Thursday, 12 May 2016

Windows and Windows Defender : YOU coded it, so YOU get to protect us!

The "Feedback Hub" in Windows 10 (in case it's only for Windows Insider Builds; just think of it as a question now and then regarding some feature or change in the latest Windows build.

No hassle, either just give a 1-5 score, or ramble on and hope someone at MS reads it (or sometimes don't hope!)....

In the extremely likely idea Microsoft aren't presenting my feedback to Balmer every morning,
why not present it to the world?!

Question

How hard is it to understand the antivirus protection status using Windows Defender?

My Answer

Score 4 / 5

Make people give thought to who really is in the best position to write protective software and other components for Windows 10;
how can it not be the people who wrote/have access to the source code?

In general, all antivirus software is close to scam-ware, pretending to protect you from malicious code, when code is just as lacking in moral motivation and responsibility as any other language;
thereby only giving customers protection after a malicious binary has been detected (by someone else) and flagged by the entire AV-community. 

PC-makers, banks, whomever get well paid for pushing McAfee and other software on customers, thereby giving a false vote of confidence, making customers likely to pay when the bill eventually comes...

YOU built it, YOU secure it best - tell that to the people! (if true)

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Netcom blir Telia - beholder lusa på nettsiden

Telia har videreført Netcoms horrible hjemmeside, med bugs jeg har observert i årevis; mange, særlig JavaScript-feil, har blitt med gjennom flere iterasjoner av siden og designet(!).

Dette kan under tvil aksepteres...hadde det ikke vært for de vedvarende problemene knyttet til routingen til "Din Side" etter en vellykket innlogging....feilmeldinger, røver re-routes og kludder har plaget akkurat denne funksjonaliteten i lengre tid, og er så in-your-face at det vitner om et selskap blottet for personlig initiativ og/eller et teknologisk verdensbilde;
uansett skremmende fra Nordens telegigant...

Uten å gå inn på det tekniske, denne ble litt for morsom...etter en vellykket innlogging,
ble jeg sendt til den lovende URL'en https://min-side.telia.no/self-service?login=success

Dessverre så den slik ut :


Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Gosh darn if Microsoft didn't make me do it again!


Don't feel like much of an Insider really....wish you'd use the Windows 10 intro screen background, giving a changelog written in appropriate technological difficulty (somewhere between the style of MSDN and microsoftstore.com (leaning heavily towards MSDN)...

I've not bothered doing real investigative work for any of the upgrades, and the only things I've really noticed is the disappearance of settings in a lot of software, resetting either completely or fully to a first install. Do that to MS-software (of course), but why reset third party software? If it's compatibility or even security you're worried about, I can't see what settings could ever make a privileged, installed program gain any "superpowers" or accidently slip into a hole in the ground or whatnot. If an application from a third party crashes, that is not yours or my responsibility.

I feel bad for not at least giving a score of 2, for the effort and to reward giving me the opportunity to partake, but I feel I've gained nothing in return for (potentially) destabilizing my main computer (that's on me of course).

The appearance and still existent presence of Apps is already beyond what I can handle (you should have let the tablets and phones lead the way, then integrating when appropriate, not presenting a mentally retarded version of bundled software (calculator, voice recorder...*ehm* sorry to remind you of the Skype debacle, but I should ground this rant in at least one bit of verifiable information....not that I expect any influence at all, giving solicited opinion on something that doesn't really affect my life is wonderfully liberating and a good way to practise my English writing proficiency, not to mention giving me something to post on my blog! :-)

You know what? I just talked myself into realizing this makes my satisfaction a 2 of 5, wonderful!

Keep up the adequate work! ;-)

Monday, 8 February 2016

Pesky Apps Spit In The Face Of The PC

Why Are There Apps On My PC

(or, how my mobile phone impregnated a gullible world)


I remember with fondness the sound recording application that came with Windows 3.1;
maybe even sooner, 3.1 was my starting point regarding GUI.

However....over 20 years down the line, in this world of Windows 10, when I typed "recorder" in the Start Menu, the abhoration that appeared made me shiver, and suddenly a pop-up came from the right of my screen, Microsoft wondering how much I loved the newest build....so I began writing, venting and in the end...ranting. Here is an unedited copy of my message to Microsoft, maybe one day I'll edit and make it more general and to the point, but please...don't hold your breath.

How can you share from an app that has so little functionality that, if you settle for it, you can't possibly have any interesting or worthwhile to say....Complete idiots will record stuff, never know what a sound file is, or a microphone, or how to manage the sound files.....What I mean can more easily be summed up like this: I'm at a computer, not a phone. I'm a user of a computer, not a parking meter. I make my living developing software on the .NET platform.....introducing the "how-stupid-can-we-make-our-customers"-competition between Microsoft, Apple, and all TV makers should not be won by the same company that makes the genius Visual Studio.....well...the simpler you make applications, or apps, as you now call them, the less computing power I need, and I now take the bother of customizing my OS, in other words, I've gone back to a lacking GUI/desktop...Linux.........GET IT TOGETHER....you can share .NET libraries across devices without making your applications featureless......Do you want out of software, is that it? Then have the balls to do so completely, and let someone who cares and dares have control over the source code and further development. Keep a stripped down (all Apps, baby) version of Windows delivered with computers for free, but do not call it Windows (insert anything here). It is only Windows.....my real glass windows have more functionality than Windows running those totally uncalled for Apps.....

If you don't, you'll lose the desktop eventually....to Steam, or Google, or me.......The day you start introducing Apps made for Windows Server products, I'll short Microsoft stock for all the money I can possibly get my hands on....I'll sell my records, my body&soul, my all.....and get very, very rich in a short time.....then I'll take that money and buy an aeroplane which will fly over Oslo and write the words : Appocalypse..........

At the very least, let us have a version that is stripped of that filth, it would be no hassle....then I could use that version, never end up in an app with less functionality than a broken pen with burnt up paper, and look the other way......

Friday, 8 January 2016

DigitalImpuls.no har lite betryggende nettsider om sin garanti



Passord, må du være så kronglete?

Vil virkelig sikkerheten blir kompromitert om man kan holde seg til passord man klarer å ha i hodet mens man bytter tab,
går fra telefon til skjerm...skal det være firesifra, hold det til jubileumsår ;-) 2400, 8800....kodene er jo (håper jeg...) kun gyldelige

i et minutt eller to, så gir dette virkelig økt sikkerhet?