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Clippy is back (just in time for the Holidays)

For those too young to know about Clippy (Office Assistant) from Microsoft Office ’97 here’s a brief history. As an annual holiday tradition, Microsoft Corporation 252,75 +4,94 +1,99% features an ‘ugly sweater’ for sale and this year’s features Clippy. Microsoft’s now-yearly tradition of releasing ugly sweaters with retro Windows patterns printed on them. Two years ago, the patterns were MS Paint- and Windows logo-themed. Last year’s pattern paid homage to Windows 3.1-era Minesweeper. And this year’s brings back an old frenemy: Clippy. The Clippy sweater is available in sizes small through 3XL and costs $75 no matter what size you get. That’s a bit on the…

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Weekly Round-up: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Today is Sunday, November 13th: time for the weekly roundup of the good, the bad and the ugly tech news of the week! The Good In a rare instance Microsoft has made it into ‘The Good’ category this week. Microsoft’s newly released tablet computer, Surface 9 Pro has been found to be much easier to repair than previous models. Furthermore, Microsoft is providing repair manuals and expect to have a large availability of parts on the market in the first half of 2023. The Bad Most people are not aware Flash is dead (replaced by HTML 5) and Adobe Flash…

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Microsoft will make Surface 9 Pro Parts Available to Consumers in 2023

Late last month Microsoft Corporation 252,75 +4,94 +1,99% release the next generation of their tablet computer. The Surface Pro 9 release on October 25, 2022, has been re-designed to make it easier for consumers to repair (instead of having to replace) the device. Microsoft will also make more parts available for purchase by consumers and repairs shops during the first half of 2023. That improved stance is reflected in the company’s latest designs. Microsoft says repairability [sic] was a “major focus” in the Surface Pro 9’s construction, and iFixit has confirmed as much in its independently run teardown of the…

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Windows 11 To Get Task Manager Process Filtering

Sometime in the near future Windows 11 users will be able to Filter for processes within the Windows Task Manager. Currently this feature is being tested on the Windows 11 Insider builds and no word yet when it will roll out to all Windows 11 users. “This is a helpful feature if you want to single out a process or a group of processes and want to take action or just monitor the performance of the filtered processes.” While there is some lag to the input and the text field needs to be a bit bigger, from BleepingComputer’s tests, the…

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Gmail No Longer Allowing Users to use old Layout

First off, while I have several personal and one educational Gmail account, I was not aware Google Inc. 108,80 +7,37 +7,27% had made changes to the interface. I manage all my Gmail accounts via Mozilla Thunderbird email client (which ironically I also use to manage my Google Calendar). I might actually access the web interface maybe once or twice a year if I need to access one of the Gmail accounts on my laptop (not sure why I don’t have Thunderbird installed on that machine). When the new interface was rolled out earlier this year, users could go back to…

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Patch Tuesday: Windows 11 KB5019961 & KB5019980

Today is the second Tuesday of November, better known as Patch Tuesday. Today, Microsoft Corporation 252,75 +4,94 +1,99% has released KB5019961 (21H2) and KB5019980 (22H2) for Window 11. These are mandatory updates. Windows 11 KB5019980 and KB5019961 cumulative updates for versions 22H2 and 21H2 to fix security vulnerabilities and resolve thirty-one bugs and performance issues. The Windows 11 cumulative updates include 31 improvements and fixes, with the highlighted fixes listed below: New! It enhances search visual treatments on the taskbar to improve discoverability. This is available to a small audience initially and deploys more broadly in the months that follow. Some devices might…

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Patch Tuesday: Windows 10 KB5019959

Today is the second Tuesday of November, better known as Patch Tuesday. Today, Microsoft Corporation 252,75 +4,94 +1,99% has released KB5019959 for Window 10 (builds 20H2, 21H1, 21H2 and 22H2). With the KB5019959 update, Microsoft has made a total of nineteen bug fixes or improvements, with the eight highlighted changes listed below: It addresses an issue that causes an OS upgrade to stop responding, and then it fails. It addresses an issue that affects the font of three Chinese characters. When you format these characters as bold, the width size is wrong. It addresses an issue that affects Microsoft Direct3D 9 games….

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Beware installing Extensions outside of Chrome Web Store

A new malicious Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge browser botnet named ‘Cloud9’ is infecting systems across the world. Users are unknowingly installing this botnet via malicious extensions downloaded from outside the Chrome Web Store. More commonly, users are blinding installing an update to Adobe Flash Player via malicious and faske pop-up when visiting certain none-reputable sites. A reminder, In case you were not aware Adobe ended support for Flash Player nearly 2-years ago on December 30, 2020.  Also, Google Chrome had its own built-in Flash Player support which did not require the user to install any plugins. The malicious Chrome…

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Reminder: Windows 10 21H1 Support Ending Next Month

We mentioned this around last month’s Patch Tuesday, but we mention it again: Microsoft Corporation 252,75 +4,94 +1,99% will  “End of Service’  Windows 10 21H1 (May 2021 update) on December’s Patch Tuesday (December 13th). This means December will be the last time Microsoft will offer updates for the Window 10 21H1 build. This does not mean support for Windows 10 is ending or you need to install Windows 11 to continue getting updates. You may continue to use Windows 10 and get updates through October 2025. All you need to do is install the update for the latest Windows 10…

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Microsoft Testing Ads on Windows 11 Sign-out Menu

As if the Windows Search taskbar tip flyouts were not bad enough, Microsoft is reportedly testing advertising their own products/service via the Windows 11 Sign-out menu. Again this appears to be targeted to select groups of people who have the Windows Insiders Builds for Windows 11 installed. Microsoft sign-out ads (Albacore) I have on occasion while visiting Bing while using Chrome have gotten ‘an ad’ from Microsoft to use Microsoft Edge. To be honest this wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be when I saw the article come across my feed. There ‘ads’ are very subtle and blend…

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