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Sudden Windows 10 licence downgrades to forced Xcode upgrades: The week at Microsoft

Roundup Aside from the hoo-ha around Windows 10 licences suddenly being downgraded amid an Insider build update, last week brought Row-Level Security to Azure warehouses, Alexa's tanks rolled onto Cortana's lawn and Microsoft prepared to drop support for old versions of Xcode. Row-Level Security in Azure SQL Data Warehouse DBAs might …
Richard Speed, 12 Nov 2018
2018 Mac Mini teardown

Upgraders rejoice! The 2018 Mac Mini heralds a return to memory slots!

The once humble Mac Mini has received the iFixit treatment following its long overdue 2018 refresh, and the verdict? The dinky box might just be the most repairable machine in the whole line-up. Apple’s Mac Mini has languished at the back of the cupboard for a few too many years, a situation that Apple resolved in its most …
Richard Speed, 9 Nov 2018
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Arm kit vendors snuggle up around the Windows 10 Autumnwatch bonfire awaiting supported OS

Windows 10 Autumnwatch continued this week as licences got tossed on the bonfire and then hastily retrieved while Santa’s elves wondered what to install on their Arm laptops. Arm in Arm, we wait for Windows Joining the Windows 10 Autumnwatch in the hope of catching sight of the elusive operating system are vendors of Arm-based …
Richard Speed, 9 Nov 2018
Kohsuke Kawaguchi (pic: The Register)

How one programmer's efforts to stop checking in buggy code changed the DevOps world

Interview The father of popular code pipeline Jenkins has big plans for its future while admitting that it owes its existence to his habit of introducing bugs to code. After delivering a keynote to a crowd of excitable DevOps fans, creator of the Jenkins project (and now chief technology officer at CloudBees) Kohsuke Kawaguchi took some …
Richard Speed, 9 Nov 2018
MetOp-C liftoff

Third Soyuz does not explode while auditors resume poking around NASA's big rocket SLS

A third Soyuz was successfully launched yesterday, effectively clearing the way for crewed operations to resume, while the results of the US midterms may have unfortunate consequences for NASA. Three for three for Soyuz A Soyuz rocket launched ESA's MetOp-C meteorology satellite from French Guiana, lifting off at 00:47 GMT. At …
Richard Speed, 8 Nov 2018
2018 MacBook Air Teardown

This just in: What? No, I can't believe it. The 2018 MacBook Air still a huge pain to have repaired

The team at iFixit took a screwdriver set to Apple's refreshed MacBook Air and found it a step in the right direction for repairability. The 2018 MacBook Air updated a design which, when it first appeared a decade ago, was revolutionary but now looks a bit tired. Despite mutterings that perhaps the granddaddy of ultrabooks …
Richard Speed, 8 Nov 2018

Cisco and AWS hop into bed for steamy hybrid Kubernetes action

Networking giant Cisco has opened the corporate kimono to reveal tech that manages its on-premises Kubernetes environment and AWS's cloudy version in a single product. The thinking goes that AWS has the lion's share of the market for containers, and Kubernetes and Cisco would dearly like a piece of the action with its on- …
Richard Speed, 8 Nov 2018

Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server

Final update Microsoft's activation servers appear to be on the blink this morning – some Windows 10 users woke up to find their Pro systems have, er, gone Home. Twitter user Matt Wadley was one of the first out of the gate, complaining that following an update to the freshly released Insider build of next year's Windows, his machine …
Richard Speed, 8 Nov 2018
Office 365 dialog on line information screen

UK rail lines blocked by unexpected Windows dialog box

Window admins rejoice! It isn’t just you that can’t get Office 2010 to uninstall silently. The mighty brains behind the UK railways have had just as much trouble. As well as the usual passenger information boards, detailing the day's cancellations and delays, London’s Victoria train station also features displays on every …
Richard Speed, 8 Nov 2018
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Persuading world+dog to love Microsoft's AI assistant a step too far for Acompli founder

Javier Soltero, head honcho of Microsoft's Cortana business, has stepped down. The move comes less than two months after Soltero took to the stage at Ignite to push the tech at businesses. Having singularly failed to capture the hearts and minds of consumers, the new strategy involved persuading enterprises that Cortana's …
Richard Speed, 7 Nov 2018

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here

The knickers of the Linux world have become ever so twisty over the past few days as Penguinistas fell foul of the security hardware in their pricey Apple hardware. Reports are coming in of Linux fans struggling to get their distribution of choice to install on the latest Cupertino cash cows with fingers pointed at the …
Richard Speed, 6 Nov 2018
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The nights are drawing in. Pour a cup of cocoa and join us for Windows 10 Autumnwatch

The leaves on the trees are turning golden, a chill is in the air, and while the Windows 10 October 2018 Update remains locked in the fireworks tin, there seems to be movement for its sibling, Windows Server 2019. Windows 10 is late. After a brief appearance at the beginning of October, replete with confident tweets that the …
Richard Speed, 6 Nov 2018
Orion service module (credit: NASA/Rad Sinyak)

Russia inches closer to launching a crew again while NASA waits for a delivery from Germany

It was another busy week in space as Russia notched up a second Soyuz success, China conducted its 32nd launch of the year and NASA awaited the arrival of its first service module for Orion. Russia: Two Soyuz launches down, one to go The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, sent a GLONASS-M navigation satellite into orbit atop the …
Richard Speed, 6 Nov 2018

Till Microsoft finds it a place on the path unwinding, it's the circle, the circle of Skype

Roundup Microsoft is looking to 2019 and tinkering with Skype as the Windows 10 October 2018 update continues its lonely wanderings. Windows Insider train rolls on, October 2018 Update MIA While the Windows 10 October 2018 Update wanders the wilderness, Microsoft has kept slinging installs of next year's Windows at eager Fast Track …
Richard Speed, 6 Nov 2018
iPhone XR

iPhone XR, for when £1,000 is just too much for a smartmobe

Review Back in 2007, Apple convinced the world a phone that could barely last a day was OK. In 2018 it has set out to persuade the public that a phone costing £749 is somehow a bargain. Is that an iPhone in your lanyard or are you just happy to see me? Reg the vulture strikes a moody poses with the kit. Is that an iPhone in your …
Richard Speed, 6 Nov 2018
Woman with red roses and coffin at funeral in church

In memoriam: See you in Valhalla, Skype Classic. Version 8 can never replace you

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Skype Classic née 7, which tottered into the sunset on 1 November 2018. Born from the union of Niklas Zennström of Sweden and Janus Friis of Denmark, some of the brains behind the KaZaa peer-to-peer file sharing application, Skype spent its formative months in Estonia before …
Richard Speed, 2 Nov 2018
Soyuz MS-10 mishap

Roscosmos: An assembly error doomed our Soyuz, but we promise it won't happen again

The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, has completed its investigation into October’s Soyuz mishap in record time, pointing the finger of blame at problems during assembly. Mutterings emitted from the space agency earlier this week suggested that the issue was related to a sensor that detects stage separation of the booster. In …
Richard Speed, 2 Nov 2018
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Bean-counting outfit Sage appoints bean-counter as new CEO

With its year-end results looming, Sage Group has confirmed the ascension of chief bean-counter, Steve Hare, to the lofty heights of chief executive officer. Hare, who joined Sage Group in 2014 - the same year as recently departed CEO Stephen Kelly - was previously at investment outfit Apax Partners as well as putting in a few …
Richard Speed, 2 Nov 2018
Satya Nadella at FutureDecoded

'Privacy is a human right': Big cheese Sat-Nad lays out Microsoft's stall at Future Decoded

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella took to the stage at Microsoft's Future Decoded shindig today in London. As has become the norm these days in events when the chief is not dispensing bonzer financials, much was made of the three As: Azure, AI and Accessibility. Nadella opened by congratulating Microsoft and, by extension, himself …
Richard Speed, 1 Nov 2018
Eutelsat KONNECT (credit: Thales Alenia Space UK)

Need electric propulsion for your satellite? Want a 'made in Britain' sticker? Step right this way...

Updated Thales Alenia Space has bucked the Brexit blues by announcing the first all-electric satellite propulsion module to be designed and built in the UK. The module, which measures 1.8m high by 3.6m wide and weighs in at a hefty 1.8 tonnes, works by collecting energy from the Sun via the satellite's solar panels, and converting it …
Richard Speed, 1 Nov 2018

One down, two to go. Russia inches closer to putting a crew on Soyuz while celebrating 50 years since the first Return To Flight

While the Hubble Space Telescope gingerly spun its gyros back to life, China and Russia were busy lighting the business ends of rockets with varying levels of success in this week's round-up. One down, two to go for Soyuz Russia returned its troubled Soyuz booster to flight last week with a successful launch of a Lotos …
Richard Speed, 29 Oct 2018
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Microsoft teaches a 10-year-old Red Dog new tricks and the Windows 10 1809 delay hits Exchange 2019

While Microsoft celebrated another earnings bonanza and its flagship operating system continued to remain conspicuously absent there was plenty for the followers of Redmond's antics to chew over. 10 Years Of Azure Some things never change. It was ten years ago last week that Microsoft’s software architect Ray Ozzie took to the …
Richard Speed, 29 Oct 2018

The 'roid in Spain drills mainly on the plain: Plucky Brit Mars robot laps up sun, sand and, er, simulated science

A prototype Mars rover, named Charlie, has gone for a trundle around Spain’s Tabernas Desert this week, as scientists gear up for the real thing in 2021. The UK-built trundlebot was controlled by the ExoFiT team at the UK’s Harwell Space Cluster in Oxfordshire, 1,000 miles away from the sun and sangria of Spain where the …
Richard Speed, 27 Oct 2018

Got a new Surface? Have some firmware. Old Surface? La la la la la, we can't hear you

As Microsoft released the first batch of firmware updates for its shiny new Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 hardware, owners of Surface Pro 4 fondleslabs afflicted by July's borked update remain in the dark as to when, or even if, their broken firmware will ever be fixed. In with the new Those with a Surface Pro 6 brave …
Richard Speed, 26 Oct 2018
creepy kitten "talks" to camera

Assange catgate hearing halted as Ecuador hunts around for someone who speaks Australian

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's efforts to tip a bunch of rules allegedly imposed on him by his Ecuadorian hosts into the kitty litter tray have been suspended owing to interpreter difficulties. According to reports, the world's most annoying housemate reckoned that the court-appointed interpreter was not up to snuff. Alas …
Richard Speed, 26 Oct 2018

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