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There is a new ransomware strain called "Satana" (the reference is clear, just take the last "a" off) which is a blend between classic file encryption malware and the Petya strain which locks the Master Boot Record (MBR).  This looks like a Petya copycat, but for each encrypted file, Satana ...

In a recent article summarizing the tenure of Steve Ballmer as Microsoft's CEO, I noted that despite the frequent criticism he has endured, Ballmer had done a lot of things right at Microsoft. While there is no question the next Microsoft CEO faces some big challenges going forward, the company ...

Many in the enterprise IT community have been hearing the drumbeat of news and warnings about Microsoft ending all support for XP on April 8, 2014. As with updates on many future events, many IT specialists have probably filed this away in the back of their minds as something ...

When Steve Ballmer announced his plans to resign as Microsoft's CEO back in August, the reaction was immediate. Microsoft's stock shot up 7% in one day, and a large number of articles appeared basically criticizing Ballmer, including some pretty extreme pieces calling him the "worst CEO ever", and other ...

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In a recent article, I argued that the whole notion of the “Death of the PC” was greatly exaggerated. When this article was posted from the IT Specialist site to Linkedin, I fully expected a negative response from comments – would I be called a Luddite, was I fighting last year’s wars? To my pleasant surprise, however, ...

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If IBM is not the sole arbiter in determining the dominant Operating Systems in the IT world, they are certainly the closest thing out there to the elephant in the room. Well on Monday, the elephant made a decision on it's cloud technology platform, and not surprisingly, it was ...

Ever since the advent of Windows 8, Microsoft has decidedly received mixed reviews with respect to its new user interface for Windows. Formerly known as “Metro” and now tentatively called “Modern UI”, the new GUI is not ideally suited for professionals (and consumers) who are currently using the roughly 800,000+ Windows 7 ...

Dell Corporation has decided to throw its hat in the ring by offering cloud computing services or an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform based on VMWare’s vCloud suite of cloud computing products. Ironically, the company also plans to expand its base of cloud services utilizing Microsoft Azure technology, which is also hosted by ...

One of the great new features of Windows 8, which debuts in 2012, will enable users to log on to their PCs using a Windows Live I.D. account. Originally created and marketed as a single sign-on solution for e-commerce or membership based Web sites, the Live I.D. service is now ...

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