Dust off that old Pentium, Linux fans: It's Elive

Found on The Register on Tuesday, 11 September 2018
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Elive has an impressively low bar to entry, with hardware requirements for the distribution coming in at 256 MB RAM and a 500 MHz CPU, meaning that some very elderly silicon is theoretically going to be able to enjoy the highly polished Enlightenment desktop.

Elive 3.0.0 is certainly a worthy update after eight years of beta releases trickling out from the mostly solo maintainer.

That's quite some dedication; although the Linux market has hundreds of distros, especially the lightweight ones are interesting.

Microsoft to offer paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates

Found on ZD Net on Sunday, 09 September 2018
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The paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESUs) will be sold on a per-device basis, with the price increasing each year.

"We want to encourage people to get off Windows 7, but we want to make it more than something punitive," he said.

Not punitive? After forcing Windows 10 down the throats of users by annoying them with endless upgrade notices?

Google slammed for Chrome change that strips out 'www' from domains

Found on IT Wire on Saturday, 08 September 2018
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Google's move to strip out the www in domains typed into the address bar, beginning with version 69 of its Chrome browser, has drawn an enormous amount of criticism from developers who see the move as a bid to cement the company's dominance of the Web.

When asked about this change in a long discussion thread on a mailing list, a Google staffer wrote: "www is now considered a 'trivial' subdomain, and hiding trivial subdomains can be disabled in flags (will also disable hiding the URL scheme).

There is no reason whatsoever for Google to meddle with the way webmasters decide to build their URLs. The "not not evil" anymore company tries too hard to tell users how the web should operate; and that does not make them friends.

New AI-Driven Find Tab Helps SharePoint Users Locate Information

Found on eWEEK on Saturday, 01 September 2018
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Artificial intelligence capabilities are coming to Microsoft's SharePoint mobile app that will assist users in finding a wide range of information through a new "find" tab that is being added to the app.

"We'll review the updated SharePoint mobile app to show you how you can find and discover the content you care about: sites, people, files, news—all with fewer taps and more AI smarts powering the experience."

So people can't keep their Sharepoint data organized anymore?

Microsoft announces Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Found on Venturebeat on Friday, 31 August 2018
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Microsoft today revealed that the next free Windows 10 update is called the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

Windows 10 is being developed as a service, meaning it receives new features on a regular basis.

Microsoft today also said “nearly 700 million devices” are running Windows 10. That’s, uh, the same figure the company’s outgoing Windows chief shared in March.

Well aren't you glad that you get updates for the OS you paid for (directly or indirectly) for free? Especially after Microsoft forced millions of users to upgrade from their previous version to an operating system where the user has less control than ever before.

Malware has no trouble hiding and bypassing macOS user warnings

Found on Arstechnica on Tuesday, 14 August 2018
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In a presentation at the Def Con hacker convention in Las Vegas over the weekend, Wardle said it was trivial for a local attacker or malware to bypass many security mechanisms by targeting them at the user interface level.

“The ability to synthetically interact with a myriad of security prompts allows you to perform a lot of malicious actions,” Wardle told Ars. “Many of Apple's privacy and security-in-depth protections can be trivially bypassed.”

"You will never get a virus on an Apple". Yeah, sure.

Dropbox Is Dropping Support For All Linux File Systems Except Unencrypted Ext4

Found on Slashdot on Saturday, 11 August 2018
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Dropbox have declared that the only Linux filesystem supported for storage of the Dropbox sync folder starting the 7th of November will be on a clean ext4 file system. This basically means Dropbox drops Linux support completely, as almost all Linux distributions have other file systems as their standard installation defaults nowadays -- not to mention encryption running on top of even an ext4 file system, which won't qualify as a clean ext4 file system for Dropbox (such as eCryptfs which is the default in, for example, Ubuntu for encrypted home folders).

Unencrypted files on remote storage? I don't think many will be happy about this, especially since most corporations have strict internal security guides that do not allow the unencryted storage of files on remote systems. So the decision will be rather simple: drop Dropbox.

Hacker swipes Snapchat’s source code, publishes it on GitHub

Found on The Next Web on Wednesday, 08 August 2018
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A GitHub with the handle i5xx, believed to be from the village of Tando Bago in Pakistan’s southeastern Sindh province, created a GitHub repository called Source-Snapchat.

The language used in the DMCA request is fascinating, and conveys a sense of genuine panic in the organization, which in turn suggests that the contents of the repository are legitimate. Rather than using formal legal terminology, the request is predominantly written in all-caps.

Chances are high that the source, if it really was what it claimed to be, has already been copied by others. Snapchat might be out of reach for everybody (right now), but it can't really be considered closed source anymore.

Warning: DO NOT install the latest version of CCleaner [Updated]

Found on Betanews on Sunday, 05 August 2018
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When you run the updated version, you’ll notice some worrying changes -- active monitoring refuses to stay turned off, and the privacy settings have been removed in the free version. Avast has also stopped users from being able to quit the software -- yes, really.

That means, for most users, CCleaner will run continually in the background, reporting back to Avast.

Avast is clearly in no hurry to fix these issues, and given its past behavior this probably won’t be the last time we have to warn users off installing or upgrading the software.

So CCleaner now moved into the adware/malware section. With the history Avast has, the best solution is to completely uninstall the program now after Piriform sold out to them.

An open letter to Microsoft management re: Windows updating

Found on Computerworld on Saturday, 04 August 2018
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Today, as Windows 10 turns three years old, I am writing to you to ensure that you are aware of the dissatisfaction your customers have with the updates released for Windows desktops and servers in recent months.

Recently many of the participants on the listserve have expressed their concerns and dissatisfaction with the quality of updates as well as the timing of updates.

Some are disabling Windows Update as a drastic measure to ensure that updates do not reboot systems when they are not wanted.

The sad truth is that disabling updates can be a much safer choice by now. It would not be rare to read about an update which accidentally causes side effects, forcing the admin to wait for updates on other software. That's not really acceptable on home PCs, and even less on business installations. Any OS needs to be as minimal as possible and the user should have full control over what gets installed; but Microsoft decides that, for example, the Xbox tiles on a Windows 10 Professional installations are a requirement.