It is time to move on whether you are a fan of Windows XP still or not. As fellow geeks how is the best way to move these people off this old platform?"Link to Original Source
Billly Gates writes "AMD may have trouble in their CPU department with Intel having superior fabrication plants. However, in the graphics market with GPU chips AMD is on fire! AMD earned a very rare Elite reward from Tomshardware as the fastest GPU available with its fastest r9 for as little as $550 each. NVidia has its top end GPU cards going for $1,000 as it had little competition to worry about. Maximum PC also included some benchmarks and crowned ATI as the fastest and best value card available. AMD/ATI also has introduced MANTLE Api for lower level access than DirectX which is cross platform. This may turn into a very important API as AMD/ATI have their GPUs in the next generation Sony and Xbox consoles as well with a large marketshare for game developers to target"Link to Original Source
Billly Gates writes "AMD may have trouble in their CPU department with Intel having superior fabrication plants. However, in the graphics market with GPU chips AMD is on fire! AMD earned a very rare Elite reward from Tomshardware as the fastest GPU available with its fastest r9 for as little as $550 each. NVidia has its top end GPU cards going for $1,000 as it had little competition to worry about. Maximum PC also included some benchmarks and crowned ATI as the fastest and best value card available. AMD/ATI also has introduced MANTLE Api for lower level access than DirectX which is cross platform. This may turn into a very important API as AMD/ATI have their GPUs in the next generation Sony and Xbox consoles as well with a large marketshare for game developers to target."Link to Original Source
Billly Gates writes "Slashdot covered the FBI scareware malware which scares users into paying a fake FBI fine before. This one does something even more mischievous. It scans your whole hard disk for photos, .odts, .docx, xls, and other important files and locks them with a 2048-bit RSA key and then demands $300 or you will never see your data again! The name of it is called cyptolocker and only the author has the private key to unlock it and using any anti virus product will remove all your data forever as the public key is randomly generated during each new infection making it impossible to unlock without a supercomputer and a few millennium of time. Cryptolocker also has a time bomb of 72 hours before it closes out. However, some users have reversed the time on their computers to get the session back up again."Link to Original Source
Billly Gates writes "Windows 8.1 isn't the only update that came out yesterday. Windows Server 2012 R2 offers numerous improvements over R1 even if it is not mentioned in the news as much as its tablet friendly cousin.
Windows Server OS will be updated on an agile schedule as well which is different unlike past versions. The Modern (formerly known as METRO) haters will be pleasantly surprised that the GUI is not installed by default. A CLI Powershell 4.0 with new desired state configuration comes standard as a preferred way to administer the systems locally. The gui is an optional install. Improvements over Windows Server 2012 R1 include better Tier Storage Space support where requests for certain files will automatically be selected by the quickest SAN or other storage location, faster VM deployments (about 50%), UEFI VM hyperV support, replacement of driver emulators to native ones for more virtual hardware in HyperV, Faster SMB performance and compression, event logging with SMB events, live SMB HypverV migration support, Group Policy caching which will make booting clients off the network much quicker, WDS Windows deployment can be done in powershell making upgrades much easier, IIS 8.5 which now includes (Windows Process Out) which pages out a process out an idle process after 20 minutes to prevent memory leaks, Windows Defender for live virus and malware scanning on file shares, IP management can now be imported/exported to SQL ServerTLS is more standards compliant and now supports RFC5077.
For those who want some gui support, but not the modern UI can use RSAT to manage it from a desktop. RSAT also is available for the Iphone and Android phones and tablets with R2! You might want to check your organizations security policy before enabling this though :-)
Server 2012 R1 still is a big improvement over Windows Server 2008 with SMB and AD compression (nice for WAN links), smart caching by picking the fastest SAN or RAID for read/writes, and a now type 1 hyper-visor which makes it competitive with VMWare ESX, as well as VM friendly domain controllers that can be moved easily on the network. More detailed improvements including R2 are listed here. Since R2 is considered the first service pack many organizations who use Windows this maybe the first upgrade in quite some time since Server 2008 SP 1 was released many years ago."Link to Original Source
Billly Gates writes "Virtualization is criticial for anyone in I.T. or runs Linux and needs to run some Windows program. In just a year's span VMWare has its next generation of client software releases using a Microsoft like release schedule. The information and features is here as well as here . Both the Mac oriented Fusion, and PC oriented Workstation include support for Windows 8.1, MacOSX Maverick (fusion/player on Mac), SATA drivers, integration with tablet features such as light controls and sensors, 64 GBs of ram support, 16 virtual CPU support, USB 3, and better SSD support. However, VMWare crippled its fusion product for the Mac and offers are more expensive VMWare Professional Fuse that offers the same features such as creating restricted or expired VMs as well as the VMWare Player. For those who do not want to pay $299 for the retail price or $250 there is always the FOSS Oracle Virtualbox which offers many of its features and is also cross platform for all major host and guest platforms."Link to Original Source
Billly Gates writes "Arstechnica has a story on a new Linux based trojan that steals banking data. The catch is it does not run on Windows. Targeting Linux and MacOSX is new but some are beginning to target these platforms as most users refuse to run any AV software and feel they are immune and do not need it unlike Windows users who know better.
The malware kit is available for $2,000 which makes it much more expensive than most exploit kits sold on the blackmarket."Link to Original Source
Billly Gates writes "Well here comes the economic cost for the Snowden leaks. EU companies immediately cancel up to 10% of their current contracts over security concerns with the NSA spying on their data and 56% of EU companies plan to re-examine or be less likely to choose an American cloud based provider as a result. Likely they will chose a Canadian, European, or Chinese cloud company instead in their future projects. Since the politicians do not care about the US privacy will business losses invigorate an re-examination instead?"Link to Original Source
Despite MS doing a turnaround starting with IE 9 and IE 10 there are drawbacks to this release. As previously mentioned this browser does not identify as IE to webservers by default as MS feels it is W3C compliant enough to not require special MS CSS hacks anymore. In addition, users report the new enhanced developer tools no longer support IE 7, 8, 9, or 10 emulation! Both of these changes will break many business intranet apps written for IE 6 — 8. As IE 7 and IE 8 emulation is commonly pushed through group policy to corporate desktop for these apps.
Web developers who want to test both will have to use a virtual machine for now on. Hopefully, this will break the reliance on web developers creating code for just one version of one browser and virtualization can be a thing of the past if Microsoft gets its act together and makes IE behave like other modern browsers."Link to Original Source
Billly Gates writes "Adblock plus is an extremely popular add-on and is out for Chrome, IE 10/11, and Firefox as a way to reduce ads and annoying commercials on youtube. I use its list of sites at work where I am stuck with an older version of Internet Explorer to add to my privacy list in internet options to block ads with IE 9 without adblock. Now it appears Google struck a deal with Ad block plus to not filter out ads and still track you. For now I do not get commercials when I listen to music on youtube but who knows how long that luxury will last?"Link to Original Source
Billly Gates writes "The latest beta drivers for the Catalyst drivers control suite only list Vista as the lowest version they will support. We still have almost a year before WindowsXP support finally ends. Will NVidia follow?
So if you own a AMD system you will not receive audio, chipset, video, or any other drivers for your XP system and must upgrade or use an outdated legacy version. Looks like another death knell for this very long lasting platform."Link to Original Source
Billly Gates writes "Three different websites, are carrying stories on a plan to bring the start button back to Windows 8.1. Neowin's version of the story is based on insider knowledge of Microsoft executives putting pressure on the Windows division to include it based on horrible sales with the Windows team being resistant probably due to their compensation being based on Windows Phone sales as wells. The thinking follows that Sinsosky wanted users who do not like change to be as familiar with Metro as possible so they will naturally prefer a Windows Phone. In terms of finances and sales numbers for investors it appears the CFO is leaving Microsoft at the end of the fiscal year when Windows 8 sales numbers are due. Last week there was news on slashdot about Microsoft making a boot-to-desktop flag in Windows 8.1 xml config files which gave some of us hope (who do use Windows anyway.) However this option appears to be for kiosk mode apps only for terminals and POS systems and do not indicate a start button just yet. Will Microsoft cave in and put it back? Or is this just a rumor or a button to throw the user back at a start screen instead?"Link to Original Source
Billly Gates writes "With the new leaked videos and screenshots of Windows Blue released IE 11 is also included. IE 10 just came out weeks ago for Windows 7 users and Microsoft is more determined than ever to prevent IE from becoming irrelevant as Firefox and Chrome scream past it by also including a faster release schedule. A few beta testers reported that IE 11 changed its user agent string from MSIE to IE with "like gecko" command included. Microsoft maybe doing this to stop web developer stop feeding broken IE 6 — 8 code and refusing to serve HTML 5/CSS 3 whenever it detects MSIE in its user agent string. Unfortunately this will break many business apps that are tied an ancient and specific version of IE. Will this cause more hours of work for web developers? Or does IE10+ really act like Chrome or Firefox and this will finally end the hell of custom CSS tricks?"Link to Original Source
Billly Gates writes "Of course to get these new wondrous features and bugfixes you have to have a subscription to Office 365. It appears Microsoft is following Chrome's agile development model like Mozilla did. Are the customers who most prefer subscriptions (Corporate) want new things in the enterprise every 90 days? It is frustrating to see so many of them still on IE 7, XP, and Office 2003 which hurts Windows and Office sales and holds back innovation. At the same time the accountants notice significant savings by keeping I.T. costs down with decade/semi decade updates to their images while I.T. only puts out fires in between. Will this change that or will Microsoft cloud offerings with outsourced Exchange and Sharepoint make up for this with cost savings and continually updated software in the enterprise?"Link to Original Source
Billly Gates writes "Oracle is still making previous versions before 4.0 free of charge, but later versions are for personal and academic use only. Since it is based on the GPL-version 2 is this possible?"Link to Original Source