Last week, I posted a PSA warning readers that the latest Windows 10 update was deleting user data, among other things. This has turned into only the second worst release of a Windows 10 version in the last few years – topped by the version 1607 update which ended up disabling 80% of webcams in addition to doing some really weird things with Bluetooth. Microsoft has since halted the release of Windows 10 version 1809 wholesale, and they’ve additionally stopped all rollouts of Windows Server 2019 and Windows 10 1809 LTSC and taken the images off their servers.
It’s just over a month until Reclamation Day, when we wake up, open the Vault, and start to build the New American Dream in whatever’s left of the Shenandoah Valley, West Virginia. I mean, that’s what’s in the Vault-Tec manual, anyway. More realistically, nobody’s even going to exit the character creation screen for, like, at least a week, but in the meantime, here’s what you need to know about dog meat dealership opportunities in Fallout 76 that we haven’t already discussed.
Headlines this weekend sent the entire IT industry into a frenzy with news that the ruling Communist Party of China had managed to exert its political influence in government and force a well-known motherboard manufacturer to spy on overseas companies using their products. The hack, and the existence of the chip, is still disputed by several of the companies involved, and there’s still no third-party evidence of the chip on the net. The story, however, keeps growing.
Epic has announced a new, time-limited “Support-A-Creator” event in Fortnite, during which people involved in producing stuff like videos, cosplay, art, and other relevant content on social media can bank something more substantial than exposure for their work. It’s the dream, you guys.
Welcome to Mosh Pit, people. There’s a good chance that 50% of those of you reading this are standing in line waiting for a go at one of the hands-on opportunities or VR demos at rAge, or playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (spoiler alert: we think it’s just lovely). For the rest of you, we have a sale from Stardock Software on Steam, two new Nokia phones, and one slimy symbiote to see at the cinemas.
If you’re running Windows 10 today, and you’re on version 1803, I implore you to go into Settings > Updates and security > Updates and turn off the automatic upgrade by deferring feature updates for either seven days, or up to 14 days if you’re on Windows 10 Pro. If you can’t do either one, do whatever else it takes to stop the update from being deployed to your system: set your network connection to a metered connection, disable the update service, or run ShutUp10 to halt them. The reason why I give this advice is because there’s a significant chance that the upgrade to Windows 10 1809 will nuke your personal files because it is affected by a bug, and those files have a significant chance of being unrecoverable. If you’re still going to go ahead with the upgrade, backup all your data beforehand. See this Reddit thread for more details. There’s several other bugs being thrown in with this build, from incorrect CPU usage reports to stuttering with the Edge browser, so avoid it if at all possible for the next two weeks.
As the resident nerd in my family and here at NAG, it becomes quite a mission to get through the quagmire of the Wi-Fi Alliance’s wireless standards and relate them in ways that people without a technical understanding might be able to grok. 802.11 has long been the base standard for Wi-Fi, and it’s been updated with extra designations like a/b/g/n/ac/x that all mean different things and will give you a different experience. Instead of continuing to use the name of the standard to differentiate routers and their capabilities, the Wi-Fi Alliance today announced a new initiative to simplify things. This has, as one might expect, just made things slightly more complicated.
Hot off the presses this morning is a rumour that Nintendo is planning to make upgrades to the Switch console, the company’s strongest-selling handheld and home console to date. Everyone thought that the Switch couldn’t possibly work, what with the low battery life, the plastic TN display, the removable Joy-Cons, and the odd docking mechanism. But Nintendo has proved everyone wrong with a strong lineup of games, compelling experiences on a handheld console, and an enormous aftermarket accessories selection, including custom Joy-Cons and Labo toys. The Switch is two years old this month, and it’s probably time for an update. The Wall Street Journal claims that one is already on the way.
Many people have heard of George Orwell, most famous for his novels Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm, or you might also know him for the term “Orwellian” – an ideology, situation, or political or social policy described by Orwell in some of his novels as being opposed to the welfare of a free society. This includes things like mass government surveillance, propaganda, doublespeak, and misinformation or “alternative” facts (something that became a crucial part of Donald Trump’s campaign for the office of US President). Orwell: Keeping An Eye On You is point-and-click indie title that explores a society trapped in an authoritarian dystopia, and you get to play the part of a citizen in this society hell-bent on making everyone spy on everyone else on behalf of the government. It’s free for today, and you can play this as a build-up to Orwell: Ignorance Is Strength, a sequel which is on sale this weekend.
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