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It’s Microsoft Patch Tuesday: October 2013

This month marks the tenth anniversary of Patch Tuesday. It doesn’t really seem like it’s been that long. It feels like only yesterday I was a network admin scrambling at the drop of a hat when Microsoft would release a critical security update without warning. It’s hard to imagine that chaos now, as we’ve grown accustomed to our monthly barrage ... Read More »

A look at some Microsoft Windows 8.1 highlights

As of October 17, 2013, Microsoft Windows 8.1 is available as a downloadable update for Windows 8 users. The retail box version of the operating system hit the market on October 18, 2013. For those of us using Windows 8, the new features and subtle changes of 8.1 are very welcome. I can say unequivocally, if you have a computer ... Read More »

It’s Microsoft Patch Tuesday: November 2013

Microsoft released eight new security bulletins for the November Patch Tuesday, bringing the total for 2013 to 95 security bulletins so far. With only three Critical, and five Important security bulletins, it’s a generally light month for IT admins. The two highest priorities are MS13-088 – the Cumulative Update for Internet Explorer, and MS13-090 – a Cumulative Security Update for ... Read More »

The success of Linux doesn’t rely on Microsoft’s garbage

With Windows XP about to finally meet its demise, many users are espousing its replacement with Linux. It makes perfect sense, because there will be millions of machines out there that are no longer supported by Microsoft. Those millions of machines can either add to our already insurmountable garbage problem, or they can continue to be used, sans updates. Microsoft ... Read More »

It’s Microsoft Patch Tuesday: December 2013

By Alan Shimel Editor’s note: Alan Shimel is filling in for Tony Bradley this month. Microsoft released eleven new security bulletins for the December Patch Tuesday, closing out 2013 with 106 security bulletins. While that tops last year’s total of 83, it is roughly in line with 2010 (106) and 2011’s (100) numbers. The eleven bulletins for the month continues ... Read More »

Microsoft Enterprise Library helps .NET developers be more productive

I was introduced to the Microsoft Application Blocks around the time of .NET version 1.1 with the data application block. It does the heavy lifting for you, with all code written according to Microsoft .NET recommendations, and it greatly simplifies interacting with data backend (SQL Server in my case). Since its inception, it has evolved into the Microsoft Enterprise Library, ... Read More »

A look at some Microsoft Windows 8.1 highlights

As of October 17, 2013, Microsoft Windows 8.1 is available as a downloadable update for Windows 8 users. The retail box version of the operating system hit the market on October 18, 2013. For those of us using Windows 8, the new features and subtle changes of 8.1 are very welcome. I can say unequivocally, if you have a computer ... Read More »

Log Parser Studio provides a great interface to Microsoft Log Parser

A recent call from a client revealed worrisome activity on their ecommerce site. The problem was ultimately traced to a vindictive former employee, but we spent quite a few hours investigating the situation, with the web server logs being the biggest help during this time (you can never have too many logs). These log files contain lots of valuable information, ... Read More »

Quick Tip: Change Microsoft live to a local account in Windows 8.1

When I wrote Quick Tip: Change to a local account in Windows 8.1, I was concentrating on the problem presented during the free upgrade process from Windows 8 to 8.1 where you seemingly had no choice but to choose the Microsoft account login option. In my scenario, I was starting Windows 8.1 from scratch and did not have any pre-existing ... Read More »

Visual Studio 2013: A first look at Microsoft’s sleek new IDE

Visual Studio 2013 was a hot topic at Microsoft’s TechEd conference earlier this year, but we had to wait until this month to get the final product. A new version of Microsoft’s flagship IDE is a little irritating, as I just got fully comfortable with Visual Studio 2012. I finally got a copy of Visual Studio 2013 and took it ... Read More »