Windows 10 is two years old now, and it's time for an update! The above video is very comprehensive, especially about the privacy settings. You can download the ISO image directly by clicking here, but it is NOT advised by Microsoft, itself. There are still way too many bugs in it to release full force. Their suggestion: simply wait and if your machine can handle the update, it will eventually be offered to you. You will know if the update is going to be installed, because it will ask you to set all kinds of new privacy settings before it will continue to upgrade your machine.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard about a ransomeware attack that's being refered to as the "WannaCry" or "WannaCrypt0r" malware. What does this mean? Well, if you have a Windows machine and the updates from March 2017 were not applied, then your machine was open to an attack from the internet. This malware (slightly different from a virus, but just as bad) can get loaded into a susceptable machine and then it goes to work. According to Symantec, a leader in virus and malware protection:
"WannaCry searches for and encrypts 176 different file types and appends .WCRY to the end of the file name. It ask users to pay a US$300 ransom in bitcoins. The ransom note indicates that the payment amount will be doubled after three days. If payment is not made after seven days, the encrypted files will be deleted....Files saved on the Desktop, My Documents, or on a removable drive are encrypted and their original copies are wiped. These are not recoverable. Files stored elsewhere on a computer are encrypted and their original copies are simply deleted."
We've talked about an "SOC" or System On a Chip before; that's where the entire computer system is pushed down into a single chip. This speeds up the system, allows things to flow better because of the tight integration, and can reduce the price of computer systems. One company who's implementing this technology is Microsoft in it's upcoming XBox One S, due out fourth quarter of this year. They have created a Scorpio chip that they hope will propel their gaming console into the forefront as far a processing capabilities. For an inside look, here's a video:
Thank goodness we already have our HQ VHS professional deck, otherwise, I think some of the Gurus would be in a full-out panic attack!