Friday, August 31, 2012

Windows 8 Release Preview

I decided yesterday to install the Windows 8 Release Preview on my main pc.  I had it installed in a separate partition, so all my applications were not installed when I booted in W8.  Well, it turns out that W8 is much faster than W7 - at least I think so.  So, I thought, why not just install the Release Preview on the W7 partition?  That way I could use my existing applications AND get the increased speed.

Don't do it!  Not unless you want to have a big administrative problem.  It seems that Microsoft has not provided an upgrade to W8 if you have installed a pre-release version.  You have to install all your applications again!  However, if you do not install a pre-release version, than an upgrade to W8 is available. Go figure.

Anyway, I'm continuing to test W8 on my laptop and will keep my main pc as a W7 machine for the time being.  I'm discovering more shortcuts in W8 and folk have written some code to get some of the start screen functionality into W8 that we've become accustomed to in W7.  And with W8 booting a lot faster than W7, I think I've changed my mind about 8.  Do expect a pretty good learning curve, though.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Windows 8 Once Again

Just read an interesting article today - http://goo.gl/9hyrI - so, with new-found enthusiasm, I'm trying W8 again.  Someday you'll have to use W8 - read this article in preparation.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Another Hack Link

Additional information on THE HACK can be found here.  This guy's problems are getting a lot of press.  Amazon has changed how it handles credit cards and I suppose Apple has made some changes, too.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Hack Update

Here's an update to the hacked story - http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/08/apple-amazon-mat-honan-hacking/all/. Take heed.

Being Hacked is Not Fun

A few days ago, a techie's iCloud account was compromised. His blog describes everything that happened and how he's trying to fix it.  You should be concerned about security, and if you do nothing else, you must have difficult passwords, difficult security questions with unusual answers, and you MUST backup.  And, maybe the backup should not be in the cloud.  It appears, in this case, that Apple employees were very instrumental in allowing this to happen.

Those of you with Apple products on iCloud should carefully read Mat's posting.