Tag Archive | Windows

Time changes and linux

If you are in North America, then you went through a time change yesterday — from Daylight Savings Time back to Standard Time.  And perhaps it caused you problems with your dual-boot computer.

If you are an opensuse fan, you will be thinking of installing opensuse 13.2 over the next few days.

Why not take the opportunity to deal with both problems at the same time.

My recommendation is to use UTC (Universal Coordinated Time, sometimes known as Greenwich Mean Time) in your BIOS clock settings.

Traditionally, many Windows users have set their hardware clock to local time.  That is the Windows default.  And it was almost a requirement of Windows.  However, recent Windows versions handle UTC pretty well, so it might be time for a change.

If you are still running Windows XP or an older version, you might prefer to stay with setting the BIOS clock to local time.  However, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and 8.1 all do pretty well with the BIOS clock set to UTC.

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Windows 8.1 – part 2

I tried once again to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1.  This time everything completed normally.

So here’s the secret.  If you do not want to create a Windows account, you must click on “Create a Windows” account.  Now that’s so obvious, I wonder why I missed it.

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Windows 8.1 – sigh!

Today, I tried “upgrading” my Win 8 box to Win 8.1.  It did not go well.

First a little background.  I was looking for a replacement linux box.  It turned out that I could get a better price for a box with Win 8 preinstalled, than for a box without Windows (or with linux).  So I went with Win 8.

I could have deleted Win 8, but decided to keep it, to gain experience with dual booting Win 8 and linux in a UEFI box.  I have not had any actual use for the Win 8 system.

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Windows security – sigh!

I doubt that Windows will ever be sufficiently secure.  I suppose I’m a skeptic or a cynic, or something.  Here I’ll comment on the recent java flap, and on a post at opensuse forums, where somebody thinks linux should change its security model to be more like Windows.

Java security woes

The has been a lot of discussion, over recent weeks, about security problems in java.  It seems that there were some flaws that were being exploited.  I first heard of those problems in thread, such as these, at the security forum of www.dslreports.com

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