Posted on February 22nd, 2017 at 10:05 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
St. Louis Muslims are raising money to repair Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, which was trashed over the weekend.
Donate here. I did.
Posted on February 21st, 2017 at 16:35 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
It’s like a retro patch: Security Bulletin, but it’s not in any cumulative updates.
InfoWorld Woody on Windows
Posted on February 21st, 2017 at 13:30 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
The MSblogosphere (TM) seems to be bloviating over the discovery of a slide in a Ch9 video from Bill Karagounis’s presentation at Microsoft’s Ignite Australia conference. (Look at 22 to 24 minutes, if you’re really interested.)
The slide shows that Microsoft plans on shipping another version of Windows 10 in late 2017.
If that comes as a surprise to you, then you haven’t been following along. Windows 10 has received version bumps every eight months or so, since the first bump appeared four months after the original version of Win10.
We were originally told that Win10 version changes (“feature updates”) would appear two to three times a year. Two weeks ago, Dani Halfin posted on TechNet in his Overview of Windows as a Service that:
Windows as a service will deliver smaller feature updates two to three times per year
The rhythm now is definitely set at 8 months, give or take a bit. That would equate to two versions of Win10 in 2017, and one in 2018.
Where’s the mystery?
Posted on February 21st, 2017 at 12:16 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
These are the two patches implicated with various snooping proclivities, and tied into upgrading from Windows 7 to Win10, or Win8.1 to Win10 — which should be a non-starter tat this point.
I can see them in the Microsoft Update Catalog:
They’re both listed as “Last Updated 2/17/2017.”
They aren’t listed on the Windows Update official page, but PKCano reports that she’s seeing the Win 8.1 patch, released today, optional and unchecked.
Of course you should avoid them.
Posted on February 21st, 2017 at 07:04 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
Many thanks to those of you who sent me copies of the email Microsoft distributed yesterday.
This is going to be interesting.
InfoWorld Woody on Windows
Posted on February 20th, 2017 at 21:37 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
Of course, you all know that I’ve long recommended using a local account with Windows 10. I have detailed instructions in both of my Win10 books. Using a Microsoft Account to sign in to Windows 10 gives Microsoft (yet another) way to collect information about you – and it doesn’t buy you much.
Earlier this morning, Paul Thurrott posted an interesting, detailed list of what using a Microsoft Account will get you. Bottom line: Not much.
I will continue to forego using a Microsoft account to sign-in to Windows 10. I just don’t see the advantage.
Posted on February 18th, 2017 at 19:58 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
I received an email from a reader who asked me about all the talk about Flash. He pointed out the fact that there are more than 400 mentions of Flash on this site. What, he wanted to know, is the latest status of Flash – what’s the best way to disable it, and if you must use it, which browser should have it enabled?
The question takes on greater urgency when you recall that Microsoft hasn’t yet updated Internet Explorer or Edge for the latest bunch of Flash fixes. Adobe posted fixes last Tuesday. Microsoft hasn’t released any fixes this month, so those fixed holes still affect IE and Edge.
What say ye? What’s the best recommendation for Flash, given the current state of affairs?
Posted on February 17th, 2017 at 12:38 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
I’m collecting recommendations for a roundup on Win10 tools. Do you use any that you’d recommend?
Built-in, free, or very cheap.
Post over on the Tools forum. @PhotoM ‘s been posting up a storm.