The rapid spread of CryptoLocker, an example of a malware category known as ransomware, is upping the stakes in the cyber security wars. I think it is a game changer.
Ransomware is malware that steals your data by encrypting it, and then demands a ransom to decrypt it. The latest breed of ransomware uses strong
…continue reading Ransomware like CryptoLocker is a game changer in the malware wars – and not in a good way
Today has been tumultuous for BlackBerry. Investment company Fairfax Financial, BlackBerry’s biggest shareholder, was intending to buy the company for US $4.7bn, but that deal fell through, apparently because of failure to attract other investors to what seemed a risky endeavour. Instead, Fairfax and other investors will invest US $1bn of new money into BlackBerry.
…continue reading As BlackBerry stumbles, there are now three mobile platforms that matter
I have two servers running Hyper-V, which I have just upgraded to Hyper-V Server 2012 R2.
I thought it was time to test live migration. I have a VM which runs ISA server 2004. It is connected to two virtual switches, one for the internal network, and one for the external network. Both servers have
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Microsoft delivered record revenue of $18.53 billion in the quarter ended September 30th 2013 – which might come as a surprise if you have been focusing on the companies failings in tablets and smartphones versus Apple and Android, the steep decline in PC sales, and its small market share in search versus Google, but less
…continue reading Microsoft proves resilience with bumper quarter, but is not yet a devices and services business
I have a couple of servers running Hyper-V Server, the free version of Microsoft’s hypervisor.
Hyper-V Server R2 is now available with some nice improvements. I tried an in-place upgrade. You do this by running setup from within a running instance of the server. This did not work when going from 2008 to 2012, but
…continue reading Upgrading Hyper-V Server 2012 to 2012 R2: minor hassles
Microsoft released Visual Studio 2013 yesterday:
VS 2013 can be installed side by side with previous versions of Visual Studio or, if you have a VS 2013 pre-release, it can be installed straight over top of the pre-release.
I installed over the top of the pre-release and I’m happy to say that this
…continue reading Visual Studio 2013 is released. What’s new?
Windows 8.1 is now released and you can upgrade for free from Windows 8.0.
What is significant about Windows 8.1? This is something I have thought long and hard about. The problem with reviewing Windows 8/8.1 is all to do with its dual personality. You can review the details of the tablet or Metro
…continue reading Windows 8.1: now good enough that it is ready for general use
The iPhone, or maybe the iPod, was the beginning of the era of usability. Make something nice to use, reasoned Apple, and users will come flocking.
After the iPhone came the iPad; and then Android which while lacking the polish of iOS, mostly has the same characteristics of appliance rather than computer in its user
…continue reading Usability: Microsoft’s big weakness
A key part of Microsoft’s strategy for supporting tablets and smartphones in the enterprise is Workplace Join, which lets devices register with Active Directory:
When you join your personal device to your workplace, it becomes a known device and will provide seamless second factor authentication and single-sign-on to workplace resources and applications. When a device
…continue reading Getting up and running with Workplace Join
Adobe has reported a major security breach. According to the FAQ:
Our investigation currently indicates that the attackers accessed Adobe customer IDs and encrypted passwords on our systems. We also believe the attackers removed from our systems certain information relating to 2.9 million Adobe customers, including customer names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration
…continue reading Adobe’s security calamity: 2.9 million customer account details accessed