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  1. TopCop1988

    TopCop1988 Toughbook Aficionado

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    FYI:

    New Windows 7 installs and IE: Security risk?
    By David Gewirtz | April 7, 2011, 5:23am PDT

    Summary

    When you launch IE in Windows after an initial install, the first page you see is Microsoft’s MSN portal. One day, Windows users could open that MSN home page and get slammed with malware hiding in the ads.


    Forget June: Microsoft already pushing IE9 via Windows Update
    By Mary Jo Foley | April 6, 2011, 1:40pm PDT

    On April 6, I began receiving reports from users who had not installed the Release Candidate (RC) or the beta of IE9 that they were seeing IE 9 show up via Windows Update.
     
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    Kardan Notebook Evangelist

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    In my case it was April 5. My wife wanted it installed on the family computer (her IT department already has it on her work laptop and she was tired of jumping back and forth between the two interfaces). It is quite a bit faster. I don't understand Microsoft continuing to listen to the stupid designers who insist on shuffling the placement of everything on the screen. For no apparent reason, and certainly no utility, they moved the refresh and "X" stop action buttons from the right hand side of the screen on IE8 to the left hand side on IE9. Just something "new".
     
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    gothed Notebook Consultant

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    capt.dogfish The Curmudgeon

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    Boy, knock me over with a feather! Internet Explorer has security issues? Didn't we just beat this up a month or so ago? If you use IE(pick a number) you are using the historically least secure browser. It's the biggest target and Microsoft does not seem able to build a secure browser, maybe they're too busy changing its looks instead of fixing it.
    CAP
     
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    mnementh Crusty Ol' TinkerDwagon

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    Naaah... MS TRIED to make a standards-compliant browser with IE8; the "Optimized for IE" crowd cried and whinged that all their lazy-adze shortcuts would go away and they MADE MS put all the crap back in. I've said it before and I'll say it again: IE has too much special privilege on a Windoze machine; use ANY OTHER BROWSER if you care at all about protecting your computer from nasty Internet rashes and fungal infection...

    mnem
    "Windoze: The world's SECOND-BEST marketed virus software."
     
  6. TopCop1988

    TopCop1988 Toughbook Aficionado

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    Nor a Contact Manager; hence the virus writing crowd has dubbed it "Microsoft Virus Express." :rolleyes:
    That is one of the main reasons Windows 95 won out over IBM OS/2 back in `95: it "looked purtyer." :p
     
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    capt.dogfish The Curmudgeon

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    Actually, OS2 was one of the greatest scams of all time. IBM partnered with Bill Gates to build an operating system which would only work on proprietary architecture, IBM's. IBM thought that they would be able to drive the "clone" builders out of business, everyone would want the slick GUI which was to be available only on IBM machines. After IBM picked up the tab for the development of OS2, and incidentally Windows, their big roll out of the PS2 hardware bombed because OS2 wasn't as good as Windows. Michael Dell, Compaq, and the rest had the mini "Last Laugh", but Gates was the big winner. Your dates are a bit off, I was first messing about with Windows sometime between 1985 and 1987, seems like the big PS2 rollout was shortly after that. OS2 was doomed from the start because it's primary function was to give IBM the lion's share of the PC market and Gates screwed IBM for the second time.
    CAP
    Remembering the dancing nuns in the OS2 commercials and waiting for mnem to correct my hazy memory.
    EDIT: Out of curiosity I just looked. At one time, Bill Gate's PERSONAL net worth exceeded 50% of the current book value of IBM.
     
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    TopCop1988 Toughbook Aficionado

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    Well, for decades that "scam" powered the communications, financial and "POS" industries "behind the scenes."

    Although it's largely changed now that the world has become "MicroSerfs," OS/2 was the operating system of ATMs, Point-of-Sale systems, and, as I personally witnessed while providing security for MCI_WorldCom, all the IBM PS/2 PCs and servers linking the telecom industry.

    All quite a feat for a "scam." ;) :rolleyes:

    ["SNIP"]

    I was specifically referring to the OS/2 Warp (v.3.0) -vs- Windows 95 competition (a "competition" wherein the boys at "Big Blue" failed to even leave the Starting Gate! :().

    Warp came in 1994, while "WindBlows in 1995" didn't even make its targeted release date (4thQ 1992); instead it finally came out August of 1995.

    Had IBM initiated a massive ad campaign, touting it's true 32-bit architecture, and "put a `purty face'" on the GUI, they might have beat Microsoft at its own game: but they DIDN'T!
    That was IBM's own fault.

    If you get a chance, get a copy of The Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires and see how the heads of "Big Blue" stupidly chose to license DOS from Bill Gates; rather than buying it straight out; thereby setting Gates' rise to fame and fortune into motion.

    Another good one; albeit not a true "documentary"; is Pirates of Silicon Valley:

    `Get real, would ya? You and I are both like guys who had this rich neighbor - Xerox - who left the door open all the time. And you go sneakin' in to steal a TV set. Only when you get there, you realize that I got there first. I got the loot, Steve! And you're yellin'? "That's not fair. I wanted to try to steal it first." You're too late.'
    --Bill Gates (portrayed by Anthony Michael Hall) talking to Steve Jobs (portrayed by Noah Wyle); discussing the "acquisition" of the GUI.

    "Windows 95, (n): 32-bit extension and graphical shell for a 16-bit patch to an 8-bit operating system originally coded for a 4-bit microprossessor, written by a 2-bit company that can't stand 1-bit of competition." ;) :rolleyes: :D
     
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    John229 Notebook Geek

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    I started using Warp when it came out and bypassed 95 all together. I loved Warp, but about the time 98 was coming out, Warp was cut.
    Thats when I had to change over to 98. During that time I was running a dial-up BBS that started out on DOS but ended up on Warp as it ran so much better. Warps multi-tasking was so much better than anything MS had for a couple generations, as well as memory management.
    But without support it was gettiing left behind as new software came out and couldn't be run. Warp could run Windows 3.1 programs as well as DOS.
    As I understand it, MS was going to raise licenceing fees on Windows installs if they didn't drop it.
     
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    TopCop1988 Toughbook Aficionado

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    OS/2 isn't totally "dead", but IBM themselves withdrew consumer marketing and support and `officially' "killed off" the product in 2006. (It didn't actually "die" even then; as it was sold off to Serenity Systems International (of Flower Mound, TX) and marketed as eComStation).
     
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