3 Facts about Windows 9; oops, I mean Windows 10

Microsoft Windows 10 is in the hizzous

This morning in San Francisco, Microsoft hosted an exclusive invitation-only event to 50 lucky journalists who would be the first to see its new inchoate operating system.

Terry Myerson, EVP of Operating Systems, started the show with gusto.  He stepped out on the stage and said:

What should the name of the new Windows be?  It wouldn’t be right to call it Window 9.  Windows One?  But unfortunately, Windows One has been done.  The new Windows is Windows 10.

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Multitasking with Virtual Desktops in Windows 8.1

Fun with Virtual Desktops

Virtual desktops are pretty cool because they let you use multiple desktops on one physical computer.

You can have one desktop dedicated to productivity.  Perhaps you have Outlook and Microsoft Excel running there.  On another desktop, you can have your web apps open.  Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.  And maybe on another desktop you’re playing games such as Minecraft.  The point is that each desktop is a completely distinct desktop (a new explorer.exe process) so you can customize the taskbar, change the wallpaper and all that good stuff without affecting the other desktops.

Using Virtual Desktops is a great way to organize your world especially if you find yourself constantly switching between various disparate tasks.

Let’s jump in.

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Explaining the Shell Shock bug to a seven year old

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The National Vulnerability Database rates the Shell Shock bug a 10 out of 10 in three categories:

  • Base
  • Impact
  • Exploitability

But this isn’t Dancing with the Stars, and in this case, a 10 is a bad thing; in fact – an egregious thing that actually represents the highest severity according to the DHS National Cyber Security Division.

In this guide, I’m going to synthesize this often confusing bug down to its essence and try to make it so easy to understand that a seven year can grasp it.

Here we go!

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Is the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter enough?

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Last summer, Google marveled the world with Chromecast.

It was a breakthrough at the time because for a mere $35 bucks you could plug a USB-drive-sized device into the HDMI port on your TV and then stream media from your mobile gadgets to your TV.

In today’s post I’ll introduce you to Microsoft’s latest spin on Google’s Chromecast and then I’ll close with my thoughts on the matter.

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This is what happened when I intentionally infected myself with Malware.

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Here’s my story of what happened when I intentionally infected myself with malware.  I did this because I wanted to see if the default controls on my system were sufficient in protecting me from a recent threat.  I think this goes without saying, but do not attempt to do what I’m about to do on your computer.

I purposely didn’t install any antivirus programs and disabled every security restraint I encountered.  I setup a plain-vanilla Windows 8.1 machine and attempted to download and execute a malicious file.

Over the next few paragraphs you’ll see how that didn’t quite go the way I planned

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