Microsoft - Again!!

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Ring Ring, You've Got Malware

Post by Foggyone » Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:18 pm

Another correspondent this morning advising he has had "The Call". Fortunately he did not give out his credit card details.

Less fortunate, he gave these crooks remote access to his computer for a period of time, Therefore, he may now be the proud owner of a shiny new malware!

Advised him that he needs to have his computer thoroughly disinfected. Also, he needs to advise his bank (and his business if the computer interacts there), and once he is sure his system is clean he will need to change all his on line passwords.

The downstream effects of this call can be quite nasty.
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Took Long Enough

Post by Foggyone » Thu Oct 04, 2012 7:07 am

This scam has been taken off line, if the reports here are to be believe.

However, this scam has been very profitaable, and experience shows where there is a profit, there will be more scammers ready to chance their arm. So, while they are reported to be out of business, don't hold your breath. They may well be back.
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Now, This Is Telling!

Post by Foggyone » Mon Jan 07, 2013 5:31 pm

Microsoft burgled, only the APPLE iPADS stolen - cops confirm
A savvy sneak slipped into a Microsoft campus, stole five iPads and left all the Microsoft products untouched, according to cops.

More than $3,000 in Apple kit was nicked from the research and development complex in Mountain View, California, over Christmas. There was no sign of a forced entry at Building 5 on La Avenida Street, whose staff use electronic cards to enter the offices, said Sgt Sean Thompson.

The five fondleslabs - two iPad 2s, two iPad 3s and an "iPad 4" - were taken from three offices. The latter is understood to be the latest generation of Apple's tablet rather than a secret new device.
Is this the definitive comment on W8?
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Shonky Management, or Downright Dishonesty

Post by Foggyone » Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:49 pm

Microsoft has been slugged with a hefty €561m ($731m, £484m) fine for flouting a previous agreement on it's monopolistic business practices. Ouch! But, with all the huge profits it will no doubt shrug this off as a pinprick.

Europe tickles Microsoft with €561m fine for browser choice gaffe
The Register asked Microsoft if it planned to appeal the EC's fine. The company told us:

We take full responsibility for the technical error that caused this problem and have apologised for it. We provided the commission with a complete and candid assessment of the situation, and we have taken steps to strengthen our software development and other processes to help avoid this mistake - or anything similar - in the future.
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Re: Microsoft - Again!!

Post by digidog » Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:20 am

Microsoft is currently migrating millions of users from the admittedly poor Hotmail system to their shiny new outlook.com accounts. On February 18th Microsoft announced that the transition would be "seamless and instant." But it wasn't. Now millions of users are reporting missing emails or emails that won't open. MS acknowledge that this upgrade has gone titsup... "Fixing the problem is taking longer than we hoped. We apologise for the lengthy interruption in service."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21769027" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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What "Really" Happened

Post by Foggyone » Thu Mar 14, 2013 5:56 pm

HOT SWEATY RACKS blamed for Outlook.com, Hotmail MELTDOWN

Look now for an orgy of finger pointing and PR spin followed no doubt by class action suing. It may have got hot down on the (server) farm, but it could get much warmer yet!
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Re: Microsoft - Again!!

Post by digidog » Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:39 am

On top of all their other woes, Microsoft's Windows 8 appears to have flopped badly leading to a huge decline in PC sales. Whoever would want their PC interface to look like a phone anyway?

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-575789 ... s-8-flops/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Microsoft - Again!!

Post by Foggyone » Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:29 am

An interesting debate.

I felt sorry for Ed Bott, the worlds greatest Windows booster trying to breathe life into this dead duck turkey (to mix metaphors).

The comments at the end are also worth reading.
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Re: Microsoft - Again!!

Post by Foggyone » Sat Apr 13, 2013 2:44 am

Microsoft urges Windows 7 users to uninstall 'Blue Screen of Death' patch
Microsoft today urged Windows 7 users to uninstall a patch shipped earlier this week that has crashed customer's PCs and crippled the machines with endless reboots.

The patch, which was originally issued Tuesday, has been pulled from Microsoft's Windows Update service.
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Re: Microsoft - Again!!

Post by digidog » Sat Apr 13, 2013 4:36 am

You'll have a laugh at this Peter. Go to the Microsoft support page for this issue:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2823324" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Now click on the link labelled "IT professionals" which produces...
We are sorry. The page you requested cannot be found.
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Re: Microsoft - Again!!

Post by digidog » Sat Apr 20, 2013 12:38 am

The Guardian has a coprehensive account of downgrading your shiny new Win8 computer to Win7. And it's not that easy. If your new PC has Win8 Pro installed, a downgrade to Win7 Pro should be relatively simple. But if you're stuck with a consumer version of the OS you may not have that option.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/as ... -windows-7" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

For those people the Guardian recommends Start8 - a little $5 programme that makes your Win8 look and act more like Win7.

http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Oh, the joys of Windows!

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Re: Microsoft - Again!!

Post by Foggyone » Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:51 am

For those who are so over the endless pay pay pay associated with Micro$oft there is a free alternative. And stardock is US$4.99, so there is a little nasty surprise when the credit card bill arrives (US$4.99 = NZ$5.93 today).

Isn't Windows wonderful.
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Re: Microsoft - Again!!

Post by digidog » Sat May 04, 2013 3:47 am

Hotmail is no longer! All hail Outlook.com! Or something like that. Hotmail addresses will continue to exist, proudly advising the world that their owners just weren't quite clever enough to migrate to a better mail service over at Gmail. It's funny, but out of all the hijacked accounts I've encountered churning out spam, Hotmail accounted for 90% of them. I don't know if that's because Hotmail was so easy to crack, or whether it attracted a type of user who didn't understand the need for secure passwords. Whatever... Hotmail has now gone the way of GeoCities and other long-forgotten web entities. I would say "RIP" but I'm actually glad to see the service die. Thanks Mr Microsoft!

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/05/02 ... o_outlook/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Microsoft - Again!!

Post by digidog » Fri May 31, 2013 11:04 pm

For all those Windows users stuck with Win8 and no start button, Microsoft has introduced two new mice with... er... start buttons included.

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/05/ ... our-mouse/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

More sensibly, MS has previewed Win8.1 - a free upgrade to Windows 8 that really does add the start button back to the taskbar where it belongs. You'll still need to keep that "start screen" which makes your expensive desktop look more like a mobile phone. But hey... MS wouldn't be MS without finding some cute way to really annoy its users on a daily basis.

http://arstechnica.com/information-tech ... n-is-back/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Microsoft - Again!!

Post by Foggyone » Sat Jun 01, 2013 12:00 am

The "Start Button" appears to drop you onto the Metro desktop, from my reading.

W8.1 will apparently allow you to boot directly into the legacy desktop (Windows 7 desktop), there's a tick box somewhere.

It will ease the pain only marginally. Thank the lord for Linux.
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