Posted on May 7th, 2012 at 20:09 2 comments
There’s a pot full of patches coming on Tuesday, including two more for .NET. Hoo boy.
I’m taking us up to MS-DEFCON 2: Patch reliability is unclear. Unless you have an immediate, pressing need to install a specific patch, don’t do it.
Make sure Automatic Update is turned off, and let’s see what Tuesday will bring.
Posted on May 7th, 2012 at 19:58 2 comments
If you sign on to Windows 8 with a Microsoft account, and you bring together Contacts from just about anywhere – Facebook, Hotmail, Google, wherever – a copy of the Contacts is stored in the clear on your PC.
It’s a little tricky figuring out how to put the pieces together, but anybody with an Administrator account on your PC can reconstruct all of your Contacts, and all of their details, including email address, phone number, picture, and much more.
InfoWorld Tech Watch.
Posted on May 5th, 2012 at 18:52 3 comments
Using Word to compose a WordPress blog and post it is drop-dead simple. Ed Bott wrote about it on his personal blog yesterday.
One BIG trick (which I learned from Herb Tyson’s blog): before you can post from Word, you have to “Enable RPC” in WordPress.
Once WordPress is set up correctly, go to Word, click File, New, Blog Post, have your WordPress id and password ready, and it’s drop-dead simple.
Now that I see the light, I (like Ed) wonder why people are worried about losing Windows Live Writer. Years ago, Word used to produce execrable HTML. But I can tell – just by looking at it – that the “create blog” generated HTML in Word 2010, at least, is just fine.
Amazing. Old dog, new tricks.
Posted on July 13th, 2011 at 07:42 6 comments
It’s Black Tuesday again.
Time to make sure all of your computers have Microsoft (or Windows) automatic update turned off.
Let’s see how this month’s drama plays out: four bulletins, only one of which is critical, and MS says it’ll be difficult cracking that one.
Posted on June 23rd, 2011 at 09:27 23 comments
Mozilla has recently released the final edition of Firefox 5.0.
Read all of Firefox 5.0′s new features here.
Meanwhile, Google has released Chrome 13 into their Beta Channel last week. One of the features of Chrome 13 that has been long requested for three years since Chrome 1.0 came out is Print Preview (yes, Print Preview has finally arrived for Chrome).
Read more about Chrome 13 beta on this Google Chrome blog page.
UPDATE: It seems that Mozilla’s “rapid release” process to recent Firefox versions has come under criticism as written in this recent PC World article:
UPDATE 2: Read this Ars Technica article titled “Firefox update policy: the enterprise is wrong, not Mozilla” at this page:
Posted on June 22nd, 2011 at 21:40 1 comment
Posted on June 20th, 2011 at 23:59 3 comments
Early last week, Adobe released new security updates for Flash Player, Shockwave Player and Adobe Reader & Acrobat.
Obtain the latest Flash Player security updates from Adobe Security Bulletin APSB11-18. For the latest Shockwave Player security updates, read bulletin APSB11-17. And for Adobe Reader (all versions including Reader X) & Acrobat, see bulletin APSB11-16.
Posted on March 22nd, 2011 at 21:51 2 comments