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    Is Windows Update a Dog?

    I found this recent posting by Russ Cooper of NTBugTraq fame to be quite an interesting read. It's worth checking out for all Windows users.
    <UL><LI>Windows Update is a dog, again![/list]
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    Re: Is Windows Update a Dog?

    <img src=/S/woof.gif border=0 alt=woof width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/woof.gif border=0 alt=woof width=15 height=15> He failed to compliment MS for their consistency. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15> Depressing, but worth a read.
    <font face="Comic Sans MS" color="blue">TimOz</font>
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    Re: Is Windows Update a Dog?

    My post above (Can you believe this?) is I believe a link to some Windows Update beta testing. I'm kinda scared of that. I have had Auto Update turned off from day one, because I DO trust MS to err on the side of fancy marketing vs trustworthy computing...... Time seems to be bearing this out.

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    Re: Is Windows Update a Dog?

    Update and Microsoft ........ now there's an oxymoron !!! <img src=/S/dizzy.gif border=0 alt=dizzy width=15 height=15>
    The only thing Micro$oft seems to be able to update is it's bank balance and the number of new bugs in their software !!! Mr. Gates, et al seem to be of the opinion that the world is their private beta lab and we should be grateful to pay for that privilege. Redmond rivals China when it comes to stonewalling and denying that a problem even exists.... let alone fixing it !!! I think we'd all be willing to pay a little more for software that worked right the first time out of the box. And even be willing to live with that software a little longer while something better was developed, that also worked right the first time. They can't even fix or patch something so that it works right the 2nd, 3rd or 4th time !! Many have lost faith in their patches and updates. How long until we lose faith in their products altogether ???
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    Re: Is Windows Update a Dog?

    <hr>the world is their private beta lab and we should be grateful to pay for that privilege<hr>
    Funny thing from the Office 2003 beta newsgroups: With the Beta 2 Refresh coming out, the original Beta testers (the ones who got in the program for free) will be able to download the Beta 2 Refresh. However, the group that paid $20 to try out the software won't be able to get the Refresh.

    go figure....

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    Re: Is Windows Update a Dog?

    It's another Yogi-ism.

    Free is free........... except when it's not !!!
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    Re: Is Windows Update a Dog?

    <img src=/S/sigh.gif border=0 alt=sigh width=15 height=15> Indeed, things are different when you're trying to gain a majority of market share, as opposed to maintaining your overwhelming majority of it.
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    Re: Is Windows Update a Dog?

    Can you say <font color=008080><big>Monopoly</big></font color=008080> !!!! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Is Windows Update a Dog?

    I've given up on any recommended MS updates ... simply because I don't have the time or inclination to do the necessary research and checking on each "critical" update that rears its ugly head.

    I feel that my work pc is the agency's responsibility. My own home pc is virus protected, has Zone Alarm Pro, Ad Aware, and SpyBot S&D. All are carefully upgraded with THEIR current definitions, etc. Any critical data is backed up to an external Kanguru 60 GB USB Hard Drive.

    Maybe I'm going to get bitten with my head in the sand, but I'm NOT a full-time security consultant or update de######. So ... I'll scrub the C: drive and start over with the operating system and reinstall the programs if necessary. It hasn't been "broke" for quite a while, so I'm not "fixing it" until it does get broken.

    Guess the point of this rant is that I have zero faith in Microsoft to know what they're doing with updates, so I'm just opting out.

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    Re: Is Windows Update a Dog?

    It's funny that by all of this emphasis on "trustworthy computing", and all of the "critical updates", MS has actually become LESS trustworthy than they were when they started......

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