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  • Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style (Dot Matrix? Who knew?)

    11/17/2017 4:00:31 PM PST · by dayglored · 27 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 17, 2017 | Shaun Nichols
    Updated Microsoft's latest batch of software updates for Windows has been blamed for a mysterious ailment befalling some poor old Epson dot-matrix printers.Reg readers let us know that, after installing this week's Patch Tuesday payload from Redmond, their Windows boxes no longer work with Epson's dot matrix printers (which are still a thing, apparently, especially among those working with accounting software like Sage)."I had two clients today whose Epson dot matrix printers stopped working after applying this month’s cumulative update on Windows 10 and Windows 7," one tipster told us. "It just seems to eat the print job."In a discussion...
  • Microsoft Outlook (General Computer Question)

    11/17/2017 3:36:44 AM PST · by ducttape45 · 22 replies
    I have a general software query I'm hoping someone can help me with. I'm trying to find, if something even exists, a plugin or add-in for Microsoft Outlook that I can use that can give me a "File Explorer" -ish look and feel to the program. I have lots of emails I'm trying to go through and if I had something that made navigating the thousands of emails I got more easily it would make my job a lot more pleasant. And please, this is a serious request, so no snarky remarks about using other programs and no Microsoft haters....
  • The Password Pandemic: A password “classification scheme” for the home or small business user

    11/13/2017 8:22:15 AM PST · by Gennie · 35 replies
    Stronghold Cyber Security ^ | November 13, 2017 | Jason McNew
    Humanity has a massive password problem. We might call it The Password Pandemic. Computers keep getting faster and cheaper, making passwords easier to crack, while human operators do not change their bad password habits. This is a losing proposition, with the advantage clearly toward hackers and cyber criminals. Most users of the Internet now know that they need to use “strong” passwords, and that they should use a different password for each site. With a dozen or several dozen online accounts, this quickly becomes unmanageable. Exasperated, people just use the same (usually weak) password across several accounts. Hackers know this,...
  • Yes, You Can Still Clean Install Windows 10 with a Windows 7/8.x Key (Tricks and Tips)

    11/05/2017 6:20:30 AM PST · by dayglored · 29 replies ^ | Oct 28, 2017 | Paul Thurrott
    Readers routinely ask me whether it’s still possible to clean install Windows 10 with an unused Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 product key. Over two years after Microsoft first enabled this functionality, the answer is a resounding yes.And I can think of a number of reasons why one might need to do so.As noted, Microsoft first introduced this capability over two years ago, and in doing so it erased what had been one of the early install/activation issues with the then-new Windows 10.Almost a year later, I reported that this capability—which was supposed to be temporary, by the way–still worked....
  • Watch out! New ransomware attack spreading from Russia

    10/25/2017 10:07:09 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 18 replies ^ | October 25, 2017 | By Francis Navarro,
    This year's global outbreaks of the WannaCry and Petya/GoldenEye ransomware variants shook the tech and business world. Traditionally designed as a for-profit malware scheme, ransomware encrypts important files on computers and demands a ransom to give you access to them again. These cyberattacks mainly targeted outdated and unpatched Windows machines, which are vulnerable to a variety of NSA hacking tools leaked earlier this year. Since the flaws are wormable, the attacks even prompted Microsoft to make an unusual move - it released a patch for the now obsolete and unsupported operating systems to protect the apparent millions of users still...
  • Consumer Reports refuses to recommend Microsoft Surface Book 2 (before they evaluate it!?!?)

    10/20/2017 1:19:57 PM PDT · by dayglored · 33 replies
    BetaNews ^ | Oct 20, 2017 | Mark Wycislik-Wilson
    Just a few days ago, Microsoft revealed details of the Surface Book 2 which is due to launch in November. But before the device is even available, it has been dealt a blow by Consumer Reports.Earlier in the year, the review group said that problems with reliability meant that it was impossible for it to recommend any Microsoft laptop or tablet. Now Consumer Reports says that this extends to the Surface Book 2, meaning that the device will not be recommended. While hardly the end of the world for Microsoft, this will still come as bad news. The company expressed...
  • DUNAMIS POWER[Charismatic Caucus]

    10/18/2017 7:20:13 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles,Bible ^ | bible, Holy Spirit
    Dunamis Power is yours my children just speak what you need or declare what it is My Spirit is to manifest before you and it shall be for as you have overcome the world it now sits at your feet as it does for me for we are one and I walk hand in hand with you as you do my will alone . Let My Spirit of Holiness lead your days now for the body and Bride of Christ are coming together now in a redeeming way in that all that is being done now in this hour is...
  • Microsoft shuts down Krack with sneaky Windows update (WPA2 Wifi vulnerability update)

    10/16/2017 9:38:44 PM PDT · by dayglored · 22 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | Oct 16, 2017 | Gregg Keizer
    The company last week quietly patched vulnerabilities in the WPA2 protocol used to secure wireless networks, but did not reveal the fix until today. Microsoft today revealed that it quietly patched Windows last week against vulnerabilities in the Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) protocol used to secure wireless networks. Details of the security update were only published Monday to Microsoft's Security Update Guide, the catalog-like portal that earlier this year replaced the decades-old practice of delivering explanatory bulletins. All supported versions of Windows received the update, according to the catalog listing, including Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server...
  • Google isn't saying Microsoft security sucks but Chrome for Windows has its own antivirus

    10/16/2017 9:29:03 PM PDT · by dayglored · 15 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 16, 2017 | Thomas Claburn
    In its ongoing effort to improve browser security, school Microsoft on security, and retain its search audience, Google is today rolling out several Chrome for Windows fortifications.The search biz has modded Chrome for Windows to detect when extensions switch people's Chrome settings, such as the default search engine, without authorization, a common tactic for deceptive software. The browser will now ask whether it can restore previous settings, which for the majority of Windows users will reestablish Google as Chrome's default search engine.The operation can also be done by visiting a reset URL: chrome://settings/resetProfileSettingsWhat's more, Google has enlisted security biz ESET...
  • Microsoft silently fixes security holes in Windows 10 – dumps Win 7, 8 out in the cold

    10/10/2017 7:39:50 PM PDT · by dayglored · 54 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 6, 2017 | Shaun Nichols
    Versions in use by millions lag behind latest OS, leaving systems vulnerable to attack Microsoft is silently patching security bugs in Windows 10, and not immediately rolling out the same updates to Windows 7 and 8, potentially leaving hundreds of millions of computers at risk of attack.Flaws and other programming blunders that are exploitable by hackers and malware are being quietly cleaned up and fixed in the big Windows 10 releases – such as the Anniversary Update and the Creator's Update. But this vital repair work is only slowly, if at all, filtering back down to Windows 7 and Windows...
  • How to delay the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update while still getting security patches

    10/05/2017 8:24:33 PM PDT · by dayglored · 26 replies
    Windows Central ^ | Oct 5, 2017 | Mauro Huculak
    The Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 is almost here, but if you're not ready, in this guide, we'll tell you the steps to delay it. Starting on October 17, Microsoft's update servers are expected to be busier than usual pushing the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 1709) to millions of compatible devices already running Windows 10. The update will roll out in phases, beginning with newer devices known to work with the new version to work out any unforeseen bugs, and then expanding at a slow pace until is fully available to everyone. If you rely on your...
  • 2019: The year that Microsoft quits Surface hardware (industry speculation and fortune-telling)

    10/05/2017 5:57:47 AM PDT · by dayglored · 19 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 4, 2017 | Paul Kunert
    Or so say a bunch of PC execs and Canalys CEO Canalys Channels Forum Microsoft will quit its loss-making Surface hardware business by 2019, according to execs from PC manufacturers and a channel watcher.Talking at the tenth Canalys Channels Forum in Venice, Canalys CEO Steve Brazier said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella would exit the product line because he is a “software guy, a cloud guy” and pointed to the demise of the smartphone line.He added: “The Surface performance is choppy; there are good quarters and bad quarters, overall they are not making money. It doesn’t make sense for them to...
  • Microsoft Win 10 Update Just Screwed The Old Games Again

    09/30/2017 7:49:41 AM PDT · by Wuli · 90 replies
    Wuli | 9/30/2017 | Wuli
    Allowed Windows 10 latest update/build to run on my PC last night. It ended shortly before I went to bed, and I shut down the PC. The morning I could not execute my Win 7 games - Solitaire, Spider Solitaire, Freecell, Majong. All the "run as administrator" and "compatibility" and "compatibility troubleshooting stuff" didn't do a dam thing. NOTHING, not even reinstall of the games and then all the compatibility stuff again worked. Nada, zilch., I had expended considerable effort from XP to Win 7 and then to Win getting versions of these games that would run, after each Windows...
  • Will Microsoft love Linux to death? Shuttleworth and Stallman on whether Windows 10 is(tr)

    09/25/2017 5:29:29 PM PDT · by dayglored · 24 replies
    Tech Republic ^ | Sep 20, 2017 | Nick Heath
    Full Title: Will Microsoft love Linux to death? Shuttleworth and Stallman on whether Windows 10 is free software's friend If you believe Satya Nadella, then Microsoft loves Linux. Under Nadella's leadership, Microsoft has a discovered a new enthusiasm for open-source software, leading it to join the Linux Foundation and build support for GNU/Linux directly into Windows 10. Yet, in some quarters, there is skepticism that a company whose former CEO described Linux as a cancer could be reborn as a true believer. The greatest suspicion is reserved for the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), which allows Windows 10 to run...
  • Bill Gates: Sorry about Control-Alt-Delete

    09/21/2017 9:42:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    KFOR ^ | SEPTEMBER 21, 2017
    Bill Gates is sorry that he made it so annoying to log in to your computer. The billionaire Microsoft co-founder admitted Wednesday that the Control-Alt-Delete function originally used to get into Windows computers is an awkward maneuver. “If I could make one small edit, I’d make that a single key,” Gates said Wednesday on a panel at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York City. It’s a confession Gates has made before. In 2013, he blamed IBM for the issue. “We could have had a single button. But the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn’t want to...
  • Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

    09/21/2017 1:39:29 PM PDT · by dayglored · 75 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 21, 2017 | Simon Sharwood
    Gives two-fingered salute to IBM designers for forcing us to use three-fingered salute Bill Gates has said that if he had his time again, he would not have chosen CTRL-ALT-DEL as the keypress to interrupt a PC's operations.Speaking at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum, as recorded from about the 8:30 mark in this video, Gates looked a touch bemused when Carlyle Group co-founder and CEO David Rubenstein asked about the infamous three-finger salute.He nonetheless answered the question directly, and in a very Bill Gates way, saying: "The IBM hardware PC keyboard only had one way it could get a guaranteed...
  • Hackers compromised free CCleaner software, Avast's Piriform says

    09/18/2017 5:25:00 AM PDT · by dayglored · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 18, 2017 | Joseph Menn
    Hackers broke into British company Piriform’s free software for optimizing computer performance last month potentially allowing them to control the devices of more than two million users, the company and independent researchers said on Monday. The malicious program was slipped into legitimate software called CCleaner, which is downloaded for personal computers and Android phones as often as five million times a week. It cleans up junk programs and advertising cookies to speed up devices. CCleaner is the main product made by London’s Piriform, which was bought in July by Prague-based Avast, one of the world’s largest computer security vendors. At...
  • Windows 10 promises not to automatically download updates behind your back any more

    09/12/2017 6:24:12 AM PDT · by dayglored · 23 replies
    The Express (UK) ^ | Sep 10, 2017 | Aaron Brown
    MICROSOFT has promised not to repeat its initial, somewhat forceful approach to Windows 10 upgrades. Microsoft has responded to a lawsuit from a German consumer agency by promising not to repeat its initial approach to Windows 10 upgrades. Microsoft was heavily criticised during the initial roll-out of the next-generation operating system. Between mid-2015 and mid-2016, during the promotional year when customers could claim a free upgrade to Windows 10, Microsoft preinstalled 6GB of data on users’ machines. The 6GB data dump was designed to make installing Windows 10 faster, however, there was no obvious way for users to opt-out of...
  • Windows 10 Privacy Settings Prior To Update Notice

    07/19/2017 9:47:15 AM PDT · by Lmo56 · 10 replies
    Self | 7/19/2017 | Self
    Keep getting notice to review privacy settings in preparation for Windows 10 update. Have postponed so far. Is this related to the Creators Update?
  • SQL Server 2017's first rc lands and - yes! - it runs on Linux (Microsoft loves The Penguin)

    07/19/2017 5:56:13 AM PDT · by dayglored · 9 replies
    The Register ^ | Jul 19, 2017 | Richard Chirgwin
    Microsoft's long, gentle embrace of Linux continues with the first release candidate of SQL Server 2017.Microsoft said the early release would land in the middle of this year. Arguably, since this is only the RC1-level release, Microsoft's SQL-Server-on-Linux is running late.There's not much detail on what's in the box, with this Technet blog post only saying: SQL Server 2017 support for Linux includes the same high availability solutions on Linux as Windows Server, including Always On availability groups integrated with Linux native clustering solutions like Pacemaker. There's also Active Directory authentication, so domain-joined Windows or Linux clients can use their...