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We're Extending The Life Of Windows 7 Just Because

parislemon:

Mary Jo Foley:

The extension of the Windows 7 Pro preload-cutoff date is not related to the looming end-of-support date for Windows XP, said Shad Larsen, senior business program manager, Windows business planning team. Nor is it because of business-customer reticence to adopt Windows 8, Larsen insisted.

Instead, Larsen said that because Windows 7 remains the largest part of Microsoft’s installed base and is still in the midst of being deployed by business customers, Microsoft wants to make it easy and possible for businesses to continue to obtain it.

Those logic gap in those two paragraphs is hilarious. Microsoft is not extending the life of Windows 7 because of customer reticence to adopt Windows 8 — but rather it’s because Windows 7 remains the largest part of the business install base. But wait. Why is that? Because no one in their right mind wants a business machine that runs Windows 8!

Nothing to see here. Nothing at all.

kqedscience:

Bill Gates Admits That ‘Control-Alt-Delete’ Was A Mistake
“We are confident that Bill Gates is a brilliant guy, but he just admitted to something that the entire world has known for decades.
Forcing early computer owners to simultaneously press the difficult key combination of Control-Alt-Delete to reboot their machines or stop a program from running was a mistake, the Microsoft co-founder said in an interview at a Harvard fundraising campaign posted on YouTube.”
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kqedscience:

Bill Gates Admits That ‘Control-Alt-Delete’ Was A Mistake

“We are confident that Bill Gates is a brilliant guy, but he just admitted to something that the entire world has known for decades.

Forcing early computer owners to simultaneously press the difficult key combination of Control-Alt-Delete to reboot their machines or stop a program from running was a mistake, the Microsoft co-founder said in an interview at a Harvard fundraising campaign posted on YouTube.”

breakingnews:

Report: Microsoft gave NSA access to encrypted messages
Guardian reports Microsoft helped U.S. intelligence services access email, Skype and cloud storage, according to top-secret documents provided by Edward Snowden. 

The latest documents come from the NSA’s Special Source Operations (SSO) division, described by Snowden as the “crown jewel” of the agency. It is responsible for all programs aimed at US communications systems through corporate partnerships such as Prism.
The files show that the NSA became concerned about the interception of encrypted chats on Microsoft’s Outlook.com portal from the moment the company began testing the service in July last year.
Within five months, the documents explain, Microsoft and the FBI had come up with a solution that allowed the NSA to circumvent encryption on Outlook.com chats

Read more at guardian.co.uk.
Photo credit: Patrick Sinkel / AP

breakingnews:

Report: Microsoft gave NSA access to encrypted messages

Guardian reports Microsoft helped U.S. intelligence services access email, Skype and cloud storage, according to top-secret documents provided by Edward Snowden. 

The latest documents come from the NSA’s Special Source Operations (SSO) division, described by Snowden as the “crown jewel” of the agency. It is responsible for all programs aimed at US communications systems through corporate partnerships such as Prism.

The files show that the NSA became concerned about the interception of encrypted chats on Microsoft’s Outlook.com portal from the moment the company began testing the service in July last year.

Within five months, the documents explain, Microsoft and the FBI had come up with a solution that allowed the NSA to circumvent encryption on Outlook.com chats

Read more at guardian.co.uk.

Photo credit: Patrick Sinkel / AP

thisistheverge:

Microsoft’s transparent desktop lets you explore a 3D UI with your hands | The Verge

A project at Microsoft’s Applied Sciences Group is looking to change this with a see-through computer that puts your hands in a 3D virtual environment. Created by Jinha Lee and Cati Boulanger, the set-up is a bit different than what we’re used to — the keyboard is placed behind the monitor, which uses Samsung’s transparent LCD technology so that you can see your hands typing through the screen.

Windows 7 and Shared Files/Folders on Your Home Network With Windows XP

Here’s another gem. Think in Windows 7 you can just right click on the folder/file you want to share on your home network (with Windows XP computers), go to sharing, name the share and add sharing and you’re done?

Nope.

<sigh> I’m such a curmudgeon with a new operating system. </sigh>

To share your information like you did with Windows XP, you have to take the extra steps of hunting down extra-super-secret-handshake Windows 7 advanced options:

  1. Open Control Panel and go to Network and Sharing Center
  2. Change Advanced sharing settings (wow, really?)
  3. Scroll down, just ignore those other options until you get to Password protected sharing - TURN OFF PASSWORD PROTECTED SHARING

Done - your home-networkees will thank you.

Windows 7 and iTunes Won’t Let You Edit Your Music

Maddening! Thanks Windows 7, for protecting me from the nightmare that was Windows XP that let an admin user be an admin user. :P

OK, so you’ve got iTunes and Windows 7, but you can’t edit ANY track information, add lyrics, etc… especially if your music is on another partition or hard drive like mine is. Well, it’s a simple security fix to make that happen:

Here’s the combo-unlock-code to get your editing rights back on your music:

1. Right click on the folder where ALL your music is kept
2. Click properties
3. Click the security tab
4. Under the group everyone click full control
5. Click apply

And life is back to being good…