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Surface Pro (2017)

For me, this is a dream machine

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Multi Factor Authentication App Backup and Usage Strategies
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Microsoft Authenticator
2 Factor Authentication

Microsoft Authenticator helps keep me safe. The baddies are out there, and I know my logins are protected. Easy to setup and a real pleasure to use!

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Sony “Rootkit” and DRM “Removal”

UPDATE- Link to download removal tool is at

Sony BMG and First 4 Internet have just released an update that will completely
remove the rootkit based DRM content protection software and replace it with a
non-rootkit DRM technology that is compatible with all current security
protocols. To ensure the security of your system, please visit their software
update website to obtain and install Service Pack 2 at:

If after this update, you still wish to uninstall our software, please visit the
form below using the computer where the software is currently installed and you
will be emailed an uninstall link within 1 business day (M-F).

TIP: Our uninstall request form will require a small ActiveX plug-in
        (from First 4 Internet). Be sure to also temporarily turn off any
        pop-up blocker software. Although a non-ActiveX process is in
        development, currently, our online process is the only option.
        Should you prefer to wait for the next uninstallation version,
        one is due to be released later this month at:

Thank you for the opportunity to be of assistance.

WPA2 enabled wireless driver for Thinkpad Owners

There is no mention whatsoever of the new support for WPA2 in the version info/release notes for the latest mini pci driver for most newer IBM Thinkpads. But, it’s in there. Definitely and positively.

has a download for driver which enables WPA2 support for

– IBM 11abg Wireless LAN Mini PCI Adapter
– IBM 11abg Wireless LAN Mini PCI Adapter II
– IBM Dual-Band Wi-Fi Wireless Mini-PCI Adapter ( 11ab )
– IBM 11bg Wireless LAN Mini PCI adapter

for the following Thinkpad systems:

– ThinkPad G40, G41
– ThinkPad R40
– ThinkPad R50, R50p, R51, R52
– ThinkPad T40, T40p, T41, T41p, T42, T42p, T43, T43p
– ThinkPad X31, X32, X40, X41–

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