Weekly Tech News Roundup 17/10/2016

Listener Question : fatter scroll bars in Windows 10, Samsung Note 7 woes continue, Johnson & Johnson insulin pumps can be hacked with fatal results.

A question from a listener via 6PR highlights a problem with Windows 10 and I decided to find a solution.

“HELLO CHRIS , IF POSSIBLE PLEASE RAISE THIS ISSUE WITH BEN TONITE ON YOUR PC SHOW ; THE SCROLL BAR ON WINDOWS 10 IS ONE MILLIMETRE , WHICH IS TINY ;
I HAVE JUST COME FROM WINDOWS VISTA , AND I COULD MAKE THE SCROLL BAR 2 INCHES WIDE WHICH WAS PERFECT FOR US WITH POOR EYESIGHT ;
WE ARE SO SICK OF CLICKING ON ADS OR OTHER UNWANTED LINKS ;
IS THERE ANY WAY OF MAKING THE SCROLL BAR WIDER ON WINDOWS 10 ;??

THANK YOU GANG .; A GREAT SHOW .

WE HAVE EDGE , FIREFOX AND CHROME AND INCREDIMAIL , THEY ALL HAVE TINY SCROLL BARS .”

Thanks for the question. Here is what I have found.

To do something about the scroll bars you will need to mess around with the Windows Registry. The Windows Registry is a key part of Windows so if you get it wrong expect things to go very wrong. If you are not confident on how to edit the Registry contact myself or another technical person you trust.

regeditOn editing the Registry, Microsoft has the following to say.
“Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious, system-wide problems that may require you to re-install Windows to correct them. Microsoft cannot guarantee that any problems resulting from the use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use this tool at your own risk.”

If you decide to press ahead, you do so at your own risk knowing that things can go bad resulting in system errors or loss of data. You agree to not hold anyone responsible for your actions.

  1. Open registry editor by pressing Windows Key + R to open the RUN dialog then type in regedit and press enter. Click yes to allow changes and you should be looking at the registry editor.
  2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER, Control Panel, Desktop, WindowsMetrics.
  3. Locate the ScrollWidth key and double-click on it to open a window to change its value. The default value is -255. To make the scrollbars smaller try a lower number (like -250), to make the scrollbars fatter, a bigger number (-300).
  4. Click OK to save the value, restart your computer and check how the new scrollbars look. If they need further adjustment go back to step 1 and repeat until you are happy with the result.

Of course, I am able to do this for you in a few minutes anywhere in the world via remote control as a part of my “day job” as a tech support guy.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been discontinued. Airlines outlaw the handset.

The exploding phone headache has not gone away for Samsung with global bans of the phone on flights. Experts estimate that there are still over a million Galaxy Note 7 handsets yet to be returned and Samsung is pulling out all the stops to recover from the fallout by offering Note 7 owners bill credits if they replace the Galaxy Note 7 with another Samsung product. In the US, the offer is US$100 off the bill and there are expected to be similar offers to other regions.

Samsung has continued its investigations as to the cause of the battery fires but is yet to have been able to replicate the failures in the lab leaving questions at this point unanswered.

The damage to the companies bottom line although a significant US$3 billion hit to profits is still a small part of the total Samsung Mobile business.

Monitoring of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 usage indicates that there are still around 1 million of the 2.5 million handsets still in the field today even though there has been a total ban on the Note 7 handsets on all flights.

Again, all owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 are urged to power down and return handsets immediately. This recall does not affect any other Samsung Galaxy phone.

The Internet of Things that will kill you because big pharma does not care.

A damning report from Fastcoexist.com has put the spotlight on Johnson & Johnson’s smart insulin pump. It is a wireless controlled insulin delivery device that allows the patient to administer insulin by simply pressing a button on a wireless fob.

Problem is that there is zero security in place to ensure that the signal to dispense insulin is actually coming from a trusted source. Using off the shelf hardware it is possible to send a signal to a pump up to two kilometers away prompting J&J to advise patients to turn off the radio device in the pump.

This kind of oversight opens another avenue to hackers to extort users of the vunerable device in exchange for not flooding their bodies with potentially fatal doses of medication.