Posts Tagged updates

Dear Columbia, you need a java update

So, the winter season is upon us and so are the updates. Yep, I’ve found another one. Was shopping for a new winter jacket the other day in the Columbia store, and what did I come across? You guessed it, another kiosk infraction (and it’s running XP – yuck)!


Let’s take a closer look at that there kiosk:


Hmm, how about a bit closer?


Yep, Java Update Available. Yet another reason why automatic updates are a bad idea (especially on kiosks).

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Sirius Travel doesn’t seem to serious about updates

Technology is all around us. 10 years ago, we had modems and BBS systems, today everyone connects everything with their mobile phone, with a 3G (or 4G card) and our data lives in the cloud. It’s no wonder the satellite radio phenomena is growing at an increasing pace. So much so Ford includes it in all cars. Not only does it include satellite radio, but they’ve also started bundling a service called “Travel Link”. Good news is you get it free for 6 months, bad news is, it doesn’t work, or by the time it does, it’s too late.  Here is an example…

According to their website:

Q. How often is the traffic information updated?

A. Traffic data is updated every 1.5 minutes.

OK, so if I’m stuck in traffic for over 10 minutes, that 1.5 minute interval should have hit, right?  Well, have a look at these photos:

2010-05-05 16.28.57

If you click on the photo, you’ll see the emergency board read:

Accident ahead…expect long delays

Now, by this point, I had been stuck in traffic for 10 minutes (as noted above), so I figured, let’s check Sirius Travel Link. What did it have to say?

2010-05-05 16.29.18

Yep, you’ve read it right:

There are no reported traffic incidents along the route.

Further, I was stuck in traffic for another 20 minutes and it never reported any problems on the road whatsoever.

So, what is the conclusion I’ve come to? Yep, I’d rather spend the $5.99 on a beer than give them money to tell me there isn’t traffic problems when there clearly is. Looks like there is some more testing to do boys, either that or maybe figure out that the updates really aren’t every 1.5 minutes like your FAQ says.

[editors note] – I’ve left the names of the photos the exact times they were taken (2010-05-05 16.28.57 and 2010-05-05 16.29.18 respectively) to show that there’s no photoshopping or foul play involved. The technology doesn’t do what it says it is charging you for.

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I know just a bit about technology – maybe I should work for the BBC

Interestingly enough there have been reports of Windows 7 having Black Screen of Death issues and as journalists are, the BBC were keen to break this story to us:

here I quote them though:

“The firm said it was looking into reports that suggest its latest security update, issued on 10 November, was the cause the problem. Reports suggest the flaw also affects Vista, XP and other systems.”

Interesting guys…First let me correct your English. I think you mean the cause *of* the problem (no worries, you’re only missing a word). However, moreover, if we read further in to the article, it says it affects Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000 and NT.

STOP PRESS, if this recent update issued on 10 November did the OS in and is causing BSOD’s, it can’t be part of 2000 and NT as they haven’t had patches released for ages now. Also, I like how they write the article, in the first section they say the problem is an update, yet section two is entitled “unknown problem”.  OK BBC, do they know what the problem is or is it unknown still at this point?

Man alive, I really need a job writing technology stories for Auntie as it seems any old English and any lack of preparation will make any story top of the tech page! Let’s try and scare monger those who are already afraid of technology in to not wanting to update their PC’s….Oh wait, good idea, that’s the key to any good virus story.

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Microsoft releases Security Update Guide

This Guide was designed to help IT professionals better understand and use Microsoft security release information, processes, communications, and tools. Our goal is to help IT professionals manage organizational risk and develop a repeatable, effective deployment mechanism for security updates. In this Guide, you will find a convenient glossary of terms, an overview of the Microsoft Security Bulletin process, and a stage-by-stage review of Microsoft Security Updates. The Guide is organized according to the following stages of the security update process:

Stage 1, Receive Microsoft Security Release Communications

Stage 2, Evaluate Risk

Stage 3, Evaluate Mitigation

Stage 4, Standard or Urgent Update Deployment Timeline

Stage 5, Monitor Systems

Ongoing Stage, Watch.

Each section outlines the purpose and objective for that stage, as well as the expected target outcomes upon that stage’s completion.

Find more information about this useful guide here:

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TechEd USA 2009 – Videos Galore

Over the past 24 hours, I’ve been uploading all of the videos that Erdal and I – with the help of Elias and Daniel – took at TechEd. You’ll notice today I’ve posted another 20 or so, but there are still many to come. Unfortunately it is nearing 1 a.m. local time and I need to pack for a flight tomorrow which leaves at 9:00, so I’ve still got that to do. I wanted to get as many up as possible to tantalise your tase buds and let you know, don’t worry, there are still more to come.

I’ll be back in action again Monday evening updating more, so for now, enjoy what we’ve added, check out what you might have missed and be sure to come back for more!

And, as always, thanks for stopping by and make sure to tell your friends about us here at or whichever you prefer!

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OS X 10.5.5 seems slooooow

OK, so being a technologist I’m quick to install patches where others aren’t but today I’m feeeling the brunt of the 10.5.5 upgrade on my MacBook Pro.  I installed it last night and when I woke up this morning it took forever and a day to finally finish its install.  So, letting it do the OSX thing as it does (showing you the flair background), I let it install and update files and then shut it down.  Just got home from golf to boot this new 10.5.5 up and what do I get…It’s like trying to run through treacle.  All I can hope for is that the “caching” feature that is explained as a bug fix/feature works better over time sort of like the prefetcher of Windows or I’ll solely be disappointed in 10.5.5 as I don’t see much benefit from the upgrade yet, other than more time to take a quick drink while waiting for the whirly-gig (no hourglasses in OSX).

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