Emulators banned from Xbox and Windows Stores

Without the policy like this Microsoft has come up with, there will be risks of lawsuits that can happen to that company by other game companies alike. In fact, there were already past lawsuits from Sony against those who made the Playstation emulators for Windows PC and Dreamcast but eventually, the formally sued ones worked on the same emulation stuffs for later generation Playstation consoles like PS2, PS3, PSP, PS Vita and the list goes on. Also, the emulators are said to be banned from IOS completely but I don’t know if this is true or not and you still can see a bunch of them in the Android app stores.

While chaotic troubles are prevented this way, there’s one problematic workaround, sideloading of UWP apps. Hopefully, there should be a policy against this that can be done in Group Policy but this is still a problem when it comes to non-business devices and especially Xbox One. Another workaround is the fact that there online emulators that can be played on the web browser.

Appointment at Public Service Center

Well, I guess that I had another recent worry that I went for another appointment for a solution. It turned out that I wouldn’t land myself into trouble for applying for a job under the qualification under the highest one. It’s kind of like the elders getting one with the minimum requirements being the N/O/A-Level qualification but that was for working at those supermarkets for instance. Somehow, the interview would be like the audition and the best candidate would get suited for the specific job. Sometimes, the companies wouldn’t even bother to view your resume as there were too many of the resumes in their hands. I made a comparison between myself and some person who posted his story in Skillsfuture official website regarding the same desperate situation. I mentioned to my career coach about it but I didn’t mention his name as I didn’t memorize it. In case there will be changes to the pages in Skillsfuture website, I may as well put a reference link here.

The last thing I was told was to attend the business workshop organized by WSG and my worries about this kind of workshop were fulfilled when my career coach told me based on the situation I had from attending a similar workshop last year. It turned out that such kind of workshop would have interactive activities to be done by the trainer and I was half-wrong to put the blame on CDAC on having insulted me like that from the way that workshop wrapped up. I have fears that this upcoming workshop from WSG will bring me the similar embarrassment but I was shared something by the career coach that doing those sort of embarrassing things already made him feel uncomfortable like I already was the last time. Maybe I preferred the more professional style of a workshop like a Microsoft/Apple seminar. At least, the things shown in action should tell us thousands of words in addition to the ones shown in the presentation. It’s basically more than a slide show with live demonstration. And since it’s just an event, there won’t be need to memorize everything in details although you can already see the news about those reveals with sufficient information so that you can blog about those in your god-damn words.

Workshop-wise, there will be attendees who might have dropped out of school as noticed by me from their situation in the workshop I attended last year like they dropped out of Primary school or Secondary school. They can still learn but it still poses a bigger challenge in learning whatever they want. So, a dropout like that doesn’t mean it’s your end. How about becoming a musician, comedian, etc. for example? Sure, the ambitions won’t be as professional as the professional positions like IT Support, System Administrator, etc. but, at least those dropouts may still have a chance.

For the job description I was told about was regarding Desktop Support Administration/IT Support where you do all sorts of troubleshooting in the enterprise environment. Troubleshooting on the hardware level was rare and nobody thinks that Public Service Center pretty much has the Anti-Static wrist-strap that prevents the ESD. But in case of hardware problems like computer overheating, how can I troubleshoot that? Do I have to send my computer to the Digital Hospital or something? It may be the case for me as I don’t want to reveal the deeper parts of my computer lest I end up damaging it.

Somehow, I was questioned about the Join The Tech Elite Asia contest from Microsoft Virtual Academy but that was because I was questioned like, “Do you know the OS installation stuff”? for instance. Indeed, I was taught on how to install Windows 7 as part of the module in my ITE days but there was something I was missing out in challenge it was based on one of the standard Microsoft certified courses which don’t make use of moderate deployment tools like Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and System Center Configuration Manager. Those were what I didn’t learn until the days I started learning through Microsoft Virtual Academy. Yes, I also mentioned the achievement about Join The Tech Elite Asia contest the last time as well as the fact that I really visited Microsoft Singapore itself several years ago. I couldn’t know what the office was like although I was questioned that did I really reach the office in that company branch. All I saw when I went inside the company premises was the counter in front, a server room on my left, the comfort zone on my right with stuffs to read. There was also the TV inside the lift so to speak but I can believe that the company is located somewhere in Raffles Place.

Unfortunately, I forgot certain things about Join The Tech Elite when trying to mention it to my career coach but what I could recall was that you need to learn the specific courses that would count towards Join The Tech Elite contest but nowadays, it’s Know It, Prove It campaign and I still made progresses from there. Another change to the MVA service was that the points system was already made obsolete but I still can learn courses offered there.

Privacy Dashboard for Windows 10

At least the mistakes had been realized that we eventually came up with solutions to fix them but it depends on the kind of serious mistake that had been made. However, there were certain mistakes that had gone so viral and controversial could lead to a serious of investigation like the ones that landed Microsoft into serious trouble. What about certain companies in the US that have been notorious for continuous troubles they land themselves into perhaps, for violating users privacy on their accord for years, using the fossil fuel or any other source that heats up the climate temperature, for instance? Corruption-wise, they never realize the amount of trouble they have landed on like they have been ignoring it, thinking that consumers’ concerns are whiny or something.

Eventually, after a long time Windows 10 was released like two years ago, it seems that Microsoft had been pressured into adding a privacy dashboard feature for that OS that allows a wider adjustment on what can be toggled on or off. Not to mention the presets that range from Basic to Full Telemetry levels. However, that feature will be part of the upcoming Creators Update of Windows 10 and the privacy features are said to be extended in Redstone 3 update. The data collected by Microsoft will not be used to target ads to you. One fact about Basic Telemetry Level is that it has been around ever since Windows NT 4.0 days as if Microsoft will need to assess the technical situation the consumers have encountered.

We definitely hope that Microsoft is doing the right thing this time with the upcoming Creators Update like they did the right thing for the Xbox One Kinect. Simply upgrading someone’s computer to Windows 10 as a punishment is what only idiots do until the day Creators Update is released which is sometime in April this year. And if you do that to your child’s computer or something regardless of whatever wrongdoing your child has done, I can assure that you will be scolded and disciplined at work for electronics property abuse and to privacy advocates, you will have lesser respect than before after having damaged your cyber-reputation as a parent.

Linux OS not blocked on Microsoft Store Signature PCs

It’s a pure luck that Microsoft still remembers the Microsoft Loves Linux campaign in which they have implemented some Ubuntu elements in the later builds of Windows 10 with the Bash shell as well as to port some of their tools to Linux OSes recently. I can imagine and guess that you can use Powershell on Linux host machine to remotely deploy Windows machines but I may need additional ideas about using Powershell for Windows deployment.
The fault about Linux OS not supported on Lenovo signature PCs lies with Intel, new BIOS or perhaps the RAID-mode for SSDs. Having RAIDs turned on for SSDs or HDDs may probably mean redundancy so that if one drive goes down, the machine can still operate with the remaining drives although replacements are still necessary. Unfortunately, installing an OS on the RAID enabled drive can be challenging.
There is a fix available for those affected Lenovo PCs in the future as announced from Lenovo but still, the opportunity to use Linux besides Windows on the same computer may be a rare one unless you have some reason or maybe you’re the big IT enthusiast like me in which I use Ubuntu and Windows on my same computer. In fact, if you bought one of those affected Lenovo PCs as the first or the replacement and want to use Linux on it, you may be out of luck and such complaints like this may make you look like a shameful whiner until the upcoming fix is on the way which may take place on the hardware level.
Many Mac and Windows PCs are able to run Linux OSes although I don’t know if the Windows tablets are able to do the same thing as well. For various embedded devices like the Raspberry Pi 2, you should be able to run Windows 10 or some other OS on them.
Compared to bloatware that poses security problems in which people can write articles or complain about, this one makes such user reviews kind of stupid as seen in the screenshot from that Neowin article. Luckily, on Lenovo Yoga 900, you should still be able to install Linux OS on it although it is not officially supportedĀ  to run Linux.
Even if you hate something, giving it a 1/5 like that despite the fact it is not that terrible in your opinion may anger the others using it. Also, telling people to avoid something over some serious flaw you’ve encountered in the forum is asking for some stupid trouble you’re going to land yourself into.

Windows Server 20th Anniversary – Late celebration?

People have spotted something wrong on the articles about Windows Server 20th Anniversary everywhere but let’s face it, the real flaw lies with the official announcements from Microsoft regarding Windows Server 20th Anniversary that the falsified news has been spread everywhere. It’s a chain reaction of stupidity or something for having celebrated something way too late. They could have done the celebration three years ago but the truth is that Windows NT 3.1, 3.5 and 3.51 Server editions were not so much successful back then while Windows NT 4.0 Server onwards had enough momentum that those failures didn’t even count. If they had to celebrate Windows Server 20th Anniversary three years ago, that could pose them a problem like they had to explain on why Windows NT 3.1 had limited success back then compared to Windows 3.1 which was so successful.

While Windows NT was like more stable enough for business use, it didn’t have the features the DOS-based Windows OSes had back then. Even if Windows NT had those features, chances are, they might be limited. It was until the existence of Windows 2000 which had more features that were enough to make it on par with DOS-based Windows OSes and to even supercede them although Windows 98SE and ME already opened doors to using some Windows XP-era technologies with IE6, WMP9, Office XP, etc.

Worse thing about the celebration was that it occured on July 28. Question is, do they have BRAINS about Windows NT 3.1, 3.5 and 3.51 Server editions before preparing to celebrate Windows Server 20th anniversary? WHERE HAD THE OFFICIAL KNOWLEDGES ABOUT THOSE GONE TO? WERE THEY EVEN AWARE OF THOSE OSes’ LIMITED SUCCESS?

France’s CNIL regarding Windows 10 data collection

About few days left before the upgrade to Windows 10 is no longer free and yet the illegal telemetry/data collection still continues through the company’s ON-GOING TECHNICAL TYRANNY! If the product is released in an incomplete state with core features implemented and future updates coming in, it is half-fine all along but adding additional negative thing which is the lack of security to the product can WORSEN its reputation.

From the observation result as reported by CNIL from France starting from April to June, Windows 10 doesn’t comply with French Data Protection Act. It collects too much stuffs along with irrelevant ones like it’s doing too much energy consumption for that bullshit. It’s like the change of Privacy Policy in the past wasn’t quite enough and the OS continues to do this kind of irrelevant bullshit in addition to collecting data based on the privacy options PRESENT in the Control Panel. It tracks on how long the users use along with system information about the apps installed in the machine.

Furthermore, there’s another concern CNIL has regarding the PIN login method. After tons of incorrect attempts, it should switch the users back to the password login method which CNIL thinks is more secure that way. Sure, the password is more secure than PIN if your password is strong enough as the PIN login method may be vulnerable to brute-force attacks. What about banning various kinds of PIN numbers because they’re too weak like 4444, for instance? In fact, there should be an alternate link on the login screen that switches users to the password login method in case they can’t login using PIN numbers. By the way, the PIN is assigned to the device while the password is assigned to the user account.

Another worse thing is that the major updates of Windows 10 may allow advertisements to be seen in apps and Start Menu based on the advertising ID which is linked to the users.

A major warning from CNIL is that Microsoft has a few months to comply with the French Data Protection Act or there’s a chance that Microsoft’s reputation will be affected for non-compliance and such business non-compliance like this can result in an investigation of the company. We don’t know if the French Data Protection Act will really be complied or not as if someone from Microsoft will be telling lies or something. Publishing business lies to the public can be a serious offense like certain ISPs in the US already do despite the fact that Net Neutrality is still in effect there for instance. This is beyond the final days of free upgrade offer for Windows 10 because after July 29, the upgrade will no longer be free but at this time Microsoft is already warned, it’s already too late to accept the offer at the last moment and the earlier time of free upgrade plan to Windows 10 was already in vain due to lack of realization that the illegal data collection from the OS was still on-going until now.

Lastly, we don’t know the major impact that will be done to the freedom in the future. Will the tech companies we know of and use their services be no longer trusted in the future for good? Will we be permanently betrayed by them for good? Will we drift away from the tech world completely in favor of doing something else that’s completely different? It’s basically a race against time until November where the election in the US begins and until then, the tech companies can’t be trusted and that the real privacy policies make us think like, we don’t know if those policies are for nothing or what.

Windows 10 Specially Provided Edition for Chinese Government

The controversy regarding Windows 10 is solved on the Chinese government side after various checks and verifications on the modified code for this special edition were approved. This is to ensure that this edition of Windows 10 complies with the security rules and until then, the computers used by Chinese government are still using Windows XP and there were plans to migrate to Linux after knowing the fact that Windows 8 itself already has privacy violation flaws with Windows 10 being much worse.

For this edition, there will be less Microsoft apps and services in favor of the Chinese equivalent. Unfortunately, there isn’t an official list on what’s replaced in this edition and what’s not. In fact, there are already tons of third-party tools that eliminate apps and services that violate privacy completely but making sure that those settings are applied as part of the OS deployment isn’t an easy task.

Although Windows 10 Specially Provided Edition solves the security controversy, the OS bashing continues on all other editions of Windows 10 as there won’t be any plans for Microsoft to offer the consumers the same solution as the one offered to Chinese government at this time. It was already wrong to violate customers’ privacy like that with a product and Microsoft had already known how concerned the Russian and Chinese governments have been.

InPrivate mode for Microsoft Edge wasn’t secure due to a bug

Microsoft Edge as part of Windows 10 is a lucky and spared web browser but due to the lack of other common features like other web browsers have, it has the lower user-base than even Internet Explorer. A past news from Neowin was regarding the bug in Microsoft Edge that didn’t make it secure in InPrivate Mode like it made the browser misleading about that mode. It’s a bug that you should get over it and Microsoft was already aware into resolving the problem the researcher had discovered.

The InPrivate Mode somewhat behaved like the normal mode when browsing with Microsoft Edge and your browsing history could be vulnerable to cyber-attacks. A trained cyber-security professional should be able to know more about security flaws in details and I’m no professional in cyber-security but I do have enough knowledge in the IT parts including the enterprise related IT tools that I had used before. Speaking of those tools, the amount of my knowledge wasn’t quite enough for my IT Professional career.

Upcoming PC hardware won’t support older versions of Windows

Normally, a Windows OS is bound to last for 10 years and Windows 7 may have like a few years from now until it goes out of extended support. Unfortunately, this is bound to cause a little bit of stir and especially for business. New silicons from AMD and Intel will be using Windows 10 but as superior as they are compared to the previous and current silicons which can still run Windows 7, the real problem is going to take place at a business level. For organizations, it can take years to ensure that everything is upgraded to the new technology without causing any technical disruption to business but it can also mean that the organizations will have to familiarize with the new technology before the System Administrators and IT Professionals can decide if they want the organization to use it or not. Windows 8 and 8.1 were kind of unpleasing to the organizations that they may demand downgrades to Windows 7 similar to Windows Vista’s momentum for business where Windows Vista computers are all downgraded to Windows XP. Not to mention that the system requirements are unspeakably larger for Windows 10 than before like the OS is trying to push the limits of the Windows 7 and 8.1 computers.

But then, when Windows 7 computers are available for business use, I guess that there shouldn’t be any reason to downgrade them and it should be the same for the organizations to use Windows 10 in the future with the most amount of options available for Enterprise edition. It should be pleasing to the business consumers’ eyes and hopefully it should be the same for normal consumers. The upgrade/migration to newer versions of Windows for normal consumers may be a quicker one but as popular as Windows 10 is along with the news articles about it, there may be mixed kinds of consumers attracted very quickly.

The upcoming PC hardware running Windows 10 is still a fine thing as if there’s no particular reason to downgrade it to Windows 7 or 8.1 like it sounds kind of bullshit regardless of whatever reason you have. Even each computer may have its own lifespan and that is something you should know of.

Windows 10 upgrade prompt update

If there’s one kind of user you can’t encourage to upgrade to Windows 10 for whatever reason, it’s the privacy advocate that has the fear of security compromises. Of course there may be childish trolls trying to think and talk in a negative way about privacy advocates over Windows 10 stuff and especially that they think that Windows 7 and 8.1 users are not caring for the new technology on the outside or something. There have been tools that allow you to remove the Windows 10 installation files stored on the Windows 7 or 8.1 partition as well as to block upgrades to Windows 10. Maybe some hardware incompatibility, performance drop or other issues were the reasons against the upgrades to Windows 10 but I think that privacy is like the number one issue for me unless the edition of Windows 10 is Enterprise. Other reasons may regard things like some updates may break the OS or something like your computer is not able to boot up or some sort because of that or maybe new things are not performing well or anything like that.

The challenge between users and Microsoft continues with various workarounds that disable the updates along with newer updates that download the same Windows 10 installation files by undoing those workarounds and restoring certain stuffs done by those workarounds.