WINDOWS 10 – Product Announcement link

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Below is the public announcement thread, highlighting major features for Windows 10 http://live.theverge.com/microsoft-windows-9-event-live-blog/# http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/30/6868695/microsoft-windows-10-announced-official http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/30/6868899/windows-10-availability-technical-preview-tomorrow   The next major version of Windows, Windows 10, will be available late next year. The new operating system is being unveiled today at an event in San Francisco, where Microsoft announced its name and began detailing new features, including the […]

LINUX/UNIX Admins – PATCH AGAIN as new BASH Shellshock exploits are emerging

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While these brand new vulnerabilities have emerged, they appear to be less “exploitable” from directly tailored environment variables than the original BASH Shellshock exploit.  Still, there is a need for open source administrators to be vigilant and in a “patch now” mode as further developments warrant     http://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities—threats/new-bash-bugs-surface/d/d-id/1316161 QUOTE: If you patched your Linux-based systems before […]

Leadership – Inspiring project team with Vision

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John Maxwell’s Leadership blog has excellent advice that is applicable for IT projects http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/give-your-dream-a-team QUOTE: If you’re dreaming big, then the size of your vision will surpass your present abilities. Not only that, but your dream will even dwarf your potential abilities. No matter how much you grow and develop, you won’t ever be able […]

Windows 8.1 Credential Manager – how to access and use

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An informative article regarding Windows 8.1 Credential Manager from Tech Republic http://www.techrepublic.com/article/working-with-windows-8-1s-credential-manager/   Whenever you respond to a prompt that essentially asks if you want Windows or Internet Explorer to remember your password, the operating system will then store your user credentials in an encrypted file scheme known as the Windows Vault. Having your credentials […]

Apple iPhone 6 – over 60 pounds of force to bend

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Interesting tests by Consumer Reports that document new iPhone 6 casing holds up with other similar smartphones. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2469381,00.asp QUOTE: Apple’s iPhone 6 required less force to ruin than Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus, but more force than what Apple itself has been claiming the iPhones can tolerate. According to those who attended a recent press tour […]

Hacked Account – Recovery tips for home users SEP2014

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Kim Komando shares 5 page guides to recover stolen email or other accounts.  The key links to recovery resources for Facebook and other sites are helpful resources for home users http://www.komando.com/tips/11269/easily-recover-a-hacked-account   Unlike other online accounts, I wouldn’t use online forms to try to get back a hacked bank account. Call the bank or visit […]

Linux and Unix – PATCH NOW for Bash Shellshock vulnerability

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Informative links below from Internet Storm Center (Webcast, FAQ, and Patch NIX now) https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Webcast+Briefing+Bash+Code+Injection+Vulnerability/18709 https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Update+on+CVE-2014-6271+Vulnerability+in+bash+shellshock+/18707 https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Attention+NIX+admins+time+to+patch/18703    The good news is that it’s an easy fix:  Debian (Ubuntu, etc.): apt-get upgrade bash …. RHEL (Fedora, CentOS, etc.): yum update bash

Apple iOS 8 Upgrade – Eight best practices

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This PC Magazine security article shares 8 best practices to ensure a safe update of the new Apple iOS 8 operating system http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/mobile-security/327506-8-security-tips-for-a-safe-ios-8-upgrade QUOTE: Apple’s iOS 8 is here. If you’ve got an iPhone, you’re probably champing at the bit to download Apple’s latest and greatest OS. Or perhaps you’ve already pre-ordered an iPhone 6 […]

Windows 9 – Preview Announcement set for September 30th

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Several articles note that new attributes of the new operating system will be previewed on September 30, 2014 http://www.computerworld.com/article/2683914/microsoft-sets-windows-9-reveal-for-sept-30.html QUOTE:  Microsoft issued invitations on Monday for a Sept. 30 event where it will unveil the next version of Windows, according to multiple online reports.  The San Francisco press conference will introduce the next iteration of […]

Leadership – Key Question to ask during fact gathering

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From the excellent Leadership blog by John Maxwell, the key question of “What Do You Think?” is examined http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/my-1-question-for-the-people-around-me QUOTE:  The simple act of asking the right questions of the right people can provide crucial information, offer clarity and help you make better decisions. That process begins with the questions you ask yourself. It continues […]


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