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this week’s load of updates

Hi all.
The following updates are released.
adobe, flash 23.
piriform ccleaner 5.2.3
microsoft windows and office.
of note are the pdf library update and the ole vb script remote update.
Otherwise its the same fucked up bullshit that microsofts criptoblocked logic releases.
I swear to god that everything from edge, ie, graphics, and kernal as well as office have said the same month after fucking month!
Ok the only difference is where the update just says windows, no component, just windows we have to assume the shell.
smb server, exchange and a few other things.
Apple itunes 12.51 update for windows.
Apple ios 10 is out.
However its recomended you update via your pc at this time.
If you want to update over the air, go ahead but maybe do it later on, a lot of articles are out stating that basically apple’s servers got overwhelmed and overloaded causing phones to be effected with an incomplete install.
If you were lucky, connection to the computer was needed to complete it.
If not, you either got it completed but at the wrong version or it simply didn’t work and you lost all your data.
Either that or you have to buy a new phone because its junk now.
morral, probably not the best to immediately jump on in the first 5 hours of release.
I know I did that with ms manual for win10 and it worked but even so.
If you want to update try over the wire that may work.
Over the air it should work to.
I forgot to add that dispite what ms says about us guys on 7 being old they have just updated the minni service pack roleup from july last year for all windows pre 10 systems servers, etc.
That may not seem like much and it probably isn’t.
It however does mean even in a small way now that microsoft is still improving the os fixing some issues with it.
These don’t happen often but the fact these happen means that at least for now we the users actually have the ability to well have a repreeve from the end of 7.
I do remember that even with the end of windows xp, ie, and a few other things were still updated for a while.
Even when they stopped, things like silverlite and bits of office were still updated.
Dotnet 4.0 still exists and in fact I do know that from time to time that is updated.
Weather that means its updated for xp to is anyone’s guess.
However with all the newer and some of the older software previders switching from xp, eventually when its to hard to support, the os is basically dead.
I doubt that will happen to 7 as quickly.
Even if it does, there are enough software programs and enough hardware that that will never happen.
I do know that after 5th generation i series cpus that we will not be able to use win7 on those.
but we have only 4th gen here, and they still work.
Our systems are fast enough that we don’t need to go faster.
I doubt ms will be able to kill 7 like they did xp.
Even when support ends, the fact is you can just use firefox and not ie, ie is bad anyway.
Next you will have to use other security than msse, but that can be done to.
Actually for email you are covered, you can use things like virustotal to check files, and over that, as long as you are carefull it should be ok.
The end will probably be not when support ends or even if newer hardware stopps supporting it, but the end of 32 bit systems and a system with 4gb ram by default.
For the standard user I am all for going with a referbished pc with 7 on it.
I have little need for the latest i7, I need an i7 quad or i5 quad and the 4th generation my dad has is fast enough.
The 4th gen my uncle has is over speed.
Even if I do go the windows 10 rout, microsoft will be sorely dissapointed.
Though I rage against this, at least on my workstation I will be sevenising as much of 10 as I can.
I will probably get rid of as many of the ms apps as I can.
And I will not be using universal apps at all.
Microsoft will have to make me use them if I am going to do so.
I have not as yet thought about if I will use a legal version of 7 or not, it just depends on how screwed microsoft leave users in the next 5 years.

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Is Assistive Technology going to be dead?

Over the last few days, discussion on 986’s roger group surfaced around talk that Microsoft is going to make a full fledged screen reader and they don’t care what happens to companies like AI Squared and freedom Scientific. One of my good friends, Herbie Allen, indicated to me and others that this type of talk has been going on for years since Windows 7 came about.

I sent a draft of this article to someone who is a tech trainer on apple and android devices who had a training session. Someone had mentioned that Microsoft indicated that they didn’t care, and discussion indicates that they could take out things that the assistive tech companies need to hook in to so that we can have the access. I personally can’t confirm this, but if it has been discussed for years, only time will tell what Microsoft decides to do in the long run.

The Jared Rimer Network has not seen anything in reports from twitter sources indicating anything either way.

With the announcement in August of Microsoft allowing people with assistive technology to continue to have the free offer to upgrade to Windows 10 if they have the technology and this support article entitled: All keyboard commands and touch gestures supported by Narrator in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update you’d think that they are not giving up on the assistive tech players quite yet.

I know there are continuing issues being reported about Windows 10 and its potential privacy issues including Cortana and its sharing data, as well as the inability to turn off settings to limit such data, but an interesting thought was mentioned in the group. The same thing is done with IOS and Siri where it shares and has access to data to carry out tasks like whats up on your calendar, calling people, and other things that siri can do including math and other basic functions.

I don’t want to jump to conclusions to say that Microsoft is or is not going to cut out access to what our screen reader can do, but I will be watching this particular development with interest.

I don’t think the assistive tech companies will go down quietly, not without a fight. The big companies will fight anyway, don’t know about the smaller companies or the startups.

If you would like to be reminded about the Microsoft continuing windows 10 upgrade for assistive tech users after July 2016, please go to this articcle from blind bargains called: After Closing the Free Upgrade to Windows 10 for Mainstream Users, Microsoft Delivers on Promise to AT Users which was posted on August 2, 2016. Also, on the 4th of August, the same source posted You, too can Live on the Edge With the Anniversary Update to Windows 10 where it has a link to a spot where you can learn if things you can do would need work arounds or other information to get tasks done.

I would like to hear from you, if you’ve read things confirming or denying this recent news which has been going around for years. We all need to be informed as to what is up so we can decide at that time whether to jump windows ship, or whether we should give this a try and see what Microsoft has up its sleve.

To contact me, you may roger me at jaredrimer or you may go to my main web site for other contact information. Thanks for reading!

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eInside ‘The Attack That Almost Broke the Internet’

Hi folks,

I read this article in August entitled Inside ‘The Attack That Almost Broke the Internet’ and it was a long read. It has chat logs from actors who organized and planned the largest attack which could have had implecations if it crippled the internet. There is some strong language in here, and Brian did a great job. With my RSS reader, it took over an hour to read this article, but it was interesting how this type of thing went down. One of the actors is still at large, the other, denying any involvement in the attack.

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Kimpton Hotels Acknowledges Data Breach

Today, Brian posts about Kimpton Hotels Acknowledges Data Breach which is unfortunate. This is ongoing, and as linked, now part of the numerous breaches of hotel chains and other agencies. I’m curious if these systems that have been breached can be patched like other systems like Windows. I’m also curious on how this type of system works. I’ve not posted much lately, one I wanted to publish about, but the article was quite long but interesting. I think this one is a read, so I’ll leave it here.

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The apple event

There is an apple event next week, and here is apple vis’s post about the event with links to the apple stream and other information that might be of interest. I hope this finds some interest for some.

On a side note, The Mix will host a stream of the event on our team talk server for those who have it. Get info on the server on our site. Enjoy!

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