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  • Bloomberg Terminal conflicts with Win10 Fall Creators Update

    Posted on November 7th, 2017 at 20:29 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Bloomberg is advising that customers running Bloomberg Terminal need to refrain from upgrading to Win10 FCU, version 1709. Per their professional support page:

    Known issue with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

    In October 2017, Microsoft released Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (OS build: 16299.19 and 16299.15). The update introduced issues that are known to interfere with the Bloomberg Terminal. We are working with Microsoft to resolve these issues. In the meantime, please refrain from updating your PCs to affected versions.

    As I’ve advised many times, 1709 isn’t yet ready for prime time.

  • Office non-security patches for November 2017 have been released

    Posted on November 7th, 2017 at 14:26 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    These are November patches. We are under MS-DEFCON 2. You do NOT want to install them yet (unless you want to be an unpaid Beta tester).

    Office 2007

    Update for Microsoft Office Publisher 2007 (KB4011203)

    Office 2010

    Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4011188)

    Office 2013

    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB3172533)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4011228)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4011229)
    Update for Microsoft OneNote 2013 (KB4011075)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2013 (KB4011252)
    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 (KB4011168)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2013 (KB4011235)
    Update for Microsoft Word 2013 (KB3162081)
    Update for Skype for Business 2015 (KB4011255)

    Office 2016

    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011138)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011216)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011223)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011224)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011226)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011259)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 Language Interface Pack (KB4011145)
    Update for Microsoft OneNote 2016 (KB4011137)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2016 (KB4011240)
    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 (KB4011219)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4011227)
    Update for Skype for Business 2016 (KB4011238)

    The Office Publisher 2007 update and the Office 2010 update are UNCHECKED important updates.
    Security patches for all current supported versions of Microsoft Office are released on the second Tuesday of the month (Patch Tuesday)

  • Google’s ‘Pad Thai’ doodle

    Posted on November 7th, 2017 at 06:32 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    You may have noticed today’s Google Doodle, which “celebrates Pad Thai.”

    Having lived in Thailand for 13 years, I consider myself something of an aficionado — but my wife’s the expert. My wife still makes the best Phad Thai I’ve ever had. She learned at her mother’s knee, in South Eastern Thailand.

    A couple of notes. ผัดไทย or Phad Thai (that’s the way my wife spells it) is pronounced, more or less, “pud tai.” Thai is a tonal language, so you’ll never get it right. It literally means “stir fried, Thai style” which describes the situation quite well – stir fried noodles, done the Thai way, almost always in a cast iron wok.

    There’s an entire cuisine built around Phad Thai. Every Thai village has at least two or three different roadside stalls selling Phad Thai, and they’re all different. The best Phad Thai IMHO is, invariably, available near the sea, where fresh shrimp makes it Phad Thai Goong. (Goong = shrimp) Phuket is a Phad Thai paradise.

    I’ve had good Phad Thai in the US, but most of it’s kinda blah. The recipe offered by Google/YouTube is OK, but you really need to get original, authentic, fresh ingredients — which I can find in several Asian grocery stores in Nashville and, especially, Atlanta. If you’re curious, watch this excellent video from a real Thai Thai named Poo.

    Avoid the temptation to use the American “Sriracha” sauce — you know, the bottle with the rooster on it. It’s made by a Vietnamese guy in Los Angeles. Which is fine, but the best stuff comes from Sriracha, the eponymous province in Thailand where Sriracha sauce was invented. My favorite is Sriraja Thai Panich from Theparos Food Products, which you can find in Asian markets all over the US. It’s completely different from the rooster stuff.

    Some day, I swear, I’ll write a book about real Thai food.

  • MS-DEFCON 2: Non-security Office updates due today

    Posted on November 7th, 2017 at 04:10 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Which means it’s a good time to check and make sure you have Automatic Updates turned off.

    If you’ve been following along, you already have Automatic Updates turned off. If you aren’t sure about your Auto Update status, see my new article in Computerworld Woody on Windows.

    You need to patch sooner or later, to be sure. But you don’t need to install non-security patches right away.

    We’re at MS-DEFCON 2: Patch reliability is unclear. Unless you have an immediate, pressing need to install a specific patch, don’t do it.