Field Notes

Doing work while doing your civic duty

It’s an abbreviated version of Field Notes this week, thanks to a jury-duty call for yours truly. Here are a few lessons learned while trying to work on Windows Secrets on government time.

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Getting started with the new Windows

Venturing into the new/old world of Windows 10 proves an interesting journey — but certainly not a pain-free one. Here are some highlights and lessons from the first two days with the new operating system.

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Will updating Windows get easier — or not?

With questions about updating still swirling around Windows 10, Microsoft posts a Win10 Preview tool for troublesome updates. All other supported versions of Windows should see an out-of-cycle security update for a font-driver vulnerability.

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Final countdown for the release of Win10

Microsoft has apparently gone quiet, as it approaches the Windows 10–release deadline; the folks in Redmond are likely putting in some long hours. Still, there’s much to be revealed about the new OS — not just on launch day, but over the weeks to follow.

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How Microsoft plans to release Win10 updates

Here’s how to find the latest edition of the Windows Secrets Ultimate Utilities List on our site. Also: More information on Win10 updating and some interesting news on the OpenDNS security service.

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Lessons learned from infrastructure failures

Here’s how to keep your computers connected to the Internet come power outages or ISP disconnections. Also: Another nail in the privacy coffin, trouble for Kindle authors, and some clarification on Win10 upgrading.

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A new Windows Secrets FAQ and a Microsoft reorg

Better late than never, we’ve finally put up a page for frequently asked questions about Windows Secrets subscriptions. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is putting his stamp on Microsoft, most recently with a major reorganization of its engineers; plus, data security and a good story about computer code.

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MS announces release date for Windows 10

It’s official: Windows 10 will be formally released on July 29 — but not for everyone. Microsoft surprised many current Win7 and Win8 users with an on-screen message announcing the event and free upgrades.

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Upgrading Windows: An ever-more-complex decision

Windows 10 Technical Preview build 10122 gives a clear image of where Windows is going. But do we want to follow? Also: Finding a quick solution to Firefox synching issues and a useful discussion about machine names on the ShieldsUp! site.

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Off-the-record discussions about technology

Get a group of techies together, and there’s bound to be some interesting discussions — such as how to revive old technology. Also: A handy tool for discovering local IP addresses, and another unscheduled batch of updates from Microsoft.

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