Whistleblower alert results in security fixes

 

I have to admit that this is a rare occurrence…a whistleblower complaint that was brought to the attention of the company’s Board of Directors which actually resulted in significant change to address the issue.  It definitely should not have to come down this and management should get its fair share of blame and be held accountable.  IMHO, this may actually have more to do with the health provider not wanting to lose customers more than anything else.  Funny how when the financial health of a company is on the line, they more often than not take immediate action to address the problem at hand!

Check out the article here for more info and let me know what you think…

New Edge browser coming soon!

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, mark your calendars!  The latest revamp of Microsoft’s “Chromium-based” web browser will be released to the public January 15, 2020.

As Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet.com states, the new browser will be eventually available via Windows Update on all PCs running Windows 10 version 1709 and can also be obtained as a standalone install package.

I’ve been using the beta version of the browser for about a month now and much to my surprise, so far so good!

Check out the full article here for more details!

HP Enterprise hard drives failing!

 

An alarming bulletin courtesy of HP detailing the almost certain guarantee of SAS hard drive failure right as it approaches the four year mark…

Bulletin: HPE SAS Solid State Drives – Critical Firmware Upgrade Required for Certain HPE SAS Solid State Drive Models to Prevent Drive Failure at 32,768 Hours of Operation

https://support.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-a00092491en_us

HPE was notified by a Solid State Drive (SSD) manufacturer of a firmware defect affecting certain SAS SSD models (see article) used in a number of HPE server and storage products (i.e., HPE ProLiant, Synergy, Apollo, JBOD D3xxx, D6xxx, D8xxx, MSA, StoreVirtual 4335 and StoreVirtual 3200 are affected. 3PAR, Nimble, Simplivity, XP and Primera are not affected.)

The issue affects SSDs with an HPE firmware version prior to HPD8 that results in SSD failure at 32,768 hours of operation (i.e., 3 years, 270 days 8 hours). After the SSD failure occurs, neither the SSD nor the data can be recovered. In addition, SSDs which were put into service at the same time will likely fail nearly simultaneously.

So I guess this means I’m going with Dell…haha!

Two excellent posts by “The Patch Lady”

Kudos to Susan Bradley aka “The Patch Lady” who gave us some interesting insight here as to how Microsoft plans to handle extended updates for Windows 7 (apparently the service plans are not available! Yuck!) and also sheds some light here on an FBI precinct’s recommendation to place all IOT (Internet Of Things) devices on a different network segment for security purposes.

Delays in Microsoft M365 subscriptions

The continued push for subscription based services and software is unavoidable at this point and we as users and consumers of whatever technology we are interested in really have no choice when it comes to how the heavy hitters such as Microsoft, Google, Adobe, and so on.

That being said, it’s surprising when a company like Microsoft struggles to communicate the benefits of or even stick to an already scheduled release date.

When it comes to their latest subscription based service, its somewhat baffling that there’s still confusion about when Microsoft 365 will be released and on top of that, what is this actual new “service” all about…

Fortunately for us, Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet.com does an excellent job at breaking down what’s going on with “M365″… check out her article here and let us know what you thoughts are about this.