Microsoft Finally Releases Security Update For Internet Explorer; XP Users Not Left Out

Microsoft Finally Releases Security Update For Internet Explorer; XP Users Not Left Out

After nearly a week, Microsoft has begun releasing a security update intended to patch a security flaw in Internet Explorer that could give hackers access to a user’s computer. [More]

Winamp Shutting Down Forever After 15 Years — Wait, Winamp Was Still Around?

Winamp Shutting Down Forever After 15 Years — Wait, Winamp Was Still Around?

There are many readers who will no doubt read the above headline and, after wiping a tear or two from his eye, will surely rage, “Uh, I STILL USE WINAMP.” Rest assured, the astonishment that Winamp is still around comes from a purely nostalgic place. Winamp occupies that spot in my memory where I’ve just arrived at college, discovered Napster, and need juuuust the right Winamp skin to reflect my totally unique personality while playing awesome new DMB tunes. And now Winamp is about to go gentle into that good night. [More]

Bill Gates Admits: Control-Alt-Delete Was A Mistake

Bill Gates Admits: Control-Alt-Delete Was A Mistake

Kids today might not understand the references to “Ctrl-Alt-Delete,” that lovely, finger-twisting keyboard combination used to reboot or log on to Windows. But in a recent talk, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates explains the rationale behind the unholy trinity and admits that in hindsight, he should have insisted on a single dedicated key. [More]

PC Manufacturers Say Windows 8 Has Driven Millions To Become Apple Users

PC Manufacturers Say Windows 8 Has Driven Millions To Become Apple Users

With the exception of the Xbox, Microsoft has been on a string of high-profile failures like Zune, Windows Phone, and Surface tablets. But its latest cock-up, the much-reviled Windows 8 operating system may have been the final straw for lots of Windows-based PC users, at least according to those who make the computers. [More]

(The Joy Of The Mundane)

HP: No, Downgrading To Windows 7 Doesn’t Really Void Your Warranty

Yesterday, we shared the story of Nick, a university information technology professional who bought a computer for a new employee that already had Windows 8 on it, tried to downgrade to Windows 7, and was told that doing so would void his warranty. While the person at Enterprise support he spoke to may have said this, it is not, strictly speaking, true. That’s great to hear. The bad news, of course, is that someone told Nick this in the first place. An ordinary customer who doesn’t work in IT would be completely confused at this point. [More]

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart In The Temple Of America Online

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart In The Temple Of America Online

If you desperately need a copy of Windows Vista, it seems that your local Walmart is the place to go. That’s what the brave retail archeologists/Consumerist readers known as the Raiders of the Lost Walmart have learned as their excavations continue. [More]

Is Microsoft About To Unleash A Kraken Of Suck On Consumers?

Is Microsoft About To Unleash A Kraken Of Suck On Consumers?

Microsoft went years without making too big of a stir with updates to its Windows operating system, but with only days left to the unleashing of Windows 8 upon the world, the early word is that some people will not be please with all the changes. [More]

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Uncover Star Wars Sandtroopers, Free Games, Windows Vista

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Uncover Star Wars Sandtroopers, Free Games, Windows Vista

The Raiders of the Lost Walmart have been busy since April, finding the oldest and obsoletest items on the shelves at Walmart. No old cameras this time, but plenty of (now) free games, old memory, and not-quite-vintage action figures. Almost as if our readers are experts in that sort of thing.
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Windows Phone 8 To Turn Brand New Devices Into Obsolete Relics

Windows Phone 8 To Turn Brand New Devices Into Obsolete Relics

Smartphones that use the Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system haven’t exactly made a dent in the market share enjoyed by iPhone and Android devices. And yet, Microsoft has refused to throw in the towel, hoping to entice new users with today’s introduction of Windows Phone 8. Alas, if you’re one of the few people who have been holding on to your Windows Phone for when the new OS came out, you’re out of luck. [More]

Fake iPhone 5 Emails Bear Malware

Fake iPhone 5 Emails Bear Malware

On the cusp of a big Apple event today where a new iPhone is expected to be announced, fake emails are going around purporting to give details of “the new Apple iPhone5GS,” featuring a see-through keyboard. Clicking on the links leads to a malware-laced website that targets PCs. Here’s the email and what to look out for. [More]

Only Samsung Has The Power To Reinstall Windows On Your Laptop

Only Samsung Has The Power To Reinstall Windows On Your Laptop

When the hard drive of Joseph’s Samsung laptop began to make clicking noises, he thought it would be simple enough to make a backup image of his hard drive, install a shiny new solid-state drive, and put the backed-up image on his new drive. This didn’t work, and he’s stuck without Windows on his drive. Now he yearns for those long-ago days when computer manufacturers actually shipped copies of the software installed on computers with those computers. [More]

Man Installs Windows 1.0 Through 7 To See What Happens

Man Installs Windows 1.0 Through 7 To See What Happens

A man decided to try installing every single major upgrade version of Windows in consecutive order just to see what would happen, and made a video documenting the amazing results. Quite a dose of nostalgia. I like how the attention to seeing how the color scheme preferences are maintained or not maintained across installs is a major point of focus. [More]

Weatherproof Those Windows To Keep Cold Out, Bills Down

Weatherproof Those Windows To Keep Cold Out, Bills Down

Jack Frost lurks outside your home like a slasher flick villain, and if you want to keep his icy fingers off your thermostat, you’d better make sure your windows are sealed tight. [More]

VTech Tech Support: "Sometimes Our Product Works, Sometimes It Doesn't"

VTech Tech Support: "Sometimes Our Product Works, Sometimes It Doesn't"

Juan writes that his granddaughter has a cute little digital picture frame marketed to children. He tried to hook it up to his computer to load some pictures on it for her, and couldn’t get it to cooperate with his computer. Juan tried to connect the picture frame using both Windows 7 and Vista, both of which the product’s marketing materials claim are compatible operating systems. Only…not so much. “Sometimes the program works and sometimes it doesn’t,” an employee helpfully told Juan after asking if he has a Windows XP system lying around. [More]

Run Android On A Windows Mobile Phone

Run Android On A Windows Mobile Phone

Over at the How-To Geek they’ve figured out how to get the Android OS to run on a Windows Mobile phone, and now they are sharing the information with one and all. [More]

IKEA's Blue Screen Of Death

IKEA's Blue Screen Of Death

Snapped this picture last night at my local IKEA of a blue screen of death afflicting their product finder kiosk. Since it’s IKEA, they also expect customers to do their own tech support. [More]

Michaelsoft Binbows Is Japanese For "Get A Cheap PC Here"

Michaelsoft Binbows Is Japanese For "Get A Cheap PC Here"

We have no idea who first posted this picture, but
just to set the record straight, the sign is using a bilingual pun
on the Japanese word 貧乏 (binbo) which can be translated as
“poor.” It’s apparently promoting a store that sells cheap PCs and
computer parts, though we do kind of like the sound of “binbows,”
and may just start using that around the office when we want to
refer to Michaelsoft’s flagship product. Or other products that are
deemed worthy of such an appellation.

Don't Press The F1 Key

Don't Press The F1 Key

Windows: pressing the F1 key might make your computer go boom. A security exploit deployed by certain malicious websites hides in the Windows help files and could get launched if you press the F1 button. It will only happen, if the following is true: [More]