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Re: Saturday Tech Bits
Jun 30, 2015, 15:39
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jun 30, 2015, 15:39
Jun 30, 2015, 15:39
 
Axis giggles, and it was good.
Yours truly,

Axis
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits
Jun 30, 2015, 11:22
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jun 30, 2015, 11:22
Jun 30, 2015, 11:22
 
Axis wrote on Jun 29, 2015, 18:18:
Krowen reads the headline, then comes in to make a comment similar to mine.

He reads 'descenders' comment.

He then quotes my first comment (pretending that's as far as he got in the thread) and attempts to condescend while trying to sound intelligent.

Axis replies with a stunning understanding of people like Krowen, and Krowen bows and grovels, humiliation inside.

Krowen then chooses to ignore replying because not only is Axis correct, but the thread was pretty much done when Krowen first replied.

Sweat begins to drip on the head of Axis as he reads the many posts in the thread. He has been discovered as a fraud! Realizing he is thoroughly defeated on logic, Axis attempts to have the last word through obfuscation and deception by waiting days to reply. His attempt fails when a browser tab left open accidentally is refreshed. Krowen laughs at the complete lack of any real rebuttal, Axis makes no attempt to even use fact or logic in his post.

Filled with mirth, Krowen closes his browser knowing that Axis will probably keep futilely responding like a puppet on strings.

Dance little puppet. Dance for your master haha! I own you!
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits
Jun 29, 2015, 18:18
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jun 29, 2015, 18:18
Jun 29, 2015, 18:18
 
Krowen reads the headline, then comes in to make a comment similar to mine.

He reads 'descenders' comment.

He then quotes my first comment (pretending that's as far as he got in the thread) and attempts to condescend while trying to sound intelligent.

Axis replies with a stunning understanding of people like Krowen, and Krowen bows and grovels, humiliation inside.

Krowen then chooses to ignore replying because not only is Axis correct, but the thread was pretty much done when Krowen first replied.





































Krowen then scrolls down, reads this sentence, and decides to...
Yours truly,

Axis
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits
Jun 28, 2015, 10:26
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jun 28, 2015, 10:26
Jun 28, 2015, 10:26
 
Axis wrote on Jun 27, 2015, 10:36:
Pssst... never needed support for Win XP: easy to admin -- no sweat.

Pssst... never needed support for Win Vista: easy to not install on any machines, ever.

You don't even understand what kind of support they're talking about or at least I hope that's the case. It would be even more disconcerting if you were dumb enough to think that you don't need security patches or that profile lockdowns through GPO are enough. Anyone making such a statement shouldn't even be employed as a janitor, let alone working in IT.
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits
Jun 27, 2015, 23:56
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jun 27, 2015, 23:56
Jun 27, 2015, 23:56
 
Oh yeah. I remember CompUSA.

When ours closed all the good stuff was already gone. The store had sold it to some closeout outfit and all they had left on sale was junk.
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits
Jun 27, 2015, 20:35
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jun 27, 2015, 20:35
Jun 27, 2015, 20:35
 
I wish MS would extend the Win10 upgrade to Vista. I bought Vista waaaaay back when CompUSA was closing down. I went in there a day or two before they closed the doors and got a copy of Vista Home Premium for $15. They had tons of them, and after I got home realized I should had bought a bunch of them and sold them on eBay. I went back the next day to stock up, but all they had left was Vista Basic.

I never even used it though. It's still sitting on my shelf, unopened and shrink wrapped.
"The only way anyone can live in peace is if they're prepared to forgive." - The Doctor
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits
Jun 27, 2015, 20:17
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jun 27, 2015, 20:17
Jun 27, 2015, 20:17
 
Even without paying Microsoft, you can still continue to get security updates for Windows XP.

See, the Windows XP-POS (Point of Sale) edition - used on many cash-registers and similar POS systems - still is receiving support from Microsoft, and will until Sprint 2016. WindowsXP-POS is almost feature-identical with the Home and Corporate editions of XP; XP-POS just has a few additional features specific to its needs. More importantly, patches for XP-POS work on regular XP as well.

By default, Windows XP won't see XP-POS specific patches when it checks Windows Update. But with a quick tweak to the Windows Registry, you can make your hoary old WindowsXP version poll Windows Update as if it were a WindowsXP-POS system and thus access any security updates that have been released since April 2014.

Specifically, you need to create a new DWord value named "Installed" in the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\WPA\PosReady. The value for the DWord is 1. Then just run Windows Update and install any patches as usual. If you don't know what any of that means, then you probably shouldn't even make the attempt.

Obviously, Microsoft will not support this configuration if something gets messed up and there is always the risk that Microsoft adds some sort of incompatibility to the POS patches that might brick a Home/Corporate edition of XP. There may also be licensing issues (e.g., Home and Corporate XP users may not be authorized to download and install XP-POS patches). So use at your own risk.

But if you can't bear to let that old XP installation go just yet (and you really should), at least you don't have to worry about being completely vulnerable to every security vulnerablity in that old OS.
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits
Jun 27, 2015, 16:15
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jun 27, 2015, 16:15
Jun 27, 2015, 16:15
 
Silicon Avatar wrote on Jun 27, 2015, 14:31:
I thought support for XP had already run out.
It did end a year ago, in April 2014. This article is actually about a specific software vendor ending support for Windows XP and Vista. In other words, their new software versions will not support XP or Vista. The headline is a bit confusing.

Vista itself is still supported by Microsoft, but Microsoft stopped patching and supporting Windows XP over a year ago. Unfortunately at work we have a few XP computers still because of some legacy software, and Windows Update doesn't even work anymore (obviously new updates don't exist but in some cases those old computers are not fully updated with the latest updates while Microsoft still supported XP).

According to the link Shok shared, Microsoft is still doing custom patching support for XP for the military and other government departments, which is probably a smart business move. The sad fact is, if they hadn't stopped supporting XP, many businesses would still be using it. I will be overjoyed when we can finally retire our legacy software and get rid of XP for good. It was a good OS but it is well past due for being taken out back and put out of its misery.
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits
Jun 27, 2015, 14:44
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jun 27, 2015, 14:44
Jun 27, 2015, 14:44
 
descender wrote on Jun 27, 2015, 13:24:
Due cynicism aside, it would be way worse if they weren't patching it at all. Supposedly parts of the military are paying MS millions to extend patching support for them beyond 2016. It was probably on here somewhere that I read it.

Yup, it was just in the news the other day...9.1 million!!
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits
Jun 27, 2015, 14:31
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jun 27, 2015, 14:31
Jun 27, 2015, 14:31
 
I thought support for XP had already run out.

Despite all the griping about MS they did a ton to help PC gaming.

I'm looking forward to Win 10. I ran Vista for ages and Win 8.1 too. They were both okay OSs if you understood what to expect.

Vista got a black eye because MS changed the driver models and many vendors refused to update their drivers until Win 7, when MS forced them to. Win 8 got a black eye because MS introduced a new UI and spectacularly failed to explain it or tune it for PC desktop.

Win 10 will probably be the next Win 7. It'll be the OS everyone has.

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Re: Saturday Tech Bits
Jun 27, 2015, 13:24
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jun 27, 2015, 13:24
Jun 27, 2015, 13:24
 
Due cynicism aside, it would be way worse if they weren't patching it at all. Supposedly parts of the military are paying MS millions to extend patching support for them beyond 2016. It was probably on here somewhere that I read it.
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits
Jun 27, 2015, 12:01
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Jun 27, 2015, 12:01
 
What does it mean? To end the supporting of closing security holes? If that is it, that is as much a lol as anything, they can't stop all the holes it has, never came close during it's whole life cycle, month after month of sending out warm and fuzzy patches. Even and end of life they never got them all. And, and 4 O/S's later still holes forever on the horizon.

Computer Security way up on the oxymoron list.

So if I'm giving up not closing any more holes in a limitless pit of holes, ok. I've risked it all so far.
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits
Jun 27, 2015, 11:28
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jun 27, 2015, 11:28
Jun 27, 2015, 11:28
 
Pssst.... that's not what end of support means.
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits
Jun 27, 2015, 10:36
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jun 27, 2015, 10:36
Jun 27, 2015, 10:36
 
Pssst... never needed support for Win XP: easy to admin -- no sweat.

Pssst... never needed support for Win Vista: easy to not install on any machines, ever.
Yours truly,

Axis
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