Friday, November 13, 2015

Update Flash fix... oh, what's the bloody point?

Flash is full of security holes again. I uninstalled it.

Queue irony tag:

How long will Flash survive?

A few years ago, it was difficult to browse the web without coming across a site using Flash.

Released in 1996, the browser plug-in enabled animations, interactivity and streaming video on what was a largely static web.

But the software has been plagued by security problems, and has been criticised for affecting computer performance and battery life.

Now many experts say the media plug-in's days are numbered. Watch the video to find out more.

BBC News

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

How to update a Windows computer

I have recently had to update a couple of Windows computers that hadn't been updated for a while (Windows 7 & 8). There seems to be a bit of a knack required, so I thought I would share my experience and knowledge gained.

Step 1: turn on the computer and leave it for a couple of hours. You may see a notification that Windows is downloading updates. It will probably stall at %18 or a similar figure.

Step 2: Reboot the computer. You may see an option to restart and install updates or you may not. You will see notifications about updates being installed while shutting down and while restarting. This step could take 9-10 hours.

Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2. Yes, this could take another 9-10 hours.

Your computer is now up-to-date. Enjoy! (Until next week, then go back to step 1.)

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Update Flash fix security flaws!

Adobe Flash update available, exploits in the wild, another update due this week.
 # update-flashplugin-nonfree --install

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Microsoft stole my Linux invention!

A while back I proposed an idea for a Gnome extension on my blog. If only I had patented it!

Microsoft have incorporated my idea into Windows 10, which of course borrows a lot from Linux, as "Task View" (third icon from left):

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Update Flash fix security flaws!

I've been away for a few weeks. I updated my computer when I came back and found a Flash update was available. As I have mentioned before, Flash updates do not arrive with the Debian update process- it's a manual update:
# update-flashplugin-nonfree --install

Brian Krebs has the details.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Update Flash fix security flaws!

Adobe pushes emergency fix for active 0-day.

No, this isn't a duplicate of the previous post.

It looks like I'll be saying exactly the same thing next week too, according to Brian Krebs.
For the second time in a week, Adobe Systems Inc. says it plans fix a zero-day vulnerability in its Flash Player software that came to light after hackers broke into and posted online hundreds of gigabytes of data from Hacking Team, a controversial Italian company that’s long been accused of helping repressive regimes spy on dissident groups.

In an advisory published late Friday evening, Adobe said it plans to issue another Flash patch the week of July 13, 2015.