouble identifying your iPad, Apple has a page that identifies the year and the model of your iPad. You need to search for your model number at the back of your device between the FCC ID and the Serial Number. You’ll find some number that starts with an “A” similar to this “A1489.” On the Apple page, you need to search for your model number. It will tell you what iPad version do you have.

Link: Identify Your iPad Model

How To Prevent Plastic Mat From Moving On Carpet

We just laid new carpeting three months ago. I bought a new plastic mat so it doesn’t wear out the carpet underneath the computer chair. There’s a slight problem though, the mat keeps moving towards the wall and it would curl up, and I have to constantly pull it back. This happens on a daily basis. I read online that you can secure a plastic map to the carpet and floor using really long tacks, but I really don’t want to do that. Another option is to use some kind of carpet gripper underneath the mat. I don’t want to mess up the carpet either. Finally, it dawned on me, why don’t I just place the plastic mat underneath one or a couple of the legs of the desk.

mat

Problem solved.

Comcast Modem Upgrade Messed Up My Network

So Comcast decides to upgrade the firmware of their Xfinity modems. It basically screwed up my network. That’s what I get for using and relying on the network services of their router modem. How do I know that Comcast upgraded the firmware of their modem?

Well, my network used to be 10.10.10.0/24. Comcast decided to reset it to 10.0.0.0/24. My printer was no longer working because it was set to a static IP address. If you login to the modem, it no longer looks the same. They disabled a lot of features including one major feature called Advanced. When you click on it, it takes you to a page that doesn’t exist. Nice. Really quality stuff there.

In addition, they also disabled the configuration of the wireless network. You can’t turn it off or change it. But the WiFi is ON. I don’t even know the SSID or the password to my own wifi. By the way, Comcast’s built-in access point really sucks. It’s slow and has limited range.

What’s worse is, I now have a wide open SSID called “xfinitywifi” without any encryption. Seriously. I should sue Comcast for making network insecure. For a company that has a monopoly on cable, they don’t have it together. Far from it. So, I’m on my way to the store to pick up an Arris SB6141 cable modem. Comcast can have their exorbitant cable modem rental fee back.

There are more Windows 10 users than Windows XP

The number of Windows 10 users have surpassed the number of Windows XP users. It has been more than six months since Windows 10 was released. Considering Windows XP is no longer supported and pretty much a dying OS, I’m still amazed at how many people are still using Windows XP. I guess people are planning to ride off Windows XP into the sunset. If Windows 10 weren’t touted as being a free upgrade, I think the adoption would have been very slow. I know I wouldn’t have upgraded from Windows 7 if I had to pay for Windows 10.

Apple Faulty AC Adapters

It’s not often that Apple recall its products, but the faulty AC adapters has the potential to cause harm due to overheating of the plugs. Countries that are affected are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea. There have been 12 incidents reported worldwide so far. The recall does not affect the U.S., Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, or the U.K. But Apple says the faulty AC plugs are also in the World Travel Adapter Kit.

Zoho Mail Setup

If you have an email account with Zoho, you can setup your email with IMAP using these settings.

Incoming Server Settings:
Incoming Server Name: imap.zoho.com
Port: 993
Require SSL: Yes

Outgoing Server Settings:
Outgoing Server Name: smtp.zoho.com
Port: 465 with SSL or
Port: 587 with TLS
Require Authentication: Yes

Zero Day Flaw

Millions of Linux servers and Android devices were hit with a zero-day flaw today.

What is zero-day flaw? From pctools.com:

A zero day vulnerability refers to a hole in software that is unknown to the vendor. This security hole is then exploited by hackers before the vendor becomes aware and hurries to fix it—this exploit is called a zero day attack. Uses of zero day attacks can include infiltrating malware, spyware or allowing unwanted access to user information. The term “zero day” refers to the unknown nature of the hole to those outside of the hackers, specifically, the developers. Once the vulnerability becomes known, a race begins for the developer, who must protect users.

From zdnet.com. The issue today was:

A new, previously undiscovered flaw that allows an attacker to escalate local user privileges to the highest “root” level is said to hit “tens of millions” of Linux PCs and servers. Because some of the code is shared, the zero-day flaw also affects more than two-thirds of all Android devices. The flaw, said to date back to 2012, affects Linux kernel versions 3.8 and higher, which extends to devices running Android KitKat 4.4 and higher. The vulnerability is in the keyring facility, baked into the core of the Linux software. If exploited, an attacker would be able to execute code on the Linux kernel, and extract cached security data, which can include in some cases encryption and authentication keys.

Read the rest of the article from ZDNet.