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Comment Re:The way I would handle any important system (Score 1) 400

I will apply all the patches that the vendor supplies in an automated way where possible and where not, as soon as is practical. While it is true that a vendor could screw up a patch, it is also true that my hard drive could die, malware could get on my system, an other hardware or software problem could corrupt my data, or I could just screw up and delete data myself.

To protect myself from any of these occurrences, I keep regular backups. I take these backups at a frequency similar to the amount of data I am willing to lose in the event of any failure (including "evil" actions on behalf of my OS vendor.) For me the frequency of backups is generally daily.

Note that I use the term OS vendor instead of Microsoft here, this because I run several computers with several operating systems (Microsoft, Linux(s), others) and I have had them all screw up a patch.

Since I have chosen not to write or personally review the source code for all the software I use (because I don't have that kind of time), I choose to outsource that work to several vendors, one of which is Microsoft. Yes, there are risks to running software from Microsoft (or any other vendor), Microsoft may not have my best interests in mind. However their software meets my needs and I have made the calculation that the value the software provides outweighs the risks.

AMEN Nkwe!

Security only for servers, with one or two full rollups per year (in low demand periods, with full en-garde vendor support).

And full rollups monthly for desktops, but in waves, over one or two weeks, starting with less critical groups, and moving onwards in the criticality (Or, artenatively, with canaries in each and every group, and moving onwards to the rest of the respective teams).

And all this backed up (pun intended) with full backups (Baremetal recovery ones right before 'em patches)

Comment MacBook (Score 1) 326

MacBook air 13" Early 2015. External monitor 20"Dell 2011 pivoting. The laptopm monitor is used as a dashboard of sorts. (Activity monitor, terminal, Transmission, System Preferences, alternate browser...)

Main browser Firefox with uBlock, PrivacyBadger, NoSquint, VideoDownloadHelper, and https everywhere.

Alternate browser Chrome, with only chromecast plugins

Main productivity suite office365 (used and still have LibreOffice, but my current work needs full office compatibility, especial powerpoint).

Thunderbird ONLY to sabe email in elm format fso I can put as attachements in other emails.

Steam (of course).

seldomly used Bootcamp with Windows 10, for Project, visio, and some windows only games.

So far so standard. The intersting part is the NAS/san Synology DS1515+ . For a pure storage point of view, a drobo would have been better, but the Sylology is certified for the most importan hypervisors, and has iSCSI san capability. And in my current line of work (instructor for Huaweis Storage/Server/Clouds) being able to practice in your own lab is with this is important

Comment In 2009 (Score 5, Interesting) 360

In 2009, when microsoft did their "Elevate America" training FOR AMERICANS, the Slashdot Collective complained, loud and clear...


I am guessing the Hindustanis will not complain so loudly, if at all...


this was my comment in 2009:

"Lets only hope That RedHat, Suse and the FSF come up with similar programs, both in breadth and # of persons reached.

That way, the computer Illiterate can choose what technology to learn, and are armed and ready when the ceconomy picks up in three years time...

And let's also hope that Microsoft, RedHat, Suse, the FSF, Cisco, Juniper, IBM, Oracle, Sun and the gang rememeber that this is a GLOBAL crisis, and launch similar programs worldwide....

Bridging the "digital divide" will only be good for America and for the World


Comment Upgrade to windows 10 (Score 1) 110

As I have said in prevoius posts, Do a full backup of your system that allows Bare-Metal recovery. Then do an In-Place update to Win10. Now your machine's "fingerprint" is in Microsoft's database.

Restore your previous OS. Voila! Free upgrade, and you can keep using your older OS.

But, while I am no expert in accesability, none of the problems that NVDA lists are unsurmountable, as there are workarounds.

EDGE BROWSER: InternetExplorer 11 is still included and installed in Windows10, is just not the default. Just make Explorer the default and bury EDGE as deep as you can (without uninstalling), and instruct your user to use it. Or, install an alternate browser that is compatible with NVDA. Once NVDA solves the EDGE problem, use it if you want/need.

Windows Store APPs: DO not install any, hide the pre-installed ones, install suitable replacements. Instruct your user to NOT use the Windows Store until NVDA fixes the problem.

PDF Reading: Is a special case of the former, as in Windows10, the default PDF reader is a Windows Store APP. Just install Adobe Acrobat Reader, change the defaults and bury the default reader as much as you can (without uninstalling).

Best of luck

Comment Re:BLOAT (Score 1) 93

Yes, More bloat on the Browser and LESS functionality. From the summary:

Along with the new changes, Google has removed the ability to tweak settings for resolution, bitrate, and quality when casting a tab

I used to use the GoogleCast beta add-on, so I had even more finegrained control over parameters, including acceptable delay/jitter.

Not that is gone.


Comment Re:You know what flashing a BIOS secure? (Score 5, Insightful) 59

I liked it better when I had to move a jumper before I could flash the BIOS in a machine. That was really quite secure against post-shipment BIOS modification.

Of course, I also can't think of the last time I flashed the BIOS in any of my systems, which makes me wonder why the hell we ever got away from ROMs in the first place...

Dear guys:

You seem to not realize how servers and cloud influence general computing. Intel, RedHat and many other companies do make the bulk of their income and profits from servers, therefore, servers are first, second and third.

That's why you got UEFI in the first place, and that's why UEFI has provisions for:
- Remote connections.
- Ethernet boot.
- etc.

Jumper to change the FIRMWARE?
Yeah, like that's going to work when your server count is in the couple of thousands... (also, not for a desktop/laptop fleet, but that's a different story).

sytemd is another example. Does anyone really believes that "RedHat is shoving the desktop down our throats"?

- You need to boot faster your cloud servers for elasticty's sake.
- Also, you need to boot faster if your preferred remedy for failures is to freze the VM for latter analisys, and spin up another instance.
- You need to shotdown machines fast when the work peak is over, in order to release resources fast, and not to overcharge the customer (if on public cloud).
- If your servers/virtual machines are controlled by another machine and not by a human, what do you preffer, configure a centralized repository of values via an API (like on VMS and 'gulp' Windows' registry*)? Or having to parse a rag-tag fleee of config files, each with "a slightly different syntax"**?

I guess you can see the drift from here...

* I am not saying that the IMPLEMENTATION of the Windows Registry is right. What I am saying is that the IDEA of a Centralized Repository Of System Configuration Info Accessible Trough An API is good. Again, see VMS.

** Even though for us humans the syntax of most config files seems the same, for other machines one config file is ussaly completely different from the other...

Comment Re:they're doing it wrong (Score 1) 75

Also, bear in mind that with Azure*, you can make a private or Hybrid cloud that works, acts, is controlled and is programmed exactly the same way as a public one.

If you use AWS for your public cloud needs, and want to also deploy private/hybrid cloud, you need to handle those in a totaly different way at all levels...

* Also with OpenStack, but OpenStack is WAY HARDER than Azure.

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