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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

yuhong Re:Server 2012 already looks like Windows 8. (318 comments)

Unfortunately, I think Server 2012 R2 is a paid upgrade unlike the client edition (Win8.1). And Exchange 2010 is not officially supported yet on R2.

9 hours ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

yuhong Re:Intel (236 comments)

What is funny is that the Morris worm came out in late 1988, when MS was beginning development on "NT OS/2". Yes, I am talking about the decision to use a flat instead of segmented address space.

about a week ago
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FreeDOS Is 20 Years Old

yuhong Re:A popular laptop OS? (133 comments)

Didn't know this. Looks like it is pretty limited though, as ACPI is much more complex than APM.

about three weeks ago
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FreeDOS Is 20 Years Old

yuhong Re:A popular laptop OS? (133 comments)

I think UEFI is the best solution for things like this and many firmware update utilities already uses it for example.

about three weeks ago
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FreeDOS Is 20 Years Old

yuhong Re:A popular laptop OS? (133 comments)

I don't think APM works on most modern machines though. There is the DOS idle utilities which execute the HLT instruction which is not much but is better than nothing.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Fixing Windows 8 Flaws, But Leaving Them In Windows 7

yuhong My explaination (218 comments)

Well, it is relatively cheap to do things like this during development of a new major version but relatively expensive to do a security update or hotfix, so they need proof there is actually an exploitable bug, though they will often review surrounding code and do additional fixes when developing security updates.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Starts Blocking Extensions Not In the Chrome Web Store

yuhong Reminds me of the "Outlook Email Security Update" (225 comments)

Remember the "Outlook Email Security Update" from mid-2000 with the pop-ups asking to approve programs sending mail or gathering data from your address book and why it was so difficult to disable?

about 2 months ago
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Head of MS Research On Special Projects, Google X and Win 9

yuhong Re:Special Projects? (71 comments)

At MS?

about 3 months ago
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Anti-Virus Is Dead (But Still Makes Money) Says Symantec

yuhong Re:AV dead? Symantec's certainly is (254 comments)

Eventually Norton AV began to take less resources and I think became easier to uninstall, but I am not sure about the detection rate.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

yuhong Re:Recruiting policy (589 comments)

ELS is only available for RHEL3 and RHEL4 which would otherwise have only 7 years of support, and it covers only a limited number of packages. Read Red Hat's lifecycle page.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

yuhong Re:Recruiting policy (589 comments)

That is a different problem.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

yuhong Re:Recruiting policy (589 comments)

with an option for 3 more years of extended support.

Read the fine point, the 3 more years do not include any updates.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

yuhong Re: Recruiting policy (589 comments)

I think they had much poorer support though.

about 3 months ago
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AMD Designing All-New CPU Cores For ARMv8, X86

yuhong Re: Couldn't one core... (181 comments)

It took a long time (ten years?) to get just a basic 32-bit protected mode operating system out to people at large after the hardware (80386) was out.

Ah, this is exactly one of the reasons why the MS OS/2 2.0 fiasco is one of my favorite topics!

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Issues Advisory For Internet Explorer Vulnerability

yuhong Re:Windows XP (152 comments)

I mean in the sense that people have been predicting the rise of WinXP exploits after it ended support. And the April 2014 date comes from 2 years of mainstream support after Vista was released plus 5 years of extended support afterwards BTW.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Issues Advisory For Internet Explorer Vulnerability

yuhong Re:IE6 (152 comments)

I believe this is an error.

about 3 months ago

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MS squeezing SQL Server customers on licensing

yuhong yuhong writes  |  2 days ago

yuhong (1378501) writes ""Microsoft's SQL Server business has hit the $5 billion mark in terms of annual revenue and is growing like gangbusters, according to CEO Satya Nadella. " What Satya did not mention is where this revenue comes from. According to an article from CRN, "Licensing experts believe this stunning figure is primarily due to the company raising prices last summer for many of its enterprise products [such as SQL Server].""
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MS reduced WinXP custom support prices

yuhong yuhong writes  |  about 3 months ago

yuhong (1378501) writes "MS reduced WinXP custom support prices (often by ten-fold) in the week before it ended support (to closer to what NT4/Win2000 custom support used to cost). According to the article: "Sources familiar with Microsoft's position claimed that the company changed its CSA pricing tune after chief operating officer Kevin Turner returned to Redmond at the beginning of the month from a swing through the sales force, where he got an earful about customers with thousands of XP machines and no chance of making the migration deadline. The decision to drop prices was made shortly after that.""
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Windows Vista is seven years old

yuhong yuhong writes  |  about 6 months ago

yuhong (1378501) writes "On January 30, Windows Vista will be seven years old. Why this is important? Because they allow only a minimum of two years after a new version release before the previous version goes into extended support, which lasts for another five years. Rounded up to the nearest quarter, this makes the end of mainstream support for XP April 2009 and the end of extended support April 2014. This is despite the fact that Vista RTM had plenty of problems, and Server 2008 is based on Vista SP1 which fixed many of them."
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My blog post on the MS OS/2 2.0 fiasco

yuhong yuhong writes  |  about a year and a half ago

yuhong writes "I wrote a blog post about the old MS OS/2 2.0 fiasco from the early 1990s, including how it relates to DR-DOS. Why did it take 10 years after Intel introduced the 80386 before 32-bit programming became popular?"
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Flame used MS certificates intended for TS licensing

yuhong yuhong writes  |  more than 2 years ago

yuhong writes "From the article:
"What we found is that certificates issued by our Terminal Services licensing certification authority, which are intended to only be used for license server verification, could also be used to sign code as Microsoft. Specifically, when an enterprise customer requests a Terminal Services activation license, the certificate issued by Microsoft in response to the request allows code signing without accessing Microsoft’s internal PKI infrastructure."
Microsoft released an update adding the affected CAs to the Untrusted Certificate Store."

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Windows Vista enters extended support

yuhong yuhong writes  |  more than 2 years ago

yuhong writes "On April 10, the second Tuesday of April, Windows Vista will exit Mainstream Support and enter Extended Support. This means that no-charge (free) support will end, no further service packs will be created, nor will future IE versions (such as IE10) be available for Vista. Also, no new non-security hotfixes will be created or be available without an Extended Hotfix Support Agreement (EHSA). This will last for 5 years before support for Vista completely ends in 2017."
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Windows Vista enters extended support

yuhong yuhong writes  |  more than 2 years ago

yuhong writes "On April 10, the second Tuesday of April, Windows Vista will exit Mainstream Support and enter Extended Support. This means that no-charge support will end, no further service packs will be created, nor will future IE versions (such as IE10) be available for Vista. Also, no new non-security hotfixes will be created or be available without an Extended Hotfix Support Agreement (EHSA)."
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MS traces Duqu zero-day to font parsing in win32k

yuhong yuhong writes  |  more than 2 years ago

yuhong writes "MS has traced the Duqu zero-day to a vulnerability in font parsing in win32k. Many file formats like HTML, Office, and PDF support embedded fonts, and in NT4 and later fonts are parsed in kernel mode! Other possible attack vectors for example include web pages visited using web browsers that support embedded fonts without the OTS font sanitizer (which recent versions of Firefox and Chrome has adopted)."
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MS's protected mode OSes as of year 1990

yuhong yuhong writes  |  more than 2 years ago

yuhong writes "neozeed has an article which nicely summarizes MS's protected mode OSes as of year 1990. Of note was that OS/2 1.x and Windows 3.x were completely incompatible, and only Xenix took full advantage of the 80386 processor introduced by Intel back in 1985. It shows how something as simple as the move from real to protected mode was seriously screwed up."
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NYT article on how Leo was chosen as CEO of HP

yuhong yuhong writes  |  about 2 years ago

yuhong writes "NY Times has an article on how Leo Apotheker was chosen as CEO of HP. It shows how the board of directors was too exhausted from the infighting to actually meet Leo Apotheker before choosing him as CEO, among other things."
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Google is gagging user advocates

yuhong yuhong writes  |  more than 2 years ago

yuhong writes "From the article: "So here we have a Googler who is working on identity stuff part-time as a Devil's Advocate (I guess the users are the devil's from Google's perspective, ugh), who has repeatedly helped disseminate information about Google+ identity policy, and who has always taken a balanced view in her public posts, asking for anti-pseudonym resources or suggestions from the community, all while being very clear that she doesn't speak for Google officially silenced and forced not to speak."
From a Google+ post on this: It is "ironic that these anonymity requirements are needed to talk about nymwars".
What is exactly happening at Google that caused this? Is it related to Vic's leadership style, "just agree with me, and I won't have to hurt you"?"

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Shareholder Capitalism Is Dead

yuhong yuhong writes  |  more than 2 years ago

yuhong writes "John T. Landry, a HBS blogger, declares that shareholder capitalism is dead, which means that "executives have far more leeway than rhetoric about "shareholder value" suggests", and "What should executives do with this power? They could take corporate social responsibility more seriously. The new thinking that marries corporate and social goals makes this shift more plausible than ever"."
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