A Special Review of Stremium – A DVR and Viewer for Multiple Web IPTV Services, Including Locast! (Video)

Dr. Bill reviews the Stremium DVR Roku application, the Android Phone version, and the Web version of Stremium. Every version, on every platform, has very different features, and basically must be used in conjunction with each other for the FULL benefit it brings to Cord Cutters. However, it is a worthwhile platform, and Dr. Bill has subscribed, and is using it on a daily basis! Get all of your channels in one guide on your favorite devices and never miss a moment with the Stremium Cloud DVR.

00:08 Stremium on the Roku app
01:27 Stremium on Android (Phone)
05:19 Stremium on the Web Browser (Brave)
10:30 Summary

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A Special Review of Stremium – A DVR and Viewer for Multiple Web IPTV Services, Including Locast! (Audio)

Dr. Bill reviews the Stremium DVR Roku application, the Android Phone version, and the Web version of Stremium. Every version, on every platform, has very different features, and basically must be used in conjunction with each other for the FULL benefit it brings to Cord Cutters. However, it is a worthwhile platform, and Dr. Bill has subscribed, and is using it on a daily basis! Get all of your channels in one guide on your favorite devices and never miss a moment with the Stremium Cloud DVR.

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05:19 Stremium on the Web Browser (Brave)
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Some Hints and Tips for Windows

“The WMI command-line (WMIC) utility provides a command-line interface for Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI). WMIC is compatible with existing shells and utility commands. The following is a general reference topic for WMIC. For more information and guidelines on how to use WMIC, including additional information on aliases, verbs, switches, and commands, see Using Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line and WMIC – Take Command-line Control over WMI.”

You can access the WMI commands at your computer’s Command Prompt, simply choose “Start” -> “Windows System” -> “Command Prompt”

Then you can type in commands, such as these example useful commands using WMI:

Get your Dell Service Tag without getting out of Windows:

wmic bios get serialnumber

Get your Microsoft Windows Product Key:

wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey

And, here’s a bonus tip that doesn’t use the WMIC. If you want to get at the “old” Un-Install method for Windows, let’s call it the “Classic Version,” here’s what you can type at the Windows Command Prompt:

appwiz.cpl

CloudLinux to Invest More than a Million Dollars a Year into CentOS Replacement

CloudLinux to invest more than a million dollars a year into CentOS clone

https://almalinux.org/

ZDNet – By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols – “When Red Hat, CentOS’s Linux parent company, announced it was ‘shifting focus from CentOS Linux, the rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), to CentOS Stream, which tracks just ahead of a current RHEL release,’ it lost a lot of friends. CentOS co-founder, Gregory Kurtzer, immediately announced he’d create his own RHEL clone and CentOS replacement: Rocky Linux. He wasn’t the only one. CloudLinux also proclaimed it would create a new CentOS clone Lenix. And, CloudLinux will be putting over a million dollars a year behind it.

Why? Igor Seletskiy, CloudLinux CEO and founder, explained, ‘Red Hat’s announcement has left users looking for an alternative with all that CentOS provides and without the disruption of having to move to alternative distributions. We promise to dedicate the resources required to Project Lenix that will ensure impartiality and a not-for-profit community initiative. CloudLinux already has the assets, infrastructure, and experience to carry out the mission, and we promise to be open about the process of developing Project Lenix.’

CloudLinux has made a business of taking RHEL and CentOS code and fine-tuning it into CloudLinux OS. This is a customized, high-performance, lightweight Linux server for multitenancy web and server hosting companies.

They know what they’re doing. With 10 years of experience building a hardened CentOS Linux for data centers and hosting companies, the company brings deep technical knowledge of enterprise infrastructure, kernel development, and open-source software to its clients. CloudLinux OS has more than 200,000 product installations and 4,000 customers. Its users include Liquid Web, 1&1, and Dell.

Project Lenix will be a free, open-source, community-driven, 1:1 binary compatible fork of RHEL 8 (and future releases). For CentOS users, the company promises Lenix will provide an uninterrupted way to convert existing CentOS servers with absolutely zero downtime or need to reinstall anything. The company even claims you’ll be able to port entire CentOS server fleets with a single command with no reinstallation or reboots required. That’s a bold claim. But CloudLinux already does that trick with its commercial Linux distribution. If the company says it can do it, I think it can.

Lenix is only a placeholder name. As the community comes together — it’s gathering on Reddit — a yet to be formed governing board will decide on a permanent name for the distribution. If all goes well, the first software release will appear in the first quarter of 2021.”

New Amazon FireTV Remote with Service Buttons

FireTV Remote with Service ButtonsMy second FireTV died, like the first one, so I won’t be getting one. But, it looks like they are copying Roku’s use of providing “services” their own buttons, for a “kick-back,” I’m sure!

Amazon Releases New Fire TV Remote with Branded Buttons

Cord Cutters News – By: Jess Barnes – “Amazon just redesigned its Fire TV remote and the new model comes with branded buttons to take users directly to their streaming services. The new remote includes buttons for Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+, and Hulu.

Other than the dedicated streaming service buttons, the other major change is a blue Alexa button at the top of the remote. This button replaces the back microphone button for using voice commands. Another slight difference is the Fire TV logo at the bottom of the remote.

The remote was unveiled Wednesday and will start shipping on Wednesday, April 14. You can preorder the remote now on Amazon for $29.99.

The new model will be compatible with the following devices:

  • Fire TV Stick Lite
  • Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen and later)
  • Fire TV Stick 4K
  • Fire TV Cube (1st Gen and later)
  • Fire TV (3rd Gen, Pendant Design)

It will not be compatible with 1st and 2nd gen Fire TV, 1st gen Fire TV Stick, or Fire TV Edition smart TVs.”

New Windows Icons Are Coming

New Windows IconsOK, so things change, it happens! I don’t know if I like the new look or not, but I am sure it will grow on me.

Windows 10 is getting new File Explorer icons as part of a visual overhaul

The Verge – By: Tom Warren – “Microsoft is giving the File Explorer inside Windows 10 a visual overhaul with new icons. The software giant has started rolling out a test build of Windows 10 that includes changes to the system icons you’ll find in File Explorer, including the Recycle Bin, Documents folders, and devices like disk drives.

‘Several changes, such as the orientation of the folder icons and the default file type icons, have been made for greater consistency across Microsoft products that show files,’ says Amanda Langowski, Microsoft’s Windows Insider chief. ‘Notably, the top-level user folders such as Desktop, Documents, Downloads, and Pictures have a new design that should make it a little easier to tell them apart at a glance.’

Perhaps daringly, Microsoft also notes that ‘and yes, the Recycle Bin icon has also been updated!’ — a clear nod to some changes the company tried to make to the Recycle Bin in the past that didn’t go down well with Windows users.

These icon changes are fairly minor in the grand scheme of Windows, but they’re part of a broader effort inside Microsoft to modernize Windows. Microsoft unveiled new system icons for Windows 10 earlier this month, and the company previously updated some of its Windows 10 icons last year with colorful versions and also tweaked the Start menu to make it more streamlined.

Microsoft is also planning a ‘sweeping visual rejuvenation of Windows,’ codenamed ‘Sun Valley.’ The company is expected to detail its visual plans and more about the future of Windows in the coming months as part of a dedicated news event.

The icon updates will arrive alongside some tweaks to the layout of File Explorer, too. Microsoft is adding additional padding between elements in File Explorer, and there will be a compact mode to return to the classic File Explorer mode. The updated view is a little more touch-optimized and complements the new icons.”

“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” Doing Well!

The Falcon and the Winter SoldierI really enjoyed this new Disney+ show! Lot’s of action, a good story, and apparently a lot of other folks thought so too!

‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Sets Record as Disney+’s Most-Watched Series Premiere

Cord Cutters News – By: Tmera Hepburn – “‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ arrived on Disney+ last weekend and has cemented its rank as the streamer’s most-watched series premiere ever. The MCU series dropped its first episode on March 19 with more viewers tuning in that weekend than for the premieres of WandaVision or The Mandalorian.

While Disney+ hasn’t released specific numbers, Samba TV reports measuring 1.7 million households tuning in over the premier weekend for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. That beats out the 1.6 million US households that watched WandaVision on its opening weekend, according to Samba TV.

In other superhero-related news, Jack Snyder’s Justice League also premiered last weekend on HBO Max to an audience of 1.8M US households who watched at least 5 minutes of the full-length movie.

In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, who came together in the final moments of ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ team up on a global adventure that tests their abilities—and their patience. Directed by Kari Skogland with Malcolm Spellman serving as head writer, ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier,’ stars Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson aka The Falcon, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier. The six-episode series also stars Wyatt Russell as John Walker, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter, and Daniel Brühl as Zemo.

You can watch the first episode on Disney+ with new episodes premiering every Friday.”

DrBill.TV #490 – Video – The Way Too Long, But Important Info Edition!

Locast now in Portland, Tablo with four tuners for HDMI, Intel ‘Justin’ Ads, what happened to KompoZer, GSotW: Audacity 3.0, Dust Sci-Fi film, ‘FTL,’, is VMware making a mistake? California’s net neutrality law, Techkey Wireless USB Adapter deal, Security holes in Microsoft Exchange! (Mar 19, 2021)

03:54 Locast now in Portland!
04:57 Tablo with four tuners for HDMI connection to your TV
08:51 Intel “Justin” Ads mocks Apple
09:56 What happened to KompoZer?
11:57 Geek Software of the Week: Audacity 3.0 new release
14:48 Excellent Dust Sci-Fi film, “FTL”
18:26 Is VMware making a mistake?
20:58 California’s net neutrality law and AT&T
23:49 Techkey Wireless USB Adapter deal on Amazon!
25:37 Security holes in Microsoft Exchange compromises 30,000+ organizations

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DrBill.TV #490 – Audio – The Way Too Long, But Important Info Edition!

Locast now in Portland, Tablo with four tuners for HDMI, Intel ‘Justin’ Ads, what happened to KompoZer, GSotW: Audacity 3.0, Dust Sci-Fi film, ‘FTL,’, is VMware making a mistake? California’s net neutrality law, Techkey Wireless USB Adapter deal, Security holes in Microsoft Exchange! (Mar 19, 2021)

03:54 Locast now in Portland!
04:57 Tablo with four tuners for HDMI connection to your TV
08:51 Intel “Justin” Ads mocks Apple
09:56 What happened to KompoZer?
11:57 Geek Software of the Week: Audacity 3.0 new release
14:48 Excellent Dust Sci-Fi film, “FTL”
18:26 Is VMware making a mistake?
20:58 California’s net neutrality law and AT&T
23:49 Techkey Wireless USB Adapter deal on Amazon!
25:37 Security holes in Microsoft Exchange compromises 30,000+ organizations

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HUGE Security Issue in Microsoft Exchange!

Brian KrebsIs your organization, or business, running Microsoft Exchange? If so, path it NOW if you haven’t! This exploit was discovered earlier this month, hopefully this is “old news” to you Exchange sys admins!

At Least 30,000 U.S. Organizations Newly Hacked Via Holes in Microsoft’s Email Software

KrebsOnSecurity – By: Brian Krebs – “At least 30,000 organizations across the United States — including a significant number of small businesses, towns, cities and local governments — have over the past few days been hacked by an unusually aggressive Chinese cyber espionage unit that’s focused on stealing email from victim organizations, multiple sources tell KrebsOnSecurity. The espionage group is exploiting four newly-discovered flaws in Microsoft Exchange Server email software, and has seeded hundreds of thousands of victim organizations worldwide with tools that give the attackers total, remote control over affected systems.

On March 2, Microsoft released emergency security updates to plug four security holes in Exchange Server versions 2013 through 2019 that hackers were actively using to siphon email communications from Internet-facing systems running Exchange.

Microsoft said the Exchange flaws are being targeted by a previously unidentified Chinese hacking crew it dubbed ‘Hafnium,’ and said the group had been conducting targeted attacks on email systems used by a range of industry sectors, including infectious disease researchers, law firms, higher education institutions, defense contractors, policy think tanks, and NGOs.

In the three days since then, security experts say the same Chinese cyber espionage group has dramatically stepped up attacks on any vulnerable, unpatched Exchange servers worldwide.

In each incident, the intruders have left behind a ‘web shell,’ an easy-to-use, password-protected hacking tool that can be accessed over the Internet from any browser. The web shell gives the attackers administrative access to the victim’s computer servers.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, two cybersecurity experts who’ve briefed U.S. national security advisors on the attack told KrebsOnSecurity the Chinese hacking group thought to be responsible has seized control over ‘hundreds of thousands’ of Microsoft Exchange Servers worldwide — with each victim system representing approximately one organization that uses Exchange to process email.

Microsoft’s initial advisory about the Exchange flaws credited Reston, Va. based Volexity for reporting the vulnerabilities. Volexity President Steven Adair said the company first saw attackers quietly exploiting the Exchange bugs on Jan. 6, 2021, a day when most of the world was glued to television coverage of the riot at the U.S. Capitol.

But Adair said that over the past few days the hacking group has shifted into high gear, moving quickly to scan the Internet for Exchange servers that weren’t yet protected by the security updates Microsoft released Tuesday.

‘We’ve worked on dozens of cases so far where web shells were put on the victim system back on Feb. 28 [before Microsoft announced its patches], all the way up to today,’ Adair said. ‘Even if you patched the same day Microsoft published its patches, there’s still a high chance there is a web shell on your server. The truth is, if you’re running Exchange and you haven’t patched this yet, there’s a very high chance that your organization is already compromised.’

Reached for comment, Microsoft said it is working closely with the U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), other government agencies, and security companies, to ensure it is providing the best possible guidance and mitigation for its customers.

‘The best protection is to apply updates as soon as possible across all impacted systems,’ a Microsoft spokesperson said in a written statement. ‘We continue to help customers by providing additional investigation and mitigation guidance. Impacted customers should contact our support teams for additional help and resources.’

Meanwhile, CISA has issued an emergency directive ordering all federal civilian departments and agencies running vulnerable Microsoft Exchange servers to either update the software or disconnect the products from their networks.

Adair said he’s fielded dozens of calls today from state and local government agencies that have identified the backdoors in their Exchange servers and are pleading for help. The trouble is, patching the flaws only blocks the four different ways the hackers are using to get in. But it does nothing to undo the damage that may already have been done.”

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