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  • Patch Lady post – if you’ve patched…

    Posted on July 13th, 2018 at 20:08 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Susan here, Friday night in the USA, Saturday for those of you on the other side of the globe.  If you have patched your machines and see no issues, keep them as they are.  Don’t pull back updates if your machines have gotten through July patching okay.

    If you have NOT updated, this would be a really good time to make sure you know exactly how to pause updates.  I still don’t have a good root cause of what is causing the blue screens of death on some machines.  I have some unconfirmed reports that it may be intrusion monitoring software but it’s too early to tell for sure.  All I can tell you is that every Windows patch has a possible known issue posted.

    That isn’t to say that everyone will hit this – for example on the three computers I’ve updated at home, I’m not seeing this bsod.  So it’s not 100% guaranteed that you’ll hit this.  That said, lets not see if we do.

    So turn off your computer and read a book, pause updates in Windows 10, trick the system with the metered trick, etc etc… you get the idea that this is not the weekend to be deploying updates.

    After installing this update, some devices running network monitoring workloads may receive the 0xD1 Stop error because of a race condition Currently, there is no workaround for this issue.

    Microsoft is working on a resolution and estimates a solution will be available mid-July.

  • Surface Pro 2 customers deserve to know: Will MS release a TPM firmware update or not?

    Posted on July 13th, 2018 at 10:17 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Here we go again.

    Microsoft has an ugly history with abysmal customer support for Surface devices. This time around, it’s a simple question about firmware support for the TPM chip in Surface Pro 2 computers.

    Will we get a straight answer? I won’t hold my breath.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.

  • IDC and Gartner agree: PC sales up year-over-year in 2nd quarter

    Posted on July 13th, 2018 at 09:05 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Not by much, but it’s the first uptick in about six years.

    Of course, you have to take into account the fact that 2Q 2017 results were absolutely dismal.

    IDC says:

    The desktop market saw shipments rising after a long decline with growth being driven by increased commercial purchases and supported by growing consumer demand for gaming systems. The enterprise shift to Windows 10 and an overall positive economic environment also helped maintain momentum on the notebook side.

    Gartner says:

    PC shipment growth in the second quarter of 2018 was driven by demand in the business market, which was offset by declining shipments in the consumer segment

    Which are two very different takes on an unexpected uptick.

    My two cents: Companies are ditching their old machines, replacing them rather than trying to upgrade-in-place to Win10. Individuals are moving to non-Windows platforms. Gamers are, as usual, bat-crazy. Thank goodness they have money to burn.

    Important clarification from Tom Warren on The Verge:

    IDC’s data crucially includes Chromebooks and excludes Windows tablets including devices with a detachable keyboard like the Surface Pro. Gartner counts Windows-based tablets as PCs and excludes Chromebooks or any non-Windows-based tablets.

  • Microsoft yanks buggy Office 2016 patch KB 4018385, re-publishes all of this month’s patches

    Posted on July 13th, 2018 at 08:31 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We’re just scraping the surface of this month’s bugs.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.

    Thanks, Crysta! Come back to us….

  • New version of Chrome guards against Spectre-like attacks, but eats more memory

    Posted on July 13th, 2018 at 06:02 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We still haven’t seen a commercial implementation of the Meltdown or Spectre security vectors, but Google’s had this “site isolation” technology in the works for six years. This week, they flipped the switch. Now, your copy of Chrome on Windows will gobble even more memory. But you’ll be protected from Spectre attacks coming from the most likely source — your browser.

    Gregg Keizer in Computerworld:

    Google has switched on Site Isolation for the vast majority of Chrome users – 99% of them by the search giant’s account.

    Good article. Check it out.

    Nipping Spectre in the browser sure beats the all-on assault that’s unfolding in the rest of the ecosystem. I continue to maintain that the first major Meltdown and Spectre infections we’ll see in the wild will come through the browser.