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Windows 10 – v1809 released again with improved stability



Microsoft on Tuesday rereleased the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809), as well as Windows Server 2019 and its Windows Server-as-a-service cousins.

The new feature updates originally had been released on Oct. 2. Microsoft had described this Windows 10 version 1809 release the latest “semiannual targeted channel” version for Windows Update for Business users. However, Microsoft later that week blocked the arrival of bits to individuals and organizations, along with the bits of Windows 10 IoT version 1809, after some users had reported data loss problems.

In terms of Windows 10 version 1809 features, Microsoft is highlighting the dark mode in File Explorer. It also added zoom, text wrapping, Bing search, and find and replace capabilities to Notepad. The clipboard in Windows 10 version 1809 also now permits users to check the clipboard’s history, including copied images. There’s also a keyboard shortcut available in version 1809 that launches the new Snip and Sketch application for capturing and editing screenshots, according to a description in a Microsoft developer blog post.

Morris Worm – 30th anniversary of 1st major Internet attack

The Internet started as a highly trusted & unprotected environment.  And as more of a “prank” the Morris worm was launched & replicated in a fairly harmless manner compared with today’s malware attacks.  Still, even the Morris worm created denial of service & overloaded some systems to where some harm was done.  It soon was realized that exposing resources publicly will draw the “bad guys” in so that defense software would soon be needed.  Please see article below from FBI for more details:

The Morris Worm — 30 Years Since First Major Attack on the Internet — At around 8:30 p.m. on November 2, 1988, a maliciously clever program was unleashed on the Internet from a computer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

This cyber worm was soon propagating at remarkable speed and grinding computers to a halt. “We are currently under attack,” wrote a concerned student at the University of California, Berkeley in an email later that night. Within 24 hours, an estimated 6,000 of the approximately 60,000 computers that were then connected to the Internet had been hit. Computer worms, unlike viruses, do not need a software host but can exist and propagate on their own.

Berkeley was far from the only victim. The rogue program had infected systems at a number of the prestigious colleges and public and private research centers that made up the early national electronic network. This was a year before the invention of the World Wide Web. Among the many casualties were Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, NASA, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

The worm only targeted computers running a specific version of the Unix operating system, but it spread widely because it featured multiple vectors of attack. For example, it exploited a backdoor in the Internet’s electronic mail system and a bug in the “finger” program that identified network users. It was also designed to stay hidden.

The worm did not damage or destroy files, but it still packed a punch. Vital military and university functions slowed to a crawl. Emails were delayed for days. The network community labored to figure out how the worm worked and how to remove it. Some institutions wiped their systems; others disconnected their computers from the network for as long as a week. The exact damages were difficult to quantify, but estimates started at $100,000 and soared into the millions.

SQL Server 2019 – Azure SQL Improvements

Microsoft announced some SQL Server improvements at the PASS Summit event for database administrators and developers

Highlights include migration support to Azure SQL Database, Apache Kafka Support on Azure Event Hubs, Azure SQL Data Warehouse improvements and yet another preview of the coming SQL Server 2019 product.

SQL Server 2019 CTP 2.1 — SQL Server 2019 is still at the preview stage, although it’s now reached Community Technology Preview (CTP) 2.1, according to Rohan Kumar, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for Azure Data, in the announcement. Microsoft is touting built-in support for Apache Spark and the Hadoop Distributed File System in the coming SQL Server 2019 product.

The latest preview of SQL Server 2019, namely CTP 2.1, adds support for deploying Python- and R-based applications on clusters. It brings the ability to place a “buffer pool in persistent memory,” which is thought to speed up I/O operations. There’s also improved diagnostics for troubleshooting long-running queries that have gotten blocked, among other perks. Another feature that will be coming to SQL Server 2019 in a future preview release will be a new “Accelerated Data Recovery” feature, Kumar noted.


Microsoft SQL Server 2014 – Service Pack 3 release

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 3 (SP3) has been recently released & details can be found in links below

Microsoft onWednesday announcedthe release of SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 3 (SP3).   SP3 brings new capabilities to Microsoft’s relational database management system. It adds “performance, scalability and diagnostics” improvements, according to Microsoft’s announcement. The new service pack is arriving about two years after the release of SP2, per Microsoft’s lifecycle page.

SP3 is a “cumulative update,” which means that it’ll upgrade “all editions and service levels of SQL Server 2014 to SQL Server 2014 SP3,” Microsoft’s support article explained. SP3 contains all past SQL Server 2014 hotfixes, as well.

Microsoft’s announcement described a number of improvements brought by SP3. It’s a long list, but here’s the short version:

  • An improved distribution database cleanup procedure.
  • Improved performance for “change tracking cleanup.”
  • Improved query handling based on CPU thresholds.
  • T-SQL syntax support for loading tables other than the “default filegroup.”
  • Backup performance improvements for small to medium databases on large-memory machines.
  • Database restore improvements for compressed “4K-sector volumes.”

Amazon – Fire TV Stick 4K review

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is highly advanced & had positive review in following evaluation

The Fire TV Stick 4K is the media streamer that Amazon should have released years ago.

Cooler than a Roku and much cheaper than an Apple TV, the new $50 streaming dongle offers 4K HDR video in every conceivable format while outperforming Amazon’s more expensive Fire TV Cube ($120) and third-generation Fire TV ($70, now discontinued). It also corrects the stupidest mistake of previous Fire TV models by including TV volume and power controls on its remote control. Factor in powerful Alexa voice commands and you have a compelling 4K HDR streamer at any price, let alone the lowest price on the market.

The Fire TV Stick 4K won’t be for everyone. It remains, as always, optimized for Amazon Prime subscribers, and its interface, while interesting, remains bloated with promotional material and redundancies. It’s also a non-starter for YouTube TV subscribers—currently our favorite live TV streaming service—as Amazon and Google avoid supporting one another’s TV platforms. But if those issues aren’t dealbreakers, you’ll find a surprising number of things to love about this budget streamer.

AMAZON – 21 TIPs for improved e-commerce experience

Safety plus best e-commerce practices must always factor in as well.

All are here for one reason and one reason alone: to help you get the absolute best out of your shopping experience. Whether that’s better prices, faster shipping (even without drones), or abundant purchasing options, we’ve got them. If we missed your favorite, share it in the comments so everyone can benefit.

Apple – iPad Pro 2018 hands-on review OCT-2018

Below are video links for the recent Apple product launch:

Apple – New Products OCT-2018

Below are video links for the recent Apple product launch:

Red Hat – Linux 7.6e adds TPM 2.0 security

Red Hat has announced Linux 7.6 enterprise, which adds advanced TPM 2.0 security support

The new release of Red Hat’s flagship Linux platform adds TPM 2.0 support for security authentication, as well as integrating the open source nftables firewall technology effort.

A day after announcing a $34 billion deal with IBM, it’s business as usual at Linux vendor Red Hat.  Red Hat announced the general availability of its flagship Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.6 release on Oct. 30, providing organizations with improved security, management and container features.  Among the enhanced features is support for the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 specification for security authentication.

“TPM 2.0 support has been added incrementally over recent releases of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, as the technology has matured,” Steve Almy, principal product manager, Red Hat Enterprise Linux at Red Hat, told eWEEK. “The TPM 2.0 integration in 7.6 provides an additional level of security by tying the hands-off decryption to server hardware in addition to the network bound disk encryption (NBDE) capability, which operates across the hybrid cloud footprint from on-premise servers to public cloud deployments.”

IBM – purchases Red Hat OCT-2018

IBM has purchased Red Hat which specializes in corporate Linux, JBOSS Java enterprise development platform, etc.

IBM is buying Red Hat in $34 billion Bid to Rule the Hybrid Cloud

For the past decade, IBM has been trying to transition its aging on-premises operations and grab a slice of the cloud pie. While their efforts have been mostly without large-scale success, there have been a few bright spots during the past decade.

That being said, the company does still build servers and its Watson solution has become the public face of the company. But, the company is about to make a massive change as it has announced that it will be buying Redhat for $34 billion

IBM is buying Redhat for $190 per share and is pending regulatory approval.  This is a significant change for IBM and if their acquisition is successful, will help IBM offer a significantly wider range of software and services to its portfolio. In addition, Red Hat has a number of high-value partnerships with companies like Microsoft that should help IBM expand its footprint.