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Comment: Re:flat as a pancake: invasion pending (Score 1) 233

by wbo (#49775443) Attached to: Microsoft Tries Another Icon Theme For Windows 10

Please explain the presence of Metro on Windows Server 2012.

Why did you install Metro on your server? The default install options for Server 2012 and 2012R2 is the Core install which doesn't include Metro and is designed to be managed orimarly via Powershell or via Server Manager running on a workstation.

There is an option to install GUI components but that it primarly designed for Terminal Servers and similar environments where the server is expected to provide desktop sessions to end-users via Remote Desktop or RDWeb. As a result, the server GUI is made to look as much as possible like the client GUI.

Administrators are expected to use Powershell, and/or Server Manager and the Remote Server Admin toolkit (which consists mainly of various MMC snap-ins that haven't changed a whole lot in recent times.)

Indeed, managing servers via the Admin Toolpack running on workstations was preferred in most cases even back in the Server 2003 days and Powershell works really well for machines running Server 2008 or later.

Comment: Re:funny we can't shutoff computers anymore (Score 1) 106

by wbo (#49775101) Attached to: No, Your SSD Won't Quickly Lose Data While Powered Down
Well designed SSDs are designed such that they can handle a sudden loss of power. Unfortunately many of the consumer-grade SSDs being sold right now lack any form of power loss protection and can loose data if they aren't given enough time to power down properly (that includes many SSDs being sold by OEMs pre-installed in desktops and laptops).

When buying an SSD, I always check reviews and the better reviews detail the power loss protection (or lack thereof) present in the drives they review.

Drives with large capacitor banks and write-through caching that can withstand and form of power loss often only cost slightly more than comparable drives without such features. It is well worth it to thoroughly research any SSD before buying and ensure it can withstand sudden power losses without any possibility of loosing or corrupting critical data such as internal page tables and block metadata.

Comment: Re:Is that all??? (Score 1) 107

by wbo (#49638407) Attached to: Self-Destructing Virus Kills Off PCs

Of all the destructive things one could do, it rewrites the MBR? That's it? That's fairly easy to fix, and your data is still easily intact by copying it with a second machine.

On top of that on modern UEFI-based systems the MBR doesn't do anything anyway (it is just there to prevent older partition tools from messing with the disk). It wouldn't surprise me at all if a variant of this appeared that attempts to wipe all copies of the partition information on GPT disks as well making it potentially more dangerous.

Also it looks like if it can't write to the MBR, it proceeds to encrypt all files in a user's profile with a random key which I would consider to be significantly more destructive.

Comment: Re:Developers! Developers! Developers! (Score 4, Informative) 265

by wbo (#49638065) Attached to: Microsoft Releases PowerShell DSC For Linux

Can't you have some sort of aliases in PS? A genuine question.

You can configure alias's quite easily in poweshell and in fact there are numerous alias's built-in for common commands. Out of the box powershell includes a ton of short alias's including "gci" and "ls" as aliases for Get-ChildItem, % is an alias for ForEach-Object, cp is an alias for Copy-Item, etc.

You can get a list of all alias's defined using Get-Alias (or gal). You can also create an alias using Set-Alias (or sal).

Microsoft generally encourages people to use the full command names in scripts for readability and to make them easier to maintain but there is nothing to stop you from using aliases everywhere including in scripts.

Comment: Re:WSUS anyone? (Score 1) 141

by wbo (#49631975) Attached to: Microsoft: No More 'Patch Tuesday' For Windows 10 Home Users
Actually SCCM uses WSUS to retrieve the updates. It just uses it's own client and the SCCM infrastructure to push the update installers to the machines and make sure they get installed.

WSUS itself is simply a role that is included in most server versions of Windows. SCCM is a separate product (although very handy if you have a lot of PCs to manage) and parts of it are included for free in some volume license agreements.

At my workplace, our volume license agreement gives us SCCM for free for managing client PCs but we would have to pay for licenses if we wanted to use it to manage servers as well. As a result, we manage our desktops and laptops with SCCM and handle servers via WSUS.

Comment: Re:Not necessarily! (Score 1) 140

by wbo (#49622307) Attached to: Internet Customers Surpass Cable Subscribers At Comcast
If I remember correctly, if a cable company carries local OTA channels they must offer those channels to all subscribers at no additional cost and cannot restrict access to those channels.

In practice, that means that if a cable company rebroadcasts local OTA channels they are usually unencrypted on the wire whereas the rest of the cable channels are usually encrypted.

That also means that even if your have Internet-only service, you can usually plug the cable into a suitable tuner (which some TVs have built-in) and receive any OTA channels that are being rebroadcasted by the cable company for free. (Usually other channels included in the basic package are encrypted so only the OTA channels are actually receivable without a cable box, cablecard, or similar device with an active service account.)

Indeed, in some cases even if you aren't paying for any service at all but the cable is still physically connected you can often get rebroadcasted OTA channels.

Comment: Re:So, were are they assembled or fabed? (Score 1) 229

If I am not mistaken, the vast majority (if not all) Xeon chips are fabricated in Malaysia. Pretty much every Xeon CPU I have seen has had either Malaysia or Malay stamped on it and most engineering samples for new server and workstation chips appear to come from that fab as well.

Comment: Re:2009 (Score 1) 209

by wbo (#49322453) Attached to: For Boot Camp Users, New Macs Require Windows 8 Or Newer

Open task manager and ... oh that's right it doesn't support per logical cpu like 7 does so you can't tell if a single threaded app monopolies a core. Resource monitor for that.

Have you actually used the Task Manager on Windows 8? The improvements in the Windows 8 task manager is one of the major improvements over Windows 7 in my opinion.

The default "out of the box" view on the Performance tab shows a single graph summarizing processor load, but clicking on the graph provides several options to customize the graph including an option to display a separate graph per logical CPU core.

This appears to provide just as much information as was available in Windows 7 but in an easier to read format - especially on systems with 8 cores or more.

There is also an option to overlay the amount of time spent in the kernel and in multi-socket systems there is an option to group the graphs by NUMA socket.

Comment: Re:Simplicity? (Score 1) 269

by wbo (#49275757) Attached to: Fraud Rampant In Apple Pay

That said, I wish they took it one step further and provided a one-time-use CC number for every transaction. This way anyone who manages to steal that information would not be able to use it again.

Actually that is exactly what Apple Pay does. and is precisely why I have begun using Apple Pay as much as possible The phone generates a new one-time use credit card number for each transaction. So even if the number given to the merchant is compromised somehow, it will be rejected if someone tries to make a second charge using that number.

Comment: Re:Start of th End (Score 1) 196

by wbo (#49037479) Attached to: Firefox To Mandate Extension Signing

If it's bypassable, legally, then there's no issue. My objection to the Apple iWalledgarden (as an example) has always been that it's not bypassable via any legal means, with Apple always scrambling to prevent users from exploiting the latest method to unlock their devices to allow their own apps to run.

This is not strictly true. Pretty much anyone can pay the $99 fee to get a developer certificate and then sign any app that they like and install it on up to 100 iOS devices via sideloading - fully supported by Apple. What Apple doesn't like is those who "jailbreak" their devices so they can install non-appstore apps without purchasing a valid certificate.

They have no problem with people purchasing a developer certificate, signing any app (including 3rd party apps that violate app store guidelines), and installing it on their devices.

Comment: Re:Drama queen (Score 2) 196

by wbo (#49037429) Attached to: Firefox To Mandate Extension Signing

However, Microsoft requires removing the "press F1 to enter setup" delay, making it rather hard to get in to UEFI setup to disable secure boot. As far as I can Google, the only sanctioned way to disable secure boot is to buy a Windows 8 license, and then select "restart and enter setup" somewhere in control panel. And if you need to pay for Windows 8 anyway, what's the point of disabling secure boot?

While on most UEFI boards there isn't a prompt or delay that waits for you to press a key, every UEFI board that I have encountered so far has had a way to inter UEFI setup without an OS installed.

In the boards I have worked with you simply hold down a key while powering on the system (usually either delete or F10). The UEFI firmware picks up the keypress and enteres the setup menu. It really isn't any harder than traditional BIOS-based systems - especially BIOS-based systems that support Fast Boot.

If you don't have a copy of the manual for the particular motherboard in a system it may require some experimentation to figure out which key is used to enter the UEFI setup but Delete and F10 appear to be the most common so far (although on the Surface Pro tablets you have to hold Volume Down but then again they don't have a built-in keyboard).

Comment: Re:What happened? (Score 2) 422

by wbo (#48998593) Attached to: What Happened To the Photography Industry In 2014?

When you calibrate an LCD, you shift a digital value to one that already existed, and lose a boatload of the digital color nuances between the color points, making many of them the same color. ANY calibration of an LCD means decreasing the number of colors. The "xxx% NTSC/AdobeRGB" gamut value becomes false the moment you adjust it, dropping through the floor.

That is only true if you are attempting to calibrate a panel using software that adjusts the output of the graphics card. LCD monitors that are designed to be color accurate can be calibrated by modifying the color LUT inside the monitor. Look at NEC's SpectraView line for an example.

In NEC's case most of their monitors have a 14-bit LUT built-in and receive a 10-bit signal so there is a lot of room for adjustment while still ensuring that no colors are lost. Once calibrated the monitor remains accurate even if connected to a different input source because the calibration is done in the panel itself and not the source.

Comment: Re:Just think... (Score 1) 253

by wbo (#48980037) Attached to: Microsoft Open Sources CoreCLR, the<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Execution Engine

Not to mention that you're not required to run on shitty-old WinXP and 32-bit hardware anymore.

Actually the .NET 2.0 runtime is still available even in Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 it is just not installed by default. So even if you have a .NET 1.1 application you can still run it without recompiling/porting to .NET 4.0.

Although I have to say I have written quite a few .NET applications for various purposes and ever single one of my .NET 1.1 and 2.0 applications compiled under .NET 4 with no changes and run perfectly.

Comment: Re:Evolution is an interesting thing to watch (Score 1) 307

by wbo (#48960769) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows For Raspberry Pi 2

Right now Windows Embedded 7 licenses are selling for right around $100 a pop

I don't know what licensing program this price is from but Microsoft definitely sells Windows Embedded 7 and Embedded 8 licenses for far cheaper than that. Under the EES program I can get licenses for $3 per device for Windows Embedded 7 and $5 for Windows Embedded 8.

We only have about 50 such licenses (using them as thin clients) so we aren't getting any significant discount for quantity either.

Comment: Re:Modula-3 FTW! (Score 1) 492

by wbo (#48932507) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

130MB would be the JDK. The JRE is a lot smaller.

That depends on if your applications needs to support 32 and 64 bit installs or not. The current 32-bit JRE for Windows is 73 MB and the 64-bit JRE is 85.3 MB. The current JDK is 158 MB for Windows 32-bit and 170 MB for Windows 64-bit.

If you package both versions so that your application runs optimally on both 32 and 64 bit systems (very common in my experience) then the JRE would add roughly 158 MB to the size of the installer.

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