November 24, 2020 | 10:11

Microsoft, again

What comes after a privacy violation? Of course further violations. I’ve update my list of violations and infringements because of this Heise Article “Anwenderüberwachung durch Microsofts Office-Software”: Here is the full list (free to copy/use): The collection of user data in a Windows 10 based corporate network cannot be prevented by proportional resources.1 With 23,000 to 25,000 data points, a Microsoft Office package collects significantly more metrics than a Windows 10. Read more

November 3, 2020 | 10:45

Microsoft Office in Decline

The Microsoft cashcow gets scratches. This is not what I write but what the FAZ writes in its today’s article: “The quasi-monopoly of Office gets scratches”1. Some might say the FAZ has no expertise in IT. Well aactually this could be correct, because their undisputed circle of competence is the economy. But this should make you even more concerned. According to a representative survey by the market research company Nielsen2, Microsoft’s position in its own US home market is now at only 80%, and the trend is continuing to decline. Read more

October 8, 2020 | 10:02

BSI warns about Exchange

40.000 Companies in Germany affected The BSI (German Federal Authority for Informationsecurity) warns with the second highest level “orange” (= the IT threat situation is mission critical. massive disruption of regular operations) in the public media1. Around 40,000 companies in Germany alone are affected by several critical vulnerabilities because security updates have not yet been installed2. In fact, Heise speaks of playing Russian roulette3. It’s not without reason that I have been warning for several years now about interlocking internal AD and internet functions like Microsoft does deliberatly. Read more

October 8, 2020 | 08:10

Quote of the Day

Over the recent days, information leaked out how the UK authorities cope with their reported Corona figures. Due to a “technical problem”, about 16,000 Infected including 50,000 contact persons have somehow “got lost”1. Well actually, they are using a bunch of Microsoft Excel files. Unfortunately, a spreadsheet stops working at 1,048,576 lines. Yesterday evening I listened to “The Bunker” podcast2 with the beautiful title “Orange Hawk Down - plus Dirty Data Returns” and was given the best quote so far: Read more

October 7, 2020 | 10:00

Another Exchange Migration to Linux

One more SME customer (approx. 250 users spread over several nationwide locations) is migrating away from Exchange to free and Open Source solution. With the ready-to-use installation of a new Linux mail server I have provided my very modest contribution. The rest of the user and the data transfer will be done by the customer’s own IT department. Users can continue to work in their familiar Outlook and mobile client environment when the new EAS accounts are rolled out “side-by-side” to the existing onces. Read more

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