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Daily Archives: March 3, 2020

  • Born: Broadcom botches the Symantec migration

    Posted on March 3rd, 2020 at 13:37 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    So Broadcom bought Symantec for $ 10 billion. Symantec becomes NortonLifeLock, another excellent example of wasted name recognition.

    As part of the transition, today, Broadcom abruptly cut off all links to the old Symantec site. People, uh, aren’t happy. Apparently they’re even having trouble buying new licenses for the old Symantec software.

    Günter Born has a rundown, which relies heavily on Catalin Cimpanu’s reporting. You’d think with a $10 billion budget they’d do a bit better.

  • Windows (er, Microsoft) PowerToys 0.15 hits

    Posted on March 3rd, 2020 at 13:28 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Looks like MS has squashed a whole lotta bugs in the previous version. There’s a description here:

    Current PowerToy Utilities


    FancyZones – FancyZones is a window manager that makes it easy to create complex window layouts and quickly position windows into those layouts.


    Windows key shortcut guide – The shortcut guide appears when a user holds the Windows key down for more than one second and shows the available shortcuts for the current state of the desktop.


    PowerRename – PowerRename is a Windows Shell Extension for advanced bulk renaming using search and replace or regular expressions. PowerRename allows simple search and replace or more advanced regular expression matching. While you type in the search and replace input fields, the preview area will show what the items will be renamed to. PowerRename then calls into the Windows Explorer file operations engine to perform the rename. This has the benefit of allowing the rename operation to be undone after PowerRename exits.

    If that looks like the old version, yeah, it does to me, too. But this one “Resolved almost 100 issues.”

    I was a great believer in the XP PowerToys. Win10, not so much. If you’re using any of them, tell me what you think.

  • March 2020 Office non-Security Updates Have Arrived

    Posted on March 3rd, 2020 at 12:57 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The March 2020 non-Security Office updates have been released Tuesday, March 3, 2020. They are not included in the DEFCON-3 approval for the February 2020 patches. Unless you have a specific need to install them, you should wait until Susan Bradley (Patch Lady) approves them and any problems have been reported.

    Remember, Susan’s patching sequence and  recommendations are based on a business environment that has IT support and may have time constraints on the updating process. Consumer patching should be more cautious due to limited technical and mechanical resources. The latter is the reason for the AskWoody DEFCON system.

    Office 2016
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4484247)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 Language Interface Pack (KB4484136)
    Update for Skype for Business 2016 (KB4484245)

    Office 2013
    Update for Skype for Business 2015 (KB4484097)

    There were no non-security listings for Office 2007 (which is out of support) or Office 2010.

    Updates are for the .msi version (persistent). Office 365 and C2R are not included.

    Security updates for all supported versions of Microsoft Office are released on the second Tuesday of the month (Patch Tuesday).

  • Looks like the temporary profile “lost desktop” bug is hitting Server 2012 R2, too

    Posted on March 3rd, 2020 at 11:00 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Günter Born has a couple of posts about our favorite unacknowledged February bug, the one that causes machines to reboot into a temporary profile, attacking Server 2012 R2.

    Even though the patchday February 11, 2020 is long gone, user comments are still arriving on my blogs reporting the problem with a temporary user profile in the Windows Server 2012 area… It is interesting to note that the temporary user profile only affects the user account that was active during the update installation.

    Here’s the scary part:

    There is no confirmation from Microsoft that this error is known. It also doesn’t look to me like the bug will be fixed on patchday in March 2020.

  • C’mon, Microsoft. Cancel the Build conference sooner rather than later.

    Posted on March 3rd, 2020 at 10:34 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft has cancelled the MVP Summit, slated for the week-after-next in Seattle.

    Now we’re looking at the next big MS conference, Build, on May 19 in Seattle. Sorry, but there’s no way on our big blue planet that it’ll be safe to have a large conference in Seattle in May.

    Microsoft’s official Build page now says:

    In light of the global health concerns due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Microsoft is monitoring public health guidance in relation to in-person events. At this time, global health authorities have not issued guidance to avoid travel to this location. We are looking carefully at our event calendar as well as our presence at industry events in the coming months. We are not taking decisions lightly, but the health and well-being of our employees, partners, customers and other guests remain our ultimate priority.

    We will continue to monitor and make any necessary changes as the situation evolves.

    March 2, 2020

    Which sure sounds like a CYA to me.

    Why can’t Microsoft, of all organizations, just shift to online conferences? Why make people wait and wonder if they’re going to need (or cancel) plane reservations, hotels, meeting plans? And in the future, why have conferences at all? Sure they make Microsoft a lot of money – but it’s only a roundoff error in the corporate income statement.

    We’re better than this. Microsoft should’ve led the way years ago with online conferences.