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How to fix an Error 400 client has issued a malformed or illegal request. That’s all we know.

How to fix an Error 400 client has issued a malformed or illegal request. That’s all we know.

Edge browser, Operations, Windows Apps, YouTube
Today, when I clicked a link in an App, instead of opening a YouTube video, my Edge browser showed the message - 'Error 400. Your client has issued a malformed or illegal request. That’s all we know.' Until today, I worked around the error by using Edge in InPrivate mode to view the website. But, for some reason (maybe a Grace), I used Bing to see how others fixed the problem. I found this link useful, https://appuals.com/fix-youtube-error-400-client-has-issued-a-malformed-or-illegal-request/, but the instructions were written for Google Chrome users. So, I adapted them for my Edge browser and found that the modified version worked. To 1) ensure I could remember how to fix the issue the next time it came up and 2) to also share the knowledge with others who might be…
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Cryptocurrency and blockchain what’s the fuss?

Cryptocurrency and blockchain what’s the fuss?

Cryptocurrency, Research
Some take for granted that there will always be change when it comes to information and communication technologies. In comparison, the regulated money market might seem a relatively more stable topic. So, for those starting to hear about it now, cryptocurrencies might come as a surprise. With some new ideas experts and critics introduce new words into our everyday language requiring us to go through a new learning curve to know what they are about and discern what is relevant. Cryptocurrency, and its related blockchain, appears to be one of those new ideas. For example, Some experts say that the new money, cryptocurrency, will thrive because it overcomes issues inherent with old money, such as the imbalance of wealth, power and corruption. Some think virtual transactions are instantaneous, secure, and bypass…
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80070020 error code downloading WhatsApp from an 8.1 Windows phone Store

80070020 error code downloading WhatsApp from an 8.1 Windows phone Store

Operations, Windows Apps
The question sounded straight-forward. "Would you install WhatsApp please?" "Ok", I thought to myself. "I can install WhatsApp on my desktop where I do most of my work." Then I thought, "Where do I get WhatsApp from?" I answered, "That's easy, from Windows Store." So, I opened Windows Store on my PC. Searched for WhatsApp and found it! I clicked the install button, answered the install prompts and voila! It started downloading and after a little wait, it installed. When I started WhatsApp, I found the first surprise. "To use WhatsApp on your computer: 1. Open WhatsApp on your phone, 2. Tap Menu, or Settings and select WhatsApp Web, then 3. Point your phone to this screen to capture the code." Initially, I asked "Why would I need to use…
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The best time to seek IT advice.

The best time to seek IT advice.

Maintenance - Unplanned
Three particular issues, amongst others that came up last week, made me think about the best time to seek IT advice: A PC tablet was protected from the WannaCrypt ransomware, Windows update on a laptop PC was fixed, and Permission issues were resolved for a Windows Security error, x80070005. Because these issues were not routine I found out about them while talking with clients. The owners of the Window devices were experiencing issues that they could not fix and led them to wonder what was happening. (more…)
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How we survived Windows 10 updates

How we survived Windows 10 updates

Maintenance - Unplanned
It seems like a generation ago when I upgraded my first laptop to Windows 10. It was initially not easy, but now I am finding it more easy to recommend upgrading machines than leaving them with earlier versions of Windows. At the time upgrading was free and with the right version of Windows kept all personal files and data, https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/windows-10-specifications#reqs. However, it is highly recommended to back-up in case something goes wrong. (more…)
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RNP002673A5A8F3 and other suspect emails

RNP002673A5A8F3 and other suspect emails

Maintenance - Unplanned, Research
Today four emails were received by four different email accounts with the subject "RNP002673A5A8F3" and sender "network.scanner@senderDomain.com.au"#. This was not normal and something was obviously phishy about it, so I thought I would investigate further. [Since writing the original post, a similar email has been spreading from "DocuCentre-V C6675 T2" with the subject of "Scan Data from FX-D6DBE1"] To check the file, I used two tools that you might find handy to use. Message Options## in Outlook, and the Google subsidiary VirusTotal## website. (more…)
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Software self-audit for Australian businesses: more than child’s play

Software self-audit for Australian businesses: more than child’s play

Maintenance - Planned
Recently, I was shown a Microsoft letter requesting a company carry out an internal software audit. Searching for details, the letter appeared to be a resource made available to Microsoft Licensing Experts. Martin Thompson had dissected the letter in the past to highlight the benefits of controlling software license costs and obligations for those involved. (more…)
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The value of routinely checking disk space

The value of routinely checking disk space

Maintenance - Planned
On the morning I started writing this post, I went to buy new tyres to replace the ones that were nearly worn to the tread-wear indicator. Tyres with tread higher than the built-in indicators meet local legal requirements, helps the car stop over shorter distances than cars with worn tyres and avoids tyre damage potentially caused through wear and tear. This post looks at how checking tyre tread is analogous to checking disk space, why doing so is useful and how routinely checking disk space can be one way to keep your computer running optimally during its lifetime. (more…)
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5 glaringly obvious actions you should do with computer equipment when you return from holidays

5 glaringly obvious actions you should do with computer equipment when you return from holidays

Planning
During the festive season, families can share joyful times together, for example, relaxing at home, visiting extended family and friends, attending church, going to watch movies and enjoying a Christmas meal together. Yet, in this day and age when businesses open most days during the Christmas - New Year period, some may struggle to balance their time between family and work. So, ideas to help manage technology and ease the transition between work and holidays and back to work again seems worthwhile sharing. In this article, we look at working smarter with technology in order to get more time to relax with family during the Christmas - New Year break. (more…)
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