Don't need a service tag detector
From a command line:
wmic csproduct get vendor,name,identifyingnumber
No downloads or plug-ins needed, no info sent to or from servers, and gives sensible information for most other brands, too.
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From a command line:
wmic csproduct get vendor,name,identifyingnumber
No downloads or plug-ins needed, no info sent to or from servers, and gives sensible information for most other brands, too.
Those are some long fix times. Good of them to hold the talk off, but that also takes the pressure off SAP to fix. One hopes they're not taking it easy as the fix isn't public, especially as it's not just Black Hats, but government agencies now that you have to worry about using unreported vulnerabilities...
When Is this coming? The Blacks have topped out at 4TB for over 2 years, now...
Absolutely right, Otto. was aimed at naive. Apologies to Jimmy2Cows.
If you care to remember, Jimmy2Cows, Meg Whitman replaced Léo Apotheker over at HP after he attempted corporate suicide by discontinuing Several promising products, threatening to split the business, and making a bad bet on Autonomy
Meg, on the other hand, grew eBay from 30 employees and $4 million revenues to 15,000 employees and $8 billion revenues
Be it business or technical credentials, I know which one of the two I'd pick every time.
Depends on the size of the shop.
Enterprise will obviously do this (Or should do)
SMB don't always have competent IT staff on the payroll, so doing a clean build costs them Time and Money.
Assuming that Pokki, like Superfish, was only shipped on Home use Lenovo's (IE: Not the business ThinkPads), then that adds weight to this being a smaller, ad-hoc shop - I Wouldn't be surprised if El Reg's source was a jack-of-all-trades office manager, who happens to know enough about IT to handle the client side, with contractors doing the server side.
And again, if they are a big shop, why are they buying Yoga/Inspiron/Pavillion laptops instead of ThinkPad/Latitude/Probook systems?
Why does most Patent Casework happen in Texas? Is there some quirk in their state law, or did the Ecosystem just snowball from a few favourable judgements? Never seen it explained why Texas became patent capital of the US.
I am not renting a Word Processor
The software stack will end up being great with so many eyeballs working on it, but there's only so much you can do without having the hardware geared towards it.
Granted, with OpenCL support and programmable graphic cards, you can send through custom shaders and microcode to do things in hardware, but without AMD, nVidia, and Intel tuning the hardware to openGI as much as they do to DirectX, it will have to work so much harder to get the same results.
Having them onboard from the get go will really help accelerate deployment, rather than them waiting for it to reach such a critical mass, they can't ignore it.
After all, one of the reasons DirectX does so well is that the gaming grade graphics cards Team Red and Team Green make have it baked in at the silicone level, and in many cases are built from the ground up for it.
If they're ready and willing to put the same hardware love in for OpenGL Next, and stop treating it as a second class citizen like they do now, this could really be a game changer, no pun intended.
Seriously, please - can we just put the fucker out of it's misery?
Thanks to Jobs putting his foot down on iOS, most sites proved they can work without flash.
I think the worst Sin Microsoft did with Windows 8 was baking flash into Internet Explorer: Just when we were at the point of beginning to get rid of it.
I fancied watching some Simpsons the other day, then spent the next 40 minute trying to find a legal paid or free way to stream it in the UK.
If there is a way, they've hidden it very very well: Not on iPlayer, Amazon, netflix, FindAnyFilm. The only place that may have had it was Sky Player, if you were a satellite subscriber.
Likewise with American Dad and Family Guy.
It's like they don't even want my money. I'm taking an equivalent amount of viewing pleasure watch this judge dick fox over.
Microsoft's product support Lifecycles means Business & Developer products (IE: Windows pro or Enterprise) are supported for a minimum of 10 years: for example, Windows 7 runs from 2009 - 2020
The longest Linux support I know of is 5 years for the Ubantu LTS editions:
for most non enterprise customers, those are the practical end dates of secure software, with vendor patches. Sure, if you're big, rich, and clever enough, you can shell out for a dev team to write custom patches for Linux, or pay Microsoft for custom support beyond those dates, but for most normal users, both options are out of reach.
If you want long term stability, for most non-enterprise or non-technical customers, Microsoft are a little bit better because of their longer lifecycles.
In fact the only elephant in the room here is Apple, who don't provide any public roadmaps or end of support statements:
Know the bug you mean: That was one of the major reasons Vista RTM Was so crappy.
Been fixed since Vista SP1 (And a hotfix for RTM), and GUI file copying (Especially dealing with conflicts and duplicates) has gotten better in each subsequent release.
... Still, not a patch on good ol' Robocopy.
I don't trust Skype (Because of NSA/Snowden leaks), and I don't like Skype (2014 interface is very hard to work with, and it's still missing features from MSN Messenger that is supposedly replaced)
more chat options is a good thing, and Kim is very, very good ad drumming up support for ideas, even if his execution is hit and miss
It's a nice idea, splitting the legacy code off into it's own IE (Can see it working similar to how Standard/Metro IE Did in Windows 8), but for the love of Xenu, don't follow Chrome and Firefox in the UI Department.
Yes, they're great for full screen web browsing, but I like the fact IE has a functioning menu bar by default, and doesn't attempt to hide every option and menu somewhere off the beaten track.
When did developers begin this pathological hatred of menu bars?
What makes them think this will go any better than Bada did?
If I was going to back a new phone platform - and between Windows Mobile, iOS, Android, and BBOS, I'm not sure there is room or need - I'd put my money on Firefox OS.
Nice to get some more 6TB Drives out - Great for the people that want them, and just as good for people wanting smaller drives, as they all drop down a pricing level.
The Blackberry Bold is possibly my favourite handset ever: It just felt right - solid, great keyboard, nice touchscreen. Know it wasn't the fastest, smallest, or "Best" at anything, but it was one of those pieces of kit everyone who touched wanted.
For most of 2012, my "Ideal Phone" would have been a Blackberry Bold 9900 running Android OS.
Wanted a small phone over a powerful phone with the last upgrade: Went for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, but thinking the S2/S3 Compact should have got more attention from me...
One has to wonder how much overlap there is in the target audiences...
Been running my work Laptop as a Dual Boot Windows 7/Windows 10 machine since October.
Only needed to drop into 7 twice since then for some obscure hardware connectivity.
I like what I see: Metro v2 apps run in resizeable, closable, and non charmed windows on traditional PC's: It's lost that schizophrenic feel that Windows 8.x never did, and feels like a cohesive product.
Once customised, I was happy with the Start Screen, but the new Hybrid menu "Just Works" for me. Add in some smart snapping features, steps towards managing wireless and VPN better and it feels like a true successor to Windows 7, again something Windows 8 never managed to do.
The fact it runs just as well as Windows 7 or 8 on my 5 year old Core2 Dell latitude is equally impressive: Say what you want about the flab on top of it, but the NT 6.x Kernel has always performed stunningly.
As far as I'm concerned, Windows 10 is "Feature Complete" (just up the drivers and reliability), and Microsoft have 8 months to not add anything stupid back in to screw it up.
Skipped straight to the comments:
Is it worth actually reading this article, or is it the normal Hyporbole-laden El Reg WikiCoverage?
That would still kinda be good news, I guess? least it would mean Apple/Android's encryption is up to task.
BTW, Has Microsoft spoken up about beefing up their handset encryption yet? Also, has Blackberry finished giggling to themselves?
You're the reason IT have the ability to force you to set minimum acceptable security. Try telling legal/compliance "Big Whoop" that someone can nab your phone and read company email...
Better than nothing, and the fact it's turned on by default in Windows 8/8.1/10 has to have some level of positive impact on novice users that would otherwise just fire up the PC and not worry about security.
Still, you can and should do much better.
Microsoft (For the most part) do test patches against all the API's - Application programming interfaces - that a version of Windows supports. For the most part they do a reasonably good job, The idea being if your program follows all the guidelines for whatever OS it's on, Microsoft won't break your program - Think how many legacy programs designed for Windows 95 you can still run on Windows 10 without too many issues.
The problem being there's a lot of clever developers that find undocumented and unsupported ways to make their program work, which Microsoft have no way to know about, and can't test against. It's the same problem Apple fight on iOS: One of their arguments against Flash was that it would stop them making low level optimisations as Flash Abstraction would hide them, and they kerb stomp any developers that find "Working but Undocumented" calls, as they may change/disappear in future versions.
Without any insider info, I'd say it's an even split on weather Avast was using undocumented calls that the update changed, or if this was a genuine compatibility error between a low level program and the OS Software.
The quote as he (reportedly) said it:
“When you look at the appeal of Google Glass... would you wear it on a date?" he asked. "Probably not. And, if you did, you probably wouldn’t get a second date.”
Doesn't make any claims over which gender is which, or indeed, if they're the same gender - that part's totally out of the question, boiling it down to a logical yet complex argument of weather you should be using augmentation when trying to make someone your significant other.
Could have been very easy to turn this from a bit of business sniping, with a hint of deep thinking into the same old men/woman stereotypes. I'm fine with him saying that, as is.
Less for security, but it saves so much memory and processor resources in Firefox's Plugin container - a much nicer web experience all around.
He may or may not know how to; The point is, he shouldn't need to
I understand why Firefox doesn't do GPO, but I don't agree with their decision, and think it does hurt their deployment number in the enterprise space.
Not an easy request Harry, but if you can be bothered to set it up fully, AppLocker in WhiteList mode may do the job: Only used it on Domain/Enterprise networks, but looks like it's there in Workgroup machines (Pro/Business editions only), if you want to try it:
It's a pain to use (Especially in Whitelist mode), but it's great for tightly controlled networks, and it gave great emergency protection against CryptoLocker & co. earlier this year.
If you like Chrome - Great! Good for you - Happy you found something that works.
Me? I'm F'ing sick of everyone and everything cramming Chrome down my throat. I've tried it, It was all right, but I'm a fan of Firefox and my select group of Extensions and tweaks that match my workflow.
So many things try to stealth install Chrome: Google Earth? The default option is to install Chrome and make it the default browser (That last bit is the really obnoxious part). Same when you install Avast or Adobe Reader, both of which set it as default if you use the default options.
On the Enterprise side, Google will install and run without administrator rights, which is a clever trick, but it means the security and admin teams have to take special steps to control it's use, and if it gets installed in per user mode and made default (Again: Default behaviour), it can break other web functionality for all users (http://www.slipstick.com/problems/this-operation-has-been-cancelled-due-to-restrictions/)
The Google Homepage nudges you into using Chrome every so often, and that's besides the Web Developers who evangelise it - Understandable from their point of view, as most like new, shiney (and possibly unfinished) web standards, rather than the sysadmin's view of not breaking existing functionality, the end users view of UI stability, and the security team's view of validating and testing updates - for all but the web devs and the more technical end users, Firefox ESR or Internet Explorer are viable alternatives.
Here's a fun experiment: Go and talk to your non tecchie friends, see how many of them have Chrome (or the "Shiny multicoloured ball") installed on their PC, and how many of them say "It just turned up one day - I don't know where it came from" - I bet that group make up a non-trivial amount of Chrome's meteoric rise up the browser usage percentage - If Microsoft pushed and bundled that hard, they'd probably be talk of anti-trust by now.
Nothing special for the version 1 product.
Now, add Slingbox-esque functionality that can punt it out to four family member's phones and tablets while they're out and about, and suddennly, they may be on to something...
Most companies would kill for those adoption rates on their upgrade march.
Hope it goes better than the last time they threatened to spin out the PC Business: 30%+ off the share price, and CEO gone within a month.
Still have a shrewd suspicion that HP and Nokia got drunk one night in 2012, and dared each other which one could commit corporate suicide the quickest...
OK, then, Hive Mind:
If you wanna chose the option of not dealing with a cloud company with a US office or HQ... what are the options?
A quick bit of Google-fu didn't bring much up, so let's throw some names around - I'd expect them to be screaming "No US Presence whatsoever!" at the rafters, but there didn't seem to be much.
A possible future review/comparison article, El Reg?
I'm on a Samsung S4 mini, but even in that range, the S3, S4, and S5 mini are all progressively bigger, to the point where the S5 mini is about the same size as a normal iPhone 4/4S.
All the phones seem to keep getting bigger, and I'm just worried we're going to all end up looking like Dom Joly by 2017.
Will someone make a nice mid to high range phone that isn't stupidly big?
The high end phones are getting bigger and bigger, and while I accept that's what "The Market" seems to want, I can't be the only one that wants a half decent smaller, more pocket-friendly phone?
I miss my 3.5" HTC WildFire. Yes, it capped out at Android 2.3, and it was always memory constrained, but I could drop it in my top pocket and forget I was carrying it.
After the Blaster/Sassar and all the 2002-ish mass virus breakouts, Trustworthy Computing was a bold move headed up by Bill Gates (Remember reading the letter he wrote to announce it with a sigh or relief, after clearing up a bunch of mess those worms caused)
Yes, it may have partly been PR, but the perception is that it led to Windows XP SP2, which was a leap forward in security, with a built in firewall on by default, Pop up blockers, and extra security in IE6. Other products followed, and while they weren't perfect, the code quality seemed to improve dramatically, along with things like patch Tuesday, and a central area to keep up to date on security.
So, OK, Microsoft - close the department, but don't you dare stop doing the work and ethos they promoted, or they'll be hell to pay.
It's probably going to happen more and more, I'm afraid: As the XP Population (Very slowly) dwindles, the focus on testing and QA will switch to newer operating systems. Coupled with that, the vendors can't get ISV support from Microsoft to get the bottom of trickier issues.
It may not be fair, but a mix of financial return spending on XP, and less wild systems to verify updates means this will crop up again.
About the only small saving grace is that the people left on XP are going to get more and more technical, either due to being technical enough to do it already, or out of necessity to keep a critical legacy app running, so they'll get more adapt at sorting this kinda mess out.
The base points in the article are fine, but I always find El Reg coverage of Wikipedia problematic: There's a lot of hyperbole and heat in the article - moreso than most topics. What's the hidden story I'm missing here?
Not really gone looking for it, but I didn't stumble across a nice way to search old posts from a desktop: Would one of the commentards care to enlighten me how it's done?
Has anyone got experience off HP's equivalent of Dell ProSupport in terms of SMB? IE: What's it called, and is it as good?
I find the standard HP support not as good as Dell's: end up spending too long on the phone to reception logging the call, then 1st line who can't help with the more complex issues. Had dispatch send out incorrect or broken parts more than a few times, too.
Loved HP Gen8 series, so happy to give Gen9 a stab, especially if there's better support available. It'll be fun to this and Dell's PowerEdge x30 series go head to head over the next few months.
At the moment, I think SteamOS Is the best chance of *nix breaking through to mainstream desktops, which is a mixed bag: Yay because it will have done it and SteamBoxes will get units out there, Aww, because it'll be used to just run Steam by most people who will never drop into the desktop, and SteamOS Does not matchup on an idealogical level to what most Unix coders and users want.
The exact wording on the install options is:
Set no password (DANGEROUS!)
With Set a password the default option.
This is an active choice. If you're smart enough to pick it, it's your responsibility not to be dumb enough to punt it onto the open net.
* It really, really isn't.
This is not hard.
Oxford English dictionary has this to say on Unlimited:
Etymology: un- prefix1 8.
1. Not limited or restricted in amount, extent, or degree:
So: Either stop making a rod for your own back by selling "Unlimited Internet", then getting all pissy when people actually use it, or put your money where your mouth is and actually provide the service you're advertising
I'd like to think most reasonable people - especially tecchies - understand about the contention issues at play here, and don't take massive issue with "entry level" broadband having a sensible limit (No BT, 20GB cap on a fibre line does not count as sensible), with people wanting to go over that paying for the next tier up.
Where I think we are right to call bullshit is is when ISP's start putting on fair usage policies, bandwidth throttling, traffic shaping, "Top x% of users" and artificial slowdowns, all so their marketing men can go "Hey Unlimited* Broadband's here!"
I always get resentful when I find a machine that needs Java. Just know it's going to be one long string of updates, errors, and regressions.
Of all the runtimes you come across in the field, JVM Seems to be the one that gets the most updates, and causes the most headaches, to the point where most of our shops prefer to avoid software that uses it - Heck even Adobe Flash has a streamlined updater that seems to do it's job in 2014.
I don't know enough about Java programming to understand why it's such an aggravation to update, keep older apps working with it, or generally just work without whining, but I wish they'd fix it - I mean, they finally got a version that works with User Account Control out of the door, so who knows what's possible?
Until last week, I would have written a comment that it was disingenuous to represent Windows 8.0 and 8.1 as separate OS in the stats, unless you're splitting Windows 7 RTM/SP1 and the other service packs as well.
However, Microsoft seem to have purposefully made it hard to upgrade from 8.0 to 8.1. I've seen quite a few systems where people were checking Windows Updates to see if they were up to date, but the 8.1 update only appears in the App Store for some unfathomable reason. At some point (If not already), Microsoft will stop offering security patches for 8.0, so Windows update will say they're A-OK, when they're really not
The final straw came last week when I had a Win8 PC where Aero worked fine, but Metro wouldn't open any modern apps, including the store. some Google-fu found lots of people with similar symptoms, but an abundance of different causes and fixes, none of which seemed to work with this PC. In the end, I rebuilt it from an 8.1 iso, but this seems a semi regular problem.
I'm hoping at some point, Microsoft will offer 8.1 through Windows Update or - gasp - as a downloadable .exe (Had to App Store upgrade to 8.1 over a 1.2meg broadband connection the other day, which was approaching 9th circle levels of torment) as part of their pull back from their Windows 8 insanity.
Until that day, It's totally justified to split them 8.0 and 8.1 in the stats.