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  • 10 key considerations for rolling out Windows 10

    Posted on October 10th, 2017 at 09:33 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    These are the top problems I think Chief Info Officers need to address, before jumping to Win10.

    CIO column.

    Any other problems to report, for those running at 30,000 feet?

  • ChromeOS as up-and-coming underdog

    Posted on October 10th, 2017 at 07:45 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Y’all know how much I prefer Chromebooks to Windows computers. Far as I’m concerned, for folks who don’t absolutely require Windows programs, the Chromebook’s the way to go.

    It’s a bit tougher sell in companies, though. Lots of inertia. Security concerns. And, admittedly, lots of apps that require Windows.

    That’s why I really enjoyed James A. Martin’s article in Computerworld: 7 reasons Chrome OS computers are ideal for enterprises.

    I would add three more:

    1. They’re cheap to buy
    2. They’re cheap to run
    3. So far, they have very few security holes

    And there’s one big downside: Google snoops mercilessly. There’s not much you can do about that. It’s what they do.

    Keep what little hair you have left. Consider Chromebook.

  • Word’s DDEAUTO field considered harmful

    Posted on October 10th, 2017 at 07:31 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Wow. This one goes all the way back to Hacker’s Guide to Word for Windows — which was published in 1994.

    Etienne Stalmans and Saif El-Sherei at Sensepost have publicized the {DDEAUTO} field’s unruly behavior. What they say is true — if you open a Word doc that contains a {DDEAUTO} field, and you click through the warnings, arbitrary code can be executed. That’s as it was designed.

    They miss one important point, though. If you open a DOCX that comes from the internet, at least with a bone-stock Word installation, you have to click the “Enable Editing” button before you see the other two warning dialogs.

    Everything old is new again….

  • MS-DEFCON 2: Check to see that Auto Update is turned off

    Posted on October 10th, 2017 at 04:27 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Looks like there’s a slew of patches waiting, for a dozen different platforms, including all versions of Windows (even RT 8.1!), Office, IE, Skype and more.

    So much fun.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.