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Skype for Windows 6.16
Posted by Electronic Punk on the 14th May 2014 at 4:05pm | 0 comments
Skype is a freemium voice-over-IP service and instant messaging client, currently developed by the Microsoft Skype Division. The service allows users to communicate with peers by voice using a microphone, video by using a webcam, and instant messaging over the Internet. Phone calls may be placed to recipients on the traditional telephone networks. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free of charge, while calls to landline telephones and mobile phones are charged via a debit-based user account system.

Fixed bugs since 6.14
- blocked contacts appearing in Skype Home,
- no input fields (blue window) in login Window,
- crash when chat name contains "&#" characters.
The release blog announcement also suggests that WIndows 8 users will also get a spellchecker, which is great as it is defiantely the area where I make the most typos.

Skype 6.16 for Windows 6.16
Skype for Windows version 6.16 is available now - Skype Community
The Windows 8 classic Start Menu will arrive in August!
Posted by Electronic Punk on the 24th April 2014 at 4:21pm | 5 comments
Looks like the folks that still hate Windows 8 will have one less reason in August, as Microsoft have announced that both a more classic start menu and the ability to run "modern" applications within a Window as shown below.


I am always pleased to see such great momentum with operating system developments, but I must admit I was starting to get used to the new full screen menu but I am sure I can adjust back just as quickly if it is done correctly.

I do find the live tiles fairly useful in some applications but must admit for services like Twitter and Facebook I continue to use the web versions just as well, although I appreciate that on Tablets the apps are always far more accessible.

Windows 8 Start menu should return in August, thanks to new, faster release cycle | ExtremeTech
Dropbox for Windows 2.6.30
Posted by Electronic Punk on the 20th April 2014 at 12:12am | 0 comments
Dropbox is an online storage provider and with all the options out there is still one of the best. I use this application to easily sync files between my work and home PC but as a super easy way of getting files to other people. I also find the Android application very useful to get non-Play Store applications quickly across my various devices.

Both Microsoft and Google are making a huge push to get people using their various offerings, but this one I just keep coming back to. What is new since 2.6.28? Not alot but change is good!
2.6.30
- Fix issue with linking second account for a small number of users on Windows

2.6.29
- Fixes an issue where the second account would get unlinked if email associated with account changes
- Changes to camera uploads splash
Install Dropbox on your Windows PC
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You need to act - Heartbleed bug
Posted by American Zombie & edited by Electronic Punk on the 11th April 2014 at 9:15pm | 0 comments
Heartbleed is a security bug in the open-source OpenSSL cryptography library, widely used to implement the Internet's Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol. This vulnerability results from a missing bounds check in the handling of the Transport Layer Security (TLS) heartbeat extension, the heartbeat being behind the bug's name. A fixed version of OpenSSL was released on April 7, 2014, at the same time as Heartbleed was publicly disclosed. At that time, some 17 percent (around half a million) of the Internet's secure web servers certified by trusted authorities were believed to be vulnerable to the attack, allowing theft of the servers' private keys and users' session cookies and passwords. (Heartbleed - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Here is a listed of places that are or were affected by the Heartbleed bug.

If something you use is on the list and their services have been patched you may want to change your password.
If they have not yet patched yet it will do no good to change your password so wait for that service/site to be patched then change password.
For example, Gmail was affected but is now patched so you should probably change your gmail password.

More details are in the following link:
The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now
Steve Ballmer To Retire As Microsoft CEO Within 12 Months
Posted by chastity on the 23rd August 2013 at 6:03pm | 3 comments
In a surprising move today, Microsoft just announced that long-time CEO Steve Ballmer will retire in the coming 12 months. He will stay at the helm of the company until a special committee appoints a new CEO.

Steve Ballmer To Retire As Microsoft CEO Within 12 Months | TechCrunch
Microsoft: After April 8th, Windows XP will have "zero day" exploits forever
Posted by chastity on the 16th August 2013 at 8:07pm | 1 comment
In a new post on the Microsoft Security blog, Tim Rains, the director of its Trustworthy Computing division, says that while he has heard of many businesses that will be upgrading their PCs from Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8, he has also heard from others that they don't plan on upgrading before the support cut off date. He added, "I have even talked to some customers that say they won’t migrate from Windows XP until the hardware it’s running on fails."

Microsoft: After April 8th, Windows XP will have "zero day" exploits forever - Neowin
Cisco Sells Linksys to Belkin
Posted by American Zombie on the 25th January 2013 at 8:58pm | 2 comments
Cisco’s Home Networking Unit, including its products, technology, employees, and even the well-known Linksys brand will be acquired by Belkin.

Full story at the source.

Source: thenextweb.com
Java 7 fails to restrict access to privileged code
Posted by American Zombie on the 12th January 2013 at 4:53am | 1 comment
Users are urged to disable or uninstall java as there is a critical security vulnerability which is reportedly already being used for large scale cyberattacks.

Java 7 Update 10 and earlier contain an unspecified vulnerability that can allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.
Internet Explorer users should just uninstall Java for now.

Deactivating the Java plugin in Firefox

Deactivating the Java plugin in Chrome

Deactivating the Java plugin in Safari

Source: cert.org
Microsoft unveils Internet Explorer 10 Release Preview for Windows 7
Posted by Johnny & edited by American Zombie on the 19th November 2012 at 4:38pm | 1 comment
Microsoft has announced the availability of Internet Explorer 10 as a Release Preview edition – in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavours – for Windows 7. (And yes, only Windows 7 users with SP1 installed need apply. Windows Vista and XP are left out of this one.)

Changes are mostly under the hood, but the upgrade does deliver some major performance improvements which you may like to try.


In our first tests, the new Release Preview installed much like any other Windows update. It downloads a few files, and whirs for a while before demanding a reboot. Which takes a little longer than usual as various core files are replaced.
Is anyone using this yet? If so. What do you think of it?

Full story at the source.

Source: Softwarecrew.com
Windows head Sinofsky leaving
Posted by American Zombie on the 13th November 2012 at 4:38am | 0 comments
Microsoft Corp. said Monday that Steven Sinofsky, the president of its Windows and Windows Live operations, is leaving the company.

Sinofsky's departure comes just weeks after the Redmond, Wash., software company launched Windows 8, which represented a major overhaul of its ubiquitous computer operating system.
Now I wonder if this has anything to do with all the changes in Windows 8.

Full story at the source.

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