March, 2018 Announcements & Changes
- At LeesTechStuff.com I have added a new page, LibreOffice News & Tips. LibreOffice is arguably one of the finest productivity suites available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It’s FREE! Check it out.
- I have added a new page entitled Hardware Troubleshooting Tips which I hope that you will find useful. As time goes on I will be posting more tips for your enjoyment.
- Reminder: The Windows Tips page has been moved to Lee’s Pad. Com. Since Lee’s Pad is devoted primarily to the Windows operating system it makes sense to have all pertinent information in that location. I look forward to seeing you there!
Tracking Meltdown & Spectre
- Intel to make all future CPUs and Spectre-proof (03/16/18)
- March security updates expand Meltdown-Spectre protection for Windows (03/13/18)
- Intel’s Spectre and Meltdown patches reach Ivey and Sandy Bridge chips, created in 2011 (03/12/18)
- Intel patches older Broadwell, Haswell chips against Spectre and Meltdown (02/28/18)
- First Intel, now AMD also faces multiple class-action suits over Spectre attacks
- Another article on Meltdown & Spectre – A rather long ‘techie’ article which, in summation, simply means that the combined forces of Intel, Microsoft, AMD, and Google haven’t got the ‘fix’ right yet. It’s going to be what I would term a fair amount of time before a genuine solution is created and implemented. Let’s face it, folks, this has been going on for more than a decade. It’s not going to go away quickly.
- I have noticed as of late that it is being reported that Intel has released yet another round of Meltdown & Spectre patches. Based on their track record on this issue I would suggest that we wait patiently and see if they are successful or if they cause yet again more problems. If you notice the habits of corporate America (the enterprise) they will never generally be on the list of ‘first adopters’ for much of anything new. They assume a ‘wait and see’ position on almost 100% of upgrade and/or patch issues. This insures that all the bugs are squashed and they can put changes into play safely, efficiently, and cost-effectively. A lesson to be learned here, no doubt.
- The Meltdown & Spectre security flaw will be with us for quite some time. After all the hoopla of last month from Intel, AMD, and Microsoft the bottom line is that this issue will not be settled quickly. These companies, and others, have demonstrated in January that there is no ‘quick fix’ to be had. While most computers will eventually receive a patch that will work, there will be some older units that will be missed altogether. It’s a ‘wait and see’ game over which we, as end users, have no control.
Quote of the Week
“Stay positive and happy. Work hard and don’t give up hope. Be open to criticism and keep learning. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people.” – Tena Desae
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