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Protect your PC ... maybe [Aug. 17th, 2004|02:17 pm]
Peter Sheil
As of Wednesday Microsoft will be shipping Windows XP SP2 from their update site - you may even get it downloaded without having to do anything if you've set up your system to do so (a mistake in my opinion).

Here is the article on the BBC's site about it
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/3571110.stm

... and here is the Microsoft knowledge base article including all the programs which will stop working when you install SP2.
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=842242

Also see http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=884130 (thanks Tom).

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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-08-17 09:00 am (UTC)
Well you can look at this two ways.

Firstly Windows is supposed to be something the non-technical can just turn on and run. In that case they should have done a hell of a lot more testing against individual programs. I mean... don't their test machines use any of the listed programs?

on the other hand using a fire wall does require a bit of technical knowledge. Should I open a port as a program is requesting or is it mal-ware trying to subvert my computer? I'm a technical sort of person but even I get bemused by some of the possible settings in my Norton firewall. In that case only the technically competant should be allowed to own Windows :)

I'd edge towards the second of those - you have to have a licence before you can use a PC ... there's a thought although enforcing it would be fun :)

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