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Re: Microsoft - Again!!

Post by digidog » Tue Apr 29, 2014 2:02 am

A newly discovered zero-day code-execution hole in Internet Explorer - versions 6 through 11 - poses a major threat to users because there is no fix available at this stage. Ars estimates that this hole affects 26% of the total browser market.
http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/04 ... er-market/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

This one is so serious that the US Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning recommending the use of any browser other than Microsoft's Internet Explorer.
http://tech-beta.slashdot.org/story/04/ ... p-using-ie" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

A follow up Ars story confirms that this exploit affects Windows, Mac OS X and Linux users alike.

http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/04 ... linux-too/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Microsoft Windows 7 Alert

Post by Foggyone » Sat Jun 07, 2014 2:06 am

A story this morning advising that M$ is saving the $ in it's name by NOT updating certain libraries in Windows 7 which are updated in Windows 8 (or as it's more popularly knows Windows h8). This means that crooks only have to compare the libraries to locate those that have been updated, and this gives a pointer to potential W7 holes.

You have been warned, Windows 7 users.

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Microsoft Invents New Way To Cock Up Your Computer

Post by Foggyone » Fri Aug 08, 2014 7:41 pm

Microsoft has scrapped patch Tuesday, the second Tuesday each month when security updates are beamed to your computer.

They have replaced it with Update Tuesday, when updates will include both security and and "non security" updates.

In Microsofts own words:
Rather than waiting for months and bundling together a bunch of improvements into a larger update as we did for the Windows 8.1 Update, customers can expect that we'll use our already existing monthly update process to deliver more frequent improvements along with the security updates normally provided as part of “Update Tuesday”.

Examples of some of these non-security updates are the Windows Store Refresh in May and the June update to OneDrive to improve your control of sync. Some of these improvements might be more visible or even new features, while others might be more 'behind-the-scenes' that improve things like the performance and reliability of your device.
Sounds good. But given the breadth of hardware running M$ systems, there are bound (it's totally inevitable) to be occassions when these non security updates will break systems. So, keep your backups up to date.

Story here. (first part of article).
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Early Warning Of Impending Doom!

Post by Foggyone » Fri Aug 08, 2014 7:55 pm

Microsoft is going to end ALL support for old browsers, in 18 months time.
Roger Capriotti, director of the IE team, blogged on Thursday that beginning on January 12, 2016, only the most recent version of IE on any supported version of Windows will continue to receive technical support and security updates.

As of today, that means IE9 on Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2, IE10 on Windows Server 2012, and IE11 on any later version of Windows (including Windows Server 2012 R2).
Source article.

That means you will either have to update to the latest, or drop M$ IE for a decent browser. There are several choices available here for Windoze users. (note the side scroll handle).

The best two alternates are:

Google Chrome for those users happy to have all their browsing history hoovered up by Google
Mozilla Firefox for users who want some privacy.
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Re: Microsoft - Again!!

Post by Googlybear » Sat Aug 09, 2014 1:29 am

There is also the fast lightweight Opera
http://www.opera.com

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Re: Microsoft - Again!!

Post by Foggyone » Sat Aug 09, 2014 7:20 pm

Haven't used Opera for some time. I see there is a Linux version. Might give it another spin.
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Microsoft Invents New Way To Brick Your Computer - Seqel

Post by Foggyone » Mon Aug 18, 2014 8:09 pm

You may have seen my post above (4 posts above this)

Well, it happened. I should get a prize for crystal ball divination.

The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches now?
Patch early and patch often is the advice of security professionals when it comes to software updates.

After all, who needs to be left wide and open to hackers and malware writers when the solution was delivered by the software's maker days, weeks or months before?

Yet sysadmins will be increasingly leery of applying such an approach to Windows systems following Microsoft's latest botch job.

On 12 August Microsoft released 40 updates for Internet Exploder, Windows 7 and Windows 8 Pro.

Very shortly afterwards people began reporting their Windows machines bricking – while others glimpsed something they hadn't seen in a very long time: the Blue Screen of Death. Many thought BSODs were a thing of the past in this brave new Windows 7 (and 8) world.

They were wrong. As ever, people were in the dark over what had gone wrong and why.
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Microsoft Fumbles Again

Post by Foggyone » Sat Jan 03, 2015 5:22 pm

This should be no surprise.

M$ Bing and Yahoo search engines fell over on Friday. Caused by M$ pumping out a defective update (no longer an accident, now the norm). When they found out the update was crap they moved to automatic rollback, but found this was also defective and would not work. Typical M$, when it doesn't work, reboot. They did.

All well now. Phew!

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Re: Microsoft - Again!!

Post by digidog » Tue Mar 17, 2015 9:47 pm

In much the same way that Telecom rebranded as Spark, we learn that MS is ditching the much maligned Internet Explorer and will launch Son of Internet Explorer in the near future. I'm not holding my breath.
Microsoft kills off Internet Explorer

The days of Internet Explorer are numbered as software giant Microsoft confirms it's killing off the web browser.

It's thought Internet Explorer's reputation for being slow and clunky has finally convinced the company to put an end to its 20-year reign.

Although its speed has been improved in recent years Microsoft said there were "negative perceptions that no longer reflect reality" and it will introduce a faster, rebranded browser which was codenamed Project Spartan.

Some older versions of Windows 10 will have Internet Explorer built in but the company said it would slowly move users over to the new one.

Microsoft marketing manager Chris Capossela said the new browser didn't have a name yet and research was going into what to call it.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digit ... t-explorer
How about "Dog"or maybe "Lemon"?

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Re: Microsoft - Again!!

Post by digidog » Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:48 pm

Windows 10 will be available from around June and MS have announced that even pirates can upgrade for free. Yep... updates from either Windows 7 or 8.1 -- even illegal copies -- will qualify for a free upgrade to Windows 10. I guess that's one way of gaining dominance in the OS world.

Personally I'm more than happy with Win7 Pro. I don't need a pretty tiled interface and prefer a professional OS.

The upgrade will be valid for 12 months after the OS release.

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Re: Microsoft - Again!!

Post by digidog » Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:00 pm

Not so fast pirates! MS is now playing cagey on upgrades to "non-genuine" Windows licences.
Where does that leave us? Clearly, if you're running a pirated version of Windows 7 or 8.1, you will get a free upgrade to Windows 10—but it will still be considered "non-genuine or mislicensed." Does this mean that you'll get a nag screen every time you boot up? Does it mean that you can only use your PC for a few weeks before it locks you out and forces you to buy a license?

http://arstechnica.com/information-tech ... -it-seems/

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Re: Microsoft - Again!!

Post by Foggyone » Mon Mar 23, 2015 5:49 pm

Yes, I really wondered about this when I read the original stories.

By upgrading to a "genuine" version built on rotten foundations this will allow Microsoft the ability to control the computer (using Windows Genuine Advantage or similar), and demand payment for the non existent license. I forsee many millions of unhappy pirates. Good!
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Re: Microsoft - Again!!

Post by digidog » Wed Apr 01, 2015 11:03 pm

You have to hand it to Microsoft. Their latest phone just oozes simplicity.

https://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/stor ... d2dc0b6b26

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Re: Microsoft - Again!!

Post by Foggyone » Thu Apr 02, 2015 5:26 pm

For fun, and as a learning exercise, I have recently (like yesterday) installed an x86 build of Android tablet onto an Acer laptop. Runs without fault except for the camera. Non touch screen, but the touchpad or a conventional mouse works. This is being done by some to give old laptops a new lease of life.

Because Windows Phone is proprietary converting this would be difficult, or well nigh impossible.

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Re: Microsoft - Again!!

Post by digidog » Fri Jul 31, 2015 6:41 am

The Windows 10 rollout started this week. While initial reviews are generally favourable, Microsoft has been a bit sneaky with their downloads -- without bothering to telling users. They've made the download peer-to-peer and that's the default unless you delve deep within the Win10 options. So people on limited bandwidth caps may find they're uploading Win10 to loads of other users. Not cool!

Microsoft call it "Delivery Optimization" -- others might call it bandwidth theft. Here's how to disable this "feature".

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