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Daily Archives: December 14, 2017

  • Windows 7 Monthly Rollups are getting bigger – here’s why

    Posted on December 14th, 2017 at 08:16 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Some interesting observations about express installation files in Win7 from Gregg Keizer at Computerworld.

    Anybody care to comment on this?

    only some Windows 7 machines are eligible for the smaller security-only updates: Those serviced by WSUS (Windows Server Update Services), or tools, whether third-party or Microsoft’s own System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), that rely on WSUS for content. All other Windows 7 devices, including ones run by consumers and small companies, that connect via Windows Update or Windows Update for Business, are handed rollups. They do not get a choice.

    One big contributor to Win7 Monthly Rollup size: the rollups are now reaching back, before the patchocalypse in October 2016. Anybody have a handle on how much the old patches are contributing to the Monthly Rollup size — or how far along Microsoft is in folding them all into the Rollup?

  • Brinkmann: Disqus commenting platform sold to big data and analytics firm Zeta Global

    Posted on December 14th, 2017 at 07:54 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Big news for folks who post comments using Disqus. Says Brinkmann on ghacks:

    Big data and analytics company Zeta Global announced that it has acquired the commenting platform Disqus. The company suffered two major security breaches, one in 2013 and another in October 2017. A snapshot of a database containing 17.5 million user email addresses, login dates and sign-up dates was copied according to Disqus in the latest breach.

    Wow. 4 million web sites. 2 billion monthly unique users. And now it’s part of a data harvesting company.

    Our little home-grown and hand-operated commenting system here on AskWoody may not have all the bells and whistles, but I’d put it up against Disqus any day.