Create macOS Catalina bootable USB drive

You may recall my post from last year detailing the steps on how to create a bootable USB drive for macOS Mojave.  Thank goodness Apple still allows for end users to do this; there’s something about possessing physical media that makes things so much easier from a technical perspective.

Despite the fact that you will now need to use a USB drive with a minimum capacity of 16GB as opposed an 8GB one that was standard with past versions, the steps haven’t changed much…check out AppleInsider’s summary on how to perform this task here.

Big update release out of nowhere

So AskWoody.com is reporting that Microsoft has released over 50 security updates out of the blue aimed that fixing the numerous issues stemming from the previous update cycles.  Needless to say that the last couple of months has been disastrous from a patching perspective.

Check out the details here and let us know what you have been experiencing in the environments you’re managing.

Update on Web Browsers

 

So which one is truly the best?  Who knows but what we do know is which one reigns supreme in terms of market share after Q3 2019.

According to Computerworld.com, coming in at the top spot is Google Chrome with a 68.5% market share.  Microsoft (with IE and Edge combined) has 12% and Mozilla’s Firefox browser checks in with 8.7%.

It’s crazy to see how much Internet browsing has changed over the years and as a result, companies like Microsoft which used to dominate the browser market are now struggling to keep their head above water.

Check out the full Computerworld.com article here and let me know what you think about these “browser wars”…

 

Internet Explorer Zero Day & Defender bug Exploit

For those of you that may not be aware of this, Microsoft has released an out-of-band (OOB) update aimed at fixing vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and Windows Defender.  According to ZDNet.com, the IE update will have to be applied manually whereas Windows Defender will receive it automatically.

My takeaway from this article (found here) is whether this truly warranted Microsoft going out of their way to publish this separately and not as a part of Patch Tuesday.  After all, Internet Explorer has an approximate market share of less than 2% worldwide as cited in the article but then again I wonder what percentage of those utilizing the legacy browser are machines currently being used by governments or other high level entities across the world…food for thought!

Voting Machines running Windows 7?!?!

Great news everyone!  Microsoft has decided that they will ensure whatever voting machines running the soon to be obsolete Windows 7 will receive security updates about a year after it reaches end of life status.

If you can “read” the sarcasm in the previous paragraph , I promise that I really tried to hide it.  Please tell me how the fuck the richest country in the world can allow for an operating system on the verge of obsolescence is to be trusted to run on voting machines that are spread throughout the country.  Oh yeah, Microsoft and the US government will try to spin this as a positive but the reality is that they should have been replaced, removed, burned, torched, annihilated, etc. a long time ago.

Let’s wake up America…there is absolutely no reason why we cannot take care of this like RIGHT NOW!!!

Read more about this here!

 

Microsoft Exchange 2010

Interesting announcement from Microsoft in that they stated they will extend the end of support date for Exchange Server 2010 from the original January 14, 2020 date to October 13, 2020.

Microsoft provides this as a reason for extending support for this Server product:

Our commitment to meeting the evolving needs of our customers is as strong as ever, and we recognize discontinuing support for a product that has been as popular and reliable as Exchange Server 2010 can be an adjustment.  We also know that some of you are in the midst of upgrades to a newer version of Exchange Server on-premises, or more transformative migrations to the cloud with Office 365 and Exchange Online. With this in mind, we are extending end of support to October 13th 2020 to give Exchange Server 2010 customers more time to complete their migrations. This extension also aligns with the end of support for Office 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010.

Check out the full Tech Community post on Microsoft’s website here for all the details.