Michael Horowitz

Michael Horowitz wrote his first computer program in 1973 and has been a computer nerd ever since. He spent 20 years working in an IBM mainframe environment as both an application developer and a DB2 DBA. He then spent a few years working in the Research and Development group of a large Wall Street firm. He has also done technical writing and teaching. He is an independent consultant who has long been focused on Defensive Computing. His personal site is michaelhorowitz.com. This is a weblog of Michael Horowitz. The opinions expressed here are those of Michael Horowitz and may not represent those of Computerworld.

A web page consumes a constant 25% of the CPU -- after it has loaded

Dealing with a problematic Chromebook: Part 2

Dealing with a problematic Chromebook: Part 2

What to do when powerwashing a Chromebook fails to fix a problem.

Dealing with a problematic Chromebook: Part 1

Dealing with a problematic Chromebook: Part 1

What to do when a Chromebook goes on the fritz? One particular set of problems was solved with a Powerwash -- sort of.

Windows Update on Windows 7 is still a problem

Windows Update on Windows 7 is still a problem

Even after installing the four patches I discussed last time, Windows Update on Windows 7 still runs slow when installing the May 2016 patches. But, as before, there's a patch for that. And, dealing with Windows Update when you don't...

The shame of Windows Update

The shame of Windows Update

Windows Update for Windows 7 has been around a long time with a mission that hasn't changed. So why is it still so flawed?

Patching Windows 7 can be painfully slow

Patching Windows 7 can be painfully slow

Windows Update on Windows 7 is taking forever to figure out the patches that need to be installed. Last month, Ed Bott suggested fixes to Windows Update, more recently Woody Leonhard suggested still more fixes. Way to go Microsoft.

An experiment with a secure web browser fails

Chromebooks offer great security and they can be remotely controlled with Chrome Remote Desktop. Sounds great, but my experience in the trenches was sub-optimal.

A handy tip about updating Flash in the Chrome browser

If Chrome is not installing the latest version of the Flash Player, this tip shows how to force an update on Windows and OS X.

More Adobe mistakes with Flash

Adobe's Flash mistakes are not limited to software bugs, their documentation is wrong too.

A curious case with a VPN

A curious case with a VPN

VPNs offer privacy, what's wrong with that? I stumbled across the downside to pretending to be somewhere else.

Blocking Windows 10 with Never10

Steve Gibson's new, free Never10 utility is the fourth generation of software to block Windows 10.

Router security done wrong

Router security done wrong

Since it sits between all your devices and the Internet, securing a router is important. As with everything else, the Internet is chock full of advice, much of it questionable. Here, I question security advice from the Federal Trade...

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