Archive for July 9, 2021

Review: Apple Watch International Collection Sport Loop Band

Posted in Products with tags on July 9, 2021 by itnerd

Apple has released 22 Apple Watch sport loop bands to represent 22 nations around the world which tie into the Olympics that start later this month. Along with the sport loops, you can get watch faces that have limited customization to match the sport loops. Seeing as my wife and I are both Apple Watch users and we’re in Canada, we got the Canadian sport loop:

You can see the sport loop with the matching watch face here which you get via an app clip that is printed inside the box. And the watch face is the only area I will be critical of. Apple could have tried harder to incorporate the maple leaf into the watch face. Because other than the red and white, there’s nothing here that makes it distinctly Canadian. And you can copy and paste that comment for a few of the other bands in this collection. You also can’t add complications to the watch face, but I can’t see how you could do that and not have issues seeing the complication. Thus I will give Apple a pass on that. You can however customize the look of the watch face. For example you can have vertical stripes rather than diagonal ones. Or use a circular watch face instead of a square one.

Apple did put some time into making sure all the lugs and other bits color match the theme of the sport loop. So I will give them a point on that front. But other than that, this is a very comfortable sport loop that feels soft and the velcro is very secure. I would wear this when I work out, but since white is one of the colors, that’s likely not a good idea as it is likely to get dirty in a hurry.

On the inside of the band the three letter abbreviation for the country is present below the velcro strips.

The cool part is that these sport loops aren’t any more expensive than usual. In Canada they’re $59 CDN. If you want one, I would hurry. As I type this some countries have sold out. And not all Apple Stores have all sport loops. Thus if you want to show your national pride, I would quickly go to the Apple online store and shop for them that way.

Microsoft’s Fix For “PrintNightmare” May Not Work And May Break Printers

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 9, 2021 by itnerd

Microsoft has released fixes for the rather severe “PrintNightmare” flaw for all versions of Windows 10 as well as earlier versions of Windows including Windows 7. Thus you should get about patching all the things. But here’s the catch. There’s two reports from Windows Central that suggests that printing may break for you after installing these patches, and that the fixes may not be 100% effective in terms of fixing this flaw.

Let’s start with the latter. Some people have suggested that the patch can be circumvented. But Microsoft says that’s not the case:

Our investigation has shown that the OOB security update is working as designed and is effective against the known printer spooling exploits and other public reports collectively being referred to as PrintNightmare. All reports we have investigated have relied on the changing of default registry setting related to Point and Print to an insecure configuration.

So the message from Microsoft is that it’s not us but it’s you. Charming. If additional patches come out over the next week or so, you’ll know that they have changed their tune on this.

Now to the former. Apparently the patch breaks some printers. Specifically printers from Zebra. Though other printers may be affected. Here’s what Microsoft had to say:

We are aware of a printing issue caused by the July 6 Windows “KB5004945” update affecting multiple brands of printers. Microsoft has investigated this issue and plans to release an update addressing the issue within the next 1–2 business days. An immediate way to address the issue is to uninstall the Windows “KB5004945” update or uninstall the affected printer driver and reinstall using Administrative credentials. Long term, we encourage the use of the newer Windows update Microsoft is planning to release. Customers who need assistance regarding Zebra printers may contact our Technical Support Team.

At least they admit that this was an issue. I fully expect other issues to pop up over the next few days, so watch this space.