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    Wrapping up leftover Windows and Office updates


    Wrapping up leftover Windows and Office updates

    By Susan Bradley

    It's been a long year of security fixes, broken patches, and enhancements for Windows, Office, and other applications. As we close the book on 2014 updating, we're still missing a bit of holiday cheer — there are a couple of remaining fixes for IE and Excel updates.

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    Thanks for reviewing the last (hopefully) of the updates for 2014. Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!


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    Cool Susan Bradley Posted this in Another Forum, Thought You Would Like it. Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas to all, and here's to a happy and less stressful patching 2015 year.

    'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

    Not a peripheral was stirring, not even a mouse.

    The Dropcams were hung by the chimney with care,

    In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

    The Nexuses were charging by the kids' beds,

    While visions of Angry Birds danced in their heads.

    And Mama with her Mini, and I my iPhone,

    Were tapping away by that pale LCD glow.

    When out on the lawn there arose such a boom,

    I sprang from the bed when a flash filled the room.

    Away to the window I flew like a tweet,

    And saw an old man shaking his fist in the street.

    The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

    Gave an Instagram filter to objects below.

    When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

    But a miniature sleigh, and eight tired reindeer.

    The driver was grumbling as my skin it did tingle,

    And I reached for my iPod to Google "Kris Kringle."

    But, to my dismay, my device, it was dead

    And throughout the house LEDs all flashed red.

    The little old man looked around and with a voice full of tension:

    "I'm sorry to wake you but I need your attention.

    I meant not to scare you or cause your kids fear

    But I just launched an EMP bomb to shut down your gear."

    "Every year I've been coming and dropping off toys

    And hiding from all the good girls and good boys

    But these days I fly by and see no Christmas dreams

    'Cause the kids are all playing games while Netflix it streams."

    "And you mums and fathers, with your laptops on laps

    Aren't sleeping but tweeting, Facebooking, and Chatting With Snaps.

    You barely have time to look your kids in the eye

    Let alone leave me a nice piece of pie."

    "So now all your gadgets and gizmos are retired

    They'll be back on by New Year's and I'll home by the fire.

    And for a few days at least you guys can just chat

    Instead of Skyping your kids when it's time for a bath."

    And the effect was immediate, scary, and stark.

    We had to look up from our iPads and stare into the dark

    And watch with wonder the soft-falling snow

    And the crisp winter moon and stars that did glow.

    And I looked over at Mama and she looked at me

    In a way that I remembered from back in '83.

    She held out her hand and in the window we stood

    While others woke up in our neighborhood.

    The kids weren't distracted with Liking their tweets

    And they grabbed their galoshes and took to the streets.

    They made snowmen and angels and sang Christmas cheers

    And patted the eight tiny, impatient reindeer.

    And they didn't ask for Mario, Metroid, or Mickey

    Instead they read books and got themselves sticky

    Eating popcorn and cookies and drinking hot fresh cocoa

    And talking of Christmases long, long ago.

    Looking around, old Santa was pleased.

    He nodded and listened to the sound of the breeze.

    His beard like silver in the moonlight did shine.

    "It's Christmas!" he yelled. "You should all be offline!"

    He put his sleigh into drive, to his team gave a whistle,

    And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

    But I heard him exclaim, 'ere he drove out of sight,

    "Turn off your gadgets, and to all a good night!"

    -- Susan Bradley

    Thank You Susan for ALLYOU DO FOR US!!!
    Hope you don't mind this share,

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and ALL

    Last edited by PhotM; 2014-12-25 at 18:21.

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