A year ago, I posted on “ What is 5G.” I started it with “It depends.”

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It still does, depend.

But a lot has happened in the last year.

Android Central’s podcast is one of my favorites. Their Episode 510 features Sascha Segan deep diving into the current state of 5G worldwide. Just listen to the first 30 minutes or so.

Here are a few excerpts:

… 5G can use bigger wider radio channels than 4G can. And if we look at the countries that have the best 5G performance, it’s generally places where their governments have allocated the appropriate…


Last year I posted on how to create a link to scroll directly to a text fragment using Chrome.

At that time, there wasn’t a tool to help with this. I noted that I did it with Notepad.

Thankfully, that has changed. Now there’s a Chrome extension from Google that will do that for you.

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With that extension installed, all you have to do is highlight the desired text and right click on it.


Recently, the screen on my ThinkPad X250 died.

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It kept running. I just had to work around the defective part of the screen.

I bought a refurbished ThinkPad X390 and moved on.

Until I needed the password (pre-shared key) for a Wi-Fi network that I couldn’t remember.

That’s easier than I imagined. iTechtics has a great article on it.

For me, the easiest way was to run a simple Windows command.

  1. Open command prompt (Press the Windows key and then just type “com” without the quotes).
  2. Run the following command:
    netsh wlan show profile name=WifiConnectionName key=clear

Replace WifiConnectionName with the Wifi SSID


One of my regular podcast listens is Security Weekly News. The regular host is Doug White. He is an interesting fellow.

Back on topic …

In Episode #93, Doug shared some thoughts on the breech of the Capitol on January 6, 2021. He didn’t delve into the politics but rather covered the IT security risks.

His advice was “If you’re physically compromised, you’re screwed.”

Then he asked “What happens when you get a physical breech of your offices?”

In normal times, you’d probably say that this wasn’t very likely. And that your facility isn’t the Capitol.

But, think about it…


I’m a big fan of everything Wyze. I’ve made several posts about their cameras.

I’ve had several Wyze Cam v2 cameras and made use of these outdoor mounts.

Then Wyze released their v3 camera.

The v3 cam has the following new features:

  • 1080p Color Night Viewing — See more clearly at night in full color
  • Indoor/Outdoor — Capture moments indoors and outdoors with IP65 weather resistance
  • Fully Upgraded — More processing power, more mounting options, more frames per second

I was most interested in the color night viewing.

Starlight CMOS Sensor helps you to see in ultra low-light conditions.

Wyze…


I’ve posted about my Wyze cameras here and here.

They’ve been fun but most of the usage is to watch for my family to arrive in the driveway.

A couple of nights ago, a miscreant ran into the brick post holding the sign at the entrance to my neighborhood. I have a Wyze cam pointed right at that sign.

The snippets in the Wyze app gave me a starting place for searching.

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The one at 10:54PM turned out to be the one of interest.

Here’s the video I extracted.

https://youtu.be/jfnAFPHbNv0

While you can’t really make out the make and model…


Last week I posted about a Better PDF Viewer in Google Chrome. As I did the research for that, I came across the PDF viewer in the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge.

Here’s what the new Google Chrome PDF viewer looks like:

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Here’s the same document in the Edge PDF viewer:


Viewing PDFs has been a source of vulnerabilities for years, particularly with Adobe’s own Acrobat Reader. I don’t even want to link to that one.

I’ve just been using the native PDF viewer in Google’s Chrome. My requirements aren’t very high. I just want to see the PDF and print it as needed.

Chrome is rolling out a new, more powerful PDF viewer. The update introduces a table of contents, a two-page view option, quick jump support, and more.

To enable the new PDF viewer, follow these steps:

  1. Load chrome://flags/#pdf-viewer-update
  2. Set the PDF Viewer Update flag to Enabled.
  3. Restart Google…

The start of a new year is a good time to review a few things and make sure everything is right. Here’s my list of things I think you should check once a year.

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Some of the steps may be a little out of date but I think you can find your way around. If not, leave me a comment and I’ll help.

PayPal Preapproved Payments
Offline Backup
Certificate Store
Router Configuration
Windows Defender and Windows Defender Offline
Controlled Folder Access
System Restore

Originally published at https://blog.benmoore.info.


My router (Asus RT-AC68R) has a nice traffic monitor screen. I check it regularly. One day I noticed that the largest usage was attributed to QUIC.

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QUIC has taken all the best qualities of TCP connections and TLS encryption and implemented it on UDP.

What is QUIC?

Simple. QUIC stands for Quick UDP Internet Connection.

Yeah, right.

There’s a good explanation here. If that article is too simple for you, try this one.

QUIC has taken all the best qualities of TCP connections and TLS encryption and implemented it on UDP.

Here’s why:

1. Reduced connection times. To establish TLS…

Ben Moore

IT professional, Formula 1 fan

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