Articles by ElGuru

Understanding Extension Permission Requests

Those who have used Google Chrome are already familiar with permission requests when a browser extension is installed. However, this is a relatively new feature in Firefox, which was added with Firefox 57 released in Mid-November 2017. The Mozilla Add-ons Blog gives a very thorough explanation about extension permissions and even address the ‘scary’  Access your data for all websites permission.

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Microsoft Blames Latest Windows 10 PC Issues on AMD

With the recent panic around Meltdown and Spectre, Microsoft MSFT 99,76 +0,71 +0,72% was quick to release Security Updates to address these vulnerabilities. For many users with AMD AMD 15,50 +0,50 +3,33% powered computers running WIndows 10, they no longer have to worry about these vulnerabilities thanks to the forced security updates pushed out by Microsoft this past week. The bad news is for these users is their device is now an over-priced paperweight. The updates have caused these devices are now unbootable (BSOD on boot-up) Again since non-enterprise users can not stop these updates it is very much Microsoft’s fault…

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What Happen to ‘9’?

Is ‘9’ suddenly an unlucky number in the tech world? Microsoft released Windows 10 after Windows 8/8.1. Apple recently released the iPhone 8 and announced the forthcoming iPhone X. In the past couple days, has come word of Samsung announcing the successor of the Galaxy S8, the Galaxy X Folding Phone. Apple and Samsung both are skipping version ‘9’ of their flagship phones. So, what gives? Well, we have Microsoft to thank (or blame) for skipping 9. It was Microsoft that two years ago, started with releasing Windows 10. They even were the first one to represent ‘10’ with the…

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Google Android 8.0 Oreo has Arrived

Earlier this week Google released the next version of Android with 8.0 aka Oreo. If you have a Google Pixel phone you can get the update a lot sooner by registering your phone in their ‘Beta’ program. Samsung phones on the other hand it could be a good six-months or more (especially for those who recently took out a loan for the Galaxy Note 8 which will not be getting this update anytime soon).  Even the LG G5 (my current phone) and G6 will eventually get this update in the future. Pretty much any phone released in the last year…

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Intel to Announce 8th -Generation Coffee Lake Core®Processors

On Monday, August 21st Intel INTC 50,75 +1,28 +2,59% will officially announce the newest generation (8th) of Core® processors named Coffee Lake. Intel will livestream the event at 8:00 AM PDT via its Facebook page or the Intel newsroom. The new products are expected to have more cores than the current maximum of four in Intel’s mainstream processors, with some leaks pointing at three six-core processors, which could offer 50% more performance in multithreaded tasks compared to the current Core i7-7700K – the flagship mainstream processor. There are also rumors that Intel will be upping the core count of its Core i3 CPUs too, all of which…

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On this Day In 1977…

RadioShack introduced the TRS-80 personal computer during a press conference at the Warwick Hotel in New York. The TRS (Tandy RadioShack) boasted a QWERTY keyboard, 4K RAM, 8-Bit Zlog Processor and a 64 colum video monitor, Starting price was $600. Upgrades which could be purchased at any RadioShack store included, cassette tape drives, floppy drives in July 1978, up to 48K RAM. In 1983, 5 MB Hard Drives were introduced and users could connect up to a total of four external drives (floppy and/or hard drive). By Rama & Musée Bolo – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.0 fr, Link …Even…

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Old Computer Hardware = No More Windows 10 Support

Microsoft MSFT 99,76 +0,71 +0,72% has said in the past they would cut off support for Windows 7 and 8.1 for computers running the latest processors in 2016. These included  ‘Kaby Lake’ (Intel), ‘Bristol Ridge’ (AMD) and Qualcomm’s ‘8996’. There reasoning was these processors work better and were designed for Windows 10.  So what if you had upgraded (willing or unwilling) to Windows 10 with an older PC? There is a chance you could stop getting Windows 10 upgrades before the October 2020 date Microsoft had promised in the past. Speaking to PC World, Microsoft said that despite pledging Windows 10 feature updates until October…

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Following in the footsteps of Mozilla and Apple, Google is going to be removing all trust for WoSign and StartCom Certificates with Chrome 61 (current  version is 59) as well as Android browser. Mozilla has been very aggressive in enforcing their Mozilla’s CA Certificate Policy as was the case in April 2015 with the Firefox 37.0.1 release which Mozilla banned China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) issued Certificates. Once again another China based CA has ‘misbehaved’: About a year ago, Mozilla uncovered that a Chinese Certificate Authority (CA) called WoSign had a number of technical and management failures, which included…

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MIA Posts

So it appears there are still some posts that did not get carried over from the old Firefox Blog. I am discovering this as I am trying to search for content I thought I had posted. I still have the old blog on a private domain for just such an emergency. Over the next couple weeks I am going to start comparing for each month what is on the old Firefox Blog versus what is on the tech blog. I have recently transferred over posts from April 2015 as I was needing to reference a post during this time frame for…

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Paint (sort of) Going Away in Next Windows 10

Microsoft MSFT 99,76 +0,71 +0,72%  announced Monday, Paint is going to be deprecated application in the Fall Creators Update of Windows 10 slated for release later this year. Paint which has been around since first being introduced in Windows 1.0 back in 1985 is not totally going away. The technology giant said the 32-year-old sketching app “isn’t going anywhere” despite appearing on a list of software that was to be “deprecated” from the next Windows 10 update. The app will instead be moved to the Windows Store, where Windows users will be able to download it for free, the company said. But,…

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