indubitablyodin , to Random
@indubitablyodin@sfba.social avatar

I really hate that MS Word is basically the only app to use for business-level word processing... unless I want to use Google Docs. Like... yikes. I've tried LibreOffice and Word Perfect, but the biggest issue is that they don't actually handle MS documents that well. And these other apps tend to have a UX experience from the early 2000s.

kurtsh , to Random
@kurtsh@mastodon.social avatar

Attention Visual Studio Enterprise subscribers using the VSE complimentary $150/mo Azure credit:

1️⃣ There's no way to "consolidate" the credit btwn subscribers or to transfer it to an Enterprise sub. It is for personal use only.

2️⃣ VSE's $150/mo Azure credit is NOT the same service level as prod. Ex: There is no uptime SLA.

3️⃣ It is for dev/test workloads only. Microsoft may revoke VSE credit if it's determined to be used for prod.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/member-offers/credit-for-visual-studio-subscribers/

br00t4c , to Random
@br00t4c@mastodon.social avatar

How to Block the New Ads Microsoft Added to Windows 11

https://lifehacker.com/tech/how-to-block-ads-in-windows-11

sos , to Random
@sos@mastodon.gamedev.place avatar

So, Microsoft is silently installing Copilot onto Windows Server 2022 systems and this is a disaster.

How can you push a tool that siphons data to a third party onto a security-critical system?

What privileges does it have upon install? Who thought this is a good idea? And most importantly, who needs this?

homlett , to Random
@homlett@mamot.fr avatar

Proton Mail says that the new app for Windows is 's new collection service
https://www.ghacks.net/2024/01/12/proton-mail-says-that-the-new-outlook-app-for-windows-is-microsofts-new-data-collection-service/
“Microsoft shares your data with 772 third-parties. Yes, you read that right, 772.”
Just use https://www.thunderbird.net

jon , to Random
@jon@vivaldi.net avatar

Congress in the US has banned Copilot for security reasons. I would take it further. Really the way Windows is coded now, it is a significant security problem. The idea that it is unclear whether you are using local data or online data is unacceptable.

This includes:

  • Login. Login should be local. You are not logging into a service. You are logging into a computer. The service should be separate from the computer.

  • Copilot. Clearly another case where you may not realize that you are sharing data by asking a question.

  • OneDrive. Another case where local data is backed up in the cloud, without active actions by you as a user. Backup is great, but you should have to explicitly enable it and there should be a warning that your data may be scanned.

  • Windows. In reality even Windows is now a problem given the login issue and any tracking that is happening.

Online cloud services can be great, but one should never be forced into online services or lured into them. Any computer should work fine without having to use OS online services, except basic services, like updates and the like.

https://www.reuters.com/technology/us-congress-bans-staff-use-microsofts-ai-copilot-axios-reports-2024-03-29/

SinclairSpeccy , to Random
@SinclairSpeccy@oldbytes.space avatar

Hello , here's your "daily" OS-tan art!

This one is of Windows 95 OSR 2.1-tan and Windows 95 OSR 2.5-tan!

Both of these are extremely obscure characters whom have only been mentioned in a 4-Koma series which is mainly referred to as the 95OSR 2.5-tan 4Koma, due to it being the 4-panel series that the semi-canon character 95 OSR 2.5-tan debuted in and a 95 OSR 2.1-tan was mentioned by name.

OSR 2.1-tan is a sci-fi geek who is more interested in the future than the present; in fact, she brought USB compatibility to Windows, thinking it to be the way of the future. OSR 2.5-tan uses a Jutte, a sword-breaking device employed by law enforcement authorities during Japan's Edo Period. This was done to represent Microsoft Windows' transition from a tumultuous period to its era of domination and prosperity in the desktop industry, which began with Windows 98.

Art by C-Chan

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    Hello , here's your "daily" OS-tan art!

    This one is of Windows Me-tan!

    Me-tan, also known as Emui, is the original OS-tan from the Futaba Channel that depicts Windows Millennium Edition. With her green pigtails and clumsiness, she is one of the most popular OS-tans.

    The anthropomorphic boom was in full force in Japan in 2003, and the anonymous bulletin board community was also heavily influenced by this movement. Following that, Me-tan was developed in Futaba on August 6, 2003; nevertheless, there are speculations that it first surfaced in July of the same year.

    Me-tan is portrayed as a clumsy yet cheerful maid but also often portrayed as an idiot or natural idiot who fails to defrag, puts fried noodles in the sink, and puts coke in the microwave.

    Art by her creator, whose name isn't known, presumably ME-aki :P

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  • rysiek , to Random
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    Hey it's totally cool that blocked access to one of the repositories in the very center of the backdoor saga. :blobeyes:

    It's not like a bunch of people are scrambling to try and make sense of all this right now, or that specific commits got linked to directly from media and blogposts and the like. :blobcatcoffee:

    Cool, cool. :blobcatfingerguns:

    FantasticalEconomics , to AcademicChatter group
    @FantasticalEconomics@geekdom.social avatar

    The NAACP has had enough of DeSantis' anti-DEI policies and are encouraging Black athletes to boycott Florida schools.

    "This is not simply about sports; it’s about acknowledging and advocating for the rights and supports of Black students within educational environments.”

    We'll see if sports (and the millions of dollars of revenue they bring in) will be the Achilles heel of these studies e on universities in the name of combatting 'wokeness'.

    https://thehill.com/homenews/race-politics/4524394-naacp-florida-university-boycott-dei/

    @academicchatter

    gneilyo ,
    @gneilyo@mastodon.online avatar

    @jargoggles @FantasticalEconomics @academicchatter companies should be bullied for continuing to hold events there, too (looking at you, )

    Kissaki , to Programming in Microsoft DevBlogs now federated

    Where's the source?

    The post link is to the general website, with no indication.

    The linked dotnet.social account describes itself with

    Bot parrot for https://devblogs.microsoft.com/

    If you like to bring officially to the ,

    So I have to take away that it's not federated after all. There's only a bot sharing links.

    Federated would mean more than a bot, right?

    Linux_Is_Best , to Random
    @Linux_Is_Best@mstdn.social avatar

    1 thing Apple and Microsoft, often excels at most times, that Linux absolutely sucks at...

    Naming things.

    thenexusofprivacy , to KOSA and other Bad Internet Bills (US-specific for now)
    @thenexusofprivacy@infosec.exchange avatar

    Microsoft endorses anti-LGBTQ online "child safety" bill KOSA night before Big Tech hearing (US Politics)

    Worth noting: Microsoft owns LinkedIn, which wouldn't be particularly affected by KOSA.

    There's a hearing on Wednesday, and potentially a Senate vote soon, so if you're in the US now's a good time to contact your Senators. https://stopkosa.com and EFF's page make it easy!

    https://gazette.com/news/wex/microsoft-president-endorses-online-child-safety-bill-night-before-big-tech-hearing/article_cd2e8eb5-ba98-5e95-9333-5646dd6a249f.html

    @bad_internet_bills

    thenexusofprivacy , to KOSA and other Bad Internet Bills (US-specific for now)
    @thenexusofprivacy@infosec.exchange avatar

    Microsoft endorses anti-LGBTQ online "child safety" bill KOSA night before Big Tech hearing (US Politics)

    Worth noting: Microsoft owns LinkedIn, which wouldn't be particularly affected by KOSA.

    There's a hearing on Wednesday, and potentially a Senate vote soon, so if you're in the US now's a good time to contact your Senators. https://stopkosa.com and EFF's page make it easy!

    https://gazette.com/news/wex/microsoft-president-endorses-online-child-safety-bill-night-before-big-tech-hearing/article_cd2e8eb5-ba98-5e95-9333-5646dd6a249f.html

    @bad_internet_bills

    darnell , to Random
    @darnell@one.darnell.one avatar

    This is an alarming “feature” & very creepy ! I am now thankful for abandoning years ago!

    👉🏾 Microsoft stole my Chrome tabs, and it wants yours, too - The Verge https://www.theverge.com/24054329/microsoft-edge-automatic-chrome-import-data-feature

    mikey , to Random
    @mikey@neovibe.app avatar

    Microsoft laying off nearly 2000 people in their division is something ain't it? But I'm gonna keep my mouth shut on that one.

    Nicki Minaj Shade GIF

    Linux_Is_Best , (edited ) to Random
    @Linux_Is_Best@mstdn.social avatar

    16+ GB of Ram may be the minimum required for Windows 12.

    Now is a good time to consider Linux.

    1. Mx Linux - KDE

    2. Ubuntu Budgie

    3. Kubuntu

    4. Ubuntu Cinnamon

    5. Ultramarine Linux (KDE)

    6. Fedora KDE spin

    These Linux distros are great for newbies coming from Windows.

    nixCraft , to Random
    @nixCraft@mastodon.social avatar

    arch-chan when the user deletes the bootloader again or silly window deletes the grub again 😂

    Credit: https://raviolimavioli.github.io

    Axel1973 ,
    @Axel1973@mastodon.social avatar

    @nixCraft simply don't touch !! It's ! free yourself from anything or . Free yourself! Use and

    majorlinux , to AI stuff
    @majorlinux@toot.majorshouse.com avatar

    What they're doing is straight up digital colonialism!

    OpenAI unashamed that it needs copyrighted materials to train - Desk Chair Analysts

    https://dcanalysts.net/openai-unashamed-that-it-needs-copyrighted-materials-to-train/

    majorlinux , to Random
    @majorlinux@toot.majorshouse.com avatar

    Coming to a Pizza Planet near you!

    MSI is giving us THE CLAW with Intel inside - Desk Chair Analysts

    https://dcanalysts.net/msi-is-giving-us-the-claw-with-intel-inside/

    ultramarine , to Random
    @ultramarine@fedi.fyralabs.com avatar

    We're adding a new edition in Ultramarine 40! Now it's your turn to help decide what it will be!

    More Info: https://blog.fyralabs.com/um40-new-edition-vote/
    Vote: https://strawpoll.com/ajnEO0dYoZW

    kkarhan ,
    @kkarhan@social.tchncs.de avatar

    @Linux_Is_Best @ultramarine - for better or worse - copies most of 's design until and that makes it very approachable for people shifting gears.

    It's not what I like but I can see the merit in that it reduces any introduction from 15 Minutes to 2 at most...

    majorlinux , to Random
    @majorlinux@toot.majorshouse.com avatar

    I wonder how hard this will hit 2FA usage going forward.

    Authy to sunset desktop apps - Desk Chair Analysts

    https://dcanalysts.net/authy-to-sunset-desktop-apps/

    nixCraft , to Random
    @nixCraft@mastodon.social avatar

    Google Chrome + with the added trust of Microsoft? 😂

    arosano ,
    @arosano@hachyderm.io avatar

    @nixCraft () is bad. Their tech raised to the power of makes it infinitely bad. rocks!

    reedmideke , to Random
    @reedmideke@mastodon.social avatar

    On that CNET thing in the last boost, my first thought was "this is gonna make search even more useless" and… yeeeep "They are clearly optimized to take advantage of Google’s search algorithms, and to end up at the top of peoples’ results pages"

    https://gizmodo.com/cnet-ai-chatgpt-news-robot-1849996151

    reedmideke OP ,
    @reedmideke@mastodon.social avatar

    One potentially informative thing reporters following up on that story could do is (or whatever the NY equivalent is) communications related to the acquisition and deployment. Who pushed for this in the first place? What did promise? What sort of quality / acceptance testing was done? Did anyone, anywhere along the line raise concerns that it would give out bad, potentially illegal advice?

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