Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st May 2014 16:45 UTC
Internet Explorer

Despite XP's end of support, Microsoft is still going to release the fix for the recent Internet Explorer vulnerability for the ageing operating system.

Even though Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft and is past the time we normally provide security updates, we've decided to provide an update for all versions of Windows XP (including embedded), today. We made this exception based on the proximity to the end of support for Windows XP. The reality is there have been a very small number of attacks based on this particular vulnerability and concerns were, frankly, overblown. Unfortunately this is a sign of the times and this is not to say we don’t take these reports seriously. We absolutely do.

If you're still on Windows XP, you deserve to be insecure. Get a modern operating system - Windows 7/8, OS X, Linux, anything. XP is outdated crap, and it's time to move on.

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RE: XP Still Has a Place
by BlueofRainbow on Thu 1st May 2014 18:19 UTC in reply to "XP Still Has a Place"
BlueofRainbow
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2009-01-06

I concur with you.

The moms and pops shops and hands-on weekend mechanical thinkerers will likely keep using their Windows XP systems until they break. Then, they may upgrade if the apps they know so well are compatible with whatever system is available at that time, or fix the old dinosaur(s) by using replacement parts obtained through auction sites if equivalent apps cannot be found.

Not every one enjoy planned obsolescence.

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RE[2]: XP Still Has a Place
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 1st May 2014 18:35 in reply to "RE: XP Still Has a Place"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

It is entirely normal to ask people to maintain their car, get it serviced regularly, and fix things that break. Same for homes, kitchens, bathrooms, bikes, the garden, anything. All of this costs money, and this is normal.

It baffles me that some people expect computers to not require any maintenance or fixing. Part of that maintenance is upgrading to modern, secure software. And yes, like maintaining a house or a car, that costs money.

Deal with it.

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RE[3]: XP Still Has a Place
by Morgan on Thu 1st May 2014 21:22 in reply to "RE[2]: XP Still Has a Place"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Part of that maintenance is upgrading to modern, secure software. And yes, like maintaining a house or a car, that costs money.


Unless you're running a free OS, but you know that. And of course, for some people Windows is the only option, even if it means shelling out cash for new hardware to get the new software.

For another perspective, I still run XP on an old gaming rig. It stays off the network unless I need to do updates, which is moot at this point (the current topic notwithstanding). I balance the need to run XP for classic game compatibility with the desire for a secure system, and I find that balance in keeping it offline unless absolutely necessary.

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RE[3]: XP Still Has a Place
by Delgarde on Thu 1st May 2014 21:50 in reply to "RE[2]: XP Still Has a Place"
Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

It is entirely normal to ask people to maintain their car, get it serviced regularly, and fix things that break. Same for homes, kitchens, bathrooms, bikes, the garden, anything. All of this costs money, and this is normal.


And when you maintain your car, you get a car that keeps working exactly as it did before, the same way it's worked for decades.

Upgrade your OS, and everything about how you use your computer changes. Fine for computer experts like us, who understand the underlying concepts and can adapt easily - but not so much for my 90-year-old grandmother, whom after ten years or so, has just about grasped the basics.

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