December 2022

Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas! Taking a break from regular posting due to holidays and not much news right now. There may be some light posting over the remainder of the year if anything newsworthy comes up this coming week. We expect to resume regular posting after the 1st of the year.

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Twitter Has Laid Off More Employees

Just when the remaining Twitter employees thought the worse was over, Chief Twit has let more employees go. This past Friday (December 16th) evening an unknown  number (since Twitter doesn’t have a communications department anymore) of employees in the infrastructure division were laid off via email.  The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Musk had laid off Nelson Abramson, Twitter’s head of infrastructure. And that was my last day at Twitter. Laid off by email. The experience has been indescribable from chaos to hilarious. — Dave Beckett (@dajobe) December 17, 2022 Twitter did not immediately respond to Engadget’s comment request….

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Twitter Uses Have Voted: Musk Should Go

Twitter users, 17.5 million of them have voted in a 12-hour poll Musk posted on Sunday afternoon. Almost 58% want Musk to step down as CEO. There has been no word this morning from Musk in regards to this poll. However, he did tweet a ‘warning’ shortly after posting the poll (which was already overwhelming ‘Yes’) about what would happen if he goes. Should I step down as head of Twitter? I will abide by the results of this poll. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 18, 2022 It remains to be seen if (and how, and when) Musk will abide…

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Musk: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Chief Twit has posted his latest poll question and it is about his future at Twutter. Voting is still open for a few hours and we shall see if he really “abide by the results of this poll”.   Should I step down as head of Twitter? I will abide by the results of this poll. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 18, 2022

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New Twitter Rule: No Linking to Competing Platforms and more…

Chief Twit has implemented yet another new policy today for Twitter: No “free promotion” of competing social media websites. That is users may no longer link to Facebook, Mastodon, Instagram. and other social media sites. Advertisers (since their promotions are not “free”) can continue linking to said competition platforms. Moving forward, Twitter says it will remove links to Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, Tribel, Post, Nostr and Donald Trump’s Truth Social from accounts whose “main purpose” is to promote content on those platforms. As a result of the policy, users can no longer use their Twitter bio to link to their other social media profiles,…

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RIP Internet Explorer (August 24, 1995-Febraury 14, 2023)

Microsoft Corporation 252,75 +4,94 +1,99% will be putting the final nail in Internet Explorer’s coffin this coming February via a Microsoft Edge (NOT a Windows) update. This will disable Internet Explorer 11 desktop browser on most Windows 10 devices. IE11 was the final version of Internet Explorer initially released with Windows 8.1 in October 2013 and Windows 7 in November 2013. Microsoft introduced their Chromium based browser Microsoft Edge in April 2015 with Windows 10 and Xbox One. “The out-of-support Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) desktop application is scheduled to be permanently disabled on certain versions of Windows 10 devices on February 14,…

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Twitter is Withholding Payments and Severance

Earlier this week came news Chief Twit may try to deny paying severance to thousands of laid off employees which would be a blatant violation of labor laws.. From the moment Elon Musk began layoffs at Twitter, former employees immediately started suing. In a matter of weeks, Twitter was hit with multiple class-action lawsuits, with employees alleging that Twitter violated laws by denying proper severance and discriminating against women and staff with disabilities or on family or medical leave. These class actions didn’t seem to faze Musk, though, as he continued with staff cuts without delivering promised severance to many. Instead of paying ex-employees, he…

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Musk suspends NYT and WaPo reporters from Twitter

More fall-out from Chief Twit’s ban frenzy from Wednesday and Thursday. Reporters from The New York Times, Washington Post and CNN have had their Twitter accounts suspended. While Twitter has provided no official explanation other than Chief Twit claiming they were Doxxing him by publishing real-time location information about him. However, it seems mentioning (and worse yet linking to their Facebook or Mastodon account) the now suspended @ElonJet account. “I have no idea what rules I purportedly broke. I haven’t heard anything from Twitter at all,” journalist Aaron Rupar wrote on his Substack. He later added an update, writing that “it…

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Most Windows 11 22H2 Update Holds Removed

While there are still some known issues with the Windows 11 22H2 update, most of the ‘safeguards’ have been removed. The latest safeguard Microsoft Corporation 252,75 +4,94 +1,99% has removed was manly impacting gamers using NVIDIA GeForce GPUs. This issue was resolved with KB5020044 (December Preview Update) which also fixed slow network file copying, but did cause display issues with the task manager for some users (which has now been resolved). The safeguard was removed on December 14th. “This issue was resolved in KB5020044 and the safeguard hold has been removed as of December 14, 2022,” Microsoft said on the Windows Health…

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Windows 11 22H2 Task Manager Visibility Issues Resolved

The December 2022 Preview Update for Windows 11 patch (KB5020044) had caused visibility issues with the Windows task manger for users who were not using the “light” or “dark” but rather “custom” color theme. Microsoft Corporation 252,75 +4,94 +1,99% has fixed this issue with this month’s patch (KB5021255) released on Patch Tuesday. No word yet however, what this update might have broken (just kidding…I hope). “This update addresses a known issue that might affect Task Manager. It might display certain elements in the user interface (UI) in unexpected colors. Some parts of the UI might not be readable,” Microsoft explained. “This…

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