Email Issues

If you have sent email to my bear-at-bussjaeger-dot-us address and haven’t gotten a reply, it’s because I didn’t receive it. It seems the hosting company I was using is somewhat less than competent.

I’ve moved to another provider. You can resend to bear-at-bussjaeger-dot-us and I should get it, or you can contact me at carl-at-bussjaeger-dot-org.

For the record, you don’t want to host with They used to be pretty good, but something changed recently, very much for the worse.

Win7/8: You will be assimilated, mother-effer

I should have followed this link before the last post.

Windows 7, 8.1 moving to Windows 10’s cumulative update model
October 2016’s Patch Tuesday will see the release of the first Monthly Rollup for Windows 7 and 8.1. This will be a single package delivering all of the security and reliability improvements released that month. Patch Tuesday will be delivered through Windows Update (WU), Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), and System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). Subsequent months will have new Monthly Rollups, and these will be cumulative, incorporatin

Basically, this would end the endless cycle of update-install-wait-wait-reboot-rinse-repeat of multiple updates. Sounds really convenient, eh?

Not so much.

What Microsoft won’t be doing after October, however, is shipping the individual hotfixes any more. Fixes will only be available through the Monthly Rollup or security-only update. This means that the ability to pick and choose individual fixes to apply will be removed; they’ll be distributed and deployed as a singular all-or-nothing proposition. (emphasis added)

There’s a known buggy update you don’t want to break your specific legacy app? Tough shit.

You don’t want the Win10 “upgrade” installer? So sorry.

Another “security” update broke font rendering? Again. Typical users are going to have fun disabling those.

Linux, Linux, Linux, Linux. Free. Easy to install and use. With Wine, you may be able to keep using legacy Win programs. My issue there is a lack of CMYK graphics support, and that the larger graphic files (@200MB for a single file) bog down in Wine/Mint. Sanely sized files that don’t need CMYK get done in Mint. Some of my favorite Windows apps have virtually identical native Linux versions, so that’s an easy switch. Usually, installing a new program in Mint is easier than it was in Windows.

Win10 S&M Pro Edition

Seriously, either nail down Win7 (for those who need legacy stuff that won’t play well in Wine), or install Linux already.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update breaks most webcams
The Windows 10 Anniversary Update, aka version 1607, has been found to leave many webcams inoperable. The update prevents the use of webcams in applications such as Skype and Open Broadcaster Software (OBS), along with all manner of custom CCTV programs. Extremely popular hardware, such as Logitech’s C920 and C930e cameras, in conjunction even with Microsoft’s own Skype, will fail to properly broadcast video.

Yeah, MicroShaft-you is big, but why hasn’t someone sued them into oblivion with a class action suit? Or for the Win10 HIPAA violations?

Microsoft: Screwing up since Day 1

You know how those technologically-ignorant idiots in DC think we need to backdoor encryption for the children, to stop terrorists and speeding drivers?

This is one of the many reasons we’ve been telling them that it’s a truly bad idea.

Bungling Microsoft singlehandedly proves that golden backdoor keys are a terrible idea
Redmond races to revoke Secure Boot policy
Microsoft leaked the golden keys that unlock Windows-powered tablets, phones and other devices sealed by Secure Boot – and is now scrambling to undo the blunder.

These skeleton keys can be used to install non-Redmond operating systems on locked-down computers. In other words, on devices that do not allow you to disable Secure Boot even if you have administrator rights – such as ARM-based Windows RT tablets – it is now possible to sidestep this block and run, say, GNU/Linux or Android.

What’s more, it is believed it will be impossible for Microsoft to fully revoke the leaked keys.

For the record, I can confirm that Linux Mint 18 installs just as easily as 17.1 and 17.3, and works very nicely. True, this particular clusterfuck seems to affect mobile devices that Mint won’t help with, but it will start weaning you from the idiots at MSFT.

Seriously. Who has trusted MicroCeph since the _NSAKEY fiasco of ’99? What; you believed them?

I’ve said before that he’s just gaming you

Trump endorses Paul Ryan, John McCain
Donald Trump endorsed House Speaker Paul Ryan and Arizona Sen. John McCain on Friday, moving to mend an intra-party rift that has put the Republican presidential nominee at odds with its highest-ranking elected official.

Go back and look at pictures of the Orange-atan’s stunned face when he won the Iowa caucuses. He never meant to make a serious run. It’s an attention-grabbing game. He’s supposedly the anti-establishment candidate appealing to those tired of the GOP-endorsed RINOs. Ill-informed people supported him because he isn’t Ryan or McCain.

So he slaps them in the face by endorsing those very anti-freedom scumbags. Almost as if he were a Democrat mole who’s now been activated to subvert the Republican run.

Enjoy your coming Clinton administration.