Today is a GREAT day; all you have to do is live in it.
I’m not going to join the bandwagon and jump all over Microsoft or Internet Explorer like I know a bunch of other people will. It bugs me even further that some of those people will first find out about the vulnerability because of reading this post.
Oh well. 😦
The more important thing is that you DO NOT TO USE ANY VERSION OF INTERNET EXPLORER, REGARDLESS OF YOUR OS until they get this gaping hole patched.
Right now you’re probably thinking to yourself, “So? Why is this so dire? I only go to ‘safe’ websites anyway!” Well, because of a little thing that most sites out there use called Ad Networks. Unfortunately, most ad networks don’t really vet the ads that go into the screen real estate they sell… rather, they simply collect checks and count clicks. The problem is that those ads can contain anything… as I have unfortunately found out on several occasions while using each of the major browsers on various flavors of Windows. When a vulnerability like this exists it is usually exploited pretty ruthlessly.
Again, DO NOT TO USE ANY VERSION OF INTERNET EXPLORER, REGARDLESS OF YOUR OS until they get this gaping hole patched.
That is all.
I just stumbled upon this eye-opening piece regarding the discrepancies of a lot of things… most noticeably the games that politicians play and who their real constituents are.
You can read it in all its glory here: How the FCC Plans to Save the Internet By Destroying It: An Explainer (via Medium)
Please do take the 5 or so minutes necessary to quickly skim the article. Once you’ve done that, get involved. Trust me when I say that the quick skim will likely be enough for you to want to get involved. I’m going to try to figure out a relatively easy way to do this for as many people as possible but you really shouldn’t wait on me.
Just why is our participation in this one so important? Because everything you (think you) know, understand, expect and love about the Internet (with its easy, fast and relatively affordable access to everything) is about to drastically change. And all because elected officials pander more to the companies that lobby and pamper them than the people who put them in office. Please note that the people who need “the courage” (as pointed out in the article) are appointed by those we elected, *not* elected themselves. What’s more, they are charged with keeping things fair — and I think they are on their way to a failure of truly epic proportions.
It’s important to point out that I’m not making any party delineations here. ALL parties are guilty on this one.
Please do get involved; stir up the pot by pestering your political representatives to take the action WE VOTERS, nay, REGULAR PEOPLE want — and not the vote that big businesses are trying to buy. Once I figure out how to do this expediently I’m going to put those ideas in another post. Again, DON’T WAIT ON ME; this it’s one effort we don’t want to come up short on.
“Arise! Awake! and stop not until the goal is reached.”
– Swami Vivekananda
via #XprezQuotes for Windows Phone
Ok. This is going to be short because it’s a really easy concept. In the Microsoft Surface family, the ones intended to be laptop/desktop replacements are the “Pro” devices.
You can install whatever apps you like from the Windows Store on anything in the Surface family. However, if it doesn’t say “Pro” in the name then it won’t allow you to install any DESKTOP software except for an exclusive handful of things in the Microsoft Office suite.
If you want to install desktop software (like alternative web browsers) then you should select a Surface Pro.
Take notice, however, that this is BETTER than what you get with either iPads or Android tablets; you can’t install ANY desktop software at all. PERIOD. You can’t install the desktop version of ANY browser. AT ALL.
Simply put, the non-Pro Surface devices are meant to compete directly with their iOS and Android counterparts. They all offer about the same physical specifications.
If you want to get mad at someone do it at Google as they have been actively hostile towards any competing Microsoft product since day one. Ask them why they don’t create an RT version of Chrome. The same can be said of Apple and Safari.
Stop posting ignorantly because you are cheap and also didn’t take time to do your research or read the product card in the store. Like the person in the attachment. The only possible argument that *MIGHT* (and I stress might) keep this person from being a complete ID10T is if the salesperson told him/her the wrong thing. And I doubt that happened.
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SO WORTH THE WAIT.
If you are a person fortunate enough to have a developer unlocked WP8 device you can get the update NOW.
And let me say that this is probably the best thing since sliced bread. SERIOUSLY.
If you’re not a Windows Phone user now is a great time to try one if you have a friend described at the top of this post. 😊
Oh, one more thing: If you’re updating a Lumia 1520 you’ll want to make sure that you plug in using your charging block. Until I did all I got was that “low power!” warning icon. It may also work if you plug into your computer, but I wasn’t in a position to try that.
I just ran into this intriguing blog post. I’m not saying that this is either gospel or scientific, but it’s about as much research the common person might do if they were obsessive enough.
The result? Lol — Just look at the title. 😉
Vote with your wallets, people.