Posts tagged ‘MS’

Microsoft AI Fixit Center

This is Microsoft’s nice, cool, Artificial Intelligence DYI help center.  It comes recommended.  I’m also not going to check it out because…the one thing I want a solution for is on another computer and I don’t want to mess with Windows Update on this, thankee very much…

August 28, 2015 at 10:02 pm Leave a comment

Out-of-cycle “Tuesday” patch

You may have noticed it.  I did.  Here’s why.  For Vista it’s just important.  For XP it’s critical.  In a nutshell, there’s a wormhole involving remote exploits (wormhole; this concept could be used–no in-the-wild proof of concepts as yet found–to distribute a worm, which would be an actual self-replicating virus without user intervention).  Get the patch.  If you don’t update automatically, go to Microsoft’s site and get the patch.  Get the patch.  I almost sound repetitive.

–Glenn

October 24, 2008 at 2:33 pm Leave a comment

A Couple of Notes…mostly about OS software (and Ballmer Was Not Responsible)

Remember the ‘Vista Capable‘ bit on machines (with 512 meg of memory, no less)?  If you bought one, you should read that article.  These were basically the machines released before Vista was…oddly enough, there was a backlog (an inventory) on them too.  So they could only run Vista Basic.  Overstock.com even has quite a few of those machines left [I’m noting this because if you ignore the warranty, open the case, and add the memory, they’ll do just fine; the minimum is a gig, sweet spot starts at at least two gigs).  They could only run Vista Basic pretty sluggishly, too (although it speeds up a lot once the eye-candy is stripped).  Anyway, you’ll be pleased to know Steve Ballmer wasn’t involved.  No, didn’t know anything about it, he means.  He means, it was somebody’s–anybody’s–fault but his own.  Hell, it must be the janitor (it was the first link).

Second, and a big second.  When the new Windows OS comes out, DON’T BUY IT.  Wait for at least six months, generally at least a year.  This lets everyone get drivers actually updated and for the true final stage of beta testing to be complete.  Stay with your old one.  Remember Tiger Direct because you can get an old OEM Operating System (you can still buy Windows XP out of the box, legally, from here).

–Glenn

October 7, 2008 at 11:29 am Leave a comment

Shortcut to MS Security Bulletins

is here and be extremely careful before installing anything.  Or, for that matter, doing much of anything.

–Glenn

September 16, 2008 at 3:32 pm Leave a comment

CDW

A lot of people don’t know about these folks.  They’ve been in the industry a long time, they’re extremely reliable, and they’ll pretty much beat anyone local on prices, no matter where you are.  I should also mention that “OEM” does mean a legitimate copy of software shipped with hardware, which means you can get some very inexpensive legitimate Microsoft software from these guys.  I’ve only dealt with them since sometime in the late 80s as I recall.

–Glenn

June 24, 2008 at 4:20 pm Leave a comment

Another MicroSoft delay–but over XP??

This, in combination with growing consumer anger over the MS forcing the switch to Vista (the last I counted there were ten pages of comments in the referenced article–and although there were Vista defenders, they weren’t wildly enthusiastic as users were when XP was released), seems very likely to result in true market damage for the company.  Very few things, especially when they’re social “things”, are invulnerable.  The confidence of the people that are the target buyers is being shaken, and in a way that can’t be simply shrugged off.  I’d say the real problem started with integration of a browser with a file manager (silly me); however, that’s irrelevant.  Microsoft needs to fix Vista as much as possible, and get an excellent–not just viable–Operating System on the market, while maintaining XP, or the results are going to be beyond what anyone currently believes possible.

–Glenn

April 29, 2008 at 9:25 pm Leave a comment